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Welcome to the September edition of Worksop Life magazine. The ‘ber months are here and, in some ways, September doesn’t seem to have much to offer — the children are back to school and the days are becoming cooler and shorter. But there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to — the autumn colours, winter cooking, cosy nights in front of the television. This summer I’ve enjoyed a holiday and days out with the family and in my challenge to do something for myself I bought a book and I read it too. But now, I’m ready for the return of routine. I’ve written in the magazines before about the fact I see September as the start of my new year and this time around it’s no different. It’s the first page of my new exercise book and the possibilities are endless.

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This edition includes our annual Learning Throughout Life feature, showcasing some of our local schools and colleges — make a note of their open events, when you can find out more about studying with them. Our Life Weddings guide offers inspiration for planning your big day and this month we also preview what’s happening at this year’s Festival of Food and Drink at Clumber Park. Our community pages are full to bursting this month and include the fantastic news that The Canch has been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award for the sixth year running (pictured above). Discover more community news and local events at www.worksoplife.com. Have a super September.

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HIStOrY

The history of the Harvest Festival around the time of the full Moon, known as the Harvest Moon. Harvest festivals are closely associated with the church, but actually date back to Pagan times. It was 1843 before the Church became involved. The Reverend Robert Hawker invited members of his parish to a service of harvest thanksgiving at his Cornish church. The practice spread rapidly and led to the custom of decorating churches with harvest produce. THE STORY OF JOHN BARLEYCORN You may never have heard of him, but John Barleycorn is a character in a medieval folksong. He represents barley, the most important cereal crop of the harvest, and also the alcoholic beverages beer and whisky which were made from it. In the song John Barleycorn suffers attacks, indignities and death which correspond to the various stages of the harvest such as reaping and malting. It begins…

Sarah Davey looks back a centuries-old tradition Take a look at a modern harvest festival and you’ll no doubt see many ‘urban’ offerings of pre-packed cakes and tins of sweet corn. It’s so easy to pop down to the supermarket these days we forget that until relatively recently in this country, people’s lives depended upon the success or failure of their crops. Harvest festivals were a way to say thank you for a good harvest while trying to guarantee the fortune of the next one. Saxon farmers offered the first cut 8 September 2019

sheaf of corn to the gods of fertility in order to please them and ensure they were kind the following year. The last sheaf was used to make a Kern baby; a doll, dressed in white and trimmed with coloured ribbons to represent spring. Most peasants were tenant farmers who farmed for a landowner. Harvest time meant weeks of back-breaking work, so it became a tradition for the landowner to host a harvest supper as a thank you to the whole community once the harvest was brought home safely. There was no set date, but the celebrations generally took place

There was three kings into the east, Three kings both great and high, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn should die. They took a plough and plouh’d him down, Put clods upon his head, And they hae sworn a solemn oath, John Barleycorn was dead. The song has many verses and poor old John Barleycorn suffers dreadfully throughout, particularly when he’s ground between the milling stones! But the story has a neat twist as our hero, who’s finally turned to alcohol, wreaks his revenge on everyone who drank him so merrily, and they suffer for their sins the following morning with gargantuan hangovers! It is a mark of how important the harvest was that there are more versions of this song than any other in the English language!


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LIFeStYLe

Are you tired all the time?

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and wake time, and avoid napping. If you struggle to drop off try a soak in a warm bath before you go to bed because this will make you feel calm, and the drop in body temperature when you exit the bath fools the body to start to prepare for sleep. Reduce your stress levels by scheduling relaxation time into your day. This could be something as simple as listening to your favourite music or meeting friends for a chat. A good diet also plays a role in increasing your energy levels. Try eating small snacks throughout the day, rather than one large meal in the evening. Avoid alcohol and drink more water. Cutting caffeine will also help but cut down gradually to minimise the risk of headaches. Finally, a little light exercise is another proven way to fight fatigue. Even a quick 15-minute walk around the block will give boost your energy.


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COmmUNItY

Young Nottinghamshire artists to take part in new exhibition at The Harley Gallery Young artists are to see

their work exhibited amongst rare treasures and the art of Old Masters when Nottinghamshire’s historic Portland Collection reopens on Saturday 14th September. After taking part in a unique literacy and art project, the children have created an exhibition, which will be unveiled in The Harley Gallery on the ducal Welbeck Estate, near Worksop. The project — a collaboration between Nottinghamshire County Council and The Harley Gallery — was designed specifically to help vulnerable children and has already received acclaim when it came under the spotlight during last month’s UK Literacy Association International Conference. As part of the project, the 26 children, aged between five and 11, were given the chance to study miniature portraits that form part of a collection built up over centuries by the Dukes of Portland at Welbeck. Dr Petula Bhojwani and Craig Wilkie, from Nottinghamshire County Council, worked with the children to help them create their own artwork, stories and digital apps inspired by the portraits. The children’s exhibition is apt as The Harley Gallery and The Portland Collection are funded by The Harley Foundation, which was created in 1978 by Ivy, Duchess of Portland, specifically to create spaces where the imagination can flourish. As a charitable trust, it works to encourage the enjoyment of the visual arts and to celebrate the handmade. The Trustees of the Harley Foundation have been overwhelmed by the extraordinary success of the storytelling project. William Parente, Chair of the Trustees, said: “In a long career in the arts and education I don’t think I have come across anything quite so imaginative, so admirable, so successful. The engagement of the children in their stories was quite remarkable, and the creativity and diversity of those stories wonderful to behold.” 12 September 2019

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FOOD & DrINK

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— the right window treatment can make or break a room. We look at how to choose the best option for your home. While maintaining privacy and blocking early-morning light may be their primary functions, window treatments are also a key part of an interior design scheme, adding colour, pattern, texture and an essential element of sophistication. They can also correct a badly proportioned window, disguise an unattractive view, filter bright light and provide a visual link between inside and out. But where should one start? While aesthetics are important, practicality should come first. Is the window overlooked? What does it look onto? Is it an unusual size or shape?

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Is there room for curtains to ‘stack back’ on each side? What is below the window? Is complete blackout in the room necessary? Does the window treatment need to be splash-proof? Once you have considered all the basics, think about the overall style of your home and what else is in the room, and start to narrow down the options. CURTAINS When choosing curtains, the colour, pattern and weight of the fabric are the important factors, as is the style of hanging. Generally, grander curtains tend to suit larger, period rooms (pelmets, swags and tails may also be an option in this case), while simple curtains are more suited to modern properties. Check the heading, as this

determines the way the curtain will hang: usually, a tape sewn to the top of the fabric is pulled to form either loose gathers or more formal pleats, and is hooked onto curtain rings. Other styles include tab, tie, eyelet or hemmed tops, which look decorative but can sometimes be harder to draw. Curtain poles are designed to be on show and come in a variety of materials, with finials at each end that are either simple or ornamental. Sometimes, however, a curtain track is more suitable than a pole: they can be mounted either on the wall or the ceiling, can be bent around bays, and need less clearance above a window. To gain maximum natural light, fit a pole or track that hangs far enough from each side of the window to allow the curtains to be drawn right away from it. Floor-length curtains are generally better than sill-length, though shorter curtains may be more appropriate when radiators, window seats or furnishings are in the way. Linings are essential on all but sheers; they help curtains hang neatly and protect them from fading, dirt and condensation. Blackout linings are ideal in a bedroom, while thermal linings can be as effective an insulator as double glazing. BLINDS Perfect for smaller rooms, blinds are ► Solid Shaker panels made from classic hardwood, www.californiashutters.co.uk


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Choosing a window treatment ◄ also great for modern homes and in bathrooms and kitchens — and they tend to be a lot cheaper than curtains. Roller blinds are the most basic style, while roll-up versions, tied with tape or ribbon, have a pretty yet still simple look. Roman blinds are smart and versatile, suiting almost every room. Choose fabric that is mid-weight and not too textured, as blinds need to roll or fold easily against themselves. There is nothing to stop you combining more than one colour or pattern, in the form of smart, contrast borders down the sides or along the bottom of the blind. And sometimes it is a good idea to combine a plain and a sheer fabric, to allow light through at the top of the window while giving privacy beneath. Plain blinds can be boosted with a good-looking pull (think leather, glass, raffia, stone or rope) or trim (such as ribbon, pom poms, ric rac, stitching, fringing, shells or buttons). If you want a dressier look, add curtains as well.

SHUTTERS Good-looking in an unfussy way, shutters suit both old and new properties. They are expensive but are good at blocking out sound and light, and can even provide extra security. The plainest shutters feature a timber frame and solid centre panel (a local joiner should be able to make them for you), while louvred versions (from specialist shutter companies) offer privacy while also controlling light. Both types can be left as natural wood or painted whatever colour you like. They can be made as a pair, bi-fold, tri-fold or more, either fullheight, half-height or one set above another, and fitted within a reveal or to fold back against the walls. BUDGET OPTIONS One of the least expensive options is frosted window film, which you can cut to any size and shape as you wish and stick on yourself.

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2019 is the 25th anniversary of Heritage Open Days and this year’s national festival will run for 10 consecutive days from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd September. During this time, there will be special Heritage Open Day events in Inspire Libraries, including Retford and Worksop Library. For Retford’s annual Heritage Day on Saturday 14th September, there will be a talk at Retford Library on ‘The Chesterfield Canal: Past, Present and Future’. This illustrated presentation by local author and member of the Chesterfield Canal Trust, John Lower, will take place from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. The talk is free, but places are limited so booking is essential — please call the library on 01777 708724 or email retford. library@inspireculture.org.uk.

