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Woodborough Christmas Lights

Woodborough’s wonderful Christmas lights will be switched on at 6.30pm on Friday Dec 1st in the Governors’ Field.

This event is being run by Woodborough's Parish Council and Community Association.

There will be Carols and Christmas Songs led by JUST SING! -  the Woodborough Community Choir, AND free mulled wine and mince pies.

Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier!

Nottingham  & Notts Branch

Registered Charity 255763

Annual Pet Food Appeal 2017

Once again in Woodborough there will be a collection of tinned and packet food for animals at the RSPCA Shelter at Radcliffe on Trent.

If you wish to donate tins or packets of cat and dog food, please drop your items in to St. Swithun’s Church on 16th December just before and during the Carols round the Tree event which is between 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Because some of the animals in care have sensitive stomachs the RSPCA’s preference is for jelly type cat food, meat based dog food and puppy, kitten and senior food.

You can also take food directly to:- RSPCA Branch Office, 137 Radford Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham Tel: 0115 9784965


RSPCA Animal Shelter, Radcliffe on Trent, Nottingham Tel: 0115 9334422

For large donations, please ring for collection

Lambley Historical Society

The  Pentrich Rising with Michael Parkin

This year being the bicentenary of the Pentrich Rising, there have been many commemorative events. Our contribution was a talk by Michael Parkin who has researched the subject in depth.  His emphasis was explaining the contributory causes more than describing the resulting events, most of which are now well known.

Conditions for the people of Pentrich, South Wingfield, Ripley, Alfreton and Belper were dire. The domestic frameworkers were threatened by the factory system. Poor weather causing poor harvests created a shortage of food prompting poaching and the threat of the cruel Game Laws. Enclosure denied labourers their rights. Returning soldiers from the war with France did not help the situation.

In desperation, the Nottinghamshire men joined the general rising to bring down the repressive government. With memories of the recent French Revolution, the government was determined to suppress any revolt and employed spies to insinuate and report back. As a result, as we now know, the marchers were tricked, ambushed by troops and the leaders arrested and tried at Derby. Many were transported to Australia, some were imprisoned and three were sentenced to death by hanging and beheading.

The men, now known as the Pentrich Rebels were deceived by despicable means but their cruel treatment caused such an outcry it eventually helped to bring about economic, social and political reform.

Our speaker, Michael Parkin had given us a sobering evening but was warmly thanked for his lucid and enlightening talk.

We have no meeting in December but start 2018 on January 22nd at 7.30pm in the W.I.Hall in Lowdham with our A.G.M. and Social Evening.  Details next month.

For more information contact Kay on 0115 9313646 or John on 0115 9313066 or visit our website


Monday 4th December

at 7.30pm

All welcome - Raffle & Refreshments


See the chiropodist on

Tuesday 12th December from 8.30am to 11.30am,
in the Institute, Roe Lane, Woodborough.

Click above to visit the Hyde Barker website

Local Travel Agency Marks 70th Anniversary

Celebrations start at Southwell Travel Show

The seventh annual Southwell Travel Show takes place on Saturday 20 January 2018 at the Saracen’s Head Hotel in Southwell. The event – organised by Hyde Barker Travel of King Street, Southwell – is the first in a series of celebrations marking the travel company’s 70 years in business.

The story of Hyde Barker Travel started when Denzil and Peggy Hyde-Barker returned to England from India after WW2. The first holidays were organised from the front room of their house in Ravenshead just outside Mansfield, and so successful were they that a year later – in 1948 – Denzil and Peggy opened ‘Holiday Travel’ in Belvedere Street, Mansfield.  Son Michael Hyde-Barker joined the firm in 1960 and the company’s name changed to Hyde-Barker Travel; a name that became familiar across the East Midlands as more branches opened in the 1960s and 70s.

The travel industry went through many changes during the 1990s and 2000s, but the Southwell shop continued to thrive thanks to its focus on customer service.  In 2011 the Hyde-Barker family retired and passed ownership to Barbara Cray and John Lightwood, both of whom have decades of travel industry experience.

Barbara and John launched the first Southwell Travel Show in 2012 and each year the number of exhibiting travel companies and visitors have increased.

“In a couple of hours you can virtually travel the world, and talk to experts about your own holiday dreams, whether that is a cruise, a tailor-made trip of a lifetime or an escorted tour,” says Barbara.

This year’s range of 26 travel companies includes well-known operators such as Titan and Riviera, and smaller specialists like Serenity Holidays, Typically Italian and Inside Japan. Hyde Barker staff will be on hand throughout, and appointments are also available at the agency between 3pm-4pm for those who want to discuss specific holiday arrangements.

Entry to the Southwell Travel Show on 20 January is free, and all visitors are invited to take advantage of a £50 discount on any featured holiday booked by 27 February 2018.

See for details.