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Suprise Hour Party! For Super-hero Barry!

Mansfield district’s very own super-hero Barry Snowdon was given a surprise award live on national television on Saturday evening (7 February).

The Mansfield District Council street sweeper thought he and his wife, Julie, had gone to be audience members during the live broadcast of the Sky 1 show Noel’s HQ, presented by Noel Edmonds, little-knowing he was to be centre of attention!

Barry was surprised with an all expenses paid holiday to Orlando, Florida and free passes to the Disneyworld theme park on the show, which recognises public-spirited individuals from across the country.

For Super-hero Barry!
Barry was rewarded after he averted a potential disaster on his rounds last summer. He singlehandedly put out a fire on a private highways truck carrying high-pressure gas bottles and other highly flammable items, parked just yards away from the BP Petrol Station on Sherwood Street, Warsop.

This is the latest in a series of awards Barry has received for his bravery. He received a Mayoral Commendation in March 2007 after he chased and caught a handbag thief, holding the robber down until the Police arrived.

He also received a Reach Out award from BBC Radio Nottingham and the Nottingham Evening Post in October 2008.

Barry commented: “It was a real shock, I thought we were just going along to see the show and suddenly, Noel came over to talk to me, I just couldn’t believe it!”

“I’m really looking forward to taking my family on holiday to Florida but I’m not a super-hero, just an ordinary guy who takes pride in my work and keeping the streets of Warsop clean.”

Mansfield’s Executive Mayor, Tony Egginton, added: “Recognising Barry in this way is fully deserved! He truly is a local hero – going the extra mile and keeping the streets of Warsop safe as well as clean.”

“He is well-known and well-liked by local residents and shop-keepers alike. We regularly get comments about the high standard of Barry’s work.”

“I would like to offer my thanks to the production team of Noel’s HQ for recognising Barry and rewarding him in this way and wish Barry and his family a happy holiday!”

Warsop Allotment & Leisure Gardeners’ Association

Enquiries for an allotment can be made at the sales shed on Ridgeway Lane on a Tuesday 9.30am-11.30am and Saturday 9.30am-12noon.

Warsop Allotment & Leisure Gardeners’ Association (WALGA)
Gardening in Warsop since 1898
Affiliated to the National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Ltd.

All correspondence to be addressed to the secretary
Alan Crossan - 5 Lea Road,Market Warsop, NG20 0QH

Telephone Colin on 01623 845293
Or Alan on 01623 846220

The rent collection for 2009 will be March 24th until April 28th. Please note that rent/subs not paid by the end of April will be in arrears.

I’ve just read last month’s letter and I didn’t moan about the weather! That must be a first,
so I’ll make up for it this month!

The snow we had was fantastic, it’s been a long time since we had enough to make snowmen and have snowball fights. I went for a walk down on the Carrs when we had the most snow and the schools were off and it was great to see so many families down there having fun, see the collection of photos inside.

Sorry, I was supposed to be moaning, I’ll start now - But now as I sit and write this (10th February) our Christmas card scenes are now mush with lots of rain, although at the moment the sun has appeared. Let’s hope we can start to look for more sunshine, crocuses, daffodils and everything springlike!

Nothing to report on the shops this month, but Spencer’s should be open soon (maybe as you read this) and the Library has its grand opening on 21st March.

Tania Barlow - Editor of Warsop & District News

Your Garden in March
At the time of writing, all gardens are very much alike, covered in snow. Quite a long time since we had as much as this, but some people say it does the gardens good.

But what a busy month lies ahead! So many things to do, no doubt more reading of gardening books takes place at this time of year than at any other time. Very wise too; but gardens are so variably located and the possibilities of the site, combined with the type of garden desired, are so different that each is individual in character, so it is unlikely any two are the same. Therefore, the owner of the tiniest plot may say with pride, “A poor thing, but my own”. Has any gardener got everything up-to-date, at any time of the year? Ever? Never!

So the first task – and tilling the soil is not easy work – is to catch up with jobs not done according to the timetables. A good winter digging and the use of plenty of compost, with final preparation before planting, would actually make the work easier.
Your Garden in March
March can be a treacherous month with the ground too cold and wet for satisfactory germination of few seeds except Broad Beans and early Peas. Far better to wait a few weeks, when seedlings will germinate quickly and, full of vigour, grow without check. Meanwhile, get the plot prepared and do make a plan of proposed cropping. Note the kinds proposed and the rows of each. Decide the spacing between rows, cut strong pegs and stick in the ground at each end. They may later act as support for necessary cottoning.

Window sill gardening will now be at its peak. Following germination, seedlings must have full light, but be lightly shaded against very bright sunshine. Pricked out seedlings may become tall and weak when light comes too much from one side. Make a habit of turning the boxes round each day and place out in a frame or warm corner, where they can be protected against frost forecast overnight. Cold greenhouses are ideal for early sowings of flowers, vegetables and salad vegetables. Here again it may be necessary to guard against cold nights. Climbing plants need attention by pruning and training; weak bases to posts may cause trouble when vigorous summer growths develop. Cut out straggling shoots in Forsythia and Jasmine.

