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BECKINGHAM

Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email: DynamoD22@aol.com

VILLAGE FUN DAY - Due to a poor turnout at the meeting arranged on 24th January 24th it was not possible to form an organising group, so the village fun day will no longer be taking place.

CHURCH SERVICES - The following services will be held at All Saints’ Church, Beckingham: today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am; Sunday 6th,Holy Communion, 10.45am; Thursday 10th, Holy COmmunion, 9.30am.

WHIST DRIVE - On Saturday evening there will be a whist drive in aid of Leukeamia Research to be held in the Recreation Room starting at 7.15pm. All are welcome to come along.

PRIZE BINGO - This will be held in the village hall between 2pm and 4pm. All are welcome to come along.

SEQUENCE DANCING - Social sequence dancing (mostly popular ones) takes place on Tuesdays between 8.30pm and 10.30pm in the village hall. Whether you want to learn a few dances, make friends or simply come and enjoy the live music provided by professional organist Joanne Nualls, you can be assured of a warm welcome. Simply turn up and pay on the door. Everyone will be very welcome. Admission is £3 which includes tea and biscuits. For further details contact Peter Nualls on 01427 615265.

BISHOP NORTON

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

LUNCHES - Home-cooked two-course lunches will be served in Bishop Norton Village Hall on Wednesday 9th February at noon, £4 for club members, £7 non-members. All are welcome but please give at least two days’ notice. Details from Ann (01673 818917) or Karen (01673 818798).

HOLY COMMUNION - On Sunday 6th February the Rev Jeff WIlson will celebrate Holy Communion in St Peter’s Church, Bishop Norton, at 9.30am.

BLYTON

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - It was a crisp bright moonlit night when the Womens’ Institute met for it’s first meeting of the new year. Sadly, and for the second year running, the December meeting had been hit by the wintry weather. The president welcomed nine members and wished everyone a Happy New Year. The minutes of the previous meeting were read, correspondence dealt with and forthcoming events discussed. On the completion of the business president Jenny Emery handed the rest of the meeting over to the members who entertained with poems, bingo and a picture quiz of landmarks, both regional and national. The latter proved to be a real brain teaser. The evening concluded with a supper and the president thanked all the members for organising such an enjoyable evening. The next meeting will be on Thursday 17th February when Cordelia McCartney will speak about Antiques In Your Home.

SALE - A table top sale will take place on Sunday 18th February from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall. Tables are £3 and can be booked by telephoning 628441.

GAINSBOROUGH

CHURCH CHANGES - The Team Rector of the Team Parish of Gainsborough and Morton, the Rev Canon Nick Thornley, and his wife Jenny will be leaving the area early next month to take up a new post in a parish in the Lake District. They have been here in Gainsborough for just over 12 years and during that time have become popular members of the local community. They leave at a time when the churches in the parish (All Saints’ Parish Church and St Paul’s, Morton) have shown a healthy growth in membership and they leave a firm foundation for Christian worship here in the future. Combined with this, the plans are moving forward for St George’s Church on Heapham Road to continue as a Christian Community Centre. A further change in the Team Parish will be the departure early in February of the Rev Frances Jeffries who has served here as an Ordained Local Minister for the past six-and-a-half years. She will be taking up a post as a Parish Priest in full time ministry in the Skegness area. A new Team Rector will in due course be appointed here and in the meantime church services will continue as normal.

PROBUS CLUB - Members met at the Old Hall on Monday 31st January and were welcomed by chairman Terry Bendall who introduced the programme for the day, also mentioning that there would be a Probus photograph at the end of the meeting, Tim Smith being the photographer. Ian Locksley had brought a DVD, Wild Weather in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, presented by television’s Paul Hudson and featuring Ian. Various areas which suffer from extremes of rain, snow and wind were covered, as well as how human ingenuity is trying to combat the worst effects. This led to some photographs of Gainsborough’s 1947 floods, which evoked comments and memories among the members.

GLENTHAM

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

BABY AND TODDLER GROUP meets fortnightly in Glentham Chapel, the next meeting being on Monday 7th February. Cost is £1 per adult. For more information tel. Jenny (01673 878806) or Kathy (01673 878284).

HOLY COMMUNION - On Sunday 6th February Anglican-led Holy Communion will be celebrated in Glentham Methodist Chapel at 9.30am.

HEMSWELL

FOLK CONCERT - On Saturday 5th February at. 7.30pm in Hemswell Village Hall Gainsborough Folk Club will be presenting a concert featuring John Blanks, Gwenda and Terry Cater and Stitherum plus one more. There will be lots of humour tempered with some serious songs. Entrance on the door is £4.

LEA

Debi Yeates, 01427 615237.

VILLAGE GUILD LUNCH - A two-course meal was served and enjoyed by 38 members at Lea Methodist Chapel. Members commented on the splendid company and fellowship they had enjoyed. Thanks go to members of Lea Chapel and Mrs M. Shaw who helped with the serving and washing up. The next meeting of the guild will be at Lea Chapel on 17th February at 2pm when R. Shields will be talking about owls. Everyone is welcome.

MISTERTON

Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

IT COURSE – NOT TOO LATE TO ENROL! - There are still places on the IT course, run at Misterton Primary School. The 12-session course can accommodate complete beginners as well as those with some knowledge of computing. The course - on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6.30pm - is run by the Workers’ Educational Association. For further information, contact Jayne on 01777 709650 or by e-mail at jbullock@retfordactioncentre.org.uk.

SEARCH ON FOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - Misterton Parish Council invites nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year awards: one for those under 18, and one for those over 18 years of age. Awards are made to those who have given outstanding service to Misterton. The closing date for nominations is Tuesday 1st March. Nominations, giving the reason for your nomination, should be sent to the Clerk to the Parish Council at The Misterton Centre, 31 High Street, Misterton DN10 4BU or by e-mail to theclerk@misterton-notts-pc.gov.uk.

MISTERTON GALA 2011 - This year’s village gala is on Saturday 9th July from noon to 5pm on the Old School Field. There are some new features lined up for this year. If you’re interested in having a stall, call Nikki on 891629.

BEGINNERS’ JEWELLERY COURSE - A five-week course will help participants develop their jewellery-making techniques to design their own personal collection. The course starts on Monday 28th February in the new Children’s Centre building from 1pm to 3pm. The course costs £20 with a free crèche - but the course itself is free for those receiving a means-tested benefit. Call 892500 to book a place.

HOUSING CHOICE CASE WORKER - Have you ever considered the changes you might need to make to your home to ensure it remains suitable and meets your changing needs throughout your later life? The Bassetlaw Housing Choice Case Worker can help you put into place anything you need to remain in your existing property or help you to find other suitable accommodation. If you would like some help, support, and information on what housing options are available to you, please contact Retford Action Centre, on 01777 709650. The Misterton Centre is affiliated to the Retford Action Centre, and further information is also available there (tel: 01427 891872).

DIARY DATES - Sunday 6th February: Kidz’ Klub, Church Room, 9am; Morning Worship, Methodist Church, 10.30am; Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 10.45am. Tuesday 8th February: Meeting of Misterton Parish Council, Church Room, 7.30pm. Wednesday 9th February: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9.30am. Thursday 24th February: Drop-in surgery for voluntary or community groups looking for funding, Retford Action Centre, 10am–3.30pm. Monday 28th February: Five-week beginners’ jewellery course starts, Children’s Centre, 1pm-3pm, details 892500.