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Welcome! Welcome to the October edition of Retford Life.
This month we really embrace autumn — no longer are we mourning the end of summer, but it seems everyone is getting excited about the new season. It is the one time of the year we use pumpkins for all sorts. With that in mind, why not try out this month’s recipe, which is spiced pumpkin cheesecake? There is something special about seeing the leaves turn orange and this is the season when you can’t fail to notice the nature around you. Inside, Erin McDaid tells us about some of what autumn has to offer in the natural world. It’s also closer to the big festive celebration of 25th December. It’s still early, but we’re thinking about it already and we have some top tips on Christmas preparations you can start in October. If you’re feeling lucky, why not enter our competition to win tickets to see Ska legends Bad Manners at The Foundry in
Erin McDaid anticipates an autumn season full of colour, plus looks at pond making
Sheffield in October. At this time of year why not give a little to other people? Sometimes it is easy to overlook how small gestures can be appreciated by others. It doesn’t matter how small it is — maybe a tin of something for the food bank or a little of your time to charity — these little acts can transform the communities in which we live. During the summer 7th Retford (St Swithun’s) Scout Group (pictured above) hosted a group of Scouts, Guides and Leaders from Vancouver in Canada, at Charnwood International Scout and Guide Camp. Keep up to date with daily news from local groups and updates about local events via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/retfordlife, Twitter @retfordlife and on our website, www.retfordlifemagazine.com. Enjoy your October.
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A burst of autumn colour............................8 Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake...............10 Is early repayment right for your mortgage?....................................14 The Winged Horse & a glitterball of stars....20 Fabulous floors....................................26 & 28 Fast fixes...........................................................36 Things that go bump in the night...........44 Small steps to make a big impact.........46 WIN tickets to Bad Manners!....................48 Ask an expert.................................................52 6 October 2019
Schools join forces to form Trinity Partnership...............................54 A good read..................................................58 Everything everyone needs to know about the menopause............62 Plan for Christmas like a pro.....................66 Health check your cat...............................70 First drives: VW Caravelle Executive.....74 Going Dutch..................................................78 The best seven seaters on sale today..80 A new look for the Hub..............................84 The rock garden is alive...................86 & 88 Beautiful blueberries..................................90
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A burst of autumn colour
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Autumn colour (Ross Hardknott); Fungus (Alan West); Berry the Hedgehog (Tim Sexton).
erin McDaid anticipates a season full of colour Natural colour is often cited as one of the wonders of autumn and the month of October is as colourful as they come, with Mother Nature delivering a rich palette of reds, orange, browns and yellows that can brighten the greyest of days. Autumn might be short but it certainly packs a punch as our trees and hedgerows transform before our eyes with tired, washed out greens making way for vibrant shades. As well as punctuating the often grey days, these warm colours provide a contrast to the noticeably cooler mornings. The sun is still able to deliver relatively warm days once it breaks through, but after chilly nights there can be mist and fog, especially over rivers and wetlands, adding a special sense of atmosphere to early morning walks. Dewdrops can often be seen sparkling like jewels amidst the delicate framework of spiders’ webs. Whilst out and about in the countryside there is plenty to see and enjoy. Weird and wonderful fungi can be seen on the ground and sprouting from the trunks of dead and decaying trees, especially silver birch trees. Flocks of tits can be seen feasting on 8 October 2019
seeds and berries along hedgerows whilst smaller birds such as goldfinches will strip the seed heads of ﬂowers such as teasel. In areas where there is an abundance of fallen apples look out for wasps and red admiral butterﬂies sipping juices from the overripe fruits. Whilst important year-round, garden bird tables will become increasingly relied upon if the temperatures start to plummet and as natural food supplies start to become thin on the ground; so do remember to keep your table and any feeders topped up. If you have hedgehogs in the area, it is worth putting out food such as a meat based cat or dog food to help provide them with extra calories to boost their chances of putting on enough weight to see them through the challenge of hibernation. Rather than giving your lawn a final close cut of the season consider letting at least part of your lawn grow a little longer. This will provide more shelter and egg laying opportunities
for a wider range of insects which in turn provides feeding opportunities for birds and other wildlife. By also avoiding chemical weed and moss killers you can create a year-round feeding station for birds such as blackbirds and thrushes which will relish the prospect of hunting for worms and leatherjackets. MAKE A WILDLIFE POND October is also a great time to think about creating a wildlife pond. A pond constructed now will have plenty of time to settle and come next spring should already be teaming with wildlife. For details of how to create a pond and other improvements you can make to your garden to help wildlife visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife. org/actions/how-build-pond.
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NATIONAL POETRY DAY Thursday 3rd October, 2.00pm to 4.30pm A talk on Philip Larkin by Rob White. Rob has delighted people previously with his talks on Philip Larkin and this time he will choose a final selection of Larkin poems to give attendees further insight into his life and works. This will be followed by a Poetry Café on the theme of Truth. Take along a poem to share or simply enjoy listening. Tickets at £1.00 include refreshments. Booking is advised. CRIME CAFE Tuesday 8th October, 2.00pm to 3.30pm Join Retford Library staff for a crime themed afternoon. Tickets are £1.00 and include refreshments. Booking is advised. KEEPING IT LOCAL Thursday 10th October, 6.00pm to 7.30pm Local authors Barry Upton and Graeme Cumming will talk about how local settings become prominent features in their works, as well as sharing their experiences of getting published. Graeme’s first novel, Ravens Gathering, is set in the haunting woodlands of Sherwood Forest and Barry uses Retford as the setting for his novel The Academy published in 2016. Tickets are £2.00 and include refreshments. Booking is advised. MONTHLY TABLETOP GAMING DAY Saturday 26th October, 10.00am to 3.00pm Calling all gamers! Retford Library
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What’s on at Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a different style and playability than the more traditional board. There are also games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience. Free drop-in session. HALLOWEEN BOOK NIGHT Wednesday 30th October, 6.30pm Local writer and horror literature enthusiast Martin Jones will share his favourite ghost and horror stories and asks that you bring along yours to share too especially for Halloween. Further details are available from the library. Tickets are £2.00 and include refreshments. Booking is advised. HALF-TERM STORY THEATRE — THE GRIMM TALES Three story theatre sessions taking place in the children’s library for primary school age children to participate in. Sessions last 50 minutes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. These are free sessions but booking is advised. • Monday 28th October, 2.00pm — Piper — A dramatic telling of the tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin • Tuesday 29th October, 2.00pm — Chorus — A dramatic telling of the tale of The Musicians of Bremen • Wednesday 30th October, 2.00pm — Spin — A dramatic telling of the tale of Rumpelstiltskin WRITERS’ GROUP Thursday 10th and 24th October, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
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Go along, listen and share. For further information you can contact Kevin on 07903 654499 and email@example.com. CRAFT AND COFFEE CLUB Wednesday 2nd, 16th and 30th October, 1.30pm to 3.00pm Take along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials over a coffee — 50p for refreshments. FAMILY HISTORY GROUP Monday 14th and 28th October, 5.00pm to 7.00pm Library facilities, including the local studies rooms and free computer access to the Ancestry website are also available. LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORY DROP-IN SURGERY Need advice about family or local history? A local studies librarian will be on hand from 10.00am to 1.00pm on Thursday 17th October. RATTLE, RHYME AND ROLL Every Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am to 10.20am Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers. Many other services are available at the library. Free access to Research, Ancestry, British Newspaper Archive and Which? are available on Library PCs. There is also free printing for homework. Please ask for details. For further information about any of these events and activities please contact 01777 708724 or retford. firstname.lastname@example.org. for boules hire and pitch upkeep will be appreciated. You will need to bring pencil and paper to keep score. Seating and a BBQ can be provided as long as you bring along a cook. The pitch is located on the playing field on Church Lane, post code DN22 9LD. It is advisable to let a member of the village hall committee know if you wish to use the pitch so that the necessary arrangements can be made. For further information, please contact Graham on 01777 860846 or Linda on 01777 471384.
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Is early repayment right for your mortgage? If you have money left over at the end of each month, or have received an unexpected lump sum, you may be thinking about paying off your mortgage early. You can save large amounts in interest and potentially cut your mortgage term by years but it’s not always the best option. So what factors do you need to consider before deciding whether to clear your mortgage early? DOES YOUR MORTGAGE ALLOW FOR OVERPAYMENTS? Not all mortgage products let you overpay and some will charge you for doing so, but many allow borrowers to overpay up to 10% of the outstanding mortgage with no penalties. If you’re not sure about the terms and conditions of your mortgage, get in touch with your lender or check the original documentation. ARE YOU ENROLLED IN ANY PENSION SCHEMES? If you’re currently paying into a pension scheme it could be more beneficial in the long run to
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Retford’s last meeting, the president, Natalie took the opportunity to induct a new member, Yvonne, and to update members about how much Inner Wheel has grown worldwide since its early beginnings 95 years ago in the 1920s. The theme internationally is Empower and Evolve. The Retford club is 74 years old in October. For the new members, it was helpful to know the structures of the organisation and the purpose. Inner Wheel is about sharing friendship and having enjoyable activities which at the same time give service and help to those in need at home and overseas. As part of their work, the club also look at the support of mothers and children and women’s rights and issues. Many women do not enjoy the freedoms which we are lucky enough to have and which we expect. Danielle, the club’s youngest member, had prepared a Powerpoint presentation which outlined the organisation’s background, structure and purpose. It also showed the roles within the club and finally the main charities for the club’s fundraising this year. The British Disabled Waterski and
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back to the weekly meetings of Retford and District Photographic Society, when the new season started. President Jenny Smith presented certificates and trophies to members who missed the presentation dinner at the end of last season. The biggest collection was reserved for Des Lloyd who, to nobody’s surprise, retained the title of Photographer of the Year. It was pleasing to see many existing members returning as well as to welcome one new joiner and seven guests. Everyone is looking forward to the diverse subjects of the society’s speakers, competitions and tutorials for the season until the end of April. These
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The Inner Wheel Club of Retford Wakeboard Association was chosen because it has given support to one of the club’s members. Medical Detection Dogs is the other choice. There will be others. Members are able to add their suggestions. Jan was very moved by the presentation given at conference about Jessie’s Fund, a charity which helps mentally disabled sick children communicate through music. She is holding a coffee morning at her home to support them. Members often hold coffee mornings for different reasons. The Inner Wheel Association of GB and Northern Ireland have a three-year project supporting Period Poverty, in the UK. They have completed one year so far and clubs have risen to the challenge by supporting the Lunar Project and the Red Box Project in schools in the UK which supply sanitary needs to girls in secondary and now, primary schools thus reducing absence and loss of schooling. There are many ways in which clubs are involved with this project by working with established groups and with puberty education where there is a lack of understanding
Start to the new season will include some more unusual talks, including one from a professional garden photographer, one from an equine specialist and one who takes unusual views of the world using drones. Of course, there will be the familiar subjects of wildlife and landscape. There will also be competitions amongst members and with other clubs along with tutorials from visiting tutors and experienced members. Events organiser Jane Brownley showed everyone a summary of the club’s summer trip to photograph feeding gannets off Flamborough Head. It was interesting to see the flocks of birds fighting for our fish, the
The Syncro Singers The singers perform two or three concerts a year and meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings at The Denman Hall (opposite Morrisons Garage) on Moorgate, Retford. No singing experience is necessary and the group would be delighted
and information. Sanitary items can be donated to the food bank, which the club regularly support. All over the world, Inner Wheel clubs are recognising so many different needs and giving service. In the USA, they help provide myoelectric limbs for children. In Norway and Sweden, they help to fund sniffer dogs to detect drugs. Inner Wheel Malaysia reaches out to an indigenous community helping to uplift the quality of life living in an undeveloped rural area. Austria and the Czec Republic support a Downs Syndrome Centre. In Nepal IW members volunteer and work at a Cateract Microsurgical Workshop. Blind children benefit from club sponsorship of a multi-media centre in India. In the Netherlands, the organisation raises funds for refugee children traumatised by living through war. In Italy they have helped to develop an anti-bullying app for young victims. These are just a few very varied aspects of the work of Inner Wheel. For further information, please visit www.innerwheelofretford.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org. swell which agreed more with some members than others. Next year’s events are likely to be land based. There is a broad range of age and ability in the club with members from Retford and beyond. A warm welcome awaits guests and you can go to three evenings before committing to joining. Weekly meetings continue for the 2019-2020 season at St Joseph's Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford on Monday evenings at 7.30pm until the end of April 2020. Just go along or contact them via their website and members will look out for you. Everyone is welcome. For more information see on www.retford-photographic.co.uk. to welcome you into their lovely, friendly choir. The new season started in September and they will be preparing for the concerts and some Christmas sing-arounds For further details please contact Veronica or Mike Mahony on 01427 881203 or 07970 662798.
