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Inspiration for your big day

A TASTY BREW

Men in Sheds launch charity beer

CELEBRATING MUM Getting back to basics

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Welcome! Welcome to the March edition of

Worksop Life magazine. Hooray… it’s the start of spring. After the wet and windy weather of the last few months, I think we’re all hoping for a drier and calmer spring. The days are getting noticeably longer and what a difference it makes — getting home before it’s dark does wonders for my motivation in the evening! I have my fingers and toes crossed that in March I’ll be able to ditch the blankets and the thick coat and enjoy the sun’s warmth. It’s always an honour to be trusted to bring you so many updates from local community groups in each and every edition of the magazine. This month is no different, and we’re delighted to be celebrating the work of local voluntary group Upping The Game (pictured above). March brings us Mother’s Day and this year it falls on

Sue Burton goes dotty for the return of the polka dot pattern

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Sunday 22nd and in this month’s magazine we bring you ideas for showing your mum how special she is, as well as thoughts on breathing new life into your home with a few inexpensive changes and embracing the return of the polka dot in the new season’s fashion. Our Life Weddings feature is here is to give you inspiration and tips for your big day, alongside adverts from the best local suppliers. Using local wedding suppliers is just one of the ways in which you can choose a more eco-friendly celebration without compromising on the details which you dream about. For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.worksoplife.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Features

Men in Sheds charity beer.........................8 To a special Mum.........................................10 Celebrating mum, back to basics........12 It’s time to give your home a spring clean...............................................14 Update your home for 2020....................16 Betelgeuse, an exploding star?.............22 Essential oil therapy.....................................30 Cheat’s apple strudel................................32 6 March 2020

Back in business after the flood..............34 Easy tips to improve your driving............40 First drives: DS3 Crossback........................42 Life Weddings Planning for your big day.........................45 Sustainable wedding ideas.....................46 Surrounded by friends & family..............48 Thoresby Park wedding showcase.......49 Bride’s Bluebell discovery.........................50

Fashion’s gone dotty..................................64 Morgan bounces back.............................70 Sea cadets celebrate 75 years..............72 Easy veg growing........................................74 An annual fiesta...........................................78 Worksop Town FC faces closure............86

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Men in Sheds charity beer Welbeck Abbey Brewery

has partnered with Age UK Nottinghamshire to bring you ‘Men In Sheds’; a beer that will raise funds and awareness for the charity’s ground breaking project for older men. It’s launch night for the charity beer and as the team from Welbeck Abbey Brewery mingle with the members and volunteers from the local Worksop shed. Bob, a long time member of the shed, arrives late with his very loving family in tow. “Where ‘ave you been Bob... Scunthorpe?” a heckler cries from the back of the group and everyone erupts with laughter. It’s an insiders’ joke (Bob can get lost). Banter between mates. This is what ‘The Shed’ is all about. Mates getting together within the environment of a workshop, supporting one another and claiming back their independence and confidence. Nicky Wheedon from Age UK Nottinghamshire explains: “In the UK, there are more than 2.5 million older people who have no one to turn to for help and support in a crisis. Wanting to help the ageing generation to flourish and feel free from isolation, we decided to implement the ‘Men In Sheds’ project. Originally an Australian concept, ‘Men In Sheds’ is focused on meeting the needs, health, wellbeing and interests of older men. “The men talk shoulder-to-shoulder, not face-to-face, their shed is a safe place to share and discover new skills and rebuild lives. The charity provides the ‘shed’ (workshop); tools and equipment; and a team of volunteers — but the members take control of the day-to-day running of the shed and set the day’s activities which include woodworking, skills sharing and socialising.” Every January Welbeck Abbey Brewery start the search for a local charity to support, not only financially but by raising their profile and highlight community awareness. After stumbling across the ‘Men In Sheds’ initiative by Age UK they 8 March 2020

knew we had met their perfect partner. Louise McArthur from Welbeck Abbey Brewery explains: “Welbeck is one of the great traditional landed estates bordering Sherwood Forest, rich with stories and characters from centuries past. It is home to an artisan village, producing specialist foods and crafts in a beautiful rural setting. We are proud of our focus on skilled craftsmenship and our dedication to upholding artisan traditions. Supporting a project like ‘Men In Sheds’ which aims to renew members confidence and independence by teaching them woodworking skills is a strong match with our core values”. Welbeck’s charity cask ale ‘Men In Sheds’ will feature in local pubs through Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, and South Yorkshire during February and March. On a chilly Wednesday morning in January a group of members from the local Worksop shed worked with the brewery’s head Brewer James Gladman to hand-craft their beer on the Welbeck estate. After much debate the shed members decided on brewing a traditional English Pale Ale. ‘Men In Sheds’ is a true 4.8% English IPA using UK Cascade and Jester hops and boasts citrus and floral flavours. Ten pence from the sale of every pint of ‘Men In Sheds’ will go directly to the Worksop ‘Shed’. This ‘flagship’ shed has 30 active members and opened in 2014. In addition to funds the shed requires donations of

industrial tools, timber, storage space and volunteers. If you can help this ground breaking project for older men please contact the Worksop shed or the team at Welbeck Abbey Brewery. As the night’s festivities come to an end and the cask ran dry a family member daid: “Thank you for all of this. When my mum passed away it was a really tough time for dad. We would find him pottering around in his shed, but he wasn’t the same. Since finding ‘The Shed’ he has a new lease on life. He has a purpose again. They banter, but they also really care for one another. So thank you.” MEN IN SHEDS — WORKSOP Unit 2, Kilton Terrace, Kilton Road, Worksop S80 2DQ 01909 549078 meninsheds-worksop@ ageuknotts.org.uk


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LIFESTYLE

Lorraine remembers mums of kids with additional needs hysterical child during horrendous medical procedures. You deal with melt-downs in public toilets over hand-dryers! You encourage your child to do the things doctors assured you they would never do. You crash, you burn, and you get up and do it all again the next day anyway. YOU CELEBRATE YOUR KIDS’ ACHIEVEMENTS ON THEIR TERMS Other parents crow about their child’s GCSE results or a grade 4 piano exam passed with distinction or a star-of-the-week award for neat handwriting. Our celebrations look different though they are no less important. We celebrated Tom signing ‘Mum’, ‘Dad’ and ‘love’ for the first time, and we definitely celebrated him taking a bath without screaming, drowning us or flooding the house!

To a special Mum… On Mothers’ Day my Facebook and Instagram feeds fill with photos. The captions declare, ‘Beautiful bouquet from my son!’ #mothersday or ‘My daughters took me to see Les Mis’ #mothersday. In spite of the fact that I have a much-loved son he will never send me flowers or take me to the theatre. Tom has Down Syndrome and is also autistic, non-verbal and has a myriad of complex health problems. I love him and I know he loves me, but I will be his carer long after my friends’ kids have left home and started their own families. This is my shout-out to other mums whose Mother’s Day celebrations will be bittersweet. YOU ARE NOT ALONE There are more of us than you think. Our children may all have different problems, but we understand 10 March 2020

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each other’s sense of being on the outside, at the celebrations ‘normal’ families take for granted: Christmas, birthday parties, family get-togethers and Mother’s Days. YOU ARE AWESOME You are a full-blown superhero my friend. Your superpower is the ability to deal with situations other parents could not conceive in their worst nightmares. You might acquire knowledge and skills beyond those required by most doctors, memorising medication regimens, side effects, and how to inject or infuse the drugs. You deal calmly with your

YOU HAVE THE BEST BLACK SENSE OF HUMOUR ‘nuff said. We know that we laugh at things parents of typical kids would not find the least bit funny, like the weird people you meet during all-nighters in A&E departments, discovering excrement smeared over your freshlypainted walls, or an aquarium full of dead fish because your child wanted to feed them and the only box he could reach was the small one posted through the door containing a sample of washing powder! RIP Tom’s fish! YOU ACCEPT, AND DON’T COMPARE You become the mum other mothers confide in because their child doesn’t walk, talk, read, or ride a bike as well as their peers. Never mind that your child is 10, non-verbal and rides a large trike because of balance issues! You accept (mostly) other parents’ rights to brag or worry about their kids even though you often feel that sense of ‘otherness’. You are special. To mothers of additional needs kids everywhere, happy Mother’s Day.


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LIFESTYLE

Celebrating mum, back to basics Chanel Hosfield on a simple show of love whatever your mum’s favourite food, you could take her on a ‘date’. Enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, a cocktail afternoon or an a la carte meal. Just be sure to book it in early as it is a busy day for pubs, cafes and restaurants. HOMEMADE It could be something as simple as raiding the craft cupboard for coloured card, paint, tissue paper and glue to create a handmade card. Children’s artwork is a great way to pull at the heart strings and a portrait of mum could be something to keep for years to come. Or try something more extravagant, such as a cake, some fudge or jewellery.

