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Complimentary Copy of the Sherwood Newsletter from Marathon Media

The Sherwood Monthly Community Newsletter

January 2014 Volume No: 07 Issue: 01 Complimentary Value: £1.50

Distribution of 8,000 copies. Estimated readership of over 30,000 Sherwood Residents in Blidworth, Ravenshead, Rainworth, Farnsfield, Edingley, Halam and Edwinstowe FREE What’s On Section Sponsored by: AV4Home

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Welcome to the January edition of the Sherwood Community Newsletter - your local voice for all things across the Sherwood forest region. We are the only newsletter to reach so many local readers. After the excess of Christmas and the New Year I expect all of us to be making promises to our body’s to take a different path for 2014! That may involve losing weight, getting fit, volunteering or just making some life changing choices to make your future healthier and fitter. In this issue you can find all sorts of tips on how to achieve these ‘resolutions’ and local businesses who can help. If your own body is a temple you may want to spruce up the home with

Inside this issue: Introductions & Newsletter info


Sherwood News and Information


Our Young and Our Future


Looking Good Feeling Great


House and Home


Security and Safety What’s On Sponsored Section Caring Community

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The Rainworth Reporter

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Enjoy this issue and keep it handy for the start of the New Year. Diane and me wish all a prosperous 2014.

Ravenshead News


Village Voices


Strengthening Communities


More Local News


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Andy Jones, Editor Corporate Social Responsibility My Gift to You from Marathon Media for 2014 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 shortterm 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 and businesses. We are now in our seventh year and I still have many things I want to achieve with this magazine within the local community. Last month we talked about loneliness, this month I want to bring to our attention those less fortunate within our community due to poverty and therefore focus your attention to the food banks on page 15. At a time for giving please give generously to others. Plus please in 2014 support all the local businesses within this magazine that generously advertise with us month after month without them you would not be reading this. Also recommend them to your friends and relatives. Please see this magazine as my gift to you - it is a nonprofit making side of the Marathon Media 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 23.

All the best for a happy and prosperous 2014. Diane Carter, Director MarathonMedia

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Sherwood News and Information Mark Spencer MP Sherwood MP supports Start-up Loans and ‘Small Business Saturday’ I have been supporting businesses around the constituency recently in the run-up to small business Saturday. I run a small business employing local people and I know how important it is to our economy and to our communities. The local butcher, baker, newsagent, chip shop, post office and pub all serve us regularly and help to keep our high streets alive and employ local people. This is why it is so important that we as a government help to support these businesses as much as possible, whether it is reducing the burden of business rates by capping bill increases or scrapping employers’ National Insurance contributions for under-21s. If we can make it easier for small businesses to succeed then they will take on staff and help to reduce unemployment and improve our economy. I welcome the news that a combined figure of 39 Start-Up Loans have been accepted for small businesses in Ashfield, Gedling and Newark and Sherwood District Councils worth £148,598. Our constituency contains parts of all of these district councils which means good news for local businesses in Sherwood. Start-up Loans provide alternate funding sources to back innovative businesses ideas with 10,000 loans worth £50 million having been given the green-light nationwide. The scheme’s success comes as the Government backed ‘Small Business Saturday’ last weekend as a way of boosting local traders. I have paid a visit to many local businesses in the run up to

‘Small business Saturday’ including Fairfield Control Systems Ltd in Kirton. This company have just been revealed as the Jaguar Land Rover Small Employer of the Year 2013 in the National Apprenticeship Awards at a ceremony at Birmingham’s NEC. It is my pleasure to support such fantastic companies like Fairfield Control Systems, ‘Small Business Saturday’ has made us realise just how much we rely on small businesses and why it is so important for the government to create incentives that allow businesses to succeed. All businesses have to start small and Start up loans enable enterprising people to start their businesses and help to stimulate the economy and create jobs. This is about re-balancing our economy and growing the private sector with Start-up Loans giving people the opportunity put their ideas into practice After the success of ‘Small Business Saturday’ I am pleased to welcome new entrepreneurs and I wish them the best of success with their ideas. 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

