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The Sherwood Monthly Community Newsletter

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2 Hello from The Sherwood Newsletter Editor: Diane Carter and Sub Editor: Andy Jones both local residents with local businesses!

Inside this issue: Introductions & Invitation to Get Involved

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News and Information

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Hi and welcome to the April edition of The Sherwood. So much for the Spring weather as Andy, my Sub-Editor has just informed me that we have half a metre of snow around the corner!

Looking Good Feeling great

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Well no doubt many of you will be looking at getting away to the sun or just take a little break so please see our Travel & Leisure Fair on Saturday 20th April on page 18. FREE to attend!

Our Young and Our Future

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House and Home

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Caring in our Community

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Marathon Media; Building Local Businesses

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FREE Indoor entertainment section

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From April 2013 Andy is moving up to the role of Editor and will be working closely with all of you to offer an even better customer service. Andy is a local resident with a strong community spirit and will do a super job. As for me I will be stepping into the role of Editor in Chief.

What’s On

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The Rainworth Reporter

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The Blidworth Focus

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So he will be out and about coming to say hello over the next few weeks. So in completing out with the old and in with the new - Good Luck Andy.

The Village Voices

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Ravenshead News

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Strengthening Communities

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More Local News

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UPDATE: Thank you once again to all the advertisers and readers who support this newsletter and thank you to Andy Jones, my Sub Editor who has been working with me on it for the last 5 years - sticking with me deserves a massive medal!

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DEADLINES for LOCAL NEWS and FEEDBACK contributions to The Sherwood Newsletter Thank you to those who keep emailing regarding local news, events and feedback. Please address to the Editor; email: diane@marathon-media.co.uk. Postal address available on request. Deadline for news articles for the next edition is Friday 19th of April. Please keep sending information so we can keep the newsletter ‘hot and fresh’! Advert requests and payments by Friday 12th of April. Any feedback or news must be supported by name & address, that can be withheld on request. Contact: Diane, Editor: 07916 245 367.

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Sherwood News and Information

Mark spencer Article :

some of those men laid off at Daw Mill to Thoresby and Kellingley. Here in London, following conversations with ministers, I have been told that the Government is working with UK Coal in the light of this disaster to help secure the viability of UK

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Coal and its remaining production sites.

to close following a devastating fire there

the Government to consider is the

recently; a fire which is likely to burn on for

possibility of assisting UK Coal in exploring

another 6 months. While it is a testament

the reopening of Harworth Colliery in

to the UK Coal’s improved safety record

Bassetlaw. Coal is, as we are all aware,

that mercifully no one died, my next

a finite resource and I have always been

concern was the impact that this closure

keen to ensure that when Thoresby

could have on Sherwood.

reaches the end of its coal supply, there is

imagine you are all be aware of the terrible news that the Daw Mill colliery is

As soon as I heard the news I got in touch with the energy minister John Hayes

One of the options I have been pressing

a smooth transition to the Harworth site for the remaining workforce.

and the Chancellor to brief them on the

This is a critical time for coal production

potential implications for Sherwood and

in Nottinghamshire. I had the privilege of

to discuss what steps could be taken to

visiting Thoresby last year going down to

protect both industry and jobs.

the coal face with some of the miners and

I am aware that many of you have close links to both collieries owned by UK Coal and that there are miners travelling from Sherwood to Daw Mill who will have just found themselves out of a job. I have spoken with UK Coal and been assured that they will do what they can to relocate

the strength of camaraderie down there is extraordinary. Clearly the situation is fluid but at the time of going to print, UK Coal and the Government are working together to try and save the industry and I will do what I can to assist both sides in reaching a positive conclusion and protect jobs

here in Sherwood. If, as ever, you have a view on this or there’s anything else you want to raise with me, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line at: Mark.Spencer.MP@Parliament.uk. For more info or to arrange an interview with Mark, contact: Madeleine Burns, office: 0115 968 1186, Email: Madeleine.burns@parliament.uk

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Looking Good & Feeling Great Blidworth Walking Group Tracy Inwood

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

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Our Young and Our Future Sports city inspires future graduates

March). Children’s Book Review: April and While visiting the National Cycling Esme “Tooth Fairies” Centre learners Two young tooth fairies make their first got to meet University-level students from West lost-tooth collection in Bob Graham’s warm, British Cycling’s Nottinghamshire College have just whimsical tale. performance director returned from a sport-filled residential and coach, Sir David designed to help them focus on their future April Underhill, seven-year-old tooth fairy, Brailsford, and careers. gets a call on her cell phone. This is it! Her watched members Students and tutors from the foundation first tooth collection. April and her little sister, of the development degree programmes in Sport and Fitness, Esme, must convince Mom and Dad to let squad in training. Sport and Coaching, Sport and Coaching them take on the task all by themselves. But soon, two tiny They also took part Development and Sport and Exercise fairies fly off into the night, over a motorway full of big lorries, in track cycling and Science attended a two-day visit to eager to prove how grown up they can be. BMX riding at the Manchester which included them being Paperback: 40 pages (Amazon £4 velodrome. coached by sporting professionals and During the residential Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA) (9 April 2013) visiting world-class sporting facilities. Language: English students also went At the English Institute of Sport (EIS) ISBN-10: 0763663476 to Manchester City learners took part in triple jump and ISBN-13: 978-0763663476 Football Club’s hurdles athletics coaching by female home ground – at coaches who were being filmed by Sky the Etihad Stadium Student on the Foundation Degree in Sport – where they discovered more about and Exercise Science Simon Gunn said: possible careers and job opportunities for “The visit the future. to Manchester was awesome. It The visit follows on from the Higher really opened my eyes to what career Education curriculum’s ‘Futures Fortnight’ opportunities may be available to us after held in January. we’ve graduated from the degree. ‘Futures Fortnight’ takes place each year “The ‘Futures Fortnight’ is a very to provide students on university-level worthwhile programme to help universityprogrammes with opportunities to plan for level students plan ahead and gain career 1456 Mansfield Easter HighLifeShrwd 127hx190w AW_Layout 1 18/03/2013 16:44 Pageto 1 their futures offering them the chance Sports News for their Ad involvement in the inspiration.” meet specialists from a range of industries. forthcoming International Women’s Day (8

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Editor, Diane Carter doing The Big Snore for Framework

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n my role I receive lots of information regarding various charity events. This year I was particularly drawn to the Mansfield Big Snore on behalf of Framework.

