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A Christmas comet

18th December 2018
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Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

Comet 46P Wirtanen will be well positioned for casual stargazers to view it a week before Christmas and it may become visible without optical aid. The Comet is going to be just 0.0755 AU from Earth, just 30 times the distance of the Moon. The comet will be easily located during mid-December as it sweeps between the bright Pleiades cluster, ‘Seven Sisters’ and the Hyades cluster. read more

Retford Ramblers

18th December 2018
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Retford Ramblers

Retford Ramblers Group have enjoyed a variety of fabulous walks over the last year, as well as two very enjoyable holidays. The AGM was held in October and now the committee are busy putting together the 2019 walks programme.
There will be a walk on most Sundays in our local area as well as Lincolnshire, South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. There will also be holidays to Shropshire and the North York Moors. read more

Dog training – rain or shine!

17th December 2018
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RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Thanks to a generous grant from Support Adoption For Pets, the local RSPCA Animal Centre can offer dog training and behavioural support, all year round, in all weathers. The new canopy completes a big investment in training facilities at the South Yorkshire Animal Centre, Bawtry. read more

Budget announcement on breathing space ‘a call to arms’ to tackle debt misery

17th December 2018
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Citizens Advice Bassetlaw

Citizens Advice Bassetlaw has responded to the government announcement on debt breathing space and interest-free loans. Karen Whitlam, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Bassetlaw, noted: “Improvements to the breathing space scheme and a proposal for an interest-free-loan scheme are welcome news from Treasury. read more

Sutton Art Group

17th December 2018
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Sutton Art Group

Sutton Art Group is celebrating 21 years of art in the village, enjoying a successful annual exhibition in November. Joan Reiter started the group with funding from an art grant which was obtained by Chris Jones, then chair of the Parish Council. Very soon, however, the group of 12 was self-funding and now there is a group of around 22 which meets on Friday mornings in the village hall. read more

See Rattlejag Morris on Boxing Day

16th December 2018
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Rattlejag Morris

If you are out and about on Boxing Day this year, Rattlejag Morris, based in Retford, will be ‘dancing out’, as is the old tradition at rural pubs, and everyone is welcome to join them — maybe even having a chance to dance.  As in previous years, they will be taking their local ‘plough morris’ style to the Blue Bell Inn, in Gringley-on-the-Hill, at 12.00pm, on 26th December and at 1.00pm to the Blacksmith’s Arms in Everton. read more

Christmas at The Hub

15th December 2018
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Retford Hub

Visit Retford Hub to buy those last-minute Christmas presents! They can help make your Christmas special this year. Their shop is an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of around 1,500 unique gift ideas, all made by over 140 local people. Some favourite ideas this year include gin and tonic chopping boards, crayon lorries, bags, affordable original art and local pottery. read more

Retford Men’s Probus Club

14th December 2018
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Retford Men’s Probus Club

Retford Men’s Probus Club has been running since 1971. Their meetings take place at the Westhill Community Centre, Ordsall at 10.00am every other Friday. If you would like to join them please see www.retfordmensprobusclub.org.uk.
For those new to the idea of Probus, the name is an acronym for Professional Businessmen (and of course we must not forget the women). read more

Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

14th December 2018
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Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts

Join Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts for their Christmas concert, featuring the amazing talents of professional organist Andrew Nix playing the group’s Christie theatre organ on Sunday 16th December at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £6.00 for members and senior citizens and £7.00 for non-members. Entry for children aged under 12 is free with an accompanying adult and free refreshments will be served in the interval. read more

Normanton Christingle

14th December 2018
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St Matthew's Church Normanton on Trent

St Matthew’s Church and St Matthew’s CofE Primary School invite you to join them, to celebrate 50 years of Christingles, in a candle lit Carol and Christingle Service on Sunday 16th December at 4.00pm at St Matthew’s Church in Normanton on Trent. read more