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Welcome to the February edition of Retford Life magazine. Traditionally the month of love, February is maybe best known as the home to Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, it’s a great excuse to tell those we know that we love them. Consuming much of the world’s news, it can often seem we’ve forgotten how to show our affection for others, but I believe it’s so important to love ourselves and show our love for where we live and who we live with. I’m not talking about grand gestures and huge public displays of affection, but if we are able to do something small to show our love everyday then maybe we’ll feel happier and more content. Make a conscious effort to show your love each day — start this February when the leap year gifts us an extra day too. February is also home to Pancake Day — the perfect
Trevor Langley finds flavours for all tastes with his wonderful wine selections
excuse to try out our recipe this month, which is bananas in blankets. I think it’s going to be a hit in my house. Technically, it’s also the last month of winter… yippee! Snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring and we learn about the local National Garden Scheme openings while our gardening articles advise us to start planting. You can also get out and about locally at Daneshill Lakes (pictured above). We’ve got a feature this month about life in your golden years. It’s all too easy to focus on finances and funerals but there can also be lots to positives to embrace, like more time for hobbies and holidays. For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.retfordlifemagazine.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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A thin line between love & hate...............8 The history of Valentine’s Day.................12 She deserves Fairtrade..............................14 Back to black........................................16 &18 Golden Years Life in your golden years...........................21 Planning to retire?........................................22 Still working? It’s the ideal time to pick a new hobby........................24 Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports.................26 Does it pay to plan ahead?....................28 6 February 2020
Bananas in blankets...................................32 #RetfordPOM................................................38 Stand aside, standby..................................40 A mixed matter.............................................44 Health service or half service?...............50 New Year treats at Spa at Ye Olde Bell...52 First drives: Volswagen Crafter................62 Smooth car control.....................................64 Winter saviours..............................................70 A game of two halves................................74 Garden waste boosts local recycling.76 Perfect potatoes..........................................78 Snowdrop Festival welcomes the first signs of spring.................................80
Wildlife in February......................................82 Retford Hub is going greener..................86 Family games night....................................88 Right to the core...........................................90 Perplexing puzzles.......................................91 Choosing a small family pet....................94 Tile style............................................................98 A good read............................................... 102 Amazing Avignon......................................106
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A thin line between love & hate will not do anyone any favours.
February is often known as the month of love courtesy of a 3rd century Roman saint. However, for you regular readers, you will know that I often like to explore the ‘other side of the coin’. So, this month I will discuss the positive benefits of doing the things you hate. WE HATE BORING Firstly, we need to look into why do we hate doing certain tasks. I believe we can often put those reasons into three categories; too difficult, boring or uncomfortable. Let us take washing the dishes as an example of a boring task. A simple way to make it a little more interesting is to put on some music; use earphones if it is late at night or crank it up to festival volume if it is during the day. Set yourself a timer for 10 minutes, shake your money maker and get those pots and pans shining. Why set a timer? Because I have witnessed so many people dragging out an already unexciting task and making it take three times longer than it should because it is ‘boring’. Well, 8 February 2020
Chris Barnacoat on taking positives from doing things you hate if it really is that boring, why make it last longer than it needs to? WE HATE DIFFICULT I do not believe that the same task should always be ‘too difficult’. If it is a task which you are repeating on a regular basis then you really need to start looking for ways to make it easier. Is your work a regular difficult task? Then start looking into why. Do you understand your subject well enough? Maybe starting some additional out of hours reading would help. Are the people you deal with too difficult? Maybe you are in the wrong team or perhaps talking to them about other subjects will help you understand their mindset. Is your job difficult simply because you really dislike it? Well, then start putting your CV together and get looking for another job because another 30 years of being miserable
WE HATE UNCOMFORTABLE This is the main one for many of us, myself included, but I really believe this is where physical challenges come into fruition. Doing something which makes you feel uncomfortable physically, ie stepping outside of your comfort zone, can have a huge carry over into daily life. Managing to push yourself through a pretty mean workout can give you the mindset that completing other seemingly hard tasks must actually be quite easy in comparison. Over time it starts to harden your mind to the idea that, ‘ok now is not the time to stop, just push through this bit and it will be easier or over’. Recently I have been waking up at 4.30am on a Monday morning and going for a run, no matter what the weather — and believe me I have run in the pouring rain, the wind and the ice. But why would I do such a ‘stupid’ thing? Because if I can drag myself out of bed on a dark and cold Monday morning, do something I really do not like doing (running) and do it in some pretty horrible weather conditions, then I can tackle many more tasks throughout the week because nothing could be as bad as that! Start trying to push yourself a little bit more in the gym and see how you feel mentally after you have physically recovered. I guarantee you will feel more confident in yourself and if nothing else, you will start to get better results physically from your increased gym efforts! Got some health and fitness, nutrition or lifestyle questions? Email them to info@satorihealth. co.uk and you might see them answered in the next article. Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk
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If you want to know how to tell your geese from your swans, your dabbling ducks from your diving ducks, then join the Friends of Daneshill Lakes for a stroll around the beautiful Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve on Sunday 9th February, starting at 10.00am. Daneshill Lakes, situated on Daneshill Road, Torworth (DN22 8RB) is home to a treasure trove of wintering waterfowl which are now looking their best as they pair up ready for breeding in the spring.
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The next Live and Local event at East Markham Village Hall, NG22 0SS, is Sunjay in Concert on Saturday 29th February at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. With talents way beyond his years, A new karate club will soon be opening in Sutton-cum-Lound Village Hall on Fridays from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. It will cost £2.00 per session. No formal kit is needed to start. Beginners are welcome and the club will cater 10 February 2020
Birding enthusiast Barry Cartwright will be on hand to impart his wide knowledge and help with easy identification pointers. You may also spy some of Daneshill’s smaller feathered friends too as you saunter around the lake. This event is organised by the Friends of Daneshill Lakes and is free to join. It will be suitable for all ages of visitor and all abilities. Meet in the car park at
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Why do we exchange cards, flowers and gifts with our loved ones on 14th February when the day’s patron saint was a Christian martyr? The origins of St Valentine’s Day are said to have begun as early as the third century and were possibly influenced by the Roman fertility feast of Lupercalia held on 15th February, whose themes and rituals were centred around coupling and new birth. No one is entirely sure who St Valentine was. Valentine or Valentinus was a popular name in Rome and there are at least three Catholic saints known as Valentine who have been venerated over the centuries. Any one of them could have had the Feast of St Valentine named after him when Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian festival in 496 AD. One theory is that St Valentine was a Christian priest in the third century who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict that no Roman soldiers could marry by performing secret wedding ceremonies for young lovers until he was captured, beheaded (allegedly on 14th February) and buried under a Roman road. It is also thought that St Valentine’s Day may have been merged with a Norman celebration that took place around the same time known as Galatin’s 12 February 2020
The history of Valentine’s Day Catherine Rose gets to the bottom of the day of love Day, meaning ‘a gallant’ or lover. The link between Valentine’s Day and romance was solidified in the late 1300s with Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem Parliament of Foules (Fowls), said to have been written in honour of King Richard II’s betrothal to Anne of Bohemia. It contains the lines: “…For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.” (For this was on St Valentine’s Day when every bird comes there to choose his mate.) Royalty took the notion on board, and by the 1400s it had become traditional for noblemen to write romantic poems to their love interest or ‘Valentine’. The oldest known Valentine still in existence is a poem entitled Farewell to Love written in French by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following capture at the Battle of Agincourt. St Valentine’s Day was clearly
established as a day for lovers by 1600 when Shakespeare referred to it in Hamlet during a speech by Ophelia. By the eighteenth century, handmade Valentine’s cards had become popular and were very elaborate with flowers, ribbons and lace. They would often feature Cupid (whose name means ‘desire’), the mischievous winged son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. He also appeared in much romantic verse as the bringer of often unrequited love — hence a missive was necessary to let the object of your desire know of your affections! With their sentimental notion of romance and the language of flowers, the Victorians elevated Valentine’s Day to the popular celebration it has become today. In 1858, The London Journal wrote of St Valentine’s Day that it was both “natural and proper that at the start of spring the predominating sentiment in the human mind should be the sentiment of love; and to this accordingly the anniversary of our saint is directed”.
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• When you do your shopping do you look for Fairtrade products you can buy? When you buy a Fairtrade product, you expect the farmers and workers who produced it to have received a fair price. But did you know about the list of requirements, called the Fairtrade Standards, covering workers’ rights, environmental protection, gender and transparency, that also have to be met? For companies these standards include:
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from 24th February to 8th March throughout the UK. Fairtrade for Bassetlaw hopes that people reading the wonderful ‘Life’ magazine that drops through your door, support Fairtrade all year round; but here is a perfect way to enjoy perhaps one of your favourite foods — chocolate, at the same time as highlighting the poor wages chocolate producers are paid — and many of the workers are women. That’s because this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme is She Deserves Fairtrade. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4billion each year. And yet the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60% of all cocoa is grown, makes less than 75p a day. This is well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 per day. So, while around 4 million tonnes of cocoa are produced each year, Fairtrade cocoa represents just a fraction of this. In West Africa, it’s just 10%. The reality of life for so many of the hardworking women behind our cocoa doesn’t get the attention it deserves. That’s why they need your support for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020. Bassetlaw is a Fairtrade District
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and the local Fairtrade committee are keen for individuals around the area to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight. One of the simplest things you can think of for Fairtrade Fortnight to support cocoa farmers around the world, is by buying Fairtrade chocolate and cocoa. Some ideas include: • If you have a business — is the tea, coffee, cocoa you offer workers Fairtrade? • Does your school offer teachers Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate (occasionally) or as a treat? • When you host a meeting for your community group or at your church do you make sure any beverages or snacks used include Fairtrade products? • When you pop into a local cafe do you ask the owners if they use Fairtrade products?
