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CELEBRATING MUM Getting back to basics

LIFE WEDDINGS

Inspiration for your big day

SPRING REAWAKENING

Nature comes to life

MUD MADNESS

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Retford Life

Welcome! Welcome to the March edition of

Retford Life magazine. Hooray… it’s the start of spring. After the wet and windy weather of the last few months, I think we’re all hoping for a drier and calmer spring. The days are getting noticeably longer and what a difference it makes — getting home before it’s dark does wonders for my motivation in the evening! I have my fingers and toes crossed that in March I’ll be able to ditch the blankets and the thick coat and enjoy the sun’s warmth. It’s always an honour to be trusted to bring you so many updates from local community groups in each and every edition of the magazine. This month is no different, and when the organisers of the Retford Half Marathon and Family Fun Run (pictured above) asked us to publish an article about their 2020 event of course we said yes. Cheer all the runners along on Sunday 8th March.

Chris Barnacoat asks why in an age of fitness we’re getting fatter

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March brings us Mother’s Day and this year it falls on Sunday 22nd and in this month’s magazine we bring you ideas for showing your mum how special she is, as well as thoughts on breathing new life into your home with a few inexpensive changes and embracing the return of the polka dot in the new season’s fashion. Our Life Weddings feature is here is to give you inspiration and tips for your big day, alongside adverts from the best local suppliers. Using local wedding suppliers is just one of the ways in which you can choose a more eco-friendly celebration without compromising on the details which you dream about. For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.retfordlifemagazine.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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& Family Fun Run..........................................48 Life Weddings Planning for your big day.........................53 Sustainable wedding ideas.....................54 Surrounded by friends & family..............56 Suck it up!........................................................58 First drives: DS3 Crossback........................60 Easy tips to improve your driving............62 Easy veg growing.............................. 64 & 66 An annual fiesta...........................................68 Exquisite spring garden open for NGS..72

Retford mum takes on Mud Madness...76 A good read.................................................... 82 Fire blessing in Bhutan.................................. 84 Getting fat with knowledge....................86 Stepping stone investing...........................94 Fashion’s gone dotty............................... 102 Strong start to 2020 for Retford FC.......106 Perplexing puzzles.....................................107 Community.... 10, 16, 28, 32, 40, 46, 50, 74, ...........................80, 88, 90, 92, 98, 104 & 108 Local Business Directory.........................110


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TECHNOLOGY

Hair we go… to pay around £189.00. We’re seeing more cordless devices now that battery technology is better, and the DAFNI Allure claims to be the world’s first cordless straightening brush — charge it once and you can take it travelling. At £155.00 it’s quite

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happening in personal grooming: even the humble hairdryer has become high-tech, the most expensive example of which is Dyson’s Supersonic hairdryer. At just under £300.00 it’s a lot pricier than a hot hairdryer from the local supermarket, but its clever motor delivers much faster drying without extreme heat. If your time is money, it’ll save you a fortune. Dyson also makes a high-tech styler, the even more expensive Airwrap. It’s currently a whopping £399.00 but unlike traditional stylers it doesn’t use super-high temperatures that can do serious damage to your hair. Designed for curling, waving, smoothing and volumizing, it uses high air pressure instead of heat. If you can’t quite stretch to a £400.00 styler, GHD has introduced what it calls SMART technology into its recent stylers and straighteners. It constantly analyses the temperature of the heated plate to deliver consistent, accurate heat across it, monitoring and adjusting the temperature 250 times per second to deliver the fastest possible styling without dangerous or damaging high temperatures. Expect 8 March 2020

expensive, but it means you can stay looking your best, even in a festival field. Technology has turned its attention to stubble too. Fancy a fivebladed razor that cross-cuts your stubble 70,000 times a minute and analyses the thickness of your stubble to deliver the smoothest possible shave? That’s what the Panasonic ES-LV9Q offers. Yours for around £300.00. If the budget is tighter, Braun’s clever Series 9 once again offers smart analysis while you shave but adds micro-vibrations which Braun says reduces friction to deliver a gentler shave. That’s currently £189.00 and includes its own personal cleaning station to keep it in tip-top condition. The shavers we’ve mentioned so far are foil

shavers, with multiple full-width foils across the top; if you prefer individual rotating heads, the toprated three-headed shaver on Amazon is Philips’ Series 9000. Currently selling for around £230.00, it promises incredible results even on three-day growth and offers three different shaving modes depending on how much of a hurry you’re in. Like the Braun, it also comes with its own cleaning station but much cheaper models are available from the same manufacturer. The rush to make personal grooming products smart has had a few hiccups. For example, in 2017 L’Oreal launched a smart, Bluetoothenabled hairbrush that could deliver “a complete hair diagnosis” based on how you brushed your hair. It didn’t take off: it turns out that what we want from technology is much more practical. Sticking Bluetooth into a brush is very clever, but so far at least it doesn’t seem to be very useful.

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The Inner Wheel Club of Retford

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Club of Retford prepares a selection of ‘toy bags’. February is one of the times for getting together to do just that. Members make the cotton bags. These are then filled with a variety of items — a notebook, pens, crayons, books and toys, etc. Sometimes a scarf or hat may be included or, for girls, a hairbrush or hair decorations. All items are bought or donated by members and the public through fundraising. The purpose of the ‘toy bags’ is to ensure help can get to children internationally. The club supports children in Malawi, Africa. These bags are given to help children who have nothing, and also as an incentive and reward for going to school. The children receive the bags with huge

Freedom and Tolerance is as important today as it was 400 years ago — in the anniversary year of the Mayflower Pilgrims, let’s see what history can teach us about journeys, rebellion, and things we take for granted. Bassetlaw Christian Heritage have organised the Freedom and Tolerance Forum, taking place on Saturday 7th March between 10.00am and 1.00pm at The Well, Hospital Road, Retford DN22 7BD. This event is free and open to all, and everyone is welcome. Speakers include Lord Beith, Professor Elizabeth Tingle,

enthusiasm and often the cotton bag itself is equally treasured as much as the contents inside. The club are now planning their main fundraiser, which is their annual Sunday Lunch to be held in Clarborough Village Hall on Sunday 15th March. This will raise funds equally for their two main charities which are Medical Detection Dogs and the British Disabled Water Ski and Wakeboard Association. Both are very worthy charities. One club member recently came across a working Detection Dog at Blyth motorway services. The lady whose dog it was told how her life had changed since having the dog to help her manage severe diabetes. The dog had brought freedom and confidence to her in going out and about and living normally. The

Freedom & Tolerance Forum Reverend Dr Stuart Jennings and Mr John Pontiflex on subjects including Methodist heritage and its significance today, Irish Catholic refugees in Europe in the early 1600s, faith and fighting in Nottinghamshire during the Civil War and ‘Has Religious Freedom become an Orphaned Right?’ The first Retford Religious Tolerance Forum was held in 2016 to commemorate the death, in 1616, of Thomas Helwys, the first Baptist martyr, and co-founder, and original advocate of religious

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust local group talks ‘Plastic Can’t Live With It; Can’t

Live Without It’, is the title of the North Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s March talk. It will be given by Seb Spain, Lecturer in Polymer Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Sheffield University. This is a wide-ranging talk which will cover Plastic Island — never heard of it? You’ll be horrified! And the audience will discover what happens when fish eat plastic microbeads released from cosmetics. For many of us the word plastic has become synonymous with

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Disabled Water Ski and Wakeboard Association supported one of the club’s younger members, allowing her to take part in something she never thought she would be able to do. She suffers from Transverse Myelitis, a very rare disease which has affected the lower part of her body. Both these charities touch lives in a special way. Finally, watch this space for more details! One of the club’s members, Susan Rhodes, will take part in the Moon Walk in London on 16th May. She has watched a number of friends battle breast cancer and has chosen to celebrate a special birthday by doing this walk to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now. She will need lots of sponsors so please offer your support through the club’s website. New members always welcome. Email retfordinnerwheel@gmail.com.

pollution and environmental disaster, hence the charges levied on plastic bags. But maybe not all plastics are bad. Seb will consider this and will also talk about the challenges faced in replacing plastic, and what he and colleagues like him are doing to try to address these problems. Most of us, I think, are trying to reduce our dependency on plastic so here’s your opportunity to get genuine, up-to-date information from an expert in the field to underpin your activities, give you confidence in talking to

tolerance between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and those with no faith. Thomas Helwys was born in Gainsborough, but his family moved to Broxtowe Hall in Bilborough parish, which later became a centre for radical dissenting activism. This event has been renamed ‘Freedom and Tolerance’ to broaden the scope and better reflect issues of today. This will be the fifth annual Tolerance Forum to be held in Retford. It provides a unique opportunity for the subject to be discussed in an open forum. others about plastic use and ensure that you are doing the best you can. This meeting will be held in the Rural Learning Centre at the Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ on Thursday 12th March. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission costs £2.50 and includes refreshments. All are welcome, including non-members. For more information call Jan on 01777 709974 or 07969 180067 or email janwilliamson133@gmail. com. If you would like to receive email updates of Local Group activities or you know anyone who would, please email Jan with your request.


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LIFESTYLE

Celebrating mum, back to basics Chanel Hosfield on a simple show of love whatever your mum’s favourite food, you could take her on a ‘date’. Enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, a cocktail afternoon or an a la carte meal. Just be sure to book it in early as it is a busy day for pubs, cafes and restaurants. HOMEMADE It could be something as simple as raiding the craft cupboard for coloured card, paint, tissue paper and glue to create a handmade card. Children’s artwork is a great way to pull at the heart strings and a portrait of mum could be something to keep for years to come. Or try something more extravagant, such as a cake, some fudge or jewellery.

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lilies and more. And if cut flowers aren’t your mum’s thing you could always opt for a plant — there are plenty of gorgeous planters, both indoor and outdoor varieties.

It’s a fantastic excuse to celebrate our own mums as well as all the mums in our society. But we hear so many complaints that the date has become commercialised, as we are all encouraged to shower our mums with gifts and thoughts. With this in mind, why not step away from the pressure to go bigger and better to show your mum love and gratitude. Try these back to basics gift ideas and remember it’s the thought that counts.

