Community News - Shirebrook

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Cricket Club

Mr John Carrington organised a presentation evening at The Gate Inn, Langwith. Trophy winners were:- 1st Team – Craig Rowland (batting) and Ant Johnson (bowling), 2nd Team – Alex Carrington (batting and bowling), 3rd Team – Dean Walker (batting) and Mark Wakelin (bowling). Connor Tansley was awarded Best Junior Player of The Year with Liam Downs receiving a trophy for the most improved played. Flowers were presented to Joan Everett who had scored throughout the season.

Christmas Carols

Christmas carols will be performed from 10.30am on Saturday 8th December in the Market Place.

Tuesday Dance

Mrs M. Blakemore welcomed dancers to Shirebrook Miners Welfare yesterday week. Mrs M. Goodall organised and led the dancing. Music was provided by Mr P. Goodall.

Keep Fit Group

Mrs K. Lindsay welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week for line dancing and gentle exercise to music.

Chit Chat Club

Mrs D. Gough welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week. Members played bingo with caller Maureen Gough and held a raffle won by Joyce Wharmsley. A silver locket and birthday card were presented to Sheila Worthington for her 80th birthday. Refreshments were served by Miss M. Gough assisted by Mesdames G. Mee, S. Garton and A. Toon.

Self-Help Group

Mesdames E. Hayes, G. Mee, D. Graves and I. Cooke prepared a room at Shirebrook Village Hall ahead of the members meeting on Wednesday week. Mrs Mee welcomed members, collected subscriptions and called the bingo. Raffle prizes were supplied by Mrs A. Kane and won by Mrs M. Griffiths. Six ladies scored 10/10 in a level three general knowledge quiz. Refreshments were served by Mesdames S. Creswell, D. Stevenson, S. Garton and M. Robinson.

Ashbourne Court

Team ‘A’ won the Monday week darts match with Team ‘B’ winning on Thursday week. Red Team won the Friday week bowling competition and Blue team the skittles match. A midweek luncheon was prepared and served to residents by Maureen Greig. Les Bailey won the general knowledge quiz.

Lighthouse Theatre

Club members will be performing their Christmas Show at Shirebrook Village Hall at 7pm on Monday 3rd December and Thursday 6th December. The first half of the show is a Christmas comedy written and produced by Rob Hill. The second half of the show comprises Christmas songs and dances. All welcome.

Primary Schools

Students are celebrating becoming Bolsover District champions! Brookfield Primary School won the Small Schools Mini Soccer Competition and Model Village Primary School won two trophies when they won both the Large Schools and Girls Mini Soccer competitions. Year 5 and 6 students from Anthony Bek and Model Village Primary Schools recently went head to head in the Shirebrook Cluster Tag Rugby Festival for a place in the Bolsover District final. The game eventually had to be decided by a ‘golden try’ with Antony Bek scoring first to secure their place in the final. Eleven, Year 12 students from Shirebrook Academy planned and organised a Football Plus Festival at Brookfield Primary School. Forty students from Years 3-6 from Brookfield, Whaley Thorns and Stubbin Wood Primary Schools all took part in an afternoon of skills and drills before having a small sided game and a penalty shoot-out.

Staff and Social Club

Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week. Darts winner was Kevin Brooks, pool match winner was Malcolm Fletcher and the dominoes winner was James Pinnock.

Shirebrook Academy

The academy will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with seasonal stalls, yuletide refreshments, a Santa’s grotto and fun and games for all on Saturday 8th December 1-5pm. Year 9 students recently visited the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, which is a world renowned open air Art Gallery space with a number of exhibition spaces set in mature park land. Students studied sculptures in the special exhibitions of Spanish artist and sculptor Juan Miro and the British sculptor, Anish Kapoor and saw a number of famous sculptures by British artists, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth who both originated from the area. The day was supported by English and art teachers, with the view that students would be using what they had experienced to carry out creative writing within English lessons and to develop a number of inspirational drawings and designs for sculptors within art lessons.


Members welcomed Ann Darrall and Sylvia Garton from the Trefoil Guild who decorated biscuits alongside Brownies and also planted crocus bulbs outside towards the Seasons Badge. New Brownie members began work in their Pre-Promise booklets whilst older Brownies brainstormed ideas for Christmas.

Sports Club

Activities on Thursday week at the Shirebrook Leisure Centre included tag rugby, boxing with a punch bag, football and dodgeball. Members are reminded that to qualify for any awards at the end of this term they need to have attended a minimum of four sessions.

Christian Centre

Mrs A. M. Hellewell led the Alpha course yesterday week. Wednesday weeks’ choir practice was led by Tracey Foster. Members are practicing ahead of giving performances at local nursing homes prior to Christmas. On Saturday week Margaret Staples from the Assemblies of God Church, Newark led a training session on improving interpersonal skills ahead of the re-opening of the new coffee lounge. Amanda Pell led the Sunday week celebration meeting. The visiting preacher was Naomi Fennell from Shirebrook Methodist Church who works for the Iris Ministries alongside Heidi Baka.

Salvation Army

Mrs Eunice Smith led yesterday week’s Home League members meeting when ladies sang and discussed their Christmas meal. Volunteers served at four recent coffee mornings. Marion Hicks, Dorothy Plant and Diane Cooper organised and led the Buddies playgroup meeting on Thursday week. ‘Clowns and Laughter’ was Jean Leadbeater’s title when she led the Sunshine Club members meeting on Friday week. Miss Leadbeater played music, told jokes and read poems. Maj Ina Neill led the Sunday week Salvation meeting and the Dedication of four year old Dodi. The Messengers and the Worship group members sang.

Methodist Church

On Monday week evening the monthly Bible study / fellowship meeting was led by Rev B. Greenwood who took as her title ‘Life on the frontline.’ On Wednesday week a Christmas coffee and craft evening was held. A range of Christmas items made by the craft group were sold. On Sunday week evening, there was no service, but some members joined the service at the Shirebrook Christian Centre and others went to the anniversary celebration at Clipstone.

Grange Care Home

Residents in the residential lounge have listened to music by Moira Anderson, played bingo and coloured pictures of Christmas trees. Hamilton Suite residents made Christmas cards with their families.

, played cards and dominoes and listened to Christmas carols. The residents in the Nursing Unit held a ‘chit and chatter’ session, made Christmas decorations and played dominoes. Activities were led by Mandy Lindley and Natasha Westwood.