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he organisation in partnership with Mansfield St Mark’s Church challenged people to give up their warm beds for a single night and take part in the ninth annual Mansfield Big Snore at St Mark’s Church, Nottingham Road, on Friday, January 25th 2013. (The date was changed luckily to the 1st March due to extreme cold and snow). Framework believes that around seven people are currently sleeping rough in the Mansfield area every night – a number that would be significantly higher if it was not for its work in the town. What seemed a great idea at the time, when I registered several weeks ago, seemed a scary reality at 8 pm on Friday evening as I donned my thermals, several layers of clothing, gloves and walking hat. Packing my car with cardboard boxes, waterproof covering, a sleeping bag and a survival pack off I went into the unknown. I must admit I was very anxious-would it be too cold? Would I have anyone to talk to? Could I sleep on a hard floor? Having never slept anywhere that I couldn’t plug in my hair dryer it was a big shock and upon arrival it was amazing to see all these fabulous dens set up and the amount of people taking part – probably about 130 - apparently an all time record. It was nice to see a few friendly faces and thanks to the help of one very kind guy from Western Power I soon had a little ‘Diane’s Den’.

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We were served a lovely supper with hot soup followed by an introduction by Event organiser Pam Bishop from St Mark’s, who has been involved with the project for the last eight years. She explained how the event had started in January 2005 with a choir member and friend sleeping out overnight on the church steps, raising £250. Since then the event has gradually increased and last year’s event, which raised almost £18,000, allowed Framework to launch a specialist “move-on” service at its accommodation complex in Sherwood Street that focuses solely on supporting former rough sleepers into long-term accommodation. As a result, the number of people moving on – and thus the numbers able to move in – has nearly trebled. So lights out and did I sleep? Well I woke up with the birds singing and I thought “Wow I have done it – birds singing – must be 6am”? No it was half past four and luckily we as volunteers had the privilege of a hot cup of a tea inside the church. After a cooked breakfast and being awarded my ‘Big Snore’ mug and certificate I said farewell to the great people I had met. Straight home, bath and bed. This experience was an amazing eye opener for me into the harshness of the life of homeless people and made me realise the wonderful warm home I have. The Big Snore, this year attracted its first sponsor this year in the shape of Western Power Distribution. Graham Paling, Western Power Distribution’s Team Manager for Mansfield, said: “We are

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delighted to be sponsoring the Mansfield Big Snore (team photo below). The work that the charity does is crucial to helping homeless people in the area, particularly at this time of year when it is cold outside. Some of our own staff will be taking part on the night and we hope that the event is the most successful yet, raising valuable funds for The Mansfield Appeal.” Marathon Media gave a donation to the cause and if you would like to give a little in support please visit www.frameworkha.org/ bigsnore. Diane would like to say thank you to the following businesses who helped put together her “overnight kit” for the Big Snore, Jennifer at Midlands Insurance Services, Mark at BJ Bakery, Matt at Carpet Bargains. The Big snore so far has raised almost £18,000 Framework Charity No. 106 0941


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House and Home Reluctant Gardener: April After the frosts have gone (hopefully), get weeding and tidy up overgrown garden rubbish. Sort out the perennial weeds now, saving time hitting them early. When it is warm enough, treat sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative; brushes and rollers are fine for most things. Tidy up the pond watching out for frogspawn so disturb the pond edges as little as possible, Mulch bare soil once the

ground is clear of perennial weeds. Give your vegetable patch some TLC. Add in wellrotted manure or compost to give it a boost for the growing season.

such as Gladiolus, Lillie’s and Dahlias. To get a spread of flowering colour through the summer, keeping planting batches of bulbs every two weeks until June.

Vegetable patches can be planted with: asparagus, rhubarb, peas, carrots, potatoes and onions.

Sow the seeds of summer annuals in your greenhouse or on a window sill.

Repair any lawn damage and fertilize to promote growth.

Prune back rose-bushes to promote nicer long stemmed

flowers in the summer. Give them a good feed with specialist fertilizer. Keep checking for pests such as aphids and spray if required. Clean and repair your garden tools, book the lawn mower in for a service and check garden furniture for any rot.

Start planting your salads (tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce) indoors on a window sill or out in your greenhouse if it is warm. To ensure tasty fruit in the summer, plant out strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries and introduce fruit trees. For colour in your garden, make sure you plant bulbs

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Marathon Media - Building Local Businesses A warm invitation is offered

Diary Dates for Business Events

to all SME Business to attend the NNN Business Breakfast

April 2013 NNN Breakfast Networking Tuesday 9th April Venue: Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe. NG21 9PR Pay at the event but you must pre-book. Cost £4, refreshments coffee, tea, orange juice and biscuits Informal networking & business support for all SME businesses To book contact Diane Carter; Chair at diane@marathon-media. co.uk Visit www.nononsensejustnetworking.wordpress.com FSB The next meeting of Mansfield and Ashfield Branch will be on Monday 15th April Venue: Mansfield Manor Hotel, Windmill Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2AL, Registration, buffet and networking from 6.30pm, presentations and questions from 7.00pm and optional networking from 7.45 / 8.00pm until close at 8.30pm. IWB Ladies at Lunch Thursday 18th April 12-2pm Venue: Oakham Suite 155 Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. NG 18 4AE If you wish to attend please email Diane Carter, Chair at diane@marathon-media.co.uk Visit www.itswomensbusinessclub.co.uk M2020 Business Breakfast Thursday 25th April Venue: Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Rd, Mansfield NG19 7BH. Time: 7.15 – 9 am. To book: www.mansfield2020.com IWB Pink Carpet Exhibition Thursday 20th June Venue: Portland college, Nottingham Rd, Mansfield See advert on page 15

Group held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month Venue: The Garden Rooms, Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe Date: Tuesday 9th April 2013 7.30am –9 am Release Your Business Potential in 2013 Through:• Effective business networking • Informal business introductions • Informative Presentations To book our next meeting contact:Chair; Diane Carter on: 07916 245 367 Or email: diane@marathon-media.co.uk Pay at the event but you must pre-book. Cost £4 including coffee, tea, orange juice and biscuits Visit www.nononsensejustnetworking.wordpress.com


