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Welcome to the February 2013 edition of Retford Life. Winter finally arrived and with it the snow, and after having a covering of the white stuff on the ground now for well over a week, and still four inches left to melt, we can say with some conviction that ‘we’re over it!’. Hopefully as you receive this edition, it will be a little bit warmer and as like last year we will even start to see the first shoots of snowdrops and daffodils. There’s also no escaping the fact that this month Valentine’s Day occurs once more. A day to embrace for loved-up couples, or a hyped-up commercialised day? We know we don’t need an excuse to say those three precious words, yet sometimes we do need a bit of prompting and a reminder so why not forget the cheesy cards and red balloons this year and find a new way to say ‘I love you’ this 14th February. If you are on a quest to find a new companion, then there are lots of ways to meet new people and Debbie Bhatti-Singh gives us an objective overview of some of the most popular on page 8. If your goal is to cook a lovely meal for your loved ones, you can’t go wrong with this month’s winter warmer dish from our resident cook Richard on page 72, and for afters you could always indulge in the

sweet treat from Helen on page 24. For us Valentine’s Day is now a birthday celebration, and this year it will be the big three for our daughter Holly and we can’t wait! Getting the most for your money and saving for the future don’t always go hand in hand, yet this magazine is packed with consumer advice. Paul Flynn discusses what the new Government Work Place Pension means for both employers and employees on page 12. Whereas this month’s article from Martin Lewis has an emphasis on protecting your wallet from rising heating bills and gives some handy tips on page 44. You may have also bought or received gifts that you still need to return after Christmas, so what are your rights? Dean Dunham covers this for you on page 46. If you’re in to motors, don’t miss Tim’s latest Motoring review of the latest Honda Civic on page 74, to see if the numbers stack up for you! One of our favourite features this month is all about the pros and cons of eReaders on page 68! In addition to the above, you’ll find many more great features and the latest from your community, we hope you enjoy this month’s magazine.

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Tearing it up Gainsborough and Retford-based indie band, The Torn, have just completed their second music video which you can find on YouTube now — search ‘The Torn — A Thousand Leeches’. Formed in 2005 the four like-minded musicians are; Damian Dalton-Smith on vocals and rhythm guitar, Nick Berry on lead guitar, TJ Taylor on bass and Ben Mullins on drums. Their distinctive brand of indie-rock has travelled to many venues nationwide. The band who are well-known throughout the area, came up with the idea for the video, and also filmed and edited the three-minute production themselves. The idea for the video, is loosely based on the Dragons Den TV series, and was filmed at the recently renovated Old Willow Works at Beckingham, run by Mansfield based company Groundworks at Mansfield. Nick Berry, of The Torn who directed the video, said “It suited us because of the interior, and excellent facilities. We worked over five days, racking up 32 hours of film, meaning we were pretty well self-contained”. Appearing in the video as guest “dragons”

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were Maxine Downes, Paul McCaig, Alan Malone and Ali Smith who kindly loaned her Rolls Royce for the shoot. The models are Sarah and Emma Carter, from Gainsborough. The band’s first ever gig was a Battle of the Bands competition which they went on to win, and since then have supported many bands such as The Bluetones, as well as headlining gigs to audiences from 12 to 12,000. Whatever the size of audience, the band injects the same energy and passion into every performance, and love every second of it. They are now planning their third video, and taking a break from gigs to complete some new songs, playing live studio sessions on BBC Lincs and BBC Humberside and then back on the road in Lincoln and Nottingham. Later in the year, they plan to film their fourth video built round a song “Wild Girl” written by vocalist Damian Dalton-Smith for his sister, actress Sheridan Smith. Sheridan will direct the video in which she will feature. Why not catch one of the local gigs planned this month where The Torn are playing, you won’t be disappointed.

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Love in the 21st Century Debbie Singh-Bhatti on modern ways of finding your perfect match

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mundane ways that allow them to get to know each other over time — through school, friends, work or hobbies for example — but if none of these methods is working for you, have you considered modern technology to help you find Mr or Miss Right? THE INTERNET The Internet offers dating sites (sometimes free of charge, but often with a monthly subscription) where your profile, containing a photo and other biographical details, as well as a description of the kind of person you are hoping to meet, is made available for others to see. If someone is interested in you, they can contact you by email and start a conversation 8 Retford

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to find out if you would both like to take the relationship further. There are risks involved in this type of dating, so don’t give out personal identifying information and never fall for sob stories from poor people in far-away places who need you to give them money. When meeting, make it somewhere public and busy and consider taking a friend along, and use a cheap pay-asyou-go phone to make it easier to get rid of unwelcome admirers! SPEED DATING Speed dating involves an even number of single men and women meeting in a room set out with tables. Each person is given a numbered badge and a card containing the names of all the people they will date that night. The ‘couple’ numbered ‘one’ sits at table ‘one’ and spends around five minutes chatting, with

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The New Year saw a good turn-out at the Retford Ladies Probus Club’s January meeting. President Biddy Johnson welcomed visitors, and it is hoped that they will join the club at the start of the club’s year next month. A minute’s silence was held in remembrance of a member and a past member who had passed away since the last meeting. One of the members, Dawn Cragg MBE, then gave an enlightening presentation titled “Permanently Perfect” which described her work in camouflaging skin features which are unacceptable to her clients. Much of Dawn’s work relates to disguising disfiguring scars from burns or other injuries for example. She also assists with other issues such as problems relating to the loss of hair, for example of eyebrows due to alopecia. She also treats problems, such as mis-shapen eyebrows, which may seem minor to other people but which cause major embarrassment to clients. The technique which Dawn has pioneered to a great extent and which she uses for most of her work is tattooing by which she can produce realistic features and also disguise unwanted features. She also uses special makeup where tattooing is contraindicated. Her talk was illustrated with fascinating before and after pictures. Shirley Pickersgill gave the vote of thanks. The next meeting is on Wednesday 13th February at 10.00am at Westhill Community Centre. The speaker is Patricia Hudson with “Humerous Stories and otherwise”, preceeded by the AGM. Members are encouraged to consider standing for the committee. 10 Retford

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Step up for Retford’s half marathon & family fun run

Runners of all abilities are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Retford Half Marathon which takes place on Sunday 10th March. The event, which also includes a family fun run, attracts around 500 entrants each year and is organised by East Retford Rugby Club in association with Retford Athletic Club. David Corbett from Retford Athletic Club who is leading the organisation of the event said, “The half marathon attracts serious runners, enthusiastic amateurs and newcomers as the course is mostly flat so it offers a good opportunity for those wanting to achieve a personal best time, and for those who just want the satisfaction of getting around the 13.1 mile distance.” Jon Matthews from East Retford Rugby Club said, “It’s always a great day and a good atmosphere

for the runners and for their families who come down to support them. The family fun run also attracts a lot of juniors from Retford and surrounding areas. “We’ve just launched a Facebook page to provide more information on the race including details of the course route, and an opportunity for runners to ask questions. The Facebook page will also provide links to the online registration facility which is now open.” For those wanting to register offline, an entry form is now available on the Retford Rugby Club website and the Retford Athletics Club website www. The race organisers are also interested in hearing from potential race sponsors who can get in touch with the team at

Generally G&S concerts Generally G&S have stared rehearsals again after a well earned Christmas break, as 2012 was extremely busy. In addition to the usual spring Concerts, autumn stage production and the annual summer trip to Scarborough’s Spa Theatre, the society was part of the phenomenally successful concert in November to celebrate the 60th birthday of their MD, Martin Yates. This year promises to be even busier. The spring concert is earlier than usual, with performances at Carr Hill School on Saturday 16th March at 7.30pm and a matinee on Sunday 17th at 2.30pm. The concert is also being performed the previous week on Saturday 9th March at The Crossing in Worksop.

