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Welcome! Welcome to the February edition of

Worksop 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. Start this February when the leap year gifts us an extra day too. February is also home to Pancake Day — the perfect excuse to try out our recipe this month, which is bananas in blankets. I think it’s going to be a hit in my

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The history of Valentine’s Day...................8 Gadget gifts for the one you love.........10 Family games night....................................14 Back to black........................................16 &18

Golden Years Life in your golden years...........................21 Planning to retire?........................................22 Still working? It’s the ideal time to pick a retirement hobby......................24 Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports.................26 6 February 2020

Does it pay to plan ahead?....................28 Winter saviours..............................................36 New Year treats at Spa at Ye Olde Bell...38 WIN an UltimatePRO treatment!............39 Bananas in blankets...................................42 Orion’s Hunting Dog constellations......44 First drives: Volkswagen Crafter.............52 Smooth car control.....................................54 A mixed matter.............................................56 Perfect potatoes..........................................62 Garden waste boosts local recycling.....64 A game of two halves................................66 A thin line between love & hate.............68

Tile style............................................................70 Choosing a small family pet....................72 WIN Steve Harley tickets!...........................76 A good read..................................................78 She deserves Fairtrade..............................80 Amazing Avignon........................................84 Snoring, it’s no laughing matter.............88 Perplexing puzzles.......................................91 Wildlife in February......................................92


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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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Gadget gifts for the one you love Smart buys for the love of your life As if flowers, champagne and dinners weren’t expensive enough, retailers would really like you to buy your beloved some technology for Valentine’s Day. That’s not necessarily a bad idea, but there are a few traps to avoid. We wouldn’t recommend anything overly practical unless the recipient really wants it and would be happy to get it as a Valentine’s Day gift: no matter how powerful the Dyson or scientific the scales, don’t give the gift of hoovering or weight-watching to someone who won’t appreciate it. Online gadget guides suggest power banks for smartphones and even charging cables, and while those are perfectly decent products they’re hardly going to make your partner’s heart sing. The second trap is the “pinkification” of products: even if your beloved likes pink they might not appreciate a perfectly good product that’s pink for no good reason. If your beloved is really into DIY then they’ll care much more about the quality of the product than its colour. So what presents do we suggest for Valentine’s day? Consider accessories — for example, if your beloved has an Apple Watch or an iPad you could buy good-quality straps or cases. The Apple Watch can be made sportier with a bright Sport Band or more formal with a genuine leather band (just avoid the faux leather bands from some big-name shopping sites, which don’t wear like genuine leather does). And of course if your partner doesn’t have an Apple Watch or an iPad and you’ve got the cash to spare, those items make really great gifts. Another good tactic is to think about what your beloved does. So if they have a long commute or travel a lot, a set of noise-cancelling headphones will make their travels much more pleasant; if they’re always at the gym or jogging around town then exercise-friendly earbuds or a reliable fitness tracker will be a boon. For readers there are Amazon’s excellent Kindle e-readers (or a subscription to Audible, the audiobook service) or subscriptions to Readly or Apple News+, both of which are like Netflix for magazines; for coffee lovers there are some really great high-tech coffee makers 10 February 2020

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ranging from the excellent Aeropress (around £20.00) to cute and compact capsule machines such as Krups’ or Magimix’s Nespresso makers. And if they’re arty, they might love an Apple Pencil for their iPad (check compatibility first, though — not all iPads work with it) or a digital notepad that looks and feels like pencil on paper but can transfer drawings to their Mac or PC. If you’re still stuck for ideas, it’s time to remember the old joke: what do you get the person who has everything? A box to put it in. But instead of boxes, think bags. There are lots of backpacks, messenger bags and handbags designed specifically for people who carry gadgets around, and they’re available everywhere at every conceivable price point. For example, if you can’t afford several hundred pounds for Osprey London’s laptop bags, Marks & Spencer does some really nice laptop backpacks for around £45.00, laptop bags for under £30.00 and faux-leather folio bags for just £25.00.


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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 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.

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Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice are planning a fundraising Ceilidh on Friday 28th February at Carlton-in-Lindrick Civic Centre, starting at 7.30pm. It will be a really enjoyable evening dancing to The Big Moose Ceilidh band and great value at £12.50 including sandwiches and nibbles. A bar is available and tickets can be obtained by calling Lesley on 01909 483163.

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Temporary library premises secured Worksop Library on

Memorial Avenue suffered a devastating flood throughout the 2000sqm building on Thursday 7th November 2019 and has been closed to the public ever since. Temporary premises have now been secured in the town to restore a library service to the Worksop community. The temporary library in Unit 19 of The Priory Shopping Centre opened on Monday 20th January offering a full library lending service (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm, Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 11.00am to 3.00pm). Access to public PCs in the temporary library will follow once lines have been installed. Carlton-in-Lindrick Library will continue with extended opening hours (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm and Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm) to offer public PC access, while Balmoral has reverted to its normal hours. Inspire staff have also been working with other venues and partners across the town to secure alternative venues for the many events and courses. Inspire Learning have relocated community learning and the 16 to 24 study programme to The Crossing, whilst other events have had to be cancelled or relocated to various venues. Full details are available on

the Inspire website or from the ASK Inspire service on 01623 677200. Work has already started on Worksop Library to restore the building for use again and it is expected to open in the summer. The building hosts the library service, adult learning, young people’s study programme, community meetings/events, café, registration service, adult day care and several Inspire and Nottinghamshire County Council office staff. It is one of Inspire’s flagship venues, receives over 200,000 visits a year and holds a library stock of 26,000 items, including a large heritage collection. Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of the Communities and Place committee, and also Chair of the Inspire board, said: “I understand how important Worksop Library is to the local community and while work is being done to restore the flagship venue, everyone can be assured of a warm welcome at the new premises in the shopping centre.” Further information can be found at www.inspireculture.org.uk/ worksop and www.nottscc.gov.uk.


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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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Back to black…

Katherine Sorrell on using black in your interior to create drama, interest & on-trend style To make an impact when works best for your room. 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

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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

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a worldwide organisation giving service and help, while sharing friendship. In Retford the club were very happy to welcome five new members last year and hope that they will continue to grow. Last year they all wore the club colours of yellow and blue to mark the day. This year they invited guests from other clubs or friends to share their meal and hear their speaker from Inter Care speak about the work they do and to support them with a donation. Inter Care is a Leicestershirebased charity who send medical aid to rural health units in some of the poorest parts of Africa. The health units supported by Inter Care serve 10,000,000 people and include clinics, hospitals, dispensaries and centres for orphaned or vulnerable children in Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi and more. The help consists of healthcare items, medicines and medically trained volunteers. They are entirely funded by voluntary donations. Some goods are provided by medical

most appreciated. There is another list on their website which shows other items they collect to help raise funds. Disasters add additional pressure to the fragile health care system which exists. Floods in Malawi have increased the risk of cholera and malaria because the standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos causing malaria, already one of the highest causes of death. Inter Care only supply free healthcare. As well as supporting local charities each year, the club also choose one overseas charity to support. Their international officer, Heather, chose this charity for the club to support because they do such good work and because members of the club who have visited Malawi and Zambia have been aware of their efforts. Please get in touch if you think that you may be interested in joining the club and becoming involved in the work they do and the friendship they share while doing it. Contact them via www.innerwheelofretford.co.uk.

Over 1,000 animals given second chance 2019 was another great year for

RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch with over 1,000 pets rehomed or wildlife rescued and released. The local animal charity continues to deliver against a vision to live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. In short, all animals should be valued and loved. The local RSPCA branch provides excellent care at its South Yorkshire Animal Centre, establishing a successful rehoming process, and promoting responsible pet ownership, and working to encourage a more positive, respectful and compassionate attitude towards all animals amongst the general public. The charitable work is made possible by the fundraising efforts of the community. RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch needs to

raise 95% of its own funds and receives no government or lottery funding. Fundraising events coming up in 2020 include the annual Easter egg hunt and fun dog show. Keep up to date at www. rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk. Other services include microchipping, dog training, secure exercise areas and financial assistance for the welfare and neutering of pets. The branch provides a pet cremation service and a memorial garden for your beloved pet. There are many ways to help your local RSPCA, including volunteering, donating cash or goods, sponsoring the Safe Haven programme and attending events. There are charity shops at Bawtry, Maltby, Rossington and Thorne as well as an eBay shop. At the Animal Centre there is a pet supplies store. To donate £5.00, text ‘RSPCADRB’ to 70085.


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. Worksop Life Magazine 21


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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

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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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Age shouldn’t be a barrier to playing competitive sports Claire Jenkin, Senior Lecturer in Sports Development, University of Hertfordshire

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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 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.

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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 an evaluation of a walking basketball programme in Melbourne, Australia to understand why some people took up modified sports at an older age. We asked the participants, aged 53 to 83, why they joined the programme and what benefits they experienced. Many participants said it was an opportunity to have fun and socialise. They enjoyed the competitive element and saw the sport as a chance to improve their health. They also found the sport to be mentally stimulating as they had to think about

who to pass the ball to and figure out the best strategy for scoring a goal. For some, it was an opportunity to reengage in a sport they had played when they were younger, while, for others, it was an introduction to sport. Regardless of their previous experience in sport, they all loved the programme. Modified sport may not be attractive to all people. Some people might prefer more traditional activities, such as dance and tai chi. But the opportunity to play modified sport can be an excellent option for those who want to play competitive sport at an older age. As such, modified versions of traditional sports should be further developed, promoted and funded by public health bodies around the world to diversify physical activity options for this age group.


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Does it pay to plan ahead? According to the Money Advice Service (www.moneyadviceservice. org.uk) the average price of a funeral, even without optional items such as flowers and catering, is around £4,300. That’s not exactly small change for most people, and if you don’t make some kind of financial provision for your funeral, your children or close relatives may have to foot the bill. If you don’t believe there will be enough money in your estate to pay for a funeral when you die, and your relatives can’t afford to chip in, there are several options open to you. SIGN UP TO A PREPAID FUNERAL PLAN With a prepaid plan, you will choose the type of funeral you want (so long as it’s in the UK) then pay the funeral director or plan provider either in a lump sum, or in weekly instalments. The costs will be frozen at today’s prices from the moment the plan takes effect, which means the costs won’t be subject to inflation, but you should be aware that your plan may not provide everything you want. OVER 50S PLANS Although this is a form of insurance, there’s no requirement for medical underwriting. That means if you are 28 February 2020

Kate McLelland looks at planning funeral costs in poor health at the time of drawing up the plan it won’t affect the pay-out, provided you survive beyond the first two years of the plan’s start date. On the down side, once you’ve paid the money in, you won’t get it back and you risk losing the whole investment if you don’t keep up to date with payments. LIFE INSURANCE According to the consumer association Which?, life insurance could potentially pay out 40% more than an Over 50s plan. However the lump sum provided by life insurance can take several weeks to come through. The Association of British Insurers says that payments generally take about a month to arrive after a death, but they can take longer if the death needs investigation. GOVERNMENT-FUNDED FUNERAL PAYMENTS If the person responsible for arranging your funeral is receiving certain benefits, they can apply to the government for a Funeral Expenses Payment. The money offered will cover things such

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Ryton Chorale has welcomed its new conductor, Simon Lumby, who will be known to some people in Worksop from when he was curate at the Priory Church. He takes over from David Wynne. The choir is rehearsing two works — Verdi’s Requiem to be performed with Southwell and Burton Joyce choral societies in Southwell Minster in May, and Stainer’s Crucifixion to be performed on Sunday 5th April at Christchurch, Worksop. The two soloists will be the previous and newly appointed conductors, both very talented singers. Further details will be available in next month’s edition.

A search for new or undiscovered art talent has begun as The Harley Gallery on Nottinghamshire’s Welbeck estate launches its biennial art exhibition. Artists, whether they are weekend painters or professional artists, are now invited to enter the Harley Open 2020 competition and submit their work. It provides them with the opportunity to showcase their work within the Worksop gallery, which has previously exhibited high profile artists such as Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin and Sir Peter Blake. The Harley Open celebrates and showcases art being made by talented artists within a 100-mile radius of the rural gallery. It invites submissions from the traditional to the experimental and looks for artists who have shown originality, verve, spirit and humour through any medium from biro portraits to tiny oil paintings, abstracts and graphic design. The last competition received 546 entries in its first five days and judges selected 110 artists to have their work displayed in the contemporary art space. The Open also includes the chance to win the Harley Prize of £2,000. There’s also the Judges’ Prize and the Storycatcher’s Prize, plus a ‘People’s Prize’, which will also be presented to the artist voted for by the visiting public and will be announced at the end of the exhibition. Lisa Gee, Director of The Harley Gallery, said: “The Harley Open is open

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Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw (FOYPIB) charity fundraising evening. Giant Hogweed will play live, alongside dancing and a licensed bar (bring your own table snacks) at Retford Town Hall on Saturday 8th February from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Admission is £10.00 per ticket or pre-book for a table for between eight and 10 people. Contact support@ foypib.org or call 01909 531504.

The March meeting of the Bassetlaw branch of Parkinson’s UK on Tuesday 3rd is the Annual General Meeting, followed by the return of the popular guest Jessica Brett. Jessica delights members with song, laughter and fun. Members are requested to submit nominations for Branch Officers as soon as possible by calling 01909 730629. Retford Textile Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month (but not January) at Goodwin Hall, Retford at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. With the Christmas festivities at an end, maybe it’s time for some ‘me time’ — why not go along and join this lively growing group for a making session on 5th February? 32 February 2020

Parkinson’s UK 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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to everyone whatever their artistic background, whether they’re just starting out or experienced professionals. Our aim is to celebrate the incredible wealth of creativity that is part of our region and share it with our visitors.” “The exhibition highlights the diversity of talent across our region and beyond. Over the years the Harley Open has received a wealth of entries from some very creative and talented artists and in a variety of styles and media.” With thousands of visitors expected to view the exhibition between 2nd May and 5th July, it provides shortlisted artists with a new platform to show and, often, sell their work. The Harley Prize 2019 was shared between Chesterfield artist, Susan Dodd, and Sheffield artist, Joanna Whittle. Joanna has since been awarded the acclaimed Contemporary British Painting Prize 2019. Artwork for the Harley Open must be submitted between 1st February and 1st April 2020. Entries can be traditional or contemporary, detailed or abstract, serious or funny as long as the artwork has been made by the artist in the past two years and can be wall-mounted. An expert panel will choose the prize winners and select the entries to go on show in the special exhibition. For more information about how to enter the competition visit www.harleygallery.co.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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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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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

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Orion’s Hunting Dog Constellations James Ince gets set for rising stars in the night’s sky

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In the early evening sky, the planet Venus shines brilliantly and it is joined in late January by Mercury. Mercury is a challenge to view as it will only be visible until 16th February and it requires a clear horizon in the direction of the setting Sun to view it. It is essential to never view the Sun with any optical aid and only carefully note where it sets. Wait for 30 minutes after sunset and view the area carefully. Mercury is difficult to see against the glow, but once found becomes easy to locate. It is surprising how few people ever see Mercury — do take a look, accept the challenge. Uranus is also visible to users of binoculars, however a good star map is required to locate it. The Full Moon on 9th February is known as ‘Storm Moon’. The winter nights are now getting shorter and we see new constellations moving into the sky after dark. The midwinter constellations Orion and Taurus are still prominent but now Orion’s ‘Hunting Dogs’, Canis Major and Canis Minor, are due south after dark. Canis Major is home to the brilliant white star Sirius, the brightest star in the sky and relatively close at less than nine light years. Sirius was one of the first stars to have its distance measured in 44 February 2020

the early 19th century by the Scottish Astronomer Royal, Thomas Henderson. Sirius is also famous for the discovery of its extremely dense ‘White Dwarf’ companion Sirius B, known as ‘The Pup’. Canis Major contains many interesting star fields for users of binoculars or small telescopes and the bright cluster M41 is just 4° below Sirius. (M represents Messier, a famous French astronomer who compiled a catalogue of star clusters and nebulae working in Paris during the 18th century, and many amateur astronomers attempt to view all his recorded objects as a challenge). M41 is composed of numerous dim stars. Although Canis Minor is home to the brilliant star Procyon, which is seen above and to the East of Sirius, there is little in the constellation of interest to amateurs. Procyon is another nearby star 11.5 light years and it coincidentally also has a ‘White Dwarf’ companion, although it is known to be less dense than Sirius B. Above Procyon it is possible to see the constellation Gemini, which has an outline of a pair of ‘Stick Men’. Gemini is a Zodiacal constellation which means the planets, Sun and Moon all pass through it. The brightest stars are

Castor and Pollux. In Greek mythology they were the inseparable twins, Castor and Polydeuces. Polydeuces was immortal, however Castor was not and was killed in an ambush. Castor grieved for his brother and pleaded with Zeus to be allowed to be together for eternity and Zeus placed them together in the heavens. The stars however are quite different; Castor is the higher one, slightly dimmer and it has an orange/ yellow tint, whereas Pollux is pure white in colour. Do take a look using binoculars. Castor is also a multiple star which may be noted when using a medium sized telescope. Binoculars will also enable the star cluster M35 to be viewed, it is located a short distance above the ‘Feet’ of the Twins. To the East of Gemini there is the dim Zodiacal constellation Cancer, The Crab. Although the stars of the constellation are quite dim it contains an interesting group of stars which are known as the ‘Beehive Cluster’, M44. The cluster can be faintly viewed without optical aid and was known to the Ancient Greeks, whose sailors used its visibility as a sign of good sailing conditions. If it was obscured they would not embark. Binoculars will show the stars in the outline of an old-fashioned beehive complete with a few bees swarming around it. There is also a more challenging object in the constellation M67 which lies almost 8° below it and to view it binoculars are required. If you are interested in astronomy or space travel the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society is a good place to meet up with fellow enthusiasts. Our friendly fortnightly meetings are held at the Gateford Primary School and visitors are most welcome. If you would like more information about observing or attending the meetings please contact james.ince1@tiscali. co.uk or andrew_patton@talk21.com.





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Makers have been meeting, making films, exchanging advice and helping each other to improve their skills. They have adapted to the changing film formats and equipment but they still are essentially the same as the original members — keen and enthusiastic. Their season restarted in September and they have had a very interesting and varied programme so far. As well as open evenings, when they have discussed film making development, they have had two film competitions. One had the theme ‘film inspired by the word AFT’ and it was won by a very amusing film using as many words as the filmmaker could think of, all to music in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan. The group also held a ‘holiday/day out’ competition, which was won by a very well-made and interesting film about the Gaping Ghyll, a 322ft pothole in the North Yorkshire, down which the filmmaker very bravely descended. Members have also had a lot of fun producing a ‘film in a night’ with a ghostly theme and evenings of films made on the theme of ‘yellow’ and films made using mobile phones and tablets. Coming up they will have more competitions as well as joint meeting with the Doncaster Naturalists. The season will end in April with their ‘Film of the Year’ competition. They meet nearly every Wednesday at Flintwood Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Intake, Doncaster DN2 6QN from 7.30pm. If you are interested in filmmaking — whether it is acting, filming, editing or you just like watching films — new members are always made very welcome. Check their website for details, www. doncastermoviemakers.weebly.com, call Charlie on 07765 715422 or email doncastermoviemakers@hotmail.com.

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Worksop Wonders WI Worksop Wonders WI welcomed the start of the new decade by celebrating the group’s eighth birthday at their monthly meeting on 8th January. A great night was enjoyed by all, with entertainment provided by the very talented vocalist, Annie Fotheringham. Afterwards some members had a nostalgic giggle dancing around their handbags, and they all enjoyed a tasty pie and pea supper. Worksop Wonders’ next monthly meeting is on Wednesday 12th February at 7.00pm at The Crossing on Newcastle Avenue, Worksop. There will be a guest speaker who will be talking about garden birds. The group are busy putting the final

Snowdrop weekend Babworth Church will be holding its annual and ever-popular Snowdrop Weekend on 8th and 9th February. It is a wonderful opportunity to visit the ‘Church in the Woodland’ and to discover its historical connection with the Pilgrim Fathers, and their voyage on the Mayflower nearly 400 years ago. A walk through the churchyard is a must — to admire the abundance of snowdrops — a true sign of the coming of spring. Follow this with hot soup and refreshments and

touches to the programme of monthly meetings over the next year, which will hopefully offer subjects of interest to a wide variety of tastes. Group trips are also being planned, with the first this spring to visit Wentworth Woodhouse. New members to Worksop Wonders are always welcome. They meet on the second Wednesday evening of each month at the Crossing, Worksop, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. You are welcome to attend any meeting as a visitor free of charge to see what the group has to offer. Annual membership is £43.00, which includes the cost of 11 monthly meeting and the WI magazine during the year. For further details contact Arlene Bull on 01909 481511 or see their Facebook page — ‘Real Worksop Wonders’. the opportunity to purchase fresh and homemade products, books, plants, bric-a-brac and much more. It is a time to renew friendships and share the welcome of the church. The weekend will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday, and from 12.00pm until 4.00pm on Sunday, immediately after their Morning Service at 11.00am — why not join them for this as well. Don’t miss out. Put the dates in your diary now. They will look forward to seeing you there. There is wheelchair access, together with car parking and toilet facilities.

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Club are planning a fundraiser for the Worksop folk who were affected by the recent flooding. Songs from the American Songbook, a concert featuring The Bluecoat Singers, will take place

on Saturday 29th February at The Crossing, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop. The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £10.00. Tickets are for sale from the Crossing. They hope you can join them for enjoyable sing song.

Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts on Sunday 23rd February at 2.30pm. Entry is £6.00 for members and senior citizens and for any non-member it is £7.00. Children under 12 gain free entry with an accompanying adult. Pay on the door, no tickets are needed. The dance and concert will be at Harworth Miners Welfare Hall,

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Voglia d’Italia Simon Mayor

Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) presents ‘Sicily and Liguria’ at their next meeting. Society member Fabio Bezoari presents his video travel documentaries on these popular destinations for visitors to Italy. This takes place on Friday 7th February at 7.30pm, at Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome for a £3.00 admission fee. For more information call 01709 370895.

Les Francophiles de Tickhill On 5th February Les Francophiles

de Tickhill have an insightful talk given by Lindsay Dawes on the differences between the English and French styles of butchering. Continuing on the theme of French food, Chris North will be with the group on 4th March to talk about French breadmaking with samples to taste. They meet in the Parish Room, Tickhill, at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. The annual subscription is £17.50. Non-members are welcome at £4.00 per meeting, refundable if you decide to join. For more information call Jan Murray on 01302 611415.

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Club’s next folk evening on Friday 7th February at Harthill Village Hall will be Simon Mayor and Hilary James. It is an 8.00pm start. Take your own drinks. For information contact Peter Garratt on 0114 2352850 or garratt-p@sky.com. Simon Mayor is one of the world’s foremost mandolinists (and composers for the instrument) as well as being a witty and entertaining presenter. Regarded equally highly in classical and folk circles alike, his recordings and live performances have been applauded everywhere from BBC World Service (‘Winter with Mandolins’ was ‘recording of the week’) to the Classical Mandolin Society of America. His three-part

series for BBC Radio 2, ‘Marooned with a Mandolin’, was described as ‘the best programme on Radio 2 this week’ in the Independent on Sunday, and Gillian Reynolds declared, “Simon Mayor is a real find” in the Daily Telegraph. He has made the UK Classical Artist Chart Top Ten and his CD ‘Music from a Small Island’ was declared ‘folk album of the year’ in The Daily Telegraph. Hilary James is best known for her ‘elegant singing’ (The Daily Telegraph) which easily crosses the great musical divides from big band jazz to traditional ballads, blues and Berlioz. She is renowned too for an unlikely taste in bass instruments, including her amazing giant mandobass. A fine guitarist, she accompanies Simon on guitar on anything from a Vivaldi concerto to a Brazilian Tango, and may even manage a step dance if the wind is in the right direction. Her latest CD, ‘English Sketches’, received four star reviews in both The Sunday Times and The Scotsman and was one of the Sunday Times Critics Best Ten World Music Albums for 2011. You can visit her at www.folksong.co.uk.

Folk duo Megson welcomed to Firbeck Village Hall Folk duo Megson make a welcome return to Firbeck Village Hall on Friday 27th March. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson are husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna and they bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving 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 50 February 2020

rhythmic guitars. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. For details and tickets contact Nick Wilson on 01709 709406, nwilson33@hotmail.com or online at www.wegottickets. com/event/477030.

Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group 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

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limestonehouse Thank you to all who supported our Fundraising for Limestone House Community work during 2019. *The Limestone House ‘100+ CLUB’ is a fund-raiser towards the Limestone House Community work and has members who are allocated a number between 1 to 100. Each member pays a £1 a week for 48 weeks in the year. All member’s numbers paid are put into a Weekly draw, a Summer draw and a Christmas draw. The Weekly Draw was paid out to 48 winners over the 2019 year and amounted to £578.25 (averaging £12.04 per week, per winner) The Summer Draw: the total paid in June 2019 was £307.25 to one winner The Christmas Draw: the total paid in December 2019 was £578.25 to one winner The total ‘100+ Club’ winnings paid out in 2019 amounted to £1,463.75 and the ‘100+ Club’ raised £849.25 towards Limestone House Community Work. If you wish to join the 100+ Club call into Limestone House. *Our ‘Chatterbox Club’ runs every Friday afternoon (except for Bank Holiday Fridays) from 1.30pm to 3pm and is open to all to get together to have a chat, have a cuppa and join in an activity, if they choose to. We have refreshments (for a small charge) around 2.30pm *Breakfast Specials for £2.00 are available on Monday to Friday from 8am to 9am, and on Saturday mornings 9am to 11.45am. You can ‘Eat in’ or have a ‘Takeaway’. Call in or phone through your order (01909 724061) There is Car Parking at the rear of Limestone House (off Ann St) *The Memory Lane Café provides a varied menu at reasonable prices. We can also provide Lunch or Buffets for Groups if given ONE week’s notice *Celebrate a Birthday or any other Special occasion with your friends/.family in the Memory Lane Café at Limestone House. ‘Afternoon Tea’ Gift vouchers are available. *Limestone Lunches: Call in and enjoy a cooked meal and a sweet for £2.70 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12noon to the last sitting at 1.30pm. *Books: ‘Memories of Village Life in Creswell and Elmton’ are on sale in Limestone House. The cost of a book is £10 each. *Music Lessons, cost £2 for half an hour, continue on Saturday and Sunday mornings Open: Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday 9am to 12noon Closed on Bank Holidays You can now find Limestone House on Facebook | We do have a lift.

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Not only will Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory open again for nine consecutive days in February but, for the first time ever, visitors may choose to take a little piece of Hodsock home! New for the 2020 season is the chance to meet Diane Haycock, Hodsock’s lead gardener, in the Snowdrop Marquee and purchase home-grown Snowdrops direct from Horse Pasture Wood. The spectacular snowdrop walks and winter gardens will open daily between 10.00am and 3.00pm (last entry) from Saturday 8th to Sunday 16th February. The historic estate on the border of North Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire reopened due to high demand in 2019, offering a ‘back to basics’ experience. This rewound approach was well received by new and regular visitors alike. Over 8,000 visitors of all ages and interests, from young families to garden enthusiasts, meandered among millions of Hodsock snowdrops and coppiced beech trees, fragrant shrubs and colourful winter flowering plants. Sir Andrew Buchanan said: “There were no plans to open for Snowdrops 2019 but after much Last month, I wrote about

looking forward to a new year of singing and about the benefits that scientists say result from being part of a choir. I’d written the article before The Musicality Singers’ Christmas concert. Otherwise, I would have added to the list of benefits the delight of taking part in a brilliant, joyous concert with a very appreciative and delightful audience. To be honest, there have been a lot of concerts that it’s been great to be part of and our Christmas concerts have never been run of the mill. This time, we had said there would be more audience participation and that

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Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory 2020: take a little piece of Hodsock home with you! disappointment from loyal visitors, my wife Belinda and I opted to take on the responsibility for keeping the event alive. We opened for a short season and I couldn’t be more proud of what our skeleton staff and team of passionate volunteers achieved. I was astounded by the numbers of visitors and positive feedback we received.” This new season will again celebrate the simple beauty of nature, found at the end of winter and dawn of spring. Lovers of the great outdoors will also be tempted to sample new catering delights from Spud Buddies, a local venture, in addition to the traditional hot butties, cakes and refreshments from the Woodland Café. The five acres of formal gardens and 12 acres of Horse Pasture Wood which surround the Buchanan’s ancestral home feature natural collections of snowdrops, a snowdrop lawn and established garden displays. A treat for the senses can be found in the form of hellebores, aconites, cyclamen,

The Musicality Singers things would get silly because, after the trauma of the floods, we could all do with some silliness in our lives. Those of you who were there will remember singing one song to the tune of another; you’ll remember singing songs backwards (and you did it brilliantly). You’ll also remember our Musical Director appearing in the second half dressed as an elf riding piggy back on Santa’s shoulders! It was a memorable evening. We took silliness to a whole new level. And the audience responded by embracing the silliness. At the end of the evening both choir and

irises, sarcococca and witch hazel. The woodland walk and footpaths around the gardens and lake are passable in most weather conditions with wheelchairs and buggies. Regular resting places help to ensure that they are suitable for all ages and abilities. Visitors are advised to check the weather forecast before setting off and to dress warmly with sturdy footwear. Admission for Snowdrops at Hodsock 2020 is £4.00 adults, £2.00 Friends of Hodsock (with current membership card) and £1.00 under 18s. Entry is free of charge for under fives, wheelchair users and HHA members with a current membership card. The entry kiosk, Snowdrop Sales and Woodland Café take cash only, card payments cannot be accepted. Adult advance tickets, redeemable any day throughout the season, can also be purchased at www.snowdrops.co.uk. For further details, contact Sir Andrew Buchanan on 07970 984327 or andrew. buchanan@hodsockpriory.com. audience went away feeling elated. It was great to be part of that. See! Another reason to be part of a choir. It seems a while ago now, though. Many people are already thinking about the February half term school holidays. Pancake Day is coming and Easter eggs are on sale in the shops. We’ve started learning new songs and polishing older material in preparation for future concerts. The year goes on. And I’m looking forward to more performances. They might not be quite as brilliant, silly or joyous as the last one, but it’s a safe bet they’ll be well worth taking part in. Malcolm Fritchley

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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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Garden waste boosts local recycling

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collections. We hope that even more people will sign up for our 2020 season and experience the benefits of having your garden waste collected from your curb-side.” The new 2020 season of collections is less than a month away and residents are being encouraged to re-subscribe or sign-up for the fortnightly collections before the end of January to ensure they receive a full season of collections. Around 5,000 Bassetlaw residents have already signed up to collections that will start on 25th February in East Bassetlaw (Retford area) and 4th March in West Bassetlaw (Worksop area), continuing until the end of November.

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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

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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, 68 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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Choosing a small family pet If you’re thinking of buying a small pet, how do you know which one would be best for your family? Some love human interaction and will happily play for hours, but others prefer to stay in their own environment where they feel safe. Rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters are all very popular as small family pets — here are a few pointers to help you decide.

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.

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A cancer charity in Worksop has received £600.00 to help develop services that support people affected by cancer and specifically prostate cancer in the Bassetlaw area. Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Worksop was presented with the cheque for £600 by Colin Gwilym who set up Worksop Town Walking Football Club in 2016. The money raised by players throughout the year was presented to Aurora Worksop at the club’s annual Christmas party in December 2019. Players from the Walking Football Club fundraised throughout 2019 to raise money for the local cancer charity based on Memorial Avenue in Worksop. Weekly donations from the players’ session fees and spot the ball competitions all contributed to the money raised. Debra Fores, centre manager at Aurora Worksop, said: “We are hugely grateful to the club for their donation and for taking the time to raise funds for Aurora in Worksop. The donation will go towards much needed services that improve the lives of people affected by cancer in Bassetlaw.” Aurora provides support for anyone living with a cancer diagnosis or affected by a long term health

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Walking football club supports local people affected by cancer condition, including family members and carers in the Bassetlaw area. The walking football club specifically requested that the money be used in Aurora’s prostate support services as they had team members who had personal experience or family members who had been affected by prostate cancer. Aurora’s services include support groups, workshops and counselling, beauty treatments and holistic therapies, exercise classes and a gym. The centre is a community hub which welcomes members of the public to come along and use the tearooms, beauty therapy and Care to Give Shop which in turn helps raise valuable funds to develop and progress the work that they do in Bassetlaw. The centre is open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 4.30pm for all services and from 9.00am to 4.00pm for the tea room and charity shop. WORKSOP TOWN WALKING FOOTBALL CLUB Worksop Town Walking Football Club was set up in 2016 by Colin

What’s on at Bassetlaw Museum Enjoy the following events and exhibitions in February:

LIFE DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS BY THE RETFORD ART SOCIETY To Saturday 7th March Retford Art Society is unique in the area in offering regular life drawing sessions to its members and friends for over 20 years. Sessions are both tutored and untutored and are open to anyone who is over 16 years and is interested in developing their drawing and painting skills through this challenging and rewarding experience. Life drawings have timeless quality to them. This exhibition gives a taste of the work done by members and friends. FROM PILGRIMS TO JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL January to March 2020 This exhibitions looks at the impact of the exotic New World import, tobacco. 74 February 2020

From the luxury to social pastime and now health risk we explore our relationship with this pant over the past 400 years. MAYFLOWER MACRAME KEYRINGS WORKSHOP Saturday 15th February, 10.00am to 12.00pm Make a macrame keyring. Join Rachel Carter in this two-hour practical workshop and have a go at a knotting technique that she will be using for her Mayflower commissions in this anniversary year. No need to book. Just drop in. For ages seven years plus and their families. 2020 marks 400 years since Pilgrims from Nottinghamshire set sail on the Mayflower for America. Mayflower 400 artist Rachel Carter has been tracing her Nottinghamshire ancestry while working on a new sculpture inspired by the Mayflower story. This event is organised by the Inspire Culture Learning and Libraries, Nottinghamshire.

Gwilym, with sessions taking place on Mondays from 6.00pm to 7.00pm at Worksop Leisure Centre, Worksop (outdoor pitches, astro turf). Colin has also set up a Rehabilitation Walking Football Club (indoor at Portland, Outward Academy) for people with health and mobility problems and a Women’s Walking Football Club. Aurora was one of three charities that received a donation from Worksop Town Walking Football Club in 2019. They also donated to charities supporting those with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia and in 2018 donated £1,500 to Bassetlaw Hospice. The club are trying to encourage people to keep active, keep fit and socialise. Sessions allow men and women aged 55-plus, to walk around a pitch at a pace that suits them, kicking and passing a football. The first session is free, £3.00 thereafter (£2.00 to the club and £1.00 goes to charity). If you require any further information please email dinasboy@hotmail. co.uk or call 07443 581486. FREE HALF-TERM ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st February This includes the always popular LEGO Day. GUIDED TOUR OF AMCOTT HOUSE Thursday 27th February Discover the story and secrets of Amcott House, which is home to Bassetlaw Museum. Find out about its previous owners and the transition from a private house to museum. Pay as much as you like. Booking is essential, call 01777 713749 ART FOR THE TERRIFIED — ART CLASSES Fortnightly on Saturdays Friendly and relaxed art lessons for beginners, just take a pencil! Stay as long as you like, tea/coffee provided for a small donation. Suitable for ages 16 and over. The cost is £7.00 per person. For more information, call the museum on 01777 713749.


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The Steve Harley Acoustic Band ‘Uncovered’ play the Newark Palace Theatre on Sunday 23rd February and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the show. To be in with a chance of winning post the completed entry form to us or email your details to competitions@worksoplife.com Widely considered one of the most charismatic performers on stage, Steve Harley continues to play to sold-out venues across the UK and Europe. For Steve, life on the road is more than just a job: it is almost his life’s blood. And with the February 2020 release

of the all-acoustic CD ‘Uncovered’, the original Cockney Rebel shows no sign of slowing down. The Acoustic Band for 2020 will find Steve supported by long-standing violinist/guitarist Barry Wickens, and Oli Heyhurst on double bass, with Dave Delarre on lead acoustic guitar. The acoustic sets for 2020 will include songs from the new CD, plus a selection from the vast and eclectic Harley Songbook. Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Sebastian and the legendary Make Me Smile will all be re-produced in the unique acoustic style. Rod Stewart, who covered Steve’s song ‘A Friend For Life’, describes him as “One of the finest lyricists Britain has produced.” Steve received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Acoustic Music from the Acoustic Festival of Britain in 2018. Tickets are available from www.eventim.co.uk.

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A good read LEISURE

Love a good browse in a secondhand book shop? You might want to keep an eye out for these books… HIS DARK MATERIALS Phillip Pullman If you loved the BBC series but haven’t yet delved into the original books, what on earth is stopping you? Starting with the Northern Lights, this trilogy takes the reader on a journey with Lyra Belacqua. With her daemon Pantalaimon by her side, Lyra sets out on a quest to rescue her best friend and discover the secret of Dust. Along the way, she’ll befriend witches, Gyptians, an armoured bear and a boy from another world, while pitting her wits against the all-powerful Magisterium. HEROES AND VILLAINS Angela Carter In a post-apocalyptic world, Marianne looks down from her ivory tower as her brother is murdered in the streets below. Years later, she helps the murderer to hide, runs away with him to his Barbarian tribe and is forced to become his bride. Dream-like, disquieting and beautiful, Heroes and Villains is one of Carter’s lesser-known books but my personal favourite. TALES OF THE CITY Armistead Maupin This series of nine books starts in the late seventies and centres around the inhabitants of 28 Barbary Lane, including the naive but ambitious Mary Ann Singleton, the matriarchal Anna Madrigal and the best-friend-youwish-you-had Michael Tolliver (AKA Mouse). Maupin is a skilled storyteller and skilfully weaves together numerous plotlines and character arcs to create a 78 February 2020

stonkingly good series you’ll want to binge read your way through. THE CHOICE Edith Eger Edith Eger was on the brink of death when she was freed from Auschwitz. This is her story. It’s certainly harrowing in parts, but also uplifting, reaffirming and full of hope. Edith realised that burying her past doesn’t make it easier to live with. Instead, she learnt how to move past her trauma, build the life she deserves and help thousands of other survivors to do the same. THE WEE FREE MEN Terry Pratchett Would-be witch Tiffany Aching sets out to rescue her brother from the fairies and stop them from invading her home. She’s only armed with a frying pan, but luckily she has help in the form of the Nac Mac Feegle — they may be tiny, but they’re fierce, fast and loyal. Technically, this was written as a children’s book, but don’t let that put you off — it’ll appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages. THE CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR Jean M Auel The first book in the Earth’s Children series, The Clan of the Cave Bear centres around Ayla, a young girl raised by Neanderthals in prehistoric Europe. Ayla faces prejudice and suspicion but, with the help of her adopted mother Iza, is eventually accepted by most of the clan. A powerful, wellresearched, epic tale. You don’t even need to wait for the next instalment to come out as all six are just waiting for you to find them.


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• When you do your shopping do you look for Fairtrade products you can buy? When you buy a Fairtrade product, you expect the farmers and workers who produced it to have received a fair price. But did you know about the list of requirements, called the Fairtrade Standards, covering workers’ rights, environmental protection, gender and transparency, that also have to be met? For companies these standards include:

She deserves Fairtrade Fairtrade Fortnight will be back in 2020

from 24th February to 8th March throughout the UK. Fairtrade for Bassetlaw hopes that people reading the wonderful ‘Life’ magazine that drops through your door, support Fairtrade all year round; but here is a perfect way to enjoy perhaps one of your favourite foods — chocolate, at the same time as highlighting the poor wages chocolate producers are paid — and many of the workers are women. That’s because this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight theme is She Deserves Fairtrade. The UK chocolate industry is worth at least £4billion each year. And yet the average cocoa farmer in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, where 60% of all cocoa is grown, makes less than 75p a day. This is well below the extreme poverty line of around £1.40 per day. So, while around 4 million tonnes of cocoa are produced each year, Fairtrade cocoa represents just a fraction of this. In West Africa, it’s just 10%. The reality of life for so many of the hardworking women behind our cocoa doesn’t get the attention it deserves. That’s why they need your support for Fairtrade Fortnight 2020. Bassetlaw is a Fairtrade District

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• payment no lower than the Fairtrade Minimum Price • an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects of the community’s choice. For farmers and workers, the standards include: • various requirements to ensure product quality and environmentally sound farming practices.

and the local Fairtrade committee are keen for individuals around the area to get involved in Fairtrade Fortnight. One of the simplest things you can think of for Fairtrade Fortnight to support cocoa farmers around the world, is by buying Fairtrade chocolate and cocoa. Some ideas include: • If you have a business — is the tea, coffee, cocoa you offer workers Fairtrade? • Does your school offer teachers Fairtrade tea, coffee, chocolate (occasionally) or as a treat? • When you host a meeting for your community group or at your church do you make sure any beverages or snacks used include Fairtrade products? • When you pop into a local cafe do you ask the owners if they use Fairtrade products?

This benefits not just the longterm health of our planet, but also thousands of farmers working hard to escape poverty Though it’s ideal to highlight and do a particular event for Fairtrade Fortnight; which could show how using Fairtrade Chocolate provides a fair price for cocoa and, additionally, can make sure women workers earn a fair wage and local producers are using environmentally friendly growing conditions; just choosing Fairtrade chocolate is a great start. If you have examples of what you are doing for Fairtrade Fortnight, or want to know more contact Kathy Cowbrough, Chair of Fairtrade for Bassetlaw, by email at kathy.Cowbrough@gmail.com or call 01777 706880. If you want to try some different Fairtrade chocolates as part of your contribution to Fairtrade Fortnight go to the Fairtrade Foundation website to find a list of 15 Fairtrade chocolate choices you can find on the high street at www.fairtrade.org.uk.

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At the last meeting of the

Worksop Light Operatic Society before their Christmas break, two long-standing members were presented with special awards. The first of these was a certificate awarding life membership of the society to Debbie Savill, Society Treasurer. One of the founding members of the society when it was formed in 1973, Debbie has served as treasurer and committee member ever since. She has also played many parts on stage, both in the chorus and in varied principal roles. These have included Susan in ‘The Desert Song’ in 1975, Bloody Mary in ‘South Pacific’ in 1984, Widow Corney in ‘Oliver!’ in 1992, Frau Schmidt, the housekeeper, in ‘The Sound of Music’ in 2014 and half a cow in too many pantomimes to mention! More recently she has acted as Property Mistress, responsible for sourcing and managing props for

Don’t miss the launch event

for volume three of the history of Worksop Town -—1970/2000, on Sunday 2nd February, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at The Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS. Formed in 1861, out of over two million world-wide, Worksop Town are the world’s fourth oldest football club. Volume three of the club’s history follows the successful launch of the first two volumes (1861/1930 and 1930/1970) in 2017 and 2018. As previously, the slide presentation at the launch will be led by Dave Pickersgill and John Stocks. Volume three continues the journey as they reflect on the period from 1970

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Local society honours members a variety of shows. On behalf of the society, the secretary stated: “Debbie has become only the fifth person to be given a life membership, to mark the outstanding work she has done for the Society for the past 46 years.” The second award to be presented was the annual members’ award, given to the society member nominated by other members for his or her contribution to the society’s success during the previous year. This certificate was presented to Graham Berridge, a society member since 2004. Graham has taken part in every production since then, either in the chorus or supporting roles. His most recent appearance was as Captain Brackett in the May 2019 production of ‘South Pacific’. When presenting the award the Society Chairman said: “Graham is a perfect

Worksop Town FC book launch to 2000, and celebrate 100 years of being the Tigers, and playing in amber and black. It is the story of three turbulent decades as the club approached the Millennium, an era when the club faced challenges from the impact of losing its historic home, out of town exile and a bitter and divisive miners strike. The story of the football club is set alongside the social history of the community that it represents: three decades of dramatic social change. Copies of volume three (A4, over 150 pages including statistics and illustration) will be on sale at £10.00.

Whitwell Local History Group Whitwell Local History

Group meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in Whitwell Community Centre. All are welcome. The programme for February is: • 4th February — The Unbelievable Truth — Tom Wood • 11th February — Paramedics and Enablers — Craig Whyles • 18th February — Tales From The Riverbank — Robert Bower • 25th February — Derbyshire 82 February 2020

example of what a good society member should be. He never misses a rehearsal, always knows his lines, and is willing to help wherever he can to support the society, both on stage and off.” Along with the rest of the society, both Debbie and Graham are now hard at work preparing for the next Worksop Light Operatic production. This is to be ‘A Tribute to the West End’, which is to be held at the Acorn Theatre, Queen Street, Worksop from Thursday 14th to Saturday 16th May 2020. Tickets are on sale now from the Acorn Box Office (01909 501817) or online via www.acorntheatre. net or from any society member. If you can’t get to the West End, go and see this popular local society bring the West End here to Worksop! Book now... don’t be disappointed.

Delights — Colin Hobday The December talks started with James Wright sharing the ‘Hopes, Fears and Desires of A Nation’, a talk that stimulated a lot of discussion given the proximity of our own General Election. Once again the group’s friends, The Leader Brothers entertained members with their ‘Box of Tricks’, showing that even the every-day items have a fascinating story to tell. The group had their annual pilgrimage

This event was originally planned to take place at Worksop Library in December 2019. However, due to flooding, it was cancelled. It is hoped that the ‘Amber and Black’ exhibition will take place at some point in 2020. Tickets can be bought via Eventbrite in advance for £2.50. Entry on the door costs £3.00. As with the first two books, all profits will go to the Tigers! Locally-born, John is a lifelong Tigers supporter who attended his first game in the Midland League Championship season in 1965/66. Dave attends the occasional game. to the Hardwick Inn for their Christmas meal, as always a thoroughly enjoyable time spent with true friends. The final meeting of the year was the History Group Christmas Party. As always, the generosity of the members of the group was to the fore, with a feast ‘Fit For A Bishop’. The group were entertained with a festive quiz, won by Suzanne Whyles, and there was music provided by Uncle Pete and Friends that helped the evening pass splendidly. Thanks must be given to Suzanne for providing the Christmas hamper for the raffle that was won by Christine Brown.

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Amazing Avignon Near the confluence of the

Durance and the Rhône on its way to the Mediterranean, Avignon has long enjoyed a privileged location. In 1309, the Popes settled here for political reasons. They remained for almost 100 years, building the city walls and the imposing palace that dominates the skyline to this day. From the old Romanesque fortress to the new building in Gothic style, the ‘Palais des Papes’ is a dazzling display of limestone walls and turrets, guarded by the golden statue of Our Lady of the Doms atop the Mother Church. It’s a steady climb to the ‘Rochers des Doms’ above the palace but worth it for its shaded gardens and fabulous views over the city on one side and the river on the other. In Avignon, the Rhône splits to encircle the Barthelasse, one of the largest river islands in Europe. It is now a protected area — no new buildings are allowed — with recreational facilities and farmland rich in vegetables and fruit. There

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is a modern bridge but the free river shuttle ferries you across in minutes. You can stroll or cycle along the towpath, picnic under the trees, look out for beavers, herons or cormorants and gaze at the city across the water and the legendary Pont d’ Avignon, listed by UNESCO as part of the historic centre. The old bridge stops halfway across the river so dancing (as in the song) is not recommended but you can walk to the end past the chapel that once held the relics of St Bénezet, the shepherd inspired by divine voices to build the first bridge, later damaged by war and floods. Today the Rhône has been tamed, inviting visitors to relax on a leisurely cruise before returning to the bustling city. There’s much to explore in town, from the old convents and churches to the museums, from the secluded squares to the popular Place de l’Horloge or the Place Pie with its vertical garden and covered market where a ‘cafetier’ will cook your own

produce for lunch for the price of a drink. There are grand bourgeois houses west of the main street, hidden squares and cobbled lanes to the east, such as the picturesque dyers’ street, a favourite place to chill out during the world-famous Festival of Performing Arts held every summer. Meanwhile craft shops beckon with fragrant herbs and lavender products, while al fresco restaurants serve beef medallions and ratatouille with a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. These illustrious vineyards are on the city’s doorstep, spreading luminous green below the vestiges of the Pope’s Summer Palace. Meanwhile the beautiful hills and villages of Luberon beckon just to the east, or one can head north to Orange, a pretty town with pastelhued façades and balconies, a single nave cathedral, a Provençal market and two impressive Roman monuments. Both are world heritage sites, a 20 metre high Triumphal Arch with ornate sculptures and a Roman Theatre claiming one of the best preserved stage walls in the world.

