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Welcome! Hello July!

For me, this month signals the beginning of holiday time — that much-needed break from the routine which allows me time to reflect and relax with loved ones. If you’re counting down to your holiday too read our health article about staying safe and well on holiday. And if you’re staying at home, be inspired to invest in a garden building to enjoy during the warmer weather. I like the sound of a creating a homely and tranquil place to escape at the bottom of the garden. With articles from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust telling us about seasonal wildlife spectacles, our feature detailing local open gardens in July too and our competition to win tickets to see Madness, we’ve got something for everyone. I am thrilled to be able to write my first welcome to the magazine after becoming your editor. I am

Erin McDaid on the joy of the outdoors in a British summer

incredibly proud that we are trusted to share news of what is happening in our local community. Among this month’s updates, we hear from the Rotary Club of Retford (pictured above) about their latest community and social activities. I hope to continue the magazine’s service to you, our readers. Please keep sending us updates which we can print and shout about for you. Our community pages are always full to bursting with updates from local charities and community groups (which we publish for free) and long may this continue. You can also find daily updates and details of lots of local events on our website,, and on our Facebook page, @retfordlife, and Twitter profile, @retfordlife. Please like and follow us there and send us any updates for August’s magazine before 8th July.

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Jack Savoretti at Sherwood Pines tickets winner: Debbie Breddy Rita Ora at Doncaster Racecourse tickets winner: Naimh Black


Making your home a screen-free zone....8 Staying safe & well on holiday................12 Budget friendly family fun........................14 WIN tickets to Madness!............................16 Taking the inside outside.................22 & 24 Prolific pests..........................................28 & 30 Black-eyed Susan........................................32 Open gardens delight visitors.................36 Retford Cricket Club...................................42 MBH Fireplaces turns 10.............................46

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Strawberry & cream eclairs.....................50 Meteoric rise for Retford FC.....................54 #RetfordPOM................................................58 More than just a place to post...............60 Summertime wildlife spectacles...........62 Shining in the shadows..............................66 First drives: Jaguar E-Pace........................70 Five motoring misdeeds............................74 Hunting pigs & talking dogs.....................78 Is green the new black?...........................82 Problem solvers...................................84 & 86

The Lindos Acropolis...................................92 A good read............................................... 104 Anyone for tennis?.................................... 108 Life on the open road..............................116 The ‘good enough’ mindset.................118 The roaming empire.................................124


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Making your home a screenfree zone

You’ve hidden all your precious ornaments, shifted sharp-cornered items of furniture out of the way and stocked up on nutritious snacks. Is it an earthquake warning? A tornado alert? No, just a visit from the grandkids. While it’s likely they will arrive with a full set of gadgets including (but not limited to) tablets, mobiles and computer game consoles, like most grandparents you would probably prefer to encourage a little eye-to-eye contact and discussion, rather than simply watch your grandchildren stare at a screen all day. A recent survey of 2,000 families carried out by CensusWide found that children currently spend an average of 23 hours per week using smartphones and similar tech gadgets: that’s twice as much time as they spend talking with parents and other family members face-to-face. So here are some great, non-messy, old-school ideas that might encourage them to turn their backs on technology, even if it’s only for an hour or so. MESS-FREE MASTERPIECES Many house-proud grandparents will shudder at the thought of letting 8 July 2019

Kate McLelland on tempting children away from their technical gizmos their grandkids loose with a set of poster paints and a brush. This clever idea involves squeezing large blobs of poster paint onto a card sealed inside a ziplock bag. In this way, children can create a rainbow design, using their fingers to swirl the paint through the clear plastic bag, and without actually touching the wet stuff themselves. Dry the painted card with a hairdryer for speed and send your wannabe Damien Hirst home clutching his or her abstract masterpiece. BRILLIANT BATHROOM GAMES Make Bubble Snakes by cutting the bottom off a plastic bottle, pulling a clean sock onto the cut end and securing it with an elastic band. Create a bubble mix by combining water, food colouring and dishwasher liquid on a saucer and mixing it well. Now dip the sock in the soap mix and get the child to blow into the bottle from the drinking end — it should produce a

glorious, snake-like stream of bubbles. Alternatively, half-fill the bath and make your own version of the hook-a-duck game by fastening tape loops around the necks of some toy bath ducks and letting the grandkids take turns at catching them (if you can’t find a suitable hook, try a long-handled wooden spoon instead). FUN ON THE WEB (AND NOT THE WORLD WIDE ONE) Use a door that’s seldom opened (a cupboard door is ideal) to create a spider’s web out of masking tape, keeping the sticky side of the tape facing the room. Now cut up some newspaper into equal sizes (big enough to turn into small balls) and give each child eight to 10 pieces each. Ask the children to write their names on the pieces of paper then scrunch them up into tight balls. The winner is the one who gets the most paper balls to stick to the ‘web’. With a little forward planning and careful supervision, your grandkids will learn that playtime with grandma and grandad can be every bit as exciting as watching the latest cartoons or playing video games.



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Writing Competition The North Notts Writing

Competition (formerly Short Story Competition) opened to entries on Saturday 1st June and closes at midnight on Wednesday 31st July. The theme this year is the Chesterfield Canal and Bassetlaw’s industrial heritage, there are three categories: • Story of up to 6,000 words for ages 15 and over • Poem of up to 40 lines for ages 15 and over • Story on the theme of inventions for children aged between seven and 14 years The finalists will be invited to the very first North Notts Literary Festival, where extracts will be performed, and the winners announced. Further details are on the North Notts Literary Festival website,, or email The Literary Festival runs from Friday 13th to Sunday 14th September. Included is local crime author, Stephen Booth, sharing his experience and signing copies of his new book.

Community Car Scheme The Bassetlaw Community

Car Scheme is available to Bassetlaw residents, who are unable to access any other forms of public transport. The scheme can be used to visit friends or social clubs, attend doctors’ and hospital appointments, or maybe just go shopping. It is a door-to-door service; volunteer drivers will allow you one hour then take you home. If you know you are going to be more than an hour, there will be an additional charge for these journeys. To use the scheme, you must register. The scheme is run with volunteer drivers using their own vehicles, hence this is not an on-demand service. Three to four days’ notice is needed when booking a journey. Please contact the Community Car Scheme Co-ordinator at Bassetlaw Action Centre (BAC) for further details — call 01777 709650, email: rshaw@ The Misterton Centre and Library is affiliated to BAC, so enquiries can also be made there. 10 July 2019

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President Dawn Cragg

welcomed members and speaker Diane Hemsley to the May meeting of Retford Ladies Probus Club. Diane’s fascination with buttons began in childhood and has never waned. The oldest button ever found was 5,000 years old and they have been made from a variety of different materials including wood, shell, horn, bone, clay and plastics. Bakelite was very popular for all manner of things including buttons, but will never be made again due to the dangerous use of chemicals during production. Hence, Diane says: “It has become more expensive than gold.” Initially buttons were worn on different parts of the body and it wasn’t until Victorian times that ladies started wearing them down the fronts of their blouses. Only the wealthy were permitted to flaunt this accessory. If a poorer person was lucky enough to possess a button, they had to keep it hidden. Diane

would have been considered a very wealthy person as she appears to have thousands of them! She brought numerous interesting old tins full of buttons which people have donated. Most people will have some spare buttons in their house, often inherited from an elderly relative. Diane also showed examples of how versatile they can be when used in the making of cards, jewellery, Christmas decorations, etc. Diane used to run the Craft Shop in Retford and I’m sure I’m not the only one who misses her beautiful imaginative window displays, often incorporating buttons. ‘Button Hooked’ was certainly a very apt title for her talk! The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 11th September, at Westhill Community Centre, at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. David Dawson will speak on the Worksop and Chesterfield Canal. All are welcome.

HMP Lindholme seeks volunteers

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so full training is given. Members are open minded, committed to diversity, equality and human rights, able to challenge, with the ability to maintain confidentiality, they are good team players and have the willingness to take responsibility. If you’re attracted to this crucial and inspiring role, application packs and details are available from independent-monitoring-board or, call 02033 343265 with your details and an application will be sent to you. A tour is arranged, it is then for you to make a decision as to whether you wish to continue the application. Completed applications must be emailed to; or to, IMB Secretariat, Post Point 2, Third Floor, 10 South Colonnade, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4PH, by the closing date, 18th August 2019 quoting the campaign reference ‘966/Lindholme/2019’ on all forms.

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Staying safe & well on holiday Alison Runman looks at how to avoid ruining your summer holiday Here are tips for avoiding injury and illness on holiday (and information about what’s happening with EHIC cards and Brexit). TAKE A FIRST AID KIT AND YOUR PRESCRIPTION Take a first aid kit and include antihistamines, sunburn treatment, insect repellent, insect bite treatment and your usual medications, plus condoms and any contraceptives you may need. A copy of your prescription may be necessary in emergencies or in countries with differing regulations. BEWARE HEATSTROKE, SUNBURN AND PROLONGED SUN EXPOSURE Stay hydrated, keep your head covered and skin covered, and rest in the shade when the sun’s at its hottest. Early heatstroke symptoms are headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, appetite loss, excessive sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature of 37°c or above and intense thirst. Think someone has heatstroke? Lay them down in the shade, raise their feet, remove unnecessary clothing and give them cold drinks. If they’re no better after 30 12 July 2019

minutes or they have a temperature of 40°c or above and seem confused or lose consciousness, call the emergency services. Sunburn and prolonged sun exposure are linked to skin cancer. Keep children under six months out of strong sunlight completely. Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least four stars and a UVB rating (SPF) of at least 30 (50+ for children). Apply it liberally 30 minutes before going out and just before going out, and then every two hours—and straight after you leave the water, even if it’s ‘water-resistant’. Don’t use expired sunscreen (or in-date sunscreen that’s been allowed to get hot or sit in direct sunlight). Treat sunburn quickly with plenty of cold water, then aftersun or calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream with local anaesthetic and painkillers may help. If you feel unwell or your skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help. UV light damages eyes too. Even on cooler sunny days, adults and children should wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection plus the CE Mark and European Standard EN 1836:2005.

GOING TO EUROPE? APPLY FOR AN EHIC CARD An EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) provides medically necessary healthcare, either free or at reduced cost, during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. The Government says in-date EHIC cards will be valid until 31st October. Afterwards, they warn that leaving the EU without a deal is likely to change your healthcare access in the EU and advise that you buy travel insurance to access healthcare if you’re planning to travel on or after 31st October 2019. GOING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK? Wear and/or take appropriate clothing and footwear and a charged mobile phone. Also let someone know where you’re going and check beaches are safe for swimming. Visit at least eight weeks before departure for specific precautions for your destination, including vaccination and malaria information. You’re all set for a healthy holiday. Have fun!

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PARTY TIME Clubbing together with other parents can help to keep costs down. Having a kids’ party at a soft-play centre, theme park, pottery barn or other activity centre often costs less per head than buying the activity and food separately for each child. Use PayPal’s Money Pools to collect the money from everyone. DIY A trip to a pottery workshop usually costs upwards of £10.00 a child, but if you buy the paints and pots online you can get that down to around £3.00 or £4.00 per child. Likewise, a home tie dye kit costs less than £15.00, which gives you enough dye for around ten children’s T-shirts. Fabric pens are even cheaper (and less messy). Try eBay for kits, T-shirts and other items to dye, such as cotton bags or pillow cases. Bulk buy with other parents to save money. CHEAP DAYS OUT Keep an eye on www. and www. for cheap days out. Libraries and councils sometimes

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Canal Walking Festival Taking in three counties and

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Community schemes to benefit from new signage Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement

Scheme will be sharing £350,000 of investment between 80 voluntary organisations, community groups, parish council and charities across the county. The scheme is helping local communities to be more vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations. County Councillors gave the go ahead to the funding for 80 schemes at the latest Communities and Place Committee meeting. To help mark next year’s 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower to the United States, successful projects include new gateway signs at Scrooby, where the leaders of the Pilgrims and many of their followers who set sail on that voyage originated from. Other Mayflower Pilgrims themed projects include: • Two new gateway signs at Scrooby — to help further celebrate its strong pilgrim links (£3,300) as well as £1,000 towards display panels at St Wilfrid’s Church in the village • St Peter and St Pauls Church, Sturton le Steeple, Retford, to buy information signs (£1,302) • Beauvale Abbey, near Eastwood — set to create a 10-metre long timeline to promote local history, including the Mayflower Pilgrims story (£5,000) • North Notts Artisan and Tourist Information Centre in Retford plan to create an interactive display, including commissioning a local artist to help celebrate the Mayflower 400 story (£3,525) • Friends of National Civil War Centre are set to create a new Mayflower-inspired garden at Newark Museum (£1,300).

