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EASTER MARKET - Beckingham is now well established and known for holding a Christmas msrket but unfortunately, due to the adverse weather conditions last winter, the event had to be cancelled. The committee is now trying a new venture - an Easter Market on Saturday 9th April from 10am to 4pm at the village hall. Craft stalls will include parchment craft, mosaics, woodcraft, papercraft, quilting, jams, gift boxes and knitted goods. There will also be the usual tombola and cake stalls etc. Refreshments will be served throughout the day. Proceeds are for village hall funds. Admission is free.

PARISH COUNCIL - The next meeting is on Monday 11th April in the Recreation Room at 7.30pm. The first 10 minutes are for Public and press questions.

FRIENDSHIP GROUP - The group would like to thank everyone who came and supported their charity coffee morning on 26th March for the Mercy Ships. The total raised was £363.55. The golfer’s name was Lee Trevino and was won by Mrs E Spratt. The food hamper was won by Mrs M Cunliffe.

On Friday 20th May a lady from the Mercy Ships will be coming along to talk about what they do, and also to receive the cheque. The meeting will be in the Recreation Room at 2pm.

CHURCH SERVICES - Today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am, in All Saints’ Church, Beckingham; Sunday 10th, no service at Beckingham, Holy Communion at Walkeringham, 9am; Thursday 14th, Holy Communion, Beckingham, 9.30am.

MOBILE LIBRARY - Visits have changed to monthly and the next will be Tuesday 26th April. Further details will follow

WHIST - On Saturday evening there was a whist drive in the Recreation Room in aid of Leukaemia Research and Mr H Gourley was the MC. There were seven tables in play and winners were: ladies - Flo Johnson, Win Hunt and Annie Gravell; gents - Ann Wilkinson, Brenda Footitt and Edna Day. Lowest scorers were Marjorie Ramm and John Foster. There will be a whist drive on Saturday 9th April in aid of church funds at 7.15pm.


COUNCIL MEETING - Blyton Parish Council’s annual parish meeting takes place on Monday 18th April in Blyton Memorial Hall at 7.30 pm when light refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits will be offered. Everyone is welcome to come to the meeting.

EVERGREENS - On Thursday 31st March Clifford Goodman spoke on his association with crime. He started by looking at what was meant by crime. From discussion it was accepted that all of us present had infringed the law at some time albeit we hoped only in a minor capacity. Clifford then continued by talking about his time in the Probation Service. He undertook training with the Home Office and spent time at two Probation Offices and a Prison. In addition he attended a theoretical course in London where he was privileged to meet with the first chairman of the Parole Board, Lord Hunt of Everest fame. Clifford outlined the conditions of a probation order and briefly the aims when meeting offenders. His first appointment was in Slough and he recalled specifically several offenders and their circumstances. Being an Officer of the Courts he mentioned that one of his tasks was to provide reports to assist the court in sentencing.

He mentioned that he had a number of offenders with alcohol problems and one or two he linked with Alcholics Anonymous. Clifford’s next position was at Aylesbury Young Offenders Prison. Prisoners there served sentences from three years to life. It was a difficult place to work but eventually groupwork and community service for selected prisoners was initiated. Clifford’s last appointment was at Aylesbury Probation Office where he eventually specialised in working with prisoners serving their sentence and then outside on licence. Shortly after retirement Clifford took up another role as a volunteer on the Board of Visitors at a local prison. The work was to monitor the prison and be available to see prisoners when required. A prison cannot operate without a board and presence is mandatory should a serious incident occur. The next meeting is on Thursday 14th. April at the village hall at 2pm when Mrs Marion Foster will present a quiz.


HERITAGE ASSOCIATION - Gainsborough and District Heritage Association are presenting a talk by David Start entitled Lincolnshire’s Heritgage. Returning by popular demand, David Start is Director of the Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire. An experienced archaeologist, he has worked on several high profile projects, including 91 Coppergate York, Kirkstall Abbey and the Somerset Levels. Based on the book of the same name, this presentation looks at the history of the county from the Stone Age to the Medieval Period when Lincolnshire was one of the richest and densely populated counties in the land. This presentation proves very popular and contains many interesting illustrations and pictures. It will take place at Gainsborough House on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm. Entry is £1.50 for members and £2 for non-members and includes Refreshments

PROBUS CLUB - Members met on Monday 4th April at the Gainsborough Old Hall when chairman Terry Bendall welcomed eveyone before the business was carried out. The programme for the day was a Talk Talk session where members use the time to discuss matters of local, national and international interest. Among several pointed advertisements members were able to cover topics from the future venue for Probus meetings to the situation in Afghanistan, interspersed with some jokes and a few more advertisements.

DIABETES UK - The AGM of Gainsborough and District Group of Diabetes UK is on Monday 11th April at 7.30pm in the John Coupland Hospital Trentside Rehabilitation Unit. A quiz will follow. For more details tel. Mrs R. Oakley on 01427 667230 or Mrs P. Hammond on 01427 718626.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

55-PLUS CLUB will meet in the village hall on Monday 11th April at 2pm.

GARDENERS’ CLUB - The next meeting in the village hall is on Tuesday 12th April at 7.30pm when Lesley Burton, of Goltho Gardens, Wragby, will give a talk entitled A Year In The Vegetable Garden. Admission is free and all are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES - On Sunday 10th April the Rev Brian Kilby will Administer the Sacrament in Glentham Methodist Chapel at 6pm. Sally Turnbull will preach at Evening Prayer in St Peter’s Church at 6pm.


Jack Baird, 01427 613731, and Debi Yeates, 01427 615237.

VILLAGE HALL EVENTS - Thursday 7th April: Tai Chi 12.30pm-1.30pm; Women’s Institute 7.30pm-9.30pm. Monday 11th April: Art Group 2pm-4pm; Brownies 5.15pm-6.45pm; Indoor Bowls 7pm-9pm. Tuesday 12th April: Weightwatchers 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday 13th April: Vitality “Keep fit for the over 60s”; Belly Dancing 6pm-7pm. Looking ahead to additional events: Saturday 11th June, 2pm-5pm, celebration of the completion of the building work including displays/demos from user groups, and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Institute in Lea.


Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

VILLAGE SPRING CLEAN - Saturday 14th May is the day when Misterton Parish Council will lead the way in the annual village spring clean. Details will follow, but residents are asked to join in by picking up litter, cutting back foliage that overhangs pavements, clearing up dog mess, and so on. Waste bags, gloves, and safety tabards will be provided. Do come along and help clean up – or do your bit by tidying up outside your house.

FIRST CONTACT SIGNPOSTING SCHEME - The First Contact scheme uses a simple checklist to help people aged 60 or over receive services to keep them safe and independent in their own homes. A staff member from any of the partner agencies, eg a firefighter, police officer, or volunteer, can complete a checklist to find out if they have need for: a home security check; any repairs or mobility adaptations that need doing in the home; any energy saving improvements to keep warm and reduce energy bills; confidential advice on any money the householder may be entitled to; signposting to local community transport schemes; signposting to local voluntary and community groups and clubs; advice on different types of housing accommodation that may be available. Now residents can complete a checklist themselves. For more information, please contact: Jayne Bullock (Bassetlaw First Contact Co-ordinator) at the Retford Action Centre on: 01777 709650 or e-mail: For further information, or to make a booking, please call Retford Action Centre on 01777 709650. Office opening times are Monday-Friday from 9am to 12.30pm.

The Misterton Centre is affiliated to the Retford Action Centre, and further information is also available there (tel: 01427 891872).