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Complimentary Copy of the Sherwood Newsletter from Marathon Media

The Sherwood Monthly Community Newsletter

November 2013 December 2013 Volume No: 06 Issue: 11-12 Complimentary Value: £1.50

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So here is the latest Sherwood Newsletter for both November and December. Lots to read and I have listened to your feedback and made article backgrounds clear or in a lighter colour to help readability - hope you like that. Bonfire night is upon us and we have a reminder from the Nott’s Fire Brigade to be careful with fireworks, observing the safety code when setting off near people. In the same breath - Happy Christmas and New Year to all our contributors, advertisers and readers, without whom the Newsletter would not exist. I would especially wants to remind you all to offer appreciation of the valued support our advertisers give to the community, which enables the Newsletter to be a complimentary copy delivered to most readers doorstep each month. Please support them by using a local businesses from adverts in the Newsletter. Lastly, see inside for your free Sherwood community 2014 calendar. Keep this handy for noting important diary dates. Happy reading and do let me know if you have a bright idea for

Sherwood News and Information


Our Young and Our Future


Looking Good Feeling Great


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Blidworth Food Fair Highlights


Caring Community


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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. Corporate social responsibility may also be referred to as "corporate citizenship" and can involve incurring short-term costs that do not provide an immediate financial benefit to the company, but instead promote positive social and environmental change 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. Loneliness is one of the most heartbreaking pains to bear and I knew many suffered it due to the breakdown of the mining community and of course family separations. Also with a united, happier community the hard times can seem easier. Local businesses also need a cost effective platform to advertise and 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. I kindly ask you to embrace the gift and please if you see Andy our Editor or one of our delivery team around please just say ‘Thank You’. Have a lovely festive season. Diane Carter Editor in Chief and Director of Marathon Media

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Sherwood News and Information Mark Spencer MP Flooding has always been high on my agenda, as many of the villages and towns within Sherwood are affected. I have for some time helped those affected by trying to establish which authority is responsible and who can assist individual problems. The answer is usually a combination of different groups and it sometimes feels like there is a degree of passing the buck rather than dealing with the problem. To those ends I have been giving some thought as to how I can be more pro active rather than just responding to cries for assistance. So I have pulled together as many of those who can help to make themselves available to anyone who wants to engage with them. I have arranged a drop in flood meeting at Rainworth Village Hall on Saturday 16th November at 1pm until 3pm. Present at this meeting will be representatives from Newark and Sherwood District Council, Severn Trent Water, The Environment Agency, Highways Agency, Gedling Borough Council and Firth & Scott insurance services. All representatives are on hand to offer free and impartial advice to the public, also in attendance will be Community Flood Consultant Mary Dhonau as well as flood defence equipment suppliers such as ‘Flood Defence Solutions’ demonstrating their products. I would strongly urge anyone affected by flooding to attend this drop in and come and see what is on offer, it could be that helping hand you need in a time of such disaster. I hope to see many of you there.

I would also like to thank those of you who went to our Sherwood Constituency Jobs Fair on the 11th October in Hucknall. We had over 400 people through the door and it was a huge success. The employers were on hand to give advice and literature to our visitors and I do hope some people managed to secure jobs because of that event. On the same subject I am pleased that unemployment continues to fall in Sherwood and the number of people claiming unemployment benefit is 323 lower than in September 2012 and 79 lower than in August 2013. Clearly business confidence is up and jobs are becoming more available again. There is still a long way to go but it seems we are on track in Sherwood and in Britain as a whole! Finally as this is the last issue of The Sherwood out before Christmas we should turn our attention to the yuletide season. I do hope everyone has a good Christmas and as I continue to door knock the constituency I’m sure that I will meet many of you over the coming months. If you have any questions or queries then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at mark. 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 New children’s play equipment opens in Rainworth New play equipment has been installed in a children’s play area in Rainworth. The £60,000 refurbishment of the play area on Rainworth Open Space beside Third Avenue on Southwell Road East has been financed by Mansfield District Council following a consultation with local children earlier this year. Members of the school council at Heathlands Primary School tried out the new equipment on Tuesday 15 October. They said it was vibrant, colourful and great fun. The new equipment is suitable for ages 5-12 years and includes swings, springers, two multi-play climbing frames with slide, roundabout, surfer board, seesaw, musical panels and talk tubes. The surface of the fenced play area has rubber safety flooring with colourful hop scotch and snakes and ladders. Litter bins and seats have also been provided. The new equipment follows work done by the Council last year to remove the fence at the front of the park to make it more visible and accessible. Cllr Philip Shields Portfolio Holder for the Environment said: “The previous equipment was old and in a poor state of repair. This new equipment will provide children in the area with a modern, high-quality facility that will provide hours of free fun and entertainment.”