The programme is very different to anything that the society have performed before with music from modern musicals such as ‘The Wiz’ and ‘Hairspray’ and the highlight of the show may well prove to be a medley of theme songs from the Bond movies! There is also some more traditional popular music with new arrangements of the Evergreen favourites, ‘Climb Every Mountain’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. There will be something for everyone and the concert is not to be missed. There may even be a plug for the society’s production of ‘The Gondoliers’ which will be performed at The Majestic Theatre in October. Tickets for the concerts in Retford are available from Margaret Doherty on 01777 701689 or at the door. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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How would you like your nest eggs… broken or scrambled? Paul J Flynn Dip.PFS Pension Specialist & Investment Adviser

Workplace pensions arrived in October 2012 and are here to stay… it’s one New Year resolution you can’t break. If you are an employer you will have duties, responsibilities and decisions to make. If you are an employee you will have options and decisions to make. Before undertaking your duties and responsibilities, it may be useful to understand “What the heck is going on?” and “What are workplace pensions anyway?”. Employers may be forgiven by dismissing this new ‘legislative intrusion’ as suspect at best, reserving a view that a deepening National Welfare issue has been transferred to the corporate community. ‘Government’ and ‘pensions’ used in the same breath conjures a perceived image of complexity, confusion, bureaucracy and failed outcomes. As an employee you may well think “is it worth it?” or “why bother?”. Speaking with local businesses these perceptions certainly appear to reflect accurate sentiment, raising the following questions; “do I need to do it?”, “is it expensive?” and “is there a get-out option?”. So let’s have a look at the basics just for now.

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improve the living standards of millions of people when they retire. Autoenrolment is a way of making sure that all eligible employees automatically become members of a pension scheme with at least a minimum set level of contributions. Employers will have a major role and a number of new obligations involving additional expense and administration. If you are an employer, you will have to ensure that your company‘s approach to pensions meets the new legislation. If you already have a pension scheme, you will need to make some changes to it. Otherwise, you will need to set one up. The introduction of auto-enrolment started with the very largest employers last October, gradually extending through to smaller organisations with staging dates. It will probably not be until October 2018 that this stage is reached, because the Government has decided to phase in both the auto-enrolment process and the level of contributions. Even that final date is not yet set in stone because a consultation on timings has not ended. Businesses with less than 250 Employees, auto-enrolment is scheduled to begin April 2014. By the time auto-enrolment is fully implemented, virtually every employee aged between 22 and state pension age with earnings at least equal to the personal allowance £8,105 (2012/13) will either be a member of a pension arrangement to which their employer

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Village Harmony is a mixed voice choir based in Sturton-le-Steeple, near Retford and a few miles from the centre of Gainsborough. We sing a wide range of music including songs from the shows, modern pieces, folk songs, etc, mostly arranged in three part harmony. The choir is now taking bookings for concerts up to and including Christmas 2013. If you are looking to hold an event to raise money, or just want to have an entertaining evening, why not consider Village Harmony? We can offer programmes of varying lengths to suit your plans, and we charge only a modest fee to cover our expenses. We can bring our own keyboard if your venue does not have a piano available. Please contact our concert secretary June Taylor-Rabjohn on 01427 880965 for further information or to book.

paintings and limited edition prints of local scenes including; Tuxford, Retford, Newark, Lincoln and Chesterfield will take place starting this month. There will be a special preview on Sunday 24th February from 1.00pm to 4.00pm at Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, The Newcastle Arms, 1 Market Place, Tuxford. During the preview refreshments are being served, and all are welcome. James is a Chesterfield-based artist, whose background is as a landscape architect and environmental designer. His love lies towards the artistic side of his skills and when time allows he immerses himself in his paintings, often until the early hours of the morning! His scientific and architectural background heavily influences his painting and his subjects which often include landmark buildings, streets and even just rooflines. His interest is more often in the structure and design of a building than simply its ascetic qualities. Alongside this his environmental side has left him with a strong interest in botanical and landscape studies. Often his approach centres around the ways in which people interact with art and design in both natural and urban

settings. Self-taught, he mixes many skills and influences to create unique and charming artworks that reflect the character of the subject in question. The Sally Mitchell exhibition will be his first major exhibition in this part of the country and only his second to date. We hope you will join us for a drink and a chance to meet this unique young man on Sunday the 24th. It represents an unusual opportunity to become one of his first collectors. The exhibition then runs from Monday to Saturday, from 9.00am to 4.00pm until 9th March.

CHinK Charity Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum February’s meeting of Bassetlaw to museum organisation and Yard Sale Over 50s Forum is scheduled for planning with insights into issues of

The next sale by the locally based charity CHinK, will take place in the yard next to the charity shop in Tuxford at 9 Newcastle Street. The sale on the 9th March, which starts at 10.00am will be an opportunity to pick up some pre-loved great value items such as; electrical goods, toys, books, CDs and DVDs, Kitchen items, cloths, bedding and curtains. There will even be home-made cakes for sale. We hope to see you there.

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Wednesday 20th February at the Crossing, Worksop from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. At this meeting Neil Williamson from Age UK will explore both Age UK’s services and facilities available to Bassetlaw residents as well as insights into recent and proposed changes to services and benefits aimed at mature citizens. At the meeting on the 20th March, we will visit Bassetlaw Museum in Retford and will explore the background

conservation, cataloguing and display. Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum meetings are free, with refreshments costing just 50p, so why not come along to get involved? For an up-to-date meetings programme and other related information, why not keep an eye on uk where the Local Groups page has a link to Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum meetings programme. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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Ronnie keeps on despite setback First of all happy new year from all

of us at Team William and Ronnie. Its been a great opportunity to reflect on all the hard work everyone has put in to get the 200 Mile Challenge up and running and ensure we reach the financial targets we have set ourselves to provide treatment for William over the next 18 months. This will hopefully help him to learn to walk unaided again after a cardiac arrest in April 2010 left him with cerebral palsy and took away his ability to walk and talk. For any new readers who have not been following our journey so far, Ronnie Staton from Outklass Fitness plans to run the coast to coast a distance of 200 miles non-stop. The course is from St Bees in Liverpool and finishing in Robin Hoods Bay on the Yorkshire coast and will take place on the 25th July this year, and will be by far the biggest challenge he has ever faced in his running career. Over the last month Ronnie has been training really hard and had planned to Spend Christmas working for the Crisis Centre in London, helping support homeless people.

The idea was that Ronnie was planning to run back up the Grand Union Canal from London to Birmingham which was 150 Miles, however due to recent flooded British Waterways forced him to abandon his quest. “It was disappointing to not be able to do it — British Waterways thought I was crazy to even think about doing it,” Ronnie said. “But it was a bit of a blessing because I got over an injury as a result of the rest and started training again on 1st January.” We have now finalised plans for 2013 which will include key events at Outklass Fitness in East Drayton which will be a Charity Auction/Press Conference and a Fun Day which will give families an opportunity to get involved, try out new sports and hobbies or if your feeling brave take part in a fun run. If anyone would like to consider donating auction prizes it would be great to hear from you as every item will be auctioned off to raise funds and all items will be very well received

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Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group At our first meeting of 2013, we enjoyed a talk from Chris Smith, Optometrist and Director of Specsavers Retford. He was very informative and encouraged by our many questions, and afterwards our AGM followed the talk. Our Chairman Bob Blatchford tendered his resignation after ten years as he wishes to follow other pursuits. He will

however, stay on a committee member for which we are grateful and his hard work has been greatly appreciated by all our members over the last 10 years. Chris Coldwell, locally known contributor to the Bassetlaw Parkinson’s UK group was welcomed as Bob’s successor. Chris has been a very active committee member

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of events in South Leverton Memorial Institute will get off to a wonderful start on Friday 15th February with a performance by Fascinating Rhythm. This is part of the Village Ventures programme. Fascinating Rhythm are four accomplished musicians who perform the great American Songbook as well as jazz in its most accessible form on sax, clarinet piano and double bass. The band features the fabulous voice of Sara Colman and the evening promises to be a musical treat. Tickets are available from committee members, and there will be our usual bar. We welcome back our regulars and invite those who have not been to one of our Village Venture evenings to come along and see how good entertainment in the “sticks” can be! In our 2013 programme, we hope to include the return of the popular “Casino Night” as well as the Annual Scarecrow Festival culminating in the village Hoe Down. Why not let us know any suggestions you may have, for what entertainment our local residents would like to see in the village hall – just contact any committee member! We hope to see you in the Village Hall soon.

