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BARLBOROUGH History Group: Every other Wednesday at Barlborough Resource Centre, 7pm. New members are always welcome. Email: or Call: 01246 810100.

BRING and Buy Book Club, Little School Coffee Shop: A selection of second hand books on Tuesday and Thursdays, 9am-12noon. Paperbacks from 50p and hardbacks £1. Also a selection of handmade cards by the Park View craft group. All proceeds to Bluebell Wood Children’s hospice.

ST JAMES’ Church: Family Eucharist on Sunday 3rd April was celebrated by the Rector. The organist was John Whybrow, the chalice-bearers Neville Elcock and John Wilkins, the elements Sylvia and Karen Bradbury, the servers Emma Anderson and Alexandra Eastwood and the sidespeople were Annie Wilkins and Abby O’Donoghue. The choir sang the anthem ‘As a mother cradles her child’. Sung Evensong was held at 6pm. The service was conducted by the Rector and the lessons were read by Noelle and Stephen McCarroll.

BARLBOROUGH Resource Centre: The Heritage Room are offering a Family History Search Service. Contact Heritage Manager Tony Bak at or tel: 01246 810100. Mondays 9am-12noon, Heritage Room with assistance open 9-11.30am. Family History Workshop, one to one sessions, Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday mornings, to book tel. Tony. Mondays, Happy Feet clinic, 10am-1pm, discounted nail cutting service for Senior citizens, to book phone Linda on: 01246 810100. Tuesdays, 9am-3pm Internet Cafe. Wednesdays, 9am-3pm normal centre services. Rooms available to hire. Thursdays, 9.30am-5pm, normal centre services plus craft workshops 10am-12noon. Fridays closed. Saturdays, 9am-12noon. Meets every other Wednesday at Barlborough Resoure Centre, Ward Lane, at 7pm.


WHIST Drive, New Hall, Station Road: Thursday’s 7.15pm.


CLEVELAND Close Community Centre: Bingo Tuesdays 2-4pm Tel. 01909 733858. Councillor David Hare Surgery, first Saturday of month, 9-9.45am. Dance and Social Evening, Fridays 7.30-9.30pm, £1. Tel: 01909 540562/485263. Healthy Living Group, gentle exercise, 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month, 9.45-11am. Tel: 019909 731185. Indoor Bowls, Thursdays, 2-4pm, £1.50 includes light refreshments. Judo, 6.15-8.45pm, £3. Tel: 07784649915. Luncheon Club, Tuesdays 11am-2pm, £4.50. 01909 540449. Movement To Music, Wednesdays 2-4pm, £1. Tel: 01909 731564.

VILLAGE Hall: Mondays: Ultimate Taekwondo, 5-6pm, Lindrick Players, 7-9pm, Keep Fit, 6.30-7.30pm, Pilates, 7.30-8.30pm. Tuesdays: Bingo, 6-9pm, Weight Watchers, sessions 10am or 6pm. Wednesdays: Line Dancing, Beginners 7-8pm, intermediates 8-10.30pm, contact Dave: 07808 931534, Rainbows, 9-11.30am, Keep Fit, 6.30-7.30pm, Karate, 7.45-8.45pm, Action Sports, 1.45-3.15pm. Thursdays: Clic, 9.30-11.30am, Bingo, 6-8.45pm, Sign Post, 9.30am-2pm, Taekwondo, 5.30-6.30pm, Tums and Bums, 7-8pm. Fridays: Lindrick Singers, 1-3pm, Adult dance classes, 7-9.30pm, Carlton Ladies Fitness, 8-11am and 4-6pm. Sundays: Poplars (not first Sunday of month), 9-11am, Ballroom Social Dance, 7-10.30pm.


CLOWNE and Barlborough Art Groups: Annual art exhibition is on April 23rd-24th (Easter Saturday and Sunday), 10am-5pm, Clowne Cricket Pavilion, High Leys Road, off Mansfield Road, Clowne. Tombola, home made cakes and refreshments available. Tel. 01246 812994.


ST MARY Magdalene Parish Church: 10.45am Holy Communion, readers Graham Taft and Gillian Davison, sidespersons David Froggatt, Keith Orwin and Philip Lomax, elements Eric and Gwen Pattison and Pam Richmond and server Liam Marsh. Chalice was Lewis Marriott, intercessions Mary Sturton and organ Wayne Brown. Preacher June Palmer and celebrant Rev Amanda Pike. Elmton, St Peter’s, Holy Communion, reader Hannah Ingram, sidesperson Richard Shacklock and organ Sue Broomhead. Celebrant/Preacher Rev Amanda Pike.


