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Complimentary Copy of the Sherwood Newsletter from Marathon Media

The Sherwood Monthly Community Newsletter

February 2014 Volume No: 07 Issue: 02 Complimentary Value: £1.50

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Hi everyone and welcome to this “loving” February issue of the sherwood Community Newsletter.

Sherwood News and Information


Traditionally, the 14th is the day to propose to your sweetheart or express your hidden love to someone by cards or flowers.... romance isn’t dead.

Our Young and Our Future

How about taking out your loved one for a candlelit dinner or a trip to the theatre or cinema? Why not splash out on a dozen red roses for this special day - to show how much you care.

Security and Safety

10 - 11

What’s On Sponsored Section

15 - 18

Corporate Business

20 - 21

Caring Community


Let’s face it - with winter still hanging on we need something to warm our hearts and keep us going until spring.

Looking Good Feeling Great

House and Home

4-5 6 7-9

We have an excellent competition this month for a warm soothing massage to ease those frozen muscles - see the looking good page for details on how to enter.

The Rainworth Reporter

23 - 25

The Blidworth Focus

26 - 28

Put your feet up, have a brew and a biscuit while settling down to a good read of this month’s newsletter.

Ravenshead News


Village Voices


Strengthening Communities


More Local News


Andy Jones, Editor Corporate Social Responsibility My Gift to You from Marathon Media Corporate Social Responsibility is a business’s initiative to assess and take responsibility for the company’s effects on the environment and impact on social welfare. The term generally applies to company efforts that go beyond what may be required by them legally. As the Director of Marathon Media I decided to offer as my “Corporate Social Responsibility” this complimentary newsletter to my local residents. I wanted to bring the community closer through offering news related to clubs, organisations and events whilst offering Local businesses a cost effective platform to advertise. I must always give a massive thank you to them for also taking their corporate social responsibility and supporting the magazine. I cannot encourage you enough to use these businesses. Please see this magazine as my gift to you- it is a non-profit making side of the business and we do our uttermost to please all our residents and advertisers. We cannot give everyone a copy as ALL our money comes from advertising – no other source. We endeavour to produce as many copies as we can and distribute to as many houses as possible. If you do not get one the outlets are on page 31. Thanks you Diane Carter MD Marathon Media

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Sherwood News and Information Mark Spencer MP


Local MP Mark Spencer Consults Local People on Controversial Planning Application

ime to make your voice heard, last week I sent a letter and survey to every home in Bilsthorpe and Eakring asking how people felt about proposals to build a waste disposal site known as the ‘Bilsthorpe Energy Centre’ on the former colliery site at Bilsthorpe Business Park. I would first of all like to thank those of you who have already completed and returned the survey and give a nudge to those who have not had the time to get theirs back in the post yet. I will make sure the County Council are aware of all comments made. It is important to me, as your MP, that I represent the views of the people who live near this proposed project. This is why I want to hear from as many of you as possible! This application has been met with a mixed response but it is fair to say so far there is significant local opposition however there are good and bad points to consider. Peel Environmental, the company behind this application, are seeking planning permission to build a waste disposal facility that will accept up to 120,000 tonnes of residual nonhazardous waste each year from across Nottinghamshire and surrounding areas. A technology called plasma gasification is to be used and will generate

electricity for export to the national grid. I have been told that this site once operational would provide up to 40 jobs in the area however there may be negative factors such as increased lorry movements and noise. When I have received all the survey responses back from local people I will take them down to Nottinghamshire County Council’s planning department to ensure that these people’s views are taken into consideration as the application progresses. If you have any concerns regarding the ‘Energy Centre’ please write to the county council making your thoughts clear. For further information regarding the planning application please visit: aspx?AppNo=ES/2950 We must make sure the Planning Authority, (NCC) is fully informed of public opinion before they make a decision on whether to proceed. If you wish to respond to this article, want more information or to arrange an interview with Mark Spencer please contact direct via: James E Sharpe, Office Tel Number: 0115 968 1186 or Email: Note these are not the views of The Sherwood as per our disclaimer page but a report from our local MP Mark Spencer

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Our Young and Our Future Children’s Book Review: Peppa Pig: My Granny

Release: 6th February Join Peppa Pig and her brother George in this delightful storybook all about their Granny. Peppa and George’s granny is very good at many things, from playing games to gardening. Peppa and George love their granny very much and this funny storybook is perfect for sharing with grannies everywhere.

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House and Home Reluctant Gardener: February

Domestic Electrical

Quick tips for the month of freezing Feb!

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Dig over the beds and borders mixing in organic material, if the ground is not frozen. Forking the soil aerates and brings pests to the surface for the birds.

With the risk of frost and snow leave the vulnerable plants protected with fleece and raise pots off the ground a little using a brick or pottery stands.

Apply a generous application of dry mulch to young trees and shrubs to protect their roots from freezing conditions.

When the ground isn’t frozen, start new beds and borders - marking shapes with sand trickled from a plastic bottle, also start removing the top layer of growing vegetation and dig the ground over.

Remember not to let rotting damp leaves accumulate around alpine plants - they will suffer if left damp too long. Leaves on lawns not taken by worms can be cleared up too.