SWEET TREATS Does your mum think chocolate is always a good gift idea? If so, pick up a box of her favourites as a sweet treat. Chocolate can be so versatile — dark, milk, white, with nuts, truffles and mixed with chilli or sea salt. Anything really does go and as well as chocolate bites and bars, your mum may prefer chocolate cake, hot chocolate powder or chocolate biscuits.

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BREAKFAST IN BED Often a welcome gift from small children (with their Dad’s help, of course), serve something simple like a mug of tea and buttered toast or go a step further and prepare pastries, eggs, smoked salmon or a fry up! FOOD Whatever your budget and

A DAY OUT As much as mums adore spending time with their families, a special present could be a day out doing just what they want — maybe an afternoon with friends, shopping, a visit to the theatre, a trip to the cinema. The key is to make it something she would really enjoy, and maybe something she doesn’t get to do very often. HELPING OUT While her Sundays may usually be filled with cooking, cleaning, washing and ironing, why not earn some brownie points by helping mum out with the household tasks? Children tidying their rooms with having to be asked, pairing up the clean socks, cleaning the bathroom — small things really can make a huge difference. PAMPERING Encourage your mum to put herself first and invest some time to feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A voucher for a visit to the hair salon, an appointment for beautiful nails or maybe even a spa day can make your mum feel like a million dollars.


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LIFESTYLE

Lorraine remembers mums of kids with additional needs hysterical child during horrendous medical procedures. You deal with melt-downs in public toilets over hand-dryers! You encourage your child to do the things doctors assured you they would never do. You crash, you burn, and you get up and do it all again the next day anyway. YOU CELEBRATE YOUR KIDS’ ACHIEVEMENTS ON THEIR TERMS Other parents crow about their child’s GCSE results or a grade 4 piano exam passed with distinction or a star-of-the-week award for neat handwriting. Our celebrations look different though they are no less important. We celebrated Tom signing ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ and ‘love’ for the first time, and we definitely celebrated him taking a bath without screaming, drowning us or flooding the house!

To a special Mum… On Mothers’ Day my Facebook and Instagram feeds fill with photos. The captions declare, ‘Beautiful bouquet from my son!’ #mothersday or ‘My daughters took me to see Les Mis’ #mothersday. In spite of the fact that I have a much-loved son he will never send me flowers or take me to the theatre. Tom has Down Syndrome and is also autistic, non-verbal and has a myriad of complex health problems. I love him and I know he loves me, but I will be his carer long after my friends’ kids have left home and started their own families. This is my shout-out to other mums whose Mother’s Day celebrations will be bittersweet. YOU ARE NOT ALONE There are more of us than you think. Our children may all have different problems, but we understand 14 March 2020

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each other’s sense of being on the outside, at the celebrations ‘normal’ families take for granted: Christmas, birthday parties, family get-togethers and Mother’s Days. YOU ARE AWESOME You are a full-blown superhero my friend. Your superpower is the ability to deal with situations other parents could not conceive in their worst nightmares. You might acquire knowledge and skills beyond those required by most doctors, memorising medication regimens, side effects, and how to inject or infuse the drugs. You deal calmly with your

YOU HAVE THE BEST BLACK SENSE OF HUMOUR ‘nuff said. We know that we laugh at things parents of typical kids would not find the least bit funny, like the weird people you meet during all-nighters in A&E departments, discovering excrement smeared over your freshlypainted walls, or an aquarium full of dead fish because your child wanted to feed them and the only box he could reach was the small one posted through the door containing a sample of washing powder! RIP Tom’s fish! YOU ACCEPT, AND DON’T COMPARE You become the mum other mothers confide in because their child doesn’t walk, talk, read, or ride a bike as well as their peers. Never mind that your child is 10, non-verbal and rides a large trike because of balance issues! You accept (mostly) other parents’ rights to brag or worry about their kids even though you often feel that sense of ‘otherness’. You are special. To mothers of additional needs kids everywhere, happy Mother’s Day.


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Citizens Advice Bassetlaw

has seen over 100 debt clients from the end of December 2019 to the end of January 2020, who needed to seek advice for their debt concerns in January, including council tax arrears, credit card debt, rent arrears and unsecured loans. Analysis of national data over a 12-month period reveals that on a single day — 29th January 2019 — Citizens Advice offices helped 2,776 people. This is 24% above the daily average. In 2017 and 2018, the busiest day for debt advice fell on 31st January, with 2,762 and 2,775 clients seeking help respectively. This means over the past three years one person sought help from Citizens Advice every 10 seconds on their busiest days for debt advice. Karen, Whitlam, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Bassetlaw, said: “Citizens Advice can offer free and independent advice and support to help you deal with your debts and get back on your feet.” To help people kick off 2020 on a stronger financial footing, Citizens Advice Bassetlaw is sharing its six top tips to help people get their finances in order for the new year: • Work out how much you owe — Make a list of whom you owe

Citizens Advice Bassetlaw money to and add up how much you need to pay each month. • Prioritise your debts — Your rent or mortgage, energy and council tax are called priority debts as there can be serious consequences if you don’t pay them. These should always be paid first. Separate these and work out how much you owe. • Work out how much you can pay — Create a budget by adding up your essential living costs, such as food and housing, and taking these away from your income. Any money you have spare can be put towards your debts. Citizens Advice’s budgeting tool can help. • Paying urgent debts — You might have to contact priority creditors quickly in urgent situations, like if you are about to be evicted. Tell them you're seeking debt advice so you can find a way forward. You could try to pay them something if you can afford to. • Paying non-urgent debts — If you have any money left after paying priority debts, consider getting a free debt-management plan. You’ll make one monthly payment to the plan provider, who will handle paying your creditors. Or

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on the Hill will host winter garden special opening events on 6th March, from 11.00am to 3.00pm. Explore the five-acres gardens in winter, with coloured cornus and

The building and refurbishment work is now almost complete at Bassetlaw Hospice. The team of staff and volunteers are planning their return to the North Road site in Retford. Work included the addition of two bedrooms, overnight facilities for relatives and a spacious new day hospice layout. There is an 16 March 2020

Bassetlaw Hospice ready to move! additional therapy room, training room and upgraded staff, service and storage facilities. The whole building had been re decorated with the installation of new lighting, heating and bathroom facilities.

contact your creditors and offer them what you can afford to pay. • If you can’t pay your debts — If you’ve got little or no money spare to pay your priority debts seek advice straight away. For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw on 07808 770288 for debt enquiries only. For other enquiries call the Adviceline on 03444 111 444, available Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm. DROP IN SERVICE Worksop office The Annexe, Queens Building, Potter Street, Worksop (next to the Savoy Cinema) available: • Monday — 9.30am to 3.00pm • Wednesday — 9.30am to 3.00pm • Friday — 9.30am to 1.00pm Retford office 17b The Square, Retford, available: • Tuesday — 10.00am to 2.00pm • Thursday — 10.00am to 2.00pm Visit Citizens Advice Bassetlaw website www.bassetlawcab.org. uk or national Citizens Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk. ornamental willows, hellebores, snowdrops, winter bulbs and fragrant winter blossom. The tea room will be open, serving delicious home baked cakes and teas, plant yard and gardeners gifts. The winter garden special tour with owner Sarah Murch starts at 12.00pm. Entry is £5.00. Ian Hall, from the charity, said: “It has certainly been a challenge for all concerned, however we are all looking forward to our return to the building. It is thanks to the ongoing support from the local community that we have been able to complete this project to provide facilities that will benefit local patients and their families now and in the future.”


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your home with a few quick and inexpensive changes. DAZZLE WITH GREAT LIGHTING Why not upgrade a lampshade or two, or even replace some table or floor lamps? It’s quick and easy, and a great opportunity to introduce some on-trend shapes, textures and colours. Fitting a dimmer switch, another simple upgrade, adds flexibility to your lighting scheme. While you’re at it, check that your light bulbs are the right wattage — there’s nothing worse than poorly lit rooms, or ones that are so dazzling they look like a lamp shop. LED bulbs, although expensive initially, use less energy, so are both kind to the planet and will save you money in the long run. You might even

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consider smart lighting, which can be controlled with a remote control, an app, or a voice command. Some can use a timer to wake you up naturally, while others will change colour in time to your music. RING THE CHANGES WITH COLOUR Nothing says new look like a colour makeover, whether it’s a lick of paint (and you simply can’t beat the spick and span look of a freshly painted room) or just a change of accessories — perhaps a row of vases on a shelf, a pile of fluffy towels, storage canisters in the kitchen or files in your home office. When moving from winter into spring and summer, it’s nice to go lighter and brighter, considering ‘fashion’ colours if you wish, too. Pantone’s colour of the year, for example, is ‘Classic Blue’,

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◄ A FRESH LOOK FOR FLOORING If you are feeling up to some fairly strenuous DIY, a great way to completely alter the look of a room in a weekend is to take up the carpet and (providing you have decent timber underneath, of course) carefully sand back your floorboards. Finish with a couple of coats of varnish and the results will be transformative. As an alternative, adding or replacing a rug is another instant way to change the look of your floor — and consequently the entire room — as well as bringing in texture and cosiness. Choose colours and patterns that complement the overall decor, and make sure the size and proportions of the rug suit the size and shape of the room, with the furniture fitting onto the rug comfortably. WONDERFUL WINDOW TREATMENTS A new look at the windows makes a wonderful change. Opt for ready-made curtains for an almost instantaneous swap (and pretty inexpensive, too).

