Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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Contacts from anyone with roots in Clarborough and Welham are most welcome. We have a keen and active community of history-minded people who are really keen to hear from anyone who has roots in our area. If you are looking for information about your ancestors, trying to piece together information about your past or renew old friendships, then please do contact us. Our site statistics show that we are being visited many thousands of times each month, so any messages posted here will get a wide audience. If you’d like to post a message, please see our Contact us page. If your information is seeking help, please use Help Wanted as your e-mail subject; if it is of a more general historic nature, use Clarborough History as your subject. Many thanks in anticipation!

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[28th July, 2013] Retford Library's Family & Local History Group is free and open to anyone with an interest in genealogy or local history. At our last meeting on July 22nd Sam Waller dropped in from Yorkshire! He will be returning again in September but was visiting to start his search for information about Oliver Basher and his motor cycle engineering enterprise in Retford at the turn of the 20th century. Sam has one of the only remaining Basher cycles and is in the process of restoring it and also trying to fill in the background to Oliver Basher and his relationships to Retford.

Our group has already tentatively identified aspects of Oliver's life with both birth (1868) and death (1960) recorded in East Retford - but currently can't find any local reference to a marriage even although Sam gave Oliver's wife's forename as Levinia.

So, the challenge is there - can anyone provide any information about Oliver Basher and his motorcycle adventures or any other leads? Any information should be directed to Retford Library (01777 708 724) for the attention of The Family History Group.

[15th May, 2013] I'm searching for my relatives, descendants of George Allison (born 1870 in Worlaby, Lincs) and his wife Nellie Good (born 1875 in Woodhouse, Yorks). Their children were almost all born in the Retford district: John William (b.Woodhouse, 1899), Charles (1901), Rosamond Mary (1904), George Edward (1910), Dora (1915). I think Rosamond married Albert Briggs and Dora married Thomas Riley. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
Liz Oltenacu (

[27 June 2012] Can anyone help? Your Parish Council has received this but has no photographs from this period:
Dear Clarborough Parish Councillors
Looking at your website I see you have been busy arranging events to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Whilst going through your old records I wonder if you came across any photographs of the Clarborough celebrations for the Queen's Coronation. The celebrations were held in the paddocks at Clarborough Hall which was my home. My sisters don't remember much about it (we were very young) but I remember someone from  the village - possibly Mr Cobb - coming to ask Daddy if the Parish Council could use the paddocks for the village celebrations. Of course he said "Yes".
As children we didn't have cameras so we have no photographs but if any were taken I would love to have copies. I am more than happy to pay for the photos or make a donation to the church if 'buying the photos' complicates matters.

There is no rush about this, I am sure you are incredibly busy at the moment but if you can find anything I should be very grateful. We all loved Clarborough Hall very much and were incredibly sad when we had to  sell it after my Father's death.
Yours sincerely
Kathleen Garton

[31 May 2012] Two Commonwealth War Grave-style memorial stones are still to be seen in the upper graveyard of St.John the Baptist church, Clarborough. Has anyone made a transcript of the inscription and/or know anything of the person remembered there? Details please to Greg, Newsletter Editor (see Newsletter section for contact details).

[14 April, 2011] Stuart Kay searching for relatives of Mr.James Kay who passed away in Woodsetts in 1918.