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BASSETLAW Branch Parkinson’s UK: Despite the snow and ice, the February meeting was well attended. Sam Glasswell from Bassetlaw Museum gave a fascinating talk entitled “Roman Food” which was greatly enjoyed by everyone. Two new members joined the group and were warmly welcomed. The April meeting will be on the 9th (the due to the Easter holiday) when Cynthia Ellis will talk and demonstrate Stained Glass making. The May meeting will play host to Cynthia Bowser from Winthrop Gardens Wickersley. Coach trips are arranged for late Spring and mid summer. The branch meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 2pm at Worksop Cricket Club and their aim is to offer the hand of friendship and support to everyone with Parkinson’s, their family and friends. New members are always a pleasure to see. For more information call Chris: 01909 730629.

BASSETLAW Cardiac Support Group: Meets on the first Friday of every month alternating between Bassetlaw Hospital (Post Grad Centre) and Retford Hospital (Collinson Room) and is a support group for anyone with a cardiac problem treated at Bassetlaw or Doncaster hospitals. Meeting are 2-4-30pm. A wide range of topics are arranged for the year including Dr S. Davies talking on “Cardiac support by a GP.” On March 1st at Retford. For further information call Pat 01909 562361.

BASSETLAW Hill and Mountain Club: On the 6th February the club donated £100 to Edale Mountain Rescue. Meets first Wednesday of the month at The Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop, 8pm. The club has a very full programme for the coming year which can be viewed on the newly redesigned website at that now includes a forum to keep members well informed. For further details contact: Charles Skeavington on 0775 103 8779 or email:

BASSETLAW League of Friends: We are to hold our first event of the year, our Spring Coffee Morning on Wednesday 6th March from 10am–12noon at the Masonic Hall, Queen Street, Worksop. Proceeds from this will be going towards providing a new wheelchair in the fracture clinic at Bassetlaw Hospital. There will be the usual array of stalls including cakes, bric-a-brac, tombola, cards, and more. We shall also be holding a raffle with many prizes. Coffee and tea will be available.

BALMORAL Tenants and Residents Association, Balmoral Community Centre, Sandringham Crescent: Meet for talks, demonstrations, lunches, tea, coffee and bingo. Mondays 1-3pm.

FLOWER Arranging Classes: Last Wednesday of the month at The Crossing, 7.30pm. Tel. 01909 730781.

NORTH Notts National Trust: Wednesday 20th February, Me and My Dog. If you are a National Trust member or volunteer from the North Notts area which includes Retford, Tuxford, Ollerton and Worksop then you are entitled to join us. Winter meetings are held every month in the Crossing, Newcastle Avenue at 7.30pm with coffee/tea and biscuits from 7pm onwards. If you are interested you are welcome to come along for a taster session. All money raised goes to the National Trust projects. For more information email

PRIORY Church: 15th February, 12noon Mass followed by Charity Soup Lunch. 17th, Lent 1 9.30am Parish Mass with Crèche & Sunday School; 6pm Evensong & Benediction. 20th, 9.30am Mass followed by coffee and chat.

PROBUS Club of Worksop, Worksop Cricket Club: Friday 15th February, Enjoying Buildings Nottinghamshire by Rodney Cousins. Meetings are held fortnightly (Sept-May) at Worksop Cricket Club, 10am for 10.30am. New members welcome. Tel Terry Hallworth on 01909 473124 for further details.

RYTON Chorale: If you like singing and would like to be in a choir, then come along and see what the Chorale has to offer. Don’t worry if you can’t read music, just find your voice and experience the joy of singing together. You will receive a warm welcome. See the Ryton Chorale website or telephone 01777 719928 for more information.

