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THE BARLBOROUGH ‘Little’ School: Coffee shop open Tuesday and Thursday, 9am-12noon.

THE CHAPEL Tea Room, New Road: Wednesdays from 1pm onwards for light lunches and afternoon tea.


BOTANICAL Art Group: Meet in The New Hall, Bawtry on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am-12.30pm. We are a mixed group of abilities and although there is no formal tuition we enjoy sharing our knowledge and expertise. If you are interested contact the Secretary - Sue Woffinden on: 01909 731020.


MEMORIAL Hall: Handbell Ringers: Tuesdays, 7.30pm in the upstairs room. Mums and Toddlers: Thursdays, 9.30-11.15am (term time). Pilates: Thursdays, 6.15-7.15pm, All levels, with a free trial class to start. Tel. 01909 477159. Pre-school: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-11.30am and 12.45-3pm.


ALZHEIMER’S Society Bassetlaw Branch, The Costhorpe Centre, Northumberland Avenue: Offers support, advice and information. Memories Social Club, Monday-Thurs 1-3.30pm, activities, trips out and socialising with people in a similar situation, open to all. Contact Sue Brewin: 01909 730886.

METHODIST Church, High Road: Spring Fayre to be held on Saturday 16th April from 10am-12noon, stalls will include books, jigsaws, games, cakes, refreshments, handmade cards and more. Sunday Service, 10.45am, Morning Worship.

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

WOMEN’S Institute, Parish Centre: Meetings are held in the Parish Centre the second Thursday of the month at 7.15pm, visitors £3. The walking group meet on the Green at 9.15am every Monday except the Monday before the monthly meeting. The gardening club meet in the Ann Daniels Centre. For time and date ring Carol on 01909 731514.


CLOWNE Countryside Access Group (a sub group of Clowne Community Association). For walking, cycling, horse-riding etc. Visit our website for information on activities and meeting dates -

ROADRUNNERS: Peter Roberts, Simon Sleney, Paul Sadler and Dennis Learad ran in the Oxspring five mile road race, part of the South Yorkshire Road Race Series.

CLOWNE Wildlife Group: For further information on group activities contact Jim Russell on: 01246 812 724.


ST MARY Magdalene Parish Church: 10.45am Holy Communion with Baptism, readers Wayne Brown and Janet Stanniforth, sidespersons Philip Lomax, Lewis Marriott and David Froggatt and elements by members of Junior Church. Wayne Brown played the organ and Rev Amanda Pike took the service. Elmton 6pm, St Peter’s, Holy Communion, reader Richard Shacklock, sidesperson David Broomhead and organ was Sue Broomhead. Celebrant was Rev Pike.

WOOD Avenue Club: Queens Court, Tuesdays 6.45pm for bingo and raffle. New members welcome.

LIMESTONE House: The Village Company is now operating a Peugeot Boxer minibus, purchased by a grant from the Access Alliance Programme to serve the community and the area. The mini bus can carry 12 passengers and can be adapted for wheel chair users. Not for profit charges are dependent on the distance travelled and the duration of the trip. The permit allows the Village Company to carry passengers on journeys organised by community-focussed organisations in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire including schools, other educational bodies and many other community groups. The booking must be made by the organisation. The service is not a substitute for personal journeys which are offered commercially by other taxis and similar organisations. Further information is available from the Village Company at Limestone House. To book contact Limestone House on: 01909 724061 or email


CHRISTIAN Community Church: Sundays - 10.30am Main Event. Mondays - 9.30-11.30am Coffee n Kids Toddler Group. Tuesdays - 9am-12noon Drop in Pastoral Surgery; 6pm The Vault for Kids Years 1-6; 7.30pm Xcelerate for Youth Years 7-12. Wednesdays - 10am-12noon All Age Friendship Group. Fridays - 12.30pm. Monthly OAP Meal Silver Service/Food for Thought; 7.30pm Fortnightly Xtreme Youth Club Ages 11-16. Telephone: 01909 732731 or Email: See our website for more details

VILLAGE Hall: Agewell: Mondays for the over 50s, 10am-2pm for bingo, line dancing etc, refreshments available. Bassetlaw District Council: Wednesdays 1-3pm. Bingo: Tuesdays, doors open 6pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Thursdays 6-9pm. Brownies: Wednesdays 6-8pm. Credit Union: Mondays 2-4pm. Police Surgery: Every second Wednesday 1-3pm. Resource Centre: Fridays 9am-3pm.


CARPET Bowls and Luncheon Club, Village Hall: Thursdays, 10-11.30am for over 60s. Once a month members go for lunch after playing, all welcome.


HISTORY Group: First Tuesday of the month, Shireoaks Village Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £2.50 which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. All welcome. We do not have members.

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

OVER 60s, Village Hall: Every other Thursday, 1.30-4.30pm.

SPORTS and Social Club: Celebrate St George’s Day with top singer Robert Glen, Saturday 23rd April, 8.30pm. Tickets £2.50 available from the venue and Shireoaks Post Office.

ST LUKE’S Music Group, St Luke’s Church: First and third Sunday in the month and meet previous Wednesday in church 7.30pm to rehearse.

VILLAGE Hall: Brownies: Wednesdays 6.15pm. Bingo: Every other Friday 2.30-4.30pm. Cubs: Wednesdays 5.45pm. Guides: Wednesdays 7.30pm. Kick Boxing: Mondays 6-9pm. Rainbows: Wednesdays 5.15pm. Tiddlers, Mother and Toddler Group: Thursdays, 9.30-11.30am. Youth Club: Fridays, 7-9pm.


ESTATE’S Brass Band, Holbeck Woodhouse band room: Monday and Thursdays 7.30-9.30pm. New players welcome. Beginners session Saturdays 9.30-10.30am. For more information visit

WELBECK Sailing Club: A new season has now begun. Typical April weather troubled the fleet on the inaugural regatta on Sunday. Two races were completed in glorious sunshine and good winds, with Martin in his Laser winning both. Eric was Officer Of the Day. and he was obliged to curtail the final race due to thunder and lightening! The club meets on Sundays, April-November, and is now looking for new members. For details please contact Eric on: 01909 730608, or visit:


ST LAWRENCE’S Church: Sunday 3rd April Mothering Sunday, 8am Holy Communion, 9am Holy Sung Eucharist. Both services taken by Rev Amanda Pike, organist Wayne Brown, server Keith Womble, reader Estelle Parker, intercessor Rev Amanda Pike, elements to altar, Judith Borrowdale and Estelle Parker, assistants at Eucharist Irene Self and Avril Stansbury, sidespersons Angie Galpin and Emma Wall. Sunday 10th, 9am, Holy Sung Eucharist and Junior Church; 3.15pm Holy Communion at Steetley. Wednesday 13th, 7pm. Lent Course at Creswell. Friday 15th, Baptism and Wedding bookings taken at Creswell 6-7pm by Rev Amanda Pike.

WHITWELL Community Centre, The Square: Saturday 9th April, Coffee morning 9.30-11am in aid of Methodist Church; Monday 11th, Mums and Tots group 9.30-11am, £1.30 per child; Tuesday 12th, Benefits Advice 9am-12noon; Junior Players, 5.15-7.15pm, ages eight years and upwards; Whitwell Players 7.30-9.30pm. Wednesday 13th, Cash Bingo 8pm start.

WHITWELL Local History Group: 29th March was a member’s night. June Walker recounted the story of William Charles de Meuron Fitzwilliam who, in the late 19th Century inherited Wentworth House, a fortune, and several coal mines. He was born in British Canada in 1872 and some members of the Fitzwilliam family suspected that he was in fact the son of a “settler” who had been substituted for a Fitzwilliam girl baby. His miners and their families were well treated and came to love “Lordy” or “Billy Fitzbilly.” Sadly the need for coal after the Second World War allowed Emanuel Shinwell to order opencast mining up to the door of Wentworth House, an act of spite condemned by the miners he purported to support. Peter, Billy’s heir, was killed in an air crash, and this wonderful house is now in private hands. Mrs Jo Wheldon will give a talk on 12th April on Charity.