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.

Where the River Runs - Live family theatre for ages 5+
Tuesday 4th April 15:30 - Booking essential.
Tickets £3 per child (library member)

Drawn from the Past – A Song-writing Workshop
Saturday 22th April 13:00-15:00. Free event but booking essential. Ages 14+
Join Matt Hill from Quiet Loner in a fantastic song-writing workshop. Matt was Songwriter in Residence last year at the People’s History Museum in Manchester and he will use this experience to look at how past events provide inspiration for today’s songwriters.

Crime Café -Tuesday 25th April 14:00-15:30
Join us at our regular Crime Café. This time we will be having a game of Cluedo and challenging
you to a crime themed quiz.  50p to include refreshments.

World Book Night – Hardy’s Tess and Lawrence’s The Virgin and The Gipsy- A comparison by Rob White
Thursday 27th April 19:00.
Tickets £2 including refreshments. Booking is advised. Ages 16+

Rob will compare Thomas Hardy and DH Lawrence in terms of their novels Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Virgin and the Gipsy. The central characters are both young women breaking away from their unsupportive families and stepping out into the big wide world.  But the outcomes are very different….

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 30th March and 13th & 27th April 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: 5th & 19th April 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

Poetry Café - Monday date to be announced 14:00-15:30
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: 10th & 24th April 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 :
27th April & 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.

Easter Bunny Craft – Craft activity for young children
Wednesday 12th April 10:30.  Free drop-in activity.
Decorate your chosen bunny and don’t forget the lollipop nose!

Rattle, Rhymn & Roll (for little ones!)
Every Wednesday and Friday 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
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