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Mercian Archaeological Services

2nd January 2021
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Mercian Archaeological Services

At Mercian Archaeological Services they are looking forward to 2021, when they can get together with you all again and have more great times! Getting out and doing archaeology in the wonderful legendary landscape of Sherwood Forest, tranquil and breath-taking Yorkshire Dales, and / or the beautiful Leicestershire countryside should be just the tonic after months of lockdown and restrictions! read more

Communities set to benefit from 97 new projects thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council funding

31st December 2020
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Nottinghamshire County Council

A Community Garden Project in Ollerton is among 97 projects in Nottinghamshire set to benefit from investment as part of a County Council scheme supporting local projects.
It will receive £1,700 to develop an inclusive green space for local people to grow vegetables and fruit as a community activity. read more

Making the most of a ‘mast year’ in Sherwood

27th December 2020
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Sherwood Forest Trust

Chief Executive of the Sherwood Forest Trust charity, Patrick Candler, is a happy man. While 2020 was an awful year in many ways, it was a bumper one for Sherwood Forest acorns, and the Trust is putting them to good use as they create their Sherwood Seed Store. read more

Brian & Michael’s million steps to raise funds for John Eastwood Hospice

26th December 2020
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Community Focus

Like most people, Michael Dickinson and Brian Hawkins had plans for 2020. They intended embarking on a series of walks to raise funds for The John Eastwood Hospice. Events overtook all of our plans, including theirs.
When the COVID-19 lockdown came into force in March they resigned themselves to doing as we had been asked and remaining at home shielding for our own health and to do our part in protecting the NHS. read more

Sherwood Life December 2020 competition winners!

23rd December 2020
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Competitions

Congratulations to our competition winners from our December 2020 edition!

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Christmas presents given to the children and young people of Ollerton and Boughton

22nd December 2020
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Newark and Sherwood District Council

A community project is bringing a bit of festive cheer to the children and young people of Ollerton and Boughton this Christmas period. In December over 2,500 children and young people received a small gift bag, which will include, depending on age, a book, Christmas tumbler, water bottle, cracker and candy cane. The gifts were distributed through the local schools. read more

The Dukeries Singers

21st December 2020
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The Dukeries Singers

Welcome to winter and a quotation from Marie Huston: “The gardening season officially begins on January 1st and ends on December 31st”. So, if like me, you fortunately have a garden, you still have a few more weeks to finish your autumn clearing. Good luck with that! Even with help, we are still waiting for decent weather that will allow our lush green meadow to be transformed into a lawn – in December? Mmmmmm! read more

Dukeries U3A

11th December 2020
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Dukeries U3A

Dukeries U3A’s Whatsapp Walking Group took advantage of fine days to enjoy several socially distanced local walks before the lockdown was announced in November. Early in October they walked around Vicar Water Country Park in Clipstone. read more

Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest

10th December 2020
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Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest

Remembrance
Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest President Malcolm Bevan laid a wreath at the Ollerton War Memorial for Armistice Sunday in memory of those who gave their lives in the service of our country. Wreaths were also laid at the war memorials in Edwinstowe and Laxton by other Rotarians.

Good News: Africa is now Polio free
Rotarians all over the world celebrated World Polio Day on 24th October with the gratifying news that, in August, the World Health Organisation declared the whole of Africa Polio free. Over the last 35 years, Rotarians all over the world have raised £1.5 billion and given tens of thousands of volunteer hours to eradication of Polio. Polio now only occurs in Pakistan and Afghanistan and the fight goes on. If we do not continue to eradicate this crippling and life-threatening disease, it will start returning all over the globe. If Polio is not defeated everywhere, it is not defeated anywhere and many lives in this country and elsewhere will be debilitated for life.

Rotary collecting for their local food bank
Throughout November, members of the Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest are taking part in a reverse Advent Calendar idea. Members have a box at home and add a food donation each day to be donated to the local food bank. The Food Bank is now run by Community Action Response (CAR) at the Lifespring Church, New Ollerton, as the one at the Methodist Church has closed. Its opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 2.00pm. Rotarians would be delighted if you chose to join them; some people have already done so and are filling their own boxes. The Food Bank provides food donations to families in Ollerton, Edwinstowe and the surrounding areas over the Christmas period.

On your bike challenge
The Sherwood Forest Rotary Cycling Club’s ongoing fundraising event raising money for Prostate Cancer UK is continuing apace and the cyclists’ sponsored miles are clocking up each week. Prostate Cancer is a disease that can strike any man and the risks go up with age. Their bike ride challenge has taken wheels. Sponsorship and donations are rolling in and they invite you to sponsor their cyclists or get on your bike and take part to help beat Prostate Cancer through research and treatment. Please contact Dave or Laura Dennis at sherwoodforestrotary@yahoo.com for more details of how to join the 1200 Challenge or donate at www.justgiving.com/fundraisin/SherwoodForest1220Challenge.

If you are interested in finding out more about our local Rotary Club please contact Don Brown on 07875 276815.

Ollerton WI

9th December 2020
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Ollerton WI

Ollerton WI’s president, Jo, and a few of their ladies at a safe distance managed to lay the group’s wreath before ‘lockdown’ at Ollerton memorial in the old village for Remembrance Day. As a WI they are still, even in these difficult times, keeping in touch. read more