This benefits not just the longterm health of our planet, but also thousands of farmers working hard to escape poverty Though it’s ideal to highlight and do a particular event for Fairtrade Fortnight; which could show how using Fairtrade Chocolate provides a fair price for cocoa and, additionally, can make sure women workers earn a fair wage and local producers are using environmentally friendly growing conditions; just choosing Fairtrade chocolate is a great start. If you have examples of what you are doing for Fairtrade Fortnight, or want to know more contact Kathy Cowbrough, Chair of Fairtrade for Bassetlaw, by email at kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com or call 01777 706880. If you want to try some different Fairtrade chocolates as part of your contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight go to the Fairtrade Foundation website to find a list of 15 Fairtrade chocolate choices you can find on the high street at www.fairtrade.org.uk.
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Back to black…
Katherine Sorrell on using black in your interior to create drama, interest & on-trend style To make an impact when works best for your room. designing a room, sometimes it pays to go against convention. This is why the use of black in an interior is so surprising and, when employed with thoughtfulness and flair, so successful. What could be more different to the typical room with all-white walls than one that uses a significant amount of black? This timeless colour is bold, luxurious and actually more versatile than you might think. For a start, just as there is a huge variety of shades of white, so there are many different shades of black, ranging from cool, blueish blacks to warm, red-blacks. Looking carefully at paint swatches and then testing the paints out on your walls (examining them at different times of day and under various lights) will demonstrate their underlying tones and help you determine what
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Secondly, bear in mind that although black itself is dark, the room in which it is used doesn’t have to be. Yes, in a small room, such as a snug, WC or study, black can be used to emphasise a feeling of cosiness, but in a larger space it can help improve the sense of proportion and create a feeling of intimacy. To avoid a sense of gloom, ensure that any room in which you plan to use significant amounts of black has both large windows and plenty of reflective surfaces (glass, mirror and gloss paint) to provide daytime illumination, and include a good variety of artificial lighting — ceiling and wall lamps, floor and table lamps — to create gorgeous pools of warm, welcoming light at night. If all-over black is a step
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FIND OUT ABOUT THE STATE PENSION As far as your state pension is concerned, you can request a pension forecast from the www.gov.uk website. When the time comes to retire you’ll need to proactively claim your state pension as it’s not paid automatically unless you receive certain benefits. CHECK YOUR WORKPLACE PENSION Your workplace pension provider should have sent annual statements over the years showing your accrued pension at the time, plus a forecast of how much your pension might be when you retire. If you can’t find your latest statement, you’ll be able to obtain one by contacting your pension provider. CHECK FOR OLD AND FORGOTTEN PENSIONS If you’ve changed employers a few times during your career, you might have one or more ‘forgotten’ pensions. You can find out by contacting the Pension Tracing Service — it’s government-run and free to use. WILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SUPPORT YOUR DESIRED LIFESTYLE IN RETIREMENT? When you are still working
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Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. However, research by the Skipton Building Society has shown that we don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active retirement: apparently many of us start to feel bored and undervalued within just ten months of stopping work. According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase by 20% if we simply engage with the world around us, whether that’s through social activities in the community, physical activities or creative pastimes. Finding the right hobby can help you make new friends and give you a sense of purpose, which ultimately benefits both your physical and mental health. But here are so many options, it’s often hard to know where to begin.
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time. It’s estimated that a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a choir, and recent research has shown that group singing is a particularly fast way to create social bonds — in other words, it’s a speedy short cut to making new friends. Other ways to meet people include volunteering at an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop, or starting a social media group such as a neighbourhood watch. HOME ALONE If you want something you can do at home, creative hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on YouTube or scour charity shops and secondhand bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach you a new skill. Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed pictures with friends online, write poetry or short stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up an old
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Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports Claire Jenkin, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire
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WALKING SPORT Different types of modified sport for older adults exist, but by far the most popular are sports that replace running with walking. Walking football was perhaps the first — developed in the UK in 2011. Since then, hundreds of clubs have been established in the UK alone. England even played Italy in an international walking football tournament in May 2018. Other sports have followed suit. There are now walking versions of rugby, netball and basketball. Although most of these walking sports were first developed in the UK, their popularity is spreading globally, with countries such as Australia now introducing similar programmes. My colleagues and I recently undertook an evaluation of a walking basketball programme in Melbourne, Australia to understand why some people took up modified sports at an older age. We asked the participants, aged 53 to 83, why they joined the programme and what benefits they experienced. Many participants said it was an opportunity to have fun and socialise. They enjoyed the competitive element and saw the sport as a chance to improve their health. They also found the sport to be mentally stimulating as they had to think about
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Arts Society Dukeries Citizens Advice Annual Conference 2019 If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, please go along to one of The Arts Society Dukeries’ meetings. They have monthly lecture meetings on the first Wednesday of the month (except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra special interest days. Also, in December they have an extra Christmas themed lecture with lunch. Further, they enjoy trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. They do not have any meetings in January. Their first lecture of 2020 is on Wednesday 5th February on Indian art, and is titled ‘Portraits of the Maharinas’. The speaker is Dr John Stevens. The Maharajas and Maharinis of India were semi-independent rulers, responsible for governing territories that were outside the direct control of the British Empire. They fascinated the British public and they functioned as powerful symbols of ‘exotic India’. This lecture draws on an extensive collection of portraits and photographs of Indian Maharinis. These images, and the costumes worn, are stunning works of art in their own right. Their next lecture, on Wednesday 4th March, is about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. The society meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Coffee is served from 10.00am and the lecture is from 11.00am to 12.00pm approximately. Free car parking is available. For further details on the lecture programme, the study/ special interest days or the society, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit www. theartssociety.org/dukeries. Village Hall official opening
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The national Citizens Advice conference was held in November 2019, at Manchester. Representatives from many of the local Citizens Advice office locations attended the two day conference to discuss and learn about: • Culture — Achieving change in equality, diversity and inclusion • Advice — How leading organisations can adapt to meet people’s needs • Sustainability — Future funding • Technology — Building responsible technology • Advocacy — Making sure our voice is as powerful as possible in an ever-changing world. The Patron of Citizens Advice is HRH, Princess Anne, whose closing speech at the conference referred to the complex issues faced by individuals and how Citizens Advice support those people. Princess Anne promoted the work of Citizens Advice and confirmed the need for this advice to be free, confidential, impartial and independent. Staff attended from Citizens Advice Bassetlaw. The new Chair of Trustees, Arthur Deakin was invited
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War and ‘Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned Right?’ The first Retford Religious Tolerance Forum was held in 2016 to commemorate the death, in 1616, of Thomas Helwys, the first Baptist martyr, and co-founder, and original advocate of religious tolerance between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those with no faith. Thomas Helwys was born in Gainsborough, but his family moved to Broxtowe Hall in Bilborough parish, which later became a centre for radical dissenting activism. This event has been renamed ‘Freedom and Tolerance’ to broaden the scope and better reflect issues of today. This will be the fifth annual Tolerance Forum to be held in Retford. It provides a unique opportunity for the subject to be discussed in an open forum.
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Harp and a Monkey, a Lancastrian folk group, make a return visit to Ordsall on Saturday 7th March with their new show ‘The Victorians’. It uncovers many little-known facts about the Victorian era that they have worked into their songs; for example, a moth evolved into black in hue due to the soot on the birch bark, their natural habitat. The well-known Lancastrian ballad ‘The Calico Printers Clerk’ is reworked in a humorous style. Coming closer to home (ours) ‘Glossop Road’ tells the story of the rifleman who strayed into Sheffield’s red light district and was well and truly caught out. You can hear all these songs and more accompanied by a glockenspiel, guitar, whistle and accordion by this Mancunian trio who played to an
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Ryton Chorale Ryton Chorale has welcomed
its new conductor, Simon Lumby, who will be known to some people in Worksop from when he was curate at the Priory Church. He takes over from David Wynne. The choir is rehearsing two works — Verdi’s Requiem to be performed with Southwell and Burton Joyce choral societies in Southwell Minster in May, and Stainer’s Crucifixion to be performed on Sunday 5th April at Christchurch, Worksop. The two soloists will be the previous and newly appointed conductors, both very talented singers. Further details will be available in next month’s edition.
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Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw (FOYPIB) charity fundraising evening. Giant Hogweed will play live, alongside dancing and a licensed bar (bring your own table snacks) at Retford Town Hall on Saturday 8th February from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Admission is £10.00 per ticket or pre-book for a table for between eight and 10 people. Contact support@ foypib.org or call 01909 531504.
