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Sherwood News and Information Mark spencer Article : On the approach to Christmas it can sometimes feel like we might as well move in to our local supermarkets –presents, decorations, drink and of course all that food. In the UK, large grocery retailers account for around 85% of the total grocery markets with Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Tesco accounting for two thirds of the total. Those numbers probably don’t come as a surprise to many of you; supermarkets have come to dominate family shopping in the UK and they undoubtedly provide a service to millions of us in our everyday lives. I believe that with that enormous power, we have the right to expect responsibility from our supermarkets both to their customers and to their suppliers.

these proposals are successful and executed properly, the Ombudsman could protect the future of British farming. But why do we need one? Supermarkets in the UK have enormous purchasing power and in the past there have been allegations that this power has been abused to drive down prices paid to primary producers. Classic examples include the buy one get one free offers we’ve all come to expect: it is not always the supermarket who incurs the cost of that ‘free’ product. Instead, farmers are often told at the last minute that in order to accommodate these deals, they will not receive the agreed price and will instead be paid less.

I do not believe that anyone would regard this practice as being fair but the farmer is in a bind: does he refuse to accept the lower price and find himself lumbered with a perishable Any regular readers will know I’m a farmer crop he can’t shift quickly or does he agree and that backing British produce is something to take the lower price and cut his losses? I’m very passionate about, which is why Similarly, does he complain, perhaps even I’m going to be working, as part of a Bill have his complaint upheld, but face being Committee, on proposals for a Grocery blacklisted for future contracts? Ombudsman. The goal of the Ombudsman is to stop Now ‘Ombudsman’ is not a word most people this situation from arising by enforcing a would regard as exciting or revolutionary code of practice – the Groceries Code - on but these proposals aim to protect the supermarkets and by being able to ‘name independent suppliers who provide our and shame’ those supermarkets who do take supermarkets with fantastic British produce, advantage of their strength against smaller keeping them in business and keeping our retailers, allowing consumers to make an need to import all our food down. In short, if

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informed choice about where to take their custom. These changes will only apply to the 10 retailers with an annual turnover of more than £1 billion – it seems entirely reasonable to me that rather than pushing the cost of their marketing pitches onto small retailers or indeed shoppers, giant supermarket chains should be expected the absorb discount costs themselves. My goal on this committee will be to ensure the Ombudsman really has teeth and I’ll keep pushing to promote and protect British business and food production, but customers have a role to play too. Times are tough, we all know that but we need to bear in mind that when products are on offer in the supermarket, at present, it isn’t some giant faceless company taking the hit for us that week but rather it is very likely that a local producer has borne the brunt of that discount and if we allow supermarkets to continue these practices, that local producer may not be around for next Christmas. In the meantime, may I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous new year. For more info or to arrange an interview with Mark, contact: Madeleine Burns, office: 0115 968 1186, Email: Madeleine.burns@


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tudents visiting World War One battlefields in France and Belgium this month have laid wreaths of poppies on behalf of the force in memory of Nottinghamshire officers killed in the conflict. Our Year 11 History students travelled to the Continent on 9 November to visit the sites of some of the First World War’s bloodiest battlefields. They took with them wreaths of poppies in memory of almost 40 Nottinghamshire police officers who were killed.

serving Notts police officers killed in the war that they may be able to look for.” After research on the internet Malcolm found the location of the officers’ graves and then asked the school if it would be possible for the force to send wreaths over with the pupils. The Nottinghamshire officers, who are commemorated on a memorial at the entrance to force headquarters, are buried in war cemeteries across France and Belgium. The students will lay a wreath at the Thiepval Memorial, built on the site of the Battle of Somme which began on 1

The idea came from Central enquiry officer Malcolm Brown, whose 15-year-old daughter Hannah, is making the trip and was among several students who visited the Nottinghamshire Police Headquarters this week to collect the wreaths. Mr Brown said: “The students were asked if they had any relatives buried over there so they could visit the graves. Hannah came home and asked me and as a keen First World War historian I was able to tell her that all our family returned from France. “As no other students had relatives I mentioned to her that there were some

The students will lay another wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, which lists the names of another 54,406 soldiers whose remains were never found. Every night since 1928, traffic has been stopped at the gate while buglers play the Last Post in tribute to the dead. The final wreath will be laid at Tyne Cot cemetery, a short distance from Ypres. Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth War Cemetery in the world with almost 12,000 graves and a memorial to almost 35,000 missing soldiers, who died during the Battle of Passchendaele. DCC Paul Scarrott said: “Malcolm’s suggestion is a wonderful idea. Remembrance Day gives us all the opportunity to pause, reflect and commemorate the sacrifice of all those killed in the First World War, and other conflicts.

July 1916 and saw the British Army suffer the worst day in its history, sustaining nearly 60,000 casualties. A total of 72,191 names of missing British and South African men who died in the Somme campaign and have no known grave, are engraved on the Thiepval monument.

“Asking school children to lay wreaths on our behalf in memory of the Nottinghamshire police officers who gave their lives during that terrible conflict, will give added poignancy to this year’s Remembrance Day commemoration.”

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WITH winter just around the corner, Nottinghamshire householders are being urged to be good neighbours and help keep roads, paths and pavements clear if and when the snow arrives. And they are also being asked to check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are all right in the cold weather. Nottinghamshire County Council is encouraging people to play their part in keeping the county on the move by following the Government’s Snow Code -- which gives clear advice on clearing snow and ice safely. And it says there’s no reason why people shouldn’t clear residential streets and pavements if they are able. “The County Council is better prepared than ever for this winter and remains committed to playing its part by salting and gritting the main roads across the county,” says Coun Richard Jackson, chairman of the County Council’s transport and highways committee. “During severe winter conditions and heavy snow our priorities are to get the main roads and key public transport corridors passable as quickly as we can so that emergency services and as many people as possible are able to undertake essential journeys. When we have achieved this, of course we will assist minor roads but, where you are able, you don’t have to wait for us to reach your road and footway. “A belief has grown up over the past few years that you shouldn’t clear snow from roads and footways yourself in case you get sued. “In truth, there is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the footway outside your home or from public spaces provided you take sensible precautions. “And if you think your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well and check that they are warm enough and have enough food to last them through any prolonged cold spell. “I’d urge everyone to do their bit and together we can keep Nottinghamshire on the move this winter.” You can find more information on the snow code and other advice for coping with winter weather by visiting