Children’s Book Review:

The Nowhere Box Sam Zuppardi Release 12th November

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Could George’s escape from his pesky brothers be a bit too successful? An ode to imagination and annoying but indispensable siblings. George’s little brothers wreck his toys and his games and trail after him wherever he goes. Try as he might, there’s just no hiding from them. George has had enough! So he commandeers an empty washing machine box and goes to the one place his brothers can’t follow: Nowhere. Nowhere is amazing! It’s magnificent! It’s also, however, free of pirates and dragons and . . . well, anyone at all. From exciting new talent Sam Zuppardi comes an all-toorelatable story of an older brother who knows when he needs his space — and when he needs his siblings — played out in charmingly offbeat illustrations.

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6 Tips For Surviving Christmas Stress The following tips will help you to beat stress this Christmas and enjoy the holiday period even more. Tip 1 - Establish a Christmas Budget at The Start Of The Holiday Season. Christmas is a time when you overspend and then spend the rest of the year worrying about it and how you are going to pay it off. At the start of the holiday season, make a list of everyone you need to buy presents for and set yourself an affordable budget. It's very easy to get caught up in present one up man ship, but avoid it and stick to your budget, you will thank yourself in a few months time. Set yourself a budget for food, travel and everything else over Christmas to ensure that you are not stressing about money. Tip 2 - Get Yourself Organised. Christmas is a very hectic time so make sure you are organised. Make yourself lists of all the people you need to buy for, all the food you need and places to go. Start your Christmas shopping early, write your cards early and be organised. Being able to start December with most of your Christmas shopping done will really reduce your stress levels. Tip 3 - Know Family Arrangements. Family is one of the biggest sources of stress during the festive season. Whether it is due to clashes within the family or the sheer logistics and travelling required to get together, it is a very serious source of stress. Make sure you know your family arrangements well in advance. Don't leave it to the last minute, start planning as early as you need to. This will reduce your stress because you will know what you are doing, where you are going and when it is all happening. Tip 4 - Avoid People Who Create Stress. There are always people you feel you should visit over Christmas which cause you or your family stress. These are people who are best avoided as it is not worth getting stressed and spoiling Christmas. Visit people because you want to, not because you feel you ought to. Ought

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House and Home Reluctant Gardener:

November & December Flower Garden. • Plant tulip bulbs. Select bulbs with different flowering times to prolong the flowering season. • Put in any winter bedding if this has not been done. This is the last chance to plant wallflowers, bellis, etc. • Remove any stakes or other supports as your herbaceous perennials die back. • Cut back any herbaceous perennials and It is also time to lift and divide overcrowded perennials. • Remove fallen leaves from lawns and borders and put them in a separate compost bin or even a black bin liner to make leaf mould. • Take root cuttings of perennials such as poppies, verbascum and phlox. • Stop feeding any pond fish and float a ball on the water so that if the pond freezes over you can remove the ball and leave a breathing hole for the fish. • Plant bare root hedging plants, trees and shrubs as soon as you get them home. If the ground is frozen or water logged just heel them in until the weather improves. Lawn. • Continue to keep the lawn free of fallen leaves. • Don’t walk on the grass if it is water logged or frozen. Walking on frozen grass can leave brown footprint shaped marks. • If the weather is very mild and the grass is still growing you can cut it with the mower blades set at least 1½” high. • When putting the mower away for the final time give it a good clean and spray oil on any moving parts. Fruit and Vegetables. • If the ground is not frozen or water logged plant new cane, bush and fruit trees. • Mulch fruit trees and bushes. • If not already done put grease bands round both the trunk and stakes of fruit trees to prevent female moths climbing the trees and laying their eggs. • Do not leave any rotten fruit to lay on the ground around fruit trees or bushes as they will carry infection on to next year. • Remove any yellowing leaves from Brussel sprouts and stake if they look vulnerable to falling over.

• Snap the leaves on cauliflowers and bend them over the curd to protect them. • If you have a vacant patch in the vegetable garden dig it over, weeding and incorporating, well-rotted manure as you go. • After digging you can either apply, a mulch or sow a green manure such as winter rye. • Clean garden canes and store in a dry place for use next year. Wildlife. • If you don’t have a bird feeder, consider putting one up. Mix the seed and fat types to give variety and attract different species. • Keep the birdbath clean and topped up with fresh water. Also keep it free from ice as all other water sources may well be frozen solid. • At this time of the year birds will love trees and shrubs that still have berries such as pyracantha, berberis and sorbus. If you don’t have any berries then now would be the time to consider planting them ready for next year. • If you have made a bonfire for Guy Fawkes night please check that it does not contain any wildlife such as hedgehogs just before lighting it. • Clean out bird nesting boxes not only so they are ready for use in the spring but birds will shelter in them during bad weather. • Plant native hedging to give shelter for wildlife. Happy gardening Andy

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Monday 10th December Hillside Road, Kirkby Close, Lynnes Road, Andrews Drive, Farr Way, Green Close, Clare Hill. Monday 17th December Saville Street, Grange Road, Thorney Abbey Road, Park Avenue, Robinhood Road, Sherwood Avenue, Harlow Street, Appleton Street, Aberconway Street, Belle View, The Crescent.


