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Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email:

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH - On Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th May, to celebrate the royal wedding the village church is hosting an exhibition of wedding anniversaries from cotton to sapphire. The church will be open from 10.30 am. with refreshments all day plus on the Saturday there will be a bridal tea from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and on Sunday there will be a wedding breakfast from 11am to 3pm. The weekend will conclude on Sunday at 4pm with a Songs of Praise. Admission is free.

HELP REQUIRED - On Saturday 7th May the parish council would appreciate volunteers to help with cycle track maintenance in order to keep the cycle track in good state of repair and ensure that the safety standards comply for the Annual Safety Inspections by RoSPA. and also help to clean up those areas that get forgotten as part of Bassetlaw Spring Clean Week. If you can help with either of the above please meet at 9.45am on the village hall car park. For further details contact Brian Suart on 848234.

CHURCH SERVICES - Today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am; Sunday 8th May, no service at Beckingham, Holy Communion at Walkeringham, 9am; Thursday 12th, at Beckingham, Holy Communion at 9.30am.

WHIST - On Saturday 7th May there will be a whist drive in aid of Leukeamia Research in the Recreation Room starting at 7.15pm.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228

CHURCHES FESTIVAL - St Peter’s Church, Bishop Norton, will be taking part in the West Lindsey Churches Festival on Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th May, 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday and 10.40am to 4pm on Sunday.

PARISH COUNCIL - Bishop Norton annual parish meeting will be held in the village hall on Tuesday 10th May at 7.15pm and will be followed by the annual meeting of the parish council.

LUNCHES - Two-course home-cooked lunch with tea or coffee will be served in the village hall on Wednesday 11th May at noon. The price is £4 for club members and £7 for others.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - It was during the war years in 1941 that the Women’s Institue was first formed in Blyton and members and guests recently celebrated its 70th anniversary with cake and wine. The current president, Jenny Emery, welcomed members and their guests and Marjorie Clayworth, who was guest speaker for the evening. Marjorie’s talk was entitled flowers and hobbies and she spoke about her interest in flower arranging and handicrafts. Marjorie, once again, kept her audience enthralled and amused and was given an appreciative vote of thanks. The competition, which was judged by Marjorie, was for a buttonhole and was won by Sheila Solomon. Raffle winners were Sheila Solomon and Pam Kirk and Eileen Forrest won the 100 Club draw. It was reported that the recent group meeting, when Polyanna Pickering, a wildlife artist had been the guest speaker, had been very successful and much enjoyed by those attending and that the next meeting would be held in October when the speaker then would be Nick Grounds. At the next meeting of Blyton Institute on Thursday 19th May the members will discuss and vote on the resolutions in readiness for the AGM in Liverpool in June. If anyone has any information about the formation of the Institute in 1941 then please contact Jenny on 01427 616890.

EVERGREENS - On Thursday 28th April 29 members met for lunch at the Ingram Arms in Laughton. As always, it was a very pleasant occasion and members were well looked after by the staff. THe next meeting is on Thursday 12th May at the village hall starting at 2pm when the guest speaker will be Mr P. Shorthose who will talk on the gardener Geoff Hamilton.


DIABETES MEETING - The May meeting of Diabetes UK Gainsborohgh Group in the Trentside Rehabilitation Unit, John Coupland Hospital, at 7.30pm will feature a talk by Mr Clark on beekeeping. For more details tel. Mrs R. Oakley on 01427 667230 or Mrs P. Hammond on 01427 718626.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228

CHURCH SERVICES - On Sunday 8th May Evening Prayer will take place in St Peter’s Church, Glentham, at 6pm; Mr Colin Hare, of Middle Rasen, will preach in Glentham Methodist Chapel at 6pm.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - Kath Hyde, joint president of Laughton W.I., welcomed members to the April meeting. At the recent Cliffside group meeting where wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering was the speaker, the competition for a handmade craft item saw Laughton come second with an embroidered picture made by member Pauline Alder. Members were reminded of the walk on 27th April and the bike ride on 16th May. This month’s speaker for Laughton W.I. was Mr Michael Barke who gave a talk entitled Getting The Most From Your Camera. Members enjoyed a slide show of beauty spots and historic buildings in England ending with a lovely shot of Laughton Forest. Michael gave lots of advice on photography which lens he used, horizontal and vertical shots and how to frame your shot. Rachel Marriott thanked Michael for his slide show and useful tips. This month’s competition, a photograph taken by yourself suitable for a greetings card, was won by Margaret Pollock with Margaret Jackson second and Vera Nye third. The lucky draw winner was Joy Bannister and the lottery winner was Shirley Bulmer.


Jack Baird 01427 613731 and Debbie Yeates 01427 615237

VILLAGE HALL EVENTS - Monday 9th May: Brownies, 5.15pm-6.15pm; Indoor Bowls will not meet until September. Tuesday 10th May: Weightwatchers, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday 11th May: Vitality Keep fit for the over 60s, 10am-11am; Belly Dancing, 6pm-7pm. Unfortunately the charity event in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support was cancelled due to few ticket sales


Hazel Brand, 01427 891376

SPRING FAYRE - The annual Spring Fayre, organised by All Saints’ Church, is on Saturday 7th May in the Methodist Hall. Starting at 10am, there will be jewellery, Traidcraft, cake, toys, cards, and bric-a-brac stalls as well as raffle and tombola. Entry is £1 for adults, refreshments included. Children go free.

ANNUAL VILLAGE LITTER PICK - Saturday 14th May is the date of the village’s annual litter pick and spring clean. Meet at All Saints’ Church at 10am – returning two hours later for light refreshments. Rubbish bags and protective gloves will be provided. If you can’t make the community litter pick, then do your bit by tidying the front of your property and cutting back overhanging foliage.

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

BASSETLAW STAYING WELL PROGRAMME - The Staying Well Expert Patients Programme (EPP) is a ‘chronic disease self-management course’, a new Government initiative to help people living with long-term conditions maintain their health and improve their quality of life through a self-management course led by someone else with a long-term health condition. The course has been designed to help people with a chronic or long-term illness regain as much control over their physical and emotional wellbeing as possible. It complements existing healthcare programmes and treatments, enabling participants to be more informed and better able to develop partnerships with their medical practitioners. The course consists of six 2½ hour sessions once a week for six weeks. 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 - Saturday 7th May: Spring Fayre, Methodist Hall, 10am–noon. Sunday 8th May: Kidz’ Klub (All Saints’ Sunday School), 9am, Church Room; Morning Service, Methodist Church, 10.30am; Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 10.45am. Tuesday 10th May: Annual Parish Meeting and Annual Meeting of Misterton Parish Council, 7.30pm, Church Room. Wednesday 11th May: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9.30am. Saturday 14th May: Annual village litter pick, meet at All Saints’ Church at 10am.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228

LIBRARY CALL - The mobile library will be at Sands Walk (Fen Road), Owmby-By-Spital, from 10am to 10.30am and at Normanby-By-Spital Council Houses from 10.45am to 11.15am on Monday 9th May.

NORMANBY PARISH COUNCIL - Normanby-By-Spital annual parish meeting, at which the public may express their opinions, and the annual parish council meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th May.