New gateway signs, building refurbishments and improvements to sports clubs are also included in a mix of capital funding awards which seek to make a difference in their local community. Committee Vice-Chairman, Councillor John Handley, said: “This funding scheme is a great example of how Nottinghamshire County Council is helping local communities to help themselves. “Successful bids include 11 new village gateway signs which will help give these communities even more of a sense of identity — and a chance to showcase their history. Many congratulations to those who have been successful and we look forward to seeing these projects progress over the coming months. “A staggering 35 million people claim an ancestral lineage that runs back through 15 generations to the Pilgrims on board the Mayflower. Projects across the county, including those at The National Civil War Centre will really help bring this fascinating history to life.” The Local Improvement Scheme has a number of aims and objectives which include: • Supporting local communities to make Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work, visit and relax. • Helping people to help themselves through encouraging volunteering and community involvement. • Encouraging the protection and development of the local environment and heritage • Supporting members in their roles as community leaders to respond to local ideas that bring community and economic benefit to the county. Eligible organisations can apply for one-off capital grants up to a maximum of £50,000 in support of local projects that meet the LIS strategic aims. The County Council are able to provide free help and support for organisations to consider the implications of the funding decision — this support may include free advice on alternative sources of funding. To find out more about this service, please email the Communities team at

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Taking the inside outside… Katherine Sorrell looks at how a welldesigned outdoor structure, whether for work or relaxation, can make a wonderful addition to a garden The humble garden shed is the Enhance a small last word in practicality, indispensable summerhouse with a lick of paint and for storing everything from half-used some sleek blinds. pots of paint to lawn feed and balls of Cuprinol Garden string. But why be satisfied with just Shades, £29.76 for a shed, when other types of garden 2.5l: 01604 752424; building can be much more glamorous — and equally useful? From pavilions to pods, summerhouses to shepherd’s huts, all sorts of outdoor structures are possible, provided you have space for one in your garden. They take many forms, from quirkily decorative to all-singing, all-dancing, year-round rooms — an open-sided gazebo, for example, might simply be a shady space in which to relax on a hot, sunny day, while an insulated, secure room could be an invaluable home office (and potentially save you the five-figure sum it costs to move to a bigger house). In short, an exterior home-from-home can be used for anything from outdoor dining to practising meditation, and will enhance the overall look of your garden, too. If you are considering adding a garden building of some kind, the best place to start is by assessing your outside space and considering how much square footage is available. It is important to leave a reasonable amount of garden to enjoy (and so as not to devalue your home). What do you need the structure for? If HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? it is simply a cosy A small, DIY timber nook in which to summerhouse should cost less put your feet up than £1,000 — but you can with a glass of easily spend a five-figure sum wine after a day on a garden building. It makes a in the garden, a difference whether the structure small, circular is conventional timber frame gazebo with a or high-performance structural diameter of two insulated panels, while finishes or three metres such as cedar cladding and may suffice, while plastered walls all add up. For a craft room, for a fully functioning, year-round example, would garden room, £10,000 to need to be more £20,000 is a very rough guide. spacious, and a home ► 22 July 2019

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Taking the inside outside… of the day, and which way you want the windows and door to face. Next, go into detail about function. Do you want heating, lighting, plug sockets and maybe a kitchenette or bathroom? If so, unless you’re opting for solar or wind power, consider how you will connect utilities. Insulation is vital (think walls, floors and roof if the space is going to be used beyond the summer months), and so is good security. If anything valuable is going to be stored in the space, glass windows (perhaps even double glazed) are better than plastic, and a sturdy door with a proper lock will be necessary. Some may prefer rustic simplicity, perhaps a yurt with solar lighting and a sheepskin rug,

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North Notts Association of National Trust Members The April meeting was the last of the speakers in the winter programme and the North Notts Association of National Trust Members are now enjoying outings during the summer months. The May outing was first to Middleton Hall in Tamworth and as usual there was a full coach. Upon arrival, the group were greeted with tea and coffee and then split into smaller groups to be shown around as much of the place as possible. The weather was not kind and therefore they were unable to fully appreciate the extensive grounds and the beautiful and unusual walled kitchen garden or the RSPB reserve. Middleton Hall has an interesting history and the oldest building there dates back to 1285 and there have

been many alterations, renovations and demolitions on the site since then. There is a beautiful Tudor barn and in the converted Victorian stables there are many independent retailers selling a miscellany of interesting items and also serving afternoon teas. The visit was not long enough to take in everything Middleton Hall had to offer but it opened up the desire to have another visit. This is not a National Trust property, unfortunately! From there it was just a short journey to Lichfield Cathedral which is a truly amazing building. Once more, the group were given guided tours to see and learn about the wonderful architecture and the extensive range of stained glass windows which abound. The area around

the cathedral is also most interesting with many narrow ginnels and low timbered buildings surrounding small squares (my friend and I were probably trespassing if truth be known!). There are also imposing large buildings which must have been for the church officials and many of these now comprise the Lichfield Cathedral School. A fascinating area and a lovely little tea room. Despite the weather, it was a most interesting start to the monthly trips. June’s outing was to Broughton Castle and in July, they will visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Boston. Anyone interested in joining the association must be a member of the National Trust and more information can be found online at www. or you can email for a calendar showing list of future events and membership details.

Dukeries Singers Library heritage events in July Well, flaming June has come in flaming. We just need some gentle out of hours rain to refresh the dustbowl that is our garden, especially the lawn (just grass). The Dukeries Singers gave a super concert at The Jubilee Hall, Ollerton on 1st June. We had choir songs, ancient and modern, instrumentalists, soloists, duettists, huge enthusiasm, even audience participation and super refreshments. We have already begun learning new music for our next engagements, so if you would like to book us for your charity event, fundraising do, celebration or anniversary, our secretary Pauline, on 07951 609217, would be delighted to hear from you. It is not too early to book for Christmas! We are a very friendly choir and you can find more about us online at www. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. We rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm, upstairs in the Theatre Refreshment area, at the Dukeries Academy, Ollerton. This is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. The choir wish you all a super summer. 26 July 2019

‘INDUSTRIAL RETFORD’ BY HARRY FOXLEY Thursday 4th July, 7.00pm – 8.30pm Having been a market town for six centuries, Retford embraced the industrial revolution in the 19th century with a plethora of manufactories to include iron and brass foundries; engineering works; brick and tile works; coachworks; rubber works; rope works; sack-cloth and sail-making and a host of supporting industry. In this talk, local author Harry Foxley describes the rise and demise of all but a single survivor in the 21st century. Tickets for the talk are £1.00 (to include refreshments) and advanced booking is essential — please call Retford Library on 01777 708724 or email ‘HOME COOKED HERITAGE’ BY JAMES WRIGHT Wednesday 10th July,

Lena Snowden Singers The Lena Snowden Singers present Songs from the Shows on Thursday 11th July, at 7.00pm, in Hallcroft Methodist

2.00pm – 3.00pm Historian and buildings archaeologist James Wright is the heritage expert behind our recent project ‘Home Cooked Heritage’ and has delved into Nottinghamshire Archives in search of interesting food-related stories. His background makes him ideally suited to reveal how food was prepared and served in earlier times. Following previous sell-out talks, Worksop Library looks forward to welcoming back the engaging and entertaining James Wright for another fascinating presentation. The Home Cooked Heritage project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, uk. There is no charge for this talk but advanced booking is essential — please call 01623 677200, book at Worksop Library, or go to the What’s On section of the Inspire website to book online, Church. Tickets cost £7.00 each, to include refreshments. Contact Judy on 01777 707023, Pat on 01777 708253 or Joyce on 01777 700930 for tickets or further information.

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Prolific pests… Bugs and beasties really thrive in warmer weather, so how should you deal with the most common problems you are likely to encounter at this time of year? APHIDS Aphids such as greenfly and blackfly can be a real menace as they suck sap from your plants, and can even transmit viruses — sometimes with disastrous consequences. Their sticky excreta or honeydew is produced in copious quantities and can leave plants and garden surfaces sticky. Check plants regularly and then decide what to do. You can use a strong jet of water (perhaps by putting your thumb over the end of the hosepipe) to blast the aphids off plants, but unless you do a thorough job they will soon be back and causing damage! Alternatively, spray with a suitable insecticide or, if you prefer not to use this type of chemical, use a soap-based insecticide. I’m also a great fan of using biological controls to sort out greenfly and blackfly — options available include native two-spot ladybirds and their larvae, which you can introduce to help existing ladybirds get on top of the problem. Aphids breed incredibly rapidly, so regular control is necessary. They don’t need males in order to reproduce and often have numerous generations all ready within the single aphid you see on your plant!

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CATERPILLARS Caterpillars can do a lot of damage as they munch their way through your plants or the hearts of your vegetables such as cabbages. One of the best things to do is pick the pests off where possible and either squash them or place them on the bird table. Many caterpillars feed in the evening, so are easiesr to spot at dusk — or very early in the morning.

You can buy a mixture of nematodes to spray onto your plants and kill the caterpillars without harming humans or pets. Some caterpillars — in particular the tortrix moth caterpillars — produce quantities of fine webbing that they use to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create safe shelters. They are difficult to control as it is hard to get a pesticide or nematodes mix

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to reach them, so for these handpicking or squashing is often best. For vegetables that are particularly caterpillar-susceptible, such as calabrese, broccoli and other brassicas, stop the adults laying their eggs with horticultural fleece, netting or very fine Micromesh, either as pull-out tunnels or sheets of material you cut to shape and peg down. This will help to keep a wide range of pests, including caterpillars, away from the plants. WOODLICE These little creatures are rarely responsible for doing that much damage in their own right as they simply do not have adequately strong mouthparts. They can cause damage to soft new growth or occasionally to soft-fleshed fruits such as strawberries, but can’t tackle tougher plant growth. They are rather like vultures, in that they clean up the debris created by other creatures after they have fed and damaged your plants. I say leave them be. EARWIGS Earwigs cause quite a bit of damage, particularly on the flowers of plants ►

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Prolific pests… ◄ such as clematis and dahlias, where they can nibble out large quantities of petal or occasionally leaf. They can be controlled with contact insecticides but a lot of gardeners prefer to trap the earwigs. The advantage of this is that no pesticide is needed, which can be difficult to spray onto open blooms without risk of damage. One of the best ways of trapping earwigs is the traditional method using an inverted flowerpot — stuffed loosely with hay, straw or similar material — on top of a bamboo cane, and positioned amongst susceptible plants. The earwigs climb in there to hide and the pots can be emptied out regularly. MILDEW Powdery mildew is also a problem at this time of year, coating plant leaves,

stems, buds and sometimes even petals with a white flowery deposit. Sometimes the mildew can prevent fruits from swelling normally and cause the leaves to become distorted and in some instances even to fall early. Prompt action is essential and, if you are happy to use chemicals and have not managed to get the problem under control by picking off infected leaves and using other cultural controls, there are suitable fungicides available.

