news from your village


DRONFIELD Brass Band: (with a Christmas programme) at St James’ Church, Barlborough, Saturday 3rd December, 7.30pm. Tickets £5 including refreshments or pay on the door. Contact Sylvia on: 01246 812824.

BARLBOROUGH Heritage and Visitors’ Centre: Free exhibition commencing 1st December -Barlborough Hall Uncovered. Find out all about this 427 year old Hall. The Hall remained a private residence until 1938 and then became a private school. The Heritage Centre is putting on a display of previously unseen personal family photographs and documents. Did your family work at the Hall? Come and check out our archive material and photographs. Opening times are Mondays 9am-3pm, Tuesdays 9am-5pm, Closed Wednesdays, Thursdays 9am-3pm, Closed Fridays, Saturday 9am-1pm. Souvenir Barlborough calendars can be purchased at the centre along with Barlborough postcards and Christmas cards.

SCOUTS: Fridays 7-8.30pm. If you think that you could help either weekly or sharing on a less regular basis come along to a meeting or ring Steve Riley on: 07855 413577.

ST JAMES’ Church: On Sunday 20th November at 11am Sung Eucharist was celebrated by Rev David Hull. The organist was J. Whybrow, the chalice-bearers J. Brown and N. Elcock, the servers E. and F. Anderson, the elements were brought forward by C. and V. Sanderson, the lessons were read by D. Blackwell, B. Anderson led the prayers and K. Wilby and J. Newbould were the sidepersons. The choir sang the anthem From the rising of the Sun. At the conclusion of the service the Sunday School children sang the worship song Our God is a great God which they had learnt during their sessions. During the service Fleur Sanderson was admitted as a full member of the Junior Choir having attended the requisite number of Sunday services.

TAI Chi: The Barlborough and District Tai Chi Group members invite you to join them for exercise and good company every week, 12.15-1.45pm in the Village Hall. All welcome. Tel. 01246 812198.


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

CHRISTMAS Tree Festival: Carlton Methodist Church and Schoolroom, High Road. Official opening by Cllr Val Bowles on Friday 9th December, 2pm with singing by Kingston Park School. The Church and schoolroom will then be open to view the trees, decorated by various organisations throughout the village, until 4pm. Also open on Saturday 10th Dec, 10am- 4pm with bacon butties available during the morning. Monday 12t, 10am-12noon, the Closing ceremony will take place at 11.15am and includes singing by Ramsden Primary School. Refreshments will be available throughout the festival. Tuesday 13th, 6.30pm there will be a Christingle Service in the Schoolroom. All proceeds to the Carlton Methodist Church Building fund. Please Note: Although our Schoolroom is wheelchair accessible, unfortunately the church is not.

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: Zumba 5.45-6.45pm, tel. Alison on: 07745395211; 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.


CHRISTMAS Fair: Saturday 3rd December, 11am-2pm at Memories Social Club, Northumberland Avenue. Raffle, tombola, flowers and crafts, cake stall and much more including refreshments.

COFFEE at Costhorpe: Friday 2nd December, 10am-2pm at the Costhorpe Centre, Northumberland Avenue. Come and see us for a chat.


CRESWELL Colliery Band, Clowne Methodist Church: Mondays and Thursdays, 7.30-9pm for rehearsals.

ST MARY Magdalene Parish Church: Family Service with Holy Communion, 10.45am, reader C. Dodsworth, sidespersons L. Marriott and P. Lomax, elements Sunday School children, intercessions L. Parker, chalice L. Marriott. Preacher was L. Parker, organ W. Brown and celebrant Rev A. Pike. St Peter’s, Elmton, 10.30am Holy Communion, reader R. Shacklock, sidesperson D. Broomhead, organ S. Broomhead, celebrant Rev J. Palmer.

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


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.


ST MARK’S Church: Sunday services, 10am, United Benefice Holy Communion.

VILLAGE Hall: Art Class: Wednesdays 9.30am-12.30pm. Carpet Bowls: Mondays 2-4pm. Thursdays 2.30-4.30pm, Games Evening, alternate Mondays, 7.30-9.30pm. Sequence Dancing: Wednesdays 8-10pm. Toddler Group: Mondays 10am-12noon.


BASSETLAW Astronomical Society, Village Hall: At the last meeting: Discussions: television programmes; ongoing problems with neutrinos; probes and landers to Mars; a Spaceflight talk in Sheffield; lakes under Europa’s ice. Visibilities: the Moon and the planets for the next two weeks - Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn; the space station. Members’ observations: Saturn, Mars, Jupiter, the Moon, the Leonid meteors. Main event: a talk by James Ince on Stellar Populations. Next meeting - Quiz Night: Village Hall, Wednesday 7th December, 8-10pm, admission free.

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.

METHODIST Church: Sunday services, 3pm.

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


Shireoaks Sports & Social Club: Craft Fair, Saturday 3rd December, 10am-4pm. Handmade chocolates, jewellery, cards, cupcakes, preserves, pamper cakes, toys, candles and much more. Entry is free and there will be a raffle. It’s a lovely chance to buy handmade gifts for Christmas. All profits from the raffle will go towards the sports club. Everyone is welcome.


ST LAWRENCE’S Church: Friday 2nd December, Christmas Lunch, Community Centre, 12.30pm; Baptism and wedding bookings taken at creswell 6-7pm. Friday 9th, Christians Together in Whitwell Carol Service, Community Centre, 6.30pm. Light refreshments provided. Saturday 10th, Christmas Tree to be decorated at 10am. Help would be very much appreciated. Sunday 11th, 9am Sung Eucharist and Junior Church. Thursday 15th, Band Concert in Church mat 7.30pm. Cost £5, which includes mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pie. Pay at the door.

WHITWELL Local History Group: On 22nd November, Mr Andy Firth gave a talk on Christmas in the Dales. Leaving the Christmas decorations on the Moor in Sheffield, he made his way to York where he visited St Nicholas Fair, walking down the Shambles where many years ago sides of beef and lamb would have been suspended from the jetted upper floors, on to Hebden Bridge where Father Christmas had visited the clog maker and to Halifax where his picture showed the decorated Piece Hall and the snow clad hills beyond. Walking down the Riverside path at Knaresborough Mr Firth passed the House in the Rock and Mother Shipton’s Cave. On arriving at Grassington he watched a festive procession of merrymakers and stopped briefly at a stall where a Dickensian character was dispensing hot ginger wine. Snow covered roads made his journey back to Sheffield a perilous adventure. On 6th December Mr Stephen Gay will talk about Woodhead - the lost Railway.