Students celebrated Languages Week, activities and events arranged by the Modern Languages department. Each day had a specific theme, with Italian, Russian, Polish, French and Spanish providing the focus for the week. Polish Day saw hundreds of students meet Polish professional footballer Bartosz Bialkowski, of Notts County Football Club. Mr Bialkowski talked to staff and students, posed for photographs and signed hundreds of autographs. Polish students met Mr Bialkowski on his arrival and posed for photographs for a number of local newspapers. The event was also attended by three members of the Polish community, who brought speciality Polish dishes into the Academy for students to sample. Professional French chefs, Stef and Fred (Head Chefs at Nottingham’s French Living Restaurant), visited the Academy as part of French Day, where they gave a cooking demonstration using portable equipment. Year 9 students, Thom Robinson and McKenzie Smith, plus staff members Mr Moran and Mr. Mehrotra-Hughes were invited on stage to perform a live cook-off.
New Bassett House
Residents have played bingo and visited the hairdresser. Alison Mills is organising a nativity play which will be performed to residents by staff members as part of a variety of Christmas activities.
Chit Chat Club
Members were welcomed to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week by Mrs D. Gough. Members played bingo with caller Miss M. Gough and held a raffle which was also won by Miss Gough. Refreshments were served by Mesdames A. Draycott, A. Toon and Miss M. Gough. A birthday card and mirror compact were presented to Mrs D. Stevenson.
Early Birds Nursery
Babies have built in sand using wooden blocks and created tracks with cars. Bubbles, sponges and dolls were used in water play and nuts and bolts in construction. Children practised singing ‘Going on a Bear Hunt.’ Book of the week was, ‘The Gruffalo.’ Toddlers played with Polish blocks and a toy hairdressers set. Hallowe’en pictures were created for a future display in creative play. Pre-school children made Hallowe’en decorations and looked at ‘feelings puppets.’ Focus book was ‘The Gruffalo’s Child.’ Becky Fletcher and Pauline Chapman led the After School Club.
Mesdames G. Mee, I. Cooke, E. Hayes and D. Graves prepared a room at Shirebrook Village Hall on Wednesday week ahead of the members meeting. Mrs Mee welcomed members, collected subscriptions and called the bingo. Birthday cards, chocolate and wine were presented to D. Stevenson, A. Millward and A. Kane. Ladies took part in a quiz where May Herritt, Janet Edson and Ann Thorson scored 10/10. Refreshments were served by D. Stevenson, A. Toon, S. Creswell and A. Millward.
Ricmond Care Home
Donna Scott led a card making workshop where residents made birthday and Christmas cards. Lacey Nussey organised bingo, card bingo, dominoes and chair based ball exercises. Singer, Phil Gee entertained residents on Thursday week.
Rev Charles Beresford was the celebrant at a Holy Communion service on Sunday week when the theme of his message was ‘Service to God’. Mr Ian P. Hill administered the chalice and led intercessions. Bible readings were by Mrs Kiltie Hill and Mr James Taylor. The bread and wine were taken to the altar by Mr Matthew Gratton and Zi Qing Chen. Mrs Helen Hornsby supervised the Kids Club session and Paddy Chi showed off the model of heaven and earth and the bookmark made in the handicraft session based on The Creation. Mr David Watson was the organist. Welcome steward was Mrs Barbara White who took the collection. Refreshments were served by Mrs Janet Downing.
Mrs B. Potter welcomed members to Shirebrook Miners Welfare Social Centre yesterday week. Refreshments were served.