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Black-eyed Susan Rachel Leverton on a late summer bloomer You might not know its

name, but you are probably familiar with the Rudbeckia. A late summer perennial daisy. It’s sometimes called Coneflower or Black-eyed Susan. It flowers from early August to late September and I find it a valuable addition to the late summer garden. It does particularly well in full sun in rich, well-drained soil. You can sow them as annuals indoors in spring to set out after frost or plant as perennials in spring or autumn. Divide every three to four years and deadhead to avoid self-seeding, though personally I see self-seeding as a bonus trait in a plant! Mildew can be an issue on the foliage but can be avoided if you don’t overcrowd the plants. Watch the young foliage because slugs and snails find it tasty. Once the plants are established this isn’t a problem. Rudbeckia ‘Golden compass’ produces masses of classic bright yellow and black Rudbeckia flowers

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on a bushy plant. It grows up to 70cm in height and can be grown from seed as a half-hardy annual or a short-lived hardy perennial. Rudbeckia fulgida is the classic ‘Black-eyed Susan’, with sunfloweryellow flowers and a very black central cone. It does better in damper ground than many of the varieties so choose this one if your garden is less well-drained. I love Rudbeckia ‘Prairie glow’. It is a stunning plant and good for adding height as it grows to 1.5m. Its huge 6cm diameter flowers have warm orange petals with yellow tips. Rudbeckia ‘Irish eyes’ is a more unusual variety with a yellowish rather than brown cone, as well as yellow florets. It repeat flowers from July through to October. If your soil is on the dry side, try Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Deamii’. It produces shining, golden flowers with jet-black cones from early September to late October and into November. It

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This two-acre social enterprise provides training and volunteering opportunities for 90 people and grows 52 varieties of fruit and vegetables grown for sale and therapeutic benefit. Featuring sensory garden, three productive polytunnels, outdoor classroom, comfrey fertilising factory. Timed tours at 11.00am, and 2.00pm. A chance to meet and chat with volunteers and learn about this fantastic facility. Some wheelchair access, plants for sale, parking refreshments. LODGE MOUNT Town Street, South Leverton, Retford DN22 0BT Sunday 7th July, 1.00pm to 5.00pm This garden is the vision founded and established by Helen just before she died of cancer in 2012. The garden has been open for six years since her death and her original plans can be seen through the flourishing growth and development of her plants and trees which now grow strongly and display the vibrant colours, she hoped they would. Dog friendly, plants for sale, parking, refreshments. CLUMBER PARK WALLED KITCHEN GARDEN Clumber Park, Worksop S80 3BE Saturday 13th July, 10.00am to 5.00pm A three-year restoration project is nearing completion and this garden is

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Band bring the summer concert season to a close at The Crossing, Newcastle Street, Worksop on Saturday 20th July, with a rousing Summer Brass Proms. Consistently in the top 15 World Brass Band Ranking, Carlton Main’s calibre is always demonstrated by its excellent performances and imaginative programme planning. As well as a busy schedule of major concerts and private engagements, the band also competes at the highest level in the world’s leading major contests alongside the very best and most prestigious bands in the world, including Cory, Black Dyke and Brighouse and Rastrick Bands to name just a few. After a very positive 2018 the band are looking forward greatly to what lies ahead this year. The band’s resident conductor Ian McElligott studied at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, London and Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, London. As a Major, he is proud to have served in his final appointment as Director of Music to the Band of Her Majesty’s Coldstream Guards. The band will play at The Crossing Church and Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop S80 2AT, on Saturday 20th July, at 7.30pm. The doors will open 6.45pm. All adult tickets cost £10.00, with under 16s costing £4.00. All tickets can be obtained from the Welcome Desk or order by calling 01909 475421 or email Visit www.musicatthecrossing. for further information.

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welcomed visitors once more to their last meeting and they are looking forward to the new Inner Wheel year which starts in July — when the visitors will become their newest members. Last month the speaker was Janette Walker who spoke about recycling, blue bins and fly tipping. In Bassetlaw there is one of the highest numbers of fly tipping rates that local councils have to deal with, yet our waste is already dealt with very efficiently and the council is also very happy to take items away for a small fee. In July, it is the month of The Inner Wheel’s AGM and is a time of reflection on activities carried out by club members, to share friendship and to give service both within the club and in our daily lives. The list of service activities grows longer and includes helping in charity shops, Bassetlaw Food Bank, Messy Church, Light Bites, RSPCA dog walking, S VP for the elderly, Athletics Official, cooking for Aurora, hospice volunteers, church lector and music, U3A, Civic Society and

prisons’ Independent Monitoring Boards. This year, the club has donated approximately £2,500 to UK and local charities, covering a wide variety of needs for the young, the disabled and the elderly as well as different medical research. They have also donated Christmas Boxes to the women’s refuge and items to the special food bank collections. The international team has contributed to disasters and raised funds through market stalls and there are still events to be held, such as the final frog race fundraiser for the disabled. The toilet twinning project has so far produced four toilets in Sierra Leone, Malawi, Zambia and the Congo. One of them used very large leaves as privacy screens. If you see the club’s banner anywhere, please do go along and find out more about the Inner Wheel or pick up a few bargains at their stalls. Their president, Natalie, expresses her thanks to all those who have supported them in any way and will be leading the club through their new 2019/20 year.

Bassetlaw Hospice Grand Prize Draw Challenge

To mark 25 years of service to the

community, the team at Bassetlaw Hospice have set a challenge to sell at least 2,500 Grand Prize Draw tickets, with a first prize of £250 cash generously donated by local company J-Flex. Other prizes include, overnight stay with Spa at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, dinner bed and breakfast at the West Retford Hotel, Kettlewells holiday voucher, tickets for the North York Moors Steam Railway and My Gym membership for two people. There are also many more great prizes all generously donated by the local community. At £1.00 each, tickets are on sale at the hospice, currently located at St Michaels View, Hallcroft, in their charity shops and at their fundraising events. The hospice would also be delighted to hear from

anyone who would like to support the charity by selling tickets to family, friends, local businesses or organisations, etc. They can provide packs of ten or more tickets and posters to help. Debbie Rawlings from the charity said: “We are incredibly grateful to all the local businesses and individuals for their generous support. With so many prizes to win for just a £1.00 ticket we hope that with the help of the local community, we can achieve our target with all the proceeds going to support the work of the hospice.” The draw will take place on 4th October 2019. For tickets and further information please contact the Appeal Office 01777 710444 or email The hospice is thankful for your support.

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Retford Cricket Club June has proved a testing

time for cricket players young and old at Retford Cricket Club, but despite the trying weather they have managed to squeeze in most training sessions and matches. The Under 13 and Under 11 teams won places in their respective Bassetlaw Cup Finals — which are due to be held at Retford Cricket Ground on Sunday 21st July, along with the regions Under 15 final. The day is open to all and there will be plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family — Trent Bridge are even sending their ‘Road Show’ van. SAVE THE DATE The club are proud to announce that they will be holding an England Legends day on Friday 30th August, with none other than Darren Gough headlining

the day. For more information please visit For those looking to get into, or back into, cricket the club operates two senior teams catering for all ages and abilities - from the dedicated to the recreational occasional players and is always open to new members. In addition to the Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 teams it also has two Kwik Cricket teams and is encouraging the players of the future through the ECB’s All Stars programme. Finally, new to the club this year is the introduction of a ladies team, which is looking for talent — no experience necessary! The club welcomes all new players, from five years old: • Men’s training is at 6.00pm on a Thursday. • Juniors and ladies training is 6.00pm on a Friday.



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Society of Artists Citizens Advice celebrates 80 years

The Worksop Society of Artists will be holding a demonstration evening at the Cricket Club, Worksop, on Tuesday 16th July, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The artist for the evening is Sallyann Bracket and her subject will be ‘Tissue/trace/draw’. This is an interactive demo so take your sketch books, etc. There’s a fee of £4.00 on the door for non-members, refreshments will be available at the interval. If anyone is interested in joining the society, you will be welcome to go along on a Wednesday morning from 9.00am to 12.00pm, to have a look round and chat to fellow artists. The society will be holding its Summer Exhibition and sale of work at Sparken Hill Academy, Sparken Hill, Worksop S80 1AW, from Saturday 27th July to 3rd August. The exhibition is open daily from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with free entry and easy access parking. The preview night will be on Friday 26th July, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Everyone is welcome to go along and view the exhibition.

Cardiac Support Group Gerald Price from Woodland Trust

gave The Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group a very engaging talk on Friday 7th June. This was the group’s first meeting at their new venue at the Gymnasium, Bassetlaw Hospital, and Gerald was well received. Within a few miles, in any direction, our area is very fortunate to have so much ancient and managed woodland around us. It is a fact that woodlands make up only 13% of the UK land and we must have more than our fair share in Bassetlaw. After the club travelled further afield to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire lately, it was realised how fortunate we are locally. In May, 68 members of the group and Parkinson’s UK group friends enjoyed a trip to see South Pacific at the Acorn Theatre and many people also enjoyed their visit to Brigg Garden Centre on 12th June. The next meeting will be on Friday 5th July, at Retford Hospital, Collington Suite, at 2.00pm, when the group will welcome back Sam Glasswell to talk about the Mayflower and Pilgrim Fathers. They always look forward to welcoming new members. For further information about the group, please call Chairman Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.

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Citizens Advice Bassetlaw wants

people to be part of the next 80 years of its history by volunteering with them. The Citizens Advice service started almost 80 years ago on 4th September 1939 — the day after the beginning of World War II. As part of Volunteers’ Week, which ran from 1st June to 7sth June 2019, Citizens Advice Bassetlaw thanked current volunteers for their contribution and welcomed new recruits to help bring the charity into its next 80 years and continue with its essential work. The volunteers at Citizens Advice Bassetlaw contribute 293 hours each week and last year helped 4,774 people with 10,705 problems, such as debt, housing, benefit and employment issues. Volunteers at Citizens Advice, help in roles such as giving clients’ information and advice, raising funds, keeping the service running smoothly, and helping with the strategic direction of the organisation. The volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and ages to contribute their time and skills to help deliver this important service. The benefits are many and the volunteers increase skills and confidence while meeting new people and making a positive difference to people’s lives. Karen Whitlam, CEO at Citizens Advice Bassetlaw said: “Our volunteers contribute their time and energy to

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’ monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, except for summer and winter breaks, from 11.00am to 12.00pm. The lectures are held at the Civic Centre, Carlton in Lindrick. The group also has two extra special interest days. You can also partake in their trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. The next meeting takes place on Wednesday 3rd July and is entitled ‘Women in the Mauritshuis’. The Mauritshuis Art Museum, at The Hague Gallery, Netherlands, is home to the very best of Dutch golden age painting. This

make a huge difference to people’s lives and help keep our vital service running. If you’d like to help people in your community, learn new skills, work with a friendly, enthusiastic workforce and can spare a few hours a week, we’d love to hear from you.” If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Citizens Advice Bassetlaw, visit the website www. and contact their Training Officer, Judy Maher on 01909 535536, or email your details to Judy at For more information about Citizens Advice, visit For free, confidential, impartial and independent information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw by: • Telephone — 03444 111 444 (available Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm). • Webchat — www.citizensadvice. (available Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm) DROP-IN SESSIONS • Worksop office — The Annexe, Queens Building, Potter Street (next to the Savoy Cinema): Monday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 3.00pm and Friday from 9.30am to 1.00pm. • Retford office — 17b The Square: Tuesday and Thursday from 10.00am to 2.00pm. compact, world renowned collection includes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, plus several paintings by Rembrandt and other famous Dutch painters. Using some of the masterpieces in the exhibition, the lecture will explore not only the roles played by women but also introduce you to some of the artists and the kind of works they produced and the styles they used. Coffee is served from 10.00am and the monthly lecture is from 11.00am to 12.00pm and there is free car parking. For further details on the lecture programme, the study/special interest day or the society, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit www.

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On Sunday 7th July from 10.00am to 5.00pm, several private gardens on Potter Lane, Wellow, are opening in support of the National Garden Scheme and the nursing charities that it supports. Wellow, formerly Wellah or Welley, from the number of wells, has a green and a famous maypole. Not so well known is the Wellow Dyke, which surrounds the village and can still be seen in some places. Here is a bit about each of the gardens that are opening and how they have developed. PARK HOUSE GARDEN In addition to the gardens shown in the NGS county booklet and website, there is also Pam and Graham Axworthy’s Park House Garden which has evolved over 30 years from what was originally. These were three separate plots that serviced the cottages at 1, 2 and 3 Potter Lane. A large vegetable garden has been re-planted and now combines flower beds and raised vegetable plots. The row of conifers that separated the top and bottom gardens had been removed to allow views of the whole garden and St Swithin’s Church. ANNE AND FRED ALLSOP’S GARDEN AT 4 POTTER LANE. “30 years ago we walked around a field that housed four horses and bought the house that went with it. The first year was a mass of clearing out scrub and meadow. It was a good year for mushrooms! Each year we added a new bed until we had a garden we liked. It is now set out as

At their meeting on Monday 20th May, the Wheatley Family and Local History Society welcomed John Taylor, a professional historian and researcher for English Heritage and other organisations. His talk on Bolsover Castle, its occupants, and connections, was extensive and detailed. The first building on the site was commenced in 1086/7 and has seen many changes over the 900 plus years since then. John produced an audio visual display which covered the various periods of construction, the occupants and their connections far and wide. The links to other local and overseas houses and castles were explained. There were 48 July 2019