Charity Ride Raises Cash for Local Hospice ....... Continued from the front page The Rainworth Riders group raised their money during a sponsored cycle ride from Rainworth to Skegness back in July 2013. The guys started the cycle ride in near perfect conditions but as they got closer to the coast they had to contend with a headwind that got stronger as they neared their goal (Skegness Clock Tower) Riders for 2013 were Lee Wilson, Jono Wilson, Billy Learmonth, Dean Learmonth, Mick Trench, Simon Dickie, Richard Giles, Anthony Hawson, Steff Fish, Cliff Clarke, Alic Keay and Keith Lyall. Back-up was provided by Mark Loghan, Tony Daniels, Phil Alsop, Mick Griffiths, Adam Whitworth and Dave Wells. On the presentation night thank you to Davmac Spares, Wheelgate, White Post Farm and everyone else that donated raffle prizes for the night. A really big THANK YOU goes to Sandra Overton for letting us use The Venue for the presentation night and also donating £477 to The John Eastwood Hospice from the bonus ball. A big thanks to all the bar staff at The Venue and everyone that has sponsored the riders or helped Rainworth Riders in any other capacity.

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Our Young and Our Future Children’s Book Review: Durdle the Dragon by Peter Annable Available: Now Local Artist and Author from Edwinstowe, Peter enjoyed family trips to Dorset and these inspired him to write a children’s book based on the famous Durdle Door landmark, that when viewed from a certain angle - resembles a Dragon! A little girl, Lydia, begins her adventure on the beach and soon she falls asleep and encounters a magical dragon, who flies her across the Dorset countryside on a magical tour of local landmarks and includes an exciting race with a steam train. ISBN-13: 978-1908616128 Amazon £4.99

Local Businesses Sign up For Career Champion’s Pledge Berni Dickinson of The Mansfield Learning Partnership (in both photos) has been working with local businesses for a number of years to give young people the opportunity to improve their skills and raise aspirations. Working with A-Star media ltd, The Chad and Mansfield 2020 Business Club the MLP has created ‘Career Champions’ By becoming a Career Champion a business will be taking a pledge to commit to undertaking at least one activity each academic year which will support the employability skills of students within the MLP. A list of these alongside more information is on the website at www. Currently 60 plus local businesses have risen to the challenge and signed the pledge. These include the following:David Overton, Director of Overton Electrical Services Ltd, (photo right with Berni) an avid believer in supporting projects to get young people into work has committed to sponsorship of a student to attend the Mansfield 2020 Breakfast Club meeting every month for a year, regular work experience both within the electrical side and office based placements and school based networking with young people considering the construction sector. Diane Carter, Marketing Consultant at Marathon Media (photo above with Berni) has already done a presentation relating to networking and will be placing her ‘Top Ten Tips for Selling Yourself and Your Business by Considering Your Ultimate Selling Points’ on the MLP website. Diane stated “This is a fabulous programme and I would encourage any business to get

Mansfield Triathlon Club

World Champ at Mansfield Tri Awards

It was a very special annual awards night for Mansfield Triathlon Club members this year. Not only has the club been shortlisted for the Mansfield Sports Awards club of the year but twice world champion paratriathlete Steve Judge was on hand to present the club’s annual award for achievement and effort. Steve presented awards in a number of categories. Tristar and Junior Athlete of the Year went to Freya Mottram who finished tenth overall in the East Midland’s Children’s race series and has worked consistently hard in training. In the remaining junior awards Matthew Woodhall won Junior Competitor of the Year, the Coaches’ Award was won by Rosie Kibble and the Juniors’ Junior Award was shared by Matthew Woodhall and Cormac Allison. Seamus Allison was voted Club Person of the Year. Photo: World Paratriathlon Champion Steve Judge presents Freya Mottram with the Tristar and Junior of the Year Award.

1st Rainworth and Blidworth Scout Group Open to Boys and Girls Meet at St Andrews Mission Hall The Crescent Blidworth Meeting Times Beavers age 6-8 Mondays 5-30 6-30 Cubs age 8-10and a half Mondays 6-45 8pm Scouts age 10 and a half – 14 Wednesday 7-15 9-15 Sections meet in school term time only. For more details contact: Telephone 0115 9523617 Fax 0115 9523724 E-mail Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 9.30am–5.00pm Wed 9.30am–2.30pm Registered Charity 522441 involved-everyone has something to offer. Mansfield Chartered Accountancy firm, McGregors Corporate, were presented with their Career Champions Certificate at a recent Mansfield 2020 meeting and commenting Christine Dove, Partner said, “As a firm of chartered accountants, McGregors Corporate are able to offer valuable workplace experience in a number of business environments. We can also help students who may be looking at a career in accountancy to understand the various routes they can take to gain a recognised qualification”.