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Retford Library will be open as normal during the day and in the local studies room (upstairs), visitors will be able to explore newspaper cuttings, magazines and other historical resources relating to local industries. On Wednesday 18th September, drop into Worksop Library’s Heritage Open Day. At this WWII-themed event, Inspire library staff, local groups and volunteers will be on hand to help with local and ancestry enquiries and show you wartime documents and photographs. The Wartime Worksop exhibition, exploring themes of evacuation and the home front, is in the library’s gallery from Tuesday 3rd September to Tuesday 15th October. Share your own second world war memories and stories

Wheels at the Windmill & Family Fun Day It’s the 12th annual Family Fun

Weekend and Mill Fest Open North Leverton Windmill on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September and everyone is invited to go along and join in the fun. There really is something for everyone and it’s free entry — a simple donation would be welcome if you enjoy your visit. All proceeds from the weekend go to the windmill charitable trust to keep the doors open and this iconic windmill in tip top condition. The day time activities start at 12.00pm to 4.00pm and on Saturday the fun continues into the evening with local bands and music including Gaucho, The Levertones, and Jake Cleaver. There will be fantastic refreshments on offer, including the windmill

There will be lots of fun to be had at the 75th North Notts Ploughing Match and Produce show on Sunday 8th September, to be held on land between Blyth and Barnby Moor (A634) S81 8EU, by kind permission of E Morrell Go along and see Artempo in the Park at the Discovery Centre at Clumber Park from Tuesday 3rd September to Sunday 22nd

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pizza oven and BBQ, along with tea, coffee and cakes and of course local favourite Madame Crêpe, The Bees’ Knees bar and an ice cream tricycle. There will also be food available on Saturday evening too. You can also browse the stalls selling local crafts and local produce. There are lots of exhibits, and this year don’t miss Wheels at the Windmill supported by Retford and Gainsborough Motor Club as well as birds of prey, heavy horse and shire horses. During the day there is J S Leisure to keep the kids entertained along with have-a-go archery courtesy of Top Archery. There will be, of course, the Fun Dog Show on both days. And if the wind is blowing the sails will be turning and they will be selling their renowned windmill flour.

with Worksop’s Townscape heritage officer and the project’s oral history volunteers. This free event will take place from 10.30am to 1.30pm and no booking is required — just drop by. Also, on Wednesday 18th September from 2.00pm to 3.00pm, there will be a talk about the Lowestoft evacuation to Worksop during World War II, ‘Lowestoft Grammar Grubs Evacuate to Safety 1940-1944’. Christopher Brooks, secretary of the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee, will make a special trip to talk about his research and share the fascinating stories of Lowestoftians in wartime Worksop. There is no charge for the talk but advance booking is essential — please call 01623 677200 or book online at www.inspireculture.org.uk. This is always a very popular event with lots of space for stall holders and exhibitors, so if you would like to go along as an exhibitor or with a stall, please get in contact with Julie or James on 01427 880254 or 07968 969424. WHEELS AT THE WINDMILL Coinciding with the Family Fun Weekend, at North Leverton Windmill there will also be the end of the year Wheels at the Windmill event. This is for vehicles of all types; classic cars, bikes, sportscars, tractors, trucks and enthusiasts... if it has wheels, then get it to North Leverton Windmill. There is lots of space and camping is also available if you want to make it a weekend event — and car clubs very welcome. There is no cost to attend, even if you want to bring your tent!

North Notts Ploughing Match & Produce Show and Sons. Entry is £5.00 per car and ploughing commences at 10.00am. There will be horse ploughing, vintage and commercial ploughing,

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When anyone mentions black holes in space we immediately get quite interested. The term ‘black hole’ is quite modern and was coined by John Wheeler in 1967, however the idea of a body with such a high gravitational attraction from which nothing could escape from it began in the 18th century. In 1783, English clergyman John Mitchell considered an extremely massive body, which could have such enormous gravitational pull that not even light may escape from it. A little later, in 1786, French Physicist Pierre-Simon Laplace considered the effects of a massive body, which possessed infinite gravitational force so nothing could escape its grasp, not even light. Laplace included this object in the first and second editions of his popular book ‘Exposition du Systeme du Monde’. Later it was Albert Einstein’s famous ‘General Relativity’ theory, published in 1915, which predicted that black holes may form in space and paved the way for their acceptance by the scientific community. During the First World War, German physicist Karl Schwartzchild, produced calculations which proved ‘black 24 September 2019

holes’ could exist. At the beginning of the Second World War, J Robert Oppenheimer, who was later known as ‘The father of the Atomic Bomb’, calculated that a star just over three times more massive than our Sun could form a black hole as it ended its life in a supernova. As more theories about black holes were developed it was David Finkelstein who published a scientific paper which stated that ‘dark stars’ would reside in a region of space and any material around it would be subjected to massive attractive forces and it would be drawn in and nothing, not even light, could escape. In 1967 British astronomer Jocelyn Bell-Burnell discovered a strange radio signal from an unidentified object in deep space. The signal had a regular pulse of 1.337 seconds and it was speculated it could be an interstellar beacon from a far-off civilization, some scientists even gave it the nickname ‘LGM’, (Little Green Men). It was later proved it was a rapidly rotating neutron star. Neutron stars are formed when a star below three solar masses ceases to produce enough outward energy to overcome gravity. The star’s own gravity causes the star

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would like welcome anyone with an interest in photography to go along and join the club. The new season will start on Wednesday 11th September. A warm welcome awaits anyone who would love to meet with likewise enthusiasts, learn new skills and share their passion of photography. Potential new members may attend a couple of meetings free of charge, to see what it’s all about, before deciding if they would like to join. Visit their website at www. worksopphotography.club to browse their new season programme — it has been carefully planned to include something of interest to everyone with talks, competitions, social evenings and instructional/practical sessions. The club meet at 7.30pm on Wednesday evenings from September to April at Worksop Cricket and Sports Club, Central Avenue, Worksop, a great venue with bar facilities, wheelchair access and excellent car parking. Members are looking forward to meeting you all real soon.

It is surprising how few local people know that there is a sailing club just south of Worksop. In 1947 the late Duke of Portland and his friends established the club, which uses the Great Lake, in the grounds of Welbeck Estate. In the beginning the club used a small wooden hut as its clubhouse and, if any sailors had the misfortune to capsize, the Duke would insist that they have a bath in his house. Over time, the club and its facilities developed, providing many happy The Arts Society Dukeries’ latest Trail of Discovery is at St Wilfrid’s Church in Scrooby, North Nottinghamshire. The village may be small, but it is renowned, especially in the USA, for being the home of William Brewster, the Pilgrim Father. He sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 and founded the Plymouth Colony in New England, but in the early years of the 17th century Brewster’s home, Scrooby Manor 26 September 2019

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National Trust Members were given a real treat when they visited The Lincolnshire Aviation Centre in East Kirby, as part of their monthly outing and then had free rein to look around Boston for a couple of hours. They arrived after an uneventful journey with good weather and all dispersed to look at the many attractions on view all relating to the RAF Bomber command from the last war. There you can experience the sights and sounds, and even smells of a bomber airfield. The pride of the collection was the Lancaster bomber ‘Just Jane’ which is under further renovation, but the Control Tower, the Naafi, the Memorial Chapel and replicas of the Bouncing Bomb were all of equal interest. Visitors found the amount of memorabilia and photographs and wreckage retrieved after the war of Spitfires and other planes, both amazing and emotionally thought provoking. To some of the older members it brought back memories of the wartime period and the time of austerity for some time afterwards. There were long lists of names of the young men who

Welbeck Sailing Club hours of sailing to members. Many have learned to sail and hone their skills on the lake. At present, sailing club members and sea cadets use the lake, and now there is now a fully functioning clubhouse. Sailing takes place on Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Sunday is usually a racing day, but other sailing also takes place. The club is an RYA accredited training centre, running training courses

lost their lives in their wonderful brave efforts to save our country from Hitler’s domination, along with boards showing photographs of the different squadrons and their names were scattered around in the different hangars on the site. In Boston, most of the visitors went to see the 800-year-old Boston Stump for which the town is famous and the market and the river and little alleyways to explore gave everyone an opportunity to wander and make their own discoveries. After a quick cuppa, everyone boarded the coach for the return journey. There are two more visits planned for the group and there are still vacancies for the Bowes Museum trip on Thursday 12th September. In October, the normal meetings at the Crossing will resume and more details will be in next month’s issue. Anyone who is a member of the National Trust can join the association and more information can be found online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ features/north-nottingham-association or you can email NthNottsNTAssoc@ gmail.com for a calendar showing list of future events and membership details. and is a small friendly, club where individuals or families can join. Sailing is not necessarily expensive. You will be surprised at how competitive the membership fees are. There are club sailing boats, which can be used, and there are reasonably priced secondhand boats on the market. If you are a sailor, or are interested in sailing, you can Google ‘Welbeck Sailing Club’, where you will find more details about the club, or you can call the secretary, John, on 01909 720458, or email wsc.sec@btinternet.com.

Children’s trail celebrates Mayflower 400 church House, became the meeting place for the separatist church. The church contains three benches, commonly known as the Brewster Pews, made up of carved 16th century bench ends. The local Brownies were the first children to complete the trail at the recent launch at the church. They were welcomed by the vicar, Reverend Jackie

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Wow-factor weddings even add some sparkle to your cake, your bouquet and your wedding favours. LIVE MUSIC If you can find a band to play your favourite music live then this adds to the glamour of the whole day. A good musician will add spontaneity to your wedding, add an authentic twist and even respond to the mood (and requests) of your guests. COLOURS A monochromatic (all white or shades of white) colour palette with just one bright contrast always adds a touch of glamour to an occasion and has a bold impact. You could also mix white with metallic accents to add a glamorous theme throughout.

