Your guide to events across Mansfield and Ashfield, 28th November - 4th December

Tupele Dorgu stars as The Wicked Queen in the panto at Mansfield Palace Theatre.
Tupele Dorgu stars as The Wicked Queen in the panto at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

A GUIDE to events happening across Mansfield and Ashfield during the next week.

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Tony Award-winning musical 42nd Street continues at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal until 1st December. Tickets are from £14. For details call the box office on 0115 989 5555 or visit

Marty Wilde’s Rock and Roll Party at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Tickets from £19.50, call 0115 989 5555.


Panto Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood opens at Nottingham Playhouse and runs until 19th January. For details call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit


Panto Snow White and the Seven Dwarves opens at Mansfield’s Palace Theatre and runs until 6th January. For details call Mansfield 633133 or visit



Singer-songwriter Dave Giles will perform acoustic folk at Nottingham Playhouse at 8pm. Tickets are £8. For details call the Box Office on 0115 941 9419 or visit

RAF in Concert, Jubilee year performance. Tickets from £16. Call 0115 989 5555 or visit


1980s electro sensation The Human League will be performing at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Tickets are £27.50. For details call the box office on 0115 989 5555 or visit


Nottingham Harmonic Society perform Handel’s Messiah at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Tickets are from £10.50. Call 0115 989 5555 or


Manfred Mann members at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall. Tickets from £22, call 0115 989 5555 or visit



Heavy rock band Nico Tamberella at Sutton’s Diamond Club. Doors 7pm, tickets £8 members, £10 non-members. Call 456617 or visit

Johnny Johnstone Allstars at Sutton’s Unwin Club on Unwin Road. 8.30pm and admission is £6 or £5 for members.


Free at Last at Sutton’s Diamond with support from Jackhammer. Entry £5 members and £6.50 non-members. Doors 7pm. For details call Mansfield 456617 or visit

One Way, award-winning band, at Warsop’s Ex-servicemen’s Club. Entry is £2 for members and £3 for non-members. For details visit or call Mansfield 842183.

The Hummingbirds play Mansfield Woodhouse’s Anvil pub. 8pm. Free entry. Support from Mitch Bland and Ben Haynes.

2 Insane, a boy/girl pop covers duo at Kirkby’s Bentinck Club at 8.30pm. For more details call Mansfield 752284 or visit

B/Dazzled, a male/female duo, at Annesley Woodhouse Wrokingmen’s Club. Over-18s only, visitors £1. For details call Mansfield


A Foreigner’s Journey, a tribute to Foreigner and Journey, at Sutton’s Diamond. Tickets £6.50 members and £8 non-members. For details call Mansfield 456617 or visit

Prestige, a boy/girl duo at Kirkby’s Bentinck Club at 8.30pm. For more details call Mansfield 752284 or visit


Winnebagos, plus Rock Inc, at Sutton’s Diamond. Entry £2 for members and £3 for non-members. For details call 456617 or visit

Fun two-piece Can you Feel it? at Warsop’s Ex-servicemen’s Club. Entry £1 members, £2 for guests. Visit or call 842183.



InStep Health Walk around Hardwick Hall meeting at the visitor centre ponds’ car park at 10am. For details call 07563 702 547.


InStep Health Walk around Boundary Wood meeting at Blidworth Miners’ Welfare at 10am. For details call 07951 968 366


InStep Health Walk around Pleasley Circular meeting at the Vale Garden Centre at 10am. For details call 07951 945407.



Aurora Winter Illuminations. Rufford Abbey Country Park 5-7pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until 16th December.


Tree dressing day at Sherwood Forest Country Park. Workshops from 11.30am, music from Dukeries College Band from noon-2 and the big switch-on at 4.15pm.

diary dates

BILSTHORPE: Library. Dukeries College, 4-week course starting 28th Nov 10am-12noon, sugar crafting. £5 per session. Booking essential, 870216.