During a settled few days, clear paths of weeds, check walls, clean and insulate greenhouses and ensure your heaters are working. Insulation just using bubble wrap will make a difference to your heating bill.

Clean and repair your garden tools or send to a repairperson to service them. Book the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot, especially at the base of the legs.

Paint sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative (animal friendly) using a stiff brush or a modern sprayer to do the job quicker and can get into awkward shapes.

Don’t forget the birds - some peanuts, fat balls and other treats will help them during this time of scarce food. Avoid bread as this lacks the energy content to help birds survive, but is better than nothing.

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Please be aware that we have received a report from a local farm in the Newark area, informing us of phone calls they have received and believe to be a scam. On this occasion the caller claimed to be PCSO Tom Paxton from Newark Police Station. The caller advised that they were calling regarding a community scheme they were setting up to help stop youths vandalising farms. The caller asked for a contribution and said that for this the farm details would be added to a publication. Please be advised that Nottinghamshire Police do not cold call in order to request money for advertisements. Nottinghamshire Police do not have a magazine. Please also be advised that any representative from Nottinghamshire Police should always state their full Name, Job Role and give their contact details. The representative should also give the person they are calling the option to call them back through the main Nottinghamshire Police switchboard to authenticate their call. If you are suspicious of such calls and are unable to authenticate the call you are advised not give out any personal details, bank details or funds. Nottinghamshire Police work closely with Action Fraud which is a one-stop reporting centre handling all reports of Fraud in the UK. If you’ve received similar calls and think you’ve been scammed, ripped off or conned, you should report it to Action Fraud. Action Fraud can be contacted online by visiting their website or via telephone on 0300 123 2040.

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Calling Gardeners and Wildlife Lovers Are you interested in the wildlife that visits your garden? Would you like to take a more active approach? If ‘yes’ to both then all you would have to do is spend a little time just sitting by your living room window watching the birds in your garden. You may not realise it, but you can take an active part in helping wildlife by going no further than your own armchair. By participating in the British Trust for Ornithology’s (BTO) Garden BirdWatch scheme, you can monitor birds and other wildlife which visit your garden on a weekly basis.

Sparrow, the increase of Goldfinches and the spread of disease in Greenfinches. On receiving the information submitted by garden birdwatchers from all over the country, the BTO analyses the data, the result of which alerts us to any changes in bird populations, either nationally or locally. Their findings can reveal why birds visit gardens at different times of the year, how much supplementary feeding affects birds and what other factors influence their lives, e.g.cats, Sparrowhawks, disease. I really encourage you to get involved in this project as you are not only helping towards our understanding of birds but you will also receive immense pleasure from recording them and, without doubt, you will learn a great deal more about your garden.

You then send your observations, either on-line or on

For more information visit their website on www.

paper, to the BTO and they analyse the data from the or contact them for a free

thousands of people who participate in the scheme.

enquiry pack, / 01842 750050, c/o

It couldn’t be simpler and you don’t have to be a

Jean Parrott

serious birdwatcher to do it. As long as you are able to recognise common garden birds that is sufficient

Jean is a BTO Garden BirdWatch Ambassador for

knowledge to get involved.

Nottinghamshire and is able to arrange talks to a wide group of people including gardening societies,

So, who are the BTO? The British Trust for

natural history groups, WI, Rotary Clubs and U3A.

Ornithology is an independent charitable research

If you would be interested in having such a talk,

institute whose work involves investigating the

please contact Jean at / 0770

population movements and ecology of wild birds


throughout the British Isles and beyond. It is they who have discovered and recorded the decline of the House

Local Walking Group


ewark & Sherwood D.C started an Initiative to get people fitter, In 2009. Blidworth Walking Group started with 6 walkers and now has walked with over 150 people, on average the group have from 10-20 people every Sunday morning. Why not come join our group on these FREE and fun Walks in the Blidworth area. David Smith who trained at Kelham Hall in walk leading, & also a 1st Aider now leads the walks every Sunday morning, Interested ? contact David Smith on 0795 254 9562 or alternatively leave your name and number on 0770 363 1816. You can also see our progress on Facebook, look for “Blidworth Walking Group”. Thursday walking group with Sheila will resume in the warmer months.


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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

Bruce Cameron Joins Fight Against Crime

Bruce Cameron, a retired Nottinghamshire Police senior officer, has become the new volunteer Chair of the Nottinghamshire Committee of Crimestoppers, the only independent national charity helping to solve crimes. Bruce said: “Crimestoppers makes a real difference in the community. It empowers individuals to give information about criminals safely and anonymously. The volunteer committee is moving from strength to strength in promoting its service. I will help Nottinghamshire to reduce crime further by encouraging those who may be intimidated by criminals to contact us online or by phone.” “Volunteer committee members can develop a range of skills and experiences,” he added, “whilst using them for the benefit of their local community. There are also opportunities to network with other like-minded volunteers.” Anyone interested in becoming a Crimestoppers volunteer can learn more on the national charity’s website – www. – and then complete the brief, on-line ‘Volunteer Enquiry Form’.

Come and sing with Daytime Voices!