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lilies and more. And if cut flowers aren’t your mum’s thing you could always opt for a plant — there are plenty of gorgeous planters, both indoor and outdoor varieties.

It’s a fantastic excuse to celebrate our own mums as well as all the mums in our society. But we hear so many complaints that the date has become commercialised, as we are all encouraged to shower our mums with gifts and thoughts. With this in mind, why not step away from the pressure to go bigger and better to show your mum love and gratitude. Try these back to basics gift ideas and remember it’s the thought that counts.

SWEET TREATS Does your mum think chocolate is always a good gift idea? If so, pick up a box of her favourites as a sweet treat. Chocolate can be so versatile — dark, milk, white, with nuts, truffles and mixed with chilli or sea salt. Anything really does go and as well as chocolate bites and bars, your mum may prefer chocolate cake, hot chocolate powder or chocolate biscuits.

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BREAKFAST IN BED Often a welcome gift from small children (with their Dad’s help, of course), serve something simple like a mug of tea and buttered toast or go a step further and prepare pastries, eggs, smoked salmon or a fry up! FOOD Whatever your budget and

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HOMES

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GET FRESH INSIDE AND OUT • Start with a general clear out. Just tackle one room at a time, and get organised in advance with some boxes and bags, so that you can designate things quickly and easily as rubbish, recycling, charity shop, to sell, and so on. • Gather your tools — brooms, scrubbing brushes, buckets and cloths — and cleaning products. You could make your own natural cleaners using online ‘recipes’. To clean mirrors and windows, for example, scrunched-up newspaper and white vinegar will give them a wonderful sparkle. • Bear in mind the basic principles: work from top to bottom (dust the light fitting before polishing the table beneath) and tackle dry before wet (vacuum before mopping). Put some music on and really throw yourself into it. • Now is a good time to sort out those less frequently required jobs such as steamcleaning the carpets or having the chimney swept. And how about washing down your front door, shampooing your rugs and taking your duvets to the launderette? • To finish, add some glorious scent. Reed diffusers filled with essential oils or natural-wax candles make an longer lasting alternative to fresh flowers.


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HOMES

Update your home for 2020 Katherine Sorrell explains why a new look doesn’t have to cost the earth beautifully with saffron yellow, soft pink or rich green. Add bright white for a clean, fresh update.

Breathe new life into your home with a few quick and inexpensive changes. DAZZLE WITH GREAT LIGHTING It’s quick and easy to upgrade lampshades or replace table or floor lamps, giving a great opportunity to introduce some on-trend shapes, textures and colours. Dimmer switches add flexibility but check that your light bulbs are the right wattage, so rooms are not poorly lit or dazzling. LED bulbs are kind to the planet and save you money over time. Perhaps consider smart lighting, controlled with a remote control, an app, or a voice command. RING THE CHANGES WITH COLOUR Have a colour makeover with paint or a change of accessories — perhaps some vases on a shelf, a pile of fluffy towels, storage canisters in the kitchen or files in your home office. Go lighter and brighter for spring and summer — Pantone’s colour of the year, for example, is ‘Classic Blue’, a vibrant mid blue that co-ordinates 16 March 2020

CREATE GREAT STYLE WITH CUSHIONS AND THROWS Uplift a sofa with a throw and new cushions, choosing on-trend colours and patterns, complemented by some inexpensive plains. Vary textures and include interesting trims and fastenings. Simple square or rectangular cushion covers are easily made and a square metre of fabric should make four cushion fronts, so why not create something eye-catching and extravagant? A FRESH LOOK FOR FLOORING Completely alter a room’s look by removing the carpet, sanding back the floorboards and applying two coats of varnish. Alternatively, add or replace a rug to change the look of your floor and room plus bring in texture and cosiness. Choose complementary colours and patterns and make sure the size and proportions of the rug suit the size and shape of the room, with the furniture fitting onto the rug comfortably. WONDERFUL WINDOW TREATMENTS Change the look of windows with readymade curtains. Floor length is usually best, unless furniture in the way makes sill length the better option. Alternatively, swap curtains for inexpensive clean-cut blinds for an attractively modern and minimal look. Simple slatted or roller blinds can be

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Get Out Get Active’s (GOGA) success story over the next three years. Thousands more inactive people across 21 locations will benefit from the latest £5 million programme funding and Bassetlaw Action Centre is delighted to announce Bassetlaw is one the successful locations. The ground-breaking programme began in 2016, created to bring disabled and non-disabled people together to be active. It engages the least active communities in fun, inclusive ways. Now it is set to continue until at least 2023. In September 2019 the founding funder, Spirit of 2012, awarded a further £3 million to GOGA across the UK. At the same time, Sport England also invested an additional £1 million into England. In January London Marathon Charitable Trust revealed their £1 million grant investment. Creator and lead partner Activity Alliance teamed up with an extensive range of partners to help GOGA reach more people. These partners offer in-depth local knowledge and national expertise. GOGA is more than being active. It strengthens community spirit, increases confidence and improves mental health. It increases the demand for, and the accessibility of, activities. These may be

provided by local authorities, sports clubs or the voluntary sector. The success is through tapping into people’s real life motivations to be physically active. The new funding will enable partners to build on phase one’s success and share learning. Initially there were 18 locations across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, who together engaged an incredible 20,000 people. Commencing in April 2020, phase two will have 21 locations. After a stringent process, Bassetlaw was chosen to be part of phase two. The activities here will encompass 10 key principles in increasing activity. These include for example, reassuring people and using communication methods that people can identify with, developing welcoming and suitable opportunities closer to home, focusing on ability not disability, understanding individual values and keeping people interested as their needs change. The aim is to also engage positive role models with differing abilities to promote activity to others. Working with Bassetlaw District Council, the NHS and other partners, ‘Get Out Get Active’ will support people with long term conditions to help people to access physical activity linked to the Action Centre’s ‘Staying Well Programme’. Through GOGA Bassetlaw Action Centre intends:

Folk duo Megson at 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, A concert in the Chapel at Worksop College will be performed on Saturday 21st March by North Notts Chamber Choir, the College Chapel Choir and the Mountgarret Concert Orchestra under the direction of Timothy Uglow, Director of Music at Worksop College. The programme features the magnificent Coronation Anthems by Handel, which have delighted audiences since they were first 20 March 2020

Megson are husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna and they bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not

• Building on the Staying Well programme’s approach of action planning so that physical activity is built in and remains a person centred approach in assessing individual need. • Building on the organic growth of social groups that have developed already from the Staying Well programme, using passionate, motivated individuals who with training and support can continue to support people into physical activity and potentially lead groups themselves. • Developing a local network of strategic partners across Bassetlaw to understand and address physical activity inequalities across Bassetlaw. Lynn Tupling, Chief Executive of Bassetlaw Action Centre said: “I am very pleased to announce that we have been chosen to lead on GOGA in Bassetlaw and look forward to dispelling the myth that getting more active means joining a gym. This project will enhance the Staying Well Programme by offering continued support beyond the initial six weeks to participants, and will also offer new opportunities for people to be supported in becoming more active.” For more information, please visit www.bassetlawactioncentre.org. uk or www.getoutgetactive.co.uk. 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.

Handel’s Coronation Anthems at Worksop College performed at the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727. They include the sublime, stirring and well-known chorus Zadok the Priest. Also being sung in the evening’s concert will be a beautiful Stanford Magnificat and Hubert Parry’s much loved and inspiring anthem ‘I was glad’, a favourite at royal events and performed at

the wedding of Prince William and Catherine in Westminster Abbey. The concert starts at 7.30pm. Interval refreshments, included in the ticket price, will be served in the historic Great Hall. Tickets priced at £12.00 (£11.00 concessions, £6.00 children) are available from the college booking line on 01909 537100 or by emailing enquiries@wsnl.co.uk .


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LEISURE

Betelgeuse, an exploding star?