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Here are some Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions - see if they apply to your life. 1. Lose Weight: This is probably one of the resolutions which are common to many people especially after eating so much during the festive season. 2. Getting Organised: Once the decorations are down you can look at maybe some spring cleaning, tidiness and organisation. Often, untidy surroundings can make your life feel 'messy' and disorganised. Work planning is very important both in office and also in home. 3. Spend Less, Save More: Money is an important thing in life and should be spent very carefully no matter how rich a person may be. Here’s a simple rule for you to follow, before you buy something, always spend some time justifying the reason. You should spend the same amount of time it took you to earn that money on reasoning before you buy. 4. Enjoy life to the Fullest: Life comes once and should be enjoyed as much as possible in the right way. Staying alone and isolated can cause depression. Just try to do one extra thing per day, get involved in a local group or visit a local venue. 5. Staying Fit and Healthy: Again, over done it over the festive season? Well many of us make a resolution to get fit and healthy. Regular exercise for half an hour everyday can help a lot in keeping mental peace plus with healthy eating ensure you maintain the correct weight. 6. Learn Something Exciting: Time waits for none and it should never be wasted. There are so many things choices and opportunities now. Make a resolution to learn something new. 7. Quit Smoking: Smoking is bad for your health. Many cannot give up smoking even after trying hard. If you’re still addicted, your 2014 resolution should be to quit smoking. 8. Thinking More of Others: Maybe consider volunteering to help

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a local organisation. A great resolution is to help others. It always feels very nice to know that our actions can make other people smile and this is something to be proud about. 9. Fall in Love: Love is a wonderful feeling, a feeling that comes from within. Are you in a relationship and is it the time to get engaged? Or is it the time to find someone in your life to share your experiences with? It’s never too late to fall in love. 10. Spend More Time with Family: Every family member is dependent on each other even though they don't always show it, so spending time with family is very essential. This is indeed an important resolution that will give you fulfilment in life. How often do parents say "Oh they grew up so quick!? These were some of the top 10 chosen resolutions for year 2014. Some of them may be applicable for your and some may not. However, 2014 is a new beginning in your life so live it to the full.


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Capturing winter romance in their grand, abundant fabric, winter coats are one of the most gratifying garments to buy. Essential, sumptuous and eye-catching, statement coats effortlessly transform our winter silhouettes. While countless, carefully assembled outfits lay hidden behind them, a single winter coat provides effortless style for the whole season and beyond. Well worth investing in, a winter coat is the statement garment everyone sees and the January sales are a great time to make that investment purchase with designer styles and luxury fabrics available at budget prices. But beware of fleeting trends. With three months of winter coat weather already behind us, the January coat purchase really should last throughout the 2014 winter season too. Yes some seductive new styles have hit the high street this year - sleeveless coats and high shine materials like PVC - and it’s easy to be tempted. Discount prices might offset their three to four month life expectancy but keep in mind that their appearance in the 2014 collections is not guaranteed. Often expensive and difficult to store, a winter coat is best cherished and adored. If you’re planning to make a long term investment and - most importantly - commitment to a single coat, look for classic detailing and trends that have proven staying power. Military, cocoon and boyfriend styles are still very modern but are built to last. Look for interesting, quirky detailing with a classic twist and think carefully about the types of outfit you usually wear. Oversize on the shoulders to wrap you up warm, cocoon coats taper gently between the upper thighs and knees and look best with slim, tapered trousers or skinny jeans to balance their proportions. Long sleeves are the most practical but cropped three-quarter sleeves are ultra-chic when teamed with vintage inspired elbow-length gloves. Cocoon coats are made most feminine by pastel palettes and soft wools. First appearing in Balenciaga’s 1950’s

