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Welcome to the February edition of Sherwood Life magazine. Traditionally the month of love, February is maybe best known as the home to Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it, it’s a great excuse to tell those we know that we love them. Consuming much of the world’s news, it can often seem we’ve forgotten how to show our affection for others, but I believe it’s so important to love ourselves and show our love for where we live and who we live with. I’m not talking about grand gestures and huge public displays of affection, but if we are able to do something small to show our love everyday then maybe we’ll feel happier and more content. Make a conscious effort to show your love each day — start this February when the leap year gifts us an extra day too. February is also home to Pancake Day — the perfect

Erin McDaid goes hopping mad for some seasonal frog spotting

excuse to try out our recipe this month, which is bananas in blankets. I think it’s going to be a hit in my house. The Steve Harley Acoustic Band will play at Newark Palace Theatre this month and we’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway. Try your luck in our competition. We’ve got a feature this month about life in your golden years. It’s all too easy to focus on finances and funerals but there can also be lots to positives to embrace, like more time for hobbies and holidays. If you’re feeling inspired why not enquire about singing with the Edwinstowe-based Major Oak Pop Choir (pictured above)? For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.sherwoodlife.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Why do we exchange cards, flowers and gifts with our loved ones on 14th February when the day’s patron saint was a Christian martyr? The origins of St Valentine’s Day are said to have begun as early as the third century and were possibly influenced by the Roman fertility feast of Lupercalia held on 15th February, whose themes and rituals were centred around coupling and new birth. No one is entirely sure who St Valentine was. Valentine or Valentinus was a popular name in Rome and there are at least three Catholic saints known as Valentine who have been venerated over the centuries. Any one of them could have had the Feast of St Valentine named after him when Pope Gelasius turned Lupercalia into a Christian festival in 496 AD. One theory is that St Valentine was a Christian priest in the third century who defied Emperor Claudius II’s edict that no Roman soldiers could marry by performing secret wedding ceremonies for young lovers until he was captured, beheaded (allegedly on 14th February) and buried under a Roman road. It is also thought that St Valentine’s Day may have been merged with a Norman celebration that took place around the same time known as Galatin’s 8 February 2020

The history of Valentine’s Day Catherine Rose gets to the bottom of the day of love Day, meaning ‘a gallant’ or lover. The link between Valentine’s Day and romance was solidified in the late 1300s with Geoffrey Chaucer’s poem Parliament of Foules (Fowls), said to have been written in honour of King Richard II’s betrothal to Anne of Bohemia. It contains the lines: “…For this was on seynt Volantynys day Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.” (For this was on St Valentine’s Day when every bird comes there to choose his mate.) Royalty took the notion on board, and by the 1400s it had become traditional for noblemen to write romantic poems to their love interest or ‘Valentine’. The oldest known Valentine still in existence is a poem entitled Farewell to Love written in French by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following capture at the Battle of Agincourt. St Valentine’s Day was clearly

established as a day for lovers by 1600 when Shakespeare referred to it in Hamlet during a speech by Ophelia. By the eighteenth century, handmade Valentine’s cards had become popular and were very elaborate with flowers, ribbons and lace. They would often feature Cupid (whose name means ‘desire’), the mischievous winged son of Venus, Roman goddess of love. He also appeared in much romantic verse as the bringer of often unrequited love — hence a missive was necessary to let the object of your desire know of your affections! With their sentimental notion of romance and the language of flowers, the Victorians elevated Valentine’s Day to the popular celebration it has become today. In 1858, The London Journal wrote of St Valentine’s Day that it was both “natural and proper that at the start of spring the predominating sentiment in the human mind should be the sentiment of love; and to this accordingly the anniversary of our saint is directed”.


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working on Nottinghamshire farms. Even today, people occasionally find shells and bullets from the huge stock of WWII ordnance once stored all over Sherwood Forest, and traces of old military railway tracks and camps remain to fascinate local archaeologists. Thanks to generous funding made possible by National Lottery players, the trust can now work with local historical and other groups to explore the wartime experience of Nottinghamshire people in and around Sherwood Forest — from the role of the Polish airmen (more than 300 of whom are commemorated in the Polish War Graves in Newark) to the vital contribution made by the Women’s Land Army and the little celebrated ‘Lumberjills’ of the Women’s Forestry Corps. Dr Patrick Candler, Chief Executive of the Trust, explained: “We’re keen to develop a World War Two Trail, encouraging tourists to visit some of the better known local tourist attractions that tell part of Sherwood’s WWII story, such as the National Holocaust Museum at

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The group’s April meeting welcomes Kevin Murphy, a local historian, with stories of prisoners of war. The Lunch Club will meet at The Lockkeeper in Worksop on Monday 20th April at 12.00pm and members will also visit The Majestic Theatre Retford on 2nd May to enjoy Retford Amateur Operatic

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Laxton and Newark Air Museum, but also lesser known gems such as the Dukes Wood Oilfield Museum at Kelham Hall, Newark.” Local schoolchildren will get the chance to learn about wartime life in a simulated ‘Evacuee Day’ at Perlethorpe Education Centre, where they will take the role of youngsters evacuated to North Nottinghamshire from bombed cities. The project will end with a WWII dance offering subsidised entrance to Lottery players, as a thank you for making the project possible. Events Officer Linda Hardy added: “From local WIs to luncheon clubs for older citizens, we really want local people to get hands on with this project, and there are lots of opportunities. We’re especially keen to train up a squad of volunteers as Oral History Recorders — recording and transcribing family wartime memories before they are lost. Please do get in touch with the Sherwood Forest Trust if interested.” If you have memories to share or you would like to volunteer as an oral history recorder call 01623 821490 or email info@sherwoodforesttrust.org.uk. Society’s production of Oklahoma. The aim of the branch is to show that there is a full programme of events suitable for people with Parkinson’s despite some of the difficulties of the condition. New members are always assured of a warm welcome. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Avenue, Worksop S80 1EN. promotes a wide range of textile skills. Skill levels of members is incredibly varied but the main criterion is an enjoyment of all things textiles. Please contact Carrie Young on 01623 863327 for more programming details and if you’re interested in joining the group.


