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!

Monthly Tabletop Gaming Day
Saturday 20th October 10:00 to 15:00
Tickets £2 per person/ £3 for 2 people/ £4 for a family of four.

World War I Exhibition
1st to 30th November in the Library Gallery

Creative Writers’ Group
Thursday 27th September and 11th & 25th October

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

Retford Library’s Author Group
The following events are free but booking is required.
Refreshments will be available after the author’s talks for £1 payable on the day.
Darren Young
Wednesday 3rd October 14:00 – author of Child Taken

Crime author Sarah Ward
Wednesday 10th October 14:00-15:30
Sarah Ward is the author of three crime novels - In Bitter Chill,  A Deadly Thaw and A Patient Fury which are set in the Derbyshire Peak District. The fourth book in the series, The Shrouded Path, is due out shortly.

Jonathan Nicholas
Wednesday 24th October – 14:00
An ex Nottingham police officer, Jonathan has written books about his time on the force (Hospital Beat) as well as tales about his travels around Australia (An Australian Anthology) and his younger days living on a kibbutz (Kibbutz Virgin).
He has a lot of interesting stories to tell about his time in the police,
and they are now detailed in his latest book Who'd be a Copper?.

Craft & Coffee Club on Wednesdays
Next meetings: 3rd, 17th and 31st October

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

Retford Library’s Poetry Café
celebrates National Poetry Day 2018 with two special events
Monday 1st October 14:00 - 15:30
Share a poem on the National Poetry Day theme of Change or simply enjoy listening to others at our informal Poetry Cafe!
If you wish to have your chosen poem included in a booklet, please provide the title by 19th September.
Booking advised. Tickets £1 to include refreshments

Thursday 4th October 19:00
Hardy’s Jude and Larkin’s Jill - a comparison by Rob White.
Rob previously gave a well-received talk comparing Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles with DH Lawrence’s The Virgin and the Gipsy as stories about two young women stepping out into the world.  Now he looks at Jude the Obscure and Larkin’s early novel Jill as examples of two young men’s experiences of Oxford.
Tickets £2 to include a glass of wine. Booking essential.

Crime Café - watch this space!

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings: 24th September
and 8th & 22nd October
(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 : 20th September 2018 and 25th October

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.

The Big Draw 2018: Play!
Family Arts Workshop at Retford Library
31st October 2018 14:00-16:00

What would happen if the circus visited the library?  Come along and  work with the fabulous artist in this year's Big Draw fun whatever your age, no drawing ability required. This year’s theme is Play! - for kids and big kids alike.

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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