Rehearsals at Sherwood Methodist Church, Thursdays 2pm - 4pm. If you enjoy singing and would like to join a choir which rehearses during the afternoon then try Daytime Voices! Membership is open to all - no auditions! The choir sing a mixed repertoire from jazz and pop to more classical pieces. The ability to read music is helpful but not essential. All that’s really required is a love of singing and a sense of fun! Interested in joining? Why not come along and give it a try! Visit our website for more information:

Marian of Blidworth (A song) There was a girl so fair of face And her name was Marian of Blidworth She loved to walk in a leafy glad Yes her name was Marian of Blidworth. Chorus (repeated after each verse): Fol de rol day rol day rol day o Fol de rol day rol day di do A young man sat up in a tree And he looked on Marian of Blidworth He said 'I'd like that girl for me' As he looked on Marian of Blidworth He jumped down from that tree so fine And he asked fair Marian of Blidworth 'Dear Marian will you please be mine? Yes he asked fair Marian of Blidworth So off to church these two did go Robin Hood and Marian of Blidworth And they were married at Edwinstowe Robin Hood and Marian of Blidworth

© Christine Michael


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Mansfield Triathlon Club Jordan Takes Off-Road Series Title Mansfield Triathlon Club’s Jordan Boam claimed first place in the East Midlands Off-Road Duathlon Series. The series consists of three off-road duathlons which take place at Clumber Park, Sherwood Pines and at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. The events are run in age group categories and Jordan was the convincing winner in the 15 to 19 category securing the series win even before the final race. The club had further successes in the series with Ian Burdis finishing strongly in 2nd place in the 40 to 44 category after an exceptionally tight series of races and Seamus Allison taking 5th in category in the 50 to 54 category despite a run of mishaps including crashes and a puncture. Katy Wilson, Daniel Wilson and Adam Ansty also competed for the club, each completing one race in the series and finishing strongly in each one. A duathlon consists of a run, followed by a bike section before a final run, with series distances typically 5km, 16km and 1.4km for the final run. The club’s recent successes continued with prolific top-three competitor Sally Hughes taking 2nd lady overall in the Turkey Trot marathon, completing the 13.1 mile course in just 1:30:19. Also running for the club was Ian Conn who achieved the exceptional time of 1:24:38 for 6th in category and Lorraine Garvey who posted a personal best finishing in 1:49:51. Meanwhile, the club entered a four-man team for the Bolsover 10k. First home for Mansfield Tri was Anton Newell in 45:50 delivering a welcome return to form following a spell away from running. Mark Price finished strongly in 46:47 just ahead of the chasing Neil Fryer in 46:54. Dale Swain completed the line up for the club breaking the tape in just 52:41. All club members finished amongst the top half of the 813 finishers.

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07757 115 027 1st Rainworth and Blidworth Scout Group Open to Boys and Girls Meet at St Andrews Mission Hall The Crescent Blidworth Meeting Times Beavers age 6-8 Mondays 5-30 6-30 Cubs age 8-10and a half Mondays 6-45 8pm Scouts age 10 and a half – 14 Wednesday 7-15 9-15 Sections meet in school term time only. For more details contact: Telephone 0115 9523617 Fax 0115 9523724 E-mail Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 9.30am–5.00pm Wed 9.30am–2.30pm Registered Charity 522441


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Be My Valentine Popular sayings and poems How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. ~Victor Hugo My heart to you is given: Oh, do give yours to me; We’ll lock them up together, And throw away the key. ~Frederick Saunders If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

Top Ideas for Your Valentines Celebration • Treats or Chocolates • Flowers - it’s got to be Roses • Jewellery • Spa Gifts • Night out at a show or film • Special romantic meal - not a take-away! • Pampering gifts - scented candles or lingerie • Special Card or “email message” • Surprise Party/Proposal • A Weekend away

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? ~Author Unknown Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever. ~Author Unknown Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart. ~Author Unknown A hundred hearts would be too few To carry all my love for you. ~Author Unknown

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Corporate Business Section for The Sherwood Area


Hi and welcome to our new looks corporate section in The Sherwood

ach month we will offer a few tips to keep your business busy in 2014. Also some great local businesses advertise here to help you with specialist advice. Plus lots of networking events. Our magazine is perfect for low cost effective advertising and it works. So if you want to talk to us about how we could help you give us a call on: your number here Andy……Or if you currently advertise and want to make any changes again we are here to help. I am a qualified and experienced marketing consultant so I can offer more than just placing your advert in for you I can make sure it hits the people you want to reach with the correct message. Check out our Aunty AIDA’s five top tips for advertising that works this month:Aunty AIDA is vital for all advertisers. The biggest mistake advertisers make is what is known as ‘profile’ advertising

rather than ‘Call to action’ advertising. Only rich businesses can profile advertise – all this does is raise awareness. What a business investing hard earned money wants is their phone ringing, customers coming to the stores and increased visitation to their website. So how do you achieve this:• A-Stands for Attention – Grab attention with words like FREE, Quality, Questions work great too if you are offering answers to people’s problems. A restaurant advert may say – Do you want to make your partner fall in love with you again on Valentine’s Day? Well book a delicious romantic meal now! • I – Interest – Tell me more – they are offering quality goods, delivery on time for Easter, great descriptions and pictures – Ooh I am creating a picture of a beautiful home and you are putting good emotions into the advert – see a DFS advert if you want evidence. Lots of images of happy families • D – Desire – Ooh yes I want that. I want my house to be beautiful for spring or a lovely lawn for the summer. I want everyone admiring my home including me! • Action - Call now! Not tomorrow or next month – Put strong deadlines on your advert. This offer ends by Friday this week! Visit our website NOW to download a voucher for this FREE offer. By the way FREE’s even small are better than discounts – not easily fooled! Also please ensure your phones are manned and websites up and live.

