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Retford Life

Welcome! Welcome to the August edition of Retford Life magazine.

We’ve finally reached August and the school holidays have begun — the key focus of the month if you’ve got children in the family. We often look through rose-tinted glasses and see a time for some rest, recuperation and socialising with friends and family. Though, if you’re anything like me, I am already feeling the pressure of juggling work, parenting and socialising. Congratulations to the young people awarded Bassetlaw Courage Awards for their achievements in the last year, including The Elizabethan Academy’s Hayden Higson (pictured above). You can read about all the winners on our community pages. If you are looking for things to do this month, then you’ll find lots of ideas in our Summer Days Out guide. Also, don’t forget Party in the Square takes place in Retford on

Erin McDaid on amazing dragonflies to brighten the long days of summer

Sunday 25th August, headlined by Jake Quickenden and featuring a whole afternoon of live music. Amid all the busy-ness, don’t forget to make some time for yourself — something I need to prioritise. Mindfulness has gone from buzzword to a therapy and we have an article this month which will encourage us all to sit back and appreciate the here and now. Let’s all vow to do something for ourselves this month… I’ll report back in the next edition. Don’t forget to visit our website, www.retfordlifemagazine.com, over the summer as we’ll keep adding new events to our calendar and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily updates.

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MS Group’s Triathlon

Team Retford MS (participants in

the Multiple Sclerosis Group’s Triathlon) achieved an amazing 1,256 miles of exercise in just one week in June, and so far, has raised over £1,000 for the purchase of two oxycycles for the Bassetlaw NHS Neuro Rehab Team. More importantly, members of the group have increased their exercise, they enjoyed it, they feel better for it, and have spurred supporters, friends and family into taking more exercise too. The main aim of the special triathlon was to highlight the group’s summer campaign of ‘exercise is good for all’ and to set an example by doing it themselves. Huge generosity and support has been shown by local businesses and community groups — sponsors John Beattie and Lilly Adkins of Move Better — Run Better Limited and Christine and Irwen Martin of The Corner Fridge Company, The Imperial Tea Rooms Retford who hosted the

cycling event on the group’s behalf, Bike Peddlars of Retford who kindly supplied energy food and drinks for the cyclists and top rate bike servicing, Taste Bistro who took part in the 10-mile walk in Clumber Park, Sarah Cox from Fresh Physio who provided much appreciated assistance in the pool, Retford Leisure Centre who provided a two-hour pool session and hosted the MS group stand manned by members, Retford Lions Club who officiated the swimathon, Retford Life for helping spread the word, and many of the local Facebook groups who shared the news and updates too. A special mention for younger supporters, who each have a parent with MS; Tom Kay age nine who led the countdown to the start of the cycle ride, James Thomas age nine with Olivia Kay age 13 who swam a total of 132 lengths and eight month old Owen McEwen dressed in orange and white who became the Group’s mascot for the day.

Author event at Book Chambers

Gillian Poucher will be talking about her debut novel After The Funeral at The Barrister’s Book Chambers Book Club, at 33 Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PA, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm

on Wednesday 7th August. Gillian will read from the novel and talk about how Lincolnshire’s aviation history and landscape inspired it. There will also be a Q&A session.

After The Funeral is published by RedDoor Publishing and is available from local bookshops and online retailers. It will also be available to purchase at the event. For further information, visit Gillian’s website, www.gillianpoucherauthor.co.uk.

The River Trent was an easy route for the Vikings and after many raids, they ended up overwintering at Torksey. King Harold crossed the ford at Littleborough to victory at Stamford Bridge. There was a castle at Worksop and also a beautiful Tudor Manor House, visited by Mary Queen of Scots during her incarceration in England. Sadly, it burnt down in the 18th century. The Pilgrim Fathers connection to this area is now well documented. William Brewster lived at Scrooby Manor and William Bradford would walk nine miles every Sunday from Austerfield to worship at Babworth Church. The English Civil War also brought things nearer to home, with a battle

at Gainsborough where Cromwell beat the Royalist and Charles I famously surrendered to the Scot at Newark in 1646. The Chesterfield Canal was a vital link. It made it possible to transport 25,000 tons of stone from Anston to build the Houses of Parliament. The local stonemasons were not included and Andrew suggests that the buildings might be in better shape now if they had. Members also learned that Wiseton Manor was Princess Diana’s ancestral home before Althorp. Making these local connections certainly helped to bring history to life and the club is thankful to Andrew. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th September, at Westhill Community Centre, at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. David Dawson will speak on the Worksop and Chesterfield Canal. All are welcome.

Retford Ladies Probus On Wednesday 12th June,

Retford Ladies Probus Club welcomed Andrew Jefferson to speak on the expansive subject of ‘The History of Events and People in Bassetlaw’. Beginning with the hunter gatherers who visited the caves at Creswell Crags and ending in the 1950s, it was no mean feat! The club learned that the Romans arrived in this area in AD 60 and built a ford across the Trent at Littleborough, which consequently became the second largest settlement in Nottinghamshire. After the Romans left in AD 410, the regional kings feuded, culminating in a battle at Hadfield in 632. Edwin of Northumbria, a Christian, won and Edwinstowe takes his name.

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It would seem that the ‘Team Retford MS’ style triathlon could be the first of its kind among MS groups throughout the East Midlands and might be used as an example to inspire other organisations, which is fantastic feedback for everyone who spent extra time and effort to make the event so successful. The regular monthly meeting for support, updates and catch up over a decent cuppa, takes place at The Well, Hospital Road, on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting will be on Friday 2nd August, from 11.00am to 12.30pm. For more information about the group, please email retford@mssociety.org.uk


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operators are likely to be open to negotiation if it means they can fill the last few places on a tour, or the remaining empty airline seats. CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL TIMES CAREFULLY The times you travel can directly influence price so if you are able to fly during the night, for example, you may be able to save some money. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are said to be less popular for travelling when compared with Fridays and over the weekend, so if you can go midweek it might be worth it. DO YOU NEED TO FLY DIRECT? If you don’t need to fly directly to

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FOOD & DRINK

Mocktail Hour People don’t drink alcohol for many reasons: pregnancy, medication, religious reasons, designated driver status…or because they just don’t drink alcohol (like me!). It used to bug me at social gatherings when people asked me what I wanted to drink, reeling off a whole list of possibilities: gin and tonic, vodka and orange, rum and coke, and I’d say, “do you have anything nonalcoholic?” and the choice would be tonic without the gin, orange without the vodka or coke without the rum! I became adept at creating my own non-alcoholic drinks which felt ‘special’. Along the way I discovered that lots of my friends drink alcohol at parties because of the lack of alternatives! People who do drink alcohol would LOVE to have a non-alcoholic option too, and recently the mocktail (mock cocktail) has been gaining popularity. HERE’S HOW TO TURN ANY COCKTAIL INTO A DELICIOUS MOCKTAIL AND DELIGHT YOUR NON-ALCOHOL-DRINKING FRIENDS The key element in most good mocktails is something sparkly. This elevates the drink and makes 12 August 2019

Keel taylor on enjoying a non-alcholic alternative it feel more special than glass of juice. Any cocktail recipe which uses club soda, tonic water, ginger ale, or ginger beer will probably translate to a good mocktail. Some non-sparkly drinks translate well too. These tend to be the spicy ones like Bloody Marys, where you don’t miss the alcoholic component. FLAVOUR IS EVERYTHING. Mocktails should be special, so try something different. Start with the syrups. Buy good quality ones (Bottle Green cordials work brilliantly and come in a range of amazing flavours — I love Rhubarb and Ginger) or make your own, it’s simple. Combine one-part sugar (white or brown), honey or agave syrup, and one-part water with fresh fruit, herbs, or spices to add flavour. Simmer over medium heat until the mixture is completely liquid. Strain, cool and use to flavour your mocktails. Try infusing your drinks with fresh

fruit and herbs. A bunch of mint or basil, or a sprig of lavender or rosemary takes a mocktail to the next level, as does fruit. Layer on more flavour with the garnish. Dip the rims of glasses in flavoured salts or sugars, and use citrus slices, pineapple, olives or other fresh ingredients to add flavour and fragrance to your drink to make it a sensory experience. Cocktail umbrellas and decorative sparklers won’t add flavour, but they do make any drink look more celebratory. DON’T FORGET THE ICE. Lots of ice. You can buy bags of it for a party if making it ahead of time is too much hassle. Does every cocktail translate to a mocktail? Well no…drinks with only two ingredients don’t really work, because as previously stated, a rum and coke without the rum is just coke right? And I find the sweet ones can be a bit cloying for me and taste too ‘desserty’ but if you have a sweet tooth knock yourself out. My youngest loves a virgin pinacolada. And talking of children, making mocktails is a great summer holiday project the whole family can all enjoy! Have fun.


