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Woodborough WI

Our next meeting is on Monday 17th February in Woodborough Village Hall at 7.30pm. Our speaker is Jill Hicking and her talk is entitled “The NSPCC Schools Service”

New members and visitors are always welcome.

The next committee meeting will be at Anne’s home on Tuesday 11th February at 10.15am.

The walk will be on Monday 3rd February. Meet at the village hall car park at 10.00am with cars for a another visit to Blidworth Woods

The Friendship Group will meet on Tuesday 4th February 2.00pm – 4.00pm in the Institute

Monday Afternoon Bridge Club.

We are a friendly bridge club which welcomes new members.

Venue:   The Institute, Roe Lane, Woodborough, Notts

Times:    Mondays 1.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

Charge:  Members £1.00 or £2.00 for visitors (first visit free)

Membership:  £5.00 p.a.

For further details please contact Gill Lindley

Tel:     01159652669

Woodborough Local History Group

Our next History Group meeting is on Thursday, February 20th, when Christine Salter will be telling us about “Justice in Newark 19th Century?!!”.

I sense a bit of “tongue in cheek” with that title! An interesting talk as maybe one of our ancestors fell foul of Newark’s justice!! Come along and find out!

Our meetings are in the Institute and are open to anyone who enjoys History. They start at 7.30 pm. There is a small admission charge which includes refreshment afterwards.

A warm welcome awaits you!

Established in 1986 – Affiliated to the EBU

Celebrating 30 years of Bridge

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

Woodborough Bridge Club


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

Leavers’ Bell in 2002

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

From 1680, there were four bells in St Swithun’s tower. Over the other side of Main Street was the village pub: or rather one of the seven pubs or alehouses that served Woodborough during the period when framework knitting was at its height. Thirsty work then; but perhaps you would not want to drink the local water!

The pub was known as Eight Bells until 1844 when it became the Four Bells. The original building was pulled down in 1926 and the current Four Bells opened two years later. There’s a full account on the Woodborough Heritage website at HERE.  From this you can learn that the pub was owned for a number of years up to 1891 by members of the church before being sold to a new secular landlord.

It is thought that the bell frame was altered in 1896 to make room for a fifth bell. The idea may have been floated by Taylor’s of Loughborough who had recast the tenor in that year; but apart from weakening the frame by removing timbers, nothing happened about the additional bell.

In 1985 a bell made redundant from St Luke’s Kinoulton was transferred to St Swithun’s by the Southwell Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers to commemorate the Centenary of the Diocese. It was originally the third at Kinoulton and was cast by Edward Arnold of Leicester in 1794 as one of a complete ring of five bells. The bells had fallen into disuse for full circle ringing before 1900, the tenor being cracked. The bells had then been clocked, that is chimed by pulling the clapper onto the bell, until they were removed in 1984. The treble was sold to High Halstow in Kent, the second to Hickling, and the third came to Woodborough. The remaining two bells both now cracked were scrapped.

The bell now at St Swithun’s is 29.1/2″ in diameter and weighs about 5 cwt 2 qtr. and is inscribed:

Edward Arnold Leicester fecit 1794

A Burgin and T Pocklington, Churchwardens

At sometime before the arrival of the Kinoulton bell, and probably around 1969, another bell had been slipped into the belfry, taking up the space created for the fifth bell back in 1896. This was from the Victorian school house further up Lingwood Lane. It had been made by Taylor’s in 1874 and was hung in a bellcote on top of the school roof.

The school bell had to be removed to get the Kinoulton bell into the frame. Sadly, it was not able to be rung until it was rehung using surplus money donated from the village Millennium 2000 celebrations. It is now known as the Leavers’ Bell and is rung by a pupil on the occasion of the last school service at the end of the Summer Term.

Shortly after the arrival of the fifth bell, I was recruited into the band of ringers by Graham Spencer, the Tower Captain. Actually, it was my son who asked me to take him to ringing practice. I had no intention of joining myself; but Graham was very persuasive! And I am very pleased I did learn, because I have met so many good friends and enjoyed so much through church bell ringing.

If you would like to join us, please do get in touch. We need more ringers to keep St Swithun’s bells ringing out in the future.

Stephen Smith, Tower Captain

Phone: 0115-965-4426

Mobile: 07817-979390


St Swithun’s Five Bells in August 2007