• Don’t make the footways more dangerous by causing them to refreeze. But don’t be put off clearing footways because you’re afraid someone will get injured. Remember -- people walking on snow and ice have responsibility to be careful themselves. • Clear the snow or ice early in the day -- it’s easier to move fresh, loose snow rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking on it. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it refreezing overnight. • Use salt or sand -- not water! If you use water to melt the snow, it will refreeze and turn to black ice. You can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt -- a tablespoon for each square metre you clear should work. If you don’t have enough salt, you can also Use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as well as salt, but will provide good grip under foot. • Use your own salt for your own driveway and only use the salt from council grit bins for public footways and roads so that together we have enough to go around • When you’re shovelling snow, take care where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. • Offer to clear your neighbours’ paths. If your neighbour will have difficulty getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about them, contact your local council.


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Blidworth Walking Group Newark & Sherwood D.C. Walk for Life Gov. Initiative Why not come join our group in this great FREE and fun initiative in the Blidworth area, but welcome to all local residents. Linda, from the Blidworth Community Centre, is leading this venture and has built up a regular group of 30 walkers who meet every Sunday at 10am at the Leisure centre. Linda is trained in first aid and has put a great deal of effort into getting this club off the ground. These led walks are completely free and are there to try and encourage the community and the less active into taking part and getting healthy. As these walks are free of charge to whoever wants to take part. There is a different walk each week, dependent upon the weather and centre bookings. Interested contact: Linda Elliott at Blidworth 0770 363 1816 or go on the Walk4Life website and click on Blidworth to find out more about the walks. Thursday Walking Club—This group have now started meeting again. Contact Sheila on 01623 796118 for details.


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Thanks to The Sherwood publicity we got over 700 patients to the flu clinics. Thanks for your support. I have just been working with The Practice Manager from our Sherwood Cluster these include Farnsfield, Bilsthorpe, Rainworth, Blidworth and Ravenshead to put together an article about the new Integrated Care Programme and we have produced an article which Sally Haywood is forwarding to you Entitled `Nothing About you with You’ which means patients with longterm illnesses will now be treated at home when not necessary via a virtual ward. There are 7 of them across the area being set up. the pilot starts in December and everyone will have access to it by the end of March. I do so hope this improves the service for the over 60s particularly. Gilly

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want to thank everyone who took part in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections and particularly those who voted for me. Despite a low turnout, I have been given a clear mandate for the job. I am delighted to have been elected as the Commissioner and look forward to working with all the groups that I met on the campaign trail. I have pledged to be the People’s Commissioner, listening to your concerns and speaking up for you all with a strong voice. I signed the oath at the Galleries of Justice yesterday (20th November) in the presence of the Chief Constable, Chris Eyre and the returning officer. I shall be taking up my post on 22nd November and I look forward to the challenges ahead. Thanks again for your support. Paddy Tipping, Police and Crime Commissioner, Nottinghamshire


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by Wm Paul Young Out now Multi-millionaire Anthony Spencer is trapped in a coma and finds himself in a surreal world that reflects the skewed priorities of the life he’s lived on earth where he meets a stranger who turns out to be Jesus and a grandmother who is the Holy Spirit. Pleading for a second chance, he is sent back to earth to redeem himself. There he must fight to put right the mess he’s created, experiencing events through others’ eyes before deciding how to use the miraculous gift he’s been given. Before his illness he had set events in motion that he now needs to undo but will he have the courage to make the right choice? ISBN-13: 978-1444745979 £10.79 (Amazon)

Film Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Part 1) Released December 13th The long awaited prequel to Lord of the Rings by director Peter Jackson: Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum Part 2 will be released December 14th 2013




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Tallents Solcitors have been shortlisted for two awards in the Newark Business Awards this year; Business Commitment to the Community and Excellence in Business. Both myself as Editor and Andy Jones, Sub Editor wish them well and also thank Tallents for supporting our local community magazine from the start. If you wish to follow the results you can do so at: businessawards2012/finalists.asp

Promotion to county level for Tallented rugby coach Local solicitor, Andy Stout from Tallents in Newark, has been appointed as one of the Nottingham county U14 rugby coaches. Andy will be assisting with the coaching of the U14 rugby squad and involved in county team selection. Andy said: “Involvement with the county U14s is a great opportunity for me to develop as a coach and learn from others.” Andy has also stepped up at club level and is now the Corsair coaching coordinator for the mini’s section. Andy is keen that communication between the different age groups within the club should increase and the sharing of experiences, drills, and knowledge should be commonplace, helping to identify best practice. Andy started his volunteer coaching career with the

Nottingham Corsairs Under 6s rugby team and in 2010 he was selected to participate in Nottingham Sport’s Talented Coaches Programme. The programme identified a few select talented sports coaches across the region and worked with them to improve the levels of coaching excellence within Nottinghamshire. As well as his coaching, Andy now also mentors a rugby coach from Mansfield Rugby Club. Andy commented: “In whatever I do, be that law or sports, I’ve always wanted to excel and the Talented Coaching programme has helped me become a better coach for the rugby teams I work with. “Ongoing it’ll be great to see how players are being developed at county level and I’ll be able to bring these experiences back to the Corsairs rugby club and share them with other coaches to improve rugby training for children in Nottinghamshire.”

IWB Ladies at Lunch Christmas Party

Venue: The Mansfield Manor Restaurant & Hotel, Carr Bank Park, Mansfield. NG18 2AL Time: 12 – 1.30 pm Cost Non Members £20 Premier Members £15.00 Premier Plus Members £12.00 If you wish to attend please email Diane Carter, Chair at diane@ Visit Tuesday 11th December

NNN Breakfast Networking

Venue: Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe. NG21 9PR Time: 7.30 – 9 am Cost: £6.50 Members £7.50 Non-members £5 for first time visitors Informal networking & business support for all SME businesses To book contact Diane Carter; Chair Visit


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Art Classes.

