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BECKINGHAM

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

CHURCH SERVICES - Thursday 28th April, Holy Communion, 9.30am; Sunday 1st May, Holy communion, 10.45am; Monday 2nd May, St George’s Day Service at West Stockwith, 7.30pm; Thursday 5th May, at Beckingham, Holy Communion, 9.30am.

ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN around the village and cycle track will take place on Saturday 7th May and anyone who is able to join in please meet at the village hall car park at 9.45am. Please remember this is in part preparation for the RoSPA inspection of the cycle track which is at any time of their choosing during the month of May.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING will be held at 7pm on Monday 9th May in the Recreation Room followed by the parish council meeting at 7.30pm. All parishioners are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity for the residents of Beckingham and Saundby to ask questions about or discus any matters affecting the parish.

BINGO - This will be held in the village hall between 2pm and 4pm.

OPEN MEETING AND AGM - The committee proposes to hold an open meeting on Wednesday 18th May at 7.30pm with the hope of promises of future (not necessarily immediate) help. The AGM will follow at 8.30pm. This idea is a genuine move to try to encourage new blood. They are looking to the future, so no immediate commitment would be necessary.

GAINSBOROUGH

PROBUS CLUB - The latest meeting took place on 18th April at the Gainsborough Old Hall. After welcoming two new prospective members, chairman Terry Bendall introduced Colin Bower who was speaking on the theme of True Experiences of an Entertainments Officer on a Cruise Ship. Several years ago Colin had not had much luck finding the job he sought in the entertainments industry, and on the encouragement of his bank manager had made a more concerted effort to find some employment, which he eventually gained on cruise ships. His description of the occasional joys and frequent frustrations of the work kept the group enthralled and amused. His job title originally had been Passenger Liaisons Officer, which meant that much of the time he fielded the complaints of the passengers. His motto for the job was “You can never win”, illustrated profusely by anecdotes, which he assured members were genuine! Because of the approaching Bank Holidays, the club will not meet again until 9th May.

RAILWAY OPEN - The Hayloft Model Railway will be open on Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May between 2pm and 6pm, admission adults £2, children £1. The railway, situated at the rear of 1 North Marsh Road, Gainsborough, is a large private collection and includes a layout representing the modern overhead electric trains in OO gauge, another layout with Mamod live steam and Hornby O gauge clockwork from the 1950s. There is also a third large layout in OO with items from Hornby Dublo two-rail to the present day including the latest release of the Bacmann Robinson Great Central O4. For further information Tel:01427 615367

LEA

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

VILLAGE HALL DIARY - Thursday 28th April: Tai Chi, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Monday 2nd May: Bank Holiday, no events - Brownies will meet again on 9th May, indoor bowls will not meet until September. Tuesday 3rd May: Weightwatchers, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday 4th May: Vitality keep fit for the over 60s, 10am-11am; belly dancing, 6pm-7pm. Looking ahead to additional events: Saturday 7th May at 7pm, charity event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, Big Band Sound by Room 21 Swing Band, refreshments and raffle, information and tickets from Ernie on 01427 810139; Saturday 11th June, Open House between 2pm and 5pm, free entry, refreshments, celebration of the completion of the building work at the village hall including music and displays/demos from user groups, and celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Institute in Lea.

MISTERTON

Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

FIRST RESPONDERS’ AGM - The Five Villages First Responders, the volunteer team that provides an emergency response within the local villages in support of East Midlands Ambulance Service, held its AGM on 31st March at Misterton Fire Station. The following officials were elected: Colin Gibson, Chairperson; Martyn Johnson, Group Co-ordinator/Secretary; Libby Stennett, Vice Chairperson/Deputy Co-ordinator; Jayne Johnson, Treasurer; Jane Moffett, Community Member. Reports were given by the treasurer and group co-ordinator on the group’s finances and operational activities during the previous 12 months. Martyn Johnson, group co-ordinator, said: “The team has been in existence for exactly seven years and in that time have been called to over 1,320 medical emergencies within Misterton, West Stockwith, and surrounding villages. We have continued to receive a raft of support and donations from local people, organisations, and businesses and I would like to pass on our sincere thanks to those who have given kind donations to the scheme to allow us to continue operating.” The emergency team currently has 10 qualified First Responders, but urgently need more people interested in training for this vital role within the community. Prospective volunteers need to be aged 18 or above, have their own car and have held a full driving licence for at least one year, have a caring nature, and be able to give up a few hours each week to be on call. Volunteers have a full Criminal Records Bureau check and full training is provided by East Midlands Ambulance Service. If interested or require any further information, contact Martyn Johnson on (01427) 892649, e-mail contact@fvfr.co.uk, or visit the website for more information: www.fvfr.co.uk.

TIME TO GET AHEAD - ADULT LEARNERS’ WEEK - 14th-20th May is Adult Learners’ Week. It’s never too late to brush up your computer and basic numeracy and literacy skills. An IT class for beginners starts on 4th May at Misterton Primary School on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm-8.30pm. The class runs for eight weeks and costs £52, unless on means-tested benefits. There is also a free basic skills class on Tuesday evenings from 6pm-8.30pm. This is for those wanting to improve their English or maths. The course is free, an is also held at Misterton Primary School. For further information, contact Jayne on 01777 709650.

MISTERTON VILLAGE GALA - Over 25 stalls and exhibitors have signed up to be at Misterton’s annual village gala on Saturday 9th July at the Old School site from noon to 5pm. This year the organisers are offering the chance to a young person resident in Misterton to be a VIP for the day and open the gala! There will be a competition, open to both boys and girls who live in Misterton, and are aged between seven and 11 on gala day. To enter, all you will need to do is write why you want to be a VIP for the day - but don’t do it just yet! The competition details will be finalised after Easter, and entries invited later in May. The organisers hope to have a parade from Station Road to the Old School. If you would like to take part, call Tracey 07887 664883. If you want a stall, call Nikki on 891629.

THE MISTERTON CENTRE – BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE - The Misterton Centre will be closed on Tuesday 31st May, following the bank holiday.

BASSETLAW SELF HELP LINK - Are you involved with a self-help group – that could do with a little help itself? Then Bassetlaw Self-help Link may be for you. It offers support to: existing self-help groups and contacts; people who are hoping to start a new self-help group; people acting as a self-help contact; people wishing to share their experiences; people who would like some help and support. Bassetlaw Self-help Link also encourages the involvement of statutory and voluntary agencies and professional workers with grassroots organisations. It can help with: publicity, advertisements, press releases, etc; finding a place to meet and speakers for meetings; training courses and specific information (including videos); use of equipment (photocopier, typewriter/computer, TV/video, etc); ideas for group fundraising, and applying for grants. For further information, contact the Retford Action Centre on 01777 709650 or The Misterton Centre, which is a partner organisation, on 01427 891872.

DIARY DATES - Sunday 1st May: Kidz’ Klub (All Saints’ Sunday School), 9am, Church Room; Holy Communion, Methodist Church, 10.30am; Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 10.45am. Monday 2nd May: Service for St George’s Day, St Mary’s Church, West Stockwith, 7.30pm. Wednesday 4th May: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9.30am; Women’s Fellowship, Methodist Church, 2pm. Friday 20th May: Surgery with John Mann, MP, The Misterton Centre, call 01909 506200 for an appointment. Friday 27th May: Surgery with Dist Coun Hazel Brand, at The Misterton Centre, 9.30am-10.30am, call 891872 for an appointment.