Lookout also for our visits to Tesco, Oaktree Lane Store on Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd December 2013. All funds raised will be donated to our preferred local charities for this year.

Please Offer Your Support To These Events and Show Your Support for Our Local Charities.

Photos from last years successful Christmas sleigh route


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Hand Stripping Available Teddy Bear Groom On All Small Breeds Half Price On Puppies up to 6 Months Free Nail Trims Fully Insured

For Appointments or Enquiries call or email Kay - 07944 421 150 or

JW Hutchinson Funeral Directors Light cannot be without shade

Time passes, suddenly when you have to make unfamiliar decisions, that’s when you need reassurance. Our funeral service provides the care and attention to detail you yourself would give if you could. Our years of experience will ensure your peace of mind. We act at once, day or night 24 hours per day whenever you need us we will be there.

Rolls Royce Fleet - Pre-paid Funeral Plans

01623 797 647

294-296 Southwell Road East, Rainworth, Notts NG21 0EB

At 3-Ways Garage Premises

Tel: 01623 795 888 Mob: 07976 826 685



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The Sherwood

Monthly Community Newsletter JF209

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Tel: 01623 792948 Leach Way, Burma Road, Blidworth.

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Highlights from the successful local event promoting local produce and creating a fun and enjoyable day out for local families and visitors


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

Time passes, suddenly when you have to make unfamiliar decisions, that’s when you need reassurance. Our funeral service provides the care and attention to detail you yourself would give if you could. Our years of experience will ensure your peace of mind. We act at once, day or night 24 hours per day whenever you need us we will be there.

Rolls Royce Fleet - Pre-paid Funeral Plans

01623 797 647

294-296 Southwell Road East, Rainworth, Notts NG21 0EB

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

For Current Vacancies Please Call to Discuss on:

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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


Marathon Media - Building Local Businesses Diary Dates for Networking Locally

Open to Members and Non Members

Mansfield Networking

It’s Women’s Business Club

Venue: Toby Carvery, Coxmoor Road, Sutton in Ashfield

Venue: The Oakham Suite, Nottingham Road, Mansfield

Date: Tuesday 12th & 26th November

Date: Monday 11th November, 9th December Time: 6.30 – 8pm Cost: Complimentary – Call: 07711 315399 to book

Ladies at Lunch

Time 7.30 am – 9 am

Date: Thursday 12th December Time: 12 – 2pm

Cost: Only £5 for great breakfast and networking

Buffet served at 12.15 noon

No booking required

Federation of Small Businesses Venue: Mansfield Manor Hotel & Restaurant Carr Bank park, Windmill lane Mansfield

Cost: Varied see www. for details Booking required via We are here to help build local business Diane Carter, Business Editor Email:

Superfast Broadband Nottinghamshire residents and businesses are being urged to find out more about what the web can do for them and to avoid getting trapped in the digital slow-lane. Byte-sized workshops are taking place throughout November as part of Nottinghamshire County Council's project to stimulate demand for the roll out of superfast broadband. Internet searches have become our main mechanism for understanding ourselves, our world and our place within it so it goes without saying that quicker connection, download and upload speeds are essential for modern life in terms of both our work and leisure time. Did you know that over 10 million websites have Google Analytics installed, or that interest is the fastest growing social media platform? Workshops provide a fantastic opportunity for everyone to find out how the web can work for them, with expert guidance on hand.


Tuesday 12th November, 12.00pm - 2.00pm Blidworth Miners Welfare, Mansfield Road, NG21 0LR


Confused when your children talk about getting a re-tweet from their favourite celeb or that they’ve poked their friend, and what on earth do they mean when they put the word “hashtag” in front of everything? Social Media for Beginners will help you understand the basics of Facebook and Twitter, showing you how to set up an account and enjoy interacting with family, friends, maybe even your favourite TV show online.