Open Gardens in Wellow four gardens, each with their own interest, including a small walled area at the side of the house, so there is something for everyone no matter how small their garden is. The perfume from the honeysuckle and roses is heady of an evening and the four seating areas each have their own distinctive view.” MAYFIELD Brenda and Les Acutt moved into Mayfield only a few years ago but have transformed the mature garden that they inherited into an eclectic garden that is both family and wildlife friendly. The wide variety of plants is a smorgasbord of pollen for insects and bees. There are also interesting tropical plants that remind them of their past life and that have survived well in the Nottinghamshire climate. TITHE BARN Carrie and Andrew Young’s garden at Tithe Barn was cow pasture until late last century, when the barn was converted. It has evolved in stages to what it is now. Disasters include when the bitter frost of 2010/11, at -18°c, burnt a line of 50-plus topiary conifers on the drive such that they didn’t recover. Replacing these with mostly self-set yew trees in 2012 was a major undertaking and the growth to date shows yews are not as slow

growing as they are reputed to be. The approach to this garden between the new yew hedges sets the tone to the wide sweeps of lawn and generous terrace. There are herbaceous beds, roses and rambling roses, shrubs and weeping and specimen trees. Each garden has a different style and together they show a range of planting and design ideas that can inspire gardeners for their own plots. In addition, on the day there will be plants for sale by Piecemeal Plants, homemade cakes and teas in the village hall, the Southwell U3A recorder group will play in the afternoon and there are artists including: • John Lovell, award winning watercolour artist, who will be painting; • Dave Drummond of Quiet Life Pottery will be throwing pots on a potter’s wheel; • Polly Warren’s linocut prints; • Sculpture by Rachel Carter Since its foundation in 1927, the National Garden Scheme has donated over £50 million to its beneficiaries. Charities supported by the National Garden Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and MS Society. The National Garden Scheme is a Registered Charity No. 1112664. For further information about the National Garden Scheme visit

Wheatley Family & Local History Society Kings and Queens from Henry II and his son John, through to George IV, the Cavendish family, Wootton family, even Rubens and many more. Hardwick, Welbeck, Trafalgar Square, Woollerton, and Court of Savoy all got a mention amongst others. The recurring theme around the passion for horses, their breeding and indoor riding schools which were a feature of Bolsover and other stately houses, was evident throughout. Then there was an illustrated tour of Bolsover as it is today with its painted walls and decorated vaulted ceilings, that

could not fail to attract those who have not visited to do so. There was so much information and so many names that these notes just scratch the surface of the knowledge that John imparted upon us. Please note the advance notice of the next speaker, Monday 15th July at 10.00am, entitled ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Crematorium’, with Jane Price, which will be ‘A light-hearted look at a serious subject’. For more details of their meetings and activities, call Dave on 01427 880934 or on Alan 01427 884147.

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Strawberry & cream eclairs Filled with sweetened whipped cream and fresh strawberries, these dainty pastries make a great treat for afternoon tea or can be served as a delicious summer dessert. Swap the strawberries for fresh raspberries or blueberries, if liked. INGREDIENTS • 50g butter, chilled and diced • 65g plain flour, sifted • 2 medium eggs, lightly beaten • 300ml double cream • 1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra for dusting • 150g small strawberries METHOD • Place the butter and 150ml cold water in a small pan and heat gently until the butter melts. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil then quickly remove from the heat and add all 50 July 2019

the flour. Beat thoroughly with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan and forms a ball. Leave to cool for three to four minutes • Preheat the oven to 220°c, fan 200°c, gas mark seven. Line a large baking sheet with baking paper. Beat the eggs into the mixture, a little at a time, until smooth and glossy. Spoon the mixture into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Pipe eight 10cm lengths, spaced well apart, onto the baking sheet • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the eclairs are well risen and golden. Remove from the oven, pierce each eclair with the tip of a small knife and return to the oven for two to three minutes. This allows the steam to escape and dries out the centres of each eclair. Transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely







• Whip the cream and icing sugar in a bowl until softly peaking. Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a large star nozzle. Hull and slice most of the strawberries (reserving four for decoration) • Halve each eclair and fill with the cream then top with sliced strawberries. Sandwich back together and dust with icing sugar. Decorate each one with a swirl of piped cream and a reserved strawberry. TOP TASTY TIP You can make and bake the choux pastry eclairs a day in advance. If the pastry goes a little soft simply reheat in a hot oven for a few minutes until crisp.

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Emmerdale and is currently in five-star show ‘Clink’ and officially opened the first ever Worksop Pride in 2016. The main event has extended its hours to start from 1.00pm and finishes at 9.00pm with back to back entertainment — returning to host is Worksop Pride founder and organiser of the event Crystal Lucas. She is joined on stage by her stunning co-host Vivian Twist. After a fabulous debut performance last year of ‘This is me’, Kate Lucas is returning to perform followed by the amazing singer Stevie Moore. Acoustic singer Katie Greaves is returning for another outstanding performance and new to their stage is international singer Anthony Collesso. Also new to the Worksop Pride stage is Nottingham based Lee Michaels and offering original music is first time solo artist Emma Maezin. Debuting her first ever

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Charity Jaguars is run by Stuart Dixon who each year takes his Jaguar car around the country and through sponsorship and donations, raises money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. This year’s fundraising started at the end of February. To date it has raised over £30,000 for the Hospice and Stuart hopes to raise over £100,000 and last year raised over £80,000. The car is taken to car shows, county shows, country fairs and to any event to which he is invited. The public buy a sticker, sign it and it is then laminated so they

Parkinson’s UK a multitude of questions afterwards. The branch has grown again as more patients, carers and families learn of the friendship and support there is to be had. June also saw members having a day out together at Brigg Garden Centre and a Lunch Club meeting at The Lockkeeper. The next meeting on 2nd July will

main stage performance is Imogen Mellors and returning favourite Lee Lambert is set to entertain the crowd. Community acting/dance group ‘Little Drama Group’ will be ‘flossing’ a brilliant performance followed by award winning drag act ‘The Funky Beavers Show’ which also features co-host Vivian Twist! After Sam Bailey’s performance the event comes to a close with tributes by Charlotte Hopley as Lady Gaga and finally Donna Moody as P!NK! And if that isn’t enough, they also have food, drink, children’s entertainers, stalls, face painters and much, much more throughout the day. This is the fourth Worksop Pride event to hit Worksop town centre and each year it has grown and grown. It’s great day out for all the family to attend and for everyone to come together to support the LGBT+ community and raise awareness.

can then stick it on the car. The stickers are permanent and they will never be taken off. Businesses can also put their company logo on the car. The stickers are red, white and blue enabling pictures of a flags to be built up on each side. If anyone would like to put a sticker on the car, they can donate on the JustGiving page and their name will be put on a sticker, or they can email Stuart or see the car and Stuart at shows. Stuart can be contacted at sherwoodjaguarracing@gmail. com and visit fundraising/sherwoodjaguarracing. welcome Mike Ogden who will talk about ‘The Slow Road’, the history of canal journeys. A reminder that final payment is requested from members wishing to travel on the very popular Trent River Cruise (with afternoon tea), bookings are on a first come, first served basis. For any further information about the branch and its many activities, please call Chris Coldwell on 01909 730629.

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More than just a place to post Post Office and bank queues seem to have grown in recent years, proving that many Rotherham folk still rely upon them. Along with local bank staff, many of whom are in a not entirely dissimilar ‘boat’, I typically find them efficient, friendly and reliable. They are often a vital lifeline for those with mobility and memory issues. The Post Office sign still seems to me like a friendly face within a much changed, and often sadly diminished, high street. Post offices were, from 1960 to 1969, part of the General Post Office, the combined Royal Mail delivery service and the Post Office network. After many changes, since abolition, they were finally separated with the 2012 privatisation of Royal Mail. The government now appears set to end the subsidy for the Post Office network in 2021. Whatever the costs and politics of this, the potential practical impact of closures could be severe. A recent survey by the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters found that some 20% of Post Offices are planning to close, transfer or shrink their business over 2019–20. What are older and vulnerable people, who lack transport and directly rely upon them, to do? What are the many smaller businesses and individuals who also value them to do? Main post offices in town centres often lack good free parking and represent quite a trek, even before queueing up. Many sub-post masters/ mistresses fear having to resign because they earn less now than a decade ago. The big problems appear to be; low rates of pay for carrying out banking transactions — as ever more, ever quicker, ever cheaper is demanded, more people are using online Royal Mail Services under a ‘digital first’ policy which minimises the importance of human contact/one to one 60 July 2019

David Coldrick on the importance of post offices in our community explanations; and also fewer people use Post Office Card accounts. This all combines with less high street activity, higher costs, including business rates and staff pay. So sub-postmasters often find they must get second jobs to simply survive. Even combining them within local shops is not a guarantee of survival. Competition can view Post Office services as just a useful add on. As for staff dedication, it is may be less well known that most Post Offices are run by self-employed people, without sick pay and with reduced holiday pay under their terms of engagement. There is also no pension scheme and you need to

find suitably trained cover to enable any time off. Would you do it? We clearly need to make use of our local Rotherham Post Offices if we truly value them. Otherwise they will, at the very least, become submerged within chains of supermarkets and cease to be the rather more freestanding, trusted community hub they are. And they may not even be within a short drive let alone walking distance. Buy more stamps, send fewer emails? Everyone loves a letter or thank you note! David Coldrick is owner of Home Instead Senior Care Rotherham 34 Moorgate Road S60 2AG @homeinsteadrotherham 01709 837170

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Summertime wildlife spectacles With the days still pleasingly long,

July is a wonderful time to enjoy being outdoors connecting with nature. Whilst you’re just as likely to need a brolly to ward off a shower or stormy downpour as you are a hat and sunblock, a day out in the countryside at this time of year can be packed with delights. The sight of bright red poppies on disturbed ground, a walk through a wild flower meadow buzzing with butterflies before it is cut for hay or time spent dangling your feet in a cooling stream are amongst the joys of the British summer. You can still enjoy the aerial acrobatics of swallows, swifts and martins and on warm evenings their presence may be replaced by that of agile bats swooping and turning in pursuit of their insect prey as the dusk arrives. Summer evenings are when bats are at their most active, and an impromptu bat watch is a great excuse to linger in the garden as the light fades. Whilst a number of bat species have been recorded in built up areas the most common suburban bat is the pipistrelle. Whilst it may be difficult to tell them apart, any bats you see flitting overhead at this time of year may be very young bats only recently emerged from their maternity roosts. Pipistrelle females usually only rear a single pup. The these young will emerge from their roosts to take their first flight at around three weeks old which usually happens between late June and August. If you are lucky enough to see bats flying over your garden this summer, it’s worth stopping to consider just how unpleasant it might be sitting out in the garden if there were no bats around.

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Although it is not a term many people will be familiar with, ‘stellar nucleosynthesis’ produced all the elements in the Universe including us. Our understanding of how stars produce it was a major breakthrough made by a group of British astronomers, including Margaret Burbidge who will soon celebrate her 100th birthday. In astronomical circles she is famous for her research, yet despite her great achievements she is a modest hard-working lady who was unfortunately working in a subject area dominated by men. Margaret began her interest in astronomy at the age of four when she was captivated by a sky filled with stars as she and her parents made a night-time ferry crossing to France. Her interest became so intense she was reading advanced astronomy books at the age of 12 and later studied astronomy at University College London. Her graduation in 1939 was a modest affair as Britain was preparing for war. Her wartime years were spent maintaining the university’s observatory, carrying out meticulous observations and fabricating optics for the military. She often recorded V1 flying bombs exploding near the observatory shaking her telescope and interrupting the observations, but she just carried on observing. We now take it almost for granted that the Universe was created in the so called ‘Big Bang’ but during the 1950s it was the ‘Steady State’ theory, the theory of the Universe always existing, that was most popular. But Margaret was convinced that it was the ‘Big Bang’ that formed the Universe. It was at that time a male dominated subject and women were often considered as good data collectors, but not original thinkers, and she was marginalised. But she continued her studies of stellar spectra to find what elements are present in their atmospheres. During her studies she found α Canum Venaticorum, the brightest star in the constellation Canes Venatici. The ‘Hunting Dogs’ contained over 800 times more heavy elements than in our Sun’s atmosphere. Other old Red Giant Stars also showed large amounts of heavy elements, 66 July 2019

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Shining in the shadows James Ince marks a female pioneer’s centenary those heavier than hydrogen and helium. She was convinced that as stars evolve, they produce heavier elements than the source of all the materials we see around us and those of which we are composed. Her husband and others did not share this view originally. However some astronomers, Fred Hoyle and William Fowler, had long proposed that the stars were the source of many heavy elements and invited her to join them to conduct research. The Burbidges went to Cambridge and worked with Hoyle and Fowler and produced a scientific paper in Reviews of Modern Physics which was titled ‘Synthesis of Elements in the Stars’. The paper is now referred to as B²FH, the first letters of each contributor, and is a standard reference for professional astronomers. Evidence mounted supporting the ‘Big Bang’ theory of creation, however many astronomers clung on to the ‘Steady State’ theory including Fred Hoyle. Margaret applied for a position at Mount Wilson Observatory in California, however she was turned down as she was a woman. Some years later, her husband applied for a position at Mount Wilson and he was accepted taking up residence in a cottage away from the main dormitories. It was her husband that did the less

demanding work and smoked cigars as she conducted real research. Later, she was appointed the Director of Royal Greenwich Observatory but not the usual role of Astronomer Royal, which was the norm. Margaret’s later work was on rotating galaxies, galaxy clusters and quasars. These objects, originally known as ‘Quasi-stellar objects’, were most puzzling. They are intensely luminous, however their emission of light is so red shifted they must be extremely distant and receding away from us at incredible speeds. The discovery of quasars and their red shift was the final piece of evidence to debunk the ‘Steady State’ theory. However, Margaret always kept an open mind, never wishing to discount any theory. Always carrying out important studies and making tremendous breakthroughs in our knowledge of the stars, I wish her a happy birthday and thank her for her contributions to astronomy. If you would like to find out more about the stars and the fascinating night sky please contact james.ince1@tiscali. , 01777 702800, or come along to Bassetlaw Astronomical Society’s friendly fortnightly meetings at the Gateford Primary School, Worksop.