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Scarecrow Festival

Over the past decade The Ordsall Scarecrow Festival has seen many wonderful creations; fabulous groups working together, friendships made and people having lots of fun in the process. Every year residents celebrate the joy of joining together in a community event that puts a smile on so many faces and helps to keep the parish hall on Church Lane open, as a great place for the whole community. This year’s festival weekend is Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September.

ONCE AGAIN, ORGANISERS WILL RUN TWO TRADITIONAL COMPETITIONS: • The golden pitchfork trophy — for the winner of the most popular scarecrow made by individuals, couples and families • The golden hook trophy — for the most popular scarecrow made by clubs/schools/groups/businesses.

Both of these trophies are awarded to the entry that receives the highest number of votes cast using the ballot paper found on the festival maps. AND THERE IS ALSO: • ‘The spirit of the festival’ trophy —which will be awarded to the entry in either category which the organising committee feels best expresses the ‘community spirt’ which underpins the scarecrow festival. And as ever, the organisers will be keeping an eye out for a street or road which has made a particularly impressive collaborative effort and awarding them the ‘quality street’ award. You can pick up a registration form from Ordsall Church, Ordsall Parish Hall or online at www.ordsallparish. plus.com or leave your details on the church answer phone 01777 702515. The absolute deadline for registering a scarecrow is Sunday 18th August.

Organisers would like as many scarecrows as possible to take part, so that this year’s festival is another spectacular success and so that they can sell lots and lots of scarecrow festival maps to all of the scarecrow spotters! Please consider making a scarecrow so that the 2019 festival is as successful as previous years.

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Retford will celebrate National

Heritage Open Day this year on Saturday 14th September with a host of activities throughout the town and free entry into some of our most important buildings. Retford Civic Society has once again organised the event to appeal to everyone who has an interest in the town and its history. This year the theme is The Chesterfield Canal and Retford’s Working Heritage. Boats will be moored behind The Little Theatre near a variety of stalls and displays. Also, you will see the Seth Ellis local canal boat which will be available for 40-minute trips on the Chesterfield Canal. Tickets cost £5.00 a seat or £18.00

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for a family ticket. To book please call 07925 851569. A free programme detailing all tours, timetable, events and displays is available from The Bassetlaw Museum on Grove Street, Retford Library and The Hub on Churchgate, or online at www.retfordcivicsociety.org.uk. COMPETITION To celebrate the day, Retford Civic Society and the Chesterfield Canal Trust are offering four free tickets for a trip on the Seth Ellis. To be in with a chance of winning, post the entry form to us or email your details to competitions@ retfordlifemagazine.com. training, and more and may be let both during the daytime and evenings. For more information on availability and charges, contact BAC on 01777 709650 or email reception@ bassetlawactioncentre.org.uk. The Misterton Centre and Library is a partnership organisation with BAC and information is also available there — call in or call 01427 890646.

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Laid back summer observing James Ince takes a relaxed approach to stargazing

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lazy summer evenings ideal for getting outdoors and enjoying barbeques and refreshments in the garden. A deckchair is perfect for use after dark to relax in as you gaze at the stars, contemplating the shapes they make and their distance from us here on Earth. Some stars are surprisingly close, lying just a few light years away. Vega, the brilliant white star seen almost overhead is just 26 light years distant and Altair which forms the lowest point of the ‘Summer Triangle’ is closer at 16.5 light years distant. These stars are close by when compared to the third star in the Summer Triangle, Deneb, which is over 1,800 light years distant. The brightest stars are not necessarily the closest. If you have binoculars and you would like to see some objects close to the Summer Triangle, take a look at Sagitta which has stars in the shape of an arrow. If you look above the ‘point’ of the arrow, it is possible to see the bright ‘Dumbell’ planetary nebula. Planetary nebulae are the remnants of long dead stars which have shed their atmosphere into space around them leaving a hot white star at their core, a white dwarf, a fate which awaits our Sun, billions of years in the

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future. Binoculars show the Dumbell as a softly glowing ball of gas but to see it move away from bright lights and get dark adapted. Close to Sagitta there is the rather quirky object the ‘Coathanger’. This is a group of 12 stars which form a straight line with a hook in the centre, it is located in the dim constellation Vulpecula. It is a bizarre sight! The bright planet Jupiter will be seen in the south west after sunset and when viewed in binoculars, its moons will be visible and they can be seen to orbit the giant planet if you look over a period of a few hours. Saturn will also be visible to the east of Jupiter. Saturn is not ideally placed for telescope users as it hovers low in our skies in the constellation Sagittarius. Although Sagittarius is a Zodiacal constellation it is rather dim and its brighter stars form the outline of a teapot, many astronomers do refer to it as ‘The Teapot’. It is complete with what looks like steam rising from its spout, the dim stars of our galaxy ‘The Milky Way’. The most spectacular meteors of the year, ‘the Perseids’, will be visible in late evenings around Saturday 10th August onwards, however their best display is predicted for late night Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August. These

meteors are the remains of Comet Swift Tuttle, which last passed by the Earth in 1992 and it will return in 2126. Meteor watching is very relaxing as you do not need any equipment; just position a comfortable seat looking to the east and take in the view, do however wrap up warm, as late nights can be chilly. If you can, count the number you see over the time period. Good luck.

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or even in another room. If your office is an awkward shape, consider built-in storage to maximise space. THE BEST DESK Even in a small room, desk area will probably be more useful than floor space, so choose the biggest one possible. A desk with drawers or cubby holes is doubly practical, though minimalists may wish to consider a glass desk: perfect if you can generally keep it clear and tidy. With limited space, consider adding a small worktop to one side of your desk to create an ergonomic L-shaped workspace. ON THE WALLS Make the most of the height of your room with wall-mounted storage. Pin boards, peg board, magnetic boards and hanging racks are ideal, and wiring one or two adjustable lamps into the wall above your desk also saves worktop space.

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BASSETLAW MUSEUM Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD 01777 713749 or www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk MONDAY 29TH JULY TO FRIDAY 9TH AUGUST, MUSEUM OPENING HOURS POTLUCK CRAFTS Drop-in, enquire to museum for further information Free MONDAY 12TH TO FRIDAY 23RD AUGUST, MUSEUM OPENING HOURS FAIRY AND DRAGON CREATIONS Drop-in, enquire to museum for further information Free TUESDAY 27TH TO FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST, MUSEUM OPENING HOURS PILGRIMS’ ACTIVITIES WEEK Drop-in, enquire to museum for further information Free SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST AT 11.30AM, 1.00PM AND 3.00PM THE IMAGINATION MUSEUM: MAYFLOWER 400 Three eccentric tour guides will lead you on a danced history tour, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers who undertook a historic journey from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620. This free performance will be accompanied by free workshops for children and their grown-ups. Suitable for all ages. Free

RETFORD LIBRARY Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PE retford.library@inspireculture. org.uk or 01777 710020 www.inspireculture.org.uk/ 26 August 2019

Schools out and the summer holidays are here — there’s so much happening locally that we are sure you’ll find something to keep everyone entertained without having to travel very far! Don’t forget to visit our website during the summer too as we’ll keep adding new events to our calendar too and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates; @retfordlife and www.facebook.com/retfordlife

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Find more online at www.retfordlifemagazine.com SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST, ANYTIME FROM 10.00AM TO 3.00PM. MONTHLY TABLE-TOP GAMING DAY Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a different style and playability than the more traditional board. Don’t worry if you have never played a table-top game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. They also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience. Table-top gaming is becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little different from your normal board gaming experience then please join them. Free SATURDAY 27TH JULY, 10.30AM — 11.45AM (ALSO SATURDAYS 3RD AND 10TH AUGUST) LITTLE CREATIVES FOR UNDER FIVES Booking essential MONDAY 29TH JULY, 3.30PM — 4.30PM GIRL OF INK AND STARS Age seven plus, enquire to library for ticket prices and information Booking essential WEDNESDAY 31ST JULY, 1.00PM — 3.00PM Space Explorers for age six plus Booking essential TUESDAY 6TH AUGUST, 10.00AM — 11.30AM (DROPIN), (ALSO TUESDAYS 13TH AND 27TH AUGUST) CRAFT CLUB FOR AGE FOUR PLUS Different craft themes each week, enquire to library for details WEDNESDAY 14TH AUGUST, 1.00PM — 3.00PM SEWING ROCKET BOOKMARKS, AGE SEVEN PLUS Booking essential 28 August 2019

