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Welcome to the Group news page, here we hope to keep you up to date with the latest news from your groups.

If you have news or photographs of your groups why not put them here? Below is news of the groups to date. 

Afternoon Tea Group.

 May Thursday 23rd 2.30 pm. £7-50 each. Southwell Garden Centre.
 June Thursday 27th  2.30pm. £12-50 each. Morton’s Farm.
 July Thursday 25th 1.15pm £10.50 each. Ribbons Tea Room, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.  
 August. No meeting due to school holidays.
 September Thursday 26th Awaiting Details
 October Thursday 24th 3.30pm. £12-50. Felley Priory

International Dining 

New contact for the meal on wed 21st May at Gurkha Junction is David Shooter. tel. 01623 437851.

Craft Group 
1st, 2nd & 5th Wednesdays at 10am at Teversal Visitor Centre, Carnarvon Street, Teversal, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 3HJ.  
We try a variety of crafts and readily welcome new members and ideas. 
Contact Pam Shaw on 01623 469010 or 0771 3570457


New Groups

Palmistry (4th Friday) First meeting 24th May at Teversal Visitor Centre 10.30 -12 noon

Join Jenny if you would enjoy discovering together whether the shape & pattern of our hands reveals anything about us.

Contact:- Jenny North 01623 441402


First meeting will have been held Tuesday 9th April. 7 -9pm at Teversal Visitors' Centre.

Future dates TBA.

Tea and coffee available or bring your own stronger refreshment.

No fixed charges for the use of the centre, but voluntary donations to resident "piggy" are welcomed.

contact:- Mark Hollingworth 01623 647491

HerbsGroup First meeting Thursday 16th May at Teversal Visitor Centre 10.30 -12 noon

Contact:- Jenny North 01623 441402


Tuesday 14th May
Breakfast at the Tea House, Carr Bank Park, Mansfield, NG18 2AL – 9.30 for 9.45 am
Contact John Bargh – 01623 558130 



We’d all had a very busy month reading the selected authors and plenty of other ones as well which led to a very lively reviewing session.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is about Harold Fry who sets off on a walk from Kingsbridge Devon to Berwick upon Tweed to see Queenie Hennessy who is terminally ill in a hospice because, he believes, as long as he walks, she will live.  Unprepared and ill equipped, leaving his wife Maureen at home he goes off on his journey which also gives him time to reflect on the journey of his life.  Joyce is a good story teller and the novel is full of unsentimental charm, humour and insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury.  Our readers enjoyed it.  Rating 4 ½/5.

The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell - Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ... In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade.  Our reader loved this, highly recommended. Rating 5/5 – you can’t say better than that!

The Murder at Sissingham Hall by Clara Benson - On his return from South Africa, Charles Knox is invited to spend the weekend at the country home of Sir Neville Strickland, whose beautiful wife Rosamund was once Knox's fiancee. But in the dead of night Sir Neville is murdered. Who did it? As suspicion falls on each of the house guests in turn, Knox finds himself faced with deception and betrayal on all sides, and only the enigmatic Angela Marchmont seems to offer a solution to the mystery. This 1920s whodunit will delight all fans of traditional country house murder stories.  Our reader found this an enjoyable, light, easy read.  Rating 4/5.

We also tackled two Graham Greene novels – The End of the Affair – 

“This is a record of hate far more than of love," writes Maurice Bendrix in the opening passages and it is a strange hate indeed that compels him to set down the retrospective account of his adulterous affair with Sarah Miles.  It is a complicated story full of angst and obsession and although intriguing to the end our reader didn’t really enjoy it.  Rating 2/5.

The other Graham Greene was The Human Factor – set in the British secret service, about Maurice Castle’s life as a double agent working for the Russians and trying to live a domestic life in tandem with the life of a secret agent (the human factor).  His is a bleak, troubled life, a life of deception.  He has to defect to Russia to survive once the British are on to him.  Great story telling, an intelligent slow burner with the tension mounting throughout especially towards the end.  John le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and The Spy Who Came In From The Cold were obviously greatly influenced by this book.  Rating 4/5.

John Harvey’s novel In A True Light - Sloane walks free from prison after taking the rap for a high-profile art scam. A failed painter, he is now a failed forger. Awaiting him are two policemen anxious to remind him of his sins, and a letter from a woman with whom he had a passionate affair in his youth. Now dying, she summons him to tell him that he has a daughter, Connie.  Sloane agrees to return to New York, a city of potent memories, to look for his daughter, only to find she is involved with a gang member.  Our reader thought this was a very good offering, very well written and it really captures the atmosphere of New York.  Rating Another 5/5!