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Bassetlaw set to benefit from Get Out Get Active

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Get Out Get Active’s (GOGA) success story over the next three years. Thousands more inactive people across 21 locations will benefit from the latest £5 million programme funding and Bassetlaw Action Centre is delighted to announce Bassetlaw is one the successful locations. The ground-breaking programme began in 2016, created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It engages the least active communities in fun, inclusive ways. Now it is set to continue until at least 2023. In September 2019 the founding funder, Spirit of 2012, awarded a further £3 million to GOGA across the UK. At the same time, Sport England also invested an additional £1 million into England. In January London Marathon Charitable Trust revealed their £1 million grant investment. Creator and lead partner Activity Alliance teamed up with an extensive range of partners to help GOGA reach more people. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise. GOGA is more than being active. It strengthens community spirit, increases confidence and improves mental health. It increases the demand for, and the accessibility of, activities. These may be

Ryton Chorale will perform

Stainer’s Crucifixion on Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday) at 6.30pm in Christchurch, Thievesdale Lane, Worksop. Tickets are £7.00, with accompanied under-16s free of charge. Tickets are available from choir members, Abel Office

A concert in the Chapel at Worksop College will be performed on Saturday 21st March by North Notts Chamber Choir, the College Chapel Choir and the Mountgarret Concert Orchestra under the direction of Timothy Uglow, Director of Music at Worksop College. The programme features the magnificent Coronation Anthems by Handel, which have delighted audiences since they were first 28 March 2020

provided by local authorities, sports clubs or the voluntary sector. The success is through tapping into people’s real life motivations to be physically active. The new funding will enable partners to build on phase one’s success and share learning. Initially there were 18 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who together engaged an incredible 20,000 people. Commencing in April 2020, phase two will have 21 locations. After a stringent process, Bassetlaw was chosen to be part of phase two. The activities here will encompass 10 key principles in increasing activity. These include for example, reassuring people and using communication methods that people can identify with, developing welcoming and suitable opportunities closer to home, focusing on ability not disability, understanding individual values and keeping people interested as their needs change. The aim is to also engage positive role models with differing abilities to promote activity to others. Working with Bassetlaw District Council, the NHS and other partners, ‘Get Out Get Active’ will support people with long term conditions to help people to access physical activity linked to the Action Centre’s ‘Staying Well Programme’. Through GOGA Bassetlaw Action Centre intends:

Ryton Chorale Machines, Carlton Road, from tickets@rytonchorale.org,uk and telesales on 01909 807610. Rehearsals are well underway for Verdi’s Requiem in Southwell Minster on Saturday 16th May. Due to demand

• Building on the Staying Well programme’s approach of action planning so that physical activity is built in and remains a person centred approach in assessing individual need. • Building on the organic growth of social groups that have developed already from the Staying Well programme, using passionate, motivated individuals who with training and support can continue to support people into physical activity and potentially lead groups themselves. • Developing a local network of strategic partners across Bassetlaw to understand and address physical activity inequalities across Bassetlaw. Lynn Tupling, Chief Executive of Bassetlaw Action Centre said: “I am very pleased to announce that we have been chosen to lead on GOGA in Bassetlaw and look forward to dispelling the myth that getting more active means joining a gym. This project will enhance the Staying Well Programme by offering continued support beyond the initial six weeks to participants, and will also offer new opportunities for people to be supported in becoming more active.” For more information, please visit www.bassetlawactioncentre.org. uk or www.getoutgetactive.co.uk. tickets are limited but still available from choir members at £18.00 in the front nave, £15.00 in the rear nave and £10.00 in the side aisles. Three choirs will be performing together with an orchestra in the beautiful setting of Southwell Minster. This is a great choral work to look forward to.

Handel’s Coronation Anthems at Worksop College performed at the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727. They include the sublime, stirring and well-known chorus Zadok the Priest. Also being sung in the evening’s concert will be a beautiful Stanford Magnificat and Hubert Parry’s much loved and inspiring anthem ‘I was glad’, a favourite at royal events and performed at

the wedding of Prince William and Catherine in Westminster Abbey. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Interval refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be served in the historic Great Hall. Tickets priced at £12.00 (£11.00 concessions, £6.00 children) are available from the college booking line on 01909 537100 or by emailing enquiries@wsnl.co.uk .


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Top tips for verruca treatment Dr Daisy Mae puts her foot down on foot health Gruesome, miserable, nasty,

painful — common words used when people describe their verruca. A verruca is a wart which is growing on your foot — officially termed a ‘plantar wart’ — and it’s caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The HPV virus lives happily for long periods on damp floors, such as those around swimming pools or communal showers. The virus enters the skin and then travels into the deeper layers. It causes keratinisation — keratin is the hard protein in hair, skin and nails — which is why warts feel hard to the touch. Although 80% of verrucas regress spontaneously over two years, they can be persistent and resist treatment. The virus is adept at escaping detection by your body’s immune system. DIAGNOSIS A verruca is a single, slightly raised patch anywhere on the sole of the foot. The skin may be pale, yellowy/skin-coloured or have a cobblestoned appearance, sometimes with some central black dots. Verrucas are sometimes painful when pressure is applied, for example when you walk or if you squeeze them between finger and thumb. 30 March 2020

MANAGEMENT WITHOUT TREATMENT The first step is to take good care of your foot/feet so that you minimise pain and avoid spreading the virus, both on your own feet and to others. The British Association of Dermatologists has a useful guide available at www.tiny.cc/foot-care. If you’re generally healthy and not in pain, it’s worth doing nothing as most veruccas will disappear spontaneously. However, you should seek medical help if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system eg HIV infection, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc. ACTIVE TREATMENTS If you decide that your verucca can’t just be left to recover by itself, there are 41 recognised wart treatments. First Choice Treatment: Salicylic Acid (SA) SA kills off the outer skin layers, causing them to peel away. It also helps the immune system detect the virus. SA has proven to be more effective for veruccas than a placebo (dummy) treatment (Cochrane Review 2012) eg in one study, 49% of verrucas had disappeared after treatment with SA

compared to 23% using a placebo. Second Choice Treatments These are not routinely offered on the NHS. • Cryotherapy — a liquid nitrogen spray freezes and destroys infected skin cells. Clearance rates of around 65% are reported. It’s sometimes painful, and there’s also a 30% chance of recurrence. The Cochrane 2012 review concluded that cryotherapy was no better than SA at treating verrucas, was painful, and caused blistering and scarring. • Other local options — many other agents have been used such as silver nitrate, Cantharidin, phenol, glycolic acid, pyruvic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). • Surgical removal — surgery is not usually advised because verrucas often recur afterwards. • SWIFT is a new microwave treatment for the verruca. It’s quick, relatively painless and seems to be effective on stubborn verrucas. See www.treatwithswift.com. • Laser therapy aims to destroy the blood vessels supplying the verruca, plus the heat causes local tissue damage. 80% clearance rates have been reported. • Immunotherapy — various treatments claim to stimulate the antibody response to speed up viral destruction.


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Microsoft announced end of Office 2010 Well, not exactly — but they have announced that support for Office 2010 will end on 13th October 2020. Although this doesn’t mean that Office 2010 will cease to work on that date, it does mean that, as Microsoft says, ‘you could expose yourself to serious and potentially harmful security risks.’ From 13th October, Microsoft will no longer: • provide technical support, bug fixes, or security fixes for Office 2010 vulnerabilities which may be subsequently reported or discovered. This includes security updates which can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. • receive Office 2010 updates. • receive phone or chat technical support.

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Friendly Bridge Rotary Club of Retford Retford Bridge Club’s friendly afternoon bridge session continues every Wednesday afternoon. This has replaced the Invitation Evenings at the end of each month. Duplicate bridge will be played if numbers allow, but the emphasis will be on enjoying the company and the bridge and there will be a tea/coffee break in the middle. This session will be more suitable for those who have just started the game who need to practice their skills in a more relaxed environment and those who find it difficult to travel at night. You can go alone without a partner as a club member will be there to act as a host and organise the event and find you a partner. The results will be available the following week. Starting in October 2019 the fee structure changed. Membership costs £20.00 for the year, October to the following September, which allows you to play in the twice weekly duplicate on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the Wednesday sessions. The venue has recently changed. These events are held at Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford DN22 7GR, from 1.50pm to 4.30pm. Table money of £3.00 per head in needed, including tea/coffee and biscuits (£2.00 per head if a club member). For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748 or just turn up any Wednesday afternoon.

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Rotary Club of Retford with the usual meeting of committees on 6th. Then. on Friday 10th, chairman of the Community Service Committee, Past President Derek Broughton, and his team organised a quiz night at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor. Attended by Rotarians, partners and friends, it raised £216 for the charity account. The hotel provided a lasagne supper which well and truly rounded off a great evening. On Monday 13th Rotarian David Rhodes organised the first of what is hoped to be an annual RotaKids Dinner. Headteachers and others involved from the local primary schools were invited and the guest of honour was Immediate Past District Governor Dr Cheryle Berry. who champions the project in the district. RotaKids involves junior school children in Rotary style service to the community whilst having fun together. Saturday 25th January and a packed Clarborough Village Hall witnessed a ‘January Jolly’ staged by Linda Cadman, Past President and chairman of International Committee and her team. Food this time was Westland’s Farm pie and peas. The entertainment was a take on ‘What’s My Line’ and a mock ‘New Members’ Interview’ as well as various quizzes. The event raised £678

toward the Rotary International appeal to build a new Mercy Ship. Mercy Ships is an international development organisation that deploys hospital ships to some of the poorest countries in the world, delivering vital, free healthcare to people in desperate need. On Monday 27th, Honorary Member Ann Hickman received a Paul Harris Award, Rotary’s award for exceptional service, from President Judith. A well deserved award for her many years of service to the British Legion. Rotarian Linda Crossland then presented her with a cheque to the British Legion for £850, raised at the Remembrance Concert last November. The guest speaker, Kevan Poole then told the story of Headon Camp. SAVE THE DATE! Military Wives Choir Waddington are coming to The Well, Retford on Thursday 21st May at 7.00pm. Proceeds are in aid of local charities and WMWC. Tickets at £12.50 (gift-aided) will go on sale in March from the Well, the Hub, Ye Olde Bell, Brown and Co and Rotarian Derek Broughton.

