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Welcome to the May edition of the Retford Life magazine and it’s a month we absolutely love! There’s two Bank Holidays to look forward to, hopefully warmer weather and the garden is fully awake. On page 8, we look back at the traditions of May Day, including the Hawthorne and maypole. Don’t forget that as usual you have to be in it to win it, and we have three fabulous competitions for you to enter this month! On page 12, we have teamed up with newly re-located Jet-set Spa to offer one lucky winner a massage and signature facial. You have a chance to win a pair of tickets or a family ticket to for this year’s Kelham Festival on page 38! Also on page 82, we have tickets to give away to see Lady Boys of Bangkok at Retford Majestic Theatre. The Retford and surrounding area also springs in to life this month, with more outdoor activities planned than ever before, we take you through some of the main ones within this month’s community pages. Over the course of the next two months, we get the chance to view the work of many of our local artists, through the Open Studios Notts collection. We bring you a round-up of some of the best featured on page 68. In addition to the above, we once again bring you some great articles this month. It’s National Smile Month and for this year’s article, we take a look The Science








behind a Smile on page 56. Most of us get out and about in our gardens at some point from this month, yet if you need a helping hand, don’t forget the great businesses and trades in this magazine who can help you. We’re pleased to welcome new monthly gardening articles from renowned BBC Radio 4 gardening expert Pippa Greenwood, who hopes to inspire you with talk of how to create the perfect pond in your garden on page 42. From this month, for the next series of Baking Bliss articles, Helen is taking us on a World Tour, starting with a recipe from Norway on page 66! Now is a fantastic time for stargazing, and whether you are an absolute beginner or have lots of experience, you will certainly gain inspiration from James Ince’s article on page 58. Our local birder John Wilkins continues to bring you his guide of the wonderful wildlife around us on page 14, and continuing the ‘bird’ theme, Terry Beebe discusses the increase in poultry ownership on pages 74 and 76. We had some well-received comments about many of the articles in last month’s edition and many of you loved the new series ‘A history of the home’, the second article, ‘The right to buy; Part 1’ is on page 22. We hope enjoy this month’s magazine.

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Service is a service for residents, funded by NHS Bassetlaw and Notts County Council and delivered by Bassetlaw Action Centre. The service provides advice, information, and support to stroke survivors, and their families and carers for as long as it is needed. A case worker is available to assist you to access services that you may require to support your return to day-to-day life. Advice and support is available for practical things like: • Filling in forms • Applying for benefits • Assistance with looking at housing needs and with adaptations that are required • Other practical assistance • Support to return back to work • Signposting to other relevant services/agencies • Put people in contact with other stroke survivors; we can even just offer a listening ear! If you would like some help, please contact Jayne Bullock at Bassetlaw Action Centre on 01777 709650 or email jbullock@ The Misterton Centre is affiliated to BAC so information is also available there – drop-in or call 01427 891872.

Retford Charter Day This year’s Charter Day, on

Monday 5th May, will see more attractions, businesses and local community organisations involved than ever before. The family fun day is a firm favourite in the annual calendar, culminating in the much anticipated Retford Lions Duck Race. There are too many attractions to mention, yet some of the more notable will be a Hawk Display, performances from the Marching Band, a Dog Agility Show, Street Entertainers, Fair Rides, and more all at Kings Park. In the town centre, the Buttermarket will be open, there will be stalls and static displays within the Market

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Square, and many of your local businesses will be opening their doors with a variety of great offers available just for the occasion. Ordsall Church will again be actively involved in this year’s Charter Day. Based at the Diocesan Events Trailer in Kings Park, Ordsall Church will be offering a Garden complete with flowers, a meditation pool and chairs for everyone to use to relax and enjoy a peaceful oasis in the midst of the excitement of Charter Day. There will be a rolling programme of craft activities aimed at both children and adults and in the afternoon Ordsall Church will be inviting people to join them in the garden for afternoon tea!

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Bringing in the May


Kate McLelland looks back at the traditions of May Day

One of the best indications that summer is about to arrive is when Britain’s hedgerows explode with the pink and white blossoms of the hawthorn. The hawthorn is one of those quintessentially English trees: although quietly unobtrusive for most of the year, it bursts into spectacular life in the late spring, with flowers crowded so densely together they look like snowfall. In the autumn it glows with clusters of red berries. No wonder the tree features so strongly in ancient folklore. The old name for hawthorn was “may” and the flower of the may tree has long been considered a symbol of hope. It even gave its name to The Mayflower, the famous ship that sailed from England in 1620, transporting a stalwart band of pilgrims to build a new life in America. As its alternative name suggests, hawthorn was central to ancient May Day celebrations. The old Celtic festival of May Day 8 Retford

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was known as ‘Beltane’ after the Celtic god of light, or the sun. The beginning of summer was also celebrated in Ancient Rome at the Floralia festival (dedicated to the flower goddess Flora), which took place at roughly the same time. May Day celebrations in Britain were probably a hybrid of both traditions mixed up with Druidic tree worship, and the introduction of Christianity did little to dispel these pagan traditions. On the first day of May, villagers would wake at daybreak and roam through the countryside, gathering flowers and hawthorn twigs to decorate their houses. A maypole — usually the trunk of a birch tree, stripped of its branches and decorated with ribbons and flowers — was set up in the middle of the village green. In olden times maypoles were constructed with three rings on the top — the highest and smallest was made of hawthorn. The community danced around the pole, singing traditional songs, while the men of the village performed Morris dances and the prettiest girl, dressed in floral garlands, was crowned Queen of the May. Occasionally a May King was also chosen, and the pair ruled over the festivities. In Elizabethan times, the king and queen were given the names ‘Robin Hood’ and ‘Maid Marian’.

These celebrations were derived from ancient fertility rituals and the ‘greenwood marriages’ that took place provide clear evidence of this. Often young girls came home from their country rambles with more than a garland of flowers. As one observer wrote, “I have hearde of tenne maidens whiche went to set May, and nine of them came home with childe.” May Day festivities reached their height in England during the Middle Ages but in 1644 the Puritans passed a law which made them illegal. This attempt to repress the celebrations eventually failed, mainly because they were too deeply rooted in rural culture. When the monarchy was restored some years later and Charles II came to the throne, people all over the country put up maypoles as a sign of loyalty to the crown. For the next two hundred years the old customs continued, but interest in May Day traditions began to fade. They enjoyed a brief revival in the Victorian era but any connection to fertility rites was deliberately overlooked and maypole dancing was reduced to an innocent children’s game. Sadly by this time the hawthorn — once the embodiment of hope for the coming summer — had also lost its significance, becoming just another tree in the British landscape. │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565

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Special Care Baby Unit at Bassetlaw Hospital takes place on Saturday 14th June at The Charnwood Hotel, Blyth, from 7.00pm till midnight. Local parents who have been extremely grateful for the unit’s help have come together to organise a spectacular evening, which includes a three course meal, a raffle with amazing prizes, a live band accompanied by a singer and disco until midnight. Tickets cost £40 per person and all the money will go to the Special Care Baby Unit, who have done and still do an amazing job taking care of our premature babies. We are also looking for local businesses that would be willing to donate goods or services to add to the raffle. So get your gorgeous gowns on and your smart suits and come and help this amazing cause and have a fantastic night! Tickets can be bought individually or you can book a full table for either eight or 10 people. For tickets and for further information, please contact Laura either by email at or by calling 07854 584186, alternatively please email Demi at Demilgoodridge@ or call 07787 411565.