SOROPTOMISTS of the Bassetlaw Area: If you are interested in finding out about a local group of women who socialise and enjoy each others’ company, challenging women’s issues and doing a lot of good work the community, then our group may be for you. Contact Ginny on 01909 476192 or Denise on 01909 731689 or email

THE CROSSING Church and Centre: Wednesday 20th February, Bassetlaw Over-50s Forum, 1.30-3.30pm. North Notts National Trust Meeting, 7-9.30pm. Thursday 21st, Christian Aid Fashion Show, 6.30-9.30pm. Ring 01909 473375 for more details. Website: Mondays Weekly, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am, Women’s Fellowship Meeting 2.15-3.30pm, Cake Decorating Class, 6.30pm (please ring for details. This is not a beginners class). Tuesdays Weekly, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am, Over 60’s Luncheon Club, 12noon (please ring before Monday 12noon to book place). Wednesdays Weekly, Knit & Natter Group, 10.30am-12.30pm, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am. Thursdays Weekly, Yoga, 7.15-8.45pm, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am, Weight Watchers, 12.30pm, Yoga 7.15-8.45pm. Fridays Weekly, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am. Saturdays Weekly, Morning Prayers, 10.30-10.45am.

WI: At the meeting in February we welcomed two new members. Arrangements were made for three teams to take part in the quiz against WI teams from all over Nottinghamshire. Our speaker was Ray Goodburn who took us on a cruise up the River from Moscow to St Petersburg describing the fascinating architecture and history of the churches in the cities along the way. Our Annual Meeting will be on March 7th when we will review our activities over the last year, there will also be a display of craft and artwork completed by members and our archives and scrapbooks will be on display. For information please contact Chris on 01909 473048.


KILTON Pet and Raptor Rescue, Plantation Hill: Open throughout the year for anyone interested in homing unwanted animals or for fostering. The rescue centre is expanding to Lambley in Nottingham and has opened a Farm Park and Falconry Centre, which will be open to the public from 10am-5pm, 7 days a week. Volunteers are always needed. For more information contact Colleen on: 01909 478049 or 0797 039 0725.


SHO-Shin-Budo Kwai: St Peter’s Church Hall, Pelham Street, Fridays 6.45-8pm for under 10s and 8-9.30pm for over 10s and adults. £3 per session.

ZONE Out Young People’s Centre: Mondays 5.30-7.30pm and Wednesdays 6-8pm at Worksop Library.


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


BIRCOTES Leisure Centre: Bums ‘n’ Tums, Wednesday 7-8pm and Thursday 9.30-10.30am. Aqua Aerobics, Monday 7.15-8pm, Tuesday 12.30-1.15pm and Thursday 11-11.45am. Salsacise, Thursday 7.15-8pm. Yoga, Monday 6.15-7.45pm.


BADMINTON Sessions: Held in Blyth Memorial Hall on Sundays from 7- 9pm. Tel. David White: 01909 591271 for information.

UK Kick Boxing: Mondays, 6pm. For more information contact 01623 468155.

MOBILE Youth Project: Thursdays 6-8pm, Ryton Fields, near primary school.


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 -

CLOWNE Wildlife Group: ‘Fasten your seat belts’ for ‘300 million years of Dragonflies’ were covered by Dave Goddard, in approximately one hour, when he talked to Clowne Wildlife Group on Saturday 9th February. One of the sightings to be recorded was that of waxwings, which have been seen in some Clowne gardens over the last few weeks. These winter visitors are becoming more frequent and are as likely to be seen in urban, as in rural areas. Sometimes they can be quite approachable and are identified by their distinctive crest and sealing wax red wing patches. They can be in flocks of up to 100 birds, or in small groups, either way they are very good at ‘stripping’ various trees for their berries, including hawthorn, rowan and cotoneaster. Talks begin at approximately 6.30pm in the school room at the rear of Clowne Methodist Church on North Road. Admission is FREE and light refreshments are available during the interval. For further information about group activities please contact Jim Russell on 01246 812724.

EXHIBITION & Sale of Artwork: By local artists at the Easter Art Show, Clowne Cricket Pavilion, High Leys Road, off Mansfield Road, Clowne S43 4DF on Easter Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st March from 10am-5pm. Admission is free, car parking, tombola prizes and refreshments are available. Everyone welcome. Contact the Organiser on: 01246 812994


CARLTON Youth Centre, Lawn Road, Costhorpe: Mondays, Senior sessions ages 13, 6.30-8.45pm, Wednesdays, Junior sessions year groups 4-8, 6-8pm. Thursdays Senior sessions ages 13+, 6.30-8.45pm. Fridays Junior sessions year groups 3-6, 6.30-8pm. Sunday Interclub ages 12-15, 4-6pm. Sundays, Senior sessions ages 13+ 6.30-8.45pm. Tel. 01909 733064.