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Nature’s time of reawakening Erin McDaid welcomes in the new life of spring Whilst we’ve spent more time coping with wind and rain than snow and ice this winter I’m sure, like me, many of you are looking forward to spring. The noticeably longer days and the sight of the occasional butterfly on the wing certainly hint at brighter times ahead. One of my favourite aspects of early spring is the sense of sheer pent up energy that can be sensed when looking at our gardens and hedgerows. Spring bulbs pushing through the soil ready to flower and the leaf buds and early blossom on the trees are just some of the seasonal delights. Amongst the earliest providers of brightness in the countryside is the blackthorn. This traditional hedgerow tree blossoms considerably earlier than the hawthorn and carries its clouds of snowy white flowers on branches still bereft of leaves, enhancing the contrast of this natural display. A friend of mine recently described these delightful blossoms as being like ‘slow motion popcorn’ and I think he really captured the essence of these flowers as they transform from tight buds into open blooms. After the earliest blossoms, more and more leaves will start to unfurl and the dull dark tones of winter will, as if by magic, give way birds of which I can actually identify to verdant greens and splashes of by its call and interestingly, its call is colour. The occasional glimpse of an interpreted slightly differently by people over-wintering butterfly awakened with different languages — giving rise by a solitary warm day will soon give alternative names such as the siff-saff way to regular sightings of newly in Wales and the Tjiftjaf in Holland. emerged butterflies ready to lay their As the temperature rises and warmer eggs and emerging queen bees days become more frequent, hedgehogs ready to find thriving colonies. will permanently rise from their deep Early migrant birds to look out winter slumber and many species will for include sand martin and the begin their frantic annual race against onomatopoeic chiffchaff — named time to produce the next generation after its ‘chiff chaff, chiff chaff’ call. whilst the weather is more hospitable This delightful bird is one of the few and food supplies are plentiful.

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FROM TOP: Chiffchaff © Mike Vickers; Blackthorn © Rob Brooks; Red Admiral © Scott Tilley; Sand Martins © John Smith

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Trent Valley Mini Upping The Game help the homeless Upping The Game is a local tea or coffee and always leave a Owners Club initiative to help offer a hot, nutritious, donation. It sometimes turns in to a hearty meal to the homeless of bit of a community ‘get together’! Bassetlaw and those in genuine food Upping The Game have one diary dates poverty. They have provided regular simple mission, to help support the LINCOLN BIG MINI DAY Brayford Wharf, Lincoln, on Sunday 19th April 2020 will be the 13th year for this event with 200 Minis on display. This is a very popular event with both Mini enthusiasts and the public. Entrants need to be in position by 10.00am but be there early as space is at a premium. This is a pedestrian area, so entrants have to stay in position until 4.00pm.

MINI, MOGGY AND CLASSIC CAR DAY Taking place on Sunday 17th May 2020, from 10.00am to 4.00pm, at Retford Gainsborough Garden Centre, Saundby, Retford DN22 9EU (A620 to Gainsborough), this event is organised in association with North Lincolnshire Morris Minor Owners Club GAINSBOROUGH MINI & CLASSIC CAR DAY This event is scheduled for Sunday 21st June 2020 (Father’s Day), 10.00am to 4.00pm, Gainsborough Market Place, Market Street, Gainsborough. All entrants need to be in position by 10.00am and stay until 4.00pm. This is a popular event which will be its seventh year. Further event information can be obtained from the website www.trentvalleymoc.co.uk or from Mike James, Press Officer, TVMOC on 07889 443920. OTHER MOTOR EVENTS (NOT TVMOC) • Scotter Classic Night — the Green, Scotter, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, Wednesday 3rd June 2020, 4.00pm until late. An extremely popular event in its sixth year. • Beckingham Classic Night — Beckingham Village Hall, Beckingham DN10 4PX, Wednesday 10th June 2020, 4.00pm until late. In association with North Notts Lions. 46 March 2020

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2020 Retford Half Marathon & Family Fun Run Sunday 8th March 2020 Local club, amateur and fun runners are being encouraged to sign up for the 2020 Retford Half Marathon which is taking place on Sunday 8th March. The annual event which is organised by Retford Athletic and Running Club, and also includes a popular family fun run, attracts over 1,000 entrants each year including local runners, and many from across Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and further afield. The half marathon, which is supported by a number of local firms including Jones and Co Solicitors and Brown and Co, is also a regular fixture for many seasoned runners, and is also popular amongst those wanting to get in shape to take part in, and to complete their first half marathon. Due to growing demand, which saw the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 events sell out before the day, for the 2020 event the race organisers have increased the entry cap to 1,400. David Corbett, Race Director for the Half Marathon, said: “The event has grown extremely well over the last few years, increasing from just 48 March 2020

over 300 runners in 2013, to over 1,000 in 2019, and for the 2020 event we’re expecting a bumper turn-out of around 1,300 runners. “Securing Retford Oaks Academy as the base for the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 events is partly down to the success as the venue offers excellent facilities for runners and their supporters including indoor registration, changing rooms, showers, indoor bag store, outdoor cycle store, hot & cold refreshments, waiting areas and ample car parking. It’s also enabled us to hold the entire fun run in a safe and secure traffic free environment. We are delighted that we will be using Retford Oaks again for the 2020 event”. A lot of runners also use the event to raise money for a variety of good causes. This year the organisers have once again teamed up with Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, who will be the main charity partner. As well as many entrants to the half marathon and fun run running on behalf of Bluebell Wood, each half marathon entry fee includes a donation to the charity. With almost 1000 entrants signed up already, the 2020 is set to be the biggest and best yet and the organisers

are encouraging runners to sign up as soon as possible as the race is expected sell out again well before the day. Links to online entry are available on the Retford AC website, www.retfordac. co.uk, or the direct link is www. bookitzone.com/RetfordHalf/XOjFFX. The website and the event Facebook page also include more information on the event including course maps, results and photos from previous races and example training plans. The entry fee for the half marathon is just £20.00 for UKA affiliated runners, and £22.00 for inaffiliated runners (£2.00 extra on the day if places available). The fun run is £3.00 to enter. The start time for the half marathon is 10.00am, with the fun run starting at approximately 10.15am.


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Retford Bowling Green Now that March is here we can really start to look forward to the spring. In little more than a month's time, on 16th April, the green will be opening at Retford Bowling Green. During the winter plenty of preparatory work has been going on ready for the forthcoming season. The green suffered badly in the long hot summer of 2018. Recovery has been gradual but this winter, mild and humid, has seen it flourish. The green keeper has done a grand job of winter care in order to have the green in top condition next month. Additionally the ageing irrigation system has been replaced with a more comprehensive set of sprinklers

and new pipework more adequate to the task. All of the preparatory work was done by volunteer members, saving the club a lot of expense. But the final installation was carried out professionally. So now any summer droughts should have minimal impact on the playing surface. Another important task which is carried out during the winter is preparing the programme for the new season. The Fixtures and Competition Secretary has to consider all of the various league commitments, then fit in the friendly matches and finally all of the many internal club competitions and events (both bowling and social). All

of this needs to be ready by 25th March when the AGM takes place. This is where members can have their say on the running of the club, elect committee members and directors (the club is also a limited company). All club members, bowling and non-bowling, are encouraged to go and take part in the democratic process of club management. Finally, a reminder to look for the club entry in the April edition of Retford Life for information about their Open Day and free coaching sessions for new and prospective bowlers. As always, for more information you can visit the club website, www. retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk, email info@retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk or call Geoff Evans, on 01777 948194.

New members sought to secure future for bowls club There was a good attendance at Beckingham Bowls Club’s Annual General Meeting held in the Beckingham Recreation Room on 31st January. Reports for 2019 were received from the treasurer, team captains, head groundsman and club captain, with their Open Pairs and Presentation Evening being particularly enjoyable and successful. Due to the continuing high expenditure having to be incurred on maintaining and running the bowling green site, the club were unable to add to the funds built up last year for the replacement of their tea room/store and refreshment area. After the reports, officers were elected and dates were fixed for this year’s playing The Friends of Bassetlaw Museum will be holding their AGM on Tuesday 31st March. The event will take place at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford and will commence at 7.00pm. Following on from the very successful ‘Call my Museum Bluff’ which was held at last year’s AGM, Sam Glasswell, the curator, has devised another topic to interest and engage those present. Four characters from history will be present to promote their cause as to why they should remain in our historical memory. However, not all of them will 50 March 2020

and social events, starting with the club’s Annual Lunch to be held on Sunday 15th March at Thonock Golf Club. They will continue with their club individual competitions and their popular Open Pairs Gala Day will be held on Sunday 19th July. They close their events for 2020 with their Presentation Evening, to be held on 2nd October, and members also attend the Gainsborough Bowls League Presentation Evening, also in October. Members were briefed on the discussions that had taken place with representatives of the Village Hall Management Committee in an attempt to reach a mutually acceptable agreement to secure the future of the

Bowls Club in Beckingham. Several other matters were discussed, including fundraising and grant applications, to formulate their plans for an enjoyable year of playing bowls, alongside the social activities and green maintenance which have played a big part in the success of the club. Although they have a relatively healthy membership, they do need new members of all ages to help them maintain the bowls facility for Beckingham in the future, and any new members, with or without bowling experience, would be warmly welcomed. Their green opens for the season on Thursday 23rd April, so please call Roger on 01427 848628 to find out more.

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date cards, invitations, menus etc are still big business. Look for companies that use recycled paper or are members of a carbon offsetting project. You could also create something totally unique by upcycling fabric or wood or simply avoid the extra which make it difficult to recycle — glitter, glue and embellishments. You might opt for a plant based paper — seed paper can be planted in the garden once finished with and your guests can grow wild flowers. FEASIBLE FLOWERS Freshly cut flowers have been used at weddings for years, but they are not the best for the environment. Talk to your florist about potted flowers — orchids make great table centrepieces, while a pot of herbs offer great smells and can even be taken home by guests after the event to plant in their gardens. If you are opting for cut flowers, try to source those

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Surrounded by friends & family Chanel Hosfield on breaking tradition to involve who you want in your big day Gone are the days when strict gender roles matter on your wedding day. Tradition is that the bride has a female wedding party of bridesmaids and the groom choose a best man, groomsmen and ushers, but surely what really matters is that you are surrounded by friends and family who are most important. MIX IT UP If the bride’s best friend is a man, or she is particularly close to her brother, tradition says that she should encourage her groom to choose him for a role in his wedding party. But why shouldn’t the bride have another man by her side as she celebrates getting married? Call him a bridesman, if there needs to be a name for it at all. Maybe a Groom’s Gal or Best Woman on the other side, if you would like to use titles.

