Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom

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In the heart of Retford, on Churchgate, facing the church of St.Swithun’s, Retford’s Denman Library is housed in a fascinating old building.

Nottinghamshire library service became a Community Benefit Society with exempt charitable status in April 2016.  This means they are a not-for-profit organisation so all funds must be spent on culture, learning and library activities for the communities we serve. Therefore, Nottinghamshire Libraries are now delivered by Inspire, a Community Benefit Society. For more about Inspire, click here...

For more details of the regular events listed here, or to book your place, see contact details at the bottom of the page.

Clarborough (and North/South Wheatley and Clayworth) residents may also be interested in Nottinghamshire’s mobile library service timetable - known officially as ‘North, Route 4’.
See a copy here...

For a wider selection of communities covered, search Notts. County Council’s dedicated website here...

As well as all of the facilities you would expect from one of Nottinghamshire’s Libraries, the ever-helpful staff have a wide range of activity sessions to tempt you. All are free unless otherwise stated :

Home Library Service
Retford Library has a team of RVS Volunteers who deliver a selection of Library books to those who are housebound and cannot access the Library. If you know someone who would benefit from this service, please let a member of the Library staff know. Also, if you would like to volunteer to be part of this scheme, we would be happy to hear from you.

Crime Café -Tuesday 6th June.
Are you worried about scams?  Do you know what type of scam to look for? Have you been the victim of a scam?

Consumers lose £5-10 billion to scams each year. In place of our normal June Crime Café we are having a special visit from National Trading Standards €Scams Team.
Beat the scammers by coming along to this awareness session to find out more about scams.  Carol, the Trading Standards  SCAM champion, will be there to tell you how you can protect yourself and others from being a victim.
Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering communities to take a stand against scams.

DATE : Tuesday 6th June 2017
TIME : 14:00
COST : 50p (refreshments)

Contact us, or call in, to book your place.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 25th May, 2017
Now entering its fifth year, members share their own original thoughts and also work prompted by “ triggers”, usually set by Kevin Murphy their coordinator. Samples of their poetry and prose, factual, fictional and fantastic are also shared on their website "Retwords", which has had a thousand visitors this year alone. Simply Google “Retwords” to find it.
There is no charge and no pressure. Come along, listen and share when you feel like doing.
Kevin can be contacted on 07903 654 499 and

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 31st May, 2017

Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials, to meet like-minded
people over a cuppa! If you would like to know more please get in touch
It's just 50p for refreshments, give us a call to book your place

Retford Library would like to invite you to come along and listen to the talk:

Thomas Helwys: Why Does He Matter?
by Adrian Gray on Saturday 27th May 2017 at 14:00-15:00

Organised as part of Retford Arts Festival author and local historian Adrian Gray will be here to talk about
Thomas Helwys, the Baptist pioneer from Nottinghamshire whose ideas have shaped nations and influenced the American Constitution and the UN Declaration of Human Rights.This event is FREE but booking is essential.

Please telephone Retford Library on 01777 708 724 or e-mail to reserve
your seat(s).

Poetry Café - Monday 12th June 14:00-15:30
Details to follow
Tickets 50p to include refreshments. Booking is advised.
You are of course welcome to come along and listen to others at our informal poetry café.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings: 22nd May and 12th & 26th June, 2017
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...

Local/Family History drop-in sessions with Helen Fox (Nottinghamshire Team Librarian, Local Studies) each month on Thursday mornings from 09:30-13:00. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
Next date :
25th May 2017
You will usually find Greg Herdman in attendance too - he’s the chap who ‘fronts’ the library’s Family & Local History Group twice monthly. Find out more about that group here...

Reading Group

The group meets on the last Tuesday in every month at 11:00 in the library. Reading Groups are very informal and open to everyone, and a wide range of books are selected for members to read and discuss each month. Everybody has a say and the idea behind a Reading Group is to get members to read something different to what they would normally choose.

Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 - 10:20
Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.
Coming up in June: Bookstart Bear will make an appearance
at Rattle Rhyme and Roll on 7th June.

Story Hullabaloo
very Friday from 10:00 to 10:20
Enjoy stories and songs together. For older, pre-school children.

 Talk on Mr Straw’s house on 15th June. More details to follow.

Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:     Website: