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 March & April 2017
MEN’S ASSOCIATION   On Monday 20th March we hope to have a talk about The Air Ambulance at 8.00pm in the Plough. On Monday 24th April there will be a talk about the Work of the Loughborough Echo at 8.00pm in the Plough. Visitors and guests are always welcome at our meetings.
NORMANTON ON SOAR WOMEN’S INSTITUTE There will be a presentation about Rainbows at the meeting on Tuesday 7th March.  The meeting will be chaired by Sally Dicker; the hostesses will be Phyl Bloxham, Gloria Brown and Di Coltman and the vote of thanks will be given by Marilyn Dann.  The competition will be for Anything with Rainbow Colours. 
There will be a meeting on Tuesday 4th April  but the details of the speaker have yet to be confirmed.  Watch other local publications for information or contact the secretary, Heather Herrington (646240) nearer the time. 
All meetings take place in Normanton on Soar Village Hall and start at 7.30pm.  Guests are always welcome - £4 to include refreshments. 
NORMANTON ON SOAR COMMUNITY SHOP Can you help? We need more volunteers to work in our shop so if you can spare just a few hours why not come and join us?  Our opening hours are 10am - 1.00pm and 2.00pm  - 5.00pm,  Monday to Friday and 10am ‘til 1.00pm on Saturdays. We are fully staffed by volunteers, most of whom work one shift a week or one a fortnight, but we also need people who would be willing to fill in on an ad hoc basis when our regular volunteers are away. Full training will be given.  Whatever time you can spare we would very much appreciate it! Feel free to come and have a look at us before you commit - we are at the rear of Normanton Village Hall and always ready to welcome new visitors. As well as helping our community, volunteering with us is a brilliant way to meet lots of friendly people - both volunteers and customers.   So please call in and see us or ‘phone 01509 646464. 
HEARING AID CLINICS Do you wear hearing aids?  Come along to our free walk-in hearing aid clinic for new batteries, new ear mould tubing, advice on equipment, advice on how to use and clean your hearing aids, information on hearing loss and all the services that can help you.  The clinic is held at Normanton on Soar Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm.  The service is provided by the Ear Foundation and is supported by fund-raising.  The next clinics will be on 14th March and 11th April. 
EASTER LILIES AT SUTTON & NORMANTON If you would like to contribute towards the cost of Easter Lilies at St Michael’s and St Anne’s churches in memory of a loved one, a box will be available in St Anne’s during services together with a card on which to write your loved one’s name.  These names will be remembered at the Easter morning service at St Michael’s.  Alternatively contact Beth Clarke, 16 Gables Lea, 672110 or email  If you would like to contribute and have names remembered at St James’ Normanton on Soar, please contact Anne Lawes, 12 Far Lane, 842446. 
LADIES’ WALKING GROUP. Walks for March are : Friday 10th March.  West Bridgford ; five miles.  Flat walking on paths.  Meet at The Plough, Normanton on Soar 09:30.  Leader Sue James. (01509 673460 or 07960 526114). Tuesday 21st March. Rushcliffe Country Park at Ruddington, Easy, flat walking : five miles. Meet at The Plough Normanton on Soar 09:30.  Leader Sharon Bryan. (0115 974 7538 or 07826 816396). 
Please contact walk’s leader if you plan to walk. The next programme of walks, from April to September, will be published in the next Village News but will also be available to view on Normanton on Soar’s village website from mid-February 2017. If you would like to join the group please email with e-mail address and contact number and she will e-mail the programme.
NORMANTON-ON-SOAR PRIMARY SCHOOL Thankfully January is now behind us and we can begin to look forward to the second half of the spring term. Despite the dark evenings, cold weather and illness, spirits have been high at school and the children have begun the new year with positivity and energy. 
It is without doubt that the Young Voices Concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham was a highlight of January for the choir, Miss Waters, Mrs Lister and myself. To be part of a 7000 school choir was a moving and highly rewarding experience. All the children put their hearts and souls into the performance and sang, danced and ‘beatboxed’ the night away. We were immensly proud of the children as they sang all the songs from memory, behaved impeccably and were a real credit to the school community. 