Diary Dates for Networking Locally IWB Celebrating Women in Business Now with over 300 local professional members

Mansfield Networking Venue: Toby Carvery, Coxmoor Road, Sutton in Ashfield

Ladies at Lunch Thursday 13th February

Date: Tuesday 11th & 25th February

Venue: Oakham Suite (Masonic Hall) Nottingham Rd, Mansfield NG18 4AE

Time 7.30 am – 9 am Cost: Only £5 for great breakfast and networking

Be part of a friendly, supportive, informative & inspirational women’s business group. Regular Networking events including our monthly It’s Women’s Business Ladies at Lunch

No booking required

Federation of Small Businesses Venue: Mansfield Manor Hotel & Restaurant Carr Bank park, Windmill lane Mansfield Open to Members and Non Members Date: Monday 10th February Time: 6.30 – 8pm Cost: Complimentary – Call: 07711 315399 to book

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Delicious Buffet with Coffee / Tea Informal business Atmosphere Specialist / Premier Plus Member Presentations £13 Premier Member, Guests £11.50 P+ Members

To Book the above event or Join our IWB Membership, call Diane Carter; Chair & Founder on 07916 245 367 Or email:

We are here to help build local business Diane Carter, Business Editor Email:

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Caring in our Community JW Hutchinson Funeral Directors Light cannot be without shade

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Haywood Oaks Care Home VACANCIES Available

Happy, Caring, Safe & Friendly Home for Residents. Independence, Individuality & Dignity, Highly Respected at all times  Private Rooms with Locks  Passenger Lift  Nurse Call in all Rooms  Private, Peaceful Gardens  Highest Standards of Decor  5 Star Home Cooking and Service  Respite and Holiday Care Available

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email: Kirby Close, Blidworth, NG21 0TT or Please Visit our Website Food-banks - You can help You can help support the valuable work of local foodbanks by donating tinned or packet food as well as by financial support. If you need help yourself you can find more information out from the Trussell Trust website Sherwood Forest Foodbank, Stable Centre Church Street Mansfield Woodhouse NG19 9JY, 01623 629665 Dukeries & District Food-bank, Ollerton Methodist church Forest Rd, Ollerton NG22 9QS, 07716439740 c/o Rev Hazel Robinson, Vicar of Blidworth & Rainworth 27, St Peters Drive, Rainworth, NG21 0BE, Tel: 01623 475135

Can you help?

Do you have a free hour or two once a month? Action on Hearing Loss (previously the RNID) has set up free hearing aid drop-ins around Nottinghamshire. It takes time to adapt to using hearing aids – getting used to new sounds as well as managing the hearing aids themselves and we are looking for people to help us run free drop-in clinics to support hard of hearing people in the local community. You can find us at: Sherwood Methodist Church, 3rd Wed of the month 10am-11am. We are looking for people who can spare a couple of hours each month to support the local community

officer and help with any of the following jobs: • Re-tubing hearing aids and battery replacement • Greeting people using the service • Completing paper work • Giving advice and support to people to make the most of their hearing aids We will give you full training, expenses and all the support you need. One current volunteer says ‘It’s very satisfying to know that the two hours I give the charity each month benefits so many people. I love supporting and meeting new people so this role really suits me’. If you are interested or would like more information please contact: 01159427804


Rainworth Parish Council Chairman Mark Buttery. Vice Chair - Linda Tift Winter has been pretty kind so far but keep the winter grit and salt handy as we still could get the bad weather rolling in. Bins are full but please remember this is for use on the highways not private property. Winter grit and salt can be purchased from builders merchants and DIY outlets and is very useful to keep at home and even in your car. Continue to report potholes and streetlights either directly to the Highways Department at NCC on 0300 500 8080 or to the Parish office. The Boundary Review consultation has now closed and both the Parish Council and many residents have registered their strong objections to proposals. We must now wait until March to see if the Community has been listened to. Rainworth operates an open and transparent policy. We welcome and encourage residents to view the website or visit the office where your questions and concerns will be answered. Councillors are in and out of the Parish Office daily and always happy to assist with any problems, as is our Parish Clerk, Dawn Jones who can be contacted on 01623 490259 or Rainworth Parish Council, Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Road, Rainworth. NG21 0JZ Office hours. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-2pm Parish Council Meeetings. Thursday 13th.February 7pm. Thursday 13th. March 7pm

Friends of Tippings Wood Well we’ve had the shortest day so the theory is we are heading towards Spring. Its been mild but don’t forget the birds who can still struggle to find enough to eat in the cold conditions. It is such a pleasure and a privilege to see the birds in your garden and feeding them in winter improves their prospects of surviving into the breeding season. However, it can be an expensive business in these tough economic times so how can we still