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Marathon Media - Building Local Businesses Your ISA allowance – a wasted opportunity? In the current environment of low interest rates, low economic growth and modest but persistent inflation, savers and investors need to make the most of every opportunity to maximise the returns on their money. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) represent just such an opportunity; yet many people are wasting the valuable tax-saving advantages and investment potential provided by their annual ISA allowance. ISAs were introduced by the government in 1999, in the midst of the stock market dot-com bubble, replacing PEPs and cashbased TESSAs as the latest scheme to encourage people to save and invest for their future in a tax-efficient way. For many years the amount that could be invested in an ISA each tax year was limited to £7,000. But this has since increased; up to £11,280 can be invested in this tax year, and the allowance is due to rise each year in line with inflation. From 6 April it will increase to £11,520. The catch with the annual ISA allowance is that if you don’t use it, you lose it. There are two types of ISA: Cash ISAs are savings accounts where the interest is paid tax-free and Stocks & Shares ISAs, as the name suggests, that allow investment into a wider range of stock market and other financial instruments. The attraction of a Stocks & Shares ISA is that both income and capital gains attract no further tax liability. However, there are restrictions on how much can be invested in each type. The full annual allowance can be invested in a Stocks & Shares ISA, but only half the allowance - £5,640 this year – can be saved in a Cash ISA, although the balance of the allowance can still be invested in a Stocks & Shares version. Of course, the favourable tax treatment given to ISAs is subject to changes in legislation and may not necessarily be maintained in future. Undoubtedly, ISAs have been a success story. Over £390 billion has been invested

across all ISA types since their launch. Cash ISAs represented 49% of all ISA accounts opened in the first year. Yet, despite Mark Pennington interest rates remaining at record lows, Cash ISAs accounted for a huge 80% of total applications in the last tax year, reflecting almost certainly the increased risk aversion prompted by the financial crisis in recent years. As a result, over 16.5 million people hold a total of £200 billion in Cash ISAs (source: HMRC, September 2012). But there is a sting in the tail. The squeeze on savers from record-low interest rates is also being felt by those with Cash ISAs. Figures from the Bank of England in December showed that the average Cash ISA deposit rate is just 0.65%. The interest rate on the best-buy Cash ISA has fallen below 3% for the first time since 1999. Furthermore, only two Cash ISA accounts currently pay a rate that beats inflation (source: Moneyfacts, January 2013). That a huge chunk of £200 billion in savings is failing to beat inflation is a stark illustration of how this rare tax-saving opportunity is being wasted. The reality is that the tax benefits provided by ISAs are best maximised by investing for the long term in assets capable of achieving capital growth and rising income. The likelihood is that interest rates will remain very low for a number of years to come and, regrettably, savers cannot even be sure that their Cash ISA account is achieving a better rate than a standard deposit account. Against that backdrop, whilst cash is certainly the right home for money that might be needed in the short term, ISA allowances might be better utilised by investing in a diversified portfolio of assets that have the scope to deliver higher levels of income and long-term capital gains and, in doing so, make the most of the tax freedom on returns. Of

course, investors need to bear in mind that the value of a Stocks & Shares ISA may fall as well as rise and it does not provide the security of capital associated with a Cash ISA. As well as considering the best use of this and future years’ ISA allowances, those who have already built up significant ISA funds might be able to improve the income and capital returns on offer. All too often, people do not review their ISA portfolio strategy frequently enough. How are the investment managers performing? Is the asset mix, geographic spread or fund choice still right for them? Can they improve the income-generating potential of their ISA portfolio? Are they happy with the service they’re receiving? A thorough review of an ISA portfolio by an experienced wealth manager can ensure that it is appropriately structured and diversified to help achieve immediate or future financial goals. ISAs should be a cornerstone of financial planning, but it is also important to consider them in the context of an overall investment strategy and to ensure that an ISA portfolio can be adjusted easily to cater for changing needs. As a final thought, parents, grandparents, and indeed anyone who might want to help a child build capital for his or her future, should not overlook Junior ISAs, which were introduced in November 2011 to give under-18s a similar tax-efficient savings opportunity. The limit for investment in this tax year is £3,600; but given the future financial challenges faced by the children of today, any help will provide them with a valued head start. To receive a complimentary guide produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, contact Mark Pennington of Ryley Wealth Management Limited, on 0115 905 1480, by email at enquiries.rwmltd@sjpp.co.uk or visit www. ryleywm.co.uk.


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Caring in our Community Travelling to Hospital for Treatment? You may get a refund of your travel costs You can get a refund of your travel costs if you (or your partner) are in receipt of any of the following:

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(Guarantee) Pension Credit Income Support Income based Jobseekers Allowance. Income related Employment and Support Allowance

An NHS tax credit exemption certificate. To obtain a refund, visit the hospital’s General Office, with proof of the above benefit received. Keep receipts for bus fares. Petrol expenses and car parking charges can be refunded if it is necessary to travel by car. If you don’t receive one of the benefits above but are on a low income, you may still be able to get back some of your

Care for your local neighbours Nottinghamshire Fire and

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travel costs – ask for more information. For more information, contact the DoH Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme helpline on (0845) 850 1166. For further information and advice on any subject, contact North Notts Advice Line (0844) 856 3411 or (0300) 456 8369 from a mobile Monday to Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm Or visit your local Citizens Advice Bureau at 5 Forest Court, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9PL Monday, Wednesday &

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Book Review: Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts Released: 18th April Eli Landon seems to have the perfect life. A beautiful wife, a wonderful house, a dazzling legal career. But when his wife is brutally murdered after confessing to an affair, Eli is named prime suspect - without a shred of evidence. After a year-long ordeal the case is dropped, but Eli’s world is in tatters. Abandoned by his friends, hounded by the media and a detective with a grudge, Eli retreats to the small-town sanctuary of Whiskey Beach and Bluff House, his beloved grandmother’s home by the sea. Bluff House has belonged to the Landons for generations and is the perfect place for Eli to regain his strength and rediscover his first love - writing. He is helped in his recovery by Abra Walsh - nurturing, courageous and a survivor herself. As Eli heals, he begins to open his heart to Abra, and for the first time, dares to dream of a future. But as Abra and Eli take their first steps towards each other, a dangerous enemy is watching from the shadows. An enemy determined to make sure Eli Landon will never have that ‘perfect life’ - whatever the cost...

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Film Review: Iron Man III Director: Shane Black Release: 24th April

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nd so it goes on… Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, although director Jon Favreau has departed the franchise with ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ director Shane Black picking up the reigns. Co-star Don Cheadle (Lt Rhodes/War Machine) promises more action and fun in the third in the series, also hinting at a return to the original offbeat character-driven style (rather than the disappointing sequel, we hope). Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johansson are due to reprise their roles as Pepper Potts and Natalie Rushman respectively.