Friends of Normanton-on-Soar Primary have organised a Beer and Boogie Night at the Village Hall on Saturday 11th March. As well as fundraising for the school, the evening promises to bring the community together with great food and a live band. Please contact the school office if you would like to purchase a ticket for £20. 
As March approaches, the children look forward to celebrating World Book Day and dressing up as their favourite book character. Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will visit Southwell Minster to participate in a time travelling trip with other schools and Years 5 and 6 will enjoy a trip to the British Geological Survey. 
I will leave you with the words of Henry Milner in Year 5 who summarised the Young Voices Concert for his homework. It was amazing, there were 6654 children at the concert, it was incredible. It was so loud that the conductor asked us if we could sing any quieter! I could see a huge crowd standing in front of us. I could hear screaming and shouting from all the other kids. I really appreciate Miss Waters, Mrs Anelay and Mrs Lister taking me there. I loved it, definitely one of the best days of my life!
Mrs Georgina Anelay   Headteacher
NORMANTON-ON-SOAR PARISH COUNCIL An allotment is available in the allotment gardens behind the Village Hall on Main Street, Normanton on Soar. If you are interested in this, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01509 560807 or email
GALLOPING GOURMET 2017 The Sutton Bonington Galloping Gourmet will be held on Saturday 20th May 2017. Tickets will be available from Saturday 25th March on a first-come, first-served basis at Sutton Bonington Post Office and at Pasture Lane Stores. Whether you have galloped before or you are a ‘newbie’ please come and join us and have some fun. 
The Galloping Gourmet is ‘The Occasion’ if you want a fantastic fun night out with food and wine, the opportunity to meet lots of people you may or may not have met before and, above all, it’s all in aid of a truly worthwhile cause - Christian Aid.

The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks at Sutton Bonington Hall followed by a gallop, (or leisurely trot, whichever you prefer!) around the village and three courses in three different houses - one course in each - with new people each time.  Finally, we finish the night off all together with coffee and a few more drinks.
Tickets are £55.00 per pair. Please come and enjoy the evening and support Christian Aid. Any enquiries regarding galloping or hosting can be directed to Liz Budgen (07799 435032) or Sarah Tremeer (07793 816900) or you can email:  We look forward to seeing you on 20th May… 
SPRING CONCERT : SB CAMPUS The next concert by the Sutton Bonington Singers will be on Saturday 18th March at 7.00pm in The Barn, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road when the now 60-strong choir will be performing Songs in Spring, an evening of pop music, show tunes and light classics. In addition to a cash bar, free refreshments will be provided. Tickets are £4 each (under-16s free if accompanied by an adult) and will be available from 27th February at Sutton Bonington Post Office, the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday 1st March or at the door. 
For further information please e-mail Steffi Pratt on or ‘phone 07769 920011. The next joint concert of the Sutton Bonington Symphony Orchestra (SBSO) and SB Singers will be part of SB Fest, a now annual event which you can look forward to on Saturday 13th May. Keep an eye out for more information as the date approaches. 
GARDEN WALKABOUT : EARLY WARNING NOTICE!! This year’s Garden Walkabout, in aid of Cancer Research UK, will be held on 17th and 18th June. As usual, we will need gardens to be available and will be looking for help in various other directions. For more details please contact Rosy Hopkinson (672811), Mary Thomas (672056) or Joyce Winton (672026). Thanks very much, in advance, for your help. 
SUTTON BONINGTON LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY’s meeting on Wednesday 8th March features a talk by Dr. Richard Gaunt whose subject will be Gladstone - The Grand Old Man of Nottinghamshire. In later life, William Ewart Gladstone, the Victorian Prime Minister, was popularly known as The Grand Old Man. A direct link with the early history of The University of Nottingham is seen in an illustration of him taking part in the 1877 foundation ceremony of University College. The final meeting of the ‘season’ will be on Wednesday 12th April where, after the Annual General Meeting, Chris Weir will be talking about Bygone Shops and Shopping in Nottingham. Meetings are held on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom and visitors are very welcome.
