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.

See foot of page for Easter Children’s events.

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’.
Click on this poster for a bigger version or go online here...

For a wider selection of communities covered by mobile libraries, 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 20th April.

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 28th March and 11th & 25th April

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


Desert Island Books - A World Book Night Celebration
Thursday 25th April 18:30
Join Retford Library staff to celebrate World Book Night. Bring along a list of the six books you would choose to take on a Desert Island. Please include an all-time favourite and a book you have recently read which you can recommend to other readers. You can choose to read an extract from one of them and tell us why the books are on your list. A free reservation will be given if you wish to order any of the recommended reads. There will also be a fun quiz
Tickets 」2 to include a glass of wine and nibbles. Booking advised.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 20th March and 3rd & 17th April

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
 t.b.a. 14:00-15:30
Come along to our Crime Café for an afternoon of friendly chat and refreshments.
There will be books to browse and borrow and the all important quiz!
We look forward to seeing you there.

Just Jane
by Rob White
Thursday 21st March 19:00

Some time ago, we asked Rob to give us a talk on Jane Austen and we are so pleased that he has now agreed.  But this will be a one-off, so if you are a Janeite - don’t miss out!
The talk will touch upon all six published works, drawing out some main themes and underlining Jane’s continuing relevance to the modern world as well as her unique contribution to the
English novel.
Tickets are £2 to include a glass of wine and nibbles and booking is strongly advised.
We look forward to seeing you there.

An Evening with Andrew Graves
Thursday 28th March 19:00

Nottinghamshire Performance Poet Andrew Graves regularly performs his work throughout the UK. He has appeared on TV and radio on a number of occasions being featured on 6 Music’s Cerys Mathews Show, Inside Out and the documentary Evidently John Cooper Clarke. His first full collection Light at the end of the Tenner, was published in 2014 and his latest collection God Save the Teen was released last year. He has performed with the likes of Sleaford Mods, John Hegley and Henry Normal and has been commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, BBC Radio 4 and the Edinburgh International Literature Festival. He recently represented the East Midlands for National Poetry Day and is currently on tour with his book and show God Save the Teen. His work is raw and gritty, containing a dose of adroit comedy that champions the underdogs and underclass. Truly a troubled poet for troubled times. We are very excited to have him perform some of his work at Retford Library.
Booking is essential. Tickets are £3 and can be booked online at or by contacting Retford Library.

Retford Library’s Poetry Café
Next meeting: t.b.a.

Share a poem or two 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:
25th March and 8th April
(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 10:00-13:00. Bring your questions or just drop-in to find out more:
Next dates : 28th March and 11th April.

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

Easter Activities for Children

Wednesday 17th April 10:30 to 12:00
Free drop in craft session.  Come along and make a Bunny headband.

Join the Easter Reading Challenge “Burrow Some Books” from 1st to 28th April.  Younger readers can collect rabbits when they borrow books and add them to a springtime scene. Children completing the challenge will be entered into a prize draw.

Join in the Bunny hunt in the children’s library throughout April.

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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