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The Winged Horse & a glitterball of stars James Ince on the autumn constellations that come to the fore The Winged Horse is actually upside down and his neck and head are made up by a few stars running below and to the right of the Square. The nose of the horse is marked by a bright and yellow coloured star Enif. Although Enif is 740 light years distant it is a very luminous star. If you have binoculars look towards the right and above Enif and you will be able to see a glittering
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star and lies around 100 light years distant. The bottom left star is Algenib and this star is the most remote of the group 480 light years. The top right star is Scheat, pronounced “Scat” by most people and this is a Red Giant, M type, a star which has used up most of its hydrogen fuel and it has expanded in size and varies its light output. Scheat is relatively distant at 190 light years. The bottom right star is Markab another white coloured star B type and just 86 light years. Compare the stars and see if you discern the difference in colour. It is interesting to see how many stars are visible within the Square. At first glance it appears there are just three, but there are about seven visible without using binoculars and many more if you use optical aid.
cluster of dim stars, a globular cluster known as M15. The stars which make up this object are relatively close together and formed together. M15 was discovered by the French astronomer Jean-Dominique Maraldi in 1746 and was later located and catalogued by Charles Messier in 1764. The cluster is well over 40,000 light years away and contains many ancient stars and a distinct X ray source. The Bassetlaw Astronomical Society has now commenced its fortnightly meetings and welcomes new members and visitors. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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RETFORD PIPES AND DRUMS Have you always wanted to learn a musical instrument? Do you want a cool new hobby? Perhaps here is your opportunity. Retford Pipes and Drums meets on the first and third Wednesday each month, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm, and are looking for beginner or experienced pipers and drummers to join the thriving band. All tuition is free but if after a few taster sessions you decide to join, an annual membership fee will apply to contribute to the cost of equipment and uniforms. If you want further information please contact Gordon Dale, Pipe Major, on 07894 320708 or just turn up at Rampton Village Hall.
TIME TO CRAFT On Tuesdays, from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, you can enjoy crafts at the hall. Do you enjoy crafting, but struggle to set aside time at home to complete your projects or to even start them? Time to Craft is a friendly group of likeminded crafters, all wanting to make time to craft, so whether you knit, crochet, sew, needlepoint, make paper art, lino cut, etc., this could be the group for you! Whether you are a novice with little or no experience in
Retford Art Society is pleased to announce their forthcoming autumn exhibition which is, again, to be held in the magnificent St Swithun’s Church, Cannon Square, Retford. Thanks to the church authorities, the venue has been made available since 2005 and
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on the second Wednesday of each month, from 7.00pm. EVERGREEN CLUB Also, on the second and last Wednesdays of the month is the Evergreen Club. Go along and have some friendly chat and a game or two, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. PILATES On Thursdays from 5.00pm to 6.00pm, why not join the Pilates group? Pilates is a gentle, controlled movement method which focuses on posture, core strength and mobility. It teaches movement patterns which minimise stresses and tensions on the body reducing your risk of associated injury. Contact Natalie Carter on 07828 805328 for further details. BINGO SESSION On Wednesday 23rd October it will be eyes down at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.00pm and there will be cash prizes, a jackpot game for £170, a raffle with first prize £15.00 plus many other prizes. Plus the Rampton and Woodbeck Parish Lottery draw. budding artists from Elkesley Primary School will also be on display. The exhibition runs from Thursday 10th October to Saturday 26th October. Opening times will be Thursdays, 11.15am to 4.00pm, and Fridays and Saturdays, 10.00am to 4.00pm.
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On Tuesday 3rd September, 13 members and friends of Wheatley Family and Local History Society gathered at the courtyard coffee shop in Tuxford, literally next to the award winning ‘Museum of The Horse’ and art gallery. They were soon joined by owner Sally Mitchell. Her knowledge and explanations of what they were looking at throughout the visit were superb. Even though there were more than adequate descriptions beside most of the exhibits, those extra tales and details added to the enjoyment. They started in the courtyard with the Holyhead — London Royal Mail coach. Did you know, they changed horses every 10 miles and wheels at least every three weeks? An extra horse was added to a team of four for uphill sections called the cock-horse, hence the saying ‘ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross’. The August saw Retford Bowling Green’s ladies’ captain Glen Evans hosting Ladies Day for the second year in succession. 24 ladies, including six new members, played three matches each in a ‘round robin’ format. The competition ended with four ladies winning all of their matches and so the finalists had to be decided by shot difference. In fourth and third places were Liz Brammer and Val Brodie. The final was between Helen Worth and Mandy Cooper with Helen finishing winner and Mandy runnerup. A huge thank you must go to the gentlemen volunteers for marking and catering, Shirley Pickersgill for the ﬂowers, all of the ladies that took part or helped in any other way and finally to Glen for organising everything. On Sunday 18th August, the mixed pairs competition Wistaria was held. This is named after the wistaria (or East Markham Cinema takes
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Wheatley Family & Local History Society history of the mail from 1685 with single mounted post boys to the last ‘mail coach’ ceasing operation in Scotland during 1871 is detailed on boards. Even then the horse continued in mail service by pulling delivery vans and carts until 1920. Next they went inside and were greeted by a huge array of horse associated items starting with a few roman artefacts, the first room featured side saddles and other variations including one designed for the farmer’s wife! The museum claims to have some 60 saddles, 400 bits and 170 stirrups. They came from all parts of the world. Then there was a section on veterinary equipment for horses, an exhibit area for pit ponies as well as heavy horse competition. There were photographs, paintings and prints
Retford Bowling Green wisteria) which used to grow over the old clubhouse. The original trophy, which can still be seen in the club, was made from a section of the trunk of that tree. In 2008, Len and Keitha Walker sponsored the event and presented new trophies to the club. Unfortunately Len passed away not long after but Keitha has continued to sponsor the event in memory of Len. As the runner up trophy was full Keitha has provided a new one this year. This year for the first time that anyone can remember there were no teams who won all three of their matches. There were 12 teams who won two matches. The best on shot difference were Richard Jenkins and Millie Satchell. But the top performance, winning two and drawing one were Keitha Walker and Mike
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featuring horses and horse owners including the infamous Empress of Austria, who travelled light with just 60 tons of belongings! One photo of Retford racecourse was close to another of a horse drawn hound van. Collars for a variety of working horses were featured including one that was ‘quick fitting’ for the fire engine horses. Another section covered the horses used in both world wars and included their gas masks. The museum is a little-known gem that the society ‘discovered’ on their visit — with interest for nonhorse people as well as riders, full of fascinating and little-known facts. If you were unaware of it then take a trip to Tuxford, you will be bound to enjoy a visit. You can find more details at www.horsemuseum.co.uk. Boon. After a closely fought final the winners were Richard and Millie. This means that Keitha gets to have her name engraved on her new trophy! August bank holiday weekend was a busy time for the club with the annual barbecue on the evening of Saturday 24th August. Val Sly and her team of volunteers prepared and served their usual top-notch fare. However their efforts didn't stop there. On the following two days of the weekend all of the finals of the club internal knockout competitions are played. Again Val and her team were cooking up delights for lunch in the form of burgers, sausages, sauté potatoes and salad. For more information on the club visit their website www. retfordbowlinggreen.co.uk, email email@example.com or call Geoff Evans, on 01777 948194.
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Dukeries Theatre Group The Dukeries Theatre Group’s
next production is ‘Outside Edge’, a comedy by Richard Harris to be performed at The Acorn Theatre in Worksop on Thursday 7th, Friday 8th, and Saturday 9th November. This hilarious comedy is set one summer’s day at a village cricket match although there is more drama occurring in the pavilion than on the wicket! Roger has trouble assembling his cricket team to play against the British Railways Maintenance Division East, but these complications pail before those occurring among their various wives and girlfriends. As a final catastrophe, rain starts to fall. The play, from the author of Stepping Out, was first seen at the Queen’s Theatre, London, starring Julia McKenzie and Maureen Lipman. It was also adapted for a TV comedy series during the 1990s. Why not go along and meet those characters again? Tickets are £10.00 and are available from the Acorn Theatre Box Office, call 01909 501817, or online at www.acorntheatre.net.
Canal Trust’s Photo Exhibition
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(CCT) is adding a new feature to this year’s walking festival — a photographic exhibition. The exhibition will be held later in the year at the CCT’s headquarters at Hollingwood Hub, and possibly at other locations, including in Nottinghamshire. This is subject to there being sufficient entries. Entries can be taken on or off the canal and include boats, buildings and structures, wildlife, good views, and scenery. In fact, anything that catches the photographer’s eye. But photographs must be the original work of the photographer. For full details of the exhibition, and an entry form, go to the CCT’s website www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk. Entrants need to include the number of the walk and when the photograph was taken. The closing date for entries is 6.00pm on Tuesday 22nd October. Copies of the CCT’s brochure, with full details of the 53 walks in this year’s walking festival, are in The Misterton Centre. Or on the CCT’s website, www. chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.
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The Arts Society Dukeries
If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, go along to one of the Arts Society Dukeries’ meetings, at the Civic Centre, Carlton-in-Lindrick, from 11.00am to 12.00pm on the first Wednesday of the month (except for summer and winter breaks). There are also two extra, special interest days. They also have trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. Our Wednesday 2nd October the lecture will be on ‘The Trojan War on Greek Vases’. The Trojan War inspired Greek poets and dramatists in the art world. Now, using a wealth of illustrations, David Stuttered will show how vase painters, too, responded to the myths of Troy in ways that could be intensely moving, irreverently funny and sometimes heart-stoppingly profound. There is free car parking. For further details on the lecture programme, the study/special interest day or the society, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit the web page at www.theartssociety.org/dukeries. The lecture on Wednesday 6th November is titled ‘Mad Men and the Artist: how the Tony Rawlins advertising industry has exploited fine art’. The next Study Day/Special Interest Day will be
Woodturning Society The demonstrator at the Dukeries Woodturning Society’s meeting in August was Emma, the Tiny Turner. 38 members and visitors attended, including some fellow turners from Lincolnshire Wolds. Everyone who attended said it was a good night, as members had Pat there with his wood working supplies and Steve Wright with a wide selection of wood for carving. Emma began making a triangular box with a twist starting with a rectangular chunk of lime wood which she first turned roughly into a cylinder. She marked it up, explaining how to create the twist. Using the marks she had drawn, she reset the block into the lathe chuck off centre. This is quite advanced work and causes the piece to wobble a lot when the lathe spins. Emma explained how to shape each side of the piece to create the outside of the box. She then carved the surface to give it texture
on Thursday 21st November on the restoration of the Palace of Westminster — ‘The Houses of Parliament from Fire to Rebuilding and Bombing to Restoration: 1,000 years of a British icon’. The lecture speaker will be Caroline Shenton. With the restoration of the Palace of Westminster in the news, this highly topical study day covers 1,000 years of history, art and architecture of Britain’s most famous building: from the disastrous fire of 1834, through to the rebuilding of Barry and Pugin’s new Palace, to the damage of the Second World War and finishing with an update on the current multibillion pound proposals to restore the Palace for the 21st century. Dr Caroline Shenton is an archivist and historian. She was formerly director of the Parliamentary Archives and a senior archivist at the National Archives. Caroline is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society. Her book ‘The Day Parliament Burned Down’ won top prize at the inaugural Political Book Awards in 2013, and its sequel ‘Mr Barry’s War’, about the rebuilding of Parliament, was a book of the year for the Daily Telegraph and BBC History Magazine in 2016. similar to that created with an adze. She explained that she does that before parting the top and bottom of the box so that it will match up afterwards. Having hollowed out the centre, Emma coloured the outside black and, while it dried, showed some samples of gilding and spoke about the techniques you can use. She finally applied gilding to the inside of the box and a different type of gilding product to each of the faces of the box to demonstrate how they differ. It was an excellent and informative evening. On Wednesday 23rd October the group will welcome Dennis Wake to the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton, at 7.30pm to demonstrate. The tickets are now available for the Christmas Social on Saturday 14th December. These are available from Gordon Fisher. For more information please visit www. dukerieswoodturning.org.uk or call Gordon Fisher on 01623 464986 or Michael Manning on 01777 870844.
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Bassetlaw triathlon event huge success
everyone, especially event sponsors Perrys, the lead sponsor, Select Scales and Landin, Wilcock and Co.” Yannie Duveen, club secretary and volunteer coordinator, said: “Volunteers turned up with a smile and encouraged all competitors on the day, they were all fantastic. We have already had some great feedback from competitors coming to the club gazebo after they finished the race, appreciating the support, smiles, encouragement they got from start to finish. Also, a big thank you to local supermarkets Tesco and Sainsburys who generously donated snacks, fruit and drinks that made up a pack for each volunteer to have whilst out on their duties.” The club have already had thoughts for next year’s event and anyone interested in trying the sport wold be welcome at the Bassetlaw Triathlon Club. For more details about the club anyone can check out the website www.bassetlawtriclub. co.uk or visit the club’s Facebook page.