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finishes is a joy to touch. So top marks for this design statement. It really coos my wife Caroline as she walks up to the does stand out from the bland crowd. Then the designers have gone DS3. Its door handles pop out and the power one step further and turned the usual into something more unusual. folding wing mirrors unfold. The automotive They’ve turned things upside down, in fact. The grab handles for the equivalent of a dog licking you to death. “I can doors have been placed at the top while imagine this appeals to lonely people,” she adds. the levers to open them have been put This characteristic certainly draws admiration in their usual place. The switches for from fellow motorists I meet on our travels the electric windows have been placed between Hampshire, Dorset and Wales. in the centre of the car, completely When the car is locked the door handles are unnerving the unsuspecting driver. My flush with the body of the car, unlock it and they wife complains that she doesn’t have rise out. It’s quite spectacular when you haven’t her own door mounted button (as she is seen this before. However, after a while it becomes used to) to operate her window yet the annoying. If the keyfob is on your person and you children do in the back. As a touch of walk past the car the door handles automatically design it’s a masterpiece but in terms rise and the car bleeps. Happen to walk past a of practicality it’s frustrating because it number of times as I do and you can imagine takes a great deal of time to remember how this would wind the neighbours up. where everything is. Back inside the DS3, which sounds more like a The DS3 pays homage to the humble triangle. gaming system, there’s an easy to operate sat nav but disappointingly There are triangles on the bold black grille, there is it’s not that helpful. During the test my wife’s father is admitted to even a massive indentation hospital and try as we of a triangle on top of another might to search for Royal triangle on both sides of the Bournemouth Hospital it THE BIG NUMBERS car. And there are triangles has no idea whatsoever. Price.......... from £34,155 before your eyes inside, However, if you do know the Engine .............. 1.2 petrol wherever you care to glance. postcode or road name, Power....................155bhp The dash is full of them. 0 to 60mph .........8.2secs most of the time it will get Then there’s the variety of Economy ............... 35mpg you where you want to go. trim. There’s some kind of It’s not without its flaws leather on the dashboard Watch the video at but this is a characterful mixed with shiny metal and www.testdrives.biz car that stands out and that metal with its various is enjoyable to drive.

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Easy tips to improve your driving This time we look at how to deal with those that are less attentive to their driving — by allowing for ‘challenged’ drivers. No one is a poor driver, at least not if you ask them. We all have our reasons for driving as we do but, judging by the numerous examples seen in dash-cam footage online, I think some drivers’ idea of what is acceptable on the road would be considered by the majority as somewhere between ignorant and downright dangerous. And, as the number of vehicles on our roads increase, I can’t see this situation improving. Of course the majority of drivers are

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Easy veg growing Pippa Greenwood on the perfect time to grow your own This is a perfect time to get to grips with some ‘Grow Your Own’ and make growing your own vegetables easier than you might think! Start by deciding on what you’d like to eat, picked fresh from your garden over the coming year. Think salads, herbs and classic main meal vegetables because there is still time to grow just about anything you please. Some vegetables are best grown from seed — the classics are carrots; with those long, fleshy roots they simply hate being transplanted, so grab a packet of seed and as soon as the soil is not too wet sow a row or two. You can always choose interestingly coloured varieties such as ‘Purple Haze’ 64 March 2020

or ‘Purple Dragon’ if you want to ring the changes or persuade a less-than-eager family member to give carrots another chance. Salad leaves cost a fortune when sold in packets and are often none too fresh, so sow a few rows or pots of these too and within a few weeks they’ll be growing strongly enough for you to harvest your first delicious meal. If you make small sowings every two weeks or so you can ensure a pretty well continuous supply of salad throughout the summer and well into autumn. If you’ve got a warm, sunny spot in your garden, or, better still, a greenhouse or frame, then it’s definitely worth getting some

tomatoes. These too can be raised from seed but if you’re only after a few plants, and especially if you’d like to have a few different varieties, then it’s often better value (and a lot easier) to buy yourself some small gardenready plants. Make sure you get the right sort for the accommodation you’ve got to offer — catalogues or labels should clearly state if they’re for ‘greenhouse’ or ‘outdoor’ growing. You can grow cucumbers from seed, but the seeds are generally extremely pricey and not the easiest to germinate, so speed things up with a couple of chunky plants instead. For growing in the garden choose ‘ridge’ cucumbers, as these perform better outside. If time is short then vegetable plants are a great choice for most crops. You can send off for them now and then you’ve no need to do time-consuming potting on and pricking out. Get them in quantities to suit the size of your ►


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An annual fiesta I’ve always loved an annual.

From Bunty to The Blue Peter Annual, they were crammed full of interest and fun. As I grew older my taste in annuals has become more horticultural. One little pack of seeds is now my gardening equivalent of the Beano — a brief shelf-life and packed with colour. Hardy annuals are the most obliging. They don’t need a propagator or a greenhouse, or even a windowsill; all they need is a sunny spot and some well-drained soil. Just sprinkle the seeds in the ground and you can look forward to a fiesta of summer colour for very little work. The choice of plants and hue is wide. If blue is your thing try a soft shade of love-in-a-mist, or a vivid blue cornflower, or the most gorgeous tiny phacelia. For pinks try a fluffy clarkia or delicate

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godetia. Nasturtiums span the colour wheel from cream through yellow and orange to deep red. Annual doesn’t mean small either. Both larkspurs and amaranthus are tall and elegant, and cleomes which also provide height probably only need to be planted once as they are prolific self-seeders! Look around your garden for gaps in beds and borders which are in a sunny spot and well-drained. Don’t plant when it’s cold or the soil is wet and sticky. Wait until the weather is mild and soil is damp and crumbly, then fork it lightly to break it up. Use a rake to create shallow furrows, sprinkle the seeds over and rake them gently in, raking across the furrows to cover them. Bigger seeds like nasturtiums can be pushed into the soil a couple of centimetres deep and 10 to

15cm apart. Label the area so you know what should come up. The biggest enemy of the newlyplanted hardy annual seed is the domestic cat! They love a patch of freshly raked soil, and will happily do their business in your handiwork and then kick up all your seeds without a second thought. Thwart the moggies by laying twiggy pea sticks over the area (and particularly twiggy and thorny prunings will do!). Remove them with the shoots are big enough or stand them up and use them to support the taller annuals. Thin them out a little to one plant per 10cm and water them if the weather is very dry. You don’t need to feed them, they flower best when the soil is not rich. Food and manure will favour leaf production whereas we’re after flowers and lots of them!


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Markham Players’ 25th anniversary performance Twenty five years on from their first, Markham Players returned to East Markham Village Hall with their 2020 pantomime, ‘Babes in the Wood’. The performance fully met their fans’ expectations. Full credit to Jo Crutchley (director), Joe Duane (sound), Alex Nicol (lighting). Sarah Woodwards took over the choreography and her core group of ‘not so junior’ dancers, performed with professionalism. With Sarah as a very slick and handsome Robin Hood and Amélie as the delightful Marian, mother and daughter performed side by side excellently. Amélie showed commendable composure alongside the leading men who added to the planned chaos and confusion with frequent ad libs, not to mention the unsettling presence at her side of the kind, caring and rather scary Nanny Nora, played by John Mitchell who gives the Dame role his all. He enlisted front row members as the butt of his jokes and no member of the audience was safe as he ventured into the body of the hall to tease. Greg Morrall is the only ‘Player’ who has appeared in all 25 productions.

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has a severe form of epilepsy is taking on an epic, mud-soaked challenge for the charity that’s changed their lives. Katie Barrowcliffe, husband Mat and five-year-old daughter Ella have been supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice since 2018. Now Katie, from Ranskill, will be wading through knee-deep mud and clambering over obstacles alongside hundreds of others when Bluebell Wood’s Mud Madness event returns to Sheffield in April. “Amazing” Ella was diagnosed with a hole in her heart at the 20 week scan, so the family knew she’d have to go through open heart surgery as a new-born. “She seemed okay at first but after a few weeks we noticed she’d started making small jerky movements, and wasn’t meeting milestones,” said Katie, a 36-year-old occupational therapist. “We were in and out of Doncaster Royal Infirmary preparing for her heart surgery, and I remember showing a video of Ella to the cardiologist, who

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referred us to neurology straight away.” Ella was diagnosed with West Syndrome, described by doctors as a ‘storm’ in her brain. “Her brain is constantly firing with activity, so she isn’t able to process anything else. It’s had a massive effect on her development,” said Mat. “Initially, we were both so worried about her surgery, but in the end it’s the epilepsy that’s affected her most. “It’s just constant. I remember one time I was looking after Ella on my own, and she just lay there having seizures all day. It really affected me, since it was the first day I’d spent on my own with my daughter.” Despite all the challenges she’s faced, Ella never fails to astonish mum and dad. “When I think back, the kind of character Ella has now really is amazing. She does things we never thought she’d do, like roll over,” said Mat. “For someone with a child who is okay, it would be such a tiny thing but for us it’s massive.” Since 2018, the family have been

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Daneshill Lakes mystery walk A Mystery Walk around Daneshill Lakes, the popular local nature reserve at Torworth, will be taking place on Sunday 29th March. Brian Horne, a member of the Friends of Daneshill Lakes, will be imparting his extensive knowledge with revelations from the past, the hidden history of the area alongside current developments. The two hour walk will be about three miles long, covering both the north and south halves of the reserve, situated on either side of Daneshill Road. Brian will be following the less used paths to discover its past and to show how current nature conservation work is helping the fauna and flora. Daneshill Lakes is owned by Nottinghamshire County Council and managed by Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and was part of the important Ranskill Royal Ordnance Factory during World War II. You can learn much more of Daneshill’s secrets by joining this free walk, which starts at 10.00am in the Daneshill Lakes car park (satnav DN22 8RB). No booking is required. Brown signs direct from the A638 Retford to Bawtry road. For further information please contact the Friends’ secretary Lesley Noar at daveandlesnoar@ outlook.com or 01777 818362, or see their website, www. friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.

