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Village News

Sutton Bonington

Normanton on Soar                Kingston on Soar

  May & June 2017

GARDEN WALKABOUT  Don’t forget that you’re warmly invited to the Annual Garden Walkabout (in aid of Cancer Research UK) which will be held this year on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June.  Around thirty-five private gardens in Sutton Bonington and Kingston-on-Soar will be open to visitors between 2.00pm and 6.00pm each day.  Programmes - £4 per adult to cover entry to all gardens over both days – will be available from the Post Office, Pasture Lane Stores or The Gallery from early June or during the weekend in either village.  There will be no charge for accompanied children. Refreshments, including cream teas, will be served in both villages in those gardens listed in the programme.

Thanks to those who have already generously agreed to open their garden. Please get in touch if you haven’t opened your garden before and fancy giving it a go because we’d be delighted to hear from you! And if you are willing to help advertise, posters and flyers will be available from us from early May. Donations of prizes for the raffle or the tombola and items for the village plant and the home-made cake stall are always much appreciated.  Please contact Mary Thomas (672056), Rosy Hopkinson (672811) or Joyce Winton (672026) with offers, or with any queries about the Walkabout.  Our thanks again for any support you feel able to give – either in advance or as a visitor.

SUMMER IS APPROACHING and what better way to celebrate than at  SB Fest?  If you had the good fortune to go to last year's event you won't want to miss this one and if you didn't... Between 3.00pm and 11.00pm on Saturday 13th May at the University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road there will be a host of activities to enjoy – live music all day; local beer and cider festival; Farmers’ Market; outdoor inflatable games and funfair stalls; art and photography exhibitions; exciting activities in the science hub; outdoor climbing wall and sports challenges; SB Symphony Orchestra and Singers' Concert in the evening, a ceilidh dance under the stars, and much, much more.  Full details can be found in the flyer enclosed with this issue of the Village News. Tickets are £5 each (under-12s free if accompanied by an adult) and are available from 24th April at Sutton Bonington Post Office or at the door on the day. All profits raised will be donated to LOROS. For more information contact Jemma Franklin ( or Izzy de Bono (

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK :  MAY 14th to 20th   Again, there are many activities to fundraise for this worthy charity.  Please refer to the insert enclosed with this copy of Village News and support as many activities as you can.  Last year we were able to send £5404 to Christian Aid – an excellent total for our relatively small community.  The house-to-house collection raised £1970 which is a major part of the funds raised.  If you are a UK taxpayer you can fill in the details on the envelope which will allow Christian Aid to collect Gift Aid on your donation. Many donations are increased in this way. Thank you!

GALLOPING GOURMET The Sutton Bonington Galloping Gourmet will be held on Saturday 20th May 2017. Tickets have been available since Saturday 25th March on a first-come, first-served basis at Sutton Bonington Post Office and at Pasture Lane Stores. Whether you have galloped before or you are a ‘newbie’ please come and join us and have some fun.  Hopefully, by the time you read this you’ll already have tickets! The Galloping Gourmet is ‘The Occasion’ if you want a fantastic fun night out with food and wine, the opportunity to meet lots of people you may or may not have met before and, above all, it’s all in aid of a truly worthwhile cause - Christian Aid. The evening starts with pre-dinner drinks at Sutton Bonington Hall followed by a gallop, (or leisurely trot, whichever you prefer!) around the village and three courses in three different houses - one course in each - with new people each time.  Finally, we finish the night off all together with coffee and a few more drinks.

Tickets are £55.00 per pair. Please come and enjoy the evening and support Christian Aid. Any enquiries regarding galloping or hosting can be directed to Liz Budgen (07799 435032) or Sarah Tremeer (07793 816900) or you can email:  We look forward to seeing you on 20th May…

CHURCH FETE By kind permission of Claire and Edward Elton the fete will be held in the beautiful grounds of The Hall on SUNDAY 21st MAY opening at 2.30pm. Please note this change from our usual Saturday in June.  There will be maypole dancing, live music, the usual stalls and sideshows and teas in the orangery.  All proceeds to St Michael’s and St Anne’s churches.

ANGLICAN SERVICES From now on Sunday morning services will move from St Anne’s church to St Michael’s church for the summer and autumn.  Please check the noticeboards or Parish Lines magazine for any variations.

SUMMER PLAYSCHEME will run from 10am -12 noon on Monday July 31st – Friday August 4th and Monday August 7th – Friday August 11th.  We are short of ride-on toys for the under 5s and would be pleased to hear from anyone who can donate anything their children have outgrown.  We would also be pleased to know of anyone who has juggling skills and could spare an hour or two during Playscheme to share them




The King’s Head car park will once again be the place to see the many styles of English Morris, danced by many local Morris dance teams, including children from Gotham Primary School. Come and join us to celebrate the passing of the summer solstice and see the traditional dances of England performed in all their glory. The King’s Head will be available for refreshments and a Hog Roast (to be confirmed).

The Dolphin Morris would like to thank Caroline and Nigel of the King’s Head for their support.