Triathletes from across the region took part in the seventh Bassetlaw sprint triathlon event on Sunday 4th August. The event hosted by local Bassetlaw Triathlon Club attracted over 220 competitors from as far afield as York, Leeds, Northampton and Cheshire. The event, based out of BPL Leisure Centre on Valley Road started with an early morning 400 metre swim in the indoor pool followed by a fully marshalled 20 km bike ride out to Carlton and Langold with a return route taking in Letwell and Gildingwells, to then finish with a 5km run closer to the leisure centre finishing on the playing fields at the leisure centre where family and friends were able to cheer the finishers over the line. The individual winners were: first Hannah Shooter, of in a time of 1:10:48; second Rebecca Kirvan-Rodgers in 1:13:58; and third Alice Cordwell in
1:14:51 for the women. For the men: Sam Broomhead was first home in a time of 1:01:11; second Tom Jackson in 1:06:00; and third Martin Bond in 1:07:40. The team relay event was won by Triyourtri Club. First time triathlete Jane Sheridan said: “When I joined the club just over 12 months ago, I didn’t even have a bike, but there has been tremendous support from club members and coaches, so I decided to have a go at the event. I am delighted and relieved to have completed the triathlon. Thanks to all the marshals and supporters around the course who gave me great encouragement.” Race director Matan Duveen said: “My first time as a race director. Months of work and organisation gone into the event. Really happy with how it all went, despite a couple of ‘curve balls,’ but with a great team around me everything worked out. Thank you
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a team of clinical volunteers. Sarah said: “Now that our services are established in Bassetlaw, we are developing more local one-to-one therapeutic support and counselling, workshops, advice and training in the area for children and families who have been bereaved as well as the professionals who support them. “To do this, the charity need help to spread the word about the support that is available for families, to recruit volunteers and to raise as much money as possible. We’re extremely grateful for any support the public can give.” Olivia Bradford (volunteer co-ordinator) added: “If you would like to know more
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helping them to build confidence and take part in social and leisure activities. Alan, a former World Championship rower, lost his sight at a young age. Alan enjoys leading an active life, which he says would not be possible without the My Guide service. Alan is matched with volunteer Karen, who helps Alan to go to the gym. The two were matched because of
about the charity or are interested in becoming a volunteer, there are lots of different ways to get involved either within the community or supporting children directly. Prior to beginning support in Bassetlaw, families had to make the 40-mile round trip to visit the charity at its centre in Newark, so we are keen to continue developing our local support which is provided free of charge thanks to fundraising, donations and Bassetlaw CCG.” If you would like to find out more about the charity please visit www. childrensbereavementcentre. co.uk or call 01636 551739. their mutual interest in fitness and sport. Karen applied to become a My Guide volunteer after leaving her job, and says she enjoys helping Alan pursue the interests he loves. If you think you could help someone like Alan, contact Volunteer Manager Elizabeth Felgate on 0345 1430221 or email Elizabeth.Felgate@ guidedogs.org.uk. Applicants will need to be over 18 years of age and willing to undergo training.
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Retford Men’s Probus Club Listen! Do you want to know a secret? No not the major hit recorded in the sixties by Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas or even the one by the fab four of Beatles fame? This is the opening of the new season of Retford Men’s Probus Club which was held on Friday 6th September. The new season kicked off when long-standing member and former president Roy Evans addressed the gathering on the ‘History of the Secret Service’. Sorry no further information available at present time because of course it is Top Secret! Did Roy spill the beans about the Secret Service home and abroad? Time will tell! Please be aware
the name of speakers may have been changed for security reasons. A white paper will be released shortly (probably in triplicate) with the full story as told by the club’s member. Look out for details. Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. The meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you would like to go along to one of their meetings, please view the website www.retfordmensprobusclub. org.uk. Contact Retford Men’s Probus Club, by email to probyte@ retfordmensprobusclub.org.uk or call the secretary on 07542 852037. You won’t regret it!
Bassetlaw Hospice Autumn Events There is still time to enter Bassetlaw Hospice’s Challenge Walk on Saturday 12th October. With a family walk of six miles and longer distances 20 and 26 miles, the routes cover the historic estates of Clumber, Welbeck and Thoresby. Pre entry is recommended with full details on the hospice’s website or from the Hospice Appeal Office. A range of clothes from their charity shops will feature in a special Fashion Show and Ladies Evening organised by Blyth WI, in the Memorial Hall on Friday 18th October. Tickets are £5.00 with the proceeds going to the charity, WI and Memorial Hall. For something different why not visit the Old Police Station in
Call for stall holders for Christmas for NSPCC fundraising group North Nottinghamshire NSPCC fundraising group are
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Retford who are hosting a Night Market on Friday 25th October? There will be a variety of craft and food stalls, with plenty of ideas for early Christmas presents! Entry donations are in aid of the hospice. Finally, Colours Fundraising Fashions will be holding the popular Fashion Show and Pop up Shop with a range of high street brands all competitively priced, at Ye Olde Bell Hotel on Tuesday 29th October. Tickets are priced at £5.00 each. For tickets and further information regarding any of these events, please contact the Appeal Office on 01777 701444, email debbie@ bassetlawhospice.org or visit www.bassetlawhospice.org. help to fund their vital services such as Childline and the Speak Out Stay Safe service, delivered to children in primary schools across the country teaching them how to spot signs of abuse and who they can turn to for help. Entry to the fair for visitors is £5.00 to include coffee and a biscuit and Ye Olde Bell will have their special lunch menu available for an extra charge. There is a limited amount of space. If you are interested please get in touch with Liz Brash in the first instance at Lizbrash@hotmail.com.
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Small steps to make a big impact Kate Duggan on ideas for encouraging the whole family to lead a greener life shrubs or a hedge for them to nest in. Don’t have a garden? Search the RHS website for pollinator-friendly plants for pots and window boxes. REUSE Try to reuse before buying new. You could melt wax crayons down in silicone cake moulds to make new chunky crayons for example. Kids desperate for plastic toys? Buy them second-hand on eBay or Facebook Marketplace.
It’s not always easy to be eco-friendly, but there are ways you can work together as a family to lead a greener life. DISCUSS THE ISSUES Talk to your family about what you want to achieve and why. You might be surprised at what they come up with. After watching ‘War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita’, my children announced they were giving up jelly pots and other plastic-wrapped snacks. Can you commit to walking or cycling to school rather than going in the car? Can you all agree to use reusable water bottles rather than buying drinks while you’re out? RECYCLE Make recycling easier by labelling your bins so it’s clear what goes in each one. Print pictures to stick on the lids if you have young children. Short on space? Ikea sell spacesaving stackable storage bins. 46 October 2019
Crisp packets, biscuit wrappers, toothbrushes, contact lens packaging and baby food pouches usually aren’t collected by the council, but they can be recycled by TerraCycle. Alternatively, Ellie’s Fund has recycling collection points across the UK to raise money for brain tumour research, see www.elliesfund.com/recycling. GET CRAFTY Most children love crafts, so why not look at a few eco-projects? You could make beeswax wraps together (an alternative to cling film) or soy candles to give as gifts. My children decorated some organic tote bags (£1.00 each on eBay) to donate to the local shop for customers to borrow. GO WILD Cut down on the weeding and do your bit for insects by letting an area of your garden go wild. Encourage birds by hanging up some bird feeders and bird boxes, or planting large
TAKE ACTION Get your kids involved in campaigning! You could encourage them to write to your MP or send letters to ask favourite brands to reduce plastic waste. You could even take part in family-friendly climate marches together. MAKE THE SWITCH Some of the things that make the most difference actually take the least amount of work. Switching to a renewable energy supplier such as Bulb, Ecotricity or Octopus only takes a few minutes. Most green energy companies have excellent customer service ratings and sometimes work out cheaper than the larger companies. MOVE YOUR MONEY Banks often use your savings and loan repayments to invest in companies you may not want to support. It’s easy to move your family’s money to a more ethical provider. Charity Bank, Triodos and Ecology Building Society all offer a range of ethical investment opportunities and savings accounts. Want to stick to a high street bank? The Co-operative Bank has a strict ethical policy that sets out what it won’t invest your money in.
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enormous-bodied frontman’s onstage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops TV exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze. Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel (born Douglas Trendle), the band was formed in 1976 while the members were together at Woodberry Down Comprehensive School near Manor House, North London. They were at their most popular during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Their notable hits include ‘My Girl Lollipop’, ‘Lip Up Fatty’ and ‘Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu’. To be in with a chance of winning post the entry form to us or email your details to competitions@ retfordlifemagazine.com Advance tickets cost £22.00 and are available from the box office on 0333 344 6250 or www.eventim.co.uk.
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Friendly Bridge Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust 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 and 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, the fee structure will change as below. 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. Sessions are at Ordsall Parish Hall, DN22 7TU, from 1.50pm, finishing by 4.30pm. Table money of £3.00 per head is needed, which includes tea and coffee and biscuits. It is only £2.00 per head if you are 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.
Worksop Society of Artists demonstration Worksop Society of Artists will be holding a demonstration at the Cricket Club, Worksop, on the evening of Tuesday 15th October, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. The artist for the evening is Alison Stafford and her subject will be ‘Acrylic Horse’. All are welcome, there is a fee of £4.00 on the door for non-members with refreshments at the interval. The society meets regularly on Wednesday mornings, from 9.00am to 12.00pm. Anyone wishing to join the society, please go down to the cricket club and have a look round and meet members, you will be made very welcome. 50 October 2019
David Fox, one of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s favourite speakers, will give the October talk about Attenborough Nature Reserve to the Trust’s North Notts Local Group. Once a busy working gravel pit, Attenborough is now a serene and tranquil nature reserve run by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. It has become a nationally important wetland site and many rare species use it on a regular basis. Unlike many nature reserves, which are basically islands in seas of humanity, Attenborough is bordered by a natural corridor, namely the River Trent. David Fox has spent many hours in this lovely reserve, photographing much of its wildlife, from wildﬂowers, birds, butterﬂies and moths,
Ode to Autumn North Notts Creative Textiles
Group will once again stage an exciting free textiles exhibition at Clumber Park Discovery Centre from Tuesday 1st October to Sunday 3rd November. All things autumn will be there — mushrooms, falling leaves, wildlife and fires are all included. A wide range of fabric techniques, embroidery and creativity will be on display in this iconic building next to the cafe and visitor centre in Clumber Park, which is a National Trust property. Appliqué, felting — wet and dry, embellishment, hand and machine embroidery, mixed media and
dragonﬂies, crickets, fungi and amphibians. The talk is a mixture of all this biodiversity and is illustrated throughout. David is well known for his informative talks and wonderful photography. This will be one to enjoy! This meeting will be held in the Rural Learning Centre at the Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ, on Thursday 10th October. The meeting starts at 7.30pm and admission is £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, please email Jan with your request. computer-aided textile work will all be on show, and most pieces will be for sale. Some of the designers and makers will be on hand to meet you and answer your questions on the skills involved on Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition. The North Notts Textiles Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month, and the next meeting is on Wednesday 2nd October, at Goodwin Hall, Retford, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. If you like what you see at the exhibition, why not go along to the next meeting? Visitors and new members are very welcome. For more information please contact Carrie on 01623 863327.
Retford Little Theatre Christmas Craft Fair Avoid the panic of last-minute
Christmas shopping and visit the Retford Little Theatre Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 2nd November, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Admission is free. You can browse at leisure amongst the colourful and interesting stalls with their array of imaginative gift ideas and you
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Ask an expert… there is most certainly no magic formula, pill or powder which will allow you to lose weight and keep it off in a healthy manner.