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 we also help if needed. Materials are available to purchase. Held at Mansfield Woodhouse Mansfield, Tuesday 10-12pm and Thursday 10-12pm in Forest Town Mansfield. Come and join one of my welcoming, informal and friendly groups. Please contact Vivian for further details on 07880 924103

For Rainworth District Council news

Please see the Blog at or contact Cllr. John Bradbury tel: 07973 422839) or Cllr. John Middleton tel: 07980 981320)”

cake and apples are fine but avoid greasy or salty foods. Also, avoid dried foods such as pasta, rice and dried fruits. You could make your own suet cake by adding seeds and mealworms. If you want to attract a great variety of birds they are attracted by mealworms, sunflower and nyjer seeds, great sources of protein to really give them a boost. And don’t forget water! Hopefully our well fed birds will delight us in Spring with lots of healthy chicks. If you would like to join us for a day please ring 07950 646620.

continue? Make every grain count! Don’t put too much out at

Be our eyes and ears and look after Tippings Wood. Report

one time as it goes soggy and mouldy. Big birds, like wood

criminal damage to the non-emergency Police number on 101.

pigeons and magpies and of course squirrels are so greedy

They may not attend, but it is important to record any issues so

and hog the lot but you could use feeder cages so smaller birds

that further action can be taken.

get a look in. A small amount of kitchen scraps, such as bread, Friends of Tippings Wood.


Local News - Rainworth Reporter Diary Dates for Rainworth Rainworth Miners Welfare Diary Dates Mon: 8-10.30pm Sequence Dancing in Concert Room to live music, Admission £2 plus Cash Bingo, Card Bingo & Treasure Chest (Lounge & Concert Room) Tue: Pool League & Ladies Darts League (Home matches) Wed: 7.15-9.15pm Family Bingo, Great Cash Prizes & Raffle. Children welcome with an adult. Thu: 3.30-5.30pm Irish Dancing (ring for details). 8.45pm Darts Domino & Pool knockout + Card Bingo & Cash bingo- everyone welcome Fri: Occasional Sequence Dancing in Concert Room £2 admission (please check) plus Cash Bingo, Card Bingo & Treasure Chest Sat: 8.00-10.30pm Family Bingo & Raffle. Children welcome with an adult. Sun: ‘Quiz for Cash prize’ in Lounge Bar + Cash Bingo, Card Bingo & Treasure Chest NB From Friday 8th November “BIGGER & BETTER PRIZES on Snowball Bingo”. Guaranteed min pay-out £10 Line £25 Full House FANCY A PARTY OR CELEBRATION? – Room hire only £35 Members, £70 Non-members – up to 6 hours KIDS PARTIES – Room & Bouncy Castle £30, Room & Disco £45 for 2 hours (£70 for both) For further details contact 01623 792495 or email.

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 Mon: 7pm to 8pm (Term time only) St John Ambulance meet

RBL Blidworth & Rainworth We would like to wish all our readers a Happy and Prosperous New Year - 2014 is the 100th Anniversary of the start of world war 1, this is not a celebration but a reminder of all those who have been killed and injured. WW1 was supposed to be the war to end all wars. The legion is there to help all our injured service men and women and their dependants and also the dependants of those killled; we are also here to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to ensure they are never forgotten.

for training in first aid and life skills. Boys and Girls and 10 to 16 years very welcome. Contact Trish Bayston 01623 652 096 Wed: 2pm “Eyes Down” Bingo Snowball every week Sun: 12pm to 2pm Sunday Carvery £6 Adults, £3 Children, £5 Snr Citizens

St Simon and St Judes Church

Fri: 4.45-5.45pm 4th Rainbow Brownies - 5-7 year old girls. New members welcome. Pat Holmes: 01623 795239 Art Group 1.45 – 3.30 pm £1.50 inc refreshments. All Levels

Rainworth Methodist Church

Tues: 6pm - Slimming World Wed: 10am -12 Rainworth Leisure Art Group Wed: 6.15pm - Weight Watchers Fri: 4.45pm Rainbows, 6pm Brownies (Term time only) Fri: 7.30pm Guides Sat: 9.30-12 Mansfield Society of Artists, 10-12 Coffee & Natter Sun: 10.30am Family Service and Sunday School Sun: 6pm Evening service (as per notices)

Surestart Sherwood West 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. Mon: 9 -11.15am Lakeview Toddler & Baby Group - open to all (call to confirm ) Wed: 1.15-3.00pm Busy Feet-open to all (please call to confirm during the holidays) Fri: 9.30-11am Wobbly Ones-suitable for toddlers 12-24 months, 11am-12pm Jelly Babies-suitable for birth-12 months Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday in the month, 1.30pm to 3pm, Child Health Clinic and Breastfeeding Support Group To amend any details or add new ones contact the editor: 07757115027 or via

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Please note that we (Rainworth, Blidworth and District branch) would be happy to come to any event you are holding during the

Rainworth & District U3A Has launched!