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depending upon how mild the winter has been, February can often be surprisingly full of life as our gardens and the countryside begin to noticeably wake from winter. One of the sure signs that spring is on its way is the frenetic activity of frogs during the breeding season followed by the appearance of frogspawn in ponds and ditches. During February frogs will emerge from their winter hideaways at the bottom of ponds or in damp sheltered spots on land and make their way to traditional breeding areas, making it one of the best times to observe frogs in the wild. If you fancy a spot of frog watching, keep an eye on the long-range weather forecast, looking out for a spell of number of consecutive warmer days. Such warm spells help to rouse the frogs from their hibernation and, seemingly overnight, local ponds will go from being barren to full of spawn. Each female can lay around 3,000 eggs in a season, so it’s easy to see why ponds can seem brim full with spawn, but such is nature’s GET INVOLVED February is a great time to visit wetland sites such as Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford. This huge wildlife haven is a great place to spot a wide range of water birds, especially in winter, and there is a network of paths giving easy access and a chance to walk along the River Idle. The welcoming cafe serves warming treats and the welcoming reception team will help point out the best spots to see wildlife during your visit. Further details about Idle Valley and all Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sites across the county, as well as opportunities to get involved as a volunteer, can be found at www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org.

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Woodturning Society’s new year on 22nd January was their AGM and social. On this evening everyone had their chance to discuss the running of the club, to enjoy the refreshments and to catch up with everyone’s news. It always seems a long winter break as the group don’t have a December meeting. January is the start of their new year and is the month when subs fall due. The cost is a very reasonable £15.00 per annum, after which members pay £5.00 a night to attend. New members and first time visitors are welcomed free of charge, which gives an excellent opportunity for anyone who has made a resolution to go along

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cooked three-course meal! My life has completely changed thanks to Cornwater; I feel like it’s one big happy family.” Nina Newbury CORNWATER EVERGREENS FRIENDSHIP CLUBS Cornwater Evergreens clubs are all about fun and friendship. Their members come from across North Nottinghamshire and they make it easy with door-to-door transport from Ravenshead, Blidworth and Rainworth. They can manage wheelchairs and mobility aids too. Like Nina, their members love the time they spend with them, so why not

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Dukeries Woodturning Society to try at no risk before committing to joining. You get maximum benefit from membership if you join early in the year. Once a quarter the society hold hands-on evenings, when there are a number of lathes available to try your hand on with advice from more experienced members. There is also an opportunity to get your tools sharpened on these evenings. If you need to buy wood or materials, they have regular stands at their meetings where you can buy them. They also take part in local events at venues such as Newark Showground and members are welcome to help there.

Visitors and guests are welcome at any meeting. They can be found at the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton at 7.30pm. The programme of expert demonstrators until June is: • 26th February — Mick Hanbury • 25th March — Richard Findley • 22nd April — Steve Heeley • 27th May — Tony Kitchen • 24th June — Sue Harker For more information please visit www.dukerieswoodturning.org.uk or call Gordon Fisher on 01623 464986 or Michael Manning on 01777 870844.

Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group May 2020 prove to be happy, healthy and peaceful for all. Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group enjoyed good meetings and successful outings in 2019. A total of 45 members had an excellent Christmas lunch at The Shireoaks Inn, Worksop, and on Friday 3rd January, they welcomed David Seymour to speak about Henrietta Stockdale (who later became known as Bassetlaw's Florence Nightingale). A well connected and charismatic lady, she travelled to South Africa, where, with the strength of her faith, excellent education and training

she set up a structure to improve medical conditions. She made nursing the valued profession it is today. After receiving royal recognition in 1901 her school of nursing became highly acclaimed and The Henrietta Stockdale School of Nursing in South Africa is still recognised today. The group’s next meeting will be held on Friday 7th February at 2.00pm at Bassetlaw Hospital (Clinical Therapy Entrance). Martin Laing will speak to members about ‘Fire and Pests’. Please join them — all are welcome. For further information please call Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.


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Snoring, it’s no laughing matter… Dr Daisy Mae follows her nose for certainty on snoring 20 million Brits claim they are

sleep deprived by their partner’s snoring, reported The Sun in 2017. We may think snoring is funny, but this is hardly the case. Usually, the partner suffers the most. Sleeping on the sofa every night takes its toll, with ruined relationships and broken marriages. So what causes snoring? Is it bad for our health? What can be done about it? WHAT CAUSES SNORING? Snoring is caused by something partially blocking your mouth and the back of your throat. While you are sleeping, and when you breathe in, this blockage causes that noise we all know so well — a snore. What can cause such a blockage? Excess mucus/catarrh from smoking, alcohol, which causes the muscles and tissues of the palate to become floppy, and fat, in people who are overweight or obese, when pads of fatty tissue accumulate in these areas and literally wobble in the breeze! Allergies are also sometimes responsible. House dust mite, animal dander, pollens, yeasts and moulds are common allergens. Snoring is associated with sleeping flat on your back and breathing

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in through your mouth, not your nose. Lying on your side and nasal breathing helps reduce snoring. SLEEP APNOEA Snoring is dangerous if it causes ‘sleep apnoea’. In this condition, a severe blockage to airflow temporarily starves your brain of oxygen. You briefly stop breathing altogether, but then your breathing starts up again. This causes a strain on your heart, makes you feel constantly tired and can have life-threatening consequences. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE SNORING? Making lifestyle changes is the best long-term treatment. Stopping smoking, moderating or stopping drinking alcohol and losing weight are strongly recommended. Reduce the risk of allergy by regular vacuuming, damp dusting and keeping the bedroom pet-free. Use hypoallergenic bedding. PRODUCTS FOR SNORERS AND SNORING SUFFERERS First step? A pair of foam rubber earplugs for your partner!

Anti-snoring products are readily available. For example, nasal strips to hold the airways open or a ‘Neti pot’, which uses salt water to flush the airways before bedtime. Best results are likely with a mandibular device — a special type of gum shield that holds the tongue and jaw forward, keeping the airway open while you sleep. The Antisnoor device is an adhesive patch you wear on your forehead that detects snoring and vibrates to prompt you to turn over. Smart Nora is an anti-snoring pillow that listens out for snoring and inflates to encourage you to change your head position. THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP Getting adequate and good quality sleep is vital. Lack of sleep is associated with strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, and shortens our lifespan. Adults are recommended to sleep for seven to nine hours per night. Snoring it seems, is a serious business! Visit the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association (BSSAA) website for advice and anti-snoring products www.britishsnoring.co.uk.