Have you heard of the Biram Harp? Very likely you haven’t since there is only one in the world and it is coming to Ordsall on Sunday 18th May at 7.30pm in the Parish Hall on Church Lane. Mamane Barka will be playing it and singing songs of great beauty from the area around Lake Chad in Niger. Weaved in with his music and percussion accompaniment he has a fascinating story to tell about how he came to be the only biram harp player in the world. A decade ago Mamane heard about the beautiful sound of the biram, an enormous boat

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John Wilkins guides us through the wonderful wildlife we have on our doorstep Can I begin by rounding off the

list of key birding sites and commend to you one of my favourites — Budby Common. This sizeable area of heathland is well worth a visit for what I call quality over quantity. You may not see a lot of birds but a visit in summer can come up with scarce species such as Woodlark and Tree Pipit. And what could be better than visiting at dusk when the Nightjars begin their churring flights hawking for insects? Green Woodpeckers can be seen in large numbers and a variety of Crossbills and an occasional shrike. A final offering on sites takes us down the Trent Valley to the chain of old gravel pit workings at

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Girton, Besthorpe and Collingham. The lakes at Girton in particular are good for wintering wildfowl such as Goosander, Red Breasted Merganser, Goldeneye and (scarce) Smew. At the small Nature reserve at Besthorpe there is a large colony of breeding Great Cormorants. I counted 98 nests on one occasion, quite spectacular Timing is all important and can be helpful with identification. Birds basically fall into one of the following self explanatory categories — residents, migrants and visitors. Build up a knowledge of when birds are likely to be seen locally and this will prove a great ID tool. But this is not set in stone as birds can change their status. Only 20 years ago, birders would travel hundreds of miles to see a scarce visiting Little Egret. Today they are almost common. And what better example than the RSPB emblem, the Avocet. On the point of extinction in Britain, the RSPB stepped in with a breeding programme and the species was saved. I recall seeing my first Avocets

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out and about during May in the local area and further afield. On Sunday 4th May we will be walking on the Cuckoo Way from Retford to Worksop and returning by train. Sutton Bank on the North Yorkshire Moors is the destination for 11th May, so we will cross our fingers for spring sunshine with fantastic views. On Sunday 18th May, we will enjoy a moderate-paced nine miles at Grantham. Wednesday 28th May is the second of our evening Walks in the Retford area, taking us to Caddow Wood for a leisurely four miles. All walks are open to nonmembers, please come along two or three times and decide if you would like to join our group. Our full programme of walks can be viewed at, or call 01777 838763 or email retford.

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John is staying at his royal palace at Clipstone. Will the local Barons and the descendants of the Viking warrior farmers accept his new laws and taxes, or will they refuse to pay and be outlawed? Following the success of last year’s Viking Spring Thing, The Friends of Thynghowe and The Forestry

Commission welcome the spectacular Regia Anglorum re-enactors back to Sherwood Pines. Over the weekend of Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May, they will create a living history camp, whilst in the arena the conflicts of 1214 will be acted out. Watch the king, barons and knights mounted on horseback recreate local events from 800 years ago. This is a free event. The usual Sherwood Pines car parking charges will apply, which are £1.00 for an hour or £4.00 for the whole day. The living history camp will run between 10.00am and 4.00pm with arena displays throughout the day. Come along and discover more about the remarkable past of Sherwood Forest! Visit and for more information. The Friends of Thynghowe are a local history group investigating the past of the Forest in the parishes of Warsop, Clipstone, Edwinstowe and Budby. We are keen to share the stories from the history of Sherwood with everybody.

Visit Milton Mausoleum Most people these days do not stay in the place or area where they were born or grew up. In the past, families who lived in the countryside tended to stay in a small area especially if they worked for an agricultural estate. This happened in our area with the big house estates now known as the Dukeries. The land owned by the Dukes of Newcastle at Clumber, extended to include Tuxford and some surrounding villages. Milton Mausoleum that was built as a memorial to Georgiana, the beloved wife of the fourth Duke of Newcastle. The Mausoleum is open on the second and fourth Sunday of the month from May to September from 2.00pm to 4.00pm when a steward is present 16 Retford

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who will be able to talk to you about the history of the building and its situation in the village of Milton. At other times there are local keyholders — contact instructions are on the noticeboard by the entrance gate. Do you have any family members who worked for the Clumber estate? Have these people told you of their memories of the estate? Do you have any family photos that show the estate or the people? The stewards would love to have these memories for a display we are making at the Mausoleum to highlight its importance to the local area. Milton Mausoleum is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust,

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the Bassetlaw Community Minibus which will pick you up throughout Bassetlaw from your home, with all pick-ups start at 8.30am? Forthcoming trips coming up are: • Monday 5th May — Bakewell, £16 • Thursday 8th May — Skegness, £13.50 • Monday 12th May — Brigg Garden Centre, £10 • Thursday 15th May — Rufford Park, £6.50 • Tuesday 20th May — Skegness, £13.50 • Monday 26th May — Bakewell, £16 • Wednesday 28th May — Whitby, £19.50 For more information regarding the Bassetlaw Community Minibus please call 01777 709650.

