Community News - Shirebrook

Leisure Centre

Almost 250 people attended the recent Bolsover District Annual Sports Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievements of top sportspeople, teams, club officials and volunteers from across the District over the past 12 months. Among those recognised where Paralympic GB Basketball player Jon Hall from Clowne, Paralympic GB Boccia Coach Julie Broadhead from Whitwell, Junior Team of the Year, Glebe Boys Football Team from South Normanton and Mason Bennett from Langwith who plays for Derby County Football Club. Members of The Kickboxing Academy gave a demonstration and Olympic Torchbearers Kaylet Smedley and David Raizada gave an insight into what it was like to be part of the Olympic Torch Relay as they carried the Olympic Torch through Bolsover. Julie Broadhead, Head Coach of the BC3 Boccia team at the Paralympics shared with the audience the experiences she gained whilst coaching at the Paralympic Games and the dedication needed to help athletes reach the pinnacle of their careers. The 2012 winners were, Service to Sport Award sponsored by ECS Engineering Services Ltd – Stephen Harris, Community Coach of the Year sponsored by Capital Refractories Ltd – Lee Walters, Young Leader of the Year sponsored by Junction Arts – Robert Martin, Club of the Year sponsored by Banks Renewables Ltd – Bolsover and District Cycling Club, Junior Team of the Year sponsored by ECS Engineering Services Ltd – Glebe Junior School Boys Football Team, Junior Sportsman of the Year sponsored by HW Martin Waste Ltd - Connor Emery, Junior Sportswoman of the Year sponsored by Junction Arts – Sophie Baggaley, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by H.W. Martin Waste Ltd – Jon Hall, Sportsperson of the Year sponsored by Banks Renewables Ltd – Mason Bennett. The awards are aimed at the voluntary sector across Bolsover District as a way of recognising what they have achieved over the past twelve months. The winners will now feed into county, regional and national sports award events.

Chit Chat Club

Mrs D. Gough welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week. Members played bingo with caller M. Gough and held a raffle won by Lily Fewster. Refreshments were served by Mesdames M. Howard, A. Toon, A. Draycott and Miss M. Gough. A Hallowe’en party has been organised for Tuesday 30th October.

Early Birds Nursery

Babies played with jungle animals in sand and with dinosaurs in water. Tactile play was with cars and biscuits and a toy garage with cars was used for imaginative play. Toddlers played with a Bob the Builder tool kit, a Noah’s ark and Stickle bricks. Pre-school children used jelly and chopsticks in tactile play and magnetic boards and letters for language practice. Clocks and watches were used in mathematics. Children completed festival jigsaws and took part in a bear hunt outdoors. Focus book of the week was ‘The Gruffalo’.

Self-Help Group

A room was prepared at Shirebrook Village Hall on Wednesday week ahead of the members meeting by Mesdames E. Hayes, D. Graves, I. Cooke and G. Mee. Mrs Mee welcomed members, collected subscriptions and called the bingo. Raffle prizes were provided by Thelma Stone and won by Joyce McCready. Ladies played bingo and took part in a general knowledge quiz. Refreshments were served by Mesdames M. Robinson, D. Stevenson, D. Creswell and A. Toon.

Coffee morning

A fundraising event with a raffle and a cake stall was held on Friday week at the home of local resident Mrs Christine Cartwright in aid of Macmillan Nurses. The coffee morning raised £348.40.

New Bassett

A 10-week arts project for residents organised by Arts and Health Co-ordinator, Helen Reynalds started last Monday.

Unison Band

Members performed a concert to a virtual capacity audience at the Tudor Barn, Church Warsop organised by the Warsop Branch Hospice Support Group in aid of the John Eastwood Hospice, Mansfield. Led by Musical Director, Graham Buckley, the band played a programme of traditional and popular brass band music. A cornet solo entitled ‘To a Wild Rose’ was played by Zoe Darrall.


Leaders on Monday week were Paula Chambers and Marie Crew. Brownies designed three colour patterns before printing their designs with paint and vegetables. Group members discussed how their patterns could be utilised for wallpapers and different fabrics. Brownies took part in two new dance games. The evening ended with Brownie bells. Refreshments were served by Susan White.

Methodist Church

David Pollitt led the Sunday week evening service when he talked about Jesus wanting everyone to be children; - childlike but not childish. Hymns were from Hymns and Psalms, well known and sung with enthusiasm. Hazel Fennell played the organ and Sue Hall was the welcome steward.

Salvation Army

Home League Secretary, Mrs Eunice Smith led yesterday week’s members meeting where ladies sang, had Bible readings and shared refreshments. Volunteers served at four recent coffee mornings. Maj Ina Neill welcomed parents and children to Buddies playgroup meeting on Thursday week. A two course harvest supper and sale of produce on Monday week raised £128. Jean Leadbeater led the Friday week Sunshine Club members meeting when she spoke about mint. Members tasted mint, mint coffee and chocolates and discussed its different uses. Miss Leadbeater read two Pam Ayres poems. The Sunday week Salvation meeting was led by Assistant Home League Secretary, Mrs Marlene Mason and members of the Corps Community Care Ministries.

Happy Chat Club

Members hosted a tombola stall at the official sports centre re-launch event recently held at Shirebrook Leisure Centre. The event raised £178 for the member’s fund.

Holy Trinity Church

The Rev C. Beresford led a Holy Communion service on Sunday week when he spoke about ‘the real community of the church.’ Bible readings were by Mr D. Maynard and Miss A. Naylor. Organist was Mr D. Watson. The welcome steward was Mrs K. Lindsay who also took the collection. Bread and wine were taken to the altar by Mrs H. Hornsby and Mr A. Tracy. Church member, Miss Winnie Palmer was recently invited by the Bishop of Derby to attend Derby Cathedral where he presented her with ‘The Bishop’s Badge’ to mark her dedication to the church. Rev Beresford presented Mr T. Taylor with a thank you card and chocolates in recognition of his hard work in tending the flowers around the Shirebrook cenotaph. Mrs S. Beresford supervised the children’s activities where they made a basket filled with five loaves and fishes. Refreshments after the service were served by Janet Downing.

Christian Centre

Tracy Foster led the Alpha course meeting yesterday week and the community choir practice at 6pm on Wednesday week. New members are welcome join. Amanda Pell led the recent Bible study class and the Sunday week celebration meeting when she took as her title, ‘You are loved.’

Disability Derbyshire

Catherine Liffen was supported by volunteers Harry Parker, Janine Ward, Lisa and Pete Jackson at the Shirebrook Health Information Point stand in the market place on Friday week.

Artists Group

Mrs B. Potter welcomed members, collected subscriptions and served refreshments at a recent meeting at Shirebrook Miners Welfare Social Centre.

Staff and Social Club

Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week which included darts, dominoes and pool.

Richmond Care Home

A fundraising disco at Shirebrook Miners Welfare Social Centre on Saturday week raised almost £500 for the resident’s fund.

Keep Fit

Mrs K. Lindsay welcomed Mesdames C. Benson, S. Creswell, D. Wake, D. Stevenson, G. Mee, J. Charlesworth, M. Mitchell, and B. Barson to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week for line dancing and exercise to music.