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The High Life 18

Travel & Leisure Fair Saturday 20th April 2013 at The Manor Hotel

Carr Bank Park, Mansfield. NG18 2AL

Time: 10 am—3pm FREE TO ATTEND The High Life Magazine for Mansfield and Ashfield warmly invites you to come along and visit our variety of Travel & Leisure stands to consider a holiday to suit you and your budget.

Book a stand to showcase your business to the thousands of local readers of The High Life Mansfield and Ashfield lifestyle magazine For More information call Diane Carter Editor on 07916 245 367 or Email; diane@marathon-media.co.uk

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What’s On The 28th Marathon Des Sables 2013 (Mds) - April 7th – 13th 2013 The Mds commonly referred to as the ‘toughest footrace on earth,’ equivalent to nearly 6 regular marathons, in temperatures reaching up to 50c. The longest single stage, usually on the 4th day is a nonstop double marathon stage around 50-55 miles (80-90km). Why am I doing this? I have paid in full my own entrance fee to secure my place in the race. This was important to me to ensure that 100% of the vital funds that I raise will go to Cancer Research UK. This challenge is an extreme one and personally driven by a desire to raise as much money as I can for Cancer Research UK. This desire is driven by a number of factors: In the last few years I have experienced the sadness of losing loved ones to cancer. However, I know of many others that have thankfully survived. I am a cancer survivor and I believe that the work that Cancer Research UK do in the research and development of new drugs and other treatments is one of the reasons why I am here today. But I am also very conscious of the need for more progress in the fight against cancer and

only too aware of the extended pain that it causes families having seen many relatives, friends, and acquaintances touched directly and indirectly by the disease. “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl……..but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward” Martin Luther King, Jr. Please go online and donate: www.justgiving.com/ eRunsTheMarathonDesSables

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Question: How much did the first Morris Car cost? Answers by 30th April to diane@marathon-media.co.uk This year’s ‘Best of British’ theme will showcase the cream of British built classic and sports cars and feature two very special ‘British’ display areas : ‘Morris Centenary’ plus ‘TVR Car Club East Midlands Regional Day’ The Morris Centenary celebrates 100 years since the first vehicle rolled off the Cowley production line in the Spring of 1913 priced at £175 and we aim to gather as many different types and age of Morris cars & vans as possible for this year’s festival. Saturday is a FREE public preview day and will include a Treasure Hunt in the afternoon and evening entertainment for exhibitors staying on-site. Sunday is ‘Show ‘n’ Shine’ Day with 20th and 21st Century categories for vehicles from around the world. Traders, food outlets, children’s entertainment, camping, plus a 20% discount entry for festival visitors to the neighbouring Farm Park, making this a festival for enthusiasts & all the family. Only pre-booked entries are eligible for judging this year More information online and in the next issue of The Sherwood

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How Safe is your home? • Millions of households throughout Britain could be at risk from toxic carbon monoxide fumes, due to a relaxed attitude towards gas safety in the home. • Gas Safe and engineers, launched a campaign to warn people of the dangers posed by the misuse of gas and gas appliances. • Manufacturers and Gas Safe recommend that your appliances & pipework should be serviced annually • Don’t be one of the thousands ignoring this advice every year. Your health could be at risk. • Prices for Checking & Servicing, start at just £40, so it’s a small price to pay for the safety of your family home. • Always use a Gas Safe registered engineer and make sure they show their identity card.

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Top Ten Feng Shui Tips (Part 2) 4 - Sweet Dreams?: When considering your bedroom and the amount of time we spend resting during our lives it adds up. So reason would suggest that making sure there are no electromagnetic fields close to our heads could severely have an impact on our sleep patterns. A good, clear flow of air in your bedroom is recommended and equal space either side of the bed. 5 - The Kitchen: Start by throwing away any items of cutlery and pottery that may be cracked or chipped. This broken sense of completeness can impact on the food and drink we have from the item. It is much better to give your guests an untarnished mug of tea, than one that is stained brown with use. As food is one of the main sources for our energy and Chi, the kitchen must be kept very clean and preferably situated in the south of any house. Try to keep your cupboards nicely stocked up, and fresh vegetables in your fridge. 6 - Your Living room: As this room is generally the one most time is spent in (second to the bedroom), it should be kept very tidy and clean. It is worth finding

out your Kua Number to arrange your room in the best way for you and your family. Click here to find out more. 7 - Photography and Artwork: The use of photography and artwork can really bring a room to life. I recommend using natural textures and images to bring a little of the outside world inside. Photographs of your family and friends also helps bring your connection to them alive every time you view the picture. Try to avoid pictures that are dull or somewhat depressing in nature, as this will again have a direct impact on our psychology. So too will pictures of one person reinforce the essence of your single life if you are so. 8 – Lighting: Lights should always be energy savers where possible, and always remove and replace bulbs that have blown. Clever use of lighting can really make a difference to a room. Try to brighten up any dark corners to lift stagnant Chi that may be collecting there. 9 - It’s a Jungle in here!: Plants have fantastic energy and can really add outside life to inside your home. There

are lots of wide, rounded shaped leaved plants to choose from. Each type of plant although WOOD in principal also hold other characteristics depending on shape, size and colours. To activate and liven up a dark corner, you could place a slightly pointy leaved plant here with a standard lamp behind it to show off its foliage. 10 - You!: Good Feng Shui will only ever be as good as you are at keeping it up. Not only should one try and put positive thoughts belief into the re-arranging of rooms and space clearing, but also to the whole world. As my understanding of thoughts being as tangible as heat from a radiator, it is vital to try and keep this attitude when thinking about others. Having negative thoughts and attitudes will only serve to promote negative happenings and people to you. Article by © David Walters Dip. Chiro www.freeflow-fengshui.com


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It’s Women’s Business Nottinghamshire For Women Serious about Business

Celebrate -*- Collaborate -*- Communicate Due to the immense success of the November IWB Exhibition we are proud to announce our IWB Nottinghamshire Summer Pink Carpet Exhibition Venue: Portland College, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG18 4TJ Date: Thursday 20th June 2013 Time: 10 am – 3pm

A grand exhibition to showcase your business

PLUS: Our Team of Business Specialists & Advisors will be on hand to offer free advice in their expert areas to help you make the right choices for your business

Agenda FREE coffee or tea upon arrival Browse the stands & network The 1st Seminar begins at 10.45–11.30 am A delicious 2-course seated lunch with coffee & mints served from 12.15 – 1*

