Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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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.

Summer 2017 Children’s Events at Retford Library
Read details here...

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.

Help with Homework at your library. Young people can use PCs and the Internet for free along with some free printing for homework purposes. There are many online resources available including free access to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, as well as helpful staff!

Paper Worlds: drop-in family arts workshop - Retford Library on 26th July

A FREE drop in visual arts workshop for children 5 - 11 years and their families from 14:00-16:00. Make a paper world in the library. Help create our city with  buildings, moving cars ...
For more, click here...

Crime Café- An afternoon of cinema

Thursday 24th August 14:00-15:30. Tickets 50p to include refreshments and popcorn. Booking advisable

Join the Crime Café for a film afternoon.

 Saturday 15th July sees the launch of the Summer Reading Challenge.  Bring your children from this date to sign up for this year’s exciting Animal Agent challenge and keep them reading over the summer holidays. Look out for our activities too. Every Tuesday morning in August we will have a Kids’Craft Club from 11:00-12.30 with a different theme each week.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 20th July, 3rd, 17th, 31st August and 14th & 28th September 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: 26th July and 6th & 20th September

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 for a Summer’s Evening – celebrating 50 years of the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper with poetry from or about the late Sixties
Thursday 27th July 18:30. Tickets £2 to include a summer cocktail and nibbles. Booking advisable

Join us for a relaxing evening of poetry.  If you wish to share a favourite poem from or about the late Sixties, please let us have the title by 21 July for inclusion in a booklet.  You are welcome of course just to come along and listen.

National Poetry Day
Thursday 28th September.  Details to be confirmed.

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings: 11th & 25th September, 2017
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...

On-line resources: Inspire subscribe to many fascinating and useful online resources, all accessible for free from Library PCs and some from home.  These include Ancestry and the British Newspaper Archive.

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 : 24th August, 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...

Dementia Friends Information Session
Thursday 14 September 10:30 to 11:30.
Free session but booking is essential. Details to be confirmed.


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.

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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