COMMUNITY NEWS - Farnsfield, Blidworth and Rainworth

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Methodist Church

The midweek house group met at the home of John and Shirley Foster and on Sunday morning. The service was led by Dawn Vickers with readings from Margaret Tait and Enid Marsh playing the music. Members visited Bridge Street, Mansfield Methodist Church for their evening service

Tuesday Fellowship

The meeting on Tuesday at Farnsfield St Michael’s church was led by Sue Brooks.

Flower Club

The Flower Club held its annual meeting on Monday, 17th February. Twenty members attended, including one new member. Three committee members retired - chairman Jenny Freeman, Sylvia Beaumont and Catherine Howell - but all will continue to play an active role in the club. Pat Beezer was elected as incoming chairman, assisted by Jean Parfrement. Margaret Short will continue as treasurer and Chris Cooper as secretary and they welcomed Penny Wells onto the committee. A social afternoon followed the formal business with tea and home-baked cakes served by committee members. The next meeting will be on Monday, 17th March at 2pm in the Lower Hall, Farnsfield Village Centre, New Hill and will be a demonstration entitled Chelsea Fun with Alison Doxey. New members are welcome.

Horticultural Society

The society is preparing for its spring show which this year will be on Saturday 12th April at the Village Centre. The schedules will be available from local shops. The show will be open to the public after 12.30pm.


4th Rainbows

Rainbows met at SS Simon and Jude’s on Friday evening. They drew around their feet on yellow paper and then wrote on the footprint their names and what they would like to do when they join Brownies. They invited older Guides to attend their meeting and share their stories about Girl Guiding in the past. The Rainbows welcomed several ex-leaders and Trefoil members to the church for a coffee and a chat. The girls sat with individual members and asked them questions about their Girl Guiding days and the badges they earned. The older members then taught Rainbows some action songs which they used to sing at Brownies and Guides. After the event, many Rainbows said how interesting they found the meeting and how much they enjoyed finding out about Girl Guiding’s past. The event was to commemorate the Brownie Centenary which is this year, for more information on larger events contact Girl Guiding Mansfield.

3rd Brownies

Girls and leaders from 3rd Rainworth Brownies joined 4,000 Girl Guiding members from all over to country to celebrate World Thinking Day at Alexandra Palace in North London. The girls boarded the bus at the crack of dawn and returned home in the evening after a fun day of activities, workshops, performances, games and partying. Cece and Frankie joined in the roller disco, braved the climbing wall, completed an assault course, used up energy on the bouncy castle and made biscuit medals. Brownies learned Bollywood-style dances, had their faces painted and tried pyrography. They met jugglers, stilt walkers and Punch and Judy. There is an exhibition in Mansfield Museum in March to celebrate the Big Brownie Birthday. Brownies are 100 years old this year and the exhibition is now on until 29th March.

St George’s RC Church

Andrew Storey, Lilly Davis, and Rachel and Jordon Boulton all assisted Father Christopher Thomas on the Altar at Saturdays Mass. Jackie Massey and Rachel Boulton both gave readings and Angela Storey, Jackie Massey, John Storey, and Brian McDonagh were Offertory Bearers. Eucharistic Ministers were Ken Daley and Angele and Andrew Storey.

Methodist Church

The weekly Slimming World group met on Tuesday with the Weight Watcher group and Rainworth Leisure Artist group meeting on Wednesday. On Saturday, the Mansfield Artist group met with the regular coffee morning also taking place. On Sunday morning, Robert Vickers led the service which included readings from Pat Holmes and John Bretton and Barbara Sutton led prayers. Flowers decorating the church were donated by Judith and Mick Daykin, with Margaret Toon playing the music during the service. Church members visited Bridge Street, Mansfield, Methodist church for their evening service