The March meeting of the Bassetlaw branch of Parkinson’s UK on Tuesday 3rd is the Annual General Meeting, followed by the return of the popular guest Jessica Brett. Jessica delights members with song, laughter and fun. Members are requested to submit nominations for Branch Officers as soon as possible by calling 01909 730629. Retford Textile Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month (but not January) at Goodwin Hall, Retford at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. With the Christmas festivities at an end, maybe it’s time for some ‘me time’ — why not go along and join this lively growing group for a making session on 5th February? 46 February 2020
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do? Then look no further than Retford Men’s Probus Club. Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Their meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you would like to go along to one of their meetings, please see www.retfordmensprobusclub. org.uk or contact the club by email to probyte@retfordmensprobusclub. org.uk or telephone the secretary on 07542 852037. You won’t regret it! There was a bigger turn out than usual for the first meeting of the New Year, with over 40 members present. After the aforesaid cup and chatter session, when members greeted each other with belated seasonal wishes and New Year greetings, most of the group were eager to get to the coffee pot and do it justice. A sense of warmth and friendship was felt all around the venue. As the meeting was called to order, President Andrew Jefferson and Club Secretary Rob Boeuf welcomed the gathering officially, reiterating seasons’ greetings to all for 2020 and any relevant notices were given out. Various members were thanked for their input over the 2019 sessions, eg for organising functions during the Christmas period, which once again proved to be a great success and now seems to be regular part of the club’s
Parkinson’s UK The group’s April meeting welcomes Kevin Murphy, a local historian, with stories of prisoners of war. The Lunch Club will meet at The Lockkeeper in Worksop on Monday 20th April at 12.00pm and members will also visit The Majestic Theatre Retford on 2nd May to enjoy Retford Amateur Operatic
Retford Textile Group The theme of the evening is working with leather and they have an expert leather worker from Lincoln joining them for a packed, evening, hands-on, practical course. This group serves the North Nottinghamshire area and
annual programme, designed to suit most tastes as members are from a variety of backgrounds and hold a wealth of knowledge between them. The engaged speaker on this occasion was Christine Shaw, who addressed the membership on the subject of ‘Fifty Years of James Bond’. The talk including a film presentation, was well received by those present, and their memories of Bond films was second to none. In fact, secretly some of them wishing they were the man himself (dream on) — shaken, not stirred! A question and answer session followed, members often asking and others from the floor answering the questions which were confirmed by the speaker. The talk covered the writers, producer, gadgets, ideas, stars who played the part over many years, some now household names, some not so successful, but admired by the ladies in general who often put them on the same pedestal of their handsome husbands we’re led to believe? Another great start to decade for the club and it would appear set to continue with two more speakers arranged for the members’ entertainment. On 24th January Ian Morgan addressed the group on the subject ‘Footpads Kings and Highwaymen’. There is a complete change of subject for the February meeting, when the subject of ‘Container Plants and Vegetables’ will come under discussion. Members hope to see you there! Society’s production of Oklahoma. The aim of the branch is to show that there is a full programme of events suitable for people with Parkinson’s despite some of the difficulties of the condition. New members are always assured of a warm welcome. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Avenue, Worksop S80 1EN. promotes a wide range of textile skills. Skill levels of members is incredibly varied but the main criterion is an enjoyment of all things textiles. Please contact Carrie Young on 01623 863327 for more programming details and if you’re interested in joining the group.
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treatments and interventions. By law, if NICE recommends it, the NHS must provide it. If NICE doesn’t recommend it, the NHS has no obligation. WHAT ARE ‘INAPPROPRIATE INTERVENTIONS’? Inappropriate interventions are procedures that NICE has concluded have not been shown to be effective and may be associated with harm. For example, surgery to improve snoring carries risks: bleeding, infection, voice changes and swallowing problems. The cure rate from surgery is only 46%. However, similar improvements in snoring can be achieved by non-surgical health interventions such as losing weight and stopping smoking. A BITTER RESPONSE Nobody wants any harm, risk or wasteful spending, but are we being hoodwinked? What can a parent now do for a child with glue ear? It’s hard to believe that those with recurrent tonsillitis will no longer be offered surgery. These interventions are only the first phase of treatments cuts, with a second phase involving a list of other, more specialised procedures, set to follow. Doctors themselves are concerned. In a recent BMA survey, 75% of doctors said they believed that financial targets were overriding patient care. The BMA also views this NHS bureaucracy with disdain, saying
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Reverend David Bean has been starting to work around Retford Town Centre over the past few months — he made his first public appearance at the Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-on in December last year. Now David will be out and about most days in Retford — available to people of all faiths and none, to provide a listening ear that is unconditional, non-judgemental, independent and confidential, to anyone who lives in, works in, or visits the town centre. In addition to being available on a confidential basis for people in the town centre to support their emotional It was party time in December when over 50 members of East Markham WI, and their guests, were entertained by The Four Players and enjoyed a sumptuous buffet provided by members and the committee. Among the guests were the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Nottinghamshire Federation of WIs, who circulated during the evening. The last few months have seen the introduction of additional events between the group’s regular meetings. Voluntary and community
groups across Nottinghamshire can apply for the latest round of grants as part of the County Council scheme to support grassroots projects. The Local Improvement Scheme is helping local communities to be more vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations which seek to make a difference in the local community and contribute towards making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit. Groups can now apply for capital funding of up to £30,000 at www. nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis. The closing date for this round of funding is 28th February 2020, with £1.4m available. The funding can be provided for physical things like signs, equipment or buildings, but not running costs. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their projects can deliver tangible, long term benefits to the community. Councillor John Handley, ViceChairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County 54 February 2020
Retford Town Centre Chaplain gets started and spiritual well-being, David will help to signpost people to access other local services or sources of help. Asked why he has taken up this opportunity, David said: “I am Retford, born and bred — I love the people and love the town… my aim is to reflect God’s love for all the community and to partner with others to help Retford be an even more caring, prosperous, and welcoming place.” Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum, said: “David will be an asset to the town centre and will provide yet
East Markham WI In September a Harvest Supper was held at the home of President Jenny, in October a Canapes and Prosecco afternoon was aimed at recruiting new members and in December Christmas Wreaths were made. All events had a good attendance from members and visitors. January saw the renewal of memberships at a Games Evening. The February meeting is on Tuesday
another important benefit to Retford as a place of choice to live or visit.” Although not specifically a workplace chaplaincy scheme, David is happy to visit local businesses, with the agreement of the owners, management, and staff, to provide a caring listening presence for anyone who needs it. The town centre chaplain will offer a visible, caring, presence to the people of Retford town centre, whatever their faith or belief… why not say hello next time you see him. 18th February when Paul Dyson, a wildlife artist, adventurer and photographer returns to talk about ‘Borneo, Orangutans and Climbing Mongolia’s Highest Mountain’. His talk will be illustrated with superb photography and there will be a display of Paul’s paintings. They welcome new members and visitors to this highly acclaimed speaker. Meetings start at 7.15pm at East Markham Village Hall, NG22 0SS. More information is available from 01777 871567 or 01777 871706.
£1.4m worth of County Council funding set to benefit Nottinghamshire communities Council, said: “The County Council has a strong track record of supporting community and voluntary groups in delivering valuable work — helping people to help themselves and enhance people's pride of place in Nottinghamshire. "Since the scheme was launched in 2017/8, the Local Improvement Scheme is making a real difference in our communities. In fact, 202 projects have benefitted from more than £2m worth of capital funding. “The criteria for this latest funding round has been updated, as we want it to benefit as many communityfocused projects across the county as possible. We also want to encourage a focused approach, which is why successful organisations will now be required to spend the funding within a 12-month timeframe.” Full Local Improvement Scheme eligibility, criteria and details of
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Retford & District Royal British Legion The ﬁnal ﬁgures for the 2019 Poppy Appeal are not yet in, but early indications are that it will not match the fantastic total achieved last year in Retford and district. However, the amount raised still proves the generosity of the local people and the dedication of all those who helped in any way with the appeal. The money that the local branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) raise during the Poppy Appeal is fed into the national total and is used to help and support ex- servicemen and their families. Anyone locally who has served for at least seven days in the Armed Forces may be eligible for help. For more information about the help available, the Royal British Legion website has lots of information including the national helpline number. The 2019 Remembrance Sunday event in Retford Market Square, was well attended and continues to evoke memories for all those who have lost loved ones in past conflicts. The short act of remembrance held on Monday 11th November 2019, the anniversary of the signing of the
Snowdrop weekend Babworth Church will be holding its annual and ever-popular Snowdrop Weekend on 8th and 9th February. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the ‘Church in the Woodland’ and to discover its historical connection with the Pilgrim Fathers, and their voyage on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. A walk through the churchyard is a must — to admire the abundance of snowdrops — a true sign of the coming of spring. Follow this with hot soup and refreshments and
Armistice in 1918, was made special by the dedication of a second bench at the war memorial. This was made possible by the generous donation from Mr Mervyn Tacy and Charity on Wheels. 2020 sees the 75th anniversaries of both VE and VJ Day. A full range of activities will take place around Retford on 8th May (VE) with many local groups being involved in the planning process. The local RBL branch is looking to organise an event at Bassetlaw Museum on 15th August (VJ). Publicity about both events will be issued nearer the time. The first fundraising event of the year will be the Annual Quiz. This will be held at Babworth Road Sports and Social Club on Friday 27th March. Full details will be in next month’s issue. Provisional bookings are now being taken for teams of up to a maximum of six people. Call Judith Goodall on 01777 707152 to book. The branch holds meetings on the first Monday of the month (except January and August) at Babworth Road Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. the opportunity to purchase fresh and homemade products, books, plants, bric-a-brac and much more. It is a time to renew friendships and share the welcome of the church. The weekend will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday, and from 12.00pm until 4.00pm on Sunday, immediately after their Morning Service at 11.00am — why not join them for this as well. Don’t miss out. Put the dates in your diary now. They will look forward to seeing you there. There is wheelchair access, together with car parking and toilet facilities.
Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts on Sunday 23rd February at 2.30pm. Entry is £6.00 for members and senior citizens and for any non-member it is £7.00. Children under 12 gain free entry with an accompanying adult. Pay on the door, no tickets are needed. The dance and concert will be at Harworth Miners Welfare Hall,
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A cancer charity in Worksop has received £600.00 to help develop services that support people affected by cancer and specifically prostate cancer in the Bassetlaw area. Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop was presented with the cheque for £600 by Colin Gwilym who set up Worksop Town Walking Football Club in 2016. The money raised by players throughout the year was presented to Aurora Worksop at the club’s annual Christmas party in December 2019. Players from the Walking Football Club fundraised throughout 2019 to raise money for the local cancer charity based on Memorial Avenue in Worksop. Weekly donations from the players’ session fees and spot the ball competitions all contributed to the money raised. Debra Fores, centre manager at Aurora Worksop, said: “We are hugely grateful to the club for their donation and for taking the time to raise funds for Aurora in Worksop. The donation will go towards much needed services that improve the lives of people affected by cancer in Bassetlaw.” Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or affected by a long term health
Walking football club supports local people affected by cancer condition, including family members and carers in the Bassetlaw area. The walking football club specifically requested that the money be used in Aurora’s prostate support services as they had team members who had personal experience or family members who had been affected by prostate cancer. Aurora’s services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, exercise classes and a gym. The centre is a community hub which welcomes members of the public to come along and use the tearooms, beauty therapy and Care to Give Shop which in turn helps raise valuable funds to develop and progress the work that they do in Bassetlaw. The centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 4.30pm for all services and from 9.00am to 4.00pm for the tea room and charity shop. WORKSOP TOWN WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB Worksop Town Walking Football Club was set up in 2016 by Colin
What’s on at Bassetlaw Museum Enjoy the following events and exhibitions in February:
LIFE DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY THE RETFORD ART SOCIETY To Saturday 7th March Retford Art Society is unique in the area in offering regular life drawing sessions to its members and friends for over 20 years. Sessions are both tutored and untutored and are open to anyone who is over 16 years and is interested in developing their drawing and painting skills through this challenging and rewarding experience. Life drawings have timeless quality to them. This exhibition gives a taste of the work done by members and friends. FROM PILGRIMS TO JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL January to March 2020 This exhibitions looks at the impact of the exotic New World import, tobacco. 66 February 2020
From the luxury to social pastime and now health risk we explore our relationship with this pant over the past 400 years. MAYFLOWER MACRAME KEYRINGS WORKSHOP Saturday 15th February, 10.00am to 12.00pm Make a macrame keyring. Join Rachel Carter in this two-hour practical workshop and have a go at a knotting technique that she will be using for her Mayflower commissions in this anniversary year. No need to book. Just drop in. For ages seven years plus and their families. 2020 marks 400 years since Pilgrims from Nottinghamshire set sail on the Mayflower for America. Mayflower 400 artist Rachel Carter has been tracing her Nottinghamshire ancestry while working on a new sculpture inspired by the Mayflower story. This event is organised by the Inspire Culture Learning and Libraries, Nottinghamshire.
Gwilym, with sessions taking place on Mondays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Worksop Leisure Centre, Worksop (outdoor pitches, astro turf). Colin has also set up a Rehabilitation Walking Football Club (indoor at Portland, Outward Academy) for people with health and mobility problems and a Women’s Walking Football Club. Aurora was one of three charities that received a donation from Worksop Town Walking Football Club in 2019. They also donated to charities supporting those with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia and in 2018 donated £1,500 to Bassetlaw Hospice. The club are trying to encourage people to keep active, keep fit and socialise. Sessions allow men and women aged 55-plus, to walk around a pitch at a pace that suits them, kicking and passing a football. The first session is free, £3.00 thereafter (£2.00 to the club and £1.00 goes to charity). If you require any further information please email dinasboy@hotmail. co.uk or call 07443 581486. FREE HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st February This includes the always popular LEGO Day. GUIDED TOUR OF AMCOTT HOUSE Thursday 27th February Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House, which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Pay as much as you like. Booking is essential, call 01777 713749 ART FOR THE TERRIFIED — ART CLASSES Fortnightly on Saturdays Friendly and relaxed art lessons for beginners, just take a pencil! Stay as long as you like, tea/coffee provided for a small donation. Suitable for ages 16 and over. The cost is £7.00 per person. For more information, call the museum on 01777 713749.
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‘Enthusiasm’ and ‘anticipation’ are the watchwords
this month for Retford’s U3A. Enthusiasm for the coming year, with their 10th anniversary being commemorated with a ‘Pimms and Strawberry Tea’, later in the summer. They are also involved with the National U3A Day, and more information will be available next month. Retford U3A are anticipating a great programme of speakers at their regular monthly meetings. They have a full speaker programme, which can be viewed on their comprehensive website. Anticipation again for the trips which are being planned over the next few months. The Gardening Group always arrange popular venues, sometimes having to send two coaches. The Military History Group, which is open to all Retford and Dukeries U3A members, always have
visits, usually in July and August. Although not going abroad this year, plans are already in hand to visit either Normandy in France or Flanders in Belgium next year. Remember you don’t have to be a regular attendee to the Military History Group, to be able to go on one of their trips. Enthusiastic Walking Group members have been cleaning their boots and trainers, and the three groups of varying ability are always encouraging new and existing members to take a stroll. It maybe you already have friends who go along to U3A and are members of an interest group. The committee, at a recent meeting, issued an open invitation for non-members to visit as a guest, any of the interest groups where they know you would be made welcome.
Lena Snowden Singers
Are you new to the area or perhaps you would like to explore more of the countryside in the local area? You see so much more on foot! Retford Ramblers Group shall be treading the public footpaths and bridleways around some of the villages in the Retford area. Why not join them? The first walk for February is in and around Clumber Park. The walk on 9th February will be a gentle morning walk in the Wheatley and Clarborough area and on 16th it will be a steady morning walk on the public footpaths at Walkeringham and Misterton. On 23rd they shall be in search of the Lost Airfield of Worksop. If you would to know more please contact Mike on 01427 880984 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retford-based Lena Snowden Singers choir
Clarborough & District WI The 10th February meeting of Clarborough and District WI will have a soap making demonstration by Jan Palmer. The meeting will start at 7.30pm in Clarborough Village Hall. Visitors are welcome — the group do Jerusalem but they buy their jam at the supermarket! Please go along and join them. 68 February 2020
is one of Nottinghamshire’s leading women’s choirs. The 16th January 2020 marked 100 years since their founder, Lena Snowden, was born. She was an amazing lady and a wonderfully talented musician. She formed the choir in 1986 and was, for many years, accompanist to The Retford Male Voice Choir. She is very fondly remembered by ‘her girls’ as she called the choir’s members and they are proud to carry on her name. A birthday tribute concert for Lena is planned for sometime in, perhaps, May. The
Mayflower WI Have you been to visit Retford Mayflower Women’s Institute yet? They meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm (unless otherwise advised) at their new venue, Retford Cricket Club, and welcome anyone to go along to see what the WI can offer. The WI exists to educate women, to enable them to provide an effective role in their community, develop a friendly atmosphere
Their General Meetings at The Well Baptist Church in Retford take place on the fourth Thursday of each month. Usually people start arriving around 1.00pm and the formal meeting starts around 1.30pm. In the upstairs room of The Well, you will find representatives of some of the interest groups, and a trip up the stairs is always useful. Please remember the U3A is a national organisation with over 1,000 branches in the UK. The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age, is very simple. We try to keep ourselves active in body and mind, learning from each other, with shared knowledge and experiences. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at their website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at membership@ retford-u3a.org.uk or by telephone on 01427 880502 for more details. exact date is yet to be decided. The choir perform at concerts all over the East Midlands and South Yorkshire, wherever and whenever asked, and available for weddings and other special events, singing a selection of modern and traditional light music and songs from the shows. They also love to support charities. If you love to sing and would like to join the friendly and fun loving choir, please go along to a practise any Thursday night at The Hallcroft Methodist Church, Hallcroft Road, Retford at 7.30pm or email judykewarth@ gmail.com for more information. If you would like to book the choir for your event please contact judykewarth@gmail. com or call 01777 707023. where women can be inspired and enlightened, expand their horizons and to learn new and traditional skills that can be passed onto others. Their next meeting is on 12th February, when they will welcome Rachael Barrowcliffe — the horticulturist from Hodsock Priory — to give a talk. Visitors are always welcome to attend and the first meeting is free (unless a special event). Please go along to enjoy the speaker, have a tea or coffee and meet some new people.
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Winter saviours Kate Duggan gets some winter TLC When it’s wet, cold and
miserable outside, you might be tempted to hibernate indoors with a cuppa. We say indulge that temptation and use the time to treat your skin and hair to a bit of TLC. If (like me), you’re the wash and go type who rarely has time to dry their hair, let alone style it, or you’re the opposite and have styled your hair to the max until it’s little more than a crispy mess, Bondi Boost’s Hair Growth could prove very welcome. The Australian luxury haircare range has attracted a bit of a cult following in recent years and it’s now available at Boots. I’m a recent convert. I won’t bore you with the science — it’s enough to say that the products are packed with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to ‘feed’ your hair from scalp to tip, leaving it stronger, sleeker and definitely swishier. From £19.50 at www.boots.com. Skin looking a bit ‘meh’? Winter is a good time to do a gentle at-home acid peel. Murad’s new Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel (£48.00) is a good choice as it’s enriched with extra ingredients to help you avoid irritation and dryness. Sweep a little across your face each day to boost cell renewal by a third within a week. The end result is skin that looks fresher, brighter and healthier. 96% of testers felt their skin looked smoother after four weeks and I have to say that I agree with them. Do wear sunscreen each day that you’re
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doing an at-home peel and for a few days afterwards, as your skin might be a bit more sensitive. See www.murad.co.uk. When your skin is feeling dry and lacklustre, it can be tempting to slather on an extra thick moisturiser. While that’s fine for some skin types, others may prefer an easier to absorb serum. Alteya Organics’ Rose Jasminium Illuminating Perfecting Serum (£39.00) is lightweight and non-greasy — skin just drinks it up. It’s packed with nourishing natural ingredients, from aloe vera and jojoba oil to rose flower oil, jasmine extracts and evening primrose oil. Together, they work to hydrate, repair and protect, and just generally leave skin feeling more ‘spring-like’. See www.alteya.co.uk. If your hands are feeling dry and sore this winter, the first thing to do is switch to a gentler soap or handwash that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulphate. (It dries my skin to the point where my hands end up bleeding when I move them.) Next, try an intensive hand cream. Don’t worry about the fragrance or pretty packaging — go for a workhorse that’s going to get the job done. Goldfaden MD’s Hands to Heart cream is one such workhorse. It boosts hydration, fades age spots, soothes cracked
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December is probably the busiest month of the year for Retford Lions, with every day taken with street collections or collections at fixed locations in and around Retford. This takes tremendous commitment form the Lions, but would be of no use if the people of Retford and district were not so supportive. Yet again through your generosity they will be able to support many good causes, and help people in need in the local area. They do not take this for granted and appreciate all donations, however small. Retford Lions Club will endeavour to keep you informed of their activities during the coming year including: the cycle ride, Easter baskets, the ‘Duck Race’ and the golf day, and hope for your continued support.
are very pleased to have received the Lincolnshire Coop Community Award of £412.65, which is a very welcome addition to their fundraising to return indoor bowls to the district. The Lincs Coop have traditionally supported local causes, including indoor bowls in this county. Indoor bowls is a very popular sport for all ages. The club would like to thank Lincs Coop for taking an interest in RIBs, as well as many other community organisations, and helping us all to make a difference to local people. Without the support from organisations like the Coop, the community would suffer. If you would like your organisation to become a Community Champion, please contact your local Coop for details. The club can fully recommend it. They would especially like to thank Ursula Lidbetter OBE who has done a tremendous amount of good in the area as she always likes to get involved and does genuinely care. The club are looking to the future, with RIBs’ trustees working tirelessly behind the scenes making many different contacts. They welcome old and new members from their original
Retford Civic Society 2020: Time to join! It’s not too late to join the vibrant,
local charity which works hard to improve the street scene and life in Retford. With almost 300 members, Retford Civic Society celebrates its 30th year in 2020, during which time nearly 100 projects have been completed in the town. The murals and the flower sculpture
May 2020 prove to be happy, healthy and peaceful for all. Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group enjoyed good meetings and successful outings in 2019. A total of 45 members had an excellent Christmas lunch at The Shireoaks Inn, Worksop, and on Friday 3rd January, they welcomed David Seymour to speak about Henrietta Stockdale (who later became known as Bassetlaw’s Florence Nightingale). A well connected and 72 February 2020
on Carolgate and the Retford Town Trails are just some of their recent successes and Retford In Bloom and Heritage Day are well-known annual events. By joining the society you support all of these activities, as well as receiving two newsletters, being invited to attend three open meetings with interesting speakers, and to take part in three
membership, with a one-off payment of £5.00 which shows an interest in a new sporting venue that the club are now making future plans for and contacting the right organisations and authorities about. They have the support of West Lindsey District Council and the Town Council. They believe, once built, this enterprise will attract many new sports and ideas as well as help regenerate the town of Gainsborough. However, they need support now to achieve their ambition. Please help them get there and play your part in creating a multi sports venue which will not only support indoor bowlers, but also give fitness opportunities to other members of the public. New ideas from members of the public and for raising funds are always welcome. Please call Lynda Enever on 01427 614627 or Linda Grocock on 01427 61468. Public participation will make a real difference in the timescale for getting their new venue. RIBs’ trustees wish to thank every member of the public, their present members and all the local businesses that have made the club’s last 16 months so successful by supporting their fundraising. It has made a real difference to their progress. coach visits with guided tours of heritage sites, and other social events each year. Membership for 2020 costs £12.00 single and £20.00 per couple, with forms available from The Hub on Cannon Square and Bassetlaw Museum on Grove Street. Or look online at www.retfordcivicsociety. org.uk and pay using PayPal. You won’t regret your resolution to join Retford Civic Society in 2020!
Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group charismatic lady, she travelled to South Africa, where, with the strength of her faith, excellent education and training she set up a structure to improve medical conditions. She made nursing the valued profession it is today. After receiving royal recognition in 1901 her school of nursing became highly acclaimed and The Henrietta Stockdale School of Nursing
in South Africa is still recognised today. The group’s next meeting will be held on Friday 7th February at 2.00pm at Bassetlaw Hospital (Clinical Therapy Entrance). Martin Laing will speak to members about ‘Fire and Pests’. Please join them — all are welcome. For further information please call Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.
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A game of two halves Rachel Leverton gets into the swing of things For me February is where the gardening year begins...twice!
REAPING LAST YEAR’S REWARDS If you were industrious in the autumn, you could now be benefiting from a lovely display of snowdrops (Gallanthus) and Irises. My favourite snowdrops are G ‘Atkinsii’, which are tall with long, graceful flowers and G nivalis ‘Viridapicis’ with sweet, green tipped flowers. It’s said they’re best planted ‘in the green’ in spring but I’ve had lots of success with packaged bulbs planted in the autumn so they’re definitely worth
trying. As for irises, the deep blue Iris ‘Joyce’ is hard to beat especially on my poor, free draining soil. I planted a witch hazel as soon as we moved into our present house; Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’. I can’t live without fragrance in my garden and at this bare, drab time of year the wonderfully scented pale-yellow flowers lift my spirits. I discovered we’d inherited an evergreen Clematis (C armandii). I’d never grown it before but it’s 74 February 2020
worth seeking out. It needs a warm wall or fence and well-drained soil then rewards you by being frosthardy and producing lovely creamy, scented flowers at this time of year. PLANNING THIS YEAR’S DISPLAY Perhaps you didn’t manage to plan ahead last year. But don’t panic; the beauty of gardening is that the seasons keep rolling round so make sure you use February to ensure your summer display is
top notch. February is definitely the month to start sowing seeds. Fill pots or seed trays with seed compost then firm and level the surface. Sprinkle seeds on to the surface of the compost then cover with a layer of fine grit. Water well with a fine spray. Cover with clear plastic (a polythene bag will do nicely) and remove it once the seeds germinate. Learn from my mistake one year and don’t forget to label the pots! Potting up summer bulbs is generally left until late spring, but I always pot up one or two pots in February. It allows them to get established and provides a nice early display for my patio.
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Garden waste boosts local recycling
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again helped to boost the amount of garden waste that is recycled in the district and have reduced the amount of rubbish that is sent for incineration. Last year, the District Council’s Garden Waste Service collected a total of 3,340 tonnes of grass cuttings, weeds, hedge trimmings, leaves and more from around 9,000 customers — all of which was recycled. Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said: “Our Garden Waste Collection Service continues to grow each year and it’s great that so many people are deciding to recycle their garden waste. “Having a Brown Bin is more environmentally friendly and prevents a huge amount of waste going into our general waste
collections. We hope that even more people will sign up for our 2020 season and experience the benefits of having your garden waste collected from your curb-side.” The new 2020 season of collections is less than a month away and residents are being encouraged to re-subscribe or sign-up for the fortnightly collections before the end of January to ensure they receive a full season of collections. Around 5,000 Bassetlaw residents have already signed up to collections that will start on 25th February in East Bassetlaw (Retford area) and 4th March in West Bassetlaw (Worksop area), continuing until the end of November.
This year’s subscription has been increased slightly to £32 due to the increased costs of providing the Garden Waste Service and so that more investment can be made to improve the service. This fee includes the use of a 240 litre wheeled bin per subscription, in which you’ll be able to place grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, small branches and twigs, dead plants, weeds and flowers. The quickest and easiest way to renew your subscription is by visiting the Garden Waste page on our website, www.bassetlaw.gov. uk/gardenwaste. Alternatively, call 01909 534501 and press 1 for Garden Waste.
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Perfect potatoes… Mid to late February is ideal for
planting seed potatoes, an incredibly good-value crop. The so-called humble spud is a versatile vegetable with a flavour and texture that will make you want to grow them year after year. On a patio, balcony or in a backyard, a special potato-planting ‘bag’ or a 45cm diameter pot can produce a useful crop of spuds from a single tuber. Make sure the container is well-drained, fill it about half to twothirds full of compost, pop a tuber in the centre and add a further 5cm of compost. As the foliage appears, add more compost to cover and repeat until no more can be added. Keep the container well-watered and wait! Most potatoes produce a slightly earlier and somewhat heavier crop if the seed potatoes are allowed to ‘chit’ or produce small but sturdy sprouts before planting. Stand the tubers, widest end uppermost, in a seed tray or old egg cartons placed in a cool, frost-free spot with plenty of natural light. They are ready for planting in a few weeks, when
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Pippa Greenwood turns out some tasty tubers the sprouts are about 1cm tall. To avoid the fungus-like organism responsible for potato blight (the cause of the Irish Famine in the 1840s) early varieties are better, but varieties with resistance to the infection are available. These include Valor, Lady Balfour or Colleen but Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona have the best resistance in my experience. Consider varieties such as Cara, Desiree or Sante if your garden is infested with slugs — again, earlies are likely to suffer less damage as they are not in the soil for so long. The biological control nematode Nemaslug can be used as a drench and, as it works under the soil surface, it has a brilliant effect and poses no threat to wildlife. Earlies are also ideal if space is at a premium and, as they are in the ground for less time, give you the opportunity to grow another fast-maturing crop such as lettuce or salad leaves in the soil after the potatoes have been lifted.
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Snowdrop Festival welcomes the ﬁrst signs of spring Shake off the winter and
welcome the first signs of spring with the National Garden Scheme Snowdrop Festival. These glorious harbingers of the wonderful life of gardens to come can be viewed in over 100 National Garden Scheme gardens throughout England and Wales during January, February and March. On a wintry day there is nothing better than visiting a garden teeming with one of the earliest flowering plants of the year. CHURCH FARM Church Lane, West Drayton, Retford DN22 8EB Sunday 23rd February, 10.30m to 4.00pm The garden is essentially a spring garden with a small woodland area
which is carpeted with many snowdrops, aconites and cyclamen which have seeded into the adjoining churchyard, with approximately 180 named snowdrops growing in island beds, along with hellebores and daffodils. HOLMES VILLA Holmes Lane, Walkeringham, Gainsborough DN10 4JP Sunday 23rd February, 12.00pm to 4.00pm Large plantsman’s garden offering year round interest and inspiration, starting with carpets of snowdrops, mini daffodils, hellebores and spring bulbs. Unusual collection of plants and shrubs for winter. Come and be surprised at the different fragrant and interesting plants in early spring. BOLHAM MANOR Bolham Way, Bolham, Retford DN22 9JG
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Wildlife in February Erin McDaid goes hopping mad for some seasonal frog spotting Whilst spring is still a while away,
depending upon how mild the winter has been, February can often be surprisingly full of life as our gardens and the countryside begin to noticeably wake from winter. One of the sure signs that spring is on its way is the frenetic activity of frogs during the breeding season followed by the appearance of frogspawn in ponds and ditches. During February frogs will emerge from their winter hideaways at the bottom of ponds or in damp sheltered spots on land and make their way to traditional breeding areas, making it one of the best times to observe frogs in the wild. If you fancy a spot of frog watching, keep an eye on the long-range weather forecast, looking out for a spell of number of consecutive warmer days. Such warm spells help to rouse the frogs from their hibernation and, seemingly overnight, local ponds will go from being barren to full of spawn. Each female can lay around 3,000 eggs in a season, so it’s easy to see why ponds can seem brim full with spawn, but such is nature’s GET INVOLVED February is a great time to visit wetland sites such as Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford. This huge wildlife haven is a great place to spot a wide range of water birds, especially in winter, and there is a network of paths giving easy access and a chance to walk along the River Idle. The welcoming cafe serves warming treats and the welcoming reception team will help point out the best spots to see wildlife during your visit. Further details about Idle Valley and all Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sites across the county, as well as opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, can be found at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.
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taste for frogspawn, with everything from dragonfly larvae and fish to blackbirds taking the opportunity of an early feast, that few of the tadpoles that hatch will make it to adulthood. Much of nature’s effort at this time of year is linked to breeding and typical sights include pairs of great crested grebe doing their courtship ‘dance’ on local lakes and herons building nests. Many other birds will now be busy scouting nest locations
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Club celebrate Inner Wheel Day It’s time to go Inner Wheel Day is celebrated manufacturers and a local company Open Source internationally by all clubs on 10th provides boxes for packing the items. January to mark the very first meeting Their website shows the list of medical for all your ever held in Manchester in 1924. From aid they can accept. Transport of the those few women who came together medical aid is the biggest expense computer apps! on that day, Inner Wheel has grown into and where help in raising funds is Do you want — or need — alternatives
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most appreciated. There is another list on their website which shows other items they collect to help raise funds. Disasters add additional pressure to the fragile health care system which exists. Floods in Malawi have increased the risk of cholera and malaria because the standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos causing malaria, already one of the highest causes of death. Inter Care only supply free healthcare. As well as supporting local charities each year, the club also choose one overseas charity to support. Their international officer, Heather, chose this charity for the club to support because they do such good work and because members of the club who have visited Malawi and Zambia have been aware of their efforts. Please get in touch if you think that you may be interested in joining the club and becoming involved in the work they do and the friendship they share while doing it. Contact them via www.innerwheelofretford.co.uk.
Over 1,000 animals given second chance 2019 was another great year for
RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch with over 1,000 pets rehomed or wildlife rescued and released. The local animal charity continues to deliver against a vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. In short, all animals should be valued and loved. The local RSPCA branch provides excellent care at its South Yorkshire Animal Centre, establishing a successful rehoming process, and promoting responsible pet ownership, and working to encourage a more positive, respectful and compassionate attitude towards all animals amongst the general public. The charitable work is made possible by the fundraising efforts of the community. RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch needs to
raise 95% of its own funds and receives no government or lottery funding. Fundraising events coming up in 2020 include the annual Easter egg hunt and fun dog show. Keep up to date at www. rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk. Other services include microchipping, dog training, secure exercise areas and financial assistance for the welfare and neutering of pets. The branch provides a pet cremation service and a memorial garden for your beloved pet. There are many ways to help your local RSPCA, including volunteering, donating cash or goods, sponsoring the Safe Haven programme and attending events. There are charity shops at Bawtry, Maltby, Rossington and Thorne as well as an eBay shop. At the Animal Centre there is a pet supplies store. To donate £5.00, text ‘RSPCADRB’ to 70085.
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Retford Hub is going greener The stark effects of global
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the coming year, 2.2 million people will adopt veganism, increasing the vegan population to around 2.9 million. However, there are many more people who have reduced their ‘meat eating’ rather than stopping. At The Hub they stock local products and they are extending their ethical ranges. They are supporters of Fair Trade, which ensures that workers are fairly paid and businesses are environmentally friendly. They have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free products. In the UK 70% of cocoa for chocolate is sourced from countries where there is slavery; The Hub have chocolate sourced from other countries. Most tin for cans comes from war zone areas, helping to fuel wars, whereas theirs do not. But they are going further and are first to sign up to Plastic-Free Retford. Their first move is to remove cellophane
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Fed up of Monopoly? Bored to
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Dobble is a firm favourite with families across the globe. There are five ways to play, and a new Harry Potter themed spin-off was released last year. See www.asmodee.co.uk. BEARS VERSUS BABIES Ages 10+, 2-5 players Players build monsters using cards to defend themselves against the marauding babies. The better the monster, the more likely it is to defeat the baby army and score the player some points. This quick-to-learn, quick-to-play game is bizarre but a lot of fun. While it’s recommended for players aged 10 and up, younger children should be able to master it with a little extra help. It’s available from www.amazon.co.uk. TICKET TO RIDE Ages 8+, 2-5 players Ticket to Ride first came out in 2004 and has since released several spin-offs, including Ticket to Ride Europe. Players compete to claim train routes across the board. (It’s a lot more fun than it sounds.) Great for strategic thinkers, Ticket to Ride takes a few minutes to learn and can be played in around an hour. See www.amazon.co.uk.
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Right to the core Robert Grant works on helping your overall fitness WHY CORE EXERCISES ARE IMPORTANT We know that getting fit is important for a healthy life. Often, we equate fitness with running, cycling, walking or some other form of exercise. But there’s one aspect of fitness that is almost always overlooked; our core muscles. Whenever I talk about building muscle everyone pictures someone at a weight bench pumping iron until their biceps bulge out of their shirts. But strengthening and toning your muscles can be much more subtle. And even a small amount of work on your core strength can dramatically improve your overall fitness and well-being. WHAT ARE YOUR CORE MUSCLES? Your core muscles form a ring around the middle of your body. Most people think of the six pack muscles in the abdomen, but the core includes a range of muscles in your sides and back as well. Their job is to keep the top and bottom halves of your body connected together whilst allowing them to move independently. They form a strong foundation that the 90 February 2020
majority of your other muscles depend upon when you move your body. WHEN DO I USE MY CORE MUSCLES? Practically every movement you make and every position you put your body into involves your core muscles. They are really important. Bending over to pick something up, twisting to look behind you and sitting up in bed are more obvious moments your core is activated. But running, walking, sitting in a chair and even standing still all rely on core strength. Without it the top half of your body would simply flop over. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CORE STRENGTH? Building a strong core provides a firm and flexible support for every activity your body performs. The stability provided gives you better balance and better posture which in turn helps prevent falls and injuries in your day-to-day life. The support from your core muscles takes the strain away from your skeleton and helps hold it in place alleviating some forms of back pain, stiffness and
soreness when you move your body. Any time you move, whether it’s for exercise or doing the housework or gardening, a strong core will help you perform better and reduce muscle fatigue in the other parts of your body by giving them a firm base to attach to. HOW CAN I BUILD MY CORE STRENGTH? One of the best things about core strength is that you don’t need a gym or expensive equipment to improve it. There are lots of exercises you can do at home. Make sure you seek medical advice before attempting any new exercise regime. Most people think of sit ups as the prime core exercise. I advise people not to do sit ups as they are not particularly effective and the continual flexing of the base of your spine can lead to lower back injuries. My top tips are planks, leg raises and mountain climbers. If you’re not sure what these are have a chat with your local personal trainer or gym instructor, or search on YouTube for easy-to-follow tutorials. Take your core strength seriously and it will improve every aspect of your fitness as well as provide the central support essential for your body.
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ended the year on a high with a Christmas luncheon at Ye Olde Bell in November, enhanced by the singing of Jessica Brett. This was followed by carols, quizzes, sherry and mince pies at the December gathering. Dawn Cragg welcomed 66 members to the January meeting, which kicked off to an excellent start with a very professional and entertaining presentation by Judith Hedley entitled ‘Tea with Mr Darcy’. It was meant to be an insight into the food mentioned in Jane Austen’s novels but it was much more than this. Darcy probably looked nothing like the iconic figure of Colin Firth emerging from the water as that type of physique would have been more akin to a labourer’s. No, he was more likely to have had powdered hair, pale complexion and sloping shoulders. A wedding breakfast was always served between 8.00am and 12.00pm. Lunch was once called nuncheon and was as much food as one could hold in one hand. Picnic meant picking at food
The Screen at Retford Little Theatre ‘The Screen’ at Retford Little
Theatre is pleased to announce its start of ‘Season 8’ with the showing of the hit film ‘Stan and Ollie’ on Friday 14th February starting at 7.30pm. If you want to join as a member it will cost you £18.00 (for six films) to
Chicago comes to the stage You are invited to see a story
of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, and treachery — all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. This year The Elizabethan Academy Expressive Arts Department will bring the award winning, record-breaking ‘Chicago’ to the stage entirely performed by students of the Academy. See performances between 4th and 7th March at 7.00pm. All tickets cost £7.50. The musical, by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, is currently the second longest running musical in Broadway
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and dinner would mean everything on the table at once, including the sweet course. Mealtimes changed with the onset of lighting, which allowed them to eat later in the day. French cooks began to appear in large houses as they tried to escape the French Revolution but were excessive. One was known to have used six pounds of butter to cook a dozen eggs, no statins available in those days! Judith even went to the trouble of making rout cakes, which are mentioned in Emma. These were originally distributed after victory in battle and contained almond liqueur and white wine but became popular at fashionable gatherings. She also demonstrated how Darcy had prompted merchandise with Austen quotes and mentioned spin off books and films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary. The club’s next meeting will be on Wednesday 12th February at Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am for 10.30am, when Sam Glasswell will speak about the Mayflower Pilgrims. All are welcome.
history (behind the Phantom of the Opera — another previous Academy production) and features some of the most beloved songs in the musical theatre cannon including ‘All That Jazz’, ‘Mr Cellophane’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’ and ‘Nowadays’. In roaring twenties Chicago an aspiring jazz singer, Roxie Hart, murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap… until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another ‘Merry Murderess’, Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines,
be shown over the next few months or you can go along on the night for a fiver! Call in at the theatre or go to the website (www.rlt.org.uk) for further information, but remember to pre-book up to four days before the film by calling 07504 717931. ultimately joining forces in search of the ‘American Dream’: fame, fortune and acquittal. Watch as superstar lawyer, Billy Flynn, defends both women in a court and town that seem far more focuses on fame than the truth. The talented students of The Elizabethan Academy have previously performed ‘Hairspray’ ‘West Side Story’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘In the Heights’ to sold out crowds, and this year will surely be another early sell-out. Make sure you secure your tickets today by calling the Academy on 01777 713700. The Academy is delighted to again have the support and sponsorship of Kettlewells of Retford.
