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Methodist Church

Dorothy and Alan Tighe hosted Wednesday’s house group meeting. The morning service on Sunday was taken by Philip Holmes with John Foster reading the lesson and the music for the service was played by Enid Marsh. Church members visited Blidworth Methodists for their evening service.

Tuesday Fellowship

Frances Smith led the meeting on Tuesday at Farnsfield St Michael’s Church.

Friendship Club

The club met at the Village Centre when members enjoyed a talk on ‘Birds of Prey’ with Kelly and Dave who also took along several birds for the members to see and handle. Members were welcomed by Diane Demers and also enjoyed a game of bingo, refreshments and a raffle. The club’s next meeting is on 14th February at 2pm and will include a ‘bring and buy sale’.

Flower Club

The next meeting will be the annual meeting at 2pm on Monday, in the Lower Hall, Farnsfield Village Centre, and new members are welcome.


Over 50s Club

Mr R. Holmes welcomed 104 members to their meeting on Tuesday week at the Rainworth Miners’ Welfare. Mr C. Dodsworth was the MC for dancing and the spot waltz winners were Mrs M. Brailsford and Mr H. Alcock. Serving refreshments to the members were Mrs E. Baxter and Mrs M. Wood. Mr R. Holmes called the bingo and the ticket sellers were Mrs A. Plastow and Mrs L. Parkin. The MC for dominoes was Mr J. Hallam and the winners were Mrs M Costin and Mrs F. Harrison. The competition winner was Mrs M. Brailsford. The weekly raffle was held with the prizes donated by the club, and Mesdames Cooper, Murphy, Richards, Haggarty, Biggs, Newberry, Maggio, Smart, Green, Brown, Purdey, Turton, Dennett, Tiplady, Spafford, Creasey, Corden, Brailsford, Fell, Jukes, and Baxter.

4th Rainbows

At their meeting at SS Simon and Jude’s, the Rainbows sang action songs and made a bugs home using short sticks tied together which then placed in a plant pot. They plan to either hang or place it in their garden for bugs to live.

3rd Brownies

Brownies celebrated the Chinese New Year on Friday. Little Owl helped the Brownies to make Chinese Dragons; Night Owl helped them to fold paper origami dogs. Brownies found out what year they were born in and made the noise of the animal for their year. Brownies cut out pictures from old Brownie annuals to make displays for the exhibition in March in Mansfield Museum about the Big Brownie Birthday. They wrote why they like being Brownies on the footprints they made last week for the displays. A ‘pow wow’ was held to choose the challenges for the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge and to decide what we could do for each challenge. Brownies played a ball game from China and wished each other a happy Chinese new year in a game of Chinese Whispers. The exhibitionat the museum is to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday - Brownies are 100 this year and the exhibition takes place between 1st and 29th March.

St George’s RC Church

Lilly Davis, Andrew Storey and Jordon and Rachel Boulton all assisted Father Christopher Thomas on the Altar at Saturday Mass. There were readings from Janet Clayton and Isabelle Thompson and Jackie Massey, Frances Allsop, Brian McDonagh and John Storey were offertory bearers. Ken Daley, Andrew Storey and John Scanlon were Eucharistic Ministers.

Methodist Church

The weekly Slimming World group met on Tuesday with the Weight Watchers group and Rainworth Leisure Artist group meeting on Wednesday. On Thursday night Judith and Mick Daykin hosted a Bible study and Fellowship evening. The Friday uniformed Brownie and Guide groups met on Friday evening and on Saturday the Mansfield Artist group met and the regular coffee morning also taking place. On Sunday morning the All Age Worship service was led by Dawn Vickers with readings from Pat Holmes. Sunday school members Arnold, David, Tyler, and Antonia helped with the service. Christine Daniel welcome church members to the service and the flowers decorating the church were donated by Mrs Brenda Cartledge. Music during the service was played by Margaret Toon. For their evening service, church members attended Blidworth Methodists section service. The next Messy Church is on Wednesday, 26th February 26th, from 3.30-5.15pm. All welcome.