Followed by keynote speaker local superhero: Denise Lowther Denise will be sharing her experience of The 28th Marathon Des Sables 2013. To quote Denise “156 Miles in 6 Days, across the Sahara Desert carrying your own food and gear, in temperatures reaching up to 50c…..How hard could it possibly be?” Denise an avid sports person and a previous participant in Triathlons and Ironman events, will be sharing an inspiring talk on her road to recovery from cancer and how her whole life perspective has changed including her values and visions through her experience. Lots more time for networking with the 2nd seminar at 2.00-2.45 *Lunch is at a cost of £12 during which time the stand space will be securely closed Sponsorship is available from £120 to include lunch Stands are available from £60 to include lunch For further details please contact Chair & Founder of IWB; Diane Carter on: 07916 245 367 or email; diane@marathon-media.co.uk

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elected every four years in local elections. The Annual Parish Assembly and the Annual General Meeting are held in May, when the Chairman, The remedial work on Rainworth by-pass Vice-Chairman and Responsible Financial Officer are nominated and has been completed and many thanks to chosen. County Cllr.Merry’s efforts in pushing for The majority of a Parish Council’s income is derived from an annual the work to be done in this financial year. charge, the precept, on local electors to cover costs. The precept Residents often ask what is the role of the is set each year by the Parish Council as part of the annual budget Parish Council? Parish Councils are the most common type of local setting process and is collected on the Parish’s behalf by Newark and council. They were constituted by the Local Government Act 1894, Sherwood District Council. taking on powers and duties, which until then, had been administered The Parish Council promotes the interests of the Parish in relation to by Church wardens and overseers of the poor. Parish Councils exist all aspects of community life. Councillors receive information and are to discuss the community affairs and exercise the powers bestowed consulted on a wide range of issues affecting the Parish, including on them. Rainworth Parish Council was established in April 1988, and planning applications and highway improvement schemes. The Parish is made up of twelve councillors who are elected by local residents Council is always willing to assist residents by providing information eligible to vote. The Parish Council also has the power to co-opt or where appropriate, by forwarding issues to the relevant authorities. members, if there are insufficient candidates to fill all places. It employs Councillors are in and out of the Parish Office daily and always happy a Clerk who acts as the Chief Administrative Officer and Responsible to assist with any problems, Financial Officer. The Council also employs a Handyman/Groundsman, as is our Parish Clerk, Dawn Jones who can be contacted on who is responsible for the care and maintenance of all Parish property 01623 490259 or rainworthpc@ntlbusiness.com. and open spaces. The Council meets every 2nd Thursday of each month with the The Parish Office is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday exceptions of August and December. The meetings are held in the 9am-2pm. Next Parish Council Meeting. Thursday 11th. April 2013. Parish office at Rainworth Village Hall and start at 7pm. 7pm. Annual General Assembly Thursday 9th. May 2013. 7pm Members of the public are welcome to attend. Local Councillors are

Councillor John Bradbury & John Middleton Newark and Sherwood have now agreed their budget for 2013/14 but we feel that it was one which was not directed to the needs of the population of Newark & Sherwood, but rather one that was thinking forward to the 2013 County Council and 2015 District Council elections. There is a 0% increase on the Council tax from NSDC as there has been for the last four years but, when challenged by a Labour member as to how long they thought they could keep up 0% increases without the Council’s economy blowing up, the Leader of the Council, Roger Blaney (Conservative) said “ … as long as the District continues to have a Conservative and Newark & Sherwood Independent controlled Council.” (We must remind you that the N&S Independents went over to the Conservatives from the rest of the Independents in May 2013 and in doing so agreed to follow the Conservative line and give them an overall majority) The Budget’s 0% increase was

despite funding being aimed at the new Newark Leisure Centre to replace the Grove Leisure centre (an estimated £13 million cost) and the proposed Civil War Centre with an estimated £2 million cost to the community.

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In order to bring up a 0% increase the amounts for these projects have to be covered by savings. One saving is the renting out of the Gilbert Hall wing of Kelham Hall to a catering company. The Conservatives did not accept that the poorest in our community would suffer under the

Bedroom Tax which, along with other council tax benefit reductions, would make the poorest pay more. The budget was passed on a vote. Your local Labour Councillors, John Bradbury, John Middleton, Linda Tift and Yvonne Woodhead voted against, whilst your local Newark & Sherwood Independent Councillor Geoff Merry supported the Conservative Budget.

More details on the blogsite http://nsdcrainworth.blogspot. co.uk/ where there is a link to the County Council elections John Bradbury, 9 St Peters Drive, Tel: 07973 422839

Email: cllr.jb@j-brad.org uk John Middleton, 14 St Judes Way, Tel: 01623 799394 Email: jjmidd@hotmail.co.uk


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Diary Dates for Rainworth Rainworth Miners Welfare Diary Dates Mon: 7.45–10.30pm Sequence Dancing £1.50 Admission, bingo, card bingo & ‘Open the Box’ (lounge & concert room) Tues: 7.30-11pm ‘Blitz’ modern jive lessons & dance to follow £7.00 admission (please call club to ensure the class is on) Wed: 7.15–9.15pm Family bingo. Great cash prizes & Raffle. Children welcome with an adult. Thur: 3.30 - 5.30pm Irish dancing Thur: 8.45pm Darts & Dominoes knockout (names by 8.45pm) Fri: Occasional Sequence Dancing (please check), £1.50. Bingo and Card Bingo as usual (Lounge and Concert Room) Sat: 8 - 10.30pm Family Bingo & Raffle. Children with adult. Sun: 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)

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 Fri: 4.45-5.45pm 4th Rainbow Brownies—For 5-7 year old girls. New members welcome. Call Pat Holmes on: 01623 795239 Art Group 1.45 – 3.30 pm £1.50 inc refreshments. Painting or drawing – any skill level. All welcome

Rainworth Methodist Church Fri: 6pm 3rd Rainworth Brownies. Details 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. 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) Thur: 1.15-3.00pm Toby's Twos Group -suitable for children 24 months+ (Term time only) Fri: 9.30-11am Wobbly Ones-suitable for toddlers 12-24 months, 11am-12pm Jelly Babies-suitable for birth-12 months To amend any of the above details or add new ones contact the editor: 01623 795623 or via dianecarter@marathon-media.co.uk

Friends of Tippings Wood HELP needed urgently!!! Tree felling and hedge laying has finished and strimming about to start. We really need help from the users of Tippings Wood to collect litter. We know it’s not yours but it is such a great pity that a few irresponsible people have such an impact on the rest of us. Please consider taking a carrier bag with you and picking up the rubbish. We have had a lovely display of daffodils and crocuses with bluebells about to flower. The strange fluffy fungal growth

investigated by a Ranger from Greenwood but no answers yet. Would 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 new non-emergency Police number on 101. They may not attend, but it is important to record any issues so that further action can be considered. Friends of Tippings Wood.

