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Methodist Church

The ‘all age service’ on Sunday was led by Patrick Maiden and included readings from John Foster, with Shirley Foster playing the music to accompany the service. Church members visited Rainworth Methodists for their evening service.

Tuesday Fellowship

At their meeting on Tuesday at Farnsfield St Michael’s church, Enid Marsh spoke on ‘Journeys’.

Flower Club

The next meeting will be the annual meeting on Monday, 17th February at 2pm in the Lower Hall, Farnsfield Village Centre. New members welcome.


Over 50s Club

Mr J. Hallam welcomed 99 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. Jackson and Mrs S. Jones. Serving refreshments to the members were Mrs E. Baxter, Mrs B. Murphy, and Mrs M. Wood. Mr J. Hallam called the bingo and the ticket sellers were Mrs A. Plastow and Mrs L. Parkin. The MC for dominoes was Mr J. Saunders and the winners were Mrs M. Brailsford and Mr H. Alcock. The competition winner was Mrs M. Harvey. The weekly raffle was held with the prizes donated by the club, and Mesdames Dodsworth, Holmes, Cooper, Smart, Tomlinson, Dennett, Clipston, Blackwell, Evans, Costin, Brown, Blackwell, Newberry, Jackson, Corden, Etheridge, and Baxter.

4th Rainbows

At their meeting at SS Simon and Jude’s the Rainbows

Played action games, sang songs, and talked about the Brownie challenge badge (Brownies are 100 this year). They made some invitations to the celebrations they are planning.

3rd Brownies

On Friday, Brownies met at Rainworth Methodist Church and looked at the challenges for the Big Brownie Birthday Challenge. Brownies painted their feet yellow and made yellow footprints to be used in the displays about the Big Brownie Birthday in Mansfield Museum in March and made calendars with dates on for the Big Brownie Birthday events. The exhibition in Mansfield Museum in March is to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday -Brownies are 100 this year. The exhibition runs between 1st and 29th March.

St George’s RC Church

At the altar on Saturday fortnight was Fr Chris Thomas, assisted by Lilly Davis, Rachel and Jordon Boulton and Andrew Storey. Jackie Massey and Rachel Boulton both gave readings. Jackie Massey, Margaret Bonsall, Brian McDonagh and John Storey were Offertory bearers and Margaret Bonsall, Angela Storey and Ken Daley 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. 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 service was led by Margaret Allwood and included readings from Judith and Mick Daykin and Barbara Sutton who also led the intersessions. Christine Dean welcomed church members and flowers decorating the church were in memory of Bernard Dorn. Vanessa Lewin and Alan Mosley led the Sunday school group. The church hosted a united service in the evening with other local Methodist churches attending. It was led by the Rev David Greenwood with readings from Barbara Sutton. Margaret Toon played the music for both the days’ services.

The next Messy Church is on Wednesday, 26th February, from 3.30-5.15pm. All welcome.

SS Simon and Jude’s

Morning Prayer services on both Tuesday and Thursday and Thursday’s Holy Communion were led by the RevHazel Robinson. Marilyn Brown led Thursday’s Vestry hour and in the evening the music group continued rehearsals for the special evening dinner planned for February at St Andrew’s. The coffee morning was held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and on Sunday morning, prayer was led by Marilyn Brown. There were readings from Maureen Garner, Gordon Foster and Stuart Brown and prayers were led by John Robinson. The Rev Robinson gave a sermon that reflected each of the morning’s three readings. Flowers decorating the church were donated by Doris and John Heider in memory of their family. The church’s Christingle services over the Christmas raised £990.70 for the Children’s Society.


Pensioners’ Club

On Monday week, the meeting was opened by Mrs M. Brailsford. Mrs J. Pitt, Mrs M. Wood and Mrs E. Turton served the members with refreshments. Tickets were sold by Mrs J. Dodsworth and she also called the bingo. Mrs M. Cooper organised and called the quiz and the winners were Mrs B.Poyser and Mr H. Alcock. Bingo winners were Mesdames S. Layland, E. Haggarty, M. Cooper, M. Underwood, T. Jukes, E. Turton, V. Greaves, and D. Biggs. Raffle winners were Mesdames C. Bricknell, P. Smart, E. Turton, J. Musson, M. Simpson, M. Richards, and Mr H. Alcock. Members celebrated the birthday of Mr E. Ufton.

St Andrew’s

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 church funds. An evening of Food, Folk Music & Fun from around the British Isles is planned for Saturday 15th February, at 7pm. A four-course meal for £12.50 per head is planned. Numbers are srstrictly limited to 40, prepayment essential with booking, Menu choice to be made at time of booking.

St Mary’s Church

Morning prayer on Sunday morning was led by Marilyn Brown who also led prayers. Assisting with the service and giving the sermon was the Rev Clare Tyack. There were readings from the Old Testament by Mary Harris with Vivienne Tansey reading from the New Testament. Gospel readings were given by Stephen Fox and Gordon Foster played the music during the service. Church members Sharon and Robert Winders are taking part in the Big Snore again this year and are urgently looking for more sponsors.

Methodist Church

The Sunday morning service was led by Molly Pollitt and the musician was Vanessa Crane. Readers were Mrs Barbara Jukes and Mrs Irene Yapp. The evening service was at Rainworth. The Rev Barbara Greenwood will be running in the London Marathon on 13th April. So far, she has raised more than £1,300 - over half-way towards her target of £2,500 for Cancer Research UK. For details visit


St Michael’s Church

Church members were shocked to hear of the sudden death on Friday of David Herbert a regular provider of the church news from the village. On Sunday morning, a Sung Eucharist service was led by the Rev’d David McCullough who also gave a reading from the Gospel. Other readings were given by Nicola Cressy with Dr Alec Wells playing the music for the service.


Methodist Church

At the Covenant Service on Sunday evening, worship was led by the Rev Helen Nice on the themes in Psalm 40 vv1-11.This was read by Helen Bower, the organist was David Brown. The next service will be on 23rd February at 6pm.

Village News

The next Sunday coffee morning is on Sunday following Candle Mass at the church at 9am.