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ST JAMES’ Church: On Sunday 6th February at 11am our Christingle Service was held. Veronica Blackwell led the service, the organist was John Whybrow, the readers were members of the Junior Choir and the sidepeople were Annie and Jack Wilkins. The choir sang the anthem Let Us With A Gladsome Mind by Sydney Nicholson. The amount raised for The Childen’s Society was £64.10. There was Sung Evensong at 4.30pm. The office was sung by John Rowland, the organist was John Whybrow, the lessons were read by Ruth Whybrow and Sylvia Bradbury, the prayers were led by Ruth Whybrow and the sidesperson was Sylvia Bradbury.


ST MARY and St Martin’s Church: Will be open from 12noon-4pm from Saturday 5th February until Sunday 6th March. Refreshments and tours available.


MOTHER’S Union, Parish Centre, Church Lane: Thursdays, 7.15pm.

POPLARS Church: Sundays, church meeting 10.30am, (first Sunday of month held at the Gospel Hall, Church Walk, Worksop). For more information contact: 01909 530171.

ROADS (Reach Out And Discover Spiritualism), Cleveland Close Community Centre: Thursdays, 7.30pm. Weekly demonstrations on mediumship with different spiritualists, entry £2.50.

WOMEN’S Institute, Parish Centre: The February 10th meeting proved to be another rowdy evening with seven teams of four battling to win the Curling competition. Some of us need a lot more practice, There was a buffet supper and we finished with a short quiz based on Scotland. The exercise must have sharpened our brains as the majority scored 10 out of 10 in the quiz. We welcomed three new members and hope they enjoyed the evening. March 10th is The AGM. The speaker is Sue Clifton on Stitching up the Family. The Exhibition is a local photograph taken by you. Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at 7.15pm in the Parish Centre. New members and visitors are welcome. Cost to visitors £3. The Gardening club meet monthly in the Ann Daniels Centre. Contact Carol on 01909 731514. The Walking group meet on the Green at 9.15am on Mondays. The next Luncheon club venue is the Parish Oven at Thorpe Salvin on April 7th, 12noon for 12.30pm.


ROADRUNNERS: 50 Clowne runners ran at the Handsworth Cross Country with Clowne now 194 points in front of killamarsh kestrals and first back for Clowne was Lewis Banton. The next race is at killamarsh this Sunday. Andy ward finshed 5th in the dewsbury 10k in a time of 31:30. Meets every Thursday evening from the Clowne Community Centre, Recreation Close. We try to start running from 7pm but always have to wait for Mel Adams to turn up the ladies captain.


CRESWELL Crags: Half Term Hands On History! Making History come alive for families. Free Activities 20th – 26th February, 11am-3pm. Contact Rebecca Clay on: 01909 720378.

LIMESTONE House: Elmton and Creswell Village Company was formed as a Social Enterprise in 2002 working for the community and for the regeneration of the locality and became a Charity in 2009. The Village Company Head Office is based at Limestone House, 50-54 Elmton Rd, Creswell and IT/Multi Media, filming, photography and recording take place in Limestone Studio at 20 Elmton Rd. Many Volunteers work for the company in the diverse activities which include a charity shop, coffee ahop, Heritage Centre, a ‘drop in’ free computer suite, IT / multi media training centre, a recording studio and other courses delivered are Health and Safety and First Aid. Advisory services are also based in Limestone House to assist the community. To book on a course call into Limestone House or phone 01909 724061. The free training above is funded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust and free travel to training for learners is funded by the Access Alliance Programme. Do you want to make a difference in the community? Are you interested in joining the team of directors to bring your skills and expertise to the team of directors to advance the aims of Elmton and& Creswell Village Company for the benefit of the locality? If so please contact Julie Holling, Chairman on: 01909 724061 who will explain the duties of the Village Company Director. See for more information.

