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Country and Western at Ordsall Parish Hall

16th January 2019
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Ordsall Parish Hall

Lynnette Marie and Jonny Williams appear at Ordsall Parish Hall, Church Lane on Saturday 26th January at 7.30pm. They are one of the UK’s most popular and sought-after traditional country music duos. Lynnette was voted Female Vocalist of the Year 2017 and together they won the CCN Duo of the Year Award 2016 and have won another music award again in 2018. They appeared in Ordsall one year ago to a sell-out audience. read more

Scout Christmas Post

15th January 2019
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Retford Area Schot Christmas Post

A massive thank you to everyone who used the Retford Area Scout Christmas Post service. The organisers will announce how much we raised for local Scouting as soon as they know. read more

Retford Lions Club looks back on busy year

15th January 2019
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Retford Lions Club

Retford Lions trust you had a superb Christmas and wish you a prosperous and Happy New Year. You possibly saw them at the Christmas Market, at the Grotto in the Town Hall where Santa greets children and when they brought around Santa’s Sleigh. Most folk also know the club run the Duck Race for charity funding on Charter Day
Most folk recognise Retford Lions, but not everyone knows that Lions clubs are specific to their own locality.

Retford Lions Club is the only Lions club which supports Retford and district charities, good causes, etc. Similarly North Notts Lions support North Notts and district, whilst Worksop Lions support Worksop’s needs, etc.

Lions do not make any profit, they generate an income stream which is redistributed locally! A very small amount raised by every Lions club goes to a well managed worldwide central fund for instant emergency distribution. When needed earthquakes and similar are supported very quickly, often with funding in the millions. It is important to stress that Lions clubs distribute all they collect; all admin funding comes from members’ subscriptions and internal fundraising.

The Lions hold special events for individual causes to provide dedicated income; for example on 18th July 2018 the Retford club held a golf competition day to support Bassetlaw Hospice and Cancer Research, providing sums of £3,000 to each organisation afterwards. Bad weather caused the cancellation of their other big fundraising Cricket Field event in September — the Motor Show; but watch out for the 2019 event!

They don’t always get publicity for some events and fundraisers they undertake. Frequently recipients would not want publicity because they are private individuals. However, here are just a few of 2018’s donations to causes they can provide details of:

  • Golf Day — Lions’ President Kath Bradley presented a cheque for £3,000 to Bassetlaw Hospice.
  • Zip Wire — Rampton PC Zip Wire in Pinder Park Community Playground, Retford Lions provided funds to help here.
  • Swimathon — Retford Lions helped at the Swimathon held by the Retford District MS Support Group. Two members of the group, who have the condition, proudly swam 22 lengths each raising funds to give support for the local MS community. Pathfinders Neurological Care Centre from Ollerton also joined in the Swimathon.

Did you know that the club also provide collectors for local Marie Curie collections? That they raise monies for local branches of nationwide charity organisations too? Cancer Research, Macmillan Nurses etc.

Over the last year, donations were given to: Hallcroft Infants school for a running track, Starlight Childrens fund, From the Heart, Sightsavers, Street Children, Edukits, Retford Life Saving Club, and the Food Bank to name a few. Also they funded several students making educational trips abroad. On some occasions Retford Lions Club andRetford Rotary Club jointly contributed.

Thank you all for supporting the club so wonderfully, because without your generous donations they could not provide so much to so many.

Dukeries Woodturning Society

15th January 2019
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Dukeries Woodturning Society

Following a successful move to the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton at this time last year, the Dukeries Woodturning Society has gone from strength to strength. Despite larger numbers attending, the much better layout enables everyone to have a good view. Imaginative use of video gives everyone a close-up view on a screen of what is happening. read more

Wheatley Local History Group

14th January 2019
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Wheatley Local History Group

On Monday 19th November Wheatley Local History Group had a very good turnout including a number of welcome guests. The speaker for the morning was Martyn Johnson, who would enlighten members about the writing of the best-selling book, ‘Black Diamonds’, subtitled, The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty, by Catherine Bailey. read more

Bassetlaw Twinning Association

14th January 2019
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Bassetlaw Twinning Association

Bassetlaw Twinning Association is a self-funding organisation that arranges links with our twin towns. Primarily, we link with Garbsen and Pfungstadt in Germany and Aurillac in France. We additionally have links with Farmers Branch in Texas, USA. read more

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club

13th January 2019
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Bassetlaw Triathlon Club

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club (BTC) has put the pedal to the metal and hit the ground running for a year which has certainly gone swimmingly. The club, based out of Barnsley Premier Leisure’s (BPL) Worksop Leisure Centre, won the event of the year award within the East Midlands region at the British Triathlon Awards, for their summer Sprint Triathlon. They also came runner up in the club of the year category. read more

Free membership for Civic Society’s 300th member

11th January 2019
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Retford Civic Society

Who cares about Retford? Retford Civic Society does! They are offering free membership for 2019 to the new member who is the 300th person to join.  Have you seen the Sheep Fair mural in Spa Lane, Retford? The Civic Society commissioned that. read more

Explore Worksop’s history

11th January 2019
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Inspire Libraries

Explore Worksop’s history with two heritage events at Worksop Library. On Wednesday 9th January it’s Worksop History Day. Drop in to this free local history event from 10.00am to 2.00pm, where library staff will be on hand to help with Worksop-related enquiries and show you old photos, maps and hidden gems from the library’s collection. You can also: read more

Retford U3A

11th January 2019
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Retford U3A

Now in its ninth year, the Retford branch of the U3A has a membership of nearly 600 people. There are around 45 interest groups and new members often join the U3A specifically to join just one group, this they really encourage, so if you have a friend who is thinking of joining or looking for something to do, maybe this is the organisation to join. read more