The boyfriend coat broadly shares the oversize look of the cocoon but has a more boxy cut throughout the sleeves and length. Think your other-half’s smart overcoat and you won’t be far wrong. Minimal, gentlemanly detailing such as a slim collar or cuffs bring elegance to the look making it a sophisticated alternative for dressy occasions too. You can emphasise the look with mannish trousers and brogues or wear with a pencil skirt that’s slightly longer in the hemline. As for the military trench coat, it’s been back on the catwalks for so long it’s almost become a wardrobe staple. Reinvented each season with refreshing new colours, patterns and fabrics, the military coat is big on details. Large lapels, epaulettes and often double breasted with feature buttons, the military trench emphasises the waist with a buckled or knotted belt for extra cinching power. Practical and flexible it can be worn with most outfits and easily goes from town to country with a pair of sleek riding boots. If you usually wear skirts, a vintage inspired coat is a splendid option too. Collarless with a crew neck, cinched waist and flowing skirt, the 1950s influenced coat works equally well with dresses and slim trousers. A traditional (faux) fur coat is also a great option for fans of the pencil skirt, complete with war time glamour. Classic and eternal this 1940s style works best with simple outfits and can be dressed up with vintage brooches or dressed down with relaxed jeans and flats. With plenty of investment options to choose from the question this January is not likely to be, should you commit to a new coat but which one should you commit to? Try not to rush in on a purchase though. This isn’t a fleeting romance, this is love. Pick something you adore and it will go from season to season with you. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Light blue coat, M&S Collection at MARKS AND SPENCER Rose Autograph coat at MARKS AND SPENCER Faux Fur coat and white Peplum coat both at NEXT


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parking, speeding and cycling were raised as a major concern and that was reiterated at meetings I’ve held throughout the year, so I’m interested in people’s comments on their key priorities. “Financing our policing service continues to be a challenge as we need to save £11.8m in 2014/15 and another £10.8m in 2015/16,” he pointed out. “This means that it is even more vital that we spend our taxpayers’ money wisely. With that in mind, we need to know where they want us to spend any savings that are achieved by making efficiencies in some areas.” The Commissioner developed his plan’s seven priorities by consulting with and listening to people who live and work in the county. They are to: • Protect, support and respond to victims, witnesses and vulnerable people • Improve the efficiency, accessibility and effectiveness of criminal justice processes • Focus on those local areas that are most affected by crime and antisocial behaviour • Reduce the impact of drugs and alcohol on crime and antisocial behaviour • Reduce the threat from organised crime • Prevent offending, early intervention and reduce reoffending • Spend your money wisely. To access the online survey, which will close at the end of January, click on this link: or visit the website at Anyone who does not receive the household survey but would like a hard copy can contact the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, County Hall, NG2 7QP, 0115 967 0999 ex 801 2005, or email

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

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DISTRACTION BURGLARS TARGET ELDERLY RESIDENTS Have you or your elderly relatives or neighbours been approached by burglars claiming to be from a utility company? Residents in Nottinghamshire are being urged to take care with doorstep callers this Christmas, after two burglaries in which men claimed to be from ‘the Waterboard’. An elderly woman opened the door of her home to three men who told her they were from ‘the Waterboard’. Two of these men distracted her by filling up a number of saucepans with water in the kitchen, while the other went upstairs and looked through her belongings. They later left on foot with a large amount of cash. The victim was not injured, but left distressed, and police are now asking neighbours or relatives of elderly people to look out for them during the festive season to stop intrusions into their home. If an elderly neighbour or relative reports a suspicious caller, don’t let it go unreported as somebody else nearby may become the next victim. Always lock your doors and windows, even if you are in. Check who is at the door, either through a spy hole or a window, and never answer the door if you are in any doubt about the caller. If you do answer the door, ask to see identification, and phone the company they are reporting from to verify. If you are in any doubt, ask the caller to make an appointment to return at a later date when you can arrange to be in the house with someone else. If you or you know someone who has been a victim of a crime of this nature, or if you have been approached in your home in a similar way, we would like to hear from you. Contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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

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


Rainworth Parish Council Chairman - Mark Buttery. Vice Chair - Linda Tift Happy New Year to all residents and the very best for 2014. Following a number of burglaries prior to Christmas please take care of home security and safety. Consider security lighting and pay special attention to locking doors, sheds and garages. 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 builders merchants and DIY outlets and is very useful to keep at home and even in your car. Continue to report potholes and streetlights either directly to the Highways Department at NCC on 0300 500 8080 or to the Parish office The Boundary Review consultation finishes on January 6th. 2014. Rainworth Parish council has submitted a strong objection to the proposals as have Blidworth and Bilsthorpe Parish councils. We will keep you informed of the outcome which is due to be finalised early spring. Councillors are in and out of the Parish Office daily and always happy to assist with any problems, as is our Parish Clerk, Dawn Jones who can be contacted on 01623 490259 or Rainworth Parish Council, Rainworth Village Hall, Kirklington Road, Rainworth. NG21 0JZ Office hours. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-2pm Parish Council Meeetings. Thur 9th. January 7pm