BLIDWORTH: & District Historical & Heritage Society. Meeting December 4th. Quiz followed by a presentation of slides by members Eric Hall and Alan Higgins, showing the development and demise of Blidworth Colliery. Methodist Chapel on Main Street. 7pm. £2 which includes refreshments.

BLIDWORTH: St Mary’s Church. Sunday 9th Dec 4pm Tree of Memories service.

BLIDWORTH: St Mary’s Church. Saturday 15th Dec 4pm Living Nativity.

CLIPSTONE: Parish Council Christmas Fayre and Event, Saturday 15th December, new Village Hall, Church Road. Anyone interested in having a stall to raise funds for a community group or project is welcome to apply. No charge for community groups/charities. Ring  Coun Soar 01623 658703 or email’

CLIPSTONE: All Saints Church. December 14th Mansfield Male Voice Choir, & Shirebrook Brass Band .Tickets £6 at the door. 7pm. December 16th Christingle Service, 4pm. December 23rd Carols by Candle Light. 6pm. December 24th Crib Service, 4pm. December 24th Midnight Mass 11:30pm.

CLIPSTONE: Rumbles Cafe. Vicar Water Country Park, book sale, Wednesdays 11am to 2pm.

CLIPSTONE: Rumbles Cafe. Saturday 1st December –Christmas Carols by Candlelight, tickets minimum donation of £5 per head to include drink and warm mince pie. From 6.30pm. Contact 424836.

EDWINSTOWE: Spiritualist Centre, Village Hall. 6.30pm Sunday 2nd December. Medium will be Jules, everyone welcome. Tel Sandra 07825036780.

EDWINSTOWE: Major Oak Medical Practice.  Christmas Fayre on Saturday 1st December 10am-1pm.

EDWINSTOWE: Tenants’ And Residents’ Association. Christmas family disco to help one parent family’s next summer. Contact Gail on 824521 or Sue on 07800803728.

EDWINSTOWE:  Painting for Pleasure classes. Village Hall, on Mondays 2-4pm. All welcome, just go along. Contact tel 01777 870588.

EDWINSTOWE: Zumba. South Forest, Wednesday 6-7, £3.50.

EDWINSTOWE: Zumba. Thoresby Miners’ Welfare, Fourth Avenue, Thursday 6.30-7.15pm, £3, 07863987271.

FARNSFIELD: Methodist Church. Sunday 9th December, Salvation Army gift service. 6.15pm.

FOREST TOWN: Avalon Care Home, Clipstone Road West. Christmas Fair, 1st December at 2pm. Admission free.Have a photo taken with Father Christmas.Craft and cake stalls. Tombola and raffle plus much more. A few tables available at £5. Contact Margaret Caunt on 644195.

FOREST TOWN: Forest Town Christmas lights switch-on. Thursday 29th Nov.  Short carol service at St Alban’s Church at 7pm, followed by the main Christmas tree being lit at the crossroads at 7.15. Then a walk down to the Methodist Chapel to see the rest of the lights and a few more carols before refreshments are served.  Donations towards next year’s lights would be gratefully received.  All residents are invited.

FOREST TOWN: St Alban’s Church. Sat 1st 10.30am Film Club. Sun 2nd 9.30am Parish communion. 10.30am Sunday Club. Christingle service 4pm. Wed 5th 9.30am Midweek communion. Ecumenical Advent service 6pm, Trinity Church.

MANSFIELD: St Peter’s Church. Wed 28th Nov 5.15pm Pizza and Praise. Thursday 29th Nov 10am Communion. Friday 30th 1.10pm Communion. Sunday 2nd December 8am, 9.30am Communion; 6.30pm Advent Carol Service; 7.30pm www. welcome, worship and word.

MANSFIELD: Spiritualist Church. Sunday Devine Service 2nd December 6.30pm Medium Marilyn Parkin. Thursday Healing Service 7.30pm. All welcome. Wednesday 5th December 7.30pm Mediums rally including spirit art, cost £3, pay at door. Open Healing Saturdays 10am - midday. Private readings 2nd & 4th Saturdays of month 10am - midday. Costs £10. Contact Jean Stevens on 842143.