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chris barnacoat answers two of his most asked questions the form of good quality nutrients. Nutrients are the vitamins and minerals which your body actually uses to repair itself, to aid detoxification, to assist digestion and to make sure all your systems are running efficiently. This is why ‘empty calories’ end up having such a negative impact; foods containing lots of calories but very little vitamins or minerals do not help improve our health in the long run. The best diet contains lots of vegetables, an adequate amount of protein (which is usually higher than many people think), the correct amount of starchy carbohydrates for you as an individual and a sufficient amount of fibre. Your diet also needs to be interesting enough for you to be able to maintain it while not sacrificing your goals. You can start to see now why there is no ‘one diet fits all’ and
FREQUENCY OF TRAINING ‘How often should I train?’ is also another commonly asked question. First of all, let us look at the wording of the question, ‘how often should I train?’. Well, this all depends on the outcome which you seek. If you are training for fat loss, you can train three times per week and still get a reasonably fast and sustainable result. A different question, ‘How often can I train?’ gives quite a different answer. The more you train, the greater the result you will have. This is true for both fat loss and athletic performance. However, that training needs to be intelligent and well structured. If you just spend hours and hours doing a very similar style of training, you will not get very far. You also need to make sure that you can recover from your training. Working out 12 times a week is fine, as long as you are recovering. Due to poor sleep, high daily stress and poor nutrient intake, some people cannot recover from training two times a week. Something I would advice is being active everyday and by ‘active’ I mean something as straight forward as going for a half-hour walk. This will help improve cardiovascular health (which will also aid resistance training capability) and add to your overall weekly calorie deficit if weight loss is your goal. If you are struggling with your health with your health and fitness and would like a free consultation, please contact Chris at Satori Health on firstname.lastname@example.org. Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk
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Schools join forces to form Trinity Partnership Two Retford schools are on
an intriguing path towards improved outcomes for their pupils in a novel teaching and learning partnership. St Swithun’s C of E Primary Academy and Gamston C of E Primary School joined forces in September last year with Worksop Priory C of E Primary Academy, to form the Trinity Partnership of Schools. As a ‘supporting school’ within the Southwell and Nottingham Multi Academy Trust, Worksop Priory Academy was paired up with the two Retford schools to share outstanding practise and develop wider opportunities beyond the classroom for the pupils. Under the leadership of Executive Headteacher Phil Abbott, outcomes for pupils are rising and opportunities for children to take part in interschool events have increased hugely. Children from across the partnership have taken part in additional maths, reading, writing, art and sports events with their partnership peers. The autumn term promises to be one of great excitement at Gamston C of E Primary School as it moves
Gamston and St Swithun’s are schools with bags of potential and are on an exciting journey. But school life is not all about academic achievement, although it is incredibly important, says Interim Executive Headteacher, Phil Abbott. “The demands on schools to provide a broad, balanced and pupil-focussed curriculum are huge” he said. “Our philosophy is that if children grow resilience, enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge, they are
towards academy status with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham Multi-Academy Trust. For some, the merits of converting from local authority control to an academy trust remain contestable, but for Gamston’s senior leaders, the opportunity to deliver its own pupil-focussed curriculum and unerring vision to further improve outcomes for all pupils is too great for this popular rural school to turn down.
primed to grow in all facets of their development. We aim to develop the whole child, not just the academic child. Life skills are so important. If children are ready to learn, enjoy the opportunities presented to them and aspire to be successful, they are very well placed to meet their potential.” Both schools provide education for children aged three to 11, with the very youngest of pupils beginning
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the term after their third birthday. They welcome children and families with open arms and look forward to meeting anyone who is interested in their children learning with them. “The sooner we can introduce children to the Early Years settings at Gamston and St Swithun’s, the better. The opportunities to play, learn and have fun are endless and we always welcome new pupils with open arms” Mr Abbott added. “Every pupil is treated as an individual, with their learning carefully crafted to play on their strengths whilst developing their target areas.” By the time you are reading this, the partnership will have developed further. Both Gamston and St Swithun’s have been on the lookout for a permanent Executive Headteacher, to work between the two schools and it is anticipated that a new appointment will be made in September. This will allow Mr Abbott to return fulltime to Worksop Priory following a year of establishing the partnership, which will itself remain strong between the three schools into the new academic year.
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Give an hour to help the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Following on from last month’s
National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW) the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is calling for people across the two counties to help raise awareness and funds for the life-saving charity. Over the last 25 years, the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance has responded to more than 20,000 potentially life-saving missions. On average, the medical crew attend three incidents every single day, where they provide the equivalent of a hospital Accident and Emergency department to people suffering from the most serious of illnesses and devastating injuries directly to the scene of an incident. George Overton, Director of Fundraising and Communications at Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are so grateful for the fantastic support we receive every single day from our local community and businesses from across the two counties. The National Air Ambulance Week gave all local air ambulance charities a national united voice, promoting all the hard work which goes on not only during this week, but every single day of the year. “Without the support and generosity of our local communities, we simply would not be able to do what we do and continue saving lives every day.” You can find out more about the charity at their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Ambucopter or Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/ LNAACT or visit www.ambucopter. org.uk or call 01522 548469.
Dovecote Quilters Dovecote Quilters are holding a Coffee, Cake and Quilts day, at Letwell Village Hall, Letwell S81 8DF on Friday 11th October, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. There will be a sale of handmade items and gifts, a quilt rafﬂe, a Chinese rafﬂe and out of the box too. All proceeds raised will go to supporting Peppers Field Animal Rescue and admission is £2.00. 56 October 2019
Prostate cancer screening campaign draws to a close The fourth and final session of the provincial prostate cancer screening programme was accomplished at Worksop Masonic Hall on Saturday 27th June. The head of the Urology Department at Burton on Trent Hospital, Miss Jyoti Shah, and her team undertook the testing ably supported by the Provincial Almoners, namely: W. Bro Urban Burrows, the Provincial Grand Almoner; W. Bros Keith Hollingworth; David Snowden; Ron Nuthall; and Paul Freeman. The idea for a Nottinghamshire testing programme was born early in 2017 when Freemasons from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Nottinghamshire — Urban Burrows, on a visit to London, heard that a province was considering prostate cancer screening for its Brethren. Picking up on their initiative, Urban made enquiries, subsequent to which the Graham Fulford Trust was contacted. The Trust, on payment of a fixed fee per examination, would carry out a PSA blood test; however, the team had discovered information indicating that a blood test was not 100% conclusive. Further enquiries identified that Miss Jyoti Shah and her team performed the same blood test plus an internal examination of the prostate gland — a far more dependable check. As Miss Shah was in the process of planning a prostate cancer screening campaign for the Province of Derbyshire (as part of her remit for a nationwide screening service) the Derbyshire Almoner, W. Bro George Frost, was contacted and the Nottinghamshire Almoner’s team were invited to attended sessions at Derby and Burton. After discussion, Urban and the team realised that it was a feasible scheme for Nottinghamshire, so a proposal was put to their PGM who immediately embraced the proposal and gave the team the go-ahead with his blessing.
A fundraising campaign was launched to cover the cost of the examinations; such was the reaction that not only were the cost of 400 examinations covered (the original number of requests from Brethren wishing to undertake the test) but also sufficient funds to make a donation to Miss Shah’s prostate cancer research programme and to both the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire branches of Blood Bikes who would support the programme. The four two-day screening sessions took place in Masonic centres across the province: West Bridgford; Nottingham; Mansfield; and finally, Worksop. In order to allow Miss Shah to concentrate on the medical aspects of the sessions, the Almoners’ team, supported by two of very willing helpers, undertook all the planning. This approach maximised the number of examinations performed per session, more in fact than the original expectations. Thank you must go to all the Masonic centres and their staff, for making rooms available and for providing refreshments free of charge. Of the 400 Masons examined, 10% have had a follow-up examination, of which four individuals have started treatment. Four lives have been saved, that’s a massive outcome for the campaign. All examinees were asked, by an Almoner present, if they would care to make a donation to the overall campaign fund – to a man they complied! Grateful thanks for their donations go to the Provincial Charity Committee, Lodges, Other Orders and Units, local Regalia Stores, together with a number of individuals. The Hall Companies for the use of their facilities, and of course the 400 examinees for their generosity. The province’s success has been proven and our knowledge will be shared — three other provinces have already asked the Nottinghamshire Almoners’ team to give them guidance on how to effect a similar campaign. Hopefully, because of this campaign, more individuals have been made aware of this disease, its symptoms and what to do. Miss Shah expresses the hope that more men will be happy to talk openly about prostate cancer to their spouses and other men.
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most of leftovers, plus plenty of quick and simple recipes, Time to EAT is a treasure trove of ideas. Enjoy Harissa Bean Pizza for brunch (with just ten minutes handson time), followed by One Tray Peanut Chicken for dinner and Caramelised Biscuit Traybake for pudding. CHRISTMAS PAPERCRAFT Patricia Moffett Planning to make your own decorations this Christmas? This book makes it easy, with templates and step-by-step instructions. There are tree decorations, lanterns and a festive winter scene for a shelf or mantelpiece, as well as greetings cards. Thirteen designs are included altogether. For most, all you need is some paper, a craft knife, glue, a cutting mat (ideally), and fifteen minutes’ peace and quiet.
TALL TALES AND WEE STORIES Billy Connolly Tall Tales and Wee Stories brings together some of the most popular sketches from Billy Connolly’s 50 year career in comedy, including Jojoba Shampoo, The Last Supper, Shouting at Wildebeest and more. Dip in when you need an instant pick-me-up after a bad day. (Just don’t read it on the train, unless you don’t mind snorting with laughter in public). IT’S VINTAGE, DARLING! Christa Weil Rebelling against fast fashion? This book will help you to embrace vintage clothing. You’ll learn how to recognise quality craftsmanship, identify different types of materials, cuts and designs, and choose clothes that look like they’ve been tailor-made for you, as well as finding out what to check for before buying, and much, much more. It’s Vintage Darling! is over ten years’ old now, so you may need to order it from your library or buy it second-hand online.
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The Royal British Legion (Retford & District Branch) It doesn’t seem a year since preparations were being made for the 2018 Poppy Appeal, but that time of year is upon us again. Committee members and volunteers were stunned to hear that the district total for last year has exceeded £77,000. This is truly an amazing total and is a result of the generosity of everyone who donated. The money raised during the Poppy Appeal is fed into the national total and is used to help and support ex- servicemen and their families. Anyone locally who has served for at least seven days in the Armed Forces may be eligible for help. For more information about the help available, The Royal THE MEMORIAL (VILLAGE) HALL Elkesley Memorial Hall is available for hire, for parties and other activities, to all individuals, groups and organisations. Booking enquiries shall be made; direct to the bookings secretary on 07593 871577 available from 9.00am to 5.00pm on Mondays to Saturdays, by letter addressed to ‘The Bookings Secretary, Elkesley Memorial Hall, High Street, Elkesley, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 8AJ’, or by email to email@example.com. RAINBOWS, BROWNIES AND GUIDES On Monday evenings at the hall, for various age groups; Rainbows five to seven years, Brownies seven to 10 years and Guides 10 years and over. Times vary from 5.30pm
British Legion website has lots of information including the national helpline number. Stalls for this year’s appeal will be at Blyth Services from Friday 25th October, Morrisons from Monday 28th October and Aldi and Asda later that week. Aldi in Harworth is another venue where you will be able to show your support. You will also be able to donate at the many local shops that support the Appeal. Remembrance Sunday this year falls on Sunday 10th November. There will be an Act of Remembrance in the Market Square in Retford on that day. The exact timing will appear in next month’s issue. Anyone who would like to lay a
What’s on in Elkesley through to 8.00pm, depending on group. Young ladies go along to meet new friends and discover new activities! For further information contact Clare on 07941 625794. START-RITE CANINE TRAINING Classes for dogs and their owners every Wednesday at the hall, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. For further information contact Sarah on 01909 591442. LITTLE MONKEYS In the hall on Fridays, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, this is a parents’ and under-fives stay and play group. Donations towards hall hire and snacks are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks go to everyone
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wreath at this event should contact Ann Hickman on 01777 818993 to order a wreath. There will also be the opportunity to place Poppy Crosses around the memorial. The attendance at last year’s event was unprecedented and it will be lovely to see as many people again this year. A short act of remembrance will also be held on Monday 11th November, the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice in 1918. The Branch hold meetings on the first Monday of the month (except January and August) at Babworth Road Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome. for their support so far. See the hall notice boards for further details. TAE KWONDO Classes and exercises in this sport, for adults and children, are held at the hall on Fridays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm and Sundays 5.00pm to 6.00pm. For further details contact Danny Pearson on 07883 774057. POST OFFICE Post Office services are available at the Memorial Hall, Mondays and Fridays, from 1.00pm to 4.30pm. Elkesley Memorial Hall Charity The Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 6th November, at 7.30pm. All inhabitants of the Parish of Elkesley over the age 18 years are welcome.
