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The Arts Society Dukeries

2nd February 2021
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The Arts Society Dukeries

Do you have an interest in the arts? Then join The Arts Society Dukeries, a local National Arts Society Association group. Usually, they have monthly lecture meetings at the Civic Centre, Carlton, two extra Special Interest Days, trips out to places of interest, newsletters, a national magazine and a holiday for members. read more

Ollerton & Boughton Town Mayor’s Award for inspirational people reducing our carbon footprint

31st January 2021
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Ollerton and Boughton Town Council

In January 2020 the Mayor of Ollerton and Boughton, Councillor Donna Cumberlidge, launched the Mayor’s Award for Inspirational People. The aim of the award is to recognise people in our community that are an inspiration to others. read more

A tree of love and hope

30th January 2021
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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

Nottinghamshire Mind are looking for volunteers

30th January 2021
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Nottinghamshire Mind

Nottinghamshire Mind are looking for volunteers to provide peer support to others and help facilitate an app based group. As it is difficult, or impossible, for people to meet up at the minute to get peer support they have set up peer support sessions hosted through the app ‘Groupme’. These chat rooms offer peer conversation on a number of topics allowing like minded people to share experiences, stories and well-being tips. read more

Inner Wheel Club of Warsop

29th January 2021
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Inner Wheel Club of Worksop

The members of the Inner Wheel Club of Warsop celebrated in style on the occasion of International Inner Wheel Day. They held a Zoom afternoon tea with a quiz and a raffle. The afternoon teas were individually prepared by their local Morrisons store and delivered to members’ doorsteps by the committee. read more

Edwinstowe and The Dukeries Lions Club (CIO)

27th January 2021
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Edwinstowe and The Dukeries Lions Club (CIO)

Wow, what a different run up to Christmas the Edwinstowe and the Dukeries Lions had. They would like to thank everyone who came out to them in the streets in Edwinstowe, Ollerton, Bilsthorpe and Walesby and also visited them in various car parks around the district. read more

Green Homes Grant Nottinghamshire

25th January 2021
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Nottinghamshire County Council

A new, hassle free way for Nottinghamshire residents to benefit from energy efficiency and eco-friendly heating improvements. Nottinghamshire County Council has joined forces with the local climate change charity, Nottingham Energy Partnership (NEP) and E.ON to launch the Green Homes Grant Nottinghamshire. 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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Edwinstowe Historical Society

24th January 2021
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Edwinstowe Historical Society

This is the time of year when members of the Edwinstowe Historical Society usually enjoy the annual lunch but the advent of the coronavirus necessitated a change of plan. Hopefully, a date for the get-together will be arranged in the not-too-distant future. 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.