A concert was performed at the Sutton Centre Community College, Sutton in Ashfield organised by the Inner Wheel Club, Sutton in Ashfield in aid of local charities which they support. Led by Musical Director, Mark Wilcockson the band members played a varied programme of traditional and popular brass band music. Solo items were performed by Glen Birks (cornet), Roy Briscoe (flugel horn) and Nick Stokes (bass trombone). A quartet of horn players, Janeen Burrows, Neil Emsom and Kathy and Hannah Brimble along with flugel horn player Roy Briscoe played an item entitled ‘I Know Him So Well’. The concert was brought to a close with a rousing finale as the audience sang and waved flags whilst the band played ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Again led by Mr Wilcockson, the band also played at Saint Ann’s Church Hall, Worksop performing a concert organised by the Worksop Branch of Arthritis Research U.K. Solo items were performed by Glen Birks (cornet), Neil Emson (tenor horn), Nick Stokes (bass trombone) and guest flugel horn player Helena Wardle. Eb bass player Ruth Cartlidge attempted to play a solo entitled, ‘Bear Necessities’ but to her annoyance and to the amusement of the audience she was continually interrupted by other players. After pleading with the Musical Director to control the other players but without success, Ms Cartlidge relented and joined in with an impromptu tambourine and dance routine. A quartet of horn players, Kathy Brimble, Hannah Brimble, Neil Emson and Marcel Renshaw and flugel horn player Helena Wardle once again performed ‘I Know Him So Well’.
Staff and Social Club
Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week. Darts winner was Dickie Dillon, pool match winner was Kevin Brooks and the dominoes winner was Sybil Lamb.
Maj Ina Neill and Home League Secretary, Mrs Eunice Smith led yesterday week’s members meeting. Ladies practiced singing and sketches ahead of the Adult and Families Ministry Weekend. Volunteers served at four recent coffee mornings. Children and parents were welcomed to the Buddies playgroup meeting on Thursday week by Maj Neill. ‘Spiders and Webs’ was Jean Leadbeater’s theme when she led the Sunshine Club members meeting on Friday week. Ms Leadbeater also led the Sunday week Salvation meeting as part of the Adult and Families Ministry Weekend. Marlene Mason and three members of the Home League group led the prayers and Sunshine Club members performed a sketch. Dorothy Plant read a monologue.
Mrs M. Blakemore welcomed dancers to Shirebrook Miners Welfare Social Centre yesterday week. Mrs M. Goodall organised and led the dancing. Mr P. Goodall provided the music.
Floral Art Club
Mrs Linda Holmes opened the members meeting on Thursday week when she welcomed demonstrator, Mrs Val Duke from Arkwright. Mrs Duke based her demonstrations around the six wives of Henry VIII. She created a stained glass window, demonstrated how to make a spiced pomander and used velvet textured roses to make a Tudor garden. The finished arrangements were all displayed alongside a hand dressed doll to depict which queen was being represented. Mrs Angle Kerry organised the raffle and auctioned flowers for club funds. Mrs Pauline Chapman gave the vote of thanks and closed the meeting.
On Thursday week 10 members and six new members were welcomed by coaches to Shirebrook Leisure Centre. Members aged 9-11 years took part in games of world badminton, kwik cricket, football and world tennis. Children aged 12-1 4 years played world tennis, basketball, tennis and football. New members welcome 6-8pm.
Grange Care Home
Residents from the Hamilton Suite and the Nursing Unit recently attended a craft workshop where they made flower necklaces as part of an Hawaiian Day which is to be held shortly. Residents also listened to the music of Susan Boyle and Jim Reeves, played dominoes and took part in a hands and nails care session. In the residential lounge, residents played bingo, took part in chair based exercise and coloured Hallowe’en themed pictures. Activities were led by Mandy Lindley and Natasha Westwood.
Mrs A. M. Hellewell led the Alpha course meeting yesterday week. The community choir practice on Wednesday week was led by Tracey Foster. Amanda Pell led the prayer meeting and Bible study class on Thursday week and the Sunday week celebration meeting. Tracey Foster, Pastor P. and Mrs A. M. Hellewell led the worship. A visiting missionary for Zimbabwe spoke. Lisa Johnson celebrated her 21st birthday with a buffet, cake and gifts.