ST MARY Magdalene Parish Church: 10.45am Holy Communion, readers Wayne Brown and Janet Stanniforth, sidespeople were Eric Pattison, Philip Lomax, Pauline Orwin and Keith Orwin, elements were Susan Whitfield, Gwen Pattison and Carol Drainer and intercessions were June Palmer. Liam Marsh was the server and chalice was Mary Sturton, Wayne Brown played the organ and celebrant/preacher was Rev Amanda Pike. 6pm Elmton, Holy Communion, reader Linda Bennett, sidesperson Richard Shacklock and on the organ was Sue Broomhead. Rev Amanda Pike conducted the service.


BASSETLAW Astronomical Society, Village Hall: The last meeting was the AGM. The existing officers were re-elected. Subscriptions will remain the same. Items discussed: a star with six planets; the most distant galaxy; the recent Sky at Night programme, the STEREO observations of the Sun. Members described their observations: Venus, Jupiter, Orion, Leo. Visibilities over next two weeks were described: Venus, Saturn and Jupiter. The next meeting will be at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve, Wednesday 23rd February, 7-8.30pm, admission free. See

RHODESIA Seniors, Village Hall: Mondays, 2.30-4pm over 50s are invited to drop in for a chat, tea and cake.


LUNCHEON Club, Shireoaks Village Hall: Thursdays 11.30am-1.30pm. New members welcome. Contact Joan on 01909 475230.

OVER 60s, Village Hall: 10th February, dominoes won by I. Collins, booby prize, G. Pell. Bingo winners J. Fox, I. Collins, S. Eagle, M. Morris, R. Gabbitus and M. Loat. Every other Thursday, 1.30-4.30pm for dominoes and bingo.


ST LAWRENCE’S Church: Sunday 13th February, 9am Holy Sung Eucharist Service taken by Rev Amanda Pike, organ Wayne Brown, server Keith Womble, reader Lynne Parker, intercessor Norman Trott, elements to altar Linda Holmes and Jean Lamb, assistants at Eucharist John Handel and Avril Stansbury, sidespersons Pam Reynolds and Judith Roberts. Junior Church at 9am was taken by Cynthia Rollinson and Jackie Stoor. Said Eucharist Steetley at 3.15pm was taken by Rev Amanda Pike. Sunday 20th, 9am Holy Sung Eucharist. Thursday 24th, Baptism and Wedding bookings taken 6-7pm. From March these will be taken at Creswell by Rev Amanda Pike on the first and third Friday in the month. Sunday 27th, 9am Family Service with Holy Sung Eucharist. Friday 4th March, Women’s World Day of Prayer at 2.30pm in the Community Centre. Midweek Service: Whitwell first and third Wednesday 9 30am, second and fourth Wednesday at Creswell 9.30am. Lynne will be taking Confirmation Classes this year.If you know of anyone who would be interested, please see her for more information.

WHITWELL Community Centre, The Square: Saturday 19th February, Coffee morning 9.30-11am in aid of Short Mat Bowls; Tuesday 22nd, Benefits Advice 9am–12noon; Junior Players, 5.15–7.15pm, ages eight years and upwards, everyone welcome; Whitwell Players 7.30-9.30pm, newcomers welcome not necessarily for acting! Volunteers required for various jobs back stage. Wednesday 23rd, Cash Bingo 8pm start.

WHITWELL Local History Group: On 8th February, Mr Mike Gildersleve talked about A little House in France. 17 years ago, he bought a 300 year old tumbledown peasant’s hut in Les Lezes “in the middle of nowhere.” It lies in the Region of Limoges and during the Second World War was governed from Vichy by Marshall Petain for the Occupying Germans. To this day, every year, from dawn to dusk, a huge procession winds 35 miles around the Village of Magnachaval ending at the War Memorial. His neighbour has bad memories of the war years as he was transported to Germany when still a small boy. German Posters were everywhere inviting the French, including children, to report any suspicious activities to the Collaborating French. Mr Gildersleve then showed a picture of a pile of Jerusalem artichokes. He said that the Germans had ordered all the inhabitants to grow this vegetable so that they could distill it to obtain aircraft fuel. The Resistance was highly active, so instead of blowing up factories and munitions dumps, they blew up fields of artichokes! Colourful pictures were shown of a Parade on Pilgrims’ Way to Santiago de Compostella where every seven years a parade is held with the marchers wearing Napoleonic uniforms.