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:

Zeppelins over Retford – a talk by Adrian Sumner
Saturday 28th May 13:00

This fascinating talk tells the story of Zeppelin raids in the local area during World War I, including the bombing of Retford one hundred years ago this September. The talk is free and is part of Retford Arts Festival (28th – 30th May 2016) Booking is strongly advised as places are limited.

Craft bombing- Hungry Caterpillar pom-poms
Saturday 28th May 10:00-15:00

Free drop–in event for children of all ages. Make caterpillar pom poms to decorate the Library gates.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 26th May 2016
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 654499 and

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

Next Crime Café
Tuesday 24th May - 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: 18th May 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 - Thursday 19th May & 9th June 2016

19th May theme is “Afternoon Tea”. Please bring along an Afternoon Tea themed poem or a favourite poem to share, or just come along to listen. Tickets are 50p to include refreshments. Please let Retford Library staff have your poem in advance. All the chosen poems will be put on the Pass-on-a-Poem website. There is a small charge of 50 pence for each event to cover the cost of refreshments

Join us at Retford Library on Thursday 9th June for a fascinating evening talk on DH Lawrence’s controversial novel The Rainbow, now one hundred years old. Speaker Rob White will give his insight into the
ground-breaking novel, banned upon publication in Britain for eleven years, with the publishing house prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act. The story of The Rainbow tells of three generations of the Brangwen family living in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. It has been adapted successfully for film and TV along with its sequel Women in Love.

The talk will begin at 7pm.  Places are limited so booking is advisable. Tickets cost £2 to include a glass of wine and nibbles.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings on 23rd May, 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 dates :
26th May & 30th June, 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...

New 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:  Retford (Denman) Library