These art classes are aimed at adults of all ages and abilities who enjoy drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, tuition is given or if you prefer paint your own thing with help given when needed, materials are available to purchase. They are held at Mansfield Woodhouse, Mansfield on Tuesday mornings 10.00 to 12.00 and Thursday mornings 10.00 to 12.00 in Forest Town Mansfield. Come and join one of my welcoming lively and friendly groups. Please contact Viv for further details on 07880 924103

Local Library Opening Times Bilsthorpe Library 01623 870216 Wednesday 9.30 am. - 1.00 pm. Friday 1.30 pm. - 5.00 pm. Saturday 9.30 am. - 1.00 pm. Blidworth Library 01623 793775 Monday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. Wednesday 2.00 pm. - 6.00 pm. Friday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. Saturday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. Farnsfield Library 01623 883917 Monday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. Wednesday 9.00 am - 12.30 pm. Friday 2.00 pm. - 6.00 pm. Saturday 9.00 am. - 1.00 pm. Rainworth Library 01623 791038 Tuesday 9.00 am. - 1.30 pm. Friday 1.00 pm. - 5.00 pm. Ravenshead Library 01623 794634 Tuesday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. 1.30 pm - 6.00 pm. Thursday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm 1.30 pm - 6.00 pm. Friday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm. Saturday 9.00 am. - 12.30 pm. Library Mangers Ann Whitworth/Tracey Yeomans

Members of the Rainworth Surgery Patient Participation Group (PiP) Held a successful coffee morning and raffle on Friday 28 September as part of the MacMillan Biggest Coffee Morning in the World. This was the first event the group had hosted and raised £450 for MacMillan nurses. There were around 300 raffle prizes donated by many local businesses, the support was overwhelming – thank you all. Thanks also to everyone who worked so hard to make it a success and those who supported by buying raffle tickets, making and buying cakes. Our furthest visitor came from Niagra Falls in the USA and had a lovely morning!


Hi there Rainworth Folk.

Last but not least, Rainworth Parish Council wishes all residents a very Merry Christmas and all the very best for a Happy New Year.


nce again, another successful Guy Fawkes, with the Welfare Bonfire event. The Village Hall did their bit by putting on a family disco, with fun and food. All in all something for everyone and much enjoyed and a big ‘Thank You’, to all involved. At our November meeting, County Councillor Merry presented two cheques to Rainworth Parish Council towards the cost of floral displays and Christmas lights. Following a recent, albeit isolated, incident on the roundabout along the bypass, the County Highways Department with a great deal of persuasion from Cllr. Merry, have decided to erect a barrier and this should be in place before the end of this financial year. Remembrance Sunday at St.Simon & St Judes was well attended with wreaths being placed by Sandra Overton for the British Legion, Mark Buttery, Parish Chairman on behalf of Rainworth Parish

Keep reporting any problems and we will do our best to get them sorted and we do appreciate your help. We can’t be everywhere and your information helps us keep a comprehensive record so we can check back on problem areas. Council and Linda Tift, District and Parish Councillor, on behalf of Rainworth Residents. Whilst in the churchyard, it was heartening to see how well the Millennium Yew Tree was doing. This had been planted by Cllrs. Val & John Stevenson in 2000, but then had to be hospitalised for quite some time after being eaten by the lawnmower!! However, it is now quite big and has berries! Congratulations to Paddy Tipping who is now our new Police Crime Commissioner. We won’t get preferential treatment but at least Paddy knows us all and knows the area.

The failure to call this in was an omission of the former District Councillors who were in post at the time, but there is now a procedure in position that, if the Parish Council’s advice disagrees with the recommendation of the Planning Officers, then the application will be automatically considered by the Planning Committee. If you have any objection to a planning objection then you have the ability to write in in objection and, if the feelings of the locality warrant it, then one

Dawn Jones, Parish Clerk, 01623 490259, The Parish Office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am2pm Next Parish Council meeting. No meeting in December. Thursday 10th. January 2013. 7pm. Next Police Surgery: Wednesday 9th.January 10.30am

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Councillor John Bradbury & John Middleton

We have been receiving queries regarding the demolition of the old toilets and removal of the tree next to the Chip Shop on Southwell Road East, especially people saying that there had been no local consultation about this. We have looked this up and found that it was approved by the Planning Department at NSDC on 3rd February 2010 under planning reference 09/00426/FUL. If you wish to look this up yourself you can find it on the planning pages of the NSDC website There have been comments made to us that the matter was not called in to the Planning Decision for decision but was approved by the Officers despite the Parish Council’s opposition.

The Parish Office will be closed much of Christmas into the New Year. If you have a problem needing immediate attention, contact your local councillor.

Are you Deaf or hard of hearing and do you wear an NHS Hearing aid(s)? of the local Councillors can ask for the matter to be called in and, if he/ she thinks it necessary, speak to the application at the Committee. The Parish Council also has the right to be heard by the Planning Committee, but individual residents are not allowed to speak at the Planning Committee There are moves afoot for the Desert to be used again for off-roading. NSDC is looking into this as it will possibly be breaching planning law and damaging the unique environments found in that area. We will keep you informed. Following recent incidents we are keeping in touch with St Andrew’s Healthcare and will report anything that is relevant to Rainworth With limited space here, we will give additional detailed information on our Blog at John Bradbury, 9 St Peters Drive Tel: 07973 422839 Email: uk John Middleton, 14 St Judes Way Tel: 01623 799394 Email:

If so, then come along to a FREE drop in clinic as below and we can help you with:  Supply and fitting of batteries  Supply and fitting of new ear mould tubing/ cleaning  Advice on maintenance and fitting  Support and training on using your aid(s)  Signposting to other services


Rookwood Close Community Centre, Rookwood Close (next to Tesco) Blidworth NG21 0PJ Second Thursday of the month 10am-12pm 13th December 2012 10th January 2013 14th February 2013 Rainworth Miners Welfare Kirklington Road, Rainworth NG21 0JY Last Thursday of the month 1pm - 3pm 27th December 2012 For more information please contact Laura Ainsworth, Senior Community Support Officer, Hear to Help Action on Hearing loss, C/O The Ear Foundation, 83 Sherwin Road, Lenton, Nottingham, NG7 2FB 0115 9427804


