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Happy new year from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust!

24th January 2021
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North Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Happy New year to all you wildlife lovers. Everyone’s hoping that it will be much better than 2020 but let’s not forget the lessons last year taught us, with all its restrictions – that the natural world is vital to our survival as well as our health and wellbeing. read more

A happy new year from The Wednesday Group

24th January 2021
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The Wednesday (Memory) Group

A very happy new year to all members and friends of the Wednesday Group. The group’s organisers are hoping that this year will be much happier than last with all its restrictions. They’d barely got their year’s programme started when they had to close for the pandemic, so for over nine months of last year they have only been able to keep in touch by phone and email and a small number of summer meetings in the garden. read more

The Dukeries Singers

24th January 2021
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The Dukeries Singers

“Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right,” to quote Oprah Winfrey. We have got through the last year, let’s hope the next one is a bit kinder. Look for the snowdrops. Their courage in shoving their heads above the wall (soil in this case!) has to be an inspiration to us all. Our pots of Pansies are doing their very best to cheer the soul.
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Inner Wheel Club of Retford

24th January 2021
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Inner Wheel Club of Retford

The members of the Inner Wheel Club wish the people of Retford a happy and hopeful new year for 2021. Let’s hope there will not be many years to compare with the one that has just passed. However, even in the confines of lockdowns and tiers, there was still a togetherness within their club. There were phone calls, newsletters and Zooming. read more

That was the year that was

24th January 2021
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Retford U3A

“That was the week that was, it’s over let it go” – Who remembers Millicent Martin singing that song as the opening to ‘That was the Week that Was’ or TW3 as we used to call it. Do you realise that programme was only shown in 1962 and 63? Where have the last 59 years gone! read more

Resolution: write up a family legend!

20th January 2021
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Retford Writers’ Group

Retford Writers Group have missed their meetings at Retford Library and Bassetlaw Museum since April, but they have been active sharing with each other on email and with the wide world on the web. They did enjoyed three socially distanced meetings of six in summer gardens. read more

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

19th January 2021
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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 www.ngs.org.uk, 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.

East Markham WI

19th January 2021
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East Markham WI

East Markham WI send new year greetings to members, their families and readers. They hope you have had a happy Christmas and that 2021 is better than 2020. By the time you read this, members will have received their latest meeting in a bag: something to amuse, test and treat them, and the committee hope they enjoyed it. read more

Helping local businesses to grow with graduate talent

17th January 2021
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Community Focus

Small and medium sized businesses in Bassetlaw are being encouraged to work with the RISE business support initiative. One of the biggest challenges is recruiting and retaining talent, and finding the right people at the right time when growing your business. RISE can help by connecting you to talented, hard-working graduates. read more

The Friends of Milton Mausoleum

17th January 2021
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The Friends of Milton Mausoleum

2020 was a very quiet year for the volunteers of Milton Mausoleum due to the COVID-19 restrictions, however the building was open for the month of September, the last month of their season. They were pleased to meet visitors on each Sunday in September and have made some good contacts. read more