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updating Sturton Ward’s 2015 plan continues, with landowners having proposed a number of sites across the ward. Public bodies have now been consulted for their comments and opinions, and the next step will be to make all of this information available to residents in a consultation exercise where residents in each parish will be able to make comments, and say whether they support development, on any or all of the proposed sites in their parish. The steering group has obtained funding to commission additional professional review of the sites, and they are now just waiting for their report before they arrange public consultation events, probably in August, so keep an eye out in your local newsletters, or on village noticeboards for the dates. You can also visit the Sturton Ward website at www. where dates will also be published, and you will have the opportunity to see the same information and respond to the consultation if you are unable to attend the public events. If you are interested in finding out more about the process taking place, all the steering group’s meetings are open to the public, and the minutes of meetings, as well as dates of future meetings, can be found on the website.

Square Fête starts off Summer Sundays on the Square in Retford Square Fête, the first of the

2019 events on the Square in Retford, provided great entertainment from the time of the origins of the Charter with quality shopping for everyone on Sunday 26th May. The rain and the wind came but did not deter the performers, the stallholders or the visitors who came to support this exciting start to the Summer Sundays on the Square programme. There was a great range of stalls bringing arts and crafts, food and drink, and more. Doncaster, Leeds and Lincoln Waites played a range of musical pieces from the middle ages to the time of the Mayflower Pilgrims. They told great stories about the times and explained their fascinating range of musical instruments, including the amazing Hurdy Gurdy. A re-enactment of the signing of the Retford Charter was carried out by theatrical favourites, Talegate Theatre. The Pilgrim Embroiderers were in place in Spencer’s on the Square creating their embroideries of five key locations in the Mayflower Pilgrims story (Austerfield, Scrooby, Babworth, St Swithun’s Retford and Sturton-le-Steeple). Visitors were encouraged to ‘add a stitch’ to create a permanent contribution to the artworks. Bassetlaw Christian Heritage is raising

Royal British Legion Retford & District Branch The Royal British Legion Retford and District Branch (RBL) would like to thank all of you who supported the poppy appeal. The magnificent total of £62,000 has been achieved by the local branch. This is truly an amazing total. The allied nations have all paid tribute to those involved in the D Day landings on the 75th anniversary. The people of Retford paid their own tributes at a commemoration ceremony at the War Memorial on 6th June. This well attended event was very moving with the Standards in attendance, significant words from our Padre Felicity Ferriter, a reading by the Town Mayor Garry Clarkson, The Last Post followed a well observed two-minute silence, all 68 July 2019

controlled by Parade Marshall Graham Bonnyman. A special thank you goes to the Town Hall staff for their help and to the market traders who, despite some disruption, were sensitive to the event and of course to all those who attended. Among the wreaths that were laid was a special one that had samples of sand from the five beaches involved in the landings. This had been collected earlier this year by Elizabeth Szeralis and her father. Elizabeth was unable to lay the wreath herself due to exams. Crosses were also laid by pupils from Ordsall Primary School. We were also honoured to have a D Day veteran in attendance, Mr Ken Beard, a rear gunner on two sorties during this mammoth operation.

funds for the Pilgrim Embroiderers so that they can frame the work in time for the Pilgrims Festival in November 2019. They need £750 and have raised £158 so far — to find out how to contribute, please email contact@ Retford is one of the oldest boroughs in England and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as ‘Redeforde’. Henry I established the borough in 1105, and it gained a Royal Charter in 1246, when Henry III granted the right to a fair. This was later extended to holding a Saturday Market by Edward I in 1275. There was much interest from visitors in the story of Retford’s Charter and the history of the town and there are plans underway to involve residents in a future event. The original Leeds Waites existed from 1530 to 1531 until they were disbanded in 1835. The City Waites were the Mayor of Lincoln’s Band of Musicians (until 1857). Waites do not play the music of the courts and the aristocracy, but the music of the streets. The Waites were the original town bands and Doncaster had a band of Waites from 1457 to 1832. Retford also had a Waites band until the late Victorian era, and the badges are on show at Bassetlaw Museum. The celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Versaille, brought an official end to WWI. In conjunction with Bassetlaw Museum, the local RBL is organising a Peace Day celebration 100 years on. The date for this event is Thursday 4th July, from 12.00pm to 2.30pm, with the hope that everyone will bring a picnic to be enjoyed in the beautiful garden at the rear of the museum. There will be fun, games, a sing song and again, everyone is welcome. For more information contact Judith Goodall on 01777 707152. Don’t forget that help from the Legion can be available for anyone or their dependants as long as you have served for at least seven days in our Armed Forces. There is an excellent website or if you would like more local information contact Ann Hickman on 01777 818993.

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First Drives: Jaguar E-Pace

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Tim Saunders gets to grips with Jaguar’s baby SUV I try to foster. Three little urchins in the back all asking questions and the police at every turn is a sure way of driving me ever so slightly mad. But we make our way slowly but surely to a little village called Pease Pottage in West Sussex. At first I thought I wasn’t going to get on with the sat nav but son Henry (aged three) quickly shows me the way round it and I must say I agree with him that it is quite easy. In fact it’s a God send, allowing me to almost relax during our travels. I find that I can rely upon it, which is a rarity often only reserved for my wife’s map reading skills. The leather seats are fine but the quantity of plastic in the cabin is not what I would expect from a Jaguar. I know this is more of a budget vehicle but incorporating some wood would in my opinion make for a more special vehicle — which is what a Jaguar always used to be. Usually in vehicles fitted with electronic handbrakes there is a separate switch for the parking brake (and there is in the Jag). But the Jaguar incorporates the whole caboodle on its single gear stick, too. Henry enjoys pretending to drive the E-Pace and opening the powered tailgate from the driver’s seat. All these buttons are a child’s delight.

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There are three ways to drive the Jaguar E-Pace. As a manual, an automatic or with paddle shifts. So much choice should ensure that the driver never gets bored. The E-Pace is the F-Pace’s smaller brother. And as with young siblings, I speak from experience, they have to be watched or they get out of hand. And so it is with the chunky 180 Diesel R-Dynamic S Automatic AWD that I am driving. The motorway is full of speed cameras and police patrol cars. Fortunately, the E-Pace is fitted with both a speed limiter and a cruise control. But as I soon discover the cruise control is not the best system because although the speed might be set at 70mph, go downhill and it’ll exceed it so concentration on that speedometer is paramount. The head-up display that digitally appears above the dashboard in front of the driver, helps in this regards. The raised height of this SUV is helpful, too because it gives a good view of the road ahead and certainly helps me spot a mobile speed camera van above the motorway some distance ahead. Is this pre-Brexit country in such a state that the enjoyment of driving must be removed along with everything else? While I’m at it, it always ceases to amaze me how when there’s say a 50mph speed limit that so many motorists completely ignore it. Inside the cabin, my wife has changed the radio station from calming classical to something more funky, which doesn’t help the calm driving atmosphere that

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Five motoring misdeeds As a motorist, it can be easy to pick up a few bad habits over the years, but you’d be forgiven for not having a good look at the Highway Code on a regular basis. However, there are some driving misdeeds that can take an unwitting toll on your wallet — here are five of them… EATING AT THE WHEEL It’s a situation many will be familiar with. You’re halfway through a long journey and when you stop at the services for some food you’re asked if you want to eat in or take away. You’re in a hurry, so you take it with you and start eating it as you pull back on to the motorway. While this will save you a few minutes, it also means you’re driving without due care and attention — and that can land you with up to nine points as well as severe financial penalties. SPLASHING PEDESTRIANS BY DRIVING THROUGH A PUDDLE Section 3 of the 1988 Road Traffic Act states that driving “without reasonable consideration for other 74 July 2019

persons using the road” is an offence. The act rightly considers pedestrians to be road users, and driving through a puddle without looking to see if there’s anyone on foot and in the firing line can result in a fixed penalty posted through your door. DRIVING TOO SLOWLY Being a cautious road user is — in most cases — quite a good thing. However, it’s possible to drive too slowly in the eyes of fellow road users — and, more importantly, the law. If you’re driving slowly enough to be a potential hazard to motorists, you can receive an unlimited fine and up to nine points on your licence. BEEPING YOUR HORN Road rage is something that should be kept in check for various reasons, and that includes the Highway Code. In general, you are only supposed to use your horn to make other drivers aware of your vehicle’s presence. However, regardless of the circumstances, using your horn between 11.30pm and 7.00am in a built-up area can leave you liable to be fined up to £1,000.

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Bridge players of all levels of experience are invited to Retford Bridge Club on Tuesday 30th July, for a relaxed game of duplicate bridge. A limited number of hands will be played and there will be a coffee break of about 15 minutes. No partner is required as one will be found on the evening if you go alone. However, if you do wish to go without a partner, please give Sandy or Mike a call beforehand to check there is a host available. If you play with the U3A on Monday afternoons, then you are more than welcome to go and experience duplicate bridge. Similarly, if you only play rubber bridge at home then go and try duplicate. View the hands and results the following day on ‘Bridgewebs Retford’ to see how you have done. The venue will be Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford DN22 7GR and the evening commences at 6.55pm, with a finish of approximately 10.20pm approximately. You will need only £1.50 table money per head. The club’s friendly afternoon bridge session continues every Wednesday but numbers have dropped off after the first two outings. 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 rather than the Invitation Evening. As above, please call Mike or Sandy to check that a host is available. The results will be available the following week. The venue will be Ordsall Parish Hall, DN22 7TU, starting at 2.00pm, and finishing by 4.30pm. Table money of £2.00 per head will including tea/ coffee and biscuits. For further details, contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748.

Have you been into Kings Park recently? If not, you’re missing a treat. The rose garden is looking fabulous, the flower beds have been newly planted with summer bedding plants and the grass is mown and looking beautiful. Have you ever wondered how many gardeners it takes to keep the park looking this lovely? Well, unbelievably, there are only two, sometimes three. That does mean that they don’t always have enough time to do all the things

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Retford Lions’ Charter Day

activities and earlier fundraising efforts leading up to Charter Day on 6th May, have again been successful. Red Duck sales went well and the Lions wish to thank the many sponsors of pedigree racing ducks. This and the Yellow Duck race event, together with the cycle event (and other fundraising efforts, included baskets of chocolates and Easter eggs which were raffled in local pubs shops, etc), has again helped boost their funds to support local charities and good causes. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in these fundraisers, as well as those who allowed the display and entry to win and buy baskets in their premises. Without these nameless helpers the Lions could not begin the charity work they manage to do. WINNER OF YELLOW DUCK RACE The young winner of the £200 first prize from the Yellow Duck race received his winnings from Lions president Kath Bradley and secretary Graham Venables after the race. He looked a little bemused with all the fuss but has reportedly already decided to spend some of his winnings on Lego.

CORPORATE RED DUCK PRESENTATION A cheque for £1,000 was presented to Retford’s Bassetlaw Hospice, following the Charter Day success of the duck sponsored by local estate agents Newton Fallowell. The Lions and the hospice were delighted as with great generosity, as sharp-eyed readers may have noticed, there was a further cheque presented when the firm very generously matched these winnings with a further £1,000 donation to Bassetlaw Hospice. GOLF TOURNAMENT Lions are holding The Ted Waterfield Golf Tournament on Wednesday 17th July. This promises to be a very exciting event and spectators are again welcome; the golf course restaurant will have food available for all to purchase. FUTURE DATES In early August, the Lions will strongly support the Doncaster Disabled Sports event on 10th August; whilst in September they will hold their annual Motor Show. Look out for more details about the Motor Show next month, as there are suggestions that it will be enhanced by a vintage car and motorbike rally!