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• Exacerbated premenstrual syndrome • Increased unwanted hair growth • Joint stiffness and pain • Reduced muscle mass • Dry mouth and eyes • Hair thinning • Headaches • Increased osteoporosis, stroke and heart disease risk
Everything everyone needs to know about the menopause Since menopause affects
roughly half the population, it’s important for men to understand it as well as women, because it will affect their families, friends and colleagues. WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE? Menopause occurs when a woman’s periods have stopped for a year, caused by reduced oestrogen and cessation of egg release. In the UK, most women reach menopause between 45 and 55. However, perimenopause — the pre-menopause phase when oestrogen levels decline — can last for months or years, as can symptoms (which may persist after periods stop). Most women have some symptoms, but for a minority, they’re severe and long-lasting. Symptoms and side-effects • Hot flashes/flushes — sudden sweating, flushing or feeling uncomfortably hot, usually just briefly and typically felt in the face, neck and chest. Some women suffer more at night (‘night sweats)’. • Breast tenderness and changes 62 October 2019
— hormonal changes to breast ducts and fluid levels can cause tenderness, sensitivity, lumpiness, aching and throbbing. Breasts may also sag or become less full. Women should always see a doctor urgently if there is nipple discharge, a hard lump which can’t be moved, change in breast shape, dimpling on the breast surface, a rash around the nipple or sinking back of the nipple. • Vaginal dryness, which can cause itching and discomfort. • Decreased libido and pleasure in sex • Urine leakage and urinary urgency • Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs) • Memory and concentration issues, which can damage women’s confidence. • Irregular or unusually light or heavy periods, including ‘flooding’ (excessive, sudden blood loss; women should see their doctor if this continues). • Dry, itchy or ‘crawling’ skin • Racing heartbeat or palpitations (heartbeats that suddenly feel forceful). • Anxiety, depression or mood swings • Fatigue • Insomnia
REDUCING SYMPTOMS AND SIDE-EFFECTS • Lifestyle changes — regular exercise, stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake, eating healthily and maintaining a healthy weight will help. Caffeine, smoking and alcohol can exacerbate hot flushes. Exercise helps prevent loss of muscle mass. • Keeping the bedroom cool can help reduce insomnia and night sweats. • Get enough calcium and Vitamin D: sunlight is essential for producing Vitamin D (necessary for healthy bones). A Vitamin D and calcium supplement may be helpful. • Wearing layers and natural fibres can help women stay cool and comfortable. • CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) can reduce anxiety and depression, and increase self-esteem. • Reducing stress — stress can aggravate symptoms. Women experiencing a difficult menopause may need to lessen their workload and responsibilities. • Low dose contraceptive pills can reduce menopause symptoms and risks, regulate and lighten periods, and reduce ovarian and uterine cancer risk. • HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) replaces dwindling hormones and reduces menopause symptoms and risk. • Testosterone supplements can restore libido. • Vaginal oestrogen treatments and non-hormonal vaginal lubricants can relieve vaginal dryness and discomfort. • Lubricating eye drops and oral sprays can relieve a dry mouth and dry eyes. While many natural remedies claim to relieve menopause symptoms, there’s not always reliable evidence on their safety or efficacy, and they can interfere with other medications. Women should check with their doctor before taking them.
Have you had your flu jab? Bassetlaw doctors are urging people to take action and protect themselves against flu in a bid to cut the number of admissions to hospital this year. Every winter hundreds of people in Bassetlaw are hospitalised because of flu, putting undue strain on already over stretched services in accident and emergency and beyond. If you are in one of the ‘at-risk’ categories or pregnant it is really important you receive the vaccination once your GP practice contacts you. Flu does kill, It kills young people, and especially it kills the elderly (at risk) so its extremely important that you get your flu vaccination to protect yourself and others.
People eligible for a free flu vaccination from their GP or Pharmacy are: • Pregnant women • Anyone aged 65 and over • Children aged 2, 3 and 4 • People with a long-term condition • People who have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) • People who have lowered immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment) • Heart problem • Diabetes • Chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma • Kidney disease • Neurological condition, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy • Learning disability • Liver disease • Carers who look after family members or friends
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Plan for Christmas like a pro CHRISTMAS comes to
items early on if you want to guarantee they’ll be in your home for Christmas. If you’ve got guests staying overnight, then you may want to invest in new beds and beddings. And if you’ve got electronics on your list, you may find some great deals at this time of year — and next month too if you want to brave the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Chanel Hosﬁeld gets ahead of the game Autumn is in the air and there is so
doubt that the festive season is on its way. But even if you remain adamant that we shouldn’t be talking about Christmas in October, there is plenty you could sort in the coming weeks so you can get a head start on your festive planning. It really is never too early. ORGANISE YOUR DIARY Try to get your head around who is going where and when so that the you know your itinerary for the big days like Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For those with larger families, this may be a mammoth task in itself, but it is best to get this sorted as early as possible, especially if family members are having to travel and make special arrangements. Once this is sorted, everything else can be planned around it.
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It’s also a good idea to sit and write in your diary the whole host of other social activities you want to enjoy or the dates you will be expected to keep clear. The lead up to Christmas can become busy with festive fayres, carol concerts, nativity plays, parties so a master plan will help you to see all your commitments and avoid double booking. BUY YOUR BIG-TICKET ITEMS Traditionally, the festive season can put pressure on many of your household goods and furniture so now is a good time to replace them. Maybe you’ve been meaning to buy a better television, a new sofa or a bigger dining room table to seat everyone for Christmas. Getting your house looking its best is priority if you’ve got people coming over but think about the big-ticket
WINTER-PROOF YOUR HOME Gone are the light and airy days of summer and out come the blankets and throws to make your home warm and cosy for the longer and colder winter evenings. You may also want to add some splashes of colour to your rooms during the greyer days More practically, you may want to fix any draughts around your windows and doors, check your guttering is clear, get your boiler serviced, programme your heating thermostat and check your insulation. LISTS Even if you’re not going to start your shopping just yet, now is the perfect time to set your budgets and write plenty of lists. Set a ballpark figure of what you’d like to spend and start choosing what you’d like to buy for each individual, in order to avoid last-minute panic buying which often leads to spending more. You can also spread the cost and do a similar thing for you Christmas food and drink shopping too. If you love being organised why not search on the internet for some Christmas planning printables — you can find a whole host of free and paid-for options which you could even keep in a binder!
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Worksop’s Got Talent Celebrating 80 years of Citizens Advice Worksop’s Got Talent, the
award-winning charity talent show, is returning to North Notts Arena for a fourth year on Friday 1st November and tickets are selling fast! The show is a movie special and will be hosted once again by Coronation Street actress, Kym Marsh and male model, Sam Reece. Celebrity judges include Love Island 2019 hunk, Chris Taylor and Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer, Eliot Kennedy. Tickets are just £10.00 and can be bought from North Notts Arena in person or over the phone, or if you want to bank transfer and have the tickets posted to you, please text 07590 264008. The show has raised over £22,000 for eye charity, Retina UK, over the past three years. Tickets will sell out soon, so don’t delay in buying your tickets! Any questions can be emailed or texted to the event organiser, James, on 07590 264008 or email@example.com. The 12 finalists include a belly dancing group, the show’s first ever comedian and a range of singers and dancers. After performing in front of 700 people, who will be crowned the fourth winner? James, event organiser, said: “I can’t believe that Worksop’s Got Talent is now in its fourth year and thanks to the support of local residents, the show has just got bigger and better every time. I can’t wait to unveil our new line-up of finalists, plus the other celebrity judges! See you there!”. For more updates on the show, follow @WorksopTalent on Twitter, @WorksopsGotTalent on Instagram and ‘like’ WorksopsGotTalent on Facebook.
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Carter, accompanist, and the Bel Canto Singers, extend an invitation to all lovers of good music and popular songs, to come to their October Charity Crafts and Concert. This annual event will be taking place at Sturton-le-Steeple village hall once more. This year, the group’s chosen charity is Firefly, a Doncaster-based charity providing support and free transport to local cancer
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Whilst Citizens Advice Bassetlaw
is still relatively young, as it was started over 40 years ago, nationally, Citizens Advice is celebrating 80 years of service across England this year. The charity was formed at the onset of World War II. It originally helped people deal with the impacts of war, such as rationing, evacuation and losing their home in the Blitz. In its 80 years of service, the organisation has helped the British public find a way forward with a wide range of problems. Across England and Wales, Citizens Advice helped 100,000 more people this year compared to the last, with a total of 2.7 million people helped by the charity and its network. The charity’s national impact report shows the number of people seeking advice face-to-face, via email, phone or webchat in the 2018-19 financial year: • Consumer and utilities — 930,000 people, up 11% from last year • Benefits — 740,000 people, up 4% from last year • Debt — 380,000 people, up 2% from last year • Housing — 260,000 people, up 3% from last year In 2018-19, for every £1.00 invested in Citizens Advice, the charity generated at least (at a national level): • £2.07 in savings to government and public services — a total of £485 million in savings. This is by helping stop problems occurring or escalating which reduces pressure on public services like health, housing or out-of-work benefits • £10.92 in wider economic and social benefits — a total of £2.6
Bel Canto Singers patients to regional treatment hospitals. Opening night will be on Thursday 3rd October, with performances on Friday 4th October and Saturday 5th October, when there is a matinee performance. Evening performances commence at 7.00pm, with an interval at 8.10pm. Saturday’s matinee will begin at 2.00pm. The hall
billion in savings. This is by solving problems that improve lives through better wellbeing, productivity and participation for the people we help. Chief officer, Karen Whitlam, said: “We are incredibly proud to mark 80 years of providing free, independent and confidential advice for people across England and Wales. “Locally, we are committed to helping as many people as we can so they can find the knowledge and confidence they need to move forward, whoever they are and whatever their problem. “We’re here for anyone who needs free, impartial and independent advice.” LOCAL AGM Citizens Advice Bassetlaw is holding its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 8th October at The Assembly Rooms, Worksop Town Hall at 2.00pm. The AGM will give the opportunity to showcase Bassetlaw Citizens Advice’s historical and current work. Light refreshments will also be available. Attending the Citizens Advice Bassetlaw AGM is a good way to find out about the many volunteering activities available, including becoming a volunteer trustee. If you want to attend the AGM either drop into Citizens Advice Bassetlaw’s Worksop office on a Monday or Wednesday (9.30am to 3.00pm) or a Friday (9.30am to 1.00pm) and give the reception staff your name and contact details. The Retford office, at 14b The Square, is open Tuesday and Thursday 10.00am to 2.00pm, if you wish to drop in and give your details. Alternatively leave your contact details on the answerphone at 07738 828667 so that you can be sent the relevant papers. doors will open one hour before each performance, for browsing the stalls and socialising. Go along and share in your love of music and entertaining and help a welldeserving charity — everyone is welcome. Tickets will be £6.00, including refreshments during the interval, and can be obtained by calling 01636 821915 or 07882 4844010 or from Bel Canto Singers.
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Health check your cat Although your cat needs a
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your cat shakes its head or holds it to one side, they could have an ear problem and your vet will be able to examine them more closely. EYES Eye health issues are generally easier to spot, as redness or soreness becomes fairly obvious. Your cat may rub their eyes to relieve itchiness, or squint to avoid the light and ease soreness. MOUTH Good dental hygiene is important for cat health and you may already brush your cat’s teeth regularly. If you notice they have bad breath or red/swollen gums, or are salivating more than normal, it’s advisable to take them to the vet as they could have tooth decay, gum disease or a digestive problem.
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First Drives: VW Caravelle Executive On seeing the Caravelle Executive my mind is transported back to the much loved T2 VW camper; you know the one with its split windscreen and great character often thanks to the use of a two-tone exterior finish. I shouldn’t be so sentimental; the two vehicles are quite different in both their look and size. But it’s the beautiful blue and white paintwork that makes it eye-catching, in the same way as its predecessor, making many passers-by do a double take. It is exceedingly smart and a great surprise. After all this is basically a van, a commercial vehicle. And they are, by nature, dull and boring, aren’t they? It is large but surprisingly easy to drive. When it comes to reversing off our driveway which has a little incline, it does take quite a bit of gas to get moving but that’s hardly surprising really. On returning from the late-night weekly shop, I open the massive boot and some of the shopping falls out, much to my infuriation and this is amplified when my reactions are too slow to save my beloved bottle of beer that smashes to smithereens. As the odour of a brewery pervades around the garden and I bemoan the loss of my precious pint, I think it would be extremely helpful to have a lip inside the boot that could be lifted to avoid such downright frustrating situations. I can see that having a ﬂat space is easier to load heavy and awkward luggage into but that, as I prove, is not the only situation that this versatile vehicle will be used for. It uses the popular two-litre turbo diesel found in a range of VWs from the Golf to the Passat and the Touran. THE BIG NUMBERS Price....................£55,000 Engine .................... 2.0TDi Power....................148bhp 0 to 60mph ..........13secs Top speed .......... 112mph Economy ...............40mpg Watch the video at www.testdrives.biz 74 October 2019
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Going Dutch… First introduced in the Netherlands, where it is now part of their driving test, road safety bodies in the UK are promoting the technique of using your left hand to open the driver’s door. This action means you will naturally turn your head to the right and thus look back over your shoulder for oncoming, or passing, cyclists. The Dutch Reach, as it’s called, has been endorsed by a major UK private-hire firm, who now incorporate it into their driver training, and Olympic cycling gold-medallist Laura Kenny.
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GUIDED TOUR OF AMCOTT HOUSE Thursday 17th October, 2.00pm to 3.00pm Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Pay as much as you like. Booking essential, call 01777 713749. WESTHILL ART GROUP EXHIBITION Saturday 17th August to Saturday 5th October An exhibition of paintings and drawings. Most artworks are for sale. Westhill Art Group was formed around 10 years ago by local selftaught artist, Norma Spurdens, as a leisure activity for retired people in the Ordsall area. The group, which is now organised by another local
Organ Enthusiasts The magical talents of Kevin
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artist, Pat Ward, meet at Westhill Community Centre every Tuesday afternoon. There is no set agenda, each member being free to choose their own subject and media. This results in an interesting mix of styles and ideas. I REMEMBER WHEN... EXHIBITION Saturday 21st September to Saturday 23rd November This innovative exhibition presents a diverse range of objects that tell heart touching, surprising and powerful stories bringing to life the human presence behind any object. It is curated by the Bassetlaw residents who took part in the Stories and Objects workshops, led by Nottingham Trent University. The participants worked collaboratively with the museum staff towards creating displays showcasing their objects and revealing intriguing stories. with an accompanying adult. The concert will be at Harworth Miners Welfare Hall, Whitehouse Road, Bircotes DN11 8EF and free secure parking is available at the rear of the hall. There are also disabled facilities available within the hall. For further information, please visit www.harworthchristie. org.uk or call the club secretary on 07711 288992 or the publicity officer on 01302 611838 or 07985 580558.