SS Simon and Jude’s

Morning Prayer services on both Tuesday and Thursday and also Thursday’s Holy Communion were led by the Rev Clare Tyack. Stephanie Smart and the RevHazel Robinson led Thursday’s Vestry hour and in the evening the Music Group continued rehearsals for the planned entertainment at the special evening dinner planned for 15th February at St Andrew’s. The coffee morning was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and on Sunday Holy Communion was led by the Rev Clare Tyack, who also gave the sermon. Prayers were led by Joan Foster and there were readings from Sandy Wilson, Graham O’Keefe, and Leila Southcott. Gordon Foster played the music during the service. Following the service, wine and cake were enjoyed in celebration of Gordon’s 70th birthday. Later the evening’s Café Church meeting was on the theme of ‘Deepening our Prayer Lives’ and was led by Marilyn Brown and Maureen Garner. Flowers decorating the church were in memory of Norman Richardson with love from Elaine and Family. The church was also decorated with yellow flowers following the funeral during the week of local resident Maldwyn Bradshaw.


Pensioners’ Club

On Monday week the meeting was opened by Mrs M. Brailsford. Mrs J. Pitt, Mrs A. Farr and Mrs E. Turton served the members with refreshments. Tickets were sold by Mrs J. Dodsworth and Mr H. Alcock called the bingo. Mrs M. Cooper organised and called the quiz and the winner was Mrs M. Brailsford. Bingo winners were Mesdames S. Cutts, J. Pitt, B. Creasey, M. Cope, T. Jukes, M. Gladwin, D. Biggs, E. Farr, M. Richards, M. Prior, R. Dodsworth, and C. Bricknell. Raffle winners were Mesdames J. Dodsworth, M. Brailsford, D. Biggs, L. Creasey, R. Dodsworth, J. Musson, and Mr P. Beardhall.

St Andrew’s Church

The morning prayer service was held on Monday and ‘Talk and Tea’ in the afternoon was followed by a short service in the chapel. The Rev Hazel Robinson led Wednesday’s morning Communion. Vestry Hour is a time when people who want to book weddings, ask for banns to be read, book baptisms or who would just like to pop in and talk to the clergy. It is held at St Andrew’s on Wednesdays from 6-7pm and this week was led by Angela Penny. The monthly bric-a-brac sale and 200 club draw was held on Saturday morning and raised £318 for the church funds. An evening of food, folk music and fun from around the British Isles is planned for Saturday at 7pm. A four-course meal for £12.50 is planned.

St Mary’s Church

Sunday morning’s Holy Communion and Baptism service was led by the Rev Hazel Robinson who during the service gave the sermon and baptised baby Jacob Gustard in readiness for the Rocking Baby ceremony later. Assisting with the service was Sharon Winders, who also gave a reading from the Gospel and led prayers. Christine Dean read from the New Testament and music during the service was led by Gordon Foster. During the after afternoon the ‘Rocking’s ceremony for baby Jacob Gustard was led by the Rev Robinson with Stephanie Smart assisting. There were readings from Vivienne Tansy and Stephen Fox and the Rev Robinson gave a short talk. Gordon Foster played the music. Refreshments were served after the service.

Methodist Church

The morning service was led by Rev David Greenwood and was the first of a series of five based on the beatitudes’. Vanessa Crane played the music and the reader was Barbara Jukes. Evening worship was led by Eric Staley and a group from Forest Town Methodist Church. A solo was sung by Jan Staley and the group from Forest Town sang a hymn.


St Swithin’s Church

Holy Communion on Sunday was led by the Rev Richard Seymour Whitely, assisted by Margaret Groves. There were readings from Margaret Robinson and Sue Carter and David Hutchison played the music for the service. The next service at the church will be for Morning Prayer on the 16th February.


St Michael’s Church

An early morning spoken Communion led by the Rev Peter Graves was followed late by a family service, led by Ann Godfrey. It was an ‘All Age’ Candlemas service which ended with a candle lit procession. There were readings from Bev Perks and David Coulishaw played the music.


Methodist Church

The next service is on Sunday 23rd February at 6pm.

St Giles

Ann Godfrey led the service on Sunday with David Brown playing the music. There were readings from Cathy Clay and Jo Kitchin.

Village News

The fish and chip supper and quiz held on Friday night wasa success in. Fish and Chips were provided by the nearby Old Reindeer pub.