Kings Park Volunteer Gardeners

A map of the open gardens will be available on the day. Afternoon teas will be served in one of the gardens and there will be a puzzle competition organised around the gardens for children. There will also be a plant stall and preserves’ stall. A display of classic cars will also

they would like to. But that’s where the volunteer gardeners step in and give a bit of help. Every Friday morning (weather permitting) they meet at 10.00am in the rose garden and work for a couple of hours before going off for a well-earned coffee and a chat. If you’re interested in joining them, just drop in and say ‘hello’ any Friday morning, or call Jocelyn on 01777 707191, who will be very pleased to hear from you. There are no special expertise or tools required. provide interest for car enthusiasts and the church will also be open for visitors. Any funds from this event will be split equally between Eaton Church Community facility and future Eaton events. The organisers hope that you will support this event and look forward to seeing you and, of course, good weather has been booked!

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Hunting pigs & talking dogs trademark style of dog training, complete with commands such as “Sitttt!” and “Walkies!” which quickly became national catchphrases. Barbara didn’t suffer fools gladly and she often talked to dog owners in the same brisk tone she would use for misbehaving dogs: “Now, you’re rather fidgety, Mr Chambers: can you calm yourself?” Her TV series ‘Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way’ was an instant hit with audiences but some of Barbara’s training methods — such as jerking the dog’s lead and issuing harsh commands — have since been abandoned in favour of positive reinforcement techniques.

Kate McLelland on eccentrics & their animals The British are known as a nation of animal lovers, so it’s not surprising to find that some of history’s most colourful characters were obsessed with their pets. But these eccentrics sometimes used their pets as status symbols, kept them as curiosities or subjected them to strange experiments. Here are a few individuals whose love of animals brought them either fame or infamy: JOHN ‘MAD JACK’ MYTTON Born in 1796, ‘Mad Jack’ Mytton came into a huge family fortune as a young man and dedicated the rest 78 July 2019

of his life to spending every penny of his inheritance. He was fascinated by animals and once rode a bear into his dining room to terrify his guests. Jack lived for risk and it was said of him “not only did he not mind accidents, he positively liked them.” In 1826 he won a bet by riding his horse up the stairs of a Leamington Spa hotel and jumping through the window into the street. He also kept over 2,000 dogs, feeding his favourites on steak and champagne. BARBARA WOODHOUSE In the 1980s Barbara Woodhouse burst onto our TV screens with her

JEMMY HIRST Born in Rawcliffe, Yorkshire in 1738, Jemmy was a true eccentric. As a young boy he taught a tame jackdaw and a pet hedgehog to follow him around at school, but as an adult he decided to train his beloved bull, Jupiter, to behave like a horse, riding it and letting it pull his carriage. Possibly the most bizarre incident in Jemmy Hirst’s animal training career involved him riding Jupiter to a fox hunt, using pigs instead of hounds to follow the scent. King George III heard of Jemmy’s animal exploits and invited him down to London. The bulltrainer and the monarch clearly got on well and Jemmy even invited the king to visit his Yorkshire home for a “good brandy”. George politely refused Jemmy’s invitation but reputedly gave him several choice bottles from the royal cellar for the journey back. Whatever your feelings about these notable animal eccentrics, you can’t deny their obvious affection for their pets. These days, when one in ten pets has its own social media profile and when almost a third of owners admit they buy more Christmas gifts for their pets than for their partners, who is to say we Brits are not all a little animal crackers?

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Daneshill Lakes East Markham WI What are insects and are they important — or are they just a pest? We've heard so much lately about how vital they are not only to wildlife but to us human beings. Find out more with the Friends of Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve on Sunday 21st July, when you can join local naturalist Colin Watkin to learn more about these fascinating creatures. Colin says, “you may never love them, but you may understand them better”. This event is free with no booking required and, although primarily aimed at encouraging youngsters to take part in a practical way, is open to everyone. Starting at 9.30am with a ‘Bug Hunt’, they shall look at the creatures they have found together with a host of stars, including moths and beetles, that Colin has collected. The event will be repeated at 11.00am, finishing at 12.30pm. Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve is situated on Daneshill Road, Torworth, Retford DN22 8RB. Brown signs on the A638 point the way. Further information is available from Friends’ Secretary Lesley Noar at daveandlesnoar@ or on 01777 818362. You can also visit www.

Retford Ramblers You’re welcome to join Retford Ramblers Group on any of their walks to see if the Ramblers is for you. Then, once you’ve enjoyed the views, the chatter and good company, it’s just a case of becoming a member. Make a date with Retford Ramblers. Their walks during July are: • 7th Derwent — Edge and Strines — 10 miles • 14th — Lathkildale — 11 miles • 21st — Fulletby and the Lincolnshire Wolds — 7½ miles • 28th — The Roches, Luds Church and Gib Tor — 10 miles Please contact them if you would like any more information, call Mike on 01427 880984 or email 88 July 2019

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East Markham WI’s 2019-20 session was Dominic Schad from Muddy Fork, the Retford based charity providing gardening therapy, for those with a wide range of mental health problems. Dominic tested members’ knowledge of mental health and its effect on sufferers and the wider community with a quiz. Some of the answers were surprising, with the majority of the group getting no more than half marks. The charity is based at Idle Valley Nature Reserve where it has a large garden, where fruit, vegetables and flowers are grown as well as having beehives and taking part in schemes to grow native trees. The produce from the garden and the beehives is sold to the cafe at the reserve and to other outlets wanting locally grown produce. During the winter months, willow is gathered and woven into baskets and garden structures, which are sold to raise funds. A slide show showed many of the activities of those attending and of their work in the garden and around the reserve. Dominic is the only employee of the charity, which relies heavily on its dedicated team of volunteers and supporters and its board of trustees, to provide support on two days a week, to those on its books. Funding comes from grants sourced from a wide range

of organisations and donations from individuals and local organisations, it is not funded by the NHS. All support provided by Muddy Fork is free to those attending. Referrals come from GPs, social workers, local organisations and self referral, and cover the wide range of mental heath diagnoses. Mental health problems account for 26% of all health problems in the UK — more than cancer and heart problems individually, which account for 16% each. Research shows that gardening activities can have a beneficial effect on a person’s state of mind and help them to reconnect with family, friends and society. During the refreshment break, a short film was shown in which those attending talked of the benefits they gained from being part of Muddy Fork. This was a very interesting and thought provoking talk which gave a great insight into what can be done to help those suffering with mental health problems. Muddy Fork welcomes new volunteers and supporters, if interested contact Dominic on 07421 356717 or email East Markham WI’s July meeting is on Tuesday 16th, at 7.15pm and the subject is ‘Colours of Bangladesh’ with Angela Tubb. They welcome new members and visitors to any of their meetings, why not go along and see what they have to offer. The WI — Inspiring Women. Contact Jenny on 01777 871706 or Marie on 01777 871567.

Square Wheels continues ‘Summer Sundays on the Square’

On Sunday 30th June, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, it will be the second of the 2019 events on the Square in Retford — Square Wheels — with the Market Square full of exciting cars and motorcycles from the Jaguar Drivers’ Club and Harley Davidson. Why not make it a day out with your friends and family at one of Retford’s excellent cafes and restaurants? The Jaguar Drivers’ Club was formed in 1956 and has a long and historic relationship with Jaguar cars. It provides members with factory visits, displays of rare vehicles for club events, magazines, a club insurance scheme and a comprehensive website, Harley-Davidson was founded in a small shed in 1903 by William S

Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After more than a century the HarleyDavidson brand is so rooted in American culture that the history of the company intertwines with the history of America itself, visit Summer Sundays on Retford’s historic market square continue on Sunday 28th July with Square Deal (support your local charities and community groups). To book a stall (free this year) contact Peter Hargreaves at peter. or call 07903 560732. The three events, Square Fete, Square Wheels and Square Deal, are all organised by Retford Business Forum, with support from North Notts BID and Bassetlaw District Council.

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The Lindos Acropolis According to legend, the

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jumble of stones and rocks hiding a few inscriptions from ancient Greece. The next level leads up to the Knights’ headquarters with remains of the governor’s palace, including a coat of arms, and the Byzantine church of St John from the thirteenth century. But Lindos existed long before the Knights arrived. Tools from the New Stone Age were discovered at this spot and it was Homer who first mentioned the city, built by the Dorians in the twelfth century BC. Perched on an invincible rock guarding two beautifully sheltered harbours, Lindos reached its golden age in the sixth century BC under Cleovoulos, one of the seven sages of Ancient Greece. Trade flourished, great buildings enhanced the city, and on a former sacred site a new temple was dedicated to the goddess Athena. It still dominates the Acropolis, 116 metres above the sea, the highest point, and as you stand on the very edge of the

rock, gazing at the sturdy remaining columns, you can imagine ancient worshippers struggling up the hill, laden with bountiful offerings as, filled with awe, they approached a divine presence between heaven and earth. Equally stunning is the Hellenistic stoa (200 BC), a passageway, originally covered, 87 metres long and nine metres wide. Shaped like the Greek letter π, said to symbolise energy rising to the sky, it has retained 20 of its 42 Doric columns. It’s a great favourite for photographs with its lofty golden colonnade framed by blue sky and sea. There are also vestiges of a Roman stoa and temple, ancient stairways and several semi-circular platforms, one with the prow of a ship hewn into the rock, where offerings were laid. Three thousand years of history are no mean achievement, and with the wonderful views all around you feel on top of the world. I mused for a while among these amazing ruins, hardly noticing the first drops of rain — but within minutes the Sun god was back in all his glory.


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Retford and District Photographic Society throughout the season, which has just finished. There are regular competitions between club members featuring an advanced class for the top third of last year’s entrants and a club class for all other entrants. The portfolio competitions at the end of the season are open to everyone. The points are totalled to find the club’s Photographer of the Year. This year saw a close competition develop between the current title holder, Des Lloyd, and recently retired Brian Hillam who now has more time to attend meetings. In the end Des won again by a slim margin. The society anticipate the season to come with interest. Club members and friends gathered at Retford Golf Club for the presentations. This year, by popular demand, the club replaced its perpetual club trophies with new modern glass ones which members can keep. President Jenny Smith hosted the evening and welcomed guests Rotarian Roger Stenson and Myllie West, representing the Rotary Club of Retford. Jenny presented the trophies. Members were keen to receive awards they could keep and it was agreed these did the job excellently. The memorial trophies will continue to be awarded annually, reminding them of prominent past members. Other winners were Alan Burkwood, Alan Dibbo, Harold Gay, Gerry Kemp, Paul Lancaster, Dick Lewis, Alistair MacDonald and Mike Vickers. Runners up all received certificates. Their next activity is a trip to photograph gannets off Flamborough Head near Bridlington followed by their annual exhibition. This year the exhibition will be in St Swithun’s Church, Retford between 12.30pm on 3rd July and 3.00pm on 6th July. Everyone is very welcome. There is a warm welcome awaiting anyone for the new season ahead which will run weekly from Monday 2nd September until the end of April 2020 at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford on Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Just go along or contact them via their website and they will look out for you. For more information see

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“let the train take the strain” on a trip to London to promote Retford and the surrounding area. Councillor Garry Clarkson, Retford’s Deputy Mayor, joined the team from North Notts and Lincs Community Rail Partnership (NNLCRP), the Poacher Line, and the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) at an event in Kings Cross Station in London, on Friday 17th May. Dressed in his mayoral robes, Councillor Clarkson was a very popular subject for photographs with many of the visitors. Throughout the day, the team handled a constant stream of enquiries about the Mayflower Pilgrims, and the areas being promoted — even a conversation about commuting from Retford to London. Through leaflets designed for the event, Retford Business Forum highlighted the many exciting events planned for the rest of 2019, including Summer on the Square, Heritage Day and Pilgrims Festival; Bassetlaw District Council provided information on Pilgrim Roots and the Mayflower Trail. A range of leaflets, promoting Mayflower 400, Retford, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Boston and Skegness, were handed out to passengers and visitors by the teams from 5.00am to 6.00pm. The focus of the display was the Mayflower 400 story and was part of a promotion with other community rail partnerships from Essex, Southampton, Devon and Cornwall which had also held Mayflower 400 events at a range of London mainline railway stations on Wednesday 15th May. The groups took part in ‘Community Rail in the City’, a flagship annual

Ukeleles in Ordsall! ‘Just Us… and our Ukes’, a local ukelele band with vocals, will be performing at Ordsall Parish Hall on Friday 5th July at 7.30pm. The audience will be able to sing along as the band perform songs from the shows and many traditional pieces. ‘Just us…and our Ukes’ have performed at many local venues and are a popular choice for evening entertainment.

at developing tourism and travel for recreation on Britain’s community rail routes, encouraging thousands of people to explore epic landscapes, coastal scenes, and sites of historic interest. This year’s event saw 36 community rail partnerships and tourism partners — up from 24 groups last year — hosting activities at 20 mainline railway stations, including those in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Groups spoke to an estimated 75,000 people across the event, giving out information promoting the tourism opportunities accessible via Britain’s expanding community rail network. Rick Brand, Vice Chair of NNLCRP, and Chair of the Bassetlaw Area Group, said: “Community Rail in the City is a great opportunity to promote our railway lines to thousands of commuters and potential visitors. We highlight the fantastic things there are to see and explore and encourage people to visit by rail. As well as being a more relaxing and pleasurable way to travel, visiting the area by rail benefits the local economy, and means less traffic, noise and pollution in our communities.” Community rail partnerships work at grassroots level to engage local communities, help people to get the most from their railways, and promote rail as a key part of sustainable, healthy travel. The event was organised by ACoRP, the umbrella body for community rail groups across Britain, which supports its members to work with partners to integrate rail travel into their area’s local tourism offer.