Blast from the Past Blast from the Past ‘2’ will take place on Sunday 4th May from 7.30pm till late at Retford Masonic Hall. Featuring Trentside Soul with DJs Paddy and Errol, music will be brough back from the old clubs of Retford such as; Porterhouse, Brocken Wheel, Cats Cradle and Aquarius. The event is in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice, with entry being on £2.50 on the door. There will be a raffle and a bar, and we’re asking everyone to come and join us for an evening of dancing to the sounds of Tamla Motown, Soul, Northern Soul and Reggae. For further information, please contact Trentside Soul on 01777 818871. 20 Retford

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The big new in the financial world this month is the change in the regulatory regime which took place at the beginning of April when the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) took over the regulation of financial services from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). This follows the splitting up of the old Financial Services Authority (FSA) into two separate organisations - the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) – which happened last year. Our opening hours in Retford are on Thursdays from 9.15am to 11.15am at the One Stop Shop, 17b, The Square. We can also be contacted by phone on 01909 500575 at our Worksop office which is open from 9.30am Monday to Saturday. We close at 3.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 2.00pm on Saturdays. On Thursdays we

stay open later until to 6.00pm. Our “Family Loan” product is now available to families in receipt of Child Benefit at a lower rate of interest of 23.1% APR. For more information, please contact us on 01909 500575. The 2 Shires Credit Union is a not for profit, community based financial co-operative run by our members for the benefit of our members and offer safe savings and loans facilities. Any surplus at the end of our financial year is distributed to our members in the form of a dividend based on the amount saved. Our directors are all volunteers who give their time free as are the people who run our community branches. We are the face of “ethical banking”, so please come along and join us – and please also pass on the word to family and friends. For more information visit or call 01909 500575.

Calling all Leverton scarecrows Once again, South Leverton will

be hosting a Scarecrow Festival in July. There is no theme to follow, so just let your imagination run wild and put out your Scarecrow by Saturday 12th July, and don’t forget to call 01427 880306 to register it too! The Barn on Retford Road will yet again play host to our village Hoe Down, with band and caller, on Saturday 19th July. Look out for posters with all of the details. Poor weather over the last couple of years seems to have

put people off joining in the fun - but fingers crossed for better weather this year - and a bumper crop of Scarecrows! Please keep an eye open for posters advertising other Village events. If anyone needs any more information, just contact any member of the SLMI Committee.” Whether you take part in making a scarecrow or not, everyone is invited to come along to our Hoe Down - it’s been a great event over the last few years!

History of Majestic Theatre revealed On Thursday 22nd May, Retford Library will be presenting “Cyril Getliffe’s Majestic Retford Theatre” – a talk by Harry Foxley. Mr Foxley will be describing how the theatre was created by Cyril Getliffe and became a cinema in 1911, through to its post-war demise and escape from demolition by the dedicated efforts of Retford volunteers. Mr Foxley says “The name Cyril Getliffe seems now to be all but forgotten locally, and yet he was virtually “Mr Entertainment” in the

town for more than 30 years, owning four theatres among which, “The Majestic”, was a plush theatre in the tradition of Victorian and Edwardian entertainment, in addition to being the largest at that time in the county”. Harry Foxley’s illustrated talk will begin at 7.00pm. Tickets are £1 each, which will include tea and coffee and there will also be a bar. Booking is essential, so please call Retford Library on 01777 708724 or email │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565

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The right to buy: PT 1 Housing Act architect Michael Heseltine, a key figure in Thatcher’s government

Leanne Broadhead looks back at the impact of the Housing Act 1980 Unexpectedly, the first article in this series published last month caused quite a stir. We received emails, letters and even phone calls on the subject, and most with positive feedback. We also appreciated the effort that one Retford gentleman went to, to explain he didn’t agree with the article, as his parents were definitely not the envy of others with the council home they lived in and they definitely didn’t have an inside toilet! Yet the homes I referred to in my last article, were the brand new homes that were built, not the ones already in existence. The gentleman did pre-empt the topic of my next article however, as he passionately went on to say that it was the Government’s sale of public housing stock that went on to cause many of the housing shortage problems that we are still experiencing today. For this second article, I had always intended to write about the controversial housing bill that was put forward in 1979, and I will concentrate on the period from 1979 to 1990. The Act came in to force on 3rd October 1980 and after many revisions 22 Retford

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and changes, it still lasts today. Michael Heseltine was the Environment Secretary at the time, and on proposing the Bill to Parliament in 1979, he said it “lays the foundations for one of the most important social revolutions of this century”. At its concept, it immediately gave over five million long-standing council tenants in Britain the ‘right to buy’ their home. In 1979, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was in power, and although a small percentage of local authorities had already started to sell parts of their housing, in 1980 the Housing Act then forced all local authorities to sell their own properties, at a discount of between 33% and 50%, on request to those tenants who qualified. Unsurprisingly, this was one of Margaret Thatcher’s most popular policies, and depending on which statistics you believe, it is estimated that somewhere between two and two and a half million homes have been sold under this scheme since it came in to force, with an estimated one and a half million of those from 1980 to 1990. At the time, it was Margaret Thatcher’s aim

to “cut across class lines”, and enable even “modest families to have capitalist aspirations of acquiring a home and being able to put money in the bank”. Before Margaret Thatcher left power, some 180,000 homes were sold in 1989 alone, under the Right to Buy scheme. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for, or please everyone, and even at the height of the policy, it brought huge problems along with it too. Even if they qualified, not everyone could afford to buy their own home, and for those that could, many subsequently couldn’t afford to keep up the repayments as the economy also retracted under the same Government. Perhaps one of the most absurd parts of the act, and surely one of the reasons behind why we lack many of the social homes we need today, is that under the new rules, councils were forbidden to use the revenue from the sales of social homes to reinvest in to new housing. Even as late as 1990, with the scheme still in force, most local authorities were only allowed to invest 25% of proceeds back in to building new council houses. Before embarking on this series of articles, I must admit I had already formulated my own ‘opinion’ about the Housing Act, and what happened in the years that followed. It was even the original reason that I started this series of articles in the first place. Our continued housing crisis in the UK is one that has followed generations and decades of governments throughout the years. Yet after having read and researched more thoroughly in to the history of the last 50-plus years, I no longer think that the blame lies at the feet of one generation of government, nor that the subject is as cut and dry as I initially believed. │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565

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John Trickett ‘At Home’ Art Exhibition Sally Mitchell’s Gallery, Tuxford

Notts, is to exhibit over 40 new paintings of countryside scenes, dogs and game birds by John Trickett. There will also be a preview on Sunday 18th May, from 11.00am to 4.00pm. The exhibition will then run from Monday to Saturday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm until Saturday 7th June, and everyone would be welcome. Laneham based artist John Trickett maybe a local artist to us, but has been one of the country’s leading dog and sporting artists for over 30 years, described by many as ‘the finest painter of Black Labradors in the world’. John has seen more than 200 limited edition prints published after his work during this time, with many sell outs and a healthy secondary market in existence. His original paintings quite literally hang in collections all over the world, two pieces selling very successfully in Bonhams, New York earlier this year! John has had many one-man exhibitions, including several in London;

with Frank T Sabin and at The Dover Gallery, yet it is Sally Mitchell’s Gallery that he calls home! He joined Sally over 30 years ago having seen her advert in The Field Magazine. Up to that point, he had been painting fishing boats in Grimsby! It was the start of a very special relationship that still exists today. Between them they brought out the first limited edition ‘offset-lithography’ prints of Black Labradors and Springer Spaniels to huge commercial acclaim in the early 1980s, influencing a whole stream of artists to follow; such as Nigel Hemming, Steven Townsend and John Sliver. John’s style is his own however, which is often emulated, but never bettered! John tends to become very obsessed with particular subject matter and as such this new exhibition is predominantly Game birds, Wildfowl and English wildlife, with just a few paintings of dogs. Also, not predicting the recent rise in the fortunes of the UK

