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I bet you didn’t know that every fortnight the sound of ukuleles rings out from Woodborough Institute on Roe Hill!

A small group of players meet to learn and play on the 1st and 3rd Thursday afternoons of each month.

Most of us are beginners (especially so after shutting down for over a year due to Covid) so new starters are very welcome to our friendly little band of strummers – we can even lend you a ukulele to see if you like it, before investing in your own instrument. You don’t have to read music!

Your first two meetings are free, and £2 per meeting after that to pay for room hire, refreshments and printed songs.

We have lots of laughs along the way, and you’ll make new musical friends, so why not give it a try? If you’d like to come along, please give me (Michael Dobbs) a call on 9652376.

The group is part of Calverton & District U3A and is open to anyone who has finished full time work or child care. Click below for more information.

Woodborough Carpet Bowls Club

With Covid restrictions having been relaxed, it’s time to think about getting back to meeting people and enjoying yourself again!

Woodborough Carpet Bowls club meets on Friday evenings in Woodborough Village Hall. Membership is open to residents of Woodborough and surrounding areas, and you’ll find us a friendly and welcoming bunch.

Carpet bowls (or Short Mat Bowls) is a smaller version of lawn bowls played indoors all of the year round, with smaller bowls on special mats – having the advantage of not being affected by the weather! We don’t take it too seriously, enjoying the social aspects of meeting friends just as much as playing the game.

If you’re interested, but concerned about not being a bowler, don’t worry – we’ll show you how it’s done, and all the members will be happy to help you.

If you’d like to talk about coming along (your first visit is free and £2 after that), please get in touch with Kate Dobbs on 9652376.


Saturday 13th November 2021

The CRUK committee are working towards hosting this event.

All safety guidelines will be in place to make this a safe and pleasant experience.  More details to follow in due course.

St Swithun’s Church Bell Ringers

Andrew, Izzy and I rang before the Ark service on August 1st and were very pleased to read the comments on the Woodborough Village Facebook page appreciating the return of bells on Sunday mornings.

Sunday bells will continue with as many ringing as we have available ringers. Because of holidays, there were only two ringing on August 29th; but we shall be back to three for the next Ark service on September 5th.

There is a wedding at St. Swithun’s on September 11th and there will be six bells for that; because I have invited ringers from Oxton and Lowdham to make up a full band.

In order to maintain regular ringing at Woodborough, we need volunteers to come forward to keep the traditional sound of church bells being heard in the village.

Our six bells are easy to ring so learning the way to use the ropes to swing the bells is not a difficult task; taking only a few hours to master spread over a number of practice sessions. These are based on the nationally recognised “Learning the Ropes” course, which is the plan I follow when teaching ringing.

Are you interested? Perhaps intrigued? Want to find out more? Then do please get in touch with me by phone or text on the number below, or email me, and I shall get back to you as quickly as I can.

Stephen Smith
Tower Captain

Tel: 07817-979390

For further information on bell ringing, check out these websites.

Southwell & Nottingham Bell Ringing

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers

There are also videos of bell ringing on YouTube: search for “church bell ringing”.

Click below to see our video report on St Swithun’s Bell Ringers

We have a new main menu!!!

That’s right, we have introduced a new main menu today so get yourself to the Nags to try out our tasty new dishes.
Furthermore, we recently noticed our opening times page was displaying outdated information. This issue is now fixed. 
We are also currently looking to add a new part-time cleaner to our team so let us know if you, or anyone you know, is appropriate for this role. Here are some additional details:
2 days per week initially (potentially more in the future),
1 weekday & 1 weekend day,
Variable days with a week’s notice,
3 hours per day starting at 8am,
Applicant must have their own transport or live locally.
Finally, don’t forget to register your interest in our upcoming events – tickets are selling fast!!!
Macmillan Coffee Morning on the 24th of September in aid of Macmillan Nurses & the Nottingham Breast Cancer Support Group, £3 entrance per person, 10 am to 12 noon.
A trip to Market Rasen Horse Races on the 25th of September, £40 per person, only a few places left!!!
Our Annual York Christmas Market trip, on the 19th of November, £19.95 per person
 Contact us at for any queries, or to register your interest in our events. Alternatively, you can contact Clive on 07970 299 305, or the pub on 0115 965 4886.

Hi everyone – good news! I can now confirm the details of our Autumn Programme which I hope you will enjoy. It is so lovely to plan events again and we are really looking forward to welcoming you to The Bookcase Presents… our new events space behind the bookshop.

All our events in this programme will take place there and tickets go on sale on Tuesday 31st August!
Monday 20th September
2 – 3.30pm
Tickets: £7 full/£5 concessions (includes refreshments)
Gunpowder, Treason and Flood – an illustrated talk with Karen Maitland

A warm welcome back to Karen who will be talking about her latest novel The Drowned City, the first in an exciting new series set in 1606, from an expert writer at the height of her powers. Gunpowder and treason changed England forever. But the tides are turning and revenge runs deep…
Karen  is an historical novelist, lecturer and teacher of Creative Writing, with over twenty books to her name, and is a fantastic speaker.
Thursday 23rd September
7 – 8.30pm
Tickets: £7 full/£5 concessions (includes refreshments)
Whatever Happened to John Holmes – The Tour (with Frances Finn)

Don’t miss this really lovely opportunity to hear two BBC Radio Nottingham favourites, John Holmes MBE and Frances Finn, in conversation about John’s recently published memoir This Is The BBC Holmes Service.
Tuesday Talks
These talks will all take place on the second Tuesday of the month and replace what was our First Friday programme in the olden days!
2 – 3.30pm
Tickets: £6 full/£5 concessions (includes tea and cake of course…)

Tuesday September 14th:
Pubs We Have Loved – Chris Arnot and John Lucas

We are thrilled to open this series of talks with two Bookcase favourites. John Lucas is a poet, novelist and owner of Shoestring Press. In his latest book – Closing Time At The Royal Oak – he describes the years of frequenting his local pub in Beeston with all the characters he met along the way, and chronicles the story of the pub’s decline and fall as a moment in English social history. Chris Arnot was, for 30 years, a freelance journalist, writing for broadsheet newspapers on all kinds of subjects. His new book – Closing Time – is subtitled Lockdown Reflections on a “Pubscrawling” Past.

On the back of your feedback I can now announce the following :
Yoga philosophy and Mindfulness with Maggie Pollard
This series will take place on the following Thursday evenings 7 – 8.30pm:
September 16th
October 7th and 21st
November 18th and 25th
Tickets: £10 (or £45 for 5) 10 places only at each session

This course will introduce some of the ancient philosophy of yoga  and it’s understanding of the nature of the mind.  Each session will introduce some simple mindfulness practices that can be done from your chair.

Coming soon – Writing Workshops and Scrabble Club: details to follow!

And finally – the return of Film Fridays!
Lowdham Village Hall committee are happy to announce the following screenings which will all take place in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. There will be a licensed bar, ice creams, popcorn, hot drinks and home made cakes…
Tickets: £6 full/£5 concessions and children
September 17th  Nomadland (12A, 107  mins)

Tickets for all these events will be on sale from Tuesday 31st August
over the counter at The Bookcase or on our Box Office line 0115 966 3219.
Please note that there are limited numbers for some of these so please book early!

Very many thanks as always and see you soon.