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.

Advanced notice! Coming up in February 2017

Rufford Park Poachers – a true story retold by Sam Millard
Thursday 9th February 19:00.
The infamous story of the Mansfield men who made their
way in 1851 to Rufford Park to take game.
Tickets £1 to include refreshments.  Booking is essential.

Kate Ellis author visit and talk
Kate Ellis is the author of two thrilling crime series and has sold more than half a million books worldwide.  Her powerful new crime novel A High Mortality of Doves has just been published
Kate will be giving a talk at Retford Library on 23rd February 14:30-16:00.
Tickets £1.00 – to include refreshments. Booking is essential.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 19th January and 2nd & 16th February 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: 25th January and 8th & 22nd February 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

Next Poetry Café - Monday 23rd January 14:00-15:30
 The Senses.  Bring along a poem to share on the theme of The Senses or
simply enjoy listening to others.  Tickets are 50p and booking is  advised. 

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Next meetings* on 23rd January and 13th & 27th February 2017
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00.
*January’s meeting will run from 16:30-18:00
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 :
19th January and 9th February 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.
A special half term session takes place on Friday 28th October from 10:00

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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