GOLDEN YEARS

Whether you are close to your retirement, or wishing it was just around the corner, we all have different perceptions about whether we should look forward to life in our golden years or approach those years with fear. Ageing happens to all of us — we’re growing older every day from the day we’re born. Each phase of our life brings with it different opportunities, experiences and uncertainties. But with the right amount of planning, we can embrace each and every chapter of our lives and make new memories to treasure. Sherwood Life Magazine 19


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Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports Claire Jenkin, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire To stay healthy and fit, older people have

traditionally been advised to take up gentle activities, such as walking and tai chi. But it’s time we added competitive sports to the mix. Competitive sport is usually seen as a young person’s game. If you encourage children to take up sport when they are young, you establish lifelong participation — or so the theory goes. In reality, even for those who enjoy playing sport, participation can vary depending on their stage of life and may be influenced by things like opportunities or priorities. People who don’t enjoy sport tend to drop out as soon as they can. Given the physical demands, it is unsurprising that participation in most sports declines with age, resulting in few older people taking part. Also, public health guidelines often suggest sport is for young people, but not

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for older people. But the development of modified sport for older people, which often lowers the impact of some traditional sports, may start to change this mindset. WALKING SPORT Different types of modified sport for older adults exist, but by far the most popular are sports that replace running with walking. Walking football was perhaps the first — developed in the UK in 2011. Since then, hundreds of clubs have been established in the UK alone. England even played Italy in an international walking football tournament in May 2018. Other sports have followed suit. There are now walking versions of rugby, netball and basketball. Although most of these walking sports were first developed in the UK, their popularity is spreading globally, with countries such as Australia now introducing similar programmes. My colleagues and I recently undertook


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in the next few years it’s a good idea to organise your finances well ahead of time, so you can consider some of the big issues without feeling too much pressure. So what steps can you take to prepare? Here are a few questions to think about and issues to consider that could help you enter retirement with greater financially stability, ready to enjoy this new and exciting stage of life. HOW MUCH INCOME WILL YOU HAVE? When calculating your potential income you should include your state pension, occupational pension(s), and any savings and investments you hold. You can request the latest figures in writing from your pension provider,

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FIND OUT ABOUT THE STATE PENSION As far as your state pension is concerned, you can request a pension forecast from the www.gov.uk website. When the time comes to retire you’ll need to proactively claim your state pension as it’s not paid automatically unless you receive certain benefits. CHECK YOUR WORKPLACE PENSION Your workplace pension provider should have sent annual statements over the years showing your accrued pension at the time, plus a forecast of how much your pension might be when you retire. If you can’t find your latest statement, you’ll be able to obtain one by contacting your pension provider. CHECK FOR OLD AND FORGOTTEN PENSIONS If you’ve changed employers a few times during your career, you might have one or more ‘forgotten’ pensions. You can find out by contacting the Pension Tracing Service — it’s government-run and free to use. WILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO SUPPORT YOUR DESIRED LIFESTYLE IN RETIREMENT? When you are still working

it can be difficult to envisage life in retirement, and easy to underestimate how much you will need. Online pension calculators can help you get an idea of whether you’ll have enough money, however — you’ll just need a few facts and figures to hand. WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PENSION Depending on your provider you may be able to use your pension in different ways, including: • Taking some or all as a cash lump sum (this has significant tax implications). • Purchasing an annuity. • Using income drawdown, which allows you to withdraw a sum from your pension and invest it in a different product for an income. • A combination of these options. • Leaving your pension alone, and not withdrawing any money for now. The pension freedoms that were introduced by the government in 2015 mean you now have far more choice in how you use your pension. It’s even more important, therefore, to obtain reliable professional advice before deciding how to proceed. With so many people falling foul of pension scams these days, finding specialist advice you can trust is vital — it ensures you don’t lose your hard-earned money, and helps you enjoy a fulfilling and active life in retirement.


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Still working? It’s the ideal time to pick a retirement hobby

Retirement beckons, and with it the opportunity to do the things you’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had time for. However, research by the Skipton Building Society has shown that we don’t always follow up on our dreams of an active retirement: apparently many of us start to feel bored and undervalued within just ten months of stopping work. According to the Age UK Index of Wellbeing in Later Life, the rate of our general wellbeing can increase by 20% if we simply engage with the world around us, whether that’s through social activities in the community, physical activities or creative pastimes. Finding the right hobby can help you make new friends and give you a sense of purpose, which ultimately benefits both your physical and mental health. But here are so many options, it’s often hard to know where to begin.

SOCIABLE HOBBIES Joining a choir can be one of the most rewarding ways to spend your leisure 24 February 2020

time. It’s estimated that a staggering 2.8 million Britons now belong to a choir, and recent research has shown that group singing is a particularly fast way to create social bonds — in other words, it’s a speedy short cut to making new friends. Other ways to meet people include volunteering at an animal shelter, joining a book or film club or local amateur dramatic society, helping at a charity shop, or starting a social media group such as a neighbourhood watch. HOME ALONE If you want something you can do at home, creative hobbies such as upcycling furniture, card-making or jewellery-making could be perfect. Get inspired by the speedy arts and crafts videos available on YouTube or scour charity shops and secondhand bookstores for cheap ‘how to’ books that can teach you a new skill. Buy vintage jigsaws and share the completed pictures with friends online, write poetry or short stories, take up knitting or baking or learn to fix up an old

car. Alternatively, find a pen pal in the UK or overseas with the help of clever phone apps that make it easy for you to chat to people all over the world. THE GREAT OUTDOORS Exercise is important for health. Whether you choose something like metal detecting (which you can do on your own) or Nordic walking (which you would normally do as part of a group), there are so many hobbies that encourage you to explore the great outdoors and get fit in the process. Fishing, trainspotting, birdwatching and amateur astronomy are also popular and will encourage you to get out and about in the open air. Although you may be tempted to put off choosing a hobby until you’ve finally finished work, the evidence suggests that it’s a good idea to have a plan in place. With a little preparation you should be able to walk out of work and straight into a life filled with exciting new possibilities.


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COMMUNITY

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members hope that everyone has had an enjoyable festive period and they would like to thank all of you for contributing to their annual collection at Tesco, which raised £1,700 that will be used to support worthy causes in the communities of Ollerton, Boughton, Edwinstowe and surrounding villages. So please let the club know if you would like some help. During December the club also supported the OVRA Christmas Carols event and they held their own Christmas Message at South Forest Leisure Centre in Edwinstowe. This is where they hold their regular meetings so, if you are interested in finding out more about Rotary, this is where you will find them.

Arts Society Dukeries If you have an interest in the arts

and would like to learn more, please go along to one of The Arts Society Dukeries’ meetings. They have monthly lecture meetings on the first Wednesday of the month (except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra special interest days. Also, in December they have an extra Christmas themed lecture with lunch. Further, they enjoy trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. They do not have any meetings in January. Their first lecture of 2020

Although Edwinstowe Historical Society did not meet

in December and January, behind the scenes enquiries continued to be received from people anxious to learn more about their ancestry and the village. Recently an enquiry arrived from a gentleman in Canada regarding his ancestors who came from Edwinstowe. In fact, 2019 has been a busy year dealing with similar enquiries, especially one from a retired portrait conservator at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, relating to

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Although there are weekly meetings, it is not essential to attend every one. Rotary is well aware of the time required to support family and occupations. Follow the club on Facebook and Twitter. As they continue to support our community they have been collecting items for the food bank, which supports many families in need. Thank you all for contributing to this cause and they hope to continue this collection at South Forest Leisure Centre. They also used some funds to buy selection boxes to add to this generous public donation. The club have also made a Christmas donation to the Thursday Club. It was a great evening celebration complete with a visit from Father Christmas. The staff work very hard and Rotarians thank them for their continued work for our community. At the club’s last meeting in December the Christmas message was delivered by the Reverend Ian Webb of Edwinstowe. It was a light-hearted talk which included a little of his own history.

Carols were provided by the Dukeries Community Band to end the evening. The club are looking forward to 2020 and hope that they will be welcoming some new members.

is on Wednesday 5th February on Indian art, and is titled ‘Portraits of the Maharinas’. The speaker is Dr John Stevens. The Maharajas and Maharinis of India were semi-independent rulers, responsible for governing territories that were outside the direct control of the British Empire. They fascinated the British public and they functioned as powerful symbols of ‘exotic India’. This lecture draws on an extensive collection of portraits and photographs of Indian Maharinis. These images, and the costumes worn, are stunning works of art in their own right.

Their next lecture, on Wednesday 4th March, is about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. The society meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-in-Lindrick S81 9AP. Coffee is served from 10.00am and the lecture is from 11.00am to 12.00pm approximately. Free car parking is available. For further details on the lecture programme, the study/special interest days or the society, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit www. theartssociety.org/dukeries.

Historical Society Dr George Aldrich who lived at Cockglode during the 18th century. All of these enquiries take up a great deal of time, expertise and patience, but are always fully appreciated by the recipients. In fact, while resourcing some of the enquiries, the society often comes across previously unknown details of village life. Following Pete Smith’s talk to the society about Rufford Abbey on 19th February, the next meeting on 18th March will be presented by Sam

Glasswell and is entitled ‘Pilgrim Links — Mayflower Celebrations’. Meetings are held in the Church Rooms, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9NJ on the third Wednesday of the month, commencing at 2.00pm and lasting for approximately two hours. Tea/ coffee and biscuits are available. Annual membership is £12.00 and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.00. Further information is available on the website www.edwinstowehistory. org.uk. Any enquiries may be made to EdwinstoweHistorySoc@gmail.com.


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RABBITS Rabbits can make great family pets but they’re easily startled by loud noises and sudden movement. They’re very entertaining to watch and can have charming personalities, but owning a rabbit is a long-term commitment as they can live for up to 12 years. HAMSTERS Hamsters are nocturnal creatures, and although very playful when awake they may not be the best pet if you and your family are expecting lots of daytime interaction and entertainment.

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Major Oak Pop Choir

2020 is a very special year for the ladies of the Major Oak Pop Choir, as in April they will celebrate the fifth anniversary of being established. Since this time, the choir has grown considerably from the original 20 singers to 80 members, with an additional waiting list of names of prospective members who wish to join them. The choir enjoy the fun, friendship and feeling of well-being which comes with being part of a choir, and they are now very much in demand in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas for concert performances which feature repertoire from classic chart hits, old and new. They have a busy concert programme already planned for the rest of the year, and through these, the choir are looking forward to raising vital funds for various local charities. At the time of writing, performance dates for your diary include: • 6th May — St Mary’s Church, Edwinstowe ‘On a cold and frosty morning’. Yes,

it’s that time of year again. Winter on its way out, spring on its way in, and resolutions optimistically made already abandoned. But we have winter aconites in full flower, snowdrops nodding through the undergrowth and dwarf daffodils on a promise. The Dukeries Singers returned to choir rehearsals in mid-January, with new pieces to learn and much catching up with friends to do. On resolutions, it would be a good time to sing with a choir. We have spaces

Please join the friendly Knit and Natter Group held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.30pm in the schoolroom of the Methodist Church, Forest Road, Ollerton. Members knit and crochet items for charity and the local community. Tea and biscuits are 30 February 2020

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• 23rd May — South Forest, Edwinstowe • 13th June — The Lyric Theatre, Dinnington, Sheffield • 20th June — Retford Town Hall • 17th October — The Crossing, Worksop The Major Oak Pop Choir is an adult choir, exclusively for ladies. Based in Edwinstowe, there are no auditions to join, and you don’t even have to be able to read music. Their choir members come from all walks of life and attend weekly

The Dukeries Singers for all vocal parts and if you have sung with a group before you already know what a fun and friendly time it can be. We are a friendly adult mixed choir and you would be made very welcome. We rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Concert Hall Foyer at The Dukeries Academy, Ollerton and

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rehearsals to enjoy friendship, fun, and to share a love of singing. Through their performances, the choir raises money for charity, and they are proud to have raised thousands of pounds for good causes, many of them local to Nottinghamshire. You can find out more about the choir, including details of the charities they have supported and all their future performances, by finding them on Facebook @majoroakpopchoir, visiting www.majoroakmusic. co.uk, or by contacting Pauline Daglish on 07450 316756. this is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. We are taking bookings for 2020 and our concert secretary is Margaret on 01623 642464 or 07896 491314. She would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to book the choir for your celebration, fundraising, charity or any other event. You can see us and hear us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and online at www.thedukeriessingers.com. A super early spring to you all. Jan They are a friendly group of people who bounce ideas off one another and you will be most welcome, even if you only want to visit for a natter or the company. You never know but you may make new friends or even be reunited with old friend and acquaintances.


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A game of two halves Rachel Leverton gets into the swing of things For me February is where the gardening year begins...twice!

REAPING LAST YEAR’S REWARDS If you were industrious in the autumn, you could now be benefiting from a lovely display of snowdrops (Gallanthus) and Irises. My favourite snowdrops are G ‘Atkinsii’, which are tall with long, graceful flowers and G nivalis ‘Viridapicis’ with sweet, green tipped flowers. It’s said they’re best planted ‘in the green’ in spring but I’ve had lots of success with packaged bulbs planted in the autumn so they’re definitely worth

trying. As for irises, the deep blue Iris ‘Joyce’ is hard to beat especially on my poor, free draining soil. I planted a witch hazel as soon as we moved into our present house; Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Pallida’. I can’t live without fragrance in my garden and at this bare, drab time of year the wonderfully scented pale-yellow flowers lift my spirits. I discovered we’d inherited an evergreen Clematis (C armandii). I’d never grown it before but it’s 36 February 2020

worth seeking out. It needs a warm wall or fence and well-drained soil then rewards you by being frosthardy and producing lovely creamy, scented flowers at this time of year. PLANNING THIS YEAR’S DISPLAY Perhaps you didn’t manage to plan ahead last year. But don’t panic; the beauty of gardening is that the seasons keep rolling round so make sure you use February to ensure your summer display is

top notch. February is definitely the month to start sowing seeds. Fill pots or seed trays with seed compost then firm and level the surface. Sprinkle seeds on to the surface of the compost then cover with a layer of fine grit. Water well with a fine spray. Cover with clear plastic (a polythene bag will do nicely) and remove it once the seeds germinate. Learn from my mistake one year and don’t forget to label the pots! Potting up summer bulbs is generally left until late spring, but I always pot up one or two pots in February. It allows them to get established and provides a nice early display for my patio.


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Perfect potatoes… Mid to late February is ideal for

planting seed potatoes, an incredibly good-value crop. The so-called humble spud is a versatile vegetable with a flavour and texture that will make you want to grow them year after year. On a patio, balcony or in a backyard, a special potato-planting ‘bag’ or a 45cm diameter pot can produce a useful crop of spuds from a single tuber. Make sure the container is well-drained, fill it about half to twothirds full of compost, pop a tuber in the centre and add a further 5cm of compost. As the foliage appears, add more compost to cover and repeat until no more can be added. Keep the container well-watered and wait! Most potatoes produce a slightly earlier and somewhat heavier crop if the seed potatoes are allowed to ‘chit’ or produce small but sturdy sprouts before planting. Stand the tubers, widest end uppermost, in a seed tray or old egg cartons placed in a cool, frost-free spot with plenty of natural light. They are ready for planting in a few weeks, when

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Pippa Greenwood turns out some tasty tubers the sprouts are about 1cm tall. To avoid the fungus-like organism responsible for potato blight (the cause of the Irish Famine in the 1840s) early varieties are better, but varieties with resistance to the infection are available. These include Valor, Lady Balfour or Colleen but Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona have the best resistance in my experience. Consider varieties such as Cara, Desiree or Sante if your garden is infested with slugs — again, earlies are likely to suffer less damage as they are not in the soil for so long. The biological control nematode Nemaslug can be used as a drench and, as it works under the soil surface, it has a brilliant effect and poses no threat to wildlife. Earlies are also ideal if space is at a premium and, as they are in the ground for less time, give you the opportunity to grow another fast-maturing crop such as lettuce or salad leaves in the soil after the potatoes have been lifted.

WHAT VARIETIES TO BUY To help you decide what varieties to buy, think about how you most enjoy eating potatoes and follow my recommendations below: • Steamed potatoes — Vanessa, Dunluce, Edzell Blue or Lady Christl • New potatoes — Lady Christl, Charlotte, Juliette, Nadine or Nicola • Mash — Dunluce, Valour, Maris Bard, Lady Balfour or King Edward • Jacket potatoes — Cara, Lady Balfour, Picasso, Kestrel, King Edward, Desiree or Valor • Roast potatoes — Kestrel, Maris Piper, Desiree, Lady Balfour, Vivaldi or Edzell Blue • Chips — Kestrel, King Edward, Maris Peer, Accord, Rooster or Edzell Blue Choose early varieties for a newly created vegetable plot, especially if the soil has not been cultivated for several years. Earlies will be in the ground for less time than main crops and are less likely to suffer from wireworm attack.


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Mercian Archaeological Services CIC are very pleased to announce that 2020 is due to be their busiest year yet, and they hope you will be a part of what promises to be yet another great year for archaeology and research. Please see their calendar of upcoming events for opportunities for you all to get involved at www. mercian-as.co.uk/calendar.html. TRAINING COURSES AND FIELD SCHOOLS The Sherwood Forest Archaeology Training Field School Delegates joining Mercian from all over the world to enjoy a week of training — and some sight-seeing! This is not an ordinary field school — this is a ‘training field school’ where you will learn about all aspects of archaeological excavation and receive hands on training and learning from archaeological professionals in the heart of Sherwood Forest. Bainbridge Archaeological Training Excavation 2020 Join Mercian in the Yorkshire Dales. Welby Archaeological Training Excavation 2020 A new field school in the Leicester countryside. Post-Fieldwork Training School 2020 at King’s Clipstone This training school is designed to provide training and experience in various aspects of the post excavation process. Topographic Survey Training at Kings John’s Palace and the Sherwood Forest

What a fun packed calendar

the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop ladies have had over the last couple of months. They celebrated in true style for their 47th charter — they excelled themselves once again with a beautifully set room, stunning flowers and a lovely meal accompanied by singer Lily Taylor-Ward The club are always happy to invite any ladies to their meetings,

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National Nature Reserve This five-day course will teach the required skills that are used on excavations and other sites for locating features using GPS and total station. FREE COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES The Sherwood Forest National Nature Reserve Archaeological Survey 2020 Surveying is already underway for this landscape-scale survey of the world-famous historic landscape of the ancient wood-pasture lands of Birklands and Bilhaugh, and the ancient heath land of Budby South Forest. This year the survey has extended to include the Western half of Birklands Wood beyond the nature Reserve, and to cover the eastern half of Bilhaugh wood in Thoresby Estate. This exciting survey which combines LiDAR, historic mapping, 3D modelling, ground-truthing survey, and Level One walkover survey, now covers the entirety of this internationally important landscape. Warsop’s Tudor Barn Archaeology Project — ‘Revealing our Community Roots — Uncovering Warsop Old Hall’s Origins and History’ — sponsored by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Big Warsop A fantastic chance to be involved in an archaeological project covering many parts of the archaeological process from desk-based historic mapping and archival work, to archaeological building survey, geophysical survey, and test-pitting, among many other elements.

Inner Wheel Club of Warsop which are on the first Wednesday in the month at the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme. Please check out their website, www. warsopinnerwheel.co.uk, or call secretary Christine Parkin on 01623 845721 if you would like to visit, you will be made very welcome.

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A thin line between love & hate will not do anyone any favours.

February is often known as the month of love courtesy of a 3rd century Roman saint. However, for you regular readers, you will know that I often like to explore the ‘other side of the coin’. So, this month I will discuss the positive benefits of doing the things you hate. WE HATE BORING Firstly, we need to look into why do we hate doing certain tasks. I believe we can often put those reasons into three categories; too difficult, boring or uncomfortable. Let us take washing the dishes as an example of a boring task. A simple way to make it a little more interesting is to put on some music; use earphones if it is late at night or crank it up to festival volume if it is during the day. Set yourself a timer for 10 minutes, shake your money maker and get those pots and pans shining. Why set a timer? Because I have witnessed so many people dragging out an already unexciting task and making it take three times longer than it should because it is ‘boring’. Well, 48 February 2020

Chris Barnacoat on taking positives from doing things you hate if it really is that boring, why make it last longer than it needs to? WE HATE DIFFICULT I do not believe that the same task should always be ‘too difficult’. If it is a task which you are repeating on a regular basis then you really need to start looking for ways to make it easier. Is your work a regular difficult task? Then start looking into why. Do you understand your subject well enough? Maybe starting some additional out of hours reading would help. Are the people you deal with too difficult? Maybe you are in the wrong team or perhaps talking to them about other subjects will help you understand their mindset. Is your job difficult simply because you really dislike it? Well, then start putting your CV together and get looking for another job because another 30 years of being miserable

WE HATE UNCOMFORTABLE This is the main one for many of us, myself included, but I really believe this is where physical challenges come into fruition. Doing something which makes you feel uncomfortable physically, ie stepping outside of your comfort zone, can have a huge carry over into daily life. Managing to push yourself through a pretty mean workout can give you the mindset that completing other seemingly hard tasks must actually be quite easy in comparison. Over time it starts to harden your mind to the idea that, ‘ok now is not the time to stop, just push through this bit and it will be easier or over’. Recently I have been waking up at 4.30am on a Monday morning and going for a run, no matter what the weather — and believe me I have run in the pouring rain, the wind and the ice. But why would I do such a ‘stupid’ thing? Because if I can drag myself out of bed on a dark and cold Monday morning, do something I really do not like doing (running) and do it in some pretty horrible weather conditions, then I can tackle many more tasks throughout the week because nothing could be as bad as that! Start trying to push yourself a little bit more in the gym and see how you feel mentally after you have physically recovered. I guarantee you will feel more confident in yourself and if nothing else, you will start to get better results physically from your increased gym efforts! Got some health and fitness, nutrition or lifestyle questions? Email them to info@satorihealth. co.uk and you might see them answered in the next article. Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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Back to black… within a room is an excellent compromise. This could mean covering a wall or two in black to provide a strong contrast to your furnishings, or perhaps painting around the room below the dado rail, creating a comfortable sense of grounding. Black can work exceptionally well for wall-to-wall bookshelves or as a run of kitchen cabinets. Or you might prefer simply to choose a selection of smaller accessories in black — picture frames, table lamps or a side table, for example — to give a crisp, graphic look. However you decide to use black, it will always need to be combined with other colours. Just as a little black dress looks great with a bold necklace, black walls team brilliantly with, for example, a brightly coloured sofa, vivid paintings, a jewel-bright headboard or a colourful rug. It’s a contrast that really catches the eye, and a dark backdrop harmonises wonderfully with intense colours such as crimson, orange, lime, fuchsia, yellow, emerald and mustard (though not so well with darker colours such as purple, navy or chocolate). The strongest contrast of all, of course, is black with white. This combination can be fresh, crisp and contemporary, though

Katherine Sorrell on using black in your interior to create drama, interest & on-trend style To make an impact when designing a room, sometimes it pays

to go against convention. This is why the use of black in an interior is so surprising and, when employed with thoughtfulness and flair, so successful. What could be more different to the typical room with all-white walls than one that uses a significant amount of black? This timeless colour is bold, luxurious and actually more versatile than you might think. For a start, just as there is a huge variety of shades of white, so there are many different shades of black, ranging from cool, blueish blacks to warm, red-blacks. Looking carefully at paint swatches and then testing the paints out on your walls (examining them at different times of day and under various lights) will demonstrate their underlying tones and help you determine what works best for your room. Secondly, bear in mind that although black itself is dark, the room in which it is used doesn’t have to be. Yes, in a small room, such as a snug, WC or study, black can be used to emphasise a feeling of cosiness, but in a larger space it can help improve the sense of proportion and create a feeling of intimacy. To avoid a sense of gloom, ensure that any room in which you plan to use significant amounts of black has both large windows and plenty of reflective surfaces (glass, mirror and gloss paint) to provide daytime illumination, and include a good variety of artificial lighting — ceiling and wall lamps, floor and table lamps — to create gorgeous pools of warm, welcoming light at night. If all-over black is a step too far, employing black as a strong accent 50 February 2020

pure black and white may end up being a little simplistic, and best tempered with some greys (if you wish to stick with the monochromatic look) or other colours, and definitely with a variety of patterns in differing scales, and with textural detailing. Black with neutrals and naturals also works well — adding timber, stone, hessian, linen, sisal, wicker and wool, for example, in their natural range of beiges, browns, creams and greys, is softening and beautiful. As interiors experts say, even just


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WHAT IS BLACK, AND HOW BLACK IS IT? Colour, in a scientific sense, is the range of visible light seen by humans. Black, being an absence or complete absorption of light, is therefore not considered to be a colour. If, on the other hand, you consider colour in terms of pigment, then black is actually a mix of yellow, red and blue, the three primary colours. Rather than not being a colour, it’s actually all the colours! Pure black, in scientific terms, can only be found in a black hole, and until recently the blackest black on earth was a pigment called ‘Vantablack’ that absorbs 99.96% of all light, developed by British company NanoSystems for military and astronomical use — and now reserved exclusively (and somewhat controversially) by the artist Anish Kapoor. In September last year, however, scientists at prestigious American research university the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed (by accident) an even blacker coating that absorbs at least 99.995% of incoming light. The search for a completely black black continues…

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If the moratorium is lifted could the fracking industry ever be financially viable

The ‘Frack Off’ website summed up the current position succinctly saying: “For several years the fracking industry in the UK has been hoping for a breakout year where they finally get to push aside community opposition, drill a load of wells, flow some gas and get a load more investment cash as a result! Instead, due to concerted resistance from communities across the country, every year seems to be worse for the fracking industry than the year before.” In 2019 Cuadrilla hoped to produce shale gas commercially from Preston New Road, however exploration at the site was halted at the end of August after it triggered an earthquake of 2.9 magnitude. After the Oil and Gas Authority report concluded that it was not possible with current technology to “accurately predict the probability of tremors associated with fracking”, the UK government declared a moratorium and withdrew support for fracking. Further blows to the industry came in the form of the rejection of the proposal to make fracking a ‘permitted development’ and the announcement

that fracking would not be categorised as ‘nationally significant infrastructure’. As a result of these factors, and also the anti-fracking campaigns, community resistance, and the increase in the number of reports about the adverse effect of fracking on health and climate change, key players in the fracking industry began to lose investors. AJ Lucas own 48% of the shares in Cuadrilla, and after the moratorium shares in AJ Lucas, which is listed in Australia, dropped 23% while shares in other UK-based fracking companies, including IGas and Egdon Resources, dropped by 10% and 25% respectively. In the USA, since 2007, the oil and gas industry has lost $280 billion betting on the shale boom due to fracking and Wall Street financing. These companies are still borrowing heavily and the industry is struggling to recoup costs — much less profits. 26 companies in the USA declared bankruptcy in 2019. In over their heads with debt, US shale oil and gas firms are now moving from a boom in fracking to a boom in bankruptcies.