MANSFIELD: Bridge Street Methodist Church. Toddler Group Monday 3rd and Thursday 6th December, 9.30-11am in The Stanhope Centre.  Also on Friday 7th, pop-In for a cuppa 10.30am-12noon.

 MANSFIELD: Ashfield & Mansfield Older People’s Consultation Group. Meet 2pm on Wed 28th Nov at Mansfield CVS, Wood Street, Mansfield. Speaker Gary McKay from the NCC on reforming care and support. For more information call CVS on 651177.

MANSFIELD: Pensioners Association branch meeting. Thursday 29th November, Old Meeting House, Stockwell Gate, 2pm. Speaker Andrew Tucker from the Palace Theatre. Open to non members.

MANSFIELD: Mansfield Baptist Church, Rosemary Street. Saturday 1st December – Christmas Gift & Craft Fair 10am– 2pm, gifts and craft stalls, refreshments. Call Cathy on 07903 804273. Chiropractor attending and offering free posture checks. Refreshments.Entry is 50p for adults, children free. All proceeds to two charities: an overseas charity helping forgotten Nepali Children who have trafficked and Bellamy Community Shop in Mansfield.

MANSFIELD: Parach Drama School. Meeting at Brookside Hall, Ladybrook Lane. Children Saturday 10am till 12 noon Adults Monday 7 - 8pm. No charge for children. No experience necessary. For information phone 0438674 or 078912544124.

MANSFIELD: Coffee morning. Old Meeting House, Stockwell Gate, every Saturday 10am-12noon.

MANSFIELD: Yoga group. Old Meeting House, every Tuesday, 6.30pm.

MANSFIELD: Age Concern Mansfield day centre, Selwyn Street. Open  Fridays 9.30am-1.30pm. Raffle, bingo, card game and hot lunch and outings, new members welcome, ring 01623 626869.

MANSFIELD: Redcliffe Over 50s Club. St Lawrence’s Church Hall, Sandy Lane. New members welcome to join friendly club, meet Monday 2-3.45pm (except bank holidays). Subscriptions £2, incl speakers, slide presentations, bingo, refreshments and free raffle. Contact chairman Don Hunt 469907 or 626807.

MANSFIELD: ZumbAtomic. Children’s Zumba, Saturdays. ‘Little stars’ ( 4-7), 9.30-10.30am and ‘big stars’ (8-11)  10.30-11.30am,  Ladybrook Community Centre (William Kaye Hall) call  624208.

MANSFIELD: Children’s dance lessons with Step up School of Dance. Thursdays at Ladybrook Community Centre. Baby boppers under 4s 4-4.30pm, street dance 4.30-5pm, disco 5-5.30pm call 624208.

MANSFIELD: Yoga for all levels. Ladybrook Community Centre, Thursdays 7-8pm.

MANSFIELD: Lunch club for all  family. Wednesdays 11.30am–1pm, Ladybrook Community Centre, any two course  £3 or three for  £4 – everyone welcome, highchairs available.

MANSFIELD: Interfaith Network. Encourages people of different faiths in the district to get together and share ideas and experiences) meets last Wednesday of  month, Mansfield CVS, 36 Wood Street,  6pm-7.30pm. For information  contact Alan Lloyd on 01623 651177, or John Wood on 01623 672467.

MANSFIELD: Age Concern Friendship Centre. Old Meeting House, open Monday, Thursday and Friday,  10am-1pm, tea, coffee, soup and toast. No me membership needed, contact 626286.

MANSFIELD: MIND Men’s Group. St John’s Street,  every Thursday 1.30 – 4.30pm. Call 01623 658044 for information.

MANSFIELD:  Baptist Church Coffee Shop. 10am-2pm every Thursday. Includes table top sale raising funds for local charities. Table £0-£5, call Amy on 01623 633778 or Elaine 652635. All welcome.