BASSETLAW Astronomical Society, Village Hall: News items discussed: forthcoming radio and television programmes; a proposed large radio telescope; the Astronomer Royal winning the Templeton prize. Members described their observations, Saturn, the Moon, Orion, Taurus, Virgo. The visibility of Saturn was described. The main events were talks The Planisphere by David Wilson and The German Equatorial Mount by David Thompson. Next meeting: the Village Hall, Wednesday 20th April, 8-10pm, admission free. There will be a talk by Bob Christy “Vostok: the Universal Spacecraft” celebrating Yuri Gagarin’s space flight in 1961. See


OVER 60s, Village Hall: Every other Thursday, 1.30-4.30pm for dominoes and bingo. 7th April, raffle donated by E. Jones, won by J. Hughes and B. Chambers. Dominoes: B. Latham, booby prize S. Eagle and P. Jackson. Bingo winners, V. Wilkinson, B. Latham, B. Chambers, I. Collins and B. Carter.

SHIREOAKS and District Women’s Institute: Celebrated their 66th birthday year with a beautiful cake made by Mrs B. Davison at their last meeting on March 17th. Unfortunately the programmed speaker from the Soldiers’ Charity was unable to attend but at very short notice Mr Peter Davis filled in with an impromptu talk and anecdotes which prompted a few amusing exchanges with the members. The next monthly meeting will be our annual meeting at 7pm on Thursday 21st April in the village hall when a new committee will be elected. The speaker will be Janet Staines talking about The History of Bathing Costumes and there will be two competitions for the best baby memento and also an egg/tea cosy. Forthcoming events include the group meeting on Monday May 9th at 7pm at Shireoaks Village Hall when the speaker will be Mr Charles Hanson, auctioneer and antiques expert. Refreshments will also be served and the price of admission will be £5. Members are invited to bring a curio or antique to our April meeting when a limited number will be chosen for the Curio table at the group meeting where Charles Hanson will value and discuss the best. Advance notice - the annual Duck Race which will be held on Sunday 26th June. Tel. Diana on 01909 472189 or Helen (evenings) on 487984.

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 LAWRENCE’S Church: Sunday 10th April, 9am Holy Sung Eucharist Service taken by Rev Amanda Pike; 9am, Junior Church with Irene and Avril. 3.15pm, Steetley Holy Communion taken by Rev Amanda Pike. Services for Holy Week: Sunday 17th April: 9am Holy Communion with Blessing of Palms. Monday 18th, Midday Prayers and Meditation 12noon; Evening Prayer 4pm and Compline 8pm all at St Mary Magdalene, Creswell. Tuesday 19th, Midday Prayers and Meditation 12noon. Evening Prayer 4pm and Compline 8pm all at St Lawrence, Whitwell. Wednesday 20th, Midday Prayers and Meditation 12noon. Evening Prayer 4pm and Compline 8pm all at St Peter’s, Elmton. Thursday 21st, Maunday Thursday: Evening Prayer 4pm. Commemoration of the Last Supper and The Washing of Feet 7.30pm followed by the watch until 10pm. All at Whitwell. Friday 22nd, Good Friday: Hour before the Cross 2pm at Creswell. Stations of the Cross 5pm, Whitwell. Saturday 23rd, Today Christ is in the Tomb. Sunday 24th, Easter Day: Dawn Service followed by breakfast in the vicarage at Creswell, 5am (time to be confirmed); 9am Whitwell: Family Holy Communion; 10.45am Creswell: Family Holy Communion; 6pm Elmton: Family Holy Communion.

WHITWELL Community Centre, The Square: Saturday 16th April, Coffee morning 9.30-11am in aid of OAP Association; Tuesday 19th, 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 20th, Cash Bingo 8pm start.

WHITWELL Local History Group: On 5th April, Mr George Webster gave an illustrated presentation on the Gateway to the Yukon. The narrow gauge railway was blasted through the solid granite bedrock by workmen of the late 19th century. In the rush to open up the trail to the newly found goldfields of the Yukon many workmen died and were buried at the side of the line. The train is now a gem on the tourist trail who flock to witness the incredible waterfalls and snowdrifts up to 40 feet high. This incredible feat is recognised as standing alongside the Eiffel Tower and the Panama Canal for achievement.

On 19th April, Mr Stephen Gay will give a talk on Railways in a Yorkshire Landscape.