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How to set up a Facebook or Twitter Profile How to connect with people How to stay safe online The power of the Hashtag Staying connected on your mobile This is a FREE event with one to one support available from experts in Social Media. Food & refreshments will be provided with parking available at the venue. To book your place please register via or call 01623 827900 Everyone attending our events throughout the county in November will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad

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You are urged not to miss out on the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge for free by coming along to find out more about the benefits that quicker connection and download speeds can bring to both your business and personal life. Free refreshments and parking are available at each event. All attendees are entered into a prize draw to win one of the latest iPad© tablets. PINTEREST FOR BEGINNERS Tuesday 5th November 8.00am - 10.00am Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Retford, DN22 8SG

USING GOOGLE ANALYTICS Tuesday 5th November 12.00pm - 2.00pm North Notts College, Worksop, S81 7HP

USING YOUTUBE FOR BUSNESS Thursday 7th November 8.00am - 10.00am Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe, NG21 9PR

SELLING SAFELY ONLINE Thursday 7th November 12.00pm - 2.00pm West Notts College Mansfield, NG18 5BH

BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BLOGGING Wednesday 13th November 8.00am - 10.00am The Village Hotel, Chilwell, NG9 6DL

ADVANCED SOCIAL MEDIA Wednesday 13th November 12.00pm - 2.00pm Sir Julien Cahn Pavilion, West Bridgford, NG2 7JE

USING LINKEDIN TO GAIN MORE BUSINESS Wednesday 6th November 11.00am – 1.00pm Harworth Town Council, Bircotes, DN11 8JP SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BEGINNERS Tuesday 12th November 12.00pm - 2.00pm Blidworth Miners Welfare Blidworth, NG21 0LR INTRODUCTION TO EMAIL MARKETING Thursday 14th November 12.00pm-2.00pm Balderton Village Hall, Balderton, NG24 3BD

Find out more by visiting, following us on Twitter @SuperfastNotts or calling 01623 827900






Friends of Tippings Wood

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)”

Autumn is a magical time of the year and the best days to wrap up and enjoy a walk through the rich colours as we make the transition into winter. Autumn is also the time for fungi of which Tippings Wood has an enormous variety. Many are edible but you need to very confident to harvest. The winter schedule of maintenance has just started. Tree felling, cutting back overgrown hawthorn, hedge laying and fence repairs. If you would like to join us for a day please call Lee on 07753 850758 or leave a message on 07950 646620 to check when and where we are going to meet. The days are chilly, but with a bonfire blazing, good company, potatoes cooking & tea on the go, are a delight and good for the soul. Consider joining us for a few hours? Be our eyes and ears and look after Tippings Wood. Report criminal damage to the non-emergency Police number on 101. They may not attend, but it is important to record any issues so that further action can be taken. Friends of Tippings Wood.

Rainworth Miners Welfare Forthcoming Events Friday 1st November Halloween Family Disco & Fancy Dress 7pm - 11pm - Everyone Welcome Saturday 2nd November Community Bonfire & Fireworks Display Bonfire to be lit around 6.30pm - display at 7pm Fairground, Food & Other Stalls, Raffle & Disco in Welfare to Follow - All Welcome Wednesday 13th - Saturday 16th November Circus at the side of the Sports Ground Saturday 7th December - Tamla Mowtown Night

Rainworth Miners Welfare Christmas & New Year Events Monday 23rd December - Pantomime “ALADDIN” Doors Open 7pm Admission Adults £2 Children £1 Tuesday 24th December “Christmas Eve” Sequence Dancing + Bingo, Card Bingo & Treasure Chest Thursday 26th December “Boxing Day” Disco in concert Room 2pm - 10pm Tuesday 31st December “NEW YEARS EVE” Disco 7pm - 12.30am

For Further Details Contact: 01623 792495 or email:


Local News - Rainworth Reporter Rainworth Parish Council Chairman Mark Buttery. Vice Chair - Linda Tift We are ensuring the grit bins are full as we approach winter but please remember this is for use on the highways not private property. Winter grit and salt can be purchased from builder’s merchants and DIY outlets and is very useful to keep at home and even in your car. Volunteers are needed to help begin clearing the Skate park site, hopefully sausage cob mornings! Contact Clare on clare@ for details. OAP Xmas party has been scheduled for Wednesday 4th. December, 2013 Continue to report potholes and streetlights either directly to the Highways Department at NCC on 0300 500 8080 or to the Parish office. Electoral Review of Newark & Sherwood Boundary’s. At present Rainworth is represented by 3 District Councillors and Blidworth by 2. The current proposal is to reduce Rainworth to 2 Councillors. In order for Blidworth to retain 2 Councillors it is proposed that the following Rainworth streets be included in the Blidworth Ward: Cambridge Road and Close, Kestrel Rise, Partridge Close, Woodpecker Drive, Eaton Close, Harrow Close, Preston Road, Rochester Road, South Winds, Tudor Crescent, Warsop Lane,10 properties 87-101 odd numbers only. New development on Warsop Lane, The Archer and the School Caretakers bungalow. Are you affected by these proposed changes? What do you think? Have your say by contacting the Parish Office or make your personal comments at By clicking on the current consultation page. The consultation runs until early January.

The Venue Christmas & New Year Special Events Thursday 5th December CHRISTMAS SPECIAL LUNCH 2 Sittings - 12 noon and 1.30pm 3 Course for £5.50 BOOK EARLY Friday 13th December at 7.30 pm for 8 pm CHRISTMAS CABARET NIGHT Enjoy a delicious 4 Course Christmas Meal Followed by Live Entertainment Music & Dancing Only £19.50 BOOK EARLY (£5 Deposit required) Group & Individual Bookings Welcome Wednesday 18th December CHRISTMAS BINGO SNOWBALL Eyes Down 2pm - Sherry & Mince Pie - Free Raffle Plus Every Wednesday in 2014 Sunday 22nd December CHRISTMAS CARVERY -Turkey & Beef Cooked to Perfection Four Sittings from 12 noon MUST BOOK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT Adults £5 Children £3 Christmas Eve from 8pm DANCE TO DISCO QUIZ FREE Tickets Available

Existing Gypsy,Traveller sites in the Newark & Sherwood District are reaching their capacity and new sites will be sought. Your views would be appreciated in relation to Rainworth. Please contact your Parish and District Councillors or the Parish Office.

Christmas Day OPEN AT LUNCHTIME 12 – 2pm for Drinks Merry Christmas to Everyone

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 rainworthpc@

Friday 27th December GAMES NIGHT Darts, Dominoes & Pool - Sarnies & Cash Prizes £££ FREE Entry to Games

Rainworth Parish Council, Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Road, Rainworth. NG21 0JZ Office hours. Mon, Wed, Thu and Fri 9am-2pm Parish Meetings. No meeting in December Thu 14th Nov 7pm

Hi to All, We urgently need socks, and all other clothes for the night shelter in Mansfield. When you get all your new socks and slippers and funky Christmas jumpers and clear out your old please give me call and I will collect. Many thanks. Linda Tift 01623 796336 or 07950646620

We Need Your Socks NOW!

Saturday 28th December ‘LIVE ENTERTAINMENT’ Mowtown Bruno Mars Tribute Tickets only £3 Sunday 29th December SNOOKER HANDICAP FREE Tables from 7.30pm Start With Cash Prizes ££££ NEW YEARS EVE DISCO 8 Until Late!!! - Tickets only £3 Fancy Dress - Best Female & Best Male Food Platters - Admission up to 11pm Happy New Year to Everyone GREAT BEER PRICES John Smith £2.50 a pint Fosters £2.60 a pint Youngers Best £2.00 a pint Carling £2.95 a pint

Tel: 01623 797975 The Venue, Kirklington Road, Rainworth


Local News - Rainworth Reporter RBL Blidworth & Rainworth EVENTS IN THE REGION 1. Band of HM Royal Marines, Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, Saturday 16th November 2013. 2. Poppy fortnight Sat 26th October to Sat 9th November. 3. Remembrance Sunday 10th November and Armistice Day Monday 11th November. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION. Please note that we would be happy to come to any event you are holding next year, we share any donations 50/50 with you. We have a PA system we hire out Please contact Jim below for details. If anyone would like to know more about the Royal British Legion or any of the items mentioned above please contact Jim Filby: Mob:07768 742111 or email If you would like to volunteer as a Poppy Person and join the team to help sell poppies, contact your local branch.

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

Free advice on keeping warm and reducing energy bills this winter Residents in Mansfield District can get free advice on how to keep their homes warm in winter and save money on energy bills. With the arrival of winter imminent and the threat of energy price rises becoming a reality, Mansfield District Council is providing free energy advice that is tailored to individual residents and their properties. The Council’s trained and impartial officer can conduct a home visit to provide residents with simple tips and advice that could potentially save hundreds of pounds a year, as well as helping to keep them healthy. The Affordable Warmth Officer can provide residents with advice on how to understand the information on energy bills, how to set their heating efficiently, check they are on the most suitable tariff, and answer any questions they may have. Residents could save hundreds of pounds off energy bills by effectively heating their homes. Simple changes around the home can save as much as £110 on annual energy bills. Bigger changes, such as the installation of a new energy-efficient boiler, loft insulation or wall insulation could save in excess of £300 a year. Cold homes also have a significant impact on people’s health and can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. One of the best ways of keeping well during winter is to stay warm. If you are interested in receiving advice, a FREE energy audit, or more information please contact 01623 463 472.

