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Annual Ladies Lunch

Woodborough Village Hall
Wednesday 18th April
12.00 for 12.30pm   –   £32.00
Guest Speaker: Sheila Dibnah
‘My Life with Steeplejack Fred’

This very popular annual event is now sold out.  However, sometimes people do give up their place for various reasons so if you are interested and would like to go on a reserve list please contact Kathryn on 965 2463.

Woodborough in Bloom

A date for the diary – The AGM will be held on Thursday 8th March 3.00pm at The Nags Head.

Please join us for tea and cakes to discuss our plans and the Summer Planting scheme.

Thank you for all your support during 2017.

Jan, Elizabeth and Jane

The Calverton Plough Boys at 40


Bold Tom (Calverton revival version) and his entourage of oddly-dressed comrades first knocked on the doors of pubs in Calverton and its surrounding villages in January 1979. In January 2018, the Calverton Real Ale and Plough Play Preservation Society (CRAPPPS) performed its 40th consecutive annual tour of Plough Plays, fondly recalling the contribution, enthusiasm and dedication of group members past and present and local legends absent, beloved and never-to-be forgotten.

The group has seen numerous changes in personnel over the years. It has seen triumph and tragedy, hurrahs and heartbreak, fair weather and foul. But it has persevered nonetheless with this glorious owd folk tradition – with a spring in its step, ale in its belly and pride in its heart. Somewhere in the middle of all of it, CRAPPPS has raised nearly £30,000 for children’s charities including a brilliant £937.94 for Nottingham NSPCC in January.

The group has also added another Calvertonian tradition (the St George’s Play) to its canon, now in its 8th year of touring and going strong.

So we’d like to invite you to a right owd knees up at Calverton Village Hall on Saturday 17 March 2018 to celebrate – er, well all of the above – and to raise a glass to another 40 years on the road for CRAPPPS. It’ll be a foot stomping, toe-tapping ceilidh with the brilliant Sheepish Grin (John Crawford and Richard Mecia – presiding. There’ll be mumming, merriment and memory-laning. 

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Nottingham NSPCC.

So … in comes you? 

Tickets now on sale (£8 adults / FREE for under 15s) – you can ring 07491 644581 to book or buy your tickets online at

Lowdham Festivals

NB Message from Dave Machell: it is with regret that the Gilbert and Sullivan events over the Easter weekend have had to be postponed as the two musicians are now unable to come along. Sincere apologies for this – if you have booked tickets for the film on Friday 30th March, the workshop on 31st March or the concert on 31st March then please do call the box office number below for a refund.

Tickets for all our events are available from:
The Bookcase, 50 Main Street, Lowdham NG14 7BE
or on our Box Office line 0115 966 3219.


Come along for a weekend of Film Fun!

Saturday 3rd March 11.00am – Smurfs: The Lost Village – U (1hr, 36mins)
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest, leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
2.00pm – Swallows and Amazons – PG (1hr, 36mins)
Based on the classic novel by Arthur Ransome, four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit.
4.15pm The Snowman – 15 (1hr, 59mins)
Michael Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole as he investigates the disappearance of a woman whose scarf is found wrapped around an ominous-looking snowman. Based on the novel by Jo Nesbo.
7.00pm Victoria and Abdul – PG (1hr, 51mins)
Meet the author, see the film!
Shrabani Basu looks at the unusual friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian servant, Abdul Karim, which caused a storm in the Royal Court. Based on previously unseen private diaries and letters, her book, Victoria and Abdul, The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant reveals a hidden story that the Establishment tried to erase.
Shrabani will talk about the book and writing experience before a showing of the film which will be followed by audience Q & A and book signing.
Sunday 4th March 11am Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – PG (1hr, 31mins)
A Heffley family road trip to attend Meemaw’s 90th birthday party goes hilariously off course thanks to Greg’s newest scheme to get to a video gaming convention. Adapted from the hugely popular series by Jeff Kinney.
2.00pm Goodbye Christopher Robin – PG (1hr, 47mins)
After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A.A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son’s growing collection of stuffed animals. He and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the Winnie the Pooh books, while the enchanting tales brought hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England.
4.30pm The Mountain Between Us – 12A (1hr, 52mins)
Stranded after a tragic plane crash, Idris Elba and Kate Winslet star as two strangers who must forge a connection to survive the extreme elements of a remote snow-covered mountain. When they realize help is not coming, they embark on a perilous journey across the wilderness. Based on the novel by Charles Martin.
7.45pm Hidden Figures – PG (2hrs, 7mins)
Adapted from the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, this film reveals the untold story of three brilliant female African-American mathematicians at NASA. who served as the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit – a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.
Tickets: £6 full, £5 concessions, £4 Festival Friends
NB – Victoria and Abdul author/film event £10 full, £9 concessions, £8 Festival Friends

Other dates for your diary :

FIRST FRIDAYS February – May 2018
First Friday talks take place in Lowdham Methodist Chapel, Main Street, Lowdham

2pm – 3.30pm
£6 full, £5 concessions, £4 Festival Friends (including tea and cake)

FRIDAY 2nd March
Exploring Nottinghamshire Writers with Rowena Edlin-White
Rowena will be talking about the literary landscape of this county – three centuries and more of writers and the places that inspired them. Her recently published book celebrates not only the obvious giants like Byron, Lawrence and Sillitoe, but dozens of others who were best-sellers in their day like Muriel Hine, J.C. Snaith and others whose stories had been forgotten. Buy the book from

FRIDAY 6th April
From Here We Changed the World with Adrian Gray
Adrian Gray will tell some amazing stories of pilgrims and rebels from North Nottinghamshire and West Lincolnshire, who had a profound effect on the development of Christianity – martyrs of the English Reformation, leading puritans, the “Separatists” who became the Mayflower pilgrims and the founders of the Baptist, Quaker and Methodist denominations.

 Adrian is the author of more than twenty books on aspects of local and national history. He is historical adviser to Bassetlaw Christian Heritage and Pilgrims & Prophets Christian Heritage Tours, both of which are community groups working to develop heritage tourism in Notts and Lincs.Buy the book from