SUTTON BONINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH Following the success of the recent film nights at Sutton Bonington Baptist church, there’ll be another chance to enjoy a great film without even leaving the village! Join us on the evening of Saturday 25th March for the final film of the winter season – look out for posters nearer the time for details or look on the I Love Sutton Bonington Facebook page.
SUTTON BONINGTON CRICKET CLUB If you are interested in playing cricket for Sutton Bonington please get in touch with one of the following people : Frank Lester (01509 843364), Dave Appleby ( 07855 934777) or Ian Stone (07850 657229).
SUTTON BONINGTON VILLAGE SHOW Thank you to everyone who made the 2016 Sutton Bonington Show such a great success. As a result, donations to the following organisations were made at the recent presentation evening.   S.B. Playscheme: £150.00: S.B. Greening: £200.00: S.B. PTA: £500.00: S.B. Playgroup: £500.00: S.B. Luncheon Club: £350.00: S.B. Village Hall Fund: £500.00: Marie Curie: £500.00: McMillan Nurses: £500.00: Loughborough Cancer Self Help Group: £500.00: Air Ambulance: £500.00: Community First Responders: £500.00: Loughborough Sea Cadets: £500.00: STEPS: £500.00: D.N.R.C.: £500.00: Mayor of Rushcliffe: £500.00: Hayward House: £600.00: S.B. Methodist Church: |£1500.00: Nottingham Breast Institute: £1500.00. Total awarded:  £10,300.00.   We look forward to your continued support for the show this year which will be on 3rd September.
POLICE CONTACT DETAILS  Our local police support officers can be contacted as follows:
PCSO Kathy Lucock 07525 226466 and PCSO Phil Evans 07525 2226398.  For non- emergencies ring 010 Ext 810 6141.
BARRY MOTT AND FAMILY would like to say a huge thank you to all relatives, friends and neighbours who have shown such immense support over the last six months during Mary’s illness.  Thank you also to all who attended her funeral and shared in the celebration of the life of a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. We will all miss her greatly. Donations in her memory raised £500 for Cancer Research UK. Thank you so much.
MRS MEG FIRTH AND FAMILY would like to thank everyone who came to the Celebration and Thanksgiving Service for Gordon’s life.  It meant so much to us having so many close friends and family present.  Thanks too for the numerous cards and kind words.
Western Power Distribution is currently operating a scheme called Priority Services Register. This service is for the benefit of vulnerable residents such as the elderly, the sick or people who rely on medical equipment and will enable them to:

1) be kept informed of any planned power cuts and, as far as possible, any unplanned ones 
3) obtain special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross
4) be given a direct line number to Western Power Distribution to report a power cut.
If you would like to register or obtain further information about the scheme please contact the parish clerk (01509 560807 or 

Park Lane Sewers. Following a meeting with Severn Trent it has been agreed that they will shortly carry out a full survey of the system on Park Lane and other parts of the village. If any defects are found then work will begin promptly to remedy them. 
Parking. There is an increasing problem of parking on grass verges in the village. This damages the verges and should be avoided.  Please note also that parking on verges adjacent to double yellow lines is illegal.
AIRCRAFT NOISE It seems that there is no escape at all from the endless racket of aircraft noise – particularly during the night and very early hours of the morning.    If you are troubled by this please register your complaint with or phone 01332 852852. Be sure to report the time and place of the disturbance. Our thanks to the reader who pointed out that the e-mail address published in the November/December issue last year was incorrect. This has now been put right – above! 
THE METHODIST CHURCH  On Good Friday at 6.30 pm in The Methodist Church The United Choir will present Music and Reflections for Passiontide.  Everyone welcome.
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY On Thursday March 2nd, Corin Tomlinson will present an Introduction to Growing Bonsai Trees with a practical demonstration of how to produce your own specimens.  The last meeting of the season will be on Thursday April 6th when Neil Tiers, secretary of the National Society for Auriculas and Primulas, will talk about How to Grow and Hybridise these Beautiful Plants.  Both meetings will start at 7.30pm in the Village Hall Library.