The lawn may require attention: rake thoroughly; if there are only isolated weeds they may be treated with a selected weed killer. Read all the instructions. A good lawn fertilizer is three parts sulphate of ammonia, one part sulphate of iron, mixed with dry soil, which will prevent scorching. Most gardens are short on compost at spring operations; make sure you have plenty in future. Compost bins do not have to be unsightly. Home made ones are usually more effective than the expensive bins advertised. Use as much compost or manure as you can for Brassicas and Potatoes. Root crops, with a tap root, produce cleaner and better type roots when grown on soil without fresh roughage. No lime for potatoes: green stuff, such a lawn mowings, spread within Potato drills, will reduce the incidence of scab, resulting in cleaner tubers.

Sow seeds of Brussels Sprouts and summer Brassicas very thinly in a seed bed at the end of the month. Half-hardy flowers should now be sown in greenhouse, cold frame or window sill. If lacking in accommodation for boxes or pricked out seedlings, delay this sowing. It is surprising how the plants will romp away during the longer days in May (warmer too?) and the more tender subjects cannot in any case be transferred to permanent quarters before June. Give a light sprinkling of sulphate of ammonia around plants during early growth. The effect is not visible until after two or three weeks. Give Growmore to the Raspberries and bush fruits.

Prune Roses, Buddleias and deciduous shrubs. Wait until spring seedlings appear before using weed killers. There are two types of the latter: one poisons the soil so use on paths; the other destroys the top growth but soon becomes harmless to the soil. Read all instructions.

Happy Gardening

Bird Notes

Quirky, attractive and elaborate bird boxes are not necessarily safe or effective for nesting birds, the RSPB is warning.

In some cases, unsuitable nestboxes made with the wrong
material or a poor design could lead to injury and even death. Gardeners around the UK will put up nextboxes this month in good time for the breeding season. The RSPB is asking that they make sure the ones they choose are the right size, shape and material.

Bird Notes

Boxes shaped like caravans, farmhouses, eggs, windmills and even fruit are on sale as nesting sites for garden birds. But although they might make a quirky feature in your garden, they could actually be dangerous for young birds.

‘although they might make a quirky feature in your garden, they could actually be dangerous for young birds’

Many are made from materials that also look attractive, but are completely unsuitable for nesting birds – such as ceramics which are not good for insulation or brightly coloured materials which do not make the box inconspicuous to predators.

Nestboxes with metal roofs retain too much heat and can literally bake baby birds to death on sunny days. Metal and plastic nestboxes suffer from condensation causing baby birds to get damp and cold.

Ian Hayward, RSPB Wildlife Advisor, says: ‘There are so many elaborate nestboxes on sale that look the part but are really quite dangerous to nesting birds. Don’t be tempted to go for the unusual shapes and colours – traditional, wooden nestboxes really are the best – and often the most cost effective too. ‘Nestboxes are out in all weather so they need to be strong, robust, waterproof and have good insulation. They also need to have the correct hole size.

‘People tend to forget that a nestbox will eventually contain tiny helpless, vulnerable baby birds and the appearance of the box should be the last thing on your mind.’

The RSPB is suggesting some nestbox dos and don’ts:

They should:
• Be robust – they are out in all weather and need to be strong and fit for purpose
• Be waterproof – they need to be treated with a water-based preservative
• Have the correct hole-size – if too large predators will easily get inside and rain/wind will get into the box
• Be safe – no dangerous sharp edges, protruding nails or staples or unecessary fixtures or small gaps which may harm or trap birds
• Have good insulation – wood or woodcrete is usually the best material
• Have no perches

They should not:

• Be brightly coloured – the more inconspicuous the better
• Be made from flimsy material – many boxes fall apart when any weight is put inside
• Be too shallow – young birds could leave prematurely by falling out
• Be too deep - young birds may have problems getting out when they are ready
• Be too smooth on the inside – slippery material will also make it difficult for young birds to get out
• Have gaps – rain and cold air will get in and cause young birds to get cold and damp.

The RSPB also recommends that nestboxes are positioned where it isn’t easy for predators such as cats to access them and where there isn’t too much sunlight.

They should be cleaned out each autumn and have fresh hay or wood shavings added as a potential winter roost site. To find out more about nestboxes and where to site them visit www.rspb.org.uk. To order a variety of nestboxes tried and tested nestboxes visit www.rspbshop.co.uk

This is the 6 o’clock news…
...brought to you courtesy of ten Gifted & Talented Media pupils from Years 10 and 11.

As cameras rolled for the evening edition of the local BBC flagship news programme, East Midlands Today, watching proceedings behind the scenes, were ten Meden pupils experiencing media in action for real.