The Venue Christmas & New Year Special Events Friday 14th December at 7.30 pm for 8 pm Christmas Cabaret Time Enjoy a delicious 4 Course Christmas Meal Followed by Stevie Stephenson Singer & Dawn Allen Vocal Entertainer Music & Dancing Only £19.00 BOOK EARLY Group & Individual Bookings Welcome HELPING THE PRACTICE HELP YOU Nothing this month from Hillview surgery patient group, lots going on with hopefully some interesting stuff soon). C/O Dave Ball,

Friends of Tippings Wood Last month we were encouraging you to walk through our woods and enjoy Autumn. Sadly, like all aspects of life, nothing in nature stays the same and we are now faced with the potential loss of our beautiful Ash Trees from Chalara Fraxinea, a serious fungal disease. The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees and usually results in tree death. Large numbers of trees were infected in Poland in 1992 and included forest trees, trees in urban locations and also young trees in nurseries. Hundred of staff from government agencies have been out checking Ash trees across the UK for signs of disease during early November. With leaves falling anyway it is a bit harder to identify easily. However, older trees develop elliptical indentations on the bark. But not all trees will die of the infection and some are likely to have genetic resistance. So a sad tale but Nature will always have the last word. The winter schedule of maintenance has just started. Tree felling, cutting back overgrown hawthorn, hedge laying and fence repairs. If you would like to join us for a day please ring mobile number 07950646620 to check when and where we are going to meet. Be our eyes and ears and look after Tippings Wood. Report criminal damage to the non-emergency Police number on 101. They may not attend, but it is important to record any issues so that further action can be taken. Friends of Tippings Wood.

Wednesday 12th December Christmas Bingo Snowball Eyes Down 2pm Plus Every Wednesday in 2013 Sunday 16th December Christmas Carvery with all the Delicious Trimmings Four Seatings from 12 noon MUST BOOK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT Only £6.00 Senior Citizens £5.00 Wednesday 19th December Special 3-Course Christmas Lunch Only £4.95 Served 12 – 2pm BOOK EARLY TO SECURE YOUR SPACE Followed by Bingo Christmas Eve from 8pm Disco & Christmas Quiz ADMISSION FREE Christmas Day Open at Lunchtime 12 – 2pm Thursday 27th December Darts, Dominoes & Pools Evening 8pm Supper & Cash Prizes £££ Sunday 30th December Christmas Snooker Handicap 7pm With Cash Prizes ££££ New Years Eve Buffet & Live Entertainment Tickets £4 1st Drink FREE Fancy Dress with £100 Best Dressed Prize Great Seasonal Beer Prices John Smith £2.35 a pint Fosters £2.60 a pint Youngers Best £2.00 a pint Carling £2.95 a pint

Tel: 01623 797975 The Venue, Kirklington Road, Rainworth



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Mon Night 7.45–10.30pm Sequence Dancing £1.50 Admission, bingo, card bingo & ‘Open the Box’ (lounge & concert room) Tues Night 7.30-11pm ‘Blitz’ modern jive lessons & dance to follow £7.00 admission (please call club to ensure the class is on) Wed Night 7.15–9.15pm Family bingo. Great cash prizes & Raffle. Children welcome with an adult. Thur pm Irish dancing 3.30-5.30pm Thur Night Darts & Dominoes knockout (names down by 8.45pm please) Fri Night Occasional Sequence Dancing (please ring to check), £1.50. Bingo and Card Bingo as usual (Lounge and Concert Room) Sat Night 8 - 10.30pm Family Bingo & Raffle. Children welcome with an adult. Sun Night Sequence Dancing (Concert Room) £1.50 Admission. Quiz (Lounge Bar) and regular Bingo & Open the Box (both rooms). FANCY A PARTY OR CELEBRATION? —room hire only £35 Members, £70 Non-members—up to 6 hours KIDS PARTIES—Bouncy castle £30, Disco £45 for 2 hours (£70 for both) At The Venue—Royal British legion—Rainworth, Blidworth & District Branch meet at The Venue every First Thursday of the month —at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome St Simon and St Judes Church—4th Rainbow Brownies—For five to seven year old girls. Friday 4.45—5.45 pm. New members welcome. Call Pat Holmes on: 01623 795239 St Simon and St Judes Art Group 1.45 – 3.30 pm £1.50 inc refreshments. Painting or drawing – any skill level. All welcome Rainworth Methodist Church—3rd Rainworth Brownies at 6m on Fridays. More details please phone:01623 629879 Surestart Children’s Centre, Rainworth water road. Families can contact us on 01623 499900 to confirm details of groups or if they are running during the school holidays. Monday 9.00am-11.15am Lakeview Toddler and Baby Group-open to all (call to confirm ) Wednesday 1.15pm-3.00pm Busy Feet-open to all (please call to confirm during the holidays) Thursday 1.15pm-3.00pm Toby's Twos Group -suitable for children 24 months+ (Term time only) Friday 9.30am-11am Wobbly Ones-suitable for toddlers 12-24 months, 11am-12pm Jelly Babies-suitable for birth-12 months TO AMEND ANY OF THE ABOVE PLEASE CONTACT EDITOR ON: 01623 795623 OR EMAIL:

Rainworth Miners Welfare Christmas Entertainment Thursday 20th December Pantomime ‘RAPUNZEL’ Commences 7:00 pm £2.50 Adults, £1.00 Child – Tickets will be on sale at the Club from 1st December. Monday 24th December - ‘Christmas Eve’ Sequence Dancing in Concert Room – Bingo & Card Bingo in the Concert Room & Lounge.

Wednesday 26th December - ‘Boxing Day’ Disco in Concert Room from 3:00 pm till 10:00 pm. Monday 31st December – ‘New Year’s Eve’ – 7:00 pm till late Four piece Boy Band “MY MATE KATE” – 60’s music to present date. Plus £2.00 Members, £5.00 Non-members. Tickets will be on Sale at the Club from 1st December.