New photography group on Facebook Have a ripe old time at East Markham Apple Day Do you have thousands of photos sat
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This year’s Apple Day at East
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The rock garden is alive… If you have ever dreamed of Sound of Music landscapes, then why not get on and create your own? Maybe there’s not room for an entire mountain range in your garden, but there may well be space for your very own rock garden. So what do you need to do? You’ll need to choose a fairly sunny spot, ideally away from overhanging deciduous trees — most alpine plants like a fair bit of light and detest becoming clogged up with deteriorating leaves. Even if space is limited — and it always seems to be — make the rock garden on as large a scale as possible; it’ll have far more impact and planting opportunities, and more of a realistic feel. If possible include some gullies running down the rock garden, perhaps ending in a pond or pool. This means you will need to arrange the rocks so that water can trickle or run down between them or over their surfaces. Where the water runs over rock there
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Beautiful blueberries I love blueberries and they are not only incredibly good for you but also quite simple to grow. They thrive in a sunny border or in a pot on a balcony or patio, so there’s no excuse for not harvesting a crop of your own. In addition, they are a generous plant. All varieties produce pretty white ﬂowers in the spring, followed by delicate green fruits which ripen to deep blue. If that wasn’t enough, the foliage then turns pink and peach for autumn. Blueberry bushes do require an acid soil to thrive but if you don’t have that (I don’t!) then use pots of well-drained ericaceous compost. When you need to re-pot, choose a pot just a few inches larger because they fruit better in a snug pot! Ensure it has adequate drainage holes and put some stones or crocks in the bottom and keep it raised so it doesn’t become waterlogged. Water with rainwater from your water butt, especially if you live in a hardwater area. Make sure they are watered well while they become established 90 October 2019
and also while the fruit is ripening. Feeding with tomato food helps too. Poor or erratic watering causes the blueberries to shrivel or split, and no-one likes a shrivelled blueberry! If you have acid soil you can plant blueberry bushes at any time of year when the ground is soft. Dig a hole twice the size of the root-ball and spread the roots as you refill the hole to the base of the stem. Press the soil down with the heel of your boot. Blueberries are sun-lovers and will fruit most abundantly in full sun. They are better grown in pairs to allow for cross-pollination. If you can bear it, remove the ﬂower buds in the first year after planting because it
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Doncaster Spanish The Harley Studios to host new Makers Club Society Artists based on the Welbeck environment, learn new skills and improve Doncaster Spanish Society
Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorksand North Notts) presents ‘Migration and the Italian Diaspora’. Doctor Laura Rorato, from the University of Hull, examines reasons for Italian migration to East Yorkshire and other parts of the world on Friday 4th October, at 7.30pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome at admission of £3.00 for nonmembers. For further information, please call 01709 370895.
estate, near Worksop, teamed up with The Harley Gallery to launch a new Makers Club for adults this September. While children’s activities are regularly held at The Harley Gallery, the new Makers Club means that grown-ups can now get in on the act too. The monthly creative workshops have been designed specifically for adults so that they can try their hand at crafts from printing and ceramics to crocheting and sewing. Led by skilled artists, they will take place within The Harley Studios in the heart of the rural estate. Textile artist Ruth Waller, who is leading the programme, said: “Over the years I’ve held lots of craft sessions for children and have noticed their parents standing on the side-lines, desperate to join in and have a go. Those that have joined in really enjoyed getting creative and so we hope our monthly adult craft sessions will encourage people to give it a go and not to be afraid of getting creative.” “People can come along, spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon with us in a relaxed environment and learn something new. It may be that they leave with something useful for their home or to give away as a present but above all we hope that they are inspired. We’ve all got creativity within us and hopefully these sessions will unleash some of that.” Dayle Green, Education and Engagement Manager at The Harley Gallery, said: “I have wanted to bring an adult craft club to our programme for some time. This is a great opportunity for people to come together in a creative
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will be meeting on Friday 18th October at Doncaster School for the Deaf, Leger Way from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. If you are interested in Spanish culture and language, please join them. Their guest speaker will be Ana Gonzalez who will give a talk on ‘A Historic Journey of Faith in Spain (Recorrido histórico de la fe en España)’. This will be an illustrated talk in Spanish and in English about some of the important religious events that have shaped Spanish culture and identity from the 1st century up to the present day. All are welcome — new members (£18.00 annually or couples £30.00 annually) and visitors (£4.00). Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Jean on 01709 812440 or Jackie on 01302 344822.
longer using and have been wondering what to do with them? Refugees and asylum seekers who meet at the Conversation Club in Doncaster (organised by the Quakers) would welcome a bicycle. The Conversation Club, run by the Quakers, helps refugees and asylum seekers learn and practice English. They also look at other ways to make them feel welcome here and one of the ways is to find bicycles for them to save on transport costs and get out and about in the area. All types of bicycles are welcome —
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children, men’s, ladies - and they can arrange to have them checked and made ready to use. One lady seeking asylum, here after having been forced from her home country, received a used bicycle via the Quakers Conversation Club, but confessed to having lost confidence in cycling. It was arranged for her to gain this confidence back through an organisation called Pedalready in Sheffield, www.pedalready.co.uk, who provide amazing support and help all ages gain confidence in cycling. She is
well-being, and also have some fun.” Ruth’s own love of art stems back to her childhood when she taught herself how to crochet. Her interest led her to study art at the University of Derby and she later completed an MA in textiles. Today, she and her partner, Lee Hewett, work together from their studios on the Welbeck Estate to create original and collectable wall installations for national and international clients. With the new Makers Club, Ruth hopes to share her passion for art and crafts. She said: “People coming along don’t need to have any experience at all or even previous knowledge but can join us for a couple of hours a month. They can enjoy a cuppa and a chat with like-minded people and have a go at something new and have fun while learning from experienced and skilled artists.” Each session of the Makers Club runs from 2.00pm to 4.30pm with the chance to learn about printing. Future craft sessions will include graffiti sewing on Saturday 19th October, where participants sew onto old photographs, an introduction to pottery on Saturday 16th November, and alternative approaches to the Christmas wreath on Saturday 14th December. This will be followed next year with sessions about crochet, recycled sculpture, basket making and upcycled garments. More details are found at www. harleygallery.co.uk. Each session costs £18.00, which includes refreshments. Places are limited but spaces can be booked by calling The Harley Gallery on 01909 501700. now so pleased to be able to cycle again. Bicycles for many isolated refugees are still needed in order to help them to gain access to work or to get involved in the local community. Bicycles of any size or shape that you may not have used for some time are ideal. Pickup can be arranged and then they are serviced in order to offer them to asylum seekers in Doncaster area who are in greatest need. If you have any bikes or want to find out more, please contact Kathy Cowbrough on 01777 706880 or kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com.
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Iconic Retford landmark emerges as new stylish function venue For those old enough to remember, the old cinema, a stylish Art Deco building of significant importance within the Retford conservation area, used to be a popular focal point for the local community. Situated on Carolgate, it was The Regent, and later renamed The Ritz. Following the decline of the cinema, the building fell into a state of disrepair. In 1962 the building was bought by the Vernon Masonic Lodge as their new home. Few people know that the Masons are the third largest charitable organisation in the country and over the years Retford Masons have raised many thousands of pounds for good local and national causes. Money was invested into the building to preserve its structure for future
generations, and more recently a major refurbishment of the function room and facilities has turned it into a venue available for hire to the Retford community at large. Further details can be found on the hall’s website at www.retfordmasonichall.co.uk. In addition to private hire, a number of events are planned which will be open to the wider Retford community to go along to the Retford Masonic Hall and enjoy. The first planned for Saturday 16th November and will have a country and western theme, with entertainment provided by one of the country’s leading live bands. Future events will be organised based on a variety of themes, details of which will be available to view on the hall’s website. You can contact the
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Kate McLelland takes a closer look at pantomimes
Hand coloured photograph of Widow Twankey in 1896
The UK’s quirkiest tradition? Oh, yes it is! Christmas may seem a long
way off, but such is the popularity of pantomime, the best seats could have already disappeared in a puff of fairy dust. Pantomime is a British tradition that’s guaranteed to mystify anyone who is unfamiliar with our culture. The name itself creates confusion: when US-based Baywatch actor Pamela Anderson received her first offer to appear in pantomime in Liverpool in 2010, she was convinced she would be “miming in a box” (bizarrely, she agreed to do it anyway). Like most traditions, pantomime has grown from customs and practices
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that have been transformed over time by changing tastes and fashions. THERE’S NOTHING LIKE A DAME One of pantomime’s best-loved characters is the ‘Dame’. Nearly always played by a man, the Dame is generally portrayed as a vain, foolish woman, determined to get a husband at any price. But, with the possible exception of the villainous Ugly Sisters in Cinderella, the Dame never fails to gain the audience’s affection. It seems that we Brits simply love the idea of a man acting out a female role. Maybe that’s because the practice of men appearing as women on stage
is deeply embedded in British culture. Until the law was changed in the early 1660s, it was illegal for women to act in theatres, so audiences were used to seeing men performing in female attire. COPYING COMMEDIA Commedia dell’arte was a broad type of comic performance popular in Italy between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, which is said to be the forerunner of our traditional pantomime. Based on ‘stock’ characters, the plots generally featured a pair of lovers, a mischievous servant, a clown or pierrot character and a money-grabbing old man. While pantomime’s young lovers have changed little from Commedia dell’arte days, some of the other characters have been reworked to fit different plots. The clown is still with us in the shape of daft but lovable Simple Simon or Wishee Washee, while Cinderella’s footman Buttons is a pale reflection of the Commedia’s high-spirited servants. Finally, the stock character of the old man appears variously as the foolish Baron Hardup (Cinderella), the villainous Fleshcreep (Jack and the Beanstalk) and the power-hungry Abanazar (Aladdin). HARLEQUINADE TO PANTOMIME In the seventeenth century, British theatre borrowed some of Commedia’s characters to create an early type of pantomime known as a ‘Harlequinade’. But pantomime as we know it today was created when audiences began to demand more and more spectacle. Canny theatre producers discarded the less popular parts of the Harlequinade but kept the transformation scene, where Harlequin waved his magic baton (nowadays a fairy wand) to show fairytale characters and scenes dramatically changing before the audience’s eyes. By the Victorian era the Harlequinade had become the two-act pantomime we would recognise today. So pantomime goes on, changing year on year to suit current tastes, but in many respects remaining true to its earliest origins. It’s the one theatre entertainment that can successfully play to an audience aged between two and ninety-two, but will it continue to do so for centuries to come? Oh, yes it will!
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Twenty-four members of 7th Retford (St Swithun’s) Scout Group hosted a group of fifteen Scouts, Guides and Leaders from Vancouver in Canada, at Charnwood International Scout and Guide Camp in Leicestershire, from Saturday 27th July to Saturday 3rd August. There were approximately 7,000 in camp, which included over 1,100 from international destinations. The theme of the camp was ‘Everything is Energy’. The campers were split over six different sub camps and 7th Retford were on Earth sub camp. A large variety of activities took place all over the site, including climbing, quad bikes, caving, go karts, zip wire, free fall, various inflatables, international activities, Rotary Club display, STEM activities, crafts, family history and more. The campers were occupied from 9.30am to 10.30pm, only coming back to the camping area for food. Badges were traded in the evenings in
7th Retford Scout Group the international tent and the two groups swapped Jaffa Cakes for Canadian Guide cookies both groups declared they were very good. Friendships were made that will hopefully last a lifetime. Sadly, due to the Leicestershire area having over a month’s worth of rainfall in a 24-hour period, camp was abandoned early on Thursday 1st August. However, Retford managed to arrange for the Canadian group to travel by coach to Worksop, where 14th Worksop (St Anne’s) kindly allowed them to use their Scout HQ for their two remaining nights in England. With funding from Bassetlaw Scout Active Support, everyone went to the Savoy Cinema to watch Lion King, travelled by a double decker service bus to Doncaster and some went shopping in Frenchgate and the rest went swimming at the Dome. After they
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day, that has been going over 25 years in Retford, giving people a good day out on the first Bank Holiday in May. There has just been the AGM for 2019 and the committee are looking for people to join them and
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got back to Worksop, everyone was treated to English fish and chips and they had chance to explore a typical English market town. On Saturday, the group continued on their travels by coach to Holyhead to catch the ferry to Ireland. The Retford Scouts had a fantastic time during the week and will certainly be wanting to go again in the future. RETFORD AREA SCOUT CHRISTMAS POST Retford Area Scout Christmas Post will be taking place again in December. More details including the starting date and final collection date, as well as the delivery area, will be advertised in a future edition of the magazine. For further information about 7th Retford Scouts, please call Kenny on 01777 704835 or email email@example.com. help organisers run the day, or just help with stewarding on the day for an hour or two. To keep Charter Day going for another 25 years for everybody to enjoy, please get in contact if you can help in any way. Contact Pam Sutton on 01777 709376 or Richard Strickson on 01777 706530. pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American south. As these two men become friends, they share the challenges presented with great humour and touching pathos, with outstanding performances from Mahersh Ali as Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen. Do go along and enjoy the evening by calling 07504 717931 or email TheScreen@rlt.org. uk to pre-book up to four days before.