THURSDAY 22ND AUGUST, 10.00AM — 12.00PM (ALSO ON THURSDAY 29TH AUGUST) OUT OF THIS WORLD — ALIEN Animation family arts workshop with Steve Smallman Age seven plus Booking essential

RETFORD HUB 11 Churchgate, Retford 01777 860414 or www.retfordhub.org SATURDAY 10TH AUGUST, 10.00AM — 4.00PM. SCRAP SATURDAY WITH LOUISE, INCLUDING PARENT AND CHILD CRAFT Using scraps, card, ink and stamps to make wonderful cards. £1.00 will be donated to Bassetlaw Hospice. Please bring any scraps you’d like to share. Suitable for all ages, children to be accompanied by an adult. Booking essential as space limited. Please send Louise a message on 07880 949941. £5.00 per person MONDAY 12TH AND TUESDAY 13TH AUGUST 10.30AM — 12.00PM KIDS’ SUMMER ART WITH AMINA — RECYCLED ART Recycle, recycle, recycle. A morning session where children will explore making art with recycled objects! Places must be booked in advance via info@askartanddesign. co.uk or in person at the Hub. £10.00 per child. MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS, 10.00AM — 4.00PM THE PILGRIM MUSEUM Open daily throughout the school holidays, and, as well as displays and exhibits there are activity sheets for the children to enjoy. SATURDAY 17TH AUGUST, 1.30PM LEGO CLUB

Fun and family Lego drop-in session. Please note children must be accompanied throughout the session. £2.00 per child, including a free mini figure.

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Find more online at www.retfordlifemagazine.com 01909 511070 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ clumber-park/whats-on SATURDAY 20TH JULY TO SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 10.00AM — 5.00PM DAILY DISCOVER SUMMER Discover what’s on offer this summer in the Discovery Centre; from colouring and reading, to using microscopes and exploring the tank, filled with creatures from the lake, there is always something to do at the Discovery Centre. If you’re lucky, there may be an afternoon expedition with the team! Check in with the Discovery Centre team in the morning to find out if there is an expedition in the afternoon to avoid disappointment. These are based on weather and staffing. Free, usual park admission charges apply MONDAY 22TH JULY TO SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 11.00AM — 4.00PM DAILY SUMMER OF SPORT Take part in this year’s summer-long celebration of sport, for a summer of fun and games as Clumber Park gets in the sporting spirit! The front field at Clumber Park will boast a variety of sporty fun where you can challenge friends and family to a shoot out on the archery range, a volleyball game or a game of football, tennis, badminton or table tennis. There will always be plenty of free activities, however some activities do incur a small charge. Park admission fees also apply. EVERY TUESDAY FROM 23RD JULY TO 27TH AUGUST, SESSIONS 12.00PM — 3.00PM SUMMER HOLIDAY LEARN TO RIDE A one off 45 minute session with the cycle instructor, Graeme, located in the wonderful National Trust property at Clumber Park in a traffic free environment that will introduce you to balance and pedalling techniques to gain confidence to move forward 30 August 2019

and enable you to develop your ability to cycle. You will gain the knowledge and skills which you can then take away and use to practice until perfect and the traffic free trails are the perfect place to do so. Take your bike and helmet if you have one. There are some balance bikes and helmets that can be borrowed for the sessions. Booking is essential. Free, usual park admission charges apply

RUFFORD ABBEY COUNTRY PARK Ollerton NG22 9DF 01623 821338 www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/ centre/rufford-abbey/events SATURDAY 20TH JULY TO SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 10.30AM — 4.00PM SUPERHERO TRAIL Have you ever thought it would be super cool to have a special power? Flying, invisibility, incredible strength, mind reading, super speed.... Or all of them! Well Rufford has something special for you! Go and train to be the ultimate superhero at Rufford’s Superhero School this summer. You will follow the training trail where you will be able to win points, defeat the baddies to earn your very own superpowers! You could even go dressed for the part, masked and capes are so much fun! Suitable for ages four to 11. £2.00 per trail

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TO SUNDAY 18TH AUGUST AND SATURDAY 31ST AUGUST TO SUNDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER) HAVE-A-GO ARCHERY Reach the Core Historic will be providing traditional English archery for all ages during the summer holidays. Led with one-to-one instruction from our experts. Can you ring the bell by your sixth? £4.00 for six arrows. MONDAY 5TH AUGUST TO SUNDAY 11TH AUGUST ROBIN HOOD FESTIVAL Enjoy the 35th annual Robin Hood Festival in the magical setting of Sherwood Forest. This free fun filled weeklong festival has something for all ages, with a wide variety of activities and entertainment, featuring costumed characters and medieval music, falconry, craft stalls and activities and The Legends characters. New for this year is a live show featuring the whole crew. Free entry, small charge for some activities, full day car parking £6.00

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Find more online at www.retfordlifemagazine.com from the much-loved Julia Donaldson story, collecting stars as you learn, just like Zog did at dragon school, and complete interesting challenges along the way. This family day out is even better with one of their Zog activity packs. Pick up your activity pack for £3.00 from the information point. Free admission, and a car parking charge £2.00 to £6.00 for the full day.

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Retford Mens’ Events at Elkesley memorial hall The Memorial Hall in Elkesley years, Brownies, seven to 10 years is available for hire, for charitable and Guides for over 10s. Times vary Probus activities, to all individuals, groups from 5.30pm through to 8.00pm, After their AGM meeting in May, Retford Men’s Probus Club are taking a well-deserved break for the summer recess following a year of a varied and sometime hectic programme organised by the president, secretary and supporting committee. The good news is, they will be back in early September with a fresh box of tea bags and coffee and some new biscuits to tempt members’ palates. A new programme has been devised with something to suit most tastes, and the group would like to take this opportunity to invite new members or interested parties to join them. The club meetings are a rendezvous for morning coffee and conversation. This is normally followed by a talk from an invited speaker on a topic of interest to members. There are no strangers, only perhaps friends you’ve yet to meet. Many long lasting friendships have been formed through the club over the years! Contact Retford Men’s Probus Club, by email probyte@ retfordmensprobusclub.org.uk or call the secretary on 07542 852037. You won’t regret it! On a sad note, it is with deep regret that the club announce the passing of one of their longstanding and wellrespected members, Dennis Beevers on Monday 17th June. Dennis had held the post of club secretary over the past few years and had a great sense of humour and was a master of one liner quips. He will be sadly missed by all his colleagues in Probus.

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• Little Monkeys An Elkesley parent and toddler group (pregnancy to five years) At the hall on Fridays from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, Little Monkeys Stay and Play will take place. Donations towards hall hire and snacks will be much appreciated. Thank you all for your support. See the hall notice boards for further details. • Rainbows, Brownies and Guides Groups meet on Monday evenings at the hall and are aimed at varying age groups: Rainbows, five to seven

• Tae Kwondo Classes and exercises in this sport, for adults and children, take place at the hall on Fridays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm and on Sundays from 5.00pm to 6.00pm. For further details, contact Danny Pearson on 07883 774057. • Dog Training Start-Rite Canine Training classes for dogs and their owners take place on Wednesdays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For further information, contact Mrs Johnson on 01909 591442. • Post Office Services are in the hall on Mondays and Fridays from 1.00pm to 4.30pm.

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The CR-V Hybrid is comfortable rather than sporty, with supportive seats and a well-composed suspension setup. It’s refined at speed with limited road and wind noise and there’s some roll in corners. The striking front nose and overuse of chrome give a more American look, resulting in a bold-looking SUV. The new car is wider and more muscular and the angular front end makes it aerodynamically efficient. All models also benefit from front and rear LED lights to give the CR-V plenty of presence. Quality is a big improvement, with plenty of soft-touch materials, as well as a clean, clutter-free layout, and wood trim. The absence of a transmission tunnel allows for a spacious centre console, while a traditional gearstick is replaced by buttons.The seven-inch touchscreen is loaded with features but can be difficult to operate. For practicality, the CR-V excels, even as the Hybrid. There’s 491 litres of load space, while the rear seats offer plenty

Hybrid, with our test car costing £34,470 — putting it in a similar ballpark to Toyota’s RAV4. The CR-V Hybrid is the pick of Honda SUV’s line-up, and is ideal for quiet and efficient town driving. Honda should be admired for pushing ahead with electrification and abandoning diesel in its CR-V — especially as the SUV sector is still dominated by diesel-powered models. However, for long-distance efficiency, diesels still make sense, but for urban drivers wanting a stylish and practical SUV, the CR-V Hybrid could be ideal.