MANSFIELD: The national organisation of the Widowed (NOW). Meets first Saturday of month, St John’s Centre, 10.30am-12.30pm.

MANSFIELD: Christian Community Centre, 1 Woodhouse Road. Multicultural church with activities for all ages. Sunday  services 11am. For  information  call 622766 or 645123.

MANSFIELD: Selwyn Street Centre, Over 60s Club. All welcome. Have a chat, play bingo, refreshments, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1.30-3.30pm.

MANSFIELD: Family Life Centre. Luncheon club every Monday and Friday at 12.30pm. £4 for over-60s, £5 for under-60s. Further information from Nita on 422808.

MANSFIELD: St John’s Centre (Old School). Tea dance every Monday afternoon from 1.45-4pm.Admission £2 (inc tea & bisc) All popular sequence dances & some ballroom dances. Tel 609001 for details.

MANSFIELD: Healing Hands at CVS, 36 Wood St. Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Refreshments included. A suggested donation of £3 appreciated. Contact Margaret on 01623 623590

MANSFIELD: Self-help Cancer Group. Meet first and third Mondays of the month at The Patchills, off Eakring Road, at 7pm. Free complementary therapies.

MANSFIELD: Are you concerned about someone’s drinking. Friends’ Meeting House, Wednesdays, 7.30-9pm. Contact helpline 02074 070215.

MANSFIELD: Friends’ Meeting House (next to the Civic Centre), Chesterfield Road South, a voluntary group, Healing Pathways. Reiki, reflexology, Body Talk, Indian head massage and healing. Wednesdays, 10.30am to 1pm. Donations, guidance, £5.

MANSFIELD: Knit ‘n’ natter, every third Saturday in month. Mansfield library, 10 am-12noon. All welcome, beginners and experienced.

MANSFIELD: Churches Together. Bellamy Community Charity Shop. 11am-4pm Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm Sat Dawn’s Deal Day. Donations gratefully received.

MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE: Saturday 8th December. 12noon, Turner Hall, Triangle Health and Social Group fundraising stall, in aid of MS, at the Mansfield Woodhouse Christmas Event.

MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE: Social sequence tea dance. Mondays 1.30-4pm, Sherwood Welfare Centre.

MANSFIELD WOODHOUSE: Turner Memorial Hall, flea market. Fridays, 8am to 12noon. Free admission, refreshments, proceeds for St Edmund’s Church, contact Andrew on 07786 958690.

OLLERTON: Ollerton & District Organ Society. Present John Bowdler in concert at the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Wednesday 5th December, 7.30pm. 

OLLERTON: Coffee mornings. Library, 9.30am-11am every Tuesday.

OLLERTON: Sherwood MP Mark Spencer, Advice Surgeries. Fourth Friday of the month,  5.30–7pm),  Dukeries Complex, Whinney Lane, (except for August and some Bank Holidays). Phone the Constituency Office on 0115 968 1186.

PLEASLEY: St Michael’s Church.  Christmas Tree Festival Saturday December 1st to Tuesday December 4th. Church open each day from 11am to 4.30pm. Refreshments available.  Concert by Pleasley Welfare Band on Friday 30th November at 7.30pm and Carol Concert by the Forest Singers on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm. Free refreshments with retiring collection at both events.

RAINWORTH: St Simon & St Jude’s Church. Sat 1st December, 10am-12noon Christmas Fair.

RAINWORTH: St George’s Church. Friday December 7th, 8pm present the Shirebrook Unison Miners Band in concert, Tickets £5 incl light refreshments and a drink. Tel 01623 792928.

RAINWORTH: Simon & St Jude’s, Coffee Shop. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am-12noon. Everyone welcome. New feature- book sale, come along and choose a book.

SHIREBROOK: Salvation Army Christmas Fayre. Saturday 1st December 9-12pm. .

SHIREBROOK: Christian Centre. 1st Sunday of Advent service 6pm Sunday 2nd December.