Table Top Sale

Are you thinking of having a spring clean or perhaps just after a bargain or two? Then Carr Hill Primary School, Tiln Lane, Retford would like to invite you along to their Table Top Sale on Sunday 3rd March, from 10.00 to 12.00pm. There are tables available for £5.00 and these can be booked in advanced by emailing the school on Refreshments will be served throughout the morning along with various raffles and tombolas taking place. 22 Retford

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Sunday 17th February sees the return of the Barnby Moor Orchid Show. This year it will be bigger and better with the addition of simple talks and demonstrations by some of the countries leading orchid growers. In addition to which, Burnham Nursery, the biggest orchid specialist in the UK, will also be making the journey from Devon to show their wares and expertise. The event will once more take place at Ye Olde Bell Hotel at Barnby Moor, and the show runs from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry and parking is totally free of charge and refreshments will be available from the hotel. For people who are new to orchids then there will be plenty of people there to offer advice and guidance so that you can get the best out of these fantastic plants.People wanting to

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Clarborough & Welham IT Group Did you receive a new computer for Christmas but are now having problems getting the best from it? Or perhaps you have been using a computer for quite a while but really need to understand the basics that underpin its use? Or maybe you’re just an occasional computer user who lacks the weekly practice that is essential to get the ideas ‘under the skin’? If you find yourself answering ‘that’s me’ to any of the above questions, then why not come along to the Clarborough & Welham IT Group’s Absolute Beginners course. They are arranged in blocks of five weekly sessions (all avoiding school holiday breaks), and last for 90 minutes each. The cost is only £10 for the five sessions combined, and the next set of sessions will begin again on Tuesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3pm, the first day on the 26th February, in Clarborough Village Hall. For the more adventurous, have

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someone on Valentines Day, which is just over two weeks away. Whatever you decide to do, once made, make sure you keep it in a sealed container in the fridge or freezer. Utter bliss I promise you. Look out next month for my Mothering Sunday Cake recipe!

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INGREDIENTS • 350g dark chocolate, chopped • 397g condensed milk • 30g butter • Pinch of salt • 150g pistachio nuts, shells removed

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is very wet and muddy, Retford Ramblers are still out and about on Sundays. Our programme is now in full swing although we have recently changed walks to less muddy areas. On 3rd February we have a short, brisk morning walk at Hemswell, 10th February will be a more local walk in the Vicar Water and Sherwood Pines area, 24th February will be a moderately paced seven-and-ahalf miles at Donnington on Bain. During March we will be visiting Poolsbrook Country Park, the Isle of Axholme as well as Fishlake and the Stainforth and Keadby Canal. As always non members are very welcome to come along on any of our walks, just bring a packed lunch, waterproof clothing and walking boots or suitable shoes. We meet in the Chapelgate Car Park, Retford at 9.30am. We can be contacted on 01777 838763 or retford.

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Concert on Sunday 17th February, 7.30pm at East Markham Village Hall, High Street, East Markham, NG22 0QJ. With free parking and a licensed bar. Suitable for all ages. Fascinating Rhythm are four accomplished Midlands based musicians who perform the Great American Songbook, as well as jazz in its most accessible form on saxophone, clarinet, piano and double bass. With the fabulous voice of Sara Colman, the band’s repertoire features carefully-crafted arrangements of classics by Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Dave Brubeck and many others, as well as a few striking originals. Having performed to much acclaim in village halls across the region, the band returns to give audiences another scintillating musical treat. Lament presents A Taste of Latin at East Markham Village Hall, Lincoln Road, East Markham, NG22

0SH on Saturday 9th March. The events starts at 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with free parking and a licensed bar and is suitable for all ages. Lament are a West Midlands based Latin/Jazz band fusing a range of Latin styles adding real spice to an occasion, party or event. Perfect for dancing the night away and evoking those hot summer Mediterranean nights, Lament have earned a reputation for professional, dynamic and entertaining performances. A mix of sultry Latin rhythms making dancing irresistible, a blend of original songs over traditional Latin grooves ensure audiences are seduced by the quality of musicianship and their friendly rapport. Tickets for each event are £7.50 for adults, concessions are £6.00, children are £3.00 and a family ticket is £20.00. For both events please call the Box Office on 01777 871593 07816 351505.

Gainsborough Organ Society On Sunday 17th March, the Gainsborough Organ Society have arguably the world’s number one organist Phil Kelsall from the famous Blackpool Tower Ballroom playing in concert for us, at our usual venue, the “Weston Rooms” Hickman Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2DZ. The event starts at 2.30pm with

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Everton Village Hall Cabaret Night On Saturday 9th March Everton Village Hall will be transformed into an intimate cabaret setting when, by arrangement with Nottinghamshire Village Ventures, we present “Oh La La!”, a top professional acoustic band whose repertoire includes classic jazz, ‘Musette’ (Parisian folk), ‘Chansons Realistes’ (made famous by Edith Piaf), and a selection of French favourites and pop tunes. “Oh La La” have performed at 28 Retford

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Councillor backs SADS campaign Local Councillor Ian Campbell has

is backing a campaign led by another young councillor over 100 miles away. The campaign based in Liverpool was set up after the death of a 12 year old schoolboy, Oliver King who sadly died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). The campaign is being led by Councillor Jake Morrison to have Defibrillator machines installed in all public buildings and to give all young people a screening to combat the syndrome. Around 1,000 youngsters a year die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), which tends to affect healthy, active children. Councillor Campbell agreed to help his fellow councillor in Liverpool by helping collect the necessary signatures for the Government to take notice. The campaign needs another 60,000 signatures to make the 100,000 needed and with only just over a month left the campaign needs help nationwide. Ian said, “SADS is a serious concern that could affect any one of us locally, it is not just about combating SADS but also to help with anyone that could suffer a Cardiac Arrest in our public buildings. The Council’s town halls now have defibrillators in them and trained staff to use them, this should be a bench mark for other public buildings. I want to ask everyone in Bassetlaw to sign the petition by visiting www. and enter your details. It is important that the Government take notice of this problem and take action to help residents.’’

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Retford Art Society

Retford Art Society is

kicking off the New Year with a demonstration of atmospheric landscape painting by Matthew Palmer at the Retford Post 16 Centre on Thursday 28th February. Matthew is a very popular local artist who has appeared regularly on Sky TV and who is very passionate about watercolour painting. He has been painting seriously for 20 years and loves painting landscapes, still life and animals - in fact any subject that takes his fancy. Matthew lives in the small mining village of Langwith (Derbyshire), where he was brought up and over the years he has painted all the local collieries. He has been teaching watercolours for 10 years and currently teaches over 150 people per week at his six watercolour classes which have been established since 1999. Matthew’s paintings are best noted for the amazing attention to detail and the wide range of subjects he covers so the evening promises to be both instructive and entertaining. The demonstration commences at 7:30pm and is open to both members and non-members alike. The evening is £3 for members and £5 for non-members and includes

free tea and coffee and a chance to mingle with members of the society. For more information about the activities and exhibitions that Retford Art Society has planned for the year ahead please visit our website at www.retford-art-society. New members are always welcome and no prior experience is needed as we have lots of friendly members only too willing to help beginners. For information on joining the society please call Peter Barlow on 01777 707832.

Retford Bowling Green Our management committee

have agreed to recommend an extra class of membership at the club. Called H4H members, we intend to attract those ex-service persons who have recently returned from Afghanistan. We hope our membership will endorse the proposal at the March AGM and allow us to mentor these brave men and women who often find it difficult to adjust to life in our small town. Experienced bowling members will introduce our sports and social

environment on the Green and in the clubhouse as a means of support. Free of charge facilities, plus the necessary equipment and qualified coaches will be on hand to assist all new bowling and H4H members. During the coming months the popular Friday coffee mornings will take place fortnightly from the 1st February. Members and guests are welcome from 10.30am till noon. The Spring Fashion Show will take place on the 9th April at 7.30pm, tickets £5.00 from the clubhouse. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

Genealogy is rewarding and fun, but it takes a great deal of your time to make progress and subscription fees to web sites can be costly. With over thirty years of genealogy research experience we can save you time and money. It really is economical to use a reliable genealogy service. Prices start at £25 for a single item search to £460 for a Full Ancestry Package. All research is documented and recorded in a presentation folder along with all the relevant certificates of births and marriages. PMGS vouchers make wonderful gifts for a birthday or anniversary. For details and prices of all services available: phone 01777 869224 visit Or call in at Bookworm, Spa Lane, Retford for an information leaflet.