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Parkinson’s UK The July meeting of the Bassetlaw

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next choral evensong at Clumber Chapel on Sunday 4th August, at 3.00pm. Cantate will be singing a classic choral evensong, with canticles set by Herbert Sumsion in A, the anthem O Thou, the Central Orb by Charles Wood and three fine hymns for the congregation. Please note that entry to Clumber Park is subject to the usual National Trust entry charges, but there is free entry to the chapel.

Retford Lions update On Sunday 9th June Retford Lions

hosted their annual event for youth teams, sponsored within the Midlands and East by their local Lions clubs. Sadly two teams were unable to attend but there will still nine teams taking part of the day. Teams were sponsored by Glanford and Lindsey, Deeping, Retford, Barton and Louth Lions Clubs. In fact, Retford was well represented in this event with three teams sponsored; two by Retford Football Club and also Babworth Rovers. The day was bright and warm, ideal for the keen competition and the games were well run so that all teams present enjoyed the day. The main trophy, the youth tournament cup was won by worthy winners, the Deepings Lions Club sponsored team ‘Deeping United’. The standard of football played on the day was high and the competition firm. There were two trophies to be gained for this competition; a cup for the league winners and a shield for the knockout, generated from league. The team from Scotter, sponsored by Glanford and Lindsey Lions, won the shield after beating their own sister team in the semi-final, and then the Louth Lions sponsored youth team in the final. The ‘cup’ was won by Deeping who beat Barton in the League ‘cup final’. Winning teams

Rotary Club of Retford June started as May left off with several members of the Rotary Club of Retford on a walking break in Alnmouth, Northumberland. Yet most people made it back in time for a working meeting in committees on Monday 3rd June. Assistant District Governor Richard Lewis (from the Rotary Club of Market Rasen) presided over the club assembly on Monday 10th June. This is where the incoming team gives its plans for the next Rotary year beginning in July. The following Monday, Lauren from East Midlands Carers Trust and Business addressed the club about young carers; these selfless young people between seven and 17 who look 64 August 2019

after disabled parents. There are 65 known young carers in Bassetlaw and very likely far more that the authorities do not know about. Money was raised for them at last year’s Swimathon. The following day, a group of Rotarians, partners and friends made off down to Dunston Hall, Norwich, for a golf break organised by past president Gordon Muir. Violent storms caused a re-arrangement to the programme, but the planned three rounds of golf were achieved. Golf course: very good, company: excellent, dining room service: well, enough said! The two main recipients of this year’s Swimathon are the Chatsfield Cancer Suite, DRI and Rossington Hall

were all presented with their trophies by Lions president Kath Bradley. LIONS CHARTER ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION The aforementioned football competition was one of the last at which outgoing club President Kath Bradley officiated, as on Sunday 30th June, Retford Lions held their annual charter anniversary lunch to celebrate the inauguration of the club. In all, over 60 Lions from many other clubs attended and enjoyed a very pleasant event with a meal at the Retford Best Western Hotel on North Road. At this event the outgoing President Kath Bradley handed over the reins by presenting a brand new chain of office to incoming president John Collins. DIABETES SCREENING On Saturday 22nd June Retford Lions Club sponsored a full day of free diabetes screening at Retford Town Hall. Diabetes has become a growing worry for health professionals; with increasing numbers of overweight persons it is becoming a significant health risk in later life. The event was well attended, about 80 persons were successfully screened and tested over the day, bringing reassurance to all those tested. Riding for the Disabled. At the end of year partners’ evening on Monday 24th June, Swimathon organisers, Rotarians Richard and Ros Cable, presented representatives from both organisations with cheques for £3,500. The speaker for the meeting was Rick Brand. With the 400th anniversary of the sailing of The Mayflower coming up next year, his topic of ‘The Pilgrim Christians’ was most appropriate. On the last day of the Rotary year, Monday 30th June, six lady Rotarians, president elect Judith Longden, past president Linda Cadman, past president Geraldine Matthews, Teresa Critchley, Marjorie Crookes, Kate Firth, Sally Ogle, Emma Thompson and Christine Thorpe participated in the Walk for Life in Clumber Park and raised between them £2,225 for Cancer Research UK.


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Retford Bowling Green Over the years the number of

bowling members at Retford Bowling Green has gradually diminished. This has been due to a number of factors including older members no longer able to bowl, members leaving the area and family or work commitments taking priority. Another factor has been insufficient recruitment of new members. Bowls has historically been perceived to be an older person’s sport — not so. Although many players are older, the club has members varying in age from 10 years upwards! This year the club set about promoting itself in a more positive way with an organised publicity campaign and a series of events to attract new members. At this half-way point in the season it’s good to look back at what has been achieved. The Open Day and Charter Day were a great success but this was put into the shade by the response to the first Saturday morning coaching session where 20 people turned up — almost overwhelming the members there to help. A measure of the success is that one attendee had such a good time that he donated £10.00 to club funds! The final tally of new bowling members now stands at 26, many of which are joining in immediately with club competition days and friendly matches. Whilst looking back, it’s also good to note the fact that the social side of the club is becoming more prominent. The winter social programme has been such a success that the Canasta group has now been extended into a weekly meeting throughout the playing season. Also a change in management of the bar has seen longer and more frequent opening hours and the introduction of new products on offer to the members. This has resulted in more members staying and socialising after bowls games — helping to reinforce the social side of the club. For more information on the club visit their website www. retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk, email info@retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk or call Geoff Evans on 01777 948194.

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Girlguiding award Four representatives of

Girlguiding Nottinghamshire recently attended a special ceremony in order to formally accept the LordLieutenant’s Award for promoting voluntary service on behalf of the county’s 9,000 or so members. The award was conferred by Sir John Peace, the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, during a garden party held in the grounds of Caunton Manor, near Newark. The plaque and certificate were accepted by county commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, assistant county commissioner Kirstie Pogson, Mansfield division commissioner Sarah Clarkson and young leader Hannah Parry, and will be put on permanent display at Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s county headquarters in Carlton. The official link between the Monarchy and the county of Nottinghamshire, the Lord-Lieutenant represents the Crown in the county: one of the key roles of the office is to celebrate the achievements of the people of Nottinghamshire and their service to others. In his letter to county commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst, Sir John Peace asked for his congratulations to be passed on to Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s entire membership and expressed his thanks and said: “It is a magnificent contribution you are all making to improve the lives of your members and of the community in which they live.” The nomination process involved an extensive written submission followed

Blue Swans return to Hayton Village Hall Following a successful

concert last year, the Blue Swans, a group made up of musicians from the Retford area, will be returning to Hayton Village Hall on Saturday 7th September. They describe their music as eclectic but there is

by presentations to the deputy lieutenant Robin Wilson, on whose recommendation the award was made. The application embraced all aspects of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s activities, including international opportunities, interest badges and support for those with special needs, as well as community projects. The achievements of individuals, of units and of divisions were also celebrated, as was the lasting legacy of Girlguiding membership in terms of building resilience, transferrable skills, friendships and confidence amongst girls and young women across the county. County commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst said: “It was a great honour to accept this award on behalf of Girlguiding Nottinghamshire. Those of us embedded in the organisation see for ourselves every day the impact we have on our members and on the wider community. But this doesn’t happen without a huge amount of hard work, dedication and enthusiasm from our volunteers, and I thank Sir John Peace and the office of the Lord-Lieutenancy for paying tribute to this so publicly. Our plaque will be displayed with pride!” Girlguiding Nottinghamshire supports and encourages girls of all ages and abilities to get the most out of life, and enquiries about membership and volunteering opportunities are always welcome. For details call county headquarters on 0115 9877220 or visit www. girlguidingnottinghamshire.org.uk. definitely some REM and Fleetwood Mac influences and it doesn’t get much better than that. There will be a supporting act, yet to be confirmed, to provide a full evening of music. Last year this event sold out so you will need to reserve your tickets early. The evening starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £7.50 and include a buffet supper. Tickets are available from The Hub, Retford, or Graham on 01777 860846 or Linda on 01777 471384, who will provide any additional information.