Chanel Hosfield on creating a showstopping ceremony It’s probably the biggest event you’ve planned — and the most important to you — so why not make it a show-stopper and create an opulent celebration that has the wow factor. No matter what your passion there are ways to add glamour to your wedding and how far you go and how many glamorous elements you add is entirely up to you. After all, this is one day when you really are the centre of attention so make it indulgent and luxurious — adding just a few glamorous touches to your chosen theme can make all the difference. YOUR DRESS This is the one day you can be in the spotlight without feeling guilty and, if you are going to be seen by all, you should 30 September 2019

consider a glamourous bridal look — choose a satin wedding gown, decorated with sparkly embellishments. You can also opt for diamond jewellery, an expensive tiara and high heels. GIVE YOUR CHAIRS WEDDING GOWNS Dressing up your venue to match a theme is commonplace at weddings now and the choice of chair covers is wider than ever before. You no longer have to work around whatever chairs are at your venue — you can transform even a tired folding chair into a luxurious looking seat. Choose from fabrics, embellishments and even co-ordinate your colour scheme by tying long sashes or using seat pads DIAMANTES Or diamonds if your budget allows Diamantes are an easy way to add some glamour to any theme. Think diamante jewellery, embellished stationery and table crystals. You can

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Leanne broadhead on making your wedding guests feel special

Gifts for guests

The tradition of giving each of

your guests a gift on your wedding day is long-standing and goes back many generations. Those of us of a certain age remember when bestowing a bag of sugared almonds on each attendee was the tradition. However, if you are in the midst of planning your wedding, you may have already discovered that gifts for your guests is a whole topic in itself. WEDDING FAVOURS A wedding favour is a small gift given to each guest to thank them for coming along and sharing your memorable day with you. The ideas for favours are too numerous to list, but if you decide to buy the same small gift for each person, this allows you to bulk buy, making substantial savings on small gifts which may usually carry larger price tags. From miniature bottles of alcohol, bubbles and of course the retro classic sugared almonds, to the more unusual, such as tea towels, individual hot chocolate servings and home-grown flowers in galvanised pails. You could even order different favours for male and female guests and personalise things a little more. Perhaps you could show your creative side and make your own foodie or skincare favours? Small bottles of chilli sauce, mini chocolates, homemade toffee apples for an autumn wedding — nothing says you care more than homemade. GUEST GIFT BAGS Following on from wedding favours, why not do as many of our American friends over the pond are doing, and really spoil each guest with their very own gift bag. We do it for other parties such as birthdays and Halloween, so why not for the biggest party you’ll ever throw? You’ll certainly be remembered as the hosts with the most! A good mix of contents can work well, such as individual drinks, a fun item such as streamers or

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day. Craft themes can work well, with stickers, crayons and small colouring books. Then there’s the fun aspect, with items on offer such as balloons, bubbles, mini puzzles and even a disposable camera. Again, a gift box such as folding cardboard box containing nonexpensive items can work wonders for a child’s imagination — and don’t forget the sweets of course.

bubbles, a foodie gift like chocolates and then perhaps finish with a miniature skincare treatment or a packet of wildflower seeds. GIFTS FOR CHILDREN Getting the buy in from the children is a great way to ensure that they will have fun, mingle with the other children and hopefully let their parents sit back and enjoy the

KEY WEDDING GUESTS Buying extra gifts for those key people who have helped with the organisation of the wedding or on the wedding day itself is not compulsory but has become a popular choice over the years. These can be groomsmen, bridesmaids, and of course not forgetting the parents of the bride and groom. Whatever your gift budget for guests, there are ideas out there to suit your style and taste and even your wedding theme. Play around with the gifts, have some fun and remember to not stress too much over this subject, after all, simply having your nearest and dearest share your day with you is the most important thing.


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FOOD & DrINK

A culinary feast for all at Clumber Park’s Festival of Food & Drink There’s a worldwide

culinary feast promised to food enthusiasts heading to Clumber Park for the Festival of Food and Drink, held on 14th and 15th September at the National Trust property in the middle of the stunning Sherwood Forest. Celebrity chef and BBC MasterChef judge/host John Torode will be sharing recipes from his latest book Sydney to Seoul, which follows his journey from Australia to the Far East in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday. He will be joined by Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green, who will be focusing on cooking delicious meals with fish. On Saturday, EpiVegan Brett Cobley will be showcasing meat-free and tasty Vegan dishes. He is joined by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner Laurence Henry, who will be sharing recipes that saw him win the coveted title. But it’s not just about the chefs cooking at the Festival of Food and Drink. There are cookery workshops for both adults and children throughout the weekend, held by the School of Artisan Food. For the adults, there’s sausage making with expert tutor Chris Moorby who will also be taking classes on how to create traditional hand raised pies. Tutor David Carter teaches how to achieve authentic Italian pizza from a wood-fired oven while Laurence Fourdrignier teaches on the art of Fermentation. However, the most popular class is always the Beer Tasting with head brewer Claire Monk treated to a brilliant line-up of classes offering a wide selection of hand-crafted teaching them how to make ice-cream, beers from the Welbeck Abbey Brewery pizza, cookies, cheese and dough for sampling. Each session costs just balls. Each session costs £2.00 per £10.00 and can be booked in advance child and lasts 20 minutes. These are to avoid disappointment as each class booked on the day so be sure to head is restricted to 12 participants. to the School of Artisan Food marquee Young foodie enthusiasts are also on arrival so you don’t miss out. 36 September 2019

Along with the 150 producers showcasing their delicious food and drink from around the UK and beyond, festival goers can enjoy live music from John Adams, Dammit Jack and Vince Freeman while they enjoy a diverse mix of Street Food, with some new exciting flavours for 2019. A few VIP tickets are still available for just £15.00 and include priority parking, fast track entry, access to the VIP marquee with seating, an exclusive celebrity ‘meet and greet’ and a fabulous goody bag. Ticket prices start from just £7.00 in advance with free admission into Clumber Park included (usually £5.00 per person), offering a fantastic saving. Children aged five years and under are also admitted free. Family tickets are available, with entry for two adults and two children up to the age of 16 years, from £20.00. For more info, visit www. festivaloffoodanddrink.com.


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BSS earn eight medals at summer events Kiveton Park Art Group Members of Bassetlaw Swim

Squad (BSS) earned eight medals across two national swimming events in August. Natasha Utley, aged 17 of Tuxford Academy and Retford Swimming Club, has returned home as a hero after winning gold in the womens’ 17 years and over 200m Butterfly event. Utley managed to overtake Stockport Metro’s Jessica McDonough and Guildford City’s Tilly Hansen-Hamilton with just 15 metres remaining; achieving a time of 2:19.90, her second personal best time of the day. Joe Seage, aged 20 of Retford Swimming Club, dominated the men’s 200m Individual Medley, securing a gold medal by almost 200 points at the Summer National Championships. The Bassetlaw swimmer, who is in the SM14 category, achieved a personal best time of 2:19.68, which earnt him 787 points. Seage is currently third place in Britain ahead of the Para Olympics next year, after claiming the Swim England National title in the men’s MC 200m Freestyle; a

silver medal in the men’s 100m Butterfly; and a bronze medal at the British Summer Championships in Glasgow. BSS had further success at the Swim England National Summer meet, as debutants Alicia Clark and Cillian McGuiness hauled bronze and silver medals. Clark, aged 13 of Valley Outwood Academy and Worksop Dolphins, earned two silver medals and a bronze medal in the women’s 12-13 years 400m Individual Medley and 200m Backstroke. McGuiness achieved a bronze medal in the men’s 14 years 800m Freestyle event and has moved up the British rankings, going from 19th place to ninth, in the 1500m Freestyle category. BSS members that also competed in summer events included: Malachy McGuiness (50m Freestyle); Amelia Stevenson (400m Individual Medley); and Isabella Hobson-Corbett (400m Individual Medley and the 3200m Backstroke). Harry Benzies, aged 14, set new personal bests in the 100m and 200m Breaststroke events, qualifying for two finals in his age group.

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust local group talks The new CEO of Nottinghamshire

Wildlife Trust will give the opening lecture for the North Notts local group’s 2019 — 20 lecture series. Paul Wilkinson has been in post since January 2019. He is nature conservationist who cares deeply about wildlife and has ambitious plans for the future of the wildlife of Nottinghamshire. He said: “Our natural world is under increasing pressure, and across the globe climate emergencies are being announced. At the same time,

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This meeting will be held in the Rural Learning Centre at Idle Valley, North Road (A638), Retford DN22 8RQ, on Thursday 12th September, at 7.30pm. Admission is £2.50 and includes refreshments, with everybody 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, please email Jan with your request.

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Cardiac Support Group At Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group’s meeting at Bassetlaw Hospital on Friday 2nd August, the Biometric Forensic speaker, explained: “There will never be another you”. He was interesting, witty, engaging and amusing. Of course, no-one else has our DNA, height, gender, colour, fingerprint, and exact measurements. He challenged members’ cognitive awareness in many ways and kept the attention for everyone — with all wanting more. The group’s next meeting will be on Friday 6th September, at Retford Hospital, at 2.00pm. The speaker will be Steve West, ‘The Stammering Toastmaster’. Join the group if you are able as everyone is welcome. For further details, do not hesitate to contact Pat Broskom on 01909 562361.

Society of Artists Worksop Society of Artists will

be holding a demonstration evening on Tuesday 17th September, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Cricket Club, Worksop. The artist for the evening will be Helen Tucker and she will be using oils. There’s a fee of £4.00 on the door for non-members, with refreshments available at the interval. Anyone wishing to join the society will be most welcome to go along to the Cricket Club on a Wednesday morning from 9.00am to 12.00pm to have a look round and a chat.

