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Woodborough Remembers
“Battle’s Over”

Woodborough remembers those who made great sacrifices in the First World War so that we can live our lives in freedom. The symbol of that sacrifice is the poppy.

Community Association

Best Kept Village 2018

At the time of writing we know we have won our sector but are still waiting to hear if we have also won the prize for the whole of Nottinghamshire .

Saturday 8th September Tour of Britain Cycle Race

Well done to all of you who were involved in decorating the Village for this event. The yellow bikes and bunting looked wonderful. A big thank you to the working party superbly coordinated by Margaret Briggs and Im sure the cyclists appreciated all of our efforts as the village looked really welcoming on a particularly drizzly day.


7pm at the Governor’s field, standing room on surrounding pavements and Four Bells. Please avoid bringing cars as parking is limited.

Battles Over commemorations

Woodborough can be proud of the way it has come together to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1. We thank all who have contributed their ideas, time and energy to create the awesome display on the governor’s field.. We have had all many ideas suggested to us, some big and some small and all equally valued. Special mention, however, goes to Eileen Freer Kelsey for creating the 1918 – 2018 banner, and Bette Harris who has made all the bunting for the field and Pinfold. Bette also sourced and prepared the camouflage netting now beautifully draped in the corner of the field. We held two ‘drop-in ‘ afternoons at the institute. Many villagers joined in, tying on the poppies made by so many individuals, including Mal Bentley from Sheffield who was inspired to join in by her family who live in Woodborough. Now I feel a little guilty here because another villager worked on a beautiful net but I don’t have her name to credit here! Please let me know who you are! Linda Hancock visited with the Guides and helped the girls to create their lovely net display.

I would love to create a roll of honour to make all those individuals and groups who have contributed to this wonderful display so please get in touch and let me have those names.

Lighting the beacon for Remembrance.

We will be lighting the beacon at 7pm as part of the National Chain of beacons to celebrate the lights being back on. The bells will also be rung, without mufflers at 7.05pm. Please come and join us for a short ceremony to mark this special time. The church will be the centre of events in the morning, so we will be offering poems and a roll call of the fallen in the evening,coffee and biscuits will be served on the Governors Field.

Please note we have also displayed the names of Woodborough’s fallen in the Pinfold and invite you to take a seat and reflect for a moment on all that WW1 brings to mind.

Forthcoming Events-December

Revival Saturday 1st December

Tickets will be available to purchase in advance from the shop and the 2 pubs from November.

Carols Around the Beacon 2nd December

The Choir are returning again this year for this popular event. Come and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of Mulled Wine with us as we mark the beginning of the Christmas season by lighting the beacon and switching on the Christmas lights.

Monthly Bingo

Our regular monthly bingo takes place at the Institute on the third Friday in the month -the next game will be on Friday 16th November at 7.30 pm.

Monthly committee meetings

These are scheduled for the first Tuesday each month and take place at the Institute on Roe Lane at 7.30pm. New faces are always welcome as we are a charity and here to support all the residents of Woodborough.

Phone -0115 9654158

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50 poppies along Main Street, Woodborough show that we remember. A simple plastic poppy on each lamppost is so effective when driving through the village.

Thanks go to Charles Wardle and Colin Starke for a lot of hard work. 50 poppies means an enormous amount of ladder climbing!


Battle’s Over

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the ending or World War One, thanks to the extensive research by local residents, Jean Powley with additional research by Stephen Smith, we are able to read and remember those from Woodborough who fell and didn’t return:


Ernest ORANGE, Harold ORANGE, John William POOLE, Sidney RICHARDSON, William Henry RIDGARD, Richard Claude SAVIDGE, Percy SHIPSTONE, Arthur SPENCERSamuel SPENCER, George TEATHER, Edmund James WEBBArthur Edward WHITE and last but not least, Leonard Thomas WOODFORD.

All recently updated and illustrated accounts of these men can be read on the Woodborough Heritage website at

We also remember those eight local men who didn’t return during World War Two:

George David COOKE, James GREAVES, Reginald HALLAMPeter Frederick PAULSON, Robert PAULSON, Eric RICHARDSON, Wilfred RICHARDSON and finally Arthur Roy WARD.

All have been researched by Michael Harrison and the Late Les Law, and their accounts are also on the Woodborough Heritage website.

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