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Motor Neurone Disease Association’s royal recognition MNDA founder members join the Queen in celebration at Buckingham Palace garden party 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) and two founder members, Mrs Jennifer Elston (Jenny) and Mrs Ann Gretton, were invited to the Queen’s Garden Party held at Buckingham Palace in May in recognition of their work as founder members of the organisation 40 years ago. They helped form the association at a time before there was support for those affected by MND and from their initial work the association has grown, in size and stature, to support many, many people. Jenny’s first husband Roger was 29 years old when they discovered he had MND. Their children were aged one and three at the time and for a young family to cope 70 August 2019

with MND was a struggle. Ann was the association’s first secretary and initially the entire operation was organised from Ann’s home. Jenny and Ann are still active as volunteers and supporters 40 years on. Jenny is an association visitor for the Nottinghamshire branch of the MNDA and a key member of the Retford support group, which she helped set up about four years ago. Jenny continues to organise and attend regular meetings for anyone affected by MND who live in Retford and its surrounding areas. The monthly meetings are in Retford on the third Wednesday of each month (details opposite). Jenny’s ‘big day out’ didn’t get off to a great start when the zip on her new, very carefully chosen and

expensive dress broke! But three strategically placed safety pins and a jacket, saved any further embarrassment. They arrived at the station to find their train to London had been cancelled. Fortunately, an earlier train had also been delayed which they were able to catch getting them to London, on time. Arriving at Buckingham Palace, disastrous start behind them, they had a wonderful time, making the most of afternoon tea, beautiful gardens, bands playing, wonderful outfits to admire and glorious weather making it a great day. HRH Princess Anne is Royal Patron for the MNDA and helps support the continuing campaign of raising awareness and find a cure for MND. With currently no cure or effective treatment to halt its progression, and with an average life expectancy of only two to four years, the MNDA and volunteers such as Jenny and Ann are motivated to continue to help and support people and families living with MND. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with MND, please join them at their Retford meetings on the third Wednesday of each month, between 2.00pm and 4.00pm, where a small friendly group of people support each other through the questions and challenges of living with MND. Please be assured of a warm and friendly welcome with refreshments provided. For more information please contact Kim on 03453 751836 or Jenny on 01623 871183. The next meeting is on Wednesday 21st August in the meeting room within Retford Library, Churchgate, Retford DN22 6PE.


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in June, the ladies of North and South Wheatley WI, dressed in their finery, retired to a decorated village hall and enjoyed a sumptuous afternoon tea. Beginning with a glass of prosecco, there followed a tasty variety of dainty sandwiches, strawberries and cream, plus a vast selection of cakes. A tea-themed quiz provided a fun brain teaser and large fancy teacups filled with a selection of teas and biscuits were provided as prizes. A great time was had by all and plans are afoot to repeat the experience next summer! The afternoon also went towards supporting the Marie Curie ‘Blooming Great Tea Party 2019’ campaign, raising £55.00! An exciting autumn programme lies ahead. Why not go along and learn new crafts in September, then enjoy a delicious harvest supper, followed by entertainment in October. In keeping with the month, November’s talk will be about Kinder Transport in WWII. The year will complete with the fantastic Christmas Party on Monday 9th December. For more information about North and South Wheatley WI, contact Sharon on 07941 142848 or nswheatleywi@gmail.com. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram @nswheatleywi.

of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club (NVTEC Notts Group) will be holding its Annual Working Weekend and Show over the three days of the August Bank Holiday. This year’s event will be held near Haughton Hall Farm, DN22 8DG, by courtesy of the Woodcock family. The event is a fantastic opportunity to spend a day in the countryside with family and friends to celebrate our rural heritage. Highlights of the weekend will include an auction on Saturday, an open air church service in the grounds of the chapel ruins with Creswell Colliery Band and vintage ploughing match on Sunday and a vintage tractor road run on Monday. There will also be a programme of grand ring events, children’s activities and working demonstrations including a

wide range of harvesting and cultivating machinery (weather permitting). Admission is £4.00 for adults, £3.00 for concessions and children under 16 years are free. As a result of the generous support of local businesses, trade exhibitors and visitors to the event, in excess of £30,000 has been distributed to a range of charities and good causes over the past decade. For more information call 07736 691974 or join the Facebook Group ‘Notts NVTEC Working Weekend’. The club is for anyone interested in vintage machinery or engines and new members are always welcome. You don’t need to own anything but may find that you soon will! Their next meeting after the Working Weekend will be at the Walesby Social Club on Monday 23rd September, starting at 8.00pm.

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Advance notice for stall holders Church Christmas Fayre are giving everyone some advance information for craft stall holders. Although it’s only August, St Saviours Church and its soon to be refurbished community centre, Lidget Lane, Retford, DN22 6TN, will be holding their sixth Christmas craft fayre on Saturday 16th November, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Contact

Retford & District Photographic Society Trip to Bempton Cliffs Members of Retford and District Photographic Society have recently enjoyed their summer trip to photograph gannets diving for fish off Bempton Cliffs. A forecast of violent thunderstorms and torrential rain almost called it off, but fortunately the storm passed quickly and the only impact was an hour’s delay to the start. Having to get there for 6.30am rather than 5.30am didn’t upset anyone. The cliffs are an 80-minute boat ride from Bridlington and the group knew they had arrived by the large following of birds, well used to their boat, impatiently gathering in the breakfast queue. The captain threw fish out and 72 August 2019

members were treated to the spectacular sight of gannets diving just a couple of metres from the boat. They found it hard to look through the viewfinder rather than gazing in awe at such an unforgettable sight. The group were grateful to Steve Race of Yorkshire Coast Nature, tutor for the morning, who provided technical advice everyone went home with their cameras full of memorable photos. Jane Brownley, the group’s trip organiser, had scored another notable request. Once back ashore, those who still had an appetite for more gannets set off to watch them from the RSPB

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Could you share your home & support a vulnerable person? “If you think you can help to

make a difference to someone’s life, and have your own life changed in the process, I would encourage you to consider becoming a Shared Lives carer.” That’s the message from a Nottinghamshire woman who supports an adult with learning difficulties in her home. Julie Lenehan, aged 65 and from Retford, decided to become a Shared Lives carer after her own family had grown up and moved out. At the time, she was working in a residential home with long hours, shift work and abundant workplace politics. She still felt she had a lot left to give. That was four years ago. Julie is one of 63 shared lives households in the county, who offer long-term accommodation and support or short breaks for older people, people with a physical or learning disability, or individuals with mental health needs. The county council is looking for additional households that have room in their homes and carers who are willing to support someone living with them as part of their family. All carers receive training and ongoing support and are paid at different rates to reflect the level of support needed. Shared Lives households can also offer shorts breaks to allow full-time carers to have a holiday or time away from their caring duties.

People who have support from a shared lives carer can gain greater independence and become part of the community through the scheme. Julie cares for Jo, aged 38, providing practical support which includes help with medication, day-to-day tasks and self-care. Julie is also there for Jo as a friend — providing company while watching hours of soaps on TV, going to zumba or swimming and meeting up with friends. They also go on trips away a few times a year. Recently, they went to Fuerteventura — Jo’s first ever foreign holiday — which Julie says was eye-opening and very enjoyable for both of them. In addition, Julie is part of the Shared Lives community, and takes part in frequent training to improve her skills and connect with other Shared Lives carers through the carer events and group meetings arranged by the Shared Lives team throughout the year. Julie worked in social care for many years, caring for a range of people from young children to the elderly. This means that she developed a lot of experience caring for people with complex physical and mental health needs. However, Julie doesn’t think that you need a specific experience to be a Shared Lives carer. Julie said: “The most important thing is that you are passionate, caring and seek to improve people’s lives.

Experience of caring for people — for example bringing up children — would, however, be an advantage.” Jo has Down’s Syndrome and has lived with Julie for two years now. Julie describes Jo as bubbly and full of life — enjoying most things that are offered to her. She loves dancing, attending local clubs in the community, theatre shows and avidly follows popstars such as Sam Smith and her favourite soap operas. Councillor Tony Harper, adult social care and public health committee chairman, said: “This is a great scheme that enables people to enjoy greater independence and be a part of their local community through living with a Shared Lives carer in a real home environment. We work closely with our Shared Lives carers and the people who need support to make sure there is a good match. We are looking for people who have some spare time, a spare room if they are planning to offer overnight stays and a caring nature. “The arrangements can range from a couple of weekends a year, to offering a longer-term home. We’re always keen to hear from potential new Shared Lives carers.” Anyone who is interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer can visit www.nottinghamshire.gov. uk/sharedlives, email sharedlives@ nottscc.gov.uk or call 0300 500 8080.