Remember...the sooner you start tracing your ancestors, the easier it will be. We are moving to New & Bigger premises. As from the 5th of Feb we will be at our new shop on; 33 Churchgate, Retford. Directly opposite our old shop.

Treat a loved one this valentines with luxury chocolates made by your local chocolaterie Beautiful Hand Made Chocolate Made on the Premises A Range To Suit All Tastes & Budgets We Also Make Delicious Cakes Too! Still the same quality chocolate with some new twists. Call in and try for yourself. Please mention Retford Life when responding to any adverts

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Blue Bell Inn’s generous fayre chimes to the right tune… Julian, Leanne head to The Blue Bell Inn at Gringley on the Hill

As the snow had just started

to fall, we set off in the car to bring you this month’s restaurant review for the February edition. We had already altered the day that we were visiting due to the forecast of the forthcoming snow, yet Leanne and I had been looking forward to this review and we didn’t want you to miss it either! The Blue Bell Inn at Gringley is situated just a 15 minute drive from the centre of Retford, and upon arrival a 300-year-old building filled with character greets you. It has three open fires, plush seating and a warm décor, with an over-riding cosy feel spread over three separate dining areas — some of which are so popular patrons often request specific individual tables where they want to be seated when booking their meals. We were lucky to be seated adjacent to one of the open fires, and other diners were already tucking in to what looked like some hearty fare. People often ask what prompts our decision to visit a restaurant or pub in particular and the main reason is it that is recommended to us by readers and friends and this is what led to our visit to Gringley that evening. Originally we had booked to visit on the Friday, but had brought this

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forward to a Thursday evening and the knock-on consequence of this, was that we were then also able to choose from the Taste of Tapas menu, much to Leanne’s delight. After having tapas and sangria for her hen party last summer, she now can’t sample enough of the Spanish delights. Initially being offered on Sunday afternoons as an alternative option to the Sunday Carvery, the tapas menu has been a huge success for the pub restaurant. Now completely booked up for Sundays for the next few months, they have added an additional day for tapas which is on Thursday evenings. In addition to the Spanish fayre on offer, Blue Bell also serves up traditional pub dishes offering classics such as Steak Pie and Bangers and Mash. Starters are priced from £3.95 each and mains from £6.50. Yet undoubtedly one of the attractions proving popular with diners is the grill menu with a difference — the Black Rock Grill! Leanne and I like many people love a good steak, but varying your choice of meat from beef fillet, to rump, to sirloin beef can prove be a little bit same-y at times. The Black Rock Grill offers people a dining experience you will not forget, along with a mouthselection of meats to choose from. But first we needed to choose the dishes to start our meal off with. For

once it wasn’t a hard decision, with Leanne’s mouth already salivating after reading the tapas dishes available on the menu. However making the selection from those dishes was the more difficult task so we asked our waitress Emily to ask the chef to make the choice for us. In good time dish after dish was presented to us and we ended up with a selection of no-less than seven tapas dishes to sample between just the two of us. We gorged on succulent meat balls and Calamari, along with Breaded Croquettes and even Chicken Pil Pil — to put it simply we were in Spanish heaven! Yet the authenticity of the freshly cooked tapas was clear to taste, and when we asked owner Adam why that was, the secret was revealed, their head chef is Spanish-born and is simply producing the beautiful food of his home country — you can’t get much more authentic than that here in the UK! In addition to the tapas dishes on the menu, the pub hosts regular Jazz and Tapas nights — see their website for more details. It’s not only the tapas dishes that receive the continental flair, diners have commented that other traditional favourites are some of the best they’ve tasted, and it’s all because of the new chef! We’ve visited some fabulous places to eat in our time, from these we’ve been served sizzling plates and had even had food cooked in front of us on mobile cooking stations, not to mention the dinner party where we cooked our own meal on individual burners, so when we knew what the Black Rock Grill was, we knew at least one of us would choose that as our main course. The Black Rock Grill is a great interactive dining experience, where you are presented your meal on a volcanic rock at your table. The super rocks are heated to over 350 degrees and your chosen steak is brought to you at the start of cooking, so you can then enjoy a meal which is cooked to your personal taste. You have a choice of steaks from different countries around the world such South Australia and America. There’s bison, springbok, kangaroo, water buffalo, │ e: │ t: 01777 839199


llama, venison and tuna to name just a few. Prices start from just £11.95 and each steak is served with chips and salad. Of course we both wanted to try different things, so we flipped a coin and as the winner I chose Bison, a meat I had never sampled before. The Blue Bell Inn was a victim of flood from the continuous rains in 2012, and although it was a horrendous experience at the time, it allowed the owners to make changes and refurbishments they have wanted to do for a long time, making the pub better than ever before. As I had won the coin toss, Leanne opted to sample the Blue Bell Burger, served with salad and chips. When our meals arrived we were taken aback by the presentation of the Black Rock Grill. The volcanic rock is housed in the central compartment of a large rectangular porcelain dish, with the accompaniments on either side. We did take photos as you can see, but a photo doesn’t really do this meal the justice it deserves. If you didn’t have an appetite before it arrives, your mouth will be definitely watering after the few minutes wait that

it takes for your chosen steak to cook, and I couldn’t wait to tuck in. From the grill selection, there were many meats that I hadn’t eaten before, so I had no preconception of what bison tasted of. The texture of the meat is like a beef steak, and I had cooked it medium so it was still juicy, yet there is a depth of flavour which is not unlike liver. It is hard to compare it to other meats, I offered ‘gamey’ as a description, yet when Leanne tried it, she said ‘no definitely similar to liver but meatier!’ I must point out that Leanne hates liver, but loved the bison, so I suppose our description doesn’t prove altogether helpful. The large burger was juicy and generous and Leanne had gone for the extras of both bacon and Stilton (yes both), and the chips were properly homemade and delicious! The Blue Bell Inn offer a children’s menu with all meals priced at a great value £3.95 each, and we’re sure that after our visit on this occasion, we’ll definitely be back with Holly next time! After such an enormous offering of fabulous tapas, Leanne struggled to finish her main course, and even though I knew I wanted a dessert,

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I wasn’t going to waste one bite of my fabulous meal. As Emily read us our dessert choices, I felt the need for something refreshing and as soon as I heard Tarte au Citron, I knew that was the one. The tart didn’t disappoint and of course Leanne had to sample it for herself, especially after Emily brought out two dessert forks — without asking me I might add! We thoroughly and whole-heartedly recommend The Blue Bell Inn at Gringley for anyone who wants to experience fabulous hearty fayre at reasonable prices. You will enjoy the setting, you will love the food and we’re sure that once you have been once, you will return time and time again. The Blue Bell Inn High Street, Gringley on the Hill, Nottinghamshire DN10 4RF Tel: 01777 816303 Serving food: Weds – Sat 5.00pm – 9.00pm Sun 9.00am – 2.00pm Feb 2013 │ Retford



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International Referee inspired to run for Bluebell Wood Bluebell Wood Children’s

Hospice cares for local children who have a shortened life expectancy. By running for ‘Team Bluebell’ you could help us continue to provide this valuable service which costs £3 million per year and receives no statutory government funding. The children inspired International Football Referee Howard Webb, who is a patron for the charity to dig out his running shoes and run for the hospice. Howard said, “I had a great time meeting Lilly and Oliver and always feel very humbled when visiting Bluebell Wood. “The work they do is fantastic and I’m honoured to be an Ambassador for them. They have inspired me to get my running shoes back on again to show my support and I’m urging others to do the same and help raise

We are pleased to offer two courses to see you through the winter months and as demand is generally very high please register early! • Pyrography — This is a two-day course on Thursday 14th and 21st March from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Due to high demand we were unable to accommodate everyone wishing to attend this course in January. Thanks to Mark, who teaches all aspects of the art of burning designs on to wood, we are offering the course again. Create your own designs and burn them on to boxes, pictures, door plaques, coasters, key fobs, etc. The course costs £12.00 (£6 per day) plus materials at cost price. • Decoupage — A One-Day Workshop; Thursday 28th February 10.00am to 3.00pm. 36 Retford

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funds for this amazing place.” Think you’d like to join Team Bluebell? Why not sign up to a fun run, 10K or even a half marathon? Our fabulous fundraising team will be behind you all the way. They will provide you with inspirational stories, top fundraising tips, sponsorship forms and even a free Bluebell Wood running vest! Go to running.php to sign up now or find out further information about local runs in the area, alternatively call us on 01909 517365. You can also show your support by following us on Facebook: Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice or Twitter @BluebellwoodCH.