The visit to the BBC studios at West Bridgford, was arranged by Mrs Sherwood, Lead Teacher for Gifted & Talented Provision, as an opportunity for the youngsters to have a chance to see what live television production can be like.
6 o clock News!

A comprehensive tour of both BBC Radio Nottingham and the television studios gave pupils an opportunity to see, first hand, the wide range of skills needed to make tv and radio programmes run smoothly. The pace was fast and the need to think quickly and to be able to listen to the ear piece and continue talking to camera without change of expression was clearly evident and something to be admired by all.

As well as sitting on the famous red sofa in the East Midlands Today studio, trying some camera work and presenting the weather, the synonymous BBC news ‘bongos’ jingle was excitedly delivered by Naomi in the production studio and pupils were pleased to meet presenters Natalie Jackson and Kylie Pentelow, who had just been seen delivering an unusual article about fashion items being made from stinging nettles!

The evening was completed with the presentation of ‘goody’ bags, containing careers advice and promotional items, including a BBC mug,

This was a high quality, unique, hands-on experience that was thoroughly enjoyed by all and which, it is hoped, will be offered to more media pupils in the future.

Warsop Footpath & Countryside Group

During March we get the feeling that spring is almost here, flowers are already appearing beneath hedgerows and in woodland. Our hedges are coming back to life with the white flowers of blackthorn and the green leaves of hawthorn appearing at the end of this month.

I had an interesting walk in Birklands a few weeks ago when a fellow member of the Friends of Thynghowe group showed me the remains of the rotting stump of the Shambles Oak, otherwise known as Robin Hood’s Larder. The metal bands that supported the tree are also visible. This ancient oak was blown down in a storm in the 1960s. Nearby the rhododendrons growing between the site of the Russian Hut and the Black Pool have been cleared as part of the management of the National Nature Reserve and access to this area is easier than it has been for many years.

At the end of January I took the time to complete the RSPB garden bird survey. I was surprised to find that, if you discount a passing flock of starlings, the most common bird was the goldfinch. I suspect that this reflects the fact that I have been feeding sunflower hearts over the winter but I was concerned to see how few sparrows put in an appearance. Up to a couple of years ago we had a lot of them around our garden so this survey confirms that we may be matching the national trend in the decline in their numbers.

I was disappointed to see that a three metre wide path has been cut across the large area of meadowsweet growing on the damp part of the Carrs Local Nature Reserve. Within a couple of weeks a muddy path complete with tyre tracks had developed. This route had been left unmown for several years and was recovering well. Hopefully this path will not be regularly cut as it is damaging a special area of our countryside and when its gone, its gone forever! Not far away on the Carrs you may have noticed a large area of bramble has disappeared and a section of new hedge has been planted. Both of these tasks were completed by volunteers from this group, get in touch if you would like to become involved.

On our January group walk I noticed that the route between Small Dale and Parliament Oak along the Clipstone edge of Peafield Plantation is now marked as a permissive path. This allows the landowner, Warsop Estates, to allow access over their land without dedicating a right of way. This complicates access issues in the area as this route is being claimed as a right of way and signs have been erected elsewhere in the woods stating that there is no public access apart from along the bridleway from Peafield Lane down towards Spa Ponds.

Arrangements for the March Footpaths Group walk may be changed from those published earlier as several members of the group will be walking in Northumberland that weekend! Get in touch if you need the revised details.

You can contact the Secretary on 01623 846281
WF&CG is a community group whose members share an interest
in the countryside. We maintain the public footpath network in
Warsop, we undertake conservation projects and we provide
information about the local environment.

FREE In Step Walks

Short walks around the Mansfield area and surrounding district all year round, led by trained volunteers, a fun way to improve your health and make new friends.

March 2009 - all walks start at 10am

Date Venue Grade
Sun 1st / Blidworth Bottoms / moderate
Mon 2nd / Meden Vale / strenuous
Thu 5th / Oak Tree Heath / easy/moderate
Sun 8th / Rowthorne Walk / moderate
Mon 9th / The Carrs / easy
Thu 12th / Pleasley Circular / moderate
Sun 15th / Bull Farm / easy moderate
Mon 16th / Boundary Wood / easy
Thu 19th / Cuckney / moderate
Sun 22nd / Harlow Wood / easy
Mon 23rd / Skegby / moderate
Thu 26th / Teversal Trail / moderate
Sun 29th / Vicar Water / easy moderate
Mon 30th / Pleasley Park / moderate

For more information telephone:
07951 968366 for the Sunday walks
07951 945407 for the Monday walks
07951 968437 for the Thursday walks

FREE Weekly Health Walks
Rufford Country Park conducts a weekly health walk every Monday afternoon (Except Bank Holidays) starting at 2pm.

We meet in the Craft Centre Courtyard at the Abbey end of the park. The walks are FREE, open to all, last about an hour at a fairly gentle pace in the varied scenery of Rufford. The walk is followed by tea/coffee and biscuits (small donation appreciated).

