Community News - Shirebrook

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Unison Band

Members recently competed in the Mineworkers National Open Brass Band Festival sponsored by Butlins at Skegness. Led by Musical Director, Mark Wilcockson they competed in the First Section and were placed 13th out of 22 bands within the section. The test piece used for First Section bands was ‘Vitae Aeternum’ composed by Paul Lovatt Cooper. Overall 92 bands competed at the Festival from all sections of the National Brass Bands Association of Great Britain including bands from the Junior Ensemble and Youth Sections.

Chit Chat Club

Mrs Doreen Gough welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week where she also collected subscriptions. Members played bingo with caller Maureen Gough and held a raffle won by Lily Fewster. A birthday card and a glass ornament were presented to Annette Toon. Refreshments were served by Maureen Gough, Audrey Draycott, Annette Toon and Sylvia Garton.

Early Birds Day N’sery

As part of ‘Pirate Week’ staff and children wore pirate themed fancy dress clothes all week. Babies played with a pirate ship, zoo animals and transport linkers. Toddlers created a pirate display, completed pirate jigsaws, put messages into bottles and made eye patches and pirate hats. A treasure hunt was held. Pre-school children put a seaside display into a bottle, made individual treasure-island maps, telescopes and binoculars. Pictures of pirates were made into a display. Children also played with sea life animals in coloured water. Focus book of the week was ‘Pirate Pete’ by Nick Sharratt.

Ashbourne Court

New residents Peggy Hague, May Taylor, Steve Trolley and Trevor Golding were welcomed by Mrs M. Greig. Red Team won a recent bowls match with a temping bowling match being won by Blue Team. A darts tournament on Monday week was won by ‘A’ Team. Highest scorer was Ann Starkey. ‘The King’s Speech’ was shown at a film afternoon yesterday week. Mrs M. Greig prepared and served a resident’s luncheon on Wednesday week and organised and called the bingo on Monday week and Thursday week afternoons.

Happy Chat Coffee Julie Bonsall welcomed members to Shirebrook Leisure Centre on Wednesday week where she also collected subscription served refreshments. Table games were organised by Carol-Ann Wall and Dot Hindley. Raffle winners were Lucy Stewart, Jo Sunderland, Audrey Doyle, Alan Tudor, June Crookes and Elaine Brown.

Keep Fit

Mesdames D. Wake, D. Stevenson, G. Mee, S. Creswell and J. Charlesworth were welcomed to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week by Mrs K. Lindsay for line dancing and gentle exercise to music.

Self Help Group

A room was prepared at Shirebrook Village Hall on Wednesday week ahead of the members meeting by Gill Mee, Iris Cooke and Diane Graves. Mrs Mee welcomed members, collected subscriptions and called the bingo. Ladies took part in a general knowledge quiz and held a raffle won by May Herrett. A birthday card and wine were presented to Annette Toon. Refreshments were served by Mesdames S. Garton, S. Creswell, A. Kane and M. Griffiths.

Staff and Social Club

Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week evening. The darts match was won by Rob Larby, with Malcolm Fletcher winning the pool match and Gary Lamb the dominoes match.

Holy Trinity

The Rev John Draycott was the celebrant at a Holy Communion service on Sunday week when he based his sermon on ‘Going the right way’. Mr Ian P. Hill administered the chalice and gave a Bible reading. Rev Draycott read the Gospel. The bread and wine were taken to the altar by Miss B. Charlesworth and Mrs K. Hill. The collection was taken by Paddy Chi. Refreshments were served by Miss W. Palmer and Mrs A. Naylor.

Christian Centre

Maggie Morris and Richard Gray welcomed visitors to the recent Nite-Lite drop in sessions. The Coffee Brook lounge was open on Thursday week and Friday week mornings. Pastor P. Hellewell led PUSH on Thursday week. A numeracy and literacy session was led by Anthony Lyons on Wednesday week. Further sessions are to be held weekly at 4pm. All welcome. Amanda Pell led the Sunday week celebration meeting when she took as her title, ‘Soar with the attitude instrument (gyro horizon indicator).’ The worship was led by Pastor and Mrs A. M. Hellewell and Tracy Engyel.

Salvation Army

Maj Ina Neill led yesterday week’s Home League members meeting. Ladies had Bible readings, sang and shared refreshments. Buddies playgroup members met on Thursday week morning. New members welcome. Jean Leadbeater led Friday week’s Sunshine Club members meeting when she spoke about, ‘Martin Luther King Day.’ Marian Hicks, Jean Leadbeater and Maj Neill welcomed children to JAM Club on Sunday week where they had the story of the ten lepers. ‘Witnessing’ was the title of Maj Neill’s sermon at the Sunday week Salvation meeting. The Messengers group members sang. A fashion show is to be held at 7.30pm, Thursday 13th February. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday Dance

Dancers were welcomed to Shirebrook Miners’ Welfare Social Centre yesterday week by Mrs M. Blakemore. Mrs M. Goodall organised and led the dancing. Music was provided by Mr P. Goodall.

Leisure Centre

Recent classes led by Lina Harris, Danny Butler and Nick Simpson have included Abs Blast, boxing, functional circuits and R.P.M . For details contact Mansfield 748313.

Sports Club

Coach, Ross Thorndyke recently led a football warm up, dodgeball and a gym workout for 12 members at Shirebrook Leisure Centre. The possibility of a members visit to Liverpool Football Club, which will include a tour of the stadium, museum visit and meeting players is being investigated.

Grange Care Home
Residents in the residential suite have recently attended a card making session where they designed their own cards using paper flowers and stickers. Residents also played bingo and held a ‘chit and chatter’ session. Hamilton Suite residents held a sing-a-long music from the 1950s and 1960s. A reminiscence session was held where residents looked at pictures of pre-decimal money, canned foods and clothing worn between the 1940s -1960s. Nursing lounge residents played dominoes, took part in a watercolour painting session and completed exercises with a ball to music. Activities were led by Mandy Lindley and Natasha Westwood.

Richmond Care Home

Residents have made cards for Valentine’s Day alongside a variety of birthday cards, played prize bingo , attended a hands and nails pamper session and discussed the main headlines from a selection of newspapers and magazines. The new calendar in the main lounge has become a daily topic of conversation. Staff and residents celebrated the birthdays of Margaret Copestake and John Henry Gillett who was 90 years of age. Activities were led by Claire Seymour.


Paula Chambers welcomed Brownies to Shirebrook Church Hall where they started working towards their ‘Brownie Birthday Challenge.’ They discussed working together within their ‘Six’ and as a group to create Rules and a Code of Conduct while attending the pack meeting. Brownies studied the history of Sixes which were named after mythical woodland creatures with each creature having its own rhyme. Brownies sang some of the rhymes and looked at the old toad stool and the owl.