Community Workshop Teacher Alice has many years of teaching Decoupage and she will guide you through the art of decorating an object by using coloured paper in combination with special paint effects. The object for decoration will be a terracotta plant pot, the design for which will be limited only by your imagination. The cost £12.00, which includes all materials, but please bring your own apron and scissors! Our weekly sessions continue to prove very popular: • Woodcarving — Mondays — 9.30am to 12.30pm • Wood-skills/open session — Tuesday — 9.00am to 3.00pm • Stained Glasswork — Wednesdays

— 1.00pm to 3.00pm • Kiln Fused Glasswork — Fridays — 1.00pm to 3.00pm Skilled volunteers are on hand to help and advise you so why not come in and have a go. No previous experience is necessary for you to attend the Community Workshop. If you do have practical or acreative skills that you are prepared to share with others, you will be very welcome! We are open 9.00am to 3.00pm, from Monday to Friday. Why not call in for coffee and a chat or, for more information please call 01623 860545, ext 152 and ask for Sandy or Steph. Email communityworkshop@ or visit www. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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MOTHERS DAY Sunday 10th March


£18.95 per person 3 Course Meal

Don’t miss our

WEDDING FAY R E Saturday 2nd March 11am - 4pm

FREE Admission

Range of different Wedding Suppliers.

Why not try our Famous


Thursday 14th, Friday 15th & Saturday 16th February from 6pm (our normal evening menu will also be available)

STUNNING 4 COURSE MEAL £25 per person First Course Celeriac & White Truffle Veloute, Sautéed Wild Mushrooms,Tarragon Oil.

Pan Fried Chilli King Prawns,

Garlic and Basil Crostini,Tomato & Pepper Salsa, Pesto.

Cock-a-Leekie Terrine,

Chicken and Leek Terrine, Braised Baby Leek, Prune Dressing.

Smoked Haddock Scotch Egg, Char-grilled Asparagus, Pea & Mint Puree.

Second Course - A Champagne Sorbet Third Course Pan Fried Chicken Breast, Poached Leg Ballotine, Fondant Potato, Koffman Cabbage, Carrot Puree, Lemon Thyme Jus.

Fillet of Beef Rossini, Homemade Duck Liver Parfait, Dauphinoise Potato, Buttered Curly Kale Madeira Jus.

Loin of Cod,

Milk Poached Potato, Mussel & Cockle Chowder, Samphire.

Beetroot & Feta Cheese Wellington, Dauphinoise Potato, Buttered Curly Kale.

Fourth Course

Chocolate Fondant, Strawberry Sorbet, Chocolate Tuile. Glazed Lemon & Lime Cheesecake, Mascarpone Ice Cream, Candied Peel.

Mixed Berry & Cider Jelly, Vanilla Ice Cream, Brandy Snap Basket. Selection of British Cheeses, Water Biscuits, Red Onion & Port Chutney.

Why not share & have a little of everything? Sharing Platter Chocolate Fondant, Glazed Lemon & Lime Cheesecake, Mixed Berry & Cider Jelly.

SERVING: Wednesday – Saturday 11am- 9pm Sunday 12pm-7pm

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Focus on: Mill Accountancy Ltd BUSINESS

Mill Accountancy Ltd are celebrating their second anniversary. They are a local accountancy firm formed in February 2011 by Gillian Mill FCCA, who decided it was the right time to make the leap and hasn't looked back since. Gillian is a Retford resident, mother of two and local field archery coach who has been working as an accountant and auditor in the area for over 10 years. After an amicable departure from her previous firm, Gillian started her new venture with a small established client list who had chosen to move with her. This provided a base for her business to flourish, with client numbers doubling in the first year and still growing rapidly. The business expanded when, after

completing her A Levels in August 2011, Gillian’s daughter decided to join the firm and they moved into the Retford Enterprise Centre. Stephanie has now completed her first accountancy examination and Mill Accountancy is truly a family firm. As a firm, they deal with all business and personal accounting needs, providing a comprehensive range of services at competitive prices. Mill Accountancy prides itself in giving every client time to discuss their problems and concerns face to face. Their professionalism and attention to detail help them provide a level of service which they feel every client deserves, and they obviously agree as 90% of new clients approach

them following a recommendation. They are in the rare position for a small firm of also being registered auditors which allows them to provide a full range of services. From simply helping with your bookkeeping to full audits, Mill Accountancy is well prepared to handle all of your accounting needs, and their transparent fee structure allows clients to see just how much they will be paying as well as offering extremely competitive rates. The future is looking good for Mill Accountancy with continued expansion in all areas. They would like to say a big thank you to all their clients for their continued support and hope they can keep contributing to their success.


‘Thanks to Gill and Steph for their help each year and congratulations on their anniversary.’

Steve Fletcher.



Phone 07976703649 / 01777 869402 FLEYCHER@AOL.COM

‘Many congratulations on your second anniversary and we are delighted to be associated with such a professional business and model tenant.’ Randall Way, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7GR 01777 712712 38 Retford

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‘Rapid PVCu Systems would like to congratulate Mill Accountancy on their 2nd Anniversary and wish them every success in the future. They are always on hand to help.’

Call: 01302 759777

Kev’s Carpets Service with a smile

‘Congratulations to Mill Accountancy on their anniversary. We wish them all the best and look forward to working with them for many years to come.’

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Mill Accountancy Ltd • Special rates for charity audits • Friendly local service with home visits if required • 10 years experience working with local businesses Providing:

Acting For:

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• Individuals • Sole traders • Partnerships • Limited companies • Charities

Celebrating Our

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Gillian Mill FCCA | 01777 712622 | Room 6, Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford DN22 7GR

‘We have used Gill and her team for our new business venture knowing that the service we receive is the best, always fully up-to-date with all aspects of accounting, VAT, business and personal tax. For efficient, accurate and on time accounting we strongly reccomend Mill Accountancy.’

Retford Enterprise Centre, Randall Way, Retford

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‘Congratulations to Gill and the Mill Accountancy team on this second anniversary, thank you for your continued support and hard work on behalf of Bassetlaw Hospice.’ Bassetlaw Hospice, Cedar House, 01777 863270 North Road, Retford, DN22 7XF

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T H E RU M RU N N E R ‘Thanks to Gill for her help over the last two years. It has been invaluable.’

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33 Bridgegate Retford ‘We are happy to rely on Mill Accountancy Ltd to help us through the minefield of tax issues which apply when running a small business. Gill has helped to take most of the pressure off. Thank you.’

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Keep your Christmas pr If you have seen articles in the news recently, you will be aware of how easy it is for a criminal to ‘snap’ your lock cylinder, gain access to your home and steal your valuables. By replacing your locks and cylinders — which is relatively inexpensive — you are protecting your home against burglaries. We at Tyler Hardware supply a wide range of handles, locks and cylinders to help secure your home, all from high-quality suppliers. Call us today on 01427 677 900 or 07930 479 389 to find out what options are available.

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resents secure this year Anit-Snap Sacrificial Cut

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Anti-Twist Hardened Steel Anti-Drill Pins

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• Classic furniture • Home accessories • Pictures & Mirrors • Lamps • Candle holders

• Vases & Bowls • Tableware • Glassware • Gift ideas

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Winter isn’t good for your wallet.

Whether it’s a crisp sunny day, or you’re knee deep in snow, the added chills mean bigger bills. Sadly, neither the weather nor the costs are likely to improve any time soon, yet that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Work your way through my winter checklist to help save yourself £100s. IS IT CHEAPER TO LEAVE THE HEATING ON ALL DAY? Is it worth just heating when you’re in, or keeping the central heating on all day at a lower level? In pubs and cafes across the land, people debate this (or maybe they just ask me when I go in). The answer, according to the Energy Saving Trust, is turn the heating on when you need it — don’t unnecessarily leave the heat on — you’ll pay more. While we’re at it, there’s little point painting your radiators black. Try to keep the doors to rooms you’re heating closed, plus drying your clothes in an airing cupboard is cheaper than a tumble dryer (though watch out for damp). IT’S THE PERFECT TIME TO SWITCH — LOCK IN NO PRICE HIKES FOR TWO WINTERS All the big six energy companies have now announced price hikes, and even though the last, Eon’s, doesn’t hit until 18th January, the price comparison sites are updated with the new prices. That means now’s the perfect time to switch, for if you do a comparison, it’s a level playing field. When doing a comparison, one tariff to watch out for is the new EDF June 2014 fix. It isn’t the very cheapest deal, so won’t come top. But its big boon is the rate you pay is fixed until June 2014 — meaning no price hikes guaranteed. Plus it has no early exit fees, so you’re free to leave if other prices drop. CAN YOU FIND YOUR STOPCOCK? Winter frozen pipe bursts can create an average £10,000 worth of damage. This is often worsened as many scrabble round searching for their stopcock (the mains water off tap) for ages as their home floods. Don’t wait for an emergency — check

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it out now. Commonly, they’re under the kitchen sink, in cupboards, near the bathroom — plus there’s usually another one out in the street. ON A PREPAY (KEY OR CARD) ENERGY METER? You can still switch and save. Prepaid comparisons are possible at Energyhelpline, MoneySupermarket and uSwitch, with £200 a year savings for some. Better still, check if you can move off prepay to a normal billed meter, which is likely to be far cheaper with more competitive tariffs. ARE YOU DUE WINTER FUEL/ COLD WEATHER PAYMENTS? If anyone in your home was born before 6th July 1951, you’re due up to £300 in tax-free winter fuel payments. If you’ve received a winter fuel payment in a previous year, you don’t need to do anything. If you’ve never had it before, you may need to register. You can do this by filling out the claims forms at or calling 08459 15 15 15. There’s also a cold weather payment available for those on pension credit and some on income support or jobseekers’ allowance. You get £25 for every seven days the temperature is below 0°c for this. You don’t need to apply. If you’re eligible, you’ll be paid automatically within 14 working days. SLASH £100 A YEAR OFF BOILER COVER COSTS Don’t mistakenly think you need to stick with your energy provider’s boiler cover — there may be a lot cheaper out there. uSwitch has a comparison which can help you cut costs. It misses a few, but it’s still worth checking. GOT A CAR? Do you need breakdown assistance? The consequences of winter breakdowns are much worse than the rest of the year, but modern cars are pretty reliable. So it’s a gamble whether it’s needed or not. However,you can get basic AA or RAC cover for as little as £12 a year, often worth it for added peace of mind. To do this, simply arrange the cover via a cashback website like Topcashback or Quidco.

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Free Antique Valuations

Grantham, Doncaster, Nottingham & Sheffield Our Antique Specialists will be hosting Valuation Days around your area providing free verbal auction valuations. For further information please contact : 0113 234 5755 A singing bird-in-cage, circa 1890. Consigned locally and sold in our Fine Mechanical Music Sale in London for £2,875 to a private collector from Germany.

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Returning an unwanted gift, what are my rights? If you are likely to change

your mind about buying a gift, it pays to shop on the web. It’s vitally important to be aware of your rights when it comes to returning or exchanging presents. But what are your legal rights if you need to return goods? I gave a speech about this recently at the Ideal Home Exhibition. The answer I gave is that it depends on whether you bought the item in a shop or over the Internet. If you buy something that is faulty then you are automatically entitled to a full refund regardless of where you bought it. So if that gleaming new toy that you’ve brought for a child is flawed when they open the box, take it straight back. It’s slightly different if you want a refund for something because you’ve changed your mind — and it depends on where and when you bought it. HIGH STREET SHOPPING Unfortunately, when you buy from a physical shop you are not entitled to a refund just because you change

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your mind. Last year I bought a jumper for my wife. I gave it to her on her birthday, but when she opened it up she absolutely hated it. When we took it back to the shop and asked for a refund, the shop said no. Annoyingly, they were fully entitled to refuse. Lot’s of people think you should get a refund for changing your mind, but according to the law you do not. Most retailers will, however, allow you an exchange if you have proof of purchase. A right to exchange is not a legal requirement, but often it’s part of the retailer’s own terms and conditions. It’s therefore a good idea to always check the shop’s exchange policy before you buy. ONLINE SHOPPING When you buy goods and services online you have enhanced rights, which entitle you to a seven day cooling off period if you change your mind. I purchased a camera online last year. I’d ordered it on the Monday and by the Tuesday I’d seen an

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Scouts give thanks Retford District Scouts would like to thank everyone who used the Scouts Christmas card postal service. We sorted and delivered over 4,200 cards. We could not have done it without the support of the shops, businesses and individuals that sold stamps for the Scout groups. Thanks also to the many volunteers who delivered the cards. All profits from the scheme will be divided up between the groups who took part and this will support Scouting activities in the local area. We plan to repeat the Christmas card postal service next year and exact dates and details will follow.

evenings with well-known mediums taking part, each week during February at Elkesley Memorial Hall, Retford, DN22 8AU. The evenings are on the 5th, 15th, 19th and the 26th February and are just £4 per person, which includes refreshments and a raffle. Each evening runs from approximately 6.45pm to 8.30pm and everyone is welcome.

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Retford United Juniors are holding coaching sessions for boys and girls of all abilities aged five to 11. This session takes place every Saturday morning from 10.00am to 11.30am at Retford Oaks High school Babworth Road, Retford in the indoor sports hall. All coaches are CRB checked and hold at least a Level 1 Coaching qualification.

Please just turn up or phone Simon on 07840 331476 for details. Do you want to get into football coaching? Are you willing to come down and help our qualified coaches? Retford United offers FA coaching courses to those who may be interested. Please ring Simon on the number above for details.

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for the next three months are as follows; • 28th February — Canine Partners with M Wells • 28th March — Embroidery and Family History with Sue Clayton • 25th April — Entertainment with Mark Cantrill Deposits are now being taken for the Suffolk holiday taking place between 9th and 13th May. The closing date for the final payment is the February

meeting. If you are not going to be there, you will need to pay direct to Kettlewells, quoting the U3A Suffolk holiday. The membership for the Retford U3A is open to anyone over 50 years, so please do come along we are a friendly bunch. Our monthly meetings take place at The Well on Hospital Road, from 1.30pm every fourth Thursday in the month. For FREE quotation call Gary

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Archaeology talk at Retford Library On Wednesday 27th February at 7.00pm, community archaeologists will be visiting Retford Library to give us a glimpse of Roman life in this area. The modesty of the small hamlet of Littleborough belies its grander Roman past when it was the eminent town of Segelocum. Emily and her colleague, Lorraine will be sharing what they know Retford Library has a

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February but planting seedlings under glass (or plastic) can give you a great start for the season ahead. A bit of time and money invested now in a polytunnel or greenhouse will give you benefits for years to come. Can’t wait for Spring to come? There’s plenty of vegetables that can be started off indoors now.

Jobs for this month • Erect a cold frame, polytunnel or greenhouse. • Plant out onion sets • Sow tomatoes indoors • Chit seed potatoes • Sow early beetroot and summer cabbages • Plant soft fruit bushes • Go back inside and get warm!