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 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

Fri: 6pm 3rd Rainworth Brownies. Details phone: 01623 629879

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


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 & District Historical & Heritage Society Chairman, John Smallwood introduced Roy Lewis who told us of the rise and fall of our public parks and their subsequent rebirth. Few of us knew that the majority of metal railings and architecture cut down at the start of World War 2 was not of the correct type for making weapons and was eventually dumped at sea! Following this, the photo display boards that were used at our exhibition at the recent Southwell Ploughing Match were shown. Thanks to Margaret Marais for her donation of magazines to our lending library. After the break, Dale Smallwood and Eric Hall gave a presentation on old Blidworth landmarks. Included, was reference to one of our three remaining public house buildings, The White Lion. It has recently been sold and boarded up and the hope was expressed that it would not be demolished to make way for development. Blidworth can ill afford to

lose any more of its historic buildings. At our next meeting, Ian Morgan will talk about ‘The Fossdyke’. As usual the meeting on Tuesday, November 5th will start at 7 pm, everyone seated by that time. We meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Chapel on Main Street, Blidworth. Parking at the rear of the building. New members welcome; just turn up on the night. Normally a small charge of £2 which includes refreshments. If you have any photographs of the village and its people that we may copy and add to our archive we would be most grateful. If you would like more information please contact us through our website. www. blidworthhistoricalsociety. Email: blidworthhistory@ You can also follow us on Twitter @BlidworthHistory

Blidworth Parish Council (BPC)

1. 2012/13 Accounts – The Annual Audit of our above Accounts were concluded on 19 September 2013 with no matters raised. 2. New Footpath Fishpool Road – this new NCC Local Improvement Scheme Project commenced last week. When complete it will provide a much safer footpath for walkers linking Blidworth with Ravenshead & the Robin Hood Way. 3. Horses on Pavements – we have recently received a complaint from a local resident stating they had to step into the road to allow a horse & rider to continue on the roadside pavement. Our advice is that the Highway Code (Rules about Animals) states that – “You MUST NOT take horses onto a footpath or pavement Etc. 4. Food Fair & Gala 29 Sept. 2013 – This was our 1st attempt at running such an event as this and were pleased with the attendance , number of business & charity stallholders , which bodes well for a possible similar event next year . The various charity stalls raised over £800 for local causes.

Bards at Blidworth

Members of the Bards at Blidworth group continue to pour out poetic gems and had the opportunity to read out some of them on National Poetry Day this year (October 3rd.) at Kirkby Library. Many thanks to Vicki for her hospitality at the library and other library staff. Reg Nelson ably MC’d the evening’s readings with poets including himself and Arthur Radford, Gillian Bagueley, StevieLeigh Townsend, George Wilcockson, Clare Coombes and myself. We were missing Jan Bebbington, Villia Bullock and Chris Pearson. It is hoped to capture some of the poems in the next Bards at Blidworth Anthology (2013), due out later this year. We continue to meet on the third Saturday of the month at Blidworth Library at 10am - 12pm for a workshop, readaround, discussion, sharing news and work in progress plus a cuppa! All budding poets are welcome as well as established ones. (Some of our poets have their first collections out). One of our members, Chris Pearson, has recently retired from teaching English at Nottingham University, is leading the October workshop and is busy writing stories as well as new poems. Poems for Christmas will be on the agenda for the November workshop! Christine Michael,

5. Remembrance Day Parade, Sunday 10 November 2013 @ Blidworth War Memorial. 6. “Switch on Event” on 30th November 2013 - at Blidworth Welfare from 12 Noon to 4.30pm (Xmas Lights to come on at 4pm) – we are still finalising details for this annual popular event. For the younger children we have already arranged for Santa to attend, hopefully with lots of presents, together with the Stilt-man / Balloonist to entertain them , plus the Climbing Wall for the older ones There should be several stalls present together with local Charity Stalls, with food & drinks available (Stalls available @ £15 – please contact Clerk - ( Charity Stalls Free ). 7. Annual Pensioners Party 4th December 2013 – all arrangements have now been made, lists for attendees have been distributed. Blidworth Parish Council, Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth, NG21 0RD c/0 Geoff Stocks, Clerk to the Council, Tel/Fax: 01623 490358 Office hours: Mon 9am – 4pm Thurs 9am – 4pm


Local News - Blidworth Focus


1st Blidworth (St, Mary's) Brownies

he Brownies ended their summer term by starting "The Moo Challenge". All Brownies came to their party dressed either as cows or cow girls, with a disco being capably run by one of the Brownies 10 year old brother! The term started with a visit to White Post Farm to learn more about cows. Activities within the meetings have included painting a pot cow, colouring a cow mask, having a cow "beetle" drive, playing games relating to cows, pin the tail on the cow and finishing their challenge by making edible cow pats a fun but very messy evening. Lots of activities are planned for the Christmas period. We have had two new Brownies this term, but sadly will be losing two at Christmas. Whilst the Unit has three fabulous Young Leaders, more adult help is required for 1.5 hours on a Tuesday evening (term time only). If you feel you can offer your services please contact Brown Owl, Kathy Straw 01623 490920.


