news from your village


Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email:

HISTORY GROUP - The AGM will be held in the Recreation Room today (Thursday) at 7pm. All are welcome to come along.

CHURCH SERVICES - The following services will be held in All Saints’ Church, Beckingham: Holy Communion, today (Thursday), 9.30am; Sunday 27th, Holy Communion, 10.45 am; Thursday 3rd March, Holy Communion, 9.30am.

MOBILE LIBRARY - The library calkls today (Thursday) at the usual times and places.

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.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

PANTOMIME - The Triangle Players will present Cinderella at Bishop Norton Village Hall on Fridays 11th and 18th March and Saturdays 12th and 19th March, curtain up at 7.30pm. Tickets for adults are £6 and for children (under 12 years) £3. To book ring Karen on 01673 818798.


EVERGEREENS - On Thursday 17th. February members played and enjoyed three games of bingo. Mr. Arthur Bradbury was the caller. The next event is on Thursday 3rd March when members will gather for a fish and chip lunch at Papa’s in Gainsborough.


PROBUS CLUB - Members met on Monday 21st February and were welcomed by chairman Terry Bendall. The talk for the day was Everyday Life in Mediaeval England, making the Old Hall a particularly appropriate place for the meeting. The speaker, Simon Tomson, used as the basis for his description the Lutterell Psalter, a 14th century document, the illustrations for which give a snapshot of English life just before the Black Death. In a very amusing and enlightening talk Simon used the decorative pictures to show agricultural life, religious aspects and the life of the Lord of the Manor, the drawings depicting the ways in which the people of that time coped with the requirements of everyday life. The insights gained were fascinating and educational, and much appreciated.

MARKET - The Gainsborough Country Market takes place every Tuesday between 9am and 12.30pm at The Friends Meeting House on Market Street.

FINE ARTS - The next meeting of the Gainsborough and District Decorative and Fine Arts Society takes place at the Trinity Arts Centre on Thursday 3rd March at 2pm when Louise Schofield will be speaking on Priam’s Treasure - The Gold From Troy.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - An Interdenominational Service prepared by the Women of Chile will be held in Glentham Methodist Chapel on Friday 4th March at 7pm. The speaker will be the Rev Marty Presdee and there will be singing led by the Glentham Singers.

PRAYER GROUP - The Presence Bible Study and Prayer Group will meet at Tilset, Bishop Norton Road, Glentham, tonight (Thursday) at 7pm. For more details contact Peter or Jenny on 01673 878806.

METHODIST SERVICE - On Sunday 27th February breakfast will be served in Glentham Methodist Chapel at 8.45am; Mrs Jane Lloyd of Middle Rasen will preach at 9.30am.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - The ladies of Laughton W.I. celebrated members’ night by having a meal out. They also exchanged gifts in a lucky dip. Several members are to visit the Trinity Arts Centre to see the film The King’s Speech. Joint president Kath Hyde asked members to consider putting their names forward for the committee as the AGM is in March.


Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

EXERCISE AND DANCE TRAINING - Eleven aspiring exercise, movement and dance teachers in the East Midlands have the chance of a partly-funded training course that will help them set up their own classes. A qualification as a movement and dance teacher is accompanied by help with funding. The training is from May with qualification by April 2012. For further information, contact Zoe Barnes on or ring 01403 266000.

VACANCIES FOR CHILDCARE WORKERS - North Notts College is recruiting qualified childcare workers to join the pool of practitioners, working at childcare centres to allow parents/carers to attend college courses. The rate of pay is £7.04/hour. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 2nd March. Full details are available from Human Resources on 01909 504631 or e-mail for an application form

VIEWS WANTED ON VILLAGE DEVELOPMENTS - Bassetlaw planners want the view of local residents on possible future developments. This is your opportunity to influence the future of your village and to let us know what is important to you by filling in a questionnaire, available on the Bassetlaw Council website ( A consultation event will be held in The Misterton Centre on Tuesday 8th March from noon to 5pm. Anyone with land they would like considered for future development, there is still the opportunity to do so. Contact Bassetlaw Planning (Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment).

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.

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 - Friday 25th February: Surgery with Dist Coun Hazel Brand, The Misterton Centre, 9.30am-10.30am, ring 891872 for appointment. Saturday 26th February: Bazaar, All Saints’ Church, 10am–noon, range of stalls, art exhibition; refreshments. Sunday 27th February: Kidz’ Klub, Church Room, 9am; Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9am; Holy Communion, Methodist Church, 9.15am. Monday 28th February: Five-week beginners’ jewellery course starts, Children’s Centre, 1pm-3pm, details 892500. Wednesday 2nd March: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9.30am. Friday 4th March: Women’s World Day of Prayer, Walkeringham Church, 10.30am. Thursday 10th March: Council open day, Retford Town Hall, 10am–3pm.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

FAMILY SERVICE - On Sunday 27th February the Rev Peter Godden will preach in St Peter and St Paul Church at a Family Service at 11am.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

HOLY COMMUNION - On Sunday 27th February the Rev Michael Chapman will celebrate Holy Communion in St Helen’s Church, Saxby, at 9.30am.