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!

The Deserving Poor:
The East Retford Union Workhouse 1836-1930
by Harry Foxley

Thursday 14th June 2018, 19:00-20:30

At the time of Queen Victoria’s accession in 1837 one-third of Britain’s population lived in poverty, and relief amounted  to £7M per year. Determined to find a solution to such problems, the government resurrected the earlier idea of Union Workhouses and commanded parishes to band together to build and maintain workhouses. Local paupers would be housed and fed in return for daily labour whose profit would defray workhouse costs.

Join Harry Foxley, local historian and author, in this account of the East Retford Union Workhouse that stood at Spital Hill for 96 years. Tickets: £1.00 (includes refreshments) Booking essential

Book at the Library Help Desk or call 01777 708724

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 24th May

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: 30th May

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

Poetry Café
Monday 4th June

Join Retford Library staff for a relaxing afternoon of poetry sharing
The theme this time is Gardens and Gardening.
If you wish to share a favourite poem, please let us have the title by 18th May. You are of course welcome to come along to listen at our informal Poetry
Booking is advised and tickets are £1 to include refreshments.

Crime Café Thursday t.b.a. 14:00-15:30
An afternoon of informal crime fiction chat with a few quizzes and games
thrown in. £1 to include refreshments.

 A Travelling Cat
A presentation and talk about life on the Canal system by Chris Abbott.
Thursday 7th June 19:00
Book your tickets at Retford Library

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings: 11th & 25th June
(except August and Bank Holidays) from 17:00-19:00
Click here for more...
Nottinghamshire Local History Fair on Sunday 13th May
Click on poster for details.

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 May 2018

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 Square World – Children’s theatre – Friday 1st June 15:00.
A show for children aged 3-6. Book online at
Tickets from £3 per child with accompanying adult free.

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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