Rainworth Miners Welfare, Kirklington Road, Rainworth. Tel: 01623 792495


Parish Council Report 1. Last reminder Re Switch on Event Saturday 1st December 2012 , with Santa , Brass Band , Stiltsman / Balloonist , NCC Youth Bus , various stalls , Tombola , Tea . Coffee , Mince Pies , BBQ Etc . 2. Remembrance Day Parade 11 November 2012 – Excellent weather , & was well attended , Col . Snaith led the Parade , together with the Cadets & Royal British Legion Members . Rev. Hazel Robinson & Rev Clare Tyack led the service . 3. Our new Parish Website is currently having the required information input such as Members Data , Minutes , Accounts , Meeting Dates etc . & hope to be live very soon. 4 . Pensioners Xmas Party, Wed 5 December 2012 . Listings are available at Parish Office , Rookwood Close , Marklew Close , Community Leisure Centre & Library . Please Note : Forms will be collected on Mon 26 November 2012 Blidworth Parish Council, Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth, Nottinghamshire, NG21 0RD Geoff Stocks, Clerk to the Council, Tel/Fax: 01623 490358, Office hours. Mon 9am – 4pm Thurs 9am – 4pm RAINWORTH WAR MEMORIAL Sadly we have to report that in October the War Memorial in Rainworth was defaced! This was reported to the Police, and if they find the perpetrator(s) we will support any action that is subsequently taken by them. We have to thank the members of St Simon & St Jude’s church for their excellent work in cleaning the Memorial. POPPY FORTNIGHT On the positive side we have to report that yet again we broke all records in the amount we collected during our Poppy Appeal which was assisted by the hard work put in by our new Poppy Appeal Organiser Sandra Overton and her dedicated team of collectors. We must not of course forget all the shops & pubs etc in Rainworth and Blidworth who helped, and most importantly the generous residents of both villages. REMEMBRANCE PARADES. It was the turn of Blidworth this year for the Royal British Legion to bear the Standard at the main Remembrance Parade and Service at their War Memorial. We were happy to have the Deputy Lieutenant Colonel David R Sneath MA TD DL and his wife Mrs Carol Sneath in attendance. He was invited to inspect the Legion Members, the newly affiliated Cadets and all the Standard Bearers before the start of the Remembrance Service. The service was then conducted by our Branch Chaplain the Rev. Hazel Robinson assisted by the Rev. Clare Tyack. The Deputy Lieutenant remarked after the service how well it was conducted and how surprised he was at the number of people who attended the service. At the same time in Rainworth a smaller service was conducted at the War Memorial in the grounds of St Simon & St Jude’s church for those who could not get to Blidworth, this service was conducted by Marilyn Brown and Stephanie Smart.

Problems with Debt? Did you know there is a FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE SERVICE available? The MONEY ADVICE CENTRE is run by the Sherwood Forest Community Church in Blidworth Call Mike on 01623 797763 BLIDWORTH READING GROUP We are a small group who meet at 4-00 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blidworth library to discuss our chosen book of the month. We’re a very informal group who look forward to gaining new members. Please come and join us. Blidworth & Rainworth Women’s Institute (W.I.) Meet at the Blidworth Methodist church hall on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7.30. Come and join in our small friendly group. Call Mary on 01623 799095 for details. It’s not all jam and Jerusalem! C/O Mary Ledger

Meadow Road and New Road Pensioners Association (the Monday club) hello everybody, the club is still ticking over, all members are okay, Monday meetings go on as usual. Going through a quiet time, nothing much happened over the last month. A couple of things are being planned for members and friends, i.e. ( A shopping trip and a social evening at our H.Q. at the Rookwood centre. ) The latter being dedicated to a charity. Reports on each event in later edition. Regards to all your readers, Harry


Blidworth Miners’ Welfare Social Centre ‘Weekly Events’ Monday Salsa Class “Salsacise” at 6pm with Ace Salsa. (see full advert page 5). Also Free Pool Tuesday Dominoes Handicap starts 8:30. New players welcome. Wednesday Bingo Night plus ‘Sticky Thirteen’ Card Games Thursday Poker Night from 8:00 Friday Live Entertainment, Members Draw and ‘Sticky Thirteen’ Card Games Saturday Live Entertainment and ‘Sticky Thirteen’ Card Games Sunday Quiz Night and ‘Sticky Thirteen’ Card Games Private Room available for Hire – suitable for Birthdays, Anniversary & Wedding Celebrations and Meetings. Contact 01623 793361 (Kevin) or 0788 7977350 (Dave) for details. Weekly Events SureStart Centre Tues Homestart Group-open to all (please call to confirm during the holidays)             Wobbly Ones-suitable for toddlers 12-24 months (Term time only) Wed Jelly babies-suitable for babies 0-12 months (call to confirm during the holidays)         Child Health Clinic-open to all Thur Family Play Session-open to all (please call to confirm during the holidays) Fri    Blidworth Oaks Toddler Group  £1.00 per family (Term time only)         Rhyme Time (Term time only) St Andrew’s Mission Hall Tues Bingo with Stephen Fox Tues 1st St Mary’s Brownies (term time only) Tel Kathy Straw 490920 Wed Needlecraft Club Blidworth Doctor’s Surgery Wed Citizens’ Advice Bureau Sherwood Forest Community Church Thu Art Class Blidworth Methodist Church Thu Teen Drop in Club (11 - 15yrs) (Term time only) Fri Toddler Church (Term time only) Fri Parent Support Group (Term time only) The Drill Hall (New Rd) Mon/Wed Army Cadet Force Belle Vue Playing Field Tues/Thu FC Training (17+ new players welcome) This page is yours to update with any local events that are taking place in the coming year. Please contact the Editor to leave your details and information entry.

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Blidworth Welfare Social Centre Dates for your Diary Free Pie and Pea Supper for Members. Friday 14th December For your entertainment SoulRox - fabulous local duo. To collect your meal voucher, show your membership card at the bar before 9th December. Meals will be served between 8:15 and 9:15. Non members can purchase their supper for £2. Bonus to be added to Sticky 13 prize monies. Children’s Christmas Party and Disco 1pm to 6pm Saturday 15th December See Notice Board in foyer to register your names. 1pm to 6pm Thursday 20th December Blidworth Welfare Band Xmas Concert.

