Community News - Blidworth

Meadow, New Road

On Monday week the meeting was opened by Mrs M. Cooper. Mrs M. Wood, Mrs B. Creasey and Mrs J. Pitt served refreshments. Tickets were sold by Mrs J. Dodsworth and she also called the bingo. A quiz was organised and called by Mrs M. Cooper and the winners were Mrs M. Richards and Mr I. Smith. Bingo winners were Mesdames J. Smith, P. Jukes, P. Smart, M. Buchanon, M. Gladwin, J. Davies, S. Layland, Pat Hutton and Mr E. Buchanon. Raffle winners were Mesdames J. Musson, R. Dodsworth, P. Hutton, M. Cooper, M. Underwood, V. Greaves, and Mr H. Alcock. Club members ensured that founder member and chairman Marlene Brailsford was warmly welcomed back after her illness.

St Andrew’s

Morning Prayer took place on Monday and Wednesday mornings with Holy Communion, On Wednesday Vestry hour was led as usual by Angela Penny. Tuesday bingo with Stephen took place on Tuesday afternoon and arrangements for Talk and Tea were finalised. The new sessions will take place on Mondays:-17th Sept, 15th Oct, 19th Nov, 17th Dec, 3 -4pm. Everyone is to be invited along and join them for a chat and a cuppa. Suggested donation for refreshments £1, for more information contact

Rev Hazel Robinson 475135

St Mary’s Church

Bell ringing took place at the church on Thursday evening. A special peal took place on Monday in celebration of 40years since four of the six bells were installed at the church. On Sunday morning the service was led by Marilyn Brown who also led prayers with Stephen Fox assisting and who later read from the Gospel. There were readings from the Old Testament by Angela Penny and Sharon Winders read from the New Testament. John Robinson gave the sermon and Gordon Foster played the organ.

Methodist Church

Saturday’s ploughman’s lunch was well supported by those enjoying a break from preparing their own lunch and raised £150 for church funds. The Rev David Greenwood led the morning Holy Communion on Sunday week. There were readings from Barbara Jukes and Karen O’Hara led prayers. The Sunday school group was led by Rebeccah Widowson and Patricia Stewart and Vanessa Crane played the organ. Flowers donated by Ruth Johnson decorated the church and Irene Yapp was welcome steward. Members visited Rainworth Methodists in the evening for their united section service.

Walking Group

They went on a four-mile walk on public footpaths through Cotton Mill Farm and up over Greaves Lane and up Carver’s Hill, the views over Farnsfield were beautiful, the 4 mile walk and picnic were enjoyed by everyone. For more information on the free walks please leave your number for Linda on 07703631816.

Blidworth & District Historical & Heritage Society

At their September meeting members welcomed speaker Barry Davis whose presentation, ‘Memories and Nostalgia after 40 years of teaching’, made interesting listening. Barry had spent his career teaching in Nottinghamshire and had many stories to tell of his experiences during that time. During the refreshment break members were able to browse through a selection of photographs from the Society’s archives, also member Derek Wilson displayed his most recent finds, consisting of a Bronze Age axe and a number of Roman artefacts. Following the break, member Alan Higgins screened a series of photographs illustrating the sporting heroes of Blidworth and district over the years up to the present time. This, once again proved very popular with both members and guests. The next meeting will be on October 2nd when the speaker will be Ian Morgan who will tell about ‘Pestilence, Intrigue and Murder’.Ian is a professional historian who not only writes on historical subjects, in particular crime and punishment, but also travels around the country giving illustrated talks and lectures. He has appeared both on TV and radio. As well as lectures, he also gives guided tours around historical sites and is a guide on behalf of English Heritage at a number of their sites, particularly Bolsover Castle in Derbyshire. The main speakers begin their presentation at 7 pm and the society would be very grateful if everyone could be seated by that time. They meet on the first Tuesday of the month at the Methodist Chapel on Main Street, Blidworth. Parking is available at the rear. New members are always welcome; just turn up on the night. There is a small charge of £2 which includes refreshments. If you have any photographs of the village and its people that maybe copied and add to the archive they would be most grateful. If you would like more information please contact Dale Smallwood, Secretary, on 01623 479978 or visit the website. The website is well worth viewing, why not ‘have a peek’ and if you would like to add more info, photographs or articles please contact the society on the number above.