Our Stephen Booth fan read and loved his Murder Road - For the tiny Peak District hamlet of Shawhead, there's only one road in and one road out. Its residents are accustomed to being cut off from the world by snow or floods. But when a lorry delivering animal feed is found jammed in the narrow lane, with no sign of the driver except for a blood-stained cab, it's the beginning of something much more sinister.  Rating 4 ¾ /5.

Hope this month’s reads prove half as good!






Group leader contact details –

Elaine Havercroft 01623 558299



New members welcome, you don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.






Monday 20th May

Agatha Christie novels + biography


Poetry – various poets/anthologies



Monday 17th June

The Brontes – Charlotte, Emily & Anne


Peter May




Group leader contact details –

Elaine Havercroft 01623 558299



New members welcome, you don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.




** Please note alteration of date to the 4th Monday **

** Monday 22nd July

Biographies – selection of


Jo Nesbo



Monday 19th August

Humorous writing – various authors

+ Coffee/Social after meeting

Dana Stabenow



** Monday 23rd September

Lesley Pearse


Michel Faber

The Indoors Bowls Club continues to play indoors on The 4th Friday March and the 2nd Friday of April. From the 4th Friday in April the Group hopes to play on the Green outside situated next to the Club House on Unwin Road, Sutton in Ashfield.
Weather permitting the Group will play outdoors 1-3pm in the Summer months.
Cost is £1 to Pretty Polly Bowls Club plus 50p for tea, coffee and biscuits during the break at 2pm. 
Flat shoes are essential for this game. We look forward to seeing new members as well as previous players.
Please contact
June 07976 637601 or Elaine 07486 537421 for any further information.

Beginners Bridge.

We get together at the Fox & Crown, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in each month, 10am to 12am to learn the basics of playing Bridge. New starters welcome. The next few meetings are on the 22nd August and 12th September.

Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com.

 Weekly Group Meetings

 Drama Group:  Mondays, 4.00pm, at Teversal Visitor Centre.     
Contact Peter  Dowdle on 01623 455696 
 Table Tennis Group: Table Tennis will resume on January 15th.

Cost £2. Contact -  Avril  Dowdle  on  01623 455696 or Mobile: 07946 08637

 Snooker: - Wednesday 2.00pm Triple S, Mansfield Rd, Skegby NG17 3ED   

                      Contact: Bernard Jeffries 07747397350

Music Group - Wednesday 1.00pm  to 3.00pm – Polly Bowls

Bowls Club, Unwin Road, Sutton.(play, sing or listen) – come

 and have a go! £1/session  Contact Tom Staines 01623 770153

 Kings Cards Group 


            10am – 1.00 pm. Tin Hat, Chapel Road, Selston, Notts NG17 6BW


               Contact Richard Harrison on 01623 472493 or Mob. 07704525858


  Silver Cinema Group  (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

See Winter Newsletter published in January for further information. For latest film information visit www.odeon.co.uk/silvercinema then select Mansfield from list of Silver Cinemas


  Contact Terry Hardman, 07753 804706


Click here for programme then click Mansfield


 Monthly Group Meetings

Walking Group. (1st Monday)


On Monday 3rd June we will meet at 9.30 am (note the earlier time of starting)

at the Fox & Hounds in Linby for a walk led by Geoff Cree. 

There is a coffee stop nearby at Newstead Abbey.

Leader                Geoff Cree        01623 764485

Other contact      David Swain     01623 441206

Strollers Group. (3rd Tuesday)

 Join us on a stroll around local areas. Please dress appropriately for the weather – especially footwear.

 The next walk is on Tuesday 21st May at Kings Mill Reservoir. Meet at the car park near the Sailing Club for a 10.30 start. The nearest postcode is NG17 4PA.

 Contact for this  is Lynne on 01623 439803 or mobile 07988848214

Ten Pin Bowling (1st Friday)
Mansfield Super Bowl, NG18 1LG, cost £8.00/ £5.50 for Superbowl Members; you get 2 games and shoe hire included.                                       

1st Contact: Pat 01623 552077

 Jiggle & Giggle Group  
 Jiggle and Giggle will be resting for the summer but  a new 6 week course will start later in the year.
 WATCH THIS SPACE The group will be meeting at the Teversal Visitors Centre.  