Ranskill & Torworth WI Ranskill and Torworth WI meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month at Barnby Moor Village Hall at 7.30pm. Their meeting on Tuesday 28th January featured a very interesting talk from Amanda Harrison and her partner Kaz, who are both traffic officers for Highways England. They are both very experienced officers and told the group about their roles supporting the police on the motorways in our local area. Members had the opportunity to ask questions and also to look over their motorway vehicle. The talk and discussion were thoroughly enjoyed by all members. 80 March 2020

Eaton fundraising fun Congratulations to everyone

who took part in the (inaugural?!) Eaton New Year’s Day dip. There were around 30 dippers, including many first timers, ranging in age from 10 to 84. Particular thanks to the regular dippers for organising the event, which was part of the efforts to raise funds for improvements to All Saints’ Church Eaton. Residents are currently fundraising for £15,000 towards the £55,000 needed to add a toilet and refreshment area at their church. There is no village hall, pub, shop or other community space in the village and like many rural areas, Eaton has poor access to public transport. Despite this there is an energetic community which organises events such as open gardens, village bonfire, barbecues, harvest suppers and coffee mornings, which also attract the people of the neighbouring market town of Retford and surrounding villages. Currently, village meetings and indoor events are held in private homes which isn’t ideal. The vision is to provide this vibrant and active rural community with much needed community space by adapting the church, the only public building in the village. As a more usable community space, the church will become the hub for village events, meetings, clubs and social activities whilst still being used for worship. It

will be used by people of all ages to promote community cohesion and address rural issues such as isolation, and will play a vital role in keeping the existing community alive. It will also do much to encourage newcomers to the village to feel welcome and involved. The proposal will also make the church more usable by the local CofE primary school and more accommodating and hospitable for worshippers and visitors. The plans is to remove the pews at the rear of the nave, leaving 11 rows at the front for regular services. The rear of the nave will become a flexible open space where chairs can be used to supplement the pews for larger services and tables can be arranged for other uses. There will be a kitchenette on the back wall to enable refreshments to be prepared and an adjoining accessible WC with a baby change unit will be built as an extension off the south wall. This will also necessitate water and sewage connections to be made. Fully costed plans have been prepared, planning permission has been granted and approval received from the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. Look out for fundraising events and find out more at www.facebook.com/ allsaintseatonandgamston. If anyone would like to support the campaign and contribute to the fundraising campaign, please visit www.justgiving. com/crowdfunding/eatonallsaints.


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A good read LEISURE

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THE GREEN ROASTING TIN: VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN ONE DISH DINNERS Rukmini Iyer

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If you’ve been inspired to eat more meat-free meals, but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen, this is a useful reference book to have on hand. It’s gained numerous positive reviews in the last two years, and for good reason. Each of the 75 recipes is designed to make cooking healthy, tasty meals as easy as possible. In most cases, each dish takes just 10 minutes to prepare. Recipes include ‘Miso Aubergines with Tofu, Sesame & Chilli’ and ‘Squash & Gorgonzola Tart with Figs & Pecans’.

book club? Or just a book to discuss over dinner with friends or family? Take your pick…

In Emmett Farmer’s world, it’s possible to forget the pain of your past. All you have to do is tell your story to a binder, who’ll lock it away in a book. But as apprentice-binder Emmett soon discovers, not all stories are meant to be forgotten. A highly original book that deftly combines fantasy, historical fiction and romance into one captivating tale. GRANDMOTHERS Salley Vickers Three different women find their paths crossing. Wealthy Blanche has developed a compulsion for shoplifting after being banned from seeing her grandchildren. Poet Nan is planning her funeral and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, but she has a blind spot when it comes to her grandson. And then finally there’s shy Minna, who’s in danger of losing the only person she really cares about. A beautiful, quiet book that looks at family life in all its complexities. OUR PLANET: THE ONE PLACE WE CALL HOME Matt Whyman and Richard Jones This children’s companion to last year’s Netflix hit is sure to prove popular with young nature buffs. Stunning photography and illustrations accompany short, easily digestible paragraphs of text. Our Planet educates and inspires in equal measure. As Sir David Attenborough says, ‘You will be among the next characters who can, if they wish, tell the most extraordinary story of all — how human beings in the 21st century came to their senses and started to protect Planet Earth.’ 82 March 2020

THE BOOK OF ECHOES Rosanna Amaka A young black man struggles to come to terms with a devastating tragedy in 1980s England. Meanwhile, a girl in Nigeria tries to build a better life for herself against the odds. As the pair resist following the paths laid out for them, they’re watched over by the ghost of a murdered woman. A gripping, thoughtprovoking debut novel. BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER, RED SISTER Jung Chang While it’s a bit heavy going in parts, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a fascinating insight into three of the most powerful women in Chinese history. Ching-ling, wife of Sun Yat-sen, became Mao’s vice-chair. It placed her in direct opposition to her two sisters — May-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek), who was the first lady of Nationalist China, and Ei-ling, Chiang’s unofficial main adviser and one of China’s wealthiest citizens.


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Fire blessing in Bhutan Tucked away in the Himalaya, this

small kingdom has boldly stepped into the 21st century, but cultural values remain at the heart of everyday life to ensure the ‘gross national happiness’ promised in the constitution. It’s a strong Buddhist culture punctuated by myriad festivals, but most dramatic perhaps is Thangbi Mani, the ‘fire blessing’ held in Bumthang, the country’s spiritual heartlands. Soon after dawn on this special autumn day, townsfolk and farmers come from all directions, beautifully dressed in hand-woven gowns shimmering like rainbows. There are women with babies on their back, old people leaning on bamboo staffs, men in knee-length chequered gho and sweeping white cuffs, and garlands of children whose dark eyes sparkle with excitement. They walk up the valley or tumble down the pine-scented slopes to cross the footbridge, like one long line of ants suspended high above the river. Meanwhile in the temple, monks offer fresh water to the gods

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and butter lamps flicker all around. Now tingling in anticipation, the faithful pour into the monastery for the welcome dance, as village girls in their best finery shuffle on the flagstones to the rhythm of long horns and drums. There is much chanting and praying then suddenly something passes through the air and everyone rushes out into the nearby field, led by dignitaries and red-robed monks. Just feet apart, two ominous haystacks are waiting and as more blessings rise under the deep blue sky an eerie silence falls upon the crowds, a human chain ready to break loose at the first spark. All is set for the purification rite and highlight of the year. Watched by thousands of eyes, the hay is set alight, smoke and ash filling the air, and in one massive surge young and old run through the flames to cleanse their sins and ensure good luck for the coming year. Friends drag each other through, toddlers hold on to their mothers and men pull up their collars to protect their hair.

Three times round then they come out, bubbling all over, ready for a fresh start. The flames die down as quickly as they started and great clouds of smoke drift downstream, bearing witness to a faith stronger than pain. Prayer wheels tinkle along the banks, Buddhist flags flutter in the breeze and now, in the valley sprinkled with apple trees and nodding buckwheat, the harvest will be good and the children healthy. Back in the temple there are traditional jesters and masked dancers twirling barefoot on sun-baked stones, in a flurry of multi-coloured brocade and ‘thunderbolt steps’. Hoisted on the wall for a better view toddlers munch sunflower seeds, monks shelter from the midday heat under makeshift awnings and families gather around home-made offerings of marigolds and lucky chapattis to share with friends, as if nothing unusual had happened at all. The haystacks have vanished leaving just a patch of singed grass, and now in this bucolic land the river tumbles crystal clear as cymbals and gongs echo across the hills.


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Getting fat with knowledge Chris Barnacoat asks why in an age of fitness we’re getting fatter The UK fast food market is

worth around £15 billion, with the delivered fast food market worth around £6 billion. The health and wellness market in the UK is increasing in value and is currently worth around £23 billion, yet the UK is ever increasingly becoming more obese and, sadly, those numbers in children under teenage years are increasing even more. So, why is the population becoming fatter in a world where more and more health, fitness and nutritional information is prevalent? In fact, you actually have to work pretty hard to not see something to do with health and fitness these days, yet over 60% of adults are either overweight or obese. AGENDA What you have to remember is that in an ever-increasing market, people will always have an agenda to sell you something. And, in many cases, this is simply repackaging something old and charging more for it. This is true for nutrition, exercises and diets. ‘Superfoods’, for example, have existed for centuries yet they were never called ‘super’ foods up until 10 years ago. They have not changed in their nutritional structure; some company simply wanted you to eat more of them in order to make money from it. That is the power of marketing! Evidence and research is altered or only partly shown to encourage people to eat or train in a certain way, yet there are plenty of examples from over half a century

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ago of people being in extremely good shape, great health and possessing excellent strength — all without the fads of today. ADVANCES There have been some great advances over the decades but only really in terms of athletic performance — I am excluding the advances in the medical industry in relation to health simply for the purposes of this article. Athletes are stronger and faster than they used to be and this is through a lot of scientific research into sports performance (training programmes rather than the actual exercises themselves) and technology (the material used for clothing and trainers for example). In relation to fat loss, basic health and the average person wanting to look better, there have been very few changes in over 50 years… or even longer. Look at statues of Greek or Roman gods — how did they perceive that physique if it was not already visible in their soldiers? They ate meat, vegetables, carbohydrates and did similar exercises that we do today. So, again I ask… why are we, globally, becoming fatter with so much information available? I believe there are too many

agenda driven ideals, the quality of the information is poor and the information is presented in a way which is overly complicated. Maybe the diet industry is booming because we buy the diet book, hoping to find a magic cure, realise there isn’t one and stop following the diet. Instead, we buy another diet book, again hoping for a magic cure and the cycle continues while the authors of the diet books fill their pockets and we end up filling out our belt line. If you are getting fed up with all the conflicting advice, seek the advice of a professional who does not have a book to sell you, but whom you trust and has a track record of getting results though factual knowledge and making things simple. It is in both yours and their interest to get you results! Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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COMMUNITY

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Live & Local at East Markham Village Hall The next Live and Local evening at East Markham Village Hall, NG22 0SS, is Gilmore and Roberts in Concert on Saturday 28th March, at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Katriona Gilmore (fiery, dynamic fiddle, viola and mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (intricate, delicately percussive lap-tapping guitar) combine astounding musicianship, swapped lead vocals and trademark harmonies to create a powerful live show. Their formidable award winning songs draw strongly on stories — of folk myths, family tales and historical secrets — and are as catchy and memorable as they are enthralling. Tickets cost adult £10.00, under 16 £8.00 in advance and are available by calling 01777 870607 or 01777 871654.