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Free performance tells Mayflower story The free performance entitled The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, will tell the story of the passengers aboard the Mayflower when it made its historic journey from England to America in 1620, many of whom were originally from this area. The performance in Babworth will be particularly significant because All Saints’ Church is the place where Richard Clyfton first preached to a Separatist congregation seeking a safe place to worship in the way they wanted to, at a time when to defy the Church of England in this way was seen to be an act of treason. In The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400, three tour guide characters will lead you on a journey through history, using movement, text and music to explore what it was really like for the passengers on the Mayflower, their determination, and the extraordinary things it made them do. Choreographer Katie Green said: “We’re really pleased to be returning to the Pilgrim Roots area after successful performances in Gainsborough and Retford earlier in the year.” Previous audiences have commented: “I thought it was fabulous, really moving”. Another said: “unique,

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Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed

singing great choral music? Would you like to have the opportunity to sing in a choir with an experienced and dynamic conductor? Joining Ryton Chorale would provide a ‘yes’ answer to both questions. On Monday 16th September, you can go along to an open singing evening, at Holy Family School, Netherton Road, Worksop, at 7.30pm. Why not give the choir a try and join the rehearsal of Messiah? There is no charge for the evening and the choir are looking forward to welcoming you.

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singer and bassist with award-winning folk powerhouse Show of Hands, is returning to her roots with a show at Firbeck Village Hall on Friday 20th September. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she first started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely

engaging, thought-provoking.” Katie said: “What people have enjoyed about the work so far, is the way it provides an introduction to the story of the Mayflower, and particularly to the stories of the individuals on board that ship and what it must have been like for them to leave everything they knew behind. “The people we have met so far have described feeling very moved by this personal perspective on the story, and have shared with us their own stories about what they have taken when travelling on significant journeys in their lives.” You can catch The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 at All Saints’ Church, Babworth Road, Babworth DN22 8EP on Thursday 7th November, at 7.00pm. The performance is free to attend, but donations are welcome, and no tickets are needed — just turn up on the day. The performance will last about 40 minutes and is suitable for all ages. To find out more about how you can get involved in The Imagination Museum: Mayflower 400 project, contact katie@ imaginationmuseum.co.uk or visit www.imaginationmuseum.co.uk. and Display, Pay on Foot, or use ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition). All forms of payment will be accepted, along with the option to pay up to 48 hours after leaving via a dedicated app. new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride, exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. For tickets call 01709 709406, email nwilson33@hotmail.com or buy online at www.wegottickets.com.


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Learning & training at all ages is as important as ever NOTTINGHAMSHIRE TERM DATES Autumn Term 2019 • Schools open — morning Friday 30th August 2019 • Half term — Monday 21th October 2019 to Friday 1st November 2019 • Schools close — evening Friday 20th December 2019 Spring Term 2020 • Schools open — morning Monday 6th January 2020 • Half term — Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020 • Spring break — Monday 6th April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020 Summer Term 2020 • Schools open — morning Monday 20th April 2020 • May Day bank holiday — Friday 8th May 2020 • Half term — Monday 25th May 2020 to Friday 29th May 2020 • Schools close — evening Friday 24th July 2020 In addition to these, schools set their own individual inset days

ADMISSIONS TO SCHOOLS Primary Secondary

A good education has the power to change life. Many of us dislike our school days as we experience them but look back on them so fondly in later life — they really are a stage of our lives that cannot be replicated. And learning doesn’t have to stop there. There really are opportunities to learn throughout life — some formal and some informal — and we really do need to grasp every single one of those and make them work for us. Welcome to the Worksop Life Learning Throughout Life Feature. Nottinghamshire County Council application dates Open date Close date Offer date 4th November 2019 15th January 2020 16th April 2020 5th August 2019 31st October 2019 2nd March 2020 Worksop Life Magazine 49


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Worksop school rated ‘Excellent’ for the second time St Anne’s C of E Primary School,

on Harrington Street, Worksop, has been rated as ‘Excellent’ in a recent inspection by the Church of England. Following a one-day SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and. Methodist Schools) inspection in June 2019, the school was found to be ‘excellent’ across all areas of inspection, and in the report, the inspector praised the school’s inspirational leadership and recognised that this ‘empowers all members of the St Anne’s community so that they flourish’. Clare Middleton, Head Teacher at St Anne’s, said: “We are delighted that our SIAMS inspection agreed with us and concluded that we offer our pupils ‘outstanding spiritual and personal development results from the experiences provided through the creative curriculum, first-rate Religious Education (RE) and high quality collective worship’. It is a truly fantastic feeling to know that as a team we have created a school ethos that

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reflects our Christian vision.” THE SIAMS INSPECTION FOCUSED ON THREE KEY AREAS • How effective is the school’s distinctive Christian vision, established and promoted by leadership at all levels, in enabling pupils and adults to flourish? • The impact of collective worship • The effectiveness of religious education (RE) The school’s Christian vision ‘let all that you do be done in love,’ was found to be embedded across the school community. Ofsted in 2016 praised this vision for contributing to ‘Pupils’ exemplary behaviour and attitude to life and learning’. The school’s links to St Anne’s Church were also praised and found to ‘contribute significantly to the school’s distinctive Christian character’. Rev Dave Gough, Priest in Charge at St Anne’s Church, said: “In my role as Vicar, Governor and parent at St Anne’s I am thrilled with

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Helpful homework

The homework debate has been rumbling for years. Agree with it or not, it usually has to get done and no parent wants it to become another battle with their children. So, here are some ideas to make the process easier and less painful: PREPARE YOUR HOMEWORK AREA Create a dedicated homework area, where your son or daughter will complete the tasks on a regular basis. Use a box (decorated with your child’s favourite things, of course) to hold everything needed — pens, pencils, paper, a calculator, sticky notes etc and get this out at the beginning of the session so gathering everything isn’t used as a delaying tactic CREATE A SCHEDULE Let your child be in charge of creating their own calendar for homework — be it a list of tasks and their deadline, pockets 52 September 2019

Chanel Hosfield looks at ways to make homework less stressful containing the set tasks displayed in a particular order, daily trays for activities to be completed or even a washing line to peg activities to so a visual reminder is created — colour coding is always a hit too! MAINTAIN A ROUTINE Set an amount of time after school each day and stick to that for completing homework so it becomes a regular feature in your child’s day. You could also buy a stopwatch, egg timer or use your phone or smart speaker to set a specific time for focusing on homework. If the list is quite long, try setting work and break timers. PARENTS HAVE ‘HOMEWORK’ TOO Lots of children don’t want mum

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or dad watching over them while they work, but they want you close enough to ask questions if needed. So, let the kids see that parents have homework too — create a schedule to mirror what they have and make this the time when you pay bills, sort through the post, research or organise. REWARD Make the time after completing homework to do something they will find fun and rewarding — something that may alleviate the frustration of sitting quietly, like time outdoors or dancing to music if the weather is bad.


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Technology for the new term You don’t need to pay full price for your child’s computing If your child needs a computer for schoolwork, don’t get downhearted by the high prices you’ll see in your local Apple Store or electronics emporium. You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good computer. There are three main types of computer. Windows ones, which run Windows 10 (don’t get ones with older versions; that usually means the hardware’s really old too); Chromebooks, which run Google’s Chrome operating system; and Apple ones. For most places the choice is entirely up to you, but some specialist courses at college or university may require specialist software. If you’re looking for a Windows or Chromebook laptop, there’s good news: those kinds of laptops are almost always on sale, so you can expect a wide range of bargains. Sites such as www.techradar.com have monthly round-ups of the best deals, organised into price bands: at the time of writing there’s a really nice Asus laptop for just £159.00, while more expensive laptops are available with discounts ranging from £175.00 to over £400.00. Sites often provide reviews of the products, so you can be sure you’re not buying

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something that won’t be up to the job. Another way to save cash is to buy a refurbished computer. This means it’s been used by somebody else and then returned to as-new condition. A number of firms specialise in such computers and the discounts can be enormous: for example, Laptops Direct currently has a perfectly decent Windows 10 laptop for just £109.00. If your child wants Apple kit, you’ll know it’s often very expensive. Shopping around doesn’t usually uncover much in the way of discounts but you can still save money if you know where to look. Apple has a refurbished Mac store on www. apple.com. and at the time of writing it’s offering Mac minis with a typical saving of £140.00, alongside MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs with £160.00 to £190.00 off. Third party refurbished sellers can offer even bigger discounts but check the age of the product: may third-party computers are a few years old, which isn’t necessarily a problem but does affect how big a bargain you’re getting: don’t compare the price of a three-year-old Mac with what Apple’s charging for a new one.

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End of line stock can be good too. Every time Apple updates its product range, the previous models are often sold at a discount. Keep an eye on eBay and you can save stacks — we’re writing this on an iMac we got brand new for two-thirds of the list price by looking for end of line stock — but make sure you stick to business sellers with solid, positive feedback going back years. Last but not least, there are secondhand computers. Many ‘power users’ replace their computers regularly, and those computers are still more than powerful enough for the rest of us. eBay and

classified advertising sites such as Gumtree can be great sources of good second-hand computers, but be wary. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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but to follow a technical route. Of course, there are always exceptions to this rule, and many success stories about students’ achievements after completing vocational qualifications. But if these qualifications give the anticipated boost to technical studies then it is to be welcomed.

