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.

Boogieing with a Barn Owl- the Life of Boogie the Owl
Wednesday 26th October 18:30 to 20:00

Owlin’ Mad is visiting Retford Library and bringing a very special visitor – Boogie the Barn Owl.  Come along and meet our wonderful feathered friend and hear how Boogie lives. Family activities also include making owl masks. This is a free event but booking is advised.

“Dreadful Sacrifices” – A brief guide to British Horror Cinema
Monday 31 October 19:00-20:30

A talk by local writer Martin Jones. Tickets £2 to include a glass of wine and nibbles. Suitable for ages 18+. Contact the library for further details.  Booking is advised.

Special events for November

“The Battle of the Somme” (IWM 1916) Film Showing at Retford Library

Thursday 3rd November 18:30 – 20:30

To commemorate the battle’s 100th anniversary, Retford Library will be hosting a screening of the iconic black and white 1916 film of the Battle of the Somme, with music composed by Laura Rossi.  Before the film screening: Join us from 18:30 for free refreshments and chat to local researchers, Tony and Judith Goodall, about the library’s Somme exhibition*, which features photographs from their visits to the Somme battlefields and information about Retford men involved in the conflict. The film, which lasts around 1hr20 minutes, will start at 19:00. The event is free but booking is essential – please call Retford Library on 01777 708 724 or email

*Retford Library’s free exhibition “The Battle of the Somme” will be in the library’s
gallery from Fri 28th
October-Weds 30th November 2016

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursdays 27th October and 10th & 24th November
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

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 meetings: 2nd, 16th & 30th November

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 - next date t.b.a.
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 14th & 28th November 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 :
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 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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