James Ince asks if Betelgeuse is about to blow There has been much discussion

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and act like a smoke screen blocking out much of the light emitted from the star and making it appear deeper red in colour. Betelgeuse is likely to continue shining for many more thousands of years before it becomes a supernova. Venus continues to put on a fine show in the evening sky and during February it was joined by dimmer Mercury. Mercury is the innermost planet and although it is relatively bright it is always seen against twilight before sunrise or after sunset, making it difficult to locate. The Ancient Greeks were confused by its visibility and thought it was two separate planets and called its morning apparition Apollo and its evening apparition Hermes. It is most surprising how few people have ever seen it; even many keen astronomers have never seen it. There are no other bright planets visible in the evening or night sky — Jupiter, Saturn and Mars are all visible two hours before sunrise. The constellation Leo is now visible and it is an ancient constellation known to the Babylonians, Egyptians and Greeks. Its brightest star, Regulus, (Little King, is the lowest star in the backward

question mark shaped group of stars forming the Lions Head and Chest, is often termed the Sickle. Leo represents a lion and it is easily located if you extend a line from the ‘Plough’s Blade’ in the opposite direction to Polaris. Regulus is a fine double star when seen through a small telescope and as it lies close to the Ecliptic, the Sun, Moon and planets often appear close to it. Leo is home to a few bright galaxies which require a modest telescope to view them. When we look towards Leo and neighbouring Virgo we are peering out of our galaxy into deep space and many galaxies are visible. The Moon is at Perigee — that is closest to us — on 10th March and it will appear very slightly larger than at other times. The term SuperMoon is often used and it refers to when the Moon is closest to us when full. The Moon’s orbit is not a simple rotation around the Earth and it varies from 356,700km to 406,300km distance. Many astronomers in the Middle Ages spent much time and effort to understand the Moon’s complex motions and it was considered that knowing the precise location of the Moon against background stars could aid navigation at sea. This was never successful as it involved complex calculations, accurate logs and good visibility. The development and the use of the accurate clocks made by Harrison solved the Longitude problem. Although we only see the near side of the Moon, the far side is not totally invisible as the Moon wobbles on its axis and we are able to see over 59% of its surface. Another thing to realise is the far side is not permanently dark. When the Moon is new, the far side is totally illuminated. If you would like to find out more about astronomy do please contact james.ince1@tiscali.co.uk or andrew_patton@talk21.com, 01909 480939, or attend one of Bassetlaw Astronomical Society’s regular fortnightly meetings at the Gateford Primary School.


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COMMUNITY

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Friendly Bridge First time for Blidworth at The Crossing 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 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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as the Wednesday sessions. The venue has recently changed. These events are held at Hallcroft Community Centre, Randall Way, Retford DN22 7GR, from 1.50pm to 4.30pm. Table money of £3.00 per head in needed, including tea/coffee and biscuits (£2.00 per head if a club member). For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748 or just turn up any Wednesday afternoon.

Worksop Society of Artists Worksop Society of Artists will be hosting a demonstration evening on Tuesday 17th March from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Cricket Club Worksop. The artist for the evening is Colin Joyce and his subject for the demo is ‘Harbour Scene in Oils’. Refreshments will be available at the interval and there’s a fee of £4.00 on the door for non-members. The Society meets every Wednesday from 9.00am to 12.00pm at the Cricket Club. If you’re interested in joining please go and have a chat and look round, you’ll be made most welcome. 28 March 2020

The Blidworth Welfare Brass

Band are proud to announce they are making their first appearance at The Crossing in Worksop on 25th April. The concert will consist of a great variety of music to suit all tastes. If you’ve never listened to a brass band before go along and see what you’ve been missing. Blidworth Welfare Band is a brass band with mining heritage. They started out in the late 19th century as the Stanton Hill Temperance Band based in Sutton in Ashfield, the band later changed their name to the Stanton Hill Silver Prize Band until the coal industry paid an interest in brass banding in general. An alliance with the Teversal, Silver Hill and Sutton Collieries saw a name change for the band and it became the Teversal Collieries Band until the demise of those mines in the late 70s which forced the band to relocate to Blidworth in 1980 and a name change to The Blidworth Welfare Band. Over the years they have been supported by various companies, BJ Mining, Homefires, local businessman George Aitken, Hopkins Solicitors and they now have an ongoing partnership with AW Lymn Funeral Services. They are extremely grateful for their help and commitment to the band and hope that it may continue.

Blidworth Welfare Band has established itself over the years to be an extremely successful contesting and concert band performing all over the country. In 2017 the band returned to the Championship section and in 2018 the band cemented its position as a recognised Championship section band as a result of its position at the Midlands Regional Brass Band Championships and through many high class concert performances culminating at the end of that year appearances on both BBC television and BBC Radio. In 2019 the band became the premier brass band in Nottinghamshire following their grading position at the Midlands Regional Championships and saw Blidworth take to the stage in a production of ‘Brassed Off’ in conjunction with Argent Theatre of Newark, paying tribute to the mining community of Blidworth whose own colliery closed in 1989. Blidworth Welfare Band can be seen delivering many high class concert performances throughout the region and welcomes interest from concert promoters throughout the UK. The band can be booked for all kinds of events. Please contact their secretary, karencretney@hotmail. com, for further information. Find out more at www. blidworthwelfareband.co.uk.

What’s on at The Beehive Folk Club Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will be the guests at The Beehive Folk Club on Friday 6th March at The Village Hall Harthill. The concert starts at 8.00pm and tickets cost £10.00. For information email petergarratt1@ gmail.com or call 07973 316743. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted ‘Best Duo’ title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove — always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with

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HEALTH

Essential oil therapy Rachael Bartrop looks at ways to relax and lift the gloom The start of a new year can be

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is probably the most popular oil used in aromatherapy, it’s not the only one that has great benefits. Start to explore others that might be of interest to you. KEEP CALM As previously mentioned, lavender oil is one essential oil you should invest in if you invest in any. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help you feel calm and relaxed, and is probably most famous for its use at night time to help us sleep. However, other oils such as sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot and roman chamomile can help us feel calm, ease anxiety and even help with insomnia. They’re great to burn in the evening after a busy day at work to help us unwind. BE HAPPY Other oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, and peppermint are very poignant scents that are known as mood lifters and so can actually promote happiness and optimism. Ylang ylang has also

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• 1 tbsp cornflour • 50g caster sugar • 2 tsp ground mixed spice • 320g pack ready-rolled shortcrust or puff pastry • Beaten egg, to glaze • Icing sugar, to dust • Whipped cream, custard and fresh berries, to serve METHOD • Preheat the oven to 200°c / 180°c fan / gas mark 6. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. • Place the apples and raisins or sultanas in a bowl. Mix together the cornflour, sugar and spice and add to the apples, tossing to coat.

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limestonehouse Thank you to all who supported our Fundraising for Limestone House Community work during 2019. *Dates are now being arranged for Free Training in skills for work in ‘Food Safety’ also in ‘Health and Safety ‘and the training will take place in Limestone House thanks to funding from ‘Big Local’. If you are interested in this training call in or phone Limestone House to register your interest *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 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 Afternoon Teas are available at a very reasonable price in Limestone House, Creswell. Choose the day and time to bring your friends family/group and enjoy having your ‘ Homemade’ Afternoon Tea together. Celebrate a Birthday or any other Special occasion in the Memory Lane Café at Limestone House. GIFT VOUCHERS ARE AVAILABLE FOR AFTERNOON TEA *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. * Join the Limestone House 100 + Club. *The book ‘ Memories of Village Life in Creswell and Elmton’ is available for sale in Limestone House. The cost is £10 each. *Music lessons continue in Limestone House on Saturday and Sunday mornings and cost £2 for half an hour 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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Bassetlaw Hospice ready to move! The building and refurbishment work is now almost complete at Bassetlaw Hospice. The team of staff and volunteers are planning their return to the North Road site in Retford. Work included the addition of two bedrooms, overnight facilities for relatives and a spacious new day hospice layout. There is an additional therapy room, training room and upgraded staff, service and storage facilities. The whole building had been re-decorated with the installation of new lighting, heating and bathroom facilities. Ian Hall, from the charity, said: “It has certainly been a challenge for all concerned, however we are all looking forward to our return to the building. It is thanks to the ongoing support from the local community that we have been able to complete this project to provide facilities that will benefit local patients and their families now and in the future.”

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Citizens Advice Bassetlaw has seen over 100 debt clients from the end of December 2019 to the end of January 2020, who needed to seek advice for their debt concerns in January, including council tax arrears, credit card debt, rent arrears and unsecured loans. Analysis of national data over a 12-month period reveals that on a single day — 29th January 2019 — Citizens Advice offices helped 2,776 people. This is 24% above the daily average. In 2017 and 2018, the busiest day for debt advice fell on 31st January, with 2,762 and 2,775 clients seeking help respectively. This means over the past three years one person sought help from Citizens Advice every 10 seconds on their busiest days for debt advice. Karen Whitlam, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Bassetlaw, said: “Citizens Advice can offer free and independent advice and support to help you deal with your debts and get back on your feet.” To help people kick off 2020 on a stronger financial footing, Citizens Advice Bassetlaw is sharing its six top tips to help people get their finances in order for the new year:

The brilliant organ virtuoso Keith Hearnshaw will entertain his audience on the Makin Westmorland organ of The Crossing Church and Centre, Newcastle Street, Worksop S80 2AT at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st March. The programme includes light and serious classics. Tickets are £10.00 adults, £4.00 under-16s from the Welcome Desk, at the door or pre-order from 01909 475421 or info@musicatthecrossing. co.uk for payment on the night. See www.musicatthecrossing. co.uk for more details.

