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Big energy saving winter

8th December 2020
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Citizens Advice Sherwood and Newark

We are living in uncertain times and saving money is important. Keeping your home warm shouldn’t cost a fortune. Saving money on your energy bills can make a big difference. Last year, Citizens Advice’s big energy saving winter campaign saw thousands of people across England and Wales save over £1 million on their energy bills. read more

Parkinson’s UK

8th December 2020
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Parkinson’s UK Bassetlaw Branch

The members of the Bassetlaw branch of Parkinson’s UK wish all readers a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.
After a very difficult year for everyone, they hope to be able to resume their activities as soon as possible in 2021. They have an exciting programme of events planned and will welcome members old and new to join the group to enjoy them.
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What a difference a year makes!

7th December 2020
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Mansfield Senior Reds Walking Football Club

This time last year, Mansfield Senior Reds Over 50s Walking Football Club were fresh from being victorious in the Over 65s Torneo Maestri Italiano (Italian Masters Tournament) at Lake Garda, northern Italy, against teams from the United Kingdom and Italy. They were then successful in another Over 65s competition locally versus clubs from north Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. read more

Edwinstowe Historical Society

6th December 2020
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Edwinstowe Historical Society

The ups and downs experienced by some members of the Edwinstowe Historical Society during the ‘lockdown’ period have been recorded and placed on the society’s website. These ranged from toothache and cancelled holidays, to gardening, baking, knitting and Zoom meetings. read more

Reflecting on what’s important during the festive season

5th December 2020
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Erin McDaid, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

It’s that time of year again when Christmas looms large in our thoughts. This year the focus is obviously on whether we’ll be able to safely spend time with our families, but whilst family, and of course religious celebration, are at the heart of most people’s Christmas, I find it fascinating how central nature is to the imagery linked to the festivities. read more

Ryton Chorale

5th December 2020
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Ryton Chorale

In a way that they never thought possible a year ago, Ryton Chorale ‘meets’ online on Monday evenings via Zoom. A varied repertoire is in rehearsal, from madrigals and choral classics to motets, spirituals and folk songs, under the direction of conductor Simon Lumby, who accompanies the choir from his music room at home.

With Christmas fast approaching, they are hoping to produce a choir performance of a carol, recorded individually at home and technically put together by Simon. It can be heard from the middle of December on YouTube and on the choir’s website, www.rytonchorale.org.uk.

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Sherwood Forest Brass

4th December 2020
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Sherwood Forest Brass

Continuing restrictions due to COVID-19 have meant that the brass band movement has come to a standstill over the last nine months. With not being able to rehearse or perform together since March, Sherwood Forest Brass have had to rely on social media to keep their music alive. Every week, videos of members performing new songs has been heart-warming for all the band’s musicians. read more

Retford Textile Group

2nd December 2020
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Retford Textile Group

Retford Textile Group is unfortunately still not meeting, but on a positive note this has created lots of time for fabric and stitching. Please use their Facebook page to show your wonderful creative ideas.
Carrie and Bev would like to wish all members a very happy Christmas and new year. Keep stitching and positive! read more

The Arts Society Dukeries

30th November 2020
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The Arts Society Dukeries

If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, join the Arts Society Dukeries. They are the local group of the National Arts Society Association. Usually, they have monthly lecture meetings at the Civic Centre in Carlton-in-Lindrick (on the first Wednesdays of the month, except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra, Special Interest / Study Days. read more

Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions

29th November 2020
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Edwinstowe and The Dukeries Lions

Christmas
Plans are being put in place to provide a modified version of touring with Santa in the run up to Christmas. Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions have invited Santa and he has accepted and will join them on their journey around our local towns and villages. The definite plans are not complete at the time of writing so please check the Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions Club Facebook page. They may also be running a raffle on this Facebook page, so please join in.

Donations
The letters CIO at the end of the club’s title means their status is conferred by the Charity Commission on application by a charity, whether new or existing. A plus to this is they can now claim Gift Aid on personal donations. If you feel you would like to make a difference to our community please contact Bob on 07815 473802 and he will give you details.

Edwinstowe & Ollerton lights switch-on
The Lions have been invited to help with the light switch-ons in Edwinstowe and Ollerton, but as you read this article they should have taken place without public ceremonies.. You should be able to find some film of this on social media.

Refuge Centre
Lions Jon Yarwood and John Whitlam delivered much needed goods to the local refuge recently. The club donates food, bedding and clothing to help feed and clothe individuals who have escaped from domestic violence and / or abusive situations. These people often arrive with just the clothes on their back. This is the first stage of their support, where they are looked after until they can move to a safer environment.

ROPE Project (Reaching out to People Escaping)
Stage two of the club’s work with the refuge is in collaboration with the recently formed ROPE Project, which is based in Ollerton. They support the refuge to help people with their move to a new home and can source anything from a cup and saucer to a washing machine or cooker and all types of essential household items. ROPE also support homeless people with sleeping bags and warm clothing and Christmas care packages and are in the process of working with schools in local area to set up of a winter coat drive, which will see them distributing warm winter coats to families struggling with the knock on effect of COVID. If you can help the ROPE project with anything we take for granted please contact Toni on 07568 360917 or Bob on 07815 473802.

Ambassador of the Year
The club’s search for a young person to nominate for their Ambassador of the Year competition has been successful. It is a young man named Rylie Gretton from Ollerton, who was nominated by his school, Dukeries Academy. Rylie has a medical condition and has faced many problems. Two charities he wishes to help if he is successful are the Sheffield Children’s Hospital charity Sheffield Bears, where he has been treated, and Ollerton Rugby Club, who are and have been helping him since he was diagnosed. Rylie says he wishes to thank both of these causes. Good luck with the competition Rylie.