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Gainsborough and District Flower Club

4th February 2021
Gainsborough and District Flower Club

Happy New Year from Gainsborough and District Flower Club to all their members. They hope you are staying safe and well and have had a peaceful Christmas. They will not be holding any Gainsborough Flower Club meetings as yet, but hope is on the horizon, and they will be in touch with members as soon as the situation changes. read more

Parish of Gainsborough and Morton church services during the current lockdown

3rd February 2021
Gainsborough and Morton Parish Church

Although churches are allowed to open for communal worship during the current lockdown, in view of the possible risks to the congregation and to all involved in ensuring the service can go ahead, it has been decided that there will be no physical services at either St Paul’s Church Morton or All Saints Church Gainsborough until mid ­February at the earliest. read more

Lea WI

2nd February 2021
Lea WI

December is normally a double event month for Lea WI members, with a Christmas party meeting as well as a Christmas dinner outing. Instead, in 2020 members received a surprise Christmas gift when their President Jackie Summer and committee members Marjorie West and Linda Brook delivered Christmas cards, a delicious mini Christmas tea, and a WI calendar to them. read more

Pilgrim Woman statue

31st January 2021
Community Focus

We love these photos of Gainsborough’s Pilgrim Woman statue, taken by reader Kez Adams.
Installed on Gainsborough’s Riverside in November, Rachel Carter’s Pilgrim Woman statue will leave a lasting legacy of the town’s connections to the Mayflower story for residents, bringing attention to the often unheard stories of the women on this journey. read more

Groups providing essential services can still apply for £5,000 grant

30th January 2021
West Lindsey District Council

Charities and community organisations that are delivering essential services to vulnerable residents in the current climate, can apply for a grant of up-to £5,000. A £100,000 Community Fund was created by West Lindsey District Council to support such groups during the Covid emergency, and access to the grant is available until 31st March 2021. read more

A tree of love and hope

30th January 2021
Retford Textile Group

With lots of love in the air this month why not create a Tree of Love and Hope either for your front window or in your village or town? Retford Textile Group have developed this idea with special thoughts and love for all those suffering from any form of illness at present, be that COVID-related, mental health issues, cancer, etc. read more

A fundraising challenge for 2021: Don’t Quit, Get Fit!

29th January 2021
St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice’s new fundraising challenge is for all adults, children and families across Lincolnshire, and it doesn’t matter if you are a pro athlete or a beginner who wants to try something new. ‘Don’t Quit, Get Fit’ is the opportunity to either lose those Lincolnshire lockdown pounds, try something new or challenge your abilities. read more

The Arts Society Gainsborough

28th January 2021
The Arts Society Gainsborough and District

The Arts Society Gainsborough and District’s lectures are currently being streamed on Zoom. This is proving popular and successful for easy viewing and listening! read more

Beckingham Bowls Club

27th January 2021
Beckingham Bowls Club

Beckingham Bowls Club’s application to be one of the Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions for a three months’ period in the spring made the shortlist for voting which opened on 18th January and will close on 31st January. read more

National Garden Scheme donations to key nursing and health charities provide critical support in a year of crisis

19th January 2021
National Gardens Scheme

Despite the challenges created by the pandemic and the closure of all its gardens during both lockdowns, the National Garden Scheme has announced donations totalling £2,884,710. The lion’s share – £2,587,000* – goes to the nursing and health beneficiary charities without which the NHS would have struggled during the coronavirus crisis.
The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique, affordable access to over 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake. We are lucky to have numerous gardens in the Retford area taking part every year.
National Garden Scheme Chief Executive, George Plumptre said: “Following a year full of challenges and uncertainty we are delighted to be able to announce a second tranche of funding to support our beneficiaries bringing the total we’ve donated in 2020 to almost £3 million.”
The National Garden Scheme doesn’t just open beautiful gardens for charity – they are passionate about the physical and mental health benefits of gardens too. They fund projects which promote gardens and gardening as therapy, and in 2017, they launched their annual Gardens and Health Week to raise awareness of the topic.
To find your perfect garden, visit, download the National Garden Scheme app or purchase the National Garden Scheme’s Garden Visitor’s Handbook.
In 2021 all garden visits are by pre-booked ticket and subject to government restrictions in relation to the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to telling you about open gardens in Retford Life.