Please note that dog fouling continues to be a problem on the playing fields. Dog owners are asked to make sure that they clean up after their dogs. Offenders will be reported to the Dog Warden.

The Annual Meeting of the Council will take place on Wednesday 10th May at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. All parishioners are welcome.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY VILLAGE SHOW ENTRIES The subjects at the Village Show for photography classes (adults) will be Village Scene (one photo) and Weather (four photos on an A4 card).  The children’s photography subject will be Holidays.  The painting/drawing subject will be A Portrait.  The subjects for the knitting classes will be A Baby’s Hat and Easter Chickens (These will be donated to charity after the show).  Patterns are available at the Post Office or from Dotty Howse. Full schedules for all classes are available at the Post Office and will be delivered to each household with the July/August issue of the Village News.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE The speaker at the meeting on Tuesday 2nd May will be Clive Rudd whose subject will be Everybody Loves the Music.  The competition will be for an LP from the 50s, 60s or 70s.  The meeting will be chaired by Sally Dicker and the hostesses will be Pat Gassor, Janet Barratt and Janet Blezard.

At the meeting on Tuesday 6th June Brian Johnson’s talk focuses on Living in a box – the story of Leicester’s Prefabs.  The competition will be for the largest number of different items in a small matchbox and the hostesses will be Yvonne Smith, Susan Ward and Sue E James.

All meetings are held in Normanton on Soar Village Hall and start at 7.30pm.  Guests are always welcome - £4 to include refreshments.

LADIES’ WALKING GROUP The first of two walks in May is on Thursday 4th May - a four-miler around Beacon Hill and Woodhouse.  There will be some climbing.  Meet at The Plough, Normanton at 9.30 or at the Curzon Arms, Woodhouse Eaves at 10.00.  Contact the leaders Susan Ward (674907) or Carolyn Brock (674354) if you intend to walk. The second is on Tuesday 16th May - a 4.5 mile Measham Meander at Oakthorpe. Meet at The Plough, Normanton at 9.30am and contact the leader Pat Gassor (827028 or 07804 688741) if you intend to walk.

There are two walks planned for June with the first on Tuesday 6th - four miles in the area of the Lime Kilns at Calke Abbey.  Meet at the Plough, Normanton at 9.30 or in Ticknall village at 10.00..  Contact the leader Sharon Bryan (0115 974 7538 or 07826 816396) if you intend to walk.  The second walk is on Monday 19th June - 3.5 miles to West Leake.  Meet at the Plough, Normanton at 9.30 and contact the leader Rosie Barrow (856202) if you intend to walk.

LUNCH CLUB Don't forget to come and join us at the Lunch Club! We meet on the second Thursday of each month in Sutton Bonington Village Hall. Lunch is served at 12 noon but coffee or tea is available from 11.30. Forthcoming dates are 11th May, 8th June and 13th July. Any retired people in Sutton Bonington or any of the surrounding villages are most welcome. Contact Sue James (673460) for more information.

VILLAGE WORSHIP is the name of our new monthly service which is designed to be short, very informal and to appeal to people of all ages, from babies to grannies (not forgetting grandads!). You will be assured of a warm welcome, be able to sing some of your favourite hymns and enjoy refreshments afterwards. The next two services will be held on 28th May and 25th June at 11:00 in St Michael’s. We do hope you will be able to join us.

HEARING AID CLINICS  Do you wear hearing aids?  Come along to our free walk-in hearing aid clinic for new batteries, new ear mould tubing, advice on equipment, advice on how to use and clean your hearing aids, information on hearing loss and all the services that can help you.  The clinic is held at Normanton on Soar Village Hall on the second Tuesday of the month between 2pm and 3pm.  The service is provided by the Ear Foundation and is supported by fund-raising.  The next clinics will be on 9th May and 13th June.

SUTTON BONINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The orchestra will give a Midsummer Chamber Music Concert in Kingston-on-Soar Parish Church on Saturday 10th June starting at 7.30pm. Last year, their first concert in the ornate interior of Kingston church was a success and this year should be similar with string quartet music for a summer’s evening accompanied by a glass of fizz and a few nibbles. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children and students. Pay at the door.

SUTTON BONINGTON VILLAGE HALL Do you have five or six hours A YEAR that you could contribute towards the running of the Village Hall? The present committee really needs some help because, during recent years, two of its members have retired and two others have moved from the area. On average we meet twice a year and what we’re looking for is fresh input and new ideas when it comes to keeping our newly-refurbished Village Hall looking as good as it does now! If you feel you could help us with this please contact Betty Wood (842854) for further information. She’ll be delighted to hear from you!

NORMANTON-ON-SOAR MEN’S ASSOCIATION will be having an evening visit to the Holme Pierrepont Water Centre on Monday 22nd May.  On Monday 26th June there will be an evening of bowling at Sutton Bonington Bowls Club. Residents of both villages are most welcome to join us. For more details contact John Herrington (646240).