                      For more information contact   Polly Swift-Brown on 01623 614255

Indoor Bowls (2nd and 4th Friday)



There will be no Bowling at the Polly Bowls Club on Friday May 10th. in respect of Brian Woods. -

Bowling will resume on Friday May 24th.

Table Tennis

1st , 3rd and 5th Tuesdays.  2pm at Lammas Leisure Centre.

Contact -  Avril 01623 455696 or Mobile: 07946 08637                
 Art (3rd Wednesday) 

At the Teversal Visitor's Centre, 10.30 - 12.30. New members are welcome!



              Contact Janet Perry on 01623 443294.

 Beginners Bridge (2nd & 4th Wednesdays) 10.00am 

We get together at the Fox & Crown, Sutton-in-Ashfield, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays in each month, 10am to 12am to learn the basics of playing Bridge. New starters welcome.  Next dates are 27th Feb and 13th March at 10.00.

Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com.

Board Games (4th Wednesday) Next meeting 27th March, at 10.00am at                                         

Teversal Visitor centre.

Come along and challenge those brain cells. Contact: Jenny. 01623 441402

 Grumpy Old Men (2nd Tuesday)                                        

Breakfast at the Tea House, Carr Bank Park, Mansfield, NG18 2AL – 9.30 for 9.45 am – Contact John Bargh – 01623 558130

  Singles Sunday Lunch 4th Sunday. ( Check monthly supplement for venue and time.)

 Sunday 26th May 1.00pm for 1.15pm sit down at Widecombe Fair. Oak Tree Lane, Mansfield,NG18 4LF  - 

 Contact Terry Hardman on 07753 804706

Book Club.  (3rd Monday)

2.00pm The Library, Idlewells, Sutton-in-Ashfield NG17 1BP Next meeting is Monday 20th May 2019 and  reading for May are Agatha Christie novels & biography with Poetry by various poets/anthologies.- New members are welcome, you don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.  

New members most welcome, you don’t need to have read a book for your first visit.  Please come along and give it a whirl.

Contact: Elaine Havercroft on 01623 558299 or email eldrothhare@gmail.com


International Dining. 

Wednesday 22nd May – Gurkha Junction, Clerkson Street, Mansfield NG18 1BQ - Contact -Terry Hardman - more details later

June 5th.
I have booked Ania the Polish restaurant 558. Mansfield Road Sherwood  Nottingham NG5. 2FS
Time 7pm

For more details of all groups please contact the

Group Co-ordinator

– Avril Dowdle on 01623 455696.


Ladies Fun Group. Awaiting a Volunteer to lead.

Contact Avril Dowdle 01623 455696 or Mobile: 07946 086374

 Practical Philosophy (3rd Wednesday & Thursday)  Meets at my house.


Contact for this group is John on 01623 439803 or John.Barsby@ntlworld.com

 Fish Friday.  (3rd Friday)  
Next meeting is on Friday 17th May at Sea Fish, NG17 1AL (formerly Market Plaice) Sutton-in-Ashfield. Meet at 12 noon.
Contact Lynne Barsby on 01623  439803 or 07988 848214

 Luncheon Group. (4th Tuesday)

Next meeting is  Tuesday 28th of May at The Waggon , The Turnpike, Halam, Notts. NG22 8AE

Contact Mark or Nadine Hollingworth on 01623 647491.


Afternoon Tea Group  (4th Thursday)

 Thursday May 23rd 2.30 pm. £7-50 each. Southwell Garden Centre.

Contact Sue on 01623 628745. 

Discussion Group (4th Thursday)
For forthcoming dates - Contact Jan Pattenden 01623 475885  
Dominoes   - Tuesday 14th May – 7.00pm to 9.00pm at the Teversal Visitors Centre .Tea & Coffee available or bring your own stronger refreshment. No fixed charge for the use of the centre but voluntary donations to the resident “piggy” are welcomed.

Contact Mark Hollingworth on 01623 647491

 Elvis Film Group.   (1st Thursday)

This group has been suspended until further notice.

Contact for this group is Lynne on 01623 439803 or mobile 07988848214.



North Notts. Network Groups

Tai Chi: - Wednesdays, 1.30pm Willets Court Community Centre.

Contact Avril 01623 455696

Singing for Fun: - Carole from Ashfield U3A will be looking for new members for her group, if you are interested call Carole on 01773-777071

Penque: - every Tuesday at Carr Bank Park Mansfield 2pm

Contact Paul from Sherwood U3A for details.



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