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Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email:

CHURCH SERVICES - A service of Holy Communion will be held at 9.30am today (Thursday) in All Saints Church, Beckingham; Sunday 13th, no service at Beckingham, Holy Communion at Walkeringham, 9am; Thursday 17th, Holy Communion at All Saints Church, 9.30am.

WHIST DRIVE - 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 nine and a half tables in play and winners were, ladies - Win Hunt, Edna Day and Ann Wilkinson and gents - Sheila Clark, John Turrell and Henry Gourley. Lowest scorers were Marjorie Oliver and Brian Kerr. There will be a whist drive next Saturday (12th) in aid of church funds.


FUNDS NEEDED - Blyton Village Hall is in danger of closing due to a leaking central heating boiler that needs replacing and funds are very low. The committee needs the village support at a fundraising event they are holding at the hall on 19th March at 7.30pm. It is a party night with the band Off Limits, plus horse racing and wacky racing. Tickets are £6.50 for adults and £1.50 for children under 12 and includes supper but bring your own drink. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from Tony, 68 High Street; Jackie at the shop; Chris, 102 High Street and Angela, 9 Station Road.

EVERGREENS - On Thursday 3rd March the club met for a fish and chip lunch at Papa’s in Gainsborough. The ambience was good and the food was piping hot and excellent while the staff provided a service which could not have been better. The next meeting is on Thursday 17th. March when the subject of the speaker will be the RNLI. It will be at the village hall starting at 2pm.


BUSY WEEK - Corringham will have a busy week at the end of March when both the village hall and St Laurence’s Church host events. On Thursday 24th March at 7.30pm Badapple Theatre Co Ltd present a new comedy called Back To The Land Girls, The Land Girls Of Yorkshire. This is under the Lincs. and Notts. Rural Touring Scheme and will take place in the village hall in Corringham. Set against a backdrop of glorious music of the age, as well as new songs by songwriter Jez Lowe, this play owes much to the reminiscences of a number of Land Army Girls who contributed their own personal stories to this hilarious new comedy. Tickets are £7 and are available via 01427 838368 or 838705, the butcher’s shop or the garage, or pay at the door. There will be light refreshments though please bring your own alcoholic drink if you wish) and a raffle. Then on Wednesday 30th March at 7.30pm St Laurence’s Church will host a fashion show by Elegance of Gainsborough in aid of its planned toilet and tea servery fund. This will also be in the village hall and all are welcome. Tickets are £5 and are available as above, also from Elegance and Town and Country Beauty Clinic. There will also be light refreshments and a raffle.


PROBUS CLUB - At the meeting on Monday 7th March at the Old Hall chairman Terry Bendall, introduced the speaker, Major Geoff Martin of the Salvation Army in Gainsborough. Taking as his title The History of the Salvation Army, Major Geoff outlined the origins of the movement since 1865. He then spoke of the Salvation Army today, being the largest provider of social and community work outside government organisations. The talk was delivered with humour and was enjoyed by the members.

DIABETES UK - At the meeting on 14th March at John Coupland Hospital’s Trentside Rehabilitation Unit Thelma Childs will give a talk entitled Stories From Life. For more details please ring Mrs R. Oakley on 01427 667230 or Mrs P. Hammond on 01427 718626.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - On the 2nd March 26 members were present at the AGM of Gringley W.I. Barbara Dunkerley was re-elected as president. It was reported that Taylors of Harrogate’s long association with the W.I. has had to come to an end after 20 years, After the formalities of the meeting had taken place, members heard Andy Horton of Misterton Fire Brigade give a talk on the history of Misterton Fire Brigade which was initially started by Newells and it only became a retained station after the Second World War. Andy also advised on fire prevention, alarms and what one should do in the event of a fire in the home. The monthly Rummikub evening continues to be enjoyed and the Walking Group recommences in April. At the meeting which is due to be held on Wednesday 6th April David Derby will give a talk entitled Mad about the boy, the life of Noel Coward. If you wish to attend any of the activities mentioned or the meeting please contact: Ann-Marie Morley (Gringley) 01777 818823; Barbara Dunkerley (Beckingham) 01427 848589 or Pat Hooton (Walkeringham) 01427 890357.


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

METHODIST CHURCH VILLAGE GUILD - The meeting was held on 17th February at Lea Methodist Church when members and friends enjoyed a talk on owls by Mrs R. Shields and the star of the show was her owl Beau, a European owl who at 33 years of age stole the limelight. A short devotional service was conducted by Mr P. Holmes with hymns played by Mrs M. Lilley. Refreshments were served by the ladies of Lea Chapel. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 17th March at Lea Chapel at 2pm with Mrs S. Faull demonstrating bell ringing and handbells.


Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

WEST STOCKWITH ART AND HERITAGE GROUP - Misterton residents are invited to join a new group linking West Stockwith with Trent Vale Landscape Partnership, which will donate £1000 to put on a series of art/craft workshops. We are hoping that this will bring the people of the villages together, young and old, to celebrate the past and present. A meeting earlier this month discussed possible workshops, which could include bamboo/willow sculptures, mural, stained glass, wood burning, writing workshop, oral histories, and rope work for fenders, etc for boats. The aim is to set up a centre where this work can be displayed along with other historical things of interest about the village.

RAILWAY HERITAGE - An exhibition of paintings and drawings by members of the Guild of Railway Artists, Railart at Retford, will depict the local railway heritage. The exhibition is at Bassetlaw Museum, Retford, and is open from 10am to 4.30pm from Monday 4th April to Saturday 14th May.

SCHOOL HOSTS FUND-RAISING RACE NIGHT - Misterton Primary School’s PTA is hosting a race night on Saturday 26th March from 7.30pm till late. Races will be on a big screen; there will be a bar – and tickets are just £5, which includes home-made pie and peas. Tickets are available from the school office on 890284.

BASSETLAW COMMUNITY OUTREACH - Bassetlaw Community Outreach is a scheme that offers help, advice and information for people over 50, to help them remain safe and independent in their own home. The Community Outreach Advisor can visit older people in their own homes and offer advice and information on a number of local services. She can make referrals to other appropriate organisations as well as researching information herself. She can also visit local groups and clubs to promote safe, independent living. For more information, please contact the Community Outreach Advisor, at 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).

DIARY DATES - Saturday 12th March: Chinese meal, West Stockwith Village Hall, 7pm, tickets £10, call 890953. Sunday 13th March: Kidz’ Klub, Church Room, 9am; Morning Worship, Methodist Church, 10.30am; Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 10.45am. Wednesday 16th March: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 10.45am; Women’s Fellowship, 2pm, Methodist Church. Friday 18th March: St Patrick’s Day meal, Church Room, 7.30pm, £6/head - call 890877 to book.


PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - Retford and District Photographic Society welcomed Ray Brightman last week as the competition judge for members’ projected image portfolios, both digital and slides. Sixteen members submitted five images each to demonstrate their versatility, their work covering subjects such as landscapes, portraiture, macro close-ups, action and wildlife. Agnes Hoga produced a stunning set of photos to win, with Gee White being placed second and Bart Hoga third. Rachel Cooke and Jayne Mair’s images were Highly Commended and Commended respectively. The month of March sees the society celebrating 60 years since its formation. Members are busy preparing for an exhibition to mark this anniversary that will be held over the summer in the Percy Laws Gallery at the Bassetlaw Museum in Retford.