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in October 2011, the bottom fell out of my world. I was helped and supported by my very good neighbours, and one of them suggested that I join U3A. She was a member of Mansfield U3A, but the membership was full, so I was directed to Dukeries U3A which meets in Jubilee Hall in Ollerton. As I live in Mansfield Woodhouse, I decided this would be ideal for me. From the moment I walked into the room, in November 2011, I was made to feel so welcomed, and I decided to put my name onto the Sunday Lunch list. During the meeting, I found out that there would be a Christmas party for members in December,

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and because I felt so comfortable in such a friendly atmosphere, and as my spirits were lifted for the first time since my husband past away, I decided to take a bold step, and join the group there and then! My name was added to the party list, and I chose a dish of food I would bring. Over the months I also joined the Gardeners’ Group, the Ramblers, the Tuesday Lunch Group (yes, I love eating out) and I went on day trips, theatre visits and also a holiday break. Since 2011, I have regained my confidence and I now have wonderful friends, including one I knew for 20 years before.

This trend of failing finances has had an impact on the US public, having to pay to properly shut down and clean up even more drilling sites. Questionable lending practices reminiscent of the mid-2000s housing bubble may be setting up another bubble in the USA, which would happen in the UK should the industry get off the ground. Another factor to consider is that although the demand for gas worldwide continues to rise due to third world countries, production in the USA and Russia continues to rise and the oversupply has meant significant reduction in the price of imported LNG. Estimates of onshore extraction costs have been produced that range from 48p to £1.02 per therm, whilst natural gas futures price hover around 50p per therm for the medium term, meaning it will probably be cheaper to import LNG than produce domestic shale gas. It would appear that this is not an industry which would inspire confidence even if it were not being so fiercely resisted. If you are interested in joining our campaign we meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.00pm. See our Facebook page — Frack Free Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe — for venue. Pauline Meechan Frack Free Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe Over more recent years, I have now volunteered my time to run a lunch group, co-ordinate group leaders and the social team and I am an active member of the lively committee as well. Dukeries U3A is a smaller group compared to other groups in Nottinghamshire but it has much to offer. If you want to enrich your life, come to meet us, any third Monday in each month, at 12.45pm at Jubilee Hall, Ollerton. A warm welcome awaits you too. Joining U3A is one of the best things I have ever done in my life and I would recommend it to anyone. Find out more at www.U3Asite.org.uk/ dukeries or call 01623 824066. Christine Yates


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ASTEROID ESCAPE Ages 8+, single player As with Atlantis Escape, the player needs to navigate their way through the board in this travel puzzle game. Again, there are 60 challenges to complete. It’s ideal for problem-solving space lovers. Also available from www. smarttoysandgames.co.uk. POINTING FINGERS Ages 12+, 3-6 players With this game, it pays to know your opponents. Who is most likely to have done, or consider doing, the action on the card? Pointing Fingers is a bit like Never Have I Ever, but with points instead of alcoholic shots. While it’s aimed at ages 12 and up, my eight year old loves it (we just skip the questions he doesn’t understand). DOBBLE Ages 6+, 2-8 players Dobble is a card game with a difference. To win a hand, you have to find the matching symbol on two cards. Simple, but fast-moving, ultra-competitive and a lot of fun,

Dobble is a firm favourite with families across the globe. There are five ways to play, and a new Harry Potter themed spin-off was released last year. See www.asmodee.co.uk. BEARS VERSUS BABIES Ages 10+, 2-5 players Players build monsters using cards to defend themselves against the marauding babies. The better the monster, the more likely it is to defeat the baby army and score the player some points. This quick-to-learn, quick-to-play game is bizarre but a lot of fun. While it’s recommended for players aged 10 and up, younger children should be able to master it with a little extra help. It’s available from www.amazon.co.uk. TICKET TO RIDE Ages 8+, 2-5 players Ticket to Ride first came out in 2004 and has since released several spin-offs, including Ticket to Ride Europe. Players compete to claim train routes across the board. (It’s a lot more fun than it sounds.) Great for strategic thinkers, Ticket to Ride takes a few minutes to learn and can be played in around an hour. See www.amazon.co.uk.


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North Nottinghamshire Association of National Trust Members The December meeting

of the North Notts Association of National Trust Members was a week earlier because of the proximity to Christmas and although attendance was down, those that attended were kept spellbound by speaker Laura Parker (formerly Binns). The subject might, at first glance have seemed rather dry but in fact was extremely interesting and informative. Her talk was about archaeological excavations at Wingerworth Hanging Banks and Laura was an enthusiastic and informative speaker and clearly loved her work. She talked about the reason the excavation was carried out, which was because Bellway Homes wanted to build a new housing development on the site and it is now a condition of planning permission being granted — that a geophysical report is carried out first to see if they might be building over ancient artefacts and ruins. Three areas within the proposed site were investigated and trenches and ditches

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groups across Nottinghamshire can apply for the latest round of grants as part of the County Council scheme to support grassroots projects. The Local Improvement Scheme is helping local communities to be more vibrant and sustainable by providing grants to local organisations which seek to make a difference in the local community and contribute towards making Nottinghamshire a great place to live, work and visit. Groups can now apply for capital funding of up to £30,000 at www. nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis. The closing date for this round of funding is 28th February 2020, with £1.4m available. The funding can be provided for physical things like signs, equipment or buildings, but not running costs. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their projects can deliver tangible, long term benefits to the community. Councillor John Handley, ViceChairman of the Communities and Place Committee, at Nottinghamshire County 56 February 2020

were dug of varying sizes and depths. One revealed nothing of interest, but the other two revealed what could have been post holes in sets of four or more which would indicate buildings or structures of some sort, curved ditches which may have been drainage ditches for round houses possibly with thatched overhangs, and varying levels of ditches which could have indicated small fortlets, although it seemed more likely that the site had been farmsteads. Pottery of a fairly functional nature was found which could be dated back to between the 1st and 3rd centuries of early Iron Age and Roman periods. Laura brought some examples of what had been found and also brought the finest find of the digs, which was part of a tiny altar. This was finely decorated and was only about 3cm high on what would have originally been four legs although one was broken, and there would have been several similar altars of larger sizes. These which would have built up to a larger one but would have all

