Community News - Skegby

Busy Bees Club

At Anchor Centre Saturday week’s community coffee morning raised more than £260 for club funds. Caroline Nash, Mary Rowe, Sandra Burton, Margery Pierpoint, Roy Horner and Stuart Bramwell provided cooked breakfasts and snacks. Cashier was Gerald Hutson. Other helpers and stallholders included Anne Baines, Carol Lewis, Margaret Horner, Joyce Holloway, Vera, Tony and Sue Ford and Sylvia West. Santa Claus, aka Colin Kirkwood, was in his grotto and drew a raffle. Kath Kellett did face painting. Fourteen pre-school children, accompanied by adults, attended last Tuesday week’s meeting and nine, attended Thursday week’s meeting. Members made party hats.

Beechwood Court

Vice-chairman of 50 Plus Club, Mr Jim Clarke, opened Thursday week’s meeting and was bingo caller. Thirty-six members played cards and birthday greetings were given to Mrs R. Stones who provided refreshments. Mesdames S. Key, S. Clarke and M. Hayes served teas and Messrs T. Rowe, R. Birkin and Clarke did kitchen duties. Raffle winner Mrs M. Marchant, Mr Birkin, Mrs B. Waring and Mrs J. Boyer sold tickets and helped with bingo.

Methodist Church

At Saturday week’s community coffee morning at Anchor Centre Ashfield District Coun Ann Patrick was available for consultation. Nick Biggar conducted Sunday week’s service. Door stewards were Len and Margaret Jones and junior church members took the offertory with vestry stewards Trevor and Brenda Johnson. Di Smith operated the clavinova and Irene Shaw lit the first Advent candle. Worship leader Kathleen Bramwell opened the service and led intercessions. Doris Taylor manned the sound mixer desk and gave a PowerPoint presentation prepared by Arnie Kells. Eileen and Howard Lawrence gave Bible readings and served refreshments. John and Anne Baines led junior church. On Wednesday week members of Meeting Point, for people with learning disabilities, had activities. Members of the caring and learning group ran Monday week’s Oasis session of listening and praying.

St Andrew’s Church

The Vicar, Canon Dr Richard Kellett, led a celebration service for St Andrew’s Day on Friday week. John Whitbread gave a Bible reading. Musicians for the week were organist John Dunn and Brightlights Youth Band. The vicar opened Saturday week’s Christmas fair at the church hall. Stallholders were Mary Whitbread, Lesley and Esther Allin, Pam and Graham Clarke, Mia Alls, Sheila Shepherd, Hilary Hillman, Celia Kellett, Christine Wright, Sharon Hallam, Kelly Hurst and members of Parish Players. Sue Mountain, Ingrid Kerr and Joan Aldread provided refreshments. Heather and Tuscanny Webster ran Vine Tree Charity Shop’s stall and Joyce Carter ran a prize draw. The event raised nearly £2,000 for church funds. Associate Priest, the Rev Adrian Dempster, celebrated Sunday week’s Holy Communion. Reader John Whitbread and the vicar led later all-age worship. Sharon Hallam and Celia Kellett were in the ministry team and stewards were Karen Bradshaw and Katie Smith. Marilyn Turner and Ingrid Kerr served refreshments. Last Monday week there was a Little Fishes Toddlers’ Group activity period. The vicar led Thursday week’s 20-munites’ prayer session.

Monday Club

At Healdswood Community Centre vice-chairman Mr Jim Clarke opened Monday week’s meeting attended by 31 members. Raffle winner was Mr D. Dudley. Bingo callers Mr Clarke and Mrs M. Wallace were assisted by Mrs M. Gwynn and Mrs M. Hoyland. Ticket sellers were Mrs P. Patton and Mrs Gwynn. Mrs J. Hague and Mrs R. White did kitchen duties.


At Wednesday week’s meeting members wrapped presents to take to residents of Stoneyford Care Home and worked for community action badge. Leaders were Erika Marshall and Pam Peake.


Star of the week awards were given to Noa Arapi and Alex Shaw at Wednesday week’s meeting. Activities about a Christmas-theme story included making Russian-style bow ornaments for Christmas trees. Leaders Pam Peake, Helen halfpenny and Jamie Brelsford assisted by Guide Charlotte Peake also supervised games.

G Force Line DancingMembers practised party dances at yesterday week’s meeting at Anchor Centre. They celebrated Ann Glover’s birthday.