Community News - Shirebrook

Community News
Community News


Thirteen selected year 11 students recently embarked on a weekend at Lea Green, Derbyshire to take part in numerous activities designed to develop and display their leadership credentials. Students took part in activities including a high ropes course, a leap of faith and a crate tower challenge. Leisure time was spent competing in archery challenges, team building games and at a driving school. Pete Collingwood and Phil Spencer from the Computer Science Department at Sheffield Hallam University attended the Academy’s Annual Computing and Business Week. The focus for this year was computer programming. A selection of robots including one that could sing and one that could dance were demonstrated to students who then had to program robotic cars and race them in the breakout space taking in to account uneven surfaces, speed variation and texture of the carpet when writing their codes. Students then competed in several elimination heats on an obstacle course.


Tom Palmer, popular author of children’s football books will be visiting the library 10.45 -noon, on Tuesday 18th February. Free tickets are available from the library but places are limited. This is an opportunity to take part in a quiz, learn more about Mr Palmer’s books and his writing. The activity will end with a penalty shoot-out.

Holy Trinity

A special family worship service for Candlemas was led by Mr James Taylor who also gave the message based on Christ’s Presentation in the Temple. Bible readings were by Helena Wagstaff and Beth Shaw. Intercessions were led by Paula Chambers and Beth Shaw. Three monologues illustrating the thoughts of Mary, Simeon and Hanna were read by Helena Wagstaff, Ian P. Hill and Kiltie Hill. The collection was taken by Paddy Chi and Zi Qing Chen. As the service drew to an end each member of the congregation received a candle which they lit as Mr Taylor, Mrs S. White and Susan White covered the Nativity scene at the altar depicting the end of Christmas. Refreshments were served by Mrs B. White, Miss P. Chambers and Miss S White.

Early Birds ASC

Becky Fletcher led children’s activities that included making dragons on sticks, drawing Chinese New Year pictures and playing board games.

Happy Chat Coffee

Julie Bonsall welcomed members to Shirebrook Leisure Centre on Wednesday week where she also collected subscriptions. Table games were organised by Carol-Ann Wall and Dot Hindley. Raffle winners were Audrey Doyle, Julie Bonsall, Sheila Garland, Alan Tudor, David Butler and Lucy Stewart. Refreshments were served by Sharni Kissane and Julie Bonsall.

Keep Fit

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

Chit Chat Club

Mrs D. Gough welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall yesterday week where she also collected subscriptions. Ladies played bingo with caller Maureen Gough and held a raffle won by Audrey Draycott. Refreshments were served by Sylvia Garton, Maureen Gough, Audrey Draycott and Annette Toon.

Early Birds Day N’sery

Babies recently played with fish and glitter in water and dinosaurs and blocks in sand. Tactile play was with jelly and moulds. Children drew pictures for the Chinese New Year. Toddlers made dragons on sticks, played with glitter and brushes and had scoops and moulds in sand. Number cards were used in mathematics and alphabet cards in literacy. A post box game was played to help with fine motor skills. Pre-school children played in blue water with shells and sea creatures and filled bottles with underwater themed items. Children threaded numbers in mathematics, played with toy telephones to improve language skills and completed a large ABC floor jigsaw. Book of the week was ‘Animal Bop’ by Jan Ormerod.

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. Mr P. Goodall provided the music.

Methodist Church

Sunday week’s evening worship was led by Mr Robert Fennell. He spoke about trusting God, getting a glimpse of His glory and moving forward as a church. Bible passages were read by Sue Hall, Noreen Maynard and Hazel Fennell. The service was illustrated with a power point presentation. Refreshments were served after the service.

Leisure Centre

Lina Harris, Brent Jones, Danny Butler and Nick Simpson organised and led TRX, Spinning, Circuits, Kettlebells, RPM and a ‘legs, bums and tums’ exercise class yesterday week.

Self Help Group

Gill Mee, Eva Hayes, Diane Graves and Iris Cooke 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. Ladies took part in a game of ‘Sticky Thirteen,’ a quiz and played bingo. Raffle winner was Eva Hayes. Refreshments were served by Sylvia Garton, Dorothy Stevenson, Madge Griffiths, Ann Kane and Shirley Creswell.

Grange Care Home

Residents from the nursing lounge recently held a hands and nails pamper session, played skittles and took part in one to one activities. In the residential lounge, residents took part in a quiz and played dominoes and bingo. Hamilton Suite residents held a reminiscence session and painted hearts for Valentine’s Day. Martin Gregory entertained residents yesterday week. Activities were led by Mandy Lindley and Natasha Westwood.

Richmond Care Home

Residents have recently created a wall display for Valentine’s Day, played dominoes and held a current affairs session using the headlines from the daily newspapers. Ruth Lynch celebrated her birthday. Residents held a sing-a-long in the main lounge where they also played hand held instruments.

Christian Centre

A buffet was served yesterday week to mark the end of the recent Alpha Course. Maggie Morris and Richard Gray welcomed visitors to the Nite-Lite drop in session on Wednesday week evening. The Coffee Brook café was open on Thursday week and Friday week mornings. All welcome. Amanda Pell led PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens) on Thursday week and the recent Sunday Celebration meeting when she took as her title, ‘Running from God or running with God?’ Tracy Engyel, Pastor P. and Mrs A. M. Hellewell led the worship.

Sports Club

Football, basketball, dodge ball and gym workouts were led by qualified coaches for 12 members on Thursday week at Shirebrook Leisure Centre. New members aged 9-15 years are welcome. Contact 748907 or 07890600652.


Miss P. Chambers welcomed members to Shirebrook Church Hall where they decorated posters to celebrate 100 years of the Brownies for their display boards. Brownies attending the Pack Holiday discussed food preferences. The meeting ended with singing.

New Bassett

Residents recently visited the hairdresser, played board games and celebrated the Chinese New Year by sampling Chinese food.

Salvation Army

A birthday party and buffet at the Home League members meeting yesterday week was held to celebrate Trudy Benger’s 70th birthday. Gifts and birthday cards were presented. Maj Ina Neill welcomed parents and toddlers to Buddies playgroup meeting on Thursday week and also led the Friday week Sunshine Club members meeting where ladies listened to music and Bible readings. Members of the Ladies Fellowship Group and the Messengers Group visited Hostess restaurant on Thursday week. Children made calendars and listened to a story at Sunday week’s JAM Club meeting which was led and organised by Maj Neill and Jean Leadbeater. Maj Maureen Hepburn from Divisional Headquarters led the Sunday week Salvation meeting when she spoke about the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Volunteers served at four recent coffee mornings. New windows have been fitted throughout the main hall to compliment earlier improvements to the lighting, kitchen and flooring.