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BECKINGHAM

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

HISTORY GROUP - The AGM will be held in the Recreation Room on Thursday 24th February at 7pm. All are welcome to come along.

WHIST - On Saturday evening there was a whist drive in the Recreation Room in aid of church funds and Mr H Gourley was the MC. There were seven tables in play and winners were: ladies - Marjorie Oliver, Dorothy Mitchell and Joan Smith; gents - Brian Kerr, Judith Gourley and Geoff Staples. Lowest scorers were Mary Annakin and Ian Bywater.

CHURCH SERVICES - The following services will be held in All Saints’ Church, Beckingham: today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am; Sunday 20th, Holy Communion, 9am; Thursday 24th, Holy Communion, 9.30am.

GARDENERS - Beckingham-cum-Saundby Gardeners’ Association’s next meeting is on Monday 21st February at 7pm in the Recreation Room. The speaker will be Gail Summerfield from Westshores Nurseries giving a new talk entitled Tender Loving Care which is about the way you can interpret microclimates in the garden. The evening will finish with refreshments.

PRIZE BINGO - Bingo takes place today (Thursday) in the village hall between 2pm and 4pm. All are welcome come along.

OPEN EVENING - Beckingham Institute will host an open evening on Saturday 5th March starting at 6pm. The institute will be open to all Beckingham residents, whether they be members or not, and admission is free. In addition to the normal billiards, snooker, pool, darts and dominoes, games available will include table skittles, shove ha’penny, solitaire and possibly more traditional games. Refreshments will be provided. Please make use of the chance to see what this unique village institute has to offer you. Membership of Beckingham Institute, costing £5 a year, is open to all Beckingham residents. The institute has two table (full size and three quarter size) for billiards, snooker and pool; darts, dominoes and a free library. It is open every day from 10am to 10pm except Sundays, Christmas Day and Good Friday.

GAINSBOROUGH

OLD GAINSBOROUGH - At Melrose Sports and Social Club on Wednesday 23rd February Thelma Childs of The Delvers will give a film show and talk entitled Gainsborough In Years Gone By. It will start at 8pm and visitors are welcome. Admission is £2 - pay on the door.

MACULAR MEETING - Almost half of all over-50s are unaware of a disease that is the leading cause of blindness in older people. A study found that 44 per cent of people aged 50 and over knew nothing about Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The disease, in which the central part of the retina gradually thins, affects 250,000 people in Britain and one in 10 sufferers go blind. Although it cannot be reversed, early treatment can help to slow down or prevent sight loss. One of a national network of support groups throughout the UK, the Gainsborough Macular Disease Support Group is dedicated to supporting people with AMD and gives people the ability to talk to others who have walked the same path before, learning how they overcame their fears and misgivings. The sharing of experiences brings the realisation that far from being trapped in a world of limited vision, there is a wealth of opportunity waiting to be enjoyed. The next meeting of the Support Group will be held on Monday 21st February at the Friends Meeting Rooms, 22 Market Street, Gainsborough, starting at 10.30am. Further information can be obtained by calling 01427 811609 or 616852.

PROBUS CLUB - Members met at the Old Hall on Monday 14th February when chairman Terry Bendall welcomed everyone and then dealt with various pieces of business. A letter, signed by most Probus members, is to be sent about intended alterations at the Old Hall, highlighting the problems involved, among which is the future venue for Probus meetings. The day’s programme was a DVD entitled Songs That Won The War, introduced by Derek Pearson. The songs were by many well-known artists, often when singing in concerts. Linking the music were scenes of the time, depicting the lives of ordinary people and the armed forces. The DVD showed the optimism reflected by the songs, the positive spirit which prevailed, and the reality of the sacrifices made by all concerned. emories were stirred by the DVD, even evoking some singing. The programme was much appreciated by all who were there.

LEA

VILLAGE HALL - Most residents of Lea will be aware of the building works that are taking place at the village hall and grounds. This work was initiated by the Village Hall Management Committee with a great deal of financial help and encouragement with grants from Lincolnshire County Council, West Lindsey District Council, WREN, Grassroots, local WLDC Councillor Jessie Milne, the Lea Women’s Institute, Lea Parish Council and the generosity of more than 70 village residents. The work is anticipated to be completed before the target date at the end of March. The main aim is to provide a form of hard-standing for parking alongside the hall and, as required by planning, is visually in keeping with the immediate area. The work also includes improved drainage from the roof of the hall and of course within and from the hard-standing. The management committee thanks the user groups for their loyalty and support over the years, especially during the building work and the recent many weeks of poor weather. Regular events in the village hall - today (Thursday): Tai Chi, 12.30-1.30pm. Sunday 20th February: for the times of church services see the parish magazine. Monday 21st February: Art Group 2pm-4pm (not meeting again until parking is available); Brownies 5.15pm-6.45pm; indoor bowls 7pm-9pm. Tuesday 22nd February: Weightwatchers 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday 23rd February: Vitality “Keep Fit for the over 60s”, 10am-11am; belly dancing, 6pm-7pm. The Women’s Institute meets on the first Thursday of each month 7.30pm-9.30pm. Looking ahead to additional events - Friday 1st April: Joint vllage hall event with the folk club. Saturday 11th June: Afternoon celebration of the completion of the building work, including displays/demos from user groups; also celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Institute in Lea.

MISTERTON

Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

DEMOLITION OF OLD BANK SCHEDULED - A contractor has been appointed and demolition of the Old Bank begins in the next few weeks. The site will be grassed over then maintained by the Parish Council.

A1 HOUSING REVISES FREEPHONE SERVICE - A1 Housing’s general requests phone service will be Monday to Friday only from Monday 14th March. The Saturday morning service comes to an end – but the 24-hour emergency service for repairs, supported housing, and anti-social behaviour is still available. A1 Housing has a monthly surgery at The Misterton Centre (first Wednesday of the month, 9.30am-11.30am) that tenants are invited to use

BAZAAR TO RAISE FUNDS FOR PARISH CHURCH - All Saints’ Church will hold a bazaar in the church to raise funds for on-going repairs and maintenance. Stalls will include cakes, bric-a-brac, plants, second-hand clothes, cards, crafts – and more. There will be an exhibition by a local art group, and refreshments will be provided. The bazaar is from 10am to noon.

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.

RESOURCE FOR OLDER PEOPLE - There’s a Resource Centre for older people every Thursday from 10am to 3pm in the Butter Market at Retford Town Hall. The aim of the Resource Centre is to promote the independence of older people in the Retford area. This is done by providing links to local services that can help them remain safe while living in their own homes. The Resource Centre also gives people the opportunity to socialise and take part in a wide range of activities. Home-cooked meals are available from noon until 1pm. Newspapers and magazines are also available.

There is also have a craft group, offering a range of activities from 10.00am, and there’s a seated exercise class on alternate Thursdays. For further information, contact the 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).