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All walks begin from the marquee at Lady Margaret Hall on the Welbeck Estate. Entry is £8.00 for the six miles and £12.00 for the 20 and 26 miles (under 16s entry is £4.00 and £6.00) and includes a ‘pie and pea’ meal at the finish. Entries on the day will incur a £2.00 extra charge. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. The event is open to walkers,

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Local artist Derrick Spence

is holding an exhibition of his work from Friday 20th September until Saturday 26th October at The Hub in Cannon Square, Retford. This will be his second exhibition at The Hub, having held one there last year. Derrick said: “My last exhibition was solely on animals. This one is a more eclectic mix of subjects which range from human portraits and figure drawing to trains and landscapes. I tend to sketch on the spot whenever and wherever I go, especially when on holiday, so there are views from the east coast around Flamborough as well as sketches and paintings from more far flung places such as Croatia, Malta and Portugal”. Derrick has always had a fascination for steam trains so there is a section of mainly pen and ink drawings of some of his favourite works. He works often from photographs when producing his trademark detailed style and most of the train pictures are derived from Bishop Eric Treacy’s books on steam trains. The exhibition contains work produced in a variety of media as different subjects often require a specific media to enhance the final piece of work. Derrick used to teach art at local schools in the town so there are also prints of local scenes with a few of the former King Edward VI school where he spent much of his teaching career. Derrick hopes to be working in the exhibition area on a few occasions to allow visitors to chat to him and see him at work.

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(BFB) helped over 2,000 adults and over 1,000 children in April 2018 to March 2019. Those attending the food bank’s AGM in June heard that over 90 volunteers help to run the two food bank depots in Retford and Worksop and satellite stations in many ways: from sorting donations, stock rotation and packing parcels, to dealing with referrals in the centres and helping the clients, to picking up donations from supermarkets and schools and businesses, to promoting the work of the food bank in many ways. Without the volunteers the food bank would not exist or achieve what it does, and the trustees expressed their appreciation. Many businesses support BFB in many ways. There are too many to list them all but they include The Hive Self Storage, who provided storage free of charge for the excess donations that came in at the end of 2018. These food items (mainly pasta, beans, soup and tomatoes) are gradually being moved back onto the shelves in the distribution centres ready to be added to parcels. A part-time volunteer co-ordinator is to be employed in preparation for the busy period of the school summer holidays and autumn. The food bank continues to offer educational visits to its distribution centres, and has worked with the National Citizenship Service, offering teenagers lifechanging experiences. In 2018, a group of young people raised funds from local businesses then bought

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launching their super summer bargains with all four outlets taking advantage of a bumper season of quality donations. The shops at: The Courtyard, Bawtry; High Street, Maltby; Field Road, Thorne; and Queen Mary’s Road, Rossington, are all offering an excellent secondhand range including ladieswear, menswear, children’s and bric-a-brac. Each shop continues to invite quality donations — it is a never ending cycle, or in this case re-cycle. Shop sales help the local RSPCA

items for the food bank to distribute. Working in partnership with thirty plus partner agencies, including Bassetlaw District Council, Citizens Advice Bureau, Christians Against Poverty, children’s centres, family services and other community support agencies, the charity has supported in the last year, from April 2018 to March 2019, 2,029 adults aged 16 plus and 1,045 children, by providing 1,593 three-day emergency aid food parcels — an increase of 24% on the same period of the previous year. On average, the charity continues to distribute over 100 emergency aid food parcels a month from the distribution centres and satellite collection points in the more rural areas of the district, such as Misterton, Harworth and Bircotes and Carlton-in-Lindrick. Getting the word out about the importance of the food bank across the local community is important and Facebook and local press continue to be amazing tools, to keep people informed about what the charity is up to. To find out more about Bassetlaw Food Bank, and how to donate or volunteer, contact them on 01777 710858, email retford@ bassetlawfoodbank.org, visit www. bassetlawfoodbank.org or follow them on Facebook @bassetlaw.foodbank. Everyone at the food bank is thankful to all those people who have shown their support — whether they are an individual or from a school, business, community group or charity. It is only by working together that we can support those who are in crisis through troubled times. continue the vital work for animals suffering cruelty and neglect. There are many ways to help the RSPCA Doncaster Rotherham Branch with their mission to rehome and rehabilitate animals including volunteering, donating cash or goods, sponsoring them through their safe haven programme and attending their events. At the animal centre they rehome the animals in their care and have a pet supplies store on site for all your requirements. They also provide a pet cremation service and a memorial garden for your beloved pets. To donate £5.00, text ‘RSPCADRB’ to 70085.


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Pippa greenwood on installing a vertical structure in your garden to make a new planting opportunity sunny spot with fairly free-draining soil can be planted with lavenders, so you can enjoy both the way it looks and the perfume and aromatic leaves after a stressful day. In sunny positions, plant thymes or camomile as a lawn on the approach to your archway or arbour; a fantastic aroma will be released when your feet gently crush the plants. Arches and arbours are available in a range of materials, with wood and metal being the most popular, both of which I find fit in with my gardening style. In these materials you can transform them with wood stains or paints to a bright blue, rich red or any colour you fancy! An arch or an arbour can be constructed from scratch, but there is a wide range of ready-made arbours and kits for both arches and arbours available. If you choose

wood, do ensure that it is a wood which is either naturally going to resist decay — western red cedar or a hardwood such as oak would be my preference, followed by Douglas fir or larch. Alternatively you can choose a softwood which has been tanalised or pressure-treated with a wood preservative, which will usually be somewhat cheaper. By choosing a wooden arch, perhaps with a rounded top and trellis up the sides, you ensure a really good planting space, and this more rustic look fits well in an informal garden. Many wooden arches are relatively inexpensive and easy to install. To find out what’s available, visit several local garden centres or take a look at mail-order products from the numerous arch and arbour websites, which make window shopping even easier!


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TOP TIPS • Keep it simple — It is possible to buy special kits to convert all your home’s grey water for garden-usage, but these can prove expensive. You’re more likely to try something that’s cheap and easy. If you really get into water-recycling though, then go for it! • Think natural — Switch to environmentally friendly cleaning and beauty products. These are biodegradable and won’t harm your plants. • Don’t forget the shower — Put the plug in when you shower, and you can save the water for the garden. • Safetyfirst — All grey water will contain some bacteria. Use it within 24 hours but don’t use it for edible plants or for pots and containers, only on decorative border plants. • Think laterally — You don’t have to restrict greywater to garden usage. Use it to clean the car too!

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from the secondary schools and colleges in Bassetlaw have been recognised for their courage and determination to succeed against odds that would be daunting to most people. The awards ceremony was held at a luncheon in the Masonic Hall in Worksop on Monday 24th June and attended by 65 people, including councillors, Rotarians as well as students, their families and teachers. Students are nominated for these awards for a variety of reasons, such as: acts of bravery, being obliged to live alone, caring for terminally ill parents, living with illness and all manner of issues which make life more of a struggle for them. Presentations this year were made to students from schools in the Bassetlaw area who had been nominated for showing enormous effort in overcoming the type of difficulties that life sometimes throws at people. There were those who were living with a variety of symptoms, which included: Marfans Syndrome and High Myopia, Autism, seizures resulting at times in broken bones, chronic asthma causing frequent and lengthy hospital admissions, as well as heart problems necessitating several operations, not to mention suffering dreadfully from the cold to the point of having blue lips because of the resulting poor

10th year for Retford U3A Now in its 10th year, the Retford branch of the U3A has a membership of over 600 people. There are now over 1,040 branches of the U3A spread across the United Kingdom, with 425,000 members. The U3A is, at heart, an organisation where members gain new skills, by shared experience. The ethos is to learn from each other in an informal co-operative manner, which embraces everyone. August is seen as the month of holiday and relaxation. For a number of Retford’s members, and we imagine for members living all over the country, this means looking after grandchildren, whilst they are on their 92 August 2019

holidays. The wonderful thing about grandchildren, of course, is that usually you can give them back to their parents at the end of the day. However, it is a chance to see and be with family members. This month sees a number of the interest groups taking a break. It can be stressful organising and running a group and leaders need a break as well, but in Retford, the very able group co-ordinator is Brenda Wilson, who is always ready to help and offer advice. Retford U3A have an excellent website. It’s recommended that you have a look at the links box, as

circulation. The district chairman of Rotary District 1220, Doctor Cheryle Berry MBE, who presented the awards along with councillor Deborah Merryweather, chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, said: “These young people are absolutely amazing and it is truly humbling to hear their stories and all the things they have achieved in spite of great difficulties”. She went on to explain that it is a wonderful opportunity to congratulate them and thank their teachers and families for the support and encouragement they give every day. Pauline Crawshaw of the Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries, who organises this annual event on behalf of the three clubs in the Bassetlaw area, said: “All these brave students have shown courage in dealing with all kinds of adversity, keeping a positive attitude and being a great example to others. They deserve our recognition and respect.” there are a number of interesting and possibly important contacts, covering travel and fuel costs, local bus companies, the CAB, Retford Hub and many more. If you have a friend who is thinking of joining Retford U3A or you might be looking for something new to do, maybe they are the organisation for you to join. A full general U3A meeting is held once a month, at the Well Baptist Church, Retford, on the fourth Thursday, starting around 1.15pm, except in August. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at the comprehensive website, or contact the membership secretary, Paul Bacon at membership@retford-u3a.org.uk. or call 01427 880502 for more details.


