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Charlie the pygmy hedgehog

13th December 2020
Community Focus

An African pygmy hedgehog from Worksop has become a hit on social media – with a following of over 7.000 people on Instagram who log on to admire the huge collection of beautiful photos uploaded by his proud owners.
Charlie was brought to our town by his human family Antonia and Lewis in May and now lives with them and their Rottweiller Rosie and tortoise Tillie. read more

Need free advice & support? Bassetlaw Citizens Advice are here to help

12th December 2020
Citizens Advice Bassetlaw

Many people have heard of Citizens Advice Bassetlaw, but aren’t fully aware of how many ways they can help.
They are hearing from people contacting them about the huge impact Covid is having on their lives – employment and redundancy issues, impacting on their finances, family relationships and mental health. They have increased the number of advisors answering their phones to help meet the increased demand. read more

Ongoing support for cancer patients in Bassetlaw

11th December 2020
Aurora Wellbeing Centre Bassetlaw

As we embrace a second national lockdown over the dark winter months, it’s not hard to appreciate what an incredibly difficult time this continues to be for many local people.
Not seeing loved ones, increased financial worries and mental health issues may all prove to have a considerable impact on our general wellbeing, and are just a few of the realities that people are facing. For some, including people with long term health conditions and those diagnosed with cancer, the challenges are even greater.
Aurora continues to provide vital support to people affected by cancer across Bassetlaw. Wellbeing practitioners understand the impact that coronavirus is having and services have been adapted to ensure Aurora can continue to provide information, help and advice, wherever and however the restrictions allow.
Hearing the news that you have cancer, and the realities of being alone while attending hospital appointments and receiving treatments are traumatic. Not having people close by for help and support, or simply to offer a listening ear can be equally as stressful.
Aurora services include emotional support and counselling, support groups and befriending, also a personalised exercise programme and yoga therapy. Aurora offers a listening ear at the end of the phone, along with practical advice and signposting to other local services – the aim to reduce stress and anxiety for cancer patients and their families.
Anyone that needs help and support should contact Aurora on 01909 470985, weekdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm.
Worksop mum raises money to help people diagnosed with cancer
Helping to raise awareness of the support that Aurora continues to provide is Worksop mum and Aurora client, Karina Roe, who in October shaved off her son’s hair to raise money for the charity and help other people diagnosed with cancer in Bassetlaw.
Karina and her son Ross have raised over £1,400 with their ‘Head Shaving Party’ that they shared live on Facebook. The money has been donated to Aurora to support other families on their cancer journey.
Karina explained: “I first received help from the Worksop Aurora Wellbeing Centre in 2017 following my initial diagnosis of breast cancer. Since then they have not stopped and have become a rock of strength and support to me and now I have needed to turn to them again”
The inspirational Aurora client has documented her story in a series of poems, to capture her journey from the moment of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond. Karina shares her poems with the hope to offer inspiration and positivity to others. Part One (of the three-part poem) was written in 2017 when Karina was first diagnosed:

Part 1, 2017
It’s the news we don’t want and hope to hear never,
But in March 2017 my life changed forever!
Having found a lump as I was going to bed,
All sorts of ideas – all night – filled my head!
As I’d had a mammogram in July which was clear,
Surely it’s nothing – that was only last year!
But to the doctors I went to get it checked out,
And was called straight to hospital – great service – no doubt!

From then I felt I was outside looking in,
A whirlwind of appointments my head in a spin!
The hardest part was telling my son who was fifteen,
His concern and emotion like nothing I’d seen!
When he found out I might lose my hair,
“I’m shaving my head so we can be a pair!
I don’t want you to have to go through it alone Mum!”
What an amazing young man my boy has become!

Part 2 (written November 2018) and Part 3 (written October 2020) can be read at
To donate to Aurora Wellbeing Worksop and enable the charity to continue to offer support to local people and their families, visit

Aurora Wellbeing
If you have been affected by a cancer diagnosis, please contact Aurora, Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm on 01909 470985 or email
Twitter @AuroraCentres
Facebook @AuroraWellbeingCentreBassetlaw

The Musicality Singers

10th December 2020
The Musicality Singers

In a normal year, The Musicality Singers would have been spending recent months preparing for the Christmas concert. For a number of us, it’s the highlight of the year. People who have been along to a performance at Christmas will know that we do things differently. We don’t do a run of the mill Christmas concert. read more

Hospice Memory Stars

9th December 2020
Bassetlaw Hospice

Bassetlaw Hospice has now launched its Memory Stars Campaign. In return for a minimum donation of £3.00 (this includes postage) to the charity, you will receive one of their crafted wooden Memory Stars. You can personalise it with the name of a loved one you would like to remember at Christmas time, or decorated it in their memory. read more

Carlton-in-Lindrick Methodist Church

9th December 2020
Carlton-in-Lindrick Methodist Church

Everyone at Carlton-in-Lindrick Methodist Church wishes you a peaceful Christmas and happiness and good health in 2021. read more

Parkinson’s UK

8th December 2020
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.
read more

Christmas is a coming for Notts Wildlife Trust!

7th December 2020
North Notts Local Group of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

Such good news! After the prolonged closure of the Idle Valley Nature Reserve centre and car park, the car park at least is now open again. The centre and coffee shop also plans to be open by the time you read this, well in time for a spot of wildlife orientated Christmas shopping. read more

Still here in lockdown

7th December 2020
RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Lockdown is devastating for everyone, including the local RSPCA Animal Centre, but caring for animals cannot stop. Despite losing 95% of income in the first lockdown, the team still has animals of all shapes and sizes to look after.
One such case is Tommy, rescued in a terrible state by RSPCA inspectors. read more

Christmas at The Crossing

6th December 2020
The Crossing Church and Centre

Hopefully, after the end of the planned restrictions on 2nd December, The Crossing Church will go back to having a service at 10.15am on Sunday mornings. However, because of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions they are unable to plan the usual special Christmas services (and they are not allowed to sing, so no carols) and they cannot sell their Christmas Charity Cards. read more