SPRING SHOW The Society’s Spring Show will be held on the afternoon of Saturday April 1st in the Village Hall. Everybody (including non-members) is invited to bring along their exhibits at 2.00pm.  At 2.30pm all those present are invited to judge the exhibits and enjoy a beautiful display of spring flowers, a cup of tea and a cake.  Schedules are available in Sutton Bonington Post Office or on the Society’s website
NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY is seeking volunteers to take part in a research programme to understand why people lose leg muscle after injury with a view to helping them recover more quickly.  Full details can be obtained from Mr Arfan Ali on 07422 562380, 0115 823 1412 or email  An inconvenience fee of £200 will be paid to each volunteer on completion of the study.
WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the service is being held at the Methodist church on Friday March 3rd at 7.30pm.  The service has been prepared by the women of the Philippines and the theme is Am I Being Unfair to You?  Everyone is most welcome.  The day begins when the sun rises over Samoa in the Pacific Ocean and the first service is held.  A wave of prayer encircles the earth until the last service is held as the sun sets over American Samoa, also in the Pacific, but the other side of the International Date Line.
CHURCHES TOGETHER LENT COURSE This begins on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day), February 28th at 2.00pm (not 2.30pm as previously advertised) in the Baptist church lounge, beginning with pancakes!  There will be six sessions on consecutive Tuesdays looking at six life-changing events from John’s account of Jesus’ life.  It will be a chance to investigate, ask questions and seek a fresh understanding of Jesus Christ.  All are welcome, whether you are already committed or just want to find out more.  Michael Brock, Diane Grice and John Hebblethwaite will share the leading of the sessions.
ASH WEDNESDAY The season of Lent begins on Wednesday 1st March and there will be a service of Prayer Book Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes at 9.30am in St Anne’s church. 
MOTHERING SUNDAY The fourth Sunday in Lent, March 26th, is Mothering Sunday, otherwise known as Refreshment Sunday when breaking the Lenten fast is allowed and, nowadays, more usually called Mother’s Day. There will be a family service with baptism at St Anne’s church at 11.00am when cards will be available for all the mums, posies for all the ladies and traditional Simnel cake for everyone!  Don’t forget to put your clocks back one hour on Saturday night, 25th March!
St MICHAEL’S & St ANNE’S AGM This will take place on Sunday April 2nd immediately after morning service at approximately 11.45am. The first part of the meeting is called The Annual Meeting of Parishioners when everyone who lives in the parish is entitled to come along and vote for the churchwardens.  The second part of the meeting is the Annual Parochial Church Meeting when reports are received from all the church organisations, the accounts are received and questions are invited.  Only those on the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote in this part of the meeting.
PALM SUNDAY APRIL 9th All the churches in Sutton Bonington will join together on Sunday April 9th to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey.  We shall meet at Sutton Bonington Primary School, leaving there at 11.00am and processing to St Michael’s Church, arriving at around 11.30am for a short service followed by coffee, squash and biscuits.  We hope to have a pony leading our procession.
EASTER DAY APRIL 16th Easter will be celebrated at St Michael’s Church with a service of Holy Communion at 11.00am.  A children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be included during the last hymn.
CHURCH FETE This year there will be a break with tradition and, by kind permission of Claire and Edward Elton, the Church Fete will be held in the lovely grounds of The Hall on the afternoon of Sunday 21st May starting at 2.30pm.  Please make a note in your diary!
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS  Donations have been sent to the following charities from St Michael’s and St Anne’s Christmas services:-  The Children’s Society £240; Rainbows Children’s Hospice Loughborough, £127; Children in Distress, Children’s Hospice in Caernovoda, Romania, £127; Shelter £98.  Many thanks to all who gave so generously.
SAVE THE CHILDREN AND FAIR TRADE FUNDRAISING A big thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fundraising which totalled £1027.  Save the Children received £765 and Fair Trade £262. 