SHIREBROOK: Market Place. Christmas carols 10.30am, Saturday 8th December.

SHIREBROOK: Churches Together. Christmas carols in the Market Place, Saturday 8th December.

SHIREBROOK: Parish Church of the Holy Trinity. Christingle Service 3pm Sunday 9th December.

SHIREBROOK: Parish Church of the Holy Trinity. Tree of Light Service 6pm Sunday 9th December.

SHIREBROOK: Salvation Army. Christingle Service Sunday 9th December 6pm.

SHIREBROOK: Village Hall. Christmas Show by Lighthouse Theatre Drama Group, Monday 3rd December and Thursday 6th December 7pm – Adults £1.75, Concessions £1.25, children £1.50.

SHIREBROOK: Ashbourne Court, chair-based exercise class. Tuesdays 2-3pm.  50p. All welcome. Contact Maureen Greig 744952.

SHIREBROOK: Tea Dance, Tuesdays 2-4pm Shirebrook Church Hall. Admission £2  inc refreshments. Contact K. Clarke 743577.

SHIREBROOK: Holy Trinity Parish Church. Family Advent service, 6pm Sunday 2nd December.

WARSOP: Oaklands Centre, Oakfield Lane. Tuesday, charity shop, 9am. Thursday, tea dance, 2pm, admission £1.50, includes refreshments. Telephone 844034.

WHALEY THORNS: Community Hall, Sequence Dance. Wednesdays 2-4pm, £1.50. Contact Dorothy Charlesworth 744718.

ANNESLEY: Spiritual development workshops. Twice a month at Acacia Centre, Tuesdays 7-8.30pm, contact Michelle on 07974178423.

HUTHWAITE: Community Cafe. Open every Mon, Weds and Fri 9am-1.15pm term time only.  OAP & regular specials daily, contact the centre on 440993 to check what’s on and book your meal!  Healthy Options available.  Hot choc with marshmallows and cream only £1!. Baby & Toddler Group, every Thursday from 9.15-11am. £1 per family. Prayer lunch every Thursday from 11.30 am in the All Saints Cafe, all  welcome.

HUTHWAITE: All Saints Church services. Sunday 10am. More traditional services  held  Sunday evenings from 6pm.  All welcome; Church running 2 Alpha Course, all are welcome.  Both are on a Tuesday, one is at 7.30pm and another, women’s group (children welcome) is at 9am.

HUTHWAITE: Leisure Centre. Friday night bingo to raise money for  Amazon Breast Cancer charity, 8-10:30pm.

HUTHWAITE: Every Friday at 7pm prayer walk around Huthwaite. Meet in the All Saints car park.

JACKSDALE, WESTWOOD: BADJER, the local community group, and JACHs Heritage Group Christmas Fair. Includes outdoor ice rink on Saturday 1st December, 3-7pm with disco, lighting, BBQ and hot drinks. Skating tickets on sale from MCM Estates, Main Road, Jacksdale or by phoning 01773 779492.

KIRKBY: Women’s Institute. Cake Stall, Sat 1st Dec, Trinity CentrePoint 10-12 noon.

KIRKBY: Spiritualist Church. Divine service Sun 2nd Dec. Demonstration evening Mon 3rd. Awareness group Tue 4th. All 7pm for private readings, ring S. Hardy on 01623 721905.

KIRKBY: Bracken Hill School, Christmas Fayre. (Chartwell Road on Coxmoor Estate). Friday, 30 November 6– 8pm. Entrance: 50p including mulled wine. Santa’s Grotto, tombola, games, face painting, home made cakes, Christmas crafts, refreshments, hot food, prize draw, bric-a-brac plus more.  Proceeds to school fund.

KIRKBY: WeightWatchers. Community Church Hall, 6.30pm Wednesdays. Tel Helen Allsop 01623 660797.

KIRKBY: St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall prayer group. Meets Wednesdays 2 to 3pm, all welcome.

