News – Page 10

Woodborough Virtual Bridge Club

Affiliated to the EBU

The club operates on the Bridge Base Online (BBO) platform. 

We hold two drives every week.

 MONDAY 2.15pm Relaxed Teams of 4. 16 boards. It is free. You enter as a pair, or we will try and find a partner for you.

THURSDAY 7.15pm Duplicate Pairs. $3. 18 boards. MPs and NGS awarded. You need to be registered with the club beforehand; this can be done on the website.  If you do not have a partner we will try and one for you.


We have all learnt to play online in the last few months.  If you are new to playing online, or wish to give it a go, we are happy to help.  There is useful information on how to play on our website.


The club is unable to comply with social distancing rules so for the foreseeable future we will be continuing with our virtual club.  It is fun, you can “message chat” , as well as furthering your bridge skills.

For more information please contact Jane (0115 9652595)  or


Our opening hours will be as follows until the end of August:

Tuesday     10am – 4pm
Wednesday 10am – 4pm
Thursday    10am – 4pm
Saturday    10am – 1pm

Hello again – I hope everyone is staying well and adapting as smoothly as possible to our changing world.

We are so enjoying seeing many of you coming into the shop and hope you are finding it to still be a happy experience. We really want you to feel safe and relaxed when you are with us.

As you will know there is a change to the rules about face masks which comes into operation on July 25th. From that date it will be mandatory to wear a face mask in all shops – exemptions being children aged 11 and under, and people with specific health conditions.

I want to reassure you that we have a good supply of disposable face masks as you come into the shop, along with hand sanitiser and gloves (if you want them). So you don’t need to bring your own mask – although we are seeing some very smart designs on many of you already!

And now – thank you to those of you who registered for some of the Newark Book Festival events and subsequently placed orders for the books. We are keeping the special offer going until Sunday 18th July – details of the books can be found on our shop website under Events and then What’s On! There is a special offer of 3 for 2 on all the paperbacks and £5 off all the hardbacks. We still have signed bookplates for most of these.

Following on from the success of that experiment I wanted to ask what your thoughts are about online events? We are being asked by publishers to consider hosting some author talks/ interviews online – I would really appreciate your thoughts and whether this is something you would enjoy? Obviously we will not be able to gather in all our lovely venues for the foreseeable future, so the alternative is to hear authors talk about their books from the comfort of your own armchair! There would be a “ticket” price for these which could perhaps include a copy of the book which we could send to you or you could collect from the shop. It’s an unknown area for me so your suggestions/advice would be lovely – so thank you in advance!

As a very informal way of testing the water in this area I recently recorded a Zoom interview with three lovely female authors who all have a local connection: Cathy Bramley who lives in Lambley, Lucy Diamond who was born in Nottingham, and Fanny Blake who spent her growing up years in Lowdham and got married in St Mary’s Church…very local! They are all bestselling authors with a huge following and you can watch the interview by clicking on:

Any problems let me know and I will send the link to your email! We have a special offer on their books which is explained on the film and is in place on our website under Events and What’s On.

We are still displaying varied selections of books in our windows. If you are passing by on your daily walk and spot something you would like to buy, please do contact me and it can be arranged. We will of course continue to supply books by post and by free delivery where possible, and we also intend to expand the range of books and gifts which you can buy from our website please take a look on there as we have just listed a large selection of books which support the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of recent terrible events.

In the weeks to come we will be putting more stock on to that site under various new categories, and plan to include the gift items we sell – including our lovely and very popular range of Innis toiletries, and gorgeous stationery items from local artists Emma Ball and Rachel Ellen.

If you need to send gifts then we can chat through ideas from our stock, or of course we can email a Bookcase voucher to you for you to forward to the lucky recipient! These can be of any value and you can pay by phone with a card or by bank transfer. The recipient can them contact us at any point to order books which we can arrange with free carriage. We can also accept National Book Tokens over the telephone or by email – all you need to do is let me know the number on the back of the token and I can check the value and redeem any amount you want to spend.

Do please keep in touch with us through our website and on Instagram and Facebook where we will be posting regular updates.

You can still order books by emailing us with queries or by calling the shop on 0115 966 4143.

We are more than happy to help in any way so please stay in touch and don’t hesitate to ask!

Thank you again for everything you are doing to support The Bookcase and I can’t wait to welcome you in person when the time is right for you.

Very best wishes


… and after

The (Continuing) Ash Grove Saga

If you remember, in last month’s edition, we told you about the saga of Ash Grove, Woodborough, where it had  taken over 30 years from the completion of the first dwelling, to finishing of the road surface and installation of modern LED street lighting.

The before and after shots show the immense improvement, much to the relief of the residents.

Unfortunately, since the road was completed, faults have been found with the sewers which meant that another 2.5m deep trench had to be excavated for repairs, ruining the pristine surface shown in the photograph.

Hey ho!