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What’s on at Bassetlaw Museum Enjoy July’s events at Bassetlaw Museum:

PEACE DAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE MUSEUM GARDEN Thursday 4th July 12.00pm to 2.30pm Join in the fun and games to celebrate the centenary of the official end of World War I in the museum idyllic garden. Bring a picnic. Free. All welcome. This event is organised by the Royal British Legion, Retford and District Branch. PILGRIM PASTIMES Saturday 13th July 10.00am to 4.00pm How did people use their free time in the 15th and 16th century? Join in with the Festival of Archaeology and find out! Make a toy. Play games. Colour and collage a playing card. Suitable for all ages. Free. FRIENDS ON A SUMMER EVENING Saturday 13th July 6.00pm to 9.00pm Bring a picnic, relax and enjoy games in the garden. Take the ‘make a peg doll challenge’. Discover more about the Wyse exhibition at one of the museum’s gallery talks. This event is organised by the Friends of Bassetlaw Museum. Free to the members or £2.00 for non-members, or join on the night for the annual fee of £5.00. GUIDED TOUR OF AMCOTT HOUSE Thursday 25th July 2.00pm Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about

This year’s Summer Fair at Dunham on Trent will be on Sunday 21st July from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. There will be crafts and a car boot, a seven-class fun dog show, music, face painting, classic 100 July 2019

its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Pay as much as you like. Booking is essential, call 01777 713749. EXHIBITIONS Father and Son. Paintings by Kip and Richard Combes To Saturday 10th August Cecil ‘Kip’ Combes (1924-2013) was born in Great Yarmouth in 1923 and attended the Great Yarmouth College of Art in his youth. He was evacuated to Retford with his family during the early stages of World War II, and apart from a period living in Manchester remained in the town for the rest of his life. Being originally from Norfolk his work is very much influenced by the Norwich School of Painters. This can be seen in the atmospheric moody watercolour and oil renderings of his much loved local landscape. Richard Combes is a highly respected New York based artist who has exhibited internationally and has work in major private collections worldwide. Combes’ interest in architecture comes through in his work, via a meticulous rendering and dramatic use of perspective and colour. He explores the relationship between architectural space and the human form in a way that evokes the work of

the American artist Edward Hopper. Everyday spaces and objects are transformed into extraordinary images that are both absorbing and haunting. Mr Wyse and his remarkable collection To Saturday 14th September Lewis George Wyse (1867-1955) was a Retford entrepreneur, cycling champion and avid antiques collector. This exhibition gives an opportunity to see his eclectic collection of precious porcelain, delicate glassware, artworks and various oddities. Visit Bassetlaw Museum at Amcott House, 40 Grove Street, Retford DN22 6LD, call 01777 713749 or see www.bassetlawmuseum. to find out more.

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INDUSTRIAL RETFORD A talk by local author and historian Harry Foxley Thursday 4th July 7.00pm to 8.30pm Having been a market town for six centuries, Retford embraced the industrial revolution in the 19th century with a plethora of manufactories to include iron and brass foundries; engineering works; brick and tile works; coachworks; rubber works; rope works; sack-cloth and sail-making and a host of supporting industry. In his talk, Harry Foxley describes the rise and demise of all but a single survivor in the 21st century. Tickets cost £1.00, to include refreshments. Booking is essential. SUMMER READING CHALLENGE The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 13th July. Register for the challenge to keep your children reading over the summer holidays and find out about the exciting activities taking place in the library. MONTHLY TABLETOP GAMING DAY Saturday 20th July, 10.00am to 3.00pm Free drop-in Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a

The Probus Club in Retford has been in existence for a great many years and over the years a great deal of nostalgia has been created. Thanks to the efforts of the president and secretary supported by avid committee members, once again the years were rolled back when, on Friday 10th May, an extraordinary meeting was arranged for members. The reason for the extra meeting soon became clear when it became known that a visit from 50s Rock’N’Roll star Vince Eager was imminent! A visit was previously planned from the singer but unfortunately had to be cancelled due to a hospital admission. The big day arrived and members turned out in force to welcome one of their heroes of the era, amidst the talk of blue suede shoes, drainpipe trousers and memories of old stomping grounds. Vince Eager was a member of 102 July 2019

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different style and playability than the more traditional board. Don’t worry if you have never played a Tabletop game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. They also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience. Tabletop gaming is becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little different from your normal board gaming experience then please come and join us. CRIME RHYME AND COCKTAILS A special summer evening of words presented by the Poetry and Crime Cafés Thursday 25th July, 6.30pm to 8.00pm Join Retford Library staff for a relaxing evening of poetry and words with a slightly darker theme. Bring a poem or short extract to share or simply come along to listen and enjoy. A summer cocktail and nibbles are included in the ticket price of £2.00. Booking is advised.

For further information you can contact Kevin on 07903 654499 and • Craft and Coffee Club Wednesday 10th and 24th July, 1.30pm to 3.00pm Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials over a coffee — 50p for refreshments. • Family History Group Monday 8th and 22nd July, 5.00pm to 7.00pm Library facilities, including the Local Studies Rooms and free computer access to the Ancestry website are also available. • Local and Family History Drop-In Surgery There will be no surgery in July or August. The next surgery will be on 19th September. • Rattle, Rhyme and Roll Every Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am to 10.20am Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.

REGULAR FEATURES • Writers’ Group Thursday 4th and 18th July, 2.00pm to 4.00pm Come along, listen and share.

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Retford Men’s Probus Club impresario Larry Parnes’ stable in the late 50s and early 60s among such famous names as Tommy Steele, Marty Wilde, Johnny Gentle, Duffy Power, Dickie Pride and Billy Fury to name but a few. He also appeared on TV shows, such as 6 5 Special, OH Boy! Drumbeat. On the death of the late great Eddie Cochran, Eager’s close friend, on Easter Sunday 1960, a falling out took place between Eager and his manager Parnes, as the promoter tried to commercialise events over Cochran’s tragic death. Vince Eager went on to play in the stage musical ‘Elvis’ after the split. It was Vince’s stage appearances that made him into a musical force to be reckoned with. Touring with Eddie

Cochran, Gene Vincent, Marty Wilde, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Fury and many more top pop names gave Vince the opportunity to hone the stage skills which still serve him to this day. Another great speaker sourced and engaged by Retford Men’s Probus Club. The response was so good that the artist has been booked again to tell the membership more tales of the Vince Eager story. On completion of the saga, during a question and answer session, one club member exclaimed, “Thanks for the memories Vince”. The programme of meetings, enables the members to get together fortnightly, on alternate Friday mornings. If you are 55 years old or so and wish to do more with your spare time, then get in touch with the club via www. or just turn up at a meeting. All new members are most welcome.




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THE LIBRARY OF LOST AND FOUND Phaedra Patrick Librarian Martha Storm finds a book containing a dedication from her grandmother. But the dedication is dated several years after her grandmother supposedly died. The book sets Martha out on a quest that will rock her safe, predictable life and remind her of who she really is. A hugely enjoyable, warm hug of a book. STONE MOTHERS Erin Kelly Marianne is back in her home village, and desperate to keep a secret hidden that could destroy the life she’s built over the last 30 years. A secret that ties her to her childhood sweetheart, Jesse, as well as the MP responsible for shutting down the local asylum. This chilling psychological tale is a slow-burner but well worth sticking with.

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INTERNMENT Samira Ahmed Set ‘15 minutes into the future’, Internment tells the story of 17-yearold Layla, who is sent to a MuslimAmerican internment camp in the middle of the Californian desert. Similar to the real Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, this camp is a dangerous place to stand out. Layla’s parents want her to keep her head down and not attract the attention of the vicious camp director. But Layla is prepared to risk her life for her freedom. A powerful page-turner about the price of turning a blind eye to bigotry. A BOY AND HIS DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD CA Fletcher Griz is growing up in a post-apocalyptic world where mass-infertility has decimated the human population. His community is tiny and life is difficult. When a stranger steals the family’s dog, Griz sets out to get her back, on a journey that will

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Anyone for Tennis? With Wimbledon Fortnight

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THE FIRST WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONSHIP “The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, propose to hold a lawn tennis meeting, open to all amateurs, on Monday 9th July and following days,” said the advertisement in The Field on 9th June 1877. What it really meant, of course, was “open to all male amateurs.” 22 men paid a £1 1/- entrance fee and turned up, as required, with their own rackets and “shoes without heels.” A temporary three-plank stand seated 30 people, but the final was watched by a 200-strong crowd, who saw Spencer Gore become the first Wimbledon Champion, winning a silver cup and 12 guineas. Ironically, Gore only entered to raise money to buy a horse-drawn roller, believing “that anyone who has really played well at cricket, [real] tennis, or even rackets, will ever seriously give his

THE FIRST LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP The Ladies’ Singles Championship was introduced in 1884, along with Men’s Doubles. 13 entrants paid half the entrance fee of the men and competed for a silver flower basket (no guineas for them). Maud Watson beat her sister Lilian to become the first female Champion, and went on to win in 1885 too.

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THE MAN WHO HELD A 111 YEAR RECORD William Renshaw won the Men’s Singles title seven times in the 1880s — six of them in consecutive years. He didn’t defend his title in 1887 and was beaten in the last eight in 1888, but came back to win his seventh title the following year; a record unbroken until Pete Sampras won a seventh Championship in 2000. He also competed with his twin brother Ernest in the Doubles. They dominated the game and inspired a massive public interest in tennis and the Championship.

TODAY… BBGs (Ball Boys and Girls) Approximately 250 BBGs, with an average age of fifteen, take to the court every year, having trained since February. Girls weren’t allowed until 1977, and it took another three years for mixed teams to appear. The balls Slazenger has been the Official Supplier of tennis balls to the Championships since 1902. Yellow balls were used for first time in 1986. 53,000 are used during the Championships and used balls are sold, at £2.50 per can of three, in aid of the Wimbledon Foundation. Anyone for tea? During the Championships, spectators eat their way through 166,055 portions of strawberries and cream and 76,603 ice creams, while quaffing 303,277 glasses of Pimm’s, 21,917 bottles of champagne, 117,507 pints of draught beer and lager, and 307,277 cups of tea and coffee. Watch the birdie Rufus, a Harris Hawk, provides a year-round deterrent to local pigeons and flies the grounds for an hour each morning, before the gates open, during the Championships.


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Now in its 10th year, the Retford branch of the U3A has a membership of over 600 people. There are now over 1,040 branches of the U3A spread across the United Kingdom, with 425,000 members. The U3A is, at heart, an organisation where all members gain new skills, by shared experience. The ethos is to learn from each other in an informal co-operative manner, which embraces everyone. Although all Retford’s members are either retired or semi-retired, and some may be living on their own, there are a number of interest groups anyone can either join or visit. Retford also liaises with Dukeries U3A based at Ollerton and Worksop U3A. Once a month, there is a ‘Cinema Visit’ to Worksop, organised by Worksop U3A, to see the latest releases. Parking costs are refunded and a cup of coffee provided to members, all for the cost of £4.00. Ollerton U3A sends, on The triathlon for the Retford District

Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group took place on 16th and 23rd June . At the time of going to print, Retford District Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group were delighted to announce the support of two local business sponsors, Move Better Run Better Ltd and Corner Fridge Company Ltd. Move Better Run Better is a local business set up by John Beattie to help runners move better and run better. John has an esteemed career in international athletics, so of course the group’s mission to encourage everyone, (not just themselves) to move better, and more, is a theme close to his heart. The group is also thrilled to have some of John’s personal support by a couple of visits to their regular monthly meetings.