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Retford & District Historical Society The March and April meetings of the Society were held as usual on the second Wednesday of the month at the usual venue. At the March meeting Eric Houlder spoke on The Wars of the Roses. He began by emphasising that this was a war between two royal houses, not the counties of Yorkshire and Lancashire and that the Wars of the Roses name was a 19th century invention. Castles of South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire was the topic in April, and a PowerPoint presentation was given by Pat McLaughlin. He began by saying that castles were mainly built by the Normans and were not built for comfort but for the protection of people and their animals, and were Mott and Bailey Castles with moats not the Roman Tudor or Victorian's idea of a castle. The castle at Tickhill is fine example of a Mott and Bailey Castle with moat, and the house would have been added at a later date. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further information please call Jean on 01427 848258.

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began last month, in addition to our monthly meetings, we also have many fundraising and social activities arranged for the throughout the year. Our next event will be a Fashion Show on 30th April, at the Blues Club, Gainsborough, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5.00, which are non-refundable and can be obtained from Baron Bou or by calling 01427 880879. The club meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Blues Club, North Street, Gainsborough. Meetings start at 7.15pm, to which visitors and new members are always most welcome. 26 Retford

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Leverton charity shoot

On Saturday 14th June, Leverton Shoot is holding a clay pigeon shoot once again at Coates Farm, Cottam which is situated between Retford and Gainsborough. The shoot raises funds for The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, North Leverton Windmill, and also we will be raising funds this year for The Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice too! There is a selection of shooting stands to suit experienced and beginners alike, so whether you like a bit of competition, a relaxed walk around at your own pace or just a try on the beginners “Havea-go stand” it makes for a pleasant days sporting fun and raises funds for good causes at the same time. Clay stands will include “Down the line” a “Forty Bird Sporting” (shared over five stands), “Have a Go” and a for those of you who like to get the adrenalin running a “Two Man 40 Bird Flush” We will be holding a fundraising raffle at the event, and any prize donations

would be greatly appreciated. If you are a local business, we are giving you the opportunity to sponsor the event, and Sponsorships are being invited from now on. Businesses and individuals can support by way of a donation, so if anyone wishes to advertise with Banners, Posters, Trade Stands - small or large – or if you have any other suggestions, please contact Martin Highfield on 07970 976737. For a copy of the poster/ advert please contact martin@ or community@ The event will be situated close the Coates Farm, where we will have ample car parking and toilets available. There will be a variety of refreshments, a barbeque, and shot gun cartridges, and guns for “have a Go” all available on the day. In the interest of safety children are welcome if strapped in a push chair and kept under control, so “if in doubt, please leave them out”.

Calling all budding songwriters If you have ever wanted to write or perform your own songs, sing or compose your own music with people who can support your interests, then the Swanyard Songwriters could well hold that opportunity for you. Retford based Swanyard Songwriters have for the past four years enabled people of all musical abilities to put their own words to music or poetic verse, in a friendly studio setting. The Swanyard Songwriters are located at the Swanyard Music and Rehearsal Studio in Retford town centre. The studio supports beginners, experimenters, singers, songwriters, poets and musicians. Swanyard Songwriters are also supported by the Reverb Project who promotes local, national and international artists at Retford venues. For the fourth year running, the Songwriters have produced an album based upon a compilation of their musical or poetic pieces, which is performed and sold at a launch night

hosted at local venues. This year, the Songwriters album will be launched at Retford Library on Friday 6th June, at 8.00pm and entry on the door costs just £3. The albums artists will perform their songs to guests, with the support of a bar in the spacious and welcoming surroundings at the Retford Library. Swanyard Music is based on the late Blues musician Kevin Thorpe’s legacy to the local community, his daughter Emma Thorpe (of The Listeners) provides access to a professional sound engineer, studio and its well-equipped creative facilities. Songwriting sessions are held on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until about 9.00pm at a cost of £5. For further information on how you can join in, or about the album launch night, please contact Emma on 01777 708763 or 07737 130534. You can also ‘like’ our Facebook page: Swanyard Songwriters, our website is │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565

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POLES, TRACKS, WIRES AND RODS The most straightforward way to hang curtains is from a pole, ideal for short, straight runs. Poles might be fixed or extending, made from wood, wrought iron, steel, brass, bamboo, acrylic or glass in various diameters. Designed to be on show, they require a certain amount of clearance above and below to look right. To finish off the pole at either end, there’s the option of a plain cap or a pair of finials, from simple or highly ornate. A more subtle effect can be achieved by using a track rather than a pole; this is usually a better option for bay windows, too, as they can be bent around to fit. WINDOW DISGUISES Curtains will cover tracks but only, of course, when they’re closed. When open, if you don’t like the look of a bare track,

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Focus on: Causemain Country Clothing After a wonderful preview evening, Causemain Country Clothing are very excited to announce the store is now open, selling a mix of country and lifestyle clothing and accessories. Having grown up locally — surrounded by some amazing countryside, walks and days out, with very fond childhood memories of sitting on the back of an estate car or Land Rover with the dogs and a picnic at Clumber Horse Trials or exploring Sherwood or the local bridlepath — owner Sarah Campbell has always had a love for the country life and wanted to combine that with her retail knowledge. The idea of Causemain Country Clothing was born, to create an offering to help fuel and support that love. The team have worked hard to create a balance of the practical and fabulous, carefully picking companies and ranges which compliment each other. They are proud to say, that when they can, 32 Retford

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they are backing British brands and are really excited with the heritage, style and quality which comes with them. Causemain Country Clothing stock some amazing clothing and accessories from great British labels like Holland Cooper, Alan Paine, Crew Clothing, Lansdown, Puffa and Sherwood Forest, to name but a few. So whether you need performance waterproofs for when the great British weather is at its finest, want cute and fun accessories like scarves and belts to finish off any outfit or practical riding and shooting wear, Causemain Country Clothing have something to offer. They also have a selection of wonderful goodies to help getting out and about, such as maps and picnic hampers. And for when you return home, fabulous accessories for indoors like cushions, blankets and baskets. Again, where they can, stocking British names including Gadsbys, Tweedmill and Ordnance Survey Ltd. The company prides themselves on a relaxed and friendly shopping

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The average householder doesn’t usually have enough spare cash to enable them to walk into a car showroom and make an outright purchase. Yet as current figures are showing healthy growth in the new car sales market, it’s clear that the money is being raised one way or another. In fact over the last 12 months the number of vehicles obtained using a finance arrangement has risen by 27%, whereas the number bought outright was below 15%. To purchase a new car, obtaining finance is a necessity for almost everyone. As the majority of finance

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employment status and ability to prove you can repay the money. As with all loan agreements it is important to look for any small print, and to check you aren’t signing up for payment protection insurance (PPI) unless you want it.

Hire Purchase (HP) — You will usually have to put down a deposit and then you will pay the balance in instalments over 12 to 60 months. Because you are repaying the full value of the car, the monthly payments can be high, especially if your deposit was small. Although this sounds similar to a bank loan, the dealer will usually organise hire purchase for you which can make it less hassle. Be warned though that you will not own the car until the final payment, so the vehicle can be repossessed if you don’t keep up with the repayments. On the other hand, as this gives the finance company some security, it can be easier to get a hire purchase agreement than it is to get a bank loan. Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) — This is a variation of hire purchase but rather than paying for the car in full, you agree to pay the difference between the sale price and the estimated value at the end of the agreement period. This will usually mean the monthly payments are lower. At the end of the agreement you have three choices: just hand the car back; trade-in using the residual value as a deposit on a new model or

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new members joining the group to a warm welcome. Sam Glasswell, the curator at Bassetlaw Museum, gave a splendid presentation about Anglo Saxon Treasures. Sam is always a popular visitor to the branch meetings. The Branch sponsored a Carvery lunch at The Lockkeeper attended by 40 members and the outing to Leeds Old Time Music Hall (together with friends from Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group) was a huge success with members dressing up enthusiastically for the show. We all found it huge fun and the show was tremendous, with Anita Harris being top of the bill. On Tuesday 6th May, we will welcome Amanda Neilson and Chris Greenwood speaking about Mr Straw’s House and Family. The Branch meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club and new members are always most welcome. Please call Chris for more information on 01909 730629.

Sutton Cum Lound School We are a small school at the

heart of its community just outside Retford in the village of Suttoncum-Lound. We boast small class sizes and state of the art facilities. We have newly refurbished classrooms and a beautiful new outdoor learning area, and are very proud of the links we have with the village, church and the local area. Children have the opportunity to join the pre-school on site, Portland Place, who take children from two years old. Pre-school is open daily from 9.00am to 3.00pm and on Mondays they hold a parent and toddler session from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. Children can then join Sutton in Foundation 2 — also referred to as reception. We hope that our website or twitter @suttonlound will give you a flavour of Sutton-cumLound School and the learning opportunities we provide. To get an even better taster, we are inviting you to an open day on Tuesday 20th May. All are welcome to come along to see the school and preschool at work, especially existing parents, new parents and those interested in having a look at our wonderful school are invited! Session times are 9.30am to 11.30am and 1.30pm to 3.00pm. We hope you can come along! We offer extended provision with a breakfast club from 8.00am and our Sutton Club is open daily from 3.15pm to 6.00pm, with both being very competitively priced.

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from the last 100 years. The evening will include 1940s classics, rock and roll, Motown, new wave, electronic and hip hop – just to name a few of the genres that will entertain you. The performance starts at 7.00pm and tickets cost £13 each, including a fish and chip supper. To purchase tickets for this great night out of Back to the Future – 100 years of entertainment, please call Heather Reid on 01777 817998, or contact any Inner Wheel Member.

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First Drives: Mitsubishi ASX Crossovers are fast becoming the default car choice of the masses. Consumers love their commanding driving position and pumped-up looks while it seems manufacturers can’t stop releasing new versions. Pretty much all the mainstream makers now have an SUV in their range and that boom in choice for buyers has also meant those manufacturers that arrived early to the crossover party have been forced to up their games and release refreshed models. Skoda has recently renosed its Yeti, Nissan has worked its magic on the built-in-Britain Qashqai and now it’s Mitsubishi’s turn with its ASX. When it first appeared in 2010, the ASX was one of the more niche models in the segment, but even then it managed to chalk up 8,000 sales in its first year. However, a devastatingly high Yen put up the price of imports and buyers fled to rivals. A year later sales had dropped to just 3,000. But Mitsubishi is bouncing back. The exchange rate has moved back in the maker’s favour, prices have dropped and the ASX has had a makeover. Mitsubishi has slashed prices of the ASX by an average of 10 per cent and for 2014 it’s been treated to a nip and

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The Wild Boar rings the changes at the Blacksmiths Leanne and Julian Broadhead visit The Wild Boar at Everton The Blacksmith’s Arms at

Everton has been ringing in the changes. Firmly established one of the area’s historic country pubs, like many local customers, we too have enjoyed excellent meals over the years at this lovely venue. We hadn’t visited in a long while, and because we had heard about its new branding, talented new chef, and delicious new menu options, we decided to visit again as a family to dine, on a beautiful spring evening. The Blacksmith’s Arms is a 17th century pub and restaurant which retains most of its original and unique features and is separated in to numerous cosy eating areas for both dining and relaxing with family and friends. After we were shown to our table, we talked about how the first impressions we had many years ago, still rung true today. No matter what your tastes are, you will discover an area in The Blacksmith’s that you will love. Inside there are beams galore, cosy nooks, and old ranges and even bread ovens on display too. We particularly love the outside areas, which include a small outdoor children’s area with swing and activities alongside a lawned beer garden. There’s also an area which has been described as a Roman garden, yet we think it is more reminiscent of a Spanish garden with white washed walls, and small trees growing in the paved floor and we cannot wait

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until a warm and sunny day to take advantage of this seating area. Another light and airy space is the conservatory area, which is popular with diners, and is also available for private functions; it was this area that Julian, Holly and I were seated and able to look at the new menu for the first time. The new name of the restaurant — The Wild Boar — piqued our interest immediately, and we were curious to why that choice had been made. Chris the manager explained to us that years ago, the village had three huge estates that farmed boar, and it’s a tribute to the village’s heritage that the restaurant has now been named. The menus contained a selection of choices that Julian and I found extremely hard to make a decision on. Usually we find we’re stuck between a couple of choices of starters and a couple of mains, but we wanted to order everything! Starters are priced from £4.95, mains from £9.95 (including the grill menu) and desserts from £4.25. There are scrummy sides to select and always daily specials, including some great vegetarian options too. Dietary needs can also be accommodated, such as those restrictions our friend faces on a daily basis, by suffering from Celiac Disease; because of this the chef will often cater for her specifically. You can also take advantage of the Wild Boar’s special offers. On any mid-week it’s Steak Night, where you can enjoy two rump or rib eye steaks, with all the trimmings and a bottle of house wine, for only £29.95 per couple. Or how about The Landlord’s Choice Menu, which offers two mains for only £15 on Monday and Tuesday from 12.00 – 8.00pm.

It’s not only the quality of food choices on the menu that makes it stand out, it’s also the number of main dishes that can be chosen as either as starters or main meal options. It’s this flexibility that makes it my kind of menu; because I’ve lost count the number of times I’ve fancied a starter option as a main meal. We also noted the dessert choices at the same time, and surprisingly for once I declared, “I’m definitely having pudding!” On this occasion, we did keep the staff waiting as we really couldn’t make our minds up, but eventually we selected our starters. Julian had Wild Boar Meatballs priced at £4.95, I ordered Belly Pork Strips at £5.95 and Holly went for Homemade Tomato Soup and Olive Bread at £4.95. With the soup dribbling down her chin, Holly confessed the soup to be “really delicious”, whilst Julian and I shared our starters as we both couldn’t choose between the two. The Belly Pork melted in the mouth, and came with two zingy sauces to accompany it, one being a smoked BBQ sauce. Although a generous dish full, the bitesize meatballs were really something else indeed! The succulent meat and herby flavours made them the best I had tasted personally. Bordelaise sauce covered the meatballs and you only need a drizzle of that to perk up any dish! The chef also makes a Wild Boar Burger, and I know that this will be my choice on our return visit! For our main courses, I decided upon Chef’s Pie of The Day at £9.95, Holly opted for homemade Chicken Nuggets, and Julian went for the Rack of Lamb priced at £16.95. Served to us as accompaniments (along with the ones on our plates already) were colcannon mash, chunky chips and seasonal vegetables. │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565


Before I had even taken my first bite, Julian said, “Mmm, taste this sauce” and promptly offered me a spoonful of the smoked bacon and red currant jus accompanying his rack of lamb. Getting the perfect combination of flavours ‘just right’ seems to be a particular skill of the new chef at The Blacksmith’s, and of course that’s what great cooking is all about! After already having decided to take part in a third course, I tore myself away from the large serving of homemade pie to ensure that I had the room, and we made our dessert choices. Julian selected Crème Brulee priced at £4.95, I chose the Chocolate Fudge Brownie, also priced at £4.95 and Holly went for her usual selection of ice-creams. Unlike with his starter, no-one was offered even one taste of Julian’s dessert, which he said was delicious. It was a different story with

my brownie however, as two spoonfuls in, Holly decided that my dessert looked far more tempting than her own ice-cream, and was delighted when I finally gave in and handed it over! The beautiful traditional surroundings and warm service from The Blacksmith’s Arms are exactly what you want to experience from a hearty country pub. We all know that it’s not just a great menu that makes us visit a venue time and time again. Whether you are looking for a family friendly venue, intimate dining with friends or loved ones, or all-round great atmosphere, then you don’t need to search any further. The food at the Blacksmith’s has been great for years, and we were really pleased that we were reminded of this great gem, especially since it’s now one of our ‘local pubs’. Yet it hasn’t rested on its laurels either. Always aiming to

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Many of us put off making a Will, but did you know that if you die without one, your affairs may not be dealt with in the way that you would wish. Bassetlaw Hospice’s Make a Will Fortnight, gives you the opportunity to remedy this and ensure that those you care about will be provided for in the way you would wish. From 5th to 16th May, a number of local solicitors across Retford and Worksop have very kindly agreed to set aside a limited number of appointments free of charge to help you make a Basic Will. Instead of paying the solicitor for their professional advice, all we ask is that you make a donation to Bassetlaw Hospice. Your donation will go directly to providing care for local people and whilst there is no obligation to include a gift to Bassetlaw Hospice in your Will, we hope that when instructing your solicitor, you may consider doing so. Every gift, in every Will makes a difference. Helen Eshelby, Fund Raising and

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Join in with Village Harmony choir Do you love to sing? Would you like to join a group of like minded people who love to sing and entertain others through music? Village Harmony is a well established choir which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, concerts are performed in Sturton Village Hall in May, July and at Christmas, and the choir also sings at other venues in the local area. We raise a lot of money for local charities through our concerts. Village Harmony sings mostly three part harmony, and has a wide repertoire of music including songs from the shows, popular music and more. We are looking for new singers to swell our ranks, if you are free on Monday evenings between 7.30pm and 9.00pm why not come along to Sturtonle-Steeple Village Hall and give us a try. We rehearse most Monday evenings through the year except in August. You’ll find us to be a very friendly bunch of singers.

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Planning the perfect party ◄ the headaches of the planning, organising, hosting the party and even the clearing up. By going for a complete package, you would only have to write out the invites, and even these are sometimes provided. In 2013, the average children’s party cost £214, with parents having more variation than ever to choose from as an idea to create their child’s perfect bash. There are companies who offer parties based on being active, such as sporting or fitness themes, craft parties, fancy dress themes such as Princess and Pirates — which is the one we chose for Holly — and so much more, the choice is endless and is only limited by your imagination. We did however, choose the alternative option, organising the party ourselves, and decided to make use of our fantastic village hall, with hourly hire rates from just £8 an hour. We organised the decor, the catering, the


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Bassetlaw Hospital have arranged a summer fayre for Saturday 14th June, taking place at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton in Lindrick, from 10.30am to 3.30pm. There will be numerous stalls including; cakes, candles, cards, bric-a-brac, nearly new, tombola, raffle, garden plants, wooden garden furniture, sweets, jams and honey and much more. We shall also be serving cream teas with home-made scones. Everyone is welcome, there is no entrance fee and all proceeds will go towards the purchase of comforts for in-patients at the hospital. If you are interested in having your own stall at the fayre, please contact Pat Barran on 01909 532445 for more information.

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Festival will take place on Saturday 21st June at Misterton Golf Driving Range. The event will star top bands such as tribute Blondie act – Heart of Glass, and tribute band The Wanted Direction, who sing songs from One Direction and The Wanted of course. Other local such as; The Jam, The Torn, Catch23, The Starkins and Lizo, with more bands to also be confirmed. The early bird ticket offer is available up to 21st May. Tickets for adults cost £15, and a free child’s ticket

is available for every paying adult. Each additional child’s ticket is £10 for children under ten years of age. Tickets for children aged between 10 and 17 years old cost £10. Every child under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The festival runs from midday to midnight, there is free parking, and free sites for those who wish to camp using a tent, so why not make a day and night of it? For further updates, visit or search Misterton Music Festival 2014

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Will you join us for the next Ladies Lunch in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice at Ye Olde Bell Hotel? On Thursday 22nd May, guests will enjoy a two course lunch, a fashion show from Deuce of Worksop, and there will also be many stalls to browse on the day. Items will include fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares, beauty and so much. The lunch will run from midday to 3.00pm and tickets cost only £20 per person. Further information and tickets are available from Helen Eshelby at the Appeal Office, 4 Jubilee Courtyard, Retford, or by calling 01777 710444. You can also visit and follow us on Facebook.