For further information please contact Steve at Rufford rangers on 01623 821335 or email steve.koefoed @nottscc.gov.uk

Sherwood Foragers Walks

Clipstone Group meets on Wednesdays at 10.00 am at two different venues:

- Vicar Water Country Park
4th & 18th March meeting at Vicar Water car park off the B6030, Clipstone.

- The Sherwood Forest Farm Park
11th & 25th March meeting at Sherwood Forest Farm Park car park off the B6035 between King’s Clipstone and Warsop Windmill.

Contact: Christine Johnson on 01623 428578

Ollerton Group meets on Wednesdays at 1.30 pm at:

- Boughton Pumping Station, Ollerton
for a number of different walks in surrounding countryside, woodland, village and town.

Contact: Wendy Bagshaw on 01623 862971

Edwinstowe Group meets on Fridays at 2.00 pm at two different venues:

- Sherwood Heath
March 6th (in car park by Tourist Information Centre A616/A614 roundabout first Friday in the month)

- Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre (other Fridays)
March 13th, 20th & 27th

Contact: Celia Farnsworth on 01623 823679

Picture Perfect
Award for Local Photographer

Local photographer Michael Tuska has recently been awarded the Licentiateship of The Royal Photographic Society.

The Royal Photographic Society, founded in 1853, is the most prestigious international photographic society. It has long been recognised for the promotion and maintenance of high photographic standards around the world and has established itself worldwide through its programme of touring exhibitions, events and special interest groups.

The awarding of Distinctions is fundamental to the Society’s
promotion of standards of excellence, universally respected by amateur and professional photographers alike to whom RPS membership is open.
Picture Perfect

In order to gain a Distinction, a photographer has to submit a portfolio for approval by a highly qualified Panel of Fellows of the Society, or hold one of the accepted qualifications.

Michael Tuska has been successful in satisfying the assessors and will be receiving a certificate from the President of the Society enabling him to use the letters LRPS after his name.

Photographers interested in joining The Royal Photographic Society and emulating the success of Michael Tuska should contact:

Distinctions Department: The Royal Photographic Society Fenton House,
122 Wells Road, Bath, BA2 3AH
Distinctions Manager: Andy Moore 01225 325760 Email: andy@rps.org
Distinctions Assistant: Ben Fox 01225 325751 Email: ben@rps.org Website: www.rps.org

Warsop Hospice Support Group
With the Christmas Concert in December and donations received, we raised £1,000.40 for Hospice funds and that concluded our events for 2008. The sale of Christmas calendars and
goods raised £500. The committee met in January to plan our events for 2009. The first one will be the Beetle Drive and Pie& Peas Supper on Tuesday 31st March. Future events include, a flower demonstration, a musical evening with Ian Bruce and the Christmas Carol Concert. Thank you to everyone for their continued support.

Warsop Men’s Probus
A meeting of Warsop Men’s Probus Club took place in the FitzHerbert Room at Warsop Parish Centre on Wednesday January 21st at 10.30am. The President Mr. Brian Bennett welcomed all members and guests to the meeting.

The speaker on this occasion was P.C. Alan Hudson, an Observer with the Derbyshire Police Helicopter Service. P.C. Hudson produced some excellent pictures of the exterior and interior of the current helicopter in service, and gave some details of how the helicopter operates, and a wealth of information in the fight against crime. Amazing video clips were shown, demonstrating how efficient the helicopters are in tracking down and apprehending offenders, particularly with extra Police back up on the ground, giving information on containment, direction of travel, and description of offenders. A very high percentage of flights are successful, and result in the apprehending of the offenders, whether it be car crime, burglary or any other type of offence.

The President called on Mr. Albert Pickering, the Host of the day to give the Vote of Thanks, after which a short break was taken followed by lunch at which 30 members and guests sat down to, after Grace said by Mr. Eric Simpson.

Peter Walker - Secretary

Warsop Inner Wheel

President Lynne Goff welcomed 19 members and 1 guest,
Mrs June Ibbotson, to our meeting on Wednesday 11th February 2009 at the Hostess Restaurant, Sookholme.
17 apologies were received.

President Lynne opened the meeting by reporting that she and quite a few members from Warsop Inner Wheel and Warsop Rotary Club had attended the funeral of Eunice Burton, one of our founder members. Lynne read out a letter of condolence from District Chairman and Officers. Warsop Inner Wheel was formed in 1972 and Eunice was President 1976-1977. Eunice has worked tirelessly for Warsop Community all her life and will be sadly missed. A minutes silence was held for members to reflect on Eunice’s life. Donations in lieu of flowers are to be given to Inner Wheel Charities.

President Lynne then proceeded to introduce our guest speaker, June Ibbotson, whose subject was:

“The 5th Duke of Portland,
William John Cavendish Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck”
12 September 1800 - 6 December 1879

Warsop Inner Wheel
June gave us an interesting and amusing insight into this eccentric aristocrat who had lived his life almost in total seclusion. She told us of many underground tunnels and rooms he built at Welbeck, including a roller skating rink for the staff, an underground ballroom and at least one of the tunnels was wide enough for two coaches side by side!
The vote of thanks was given by…Gloria Humphrey

President Lynne reported that together with member, Angela Price, had delivered books for the housebound. Lynne had also had the privilege of attending the New Year Ladies Probus Luncheon in January held at the Hostess restaurant.