SUTTON BONINGTON ANGLING SOCIETY would be delighted to welcome new members whether they be young or mature, male or female. If you are interested, please get in touch with Wendy – 07752 146122. Tickets for the 2017-2018 season are £12 per adult. Night tickets are an extra £5 per season. A concession ticket to include those who are retired and children under 16 years of age is £5. Day tickets are £5. All these tickets will be available from 1st June from Sutton Bonington Post Office, Net Busters, Loughborough or from David or Wendy on the above phone number.

While writing, just a couple of important points to mention! First, could all anglers please take any rubbish home with them and keep the river banks clean. Second, there were some difficulties last year when children were swimming in the river. While no-one is attempting to discourage this, we must ask both the children and their parents/supervisors to be careful because some anglers (wrongly, but it happens, unfortunately) discard hooks and line on the banks. One child got a hook stuck in his foot last year – something to be avoided at all costs. Also, canal boats are a regular feature of river life and getting too near them is not a good idea! Thanks, in advance, for your help with these matters.

SOAR VALLEY U3A will be holding a general meeting at 2.00pm on Tuesday 23rd May in Normanton on Soar Village Hall. Speaker Luke Wigman’s talk will be about the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre currently under construction at  Stanford Hall. If you're retired or semi-retired why not join us? Non-members are most welcome and refreshments are provided.

Soar Valley U3A (University of the Third Age) provides relaxed learning and leisure activities for retired people in the area. For more information, phone Membership Secretary Lorna Orton (01332 811030) or visit our website


May 14th – Christian Aid Breakfast Event (freshly brewed coffee, bacon rolls, croissants) at the Baptist Church from 08.30 to 10.00 followed by the Christian Aid Service in the Methodist Church at 10.30am. No service at the Baptist Church.

June 18th – We will be having a Family Service and, as it is Father’s Day, we will be exploring the theme of ‘Fatherhood’. We will probably be having coffee and croissants before the service from 9.30am (to be confirmed). Watch out for further details on the I Love Sutton Bonington Facebook page.


Bakewell Market : Monday 15th May : £6

Staunton Harold Nursery : Monday 22nd May : £4

Chester : Monday 3rd July : £12

Harrogate : Tuesday 18th July : £12

York : Wednesday 30th August : £12

Seats must be booked by telephoning 01509 672778 or book on-line at



Sutton Bonington Angling Society : £20

Rushcliffe Borough Council (Councillor Andrew Brown) : £26.15

CONTRIBUTIONS FOR THE NEXT ISSUE   please to Arnold Goodwin (674563) Christine Elliott (844045) or Geoff Parnell (672639) by Monday 5th June. This will cover events for the months of July and August. Our e-mail address is

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Regular weekday events in the churches (subject to variation at festivals).  These are sponsored or organised by the churches mentioned but all are welcome to attend.


11.00am 1st Monday Holy Communion at Swan Court. (Methodist, but all welcome)

7.30pm    Bell Ringing Practice – 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays at St. Michael’s

                                                       2nd and 4th Mondays at St. Winifred’s


9.45am  Mothers and Toddlers (Baptist)

7.00pm  Choir Practice (St. Anne’s)

7.45pm  Rock Solid for school years 7-9 (Baptist)


9.30am   Prayer Book Holy Communion St. Anne’s

10.30am  Coffee Break (alternate weeks – Baptist Church Lounge)

10.30am  Fellowship (alternate weeks – Methodist)

7.30pm    International Student Bible Fellowship (Baptist)

8.00pm    The Hub for school years 10-13 (Baptist)


1.30pm (fortnightly) Mosaic group for international women (Baptist)

8.00pm Fellowship, Bible study and Prayer (Baptist)


9.30am  Mothers & Toddlers (Baptist)

7.30pm  United Choir (Methodist)


6.00pm  Holy Mass (Our Lady of the Angels)



St Michael with St. Anne, Sutton Bonington

11.00am   Morning Service in St Michael’s

(Please see church noticeboards for variations)

St James’, Normanton on Soar

9.30am    Morning Prayer on First Sunday.

Holy Communion on second, third and fourth Sundays.

St Winifred’s, Kingston on Soar

6.00pm      Evening Prayer on 1st Sunday

10.30am     All Age service followed by short communion 2nd Sunday

10.30am     Morning Prayer 3rd Sunday

10.30am     Holy Communion 4th Sunday

NB Please see Parish Lines for details of the Cluster Services held on the fifth Sunday

Methodist Church

10.30am   Morning Service (Please see church notice board/Parish Lines for details of

parade services)

Minister : Rev. Diane Grice (672479) or email

Baptist Church

10.30am    Morning Service with crèche, junior church and teenager groups

6.15pm     Evening Service

Pastor: John Hebblethwaite (672889)


Our Lady of the Angels Roman Catholic Church, East Leake

Priest: Father Michael Williams (01509 852147).

Visit our parish website on

Saturday                  6.00pm Holy Mass

Sunday                                  11.00am Holy Mass

Masses during the week are at different times. Please ring Father Williams for further

information. Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday 11.15 – 12.00 or at any time by previous arrangement with the parish priest.




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