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known people diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Actor David Niven, comedian Ronnie Corbett and former England/Leeds United manager Don Revie all tragically developed MND in their later years. Sporting legends Doddie Weir (Scotland Rugby International), Len Johnrose, Stephen Darby, Fernado Ricksen (English football league) are just some of the people currently living with MND in the UK. Doddie Weir OBE, who was diagnosed in June 2017 (more information at www.myname5doddie.co.uk) is a world famous Scottish international rugby player who, when diagnosed, set up his foundation up subsequently raising thousands of pounds (ongoing) for research and support. Stephen Darby, a professional footballer diagnosed with MND in 2018 (married to Steph Houghton England Women’s
Having spent a big lump of time sweeping, cutting down, tidying, etc, I have come to the conclusion that autumn has arrived big time as the garden is liberally coated in leaves, dead plants and crab apples for England! I shall be needing a new brush head soon. The Dukeries Singers are well into preparations for our autumn and Christmas engagements. If you have previously enjoyed singing with a choir and would like to explore the experience again, we have vacancies throughout the choir, particularly among the male voices. We do appreciate our men. Their harmonies in the lower voices add such a depth of quality to our music and give the altos and sopranos a firm base on which to sit (figuratively not actually of course). Mercian Archaeological Services CIC have announced an
archaeological excavation opportunity at King John’s Palace from Monday 7th to Friday 11th October. You can book your place at www.mercian-as.co.uk/ digexpdays.html#octexckjp. The cost is £40.00 per person per day, or £175.00 for the full five days. This is a rare opportunity to excavate at the site of the legendary King John’s Palace in Sherwood Forest. King John’s Palace was 102 October 2019
Famous Names & Fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease football captain), and Chris Rimmer, an exserviceman diagnosed with MND, have set up the Darby Rimmer Foundation. This was launched with a sell-out preseason football match at Bradford City against European champions Liverpool, which raised over £275,000 in July towards vital research into this disease. In addition, locally there was a coast to coast four day bike ride organised by Stephen’s former manager Phil Parkinson and assistant manager Steve Parkin who, along with locals from the Sherwood Ranger Pub at Carlton in Lindrick, took on this epic challenge and, despite getting lost for 12 miles on day one, managed to complete the gruelling journey on schedule to raise over £25,000 for the Darby Rimmer Foundation. WHAT LOCAL SUPPORT IS THERE? The MNDA North Notts support
Dukeries Singers This would be a good time to give us a try as we begin our autumn/winter and Christmas rehearsals. We are preparing new pieces and refreshing some favourites. We practice every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.00pm upstairs in the theatre refreshment area at the Dukeries Academy, Ollerton. This is best accessed via the leisure centre entrance and car park. If you are considering booking us for your fundraising, charity or Christmas event, be aware that Christmas has a unique characteristic; it appears from nowhere! We already have several bookings for carol sings and concerts, but our secretary Pauline, on 07951 609217 would be delighted to hear from you as we do have some available dates.
Mercian Archaeological once the Royal Heart of Sherwood Forest. The Palace was visited by all eight kings from Henry II to Richard II, with King John possibly holding Parliament there in the early 13th century and Edward I, holding Parliament there in 1290. This project forms part of a long running research project designed to understand the extent of the medieval palace, and surrounding area. Please note it is not a field school,
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Fungi Foray and Bird Ringing at Daneshill Lakes A Fungi Foray and a Bird Ringing
Demonstration are two events to wet the wildlife taste buds at Daneshill Lakes at Torworth this month, both events organised by the Friends of Daneshill Lakes. The Fungi Foray will be on Saturday morning, 12th October, starting at 10.00am. Members of the Notts Fungi Group will be guiding visitors on the plethora of fungi to be found at this time of year at the reserve. Open to visitors of all ages, this event is free to join with no pre booking required. The Foray will finish at 12.00pm. Meet in the Daneshill Lakes car park at 9.45am. The Bird Ringing Demonstration takes place on Sunday 20th October between 9.00am and 1.00pm. The North Notts Ringing Group will be showing visitors how and why they carry out their important work. And it's a great opportunity to see little birds up close. This is a drop-in event and free to all visitors. Daneshill Lakes Local Nature Reserve is situated on Daneshill Road, Torworth, Retford DN22 8RB. Brown signs on the A638 point the way. Further information is available from Friends' secretary Lesley Noar — email email@example.com or call 01777 818362 — or see www. friendsofdaneshilllakes.btck.co.uk.
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The Well, Retford At The Well, they are looking at their autumn activities and of course one of their highlights is acting as a ‘collection point’ for Operation Christmas Child. Over the past 20 years, many schools, organisations and individuals in Retford and the surrounding villages have taken part in this campaign and allowed them to help with the setting up and collecting of the shoe boxes. Last year The Well were able to send 1,205 boxes to children in Macedonia. They hope you would like to be part of this international scheme of using the power of a simple gift to meet the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease and natural disaster. Boxes go to children of all backgrounds, religions, ethnicity and culture again this year. They have a supply of free leaﬂets and posters, as well as ﬂat pack boxes costing 50p available in the office at The Well, Hospital Road, Retford DN22 7BD. Please read the leaﬂet carefully and please note
Rotary Club of Retford August is supposed to be a quiet month. The Bank Holiday reduced the number of meetings to three but, this year, a lot had to be crammed in for the Rotary Club of Retford. The month started with a social and fundraising coffee morning on Saturday 3rd August at the home of past president Linda Cadman. The money raised going to Aquabox. On Monday 5th August the ballroom at Ye Olde Bell was packed with members from all three Bassetlaw Rotary Clubs (Retford, Worksop and Worksop Dukeries) for the visit by District Governor David Hood. The following Monday was very busy. President Judith inducted new member Jaime Hitchcock and Gareth Day (sports officer) presented two past presidents Val Brodie and Tony Wakefield with this year’s bowling trophies. Speakers at this meeting were representatives from Jones and Co Solicitors.
the big change this year is that you cannot pack toothpaste or any type of sweets. It’s also really important that everyone packing a box keeps to what is allowed so that your box goes as a gift from your hands to that of the child who receives it. Why not pop a personal card or note from yourself into the box to the child? It makes a massive difference to each child receiving a box. Please note the items allowed are to make sure we comply with customs requirements of the countries we are sending to, to make sure we respect the cultural and religious contexts of the communities we are sending to and to ensure that the items packed are in a clean and safe condition for the child who will receive them. As a collection point for Operation Christmas Child, they shall be delighted to accept your boxes any time between Monday 11th November to Monday 18th November at The Well. If you have any queries or would like more information please email admin@ thewellrbc.org or call 01777 702344. On Monday 19th August, David Parsons was recognised for his 30 years in Rotary. However, there was still a lot of planning taking place for the autumn programme of events. The club’s very own Bread Fund is helping to feed pre-school Zulu children in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Fundraising for this, there will be an exhibition of paintings by Peter Quinton Honey at the Thoresby Courtyard Gallery from Saturday 12th October to Tuesday 1st November (not Mondays). Born in South Africa and wounded in North Africa, he became a war artist continuing this together his role as an entertainer after the war. RotaKids from the local primary schools are very much involved in this exhibition. For further details visit www.galleryfy.com. The Rotary Grand Charity Ball at Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor will take place on Saturday 23rd November. The two local hospices are included in the beneficiaries. See the double page spread (pages 94 and 95) in September’s Retford Life.
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Gorgeous Guernsey There are 15 towers in Guernsey, built to defend from French attack in the 18th century. From Rousse Tower no. 11, a Pre-Martello Loophole Tower in the Vale district, we can see France. The island, which forms part of the Channel Islands, is a British Crown dependency and was liberated from Nazi occupation on 9th May 1945. It takes under four hours to travel here from Poole, Dorset on Condor Ferries’ Liberation, the sleek high-speed trimaran. The first thing we notice about Guernsey is the 35mph speed limit. Old stone houses line many of the main roads. Our destination is the luxury four-star Fermain Valley Hotel about 10 minutes from the port and easy enough to find with a sat nav. Our family room includes a king size double, double bed settee and a single guest bed. There are double doors accessing the balcony, with views of the tropical gardens, reminiscent of the Eden Project in Cornwall, designed by the same team. The décor, featuring patterned wallpaper and rich ﬂooring, is well maintained and elegant. Fermain Valley itself, where we picnic, has breath-taking views of the sea. Then it’s bedtime. When travelling, breakfast is the key meal for me so cereal, yoghurt, pain au chocolate, followed by The Fermain Valley Full English Breakfast sets me up for the day. Caroline’s favourite is eggs benedict and avocado. It’s a leisurely affair until Henry (aged three) needs the toilet and then it’s all over. There’s a complimentary hotel taxi
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service to take us into town. Saint Peter Port is ideal for window shopping and finding that special treat. For lunch we enjoy Guernsey crab sandwiches at the Duke of Normandie Hotel. Afterwards we take a tour on Le Petit Train, owned by Andy Furniss, which attracts 16,000 passengers a year. The hotel taxi promptly collects us and we head for the heated indoor pool. There’s a sauna, too. We visit the pool four times during our three-night stay and this allows Harriett (aged eight) to progress from using a ﬂoat to ditching it completely, confidently swimming a width on her own. Heidi (aged six) and Henry all improve, too. After an hour the rascals are ready for bed and so are we. About 20 minutes away is Hotel Peninsula. This three-star hotel has a heated outdoor pool. The difference in star rating is noticeable but it is still comfortable and we have
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North Notts Business Show makes a welcome return Local ﬁrms are pleased to see
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Tea with Mr Darcy There’s more to Pride and Prejudice’s Mr Darcy than Colin Firth in his wet shirt — his other attractions include the best Regency cuisine offered to his guests at Pemberley. Local tutor Judith Hedley will host an entertaining afternoon on Saturday 19th October, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, to celebrate the place of food in Jane Austen’s life and novels. This will be a chance to taste such dishes as solid syllabub, rout cakes and ratafia biscuits. The afternoon will be at Rampton Village Hall and entrance of £10.00 includes Regency refreshments. For information and to book, please contact Martin Cree on 07471 877504 or email villagehall@ ramptonandwoodbeck-pc.gov.uk.
Church Christmas Fayre Organisers of the St Saviour’s
Church Christmas Fayre are giving everyone some advance information for craft stall holders. Although it’s early, St Saviours Church and its soon to be refurbished community centre, Lidget Lane, Retford, DN22 6TN, will be holding their sixth Christmas craft fayre on Saturday 16th November, from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Contact Barbara on 07768 159844 or email b_moakes@ hotmail.com if you are interested in renting a space. The cost involved is from £12.00 plus the donation of a raffle prize. Refreshments will be available all day. Join the event for an enjoyable event in a light, bright and warm environment as Christmas gift buying gets underway.
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Annual Exhibition of Sutton Art Group in the village hall on Sunday 3rd November, from 11.00am to 3.30pm. Pop in for a browse round and see what Sutton village art group produces. There is no entry charge but tea and cakes are available to purchase. Last year, the group raised £400 for two local charities and most was raised at the exhibition from the sale of refreshments and the most splendid of rafﬂes. Do pop the date in your diary without delay and thereby remember to pay a visit. Organisers value your support. What a year Sutton Art Group has had so far. You can find out more at
www.suttonartgroup.wordpress. com/blog. And the autumn programme is packed with invited workshops — see the website diary. 44 people visited the Walker Gallery in Liverpool in July — this trip was a great success. Liverpool was a revelation for everyone, and the Walker Gallery boasts works by many famous artists, such as Titian, Turner, Rembrandt, Monet and Hockney, as well as various impressionists and preRaphaelites. The group were also fortunate to find there was an exhibition of 250 items by Charles Rennie-Macintosh and ‘the four’. 49 people visited the amazing annual Staithes Art Festival in September — this was a wonderful event and the coach was full.