Jean Nock gave the secretaries report and informed every one of forthcoming diary dates, including reminding everyone of the District Inner Wheel Rally which is to be held on 25th March at the Methodist Church, Chesterfield.

Nominations for Committee Members for 2009/2010 were taken.

Anne Benison gave the treasurers report.

Sue Lunn gave the overseas report, she thanked everyone who had supported the event at Langwith Bassett Community Hall for World Inner Wheel Day. Sue has also delivered 11 Blankets, 46 Joy bags and 5 Toy boxes to the Police Aid Convoy Depot at Meden Vale. We have received a certificate from the Police Aid Convoy in recognition of our continued support and help. Sue has posted a bag of old “clean” tights off to Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, the body of these tights are used for holding nappies in place and the legs are used for peg rugs so they are gratefully received and used.

A“Memory Walk” to support the Associations chosen charity – Alzheimer’s. had taken place at Hodsock Priory last Sunday with lunch afterwards at the home of Ruth Ullyott. Thoresby Craft Spring Fair is to take place on 21st/22nd March, this is one of our major fundraising events for President Lynn’s chosen charity – Cancer Research UK. We look forward to seeing supporters old and new – thankyou.

Meeting closed at 10.pm

For any information about Inner Wheel visit our website: www.warsopinnerwheel.co.uk

Sue Pasierb - Club Correspondent
The Inner Wheel Club of Warsop

Warsop Wives Group
We hope that you are all coping with the snowy weather and keeping safe. For the first time that I can remember, our meeting on February 3rd had to be cancelled and our speaker, Mr Lyn Clarke, will be coming in the future.

During January we had a talk and slides about the beautiful island of Jersey and on January 20th Pat Brewin came and showed slides and spoke about “the sea of Galilee” and the area known as Gaza.

Future meetings will include a talk by Edwin Tattersall and also one by the curate at Warsop Church, Paul Lawlor. On March 17th we will be having our 44th Anniversary Meal and also a talk by Angela Price on March 31st called Special Family/Special Child.

Irene Hodgson

Martin’s Goal to Boost Local Sport
Martin Cook is a man on a mission to create new opportunities for local people to take part in sport and give a boost to local sports clubs.

Martin (22) has joined Mansfield District Council’s sports development team, thanks to funding from Sport England’s
Community Investment Fund. Although employed by the Council, Martin’s work is closely aligned to Active Mansfield (the community sports network for Mansfield) and will deliver on some of the key actions contained within the group’s strategic plan.

His remit includes helping sports clubs to become more sustainable by attracting more volunteers to work with the clubs, boosting the number of qualified coaches and increasing participation.
Martin’s Goal to Boost Local Sport

He will also be available to help clubs to develop their constitutions and operational procedures and assist with bids for funding.

Coun Eddie Smith, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council said:
“After an unforgettable 2008, sport in Mansfield is on a high and we are determined to harness this ‘feel-good factor’ by driving up the number of people actively taking part in sport”.

Ken Brown, Mansfield District Council’s Leisure Development Manager added,
“Our local sports clubs are vital in giving young people the opportunity to play sport and develop skills. It is really exciting that we now have a dedicated person who can work with and support these clubs”.

Sports clubs are being urged to contact Martin on 01623 463371 or by emailing mcook@mansfield.gov.uk

Martin will also be attending the launch of the Active Mansfield project on 9 March 2009 (details to be announced soon).

For information about Active Mansfield, call Ken Brown on 01623 463029
or e-mail: kbrown@mansfield.gov.uk

Hi Folks.
O.K., where did Christmas and the New Year go to?? The last time I wrote to you all we had several weeks before the holidays, and now I’ve blinked twice and we are heading towards Easter - I’m definitely getting old.

Life has been very quiet at the Branch since our Christmas Social. I would like to send a sincere “thank-you” to Trevor Lee, who entertained us so well that evening with his tales of pantomimes, and the artists who perfomed in them. A special thanks also goes to Frazer Pothecary, Gary Richardson, Nick Cummins and several other members of the All-Stars who gave up their own time to come and sing Christmas carols for our members. Thanks to all of you for making it a great evening!

Teversal Grange was the venue for the Branch Christmas meal. Again, they provided us all with a lovely evening. Our Christmas Raffle was extremely successful - sincere thanks goes to all those people who donated gifts for it. Everyone was so generous, and therefore, we were able to raise a wonderful amount to be used for the MS members in 2009. Combined with this was also the collections done by The Railway Inn in Mansfield, by Sheila King at her Farm Shop in Kirkby and through donations of cuddly toys sent in by Pat Upton of Mansfield Woodhouse.