We meet every 2nd Wed of the month at the Phoenix Suite, Rainworth Village Hall, 10-12 noon Up and coming talks for the group: February, 12th 2014 “Eyes in China” “Taking blind tourists abroad.” In your third age, retired or in part time employment. Do come along and join us. Contact: 01623 795473

year with our stocks (and wet sponges) and a stall to raise not only money for our Poppy Appeal but also to raise your

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Legion or any of the items

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Local News - Rainworth Reporter

and also featuring

Olly Murs Tribute Chocolates Cocktails Bubbly £2.50 Ticket or £3.50 on the door

Special Event in 2014/2015? Function Rooms FREE Hire

The Venue Sunday Carvery

Sunday Carvery

12pm to 2pm £6.00 Adults £5.00 Seniors


Ringwood Best Bitter (Cask) £2.25 per pint and Thatchers Gold Premium Cider at £2.75

Diary Dates for Blidworth Blidworth Miners’ Welfare Social Centre ‘Weekly Events’ Mon: Free Pool. . Sport on Sky Tues: Dominoes Handicap starts 8:30. New players welcome Wednesdays. Bingo evening plus Stick 13 card games. Sport on Sky Thur: Poker Night. Sport on Sky Fri: Open 5:00 to 11:30 Live entertainment in Concert Room. Sticky 13 card game. Members draw. Sport on Sky Sat: Open all day from 12:00 Live entertainment in Concert Room. Sticky 13 card game. Sport on Sky Sun: Open all day from 12:00, Quiz and Sticky 13 cards plus Bingo. Sport on Sky Facebook: See Blidworth Miners Social Centre group. Contact Mark on: 01623 793361 (Club) or 07552 654111 (Mobile)Weekly Events SureStart Centre - Bopzone Tuesday Energy Club, Years 1-4, 3:00pm – 4:15pm foc Tuesday Street Dance, Years 3-6, Kelly Jepson (Qualified dance teacher) 4:15pm – 5:15pm, £2.00 per session, October 1st, 8th, 15th Wednesday No clubs running Thursday Football Academy, Years 3 and 4, 3:00pm – 4:15pm, foc Thursday Football Academy, Years 5 and 6, 4:15pm – 5:15pm, foc Friday Drama Club, Years 3 – 6, 3:00pm – 4:15pm, foc Friday Karate, Years 3-6, Ran by David Kacperski (Qualified Karate instructor) 4:00pm – 5:00pm, £2.00 per session, October 4th, 11th, 18th St Andrew’s Mission Hall Tues: 2-3.30pm Bingo with Stephen Fox

Tues: 5.30-7pm 1st St Mary’s Brownies (term time) Tel Kathy Straw 490920 Wed: 6.30-8.30pm Needlecraft Club Blidworth Doctor’s Surgery Wed: 9.30am Citizens’ Advice Bureau Sherwood Forest Community Church Thu: 2-4pm Art Class Blidworth Methodist Church Thu: 6-8pm Teen Drop in Club (11 - 15yrs) (Term time only) Fri: 10.30-11am Toddler Church (Term time only) Fri: 11-12.30pm Parent Support Group (Term time only) The Drill Hall (New Rd) Mon/Thu: 7-9pm Army Cadet Force Belle Vue Playing Field Tues/Thu: 7pm FC Training (17+ new players welcome) To amend any of the above details or add new ones contact the editor: 01623 795623 or via Blidworth Art Club (Adult Group) Adult group, meets at the Methodist Meeting room, Main Street, Blidworth at 7pm - 9.00 pm every Tuesday evening. Cost £1.50 contact Jean Richards on 0623 795403 for further information Blidworth Reading Group Meet at 4-00pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Blidworth library to discuss our chosen book of the month. Blidworth & Rainworth Women’s Institute (W.I.) Meet at the Blidworth Methodist church hall on the 1st Thursday of every month at 7.30. Call Mary on 01623 799095 for details.


Local News - Blidworth Focus Blidworth Parish Council (BPC) BPC wish all residents a Happy New Year. It’s difficult to remember where it went. As for BPC, 2013 was the most successful of recent years. Blidworth in Bloom had its most successful year to date – Blidworth Oaks Primary School won Gold

the Annual Pensioners Party at the Welfare was a busy week. Over 90 Blidworth Senior Citizens came to the Pensioner party & had a great time, with good entertainment from Blidworth Oaks & Joseph Whitaker schools. Finally, we felt the Christmas Lights this year were excellent and we plan to improve these

Award for their work on the

for this year.

Allotments, flower beds &

Blidworth Parish Council,

also planting flowers outside

Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth,

the Community Centre.

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The village won Silver, plus

c/o Geoff Stocks, Clerk to

a Special Award for our

the Council, Tel/Fax: 01623

War Memorial Garden. On


Remembrance Day Parade, the War Memorial & garden looked brilliant & everything went like clockwork. The Annual Switch on Event

Office hours: Mon 9am – 4pm Thurs 9am – 4pm www.blidworthparishcouncil.

