Community News - Shirebrook

Shirebrook Academy

As part of an arts day session of ‘Living in Shirebrook and Loving It!’ 147, Year 7 students recently visited Creswell Crags. Students saw various Neanderthal artefacts and bones excavated from the site, explored the evidence of Britain’s only cave art, made masks of some of the animals from those times and took a tour of Robin Hood’s cave. A group of Year 7 students performed songs and danced with parents at Dobbies Garden Centre, Barlborough where they collected £40 for Dobbies chosen cancer charity. Mrs Bloor and Mr Stafford recently welcomed parents and students to the Academy for the presentation of their GSCE certificates and awards. A group of 22 students have left a lasting legacy of their time at the school by planting a copse of saplings covering an area of 550 sqm within the grounds of the new buildings. The event was led by Head of Humanities, Helen Newton, who took up an offer from the Woodland Trust for 60 free trees as part of the charity’s Jubilee Woods Tree Planting Challenge, which aims to plant six million new trees in 2012. Each pupil sketched a picture or wrote a thoughtful message onto a label which was attached to the stake supporting the tree to inspire future visitors. The saplings are a mixture of birch, rowan and cherry trees, with a Royal Oak in the centre.

New Bassett

Residents recently visited Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre for a Christmas shopping trip. Residents have also made Christmas decorations and displayed examples of their weaving work around the home.

Disability Derbyshire

There will be no further information sessions at Shirebrook library as lottery funding for this project has now ended.

Salvation Army

Home League members had a meal at the Greendale Oak, Cuckney yesterday week. Maj Ina Neill welcomed children and parents to Buddies playgroup meeting on Thursday week where children made bauble angels. Jean Leadbeater led Friday week’s Sunshine Club members meeting when she took as her title, ‘Soap.’ Miss Leadbeater exhibited various novelty soaps, played music and read poems. A Christmas Fayre on Saturday week with cake, white elephant and toiletries stalls raised £652.11. Mr S. Graves had the role of Santa Claus. The Ladies Fellowship group members held a film night on Thursday week when they watched a digitally re-mastered coloured version of ‘Wonderful Life.’ Members joined the Churches Together service at Shirebrook Christian Centre on Advent Sunday. Carol Services have been performed at Shirevale, The Oaklands, The Poplars and Grange Care Homes.

Tuesday Dance

Dancers were welcomed to Shirebrook Miners Welfare Social Centre yesterday week by Mrs M. Blakemore. Mrs M. Goodall organised and led the dancing. Mr P Goodall provided the music.

Keep Fit

Mesdames C. Benson, S. Creswell, D. Stevenson, D. Wake, M. Mitchell, J. Charlesworth and G. Mee were welcomed to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week by Mrs K. Lindsay for line dancing and exercise to music. Ladies had a Christmas meal at Hostess Restaurant, Nettleworth.

Chit Chat Club

Mrs D. Gough welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week. Refreshments were served by Miss M. Gough assisted by Mesdames A. Draycott, A. Toon and S. Garton. Members played bingo with caller Maureen Gough and held a raffle won by Bill Draycott. A birthday card and a tea for one set were presented to Peggy Hague and a travel clock and card to Mr P. Howard for his 80th birthday. Club meetings re-start Tuesday 8th January.

Self-Help Group

Mesdames G. Mee, E. Hayes and D. Graves prepared a room at Shirebrook Village Hall ahead of the members meeting on Wednesday week. Ladies took part in a general knowledge quiz, played bingo with caller Mrs Mee and held a table top raffle. A catered Christmas meal is to be held at the village hall. Refreshments were served by Mesdames M. Griffiths, D. Stevenson and S. Creswell.

Early Birds

Children made Advent calendars, snowflakes, plaster models, 3d origami reindeers and studied the Christmas story. Activities were led by Pauline Chapman and Becky Fletcher.

Ashbourne Court

Mrs M. Greig and residents have decorated the home for Christmas using decorations kindly donated by the Royal British Legion Social Centre which has recently closed.

Richmond Care Home

Residents have recently played bingo and taken part in a game of ‘Play Your Cards Right.’ A Christmas Fayre was held recently and a party for residents and their families is to be held next week.

Early Birds Nursery

Babies have recently played with biscuits and hammers in tactile play, used mirrors and beaded frames and played with cars and little people. Toddlers used dolls and clothes in imaginative play, used stencils and pencils for mark making and completed various jigsaws. Pre-school children made musical instruments, played with toy dinosaurs in flour and completed number jigsaws in mathematics. Imaginative role play was with a travel agency.

Staff and Social Club

Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week. Darts winner was Vicky Dillon and the pool and dominoes match winner was Rob Sharpe.

Christian Centre

Mrs A. M. Hellewell led the final week of the current Alpha Course. Certificates will be presented at the Christmas Carol Service. Tracey Foster led the choir practice on Wednesday week and Amanda Pell led the prayer meeting. Shirebrook Community Choir sang at Shirevale on Friday week. Carol service leaflets were distributed in Shirebrook Co-Operative store when church members packed bags for customers on Saturday week. The Churches Together Advent Sunday Service opened with Pastor P. Hellewell leading the prayers. Amanda Pell led and spoke, taking as her title, ‘Motivated by Love.’ The worship was led by Tracey Foster and Mrs Hellewell. Bible readings were by Rev B. Greenwood, Rev C. Beresford and Maj Ina Neill. Father J. Cotton closed the service with prayers. Shirebrook Community Choir performed. Refreshments were served after the service.

Sports Club

Activities for 17 members on Thursday week at Shirebrook Leisure Centre led by a fully qualified coach and experienced volunteers included unihoc, kwik cricket, rounders and football. New members welcome.

Bowls Club

Club members manned a stall at Shirebrook Academy’s Winter Wonderland. Hand crafted cards were sold and a slide show demonstrated construction of the new green to date.

Grange Care Home

A Christmas gala with treasure hunt, pontoon, Santa’s grotto and raffle was held on Sunday. Residents have made posters, played bingo and eaten mincepies in the residential lounge. In the Nursing Unit, residents took part in a reminiscence session about Christmas, played dominoes and sang Christmas carols. Residents and staff in the Hamilton Suite completed a quiz from a dvd, played skittles and decorated Christmas stockings. Activities were led by Mandy Lindley and Natasha Westwood.

Unison Band

The ‘B’ Band led by Musical Director, Graham Buckley recently played a programme of traditional and seasonal brass band music at a Christmas Fayre at Mansfield Museum. A cornet solo was played by Zoe Darrall. Mark Wilcockson led the band when they performed a concert in Bolsover Parish Church as part of Bolsover Winter Fair Weekend. The first half of the programme was basically a traditional brass band concert including solo performances by Roy Briscoe (flugel horn), Nick Stokes (bass trombone) and Jayne Jones (euphonium). The second half had a Christmas theme with the band playing traditional Christmas items and carols mainly chosen by the audience.

Methodist Church

On Sunday week evening church members joined the congregation at Shirebrook Christian Centre for the Advent worship. Leaders of all the churches took part. Amanda Pell from the Christian Centre preached and led the service. The Shirebrook Community Choir sang and there was a time of ministry for those who needed prayer. Refreshments were provided before and after the worship.