What’s in-store for our Branch this year - MS Awareness Week beginning on April 27th, folk dancing, a jazz band, another fashion show - the list is endless. Our Social Evenings should again prove very popular - remember they are on the second Tuesday of every month at Stags Centre at Field Mill, with a bar and buffet available.

Our Support Team are still working hard to get an MS nurse for the “Drop-in” sessions, and they are hoping to set up exercise sessions, too. There is so much to do to bring more help to our members, and their carers, that we really do not have time to relax. If you wish to help, or you know someone with MS that needs our assistance, please give us a ring on 0800 5420901.

Well folks, that’s about it for this update. I’m certain we are all looking forward to those first signs of Spring. I do believe I have actually spied a few snowdrops struggling up towards the light - brilliant, Spring is on it’s way!!! Take care and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Please remember we are at the end of a phone
if you need help and advice 0800 5420901.
Lynne Willetts

Natural Equine Remedies
I would like to write this month’s article on a different but very important subject.

The safety of horse & rider on the roads

Did you know there are 12 accidents a day involving horses on the roads!

I would like to dedicate this article to the van driver who frightened my horse and pony so much whilst out on a ride recently that they both started to bolt off causing distress to other drivers and pedestrians

The most common comments made to horse owners are ‘horses shouldn’t be on the road’ or another good one ‘horses should pay road tax’.

Please remember horses have been around a lot longer than any other vehicle on our roads

Horses were used in farming to plough the fields, to bring coal up from down the mines, they were the only form of transport until the industrial revolution, and were killed in their thousands in WW 1 when used to take our soldiers into battle.

Horses have earned our respect don’t you agree.

Horse riders only go on roads as a last resort, the main one being to get to a bridle path, unfortunately most of them are covered in rubbish, broken glass and are being used by motorbikes. So sometimes using the road is the only option to get to a safer one.

So please remember the next time you are in your vehicle and see a horse & rider be a little patient and pass wide and slow.

If you are in any doubt about the horse and riders rights on our roads please refer to THE HIGHWAY CODE.

If you have a comment regarding the above issue e-mail rvja1@aol.com.

Jane Revill

Making Warsop Safer...

It appears that a large group of youths from in and around the area, including youths from neighbouring areas, are frequenting the High Street of Warsop and causing local shop keepers/ residents a number of problems with their behaviour. Steps are in place to tackle the problem and a number of offenders have been highlighted and will be dealt with accordingly.

During the adverse weather conditions there had been an increase in calls whereby groups of youths felt it necessary to throw snowballs at passing vehicles. This goes without saying that this is a very dangerous and mindless act which could have fatal consequences. As the snow thaws out it is hoped that these incidents will become few and far between. A large number of calls were also received from elderly residents complaining that a minority had been throwing snowballs at their homes causing distress and anxiety within the household.

A common trend at the moment is that most Friday and Saturday evenings outside a number of public houses within Warsop there are incidents of disorder and violence that the Police are trying to tackle.

On a more positive note we are also working with Meden Leisure Centre and the school to arrange the hire of the Astro turf pitch on a fortnightly basis for a football match between the Police and local youths. The Police are hoping to secure funding for this event until the end of the year. A match has already taken place that was well attended and the atmosphere was friendly even though the Police were the victors with a 9 – 2 win.

I again include our areas of responsibility and contact details so as to enable you to contact us should you have any issues of concerns.

Wayne Bennet - Police Constable 242

- Mark Dennis - Neighbourhood Warden
Responsible for Market Warsop tel: 07976 405 335

- MDC Moble Warden Team Responsible for Church Warsop, Warsop Vale & Meden Vale
tel: 07791 481 678 or 01623 460 144
E-mail: neighbourhoodwardens@mansfield.gov.uk

- Dee Eyre - Police Community Support Officer 7297 The PCSO for Meden Vale
E-mail: Deanie.Eyre@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

- Karen Pride - Police Community Support Officer 9485 The PCSO for Market Warsop
E-mail: Karen.Pride@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

- Gina Fletcher - Police Community Support Officer 8123 PCSO for Warsop Vale and Church Warsop
E-mail: Georgina.Fletcher@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

- David Booler - Police Constable 2658 Church Warsop Beat Officer, tel: 07742 378 475
E-mail: david.boole@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

- Wayne Bennet - Police Constable 242 Market Warsop Beat Officer, tel: 07729 090 967
E-mail: Wayne.Bennet@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk

Please remember that if you are reporting a crime you need to contact Mansfield Police Station on 01623 420999 or in the event of an emergency to ring 999.

Warsop Police Station’s telephone number is 01623 420999 ext 3270 and is staffed by Wendy Patterson,
Monday to Friday, between 10am and 2pm.

Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 is also free and anonymous to use

The Rotary Club of Warsop
Club Meetings
The monthly business meeting of the club was held at the Hostess Restaurant on Thursday 29 Jan 2009.