Friends of Tippings Wood As ever, we are desperately looking for new volunteers. An interesting question was asked, ‘Why are volunteers needed to cut back trees and undergrowth? Why not just leave the forest to get on with it? The debate about the proposed sale of Forestry Commission land made more people are think about our forests. A forest often includes large tracts of open land, heath land, also a valuable habitat, but may not contain woodland. Woods are different altogether. The wildlife of deciduous woodland is specific and contributes to our history and culture and woodland. The key to the healthiest and oldest woodland is that it has been cut down,‘coppiced’ and regrown. It is one of the most perfectly sustainable resources and ecosystems known to man. Coppiced trees last much longer than those left uncut. Our small woodland of Tippings Wood it is constantly maintained by a small, but dedicated group of volunteers. But we need more help. If you would like to join us for a day please ring 07950 646620. Be our eyes and ears and look after Tippings Wood. Report criminal damage to the non-emergency Police number on 101. It is important to record any issues so that further action can be taken. 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)”

Rainworth Miners Welfare Christmas & New Year Events

Rainworth Miners Welfare 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

Snowball Bingo Every Friday Sunday & Monday Evenings Guaranteed Payout £10 per line £25 per FULL House

Thursday 26th December “Boxing Day” Disco in concert Room 2pm - 9pm Tuesday 31st December “NEW YEARS EVE” Disco 7pm - 12.30am

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

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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

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

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


Local News - Blidworth Focus Blidworth Parish Council (BPC) Our Annual “Switch on Event” at Blidworth Welfare, combined with a Christmas Market, both of which went from 12 Noon through to 4.30pm was well attended. Santa arrived on his Sleigh and went to the Grotto, where he was assisted by two cadets to present presents. The Climbing Wall was on-site together with a Stilts-man / Balloonist. On stage we had performances from Blidworth Welfare Band, the Blidworth Oaks Choir & a local trio called “Ragged Rascals“. We had about 15 Charity Stalls in the Concert Room, together with several Commercial Stores in the adjoining Function Room some others outdoors. At 4.30 pm the new Xmas Lights were already on & they provided a wonderful display. Overall it was an excellent day and we thank Blidworth Welfare for hosting the event, together with all those who did their bit in making it so successful. On Wednesday 4 December we promoted our Annual

Pensioners Party at Blidworth Welfare catering for 93 residents. To start the afternoon Rev. Hazel Robinson said Grace and we provided Sherry and a 3 course meal. Then entertainment from the Joseph Whitaker Band & Blidworth Oaks School Choir, to rapturous applause. We finished with a raffle. Again it was an excellent event & our thanks go to Blidworth Welfare for hosting the event, caterers, B J Bakery and all the assistance from Blidworth Cadets. Finally, following the awful winter weather last year & all its road problems, BPC has now received its stock of grit salt for the grit bins in Blidworth. This is for us to ensure we can keep our main village streets open. Please note this is not for public use. Blidworth Parish Council, Belle Vue Lane, Blidworth, NG21 0RD c/o Geoff Stocks, Clerk to the Council, Tel/Fax: 01623 490358 Office hours: Mon 9am – 4pm Thurs 9am – 4pm www.blidworthparishcouncil.

RBL Blidworth & Rainworth NOVEMBER POPPY APPEAL. I would like to thank everyone in our district who helped towards our Poppy Appeal this year. We managed to collect £7,304.81. REMEMBRANCE AND ARMISTICE DAYS. The main service was at Rainworth, when our Branch paraded at the memorial in St Simon and St Judes church, with service taken by Rev Hazel Robinson. A smaller service was held at the Blidworth War Memorial. School children were invited to attend our service at St Simons and St Judes Church on Armistice day. Over 70 children, teachers and parents were present. Each school laid wreaths. ROYAL BRITISH LEGION Please note that we would be happy to come to any event you are holding next year with our stocks and a stall to raise not only money for our Poppy Appeal but also to raise your awareness of the Royal British Legion. We are also willing to share any donations we collect with you, also our branch has a PA system that we could hire out to you for a very reasonable donation, 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 Also branches are always looking for new members to help us in our work; and you do not have to be ex Forces Personnel to join, membership is open to all.