• Work out how much you owe — Make a list of whom you owe money to and add up how much you need to pay each month. • Prioritise your debts — Your rent or mortgage, energy and council tax are called priority debts as there can be serious consequences if you don’t pay them. These should always be paid first. Separate these and work out how much you owe. • Work out how much you can pay — Create a budget by adding up your essential living costs, such as food and housing, and taking these away from your income.

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their country over many years. World Day of Prayer is an international inter-church organisation which enables us to hear the thoughts of women from all parts of the world: their

Any money you have spare can be put towards your debts. Citizens Advice’s budgeting tool can help. • Paying urgent debts — You might have to contact priority creditors quickly in urgent situations, like if you are about to be evicted. Tell them you’re seeking debt advice so you can find a way forward. You could try to pay them something if you can afford to. • Paying non-urgent debts — If you have any money left after paying priority debts, consider getting a free debt-management plan. You’ll make one monthly payment to the plan provider, who will handle paying your creditors. Or contact your creditors and offer them what you can afford to pay. • If you can’t pay your debts — If you’ve got little or no money spare to pay your priority debts seek advice straight away. For information and advice, contact Citizens Advice Bassetlaw on 07808 770288 for debt enquiries only. For other enquiries call the Adviceline on 03444 111 444, available Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm. 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 Visit Citizens Advice Bassetlaw website www.bassetlawcab. org.uk or national Citizens Advice www.citizensadvice.org.uk. hopes, concerns and prayers. At St Joseph’s Church on Wingfield Avenue on Friday 6th March at 2.00pm people will gather from Worksop churches to celebrate the service prepared by the women of Zimbabwe. Do join them; everyone will be welcome.


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MOTORING

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First Drives: DS3 Crossback Tim Saunders swims through a sea of Gallic triangles “Ahhh, it’s as if the car’s greeting me,”

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Sustainable wedding ideas Chanel Hosfield on hosting an eco wedding without compromise that are seasonal and grown locally — its friendlier for the planet and your pocket. Find out if there is somewhere you could donate your flowers, or even just compost them after your wedding day. GUILT-FREE GIFTS Instead of relying on plastic favours wrapped in cellophane, consider sending your guests home with gifts that are more environmentally friendly. Packets of seeds really can be the gift that keeps on giving,

In all areas of our lives

we are now, rightly so, being encouraged to reduce waste and think about greener and more environmentally friendly approaches. While you’re planning your perfect day, don’t lose sight of these responsibilities. A quick search on the internet uncovers a huge number of ways you can host an eco-friendly wedding and just a few small changes can have a big impact. We’ve highlighted five ideas below. RESPONSIBLE RINGS Rather than just buying new why not go vintage with your wedding bands? You could find the perfect ring in a second-hand shop and you might even choose a family heirloom. A professional jewellery maker may be able to source more environmentally friendly stone for you, upcycle a piece of jewellery with sentimental value, or even set an existing stone into a new ring for you. SUSTAINABLE STATIONERY You don’t have to necessarily forego all paper in favour of electronic communications. The ease and speed of emails and electronic messaging make it a no brainer for many couples but the traditional hard copy save the

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date cards, invitations, menus etc are still big business. Look for companies that use recycled paper or are members of a carbon offsetting project. You could also create something totally unique by upcycling fabric or wood or simply avoid the extra which make it difficult to recycle — glitter, glue and embellishments. You might opt for a plant based paper — seed paper can be planted in the garden once finished with and your guests can grow wild flowers. FEASIBLE FLOWERS Freshly cut flowers have been used at weddings for years, but they are not the best for the environment. Talk to your florist about potted flowers — orchids make great table centrepieces, while a pot of herbs offer great smells and can even be taken home by guests after the event to plant in their gardens. If you are opting for cut flowers, try to source those

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Surrounded by friends & family Chanel Hosfield on breaking tradition to involve who you want in your big day Gone are the days when strict gender roles matter on your wedding day. Tradition is that the bride has a female wedding party of bridesmaids and the groom choose a best man, groomsmen and ushers, but surely what really matters is that you are surrounded by friends and family who are most important. MIX IT UP If the bride’s best friend is a man, or she is particularly close to her brother, tradition says that she should encourage her groom to choose him for a role in his wedding party. But why shouldn’t the bride have another man by her side as she celebrates getting married? Call him a bridesman, if there needs to be a name for it at all. Maybe a Groom’s Gal or Best Woman on the other side, if you would like to use titles.

DRESS CODE Again, traditionally the bridemaids wear the same colour dresses and the male party matching suits. You could still divide the dress code like this, with the ladies wearing matching dresses and the men matching suits no matter which ‘side’ they belong to. This is perfect if a couple shares a group of friends. If you’d like to identify which ‘side’ everybody belongs to, why not choose two distinct colours, but make them complementary so you all look like one cohesive group. Or throw out the rule book completely and ditch the formal

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out from the rack so I took a closer look and there was my dress, in my size. “Straight away I knew it was the dress I always wanted — a Grace Kelly dress. It was perfect. My mum didn’t cry when she saw me in the dress for the first wedding but she cried when she saw me in this. “She was convinced my dad would have loved it. I had the moment all over again and I could feel my dad there. “I’m so glad I found my dream dress and that it went to such a wonderful cause that’s close to our hearts.” Ruth’s second big day, consisting of a wedding blessing and celebration, came in January this year at Holy Trinity Church in Wentworth. Thanks to an incredible team effort from family, friends and loved ones, they managed to pull it all together on a shoestring budget. “I planned my wedding in the process of grieving and it was the hardest time for me, but

it also helped me heal and brought a lot of happiness along the way. “Our January wedding was everything I could have dreamed of and more. It was thanks to a real group effort that it even happened because after my dad died we were really struggling for money. “My friends and a lot of our family helped up so much organising fundraisers in honour of my dad for the hospice and for our wedding. Friends and even strangers helped us so much and we were so grateful.” Ruth, who works at Rotherham College as well as teaching singing at City Music School, Thurcroft and Your Music Academy in Mexbrough, is also a professional singer and actor. She made it through to the battle rounds of BBC’s The Voice in 2017 after being scouted for the show while at university. The classically trained soprano wowed judges with her unique take on contemporary pop hits. June Salthouse, manager of Bluebell Wood’s Rotherham shop, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Ruth found her dream dress and it helped bring her family a little bit of happiness after all they’d been though. “Every item of clothing we sell helps us support local children and families when they need it the most, so shopping here really does make a huge difference.” See www.bluebellwood. org for details of how you can shop with them.


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In January the North Notts Association of National Trust members once again welcomed their president, Dr David Bostwick, to give them one of his most entertaining and informative lectures, this one being on ‘The English Kitchen and Kitchen Garden 1550-1700’. His talk was illustrated with pictures taken from various old books and manuscripts and paintings, showing kitchens through this period and how they varied between the rich and the poor, and how their respective diets varied. We have all seen paintings of piles of meat, game and fish in large spacious kitchens with various types of cooking facilities such as open fires with spits and large cauldrons and all being worked in by numerous staff, all with specific jobs. There are still many examples of some of these grand kitchens with copper pans and cooking utensils beautifully displayed in such places as Gainsborough Old Hall, Bolsover Castle, Hardwick Hall and many others all quite easily accessible to us in this area. On the other side the poorer folk prepared food in one room usually serving as living room and bedroom as well, and cooking on an open fire and ate only porridge, grains and

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North Nottinghamshire Association of National Trust Members bread supplemented by whatever they could forage or trade. Pictures show the limited space and facilities and very little evidence of the meat and game enjoyed by the wealthy. It was only when explorers started discovering other lands and found other foodstuffs that vegetables came to our country and made an appearance on our tables. It then became important to find ways of growing our own and the kitchen garden became a big feature of large houses and those with land. Many examples of these walled gardens are still in evidence now and would have been able to grow fruits such as peaches, apricots and grapes against the high walls, and Orangeries grew citrus fruits. With clever planning, ways were found to grow many different vegetables and also herbs which became a way of enhancing flavours and making food more interesting and varied. The improved cooking facilities helped with more adventurous meals, and the more everyday vegetables which we enjoy today could all be grown

by anyone who had a small plot of land and were able to obtain seeds. The portraits, carvings, plasterwork and books which still survive from the 16th and 17th century illustrate this huge change and give us a very clear picture of the changes that helped to alter our cooking facilities and our eating habits. Dr Bostwick’s specialised knowledge and sometimes humorous delivery kept his audience enthralled and left wanting more. The meeting on 18th March is ‘The Pilgrim Fathers: Why did they all come here’ by Adrian Gray. The association meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm, with coffee or tea at 7.00pm, at The Crossing in Worksop. Attendance costs £3.00 for members and £4.00 for visitors, with membership costing £4.50. 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.

