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A group of 45 GCSE Art and Photography students recently visited Birmingham City Art Gallery and The New Art Gallery, Walsall to gain inspiration and record vital contextual references for their final exam. Students started their visit in the Photorealism exhibition at Birmingham City Art Gallery looking at the minute detail in the artwork on display and examining the intricate brush strokes and precise colour application. At first glance the paintings look like photographs and raise questions about what makes an authentic image and the way we perceive the world around us. The art gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which are part of the largest public Pre-Raphaelite collection in the world. Students also made a whistle stop tour around the, ‘For the Record’ Exhibition which showcases modern and contemporary artwork by female artists. The exhibition explores themes of preservation, tradition, documentation and recording across a wide range of media including portraiture, landscape, sculpture and installation as well as timely issues concerning womanhood and identity politics. In the New Art Gallery students explored and photographed work exhibited by artists such as Chris Clinton, George Grosz and Chiharu Shiota. Students also recorded observations and made notes around the ‘Back to Front—40 Permanent Collection Gems’ exhibition. The girl’s Year 7 football team recently competed in the ESFA Girl’s Under 12, 9 a Side School’s Cup Competition. The team travelled to Wakefield where they played against a team from Outwood Grange Academy. The game ended with a 2-1 victory for Shirebrook Academy. Goal scorers were Brodie Bailey and Amber Newton. Adele Downs was voted the Manager’s Player with Brodie Bailey and Kelsey Fryer being elected as the Player’s Player. The team now progress to the 4th round of the cup but their opponents are still unknown.

Keep Fit

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

Bolsover Wellness

Julie Bonsall welcomed members on a daily basis to Shirebrook Leisure Centre Monday week to Thursday week inclusive. Members took part in chair based exercises as part of the ‘Wellness Programme.’ Details of how to access the programme are available from Julie Bonsall on Mansfield 748313.

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 for a set of glass sundae dishes also won by Miss Gough. Refreshments were served by Annette Toon and Maureen Gough.

Early Birds ASC

Becky Fletcher and Pauline Chapman supervised children playing board games, on a Wii console and drawing.


Julie Bonsall welcomed members to Shirebrook Leisure Centre on Wednesday week where she also collected subscriptions. Table games were organised by Jo Sunderland and Dot Hindley. Raffle winners were Pauline Cooper, June Crookes, Lucy Stewart, June Howl, Julie Lawton and Joyce Askew. Julie Bonsall and Tracey Burdett served refreshments.

Tuesday Dance

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

Early Birds DayN’sery Pre-school children played with rhyming jigsaws in sand and with toy dinosaurs in green water. Cooked and dry pasta was used for tactile play with patterned edged scissors and paper being used for mark making. Toddlers played with counting cookies, Stickle bricks, cars and a toy garage. Children played with fish, glitter, dolls, sponges, number ducks and nets in water and with glitter, brushes, biscuits and rolling pins in tactile play. Babies used envelopes, pens and pencils for mark making and had chocolate powder and brushes for tactile play. Children also played with stacking cups, beaded frames and push-a-long toys.

Self Help Group

Mrs G. Mee welcomed members to Shirebrook Village Hall on Wednesday week where she also collected subscriptions and called the bingo. Ladies played a game of Sticky 13, took part in a general knowledge quiz and held a table top raffle. Refreshments were served by Janet Edson, Nora Simons and Shirley Creswell.

Staff and Social Club

Mr M. Fletcher hosted a games night on Monday week evening. The pool match winner was Callum Tennant with James Pinnock winning the dominoes and the darts match.

Sports Club

Activities on Thursday week at Shirebrook Leisure Centre for 17 members included 2 on 2 football, gym work and team football. A visit to Alton Towers has been organised for Sunday 27th April. The cost of £20 includes bus fare and entry to the park. The coach will depart from the Leisure Centre at 8.30am prompt. Members will need either a packed lunch or enough money to purchase refreshments. Details contact 01623 748907 or 07890600652.

Richmond Care Home

Residents have continued decorating their Easter bonnets ahead of their parade on Good Friday at 10.30am. A sing-a- long and dancing to old pub classic songs was held. Claire Seymour led one to one reminiscing time with residents. Other residents visited the hairdresser or played dominoes.

Methodist Church

Sunday week’s evening worship was led by Rev Bob Jones. A cafe style service was held with members of the congregation supplying cakes to share. Readers were Lindsey Ferreday, Sue Hall and Robert Fennell who shared his thoughts about Jesus healing the blind man and how the story relates to everyday lives.

Holy Trinity

A special service for Mothering Sunday was led by the Rev June Palmer. Posies of spring flowers were blessed and distributed to members of the congregation by Paddy Chi and Chloe Evans. At the beginning of the service candles were lit by Chloe Evans, Katie Evans, Lisa Evans and Ian Hill to remember all mothers, families throughout the world and the family of the church. Bible readings were by Mesdames Kiltie Hill and Lisa Evans. Rev Palmer read the Gospel. The collection was taken by Paddy Chi. Organist was Mr John Whybrow. In the evening the third Lent Evensong for the Bolsover and Staveley Deanery was held in church when the Rt Rev Humphrey Southern, Bishop of Repton, gave the sermon on the theme, ‘I am the name’.

Salvation Army

Ladies shared their special songs and readings at yesterday week’s Home League members meeting which was led by Mrs Eunice Smith. Volunteers served at four recent coffee mornings and in the charity shop. Buddies playgroup on Thursday week was organised and led by Maj Ina Neill and Dorothy Plant. ‘Mothers’ was Jean Leadbeater’s title when she led the Friday week Sunshine Club members meeting. Each lady was presented with a pansy in a pot. Maj Neill led the Mothering Sunday service which was followed by a buffet. Ladies were once again presented with a pansy in a pot.