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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

Ancient meets modern in Blyth

18th December 2018
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The Arts Society Dukeries

The ancient church of Blyth was the setting for an exciting afternoon for a class of children from St Mary and St Martin Primary School. The children and their teachers had come to launch a new Children’s Trail, a questionnaire that led them round the church, discovering interesting facts about their local history, the architecture and the furnishings of this beautiful old building. 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

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

Sarah’s charity fundraising challenge

14th December 2018
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Community Focus

A swim instructor has walked more than 100 miles for charity. Sarah Betteridge, from Worksop, took on the challenge of walking 100 miles in the month of September to raise cash for BLISS. BLISS support premature and sick babies and their families, and three years ago Sarah experienced the important work that they do first hand, when she had her son Jack, three weeks early. read more

Shireoaks WI

13th December 2018
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Shireoaks WI

The October meeting of Shireoaks and District WI went well, with speaker Anne Bellamy telling members about her 28 years in the Metropolitan Police which she joined when female police officers were in a minority. She went to Hendon for training and was only one of four female cadets in her class and then worked in various locations in North London. read more

Santa visits RSPCA

12th December 2018
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RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Santa Claus is coming to town on Sunday 16th December! Come and visit him at the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre, Great North Road, Bawtry, and get involved with the festive cheer. There is a performance by a very special Christmas choir and lots of mince pies at the ready; it’s sure to be fun for the whole family. Join us from 12.00pm to 3.00pm, for refreshments, stalls and a tombola; all of which help to raise vital funds for the care and treatment of local animals. read more

A Christmas Carol

11th December 2018
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TaylorMade Productions

TaylorMade Productions is a group of local actors who perform at The Acorn Theatre in Worksop. Their last Christmas show ‘Flint Street Nativity’ received many plaudits with critics and audiences alike. The group prides itself in bringing entertaining drama to the area. read more

Guides are 860 years and counting!

11th December 2018
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Girlguiding Nottinghamshire

The exceptional achievements and commitment of local volunteers were honoured at a tea party given by Girlguiding Nottinghamshire on 7th October.  Worksop Division was well-represented on the podium, with a 40-year service award for Jenny Walker and a Good Service Brooch for Assistant County Commissioner and Guide Leader Kirsty Pogson. read more