Friends of Bassetlaw Museum AGM

The Friends of Bassetlaw Museum will be holding their AGM on Tuesday 31st March. The event will take place at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford and will commence at 7.00pm. Following on from the very successful ‘Call my Museum Bluff’ which was held at last year’s AGM, Sam Glasswell, the curator, has devised another topic to interest and engage those present. Four characters from history will be present to promote their cause as to why they should remain in our historical memory. However, not all of them will

be successful — your vote will count. Sound interesting? Why not go along and see what all the fuss is about? Annual membership to the group is only £5.00 per adult, £3.00 under 18, or corporate membership at just £20.00. Remember, the museum covers the whole of Bassetlaw and members are welcome from outside the area as well. If you haven’t been to the museum it is well worth a visit and can be found at 40 Grove Street,

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some fantastic musical numbers, this is a great show to be part of, and here’s how! The society is launching information about the show and the audition process on Sunday 1st March at Worksop Miners’ Welfare at 7.00pm. The actual auditions will be held at the same venue on Sunday 15th March. If your talent is more in backstage work

Retford DN22 6LD. Membership forms can be obtained from the museum or downloaded from the website. Help to continue support of this fabulous facility by joining the Friends. The Friends organise events, publish a newsletter for members, enable access to funds for museum projects and contribute to the purchase and upkeep of items in the collection. Your membership would enable this vital support to continue.

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COMMUNITY

Worksop Library’s temporary premises are at Unit 19, Priory Shopping Centre, Bridge Place, Worksop (next door but one to Costa Coffee, opposite New Look). OPENING HOURS • Monday to Friday — 9.00am to 5.00pm • Saturday — 9.00am to 4.00pm • Sunday — 11.00am to 3.00pm SERVICES They are offering a full library lending service and public internet access is coming soon. Carlton-in-Lindrick Library will continue to operate extended opening hours until they can offer public internet access. CONTACT ask@inspireculture.org.uk 01623 677200 www.inspireculture.org.uk/worksop Facebook @InspireWorksopLibrary FOR UNDER FIVES Rattle, Rhyme and Roll Mondays, 10.30am to 11.00am (term time only) at the temporary premises Enjoy free rhyme times with your babies and toddlers and have fun together. Space is limited so arrive early to avoid disappointment. EVENTS The following events which were to have taken place at the library have been relocated to alternative venues FAMILY ACTIVITIES Adventures in Music Relocated to The Crossing Up to 27th March Free, ages two to five

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Booking advised Adventures in Music uses rhythm, music and movement to develop your child’s language skills, spark their imagination and build their confidence in exploring and making music. Each session has a different enchanting theme each week from pirates to fairies, a mermaid city to a monster mountain — go along to clap, stamp, shake, dance and sing! LIVE MUSIC Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries presents Chris Batchelor’s Zoetic Relocated to The Acorn Theatre Tuesday 17th March, 7.30pm £10.00, booking strongly advised Adults (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult) Award-winning composer and trumpet player Chris Batchelor presents his new ensemble Zoetic to Inspire Libraries as part of a UK tour. Zoetic sees Batchelor further honing and distilling the compositional approach he established in his writing for renowned ensembles Loose Tubes and Big Air. Batchelor’s distinctive compositions for Zoetic are the outcome of his long lasting immersion in London’s varied music scene, from East African guitar band grooves, to echoes of wistful European folk themes and sinuous lines reminiscent of Arabic music. EXHIBITION Spirit of Mayflower: Language of Sculpture Relocated to Creswell Crags 3rd March to 19th April 2020 marks 400 years since the Mayflower set sail for America with pilgrims from Nottinghamshire on board. Inspire Libraries have worked

Worksop Support Group for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice are holding a Tea Dance at Manton Sports Club, Retford Road, Worksop on 25th April from 1.00pm 4.00pm. Tickets cost £7.00, including refreshments. They will be entertained by Christopher Buttle and Lexie Joinson, both aged 12. They are a ballroom and Latin competitive dance couple who shot to fame in 2018 when they became live

with sculptor and artist Rachel Carter as she’s been tracing her Nottinghamshire ancestry and working on new art commissions inspired by the Mayflower story. Rachel has worked with adult and school groups in Nottinghamshire libraries to create a touring exhibition linked to her family history, the Mayflower story and her own work. The ‘Family Tree’ created for the exhibition using knotted macramé patterns stitched onto fabric is shown alongside family stories from the Mayflower travellers, and Rachel’s Nottinghamshire ancestry. WRITING WORKSHOP Accidental Memoir — The Story of You Relocated to The Crossing Saturday 14th March, 1.30pm to 3.30pm £10.00 (includes a copy of the book) Booking essential Go on a journey of self-discovery — from the origins of your family name to your earliest memories — with author Eve Makis and the innovative life-writing guide The Accidental Memoir. This fun and interactive session will help you tell your own story in imaginative ways. For all abilities. Eve Makis writes on trains, planes and automobiles waiting for her son to finish football practice. She’s the author of four novels, including The Spice Box Letters, an award-winning screenplay and a non-fiction book on life writing, The Accidental Memoir (Harper Collins). Her books have been translated into eight languages. She’s a part-time tutor on the MA in Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University. Tickets for events can be booked online at www.inspireculture.org.uk or via Ask Inspire by calling 01623 677200. semi-finalists on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Since then they have continued to gain many dance titles. More recently they launched their very own project called #Sensorysuperstars and their mission is to open sensory rooms for children with additional needs in mainstream schools across the UK. They have just opened the first one in Rotherham. Tickets are available by calling 01909 478533.


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LIFESTYLE

Fashion’s gone dotty Sue Burton on the return of the polka dot pattern SOPHISTICATION Polka dots are a great way to incorporate prints into your workwear, especially with a structured pencil skirt. Try pairing with something solid and simple, or for a more glamourous feel, pop on a floaty blouse. Tip: Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work — this will keep it toned-down and professional. FEMININE Polka dots are very girly, so take it one step further to the feminine side with charming details such as bows or ruffles. Tip: Want to balance your bold and girly sides? Try jeans in a looser fit with flat pumps. STATEMENT If you decide to make a bold statement, such as a dot-printed dress, keep the rest of your look simple. Just pair with a simple jacket and easy accessories. Tip: If you prefer a retro-look, opt for flat pumps.

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dots? They’re playful, whimsical, and downright chic. The word ‘polka’ itself derives from the Polish for ‘Polish woman’ — in Czech, it translates to ‘little woman or girl’. Which makes sense, given the polka dot’s inherently feminine image. The love affair with polka dots began in 1926 when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly afterwards, Disney introduced its cartoon Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini and a few years later the release of a hit song, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in vogue. Christian Dior used polka dots in

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SWINGING Pay homage to polka dots’ retro roots by wearing them on a swing skirt silhouette. Take this as an opportunity to mix and match prints — just remember to stay in a similar colour palette, for example a classic white and navy. Tip: a collection, in what was reported to If your polka dots are big and bold, be a “direct, unblushing plan to make choose a top with smaller stripes. women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. It worked, STYLING as the polka dot dress was Dior’s Combine a polka dot skirt or dress best-selling piece in the 1950s and with flat shoes during the day or opt Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth for heels in the evening. For a more Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe elegant look, wear a pair of tailored loved the print. Who can forget Julia trousers with a polka dot shirt. Roberts as Vivienne in Pretty Woman, There are certain prints that come attending the races in a polka dot and go and prints that stand the test dress and matching hat? It may have of time. Polka dots most certainly fall been many years ago, but it feels under the latter category. Indeed, most as relevant today as it did then. seasons you’ll find this darling dotty Today we can choose polka dot in pattern at some point or another. Are a variety of colours and styles from you ready to rock this timeless print? black and white, delicate pastel colours, electric blue or red tones. Polka dots are Sue Burton popping up everywhere, Award-winning Stylist and Image Consultant from skirts and dresses www.colourstyleanalysis.com to tops and accessories.


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meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in Whitwell Community Centre. All are welcome. The programme for March is: • 3rd March — Who Do You Think You Are? — Geoff and Sue Walker • 10th March — The Karen Of Burma — Carol Brooks • 17th March — My Derbyshire Life — Ashley Franklin • 24th March — North Yorkshire Moors and Whitby — Andy Firth • 31st March — The work of the Chesterfield Canal Trust — John Lever The January talks started on familiar ground as Geoff Walker again took the group exploring the Scottish Isles with his wife and two dogs (McTilly and McPoppy). Stephen Gay was closer to home as he took members on a rail journey from Retford that will ultimately get them to Cleethorpes. David Skillen introduced members to the playboy lives of the Bentley Boys in the 1920s and 30s, showing the exotic, and expensive hobby that motor racing has always been. The month was rounded off by Norman Trott giving a plotted history of the unification and rise of the Italian Republic and a reminder that the Machiavellian thinking that ‘the ends justifies the means’ is still as much alive in world politics today as it was then.