Learning to a ‘T’ Chanel Hosfield on the introduction of T Levels T Levels are new courses coming in September 2020 and they have been hailed by the Government as qualifications which will “lead to a generational shift in technical education”. The new courses will be on a par with A Levels and will provide young people with a choice between technical and academic education post 16. They are designed to follow GCSEs and prepare young people for entry into the world of work. Courses in construction, digital and education and childcare will be first taught from September 2020 by a small number of schools and 56 September 2019

colleges across the country. A further 22 courses will be rolled out in stages from 2021, which will cover sectors such as finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design. A REAL CHOICE While A Levels are a highly regarded qualification recognised around the world by both universities and employers, there has not always been such high regard for vocational qualifications. This has led to concern that young people don’t always have a real choice at 16, if they want world-class qualifications

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY The new courses have been developed with UK businesses and are said to give students a head start in technical careers and develop the skilled workforce this country needs for the future. Closing the skills gap is said to be one of the biggest challenges to putting the UK on the global economic map and this is being showcased as one way to increase opportunities for young people and help businesses to find the skilled workforce they need. A unique part of T Levels will be the completion of a high-quality industry placement — of at least 315 hours, or approximately 45 days — in which students will build the knowledge and skills they need in a workplace environment. ARE THEY FOR ME? As with all qualifications, it is a good idea to access some careers advice and to talk to any potential employers about what qualifications and skills they value before embarking on a two-year study programme. Examination of the current jobs market is a great start, but don’t forget to think about tomorrow’s jobs and what skills may be needed in careers of the future. Schools, colleges or education providers will also be able to offer detailed information about their courses so you can make an informed decision. Parents and young people can find out more about T Levels at www.gov.uk/government/ publications/introduction-of-tlevels/introduction-of-t-levels.


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The season of nature’s bounty CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Badger (Jon Hawkins); Redwing amongst the berries (Mike Vickers); Hobby (Mike Vickers)

erin mcDaid looks forward to wildlife wonders as the nights draw in As summer turns to autumn

the days begin to rapidly get shorter and the sun is noticeably lower in the sky. Once we pass the autumn equinox on Monday 23rd September, when day and night are of equal length, the days will draw in noticeably as the weeks and months pass, but this loss of day length is balanced by the prospect of spectacular sunsets, the stars seeming brighter in the night sky and magical misty mornings. Autumn is also the time of nature’s bounty with hedgerows full of hips, haws, berries and seeds. As well as providing opportunities for tasty treats to pick on wildlife walks, there’s plenty of scope for watching wildlife stocking up from nature’s larder. Many species will be taking advantage of the wild harvest as they race to build up their reserves of fat for migration, hibernation or just to help them through the long, cold days of winter when food becomes scarce. Look out for squirrels and jays searching for and burying acorns and other nuts to see them through the winter. Badgers will be busy searching out food and getting their winter quarters ready for leaner times

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and volunteering opportunities visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org. ahead, so if you know of a sett, now could be a good time to find a spot downwind and settle in for your very own autumn watch experience. As the month progresses, look out for flocks of migratory birds such as redwing and on wetland sites such as the Wildlife Trust’s Idle Valley Nature Reserve, populations of species such as snipe will be boosted by birds arriving from colder climes. Flocks of geese and swans will also be worth looking out for and birds of prey such as the hobby might make an appearance on their southerly migration, whilst hen harriers can become a more regular visitor as they move in from their typical upland breeding sites. For details of wildlife to look out for, nature reserves across the county

EXPLORE NORTH NOTTS WEEKEND AT IDLE VALLEY Over the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September The Wildlife Trust are delighted that Idle Valley Nature Reserve will be participating in a special ‘Explore North Notts Weekend’. Venues including Creswell Crags and Clumber Park are also taking part, and there will be a dedicated bus to transport visitors between venues, making it the ideal opportunity to explore and discover more of the great destinations in your local patch. Visitors to Idle Valley over the weekend can enjoy 10% off in both the café and shop — all you have to do is mention ‘Explore North Notts Weekend’ for your discount. For further details of all the venues taking part just Google Explore North Notts Weekend.


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Musicality Singers I have to confess that, though I am

on Facebook, I’m pretty rubbish at it. So, it was by chance that I came across a little cartoon that portrayed a group of a dozen or so people holding sheets of music and with mouths wide open. It said: “Happiness is... singing in a choir”. It seemed very appropriate given that I saw it after a couple of good rehearsals following a successful first concert across the county border in Dinnington. I shared the cartoon with my Facebook friends and was delighted to find that it struck a chord with quite a number of them! We had a lot of good feedback on the Dinnington concert from people in the audience both from people who knew our singing and from people who hadn’t heard us before. A couple of musical directors of other choirs said they liked what we’d done. And it always gives a warm glow after a performance to know that people have enjoyed it By chance, our next performance is also across the border — at St Leonard’s Church in Dinnington. (S25 2LT) After that, we’re back in North Notts. We’re at St Leonard’s to help the church celebrate the 150th anniversary of worship in that building. We’ll be singing pieces from our normal repertoire, though, together with — provided that our musical director can be convinced that we’ve properly mastered them — a medley of ‘Queen’ numbers. (He’s a big ‘Queen’

Arts Society Dukeries Dinnington & at Carlton Fun Day The Arts Society Dukeries ran

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District Art Society Dinnington and District Art Society will be holding their annual art exhibition in the Dinnington Resource Centre, Laughton Road, Dinnington S25 2PP, on Friday 20th September, from 10.00am to 4.00pm and on Saturday 21st September from 10.00am to 3.00pm. A wide range of art subjects will be available to purchase, admission is free and light refreshments will be available. The Dinnington and District Art Society welcomes all grades of artists, from beginner to professional standard artists who work in a wide range of mediums, including watercolour, pastels, pen and ink and oil paints to name a few. Regular demonstrations are given by professional

fan, so he won’t let us do it unless he’s sure we can do the music justice — but signs so far are promising.) The St Leonard’s concert is on Saturday 7th September and starts at 7.00pm. (Doors open at 6.30pm.) Tickets (available in advance from the church or at the door on the night) are £5.50, including refreshments, so it should be good. While I’ve got your attention, though, can I make a plea? We share a particular problem that most mixed choirs face. Although we have a good section of male singers, we could do with more of them. (We’re a 60-strong choir, but the chaps are heavily outnumbered.) It’s a perennial cry from community choirs, I know, but if there’s anyone out there willing to come along and give us a try, you’d be welcome. (Actually, we always welcome people who show an interest in joining us. You don’t have to be male.) We get together on Thursday mornings. The rehearsal starts at 10.30am, but people start arriving from about 10.00am. You can come along for a couple of weeks, just to try us out without any obligation and we don’t ask you to audition. From the beginning, it’s always been a case of us accepting anyone who just wants to try it to see if they enjoy it. Oh, yes — I should say rehearsals take place at the Crown Place community centre just off Sandy Lane in Worksop. Hope to see some of you there. Malcolm Fritchley artists and workshops are arranged where members can develop their skills. The society meets weekly at the Lyric Theatre, Dinnington on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.00pm and at Firbeck Village Hall every Thursday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Examples of members’ artwork can be found on the society’s Facebook page. If you are interested in finding out more, you are more than welcome to go along on a Tuesday evening or a Thursday morning and have a chat with some of the art society members and have a look at the wide range of art subjects that are covered. For further information please contact either the chairman, Stephen Foster, or the secretary, Malcolm Duck, by email at dinningtonartsociety@gmail.com.


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Going green With the ground still warm from the summer sun and moisture levels in the soil increasing, September is the perfect time to create a new lawn. Using grass seed is far cheaper than using reasonable quality turf, plus you can choose a suitable grass mixture for the site and it is easy to shape the lawn without having to cut pieces of turf. So how do you ensure a great green surface with your newly sown lawn? Examine the site first and calculate the total area to be seeded, then study the grass seed packs in your local garden centre. Many different types are available, but broadly speaking you will find yourself choosing from various grades of utility lawn (which usually contains a fair amount of rye grass to provide toughness), finer lawns that look more elegant but need more care, and mixtures suitable for lawns in partial shade. It will be about three weeks before the seedlings emerge and then about ten weeks before the lawn can be cut, so bear this in mind when choosing your time to start. Clear the area you wish to sow by removing all weeds (including their roots), any old grass and any debris. Dig out or kill off any perennial weeds before you sow the lawn, either by hand or with a suitable weedkiller. Dig the area over completely and consider the texture. Ideally you want a light, free-draining loam that does not become too dry in summer, nor waterlogged or compacted in winter. Improve drainage in heavy soil by adding horticultural sand and some bulky organic matter, whereas light soil will retain moisture better if plenty of well-rotted organic matter is dug in. Next, rake over the soil repeatedly to achieve a good level surface that is free from large stones, any plant remains and other debris. Gauging the level by eye is normally 70 September 2019

pippa Greenwood on how markers on the pegs as a guide. For lawn seed to germinate quickly September is the perfect you need warm, moist conditions time to create a new lawn so avoid hot, dry weather and wait adequate, but if necessary use a system of pegs and a spirit level. Incorporate some granular general fertilizer, raking it in or spreading it evenly over the prepared area. To prevent pockets of subsidence forming, firm the area by treading it over evenly in flat-soled shoes or boots, keeping your feet level as they hit the soil, paying particular attention to the edges. If you think the site is not level, drive in pegs along each side of the patch. Mark each peg at the same distance from the top and tap them in to the same height, using the mark as your guide. Use a spirit level and (if necessary) string attached between the pegs to check the levels, then re-rake the soil using the