Curtains Raised at 8:15pm Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest A number of members attended the Rotary District Conference at Southport in October together with Rotarians from Nottinghamshire, & Derbyshire. We were inspired by Anne Wafula Strike – Gold medallist wheelchair Paralympian who as a child had been struck down with Polio the debilitating disease that Rotary working together with the World Health Organisation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are striving to eradicate Polio from the world. Polio remains in only 3 countries in the world but we must not let off until the world is free from this horrible infectious disease. Murder on the Disorientated Express - Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest acted out ‘Murder on the Disorientated Express’ their 5th Murder Mystery production’ in Ollerton. Pat Sutherns found Kiki De’Leggs guilty of strangling him with her stocking and hanging him up with a tie. The evening raised £470 for charitable causes. Photo:Tony Crowson (President) Liane Shore (Kiki De’Leggs – murderer and Pat Sutherns Winner of the Murder Mystery.

Poetry Book Review A new poetry book 50 Funny Poems for Children, has just been published by local publishing company - Thynks Publications Limited. This collection is the outcome of a poetry competition which was run to find 50 poems to put in a book for children. Two of the poems included in the book, were written by children and entered by their teacher.

illustrators, Nick Gilbert and Andy Kociuch, was based on the first prizewinner's poem Mr Pickle's Pet Shop. This poem was written by English writer, Pat Simmons, who lives in Australia. The poems are written in a very mixed variety of styles and the book will delight every child who turns its pages and will be a favourite Christmas Present for children who love reading silly poems! ISBN:- 9781900420526, £5.99

There were three prize winners whose poems bring overtones of Dr. Zeus, Edward Lear and Spike Milligan. These were poets who touched on the sense of absurdity and humour which is ever present in childhood and this collection continues in the same vein. The front cover of the book, designed by local Nominations sought for our Annual ROBIN HOOD AWARD - the award is given by our Rotary Club to a local person who gives of their time and energy to help others in voluntary work in the community to help others. The recipient receives a carved statuette of Robin Hood, which they keep for one year along with a citation recording their achievement. The award is presented to the winner at the Club Charter Luncheon 10th February 2013. Please help us by telling us about some one that you think deserves to receive this prestigious award and what they have done to help others in the communities of Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Boughton and surrounding villages. Please send your nominations and your contact information to President Tony Crowson, The Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest, c/o South Forest Leisure, Clipstone Rd, Edwinstowe NG21 9JF or email to: before the1st December 2013. Tony Crowson President, Rotary Club of Sherwood forest, www.rotary1220org/she tel: 01623 825607.


Blidworth & District Historical Society At our November meeting members welcomed the Countess Dowager of Shrewsbury! She was in fact Judy Williams in full costume and she told us the animated story of ‘her’ life as the Countess Dowager and of course, ‘Bess’ of Hardwick. She became one of Queen Elizabeth I Ladies in Waiting at the Royal Court and was tasked with keeping Mary Queen of Scots under house arrest at Hardwick Hall. Judy’s presentation was excellent and everyone enjoyed hearing of Bess’ life, loves, including her four husbands and how she became one of the richest and most powerful women of the 17th century. Judy, still in costume, then gave us a slide picture tour through Hardwick Hall and its many treasures. During the meeting Chairman John Smallwood and member Yvonne Neville told members that funding had been secured from Nottinghamshire County Council to prepare a condition report for the future conservation of Blidworth Windmill ,monitored by a steering group known as ‘The Friends of Blidworth Windmill’. This will help to secure the future of one of Blidworth’s historical landmarks currently at risk. At the refreshment break members examined a flight compass, from an Avro Lancaster bomber, brought in by Derek Wilson

Bards at Blidworth

There is something about the rounds of anniversaries, festivals and regular rituals that give depth and meaning to our lives, especially during the winter season. When deep feelings are stirred into remembrance, many people, not just the published ones, feel the urge to write something or create something to commemorate and share and add to the moment. In many families, people talk about those family members who have passed on - stories are told - ‘in memoriam’ columns of newspapers are filled with little verses. Christmas card verses with just the right words can add value to the giving and sharing of cards - a poem on a piece of paper written specially for us can have a everlasting memorable

Then Alan Higgins told the story of the 100 year boundary conflict between Blidworth and Farnsfield in the 17th and 18th centuries. This was illustrated by maps and photographs. Once again, Alan’s presentation proved very popular with both members and visitors. Our next meeting will be on December 4th. There will be a quiz followed by a presentation of slides by members Eric Hall and Alan Higgins, showing the development and demise of Blidworth Colliery. Archive material will be available to view. Our meetings start promptly at 7 pm on the first Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Chapel on Main Street, Blidworth. January’s meeting will be on the 8th because of New Year. The speaker will be Mr W Taylor with ‘Railways of the Midlands during 1950-60s’ and include mention of the station at Rainworth. Well remembered by many of our more mature residents! New members are always welcome; just turn up on the night. There is normally a small charge of £2 which includes refreshments. If you have any photographs of the village and its people that we may copy and add to our archive we would be most grateful. If you would impact. There are poets all around and among us. Poetry is a natural part of our lives. In the bleakness of Winter, the focus of a festival can brighten our lives and Christmas celebrations can bring cheer. The words of many a Christmas Carol can uplift and comfort many. Sharing a wellknown Christmas poem or two with a little group of friends or family could enhance Christmas for us. Christmas - to be enjoyed - doesn’t have to be as commercial as it seems to have become. Then there is the spiritual side and the sharing of a two-thousand yearold story with all of its ramifications and finding fresh meaning in it for our lives today. Christine Michael, http://www.

like more information please contact me, Dale Smallwood, Secretary, on 01623 479978 or visit our website. Our website is well worth viewing so why not ‘have a peek’ and if you would like to add more information to it, or photographs/articles, please contact us on the number above. The Society will also be represented at the Christmas Fairs at Blidworth Welfare on the 24th November and on the 1st December. Please drop in and look at some of our archive material and browse local history books – some for sale. You will be most welcome.

