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.

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!

Retford Library’s Tabletop Gaming Day
Next event on Saturday 26th January
Click on poster for details.

Bonnets to Breeches
Thursday 21st February 19:00.

Liz Carney-Marsh, author of Bonnets to Breeches which won the North Notts Short Story Award last year will be giving a talk on the writing of Bonnets. She will detail her personal journey in writing it, as well as giving an insight into the Women’s Land Army and some of the research and footage she discovered along the way.
Tickets £1 to include refreshments.  Booking essential.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 31st January and 14th & 28th February

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

8-week Family history  course at Retford Library - click here for details.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 23rd January and 6th & 20th February

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

Crime Café on Tuesdays
 January 29th 14:00-15:30
The subject for this month is TV Detectives

Is your favourite crime fighter on the small screen? Are they how you imagined them to be, or a big disappointment?
Can you think of a literary detective who would be perfect for television?

Come along to our Crime Café for an afternoon of friendly chat and refreshments to talk about our favourite TV sleuths.
There will be books to browse and borrow and the all important quiz!
We look forward to seeing you there.

Retford Library’s Poetry Café
Next meeting:
Monday 18th February
Share a poem or two on the theme of Pride and Prejudice or simply enjoy listening to others at our informal Poetry Caf
é No need to send your poem in advance, please just bring on the day. Booking advised. Tickets £1 to include refreshments

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings:
28th January and 11th & 25th February
(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 dates : 31st January and 28th February

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.

Booking Essential. For ages 5yrs+ and their families.  Book online at

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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