The meeting was chaired by President Rob Pasierb, 20 members were present plus former Rotarian John Kerr who is now living abroad. A cheque for £250 was agreed to be sent to a children’s charity in Mashia Bora in Kenya. From Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice a letter of thanks was sent for the £600 donation made to them.

President Rob Pasierb chaired the club meeting at the Hostess, 23 members were present.

The speaker was Carol Gatford with her husband who gave a talk on the St John’s riverboat charity called ‘Water Wing’. The Nottingham and Newark Crusader boat charity. These are boats which take disabled groups from Newark and Nottingham on 31/2 hour cruises. All crew are volunteers and the project is supported by donations. The project costs some £60,000 a year to fund and there are only 5 boats in the country under the auspices of St. John.

Following the meeting a donation to the charity was made for £200. Also at the meeting was Julian Schofield a guest of the club from Stubbin Wood School in Langwith, the special needs school is supported at various events by the club. Julian gave a vote of thanks for the club’s support and he was given a cheque for £100 for the school funds.

The club weekly meeting was chaired by Senior Vice President Peter Harvey, 18 members attended plus guests.

A presentation was given by Ian Bowmer who attended with his walking team, the talk was about their 84 mile walk on Hadrian’s Wall from Solway to Wallsend and the Rotary minibus was used for the duration. The team have undertaken 3 walks to date and raised some £33,000 for charity. This walk made £9972 for the John Eastwood Hospice and the leukaemia fund. Rotarian Mike Moloney and Ruth on 8 Feb hosted a Sunday lunch for Inner Wheel, Rotarians and friends following a walk by some of the visitors around Hodsock Priory near Worksop.

Steve Garner

Growing Bolder as we get Older

Warsop residents joined Shirebrook and Langwith Junction residents of all ages in the new Education Room at Warsop Health Centre for a card making course led by In House Activities as part of the local Growing Bolder Project.

Ladies are given a demonstration of the technique to be used during the session before practicing the technique themselves. Already they have been introduced to embossing, matting and layering and working with various apertures and will be progressing to pop cards and movement.

Domestic Violence...Don’t Suffer in Silence
There are lots of stereotypes and myths about domestic violence BUT, the truth is that this abuse happens right across our communities, including our rural villages, where isolation and lack of local services can make it seem very difficult to access help and advice, particularly when you are frightened and lacking in confidence.

1 in 4 women will experience violence from a partner in their lifetime – domestic abuse also affects men and can include abuse between family members, however the overwhelming majority of domestic violence, the most serious injuries and the most fear is experienced by women from male partners.
Domestic Violence...Don’t Suffer in Silence

Warning signs ….

- An abuser can be charming one minute and terrifyingly aggressive the next
- They can be excessively jealous and possessive, phoning and checking on you constantly
- They may stop/put up barriers to you seeing your family and friends
- They may constantly criticise and humiliate you
- They may control all the money in the household– even your own
- They may tell you what to wear, who you can see, where you can go and even what you can think
- They may pressurise you into having sex when you don’t want to
- You may be spending all your time just trying to manage the abuse and walking on eggshells

The residents at the Oaklands have finally moved into Aspen Villa. The finished building looks fantastic, especially at the moment because as I write our update, everything is covered with snow!

The volunteers at the Centre and staff in the bungalows are working hard to fundraise for the Oaklands. There will be events on throughout the year, and I’m sure there will be something to suit everyone.

Don’t forget to pop up to the Charity Shop every Tuesday morning, Tea dance every Thursday afternoon and the Lunch Club, also on a Thursday. If your trying to beat the credit crunch, then why not pop up to the Lunch Club; We serve main courses at £3 each! Everyone is most welcome.

Phillip Pendered-Wright - Centre Manager

The Elmton & Creswell Village Company will hold their Annual General Meeting at 6.30pm in the Rose and Crown, Creswell on Wednesday, 25th February 2009. Limestone House Multi Purpose Centre is part of the business of Elmton & Creswell Village Company.

Derbyshire County Council’s Youth Council have awarded a Grant to the Village Company for tutor led Multi Media fun /training to take place in the Limestone Studio up to 31/3/09. The application for this Youth Grant was instigated by four Creswell youth who had enjoyed previous Multi Media sessions and the Village Company, on their behalf, submitted an application for funding from the Youth Opportunities Fund . The Multi Media sessions are held every Thursday and Friday evening from 4pm to 6pm in the Limestone Studio for young people from 11 to 19 years of age and are available for young people from Elmton & Creswell and the surrounding villages.

Contact Limestone House on 01909 724061 to book a place at the session, or for more information.

Work Placements are ongoing in Limestone House where the learners are training in Multi Media skills and Multi Media Products. The Work placements are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm and will run for 18 weeks for young people age 16 to 19 years who are unemployed. (16 to 24 if there is a learning disability). A further Work Placement course will commence after Easter 2009 and anyone interested should contact Limestone House to register for it. Free Transport can be arranged for the learner thanks to a grant from Alliance SSP.

