Clarborough & Welham Community
near Retford, Bassetlaw
North Nottinghamshire
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2016 Illuminate Festival   2018 Illuminate Festival   2019 Illuminate Festival
2019 Religious Tolerance     2020 Illuminate     2021 Illuminate

Bassetlaw Christian Heritage Faith, roots, heritage. Bassetlaw, North Nottinghamshire, has a diverse and significant Christian heritage characterised by independent thinking, passion, and the pursuit of tolerance.
The Mayflower Pilgrims were probably the most significant product of these attributes - for much more about them and current plans to celebrate their sailing to what became America click here...

Bassetlaw has been a focus for so much history, much of it taking on a global significance as we have seen in other parts of this website. What many - even locals - don’t realise is that many of the key movers of what have become known as the Mayflower Pilgrims came from an area of roughly 30 miles round Retford.

Illuminate 2021 on November 18th supported Bassetlaw Food Bank.

Click over either pilgrim for the press release and here for much more....




Bassetlaw Christian Heritage host regular Religious Freedom & Tolerance forums. Details of the 2020 programme held on Saturday 7th March, 2020 can be explored by clicking here...

For their post-event Press Release, click on the photo on the left.



This event also saw release of Adrian Gray’s latest book - Restless Souls Pilgrim Roots. Click on the book cover to read the associated press release.

Bassetlaw’s Christian Heritage, of course, has a major international focus in the Mayflower Pilgrims.
For Bassetlaw’s Pilgrim Roots project’s latest Pilgrim Trails newsletter, click here...
For more on the whole project, go to:

2018 Illuminate 400 events were outstanding - click here... to appreciate!

Retford leads the way!
Retford’s March 2018 Annual Religious Tolerance Forum’s provides the key to
support for the Mayflower Pilgrims Commemoration in the USA.
Click on this banner for a full, illustrated report.


For much more about BCH, go to our Local Faiths page here...

With the approaching 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrim’s departure for the Americas approaching in 2020, a host of events and commemorations are planned across the globe and, very significantly, right here in the Retford area around which it all began!

Many events and activities took place as part of the Illuminate 400 programme through November & December 2016. Click here to explore these in more detail.
A detailed listing of these events also appears on page 24 of the Winter 2016 issue of Clarborough & Welham Newsletter - see Newsletter section on left-hand menu.

For more on the local Mayflower Pilgrims links, see the links in our Clarborough History page.

The Well, Retford, commemorated the 400th Anniversary of the death of THOMAS HELWYS, founder of the Baptist denomination and pioneer of Religious Liberty for All.

Speakers were: Baroness Berridge and Rev Tony Peck

for more details of this exciting event, read on:

Thomas Helwys event poster (12th March 2016) at The Well, Retford.

Thomas Helwys event background briefing (12th March 2016) at The Well, Retford.