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:

Special events for October:

The STEAM Powered Big Draw, Fully Illuminated Fun

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Two sessions 10:30 and 11:30. Retford Library £2.00

The STEAM Powered Big Draw Festival 'Fully Illuminated Fun' art workshops are for anyone who loves to draw, as well as for those who think they can't!
Bringing together Science, Technology, Art, Engineering and  Maths, STEAM recalls our Industrial past and the fusion of creative  innovation, enterprise and the arts.
Explore technology with creativity. Use conductive drawing materials and work with an artist to create beautiful illuminated drawings, add an electric circuit and turn Art into Science.
Become part of a touring library exhibition and have fun drawing!

Tickets £2.00, all ages welcome. 1 free adult place per paying child.
Booking is essential, please contact Retford Library.

National Poetry Day at Retford Library

Thursday 6th October 19:00

To celebrate National Poetry Day 2016, Retford Library is hosting a special talk on the Poetry of Thomas Hardy by local Hardy expert Rob White. Rob will introduce us to some of the less familiar poems as well as some favourites with the aim of linking them with events in Hardy’s life to give an insight into the man himself as well as his poetry. Rob will also use his chosen poems to discuss how poetry achieves its effects.

Tickets are £2 to include a glass of wine and nibbles. Booking is advisable as places are limited. Book your place at Retford Library or by telephoning 01777 708 724 or email

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays 15th & 22nd September
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

Work Club
Friday 16th September 10:00-12:00
Help and support with CVs, job applications and interviews.
Informal, drop-in club

Next Crime Café
Tuesday (t.b.a.) - 14:00-15:30
What was the last good crime book you read? Or the film you watched? Come along on May 24th and
tell us what you would recommend as a good summer read. Plus - give our fun crime quiz a try!
Everyone welcome - no need to book, just come along.
50 pence including refreshments. Booking not necessary. Everyone welcome.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meeting: No meetings in August;
next is 7th & 21st September 13:30-15:00

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

Next Poetry Café - Thursdays 13:30-15:00 t.b.a. 2016
You can bring along a poem to  share or simply come to listen to others.  Tickets are £2 and will  include a summer cocktail and nibbles. Places are limited so you are advised to book your place in advance.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings on 26th September & 10th October 2016
(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 : 13
th October and 24th November 2016
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 from 10:00 - 10:20
Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.

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

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