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Citizens Advice Annual Conference 2019 The national Citizens

Advice conference was held in November 2019, at Manchester. Representatives from many of the local Citizens Advice office locations attended the two day conference to discuss and learn about: • Culture — Achieving change in equality, diversity and inclusion • Advice — How leading organisations can adapt to meet people’s needs • Sustainability — Future funding • Technology — Building responsible technology • Advocacy — Making sure our voice is as powerful as possible in an ever-changing world. The Patron of Citizens Advice is HRH, Princess Anne, whose closing speech at the conference referred to the complex issues faced by individuals and how Citizens Advice support those people. Princess Anne promoted the work of Citizens Advice and confirmed the need for this advice to be free, confidential, impartial and independent. Staff attended from Citizens Advice Bassetlaw. The new Chair of Trustees, Arthur Deakin was invited

to meet HRH Princess Anne and spoke to her about how he became involved with Citizens Advice. “I was very lucky to get the chance to meet HRH Princess Anne and she seemed very interested in the work that we do in Bassetlaw to help people,” he said. For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw: Telephone service (Adviceline): 03444 111 444 (available Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm)

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DROP IN SERVICE • Worksop office The Annexe, Queens Building, Potter Street, Worksop (next to the Savoy Cinema) available: Monday — 9.30am to 3.00pm Wednesday — 9.30am to 3.00pm Friday — 9.30am to 1.00pm • Retford office 17b The Square, Retford, available: Tuesday — 10.00am to 2.00pm Thursday — 10.00am to 2.00pm

Bassetlaw Community Minibus day trips Bassetlaw Action Centre has a minibus which is fully wheelchair accessible and picks up from your home across Bassetlaw. Trips running in the coming weeks are: • Wednesday 5th February — East Bridgeford Garden Centre - £14.00 • Wednesday 19th February — York Railway Museum — £16.00 • Monday 24th February — Crystal Peaks Shopping — £12.50 • Wednesday 11th March — Newark Civil War Centre and Shopping — £13.50 plus admission • Wednesday 25th March — Pennell’s Garden Centre Lincoln — £13.00 • Monday 6th April — Peak Village 86 February 2020

Outlet Darley Dale — £15.00 • Wednesday 15th April — Whitby Fish and Chips and Lakeside — £12.00 • Monday 20th April — Doddington Hall and Gardens — £12.50 plus admission • Monday 27th April — Shopping at Meadowhall — £1,600.00 Membership is free but registration is required before you book onto any of the trips. Office opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Payment should be made at the time of booking. Pick ups start from 8.30am and they pick up throughout Bassetlaw. If a trip is fully booked you can put your name on a reserve list and they

will contact you if a place becomes available. Please note — trips will not run if there are insufficient seats booked. VOLUNTEER DRIVERS NEEDED Do you enjoy driving? Would you like to help others? Do you own your own car and have time to spare? Bassetlaw Action Centre is in urgent need of volunteer drivers for their Community Car Scheme service. This enables users that can’t access transport to get out into the community, attend appointments and socialise. Please call 01777 709650, email enquiries@actioncentre.org.uk or visit www.bassetlawactioncentre. org.uk for more information.


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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.

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Beauty & the Beast Free Woodland sessions in Shirebrook Blyth Players invite

you to be their guest as they perform the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast on 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th February. Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a handsome prince. The prince surrounded himself with beautiful people who did his bidding, but he became arrogant and selfish. An enchantress disguised as an old hag sought to show him that beauty came from within. But when he cruelly dismissed her, she placed him under a magic spell that turned him into a monstrous beast. The spell could only be broken if he could find true love, but who could love a beast? See their performances at Barnby Memorial Hall. Tickets cost £8.00. For details see www.blythplayers. org or call 07784 916250.

Groundwork Greater Nottingham is inviting people to

take part in the latest free session to learn how and why hedge planting and coppicing is carried out. These are traditional ways of woodland management that provide essential habitats for the wildlife at Brook Park in Shirebrook, and another session will take place in February. As an opportunity to learn new skills with like-minded people in the great outdoors, previous sessions have been extremely popular and are fantastic for those who want to get fit or try something new this year. The session is all practical and will take place on Wednesday 5th February from 10.00am to 2.00pm. Booking is essential: contact Marion Farrell at Groundwork on 07801 122 494 or mfarrell@groundwork.org.uk.

The session is an opportunity to understand that hedgerows and woodlands need to be managed carefully and correctly in the winter season. It is very hands on and will be led by Groundwork staff with years of experience. Marion Farrell, Healthier Lifestyles Co-ordinator at Groundwork, said: “At the moment we are a new small group of volunteers but we would like more people to join us. We have just finished a short section of hedgelaying great to learn this traditional method of managing a hedgerow which is very good for wildlife.” Brook Park was formerly part of Shirebrook Colliery and is owned by The Land Trust. Groundwork and Crestra Ltd carry out all the management of the site.

Delve into Lichens with Notts Wildlife Trust Delving into Lichens, is the

title of the North Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s February talk, which will be given by Peter Crittenden, Emeritus Professor of Plant and Microbial Ecology at Nottingham University. Peter has done an immense amount of research into aspects of these fascinating plants. His talk will provide an overview of lichens, their structure, diversity, identification and ecological significance. Their famed sensitivity to air pollution will be

discussed including lichen response to the current pollution climate. Peter will bring some specimens with him to display, including some exotic species. He will also bring books for identification. If you’ve ever looked at a lichen and wondered how it can possibly survive just sited on a stone or some other equally inhospitable object, or why, in some parts of the country they are so much more prolific than here in Nottinghanmshire, this talk is for you. This meeting will be held in the

Friendly Bridge at Retford Bridge Club Retford Bridge Club’s friendly afternoon bridge session continues every Wednesday afternoon. This has replaced the Invitation Evenings at the end of each month. Duplicate bridge will be played if numbers allow, but the emphasis will be on enjoying the company and the bridge and there will be a tea/coffee break in the middle. This session will be more suitable for those who have just started the game who need to practice their skills in a more 90 February 2020

relaxed environment and those who find it difficult to travel at night. You can go alone without a partner as a club member will be there to act as a host and organise the event and find you a partner. The results will be available the following week. Starting in October 2019 the fee structure changed. Membership costs £20.00 for the year, October to the following September, which allows you to play in the twice weekly duplicate

Rural Learning Centre at the Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ on Thursday 13th February. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 and includes refreshments. All are welcome, including non-members. For more information call Jan on 01777 709974 or 07969 180067 or email janwilliamson133@gmail. com. If you would like to receive email updates of Local Group activities or you know anyone who would, please email Jan with your request. on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the Wednesday sessions. Please note the change of venue starting 5th February. The afternoon sessions are held at Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford DN22 7GR from 1.50pm to 4.30pm. Table money of £3.00 per head includes tea/coffee and biscuits (£2.00 per head for club members). For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748 or just turn up any Wednesday afternoon.

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Wildlife in February Erin McDaid goes hopping mad for some seasonal frog spotting Whilst spring is still a while away,

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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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Spawing frog © Matt Morris;Roe Deer © John Smith; Great Crested Grebe © John Smith

taste for frogspawn, with everything from dragonfly larvae and fish to blackbirds taking the opportunity of an early feast, that few of the tadpoles that hatch will make it to adulthood. Much of nature’s effort at this time of year is linked to breeding and typical sights include pairs of great crested grebe doing their courtship ‘dance’ on local lakes and herons building nests. Many other birds will now be busy scouting nest locations

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