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Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email:

CHURCH SERVICES - Today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am, All Saints’ Church, Beckingham; Sunday 30th, no morning service at Beckingham, United Benefice Service of Holy Communion at Walkeringham, 10am; Thursday 3rd February, Holy Communion, 9.30am, All Saints’ Church, Beckingham.

MOBILE LIBRARY will be visiting the village today (Thursday) at the usual times and places.

CONCERT - Hank Wangford and Brad Beath’s No Hall Too Small concert takes place on Saturday 29th January at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) at Beckingham Village Hall - tickets Adults £7.50, children £5. Licensed bar. Contact Jane Issacs on 848525. This event is being held in aid of village hall funds.

BECKINGHAM INSTITUTE will hold its AGM on Tuesday 1st February at 7pm in the institute. The AGM is open to all but only members of the institute can vote. There are vacancies on the committee and, in particular, a new secretary is needed. Membership of Beckingham Institute, costing £5 a year, is open to all Beckingham residents. The institute has two tables (full-size and three-quarters 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. A date for you diary – the institute will be holding an open evening on 5th March starting at 6pm – more details nearer the time.

GARDENERS - Mr R Gregory of East Stoke was the speaker at the January meeting of the Beckingham-cum-Saundby Gardeners’ Association when he gave an insight into all aspects of bulb growing with helpful information for both the novice and the experienced gardener. The next meeting is on 21st February when Gail Summerfield from Westshores nurseries will give a talk entitled The Twilight Garden.

BOWLS CLUB - The AGM will take place on Friday 28th January in the Recreation room at Beckingham, starting at 7pm.


EVERGREENS - The AGM took place on Thursday 20th January when members elected the present committee for a further year en bloc. Various reports were presented by the committee and members had an opportunity to air their views. A programme of planned future activities for the coming year was presented. The next meeting is on Thursday 3rd February at the village hall starting at 1.30pm and will be a version of Call My Bluff.


ANNUAL - The Young Farmners are holding theri annual ball on Friday 4th February at the White Heather, Caenby Corner, 7.30pm for 8pm. Tickets are £27 and can be obtained by contacting 07970 313942.


NADFAS MEETING - The first meeting in 2011 of the Gainsborough and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society takes place on Thursday 3rd February at the Trinity Arts Centre starting at 1.15pm with the AGM followed at 2pm with a talk by David Evans on Painting In Newlyn 1914-1950.

PROBUS CLUB - At their meeting on Monday 24th January in the Old Hall members were told that the following week there will be a group photograph, so members need to be prepared! It seems that because of alterations to the building, the club may not be meeting at the Old Hall for much longer. The committee will consider options for future arrangements before bringing the possibilities back to the whole group. Edwin Clark was the speaker for the day, with the title Beekeeping for Beginners. In a most informative talk he talked about he basics of beekeeping: the hives, seasonal tasks, varieties of honey, pests which attack the bees, swarming of bees, as well as the costs and profits of the activity. Members asked questions along the way, bringing out even more information.

WINE TASTING - Uncle Henry’s Farm Shop with be hosting a wine tasting evening in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research on Thursday 10th February at 7pm. This special evening will see James Long Corney and Barrow’s Wine Merchant deliver eight wines in tasting form over the course of an hour. There will be the option to purchase wines at the end of the tasting. These will be on special offer for those who are present on the evening. As part of the evening guests will be treated to a two course buffet. Tickets are £15 with £10 going to Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Please call 01652 640308 to get your tickets.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

PUB GAMES - A selection of pub games will be on offer at Glentham Village Hall on Saturday 29th January from 7.30pm. Hall entry is £5 (including nibbles), but bring your own drinks.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - Joint president of Laughton W.I. Joy Bannister welcomed members and three visitors to the January meeting. The raffle on the Nottingham shopping trip had raised £132 for the local macular (eye) group. Instead of a members’ night in February members voted for a meal out. A letter of thanks from Gainsborough House had been received thanking everyone for the presents for their Christmas Day party. Laughton W.I. had a mention in December’s County News. Two members from North Derbyshire attend meetings every month, they being Margaret Fry and Margaret Pollock, and also Wendy Taylor who has served as publicity officer for 33 years. This month’s speakers were Meryl Ward and her daughter Emma who run a well-known farm shop. Meryl is from a farming family and studied at Hayes University from 1979. Meryl’s main interest at the farm are the 2,000 Landrace sows, which produce two litters a year, and the Hampshire boar. Emma has just graduated from Harper Adams University and is employed by a leading supermarket as a product technology graduate. She has spent three months in Kenya and talked about and showed slides of women picking tea and gathering flowers. The first tea plantation in Kenya dates back to 1926 and all workers and their families are housed on site. Helen Spilman thanked Meryl and Emma for their talk and members were also able to have question time. This month’s competition was won by Helen Spilman. Lucky draw winners were Margaret Jackson and Joy Bannister. The lottery was won by Margaret Fry. The competition is an animal made from vegetables.


Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

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

POLICE CONSULT ON BUDGETS - Notts Police is holding a series of meetings on its 2011/12 budget, divisional restructuring, and 2011/12 policing plan. Anyone wishing to attend a local event should contact or ring 0300 300 9999. Attendance is by invitation only.

THE MISTERTON CENTRE - The departure of the receptionist means that a number of parish councillors have volunteered to carry out front-of-house duties until a replacement is appointed. Councillors may not be able to cover all planned opening hours (Tuesday to Friday 10am–2pm, and Saturdays 10am-noon), so call 891872 to check when the Centre is open.

WRVS HOME FROM HOSPITAL SERVICE - The Bassetlaw Home from Hospital (HfH) service is open to anyone over 50 coming home from hospital or intermediate care, registered with a Bassetlaw GP. The WRVS offers a one-to-one short-term service, which aims to shorten hospital stays by smoothing the transition between hospital and home, enabling older people to regain as much independence as possible. There is a £5 one-off registration fee, which goes back into the service. The WRVS charges 40p/mile for any journey the volunteer makes with or on behalf of the service user, for example doctor’s appointments, shopping or social visits. WRVS volunteers do not do cleaning or personal care. HfH helps with: visiting people in hospital before they’re discharged; welcoming patients home, with a welcome home pack (tea, long-life milk, soup, etc); referring on to other services, if necessary; visiting for up to six weeks, by a CRB-checked volunteer; shopping, and so on; taking clients for a drive or walk, to a lunch club, the fishing lakes; offering a listening ear and a friendly face, respecting client confidentiality; sitting with clients to give carers time off; calling every week to check on people. Referrals can be made by hospital discharge teams, adult health and social care professionals, or hospital staff. Patients can make a self referral. Call 01777 707547.