The Screen at Retford Little Theatre ‘The Screen’ at Retford Little Theatre

has started its new season well, but with no film in March as the theatre is busy. On 3rd April however, ‘Judy’ (12A) starring Renee Zellweger will be shown; a drama and romance as Judy Garland arrives in London in 1968 to perform a series of concerts. Call in at the theatre or go to the website for further information. Remember to pre-book up to four days before the film by calling 07504 717931.

What’s on at Dunham on Trent Village Hall Dunham on Trent Village Hall

will be holding a table top sale on Saturday 4th April from 11.00am to 3.00pm. There will be books, bargains and refreshments. For more information call 07840 974344. On Saturday 18th April, don’t miss Sensation the Abba tribute band at Dunham Village Hall. The door and bar open at 7.00pm and the performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £12.00 and can be bought via 01777 228589 or 07934 492357 or disumoss@gmail.com.

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Retford Lions Club At a club meeting in January

Retford Lions hosted the people and helpers from various organisations who helped with Santa’s Sleigh visits made prior to Christmas. Several individuals who had helped and members of the following organisations including; 1st Ordsall Brownies, Cannon District Guides, Forget Me Nots Dementia group, Sutton-Cum-Lound and Barnby Moor Gardening Club, District Life Savers and 7th Retford Scouts, were all present at a brief social event when Retford Lions President John Collins thanked them all. In the interim, Lions are busy preparing the sales forms to sell ‘ducks’ for the races to be held on Charter Day this year — more about duck races next month. More grateful thanks from Lions

It’s a new year, but you don’t need 2020 vision to indulge your artistic talents. Retford Art Society is starting a new season with a painting workshop at Clarborough Village Hall on 28th March. Graham Laughton, a professional artist, will give a tutorial in acrylic landscape techniques, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. To book a place please contact Sheila Robertson on 01909 476287.

A little while ago Retford Lions provided a special tricycle for a disabled boy. They were pleased when Richard Carr, of Bike Pedlars Retford, stepped in to support, providing sound advice, sourcing and building the bike and delivering to the home of the family. Richard offered to maintain the bike free of charge and suggested that when it was no longer required he would refurbish it for another person when needed. This bike has now been returned. Richard once again stepped in — he collected and refurbished it making it possible for Retford Lions to provide it to another disabled person. This is a shining example of community spirit and generosity. Retford Lions are very grateful to Richard for his kindness and support to those most in need in our community. If you know of anyone who would benefit from having a three-wheeler trike suitable from child to adult, please get in touch with Retford Lions at 01777 706006.

Retford Arts Society The society is also recommencing the popular life drawing sessions at the Swan Studio, Carolgate, starting 11th March. Artists have the opportunity to develop their skills aided by experienced models in a relaxed environment. For further information please contact Margaret Harrod on 07773 956313.


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Air Ambulance steps up 24 hour service For seven days in January and February, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance operated its full 24-hour service, helping a number of patients in their greatest hour of need. As part of a two-year trial, the life-saving charity has been gradually increasing its operational hours to provide a 24-hour service, seven-days-a-week, which will enable the clinical crew on board the helicopter, or in the critical care car, to give more people than ever the very best chance of survival. In this time the critical care team responded to six incidents at night, including two road traffic collisions and three cardiac arrests. On Saturday 1st February, the crew on board the Ambucopter were called out to an emergency in Mansfield. The charity’s AgustaWestland 169 helicopter arrived on scene in just 15 minutes, covering the 39 miles that could take up to an hour by land. Once on scene, the critical care team worked alongside other emergency services to stabilise and treat the patient before airlifting them to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. The crew then returned to base just before 12.30am, where they remained on call as part of the charity’s 24-hour coverage through the night. The following night, just before 9.00pm, the helicopter and crew were dispatched on another night-time mission, this time in Holbeach. The critical care team and helicopter arrived on scene in just 25 minutes, a journey that by land could have taken up to an hour. The highly skilled pilots landed the helicopter

in a field close to the incident where our clinicians then worked alongside other emergency crews to help a motorcyclist who had been in a collision. Dr Cosmo Scurr has been on a number of recent night shifts. He said: “It is truly humbling to be part of a service that is striving to provide a 24-hour pre-hospital critical care across some of the largest rural areas of the UK. “Working towards providing a full 24/7 operation means that we are able help so many more people who are suffering from some of the most serious illnesses and injuries. During this time, we’re able to ensure that these patients are able to receive the help that they so desperately need as quickly as possible.” The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance currently operates 365 days a year between the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm, in addition to at least four nights-a-week when the crew are on standby to respond to incidents throughout the 24-hour period. Karen Jobling, Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our crew have worked tirelessly over the last few months to

train additional clinicians and pilots, learn the skills involved in night flying, including the use of Night Vision Goggles, and take part in specialist clinical training, both indoor and outdoor, during the hours of darkness. “Previous clinical data provided by the ambulance service tells us that if we can operate 24/7 consistently, we will be able to reach and treat around 400 additional patients every year. As a life-saving charity, that is phenomenal and something we are really passionate about being able to deliver for the people we serve.” The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance receives no direct Government funding, meaning it solely relies on the generosity and support of the local communities to keep the Ambucopter flying. Vitally, the charity will need to raise even more funds as it moves to full 24/7 operations, with the cost of providing a 24-hour service increasing from £2.5million per year to approximately £4million. If you would like to make a donation or find out more visit www.ambucopter.org.uk.

The Royal British Legion Retford & District Branch The Royal British Legion Retford and District Branch’s annual quiz will be held on Friday 27th March at The Babworth Road Sports and Social Club. The event will follow the lines of previous quizzes, with a selection of general knowledge questions, an interval 90 March 2020

quiz, refreshments and a raffle. The cost to enter is £5.00 per person and you can enter as a team of up to six members. Alternatively you can enter as an individual and join a team on the night. This is a major fundraising event, so the organisers hope that you will

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Retford father and son, Jim

and George Carley, will be joining 26,000 other people on 5th April to run the Manchester Marathon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. You may have seen in the news recently that prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in England, overtaking breast cancer for the first time. In 2018 there were nearly 50,000 registered cases, around 8,000 more than in 2017, and around 12,000 men die annually from the disease in the UK. George and Jim have chosen this charity as family relative, Eddie Perrins, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018. As this is also the first time (and probably the last time) George and Jim will run a marathon together as father and son, it also seemed apt to support a charity for men. So, what are their expectations? Well, Jim already has three London Marathons under his belt (‘93, ‘95 and ‘16), all sub four hours — a record he hopes to maintain. He’d never really planned on doing another, but the novelty of running a marathon with his son was too tempting to pass up! This will be George’s first full marathon but, at

Jim & George run Manchester for Prostate Cancer UK only 18, he will have already chalked up four half marathons ahead of this. He is also much fitter than his dad, and a safe bet to finish first (he’s aiming for sub three hour 30). George and Jim hope that you may please be able to support their

fundraising effort and sponsor them. They have already raised over £1,000. Any amount would please be very welcome. You can access their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ jim-and-george-run-manchester.

Retford Ramblers Wheatley Family Research Group The Ramblers are the only charity The next meeting of the dedicated to looking after paths and green spaces. Membership allows you to choose from hundreds of led walks all over the country every week. Like to walk independently? Membership gives access to Britain’s best online library of walking routes. The Retford Ramblers Group will be heading out every Sunday during March to tread the paths and bridleways in our local area as well as further afield at Eastwood and Sprotborough. The group would be pleased to welcome anyone interested in going along to enjoy a walk. Please contact them if you would like any more information. Call Mike on 01427 880984 or email retford.ramblers@gmail.com.

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Wheatley Family Research Group will be on Wednesday 11th March at 2.00pm in the Village Hall, South Wheatley. They are an enthusiastic self help group who are willing and able to help people wanting to get started with their family history as well as providing help to those who have hit a ‘brick wall’ and cannot find a way forward. New members are always welcome,

Charity Quiz Night Reserve a table at a charity quiz night in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK on Wednesday 29th April at Retford Oaks School. Teams of four cost £6.50 per

so if you are interested in starting to research your family roots or have started and hit a ‘brick wall’ or just need a bit of guidance why not go along and see how they can help. Take your laptop (or tablet, etc) with you — they have access to the internet with WIFI connections. The cost of this two hour session is only £3.00. For more information please contact Alan on 01427 884147 or Dave on 01427 880934. person. Doors open at 7.00pm and the quiz starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a free bottle of wine per team. Email libby.cook@bpl. org.uk or drop into Retford Leisure Centre to reserve your table.


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Events and exhibitions at

Bassetlaw Museum in March are: ART EXHIBITION BY PATRICIA LANE Saturday 14th March to Saturday 9th May The inspiration for most of Patricia’s work is the landscape of the UK and Andalucia in southern Spain. Her finished paintings are not necessarily exact representations of any single place at any one time. Patricia captures the essence of the landscape. She records its physical features but she also seeks to incorporate emotions and her individual response. FROM PILGRIMS TO JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL January to March 2020 This exhibitions looks at the impact of the exotic New World import, tobacco. From the luxury to social pastime and now health risk we explore our relationship with this pant over the past 400 years. GUIDED TOURS OF AMCOTT HOUSE Run monthly, Thursday 19th March More than just the home of the museum, Amcott House has a rich and varied history going back 250 years. Discover it on this guided tour. Find out the secrets of the house and go behind the scenes to the former servant’s quarters. Pay as

What’s on at Bassetlaw Museum much as you like. Booking essential. Call Bassetlaw Museum on 01777 713749 or email bassetlaw. museum@bassetlaw.gov.uk ART FOR THE TERRIFIED — ART CLASSES Run fortnightly on Saturdays

VE Day commemorations Retford will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE day on Friday 8th May, with lots of activities happening around the town and market square. There will be a stage on the square with 40s style dances and singers. Vintage vehicles and reenactors will be adding flavour to the event and shops are being encouraged to take part in a window dressing competition. At Bassetlaw Museum the focus will be on land army girls and 40s fashion.