This spring Worksop Ladies Hockey Club will be joining over 170 clubs across the country in a national Back to Hockey campaign.Worksop Ladies HC are supporting England Hockey in their endeavour to open the sport to beginners or previous players of any age. Perhaps you played hockey at school and would relish the chance to have another crack at it? Perhaps you would like to take up something new? Back to Hockey sessions are coached sessions for women who may not have played hockey for a long period of time, or who are looking to try the sport for the first time. Our coaching sessions will provide you with a great opportunity to make

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new friends and will give you the basic introduction if you haven't played before in a friendly and relaxed environment without the pressure to perform. We welcome you to join us at our Back to Hockey sessions which will run from 7th May until 11th June. Based at Worksop Ladies Hockey Club, Worksop College, S80 3AP (Bottom pitch), each session will start at 6.00pm and last for one hour. The total cost for the course is just £10. Anyone interested in booking or receiving further information should contact Erica Hancock on ericahancock@ or ring 07880 748367, you can also find Worksop Ladies Hockey Club on the internet. │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565


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LEISURE Messier 1, the Crab Nebula

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Spring is a time when the trees begin to come into leaf and flowers begin to bloom. In the astronomical world it is a time when amateur astronomers push themselves attempting to view all Charles Messier’s catalogue of nonstellar objects in one night. This is made possible due to the location of these objects and the available amount of dark sky observing time. I have embarked on this exercise a couple of times and it takes perseverance, clear skies and a good memory to find and observe these objects. Charles Messier was born in Lorraine, France in 1730 and was orphaned at a young age. He moved to Paris to seek his fortune and was hired to reproduce a map of the Great Wall of China, by astronomer Joseph Nicholas Delisle. As the copy of the map progressed Delisle asked Messier to assist with observing. Astronomy in the 18th century was far different from today and consisted of accurately plotting positions of stars so maps could be produced and finding new comets. Finding a new comet brought fame and fortune. Edmond Halley calculated the orbit of a comet and predicted its return in 1758. This would prove that comets are in an orbit around the Sun and furthermore that Isaac Newton had unlocked the mechanism by which the heavens operated. Astronomers 58 Retford

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throughout Europe were eagerly scouring the skies for Halley’s returning comet and it was discovered on Christmas Night 1758 by Johann Palitzsch, a Saxon landowner. Messier independently discovered the comet a month later, before any of the professional French observers. Messier was famous but the professional astronomers did not welcome his discovery. Prior to discovering the returning Halley’s Comet, Messier discovered the Crab Nebula in September and it was to become Messier 1, the first object in his catalogue of objects which appear similar to a comet — in other words faint fuzzy objects which are not stars or planets. In order to locate new comets, Messier scoured the sky for fuzzy objects which have the appearance of a comet but are fixed in the sky, not moving like a comet would. During the production of his famous catalogue, he discovered 13 comets and this made him a small fortune in prizes. Today we celebrate Messier by finding and observing the 109 objects listed in his catalogue. Some argue there are 110, but an error may mean 1 object is duplicated. All of Messier’s objects are visible in a modest telescope and most of them may be seen from the UK, however light pollution and low elevation makes some objects impossible to see. During this

James Ince on the race to view Messier’s catalogue month the “Red Planet”, Mars will be well placed close to us in space and Saturn will be also be visible around midnight. The annual Lyrids meteor shower occurs on April 22nd and this is best seen after midnight from a dark location. Next month there is the possibility that a new meteor shower may be seen on the nights of 23rd and 24th May. It is called the “Camelopardalids” and their radiant point will be from the constellation Camelopardalis, the “Giraffe”, named by a Dutch astronomer in the 17th century who had quite an imagination. The Camelopardalids are formed from the fragments of a tiny periodic comet which has been ejecting material for over 200 years since 1803 and the Earth will pass through the debris stream left in this comet’s wake and as these fragments pass through our atmosphere at 18 km/s, they will heat up and produce brilliant flashes of light. Do take the opportunity to take a look and enjoy all the night sky has to offer. To find out more about Bassetlaw Astronomical Society, please visit for details or contact james. │ e: │ t: 01427 881563 or 881565

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Gosh Gallery’s Printmaking Workshops

Gosh Gallery will soon be offering an exciting range of print workshops which will include mono printing, open and paper stencil screenprinting and lino printing. We want you to have fun, learn new skills and be able to put them into practice at home or in your own studios. Our printmaking tutor is a qualified lecturer and practising artist who is represented by the gallery. We will be delivering a range of taster sessions to introduce you to the wonders of print. For the more experienced printmakers we can also offer bespoke and more in depth print courses.

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BEX KNIGHT’S picks for this spring and summer

The weather is getting a little more sunny day-by-day, flowers finally covering your garden, your winter coat is away and your light jacket is out! But as you all know, this is England, and although your winter coat is away, it’s not so far away that you can’t quickly grab it before you head out in the morning. So I thought I’d equip you with three timeless pieces that will take you through this spring/ summer and next spring/summer — hot or not. Whites, pastel pinks and dove grays are in this season, and they are most definitely still in next season — all you need to do is take a look at Jil Sander’s latest runway show (which I really recommend checking out for wardrobe inspiration!). The three pieces I have chosen fit those three colour trends perfectly and are so easy

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Hello and welcome to the May edition of Baking Bliss. We’re off on a baking tour around the world, looking at different countries and what influences their baking. My first stop is Norway. Cardamom is a really popular spice there, and is used in many cake and biscuit recipes. Apparently, the spice was first brought back to the country hundreds of years ago by Vikings who worked as mercenaries in what was then Constantinople. This recipe for Lemon and Cardamom Cookies is a Nordic favourite, and is so simple to make. They may look quite plain but they certainly do pack a punch when tasted.

