News – Page 11

Green Dragon, Oxton Wins Award

Members of the Nottingham branch of CAMRA have voted The Green Dragon, Oxton to be this year’s winner of “Village Pub of the Year 2018” – judging it on a number of criteria from the quality of the beer presented to cleanliness of glassware, overall ambience and areas for drinking. The owners of the pub weren’t even aware that they were contenders until a text message arrived a week or so ago.

The owner, Dave Brett told us “As a pub it means a great deal to us to be recognised by such a significant body in the world of real ales – we are a pub in a tiny village of just 500 residents so this is some achievement for us since we’ve only been running the pub since May 2017 when we took over from the former tenant”.

“It means that, hopefully, we’ll be mentioned in the nationally published “Good Beer Guide” which is the “bible” for real ale drinkers, and should put us on the map as offering well kept beers and cider”.

Vandalism in Woodborough

On the evening of Tuesday 24th April vandals again targeted Woodborough.

The planter at the junction of Shelt Hill and Doverbeck Drive was attacked and the plants removed and strewn over the pavement. These have since been replanted by local residents.

In addition, plant pots were stolen from a nearby house, with a stone name / number plaque from another, but this was found nearby.

Coincidentally, at another nearby house, a car on the drive burst into flames shortly before midnight. The car was a write-off, and an adjacent caravan was damaged.

Fortunately the fire brigade arrived quickly and extinguished the fire. They also commented on the fact that the seat of the blaze was at the rear of the vehicle (nearest the road) which was unusual for car fires.

Whether this incident was connected to the vandalism is unclear, but please keep your eyes open for any suspicious activity, and report it to the police at the earliest opportunity.

Please see the “Letters” page for further information.

Woodborough GREAT Quiz

Woodborough’s GREAT Team would like to thank everyone who attended their GREAT Quiz Night on March 10th, and the Four Bells, Nags Head and Timmermans for donating the main raffle prizes. It was a GREAT success!

Half of the profit of £1,200 has been shared between Richard Whitehead’s chosen charities, When You Wish Upon A Star and Sarcoma UK, as thanks to him for his kindness in opening our new play park in Governors’ Field last October.

The other half goes to our Parish Council towards the cost of further improvements to Governors’ Field.

Parkinson’s Support Group

Treasurer Lynda ensured it was fun at the March meeting. First she put on a quiz and followed that with a game involving a box of malteasers. The box changed ownership as directed by a story until the chocolates were finally won.

The buffet lunch at Reach was not the only occasion for members to dine together this month. There was a luncheon at the White Post Inn at Farnsfield attended by 18 members and a 5 day trip to Weymouth attended by 8 members and a family member.

David of Blue Pigeon Travel and driver Sean laid on visits to other local resorts around Weymouth and some of our members took advantage. The rest of us decided a walk round Weymouth and a pub lunch was much more tempting on the days it rained. The hotel provided entertainment followed by dancing each evening so we could work off the calories. The weather picked up for a trip to Lullworth Cove and the journey home was completed in lovely sunshine.

We meet from 11.00am – 1.00pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Reach UK, Prebend Passage, Southwell NG25 0JH. If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group please contact Michael & Sandra on 01636 812399 or email