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green shoots are starting to appear and we’re all just itching to get out in the garden now. Just one problem — it’s still likely to be blooming cold! Extremes in weather are typical for this month so even if we do have a warmer spell I wouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to start sowing seeds outdoors. It’s at this time of year that having some undercover growing space is a real boon — not least because it’s so much more of a pleasure working in a protected environment, basking in the glory of those few rays of sun, than it is feeling a gale force wind that seems as it if’s come straight from the arctic! If you don’t have a greenhouse, polytunnel or cold frame then why not think about investing in one now? Get it built in February and you can get a head start on many plants for the season to come. Which is best? Consider the space available — if space is limited then a coldframe, may be a good option. Green houses can offer lots of benefits but are generally not a great idea if your garden is also the kids play area and they can be hugely expensive. On the plus side, they are not easy to get rid of so if you’re prepared for a bit of work you may be able to pick up a secondhand one very cheaply providing you are happy to dismantle and move it yourself (try freecycle). Do you remember, at the start of our Dig It Challenge, we opted for a greenhouse, which was very reasonable in price and gave us several days of entertainment building it. Follow

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Music at St Michaels’

A few members of St Michaels’ Church council will arrange a musical event at the church on Saturday 20th April. The aim is to generate an additional monetary injection to the church funds; to learn from this event whether regular events would be feasible and to encourage a wider support of the church. Our outgoings will increase annually while the contributions of the church congregation are limited, so we believe that while our fiscal state is in good order we should, by opening the church for regular musical and other appropriate events, for the good of the church, try to establish an additional cash stream. St Michael’s church and the later build of Trinity Hospital are perhaps the most important buildings which now form the historical heritage of the West Retford parish. We would like to generate a wider interest of the church, as a heritage feature within the community and particularly, to find a small number of experienced leaders to assist our young group from the Church council. If you can help us along the way, please contact David Sharp on 01777 704231 or david. Lound Village Hall, DN22 8RX,

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Co-operative Travel get behind The Guide Dogs The Co-operative Travel Retford has announced they have chosen to continue to support The Guide Dogs as their chosen charity for 2013. Since choosing the organisation in late 2012 they have organised several coach tours and embraced recycling in store to raise funds. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of our clients throughout the year and the enthusiasm they have shown towards the charity. “This year I am sure that many of you received new mobile phones for Christmas or are looking to upgrade your current phone so why not bring your old one in to us at the branch and put in our recycle box, at the same time you could take advantage of our amazing offers and deals.

“Everyone deserves some well deserved sunshine. Come in and ask about our forthcoming charity Coach trips taking part during this year.” Said Jennifer Willows, the Branch Manager. Every penny that they raise from the signature coach tours will go towards the Guide dogs and every penny certainly counts. The Co-operative would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and hope you can join them on a forth coming event. If your organisation would like to support guide dogs as charity of the year please contact Community Fundraiser Jo Berry on 07500 993184 or for a free fundraising pack go to www.

John Kirkpatrick comes to Headon Village Hall Headon cum Upton Village Hall welcomes the New Year with these two special events. After a lapse of some years we will once again be hosting a touring theatre company with “My Brilliant Divorce”. A mixture of comedy and pathos, it will chase away those winter blues! This was a West End Hit for Dawn French and was an Olivier nomination for best entertainment. Tickets are £8 each including supper and there will be a bar. Please call 01777 248282 for tickets or for further information.

John Kirkpatrick is an established favourite whose return to Headon is eagerly awaited, on 22nd February at 7.30pm. John has been one of the most prominent figures on the English Folk Scene for many years, and is regarded as Britain's leading exponent of “squeezbox” instruments. Tickets are available at £8.00 each, which includes a supper after the show, and the bar will be open. Please call 01777 248282 for tickets or for further information.

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GREYING As we age our hair texture changes too. Grey hair is much coarser in texture so as more grey arrives, hair can be a mix of the coarser grey and the finer, smoother pre-grey. Sometimes the coarse, curly grey hairs can show very noticeably

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transport via horse, oxen or cart or any loads carried by a person were chargeable. The types of wheels on carts also demanded different charges; thin wheels did more damage to the road so they were charged more. These charges were payable in sections via a toll gate, these had small buildings for the ‘Pike man’ who collected the fares to live in. They were normally an octagonal design with windows looking out on to the road so traffic could be monitored during bad weather. In 1738 an act of Parliament gave permission for the road to be turnpiked between Worksop and Bakewell via Chesterfield to improve access from Derbyshire to the port at Bawtry. The Chesterfield to Bakewell section was however never commenced. In 1792 enough funds had been raised to pave the road as far as Barlborough with stone quarried at Ladylea — this was transported by barge due to the weight and scale of limestone required. By 1858 £5,225 had been spent on giving the route from Worksop hard surfacing. The

trust was wound up in 1883 by the local government board, toll gates were removed and the several of the toll houses demolished. To help fuel the industrial revolution and open up trade from the steel works around Sheffield the Attercliffe–Worksop Trust was set up in 1764. Shareholders included The Earl of Holderness, The Duke of Norfolk, Gilbert Rhodes of Barlborough and John Hewett from Shireoaks. Most of the other subscribers were farmers, gentry or nobility. In 1767 the turnpike trust borrowed £4,000 to improve the road but by 1817 it was in huge debt owing over £12,500. In 1824 the trustees were in dire need to repave the road due to incompetent contractors who had left the paving in far worse condition. The road passed to local government control in 1881. The Great North Road was the main road artery from London and was one of the busiest roads in the country. In 1714 it was the only mail route listed in Nottinghamshire but it took until 1776 for it to become fully turnpiked, with area around Scrooby being one of the last sections to do so. This road was extremely busy with pack horses, mail and stagecoaches. Initially the road bypassed Retford but in 1766 an act of Parliament granted the town permission to divert nine miles of road through the town. The diversion greatly affected businesses on the Old North Road, The Rushy Inn in Morton near Retford existed well before the toll roads indeed Margaret Tudor once stayed there but its importance dwindled after losing the mail for Retford. Eventually the Inn closed and was divided into cottages. Toll Roads were also used for publicly showing justice. Around 1.00am on 3rd July 1779 John Spencer attacked William Yeadon, the keeper of the toll bar at Scrooby Gate then killed his mother, Mary Yeadon, fracturing her skull with a hedgestake. Whilst robbing the house looking for toll money men with carts of wool bound for Leeds discovered William beaten senseless in the road. Spencer escaped but William died later that evening. A £50 reward was offered for his arrest. Upon capture ► │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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◄ he was tried at Nottingham assizes; evidence included Yeadons silver watch which Spencer had attempted to sell. Initially Spencer stated that he had two accomplices (one described as a tinker who was captured in Retford) but later retracted that statement. He was hung on 26th July and his remains were covered with pitch and tar and displayed in a cage at Gibbet Hill. A few years later a sergeant fired a musket round from a ‘carbine’ into Spencers remains which left a “pestilential” odour around the village. The Sergeant received a court martial and his commission was revoked. Eventually the skeleton fell down and was taken away. On 15th April 1845 the gibbet was removed and used as a gatepost in the village bearing the inscription ‘1779’. The toll house has long since gone however its board of charges remain and are displayed in the village hall. One of the last roads to go over to being a Turnpike was installed between the Trent and Bawtry

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Another thing to consider is that a book is a physical thing that looks nice on a shelf whereas an eBook, once you have read it at least, is just a file taking up valuable space on your tablet or phone. An ideal solution, then, would to be able to rent an eBook for two or three weeks, just long enough to give you time to read it. Well, the good news is that you can and, better still, you rent them from your local county Library so it’s free of charge. Most local libraries have now signed up with Overdrive — www. — which is online software that allows you to download eBooks and manage your account with the library. Just like taking a physical book out of the library, there is a time limit on your loan but, unlike with a physical book, when the time limit expires you are no longer able

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Heads were turned on Wednesday 5th December when three of the stars of Clarborough’s Cinderella made guest appearances at the village Christmas Tree lighting and Christmas Fayre. Cinderella (Leanne McCorkell) and her step sister Kylie (Steve Banks) were chaperoned by Buttons (Daniel Pattenden) and spent the evening mingling with the crowds who had come to meet Father Christmas and get into the Christmas spirit. Following the successes of Clarborough’s annual Village Festival and Jubilee celebrations, ‘Cinderella’ is Clarborough Village Ventures’ first

