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’.
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!

Getting your book Published
Thursday, 9th May

So you have finished your own book but where do you go from there? Angela Meads from BookWorm in Retford can help you on your way. She has self-published numerous books including Whoopie Pies Go British and Retford Revisited. Her talk will cover traditional publishing, assisted publishing, self-publishing and getting an agent.

So if you need help on getting your written work out there then book your place on this fascinating talk on Thursday 9th May at 14:00.

Retford Library’s Monthly Saturday Tabletop Gaming Days. Next events on 18th May and 22nd June.
Free drop-in.

Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a  different style and playability than the more traditional board has. Don’t worry if you have never played a Tabletop game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. We also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience.

Tabletop gaming is fast becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all  over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little  different from your normal board gaming experience then please come and join us.

The next date for this month is Saturday 18th May. 

The sessions run from 10:00am-15:00 and are free to attend. It would be great to see you all there.

Creative Writers’ Group
Book Launch ‘All the Write Pieces’
Thursday 9th May 18:00
Join the members of Retford Library’s Writing Group as they celebrate the launch of their first collection. Listen to extracts from the book and chat to the contributors over a glass of wine and nibbles. Signed copies of All the Write Pieces will be available to buy.
Tickets £2 to include refreshments. Booking advised.

Writers’ Group
Thursday 23rd May and 6th & 20th June. 14:00-16:00

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: 29th May and 12th & 26th June

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.

Retford Library’s Poetry Café
Victorian Poets (in celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th Birthday)
Monday 20th May 14:00-15:30
Join us at our informal Poetry Café for a relaxing afternoon of poetry. Bring along a favourite poem by a Victorian poet to share or simply enjoy listening to others. Tickets 」1 to include refreshments.  Booking advised.

Blast Off! A Musical Space Adventure at Retford Library
Saturday 8th June 13:00-14:00
Join our magnificent orchestral band, The Hubs, for a concert of intergalactic favourites.

Performing well known music from Star Wars, E.T. and Doctor Who, as well as popular classics from composers such as Richard Strauss, this fun family concert offers an exciting introduction to live music and is sure to be out of this world! After the performance, meet
the musicians and try out some instruments for yourself.
For children aged 5-11.
Booking essential. Tickets available online at
Library members: £3 Non-library members £6

Retford Library’s Family & Local History Group meets every
second and fourth Monday of each month
Free access to computers and
Next meetings:
10th & 24th June.
(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 : 20th June. These will then resume in September.

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.

If you are unable to visit your local library we can arrange for books to be brought to you. A friendly RVS volunteer can bring a selection of books and talking books to you, in your own home.

Many other services are available at the Library. Free access to Research, Ancestry,  British Newspaper Archive and Which? - available on Library PCs. Free printing for homework. Please ask for details.

Library contact details:
Tel.: (01777) 708 724
E-mail:     Website: