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Welcome!

Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of Retford Life magazine. The start of a new year, a new decade even, and the time when we traditionally look ahead and plan for the next 12 months. As satisfying as the thought is to start again and make sweeping changes in order to be ‘happy’, why not make a smaller pledge… don’t be a ‘new you’, be a ‘better you’ and be kinder to yourself. It may be dark and cold outside, but snuggle up and enjoy your magazine. You’ll find tips for cosying up your home, becoming financially organised, giving Veganuary a go, and much more. One of the lovely things about being the editor of Retford Life magazine is finding out so much about what is happening locally. I feel incredibly privileged to receive so many submissions each month from local

Erin McDaid on the little garden critters that shouldn’t be undervalued

groups. They cater for a diverse range of interests and I know they would love to welcome new members. In this edition alone, we hear from numerous groups you could join for some ‘me’ time in 2020 — maybe singing with Retford Community Singers, making new friends at Retford U3A or challenging yourself to improving your swimming with Bassetlaw Triathlon Club (pictured above)? And if you’re a member of a local group and you’d like to be included in a future edition, then drop me an email to community@ retfordlifemagazine.com and we’ll make it happen. Keep up to date with daily news from local groups and updates about local events via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/retfordlife, Twitter @retfordlife and on our website, www.retfordlifemagazine.com.

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Start a New Year revolution.....................44 Volunteering: a great opportunity at The Hub, Retford......................................48 Making family life that little bit easier...50 Beauty boosters...........................................52 It’s the little things that count...................58 Planning your high-rise edibles..............62 Garden waste boosts recycling efforts....66 How to keep your dog safe and warm this winter........................68 Here’s how to buy a new car..................78 Easy tips to improve your driving............80

First drives: Lexus UX250................................ 6 A perfect vision of your future.................90 2020 looks to be another big year for Retford FC...............................92 The Jurassic Coast.......................................96 The healthy way to do Veganuary.... 102 Perplexing puzzles.....................................106 New year observing................................ 108

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My dear diary… Did you ever keep a diary when

you were younger? I did. I poured my angst-ridden heart out to its blank pages. I look back on those fat notebooks with a mixture of fascination and horrified amusement. They are a funny, embarrassing, touching testament to my teenage turmoil and inner weirdness. I stopped journaling my thoughts at some point, but a few years ago, when I was gifted a rather beautiful notebook one Christmas, I started again. It was a good call. Writing in my diary helps me in many ways. I track my moods, my anxieties, the funny things my kids say, and the daily routine of writing helps me thrash out solutions to some of life’s challenges. There are many benefits to keeping a diary. Here are my favourites. IT ORGANISES YOUR THOUGHTS Most of what we think and feel would be incomprehensible to anyone able to look inside our heads. Writing helps to articulate thoughts and make them comprehensible to our conscious mind. IT IMPROVES YOUR WRITING Not everyone aspires to be a journalist or a writer. But many of us have to produce handouts, talks or web content in the course of our 8 January 2020

Sarah Davey on why you should keep a diary jobs. Writing daily in a diary helps us improve our style and fluency. IT HELPS SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS A diary is a good place to write down ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. Writing them down makes them real. They can then be used as a reminder, and to monitor progress. YOU CAN RECORD IDEAS It could be ideas for birthday gifts, holiday destinations or the name of the shop in which you saw the perfect curtains for the bedroom you’re currently decorating. The benefit of a diary is that it can all be recorded in one place, whenever it comes to mind. IT’S A STRESS-RELIEVER It can be helpful to ‘brain-dump’ anxieties, frustrations and pains into a diary. Teenage me waxed lyrical about problems with my parents, teachers and how worried I was that no boy would find me attractive while I had braces on my teeth. Adult me expresses concerns in my diary as a good way to free up any tension that prevents me

from feeling content in my life today. YOU CAN REFLECT Life races by at breakneck speed. We get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities and expectations. Journaling our thoughts is a good way to hit the pause button, take a step back and reflect. Whether it’s gratitude for something someone has done for us, or simply what we achieved today, a little daily reflection means can look back at our life after a few months or years and see how we’ve changed. We can note how our priorities have shifted and what we might do to be a better person in the future. IT’S A MEMORY PROMPT Our brain is more likely to store information that we write down. Teachers know that when you write new knowledge down your brain makes stronger connections with the information which means you’ll be able to recall it more easily in the future. IT BOOSTS CREATIVITY Diary-writing a great way to unleash creativity. Everyone has the potential to be creative, but most of us don’t take the time. You can start a novel, jot down ideas for outfits, plan a themed party, doodle or sketch. It’s your diary...have fun with it.


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members — to engage with and promote friendships with the area’s European and American twin towns. Their AGM is on 20th January 2020 at 7.00pm at Worksop Town Hall. The Association is a self-funding organisation that arranges links with the twin towns. Primarily they link with Garbsen and Pfungstadt in Germany and Aurillac in France. They additionally have links with Farmers Branch in Texas USA. The group is not political, in fact they are proud that they have members from all political backgrounds. They do, however, have a united common view that they want to continue to promote friendships with our area’s European and American friends. They welcome the twin town partnerships to Bassetlaw on a rotational basis, usually hosting guests in their own homes. They enjoy reciprocal hospitality when they make return visits. Staying in homes gives

them the opportunity to develop more meaningful friendships. Many within the group have friends going back over 20 years, and have continued their friendships though private visits. Not all members are able to host, but they support in other ways, maybe sharing meals, sharing the driving, etc. During the visits to Bassetlaw the group are able to take their visitors out on trips, they are fortunate to have so many beautiful places to visit within a 50 mile radius. Very often though their visits have been to local venues, enjoying all that Bassetlaw has to offer. When they have been away they have visited numerous places in Germany, France and Texas in the USA. One of the nicest things is that they are frequently taken to places that are not always on the tourist agenda, as well as well-known places in the area they are visiting. In 2018 they hosted a group from Garbsen in Germany and made a

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Night in style in South Leverton, with entertainment by the fabulous Jessica Mary Brett. Just the thing to combat those January blues — why not go and have fun? Enjoy a superb three course Burns Supper (dietary options available) and be entertained by Jessica Mary Brett on Saturday 25th January

at the Memorial Institute. Enjoy the pomp and ceremony of a traditional Burns Night, including a piper, the Address to a Haggis and a wee tot! It's an occasion to dress-up (dress code — evening/smart, in honour of the Baird) and have fun (there may be a dance/game or two). The bar will

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, recordbreaking ‘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

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Broadway 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

return visit to Aurillac in France. In May 2019 they welcomed a large group from Pfungstadt, Germany and they returned in September 2019. In 2020 they will be hosting a group from Aurillac. This group is made up primarily of families and will take place in the school holidays. They are also hopeful that some American guests may visit due to the Mayflower celebrations. This year’s fundraising events have included musical concerts and a strawberry tea which were enjoyed by the membership, promoting their friendships as well as supporting the association. So, if you would like to join a group of people interested in furthering European and American friendships, please contact Pat Durrant on 01909 486499 (chair) or Sue Dawson on 01909 486821 (vice chair). Visit their website, www. bassetlawtwinning.co.uk.

be available! Doors open at 7.00pm. Go along as a group or make friends on the evening. Tickets are £20.00 per head. Please call 01427 880306 to book. Tickets will not be available on the door for this event. The organisers look forward to celebrating the birthday of the Bard, Rabbie Burns, together. the headlines, 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 sellout. 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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YOUR MONEY

Five tasks for an organised financial life in 2020 January is the perfect time to

organise your financial life and carry out those onerous or boring tasks you’ve been putting off for so long. Making a will, setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and checking your credit file are just three important ‘bigger picture’ jobs that can set you up for a secure future, and offer a little protection from life’s uncertainties. So here are the five tasks in more detail — tackle them in any order, and get your financial life organised in 2020. • Check your state pension forecast Checking how much state pension you might receive provides a clearer picture of how your financial situation could look in retirement. It also allows you to see if there are any gaps in your National Insurance (NI) record. This is important, as you may be able to pay voluntary National Insurance contributions to fill those gaps and complete your NI record before you retire. At the time of writing you need to make full contributions for 35 years to be eligible for the

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new full state pension,¹ so it’s definitely worth investigating. • Make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of Attorney is an official document whereby you appoint one or more attorneys to help you make financial or health-related decisions, or to make them on your behalf if you lose mental capacity in the future. You need to be over the age of 18 to make an LPA, and have the mental capacity at the time to make your own decisions. Drawing up an LPA is often regarded as unnecessary until later life, but it’s well worth considering at any time. • Write a will Making a will ensures your assets are passed down according to your wishes when you die, and with today’s complex family structures it can prevent a great deal of stress for those left behind. It’s advisable to seek professional assistance when making a will, particularly if you have a young family or your circumstances aren’t straightforward.

• Take out ‘life event’ insurance Adverse life events such as chronic illness or serious accident can derail your plans for the future. You may not be able to work or function in the way you used to, for instance, but if you’ve taken out appropriate insurance it can reduce some of the devastating financial impact for yourself and your family. • Check your credit report The state of your credit report affects your ability to borrow and obtain credit, and is a fundamental part of your overall financial situation. Lenders and credit card companies assess your creditworthiness by checking your credit file, and decide whether or not to sanction loans or grant credit based on its contents. If you blitz these jobs in January, you can relax for the rest of 2020 knowing that some of the mundane but very important financial issues that can affect your life so seriously are all under control. ¹www.gov.uk/new-state-pension/your-nationalinsurance-record-and-your-state-pension


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LIFESTYLE

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

We often reflect on the past year and mourn chances we didn’t take or connections we didn’t make. Instead of looking longingly backwards, perhaps 2020 is a good year to develop your vision for the future so that it’s… well… 20/20! REVIEW YOUR GOALS — SHORT AND LONG-TERM Are your everyday activities helping you to accomplish your short-term goals? Are you working on meaningful projects? Make sure at least some of your daily activities help you to accomplish your short-term goals, and that those short-term goals can build to let you accomplish larger goals and objectives. But don’t be a slave to your goals. It’s okay to change directions and shift deadlines. January is a great time revaluate. Are your long-term goals from six months ago still relevant to you today? It can be helpful to write down your goals using pen and paper, and then hang them in a place where you can see them. This acts as a visual prompt to remind you and inspire you during the day-to-day grind. 14 January 2020

Your 20/20 vision for 2020 Anne McCarthy looks back at 2019 to plan for a better 2020 NURTURE RELATIONSHIPS Sometimes friendships and family relationships get placed on the backburner when we’re busy. Are there friends and relatives in your contacts list who you haven’t spoken with lately? Use this season to catch-up, reconnect, and nurture the relationships that matter. REQUEST A PLANNING MEETING It could be with your boss, or your partner! When you think about the next year — do you see yourself staying at the same job? If so, do you want to be considered for promotion or a transfer? Would you like to plan a big trip with your partner, or start a family? With your boss you might mention projects you’d like to lead, qualifications you’d like to study for. With your partner you might want to talk about joining a gym together, planning a safari, or taking up ballroom dancing.

These discussions are useful in both your work and your private life. They can help you understand points of dissatisfaction in your work or relationship and give you the clarity you need to explore a change. INVEST IN YOURSELF There’s a difference between being comfortable and being complacent. Try stepping out of your comfort zone and take an online course, sign up with the Open University or night classes at college. Try out a yoga class or a massage, or simply go away with a friend or a partner to a spa for a few days. REFLECT ON LESSONS LEARNED January is not all about new beginnings. It’s nice to think about all you accomplished during 2019. What did you learn? What did you achieve? A lot probably happened in the past 12 months, but life moves so fast that too often we don’t take time to reflect on all we’ve learned. Take note of your discoveries and think about ways you can apply those lessons with intention as you move into the new year.


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The colour of the year Tranquil Dawn, a soft shade of greyish-green, is paint company Dulux’s colour of the year. It’s a calm, restful colour that’s very easy to introduce into your interior.

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USING TRANQUIL DAWN AT HOME • This pale grey-green is inspired by the dawn horizon. It’s a soft and easy-going natural and, as such, could be employed to paint all your walls, providing you with a delightfully calming and contemplative space. It also looks good added in the form of window treatments, upholstery, rugs or smaller accessories. • Dulux has produced four colour palettes, each consisting of ten colours, to demonstrate how to combine Tranquil Dawn in different ways and create a variety of effects. The ‘Care’ palette includes pale pinks and blues, and is soft and airy for a soothing atmosphere; the ‘Play’ palette uses bolder colours such as citrus and crimson to create a sense of energy and vibrancy; the ‘Meaning’ palette employs subtle greys for a still, quiet space; and the ‘Creativity’ palette, with sapphire, garnet and chocolate, is more moody and intense. Take your pick according to your home style. • Although this delicate shade looks gorgeous with natural materials such as wood, leather, linen, stone and wicker, it can also be teamed with sleek, shiny metallics and plastics for a more chic, contemporary look, while adding rich textures such as velvet or sheepskin will give a sense of natural luxury.


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Spring may still be a while off, but there are ways to make your interior more inviting, even in the midst of winter. Make long, dark nights and chilly mornings more bearable with some clever thinking. To start, make sure your lighting is up to scratch. A welldesigned lighting scheme reinforces a sense of security, comfort and vitality, and making dramatic improvements could be as simple as adding a floor lamp in a dark corner or a reading lamp next to a favourite armchair. For the best effect, layer lighting so that it comes from a variety of sources and directions. If on a budget, replace main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or floor lamps at strategic points. Check that your bulbs give off the correct amount of illumination for the task at hand, and where appropriate are a ‘warm’ white in colour rather than ‘cool’. Add the leaping flames of a log burner or a few pretty tea lights or candles for an atmospheric evening in. Colour can make all the difference to a room’s feel, and a quick paint job — perhaps just on one wall — can be transformative. Earthy or spicy colours such as claret, mustard, ochre or chocolate are great choices, while 20 January 2020

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Riverside Indoor The Harley Gallery to build on previous Bowls Club LEGO® success An exhibition of artwork

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Club (RIBs) recently held a very enjoyable Members Social Evening at the Blues Club in Gainsborough to thank members for their support. They would like to thank the Blues Club and also the Lincoln Cooperative Society, Heapham Road, who helped RIBs put on a well-received buffet supper. They also had a quiz and a raffle and the evening provided a good opportunity for members to chat and catch up. Trustees were able to convey some very positive news about the probability of a combined sports facility in the town, with help from members of West Lindsey District Council and the Town Council who can steer them towards funding once a feasibility report has been prepared. A working committee has been formed by all interested parties. With the planned regeneration of the town already progressing, this would not only provide an indoor bowls hall for the district but the ability to incorporate other sports and facilities within the complex. Members left with much more positivity after hearing some very important details. The club now need to increase membership, so anyone wishing to show support to RIBs please contact Lynda Enever on 01427 614627 or Lyndry@sky.com, or Linda Grocock on 01427 614682 or lindagrocock@hotmail. co.uk for a membership form and to submit a one off £5.00 subscription to show their interest. 22 January 2020

created from thousands of LEGO® bricks is set to draw in huge numbers of visitors when it opens at Nottinghamshire’s The Harley Gallery in January. Brick by Brick follows on from two exhibitions of work at the Worksop gallery made completely from Lego bricks. The first exhibition, Brick City, broke all records — attracting more than 80,000 visitors to the gallery on the rural Welbeck estate in just three months. This time the gallery will be showing an exhibition by 18 artists from across the world, who have each used the medium of the famed Lego block in different ways from photography to sculptures. Visitors will be able to see the thought-provoking artwork, which is set to appeal to art enthusiasts as well as Lego fans alike. There will also be a series of activities planned to coincide with the exhibition including the opportunity to get hands-on in the creative area of the gallery. School workshops inspired by the exhibition have also been organised, along with a programme of school holiday activities in February and April. Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley

The Dukeries Singers … “and a Happy New Year”. Still got

a few carols stuck in my head. I'm sure I shall manage to put them all to slumber when The Dukeries Singers begin learning new music in the New Year. We hope to resume choir practice in January 2020 with a new Musical Director. If you would like to sing with the choir we have spaces for all vocal parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. If you have enjoyed singing with a choir you already know what a joyful experience it can be. We are an adult mixed voice choir and have a well-deserved reputation for singing a wide variety of music. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook

Gallery, said: “It’s good to have artwork created in the medium of Lego back at the gallery again as it’s something that connects with people of all ages. “Our first two exhibitions showed what could be done with passion, patience, technical ability and a very big pile of Lego. This time we are showing an exhibition created by artists from across the world, who have created work from Lego because as a material they feel it adds an additional layer of meaning to their work. It isn’t just a building block. The playful, primary colours of the bricks and its association with childhood memories all add to the artworks that you see here.” The exhibition aims to celebrate and demonstrate the imaginative capacity of people and how human beings use their imagination to make things that everyone can enjoy and share. The art that has been created has used what is basically a children’s toy. It is both a tribute to the product and to the people that worked with it. Brick by Brick is a touring exhibition from 20-21 Visual Art Centre, Scunthorpe, and is supported by North Lincolnshire Council, ACE, and the National Lottery. Brick by Brick runs from 18th January until 19th April 2020. The Harley Gallery is open daily between 10.00am and 5.00pm. Entry is free and there’s free parking. For more details see www.harleygallery.co.uk. and YouTube and on our website, www.thedukeriessingers.com. We rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Concert Hall Foyer at the Dukeries Academy, Ollerton. This is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. We are taking bookings for 2020 and we have a new concert secretary, Margaret. If you would like to book the choir for your anniversary, celebration, charity, fundraising or any other event, she would be delighted to hear from you on 01623 642464 or 07896 491314. Have a very happy and healthy 2020. It will soon be snowdrop time! Jan


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East Markham Players Panto

The ever popular East Markham Players return in 2020, after many years of playing to packed houses in their home village and, more recently, also in Dunham-on-Trent. This year’s fun filled frolics will be aided by the script for ‘Babes in the Wood’ and showcase the Players’ irrepressible love for life and entertainment. This is the ultimate in family entertainment, guaranteed to blow away the post-Christmas blues — and right on your local doorstep. You may also (just) recognise some familiar faces from the local community. The dates are 7.30pm on Friday 31st January at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st February at 2.00pm and 7.30pm at East Markham Village Hall; and Saturday 8th February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Dunham-on-Trent Village Hall Be sure to get your tickets soon from either Sally Mitchell Gallery in Tuxford or East Markham Post Office. They always sell quickly.

My Sight Bassetlaw My Sight Bassetlaw is a group of visually impaired people who meet on the second and fourth Tuesday each month, between 10.00am and 12.00pm at the BVCS Building, The Old Abbey School, Priorswell Road, Worksop S80 2BU. Join them for a coffee and a chat. They have talks, demonstrations and outings to places of interest. Call Sarah on 0115 9706806 for more information. The Twelfth Night of Christmas

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Twelfth Night of Christmas on Sunday 5th January 2020 at 7.30pm at St Saviour’s Church, Welham Road, Retford. They will present a concert of carols for choirs, West Gallery carols, favourite carols for all to sing and a celebration of the centenary of Sir David Willcocks with his famous carols and descants. All will be rounded off with refreshments and wine. Admission is free, with a voluntary donation towards expenses. 28 January 2020

Retford Rotary Club

November was dominated

by two events in the Rotary Club of Retford. The first of these was the Festival of Remembrance in Retford Town Hall on Saturday 9th. This was organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Retford and the Royal British Legion, with fantastic support from the Mayor of Retford Councillor Garry Clarkson. The lead for this was Rotarian Linda Crossland with retired Colonel Rotarian David Rhodes acting as compare. Music was by the Pleasley Colliery Welfare Band, a lone piper (playing The Piper's Lament) and bugler (playing the Last Post). The cadet forces in the town also played an important part in a very moving and respectful event. Saturday 23rd November saw one of the club’s major charity events of the year; the Grand Charity Ball held at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor. Past President Paul Withers led a team to create a spectacular event based upon Christmas in New York. As guests arrived, they were met by artificial snow as well as a ‘Yellow Cab’ parked outside the hotel. Inside, there included an eight foot tall Statue of Liberty and various scenes adorned with well-known New York street signs. The, by now traditional, casino, restaurant, tree and auction raised over £12,000; the two local hospices, Bassetlaw and Bluebell Wood, as well as Rotary charities benefiting, On Monday 11th Past President

Brian Cane gave a very interesting talk to members at the club meeting on Nicholas Hawksmoor. Born in either East Drayton or Ragnall in 1661, this architect was taken under his wing by Sir Christopher Wren and played a major part in the designs of many famous buildings including St Paul’s Cathedral. The last Monday of the month was the club's AGM. As well as presenting and accepting the various accounts, this is the opportunity to elect senior officers of the club for the next Rotary year. President for 2020–21 will be Adrian Sumner, President Elect Andrew Avery and Junior Vice President Geoffrey Matthews. Secretary Marjorie Crookes and Treasurer Mike Davies remain in post.


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Lynnette Marie and Jonny

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Happy New Year from Retford Ramblers Group. Why not start off the new year by taking a taster walk? The Retford group’s 2020 programme launches on 5th January with a steady walk in the Edwinstowe and Rufford 30 January 2020

North & South Wheatley Local History Society and whilst crossing the great plains encountered everything from native Indians, and stampeding buffalo, to fording across the Rio Grande and near starvation. After 17 weeks and more than 1,000 miles of dust and mountain passes they arrived in Salt Lake to join other strugging Mormon migrants. William’s sister Elizabeth had stayed behind for a time in St Louis and married Mary Ann’s brother John Marriott. They too made the same journey across the plains and set up home in Utah. Many of the towns are now named after those early settlers, Brigham City, Layton, Ogden and even Marriott bear testament to the early Mormons. The story went on to include the building of their first homes, some as log cabins, some cut into of rock caves and others built of turf sods. In 1853 they even dismantled their cabin and moved it into a fort as protection from armsed forces. They were friendly with the Shoshoni Indians and learnt many survival skills from them.

The Mormons practiced polygamy openly from the early arrivals until around 1890. William had just two wives and a total of 12 children. John Marriott took five wives, Elizabeth being the second, and between them all, they produced 15 sons and 20 daughters. All were listed in Dave’s talk, but he followed the line of just one son, Hyrum Willard. He in turn produced eight children including John Willard Marriott, who with his wife Alice set up a small ‘Root Beer’ bar with just 10 stools and six tables in 1927. Their business prospered and over the years became the Marriott Hotel Group which now has 1.3 million rooms in 131 countries — but Dave, although a fourth cousin, has yet to introduce himself or get a ‘freebie’! Make a note in your new diary of the next society meeting on Monday 20th January at 10.00am, at the Village Hall in South Wheatley when they welcome back Mr Harry Foxley, the well-known Retford historian and raconteur. His subject this time will be ‘The Majestic’ (and the history of theatre and cinema). His last visit and talk was one of the best of the year — so don’t miss this one! As always new members and guests are very welcome. For more information please contact Dave on 01427 880934 or Alan on 01427 884147.

Country & Western Music Night ago to a sell out audience. They play all over the country, both as a duo and also as the group Rocky Road Ramblers. Tickets were already over half sold last November for their February performance. They have a great rapport and are very entertaining. If you think you do not like country and western they may well convert you. So, even if you are unsure give them a try!

Retford Ramblers Group area. Just the thing to get the mind, body and soul back in order after the Christmas indulgence. The group meet in the Chapelgate Car Park, usually

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starting early. The principle is very simple: the longer the investment has to mature, the greater the benefit will be from the year-on-year compound growth of reinvested returns: investing £200.00 a month for five years can grow to over £13,000.* Bearing in mind the Child Benefit for a sole child currently amounts to £89.70 per month, these figures start to look more and more feasible. There are a number of government schemes to save for children. The tax-friendly Junior Individual Savings Account (JISA) is a very attractive option. Any returns are free from Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Savers can typically make regular or one-off payments up to the current annual limit of £4,368. Money held in a JISA is locked in until the child reaches 18, after which it can be converted into an adult ISA and continue to

enjoy the same tax advantages. Less well-known is that children can have a pension fund as soon as they are born. Setting one up can bring significant tax advantages since, as you save, the government adds a generous tax relief. Contributions up to the maximum of £2,880 a year are automatically grossed up by the government to take account of tax at 20%, giving a maximum annual investment of £3,600. Even a few years of contributions can build a substantial pot. Just as with pensions for adults, pension pots for children benefit from tax breaks. In common with JISAs, anyone can pay into the pension — parents, grandparents, godparents, friends or other family members. (However, only parents and legal guardians can actually set one up.) Saving this way may also help mitigate an Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability. Payments from grandparents, for example, may be covered by the annual £3,000 IHT gifting allowance, or the exemption for payments made out of income. If you are unsure about the most suitable way to invest for your children, then you should seek financial advice. 1 Centre for Economic and Business Research, September 2019 * Assumes an annual growth rate of 5% net of charges. These figures are an example only and are not guaranteed - it is not a minimum or maximum amount. What you will get back depends on how your investment grows and on the tax treatment of the investment. You could get back more or less than this.

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Society’s final meeting of the year, on 27th November, was well attended and members were treated to a fascinating demonstration by Margaret Garrard. She made a bud vase in the first part of the evening, during which she showed how to create a crackled, coloured finish on the piece as well as a plain colour. Small bands of natural wood highlighted this to good effect. Later in the evening she made a timely Christmas tree decoration using a process which produced about 15 at a time. Margaret also brought a selection of other work, including an impressive pierced piece, for members to look at and ask about. The first meeting of the society’s new year will be on 22nd January at the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton at 7.30pm. This will be their AGM, so they hope to see everyone there ready to discuss the running of the club and to hear about the new programme to come. Visitors and guests are welcome and it is a good opportunity to meet each other and chat. Please note that 2020 subs are due in January. Membership costs £15.00 a year plus a £5.00 a time nightly fee. There are 11 meetings a year and four hands on sessions as well. Your first visit is free. They look forward to welcoming members old and new. 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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A support service designed to protect the safety and mental wellbeing of victims of stalking has announced it is ready to take on new clients as the UK marks a national anti-violence campaign. The Stalking Advocacy Service, funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping and the first of its kind in the county, is a pilot project which has been accepting referrals from Nottinghamshire Police, who run a monthly stalking clinic, since July. The service, which helps both male and female victims of stalking, is being delivered by Juno Women’s Aid, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, which are working together to deliver a one-stop shop of support. Until recently, victims and survivors whose stalking experiences did not form part of domestic abuse were denied access to specialist safety planning and emotional support. However, the PCC was determined to change the position by funding a bespoke support facility. The Stalking Advocacy Service is able to support all victims and survivors of stalking, even if they have not reported their case to the police. “Stalking poses a serious threat to the safety and emotional wellbeing of its victims,” said Mr Tipping. “It is not a problem that can be swept under the carpet and nor should it be — painful lessons nationally have shown us that failing to act promptly can have tragic

Parkinson’s UK and Pilates Clinic) and Elizabeth Proctor (Personal Health Budget/ Complex Case Manager). Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Avenue, Worksop S80 1EN and a warm welcome awaits. They firmly

consequences for the victim. “It is estimated that half of stalking victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder while others develop anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. For too long innocent victims have not only suffered fear but frustration with a system that is meant to protect them. “It is vital we respond robustly and compassionately and give people the help they deserve, which is why I’ve funded this new service. Through our advocacy workers, we will ensure victims receive the best possible support to safeguard their futures and recover from their experiences.” The PCC has provided funding worth £37,500 each to Juno Women’s Aid and Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid while Equation has received £9,480 to deliver support tailored to male victims as well as deliver a series of seminars for professionals to raise awareness of stalking and how to get help, which will be developed and rolled out from April 2020. The funding has provided two part-time stalking advocates who have already helped victims with safety planning and other support. The service has been funded as a pilot until December 2020. It will then be evaluated in the summer 2020 to inform future commissioning arrangements. To access the service call the women’s helpline on 0115 947 6490, or the men’s Helpline on 0115 960 5556. believe that no-one should feel alone with Parkinson’s disease. The hand of friendship and support is always open, when hopefully members can show that there is life to enjoy despite some of the difficulties of the condition. For more information about the branch and its many activities, call Chris Coldwell on 01909 730629.


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HEALTH

Get your gut on track for 2020 It’s a New Year, a new decade

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Arts Society Dukeries 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 and is titled ‘Portraits of the Maharinas’. The society meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-inLindrick 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. Bassetlaw Hospice volunteer drivers required Bassetlaw Hospice are looking for lovely people who are confident, careful drivers to join their team. You can be flexible in the days you volunteer but should have fully comprehensive insurance and a four door car. Patients arrive at the hospice for 10.00am and then return home from 3.00pm. All volunteer roles are subject to the appropriate reference, health and DBS checks. If you would like further information and an application form, please contact Kerry on 0115 955 5440 or email give@bassetlawhospice.org.

New Year tails Roxy is a 10-year-old Boxer cross,

and she has been at the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre for 157 days. Roxy is a sweet girl who loves to be around humans; she likes a good run playing with tennis balls. The team promoted Roxy on social media platforms but it seemed that for no good reason Roxy would be spending Christmas at the centre. Every animal gets a Christmas dinner and a stocking full of toys and treats, but it’s just not the same as having home comforts. Then one day a gentleman arrived and very quickly it became clear it was a match. The

Voglia d’Italia for South Yorks and North Notts) presents a Members’ Evening on Friday 3rd January. This is an opportunity for members to participate. This year they welcome Enzo and Sara Particco, who return to share

their experiences of Naples and Italy. There will also be the annual photograph competition and a sale of books, DVDs and CDs. The evening starts at 7.30pm, at Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome for a £3.00 admission fee. For more information call 01709 370895.

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The group meet in the Parish Room, Tickhill, at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. The annual subscription is £17.50. Non-members are charged at £4.00 per meeting but this is refundable if you decide to join. For more information call Jan Murray on 01302 611415.

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week before Christmas Roxy was rehomed with her new family. This is just one example of the many RSPCA rehoming stories. Centre staff and volunteers appreciate each and every person who rehomes an animal. Remember your local RSPCA animal centre when you are looking for an addition to the family. During 2019 the RSPCA at Bawtry rehomed over 900 animals. As the charity is self-funded, it is the support of local Doncaster and Rotherham area communities that keep the place going. Your local RSPCA team thank you for your support — and wish you a happy New Year.


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TECHNOLOGY

Start a New Year’s revolution High-tech ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions The decorations are

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world is the Apple Watch, which comes in two flavours: the Series 3, which starts at £199.00, and the Series 5, which starts at £399.00. The series 4 was discontinued last year. If you have an iPhone, they’re the best smart watches you can buy. If you don’t have an iPhone or just don’t need a £400.00 Apple Watch, there are plenty of other options. Samsung makes a range of Galaxy Active watches from around £200.00 up that work really well with Android phones, and it also makes a simple fitness tracker called the Galaxy Fit.

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helpful but you don’t need to know everything. It offers you a challenge when someone is visiting Retford and comes to The Hub to ask ‘What should I do on my visit here?’ Chat with them about what they like to do and then explore the opportunities with them — you can give them leaflets but often just chatting about things that are available will stimulate their interest in the area. And you learn more yourself. • Gain an awareness of the skills and talent in North Notts from the local artisans displaying their goods at The Hub. • Provide a simple ‘Meal Deal’ lunch or snack - no cooking skills needed, just care and interest in providing what the customer wants. This offers a chance to chat with visitors or leave them in peace to enjoy

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PARENTING

Making family life that little bit easier Kate Duggan on ideas to improve everyday family life Ever feel like you’re trying

to juggle too many balls, half of which are on fire? Here are a few ideas that might help… PLAN LIKE A PRO If you have school-age children, you no doubt find yourself wishing they had their own personal assistant at times. (And a cook, cleaner and driver.) Between them, my two have drama, yoga, maths club, choir, piano, Taekwondo, dance, computer club, youth club and swimming lessons. And that’s before you factor in play dates, homework and school projects. I find the easiest way to remember who needs what, where and on what day, is through a Google calendar that I share with my partner. It means we constantly have notifications pinging at us, but we can remind the kids to grab their piano book or swim stuff in the morning. A wall planner is also handy, particularly a wipe-clean weekly planner hung next to the front door or on the fridge. Use it to keep track of clubs, play dates, homework deadlines, whether they’re on school

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LIFESTYLE

Beauty boosters Kate Duggan solves your beauty dilemmas Skin feeling less baby soft and

more adult rhino? Try a weekly salt scrub. Coffee fans will appreciate Rabot 1745’s Coffee Body Scrub, which is made from Arabica ground coffee, pure salt, cocoa butter and almond oil. The salt helps to remove dry skin and draw out toxins, the coffee works to freshen and tighten skin and the cocoa butter and almond oil soften and hydrate. The aroma of fresh coffee is also a good wake-up call on dark mornings. If you’re thinking that the packaging looks rather like a reusable coffee cup, you’d be right. And if you use that cup at any Hotel Chocolat café, you’ll get 50p off a hot drink. The Coffee Body Scrub costs £16.00 at Hotel Chocolat and www.rabot1745beauty.com, so will pay for itself in 32 coffees’ time… If it’s your face that’s feeling dry and parched (thanks a bunch central heating and winter winds), Frances Prescott TRI-SPRITZ might help. As well as boosting hydration, the facial mist works to support tissue recovery, calm and reduce inflammation, neutralise free radicals and protect from pollution. As an added bonus, it helps to set your makeup in place. I tend to use TRI-SPRITZ as a quick pick-me-up when my skin feels a bit dehydrated or just

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would like to begin the New Year by thanking all the local people who have supported the club in many different ways through 2019. All over Britain, Inner Wheel clubs have worked in the last year to support many varied charities and needy causes. In Retford, Alzheimer’s Research was their main charity and secondly Medical Detection/Alert Dogs. They also gave help to The Air Ambulance, Meningitis Trust, the British Legion, Leonard Cheshire Homes, the Rotary Disaster Fund, Santa for a Senior and Women’s Aid (The Women’s Refuge). They continue to help the food bank with donations of food and money. All this was possible because of the service of club members and with the help of local people. In the last year Inner Wheel clubs have provided tools for self reliance, to assist tailoring skills; sent out literacy boxes for education; they have made heart cushions to support women with breast cancer after surgery; In supporting Guide Dogs for the Blind, one club awarded a lifetime membership to Gismo, a Labrador guide dog who has attended each meeting and event with his owner and keeps her safe at all times as well as being a friendly greeter of every member and visitor. These are just a few examples of Inner Wheel’s work in our region. The club have an ongoing project to give help to ‘Period Poverty’ in the UK. They were happy to participate in the Christmas tree festival at St Swithun’s with a ‘Toy Bag’ themed tree and Grove Street Methodist Church star festival. Their Christmas Market stall raised about £300 for flood victims in Bassetlaw. Retford club’s efforts through 2019 raised over £2,500 for the above charities. Thank you for your support. The club wishes all readers a very happy New Year.

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Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance given go ahead to build new HQ A brand-new headquarters for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has been granted planning permission by North Kesteven District Council. The charity’s new future-proof home will be based adjacent to RAF Waddington on the A15 Sleaford Road. The new headquarters will see charity staff, crew and helicopter all based under one roof; the facility will include a helicopter take-off and landing pad for both day and night operations as the charity moves to full 24/7 coverage early next year. With the charity’s operations and offices currently based on separate sites, the move will allow for closer working between staff and crew, whilst providing a facility for visitors, former patients, volunteers and benefactors to visit the charity and support their fundraising efforts. The air ambulance helicopter currently operates from RAF Waddington, whilst the charity has offices at Bracebridge Heath in Lincoln and Colwick in Nottingham.

The brand-new headquarters and airbase will have its own purposebuilt hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, along with housing for the charity’s Critical Care Car with direct access onto the road network for faster response time. Enhanced crew training facilities will also be available at the new base, which will help clinicians to develop their skills further and prepare for the incidents they respond to. To support the funding of their new home, the charity recently received an award of £1.82million from the Department of Health and Social Care. The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance was successful in its application for funding when £10million was set aside by Chancellor Phillip Hammond to help support UK air ambulance charities with capital projects. Construction of the new HQ will begin early next year and is due for completion in the winter of 2020. To keep up to date with the latest developments of this project, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk.


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ENVIRONMENT

It’s the little things that count Erin McDaid on the little garden critters that shouldn’t be undervalued The notion that little things count is fairly well accepted and when it comes to wildlife nothing could be truer. Some of the smallest creatures are vital to our survival and insects are the driving force for natural systems and provide food for larger creatures including human beings. Insects are unsung heroes and whilst efforts to help bees have, quite rightly, become the focus of recent campaigns, other insects need our help too. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet and have adapted to conditions across the globe. Their role in pollinating plants is probably their most well-known ‘use’ but efforts to conserve creatures shouldn’t be predicated on their benefits to people. All creatures have an intrinsic value and the value of insects is immeasurable — matched only by the scale of our under appreciation. Whilst we benefit directly from the fruits they pollinate, we shouldn’t ignore the indirect benefits derived from their pollination of other plants. 70 to 95% of plants are pollinated by animals, with insects doing the bulk of this work. Without insects we would lose access to key food crops, our planet would look very different as plant and GET INVOLVED For more advice about supporting wildlife in your garden visit www. nottinghamshirewildlife. org/get-involved or www. wildaboutgardens.org.uk. 58 January 2020

ABOVE & BELOW: Densely planted areas in your garden are vital for a range of insects; Beneficial insects such as ladybirds require a good mix of densely planted foliage to thrive (© Scott Tilley)

trees struggled to reproduce and our environment would become much more inhospitable with less plants to filter our air and water, protect our soils and store damaging carbon. To continue the theme of little things counting, let’s look at simple solutions. Anyone with a garden can take direct action to help insects. Traditionally advice has focussed on growing more nectar rich flowers to benefit bees and other pollinators, but recent advice from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), our partners in the Wild About Gardens project, suggests that foliage plants, including evergreens are key to supporting the greatest variety of insects. Insects need foliage for food and shelter. Many also play a key role in recycling dead and decaying plant materials so it’s worth remembering that in addition to growing more plants we need to leave some of the tidying to nature — giving you more time to enjoy a spot of armchair gardening! The RHS’ advice is to grow a mix of native, near native and exotic plants, with the focus on the first two groups. Native shrubs such as holly, crab apple and box are all good choices.

Whatever you choose to grow, allow plants to grow close together, the denser the vegetation the better for most species of insect. Allowing less room between plants will also save time on weeding. You can also be more relaxed about signs of insect damage on your plants — instead of reaching for the pesticide gun at the first sign of a nibble on a leaf, consider this ‘damage’ as a symbol that you are doing your bit for wildlife.


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Not only will Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory open again for nine consecutive days in February but, for the first time ever, visitors may choose to take a little piece of Hodsock home! New for the 2020 season is the chance to meet Diane Haycock, Hodsock’s lead gardener, in the Snowdrop Marquee and purchase home-grown Snowdrops direct from Horse Pasture Wood. The spectacular snowdrop walks and winter gardens will open daily between 10.00am and 3.00pm (last entry) from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th February. The historic estate on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire reopened due to high demand in 2019, offering a ‘back to basics’ experience. This rewound approach was well received by new and regular visitors alike. Over 8,000 visitors of all ages and interests, from young families to garden enthusiasts, meandered among millions of Hodsock snowdrops and coppiced beech trees, fragrant shrubs and colourful winter flowering plants. Sir Andrew Buchanan said: “There were no plans to open for Snowdrops 2019 but after much disappointment from loyal visitors, my wife Belinda and I opted to take on the responsibility for keeping the event alive. We opened for a short season and I couldn’t be more proud of what our skeleton staff and team of passionate volunteers achieved. I was astounded by the numbers of visitors and positive feedback we received.” This new season will again celebrate the simple beauty of nature, found at the end of winter and dawn of spring. 60 January 2020

Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory 2020: take a little piece of Hodsock home with you! Lovers of the great outdoors will also be tempted to sample new catering delights from Spud Buddies, a local venture, in addition to the traditional hot butties, cakes and refreshments from the Woodland Café. The five acres of formal gardens and 12 acres of Horse Pasture Wood which surround the Buchanan’s ancestral home feature natural collections of snowdrops, a snowdrop lawn and established garden displays. A treat for the senses can be found in the form of hellebores, aconites, cyclamen, irises, sarcococca and witch hazel. The woodland walk and footpaths around the gardens and lake are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies. Regular resting places help to ensure that they are suitable for all ages and abilities. Visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before setting off and to dress warmly with sturdy footwear. Admission for Snowdrops at

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Pippa Greenwood on maximising your gardening space in April, or raised in small pots or trays and then planted out into the high-rise planter. Dwarf French varieties such as ‘Duel’ or the purple-podded ‘Purple Tee Pee’ do well in a good sized window box. Wall baskets, troughs and hanging baskets can play host to strawberries, which trail naturally over container edges. Plants can be bought from garden centres or by mail order at this time of year. There’s a huge selection of lettuce and other salad leaves available in a wide range of colours and leaf shapes. Fast-germinating and fast-growing, you can either buy small plants or sow the seed directly into the compost. Creeping or trailing forms of herbs are a must for a basket, trough or window box, and thyme in particular is ideal for a container in a sunny spot. As it’s hardy it can be planted

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North Notts Association of National Trust Members The latest lecture for the North Notts Association of National Trust Members took place at The Crossing on 20th November and they welcomed Mr Malcolm Dolby, who shared the wonderful history of our county which is hidden below ground until aerial observations bring it to light. He had a wonderful and fascinating array of photographs taken from the air, showing crop marks which can show the sites of ditches, moats and castles, many from Roman times, by the way they present in terms of shapes and shades. Members were all amazed by the number of such sites just in North Nottinghamshire. Also of particular interest following our recent floods, members could see the way that rivers over many years can completely change course, sometimes caused by either drying out or floods, one of particular note being at Littleborough. All this can be seen by the varying colours of the marks, ditches being shown up as darker areas than remains of walls and buildings which are lighter. After the talk in December by Laura Binns, the next talk will be on Wednesday 15th January 2020. President David Bostwick will be talking on the subject of ‘The English Kitchen and Kitchen Garden’. The meeting will take place at The Crossing in Worksop, starting at 7.00pm for coffee and the talk at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome, as well as new members, and the only criteria is that you are a member of the National Trust. Each meeting will cost £4.00 for visitors and £3.00 for members; to become a member will cost £4.50 single and £6.00 for a joint membership. The February talk will be by Adrian Overton on the subject of the History of Bracket Clocks. Future events can be seen on www. nationaltrust.org.uk/features/ north-nottingham-association. You can also email NthNottsNTAssoc@ gmail.com or follow them on Twitter, @NthNottsNTAssoc. 70 January 2020

What’s on at Bassetlaw Museum Go along to the following

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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 11th January, 25th January, 8th February, 10.30am to 12.30pm Friendly and relaxed art lessons for beginners, just take a pencil! Stay as long as you like, tea/ coffee is 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. Visit www.bassetlawmuseum. org.uk.


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The NHS Tissue Viability Team in Bassetlaw holds an annual awards ceremony, The CHASE (Care Home Achievement and Success Event) Awards. The CHASE celebrates partnership, innovation, and education in pressure ulcer prevention and best practice. The team consists of: Geraldine Reevell, Specialist Tissue Viability Nurse; Tessa Anders, Tissue Viability Nurse; and Shawn Hirst and David Carter, Tissue Viability Healthcare Support Workers. Six years ago, a training scheme, ‘React to Red’ was launched, and the team continue to deliver this to care home staff. It has been a huge success, and has dramatically reducing pressure ulcer numbers within Bassetlaw care homes. 2019 celebrated the fifth year of the CHASE. They had attendance from all care homes across Bassetlaw, dignitaries from across Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust, along with two local town mayors. The CHASE is supported every year by the trusted companies that provide the many items of equipment and medical supplies available for preventing and treating wounds. The awards include; Outstanding

Gigantic Jumble & Nearly New Sale Seek out the amazing bargains to be found at the next Gigantic Jumble and Nearly New Sale at St Saviour’s Church and Community Centre, Lidget Lane, Retford DN22 6QW, on Saturday 1st February. You will be amazed at the quality, quantity and variety of jumble on offer! Quote from a previous customer: “This jumble sale is the most exciting thing that happens in Retford!” If you have jumble to donate please call 01777 703121 and the organisers will arrange collection. The sale starts at 11.00am and refreshments will be available. 74 January 2020

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programme called Caring for Children with Complex Needs and their Skin. The team believe the CHASE is a fantastic way to shine a spotlight on care homes in Bassetlaw, and the work they do in regards to pressure ulcer prevention, inspiring care home staff to continually improve on practice and drive down pressure ulcers in Bassetlaw. On Saturday evening the group met once again to join their peers for a Christmas dinner, held at Retford Golf Club. After an excellent meal, diners socialised and during a coffee break the raffle was drawn! A plethora of prizes were on offer as the draw took place supervised by organising committee members. A very enjoyable evening came to a close with thanks going to committee members for their organisation skills on the night and throughout the year. Those present are already looking forward to next years’ programme. Thanks to all concerned. For further details about the club and its activities please contact Jenny Bailey on 01777 708155. New members and visitors are always welcome.


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Hundreds of Notts Brownies have a blast! Hundreds of girls from all over Notts made the most of their halfterm break by taking part in Brownie Blast, a two-day adventure run by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire at PGL’s Caythorpe Court, near Grantham. The event was attended by 500 Brownies — all aged between seven and 10 — supported by their leaders and volunteer helpers. Girls from across the county joined in the fun, with the line-up including units from Wheatley, Worksop, Ranskill and Carlton-in-Lindrick as well as Edwalton and West Bridgford, Chilwell and Toton, Farnsfield, Calverton and Eastwood plus several from Nottingham itself. “Some of these girls were absolutely fearless and it was really rewarding to see so many youngsters overcoming their initial doubts to take on increasingly greater challenges,” said Kayleigh Hunt, Assistant County Commissioner and part of the county team which staged the event. “Lots of amazing activities

were offered on site, and the girls certainly made the most of them!” The most popular activities included a giant swing through the treetops, a zipwire and a trapeze, with the girls also tackling tricky team tasks like problem-solving, buggy-building and orienteering. The Brownies were busy during the evening too, with a campfire and a disco before bedtime. “We’re proud of our ability to put on adventurous events like this for girls and young women across the county and it’s wonderful to see our younger members rising to such extraordinary challenges,” says Girlguiding Nottinghamshire’s County Commissioner Jackie Brocklehurst. “And I have to thank our brilliant team of Young Leaders and adult volunteers, without whose support Brownie Blast simply wouldn’t have happened.” Girlguiding Nottinghamshire is recruiting additional volunteers in order to open up more opportunities for friendship, fun and personal

Retford Community Singers

New singers are always very welcome to any Retford Community Singers rehearsal on Tuesday evening, from 7.30pm to 9.15pm, in term time. They meet at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford DN22 7PB with free parking around the church. The cost is £4.00 per session (£2.00 if on means tested benefits). Go along and give it a try — they are a large friendly group of men and women of all ages who come together to sing just for pleasure. They are proud to have Janet Wood as their leader who inspires, challenges, makes them laugh and manages to produce amazing sounds each week. They are called a community choir for several reasons: • They are open to anyone regardless of previous experience — even if you’ve been told to keep quiet in the past. There are no auditions or solo singing and no 76 January 2020

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the weeks up to Christmas, with the chance to get involved with a unique community celebration. Some 25 singers chose to sign up for the performance in Retford Town Hall to portray the Mayflower story, along with dancers from two local schools and professional performers from the Imagination Museum company. They worked hard to learn complex rhythms and unfamiliar evocative melodies reflecting the anguish of the Pilgrims’ voyage into the unknown. In the final song the performers felt a real connection across 400 years when they sang the Pilgrim leader’s words on arrival in America to ‘grow freedom in meadows and build a country with our hands’. It was brilliant to share this performance with the children who should be proud of their delightful contribution to the story too. Further information about the choir can be found at www. retfordcommunitysingers.co.uk or 01777 704038 or 01777 704154.


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at answering questions. In terms of aftersales and repairs, they have the manufacturer’s support. They’ll also have a good selection of used vehicles that have been well maintained in their servicing department. An independent dealer might not be able to offer you different options of the model you’re looking at, but they will be keen to do a deal and will offer the backup of a well-established business. CHECK THEM OUT ONLINE Look through your chosen dealer’s online reviews thoroughly, to see how they treat their customers and deal with aftersales issues. Asking friends, neighbours and relatives about a potential dealership can be useful too.

you know everything about a certain model can make all the difference. Don’t be afraid to be choosy. Pick a colour, specification and engine and stick with that.

PICK YOUR PURCHASE TIME Dealers are often pressed to reach quarterly targets, which means the end of March, June, September and December could result in a better deal — potentially saving you thousands of pounds.

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getting a real feel for the vehicle. Ensure that your test route features a range of different corners, roundabouts and road surfaces — and check the car works for you. CASH OR FINANCE There’s a variety of ways to pay at a dealer. With hire purchase, you pay a deposit and repay the remaining balance in monthly instalments, at which point you’ll own the vehicle outright. With personal contract purchase (PCP) you pay a deposit followed by monthly payments, but at the end you’ll be offered a ‘balloon’ when you can pay off the remainder of the car’s value or return it to the dealer. Personal leasing is a good option if you’re planning on frequently changing your car, although you have to pay three months’ rental in advance, and there’s no option to buy it at the end of the deal. Or you could pay cash! HAGGLE Haggling remains crucial and even with used cars there will be some wiggle room. You should never pay the full price for a car, and dealers are prepared for this, so go in strong and stick to your guns. Don’t be afraid to ask for free additions and discounts on servicing plans. The worst they can do is say no! DON’T BE SCARED OF WALKING AWAY There are thousands of available cars and hundreds of dealerships, so don’t be scared to walk away if things don’t feel right, and don’t be pressured into a deal — the final decision is entirely yours!


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Easy tips to improve your driving much do you need to turn the wheel to go around a corner? When’s the point at which the engine starts to labour or over-rev because it’s in the wrong gear? Learning how your car handles means you can set it up well in advance to go smoothly around a bend, for example.

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lives, gaining experience whilst doing so, we also pick up some bad habits. The following tips will help improve your driving which will act as a basis to take your driving skill further by being safer and even saving you money

through car care and insurance. DON’T ‘DRIVE’ THE CAR — CONTROL IT By this I mean forcing the vehicle to do something against its ‘will’. Get to know your car’s inertia, ie how quickly it slows down when you lift your right foot. How

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First Drives: Lexus UX250 Tim Saunders gets frustrated than usual. I feel very justified in

Patience and understanding are required when driving the Lexus UX 250. As an impatient, approaching middle aged man… I struggle with this especially when faced with the following issues:

• When on a slope it rolls forward after the park function and the handbrake are applied — thank goodness I park it some distance from my house • It takes far too long to engage drive and get the vehicle moving • The rear seatbelt sensors repeatedly sound an ear-piercing bleep when my children’s car seats are unoccupied • There’s not enough space for three car seats to fit as they should in the rear; one of them sits awkwardly at an angle Combine these factors with a Friday night when I’m late night shopping these days (not clubbing or going to the pub any longer) and more tired

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being really quite fed up. It shouldn’t be the case when I’m driving a car valued at nearly £40,000. Not only do the rear seatbelt sensors deafen me on my trip to the supermarket, giving me an uncomfortable headache — and I don’t usually suffer from these — it then does it on the return journey, too. I swipe an angry arm into the rear to try and move the offending car seats to see if this will help but of course it doesn’t. What am I meant to do? Remove my three children’s car seats every time they aren’t in them? Having had time to simmer down, I realise that the sensors think that the car seats are passengers that should be strapped in. Rather than promoting safety this ear-piercing repetitive beeping results in erratic driving to either get to the destination or to pull over to try to stop the damn problem. There are some good aspects though. For instance, while I don’t warm to the exterior, parts of which remind me of American cars of the ‘80s, the interior is luxurious. We all love the high quality of the cream leather upholstery and the comfortable seats. “I like the feel of the armrests,” says wife, Caroline. “The centre armrest is ingenious in the way it lifts and unique, I think.” But these positives are then soon forgotten when trying to operate the overly complicated sat nav, which takes a long time for my wife to get used

to — I haven’t got the patience. The controls for the radio are interesting but again irritate me immensely as does the positioning of some of the other buttons and switches. You’ll either love this or loathe it. We are able to travel in ev mode while driving down the road where we live at 9mph but any faster and it clicks over to petrol.


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Retford Bowling Green

January, the first month of the

year, is named in honour of the Roman god Janus. He is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of gates, doors, doorways, endings and time and is usually depicted as a two-faced god since he looks to the future and the past. So, let’s take the opportunity to take stock of the last year and look forward into the new year. 2019 was an eventful year for Retford Bowling Green. Early in the season the club was promoted with a leaflet and poster campaign backed up by an open day, free coaching sessions and a taster session in Kings Park on Charter Day. Overall they signed up 21 new bowling members; an astonishing result. Through the season many of the new bowlers joined in internal competitions, friendlies and league matches, which was encouraging to see. An innovation for the closed season was the introduction of Friday evening social gatherings and another innovation was canasta sessions during the bowling season, thus broadening the offering to their members. The club plays in a number of leagues and their team were Division 2 winners in The Retford and District Bowls League,

‘Happy New Year,’ we blithely call out to others throughout the first few days of January. It’s traditional and, although the wishes are genuine, should we stop to think what it is that might actually make someone happy and whether we can contribute to that happiness instead of just wishing it? For most of us, enduring happiness comes from our relationships with family and friends. It is this network of others that gives us our sense of security, of purpose and significance. We know we are important to them, 86 January 2020

which includes teams from Retford and Worksop bowls clubs. Over the course of the season they won eight out of 10 matches and ended as division winners, with 79 points out of possible 100 and a 12 point margin over the second placed team. The result was particularly satisfying as they had been relegated from Division 1 in 2018. Once the bowling season came to an end the club’s autumn programme continued with a social programme and short mat bowling sessions in the clubhouse. A group of members also play indoor bowls at Worksop. There are 12 of them who formed a team called The Crofters three years ago. Over the three years they have finished mid-table first year, second the following year, but this year the games have become more difficult as they are playing against

more experienced players. They have played seven games, only won one game and are currently bottom of the league — but they still enjoy playing! Moving into the new year, the social calendar will continue. The Friday socials will kick off on 10th January with another fish and chip supper and the first coffee morning will be on 17th January. Canasta, games afternoons and short mat bowls will also continue. Following on from last year’s campaign it is hoped that this year’s will again result in signing up a similar number of members. Watch these pages for more information in the coming months. As always for more information you can visit the club website, www. retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk, email info@retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk or call Geoff Evans on 01777 948194.

Happy New Year from the Wednesday Group as they are to us. What must it be like then to live on your own and have no surviving family, or none that you recognise any more? Many people with dementia live alone and many others no longer recognise the family they still have. Can we do anything to make them feel happier? The answer is, yes, we can. A few moments of genuine connection at a human level when we ask how someone is or whether they are managing or can we do anything to help, can break through

the isolation and transform a lonely day into one that demonstrates someone cares. Do wish your friends and neighbours ‘Happy New Year’. And maybe you could go that little bit further and actually create a few really happy moments. 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.


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Crime at the WI

In November members

and visitors of East Markham WI welcomed local author Stephen Booth to tell them ‘Where the Bodies are Buried’, based on his very successful Cooper and Fry series of crime novels set in the Derbyshire Peak District. Stephen had a working class childhood in Lancashire, in a home with only two books, the Bible and a book on fortune telling, both of which he read. He later found a copy of Silas Marner by George Eliot, which introduced him to a world far outside anything he was familiar with. Joining the local library, he was soon drawn into the exciting world of fiction and knew it was something for him. He started writing down his own ideas and by the age of 12 he had written his first ‘novel’. On leaving school he became a trainee journalist, realising that this was a way to earn his living as a writer. It was a profession he continued until becoming a full time author. The first Cooper and Fry book was published in 2000 and has been followed by 17 more. The novels are set in a fictional town in the Peak District, which readers try to identify and place from many clues in the stories. Stephen does his own research and always visits the places he uses, making detailed notes as well as using local history and legends within his writing. But where are the bodies buried? Somewhere in the readers’ imagination, as they try to figure out the locations of murder victims, and subsequent events and places whilst engrossed in the story. In 20 years of writing Stephen says he

has learned much about people, places and events and admits that when writing he has to try to think like his characters and how they would act in different situations. He has been a frightened woman in a dark and empty car park, a murderer planning how to dispose of his victim and a disturbed person contemplating suicide. Stephen enjoys the interaction with his readers, who ply him with many questions regarding his characters and the many locations in his novels, as well as pointing out the odd error. Many visit the Peak District trying to find the places where murders occurred, where the characters live

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to organ music? Then join Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts on the fourth weekend of every month for a dance on Saturday night and then an organ concert on Sunday. Saturday dancing is from 7.30pm to 11.00pm for £5.00 (licensed bar). The amazing talents of David Ivory will be on show at the concert on Sunday 26th January at 2.30pm.

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Everyone is invited to what promises to be a very special event. 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,

and other story locations. To many of his readers the characters and places become real and part of their lives. Stephen finished by saying he looks for the Golden Moment — where the reader is so engrossed in the story that they forget the difference between the fictional and real worlds. A fascinating evening enjoyed by all and which Eileen summed up beautifully in her vote of thanks. December was the WI Christmas Party, with a games night scheduled for their meeting on 21st January. Visitors and new members are always welcome, they meet at East Markham Village Hall at 7.15pm. Contact 01777 871567 for further information.

Whitehouse Road, Bircotes DN11 8EF and free secure parking is available at the rear of the hall. There are also disabled facilities available within the hall. For further information, please visit www.harworthchristie.org.uk, contact Dave Fleetwood on 07985 580558 or 01302 611838.


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A perfect vision of your future Chris Barnacoat on planning your future with a new clarity ‘Perfect vision’ and ‘20/20

vision’ are often synonymous, but actually 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance (20 feet); beyond that distance your vision can fail. We all have perfect vision when we use hindsight but how about this year we develop foresight — the ability to predict what will be needed in the future? CREATE THE FUTURE They say the best way to predict the future is to create it, but to be able to do that you need to have the ability to see beyond your current potential; you need to have a vision of a better future. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what life could be like when we base it on our current surroundings; where we work, the town we live in, our relationships with our family and friends, our financial situation, our physical shape and mental health, so we have to use any methods available to us to help mould our future image and allow ourselves to visualise what life could be like. Do not predict the future by wanting more of the same — predict

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the future by wanting better. Do not forget that wanting better does not necessarily mean that you are currently unhappy, it just means that you want to keep evolving. Although visualising is a very important aspect of improving ourselves, it is only a theoretical prospect and nothing more than images and words needed to provide a blueprint. After all, a building only exists if you actually build it… but a great building needs planning first. PAST AND FUTURE I am a rapidly growing believer of living in the present and fully enjoying the moments we have rather than being distracted by what might happen or something which we believe should be happening. But I do believe that we should understand our past to be able to enjoy the present and therefore create a better future. Your past does not equal your future; just because you once were this is absolutely not a guarantee that you always will be. Believe in change. Believe you can change. There are thousands of stories out there about people who have completely turned

their lives around from the worst situations (even those situations created by themselves) to the best positions. Never think you are alone because, although you might not know anyone personally who is going through the same struggles as you, there is definitely someone out there who is… or even going through worse. BE GRATEFUL Writing down three things which you are grateful for every day is a fantastic way to start thinking in a more positive manner. It is impossible to be depressed or negative and grateful at the same time. Make sure you write different things down each day so that as the weeks go on, you have to look harder and harder, therefore forcing you to see the good in all situations. I hope you all had a wonderful time of the festive season. I look forward to more of your feedback and questions from these articles and get planning the new you for the new year! Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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2020 looks to be another big year for Retford FC 2020 looks to be another big year for Retford FC as the club continue to grow. The First Team have shown they can compete in the Northern Counties; after a slight wobble in November, they have got back on track during December and will be looking forward to the January fixtures starting with the visit to Dronfield Town on the 4th and a trip to Parkgate FC on the 18th, before they hosts North Ferriby United at the Rail Ground on the 25th. The club are delighted to see that crowds continue to grow as the season has progressed and would like to thank the folk of Retford for their continued support. Plans are in place to improve the Rail Ground with new facilities which will further enhance the matchday experience. The Under 21s have come into form, winning their last three games of the year, including a 3-2 win against much fancied Handsworth FC, and the Ladies team, despite the frustrations of several

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An accurate bill is the top priority for energy consumers, according to a new poll by Citizens Advice. The research is being released alongside the latest edition of the charity’s energy star rating which ranks domestic energy supplier on customer service. Bill errors are the most common problem for people contacting the Citizens Advice consumer service helpline. They are also the most common complaint for customers of three of the bottom five suppliers (Ecotricity, Outfox The Market, Green Star). After accurate billing (60%), the way complaints were handled (17%) and phone waiting times (12%) were the most important customer service issues. Citizens Advice found more customers wanted to contact their energy supplier by telephone than any other method, and the majority expected the call to be answered within five minutes. The energy star rating measures telephone response time. Citizens Advice asked customers which other methods they used to contact their supplier — and what level of service they expected: The latest energy star rating, covering the period from June to September this year, shows Nabuh Energy at the bottom for the third quarter. Breeze Energy tops the table for the second time. Join Colin Watkin, a local naturalist, for his presentation ‘The Magic of Moths’. When he asks people what they know about moths they usually say “They eat your clothes and they are attracted to light.” Very few people can name a moth and yet many of them have beautiful or unusual names. Many people think that moths are drab looking insects but they are often just as beautiful as butterflies but because they are mostly nocturnal, they are ‘invisible’. Moth senses are very acute and sophisticated; a male Emperor moth can detect 94 January 2020

Energy customers still struggling to get accurate bills says Citizens Advice Toto Energy, which went out of business in October, was previously in 37th position with a score of 2.1. Fourteen domestic suppliers have gone out of business in the last two years. Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said: “Every energy supply company should be able to provide its customers with an accurate bill. It’s the very least people should expect. “The inability of some suppliers to get this right causes a great deal of unnecessary stress for customers. Some of the difficulties experienced by people who come to us for help are a legacy of an under-regulated market. Too many under-prepared companies were allowed to set up as energy suppliers. “Ofgem has recently proposed new regulations for new and existing suppliers. These should be put into effect as soon as possible. We’d like to see Ofgem making basic customer service such as accurate billing a top priority, and step in sooner when energy companies don’t meet decent standards of customer service.” Sarah Jones, Energy Adviser, from

The magic of moths the scent of a female from over a mile away. Moths have clever ways of avoiding predation and can even deceive bats. They are also important to us because they are good pollinators and there is, of course, the silk moth. Moths play an important part in nature’s food chain. It is estimated that a family of blue tits will consume a thousand caterpillars before fledging. Moths are a good wildlife indicator species and the talk shall be relating how a moth species helped to support Darwin’s theory of evolution. It shall

Citizens Advice Bassetlaw said: “We offer free appointments with our energy team, to see if you are on the best deal for you and your family.” If you would like a free, no obligation appointment, then visit either of their Worksop or Retford offices to arrange an appointment or call Sarah on 07510 362889. To get advice online or find your local Citizens Advice, visit www.citizensadvice.org.uk. For consumer advice, call the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06. CUSTOMER CONTACT PREFERENCES • Telephone — 53% • Email — 32% • Webchat — 15% • Social Media — 2% • Never contacted supplier — 17% RESPONSE TIME EXPECTATIONS • Telephone — 3 to 5 minutes • Email — Next day • Webchat — 1 to 2 minutes • Social Media — 30 minutes

also describe the different ways of attracting moths for monitoring purposes and also how to attract moths into your garden. Finally, it shall be presenting perhaps the most astonishing process in all of nature, metamorphosis. This meeting will be held in the Rural Learning Centre at the Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ on Thursday 9th January. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50, which includes refreshments. All are welcome. For more information contact Colin at gardentiger@btinternet.com.


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LEISURE

The Jurassic Coast Tim Saunders & his family explore the south coast Millions of years ago the Jurassic

Coast was under water. Creatures that swam in these waters have since turned into fossils. These can still be discovered at Charmouth beach by a keen eye. Heidi (aged six) has been learning about famous Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning. At Seaton Jurassic we learn that a massive Jurassic landslide exposed fossils and we’re taken on a memorable interactive journey through time. The designers have excelled themselves, incorporating period furnishings through to 3D imagery. Boarding the tram back to Colyford we sit on the open top deck. The journey cuts through wetlands beside the River Axe where there is a nature reserve. At Beaminster Museum, Brian’s enthusiasm is infectious and helps bring the wonderful exhibits in the museum to life. So much can be learnt about the area from the fascinating axes used for killing mammoths through to smuggling, crime and the hanging of witches. “You must visit Bridport Carnival,” recommends Shige, owner of Hell Barn Cottages in Chideock, where we stay. So we do and enjoy seeing the floats. Hell Barn Cottages, a complex of five self-catering stone cottages, is only about 10 miles away down a country lane.

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We stay in Rosemary Cottage and park directly outside the accommodation, helpful for unloading. Downstairs is open plan given to sitting and dining and off this is a sizeable kitchen. There’s a downstairs bathroom and shower. Upstairs are two bedrooms, easily accommodating the five of us. There’s a popular games room where the children play and so do the adults, given chance: snooker, badminton and table tennis. Henry drives a go-kart. One evening Caroline, Harriett and I play badminton and it’s great to see that Harriett’s co-ordination is improving. The furthest we travel is to Pennywell Farm near Buckfastleigh (70 miles away) where the children hold rabbits and piglets and feed and walk the goats. We watch piglet racing. A bamboo maze leads to a tower giving views across the Devonshire countryside. When we aren’t admiring the animals the children are playing on the toy tractors and Henry digs sand with the excavator. With his local knowledge, Shige recommends a hairdresser for Caroline in Bridport. She is happy with the results. Bridport itself is a busy market town with a good mix of independent and national retailers. At Bridport Museum we learn that the town is famous for producing nets. Just over 20 miles away at Ilminster we visit a Creative Coverage art exhibition featuring selected professional artists and craftspeople.

We dine at the Talbot Arms at Uplyme, a busy and vibrant pub at the centre of the community run by Wendy and Steve. Caroline, Heidi and I enjoy beef and ale pie with chips while Harriett and Henry have sausages and chips. There’s an ice cream dessert for the children. A night time walk around Lyme Regis sees us trying to find the grave of Mary Anning.

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COMMUNITY

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It’s January 2020, 20 years

since the Millennium. I remember watching the fireworks over Retford, when standing in my back garden. But 20 years, where has it gone? How many of you have kept to your New Year Resolutions made last January? I tried but as I don’t smoke I suppose the odd ‘tipple’ doesn’t matter. Good news if you are thinking about joining Retford’s U3A. We start collecting new membership fees from now, and you still only pay the £15.00. This will give you membership until April 2021, so not a two-for-one, more a fifteen-for-one. Seriously though, this is a really good deal. At our recent committee meeting we discussed how to encourage members who come to the monthly general meeting at the Well Baptist Church, to pop upstairs to see what some of the interest groups are

Retford U3A displaying. You will see samples of craft work, whether it be quilting, knitting or lacework. The Gardening Group always have information as do the combined Walking Groups. Information is also usually available for Family and Military History, with examples of research on how to trace your family tree (sometimes as far back as the mid 1700s) and information on forthcoming trips and talks with the Military History Group. It maybe you already have friends who come 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 guests, any of the interest groups where we know you would be made welcome. Our general meetings, at The Well Baptist Church in Retford, take

Retford Men’s Probus Club When Retford Men’s Probus

Club met in November Liz Prime talked a load of rubbish as members listened intently. The load of rubbish being talked about was recycling in Bassetlaw, which the speaker addressed in full, from collection to disposal. Following the very interesting and informal talk, club secretary Rob lost no time in securing a visit to the recycling centre itself base near Clipstone. On Friday 24th November a group of Probus members visited the ‘Materials Recycling Centre’. During the visit members were informed of what happens to the contents of their recycling bin once it leaves the kerbside. Most of the recyclable

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

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material is recovered and sorted by a series of machines using magnetism, electro air currents and a trumble. Several key points emerged: • How easy it is to contaminate the contents of a bin load by putting in the wrong items. • That information on packaging may only be true up to a point. It may be recyclable but only if dealt with at a specialist plant. If in doubt leave it out. • If you are worried that items put in the general waste bin go to landfill, rest assured that the contents of the general waste bin are sent to an incinerator to provide fuel for the generation of electricity.

Retford Textile Group making session on 5th February? 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

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 the comprehensive website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at membership@retfordu3a.org.uk. or by telephone on 01427 880502 for more details. Roy Evans • One of the plant’s biggest problems is the number of plastic and ‘for life’ bags. These have to be removed by hand. They remove tons of bags per week. Members felt the visit was very informative and worthwhile, giving them insight not only into what happens to the contents of our recycling bins but how to improve their own recycling efforts. 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 a meeting, please see www.retfordmensprobusclub. org.uk, email probyte@ retfordmensprobusclub.org.uk or call the secretary on 07542 852037. 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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HEALTH

The healthy way to do Veganuary

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environmental cost of eating meat and dairy products have transformed veganism from a fringe dietary choice to an increasingly popular everyday concept and more people than ever are ‘doing’ Veganuary. However, if you’re going vegan for a whole month or more, it’s important to understand how to get the vital nutrients you might otherwise get from meat or dairy (and to be aware that children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers may all need supplements). PROTEIN One of the most often voiced concerns about veganism is that it makes it hard to meet your protein requirements. But with knowledge and planning, you can get all the protein you need from a vegan diet. Proteins are made up of amino acids that perform vital functions in our bodies. Nine of these are ‘essential amino acids’, essential in our diet as our bodies can’t make them; phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine and histidine. You don’t need to eat them at every meal, but you should include them all in your diet daily. Soy, quinoa and buckwheat provide all nine essential amino acids in good quantity, so eating at least one of these

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daily is an easy way to ensure you’re getting all your essential amino acids. Quorn products contain all nine too, but check you’re buying vegan options; vegetarian products often include egg. Spirulina is algae high in protein, iron, manganese and B vitamins (although not B12). It’s available as a supplement or as a powder that can be added to meals or drinks. SOME OTHER DIETARY SOURCES CONTAINING GOOD QUANTITIES OF SEVERAL ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS INCLUDE: • Lentils, chickpeas, tofu and tempeh • Beans (particularly soybeans, kidney, black, navy, and adzuki beans) • Nuts (particularly peanuts, pistachios, almonds and walnuts) • Seeds (particularly pumpkin, squash, watermelon, hemp, sunflower, sesame and chia) • Vegetables (particularly kale, broccoli, watercress, spinach, asparagus and baked potatoes) • Fruit (best choices here are fresh blueberries, avocado, cranberries, bananas and dried figs and apricots) MINERALS AND VITAMINS Iron: Men need about 8.7mg of iron a day, while women (aged 19 to 50) need about 14.8mg a day, and women

over 50 just 8.7mg. Sources: beans, lentils, peas, nuts, dried fruit such as raisins, dark-green vegetables, cereals fortified with iron, wholegrains (eg brown rice and brown bread). Calcium: Adults need about 700mg of calcium a day. Sources: fortified unsweetened soya, rice and oat milk, leafy green vegetables, almonds, sesame seeds, dried fruit, pulses, bread. Don’t forget your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Vitamin D: Sources: sunshine (but in the UK, the NHS recommends supplements for everyone between October and March), spinach, kale, fortified margarine, fortified fat spreads and fortified breakfast cereals. Vitamin B12: Adults need about 1.5 micrograms of vitamin B12 a day. Sources: Products fortified with B12, e.g. yeast extract spreads such as Marmite, breakfast cereals and soya products. Omega-3 fatty acids: There’s currently no recommended daily intake. Sources: flaxseed oil, rapeseed oil, mangoes, walnuts, butternut squash and soyabased foods (such as tofu). This information should help you plan your meals and ensure a healthy Veganuary. Enjoy


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COMMUNITY

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Locally-based Bassetlaw Triathlon Club are planning

to run another of the successful ‘Beginners to Freestyle’ course. Most would-be triathletes find the swim element of such events the most challenging. This six week course based around the well established Swimsmooth training system will provide a supportive group alongside individual coaching. It is led by head coach Steve Chambers and supported by other club volunteer coaches. The next course starts on Saturday 8th February 2020 and will run for a six week period. Pool time is 8.30am to 9.30am. The session runs from BPL (Worksop Leisure Centre). Ten places are available and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The course is aimed at people who want to be able to learn the basic fundamentals of swimming front crawl.

Beginners to freestyle course To be able to do the course you need to be able to swim 25m of any stroke, have suitable swim attire and a pair of goggles. The cost of the six weeks is

Dunham on Trent Village Hall Dunham on Trent Village Hall

invites you to dance away the January blues at their event on Saturday 25th

Retford Bridge Club’s friendly afternoon bridge session continues every Wednesday afternoon. This has replaced the Invitation Evenings at the end of each month. Duplicate bridge will be played if numbers allow, but the emphasis will be on enjoying the company and the bridge and there will be a tea/coffee break in the middle. This session will be more suitable for those who have just started the game who need to practice their skills in a more relaxed environment Have you made your New Year

Resolutions yet? How about one of them being “I will join a choir”. Village Harmony is a small friendly group who enjoy to sing for themselves and for others. They are ably led by their musical director Judith Corker and accompanied by talented pianist and organist

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January, from 7.30pm to midnight. Admission to Big Wayne’s Blues Experience will cost £5.00 on

Friendly bridge and those who find it difficult to travel at night. You can come alone, without a partner, as a club member will be there to act as a host and organise the event and find you a partner. The results will be available the following week. The club’s fee structure has changed. Membership costs £20.00 for the year, October to the following September, which allows you to play in

Village Harmony Choir June Taylor Rabjohn. They would welcome you to their weekly sing at Sturton Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm to 9.00pm. In 2020 their concert programme begins with a Valentine Concert at Sturton on Sunday afternoon 16th February. The choir will see you there!

£40.00, which will need to be paid upfront to secure your place. Anyone interested should contact the club via the email bassetlawtriclub@hotmail.co.uk. the door. It will be be ‘bring your own’ and there will be a raffle. Further information is available at Gauntleys, Laneham Road, or call 01777 228294 or 07973 560773. the twice weekly duplicate on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the Wednesday sessions. The venue is Ordsall Parish Hall, DN22 7TU. Sessions start at 1.50pm and finish by 4.30pm. Table money is £3.00 per head including tea/coffee and biscuits (£2.00 per head for club members). For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748 or just turn up any Wednesday afternoon. Village Harmony wishes all their loyal followers and friends a very happy New Year. To find out more about the choir contact June on 01427 880965 or enquiries@ windmillviewplantcentre. co.uk or see www.facebook. com/VillageHarmony or www. villageharmonychoir.simplesite.com.


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James Ince on what to look out for in the new year skies and noted it was being perturbed by a massive unseen companion. The first meteor shower to be visible during 2020 is the ‘Quadrantids’, these are seen in the very early hours of the mornings of 2nd to 5th January, when it is very cold and not welcoming to venture out of doors. The Moon will, however, make observing these difficult. There was a predicted meteor storm during late November, ‘Alpha Monocerotids’, appearing from the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. It was expected to see over 200 shooting stars in the space of one hour; however, it did not happen and many observers, including myself, were quite disappointed. Despite these unpredictables, there is lots to see in the night sky during winter months so do wrap up in warm clothes and take a look at the night sky. Although some constellations such as Lepus, ‘The Hare’, are not far above the horizon they present a lot

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