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The privet hedge rachel Leverton on keeping handsome hedge One of the questions I’m often asked as a gardener is ‘How do I trim my privet hedge?’ Privet hedges aren’t a particularly sexy subject for a gardening article, but hedge-trimming seems to cause a lot of angst so let me tackle it here. Privet is one of our most popular hedging plants. It has dense foliage which is green all year round, and it’s hardy which means it’s suited to a wide range of planting sites. It’s also available in a selection of varieties and root types, so there’s a Privet hedge to suit most gardens. Autumn is a good time to trim them because there’s little chance of disturbing any birds who might be nesting in them. Nesting season generally runs from March to early August. If you have a small hedge like 74 September 2019

those outside terraced town houses, then hand-held hedge shears are fine, but for large hedges an electric or even a petrol hedge-trimmer is definitely easier. If you have one, give it a check over and make sure it’s sharp and well lubricated. Safety should be paramount. Wear safety goggles and sturdy gloves. It’s not overkill. I once spent Saturday afternoon in eye casualty because a small sharp twig flew into my eye while I was trimming a hedge. It hurt and took ages to heal properly so be warned. Before starting, remove any potential obstacles on the ground which might prove to be a trip hazard. Avoid using powered tools above shoulder height; instead use a sturdy step ladder set on stable ground. If your hedge trimmer is electric use a residual current device (RCD) for safety purposes,

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Two of Bassetlaw’s outstanding parks have again been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as two of the very best in the world. Kings’ Park in Retford and The Canch in Worksop are among a record-breaking 1,970 UK parks and green spaces and 131 in thirteen other countries around the world to receive a prestigious Green Flag Award — the mark of a quality park or green space — this year. This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities. Councillor Julie Leigh, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “We

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Bassetlaw parks recognised as two of the UK’s very best green spaces are absolutely delighted to receive a Green Flag Award for both Kings’ Park and The Canch. This is now the 12th successive Green Flag for Kings’ Park, while The Canch has achieved the status for the sixth year running. “Our parks have fantastic facilities for all ages including splashpools, multi-use games areas, playgrounds, open spaces and beautifully maintained gardens. “Each year we get lots of compliments for our parks. We know how much quality green spaces matter to residents and visitors and this award celebrates the dedication that goes into maintaining both parks to such a high standard.

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delighted to welcome to the Ye Olde Bell Hotel, the outstanding piano duo, Benjamin Frith and Heidi Rolfe. Their classical piano recital ‘Four Fabulous Hands’ will be held on Tuesday 24th September at 7.00pm and ticket sales will raise money for Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign. Benjamin’s reputation in the local area, nationally and internationally is renowned and his busy schedule of recitals and concertos take him all over the world. His recordings have received golden honours, being Critics Choice in Gramophone magazine and ‘Top Recommendation’ on Radio 3 as well as reaching the top of the Classical

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warm welcome at the August meeting of the Bassetlaw branch of Parkinson’s UK which was attended by 50 people. Tim Mulroy gave heart-warming and emotional presentation about the heroic work of Nicholas Winton, who rescued over 600 children from persecution in Slovakia, and how it impacted Tim’s own life. A most enjoyable but thought-provoking afternoon. The next meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd September, when Anita Plowright will talk about ‘How artists develop their style’. Members will

charts. Benjamin delights in playing with his partner, Heidi Rolfe, a great champion of women composers and an exciting yet sensitive companion within the wonderful four hand repertoire. In their programme they will present Rimsky-Korsakov’s thrilling Scheherazade, together with other unmissable gems! Tickets cost from £15.00 and can be booked online at www.fourfabuloushands. eventbrite.co.uk or call treasurer Mike Davis on 07833 931314. END POLIO NOW Proceeds from this concert will be

It is testament to the hard work of our parks and open spaces team, along with our grounds maintenance staff and our civic partners.” International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “It’s fantastic that we have more Green Flag Awards in the UK than ever before, joined this year by 131 international winners. “Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We congratulate each and every winner on their fantastic achievement.” also enjoy a cruise on the River Trent with afternoon tea on board on 11th September and lunch at The Lockkeeper on Tuesday 17th September. Pilates classes continue at The Crossing on Thursdays at 1.30pm and a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum is planned for Wednesday 9th October. New members are always warmly welcomed as we aim to ensure that there is a social life to be enjoyed by anyone with Parkinson’s disease despite some of the difficulties the condition can have. For more information about the branch and its many activities, support and benefits please call Chris Coldwell on 01909 730629. donated to the Rotary International 'End Polio Now' Project. Polio, once a world-wide crippling disease, has been all but eradicated by Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign, with the help of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which double-matches all contributions. The disease only exists in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India and the end is in sight. Rotary is committed to see the world free of Polio. Along with their partners, Rotary have helped immunise more than 2.5 billion children against Polio in 122 countries. They have reduced polio cases by 99.9% worldwide and won't stop until they end the disease for good.


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Whitwell Local History Fun Palace returns to Worksop Library

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Society meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in Whitwell Community Centre and all are welcome.

SEPTEMBER PROGRAMME • 3rd September — City of Steel, Peter Machon • 10th September — Going Dutch, Ruth Andrews • 17th September — Sheffield to Cleethorpes, Stephen Gay • 24th September — Marine Biology, Georgina Edson The final series of events before the summer break heard Cate Goodlad give an informative talk on the Water Gas Scandal. Christine Beavers gave a marvellous account of the life of Edith Sitwell, giving an insight into the private lives of the family. A musical note was added by Dave Mooney with his History of Busking before Robert Mee gave an authoritative piece on the Prosecution of Fellons. Ian Morgan concluded with tales from The Gibbet. The summer break was punctuated by a number from the group who were being treated by Harry Webster to a mystery tour of the area aboard a vintage bus. A number of representatives from the group were invited to the golden anniversary celebration of Marshall and Susan Waltkinson where congratulations must be given to the hosts and to Susan Walker for winning the quiz.

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Palace returns to Worksop Library for its third year, bringing a variety of free and fun activities for people to take part in. The day will be on Saturday 5th October and will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm, with the event being free, it will be suitable for all. Throughout the day you can try out different arts, science, music and cultural activities aimed at anyone of any age. Every area of the library will be taken over by fun activities, can you get around them all? Discover your inner artist and create mini works of art or unleash your inner scientist with a range of fun science-based challenges to test your brain. Visit the performance area throughout the day to listen to or join

Hospice Challenge Walk This year’s challenge walk the

‘Bassetlaw Bash’, takes place on Saturday 12th October, with circular routes of six, 20 and 26 miles covering the historic and picturesque estates of Clumber, Thoresby, and Welbeck. The route is not normally open to the public and is used for this event by kind permission of the family. All walks begin from the marquee at Lady Margaret Hall on the Welbeck Estate. Entry is £8.00 for the six miles and £12.00 for the 20 and 26 miles (for under 16s it is £4.00 and £6.00)

Runners step up the pace for cancer charity

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from Worksop are striding ahead with plans to run the 90-mile length of Hadrian’s Wall to help raise funds for local cancer charity, Aurora Wellbeing. On Saturday 7th September the ‘Run the Wall’ team will host a launch event at Aurora Wellbeing Centre in the Old Library Building, Worksop from 10.00am to 2.00pm to officially launch the activity. The event will be an opportunity to find out about the fundraising challenge and hear about the gruelling four day coast to coast run. A short ‘Run the Wall’ running challenge will take place around the Memorial Gardens at 12.00pm and special guests and dignitaries will come together to officially launch the activity. The 82 September 2019

Aurora Centre will be open to the general public throughout the event with stalls, tombola, family activities, along with the charity shop and café serving light lunches. Run the Wall is a 90-mile fundraising challenge taking place over four days in May 2020. To date, 96 runners have signed up to run and support the event, with 33 runners committed to running the entire 90 miles. The activity is the inspiration of Worksop mum and running enthusiast Sarah Johnson who was diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time in January this year. Sarah accessed support from Aurora during and after her treatment and would like to help raise funds and alert others to the support offered by the charity.

in with live music performances. Here’s what visitors said about our previous Fun Palaces: “Brilliant day. So many activities. The children loved it!” “Fantastic Day! Art, knitting, dance, music, badge making, pegs, design, science. Thank you!” “Wonderful buzz around the library and the music was amazing!” “We enjoyed everything. A great range of activities, terrific atmosphere. This is fantastic for our community. Please do it again.” For more information or if you would like to be involved in the Fun Palace please contact Worksop library manager Steve Powell on 0115 8044418 or email steve. powell@inspireculture.org.uk.

and includes a ‘pie and pea’ meal at the finish. Entries on the day will incur a £2.00 extra charge. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome. The event is open to walkers and runners, families, friends, groups, businesses or organisations that would like to take up the challenge and with sponsor forms available raise additional funds for the hospice. For further information, entry and sponsor forms, please contact The Appeal Office, 4 Jubilee Courtyard, Retford, on 01777 710444 or email debbie@bassetlawhospice.org. Sarah explained: “In January this year the familiar feeling of fear returned to our family, with my particular anxiety around my children and how they would cope when I was ill. So, with too much time to think whilst recovering from a mastectomy, my thoughts turned to my dreams for the future and a long-standing dream to run Hadrian’s Wall, coast to coast, 90 miles over four days.” The dream is now a fundraising reality and the money raised from the challenge will support Aurora Centre in Worksop to extend their services, in particular to support children whose parents have been diagnosed with cancer. For further information, call 01909 470985 or email hospitality@ aurorawellbeing.org.uk.