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In the evening there will be a 1940s celebration dinner, hosted by Mayor Garry Clarkson in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice. Featuring performances by Keeley May and Worksop U3A Swing Band, this event will be held at Retford Town Hall and will include 1940s dancing, a photo booth and a pie and pea supper. Tickets cost £12 and are available from the Bassetlaw Hospice Appeals Office on 01777 710444 or debbie@ bassetlawhospice.org or the Mayor of Retford on 07709 812331 or garry.clarkson@mac.com.

Friendly and relaxed art lessons for beginners, just bring a pencil! Stay as long as you like, tea/ coffee are provided for a small donation. Suitable for age 16-plus and the cost is £7.00 per person. For more information, call the museum on 01777 713749.


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Fashion’s gone dotty Sue Burton on the return of the polka dot pattern SOPHISTICATION Polka dots are a great way to incorporate prints into your workwear, especially with a structured pencil skirt. Try pairing with something solid and simple, or for a more glamourous feel, pop on a floaty blouse. Tip: Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work — this will keep it toned-down and professional. FEMININE Polka dots are very girly, so take it one step further to the feminine side with charming details such as bows or ruffles. Tip: Want to balance your bold and girly sides? Try jeans in a looser fit with flat pumps. STATEMENT If you decide to make a bold statement, such as a dot-printed dress, keep the rest of your look simple. Just pair with a simple jacket and easy accessories. Tip: If you prefer a retro-look, opt for flat pumps.

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dots? They’re playful, whimsical, and downright chic. The word ‘polka’ itself derives from the Polish for ‘Polish woman’ — in Czech, it translates to ‘little woman or girl’. Which makes sense, given the polka dot’s inherently feminine image. The love affair with polka dots began in 1926 when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly afterwards, Disney introduced its cartoon Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini and a few years later the release of a hit song, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in vogue. Christian Dior used polka dots in

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SWINGING Pay homage to polka dots’ retro roots by wearing them on a swing skirt silhouette. Take this as an opportunity to mix and match prints — just remember to stay in a similar colour palette, for example a classic white and navy. Tip: a collection, in what was reported to If your polka dots are big and bold, be a “direct, unblushing plan to make choose a top with smaller stripes. women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. It worked, STYLING as the polka dot dress was Dior’s Combine a polka dot skirt or dress best-selling piece in the 1950s and with flat shoes during the day or opt Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth for heels in the evening. For a more Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe elegant look, wear a pair of tailored loved the print. Who can forget Julia trousers with a polka dot shirt. Roberts as Vivienne in Pretty Woman, There are certain prints that come attending the races in a polka dot and go and prints that stand the test dress and matching hat? It may have of time. Polka dots most certainly fall been many years ago, but it feels under the latter category. Indeed, most as relevant today as it did then. seasons you’ll find this darling dotty Today we can choose polka dot in pattern at some point or another. Are a variety of colours and styles from you ready to rock this timeless print? black and white, delicate pastel colours, electric blue or red tones. Polka dots are Sue Burton popping up everywhere, Award-winning Stylist and Image Consultant from skirts and dresses www.colourstyleanalysis.com to tops and accessories.


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A great start to 2020 for East Markham WI

East Markham WI’s January meeting was a games evening with cheese and wine, plus the renewal of membership. Membership renewals were good, with over 85% renewing on the night and the group were delighted to sign up five new members. Not many games were played, although there were some very competitive games of Snakes and Ladders and Ludo. Members enjoyed the opportunity to spend time chatting with one another whilst enjoying the cheese and wine. It’s not often

they have a purely social evening. March is the group’s birthday month, when they have their Birthday Dinner, with guests from the River Group WIs and

Wheatley Local History Group A late change of speaker

did nothing to detract from the enjoyment of their first meeting of 2020 for Wheatley Local History Group. Ann Featherstone travelled from Derbyshire to entertain members with her talk entitled ‘The Victorian Fair — Freaks and Fisticuffs’ covering the history of ‘fairs’ and the side shows with their mix of showmen. Her initial interest in the subject grew out her childhood adventures at her ‘home’ fair and looking forward to the annual Ilkeston Fair. These, often, annual events exist for a reason and many date back centuries. Ann explained they were often initially trading fairs with a follow on of entertainment, but over the years the onus altered as trade was done elsewhere and the fair remained as largely for fun and entertainment. Some were spontaneous like the Thames ‘Frost Fair’ when the river froze with two to four feet of ice which would support all the tents and man people with their horses and carts. The earliest recorded

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fair date was 1150, and they were regularly held into the 1650s. The last Frost Fair was in 1814 (maybe that’s when global warming began). Her talk included a huge amount of information like the Charter Fairs, granted by the Monarch for trade from onions, to sheep, grain, and geese. Then there were the hiring fairs (see the Wheatley village lectern on Top Street) and most had specific days and places. Fairs celebrated parish boundaries, industrial holidays, northern wakes, food for Christmas and a number of other origins. She illustrated her talk with an extensive collection of slides from drawings, paintings, postcards and photographs. To name just a few: Boston May Sheep Fair, Birmingham Onion Fair, Loughborough Backend Mop Fair, Portsmouth Free Mart, Kings Norton Mop Fair, last held in 1963, and Nottingham Goose Fair. Most were big local events opened by the town mayor or village dignitary with all the regalia of maces and ceremonial swords, etc. There was even a ‘Runaway Fair’ held

entertainment from magician Paul Vickers. Meetings take place at East Markham Village Hall, NG22 0SS. More information is available from 01777 871567 or 0177 871706. one week after a hiring fair which favoured the employer as he could obtain a different employee. The entertainment part, often the third day after the business had been done, was a hotbed of pickpockets, drunken and licentious behaviour to a backdrop of sideshows featuring animals and freaks, including the tallest or shortest man as well as the ugliest woman or fattest boy. Theatrical family businesses toured the fairs with their shows as well as rope walkers and boxing booths, dancing dogs as well as the flying pieman. He sold a very grey pastry coffin filled with questionable meat, and carried a jug of gravy which he poured into the top of his pies after making a hole in the pastry cover with his finger! Ann educated and amused members for over an hour with her stories and pictures. The group’s next meeting will take place on Monday 16th March and will include their AGM followed by a talk by Bob Massey — ‘Bread and Beer; the start of farming’. The meeting will start at 10.00am and will take place at the Village Hall in South Wheatley. Visitors are always welcome to join them.


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are looking forward to a great programme of speakers at their regular monthly meetings over the next few months. In March Phillip Cooper is giving a talk entitled ‘Travel and Holiday’. The timing seems just right as people are now looking at brochures for the summer and autumn. The group’s regular monthly General Meetings are always worth attending, as it gives members a chance to catch up with each other, and to find out the latest information on the 40 or so ‘interest groups’ available. These meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of the month, at the Well Baptist Church in Retford. The Gardening Group have several trips planned for this spring and summer. In June they are visiting Sledmere House, near Driffield, and in July Wollerton Old Hall Gardens at Market Drayton. Go upstairs

What’s on at Retford U3A at the next meeting at the Well and get details from their interest group table. In the past if a trip has proved popular, they have had more than one bus so don’t be afraid of taking someone else’s place. National U3A Day will take place on 3rd June. The Quilting Group and other craft groups are combining to produce ‘Bags for Life’, which will be given away on a stall in the Market Square (hopefully). More information on this and the ‘Pimms and Strawberry Tea’ will be in next month’s report. If you have just moved into the area, or recently retired, have a look at the Retford U3A website. On there with a bit of button pushing, you should be able to find information on the interest groups available, and a contact you will probably

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is more familiar than that of the North Road because it became the main trunk to the north. Newark-on-Trent, or Newark, is a market town and civil parish in the Newark and Sherwood district of the county of Nottinghamshire, in the East Midlands of England. It stands on the River Trent, the A1 — on the route of the ancient Great North Road. The speaker highlighted the problems and risks faced by the travelling fraternity, including those mentioned in the title. Road tax existed, even in those days, but in the form of toll booths, some which still stand today, but non-operational. The Great North Road was the main highway between London and Scotland. It became a coaching route used by mail coaches travelling between London, York and Edinburgh. The modern A1 mainly parallels the route of the Great

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Conservatory Roof Conversions 4 Counties Home Improvements......................................77 Conservatory Roof Conversions....................................... 33 Right Conservatory Roof Conversions.........................105 Drives, Patios & Pathways AJS Paving.................................................................................70 Bespoke Landscape Solutions..........................................66 Hard Landscaping..................................................................65 James Wright Builders & Landscapes............................73 Julian Fearn...............................................................................71 Neil Cornwell Property Maintenance...............................25 RCS Surfacing & Groundworks..........................................71 Fencing Bee Smart Services...............................................................67 Hard Landscaping..................................................................65 James Wright 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Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry................................107 Property Maintenance Household Maintenance Service.....................................69 Neil Cornwell Property Maintenance...............................25 Richard Smalley Property & Maintenance Services...75 Steve Needham Home Improvements.............................2 Roofing Services A Marshall Building & Roofing............................................75 Barrass Roofing...................................................................... 34 C & C Fibreglass......................................................................18 James Wright Builders & Landscapes............................73 Neil Cornwell Property Maintenance...............................25 Scaffolding A Craft Scaffolding..................................................................47 Sheds & Garden Buildings RS Timber Products...............................................................73 White Post Farm Garden Buildings & Greenhouses..67 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Charm Windows...................................................................100 Dickson Windows...................................................................18 Elite Windows.............................................................................3 Gala Home Improvements..................................................17 Peacock Windows..................................................................29 Retford Glass...........................................................................42 Retford Glass Company.......................................................77 The Window Fixer — Window & Door Repairs............101 True Window & Glass Centre..............................................49 We Fit Windows Doors Conservatories...........................47 Window Repair Services...................................................109 HOME INTERIOR Bathroom AHM 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