After School Activities in Multi Media fun/learning for young people up to age 11 will run in Limestone House every Monday from 3.20 to 4.50pm, thanks to funding from Derbyshire Community Foundation.

CAB Advice
The company I work for hasn’t been doing so well recently and there are rumours they are going to be making a lot of people redundant. What are my rights in this situation? How do I know whether I’ve been chosen fairly and do I have to accept the redundancy?

Where an employer is making 20 or more employees redundant, this is called a ‘collective redundancy’. An employer making a collective redundancy has to consult with a recognised trade union where there is one. Where there is no recognised trade union, an employer should consult with employee representatives before issuing redundancy notices.

You can only be dismissed because you are genuinely redundant, e.g. your company’s business, or part of the business, is ceasing to operate, moving to a different place, or the type of work required by the business has ceased or diminished or is expected to diminish.

When your employer chooses who to make redundant, it is illegal to use selection criteria which discriminate against anyone because of their age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. For example, if all the people chosen for redundancy are women, this would usually be sex discrimination and unfair dismissal.

To be entitled to statutory redundancy pay you need to have worked for the firm for at least two years continuously since the age of 16 and be an employee. Self-employed people do not qualify.

If you do not meet these conditions, you won’t get a statutory redundancy payment, even if you are genuinely redundant. If you are excluded from statutory redundancy pay you may still be entitled to contractual redundancy pay from your employer under your contract.

This is a complicated area and if you are in this position you should seek the help of an experienced adviser.

For more information on redundancy and to find your local bureau online, go to the Citizens Advice website www.adviceguide.org.uk
Meden Vale - The Future
The 41st Meeting of Meden Vale the Future was held at Village Hall on Monday 12 January 2009 at 7.30 pm.

8 members of the Committee were present plus 2 members of the Police, 1 representative from West Notts College, 1 representative from Welbeck Football Club and 2 members from Fundsport UK. There were 4 apologies.

Estimates for repair work to the outside of the building have been obtained and authorisation has been given for these to proceed. Funding is in place for this. A draft Health & Safety Policy for the Organisation was discussed. A designated H & S person and Fire Officer were appointed. The document will be signed at the next meeting after consideration by all members. It was agreed to seek a quotation for portable appliance testing.

A short presentation was given by the representative from West Notts College outlining possible adult learning courses which could be made available at the Village Hall from Easter onwards. It was agreed to publicise this information and any interest to be forwarded to West Notts College.

Fundsport UK updated the Committee on the Sports facilities project. This included the information that planning permission for the multi-use games area had been granted and a site survey had been authorised. The representative from Welbeck Football Club was concerned about security when the development had taken place. All agreed this was a potential problem but funding for the fencing was not included at this stage. The Football Club agreed to assist with the Open Day arranged for Saturday 21st February 12 – 3pm to publicise the above.

The 42nd Meeting of Meden Vale the Future was held at The Village Hall on Monday 5 February 2009 at 7.30 pm. 9 members of the Committee were present plus 1 representative from Welbeck Football Club and 2 members from Fundsport UK. There were 5 apologies.

The Health & Safety document was agreed and signed. A quotation for portable appliance testing was accepted.

Fundsport UK updated the meeting. The detailed arrangements for the Open Day were discussed and finalised. These included plans and information boards, catering arrangements and publicity leaflets. Letters requesting funding assistance were ready and will be sent out shortly.

The next Committee meeting will be held on Monday 9 March 2009 at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall. All welcome.
The Royal British Legion
Remember Loved Ones Forever

Would you like to create a permanent tribute to your loved one?
Then visit the Royal British Legion online memorial to loved ones at My Rememberance Day www.myremembranceday.org.uk.

A tribute for all to see

My Remembrance Day allows you to share with others the life of someone special to you. Your message can be as personal as you want to make it. Your own words, lines from a special poem, or a favourite piece of prose, and a photograph of your loved one, will make this a unique remembrance. You can also invite family and friends to contribute their reflections of the person whose life you are celebrating.

Simply choose a day to remember – it could be a birthday, anniversary – or any day that is significant to you.

With My Remembrance Day you can create a permanent page dedicated to the person you want to remember, for as little as £2 a month. You can also invite family and friends to make donations into the special Tribute Fund, which is automatically set up with your tribute page. All donations will help The Royal British Legion’s work with ex-Service men and women and their dependants.

Your poppy planted in the National Memorial Arboretum

As well as your page on myremembranceday.org.uk, an everlasting wooden poppy will be planted as a memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in The Royal British Legion’s new National Remembrance Garden.

The Arboretum is located between Birmingham and Derby, just off the A38 north of Lichfield and south of Burton on Trent. You will see brown signs from the A38 directing you to the A513 junction signposted for Tamworth, where you will find the Arboretum. The address is Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR. Tel: 01283 792333

You are welcome to visit the Garden – a tranquil place that is ideal for quiet contemplation – and see your poppy whenever you want.

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