Blidworth Art Club (Adult Group)

We are an adult group and we meet at the Methodist Meeting room, Main Street, Blidworth at 7.30 - 9.00 pm every Tuesday evening. Cost £1.00 including tea and biscuits. New members are always welcome - please contact Jean Richards on 0623 795403 for further information

Poem: Twas the Night Before Christmas Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads. And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap, Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap. When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter, I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer. With a little old driver, so lively and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St Nick. More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name! “Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen! To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall! Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!” Extract from the Poem by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863)


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION BRAVERY AND VALUABLE SERVICE RECOGNISED Following the Farnsfield Remembrance Parade and Service a reception was held at the home of the Branch President, Mr Nick Linney DL, at which a number of presentations were made. In October 1950 Branch

member John Banister was serving in the Royal Navy in Korean Waters when his ship, HMS Comus, was attacked and seriously damaged. His Majesty The King approved the award of the Distinguished Service Medal to John for his actions following the attack and Her Majesty the Queen awarded the Medal to him when he returned to this Country in 1952. Unfortunately John did not have a copy of the Citation for the medal so determined efforts were made by members of the branch to obtain this for him. He was presented with a framed copy of the Citation by branch President Mr Nick Linney. After the presentation John said “I am very grateful to everyone involved in getting the Citation for me which will take pride of place at home”. The Reverend Peter Graves retired from his post of Branch Chaplain earlier this year after some 14 years of dedicated Service. In appreciation of his valuable and greatly appreciated contribution to the Legion and the Branch Mr Nick Linney presented him with a

framed Certificate of Appreciation which included a photograph of Peter taking part in a Remembrance Service at the Village War Memorial. Speaking after the presentation Peter commented “I am very honoured to receive such a wonderful token of appreciation which has

taken me by surprise. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving the Branch and will continue as a member of the Legion”. At the recent Branch Annual General Meeting Nigel Caldicott stood down from his post as Chairman because his family will shortly be leaving Farnsfield to move to Worcestershire to be closer to other members of their family. Newly elected Chairman, Trevor Wilds, reflected that for 8 years Nigel had served the Branch and the Legion in a number of ways. During his time in Farnsfield he had helped bring about the reinvigoration and rejuvenation of the Branch. His energy and enthusiasm showed a great example to members and the public alike and had helped bring about a much greater awareness of the Legion and its work with the Service Community. Trevor presented Nigel with an engraved Silver Mounted Paperweight in appreciation of his contribution. After receiving his gift Nigel said “The Legion in Farnsfield has made fantastic progress over recent years and I am glad that I was able to do my bit to help. I am also very grateful to my family and

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Crafty Crafts Club Come along to our new monthly craft club at Edwinstowe library This is FREE for children aged 5 – 11 years old Our next activity will be held on: Saturday 15th Dec 10.00 – 11.30am Come along and make a 3D CHRISTMAS CARD T E W

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all those who supported me during my time with the branch. It has been an honour and a privilege.” As a result of a particularly successful year of fundraising events Cynthia Carr, Chairman of the Branch Social Committee, was able to present a cheque for £2000 to Poppy Appeal Organiser Bob Burrows who commented “This contribution will make a tremendous difference to the amount we have raised for the Appeal this year. It is

the result of a lot of hard work by members and the undying generosity of the public whose support is greatly appreciated.” Photo top left: President Nick Linney DL presenting the Citation to John Banister (right). Photo top right: Branch Chairman Trevor Wilds (left) and Nigel Caldicott Publicity Contact:- Trevor Wilds



he Cornwater Club Charity Shop

Would you like to meet these happy people? Then why not book a free taster day at the Cornwater Club. Many of our members say that the Cornwater Club has been their lifeline ; due to changes in circumstances some have found themselves alone. On joining the club they have met new people who have become their firm friends, two members met at the club ten years ago and both still come three times a week and attend the weekly outings together! The club has a welcoming and friendly environment. Each session offers members the opportunity to try activities, should they want to. Activities range from bobbin lace making, art, flower arranging and scrabble, to name a few. A programme of activities is planned on a monthly basis. The club runs three days a week from 10:00 am to 2:30pm at Ravens Lodge, Ravenshead. It offers friendship to older people, stimulating activities and a nutritional two course meal freshly cooked on the day. Transport is available from Blidworth and Ravenshead. If you would like to book a free taster day please phone Maxine Dakin on 01623 491159 The Cornwater Clubs (Ravenshead) Ltd, Ravens Lodge, Main Road, Ravenshead, Registered Charity Number 1088811

Ravenshead Inner Wheel Club

Ravenshead volunteer Claire Tucker came to speak to our club about going to Banerton, South Africa next year during her gap year at an AIDS orphanage for 3 months. The orphanage is called St. John’s which is run by four nuns and volunteers. They take up to 50 children from birth up to the age of 18. They also take in pregnant mothers or mothers and babies with AIDS. Claire visited the orphanage last year while she was staying her Aunt ,she then spoke to her family about going out as a volunteer. She will be able to stay with her Aunt as she lives only about 1 mile away from the orphanage. Not only do the children need essentials but the centre needs kitchen utensils, bedding, washing facilities and a much needed tutor. Food and clothing are the priorities.


For more information contact Gilly Hagen Chair – e-mail telephone 797138 or Sally Haywood Practice Manager 795461.

Her father Andrew who is a member of The Ravenshead and Blidworth Rotary Club and mother Carla must be very proud of their daughter. So far Claire has managed to raise about two thirds of her money and we, The Inner Wheel club of Ravenshead are pleased to help sponsor her and wish her well working at St. John’s. Susie Parry-Williams, Club Correspondent

As Claire’s goal is to raise £3000, she has been busy babysitting, organising a Fashion event doing a sponsored sleep over at her Church with all the Sunday school children and has started work at the Disney Store in Nottingham to earn more money for St. John’s. After her year out Claire plans to study a teaching degree next year so she can work with children aged between 4 to7.