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Choosing a small family pet If you’re thinking of buying a small pet, how do you know which one would be best for your family? Some love human interaction and will happily play for hours, but others prefer to stay in their own environment where they feel safe. Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters are all very popular as small family pets — here are a few pointers to help you decide.
RABBITS Rabbits can make great family pets but they’re easily startled by loud noises and sudden movement. They’re very entertaining to watch and can have charming personalities, but owning a rabbit is a long-term commitment as they can live for up to 12 years. HAMSTERS Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, and although very playful when awake they may not be the best pet if you and your family are expecting lots of daytime interaction and entertainment.
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Wheatley Village Hall Race Night
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a racehorse? Well, you can (for one evening at least) for a princely sum of just £2.00! On Saturday 14th March, in order to raise funds towards ongoing improvements to North and South Wheatley Village Hall, they are holding a super Race Night. For just £5.00 per ticket why not go along and back a few winners (all bets are £1.00) or win a prize as a successful owner! The ticket price includes a hot supper and the bar will be open from 7.00pm. Owning a horse is optional but fun. Supporting this event will help with their ongoing hall improvement costs. Replacing the existing boiler and 80 chairs in the hall will cost approximately £9,000 so your support for this and all their forthcoming events is appreciated. Prior booking is essential, and tickets can be purchased either from the Manor Stores, South Wheatley or by contacting Rose on 07817 730421 or Alan at email@example.com.
Local partnership nominated for national award Bassetlaw Integrated Care
Partnership (ICP) is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020, recognising its partners’ outstanding dedication to improving health and wellbeing. The ICP is chaired by the director of Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Services (BCVS) and is made up of local partners across the voluntary sector, NHS, and local authorities, and it has been selected based on its diligence, ambition and the positive impact on both practitioners and local people within the health and wellbeing sector in Bassetlaw. Together the partnership has achieved change for local people, including public transport improvements, more young people involved in shaping health services, work with the private sector to strengthen employment
Family Research Group
The next meeting of Wheatley Family Research Group, the first of the year, will be on Wednesday 12th February at 2.00pm in the Village Hall, South Wheatley. They are an enthusiastic self-help group who are willing and able to help people wanting to get started with their family history as well as providing
help to those who have hit a ‘brick wall’ and cannot find a way forward. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in starting to research your family roots or have started and hit a ‘brick wall’ or just need a bit
The ﬁrst meeting of Dukeries
Woodturning Society’s new year on 22nd January was their AGM and social. On this evening everyone had their chance to discuss the running of the club, to enjoy the refreshments and to catch up with everyone’s news. It always seems a long winter break as the group don’t have a December meeting. January is the start of their new year and is the month when subs fall due. The cost is a very reasonable £15.00 per annum, after which members pay £5.00 a night to attend. New members and first time visitors are welcomed free of charge, which gives an excellent opportunity for anyone
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who has made a resolution to go along to try at no risk before committing to joining. You get maximum benefit from membership if you join early in the year. Once a quarter the society hold handson evenings, when there are a number of lathes available to try your hand on with advice from more experienced members. There is also an opportunity to get your tools sharpened on these evenings. If you need to buy wood or materials, they have regular stands at their meetings where you can buy them. They also take part in local events at venues such as Newark Showground
support for people with long term conditions, a workforce strategy, joint work on housing and getting more people engaged in physical activity. Catherine Burn, Director of BCVS and Chair of the Integrated Care Partnership comments: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for ‘Best Not for Profit Working in Partnership with the NHS’, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our partners with the voluntary sector over the last 12 months to successfully implement improvements in health and wellbeing services. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for local people, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement. This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our partners in the wider voluntary sector, NHS and local government in Bassetlaw.” The winners will be selected following a rigorous, ‘live panel’ judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2020 awards ceremony in February. For more information search ‘Better in Bassetlaw’ on Google or head to www.betterinbassetlaw.co.uk. of guidance why not go along and see how they can help. Take your laptop (or tablet, etc) with you — they have access to the internet with WIFI connections. The cost of this two hour session is only £3.00. For more information please contact Alan on 01427 884147 or Dave on 01427 880934. and members are welcome to help there. Visitors and guests are welcome at any meeting. They can be found at the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton at 7.30pm. The programme of expert demonstrators until June is: • 26th February — Mick Hanbury • 25th March — Richard Findley • 22nd April — Steve Heeley • 27th May — Tony Kitchen • 24th June — Sue Harker For more information please visit www.dukerieswoodturning.org.uk or call Gordon Fisher on 01623 464986 or Michael Manning on 01777 870844.
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Wheatley WI Business forum seeks volunteers
Happy New Year to all North and South Wheatley WI members and visitors from 2019! Happy New Year too, to all those ladies out there who may like to brighten up 2020 by going along to join them for their exciting new programme. This is just the right time to take the plunge as February is their AGM, when everyone can learn what they have in store for the year ahead and members can express their opinions and ideas and then relax afterwards with an evening of games which, if last year was anything to go by, will be great fun! The group finished 2019 with a fantastic Christmas party, when some of their throng entertained the others with a mini pantomime plus other amusing turns. They will need more ideas for next December. Interested? Why not go along to Wheatley Village Hall, from 7.00pm onwards on Monday 10th February and put a sparkle in these winter months (summer ones too)! Guest attendance costs £5.00 per meeting. If you are going alone and would like a ‘buddy’, just let them know and they’ll arrange it. Feel free to contact Sharon on 07941 142848 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to see what they get up to? Have a look on Facebook or Instagram @nswheatleywi.
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Women, men and children of all ages are called to ‘rise, take your mat and walk’ to join this Day of Prayer. Women of Zimbabwe have prepared this year’s service and they encourage us to reflect on the diffifulties and unrest that have plagued their country over many years. They share the challenges they have met and the hopes they have for the future.
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St Stephens House is the location in Retford for the Bassetlaw Learning Disability Association. This is a charitable organisation that was formed some 35 years ago, and its main aim is to deliver a range of clubs and activities for adults with learning and physical disabilities. There are several other centres in the Bassetlaw providing a similar service. Approximately 100 adults 100 February 2020
has successfully delivered the Retford Christmas Market and Lights SwitchOn for the last five years. It has a great team of volunteers and partners that plan and deliver its events. Would you like to be part of this team? It is a great chance to give something back to your community and learn about how events are planned and delivered, and meet new people working together to achieve a successful event. On Tuesday 18th February, between 5.30pm and 8.00pm, members of the team will be at Spencer’s on the Square in Retford. This is an opportunity to discuss with them what roles are needed in planning and delivering the Forum’s events. If you would like to find out how you can help please go along and talk to members of the team. It is a very informal event, just go along when you can and have a chat. This year’s Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On will be held on Sunday 29th November — it will be a great day, please put the date in your calendar now. There will also be the VE Day celebrations on Friday 8th May, and later in the year, Heritage Open Day on 12th September, and the Pilgrims Festival events from 14th to 27th November.
World Day of Prayer is an international, inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their hopes, concerns and prayers. The Day of Prayer is celebrated in over 170 countries. It begins in Samoa and prayer, in native languages, travels
Charity dinner attend St Stephens House weekly and like most other charities, they are struggling to pay their way. To assist with their fundraising you are invited to the St Stephens House Charity Dinner being held at Hayton Village Hall on Saturday 29th February. There will be a delicious three course dinner in a pleasant environment
Retford Business Forum is only able to deliver the Christmas Market through its volunteers and by the generous support of its partners, North Notts BID, Bassetlaw District Council and other local companies and community groups. Retford Business Forum is always looking forward to welcoming new volunteers, whatever level of support they can give. Rick Brand, Chair of Retford Business Forum, said that 2020 will be another exciting year for Retford, and the surrounding villages. The Forum is in the early stages, working in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council, of establishing a Town Centre Neighbourhood Business Plan, and it is eager to hear from residents and business owners in Retford Town Centre who would like to help to deliver this. New individuals, and businesses are welcome to attend the Forum. Meetings are held on the first Monday in each month (except bank holidays) at 5.30pm for 6.00pm, in the Council Chamber, Retford Town Hall. It relies entirely on its members and grants and is not regularly funded by any organisation. If you would like to hear more about sponsorship opportunities and membership, please contact email@example.com. throughout the world — through Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas before finishing in American Samoa more than 36 hours later. And you can take part, too, because at a church near you — St Joseph’s RC Church, Retford, at 2.00pm on Friday 6th March — people will be gathering to celebrate the service. Please join them — you will be made very welcome!