SS Simon and Jude’s

Morning prayer services on both Tuesday and Thursday and also Thursday’s Holy Communion last week were led by the Rev Hazel Robinson. Marilyn Brown and Stephanie Smart led Thursday’s Vestry hour. The regular weekly coffee mornings were held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings and on Sunday morning the Holy Communion service was led by Stephanie Smart. The Rev Robinson gave the sermon and led the Eucharist. Readers were John Heider, and Margaret Rutherford, with Stuart Brown leading prayers. On Sunday evening, Café Church presented a different sort of worship. Sunday’s theme was ‘Let’s look at the Bible’, led by the Rev Robinson and Maureen Garner. Flowers decorating the church were donated by Jackie Burton. Celia’s House group meets on alternate Tuesdays 10-11.30am, all are welcome. Today, the church is holding a Sung Service with Ashing at 7pm. There will be a Churches Together Lent course from 7-8.30pm on the five Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. It will follow the theme of ‘Pathways to Prayer’. St Simon’s is hosting on two evenings, Wednesday 12th March, Devotional Prayer, and Wednesday 26th March, Sacramental Prayer.

Pensioners’ Club

On Monday week, the meeting was opened by Mrs M. Brailsford. Mrs K. White, Mrs M. Wood and Mrs R. Dodsworth served the members with refreshments. Tickets were sold by Mrs J. Dodsworth and she also called the bingo. Mrs M. Cooper organised and called the quiz and the winner was Mr H. Alcock. Bingo winners were Mesdames J. Davis, M. Cope, R. Dodsworth, E. Farr, S. Layland, M. Brailsford, E. Haggarty, V. Greaves, and Mr K. Cooper. Raffle winners were Mesdames M. Wood, E. Haggerty, J. Dodsworth, B. Creasey, M. Fletcher, and Messrs E. Ufton and H. Alcock.

St Andrew’s

The Morning Prayer services were held on Monday and Wednesday, led by the Rev Hazel Robinson who also led Wednesday’s morning Communion. The monthly Talk, Tea and Fellowship meeting was held on Monday afternoon followed by a short service led by the Rev Robinson and Marilyn Brown. Followed by a short service in the chapel, Vestry Hour is a time when people who want to book weddings, ask for banns to be read, book baptisms or who would just like to pop in and talk to the clergy. It is held at St Andrew’s on Wednesdays from 6-7pm and this week was led by Angela Penny. Saturday’s Bric a Brac sale and 200 club draw raised £280 for church funds. The church is hosting ‘Experience Easter’ on Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th March at St Andrew’s Mission, for the children of Blidworth Oaks School. There is Holy Communion Services for Ash Wednesday (today).

St Mary’s

The service on Sunday morning was led by Marilyn Brown assisted by the Rev’d Hazel Robinson. Readings from the Old and New Testaments were from Vivienne Tansy and Mary Harris, with Marilyn Brown reading from the Gospel. The Rev’d Robinson gave a sermon and Robin Sharpe led prayers. Gordon Foster played the music during the service.

Methodist Church

On Tuesday morning, Barrie Richmond led the healing service and Alan Mosley helped with the Sacrament with the Rev Bob Jones giving the closing prayer. This was followed by a soup lunch. Later the Artist group met at the church. Karen O’Hara led a prayer meeting on Thursday evening. The service on Sunday morning was led by Philip Holmes and he also played music to accompany the service. There were readings from Marian Jarratt and Irene Yapp welcomed everyone to the church. Jean Richards donated the flowers used to decorate the church. Members visited Bridge Street, Mansfield Methodist Church for their evening service. A Churches Together Lent course is planned for Blidworth and Rainworth between 7pm-8.30pm on five Wednesday evenings throughout Lent. Blidworth Methodist church is hosting on two evenings, the 19th March Holiness in Prayer, the 2nd April, Contemplative Prayer.


Methodist Church Sunday evening’s service was conducted by the Rev Helen Nice and the organist was David Brown. The service was followed by a meeting of the Church Council. The next service will be on Sunday 23rd March at 6pm, also conducted by the Rev Helen Nice.

St Giles Church

Holy Communion on Sunday morning was led by the Rev David McCullough and included readings from Ann Nunn and Ed Compton. The music to accompany the service was played by Richard Nunn.

Village News

A coffee morning will follow the service on Sunday. The Farnsfield Daffodil festival will take place over the weekend of 5th and 6th April at The Old Schoolroom, Edingley. from 11am-4pm on both days. . Entry forms are available from coffee mornings held at the venue.