ST GEORGE’S DAY SERVICE will be held on 23rd April in St Michael’s church at 11:00am. It will be short, very informal and will appeal to people of all ages, from babies to grannies (not forgetting grandads!). You will be assured of a warm welcome, be able to sing some of your favourite hymns and enjoy refreshments afterwards.

SOAR VALLEY U3A’s next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting at 2.00pm on Tuesday 28th March at Normanton on Soar Village Hall. The guest speaker will be Roy Smart who returns to deliver another of his highly popular talks on Famous Names from History. This time it’s the turn of Amy Johnson, the pioneering English aviator of the 1930s. If you're retired, or semi-retired, you are welcome to join us. Soar Valley U3A (University of the Third Age) provides relaxed learning and leisure activities for retired people in your area. For more information, phone Membership Secretary Lorna Orton on 01332 811030 or visit our website -
THE SUTTON BONINGTON BABY & TODDLER GROUP You are warmly invited to join us every Tuesday and Friday morning 9.45 to 11.45am (Nottinghamshire schools’ term time). We meet at the Baptist Church, next to the Post Office, and provide a variety of play activities for children aged 0-5 years. There is a wide range of toys and equipment, craft activities and singing to entertain the children while parents and carers enjoy meeting in a relaxed, friendly environment. Each session costs £2.50 per child & £0.50 for siblings. Refreshments for all are included. Expectant parents are also very welcome to join us. Sutton Bonington Baby & Toddler Group is a part of Sutton Bonington Pre-School Playgroup. For more information please contact Sarah Walsh on 07557 645713 or email
BEREAVEMENT GROUP:  This is a self-help group for people who have suffered the loss of a husband or wife. We meet once a month, on Sunday afternoon, at Maggie Warren’s house, 24 Park Lane Sutton Bonington.  If you would like to join us or further information before you do please contact Maggie on 01509 670186.         
LENT COURSE Members of the congregation at St James are joining the Sutton Bonington churches for an interdenominational Lent Course.  It is being held on Tuesday afternoons in the lounge at the Baptist church with the first one on Shrove Tuesday, 28th February.  All are welcome.
EASTER ARRANGEMENTS At 9.30am on Easter Day, 16th April, all are welcome to join us at St James church Normanton on Soar for our Easter Day service of Holy Communion with Rev. Michael Brock.
DONATION FROM ST JAMES CHARITY OF THE YEAR   Each year, St James church, Normanton on Soar, selects a charity to support during the year. Members feel that, instead of looking inwards, it is important to look to the wider community to see which charity they should support each year.  Over the last fifteen years the church has supported fifteen different charities and donated a total of £9,700.  In addition, members of the church contribute items of food and groceries to the Carpenter’s Arms in Loughborough on a regular basis.
Last year’s Charity of the Year was We R Here, nominated by Brian Archbold.  At The Normanton on Soar Village and Soar Boating Club Candlelit Carol Service on Sunday 18 December, the Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr George Davidson presented a cheque for £600 to Hilary Brown of We R Here.  On receiving the cheque and thanking the congregation, Hilary explained that We R Here supports children, young people, their families and carers in the wake of significant traumatic events such as domestic violence, grief, loss and bereavement.  Access to therapeutic support makes a huge difference to the sense of emotional well-being experienced after such life-impacting events.  She said that their objective is to be there and available when this support is needed.
The PCC is now considering which charity to support in 2017.  We tend to support small local charities where our donation can make a real difference.  There are already three nominations which the PCC will discuss at its next meeting.

EASTER LILIES AT ST JAMES CHURCH  On Easter Sunday, we place lilies in the church to remember those who are no longer with us.  If you would like us to remember your loved ones at our service, you may wish to make a donation to Anne Lawes and advise her of the name(s) you wish to be mentioned.
TAIZÉ-STYLE SERVICE – THURSDAY 30th MARCH 6:00 pm Be still at St James church – come and join our Taizé style service on Thursday 30th March at 6.00pm.   The Taizé songs are meditative and easy to sing and will be led by members of Normanton on Soar Village Choir.  All are welcome to join us for this short service.
How important does a person have to be before they’re assassinated rather than murdered? 
Why is someone IN a movie but ON television?
A MESSAGE FROM COUNCILLOR ANDREW BROWN It is four years in May since I became County Councillor for the Soar Valley, which includes Sutton Bonington, Normanton-on-Soar, Kingston-on-Soar and Zouch. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parish Council and residents for their support and kindness shown to me. I hope that, if successful again in the forthcoming elections, I can continue the work to help maintain Sutton Bonington, Normanton-on-Soar, Kingston-on-Soar , Zouch and the Soar Valley the way we like it. A lot of work is still to be done.
Over the past four years it has been my pleasure to fund various groups and projects from my Community Fund and this I shall continue to do if returned to office. It is worth mentioning that my division of the Soar Valley is being re-named ‘Leake and Ruddington Division’. In their wisdom, The Boundary Commission is merging two hitherto distinct divisions. This means that, from May 2017 onwards, there will be two County Councillors representing Gotham. Currently, the sitting Councillor for Ruddington Division is Reg Adair. Hopefully, if re-elected, both Reg and I look forward to carry on representing you over the next four years.

Cllr Andrew Brown
Horticultural Society:  £30
Kingston-on-Soar Parish Council:  £25
St Michael’s PCC:  £20
United Choir:  £20
Soar Valley U3A:  £15
Local History Society:  £10
Mr Barry Mott and family:  £10
CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE please to Arnold Goodwin (672324) Christine Elliott (844045) or Geoff Parnell (672639) by Monday 3rd April. This will cover events for the months of May and June. Our e-mail address is 
How is it we put a man on the moon before discovering the benefits of wheeled luggage? 
Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
Regular weekday events in the churches (subject to variation at festivals).  These are sponsored or organised by the churches mentioned but all are welcome to attend.
11.00am 1st Monday Holy Communion at Swan Court. (Methodist, but all welcome)
7.30pm    Bell Ringing Practice – 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays at St. Michael’s
                                                       2nd and 4th Mondays at St. Winifred’s
9.45am Mothers and Toddlers (Baptist)
7.00pm  Choir Practice (St. Anne’s)
7.45pm  Rock Solid for school years 7-9 (Baptist)
 9.30am                  Prayer Book Holy Communion St. Anne’s
10.30am  Coffee Break (alternate weeks – Baptist Church Lounge)
10.30am  Fellowship (alternate weeks – Methodist)
7.30pm    International Student Bible Fellowship (Baptist)
8.00pm   The Hub for school years 10-13 (Baptist)
1.30pm (fortnightly) Mosaic group for international women (Baptist)
8.00pm Fellowship, Bible study and Prayer (Baptist)
9.30am Mothers & Toddlers (Baptist)
7.30pm United Choir (Methodist)
6.00pm Holy Mass (Our Lady of the Angels)
St Michael with St. Anne, Sutton Bonington
11.00am   Morning Service in St Michael’s 
(Please see church noticeboards for variations)
St James’, Normanton on Soar
9.30am   Morning Prayer on First Sunday.
                 Holy Communion on second, third and fourth Sundays.
St Winifred’s, Kingston on Soar
6.00pm     Evening Prayer on 1st Sunday
10.30am     All Age service followed by short communion 2nd Sunday
10.30am                   Morning Prayer 3rd Sunday
10.30am     Holy Communion 4th Sunday
NB Please see Parish Lines for details of the Cluster Services held on the fifth Sunday
Methodist Church
10.30am                 Morning Service (Please see church notice board/Parish Lines for details of
                                              parade services)
Minister : Rev. Diane Grice (672479) or email
Baptist Church
10.30am                  Morning Service with crèche, junior church and teenager groups
6.15pm    Evening Service
Pastor: John Hebblethwaite (672889)
Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, East Leake
Priest: Father Michael Williams (01509 852147).
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Saturday                                6.00pm Holy Mass
Sunday                                 11.00am Holy Mass
Masses during the week are at different times. Please ring Father Williams for further
information. Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday 11.15 – 12.00 or at any time by previous arrangement with the parish priest.