KIRKBY: Trinity Methodist Church and Community CentrePoint, prayer space available,.Mondays 10 to 11.30am, for contemplation. All welcome.

KIRKBY WOODHOUSE: St John’s Church Hall, Forest Road, games morning. 10am-12noon every Monday. Come along and play board games with refreshments. Good for elderly, those living alone.

NEWSTEAD: Newstead Centre, Tilford Road, Newstead Village, tel 727140. Community cafe open 9am-2pm for breakfast & lunch & serves a variety of sandwiches, light snacks, hot meals and a daily special, as well as  locally baked cakes. Newstead Bowls -  New members welcome.  Contact Sam 01623 753541. Monday - Keep Fit 9-11am. All welcome. Dance classes with Melanie School of Dance. Freestyle, Latin & Zumba for all ages. 4.30-5.00 Freestyle, aged 3-5yrs - £2.50 5-5.45 Freestyle, aged 6+yrs - £3. 5.45-6.30 Latin American, Parent & Child - £3. 6.30-7.15 Zumba - £2.50. Tuesday, Young at Heart 9.30-11.30, gentle exercise for the over 50s. Wednesday -Woodcarvers with John, wood carving and  walking stick making for beginners through to experienced. 8-10pm. £3. All welcome. Sunday - Tai Chi with East Midlands Zhong Ding. 6-7pm Beginners class £3.50 Contact Ken on 07833 346505.

SKEGBY: St Andrew’s Church. Christmas Fayre Saturday  1st December, 1pm. Parish Hall, Mansfield Road. Tombola, cakes, Christmas gifts, prize draw etc. Refreshments.

SKEGBY: Zumba class. St Andrew’s Parish Hall, Mansfield Road, Tuesdays 5.30pm.

SKEGBY: Methodist Church and Anchor Centre community coffee morning Saturday, 1st December, 10.30am to 12.30pm. Cake stall, breakfasts, tombola, raffle, face painting, hand-made Christmas cards and Santa Claus.

SUTTON: Bumper Jumble Sale.  Friday November 30th. 5Pm, Community of Christ.  The Oval.  Carsic Estate.  Everything 20p.

SUTTON: Free Alpha breakfast every Saturday 10am followed by the Alpha course and a free dinner, Sutton Christian Fellowship, High Pavement. Just come along.

SUTTON: U3A meeting, second Thursday of every month. 10-12noon at Mansfield Hosiery Mills, Huthwaite Road.

SUTTON: Need advice? Ashfield CAB has a new helpline. Ring 0844 856 3411 10am-2pm Monday to Friday.

SUTTON:  Zumba Fitness Class.  Every Friday: 5.30-6.15pm,  £3 per session. Grosvenor Rooms. All abilities. No need to book. 

SUTTON:  Glee Club For Kids!  Every Friday: 4-5.15pm, £1.50 per session. New Cross Community Hall, Downing Street.  Ages 6 to 16 welcome. 

SUTTON: Sparkles Youth Club. 110a Hardwick Lane, open Wednesdays, 4.30 to 6.30pm and in the school holidays, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, for young people with disabilities and additional needs, aged from eight to 20 years old. Telephone Jennie Jennison on 01623 441900 for details. 

SUTTON: Social bowls club for the over 50s and the retired. Lammas Leisure Centre, on Wednesdays, 4.30 to 6.30pm. Beginners welcome.

SUTTON: Zumba Tone. Magdalene Centre, Church Avenue, Tuesday 6.30-7.15pm; £3, 07863987271.

SUTTON: Zumba. Magdalene Centre, Church Avenue, Tuesday; 7.30-8.15pm; £3, 07863987271.

SUTTON: Zumba. Grosvenor Rooms, Church Street; Friday, 5.30-6.15pm; £3, 07863987271.

TEVERSAL: Coffee morning at Scout Hut Saturday, 1st December, 10 to 11.30am. Admission 30p. Cake and gift stalls, tombola, raffle. Proceeds for St Katherine’s Church.