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A good read LEISURE
Love a good browse in a secondhand book shop? You might want to keep an eye out for these books… HIS DARK MATERIALS Phillip Pullman If you loved the BBC series but haven’t yet delved into the original books, what on earth is stopping you? Starting with the Northern Lights, this trilogy takes the reader on a journey with Lyra Belacqua. With her daemon Pantalaimon by her side, Lyra sets out on a quest to rescue her best friend and discover the secret of Dust. Along the way, she’ll befriend witches, Gyptians, an armoured bear and a boy from another world, while pitting her wits against the all-powerful Magisterium. HEROES AND VILLAINS Angela Carter In a post-apocalyptic world, Marianne looks down from her ivory tower as her brother is murdered in the streets below. Years later, she helps the murderer to hide, runs away with him to his Barbarian tribe and is forced to become his bride. Dream-like, disquieting and beautiful, Heroes and Villains is one of Carter’s lesser-known books but my personal favourite. TALES OF THE CITY Armistead Maupin This series of nine books starts in the late seventies and centres around the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane, including the naive but ambitious Mary Ann Singleton, the matriarchal Anna Madrigal and the best-friend-youwish-you-had Michael Tolliver (AKA Mouse). Maupin is a skilled storyteller and skilfully weaves together numerous plotlines and character arcs to create a 102 February 2020
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Retford Library venues Retford Library is currently
closed for renovations. But thanks to the kind staff at Retford Fire Station they are able to still run the Retford Library Tabletop Gaming Sessions. The new location will be at the fire station itself, but the times will be the same — 10.00am to 3.00pm. The new dates are below and they will be at Retford Fire Station until further notice — 8th February, 7th March and 11th April Also due to Retford Library’s refurbishment, the details of the next Poetry Café are as follows: SPRING AND NEW BEGINNINGS Monday 10th February, 2.15pm to 3.45pm at All Hallows Parish Hall Share a poem on the themes of Spring and New Beginnings or simply enjoy listening to others at the informal Poetry Café. The cost is £1.00 to include refreshments. Booking is advised (pay on the day). Book your place by emailing Retford. firstname.lastname@example.org The number 47 bus goes to the church from Retford Bus Station. Also, while the library is closed don’t forget to see staff every Saturday morning on the Mobile Library in Churchgate Car Park from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
The Synchro Singers Do you enjoy singing in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly like-minded people? The Synchro Singers, a small group affiliated to Retford Operatic Society, sing a wide variety of music from Beatles to classics to songs from the musicals. They perform two or three concerts a year and meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings at The Denman Hall (opposite Morrisons Garage) on Moorgate, Retford. No singing experience is necessary and they would be delighted to welcome you into their lovely, friendly choir. They have just started their new season for 2020 and they will be preparing for the concerts and some Christmas singing later in the year. For further details please contact Veronica or Mike Mahony on 01427 881203 or 07970 662798. 104 February 2020
Rotary Club of Retford
The month of December ended a
very successful and busy year for the Rotary Club of Retford. It began with two important fundraising events. The first of these was participation in Retford’s Christmas Market and tree lighting ceremony on 1st. This year there was so much to do that two stalls were needed. A tombola, raffle, mulled wine and games were offered. The final amount raised was in the region of £1,000. On Saturday 7th it was the club’s turn for its annual street collection by kind permission of Bassetlaw District Council. Like last year and with the kind support of Haughton Park Farm, Bothamsall and the Woodcock Family, two reindeer made an appearance in Carolgate. Once again. the children really enjoyed the event and the generosity of the public was, yet again, astounding; £808 being collected. In between these two events, a large contingent made what seems to be becoming an annual pilgrimage
to a packed Majestic Theatre for the ‘That'll Be The Day’ Christmas concert. Just like on previous occasions, something well worth attending. The Ye Olde Bell Manager and Rotarian Kate Firth and her staff put on a splendid meal with wine for the Club’s Christmas Party on 16th. Over 100 Rotarians, partners and guests filled the ballroom at the hotel for a traditional meal including roast turkey, Christmas pudding and mince pies. Guests of honour were Retford Town Mayor Councillor Garry Clarkson and his wife, as a way of saying thank you for his marvellous support and participation in the Remembrance Concert. After dinner entertainment was arranged by President Elect Adrian Sumner and Past President Paul Withers. The month and year ended with a splendid formal buffet and disco at Ye Olde Bell. 2020 was piped in by Rotarian Brian Marchant before everyone was treated to a bacon roll to sustain them on their trips home in the ‘wee hours’.
Retford Bowling Green •Canasta — Every other Tuesday February: that rather dull time
following the Christmas and New Year celebrations and a bit early to be thinking of spring, Easter and the approaching bowling season. At Retford Bowling Green they let in the New Year in their usual way with a ‘Dutch Buffet’ party where everyone contributed something for the table. As usual Shirley Pickersgill, aided by Glennis Evans, organised a really enjoyable evening of games and quizzes. The grand finale was, as ever, organised by the neighbouring hotel with their wonderful firework display. During this time of the year the club continues with its usual social programme: • Social Evenings — Every other Friday from 7.30pm to 10.00pm. These started on 10th January with a fish and chip supper and the next will be on 7th February • Coffee Mornings — Every other Friday from 10.00am to 12.00pm, the next being on 14th February
from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, the next being on 4th February • Games Afternoons — Every Wednesday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm As ever, prospective members are welcome to pop-in to these events. Whether you are considering taking up bowls or simply wish to be a social member you will find a warm welcome. The green is currently expected to open on 16th April. Shortly after that there will be an open day and a series of coaching sessions on Saturday mornings, finishing with taster sessions at Kings Park bowling green on Charter Day. All of these sessions are open to the general public, are completely free of charge, and all necessary equipment is provided including several sets of junior bowls so that younger people may try. It really is a game for all ages. Further details will be available later. As always, for more information you can visit the club website www. retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk, email email@example.com or call Geoff Evans on 01777 948194.
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is a modern bridge but the free river shuttle ferries you across in minutes. You can stroll or cycle along the towpath, picnic under the trees, look out for beavers, herons or cormorants and gaze at the city across the water and the legendary Pont d’ Avignon, listed by UNESCO as part of the historic centre. The old bridge stops halfway across the river so dancing (as in the song) is not recommended but you can walk to the end past the chapel that once held the relics of St Bénezet, the shepherd inspired by divine voices to build the first bridge, later damaged by war and floods. Today the Rhône has been tamed, inviting visitors to relax on a leisurely cruise before returning to the bustling city. There’s much to explore in town, from the old convents and churches to the museums, from the secluded squares to the popular Place de l’Horloge or the Place Pie with its vertical garden and covered market where a ‘cafetier’ will cook your own
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Ryan Hamilton is the guest at the next Pies, Peas and Performances event on Saturday 8th February at St Saviour’s Community Centre, Lidget Lane, Retford. It will be an acoustic evening of songs and stories. Doors open at 7.00pm and tickets cost £15.00 from More Than Flowers, Retford or www. wegottickets.com. Tickets may be available on the door but it’s best to book ahead to guarantee your ticket. Ryan is an American artist who has been described as “this generation’s Tom
Petty” and his latest album — ‘This Is The Sound’ — is “an album of masterful songs guaranteed to lift your spirits and make you smile”. Look him up on YouTube or at his website — www.ryanhamilton. music.com — and you’ll definitely want to go along. He is only doing four UK shows and this is one of them. And it’s being filmed for a documentary! As a group, Pies, Peas and Performances supports Bassetlaw Food
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Retford Writers’ Group enters a new decade after nine successful years. However, as the library is being refurbished, Bassetlaw Museum has come to the rescue of the ‘Library Refugees’. Fancy writing — for fun, fame, therapy or brain gym? Poetry, prose, fact or fiction. All are welcome to the Writers’ group, to share writings, give and receive constructive criticism, and enjoy meeting each other. A trigger word is given if members feel the need for a prompt to set off writing. The trigger for the New Year was party — wonder why? You can see over 300 pieces, some trigger inspired, on the group’s website, retwords.wordpress.com. Kevin Murphy steers the group and can be contacted on 07903 654499 or email@example.com. 2020 dates are alternate Thursdays from 2.00pm to 4.00pm — 6th and 20th February, 5th and 19th March and ongoing at the museum until May at least.
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the Hill will host winter garden special opening events on 21st February and 6th March, from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Explore the five-acres gardens in winter, with coloured cornus and ornamental willows, hellebores, snowdrops, winter bulbs and fragrant winter blossom. The tea room will be open, serving delicious home baked cakes and teas, plant yard and gardeners gifts. The winter garden special tour with owner Sarah Murch starts at 12.00pm. Entry is £5.00.
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It’s February and the lovely, festive activities are no more than a memory, albeit a very pleasant one. Well, pleasant memories for some people but for those with dementia it is hard to remember anything and occasionally we may wonder if it’s worth the effort of doing nice things with them when they don’t know where they’ve been two minutes after getting back home. Remembering details may be impossible but pleasant experiences are never a waste of time. They can create what is known as ‘emotional memories’, the feeling that life is good, nice things happen and this person genuinely cares about me. That is why the Wednesday Group
Village Harmony Village Harmony choir recently sang as a curtain raiser to the film ‘Grease’ showing at Laneham Village Hall. This was a ‘Flix in the Stix’ presentation which take place monthly at the hall. Both choir members and the audience enjoyed the ‘doo-waps’ and ‘shu-bops’. The choir are presenting an afternoon of romantic songs and music at their Valentine Café Concert on Sunday
Scout Christmas Post Many thanks to all the shops and businesses that sold Retford Area Scout Christmas Post stamps in November and December 2019. The initiative raised in excess of
Bank so do feel free to take contributions along on the night — food or financial. Take your own drinks of choice and they’ll provide the pies, the peas and the performance. If you have dietary needs please let them know via their Facebook page — Pies, Peas and Performances. A date for your diary — Saturday 7th March, My Darling Clementine — a country duo returning after a storing visit last year.
tries to offer a range of activities that so that each member is able to take part in something they really enjoy. This way they build up an emotional memory that will help to sustain them through the difficulties their illness inevitably confronts them with. The group have lots of new activities they plan to try during the coming year so that both volunteers and members will all have happy, sustaining memories to carry them through the year ahead. If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, you may find help through the Wednesday Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974. 16th February at 2.00pm in Sturton Village Hall. The audience can take along drinks and nibbles to enjoy ‘café style’ during the performance. Tickets are available from members or at the Hub in Retford for £6.00. If you are contemplating joining a choir (no audition required) why not try the friendly group on Monday evenings at 7.30pm in Sturton Village Hall. Just turn up or get more details at enquiries@ windmillviewplantcentre.co.uk or contact June on 01427 880965. £1,800 for the four local Scout groups involved in the scheme.They could not do it without the support of the local shops and businesses, and all their volunteer sorters and deliverers. Thanks also to all the people who bought the stamps.
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