Blidworth & District Historical & Heritage Society The big news is that the Society is moving. From January 7th 2014 we will meet in the Function Room, part of the Blidworth Miners Welfare complex off Mansfield Road. At the beginning of December’s meeting the Chairman, John Smallwood presented Mrs Jean Richards with a bouquet of flowers to show our appreciation of her welcoming us over nearly three years at the Methodist Chapel. Following this, Alan Higgins started his Christmas quiz asking questions based on our photographic archives. Joyce Smith winning the first prize. After the break Alan showed a DVD, donated by Dale Bartholomew, of the recent Southwell Ploughing Match held at Blidworth Dale, Ravenshead. Please remember, the meeting on Tuesday, January 7th at

7pm, will be in the Function Room of Blidworth Welfare, Mansfield Road, Blidworth. Our main speaker will be Tim Preston talking about Wollaton Hall and Park and member Alan Higgins will tell us about the explorer David Livingston, when he stayed at Newstead Abbey. New members are always 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 us through our website. www.blidworthhistoricalsociety. Email: blidworthhistory@ You can also follow us on Twitter @BlidworthHistory

Meadow Rd and New Rd Pensioners Association - The Monday Club Greeting to everybody the club and members are all fine. Various things have been happening recently. Monday meetings at our HQ at Rookwood as usual We held a social evening recently, members and a few friends enjoyed the event ending with a fish and chip supper. A bit of retail therapy followed with a trip out to Retford, very nice market town. More recent our annual Christmas party at the Hostess restaurant To conclude on behalf of all our members we hope you have or going to have a very nice Christmas and all the very best for the New Year. Harry


£1000 prize won on Cornwater Club Lottery The lucky owner of number 244 won the first £1000 prize to be awarded through the Cornwater Club Lottery. Staff and members right, celebrated the milestone in the lottery’s short history. The Cornwater Club Lottery was launched in June 2013 to provide much needed funds for the Cornwater Clubs, an old people’s club which provides friendship and stimulating activities and aims to prevent older people becoming socially isolated in their own homes. Every week a lucky winner receives £100 and twice a year the prize increases to £1000. The money generated through the lottery goes towards club funds. With the County Council and Charitable Trusts reducing available grants, monies are very tight. We need to raise just under 90% of the clubs operating costs ourselves; the Cornwater Club Charity Shop in Mansfield and the Friends Promise Programme contribute towards this sum, however, we do still have a shortfall. We have achieved one third of our Lottery sales target but further sales are necessary. It is vital that the Lottery continues to grow if we are to maintain our services to the local community. If you would like to be in with a chance of winning a cash prize every week and supporting a local charity at the same time then please ring Max Dakin for further details, on 01623 491159 or email; alternatively visit our website Media Contact: Melissa Blythe, 07854 156826 or email melissa.

News from Ravens Lodge Scouts Autumn arrived and went. We started with our annual Bonfire Night week when all sections celebrated the Guy with a fire, food and some fireworks, followed by an Explorer visit to the Manifold Valley on the Staffs/Derby’s border and to Thor’s Cave. (photo left) One of our Explorers, Jade Walker, is one of four from Mansfield District to be selected to go to the World Jamboree in Japan in 2015. We will shortly be embarking on activities to help fundraising for the nearly £3,000 it costs for her to go. The Cubs are also engaged in talking to Cubs in a different Country as part of their Global Challenge. They have made contact with a Pack from Mobile, Alabama and are currently writing to them to find out what they do at their cubs and their likes and dislikes etc. The Scouts have been Go Karting at Amen Corner in North Notts, and preparing for an expedition at the end of the Month when they are either cycling or walking from Ravenshead and Farnsfield to Ollerton as part of their Outdoors Challenge award. All sections had a good turnout for Remembrance Day in