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Helping The Hillview Practice Help You Can we remind you of our new website which now offers, traditional service and soon the following: Order repeat prescriptions, Cancel appointments - VERY IMPORTANT, Request a telephone consultation Update clinical & contact details, Sign up for e-mail newsletters & much, more. Also, text reminders are being sent out, something patients can opt in or out of. Do speak to surgery staff if you have

any queries regarding this. After our good patient survey results, the Practice has now had an excellent independent assessment of staff, systems & procedures. We hope to follow on with yet another fund-raising event soon in time for Easter, details to be announced later. C/O Dave Ball, ppghillview@ hotmail.co.uk


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Blidworth Parish Council

situated close to important junctions that are a village priority, so that traffic can then be pretty sure of getting up 1. Hopefully now , getting or down those non-bus route towards end of March, we streets throughout the village. shall soon be getting better Please be aware this salt is not weather instead of endless for personal householders use frosts & snow & ice. Recently we cancelled a further big bag and therefore if taken is theft. of grit salt thinking we are over 2. After its success last year, the worst, no such luck. On that we are holding the Annual Parish Meeting at Blidworth note, can all residents please be aware that the grit bins are Methodist Church Hall on

RBL Blidworth & Rainworth Frank McPherson Announcement Sadly, Frank McPherson passed away last month. The funeral was held on Monday 18th March at St.Simons & St. Judes church with a full Holy Communion service followed by internment at Tithe Green. He was an active member of the Royal British Legion and a member of the Royal Naval Association. Frank was an Arctic Convoy Veteran (Boy Seaman First Class 1944/45) and later served in the City of London Police where he was awarded “Freeman of the City of London”. Sponsored 24hr Marathon. The 24 Hour marathon went well, with everyone tired after the event. We stayed awake to have a celebratory party on Saturday evening. Total money raised so far is £1,057 and it looks like we could raise up to £1,500 There were two Spinners (static cycles) and one rowing machine all of which we kept running for the full 24hours. Some of the people listed below went on both machines; the full list of riders and rowers are as follows: Rainworth Riders: T Fallon, M Griffiths, S Dickie, C Fallon, A Whitworth, L Dickie, S Alsop, G Dickie, M Dickie, J Alsop, L Wilson & P Alsop. British Legion: D Toplis, J Filby, J Robinson, P Alsop, H Dickins & M Dickins. Blidworth Cadets: O Ives, A Spalding, N Spalding, S Southway, C Bucknall, K

Bucknall, C Truman, H Nagington, C Truman, M Ford, L Baccoli & J Burnett. Others: Mark Spencer MP, C Dickins (Venue) & D Staples (Venue). Y Woodhead District Councillor started and finished the event. Mark Spencer MP came during the evening to take a turn on the second spinner. (photo shows Mark Spencer with Yvonne Woodhead spurring him on).

Thursday 25 April 7.30pm . Invitations have gone out to Clubs / organisations from Blidworth, who together with the public can get together & hear about their achievements & aims for the coming year & BPC to do the same. This is the opportunity for the public to hear local groups giving a short update on behalf of their group & allows the Parish Council to hear & update what is happening in the village. Individuals or organisations can address the audience for 2 or 3 minutes. If you wish to do please contact me asap so that an Agenda can be drawn up. 3. I have recently received several complaints about litter & dog mess throughout Blidworth streets. Steps are now being taken to try & alleviate this problem. If anyone sees any

offence taking place & knows who the culprit is , please contact me & I will report same, then an Officer from NSDC may visit & possibly may issue a fine 4. We are shortly coming round to the Bloom season. Last year we had several successes – we hope we can go one better this year. To help achieve these aims, our Parish Councillors who do most of the work involving the Bloom Competition are volunteers & seek assistance from residents to help whenever possible. 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

Meadow Road and New Road Pensioners Association (the Monday club)

display of Blidworth’s history, mainly the changes on Mansfield road. A very nice change from our usual Meetings (thank you Alan) More recent members enjoyed a Easter celebration party at our HQ at Rookwood close. Well that’s all for now regards to all the readers

The club is ticking over as usual members are all okay. Monday meetings go on as usual. A few Mondays ago members welcomed Mr Alan Higgins from the Blidworth Historical society, who gave a talk and photo

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Blidworth Art Club (Adult Group) We thank all the Riders, Rowers and sponsors for their contribution towards the event. A big thanks to Sandra Overton for use of the Venue to hold the event, and for the full 24hr bar and providing a superb breakfast between 5am and 7am for the Riders, Rowers and their support team. Anyone who would like to join the Legion contact your nearest branch or alternatively contact Jim Filby: Mob: 07768 742111 or email jim@filby.info, and I will put you in contact with your nearest branch.

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

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


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Diary Dates for Blidworth 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 For Birthdays, Meetings, Anniversary & Wedding Celebrations Contact 01623 793361 (Kevin) or 0788 7977350 (Dave) Weekly Events SureStart Centre Tues: 9.15-11.15am Homestart Group-open to all (please confirm during holidays) Tues: 1.30-3pm Wobbly Ones-suitable for toddlers 12-24 months (Term time) Wed: 1.30-2.30pm Jelly babies -for babies 0-12 months (confirm during the holidays) Tues: 2.30-3.30pm Child Health Clinic-open to all Thur: 1-3pm Family Play Session-open to all (please confirm during holidays) Fri: 9.30-11am Blidworth Oaks Toddler Group £1.00 per family (Term time) Fri: 2-3pm Rhyme Time (Term time only) 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/Wed: 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 dianecarter@marathon-media.co.uk BLIDWORTH & RAVENSHEAD PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) We are a small group of patients who represent patients registered at the GP Practice at Blidworth & Ravenshead. All patients are welcome to attend our meetings to learn more about the PPG’s role, and how important patients contributions are to GPs’ in helping them understand the needs of patients in respect of healthcare locally. Patients can learn more about The Practice via the – www.blidworthandravensheadsurgery.co.uk - or finding out about local events etc via our noticeboards at the surgeries. For further information about the PPG contact Gilly Hagen Chair e-mail gillyflower50@hotmail.com