People in Bassetlaw will benefit from an exciting new pilot project of a mental health ‘crisis café’ #MentalHealthy, following recent funding from NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). #MentalHealthy has been set up in partnership with Mind Nottinghamshire and Talkzone, and this new venture started on Monday 3rd February. This community-based project will be trialled for 12 weeks to offer a drop-in service to support individuals to reduce any immediate crisis they may have, signpost them to local services, and develop a safety plan to improve their resilience to cope at difficult times. Mind Nottinghamshire will run three café sessions per week at The Crossing Centre on Newcastle Street in Worksop on Monday, Wednesday, 68 March 2020

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The 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’ lecture-style meetings. You will be very welcome. They meet monthly on the first Wednesday of the month (except for summer and winter breaks) and have two extra special interest days. They also have trips out to places of interest, a magazine and a holiday for members. The next lecture, on Wednesday 4th March, is about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera, who both have iconic status in Mexico. The speaker is Chloe Sayer. Rivera’s intricate visual narratives, rich with allegory and symbolism, adorn the walls of many public buildings. Inspired by early Italian fresco painting, his vast murals combine social criticism with faith in human progress. Kahlo’s work, unlike Rivera’s, is small in format. Arguably Mexico’s most original painter, she made herself the principal theme for her art, reflecting her own experiences and dreams. This lecture surveys the work of both artists; it also chronicles their turbulent marriage and Mexico’s history after the 1910 revolution. Their next lecture, on Wednesday 1st April, is about John Ruskin’s passion for art, craft and social justice. The speaker is Simon Seligman.

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. Visitors are very welcome to the meetings, at a cost of £6.00 per lecture. Free car parking is available. They have a special interest day coming up on Thursday 26th March, on ‘18th and 19th Century Theatre’. The speaker is Giles Ramsey. On these days, members and guests listen to three lectures, giving the speaker the opportunity to explain the subject matter in a lot more detail. This series of talks takes them on a journey from the Restoration drama of Charles II and the emergence of the first English actresses, through the rise of great actor-managers such as David Garrick in the 1700s, up to the perfection of the English comedy of manners with Oscar Wilde’s ‘The importance of being Ernest’ in 1895. They meet at 10.30am, with the first lecture starting at 11.00am and finishing around 3.00pm. Tickets are £28.00. Lunch is not included. 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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and Friday evenings during the hours of 5.00pm to 9.00pm. The late-night cafés will be a ‘mental healthy safe space’ offering support to Bassetlaw people if they find themselves with nowhere else to turn if other services are closed. It will work on a drop-in basis where adults are invited to head along, find a safe space, and get help from mental health professionals without the need for an appointment. Catherine Huby, Head of Urgent and Emergency Care for NHS Bassetlaw CCG said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to test out this new service in the community for the people of Bassetlaw, provide support for people in crisis, and to help reduce social isolation.

“We hope that people at the point of an emerging mental health crisis will contact or come to the #MentalHealthy Café as an alternative to calling 999 or attending A&E. “The NHS Long Term Plan has reiterated the ambition of the NHS to meet the needs of people who require help when they experience mental ill health. As a CCG we continue to look at opportunities to further improve on the services available to people, and to offer different ways to access services. We know that one size does not fit all.” For more information search ‘Better in Bassetlaw’ on Google or join in on the conversation using #BetterInBassetlaw and #MentalHealthy.


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Morgan bounces back

After undergoing spinal fusion surgery last year, aspiring performer Morgan from Worksop is bouncing back. Morgan´s story is about the ongoing physical and emotional recovery and the resilience and determination of a teenage girl, passionate about a career in musical theatre. Morgan is an inspiration to all that when life knocks you down, it is possible to come back even stronger, in Morgan’s case with two titanium rods and 13 screws in her back! Here is her story:

“In December 2017, I was diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and was told I had a 52 degree spinal curve, my right shoulder was higher than my left and my right shoulder blade was prominent. These symptoms became more noticeable over time and clothes didn´t always fit me very well. Throughout 2018 I was monitored regularly and by November surgery was the only option because my curve had increased by 5 degrees. I was absolutely devastated, my ambition is a career in performing arts, especially musical theatre, and I knew that working towards my dream would have to stop for a while. 70 March 2020

However, my parents and I agreed it was the best option for the future. In December 2018 after an MRI scan, I was referred to a neurosurgeon and was told that I had a Chiari 1 Malformation and before my spinal fusion I needed decompression surgery, which meant removing 2cm of bone from the base of my skull. This was a complete shock to us all as I had no symptoms. From March onwards I was busy with school and dance and even competed a few days before I was admitted to hospital on the 5th June. I was only in hospital for four days but due to cerebrospinal fluid leakage, I returned

to hospital twice, the final time I was in theatre for a lumbar puncture and more stitches. At home I recovered slowly and gradually life settled down, although it was far from ‘normal’ for me as I was unable to carry on with all the performing arts classes to the same extent as previously. In August, there were more hospital appointments and the date for spinal fusion was arranged for 1st October. Pre-op my curve had increased to 65 degrees but is now 21 degrees with the help of two titanium rods, 13 screws and re-spacing of my ribcage and I have a 12” scar which is healing well. I am 2cm taller and the imbalance in my shoulders has been corrected so I am almost symmetrical. I am still in recovery and have pain in my shoulder blades and numbness in my back due to the extent of the spinal surgery, I also suffer with headaches which I never had prior to the decompression surgery but I have been told everything should settle down in time. To find out more about my journey, please have a look at the blog written by my mum www.it-is-what-it-is.co.uk. It has taken a long time to feel able to talk about my story but now I want to raise more awareness about Chiari 1 Malformation and Scoliosis. I am therefore trying to raise funds for the charities close to my heart, please see my Just Giving page www.justgiving. com/crowdfunding/morgan-elshaw. Finally, I entered a UK Miss Galaxy pageant competition (www. galaxypageantsuk.com) and I am through to the final! The ethos of the competition is about accepting who you are and being yourself, so I am looking to raise more awareness. I will compete against other contestants around my age from all over the UK. I am proud to be Miss Teen Nottinghamshire Galaxy. I am also a semi-finalist for Miss Teen Great Britain 2020 which takes place later this year.” Thank you for reading my story. Not perfect, just Morgan! Xx


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Sea Cadets celebrate 75th anniversary Worksop Sea Cadet Unit will be celebrating its 75th birthday in style on 23rd March, marking the occasion with a Rededication Ceremony at their Unit HQ on Gateford Road. Since 1945 the unit has given thousands of young people in the local area a great head start in life through nautical adventure and fun, all based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. Worksop Sea Cadet Unit will celebrate its 75th anniversary by hosting a variety

of functions and events throughout the year including social gatherings and sponsored activities. In May the ship’s company will aim to collectively row 75 miles; which is the equal distance between Worksop and Northampton. The Commanding Officer, Chief Petty Officer Lyndsey Sanderson, said: “We have had another fantastic year. To be able to celebrate our 75th birthday is testament to all those that have helped shape the unit to what it is now. Officers and volunteers past

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GARDENS

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Grow tomatoes in a warm, sunny spot in your garden, or better still in a greenhouse or frame. It’s often better value (and a lot easier) to buy some small gardenready plants. Greenhouse and outdoor varieties are available so check catalogues or labels to make sure you choose correctly. Cucumbers are best grown from plants, and in the garden ‘ridge’ cucumbers are best as they perform better outside. If time is short then vegetable plants are a great choice for most crops. Send off for them now and avoid timeconsuming potting on and pricking out. Why not share with friends and save cash if the packs come in quantities

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An annual fiesta I’ve always loved an annual.

