News – Page 8

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   6.45pm for 7.00pm start.


The AGM is upon us and will be held at the beginning of July. It has been a very busy year. Most members of the committee are prepared to stand again and all club members have been invited to offer the committee their services.

The constitution needed revising after many years and is ready to be put to members. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has implications for us as it does for everybody, although some of us wonder whether it isn’t a repetition of the millennium bug that turned out to be something of a damp squib – the exercise of common sense should be sufficient for clubs and societies such as ours.

Nonetheless, we have a policy in place and are revising our working practices.

Considerable debate has taken place about how best to run our teams next year in order to best capitalise on our recent successes. All members are being asked whether they would like to participate in team playing against other Clubs – it may not be everybody’s cup of tea.

We continue regularly to have forty or fifty players on Thursday evenings at Woodborough Village Hall at 7.00pm and large quantities of chocolate biscuits are consumed.

The Club welcomes visitors – telephone Jane whose number appears below or take a risk and just turn up. To get a feel of what sort of Club we are, have a look at our website – details below.

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

There are three village events this month: Feast Sports Day, St Swithun’s Day and the Street Market. We shall be raising the church flag and ringing the bells for the first two, hopefully with some friends to make up a full band of six ringers. There are also two royal birthdays in the third week of July for which we shall fly the Union flag. These are for the Duchess of Cornwall on July 17th and Prince George of Cambridge on the 22nd.

We are now well into the holiday season and there will doubtless be occasions in July, and August, when bells on Sunday will not be happening in Woodborough. We shall do our best when there are enough of us around. The same applies to our Thursday practice sessions. We really do need more volunteers to come and keep the ringing tradition alive in the village.

We normally start practice sessions at 7pm and end between 8pm and 8.30pm, depending on who is attending and how many. These evenings are an excellent opportunity to come and find out what is involved in ringing the bells and have a conducted tour of the belfry. There is a long history with our bells going right back to the time of Queen Mary in the middle of the 16th century. Our oldest bell is now over 450 years old and still going well. The youngest has just reached its tenth birthday.

If you would like to take up this invitation or to have a go at ringing, at our practice session or perhaps at another time more convenient to you, please give me a phone call or an email.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390

Hillfolk Noir


Both of the Warthog Promotions concerts in July have been switched to the meeting room at the Village Hall, as the Old Ship Inn sadly remains closed.

Wednesday 18th July sees the return of the trio Hillfolk Noir from Boise, Idaho playing the style of music they call ‘junkerdash’. Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir is a trio of neo-traditionalists playing traditional music on traditional instruments for non-traditional times, and it’s a sound brewed from folk, bluegrass, punk, string-band blues and other influences musical and otherwise.

Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernardi appear a week later, passionately playing country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s. They like to keep this precious musical heritage alive faithfully reproducing its original sound whilst playing it with a modern twist.

Tickets are still available for both concerts, priced at £12 each, although only a handful remain unsold for Hillfolk Noir.

For more information on the forthcoming programme, visit

Tickets from Mike & Jacky Hoare Tel 0115 9663596