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Blidworth & District Historical Society Our March meeting began with our A.G.M. Chairman, John Smallwood paid tribute to two founder members who had passed away in the year. Bill Hutton had been our first Chairman and Will Richards, our Honorary President who had been responsible for documenting the local history of Blidworth. Both will missed. The Chairman thanked the Committee for their work and involvement in the Society. Anthony Poulton-Smith, author and historian was our speaker for the evening and gave a talk on the origins of place names. For example, Blidworth had been a Saxon settlement and took its name from the head of the Saxon tribe, ‘Blitha’ and that the suffix ‘worth’ was Saxon for ‘enclosure’. ‘Enclosure’ meant a fenced area for keeping livestock safe from predators and to stop them wandering away at night. Hence Blidworth was the settlement of the tribe, Blitha.

boundary strip by the ford. Next meeting will be on 2nd April will feature a talk on Newstead Abbey. Franklyn Bishop’s presentation is entitled ‘Surprising lives at Newstead Abbey’ . Afterwards, another presentation given by Alan Higgins, showing how the village once was. The meeting will start at 7 pm. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Chapel on Main Street, Blidworth. New members welcome. Small charge of £2, 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 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.

Rainworth, came from the old Scandinavian, hrenin vrath ‘the clean ford’ or rein vrath ‘the

www.blidworthhistoricalsociety. co.uk You can also follow us on Twitter.

Bards at Blidworth

‘clever’ that they are beyond the understanding of most folk and will therefore have a limited audience. The object is defeated. Accessibility is called for. Can an audience grasp the gist of the poem and admire its form, structure and content, tone and subject. On the other hand, can we simply take pleasure in a poem because it makes us laugh or identify with what the poet is expressing. There is a whole cosmos of poems waiting to be born by newcomers who might have just started writing or who may have been writing for years and not shared it. Spring is a great subject to write about. There is room for all sorts of poetry to be written and we never stop learning about it. Christine Michael, http://www. thynkspublications.co.uk/

The Bards at Blidworth and Beyond 2012 Anthology is having a new print run due to a small title error. So often, newcomers to our group apologise for their work, then, after reading their poem, it is realised they have written a potential gem! On the other hand, some folk have not even wanted to share a poem that they have written because they have felt daunted by others in the group seeming to write so well, but don’t let this put you off writing. I come across many folk who have a similar outlook. In Primary schools, it seems to me that most children love to write a poem and to share it so what puts them off when they are older? Poetry has this reputation for being cerebral and clever but I find that some poems are so

Ron & Flo Welch

Happy 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary on 27th April Love Mandy and Adrian 1st Blidworth (St. Mary's) Brownies. The whole Pack have been working towards their Hostess Badge, involving writing to parents inviting them to a fun evening, preparing the itinerary and organising entertainment. On the evening, Brownies decorated tables, welcomed guests & served tea & coffee. Various events raised valuable funds. Also, Jasmine Sheppard, Laila Elson and Kayleigh Barksby started Leadership Qualifications. Term ended in March with Easter Crafts (and Easter Eggs) C/O Kathy Straw - Brown Owl

SPRING To you sweet flowers, waken now, Rise up your stems to sunlight, Bluebells ring out your chimes, Your colour true, not white or pink But angels’ hue from sky be given. Hawthorn, be it red or white and apple blossom flowing, Will carpet paths with colour glowing To those who’ve chanced upon these scenes, With eyes to wonder at these sights be given – Will stop and look at them as if they are in Heaven. Buttercup, a shade of gold so bright But don’t take all the glory or colour, Share it with your kind for all to see. Daisy, cuckoo pine, violet and dog-rose Are not second-best, as well you know. To each its gift of rainbow’s colour, From Solfe the brook to river. Arches will glow with pride, its gift to share With seeking eyes of lesser kinds, A gift to humankind to cherish in lasting mind. © Arthur Radford 2012


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Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest During the 41st Charter Anniversary of the Rotary Club the ‘Robin Hood Award’ was presented by President Tony Crowson to Bill Ankers. Bill was honoured to receive the award in recognition of a life time of voluntary service and his foresight in establishing the Thursday Club. The club meets weekly at the Dukeries Centre and is a place where adults with special needs have activities and social contact with other adults to enrich their quality of life. Members of the Rotary Club are pleased to support the Thursday Club and assist financially towards paying for outings and Christmas Party for its members. It is thanks to people in our local community who give generously and support our fundraising activities enabling us to help others. The Robin Hood Award is presented annually to someone whose voluntary work and commitment has improved the quality of life of an individual or groups in the Ollerton area and its surrounding villages. If you know of such a person please let us know by contacting the Rotary Club.

the Dukeries Academy Art Group having a great time staying in a Youth Hostel at Perranporth, the building having had a previous use as a submarine listening post on the North Cornwall coast during the last war. We saw happy slides of students making notes visiting the Eden Centre, having BBQ’s on the beach, making an exhilarating trip on a boat or enjoying making funny animals,

Maggots £2.25 per pint

Visit us at Donington Market Pitch 339 Sundays models or crowns from twisting special balloons.

Club members were very impressed by the work undertaken by the SEN department and the evident enthusiasm of Julie, Jill and Dave showed in their presentation, the work they do and in what they strive to achieve in supporting these students. A number of the students have challenging issues to overcome, being profoundly deaf, autistic or Bill Ankers living with cerebral palsy or & President some other issue. Being away Tony (photo from home for the first time left) with out parents, looking after themselves, preparing their own A treat was meals, washing up and cleaning in store when Julie Greenwood, and spending close time with Director of the SEN department others can have a life changing at the Dukeries Academy, spent effect on their development an evening with the club along and on their family’s lives. with two colleagues Dave Ellis Club members agreed that our and Jill Pidduck. annual donation to the SEN We saw slides of eleven department was money well students with staff from spent. The photo above shows