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Worksop Architectural & Local History Society January’s meeting of Worksop

Architectural and Local History Society (WALHS) was one of the most popular of the year, this being ‘Old Worksop Evening’ when members shared slides and photographs of Worksop and the surrounding area in days gone by. Some were taken by professional photographers in the area at that time, a great number by the society’s late president Michael Jackson and some by unknown amateur photographers but all were equally interesting. Some were untitled and created a lot of interest and guesswork as to what they were and where they were taken. These particular photos were taken mostly in the 1960s (although some a lot earlier) when the local council, in their wisdom, decided to raze some beautiful old buildings to the ground

rather than try to restore them, and these were replaced by more so called modern edifices. Also, a great number of them showed the old malting and brewery buildings in Worksop in various stages of disrepair or demolition and some showed the ruins as a result of fires which were very common in such buildings. Worksop had many maltings all around the town and many will remember those alongside the canal and railway lines and in Potter Street, Eastgate, Priorswell Road and many others. In some cases there is still strong evidence of these, especially the Stones/Worksop and Retford Brewery one on Kilton Road. An 1860 map of Worksop shows 29 buildings as maltkins at that time. Other photos showed the old Marecroft area before demolition, the

Upping The Game help the homeless Upping The Game is, a local initiative to help offer a hot, nutritious, hearty meal to the homeless of Bassetlaw and those in genuine food poverty. They have provided regular street kitchens during the winter. Upping The Game founder Jonathan Davis enlisted the help of Victoria Brooks, the Community Champion for Morrisons Worksop and Retford, who very kindly offered to provide the crock-pot, table, water heater and also provide hygiene packs and fruit for every street kitchen. Morrisons really have been a huge help, they offered the use of their facilities to cook the food and the team of volunteers then head out to whichever location they’re operating from, set up the generator and keep the food piping hot all night. The group were then contacted by

The Country Food Trust, a national charity that provides over 100,000 meals a year across the UK. These meals come pre packed and simply need heating. As they have a shelf life of a year at ambient temperature, they’re ideal for storing without refrigeration. The overwhelming support from the local community has been humbling. They often get people stopping to ask who they are, then stay for a tea or coffee and always leave a donation. It sometimes turns in to a bit of a community ‘get together’! Upping The Game have one simple mission, to help support the homeless and local people who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Their street kitchens are discreet, they don’t ask questions or judge on individual circumstances.

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Canch baths, areas in Bridge Street, Bridge Place and Potter Street — all of which stirred old memories and created discussion between members. February’s meeting on Thursday 27th covers the subject of the network of tunnels under Worksop, particularly Bridge Street. On 26th March, at the Station Hotel commencing at 7.30pm, the subject of maltkins continues in a talk by John Stocks entitled ‘History of the Worksop and Retford Brewery — Part 2’, which should be equally interesting. Meetings are always on the fourth Thursday of the month and are open to non-members on payment of £3.00. Visitors are always welcome, but membership is only £6.00 for the year and then payment on the door will be £2.00. More information can be found online, by searching WALHS. However, they always give their time to listen and help provide a pathway to help should they be asked. This is a purely voluntary service with no external funding. They rely on the help and generosity of locals and local businesses. If anyone would like to donate, you can do so at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ upping-the-game-street-kitchen. Every penny raised goes towards ensuring they can continue to deliver this service across Bassetlaw and North Nottinghamshire. They’re currently in the process of widening our reach to include Rotherham, Mansfield, Sheffield and Lincoln and an ambition to roll this out nationwide. If anyone would like to help, please do contact them on their social media — Facebook: ‘Upping The Game’, Twitter: @Upping_TheGame — or drop them an email at Uppingthegame@gmx.com. tickets are limited but still available from choir members at £18.00 in the front nave, £15.00 in the rear nave and £10.00 in the side aisles. Three choirs will be performing together with an orchestra in the beautiful setting of Southwell Minster. This is a great choral work to look forward to.


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Worksop Town FC faces closure Worksop Town FC, the world’s fourth oldest football club, is facing potential closure due to outstanding debts. As a result, Life President, Mr Keith Ilett, who has been actively involved with the club since 1970, has approached Mr Peter Whitehead, who owns the lease to Sandy Lane football ground, to ask if he would kindly take over the club as chairman. Mr Whitehead has said that he will do so, provided that the club can raise £30,000 by the end of February to help pay off debts. Mr Ilett is now hoping that he can find 300 Tigers supporters, local people, local businesses, and members of the larger football family, to help finance the agreed sum by paying £100 each into a Worksop Town FC President’s Fund. Last season, The Tigers won their first league title in 46 years, set a new club record of 22 successive wins, and attracted a crowd of 1,628 against Northern Counties Premier League promotion rivals, Penistone Church, to achieve promotion back to the Northern Premier League. “I appreciate we have been here many times before, but sadly we have now reached another crisis point in the club’s history,” Mr Ilett said.

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Worksop Rotary Club Ken Thompson received

the president’s baton in July 2019, taking over from Maureen Lilley, the first lady president at the Rotary Club of Worksop. A very enjoyable barbecue was hosted by Ken on 21st July to raise funds and a theatre trip took members to Averham for a pleasant evening with Noel Coward. A collection took place at Morrisons on 17th August, raising funds for eco greenhouses for local primary schools. There have been several evenings with interesting speakers over the past six months on topics ranging from ‘Brand Names’, ‘The Battle of Hatfield’, ‘The Pilgrim Fathers’, ‘Pinkerton’s Detective Agency’, ‘William Booth’, ‘The D Day Landing’ and ‘The History of the Music Hall’. November was a busy month, with the club planting daffodil bulbs along Ashes Park Road and taking part in the Priory Christmas Tree Festival. The club’s first collection at Tesco was for the Worksop Flood Relief Fund and two further

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After five choir rehearsal sessions, last year’s hugely successful Christmas concert seems like a distant memory. We’ve had five new members join The Musicality Singers — a mix of tenors, altos and sopranos — and very welcome they are. We’re still going from strength to strength. I’ll put in my usual plea for more basses, though — so, if there’s anyone out there who thinks they might be a bass: you’d be very welcome, too. So far, we’ve been finessing a couple of pieces from last year and learning two new pieces. These new arrangements are quite different from each other. (I guess that’s not so surprising, given that we’re not a choir that does the same old, same old, all the time.) One piece is the

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collections took place on 6th and 12th December, raising £1,500 in total which will be match funded December activities included: • The club’s annual Christmas party with a general knowledge quiz presented by Ken. • Collections took place at Morrisons on 13th, 16th and 23rd December and £1,200 was raised for local charities. • Several Rotarians descended

on St Anne’s Primary School and helped the children to plant 5,000 purple crocuses bulbs in recognition of End Polio Now. Sadly, in December the club said goodbye to their good friend Jean Brunt who died suddenly after a serious fall. She will be sorely missed. Please check the club out on Facebook — www.facebook. com/WorksopRotary.

The Musicality Singers’ plans for 2020 1980s Flying Pickets hit ‘Only You’. It was one of my favourite songs in the 80s. My wife and I even went to see the group perform live. Working on it now is proving a bit of a challenge for me, but I can tell that it will sound brilliant. The other piece is an old folk song, ‘The Miller of Dee’. I confess that I’m not really a folk fan, but I’m enjoying this more than I expected to. There is more new material in the pipeline, of course, as we bid to overhaul, rebuild and expand our repertoire. I have no idea what’s in store, but I can guarantee there will be lots of variety. We’ve also been planning events for the rest of the year. There are a number of performances either agreed or in the pipeline.

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enthusiasm and often the cotton bag itself is equally treasured as much as the contents inside. The club are now planning their main fundraiser, which is their annual Sunday Lunch to be held in Clarborough Village Hall on Sunday 15th March. This will raise funds equally for their two main charities which are Medical Detection Dogs and the British Disabled Water Ski and Wakeboard Association. Both are very worthy charities. One club member recently came across a working Detection Dog at Blyth motorway services. The lady whose dog it was told how her life had changed since having the dog to help her manage severe diabetes. The dog had brought freedom and confidence to her in going out and about and living normally. The

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust local group talks ‘Plastic Can’t Live With It; Can’t

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County Council approves £630,000 expansion of St Luke’s Primary School Nottinghamshire County Council is investing £630,000

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Disabled Water Ski and Wakeboard Association supported one of the club’s younger members, allowing her to take part in something she never thought she would be able to do. She suffers from Transverse Myelitis, a very rare disease which has affected the lower part of her body. Both these charities touch lives in a special way. Finally, watch this space for more details! One of the club’s members, Susan Rhodes, will take part in the Moon Walk in London on 16th May. She has watched a number of friends battle breast cancer and has chosen to celebrate a special birthday by doing this walk to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now. She will need lots of sponsors so please offer your support through the club’s website. New members always welcome. Email retfordinnerwheel@gmail.com. others about plastic use and ensure that you are doing the best you can. This meeting will be held in the Rural Learning Centre at the Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ on Thursday 12th March. The meeting starts at 7.30pm. Admission costs £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. Young People’s Committee Chairman said: “Our community is growing, and it is important that we have enough school places to cater for all the children in Nottinghamshire. “I’m pleased to confirm that the planned expansion of St Luke’s will go ahead, which will help to ensure we can provide places for parents in this area. This is a good school, with an excellent team of teachers, and I’m confident it will provide a great education for local children. “We want all children in Nottinghamshire to attend good schools where they can achieve their potential, and this expansion will support that.”