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. Gilly Hagen our Chair is a volunteer Patient Leader for the area. Being involved ensures patients can learn more about The Practice and what is happening locally and in the Newark & Sherwood Area via the – - or finding out about local events etc via our noticeboards at the surgeries. For further information contact: Gilly Hagen Chair

Rotary Club of Ravenshead & Blidworth Blidworth Food Fayre

The local Rotary Club has supported Blidworth Oaks Primary School for a number of years and the Food Fayre gave them an opportunity to collaborate with the school in raising funds for their ‘Helping Hands’ project. The day was perfect for an effort such as this, with bright sunshine and plenty of local interest. A teacher and two pupils helped to run the tombola, managing to clear the table and raised over £130 in the process. The previous Friday had seen pupils studiously applying winning raffle tickets to over 100 donated food and drink items as well as folding up the rest for the tombola bucket. An excellent achievement! Richard Lord, Past President, Youth coordinator

Blidworth Miners Welfare Brass Band Concerts in 2013 By popular demand, Blidworth Welfare Brass Band will be performing at The Welfare on:

19th December – the ever popular…… ‘Christmas Concert’ Curtain raised at 8:15

Event Sponsored By

Meadow Rd and New Rd Pensioners Association - The Monday Club Hi everybody, the club and members are fine. Monday meetings at Rookwood go on as usual. No update for this month - but we are sure Harry will want to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year On behalf of Harry


News from Ravens Lodge Scouts We started our month with a parade service for Harvest Festival. One of three we do in the year. Turnout was low as we appeared to be competing with other events that weekend. Next parade service is on 10th November for Remembrance Day. The Beavers have been concentrating on Hobbies, Safety & Healthy Eating. They visited Mansfield Fire Station where they were shown round the premises and fire engines. They had a fantastic night. The following week the Beavers made interesting things to eat with fruit, vegetables, nutritious spreads and healthy bread. This constituted earning the Healthy Eating section of their Kenwood sponsored Fitness Challenge. The Cubs have been recycling energy for their Global Challenge award, completing their Home Help badge and building hovercraft that they raced across the Scout Hall floor. They have also been filling shoeboxes with toys and goodies for Operation

Christmas Child to be less fortunate children across the world. The Scouts had a master class in playing Squash in the Hall at Raven’s Lodge. Several mini ‘walls’ were set up and the Scouts were given professional tuition on how to play. The following week they went to Newstead Abbey for an Adventure Challenge as part of their Navigator badge. They looked for ‘geocache’ sites using Map, Compass and GPS. Their highlight was a night of Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) where in the evening and into the night, laptops were set up in

the hall and Scouts contacted counterparts across the world. Our new Explorer Unit is starting to thrive. We have been swimming at Water Meadows, made 6 second Vine video clips and been practicing outdoor cooking on Trangia, Meths Stoves. As can be seen on the above photo’s, they also took part in the JOTI. They are going to be invested into the Mansfield District Explorer Unit next Sunday in Thor’s Cave above the Manifold Valley in

£300 paid for pieces of Materials Cornwater Club Shop Volunteer, Tordis Lyall, has used her creative talents to transform pieces of donated material into a beautiful double quilt and raise funds for the Cornwater Club. The raffle of the quilt raised £310 and was won by Hazel Saddington from Newark. Tordis, a keen quilter, decided to make the quilt after seeing how many pieces of material are donated to the Cornwater Club Charity Shop, in Mansfield. It took six months to make and is predominantly stitched by hand. Said Tordis “By using the materials in this way it not only gives them a new lease of life but it demonstrates how recycled materials can be used to create something useful and beautiful. I really enjoyed making the quilt and am happy it raised so much money for the old people in our community” Happy winner, Hazel Saddington said she was absolutely delighted and it had given her inspiration to try to make a quilt of her own. Photo: Hazel Saddington (left) with Tordis Lyall (right). Media Contact: Melissa Blythe, 07854 156826 or email melissa. Staffs. A fitting venue for a strong team of Explorers. I am always on the lookout for new Leaders to bolster our team, whether that be people who want to become Leaders, Assistant Leaders or Sectional Assistants (a bit like teaching assistants), or those with particular skills who might like to get involved, so if you wish to be part of the team, let me know and we will be happy to welcome you on board. We still have the textile bank, in the Car Park at Raven’s Lodge. These earn us much needed funds so come and deposit all your clothing with us. C/O Dave Shardlow Group Scout Leader, tel: 07971562235, email: Reg. Charity 504994


Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest Murder Mystery Night – ‘Death in the Caribbean’ proved a very successful and enjoyable evening with both the audience and players having a good time. Due to everyone’s generosity we raised £518 and this money will help Rotary to support people less fortunate in our community.

