News – Page 9

Woodborough Art Group

Woodborough Art Group would like to send thanks to Taz Severis, resident artists at Patchings Art Centre, for the demonstration of acrylic painting techniques using brushes. We found it a brilliant learning experience and enjoyed joining in and having a go ourselves. Thank you also to the members and their guests for supporting this workshop, one that certainly we will be doing again in our next programme of events. 
Woodborough Art Group summer recess starts after the Open Day on 20th July and restarts on 5th September. We meet on Thursdays in the Institute on Roe Lane Woodborough just up from the Four Bells. We start at 10.00am to 12.30pm. New members, from complete beginners to experienced artists are all welcome.
Please give one of our members a call for more information:-

Sue Ricketts 0796 7205554 or 01157 524951

Joyce Andrews 01159 653832

Click below to see our YouTube video
produced by Woodborough Video

One of the members featured in the video, Jenny McKenzie, has her own website featuring her work – visit

Here is a finished piece of work by Joyce Andrews, Woodborough Art Group President.

Community Association

Best Kept Village 2019

It’s that time of year again .The competition is organised by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and is sponsored by Wilkinson. We are keen to defend our title! There are 4 categories of village, determined by their size of population.

Each village is judged and scored against the following criteria:

  • Domestic properties including maintenance, gardens, hedges, verges etc.
  • Commercial properties e.g. shops, farm buildings and farmyards
  • Community Facilities – churches, chapels, cemetery, playgrounds, school, village hall, noticeboards, footpaths, bus shelters, verges and gutters, streams
  • Any other obvious Efforts for the benefit of the community e.g. Community Activities, Care for the Elderly, Engagement with young people, Evidence of volunteering, general involvement in Best Kept Village competition

The first round of judging takes place sometime between the 10th and 28th June and is unannounced therefore please continue with all your efforts to keep Woodborough looking beautiful. We are waiting to hear if we have made it through the first round.

The four villages in each category with the highest score will be entered into round 2.

The top scoring village from each sector then goes forward to be judged for the Wilkinson “Best in Nottinghamshire” Award which comes with a £1,000 prize .

Please consider if there is anything extra that we could do to help us stand out  and wow the judges !If there are areas that you think need attention please let us know by phoning us  on 965 4158, posting on the WCA Facebook page or contacting us via the website —

Book Exchange-the clue is in the name

Please help us to keep this area free of anything other than books! It has come to light that people are depositing many items in the Book exchange such as magazines, old books that are falling apart, posters, adverts, CDs and even Videos. These items are cluttering up the space and creating work for others to clear them out .If you have some books to donate please let us know and we will arrange to put them in for you whenever there is room .We always have some spare books ready to plug any gaps .

Forthcoming events

Feast Sports – 6th July

Please come along and support this popular family event which includes games, refreshments, ice cream, raffle, and the infamous Village tug-o-war. It takes place on Woodborough playing fields at 2.30pm.

20th July Street Market

Our great annual family event is fast approaching. With Fun Dog show, Village Choir, Fire Engine display, craft stalls, refreshments, bouncy castle, skittles and a Grand prize draw. Located on the Governors Field and Four Bells car park area from 1.00pm -4.00pm. It’s not too late to book a stall. Check out the Community Association website for details and stall booking forms.

Why not enter your dog in the show for the “Waggiest Tail” or “most like its owner”.

Dates for your diary

Autumn coach trip – 18th September

The destination for the next Village coach trip is yet to be decided but it will be open to all village residents in future, not just those who are aged over 60.This will help us to ensure that the coach is filled and that the £12 ticket price ,which still represents great very good value, is sustainable.

Autumn Cinema -19th October

It’s too soon to say which film will be released in time for this event but watch out for the posters on display nearer the time. Tickets will be available to purchase from both pubs and the Village Shop.

Firework Night – 5th November

Revival – 30th November

Christmas Light Switch-On with “Just Sing” village choir – 1st December

Monthly Bingo – Fancy a change on a Friday night?

This takes place at the Institute on the third Friday in the month – the next game will be Friday 19th July at 7.30 pm.

Monthly committee meetings

These are scheduled for the first Tuesday each month and also 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 the residents of Woodborough.

Phone -0115 9654158

Website –  Facebook – WCA

Worried About Plastic?

My name is Jess and I live in Calverton with my husband Craig, 15 month old daughter Nellie and 2 dogs. Becoming a parent has made me revaluate many things, and I think it makes you look at the world in a slightly different way. The world we are in now, will not be the world my child will grow up in, if we do not act. We are the last generation that can actually do something about the problems we are facing regarding single use plastics.

I have always done my bit when it comes to recycling, or so I thought. But it turns out that “doing our bit” isn’t actually enough anymore. So I decided I needed to do more, and I have set up a recycling and plastic free program in Calverton. The response has been amazing and the community has really come together on this. It is such a big problem to tackle, but if we all make small changes, they will add up to big results! So far I have set up a drop off point for items that are deemed non-recyclable, people can take these items there and they will then be boxed up and sent to TerraCycle, a company who can recycle anything! I have met with my local MP who is fully backing the project. I have set up a Facebook group that is in just a few days has nearly 300 members. It is acting as a platform for people to discuss ideas and share their stories as they go plastic free. I am organising a “plastic free pop up shop” event for local businesses who have gone plastic free to come and have a stall and promote what they are doing and to encourage other businesses to do the same. The event will help to raise money for the organisation Surfers Against Sewage, a national marine conservation and campaigning charity that inspires, unites and empowers communities to take action to protect oceans, beaches, waves and wildlife.
I am encouraging families to take the plunge and go plastic free, making small changes where they can. For people who say they want to do something but are not sure where to start, start small!

The main thing is to really look at the things in your house that are made from plastic, and research what you could replace it with something that is plastic-free. It’s time for us all to be the change we want to see. I would urge everyone to get involved in this, if you can, set up your own recycling program in your community!

For information on how to get started, email me at and join the Facebook group

For a larger, more easily read version of our poster to show what can be recycled, please click HERE.