Laxton Public Walks 2013

The annual series of public walks round Laxton with Stuart Rose began in March. The walk is open to anyone able to walk approx. 4 miles on uneven ground. Appropriate, sturdy, footwear should be worn and waterproof / warm clothing brought to suit the weather on the day. A second walk on 20th April will look at the medieval landscape and village, while regular visitors and people looking for something different to do should put the 1st May Dawn Chorus’ walk in their diaries. This begins at 5.00am at the Visitor Centre to see the dawn break at Laxton castle while Rattlejag Morris dance in the May. Following a BBQ breakfast walkers visit all three fields to identify the birds who are also ‘up with the lark’. All walks are free of charge. Donation required for the BBQ. Rotarians, Robert Baker, Laura Harmer, President Tony and guest Julie Greenwood looking at examples of art done by students. WANTED keen gardeners who would like to help Rotary raise money to support local charitable causes. If you live in Ollerton, Boughton and Edwinstowe and may like to take part in our successful Annual Open Gardens please give Tony a ring – he is waiting

for your call or email! Tony Crowson President, Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest www.rotary1220org/she sherwoodforestrc@btinternet. com 01623 825607. Contact me for more info. Tony Crowson President, Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest, 01623 825607. www.rotary1220org/ she sherwoodforestrc@ btinternet.com


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Edwinstowe Cricket Club

has been awarded some funding from Nott’s County Council. As a junior representative from the Club, I have been asked to write a short article about the funding and what it will be used for. In addition, please find attached a picture of the funding being presented from the Council to the Club. The article is below. ''Edwinstowe Cricket Club has been awarded a grant of £12,784 by the Conservative- led Nottinghamshire County Council from the council's Olympic legacy fund. This funding has been awarded following sterling work on the application process by Shirley Moore, to whom the cricket club would like to express their sincere thanks to. This grant is a major contribution towards the costs of building storage facilities adjoining the clubhouse at Forest Corner. Pictured are the Club's Chairman , Mike Grattan, and the ViceChairman David Hallam. Presenting the cheque to Eddie Fenwick (a junior representative from the club) is County Councillor John Cottee- Cabinet member for Culture & Community. Also pictured is Shirley Moore, who worked on the application, and Keith Benison Chairman of the Edwinstowe Residents and Tenants Association.'' C/O Eddie Fenwick

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

Are you an ebaY Expert? If so can you help us please? The Cornwater Club Charity shop in Mansfield runs an ebaY site to sell some of its donated goods. We are looking for more volunteers to photograph and list the items on our ebaY site. We would appreciate as many or as few hours as you can spare; you can come to the shop to photograph and list the items or if you prefer you can do this at home, at your leisure. Sharon Baum, Shop Manager, pictured, with a collection of items for ebaY, is in overall charge of the operation. She selects all the items to be listed and is responsible for ensuring that they are packed and dispatched to the customers. The Cornwater Club Charity shop supports the Cornwater Clubs, an old people’s charity which offers friendship and support and prevents old people becoming isolated in their own homes. If you can help, please phone Sharon Baum on 01623 656133 or pop into the shop on Queen Street, Mansfield. c/o Melissa Blythe

BLIDWORTH & RAVENSHEAD PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP (PPG) We are a small group of patients who represent the patients of the local GP Practice at Blidworth & Ravenshead. And we welcome more patients joining us in our work to develop the role of patient’s in their healthcare locally. We work with the Healthcare Team at the Practice to develop healthcare and well-being locally. Interested come along to the AGM. GILLY HAGEN, PPG Chair, e-mail illyflower50@hotmail.com telephone 797138 or Sally Haywood Practice Manager 795461.


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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. www.sfcc.org.uk” 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 As you read this we will just be celebrating Easter: the triumph of love over hate; the triumph of hope over despair; the triumph of life over death. Everywhere there will be signs of Spring: flowers coming into bloom, birds nesting and maybe even feeding young. All those symbols of new life, we associate with this sign of year. And I hope that the sun is shining and the sky is blue. As I write this, just after Mothering Sunday, the temperature is -2 and snow is falling. The sky is dark and grey and it feels like we are still very much in the grip of Winter and darkness. I am aware that it feels like Winter for many people at the moment: dark and grey, cold and unrelenting. I and my colleagues across Mansfield have never known a time like these past few weeks and months. We have taken more funerals in this short space of time than we have ever done before. We know that many are grieving, are lonely, are facing loss. But we still celebrate Easter. A story that says that death

isn’t the end. A light in the darkness that says that there is hope even in times of despair. A God who knows what it is like to face death and so can help us look beyond it. It doesn’t take the pain away. It doesn’t necessarily make it easier. It does mean listening to someone whose child is dying, holding the hand of the widow at the graveside, offering the tissue or the shoulder for tears to be shed, and holding up those who feel they can no longer stand. That is what we try to do. But it also means gently reminding that there is always a tomorrow, that an end is also a beginning, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That there is hope. I pray that this letter is not for you - that you are in a good place and can just ignore it. But if it is for you, I pray that you can hold on to the promise of tomorrow and know that God is walking with you. Wherever you are, may God be with you this Easter. David Greenwood (01623 491474)

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More Local News Increased Council Tax? “A Small Amount to Pay” Paddy comments on his statement “I’m obviously delighted that the Police and Crime Panel has given the go-ahead not just to the increase in the amount of council tax paid towards policing, but to the other two key elements of my plans - the Police and Crime Plan and the budget. However, we remain open to public views about the plan. It’s tremendously important that the county’s residents and people who work in Nottinghamshire keep talking to us so that we can represent their needs - and we will keep listening.” The budget includes a major investment in frontline policing, which enables the Commissioner to keep his promise of putting more bobbies and PCSOs in the county’s neighbourhoods. His plans are for 150 police officers to be recruited in 2013-14 and a further 120 police officers in each of the

Emergency Contacts: Police/Ambulance/Fire Services 999 or non-urgent Police calls 101 PC 505 Annette JOHNSON Beat Manager for Blidworth & Rainworth area Based at BLIDWORTH Police Station can be contacted on: 07595 007 505

next two years. In addition, the budget allows for 35 PCSOs to be recruited in 2013-14 and 2014-15, with 30 more in 2015-16. I am adamant that crime must continue to fall in Nottinghamshire. We have to keep on our toes - and that can’t be achieved if resources are cut. The Panel has listened to our point of view and clearly sees our position, which is good news all round. Now we need to get on and deliver the plan. In the face of Government cuts, the amount of council tax paid towards policing will be increased by 1.95% per cent in 2013/14. That increase, which will bring in an extra £1m, works out at less than a penny a day for the county’s taxpayers.

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 www.samaritans.org Childline: 0800 1111 NHS Direct: 0845 4647 Online help at: http://www.nhs. uk/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 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 Community First Responders Save a local life by joining this valuable service. Call Tony Machin on 01623 796295

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