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New jogging group in Ranskill

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Ranskill and Mattersey Hash House Harriers started at the back end of last year and generally run monthly on a Sunday lunchtime. The planned routes are four to five kilometres of mixed, mainly off road and is set for joggers, runners and walkers alike — dogs are welcome too. The whole idea is that everyone gets some good exercise and the aim is for everyone to get back to the pub at the same time — for a drink or three and maybe some food, if one requires. The route is set from junction to junction and the idea is that everyone waits at each check for the last person to catch up. The front runners are then away trying to find the next leg of the route (false trails and dead ends are marked up too), and when identified, and after a quick natter, the remainder join on the correct route. It is not competitive.

Hashing, for the uninitiated, is an international phenomenon started by the Brits after WWII. A hash run is a sociable three to five mile, non-competitive, run/walk/ jog, which generally starts and finishes at a pub (but not always). A hash run is set by a volunteer (or two) who choose a pub then mark a circular running route using blobs of flour. The ‘pack’ rendezvous at the assigned time/location then set off with the aim of finding the route out and back to the pub. A good hash route will have a long route with false routes for fast runners, a shorter route for the slower ones and possibly even walkers’ shortcuts. Various check points along the route keep everyone together and the general idea is to all arrive back at the pub at the same time. Then have a drink or two and possibly a

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Summer art event Clarborough & Welham IT Group Worksop Society of Artists will be holding their summer exhibition and sale of work at Sparken Hill Academy, Sparken Hill, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 1AW. The preview night is Friday 26th July, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, then the exhibition is open from Saturday 27th July to Sunday 4th August, from 10.00am to 4.00pm every day. Access to the exhibition is free with plenty of parking available. Also, in August there will be more exhibitions by members of the society, which will be held at The Gallery, Rufford Abbey Country Park, Ollerton, Nottinghamshire NG22 9DG. The first member exhibition will be ‘Woodside Arts’, by Gail Stafford and Margaret Jefford. Their exhibition and sale of work runs from Saturday 10th August to Sunday 18th August, from 10.00pm to 5.00pm each day. The second exhibition is ‘4+2 Art’, from Susan Broughton to Sheree Osbourne, Alan Gardner to John Turner, John Fretwell to David Fisher. Their exhibition and sale of work runs from Saturday 24th August to Friday 30th August, from 10.00am to 5.00pm every day. Entry to both exhibitions are free to enter and normal fees apply on entry to the park.

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Retford Hub has announced that they have been awarded the Sizzling Carling Community Action Award, by the owners of the King and Miller on the North Road and is to have a whole new look. During this summer the volunteers are going to be busy working towards a re-launch of the shop at the end of September. This popular shop, run by volunteers for the people of Retford, provides an outlet for visitor information, local crafts, a social café and an arts centre and, since opening over four years ago, has continued to develop. It also houses the Mayflower Pilgrim Museum and in November, sees events begin for the pilgrim festivities; the timing is ideal as the new Retford Pilgrim Trail with Retford Hub will be opening in the autumn. It will play a significant part as the pilgrim café and gift shop on the trail, which includes Bassetlaw Museum and St Swithun’s Church, together with the existing Pilgrim Museum at The Hub. The shop and café facilities will be transformed, offering a much more pleasant, comfortable experience. Chris Daniels, director, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity — the original design was executed by volunteers without any funding in 12 weeks, and so it is great that the King and Miller shares our vision for a community facility, that is a place where people want to be and spend time. We are very grateful to the staff at The King and Miller for their

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fundraising over the last year, and their customers who have supported us.” The Hub would be grateful for volunteers to get involved with the refit, particularly any carpenters, electricians or handymen. A SUMMER OF EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES • ‘Scrap Saturday’, an all-day event making cards in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice, run by Louise, is on Saturday 10th August, and costs just £5.00 per person. • Amina Khan returns to The Hub to run her ever-popular children’s summer art classes on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August, this year to create fish from recycled pop bottles and paint, a really exciting activity. • Don’t forget Lego Club on Saturday 17th August from 1.30pm, mostly for the kids, but also for young-at-heart adults to join in! See this month’s Family Fun Days Out pages in this edition of Retford Life for more details. • The Pilgrim Museum is open daily throughout the school holidays, and, as well as displays and exhibits there are activity sheets for the children to enjoy. Find out all about The Hub’s preparations for the 2020 celebrations, including all about what John Harris, resident artist, has planned, who is working on a very exciting project. Seek him out in his studio to discover a professional artist at work. Contact The Hub or John for more information. • Friday 2nd August will mark the end of the exhibition ‘Peripheral Vision’ by Garry Ashton, and there will be a summer soirée from 7.00pm, where you will be able to meet Garry to discover some of the inspiration and stories behind some of the works. In addition, you will be able to meet some of the team behind The Hub and find out more about its future development. Please let The Hub know if you wish to attend, either via the shop or email chris@retfordhub.org. • The following week will welcome

a new exhibition by Annie Turner, a resident Hub artist. This exhibition runs until Saturday 14th September when Derrick Spence, well known to many through his art teaching, returns with an exciting new exhibition of his works. OTHER EVENTS: • Every Thursday, Drop-In Art with Cath, 1.00pm • Saturday 3rd August, Watercolour with Jennie, 12.30pm • Wednesday 14th August, Retford Mayflower WI, 7.00pm It is advised to check with The Hub before attending, as events may be subject to change. Contact The Hub at 11 Churchgate, Retford, on 01777 860414 or chris@retfordhub.org, visit www.retfordhub.org or follow them on Facebook @retfordhubnotts. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm 11 Churchgate, Retford 01777 860414 www.retfordhub.org www.mayflowerpilgrimcentre.co.uk


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Why doctors are prescribing Mindfulness Alison Runman looks at the trend of personal awareness Mindfulness has gone

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We can all benefit from mindfulness, but it’s now officially recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to prevent depression in people who’ve had three or more bouts, and is increasingly recommended by doctors for helping with chronic conditions or pain, as well as stress, anxiety or depression. There’s emerging evidence that it can ease insomnia, too. PRACTISING MINDFULNESS The NHS recommends: • Noticing the everyday and trying something new — notice the details of what’s going on around you and try a different seat or

going somewhere new for lunch to see things in a new way. • Watching and naming your thoughts and feelings — “Mindfulness isn’t about making these thoughts go away, but rather about seeing them as mental events,” says Dr Williams.“Imagine standing at a bus station and seeing ‘thought buses’ coming and going without having to get on them and be taken away. This can be very hard at first, but with gentle persistence it is possible.” Identify them. “That’s my worry about my Dad’s health.” “I’m stressed because I’ve got a really busy week.” By being aware of your fears and concerns, you’re more likely to recognise when you’re letting them grow disproportionately to the thing they’re about. • Freeing yourself from the past and future — realising that worries about the past or future can dominate, stopping you from enjoying the now. If you realise you’ve been reliving or pre-living negative experiences for several minutes, take a moment to focus yourself in the present, appreciating the day and the moment you’re living now. • Taking time out — ideally having more formal, longer mindfulness sessions, focusing on your breathing and your body and bringing your attention back whenever your mind wanders. This could be at home or while travelling. Find the time and place most convenient and helpful for you. The NHS recommends the Mental Health Foundation’s online mindfulness course which can be found at www.bemindfulonline. com, or you can find a local teacher at www.bemindful. co.uk/learn-mindfulness.