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Limestone House Studios..........................................30

CLEANING SERVICES

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Professional Cleaning Services..................................17 Steve’s Carpet Cleaning...............................................15 Chimney Sweep GW Chimney Services..................................................15 Oven Cleaning Oven Butler......................................................................29 Pressure Washing Extreme Power Clean...................................................80

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES

Clothing Suits Marie.......................................................................45 Jewellery & Watches Castle Jewellers..............................................................49

COACH TOURS & HOLIDAYS

CW Moxon........................................................................21 Johnson Brothers Tours...............................................27 Kettlewells........................................................................89

COMPUTER REPAIRS & SERVICING

Chris Guest Computing................................................39

ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES FOR SALE

Bartrop & Dilks................................................................90 Jones Homes — Gateford Park.....................................2 Walker Homes — Dormer Woods................................3

FAMILY DAYS OUT, ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS

Acorn Theatre..................................................................23 North Notts Community Arena.....................................7 Notts Farmers Markets...............................................33

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Accountancy Services Integra................................................................................69

FLORIST

Bo Kay Florists......................................................11 & 51

FUNERAL & END OF LIFE SERVICES

Funeral Directors Robert Priest Funeral Services.................................57 Turner & Wilson Whitwell.............................................89 Memorials Robert Priest Funeral Services.................................57

GARDEN CENTRE & COUNTRY STORE

Hall Farm Wild Bird Food Supplies...........................37 Windmill View Plant Centre.........................................75

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Life Design & Print.........................................................26

HEALTH & WELLBEING

Chiropody Bassetlaw Foothealth Practitioner..........................57 Foot Health Bassetlaw Foothealth Practitioner..........................57 Sole Comfort....................................................................65 Worksop Mobile Foot Clinic........................................69 Hypnotherapy Worksop Hypnotherapy...............................................31 Mobility Aids & Scooters Eco Scooters...................................................................35 Out N About Mobility.....................................................69 Phoenix Mobility.............................................................65 Opticians Young Optical Ltd...........................................................24 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy.................................................65 Larwood Physiotherapy Clinic....................................91 Weight Loss Lighterlife..........................................................................23 Slimming World...............................................................44

HOME EXTERIOR

Aerial Installation & Repairs Aerial and Satellite Specialists..................................33 Architectural Design & Surveying AKH Construction Services.........................................17 Building & Construction Services A Marshall Building & Roofing...................................57

94 March 2020

CT Builders.......................................................................80 Hammond Property Services....................................61 Jack Gray General Builder...........................................27 James Wright Builders & Landscapes....................79 P Talbot Builders.............................................................31 Building & Landscaping Supplies Gibbs & Dandy................................................................58 Worksop Timber.............................................................75 Conservatory Roof Conversions 4 Counties Home Improvements.............................72 Right Conservatory Roof Conversions....................67 Drives, Patios & Pathways Bespoke Landscape Solutions................................. 76 Clowne Landscaping....................................................79 James Wright Builders & Landscapes....................79 RCS Surfacing & Groundworks.................................77 Fencing Clowne Landscaping....................................................79 DS Maintenance & Cleaning Services....................54 James Wright Builders & Landscapes....................79 Gates & Railings Ironcraft Designs............................................................40 Garage Doors Garolla Roller Shutter Doors......................................43 JB Doors............................................................................ 41 Gardening, Tree & Landscaping Services Bassetlaw District Council - Garden Waste...........77 Bespoke Landscape Solutions................................. 76 DS Maintenance & Cleaning Services....................55 Greethumb.......................................................................81 H & W Tree Surgery/Arboricultural Specialists.....77 RFD - Garden Maintenance........................................79 Trent Valley Horticulture...............................................77 Handyman Service The Handyman...............................................................31 Hot Tub & Spa Sales & Accessories Season Spas...................................................................73 Property Maintenance DS Maintenance & Cleaning Services....................55 Roofing Services A Marshall Building & Roofing...................................57 C&C Fibreglass...............................................................80 DS Maintenance & Cleaning Services....................55 James Wright Builders & Landscapes....................79 Scaffolding A Craft Scaffolding.........................................................67 Sheds & Garden Buildings Clowne Landscaping....................................................79 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Charm Windows.............................................................93 Countywide Homecare................................................91 Dickson Windows.............................................................1 G & M Tomlinson Double Glazing.............................40 M&M Glazing......................................................................5 Retford Glass..................................................................25 We Fit Windows, Doors & Conservatories.............21 Window Repair Services..............................................54

HOME INTERIORS

Bathroom AHM Installations...........................................................57 Bubbles Showers & Bathrooms...............................19 CSW Bathrooms & Wet Room Specialists............55 Venus Bathrooms & Kitchen Studio........................85 Bedroom DC Interiors.......................................................................17 Peak Mouldings Fireplace & Bedroom Centre....39 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Regency Blinds...............................................................15 RS Blinds............................................................................17 STA Home Furnishings.................................................59 Carpets & Flooring Priory Carpets & Beds..................................................93 Timber Floor Studios.....................................................96 Victoria Carpets..............................................................59 United Carpets & Beds................................................60 Domestic Appliance Repairs Domestic Appliance Repairs......................................31 Matt Gee...........................................................................15 The Washer Man............................................................21 Electrical Services & Supplies D Lewis Electrical...........................................................86 Danlec Electrical Solutions.........................................18 Fox Electrical Contractors...........................................21 Lindrick Electrical...........................................................31 Furniture & Homeware Priory Carpets & Beds..................................................93 The Furniture Project....................................................15

Joinery Services DMF Joinery.....................................................................80 Richdon Joinery..............................................................19 Kitchen DC Interiors.......................................................................17 Direct Factory Kitchens...............................................63 Dream Doors...................................................................33 Venus Bathroom & Kitchen Studio..........................85 Loft Ladders More Than Loft Ladders..............................................39 Painting & Decorating Services Brooke - Bridge................................................................17 J Bradley Decorators.....................................................15 Lee Barnes.......................................................................86 Plastering & Damp Proof Services D West Plastering & Damp Proofing Services......40 Gray’s Plastering & Damp Proofing..........................25 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services David Godley Plumbing & Heating...........................18 Durham’s Heating Services........................................ 76 Eco-Tech Heating & Plumbing...................................37 JRC Plmlumbing.............................................................84 NP Plumbing....................................................................54 Plumbing & Heating Solutions 1...............................57 Richard Steer Plumbing & Heating..........................61 S Oldfield Plumbing & Heating..................................25 Worksop Plumbing Services......................................39 Stoves & Fireplaces Classic Choice Surrounds...........................................27 Harworth Heating Ltd...................................................55 Peak Mouldings Fireplace & Bedroom Centre....39

HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PUBS & EATERIES

Best Western Plus Aston Hall Hotel...............49 & 71 Clumber Park Muthu Hotel & Spa............................ 51 Hellaby Hall Hotel.................................................13 & 51 Launay’s............................................................................53 Spencer’s on the Square.............................................29 Styrrup Hall Golf & Country Club...............................11 The Markham Moor Inn...............................................91 The Royal Oak.................................................................89 The Three Legged Stool...............................................11 West Retford Hotel........................................................52 W & M Wright Retail & Caterers................................ 51

LEAFLET DISTRIBUTION

Life Distribution..............................................................66

MOTOR VEHICLE

Servicing, Repairs & Parts Fab 4x4..............................................................................43 Welbeck Service Station............................................. 41

PEST CONTROL

Buzz Off Pest Solutions................................................80

PETS

Cat Sitting Precious Paws Dog Walking & Cat Sitting..............55 Dog Grooming Sarah Moore Mobile Dog Grooming........................55 Dog Walking Precious Paws Dog Walking & Cat Sitting..............55 Smart Dogs......................................................................54 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery...........................54

PHOTOGRAPHER

Martin George Photography.......................................48

PRINTING SERVICES

Life Design & Print.........................................................26

PRIVATE VENUE HIRE

Kilton Forest Golf Course.............................................47 Worksop Masonic Hall..................................................47

RECRUITMENT

DDC Outsourcing Solutions...........................................9 First Class Tailored Solutions.....................................29

REMOVAL & STORAGE SERVICES

Jay’s Removals...............................................................43

SCHOOLS, FURTHER EDUCATION & TUITION

Mount St Mary’s College.............................................73 Music Tuition Michael’s Music Studio................................................11

SECOND-HAND — BOUGHT & SOLD

Andy Wilkinson Records..............................................43

SOLICITORS & LEGAL SERVICES Jones & Co................................................................87 Olive Tree Law..........................................................61 TAXI SERVICE & PRIVATE HIRE

GDB Travel.........................................................................47

WEDDINGS Celebration Elevation.............................................49


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