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Retford’s Photo of the Month – December 2018 winner!

21st December 2018
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#RetfordPOM

Congratulations to Joanne Warren on winning the December’s #RetfordPOM competition! Joanne wins a £25 Gift Card and our winning voter is Jennie Bakin, who wins a £15 Gift Card! read more

Be cancer safe

21st December 2018
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Aurora Wellbeing Centre

Did you know that within Bassetlaw, we have more people diagnosed with cancer than the England average percentage? We are less likely to attend for screening, be it cervical cancer, mammograms or bowel screening and therefore the chances of an early diagnosis and positive outcome are significantly reduced. read more

WI cheque for brain tumour centre

21st December 2018
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Grove (Retford) WI

The speaker at Grove (Retford) WI in October was Simon Buttenshaw, representative of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre, at Nottingham University and Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. The WI has been raising money for this charity throughout the year as part of the Notts Federation of WIs’ Centenary Challenge. A cheque for £650 was presented to him by members. read more

A charity panto that you must not miss

20th December 2018
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East Markham Players

It’s showtime for East Markham Players, who are staging productions of ‘Dick Whittington’ at both East Markham Village Hall and Dunham on Trent Village Hall. With rehearsals well under way, The Players have added a few unique twists to the traditional story, which once again is promising to be an excellent show. The panto is written by Cheryl Barret, directed by Kev Micklethwaite and Angela Allen, choreography is by Angela Allen.

In the last nine years alone, more than £8,000 has been raised for local charities by the Markham Players and this year is no exception with proceeds going to the Cedar House Hospice in Retford and Macmillan Nurses. Cedar House was built in 1994 in a peaceful location, at the rear of Retford Hospital. A number of East Markham Players’ cast have very personal reasons for supporting this special charity, who also provided unconditional love and support to family members to help them achieve the best quality of life in their final weeks. Every penny counts for Cedar House and Bassetlaw Hospice who rely on charitable donations to keep this invaluable service running.

They are encouraging people to buy their tickets early, so they can come along to watch this fun-filled family show with slapstick comedy, upbeat popular singalong music hits and lots of local talent. The show is sure to wipe away the post-Christmas blues. Oh yes, it will.

They are looking forward to putting on really great productions at both East Markham and Dunham this year with matinees and evening show times available to suit everyone, so they can raise as much money as possible and at the same times put smiles on lots of faces.

East Markham Village Hall performances are taking place on Friday 25th January 2019 at 7.30pm, Saturday 26th January 2019 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

Dunham on Trent Village Hall is on Saturday 2nd February 2019 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.  A fully licensed bar, teas, coffees, ice creams and a raffle will be available at all performances.

Tickets cost just £7.00 for adults, children £5.00 (under 16) and a family ticket will cost £20.00 for two adults and two children. Tickets can be purchased from The Queens Hotel East Markham, Sally Mitchell’s Gallery in Tuxford, East Markham Primary School and East Markham Post Office (Tuesdays and Fridays at the Village Hall), by calling 01777 871227 or emailing tickets@markhamplayers.co.uk from 4th December. Tickets would make a perfect stocking filler for family or friends, but sold out quick last year, so make sure you grab them before they sell out.
More information is available at www.markhamplayers.co.uk or www.facebook.com/markhamplayers.

Three Counties Art Group

20th December 2018
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Three Counties Art Group

Three Counties Art Group is a friendly group who meet in the New Hall, Bawtry on a Wednesday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Members paint in a variety of styles, including botanical, and use a variety of media. New members of any ability would be very welcome to join and established members are all willing to share their expertise.
If you would like to join, or for further information, please contact Sue on 01909 731020. read more

The Inner Wheel Club of Retford

20th December 2018
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The Inner Wheel Club of Retford

The Inner Wheel Club of Retford members are very grateful to John Foster, of the Parks Department for his help and support for their tree planting. A number of members and their partners gathered in King’s Park, near the river, for this event on 7th November at 11.00am. Words were spoken, people were remembered, silence was observed and the simple message was one of gratitude. read more

Guides are 860 years and counting!

19th December 2018
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Guides are 860 years and counting!

The exceptional achievements and commitment of local volunteers were honoured at a tea party given by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire on 7th October.  Retford Division was well-represented on the podium, with long service awards presented to Di Fruin (30 years), Helen Turner (40 years) and June Ray (40 years). read more

Power Surge run raises over £2,000

19th December 2018
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EDF Energy

The annual Power Surge around West Burton B power station, saw record numbers of runners take on the race, raising more than £2,000 for a local school. Now into its fifth year, the race saw more than 250 runners in the 10k and 2k races, and they were greeted by Bailey Matthews, a 12-year-old who has won a Heart of Britain award and a Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award. read more

Retford Golf Club

18th December 2018
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Retford Golf Club

James Freeman, who recently joined Retford Golf Club staff as PGA professional coach, said: “I’m extremely proud of all the players that I coach including the junior players that come to Retford Golf Club on Saturdays to have fun and play some golf. Everyone I coach has undoubtedly improved and reduced their handicap.” read more

Retford Bowling Green

18th December 2018
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Retford Bowling Green

The age-old question of whether or not Elvis lives on, was finally answered in the affirmative at Retford Bowling Green’s karaoke night last month. He may have come dressed as Dave Brammer. He may even have looked a bit like Dave, but this was surely a performance by the king himself. read more