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METHOD • Pre-heat the oven to maximum • In a pestle and mortar, grind the salt, pepper and fennel seeds to a rough powder • Dry the pork belly and score the fat • Rub half the fennel seed mixture all over the pork, working it well into the scored fat • Coat the pork with a little oil and place in a lined baking tray • Peel and slice the red onion, parsnips and carrots and coat with the remaining fennel seed mixture 72 Retford

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and olive oil in another baking tray, leaving a good amount of room around the vegetables so they brown nicely • Place the pork in the top of the oven for 10-15 minutes, depending on size to crisp up the skin • Turn the oven down to 150°c and add the vegetable roasting tray to the oven • Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the pork (if you are roasting the strips, remove these after crisping the skin and return later) • Meanwhile, peel and dice the swede and boil in slightly salted water for 10–15 minutes • Finely slice the potatoes (use a mandolin on the finest setting if you

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have one) and gently shallow fry in a pan until golden and crisp, remove and drain on a paper towel and allow to cool • Once the swede is boiled, drain and mash well, adding the knob of butter and nutmeg • Drain the meet juices and add to a pan with the white wine and white onion and bring to the boil, then add the beef stock and thicken with the flour, using as much as necessary • Now just plate it up! ARATI EP







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INDEX Accountant Mill Accountancy.................................38 & 39 PS Accountancy........................................... 13 Aesthetics & Beauty Coach House Clinic...................................... 30 Escape..............................................................9 Head 2 Toe Hair & Beauty...........................59 Impulse...........................................................59 Lounge Couture............................................ 43 Tranquil Studios........................................... 60 Alarms & Security Services Orca Security................................................ 60 Architectural Ironmongery Tyler Hardware & Architectural Ironmongery.........................................40 & 41 Bathrooms Carrington Bathrooms................................ 63 Ultimate Bathrooms.....................................29 Bed Sales Clinton Carpets..............................................79 The Bed Chambers.......................................57 Bedrooms & Studies CDK................................................................ 63 DC Interiors....................................................23 Building Services DPS Building..................................................61 Kinvena Homes.............................................23 MA Construction...........................................77 Simon Hayes..................................................55 Wellow Park Building Services...................42 Car & Motorcycle Body Repairs JRB Autobody Repairs..................................42 Retford Autofinishers...................................75 Car & Motorcycle Repairs & Servicing Hallcroft Service Centre..............................75 London Road Garage...................................75 Care Home Clumber Court Care Home..........................73 Carpet Cleaning HobKnobs......................................................25 Carpets & Specialist Flooring Clinton Carpets..............................................79 Tim Rice Flooring.......................................... 69 Childrens Gifts & Parties Teddy Bear Factory.......................................51 Chimney Sweep Home Sweep................................................. 60 Chiropody & Foot Health Accolade Clinic..............................................73 Gillian Plant Foot Health............................. 50 Michael Saint.................................................51 Chocolatiere & Cake Shop The Chocolate Kitchen................................ 33 Cleaning & Dry Cleaning Services KKleen............................................................25 Clothing Embroidery & Printing Newark Embroidery..................................... 13 Computer Repairs, Installations & Sales GL Computers.............................................. 69 Parks Teach & Tech..................................... 69 Country Clothing Retailers Reynards Country Clothing.........................11 Curtains & Blinds Bassetlaw Blinds..........................................49 RS Blinds........................................................15 STA Curtains & Blinds..................................11 Denture Clinic Kevin Manners Denture Clinic....................27 Design & Print Burgess Design & Print................................11 Dog Grooming & Training Competitive Edge..........................................76 Mulberry Dog Grooming...............................77 78 Retford

│ Feb 2013

Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford...................................................... 64 Stuart Domestics..........................................59 Driving Instructor Jayne’s Driving School.................................52 Electricians DJ Marriot Electrical Contractor.................42 Hawlec Electrical Contractors................... 60 Electrical Goods & Supplies Aegir Consumer Electronics....................... 66 Family Tree Specialist Paul Meads Genealogical Services.......... 33 Financial Consultants Peter Wilcox Financial Management........ 45 Fine Art Valuation Bonhams....................................................... 45 Funeral Directors E Hurton & Son Ltd...................................... 65 GD Hall Funeral Directors............................51 Funeral Memorials Retford Memorials........................................55 Furniture Sales & Showroom C Handley Ltd................................................ 45 C Swannack & Sons.....................................14 Forget Me Not................................................20 Heads House.................................................59 Kings Furnishings........................................ 43 Raw Furniture..................................................7 Gardening Services Darren Allen Ground & Tree Specialist......55 DC Garden Services.....................................55 DN22 Gardening.......................................... 63 Grave Cleaning & Maintenance Paul Harrison.................................................67 Gym Club Energy................................................... 80 Hair Salon Head 2 Toe Hair & Beauty...........................49 Home Help Assisted Home Living.................................. 65 Hypnotherapist Isis Life Solutions......................................... 50 Iron Gates P Clay Fabrications.......................................67 Joinery Services GM Joinery.................................................... 48 Howlett Joinery..............................................71 SMS Joinery Services.................................. 65 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery............77 Kitchens Designed & Fitted CDK................................................................ 63 Houseproud...................................................26 Kitchen Fitter Alan Lomax.....................................................49 Ladies Fitness Shapemaster.................................................59 Lock Smith Metro Locksmiths........................................ 53 Log Supplies J & K Bark Supplies......................................55 Martial Arts Sports Shop Contact Sports..............................................23 Mobile Hairdresser Janet Ann Flynn.............................................59 Mobility Scooters, Aids & Repairs Care Matters Mobility...................................52 Musical & Theatrical Productions Retford Little Theatre...................................71 Music Tuition Jim Mather Drum Tuition............................ 69 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company..................................19 Opticians Dudley & Severn........................................... 53 Specsavers......................................................5 Oven Cleaning HobKnobs......................................................25

Painting & Decorating CP Painters & Decorators.......................... 45 Martin Collins.................................................15 Neil Scott Painting & Decorating................71 Oxley Decorators...........................................59 Pest Control Retford & District Pest Control...................55 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy................................ 60 Haughton Healthcare...................................25 Plastering Service SJ Plastering................................................. 66 Plumbing & Heating Supplier Green Bros.......................................................1 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services Clifford Heating.............................................67 DC Installations.............................................25 Durham Gas Services..................................73 Nigel Qualter................................................. 65 RM Plumbing & Heating.............................. 64 Property Maintenance Chris Stubbs..................................................67 Household Maintenance Services............15 Jon Robb Property Repairs........................ 60 Mr Handyman................................................77 Neil Cornwell..................................................42 The Handyman..............................................73 Pubs & Restaurants Blackburn House..........................................37 Blue Bell Inn.........................................34 & 35 Deli & Dine.......................................................9 Eyre Arms.......................................................52 No 5 Grove Street.........................................17 Robin Hood Inn..............................................57 The Blacksmiths...........................................21 The Gate Inn.....................................................9 Ye Olde Bell....................................................21 Removals & Secure Storage Ballards...........................................................61 Roofing Specialists Timby Traditional Roofing........................... 64 Schools & Colleges Orchard School................................................3 Security — Home & Business OPS Services.................................................67 Self Defence, Martial Arts & Fitness Lynx Academy................................................49 Show Equipment for Hire EES Showhire................................................ 13 Soft Furnishings Tracy Wint.......................................................15 Solar & Alternative Energy Solutions Smart Energy Limited................................. 30 Solicitors Jones & Co.....................................................47 Solid Fuels Warmers Fuels..............................................19 Specialist Sports Shop (Cricket) Batting 46 Ltd............................................... 45 Taxi Services & Private Hire Country Cars................................................. 66 DN Cars.......................................................... 69 TV Sales, Aerials, Repairs & Installations Aegir Consumer Electronics....................... 66 John Gregory’s...............................................42 Web Design Burgess Design & Print................................11 Wedding & Occasion Vehicle Hire Red London Icon.......................................... 66 Weight Loss & Nutrition Slimming World.............................................20 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Charm Windows............................................27 Cloudy 2 Clear.............................................. 50 Olsen Doors & Windows................................2 Warwick Developments...............................19 Wellow Park Windows..................................19 │ e: │ t: 01777 839199


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February 2013 edition of Retford Life magazine

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