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Our Patient Participation Group is a great way for patients to get involved in promoting the patients perspective on health matters. We are an active group, organising events to raise patients’ awareness in Blidworth, Ravenshead & Rainworth. Our role is to liaise with the healthcare team at our practice and to influence the development of healthcare services locally for our communities. We work closely with other local PPGs and present the local voice to NHS commissioners. Are you interested in getting involved? - PPG meetings are bi-monthly at Blidworth surgery. The next meeting is the AGM on Tuesday 18th March 5.00pm. For further information about the PPG contact Gilly Hagen Chair (Blidworth) e-mail telephone 797138

Blidworth Art Club members at Blidworth Library in January, with "The Tunnellers" author Helen Dennis. Artists produced a feature wall for others to add local history pictures and pictures about The Tunnellers to. This can be seen at Blidworth library. For details about joining the Children's Art Club (which is free) email

Blidworth & District Historical & Heritage Society Our first meeting of the new year was a great success. It was our first meeting in our new venue, The Function Room of the Blidworth Welfare complex. Thanks to Mark Tiplady, the manager of the Welfare who was very helpful and ensured the meeting went smoothly. Our main speaker of the evening was Tim Preston who gave us a comprehensive and amusing presentation about Wollaton Hall, the ancestral home of the Whilloughby family for 400 years. The Hall, on the outskirts of Nottingham, was built on the profits of early coal mining and is now owned by Nottingham City Council and is open to the public. It houses both natural history and industrial museums. After the break, Alan Higgins told us about the visits made by the African explorer and missionary, Dr Livingstone, to Newstead Abbey. The owner of Newstead at the time was Captain Webb who met Livingstone in Africa when ‘big game’ hunting. A strong friendship was formed and

Livingstone was persuaded to visit Newstead on a number of occasions and during one visit he wrote his famous book on the Zambesi and its tributaries. In later years Newstead was visited by Mr H M Stanley, who earlier had discovered Livingstone in Africa with the famous words, ‘Dr Livingstone I presume’. During the break there was a display of our archive photographs, our library books and history magazines. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 4th, in the Function Room of Blidworth Welfare, Mansfield Road, Blidworth. Our main speaker will be Val Henstock , a professional tourist guide talking about her life as a local ‘Blue Badge Guide’. www.blidworthhistoricalsociety. Email: blidworthhistory@ You can also follow us on Twitter @BlidworthHistory

Meadow Rd and New Rd Pensioners Association The Monday Club Hi everybody -the club and members are all OK, Not much happening apart from Monday meetings as usual, Winter blues are still with us. Only plans we have is our 27th birthday, To celebrate most members are going along for a lunch at the South Forest Restaurant at Edwinstowe So for now, regards to everybody, Harry


Local News - Blidworth Focus Bards at Blidworth St. Valentine’s Day began in the 5th Century to commemorate the story of a martyred priest who believed that young people should marry for love. The Emperor Claudius wanted such marriages banned. Bishop Valentine was subsequently imprisoned and then beheaded. The ritual of sending a card which declared love seems to be based on a story in which the priest sent a little note to the jailer’s daughter which simply said ‘from your valentine’ - having fallen in love with her. Love is probably the most written about subject in the world both in poetry and in song and many a folk song tells of unrequited love. There is a tendency to think of romantic love when the word is used, but there are many forms of love other than this: love for one’s children, relatives, close friends and even for humanity itself. There was an outpouring of love at Nelson Mandella’s funeral. Archbishop Desmond Tutu refers to ubuntu, which at the very least, refers to the wholeness of our species. The movement for Peace and Reconciliation reflects compassion which in turn reflects love for All. Contemporary phrases used by poets and musicians: Peace; Spread the Love; Respect... foster an outlook of living and working for a world where people care because they are essentially loving beings and the word can spread through poetry and song. We see this all around us if we care to look at basic kindnesses that people are committing every day, every

second, but many an editor will focus on a negative story with an aggressive headline, with what seems to be the excuse that ‘this is what people want’. Are we sure about this? Do we have to believe all of what the papers say? How do negative stories affect the mind and our subsequent outlook on life? Does the negative become ‘normal’ - more acceptable than the positive? I was recently at ‘Jack’s (John Richardson’s) funeral. A lovely, kindly man and such a talented musician. What a massive crowd of people turned out! There was overwhelming warmheartedness in the atmosphere. I heard the priest say that Jack and his wife fell in love when they were 17 and had a long and loving marriage. An iconic figure at Mansfield folk club and beyond and his legacy will live on because of love for this local man will make that possible. Christine Michael,

1st Blidworth (St, Mary's) Brownies If you feel you can offer your services please contact Brown Owl, Kathy Straw 01623 490920.