STEPHANELLE You came one weekend but you stayed for good That warm first kiss has lasted through the years Our bodies not our minds knew where we stood When first you came, we both thought that we would Just turn our backs and part, not shedding tears, You came one weekend but you stayed for good. Since then we’ve learned our lesson, understood, that our two lives were linked. It now appears our bodies not our minds knew where we stood. We kissed, unknowing, but our dumb mouths could – If not tongue-tied – have told we were blind seers. You came one weekend but you stayed for good. Then sweet content flowed in, a rising flood that swept away all worries, doubts and fears Our bodies not our minds knew where we stood. We’ve grown together since, in parenthood, till now we fit and match like well-meshed gears You came one weekend but you stayed for good Our bodies not our minds knew where we stood. © Chris Pearson November when they paraded from the Shops to St Peter’s Church for a service of Remembrance led by Rev. Chris Rattenberry. As usual, I am always on the look-out for new Leaders to bolster our team. So if you have book-keeping/ accounting skills, knowledge of taxation rules, fund raising experience, building maintenance talents, or just wish to be part of the team, let me know and we will be happy to welcome you on board. Finally, we now have our paper bank back. It is a big blue commercial wheelie bin at the front of the building. Takes only newspaper and newspaper type magazines (not glossy ones) No envelopes, books, glossy mags etc. 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 A Vision for the future – It was our Sherwood Forest’s turn to receive a visit from the Rotary Midlands District team to help us plan future actions and direction. Consensus was reached by club members on several ways forward in the future and included our wish to support a major project. It was a really good stimulating evening and at the end our

Visit to Hodsock Priory – The Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries held their 32nd Birthday Charter at Hodstock where members from our club joined their celebration. Remembrance Sunday – Members of Sherwood Forest laid wreaths at village war memorials at Remembrance Day Services at Edwinstowe, Norwell, Ollerton and Wellow.

President was presented with

Christmas Charitable

the result of our deliberations.

Collections – on the 21st, 22nd & 23rd December we

Photo above: The Rotarian District team with President Mary Mind over matter – Have you ever considered Hypnotherapy? Nicole Huthwaite gave an enlightening talk on the benefits of Hypnotherapy. She explained how it may help with anxiety issues, anger management, confidence building, coping with loss, exam nerves and other problems that people have to face and deal with.

Farnsfield & District RBL New Committee meeting “December’s meeting of the Farnsfield Branch of the Royal British Legion was the first under its revised committee, with Claire Lester taking over as Secretary , Simon Lowe as Treasurer and Richard Guard as Membership Secretary. Poppy Appeal Success The Poppy Appeal has so far raised nearly £4,000, with several collecting boxes yet to be counted – we are well on the way to beating last year’s total of £5,900. A ‘thank you’ card had been received from Mrs Jeanne Williams, our Saluting Officer for the Remembrance Day Parade - she was very proud to take the salute as the first lady to do so and certainly the oldest at 92 well done, Jeanne! On a sadder note, we were sorry to hear of the untimely death of another of our members Mrs Christina Jones who had been a familiar sight in the district as a member of staff at a number of public houses – our sympathies go out to husband Stephen and daughter Amy. A quiz with a seasonal theme was won by Nigel Hamilton and Bob Burrows and everyone tucked in to mince pies to round off the evening. Our next meeting will be at Farnsfield Cricket Club at 7.30pm on Tuesday 7th January 2014 and thereafter on the first Tuesday of each month – new members will be made most welcome and you don’t have to be ex-service to join.” If you wish to know about the work of the RBL please contact Trevor for more info.

are looking for volunteers who would be willing to spend

C/O Trevor Wilds, Chairman, Farnsfield & District Branch (BR0264) Royal British Legion. 01623 882521

an hour or so with Father Christmas, and us, helping with our Christmas Collecting. If you can help, Charities and Rotary would be grateful. So please make contact by phone or email. For further information, please contact Mary Brown President, Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest on 01623 825607 or email sherwoodforestrc@ or visit www. rotary1220org/she

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: Christmas and New Year are times of fun and parties, booze and presents, family and friends, too much to eat and having a great time. Everyone has such a wonderful time. It’s just like all those adverts on the television promised with all those happy smiling faces. Isn’t it? The Dukeries Foodbank in Ollerton only opened 9 months ago and has already fed over 600 people (including 260 children) with 3½ tonnes of food. They are stocking up on seasonal goodies to add to the December bags. Some of us won’t be over eating or drinking, they’ll be lucky to eat at all. Vouchers are available from Health visitors and Sure Starts and some schools across our reason. Nobody needs be hungry. There are many who live alone, and sadly, many are lonely, hardly speaking to anybody from one week to the next. They won’t be surrounded by friends and laughter. And they have neighbours. Are there such people living on your street? Are there clubs or groups you could help them to join? Nobody needs be lonely. There are many facing the New Year without the support of their life partners, or parents or children. At party times, their absence is heightened, especially if this is the first year without them. In the churches, we take so many funerals that we are all too aware of the pain of loss. Some of our faces are not smiling but crying. If you know people like this, give them a hug this Christmas. But I hope you were able to find some fun, share some smiles, swap a gift or two. And maybe remember that we celebrate God with us, sharing our hunger, our pain, our loneliness and our loss. Worth celebrating? God be with you in 2014. David Greenwood (01623 491474)

