News – Page 8

Woodborough in Bloom

The summer planting is well under way,the barrier baskets are in place and the hanging baskets will be up in the next week. The judging starts for the Best Kept Village around the second week of June, so please ensure you are weed free and ready!

A new planter is in position on Main Street near Smalls Croft, thank you to Colin Starke and Charles Wardle from the PC for their man power support.

The bowser is now out and with another dry hot summer forecast will be watering the planters, troughs and hanging baskets 2-3 times a week. Please when street parking overnight do not obstruct the planters as the bowser is often out early in the morning or in the evenings.

Thank you to all who help and support Woodborough in Bloom and especially the bowser rota team who will be busy over the next 4 months looking after the wonderful colourful display of summer plants.

Jan, Elizabeth and Jane

Woodborough WI

For the month of June our W.I. Meeting will be held on Monday, 17 June, 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

The Friendship Group will meet on Tuesday, 4 June, 2019 at 2 pm in the Institute Hall.

Our next Walk will be on Monday, 10 June, 2019 and we will meet at 10 am in the car park of the Village Hall with cars to share.

Members, Visitors and New Members are all welcome to the above.

The next Committee Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 11 June, 2019 at 10 am and will be held at the home of Brenda Chapman.

Museum of Timekeeping

The award winning Museum of Timekeeping has embarked on an ambitious programme of events taking place at the 200 year old Upton Hall in Nottinghamshire.

The Summer Show on Sunday June 9th is taking on a Space theme to celebrate the 50th anniversary of man walking on the moon. A mobile planetarium will be available from 10am to 4 pm aimed at attracting younger visitors with the link between Space and Time themes indicating the important role of accurate time in space exploration. Visitors will also be able to explore the magnificent, finest collection outside of London of clocks, watches and other time keeping equipment with many unique items. These include the first speaking clock, still in working order allowing people to listen to the original ‘Voice’ of Ethel Cain. Amazingly, Ethel beat 9,000 other contestants to take on the role in 1936. The collection is also home to the original 150 year old St. Pancras station clock and a watch used by Captain Scott on his fateful Antarctic journey.

This will be followed by Proms in the Park on Saturday July 13th. The beautiful 12 acre grounds will be open from 4.30 pm for customers to bring their own chairs and enjoy music from the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band. There will be two musical sessions commencing at 6 pm with favourites Land of Hope and Glory, Sailors Hornpipe, Rule Britannia etc included in the repertoire.  Food will be available on site as will a licensed bar and a cocktail bar.  

These events represent the museums determination to attract and embrace a wider audience to Upton Hall with a recent event bringing many people in period costume to celebrate the 200th birthday of Queen Victoria at our Victorian Times event.

Museum Curator and charity Chairman, Viscount Alan Midleton told us

‘These are just a few of several ambitious undertakings as we embark on our plan to attract many more visitors to enjoy both the hall and our incredible collection. We are also improving the layout of some of our halls in order to enhance the experience of individual and group visitors. In this day and age, museums and other attractions need to be more self sustainable and we are determined to achieve that situation.’

Details can be found on the museum web site and tickets may be obtained by telephoning 01636 817601

Click below to see two VIDEO REPORTS covering
the Museum of Timekeeping

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

For a good many years it has been the tradition that the Tower Captain is responsible for maintaining the good time-keeping of the church clock. The clock was made by Bosworth of Nottingham in 1854 and is installed on the floor above the ringing room. It is connected directly to the hands and dial which are on the Main Street north side of the church tower.

The clock generally keeps very good time; but does need the odd tweak to keep it spot on. The driving weights fall the full height of the tower and have to be rewound back to the top once a week.

In the last month, a few people in the village have noticed that the hour bell has been striking one hour ahead of the hands. Investigation has found a worn part in the mechanism that controls the number of strikes at each hour. It seems generally to happen at 10 o’clock.

At the time of writing, we have arranged for Smith’s of Derby to remove the worn part and refurbish it. The clock will be stopped until the part is refitted.

Because of holidays, we have not been ringing either for practice or service since 23rd last. A band has been invited to ring for the wedding on 8th June. After that we shall be back to normal with our practice at 7.00pm on the 13th in time for the next wedding on the 15th.

If you are interested in trying out church bell ringing, please do get in touch. We are still short of enough people to ring all our six bells together and would welcome new learners and of course any previously active ringers who would like to return to the tower.

We practice on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm and ring for service on Sunday mornings from 9am or 9.30am depending on the time of the service. You will be welcome to come and see what we do at either ringing time. Please do phone or email me before coming along.


Stephen Smith, Tower Captain
Tel 07817-979390

Woodborough Bridge Club

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

Woodborough Village Hall   –   Thurs 6.45pm for 7.00pm start.

An active club with a balance of experienced players willing to share their knowledge and intermediate  and less experienced  players keen to improve, you might want to come along and give it a go.

If you are a potential bridge player and possibly interested in joining a club, why not come along and give us a try?

We meet in Woodborough Village Hall on Thursday evenings at 6.45pm.

For more information get in touch or see our website (details below).

Please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or