From 6th April, all dogs must be microchipped. The Dogs Trust, in association with Bassetlaw District Council and Notts County Council, offers free microchipping at various venues in the county. The next one near West Stockwith is on Friday 10th January in the Buttermarket, Retford (rear of the town hall), from 11am-3pm. No appointment is necessary - just drop in. For details of other venues, go to the website www.chipmydog.org.uk
The annual pantomime is Aladdin, running in the village hall on Friday and Saturday, 24th and 25th January. Performances are at 7pm on both days, with a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children. To book, call Auriol on 891488.
First Contact Signposting Scheme
The First Contact scheme uses a simple checklist to help people aged 60 or over receive services to keep them safe and independent in their own homes. If a staff member from any of the partner agencies, such as a firefighter, police officer or volunteer, goes into an older person’s home, they will complete a checklist to find out if they have any other needs for: a home security check; any repairs or mobility adaptations that need doing in the home; energy-saving improvements to keep warm and reduce energy bills; confidential advice on any money the householder may be entitled to; crime reduction advice; signposting to local community transport schemes; signposting to local voluntary and community groups and clubs; advice on different types of housing accommodation that may be available. For more information please contact: Jayne Bullock at Bassetlaw Action Centre on 01777 709650 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or The Misterton Centre on 891872.
Saturday 11th January: It’s time to Listen to You session with John Mann MP, Retford Labour Hall, from 3.30pm.
Thursday 16th January: Meeting of local history group, West Stockwith Village Hall, 6pm, call David on 890936 for details.