Christmas Church Services Blidworth Methodist Church 22nd Dec 4.30pm Nativity service 24th Dec 3.00pm Carols round the Tree 25th Dec 10.00am Family Christmas celebration Rainworth Methodist Church 22nd Dec 6.00pm Carol Service 24th Dec 11.15pm Midnight Communion Service United Methodist Service 29th Dec 10.15am Farnsfield only Sherwood Forest Community Church 22nd Dec 10.00am Family Christmas Celebtration 22nd 6.00pm A Lad in a Manger a Christmas pantomime 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Family Celebration 29th Dec 10.00am Morning Service St Mary’s Blidworth 24th Dec 4.00pm Christingle (avoid parking in Bird in the Hand) 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass 25th Dec 10.00am Christmas Holy Communion St Simon & St Jude’s Rainworth 22nd Dec 6.00pm Carol Service 24th Dec 4.00pm Christingle 24th Dec 11.30pm Midnight Mass 25th Dec joint service at St Mary’s church Blidworth United service of Holy Communion at St Andrew’s mission church Sun 29th Dec at 10.00pm only

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More Local News Newsletter Collection Points Whilst we strive to reach as many homes in the Sherwood area with our paid delivery team, unfortunately they may have to miss some premises. If you do not get a copy, please let us know and we will provide one to you. Remember you can also get a free copy from one of the locations below. However, if you do not receive a copy you can collect one at the following:Rainworth: The Venue, The Library, Rainworth Miners Welfare, Rainworth Village Hall, Local Churches and Libraries, The Nisa Southwell Rd, The Londis, Preston Rd St John & St Judes Church, Local Doctors & Dentist.

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

Blidworth: The Miners Welfare, Community Centre, The Library Rookwood Community Centre, The Post Office, BJ Bakery Bilsthorpe: Miners Welfare & Village Hall. Edwinstowe & Ravenshead Library

Ravenshead Surgery: 30 Longdale Ave 01623 795461

We aim to achieve high delivery standards for the newsletter, if you have concerns please contact Diane immediately on: 07916 245 367

Useful Contacts

Rainworth & District U3A Has launched!

We meet every 2nd Wed of the month at the Phoenix Suite, Rainworth Village Hall, 10-12 noon Up and coming talks for the group: January 8th 2014 “The Work of the Nottinghamshire Magistrates” “A talk with scenarios and how sentencing is achieved.” February, 12th 2014 “Eyes in China” “Taking blind tourists abroad.” In your third age, retired or in part time employment. Do come along and join us. Contact: 01623 795473

Problems with Debt? Did you know there is a FREE CONFIDENTIAL ADVICE SERVICE available? The MONEY ADVICE CENTRE Run by Sherwood Forest Community Church in Blidworth Call Mike on 01623 797763

Rainworth Library, Warsop Lane, 01623 791038 Joseph Whitaker School: 01623 792 327

Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90, Childline: 0800 1111 NHS Direct: 0845 4647 or Online: Age UK: 0800 00 99 66 Asthma UK Advice line: 08457 01 02 03 Domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247 FRANK: 0800 77 66 00 Stroke Helpline: 0845 303 3100 Shelter: 0808 800 4444 Macmillan Cancer line : 0808 808 2020 Severn Trent Water: 0800 783 4444 Citizens Advice Bureau: 01623 627 163 Newark & Sherwood Homes: 01623 860 740 N&S District council: 01636 650 000 Mansfield District Council: 01623 463 463 Nott’s County Council: 0844 980 80 80

St Andrew’s Mission Church, The Cresc, 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

We would like to advertise YOUR business if you offer an emergency service. For example: Electrician, Locksmith, Glazier - see page 2 for contact. Community First Responders - Save a local life by joining this valuable service. Call Tony Machin on 01623 796295

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The sherwood news letter Issue number 1 of 2014 .. enjoy


The sherwood news letter Issue number 1 of 2014 .. enjoy