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Strengthening Communities Church Services Blidworth -St Mary’s 1st & 3rd Sunday in month Holy Communion 9.15am 2nd & 4th Sunday in month Morning Worship 9.15am 2nd Sunday in month Holy Communion 8.00am Midweek - Wednesday Holy Communion 9.30am St Andrew’s Mission Monthly, Last Saturday in month 10.00am Coffee Morning St Andrew’s. 1st Sunday in month 12.30pm Holy Communion St Andrew’s Mission

Rainworth -St Simon & St Jude 1st Sunday in month All Age Worship 10.30am 3rd Sunday in month Morning Worship 10.30am 2nd & 4th Sunday in month Holy Communion 10.30am Midweek -Holy Communion Thursday 9.30am Monthly: 1st Monday in month Holy Communion 7.00pm

Methodist Church Sunday Services Morning Services Evening Services Blidworth 10:30am Blidworth 6.00pm Rainworth 10:30am Rainworth 6.00pm Farnsfield 10:15am Farnsfield 6.15pm Bilsthorpe 10.30am Note: Evening services are not every week, please check the notice boards. C/O Rev David Greenwood Methodist Minister Sherwood Forest Community Church “Sunday morning worship at 10am. Please visit our website for details of other events.” St George’s Catholic Church, Rainworth Sunday Service 9.00am Weekday Mass Fri 7.00pm Holyday of Obligation: 7.00pm Confessions Fri 6.15 - 6.45pm Sun 8.30 - 8.50am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Fri 6.15 - 7.00pm Other Devotions see Newsletter

St Patricks Catholic Church Forest Town Saturday: 6.30pm (Vigil Mass) Sunday: 10.30am (Sung Mass) Weekday Mass Mon & Thur 9.00am Tue: 7.00pm Wed 11.00am Sat 10.00am Holydays of Obligation Eve of Holyday 7.00pm Confessions: Sat 9.30-9.55am, 5.45-6.25pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Tues 6.30-7.00pm Sat 9.00-10.00am

Services at ST PETER’S Church These follow the general pattern: Sunday: 8.00 am - Holy Communion (traditional language). 9.30 am - Parish Communion (Common Worship) or occasionally Service of the Word. 11.00 am - Morning Worship or Family Communion 6.00 pm - Choral Evensong Prayer (Book of Common Prayer) alternate Sundays Every Wednesday: 10.30 am - Holy Communion (CW) in the Church Lounge. SUNDAY SERVICES: HC = Holy Communion 8 am, PC = Parish Comm. 9.30 am. MW = Morning Worship 11am, FC = Family Comm. 11 am, CE = Choral Evensong 6 pm.

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the story of Jesus – not the whole story. They I’m busy putting the fine remind us that Jesus detail into the planning didn’t stay a baby in a of Christmas services at manger, but that he grew the moment and my head up, lived an amazing life, is filled with Christmas giving all that he had songs and carols (like so that we could have a the supermarkets vicars future with him in heaven. have to get ahead of That is the wonderful gift the game as well!). It of Christmas – it goes made me think...we are on today and into all our probably very familiar tomorrows. with the first verses of I wish you a joyful, the traditional Christmas peaceful Christmas and carols, but how many I’ll leave you to find out of the last verses do we for yourselves what those know? What is the last last verses are! verse or line of ‘Once in Royal David’s city’ Rev Hazel Robinson or ‘Away in a manger’? Vicar of Blidworth & I had to sing my way Rainworth through the whole of the carol to be sure. But the last verses of these carols remind us that Christmas is only part of

Our special Christmas services are:

St Mary's Church, Blidworth Sunday 9th Dec 4.00pm Tree of Memories service Saturday 15th Dec 4.00pm Living Nativity Monday 24th Dec 4.00pm Christingle service Monday 24th Dec 11.30pm Holy Communion There is no service here Christmas day United service is offered at 10.00am At St Simon & St Jude’s St Simon & St Jude's Church, Rainworth Sunday 16th Dec 6.00pm Carol Service Monday 24th Dec 6.00pm Christingle service Monday 24th Dec 11.30pm Holy Communion Tuesday 25th Dec 10.00am Holy Communion

St Andrew’s Mission Church, The Crescent, Blidworth

Talk & Tea

3rd Monday in each Month 3.00pm - 4.00pm Light Refreshments and chat for any in need of company and conversation Suggested voluntary donation of £1 to cover costs. Contact Rev Hazel Robinson 01623 475135

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More Local News

Emergency Contacts: Police/Ambulance/Fire Services 999 PC 505 Annette JOHNSON Beat Manager for Blidworth & Rainworth area Based at BLIDWORTH Police Station can be contacted on: 0300 300 99 99 / 0759 507 4428 Local contacts Rainworth Health Centre, Warsop La, 01623 794293 Dentist 01623 798611 Blidworth & Ravenshead Surgeries 59 Mansfield Rd blidworth 01623 695461 30 Longdale Ave Ravenshead 01623 795461 Rainworth Library, Warsop Lane, 01623 791038 Joseph Whitaker School: 01623 792 327 Useful Contacts Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 Childline: 0800 1111 NHS Direct: 0845 4647 Online help at: NHSDirect Age UK: 0800 00 99 66 Asthma UK Advice line: 08457 01 02 03 Domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247 FRANK: 0800 77 66 00 Stroke Helpline: 0845 303 3100 Shelter: 0808 800 4444 Macmillan Cancer line : 0808 808 2020

The Mansfield Hospital’s Theatre Troupe would like to acknowledge and give a huge thanks to the following sponsors of their 2013 pantomime SLEEPING BEAUTY, at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield: Imprint Website: Willowbrook Medical Practice Website: TTS Charity Foundation Website: Fidler & Pepper

Severn Trent Water: 0800 783 4444 Citizens Advice Bureau: 01623 627 163 Newark & Sherwood Homes: 01623 860 740 N&S District council: 01636 650 000 Mansfield District Council: 01623 463 463 Nott’s County Council: 0844 980 80 80 We would like to advertise YOUR business if you offer an emergency service. For example: Electrician, Locksmith, Glazier Call our Advertising Dept on: 01623 404299 See the panel to the left for contact details

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Just in closing I trust you have enjoyed our festive edition of The Sherwood Community Newsletter. I want to offer massive thank to our advertisers for supporting our magazine, without them this magazine full of local news would not be here for you so I do encourage you to use them for their products and services. I want to offer a great big thank you to Steve from Xpress and the youngsters who are on the Sherwood Delivery Team for going out in all weathers to ensure you receive your magazine to your door. Plus an enormous thank you to Andy Jones, my Sub Editor who works tirelessly to design and plan the magazine. He is a true community hero. See you in 2012 Note: The business directory will be back next month

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