Hall of the Dukeries Academy. Almost 100 people from the community are performing this year and include the bands of the Dukeries Academy, Walesby School Choir and the recently formed Community Choir. Tickets can be bought in advance from The Dukeries Academy, All Things Bride & Beautiful & Tony’s hairdressing in Ollerton & Love Lingerie in Edwinstowe or can be purchased on the door. A £6 ticket buys an evening of great entertainment with plenty of audience participation! Note the Concert starts slightly early this year at 7.00pm.

Photo above: Members of the Cast of ‘Death in the Caribbean’ Visit to the Pheasantry Brewery East Markham – In October Nathan from the Micro Brewery gave members and friends an interesting and amazing insight into making Beer. Nathan led us through the history of the Brewery that is situated within a listed curtilage of land and housed in an old thrashing barn. The owners rescued ‘at risk’ historical buildings on High Brecks Farm and have created a great place to visit. Photo right: President Mary & Nathan on the steps together with Rotarians & friends Now it is Time for our 33rd Proms Concert which takes place on Saturday 23rd November starting at 7.00pm in the Concert

Laxton History Group

The Group is holding a Craft Fayre in the Village Hall on Saturday 16th November between 11.30am and 3.30pm. This is your chance to make an early start and find some Christmas presents from our range of local crafts people. Soup and cobs will be available from 12 noon and tea and cakes will be available all day. There will be a chance to see some photos and the old films of Laxton while you relax in good company. Admission £1

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

For further information, please contact Mary Brown President, Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest on 01623 825607 or email or visit www.rotary1220org/ she Mary Brown President, Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest www. rotary1220org/she 01623 825607 sherwoodforestrc@btinternet. com

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.


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: “Remember, remember ........ “

t’s that time of year again when the old rhyme encourages us to recall the plot to blow up Parliament. We have many opportunities to remember the past – like Remembrance Sunday when we pause to reflect upon the sacrifice of those who gave their lives in service to their country. To remember events, people, dates etc is good, but there are times when it is better to “forgive and forget”. Forgiveness is not only one of the golden principles of the Christian life, but also one which can have tremendous benefits to society in general. Often we know the wisdom and benefits of forgiving, or letting go of a grudge, and yet feel unable to face the challenge of actually doing it! Maybe we think that the person who hurt us doesn’t deserve to be forgiven. Is there someone you need to forgive? Ask God to help you to let it go - His Word tells us in Colossians 3 v13 to “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Forgiving is a choice we make. When we make the decision to let go of past hurts, it leaves us free to embrace the present, and channel our thoughts and energies into new, healthy ideas and plans for the future. Paul Johnson, Pastor – Sherwood Forest Community Church

Christmas services St Mary of the Purification, Blidworth Sunday 8th December 4.00pm Tree of Memories Saturday 14th Dec 4.00pm Living Nativity Tuesday 24th Dec 4.00pm Christingle Tuesday 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass Wednesday 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Holy Communion Sunday 29th Dec 10.00am United service at St Andrew’s Mission church, Blidworth

St Simon & St Jude, Rainworth

Sunday 1st Dec 10.30am Advent All Age service Sunday 22nd Dec 6.00pm Carol service with Tree of Thanks Tuesday 24th Dec 4.00pm Christingle Tuesday 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass No service Christmas day - joining with St Mary’s Sunday 29th Dec 10.00am United service at St Andrew’s Mission church, Blidworth

St Andrew’s Mission Church, The Crescent, Blidworth

Talk & Tea - 3rd Monday in each Month,

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

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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

A final word for this issue Just in closing I trust you have enjoyed your festive edition of The Sherwood Community Newsletter. I want to offer a massive thanks to our advertisers for supporting the magazine, without them the full content of local news would not be there for you, so I do encourage you to use them for their products and services. I want to offer a great big thank you to Steve from Xpress and the youngsters who are on the Sherwood Delivery Team for going out in all weather to ensure you receive your magazine to your door. Plus an enormous thank you to Andy Jones, the Editor who works tirelessly to design and plan the magazine. He is a true community hero. See you in 2014 Diane: Editor in Chief

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