Lemon & Cardamom Cookies INGREDIENTS • 250g plain flour • 100g ground almonds • 150g caster sugar • 1 tsp (heaped) cardamom seeds, ground in a pestle and mortar, or 3tsp ground cardamom • 225g butter, softened • Zest of 1 lemon

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Retford Art Society

The early months of the Retford Art Society calendar for 2014 have been very full indeed with a number of wonderful demonstrations and workshops given by some very talented local artists. The month of May promises to continue this rich vein of artistic quality as the spring exhibition is well under way. There will be more than 115 pictures on display this year and St Swithun’s Church in Retford’s Cannon Square will once again provide a super setting for the pictures and will doubtless prove to be a fantastic place to visit and browse the art that will be on display. The exhibition will open this year on Thursday 1st May and will continue each Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 17th May and everyone is welcome to take a break from their shopping duties and browse. Admission is once again free and many of the pictures will be available for sale with stewards on hand to offer information about the society and the exhibition. The church will once again provide a warm welcome to all and the fantastic variety of work on display makes for a really special experience guaranteed to brighten up your weekend. The exhibition will also be open on Charter Day this year just to add an extra bit of

magic to Retford’s gala day, and The Friends of St Swithun’s will also be providing refreshments on the day too! This month we also welcome Nick Proctor to the Post-16 Centre for our monthly demonstration. Nick will be showcasing air brushing techniques on Thursday 22nd May. As usual the demonstration commences at 7.30pm and is open to both members and nonmembers alike. The evening is £3.00 for members and £5.00 for non-members and includes free tea and coffee and a chance to mingle with members of the society. The society also continue to provide fabulous art workshops which continue on Saturday 26h July at Clarborough Village Hall 10.00am to 3.30pm with artist Haidee-Jo Summers and the theme will be painting with acrylic. For more information about the activities and exhibitions that Retford Art Society has planned for the year ahead please visit our website at 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.

Reg Meuross comes to Headon

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It’s on for Everton Village Players Sheffield playwright Ray

Lawrence brings his fabulous comedy “It’s On, It’s Off” to the area this May. This brilliant comedy will be performed by Everton Village Players and the Director, Barry Nicholls, is particularly proud, because Ray was one of his Creative Writing students on his Abbeydale Writers course. When he read the script, Barry knew he would love to direct it, and Everton Village Players said “It’s On!” A former Chartered Secretary in the Engineering Industry, Ray Lawrence has written many plays which have been performed across the UK, North America and Australia and so it’s a real treat to see one of his plays so close to home. So what will you see? Daphne and Gerald Humphreys are looking forward to their daughter Tina’s wedding, when an altercation over HATS puts the ceremony in jeopardy. Prospective ma-in-law Angela flies over from Oz only to throw another spanner in the works. Robert their not too bright son arrives and Monica the sexy Bimbo ensures that chaos is complete. Suffice to say, nothing is what it seems. So is the wedding on or is it off? You will be kept guessing right to the very end! With a cracking script containing shocking revelations and great laugh lines, the audience is sure to be rocking in its seats. “It’s On, It’s Off” is on at Everton Village Hall from Wednesday 28th May to Saturday 31st May, and tickets are now on sale from the Box Office on 01777 817275, or visit the website at

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Royal British Legion Standard Bearer: A profile Mervyn Witts has been

a member of the Royal British Legion since December 2001. Soon after joining the branch, Mervyn became the treasurer and he continues in this role today. His progression into the role of Standard Bearer was less structured. As a tribute to Wilson Hamilton, who was the Chairman when Mervyn joined the branch, Mervyn volunteered to carry the Standard at his funeral. He had no training or previous experience, but he remembered what he had seen on parades. He continued in the role and in the early days was totally self-taught. Following some practice, he decided to enter the competition for the role of County Standard Bearer. Over the following years he has fulfilled this role for a total of five years and has also been the Deputy for a year. Although no longer the County Standard Bearer, he may still be called upon to attend County functions and to carry their standard. The highlights of his County duties have included The Queen’s Jubilee visit to Nottingham and carrying the County Standard when Nottingham hosted Armed Forces Day in June 2013. Mervyn has regularly attended practice sessions and can be called upon at any time to carry the Local Standard. Most people will have seen him at the Retford War Memorial on

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Water, water everywhere… A water-feature adds magic

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of algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this by positioning them away from direct sunlight. Make sure they’re well away from deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves will clog everything up. For smaller spaces you’re best off with a self-contained feature. There are lots of lovely ones available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously pumped from one container to another, so you’ll only need to top it up in the hottest weather. Spouts and fountains are great fun. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle adds a touch of art or humour — while oxygenating a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water but perhaps have toddlers, a millstone with a low, centrally-positioned jet is both beautiful and safe. PLANTS Plants are integral to any pond. Surface-floating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their leaves also shade the water – again, reducing algae. Waterlilies need still water, so are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence. Plants around the edges of pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty, they look gorgeous, they hide the liner and they’re a haven for wildlife. Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature

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A thorny issue Lee Bestall’s top ranking roses Whatever your opinion of roses, there’s no denying that this flower is the epitome of traditional English gardening, and maybe for some that’s just the problem. For some people the memories of insipid flowers sitting above leggy stalks and diseased leaves is enough to put them off ever planting another rose bush again. Classified as a woody perennial, with over a hundred species it is still by far one of Britain’s favourite plants. Native to China, the humble rose grows well in our climate, where the cool moist winters and warm (ish) summers mean that as long as we don’t experience too much rain (which can cause petals to fuse together before fully opening) plants should live happily for many years. That said they are not ‘forever plants’ and should not be held on to for sentimental reasons. I’ve removed no end of beds planted up in the 60s with nothing more than clumps of 90 Retford

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baked clay soil as their companion. Roses are best planted bare root between November and February but are most often purchased containerised when in flower during the summer months. If well watered in their first year, roses planted this way should establish well. Plant slightly deeper than you think you need, burying the graft (woody knuckle) fractionally below the soil. Humans are not the only admirers of roses and they can suffer from numerous pests and diseases so prepare yourself for battle. Problems include; brown scale, rose aphids, rose leaf-rolling sawfly, rose dieback, rose powdery mildew, rose blackspot and rose rust. That said there are diseaseresistant varieties, and prevention is always better than cure. If planted in good soil (they don’t mind heavy clay) and in a well prepared hole with some homemade compost or manure, then fed in March with a special rose fertiliser

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like the Lindy Hop, The Big Apple, The Rumba, Swing and Bebop? Did romance blossom at the tea room dances? Are there any untold love stories out there? Answers to questions such as these will help us to paint a picture for future generations of what life was like in North Nottinghamshire in the 40s. If you think you might be able to help, whether they are your memories, or memories of your relatives, please call Charlea on 07970 44450 for a chat. The stories, accounts and anecdotes are really important; they will be recorded and archived as local social history to be handed over after the event to local museums, heritage groups, Retford Library and local schools. To find out more, visit the Totally Locally Retford stall on Charter Day. There will be much more information about the event and how you can be involved; there

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