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Quiet churches & noisy history The next of the popular ‘Pilgrims and Prophets’ day history coach tours will pick up in Worksop on 28th September, for a guided excursion round some of our most beautiful country churches and visit the quaint and historic Quaker meeting house in the village of Brant Broughton. Quakers are important in our local history as they began in Mansfield and the first Quaker to die for his beliefs was James Parnell of Retford; in the mid-1600s

they were a lively group, not afraid of a disturbance, and attendees shall hear some tales of their local struggles. The tour will also include a visit to the ‘High Victorian’ church at Brant Broughton and the unusual ‘church in a farmyard’ at Stragglethorpe which retains many ancient features. Other highlights include seeing the ancient tombs at Norton Disney, which were famously visited by Walt Disney who claimed

Bassetlaw Action Centre (BAC) has opportunities for volunteers with a few hours to spare. BAC’s befriending scheme helps those identified by their GP as suffering from extreme loneliness. The scheme is a means to reduce isolation and increase independence. Befrienders will encourage clients to make positive choices and help them to help themselves, visiting for one hour a week for up to 12 weeks. Volunteers need to

be able to travel to the client’s home. Do you enjoy driving? There are different roles available for volunteer drivers. Journeys vary from an hour or so on the car scheme to a full day if driving the minibus — and everything in between. Using your own vehicle, BAC transports registered clients, who are unable to use public transport. BAC also has its own accessible vehicles, which are driven

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Retford Bridge Club Worksop Wonders WI 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. The venue will be Ordsall Parish Hall, Retford DN22 7TU at 1.50pm to finish by 4.30pm. Table money required is £2.00 per head and includes tea and coffee and biscuits. For further details contact Mike Coggles on 01777 703610 or Sandy Fulton on 01909 479748 or just turn up any Wednesday afternoon. 86 September 2019

The Worksop Wonders WI arrived at their summer August break having experienced a rapid expansion of membership to the WI after having been involved in a wide range of activities. Their monthly evening meeting continues to be held at The Crossing on Newcastle Avenue on the second Wednesday of each month, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Most meetings include a guest speaker. And at a recent meeting they were joined by some very adorable and well-trained animals; the June meeting involved working drug dogs and then in July, it was a barn owl. Members were fascinated to hear about the care, training and working life of the animals and bird from their dedicated owner.

September Saunter On Sunday 15th September

at St John’s Church, at Scofton with Osberton, at 3.00pm, why not join in with the September Saunter? Following the success of the last rogation walk in May, everyone is invited to take along their pets of all kinds to enjoy a walk

descent from this family, and the church at Holme which is regularly mentioned as one of England’s best village churches with its unique story of the women who lived in the church to escape the plague. The trip costs £27.00 which includes lunch. Places can be booked by calling Maggy on 07724 848958 or by email mail@pilgrimsandprophets. co.uk. Profits go to support local efforts to develop church-based tourism so that our buildings can be enjoyed in years to come. by volunteers. Clients with mobility difficulties, who need to travel in a fixed wheelchair, can use an accessible vehicle to get to appointments, go shopping, etc. BAC also uses the minibus for regular day trips to destinations such as garden centres, markets, and seaside towns. For information on these opportunities, contact Bassetlaw Action Centre on 01777 709650 or email enquiries@actioncentre.org.uk. During the August summer break, ladies enjoyed a garden tea party, a wine and cheese evening and a group outing to Massam Mill. Members also attended a wide range of activities within the Nottingham Federation, including curling, rifle shooting, craft competitions and a literature lunch where they met best-selling authors. The list above is just a few of the activities available — there really is something for everyone's interests within the WI. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th September at 7.00pm. New members are always welcome, with your first visit free. For further details, see www.worksopwonders.weebly.com or contact Arlene Bull on 01909 481511. along the farm tracks on the Osberton Estate (approximately one hour and shorter walks are available), in the early autumn countryside and a special pet church service, at 4.00pm with tea in the village hall to complete the afternoon. Take your pet, large or small for a special service of blessing. For further information, call 01909 472324.


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North Notts Lit Fest North Nottinghamshire’s firstever Literary Festival will be jumping off

the page and into venues across Retford as part one very special weekend. The first-edition of the North Notts Lit Fest will include a total of 32 events in 10 venues across Retford and North Nottinghamshire, featuring award-winning authors, historians, poets, performances and even Panto Dames over two-and-a-half action packed days for all ages. Just some of the unmissable experiences include talks from Retford’s own Stephen Booth sharing the secrets to his international success; BAFTA award-winning writer, TV producer Henry Normal and powerhouse poet Paul Cookson hosting an evening of poetry and performances; as well as other special guests including writer and historian Emily Brand, and the exceptional Talegate Theatre.

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The North Notts Lit Fest will begin on Friday 13th September and continue through to Sunday 15th September. The full list of events is available at www.nnlf. org.uk and also features talks, sessions and events from local writers groups, historic canal walks, ghostly guides around Retford and much, much more! North Notts Literary Ambassador, Liz Carney-Marsh, said: “The North Notts Lit Fest will celebrate outstanding local authors, poets and performers as well as bring together local businesses and organisations to allow literary lovers to explore and enjoy what North Notts has to offer! “We are delighted to be working with so many wonderful venues and organisations and we are proud to say that every one of our events has roots in North Notts. It serves as testament to how rich in literary talent North Nottinghamshire is. The creation

of this festival is a natural evolution of our Short Story Competition and it will shine a light on all the good things are already happening within the local literary community.” The festival is being funded by North Notts BID and Chief Executive Sally Gillborn, said: “North Notts BID is delighted to be sponsoring and supporting the North Notts LitFest which promises to be a fantastic event for the local community and will attract visitors from surrounding areas. It will also bring much-needed footfall into the town centres to help our local businesses thrive, whilst at the same time showcasing our wonderful area.”


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includes turmeric root extract (an anti-inflammatory that promotes healing), aloe vera, rose hip oil, argan oil and other plantbased ingredients. It’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins and other goodies. The cream absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling softer and more hydrated. My skin loves it. It’s £47.00 at www.tamaarskincare.com. Planning a last minute getaway or trying to cut down on your plastic? Try a shampoo bar. While they were quite hard to get hold of a couple of years ago, they’ve grown in popularity considerably, and it’s easy to see why. A shampoo bar will last several times longer than a bottle of shampoo. There’s less plastic waste, and the bars are easy to transport. I’ve been trialling The Shine Bar, which lathers well, leaves hair feeling clean and shiny, and has a pleasant citrus fragrance. It also comes in a handy metal storage tin, so is ideal for taking to the gym or for travelling. The Shine Bar costs £9.50 from www. shineshampoobars. co.uk. Alternatively, try Lush, The Natural Soap Company or www. ethicalsuperstore.co.uk for other shampoo bars. Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Weleda’s Skin Food. I’m in good company, as it’s also beloved by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Adele and Julia Roberts. The eco-brand has recently released a Skin Food Body Butter, £18.95, which is every bit

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HERITAGE OPEN DAY Wednesday 18th September, 10.30am to 1.30pm Drop into this WWII-themed event, where Inspire library staff, local groups and volunteers will be on hand to help with local and ancestry enquiries and show you wartime documents and photographs. Share your own wartime memories and stories with Worksop’s Townscape heritage officer and the project’s oral history volunteers. This is a free event. Heritage Talk — Lowestoft Grammar Grubs Evacuate To Safety 1940 – 1944 Wednesday 18th September, 2.00Pm Go along to this free talk about the Lowestoft evacuation to Worksop during World War II. Christopher Brooks, secretary of the Lowestoft Evacuees Committee, makes a special trip to talk about his research and share the fascinating stories of Lowestoftians in wartime Worksop. Booking is essential. Heritage Exhibition — Wartime Worksop Tuesday 3rd September to Tuesday 15th October Visit the Library’s new exhibition to learn more about life in Worksop during the Second World War. Showcasing items from the library’s collection, local museums and Worksop residents, the exhibition explores evacuation and the home front. It will also include information and photographs of local men who served, provided by the Museum of the Mercian Regiment. LIVE MUSIC Jazz Steps Live at the Libraries presents: Tony Kofi – A Portrait of Cannonball Tuesday 17th September 7.30pm

Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) presents ‘Sardinia: Nuragic Culture and Monuments’. Simon Tomson, archaeologist and popular lecturer, returns Everyone is welcome to take part in the nine-hole golf event in aid of Focus on Young People in Bassetlaw on Friday 27th September, with the tee off from 1.00pm, at Serlby Park Golf Club. There will be an open am–am 94 September 2019

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£10.00 Booking strongly advised Adults (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult) Alto sax master Tony Kofi fronts this loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley, with Alex Webb (piano), Andy Cleyndert (bass) and Alfonso Vitale (drums). The group traces the explosive music of Cannonball from his first session as leader in 1955, through work with Miles Davis, to his pioneering infectious soul-jazz of the 1960s. Tony Kofi is a multi-award winning musician (BBC, MOBNO, Parliamentary). Born in Nottingham and living in London, he spent four years at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA and has since performed with true jazz legends such as Courtney Pine, Donald Byrd, Dr Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson and Ornette Coleman. INSPIRE POETRY FESTIVAL Monday 23rd September to Saturday 28th September Poetry cafe with John Harvey at 80: a celebration Tuesday 24th September, 6.30pm £6.00 Booking advised Adults (under 18s to be accompanied by an adult) Autor of the Notts-based Charlie Resnick series of crime novels, John Harvey’s latest poetry collection Aslant is published by Shoestring Press. Join him to hear about his life in writing, including how a crime novelist approaches poetry, and put your own questions to John over drinks and refreshments during

Voglia d’Italia to give his illustrated talk about the unique island culture of the late Bronze Age in Sardinia on Friday 6th September, at

Charity golf event Stableford competition (90% handicap allowance) and entry costs £100.00 for a team of four (ladies/gents or mixed) The event includes a meal in the club house after play. Individuals also

this relaxed poetry café session. Reading Workshop Wednesday 25th September, 10.30am to 12.00pm £5.00 and booking is essential Everything you wanted to know about poetry but didn’t dare ask Poetry is an adventure. Some of us set off fearful that everybody else understands what’s going on in a poem, whereas we may feel confused, inadequate, bewildered even. Some poems speak to one person but not another. This workshop explores a selection of poems to see whether and how they work. Join publisher and poetry consultant Jenny Swann as we all expose our own ignorance, misunderstandings and general confusion on the path to enlightenment. By the end, it’s hoped participants will be the richer for sharing our unknowns and our humanity and will come to poetry with renewed excitement and faith in their own thought-processes. If there’s a particular poem that has always stumped you, or left you blank, or made you hate it, take it along to share and discuss! Poetry Takeover Saturday 28th September, 11.00am to 3.00pm The poetry takeover returns for 2019! Visit the library between 11.00am and 3.00pm on the closing day of the festival and you’re in for a poetry surprise. Have a go at giant magnetic poetry, let the little ones enjoy the children’s poetry trail, create your poems from book titles using our self-serve kiosks, and more. This free event is suitable for all. 7.30pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome to attend and admission is £3.00 for non-members. For further information, please call 01709 370895. welcomed at £25.00 each and juniors (under 18s in full-time education) are £10.00 each. For further information, please contact the development manager on 01909 531504 or email support@foypib.org.uk.