stacked inside each other like a Russian doll to be carried around with their owners at the time, and used whenever they wished to worship whichever gods they worshipped at the time. This was an exciting find, very rare and very valuable. Despite the finds, this was not enough to prevent the building ultimately going ahead but Laura and the team are still investigating and researching the finds to determine more about the site. The talk on 19th February will be on the subject of the History of Bracket Clocks by Adrian Overton and on 18th March the talk will be by Adrian Gray on the subject of The Pilgrim Fathers, ‘Why did they all come from here?’. Meetings are held at the Crossing on Newcastle Street, Worksop, starting at 7.00pm for tea or coffee and talks starting at 7.30pm. Admission is £4.00 for members and £6.00 for visitors. Membership is presently £4.50 for single members and £6.00 for couples. Future events can be seen on www. nationaltrust.org.uk/features/ north-nottingham-association. You can also email NthNottsNTAssoc@ gmail.com or follow them on Twitter, @NthNottsNTAssoc.

£1.4m worth of County Council funding set to benefit Nottinghamshire communities Council, said: “The County Council has a strong track record of supporting community and voluntary groups in delivering valuable work - helping people to help themselves and enhance people's pride of place in Nottinghamshire. "Since the scheme was launched in 2017/8, the Local Improvement Scheme is making a real difference in our communities. In fact, 202 projects have benefitted from more than £2m worth of capital funding. “The criteria for this latest funding round has been updated, as we want it to benefit as many communityfocused projects across the county as possible. We also want to encourage a focused — approach, which is why successful organisations will now be required to spend the funding within a 12-month timeframe.” Full Local Improvement Scheme eligibility, criteria and details of

how to apply are available at www. nottinghamshire.gov.uk/lis. Scheme which have recently benefitted from the funding includes: • Improved signage for Cotgrave Country Park • New Clubhouse for Mansfield Lawn Tennis Club • New Children’s PlayShip at Ranskill Park — A new, giant playship named ‘The Mayflower’ is helping youngsters and families celebrate local ties with the Mayflower Pilgrims, ahead of the 400th anniversary since influential North Notts Pilgrims sailed to America on the Mayflower, helping form a new nation. The £19,000 ship was jointly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme and Ranskill Parish Council and includes a Pilgrim-themed information board.


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Edwinstowe & Dukeries Lions roaring Christmas comes and then suddenly it’s New Year. Edwinstowe and Dukeries Lions hope all Sherwood Life readers had a very good Christmas and they wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. They wish to say thank you very much to the residents of Ollerton, Old Ollerton, Edwinstowe, Walesby and Bilsthorpe who gave a donation to the Lions when they knocked on their door. The nights were dark and cold but members soon got warm and had a few laughs on the way. They expressed such a good feeling when children came out to say hello to Santa. Long may it continue. Some residents even had a jar or basket which they put their spare change in throughout the year and just tipped the whole lot in the Lions’ collection bucket which made it very heavy indeed. Wow. You may have seen the Lions at Tesco Ollerton, also with Santa. There was another excellent response from the customers and the Lions would like to Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Working Age Dementia Service has launched a new ‘Peer Support Hub’ in Edwinstowe for people who are living with or supporting someone with working age dementia. The hub, which is provided in partnership by the Trust with Newark and Sherwood District Council and Outside the Cave, will be a place for people with similar lived experiences to meet on a weekly basis. The hub will be run by Outside the Cave and will offer information, advice and a programme of therapeutic activities including yoga, hand massage, mindfulness and arts and crafts. Working Age Dementia is a diagnosis of dementia in people under the age of 65. The Trust’s specialist service supports individuals who have already received a diagnosis of dementia. The priority is to help people to stay in their communities

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say thank you to Tesco for allowing them to stand with Santa and say hello to the children. Some big children also joined in saying hello. Old habits die hard with some and it all adds to the magic. They were present at the Edwinstowe light switch on and also the Ollerton and later Bilsthorpe switch ons. Santa is very obliging to the Lions. Thank you again to all those who donated. It means the Lions are able to continue with their work helping the community who need

that little bit of extra help. They will be writing in the next edition of Sherwood Life more of what we have planned for 2020, so until then keep warm and smile and say hello to one another. It does help you know. They meet at South Forest Leisure Centre, Edwinstowe, the second and fourth Thursday in the month. Go along and meet some passionate people who love being Lions. Maybe you will join them and next Christmas you could be helping with Santa and his friends.

New hub launched to support people with working age dementia and maintain autonomy, control and independence in all aspects of their lives for as long as possible. The hub helps to support this by providing further links with the local community, increase support networks, encourage new friendships and enable and empower individuals to live well with dementia with the support of local services. Following its launch, the hub will meet every Wednesday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Outside the Cave, Ollerton Road, Edwinstowe. Sharon Grocock, Peer Support Lead for the Working Age Dementia Service, said: “We are really excited to be launching the Peer Support Hub in Edwinstowe. We have set up hubs in other areas and have seen how beneficial they have been to people

living with working age dementia and their families. The hub provides an opportunity for people to share their experiences, create friendships and access information and advice. This all helps to reduce isolation, give hope and raise awareness, helping people to stay independent for as long as possible.” The hub is open to anyone with working age dementia, their carers and family members. People are welcome to drop in or stay for the whole two hours. Attendees are asked for a £2.00 contribution towards the activities on offer. The programme and development of the hub was coproduced with members from the Lammas Peer Support Group, which was the first hub set up by the Trust in the County.


FOOD & DRINK

Yorkshire Pudding Day The first Sunday in February has been designated Yorkshire Pudding Day. ‘Dripping puddings’ were made in Yorkshire as early as 1737. The recipe was published in a book called ‘The Whole Duty of a Woman’ which declared you should use a ‘... good

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shake it frequently and it will be light and savoury. When the mutton is done, turn it in a dish and serve hot.’ Ten years later the recipe appeared again in a book by Hannah Glasse, the Prue Leith of her day. The puddings took a while to evolve from flatter, spongier offerings of the time, to the light crispy specimens we know today. The Royal Society of Chemistry once declared that “A Yorkshire pudding isn’t a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall.” Yorkshire Puddings are a staple of the British Sunday lunch (though my kids happily eat them midweek too). Mostly they are served as part of the trimmings, but in some parts of Yorkshire they are eaten as a separate course prior to the main meat dish. Originally this was for reasons of frugality; the puddings were served with dripping and gravy as a way of filling the diners with less expensive ingredients and thus making the more expensive meat go further. However you eat yours, Happy Yorkshire Pudding Day.

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