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out are well-known: it helps to protect against many diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure, it increases your energy levels, helps you to sleep better, gives you more confidence and can help improve your social life too and more. The disadvantages of being a couch potato are equally well-known and, unfortunately, as we get older, that’s the lifestyle many people are more likely to adopt. As joints stiffen and it becomes more difficult to move around, we find ourselves spending too much time sitting.

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average, eight members once a month to the Retford Military History Group. They were going to start their own group, but found the Retford group welcoming and they are a great bunch, providing interesting speakers and conversation. One of the interest groups actively looking for new members is the Creative Writing Group. They meet once a month, on the third Thursday morning from 10.00am, at Idle Valley Nature Reserve. If you would like to pop along and meet some of the group, Julia Hathaway is your contact and can be reached via the Membership Secretary Paul Bacon, whose contact details are shown below. If you have a friend who is thinking of joining Retford U3A or you might be looking for something new to do, maybe they are the organisation for you to join. There are

Retford MS Society Corner Fridge Company Limited is based in Harworth, right at the northern edge of Bassetlaw, whose local community will be included in the services provided by the Bassetlaw Neuro Re-hab team base in Retford. When owners Christine and Irwen Martin read the story, they were simply moved and impressed with a group of people who not only work to help themselves, they help others too. As part of their Corporate Social Responsbility, it was an easy decision to make to offer sponsorship for equipment needed. The group is arranging for two essential pieces of exercise equipment (ActivePassive Oxycycles) that will help the rehabilitation and management of

Wednesday (Memory) Group We make excuses: exercise is boring; it’s hard to get motivated; it’s too late; I should have done it when I was younger. But, it’s never too late. Members of the Wednesday Group exercise regularly without even knowing they’re doing it. They’ve been dancing and playing games like boccia for some time but recently, Sian, their sports advisor has introduced them to a parachute! Yes, the sort you sometimes see being used in school playgrounds. Kids love them and the group had so much fun with it,

many interest groups within Retford U3A. If you have a computer, Google ‘Retford U3A’, and have a look at the ‘Interest Group’ page, or if you do not have a computer, call the Membership Secretary and he will give you any information you need to become a member. A full General U3A Meeting is held once a month, at the Well Baptist Church, Retford, on the fourth Thursday, starting around 1.15pm. The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age is very simple. They try to keep themselves active in body and mind, learning from each other, with shared knowledge and experiences. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at their comprehensive website, or contact the Membership Secretary, Paul Bacon at, or call 01427 880502 for more details. patients in Bassetlaw with neurological conditions or nerve damage, such as MS, Parkinson’s and those who have suffered a stroke. At any one time, there will be over 700 patients in Bassetlaw who could benefit from this equipment. The courage and commitment of this local group to support each other and take care of themselves is key to their own quality of life and their families, and sets a wonderful example to the rest of us who often take our bodies for granted. Their regular monthly meeting takes place at The Well, Hospital Road, on the first Friday of the month, the next meeting being Friday 5th July, from 11.00am to 12.30pm. For more information about the group, please email that they didn’t realise how much of a workout they’d had until they stopped. If you have memory problems and think you might benefit from joining the Wednesday Group, call Jan to arrange a visit. Your first session is free so there’s nothing to lose and they’re always looking for new ways to have fun, keep mentally and physically fit and enjoy life. Oh yes, and exercise can improve your memory too! For more information about the Wednesday (Memory) Group contact Jan on 01777 709974 or 07969 180067.

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Joining the world of caravanning can open you up to a new whole world of adventure. The open road beckons to many of us and having your own ‘home from home’ which you tow along with you, has many benefits for you and your family. ‘Boxes on wheels’, as caravans can be not so fondly known, come in many shapes and sizes, as do their close cousins, the campervan and the motorhome. In recent weeks, we have purchased our very own second-hand caravan, ticking the box of something that I never imagined I would ever have on any to do list of ours. In the months to come, we are looking forward to exploring areas both at home and abroad. Apparently, our wish to own a caravan was no surprise to those in the know, as it is the thirty and forty-somethings who are driving the new boom in caravan ownership. My family has now joined one of many of the younger generations to invest in a ‘mobile’ holiday home. According to the RAC, we’re in good company, with celebrity caravan owners including; Robbie Williams, Jeremy Vine and Dame Kelly Homes. WHY BUY A CARAVAN? The reasons for wanting to own a caravan are numerous. Caravans, campervans and motorhomes are perfect for short breaks, even at a moment’s notice. They can fit your 116 July 2019

Life on the open road Leanne Broadhead on the adventures of caravanning whole family, from just the two of you, all the way up to ten people or more. You also can’t beat the convenience of having your full kitchen and bathroom facilities wherever you go. For our family, there were other reasons for wanting to ‘join the club’. The appeal of being able to ‘be on holiday’ for as long as we want, whilst keeping our costs low, has a major appeal. We’ve also become very concerned about our carbon impact and have decided that we would prefer not to fly on holiday anymore.

time to visit countries such as France, Spain and Italy, is an option that many UK caravan owners take advantage of. With rates at European campsites starting at just 15 euros a night, it can be an extremely economical way to go on holiday, for extended periods of time.

MAKE THE CONNECTION Staying connected has become such an important part of most of people’s lives, and that’s no different when we are on holiday. The good news is that most caravan sites have Wi-Fi available, with many services offered completely free.

THE PRACTICAL STUFF Choosing the perfect caravan for you and your family is very much a personal choice, but there are infinite possibilities out there, both in the new and used market. There are of course practical considerations to consider, such as; what additional equipment will I need? What about insurance? Is it difficult to drive while towing a caravan? There are over one million members of The Caravan Club, and its website www.caravanclub., has articles with comprehensive advice on all aspects of caravanning. You may even consider becoming a member from just £52.00 a year.

BRANCHING OUT We are still set to leave the EU later this year and when and (if) we do, the rules about travelling around in Europe may change. However, taking your caravan away for longer periods of

With the ‘Carry on Camping’ image of caravan ownership long gone, over 80,000 people buy a caravan annually, with the market growing year on year. So, if you do decide to take the plunge, you’ll be in very good company.

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The ‘good enough’ mindset

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Chanel Hosfield tries to find the balance between perfection and failure as everyone does their best it isn’t right or fair to hand out medals for first, second and third place and class anything else as a failure. We need to recognise that we can’t be top achievers in everything. We constantly strive to do better but there will often be people who do certain things better — or worse — than us and that doesn’t matter. Being flawless isn’t going to make you better thought of and it is only going to cause escalating standards and at some point, you will be unable to achieve more. KEEP AIMING HIGH Accepting ‘good enough’ is not the same as not trying or settling for something mediocre. Healthy high standards are important — as long as they are healthy and improvement doesn’t mean perfection. Goals for a job well done can still be realistic and consistently achieving a high

standard is better than striving for 100% perfection at all times. CALMING YOUR DEMANDS As well as judging my own performance against perfectionism, I find myself doing the same with my loved ones too. I can drive my family up the wall with my many demands for them to be perfect — putting things away in exactly the right places, never forgetting anything, coming out on top in all situations. I need to use the thinking towards my own behaviour when working with others too, and make sure that encouraging others, especially my children, doesn’t cause them to fear failure too. Striving towards perfection can be healthy and I can overcome this over-analysis of my achievements. I still don’t like mistakes, but I can accept them, and I will always balance my achievements against things I’m not so good at. Life isn’t perfect and without mistakes we’ll never learn. We’re all entitled to a cheat day. I will achieve the ‘good enough mindset’.

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Retford Charter Day on 6th May was the usual success despite mixed weather. The Rotary Club of Retford participated in the event with a display in King’s Park. Organised by Community Service Chairman Tina Offer and her team, there were games as well as face painting by Rotarian Linda Crossland. Although principally a fun day, £90.00 was raised for the club’s charity account. RotaKids is a part of Rotary that involves young children in making new friends whilst at the same time helping others and introducing youngsters to Rotary ideals. Rotarian David Rhodes has championed

Rotary Club of Retford this in the club’s own area and now has ten local primary schools with or just about to start their own RotaKids Clubs. This makes the largest set of such clubs in the East Midlands. At secondary school level, a pilot essay competition involving Year 12 pupils from Elizabethan Academy was won by Eve Young. Pupils were asked to compare the philanthropic works of a person of their choice with Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International. Eve’s chosen subject was Dame Ellen MacArthur. Plans are already in hand

Retford Bowling Green

One of the most enjoyable and relaxing events in any bowls club’s calendar is the friendly match. At Retford Bowling Green they have fixtures with other clubs and associations in the Nottinghamshire area, and also those from further afield in Leicester, Bridlington and Sunderland. In fact two of the highlights of their calendar are the annual weekend trip to Sunderland and the day trip to Bridlington. Last year they saw the introduction of a ladies’ section friendly against Mansfield

Bowling Club ladies. This fixture is on the calendar again for this year, together with a new one against Welbeck Abbey ladies. These fixtures comprise two matches — home and away legs — the result being the aggregate score. Wednesday 29th May saw the inaugural match of the Welbeck Abbey ladies friendly with Retford playing at home. Unfortunately, due to illness, Welbeck’s captain Janet Betts could

Retford Swimming Club have once again enjoyed great success at the Grantham Grand Prix this year, gaining valuable experience, achieving personal best times and winning medals to boot. A team of 22 young swimmers aged nine to 12 years old travelled to Grantham Meres for four galas over five months and were required to race in all strokes over different distances to encourage their race skills development over different disciplines. The team comprised of Emily Mitchell, Ava Heald, Lucy Clemments, Breanna Chamberlain, Eva Chapman, Bethan Harris, Grace Holtom, Lily Heenan, Neve Ping, Evie Holmes, Chloe Natriss,

Charlotte Clemments, Mia Richards, Ava Pashley, Kacey Driver, Oliver Atkinson, Harry Brancham, Seth Hinitt, Joshua Kettlewell, Callum Merrills Owen Rafferty and Liam Toms. Retford swimmers hauled seven medals in total including three first place finishes over different age groups. All swimmers achieved new personal best times and some achieved qualification for regional championships. Additionally, some meet records were broken by 11-year-old Breanna Chamberlain. Retford Swimming Club have a proven track record in supporting talented

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to practice in Sturton Village Hall on Mondays at 7.30pm. They are ably directed by Judith Corker and accompanied by June Taylor Rabjohn. Recently the choir presented a cheque for £300 to The Muddy Fork Project based at Idle Valley Nature Reserve. This was the proceeds from 122 July 2019

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the choir’s concert in May. The choir always try to support local charities and were pleased to donate to this worthy cause which helps local people come to terms with mental health problems through gardening therapy. Village Harmony will be singing

to expand the project next year. Four pupils from the local secondary schools have attended RYLA at Buxton. RYLA is Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. It helps pupils in learning how to interact with and guide others. The Youth Committee was helped with the cost by the Club’s Percy Laws Memorial Fund Committee. Social activities have played their part in club life in May; Retford won the district ten pin bowling competition; the golfers played the Leen Valley course at Hucknall and the month ended with a group of 30 on a walking break at Alnmouth organised by Past President Linda Cadman. only muster a team of eight ladies for a 3x3 match. So, as can happen with friendlies, Retford’s captain Glennis Evans fielded one of her ladies to play for the visitors. The result was a good win for Retford: 56 shots to 29. Welbeck ladies will have a chance to reverse this in the return leg at Welbeck on 5th August. For more information on the club visit their website www., email or call Geoff Evans, on 01777 948194. young swimmers all the way to national success. Several are eagerly awaiting the end of the current national qualifying window and are strong contenders for places. 16-year-old Natasha Utley, a pupil at Tuxford Academy, has recently returned from the British Championships in Glasgow where she competed in the 200m women’s butterfly event. If you are interested in joining the successful and friendly club then go along to a trial night, held the first Wednesday of every month at Retford Leisure Centre, at 6.00pm. You can also visit www.retfordswimmingclub. at Hayton Church for a fundraiser Strawberry Fair on Saturday 20th July. If you would like to sing with this friendly choir, do go along to any practice session on Mondays. For further information, or to book the choir for an event, then please contact 01427 880965 or email enquiries@

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