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Rose leaves hospice her final gift of kindness tickets and staging bucket collections. “She collected donations for the Bluebell Wood shops, turning her garage into an unofficial collection warehouse and must have raised thousands for the hospice over the years. Her support for it never waned. She was fundraising for it right into her eighties. “My aunt had always said she wanted to leave money in her will to the hospice, and also to another charity she loved, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance, and that’s what she did. “We feel very proud of her many acts of kindness, and especially that she ensured she made this final gesture in her will.” Julie Booth, hospice trust and legacy fundraiser, said: “Rose was a much-loved and respected hospice supporter whose energy and enthusiasm for our cause knew no bounds. We are so touched, and very grateful, that she remembered the hospice in her will so generously. It costs over £4 million each year to keep our hospice open and we rely on the kindness of people like Rose. “They enable us to make a real difference to children and young adults whose lives are just too

Spotting scams Citizens Advice Bassetlaw have recently seen an increase in online scams, a recent example is of a of a fake fee request. They recently assisted a client who was approaching the age of 70 and had to renew their driving licence online. She believed that she found the correct link for the DVLA. This link asked for personal and financial details, so she paid the requested fee of £69.00 per for two applicants, being £138 in total. She later discovered that there is no fee and it is free to renew a licence when you reach 70 years of age. They worked with this client to report it to Action Fraud who is now investigating this matter. If you’re worried that someone you know has become victim to a scam, look out for the following. Are they: • Receiving more mail than usual? • Receiving unsolicited calls or spending more time on the phone?

short and help them make special memories with their families.” Rose was the youngest daughter of Worksop couple Lydia and William Beaty’s seven children. She became a cook, firstly for Aldenham School in Borehamwood, then at restaurants in Worksop and finally for Worksop Fire Station, where she worked for 26 years until retiring in 1983. Many in Worksop will remember Rose for the street parties she organised to celebrate numerous royal events. Her street, Dukeries Crescent in Manton, would be trimmed up, with even the windowsills being painted red, white and blue. For many years Rose was treasurer of Shireoaks Over 60s Club, battling through arthritis to twice win a Nottinghamshire Disabled Award in recognition of her work to help disabled and elderly people have a better life. In the last years of her life, Rose suffered from Alzheimer’s and moved to Woodlands Care home in North Anston. To find out how to leave a donation to Bluebell Wood in your will, go to www. bluebellwood.org/gifts-in-wills or call Julie Booth on 01909 508119. • Struggling with money or have they withdrawn large amounts of cash recently? Citizens Advice are encouraging people to report scams, so that action can be taken and they can get advice on how to try and get their money back. Karen Whitlam, chief executive officer of Citizens Advice Bassetlaw said: “Stop, report, talk: Be scam aware is our message to people in Bassetlaw. We’re finding that although many people have come into contact with scammers, very few people are speaking up about this issue. People can sometimes feel foolish or embarrassed talking about, or reporting their experiences, but sadly this means scammers are getting away with taking money. “In reality, all of us can have the bad luck of being targeted with a scam. We want to encourage people to share their stories and learn tips to stop scammers from running off with people’s money.”


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Architectural Design & Surveying AKH Construction Services........................................45 Building & Construction Services A Marshall Building & Roofing...................................85 Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...........................48 CT Builders........................................................................17 Hammond Property Services....................................60 P Talbot Builders.............................................................15 Building & Landscaping Supplies Clowne Landscaping Centre.......................................71 Worksop Timber.............................................................72 Conservatory Roof Conversions 4 Counties Home Improvements.............................97 Right Conservatory Roof Conversions....................67 Drives, Patios & Pathways Absolute Resin & Paving.............................................68 RCS Surfacing & Groundworks..................................71 Garage Doors JB Doors............................................................................27 The Doors Group............................................................43 Gardening, Tree & Landscaping Services Greenthumb....................................................................75 H & W Tree Surgery/Arboricultural Specialists......71 Trent Valley Horticulture...............................................73 Handyman Service The Handyman...............................................................98 Hot Tub & Spa Sales & Accessories Season Spas...................................................................13 Locksmith Stapletons Lock & Safe...............................................13 Masonry Benchmark Brickwork & Masonry...........................48 Roofing Services A Marshall Building & Roofing...................................85 C&C Fibreglass...............................................................95 Scaffolding A Craft Scaffolding.........................................................95 Sheds & Garden Buildings UK Garden Buildings.....................................................69 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Charm Windows.............................................................87 Countywide Homecare................................................98 Dickson Windows.............................................................1 G & M Tomlinson Double Glazing................................9 M & M Glazing....................................................................5 MP Glazing & Repair Service.....................................85 True Window & Glass Centre........................................2 We Fit Windows, Doors & Conservatories............. 76 Window Repair Services..............................................92

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Bathroom AHM Installations...........................................................28 Bubbles Showers & Bathrooms...............................22 Houseproud.....................................................................97 Venus Bathrooms & Kitchen Studio........................79 Bedroom DC Interiors......................................................................22 Peak Mouldings Fireplace & Bedroom Centre....48 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters Four Seasons Curtains, Carpets & Blinds.............18 Regency Blinds...............................................................19 RS Blinds............................................................................17 Simply Elegant Interiors................................................17 STA Home Furnishings.................................................19 Carpets & Flooring Four Seasons Curtains, Carpets & Blinds.............18 Priory Carpets & Beds..................................................23 Simply Elegant Interiors................................................17 Timber Floor Studios.................................................. 104 United Carpets................................................................39 Victoria Carpets..............................................................98 Domestic Appliance Repairs Matt Gee...........................................................................45 The Washer Man............................................................38 Electrical Services & Supplies D Lewis Electrical............................................................17 Danlec Electrical Solutions.........................................45 Fox Electrical Contractors........................................... 76 Green Vision Property Services................................25 Lindrick Electrical...........................................................28

Furniture & Homeware E Hayes & Co...................................................................42 Priory Carpets & Beds..................................................23 Simply Elegant Interiors................................................17 The Furniture Project....................................................48 Joinery Services DMF Joinery.....................................................................19 Richdon Joinery..............................................................79 Kitchen DC Interiors......................................................................22 Direct Factory Kitchens...............................................11 Dream Doors...................................................................67 Houseproud.....................................................................97 Venus Bathroom & Kitchen Studio..........................79 Painting & Decorating Services J Bradley Decorators......................................................17 Lee Barnes....................................................................... 76 Plastering & Damp Proof Services D West Plastering & Damp Proofing........................85 Gray’s Plastering & Damp Proofing..........................87 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services David Godley Plumbing & Heating.........................101 Durham’s Heating Services........................................59 Eco-Tech Heating & Plumbing...................................27 Gas Safe Heating...........................................................92 Green Vision Property Services................................25 NP Plumbing....................................................................68 Plumbing & Heating Solutions 1...............................85 Richard Steer Plumbing & Heating..........................60 S Oldfield Plumbing & Heating.................................. 41 Worksop Plumbing Services......................................65 Stoves & Fireplaces Classic Choice Surrounds...........................................23 Peak Mouldings Fireplace & Bedroom Centre....48

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Best Western Aston Hall Hotel..................................77 Black Diamond...............................................................48 Kings Park Hotel.............................................................93 Launay’s...............................................................................9 Spencer’s on the Square.............................................64 The Royal Oak.................................................................92 The Ship............................................................................15 The Three Legged Stool...............................................99 West Retford Hotel........................................................83

PEST CONTROL

Buzz Off Pest Solutions.................................................71 Retford & District Pest Control..................................73

PETS

Dog Grooming Sarah Moore Mobile Dog Grooming........................59 Dog Walking Wilsontus Walks.............................................................59 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery...........................59

SECOND-HAND — BOUGHT & SOLD

Andy Wilkinson Records..............................................98

SOLICITORS & LEGAL SERVICES

Jones & Co.............................................................46 & 47

WASTE & RECYCLING SERVICES

Humpy Dumpy................................................................73 EDUCATION & TRAINING Alphabet Day Nursery................................................... 51 Inspire — Worksop.........................................................57 Mount St Mary’s College.............................................53 Prospect Hill Infant & Nursery School.....................55 Puddle Ducks Pre-School........................................... 51 Vince Shaw Consultancy.............................................57 WEDDINGS Clothing & Accessories AJR Jewellery Design....................................................31 House of Elegance Fashion........................................29 Florist Bo Kay Florists................................................................31 Vehicle Hire GDB Travel........................................................................33 Venue Hire Clumber Park Muthu Hotel & Spa............................33 Kilton Forest Golf Course............................................33 West Retford Hotel........................................................35


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Worksop Life Magazine September 2019  

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