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Methodist Church

The weekly house group meetings resumed on Wednesday and it was hosted by Margaret Berry. On Saturday evening a special Turkey dinner was enjoyed at the church, which raised £209 for funds, Trever Lee also entertained at the event.On Sunday morning the Rev David Greenwood took a Covenant service which included readings from Margaret Tait, Dorothy Tighe, Alan Tighe and John Foster. The church hosted a section service in the evening supported by other local Methodist churches. It was led by David Witham and Marilyn House with readings from David Wilmot who also performed a dramatised sketch alongside John Bretton. Enid Marsh played the music for both the days’ services.

Tuesday Fellowship

At its meeting at Farnsfield St Michael’s Church on Tuesday, the speaker was Margaret Tait.

Friendship Club

At its meeting on Friday week at the Village Centre, 43 members and friends were welcomed by Diane Demmers. A highlight for the members was the entertainment from the pre-school children and the choir from St Michaels School in the village. There was a fuddle, a game of bingo, and a raffle. The club’s next meeting is on 31st January and will include a talk on ‘Birds of Prey’ with Trish and Dave.

Flower Club

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


Over 50s

Mr J. Hallam welcomed 87 members to its meeting on Tuesday week at the Rainworth Miners’ Welfare. Mr B. Holmes was the MC for dancing and the spot waltz winners were Mrs P. Gilbert and Mr J. Saunders. Serving refreshments to the members were Mrs E. Baxter 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 Mr Dennett and Mrs M. Woods. The competition winner was Mrs A. Plastow. The weekly raffle was held with the prizes donated by the club, and Mesdames Plastow, Cooper, Murphy, J. Dodsworth, Haggarty, Seed, Maggio, Richards, Royston, Dennis, Evans, Blanc, Jones, Brailsford, Etheridge, Creasey, Edmondson, Baxter, Millward, and Messrs R. Purdy and Mr D. Starr.

4th Rainbows

At their meeting at SS Simon and Jude’s, the Rainbows talked about the Chinese New Year - which is the Year of the horse. Leader Rachel talked to them about it and they then made a Chinese lantern and decorated it. They also welcomed Alyssa to Rainbows and the meeting ended with action games and songs.

3rd Brownies

At Brownies first meeting following the Christmas break at Rainworth Methodist Church, there was a birthday party to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday. Brownies are 100 so there will be lots of celebrations this year. Betsy came from Rainbows for the first time and won pass the parcel and musical chairs. Brownies played games, ate cake and jelly and ice cream. One hundred candles were lit on the birthday cake and were quickly blown out. More Brownies would be welcome to join in the fun and more adult volunteers are needed to grow Guiding. If anyone would like to join, please make contact through the GirlguidingUK website. Local Brownies are at the Folk House Pantomime ‘Jack and the Bean Stalk’ with Daisy the Cow and the Brownies who are a little horse from booing at the baddiies and lots of “oh yes you can and oh no you can’t”. There has been a planning meeting to prepare for the exhibition in Mansfield Museum in March to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday -Brownies are 100 this year Its hoped lots of people will visit the exhibition between 1st-29th March and remember the fun they had as a Brownie

St George’s RC Church

On the Altar on Saturday fortnight was Fr Chris Thomas, assisted by Andrew Storey, and Rachel and Jordon Boulton. Pam Berry and Cathy Glede-Owen both gave readings. Jackie Massey, Margaret Bonsall, Brian McDonagh and Michael Boulton were Offertory bearers and Michael Boulton, Angela and Andrew Storey were Eucharistic Ministers.

Methodist Church

The weekly Slimming World group met on Tuesday and the Weight Watchers group and Rainworth Leisure Artist group resumed their meetings on Wednesday. During Wednesday afternoon the first of the Messy Church sessions was also held. On Thursday Bible study and fellowship was hosted by Judith and Mick Daykin. The Friday uniformed Brownie and Guide groups met on Friday evening. On Saturday the Mansfield Artist group met and the regular coffee morning was held. On Sunday morning the Rev’d Clare Burl took the service with Barbara Sutton and Margaret Toon both reading lessons. Church members were welcomed by Christine Daniel and Vanessa Lewin and Alan Mosley led the Sunday school. Flowers decorating the church were donated by Audrey Plastow. Church members attended the section service in the evening at Farnsfield Methodist church.


Pensioners Club

On Monday week, the meeting was opened by Mrs M. Brailsford. Mrs J. Pitt, Mrs M. Wood and Mrs M. Buchanon 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 A. Far. Bingo winners were Mesdames J. Pitt, S. Cutts, J. Dodsworth, P. Smart, M. Simpson, M. Gladwin, J. Smith, B. Creasey, E. Turton, and Mr A. Musson. Raffle winners were Mesdames E. Turton, M. Underwood, M. Simpson, M. Prior, B. Creasey, M. Cope, and V. Greaves. Members celebrated the birthdays of Mr A. Musson and Mrs J. Pitt.

St Andrew’s

The Morning Prayer service was held on Monday and the Rev Hazel Robinson led Wednesday’s morning Communion. Vestry Hour is a time when people can 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.

St Mary’s Church

Holy Communion on Sunday morning was taken by the Rev Hazel Robinson. Assisted by the Rev Clare Tyack. Old Testament readings were from Angela Penny and John Robinson read from the New Testament. The Rev Tyack gave a reading from the Gospel with Stephen Fox leading prayers. The Rev Robinson gave the sermon. Gordon Foster played the music for the service. On Sunday 2nd February at 4pm the church is to host the now traditional ‘Rocking’s’ service. All welcome to this unique, historical service.

Methodist Church Tuesday evening saw the regular meeting of the Artist group and on Thursday evening Karen O’ Hara led a prayer meeting. On Sunday morning the service was led by Claire Holmes. The ‘All age worship’ saw children from the Sunday school assist her. Vanessa Crane played the music during the service and Ann Daines welcomed everyone to the church. Flowers decorating the church were donated by Diana Richmond and for their evening service members visited Farnsfield Methodist church for its section service. 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

Walking Group

The group met on Longdale Lane for a walk through the woodland. Eleven people enjoyed the walk and the dry weather, although it was muddy underfoot. The walks are free. David Smith leads the walks and is a trained First Aider. To be added to the text list for forthcoming Sunday walks, leave a name and mobile number on 07703631816.


St Swithin’s

Morning Praise on Sunday was jointly hosted by the Rev Margaret Groves and the Rev Tony Bowring. There were readings from Cathy Beighton and David Bird with David Hutchison playing the music during the service. The next service at the church will be for Holy Communion on Sunday 2nd February.


St Michael’s Church Sunday morning’s Family Communion was taken by the Rev David McCullough who later gave a reading from the Gospel. Music for the service was played by Peter Wood and lessons were read by Bev Perks.


Methodist Church

A Covenant service led by the Rev Helen Nice takes place on Sunday 23rd February at 6pm.

St Giles

The Rev David McCullough led evensong at the church on Sunday. Richard Nunn played the music for the service which also included readings from Ann Nunn and Cathy Clay.

Edingley Village

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