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Gardeners’ Club will be holding their annual flower and vegetable show on Saturday 17th August, in Beckingham Village Hall. The doors will be open from 2.00pm for visitors to view all the entries and enjoy some of the homemade refreshments that will be on sale. Registration of entries will take place in the village hall on Friday 16th August, from 7.00pm to 8.00pm. If anyone who wishes to enter the show is unable to attend on the Friday, please contact Pat Hooton, to make alternative arrangements. Anyone wishing to enter the show can get a show program, which contains all the classes and registration details, from the post office in Beckingham. Adult and children’s entries are encouraged, from novice to expert gardeners, as you need to be in it to win it. There are trophies and prizes to be won, not to mention the satisfaction of growing or making something that you are proud to show to other people. This is a community event for Beckingham and local villages so it is hoped that as many people as possible will support it. It is always a very sociable occasion and there will be various stalls at the event including a plant stall. If anyone wishes to hold a stall at the event, please contact Pat Hooton. Further information about the show or garden club can be obtained from Pat Hooton, on 01427 890357 or email pathooton1446@gmail.com.

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The annual cricket match between the White Horse public house and Ye Olde Bell Hotel will be held on Barnby Moor Playing Field on Sunday 18th August, starting at approximately 3.30pm. This is a fun match so please come along, bring a picnic and help to make it an enjoyable afternoon.

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Citizens Advice

Private renters will no longer have to pay letting agent fees as the Tenant Fees Act came into force on 1st June 2019. Citizens Advice has called for a ban on fees for a decade and worked with parliamentarians across the political spectrum to make sure the bill was as watertight as possible. This included closing a ‘default fees’ loophole that could have led to landlords and agents charging fees through the backdoor by adding unfair terms to tenancy agreements. Citizens Advice also urged legislators to reduce the amount of money required for a deposit from six weeks’ rent to four weeks. The final bill compromised on a deposit worth five weeks’ rent. The ban means renters cannot be charged fees for looking around a property, setting up a tenancy — such as for referencing or credit checks, or for check-out. Gillian Guy, national chief executive of Citizens Advice, said: “The end of these uncompetitive and unfair letting

fees is a real win for renters. “The new law means families and other renters don’t have to hand over hundreds of pounds every time they move home. We look forward to working with the government to further strengthen the hand of renters in a market where they have little bargaining power.” For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw: • on 03444 111 444 (available Monday to Friday 10.00am — 4.00pm) • at the drop-in service at the Worksop office: inside The Annexe, Queens Building, Potter Street, Worksop (next to the Savoy Cinema) available: Mondays, 9.30am — 3.00pm, Wednesdays from 9.30am — 3.00pm and Fridays, 9.30am — 1.00pm • at the drop-in service at the Retford office at: 17b The Square, Retford, available: Tuesdays, 10.00am — 2.00pm and Thursdays, 10.00am — 2.00pm.

Bassetlaw Museum summer events

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THE IMAGINATION MUSEUM: MAYFLOWER 400 Saturday 31st August at 11.30am, 1.00pm and 3.00pm, In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, three eccentric tour guides will lead you on a danced history tour, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for many of the passengers who undertook a historic journey from England to America aboard the Mayflower in 1620. This free performance will be accompanied by free workshops for children and their grown-ups. Playful, imaginative and moving, The Imagination Museum is a performance about determination and the extraordinary things that it makes ordinary people do. MR WYSE AND HIS REMARKABLE

COLLECTION EXHIBITION On until Saturday 14th September, Lewis George Wyse (1867-1955) was a Retford entrepreneur, cycling champion and avid antiques collector. This exhibition gives an opportunity to see his eclectic collection of precious porcelain, delicate glassware, artworks and various oddities. For further information call the museum on 01777 713749 or visit www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk.


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What’s on in August at Retford Library STEPHEN BOOTH BOOK SIGNING IN CONJUNCTION WITH BOOKWORM Thursday 15th August, 11.00am to 1.00pm Author Stephen Booth will be signing copies of his new standalone novel Drowned Lives WRITERS’ GROUP Thursday 1st, 15th and 29th August from 2.00pm — 4.00pm Come along, listen and share. For further information you can contact Kevin on 07903 654499 and kpm2@talktalk.net. CRAFT AND COFFEE CLUB The club does not meet in August. The next group session will be on Wednesday 4th September. FAMILY HISTORY GROUP There are no meetings in August. The next meeting will be on Monday 9th September from 5.00pm to 7.00pm. LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY DROP-IN SURGERY There will be no surgery in August. The next surgery will be on Thursday 19th September. RATTLE, RHYME AND ROLL Every Wednesday and Friday from 10.00am to 10.20am. Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers. HOME LIBRARY SERVICE Retford Library has a team of RVS volunteers who deliver a selection of library books to those who are housebound and cannot access the library. For further information about any of these events and activities please contact Retford Library on 01777 708724 or retford. library@inspireculture.org.uk. 108 August 2019

East Markham WI The June meeting of East Markham WI heard Sam Glasswell from Bassetlaw Museum talk on the subject of ‘women’s rights and suffragettes’. Dressed as a campaigner and wearing a ‘votes for women’ sash, Sam explained that the word suffrage meaning the ‘right to vote’, applied to both men and women. The history of suffrage began in Saxon times when the King was all powerful, the 1215 Magna Carta gave some power to the Barons and in 1258 a form of parliament, elected by a number of towns, was agreed. The 1832 Great Reform Act cleaned up the ‘rotten boroughs’, including Retford, and gave representation to more areas. During the Victorian era, women had more access to education and, campaigns for women’s rights became more organised. By the 1880s women were more politically active, founding the Primrose League in 1883 and the Women’s Federation in 1886. After the defeat of a 1897 Bill, Millicent Fawcett became leader of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) — the Suffragists — which sort change by peaceful means. Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women’s Social and Political Union, (WSPU) — the suffragettes — with the slogan ‘deeds not words’. Hoping to be arrested and treated as political prisoners, suffragettes went to political rallies and heckled speakers. A 1906 NUWSS procession for the

right to vote, attracted between 3,000 and 4,000 women, as did their 1907 Hyde Park rally, both were peaceful events. The more militant suffragettes broke windows, chained themselves to railings and attacked Members of Parliament. Many were arrested and went on hunger strike, eventually they were force fed, resulting in one fatality. When the 1910 Conciliation Bill failed, many women stormed Parliament, and two of them died, as a result of police brutality. The suffragettes then began an arson campaign. On Derby Day 1913, Emily Wilding Davidson ran towards the King’s Horse, was knocked to the ground and later died from her injuries. Her funeral attracted thousands of supporters. As the suffragettes became more violent their support waned, but that for the suffragists increased. On the outbreak of war in 1914, all campaigning stopped. As men went to war, women went to work. In 1915, Asquith, acknowledging that women were doing men’s jobs, agreed to give women’s rights campaigners a fair hearing. In 1918 women over thirty were given the vote, and in 1928 they were granted the same voting rights as men. Exhibits from the museum, including leaflets, hammers and a bomb making kit, illustrated many aspects of women’s struggle for the right to vote. The next meeting is on Tuesday 20th August, a history of Lincoln Cathedral with Vic Hughes. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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Window & Door Repairs.............29 True Window & Glass Centre........................................55 We Fit Conservatories, Windows & Doors................34 Window Repair Service...................................................18 HOME INTERIOR Bathroom AHM Installations.............................................................76 Bubbles Showers & Bathrooms...................................38 Houseproud.......................................................................95 Howdens.............................................................................24 Style Bathrooms...............................................................79 Venus Bathrooms & Kitchens......................................67 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Regency Blinds.................................................................23 RS Blinds............................................................................22 STA Home Furnishings....................................................21 Tracy Wint Soft Furnishings...........................................75 Vorbo Interiors...................................................................43 Carpets & Flooring Clinton Carpets.............................................................. 111 Distinctive Flooring..........................................................75 Priory Carpets & Beds.....................................................47 United Carpets..................................................................11 Victoria Carpets................................................................75 Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford...........................................................................93 Stuart Domestics.......................................................... 109 Electrical Retail Aegir Consumer Electronics..........................................73 Electrical Services & Supplies AGW Electrical & Plumbing............................................18 CTB Services.....................................................................52 Danlec Electrical Solutions............................................46 Delta Electrical Solutions...............................................61 Lindrick Electrical.......................................................... 105 Furniture & Homeware Fusion Design Arts...........................................................23 Priory Carpets & Beds.....................................................47 The Furniture Project.......................................................23 Joinery Services Phil Syms Joinery..............................................................22 Richdon Joinery................................................................52

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