Events at Retford Majestic Theatre in October Events at The Majestic Theatre in October:
• 3rd October — The Song That Won The War • 5th October — The Carpenters Experience • 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th October — LCSD Dance
Local animals need you Now the excitement of summer
has passed, your thoughts may be turning to starting something new and challenging to fill your time. Volunteering for a local charity is a fantastic way to meet new people and learn new skills. RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre, near Bawtry, has some vacancies, which may appeal to you. The local RSPCA is looking for a trustee, who can make lasting links with local businesses, providing opportunities for the animal centre to gain support for their vital rehabilitation and rehoming work. If you have a strong network of local business contacts, feel passionately about their work fighting animal cruelty and could provide the link between the animal centre and local business, then you could help the charity expand further. Your volunteering skills may lie in a more practical direction? The centre
Academy Enter The Circus • 26th October — Mad About The Musicals • 3rd November — Panto of The Dead To buy tickets, visit the box office from 10.00am to 2.00pm, from Monday to Saturday, call 01777 706866 or visit www.majesticretford.org. would love to hear from anyone who can turn their hand to gardening and general maintenance tasks. The site is based in a rural area, which needs round the year attention. The time and attention you could give the grounds will be key in maintaining the high standards the charity has for its centre. If you are interested, please send an email to info@rspcadrb. org.uk. The animal centre looks forward to hearing from you. The animal centre team re-homes hundreds of rescue animals each year. The charity’s mission is to rehabilitate and rehome vulnerable animals and this rehabilitation and re-homing work relies on kind donations from the public. Proceeds from events that the local branch of the RSPCA organises and donations/sales at its charity shops provide the necessary funding. Visit www.rspcadoncasterrotherham. org.uk for more information.
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Retford Golf Club Retford Golf Club’s men played
Wollaton at Coxmoor on Friday 16th August, in the Men’s Interclub foursomes semi-final, winning three up. The team was Tony Inman and Lewis Hunt, George Cordall and Louey Palmer, Chay Rafferty. This is consecutive years that the club has made the final and won at The Nottinghamshire last year beating Stanton on the Wolds. The final was played at Beeston Fields on Sunday 15th September, a 36hole competition. The team pairs were Tony Inman, Chay Rafferty and up and coming junior players, George Cordall and Louey Palmer. The Retford ladies bronze league, consisting of seven ladies in the team, with handicaps ranging from 19 to 38, are halfway through the season with three matches left to play. The team so far has narrowly won the two home matches against Southwell and Sherwood and lost heavily away from home at Norwood. The weather took its toll with heavy rain closing the course for the away match at Southwell in June, which was then rescheduled for Thursday 29th August. So, it’s hotting up for the promotion race to get back into the A division in the Ladies Notts Bronze league. 42 ladies played in the Lady Captain’s away day at Ashby Decoy and despite a worrying weather forecast the conditions were calm and fine and all ladies remained dry. The winners were Lynda Moore — 1st division. Jean Cooper — 2nd division and Cynthia Herrington — 3rd division. The team prize went to Sue Boyes, Lin Tongue and Joan Birtles. Nearest the pin was Jean Cooper. The event concluded with meal in the clubhouse where Lady Captain, Helen Dean, presented the prizes and thanked all the ladies for supporting the event. ‘The Coronation Foursomes,’ played by the ladies on Tuesday 6th August, was won by Abi Kennedy and Jacky Walsh fishing a close second were Geraldine Matthews and Jean Brunt. A nice win and a welcome to Retford Golf Club for Abi, one of their newest members and their youngest at age 24.
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The Retford branch of the U3A has
a membership of nearly 600 people. The U3A is a national organisation, with branches all over the country. The ethos is members learn from each other in an informal co-operative manner, which embraces everyone. It maybe you already have friends who go along to an interest group, and the committee, at a recent meeting, issued an open invitation for non-members to visit as a guest, any of the interest groups where they know you would be made welcome. The autumn series of monthly general meetings at The Well Baptist Church in Retford has started. These meetings take place on the fourth Thursday of each month. Usually people start arriving around 1.00pm and the formal meeting starts around 1.30pm. In the upstairs room of The Well, you will find representatives of some of the interest groups, and a
East Markham WI In July Vic Hughes was welcomed back to East Markham WI to continue his ‘History of Lincoln Cathedral’. Vic said to fully understand its history, it was necessary to envisage life as it would have been at the time the cathedral was built and how life and worship took place within the strict authority of the Church. The word cathedral comes from cathedra, the seat of the Bishop. In a cathedral the nave is the common area with the most holy place being hidden from general view behind a screen. The seats for the Bishop, the clergy and a choir are usually behind this screen. In Lincoln the area immediately behind the Rood Screen is St Hugh's Choir, named after the first Bishop and it is here that the Bishop has his throne. This throne is named in Latin, as are the stalls of its many Canons. The seats for the Canons are hinged and have a decoration and a small ledge underneath. When the seats are lifted the ledge provides a perch on which the Canons can rest during the long periods of standing required during services. The choir, which is behind the magnificent Rood Screen, is named after St Hugh, the first Bishop and is
trip up the stairs is always useful. The speakers in this period will cover The Plague Doctor of Eyam, The Social History of the St Leger and in October a talk by Phillip Caine, entitled ‘From Barrow to Bagdad’. The speaker programme may change and it’s always useful to check on the U3A’s website to gain confirmation. Retford U3A has over 40 interest groups, which are all listed on their website, and if you are not a member of the U3A, you are more than welcome to come to go to any group meeting and have a taster visit as a guest. The ethos of the U3A, which stands for The University of the Third Age, is very simple. They try to keep themselves active in body and mind, learning from each other, with shared knowledge and experiences. If you want to know more about the Retford U3A, have a look at the comprehensive website, or contact the membership secretary, Paul Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01427 880502 for more details. highly decorative in exquisitely carved wood. The beautiful shrine to St Hugh is in the Angel Choir found at the east end of the cathedral. No history of Lincoln Cathedral can be told without mention of the Lincoln Imp. This figure is carved high up on one of the columns in the Angel Choir and there are a number of stories as to how and why it is there. Representations of the Imp are popular items of memorabilia in the cathedral shop and their sale helps raise much needed funds for the cathedral’s maintenance. Throughout his very informative and illustrated talk Vic told many stories and anecdotes about life and events at the cathedral which brought its history to life. The vote of thanks made reference to a link between East Markham’s Church and the cathedral, through a stained-glass window, depicting St Hugh and a swan, which is said to have been his faithful companion. Tuesday 15th October will see Stephen Jon show the making and use of ‘Masks in Theatre, Carnival and Art’. All meetings take place at East Markham Village Hall, NG22 0SS starting at 7.15pm. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Contact 01777 871706 for further information.
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catherine rose on a feature of folklore & fairy tales since ancient times
The history of witches The earliest witches were often
respected wise women who lived by the cycles of nature and had expert knowledge of plants for healing. However, witches also came to be labelled devil worshippers and heretics and were persecuted for hundreds of years. It was the Bible that helped seal their fate with the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament stating: “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” (22:18). Witch hunts began in the midfifteenth century with witches popularly being burnt at the stake, hanged or drowned. Prior to this, confessions
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were extracted by various forms of torture including the witch’s bridle. A book called The Malleus Maleficarium (The Hammer of Sorcery), written by Catholic Dominican monks Jacob Springer and Henrik Kramer, was published in Germany in 1486 to enable communities to identify and deal with witches. The book sold so many copies between 1486 and 1500, it was second only in Europe to the Bible. In 1542, practising witchcraft was declared a crime in England and the post of Witchfinder General was
created to rid towns of ‘troublesome and dangerous’ witches. From 1500 to 1660, up to 100,000 people in Europe were accused of witchcraft and more than half of these were killed, with the highest number of executions, perhaps unsurprisingly due to the book, taking place in Germany. The hysteria subsequently spread to America with the famous Salem Witch Trials in 1692, but over the following 100 years or so the prevalence of witch-hunts died down, with new laws introduced to protect innocent people from being falsely accused at a time when someone could be put to death for having a hairy mole (the Devil’s mark) or owning a black cat (believed to be a supernatural entity). Witchcraft has long been associated with evil but in fact, modern witchcraft rejects the Devil on the basis that he is a Christian concept. Witches often practice the ancient pagan religion of Wicca (or Wicce) whose root beliefs lie in revering the natural world with a creed of ‘harm none’. Wiccans also believe in the ‘Law of Three’ which means that whatever you send out into the world, whether good or evil, will come back to you threefold. Therefore, putting a hex on someone will only result in something three times worse happening to you! In Wicca, witches are considered healers, protectors and teachers. Spells, incantations and charms are taken from The Book of Shadows, which despite its sinister name is an encyclopaedia of ancient wisdom for practising witchcraft and magick. However, there have been other somewhat darker religions pertaining to magic and the occult over the last 100 years. Once described as “the wickedest man in the world”, the notorious Aleister Crowley founded the cult of Thelema at the turn of the twentieth century, which advocated “do what thou wilt” in the practice of magic. Whether for good or evil, magic spells and witches continue to intrigue and fascinate us, particularly at this time of year with the coming of Samhain, or Halloween.
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Christmas Market Team is finalising plans for this year’s Retford Christmas Market and Lights Switch-On. It will be held on Sunday 1st December, from 10.00am to 6.00pm (some locations may vary), in and around the town square in Retford. As well as the usual star guest — Santa — brought to us by Retford Lions, there will be Jo Jingles, and Bassetlaw Bear, and fireworks, plus the spectacular new Christmas lights. There will be some new attractions and some old favourites this year: • There will be a café and a children’s fun-time experience with activities in the Buttermarket while waiting for Santa, who will be in his grotto from just after 12.00pm. • On stage, there will be the open-air service at 11.00am, followed by entertainment from the Elizabethan Academy, Retford Pipe and Drum Band, Majestic Theatre School, Makaton Choir, Louise Clarkson
Retford Christmas Market & Lights Switch-on Dancers, The Performance Hub and Jessica Mary Brett. • Bassetlaw Museum will be providing lots of activities to entertain the children and the newly completed Pilgrims Gallery will be open — if you haven’t already seen it, now’s your chance! • Grove St Methodist Church will have an even bigger Star Festival • St Swithun’s Parish Church will be holding its famous Christmas Tree Festival, let’s get that 100 trees target this year. • The Hub will be open — why not visit their Pilgrims Museum? It houses everything you ever wanted to know about the Mayﬂower Pilgrims in one room! Visit the Museum and the Hub to complete the experience. This will be the fifth year that Retford Business Forum (RBF) has delivered the Christmas Market and Lights Switchon; this year supported by North Notts
BID, Retford Lions, Bassetlaw District Council, Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and local businesses and societies. It is a community event run for the people of Retford and the surrounding villages, and visitors have been welcomed from all over Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire and beyond! The Christmas Market promises to be the biggest and best yet, but there are still stalls available — to book one please contact the team at North Notts BID on info@northnottsbid. co.uk or 01777 861601 The support of local individuals and businesses is vital to the success of the event and the team is always looking for supporters — to make it bigger and better than ever — every year! Whether you just want to give something back to the community or want to raise the visibility and awareness of your brand, please get in touch — they would be delighted to hear from you. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Retford Ramblers The Wednesday (Memory) Group
Autumn is upon us with colder
mornings and the possibility of mist, giving a touch of eerie atmosphere to countryside walking. The Retford Ramblers has a full programme of walks in October. • 6th October — Gringley, Drakeholes and Clayworth • 13th October — Killamarsh and Westhorpe • 20th October — Bothamsall Retford Ramblers Group welcomes anyone wishing to go along and try a walk or two. Please contact the group if you would like any more information, call Mike on 01427 880984 or email email@example.com.
The next meeting of the friendly
Wheatley Research Group will be held in the village hall, DN22 9DH, on Wednesday 9th October, at 2.00pm. If you would like to start or progress your search for family roots, locally
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Music is very much part of the
lives of everyone of us in some way or other. As well as our enjoyment of our own favourite music, tunes are used to signal information to us: we instantly know the type of message that has just arrived on our smartphone or which programme is about to start on the television by its theme music. Nowhere is music more appreciated than at the Wednesday Group. Everyone in the group have all looked forward to visits from their regular musicians. You can almost feel the anticipation when Frank sits down at the piano or Pat sets up her music stand. These activities signal that something enjoyable is about to happen. The immensely talented Jessica Mary Brett sang to the group last month and got them completely
engaged with maracas, bells and tambourines as she took them through a programme spanning 50 years and finishing with almost everyone whirling ribbons and dancing to an ABBA song. Frank plays more relaxing piano medleys and people tap their toes to the rhythm as they play cards or dominoes. Music improves mood, reduces stress and helps us keep fit so no surprise that there are huge smiles when the music starts and people get lost in the rhythm and no wonder it plays such a vital role in the activities of the Wednesday Group. If you care for someone with dementia or you yourself have a diagnosis, you may find help through the Wednesday Group or the Carers’ Group. For more information about either group contact Jan on 01777 709974.
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