Ravens Lodge Scouts For more information on activities contact: Dave Shardlow Group Scout Leader, tel: 07971562235, email: uk. Reg. Charity 504994

Cornwater Club Jess Plaskett has been a Cornwater Club member for nearly ten years and confesses that joining the club back in 2004 was the ‘best thing she has ever done”. When Jess first joined she was on crutches waiting for a hip replacement and was struggling to move around. A friend of hers had seen a leaflet about Cornwater Club in the Doctors’ surgery and had shown it to Jess, who initially was reluctant to take it any further. However, after a visit from Loris Lester who ran the club at the time, she agreed to come along for a session — she has never looked back. Attending the club has improved Jess’s health. She enjoys her time at the club. Jess has many friends at the club whom she looks forward to seeing and chatting to. Jess is pictured with fellow member, Gordon Turner, with their latest artistic creations. Jess has been able to volunteer as an escort on the bus, helping other members on and off and escorting them to their doors. She is an avid knitter and has produced many items which we have sold at our various fundraisers. She also makes great

marmalades and jams, which she donated to us and we have sold to generate funds. Jess is now alarmed to discover that due to cuts in funding we may be forced to reduce our services. To try to prevent this we will be launching our Save our Club Appeal and asking the local community to support us. Please look out for our appeal letter and consider helping Jess and our other members, if you are able. Thanks you. Media Contact: Melissa Blythe, 07854 156826 or email melissa.


Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest Our 33rd Proms Concert was a huge success. We thank all businesses and Jones & Co who sponsored our Concert, and members of the public who came to hear us and join in. This year our performers were joined by ‘Community Voices’ but the singing by pupils of Walesby Primary School stole the show with their very young boy soloist who took everyone’s breath away. Your generosity raised over £2,000 and an additional £349.17 was raised by the ‘Pennies from Heaven’ collection. This extra money now

Blow your Trumpet! We are Sherwood Forest Brass band and are based at Clipstone welfare and offer free tuition to all ages wanting to learn a brass instrument. We are totally self funding and work hard at concerts and contests to raise funds to support our work. As a training band we mostly attract youngsters but occasionally we have older people wanting to re-learn or come back to their music. We rehearse every Monday at Clipstone welfare at 6.30pm for beginners and 7pm for everyone else. All are welcome to come along and have a listen and a toot! Our ages range from 7 through to 70! c/o Sam Heartfield, PR Officer Sherwood forest brass.

enabled our Rotary Club to pay for 5 AquaBoxes to be sent out to the Philippines Disaster. The water pump in an Aqua Box can turn dirty water into drinking water and there was plenty of interest shown in this simple equipment that can save many lives following a natural disaster. Walesby Primary School has now invited us to come to their school to demonstrate to the pupils how an AquaBox gives hope to people who have lost everything. Walesby Primary School Choir

Farnsfield & District RBL If you wish to know about the work of the RBL please contact Trevor for more info. C/O Trevor Wilds, Chairman, Farnsfield & District Branch (BR0264) Royal British Legion. 01623 882521

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give of their time. All Charitable Christmas Collections – Thank you to all who gave

members in this group

generously by supporting Rotary at both the Edwinstowe and

have difficult daily

Ollerton Christmas Lights ‘switch on’ and at our store collections

challenges and the

at Asda & Tesco. Our stalls at the Christmas Markets had

Thursday Club provides

Handmade Christmas Decorations and Chocolate Christmas

stimulation and contact with others for members

Trees. With your help we are able to give help to others and

and a few hours rest for

we thank everyone who made these events possible. Special

their carers.

thanks must go to Tilly, the Donkey whose appearance gained much fun and admiration particularly from the children who were

Hunching up close at the

surprised to find a Donkey ready to neigh Happy Christmas!

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The Thursday Club – Christmas for our Club would not be

Rotary membership is friendly, fun and fulfilling and perhaps you

the same without our Christmas visit to the Thursday Club’s

would like to know more about Rotary?

Christmas Party and to catch a glimpse of Father Christmas!

For further information, please contact Mary Brown President,

Each year some of the money Rotary raises during the year is given to buy presents for those who weekly meet at the Thursday Club and the volunteers who week in, week out,

Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest on 01623 825607 or email or visit www.rotary1220org/ she


Strengthening Communities Church Services Blidworth -St Mary’s 1st & 3rd Sunday in month Holy Communion 9 am 2nd & 4th Sunday in month Morning Worship 9 am 2nd Sunday in month Holy Communion 8 am 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.

Church Article: At this time of year our thoughts turn to love. We use the word a lot in general conversation: ‘I love this colour’, ‘I love X Factor/Coronation Street/Pointless’, ‘I love my Mum’s meat and potato pie’. ‘Love’ is everywhere it seems! The word trips off our tongue almost flippantly. But love is much more than this. These words written by Khalil Gibran express something of what love is: Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love. When you love you should not say, ‘God is in my heart, ‘but rather, ‘I am in the heart of God.’ And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course. Love has no other desire but to fulfil itself. But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness. To be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving; To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy; To return home at eventide with gratitude; And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips. Rev Hazel Robinson Vicar of Blidworth & Rainworth

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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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Emergency Contacts: Police/Ambulance/Fire Call 999 Non-urgent Police calls 101 BLIDWORTH Police Station contact: 07595 007 505 Local contacts Rainworth Health Centre, Warsop La, 01623 794293 Dentist 01623 798611 Blidworth Surgery: 59 Mansfield Rd 01623 695461 Ravenshead Surgery: 30 Longdale Ave 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 or Online: 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 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 - see page 2 for contact. Community First Responders - Save a local life by joining this valuable service. Call Tony Machin on 01623 796295

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Sherwood Newsletter for February 2014 The newsletter for the communties of sherwood forest and surrounding towns and villages