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          the Vale of Belvoir and Melton Area

                         April 2019   


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Fifty Years Of Butterflies In The Vale of Belvoir is the title of an illustrated talk being given by Bill Bacon to a meeting of the Vale of Belvoir Environmental Group at Bottesford V C Hall on Tuesday, 2 April at 7.30 pm. Entry is 2.50, under 19s and students go in free, and proceeds will go to East Midlands Butterfly Conservation.
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An informal business networking meeting is taking place at Unit 17, Beler Way in Melton on Wednesday, 3 April between 7.30 and 9.30 am. Local business owners are very welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Phone 07984 041014.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a nine mile guided circular walk around Melbourne in Derbyshire, taking in Diseworth and Breedon, on Thursday, 4 April. They're meeting at Keyworth Square ready to drive out at 9.30 am. Non-members are welcome. Phone 07507 345080.
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Keyworth Rotary Club are organising a community litter pick on Thursday, 4 April. They're meeting at the village hall at 10 am and volunteer helpers will be very welcome. Equipment is provided.
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Sally Sallett will give an illustrated talk entitled Working Towards Photographic DIstinctions at Keyworth Camera Club's meeting in the Parish Church Hall, Selby Lane on Thursday, 4 April at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome and admission is 3.
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Melton Ramblers have an eight mile walk around Ratby on Friday, 5 April. They're meeting at the Bull's Head in Main Street, ready to set out at 9 am. There's a pub lunch after the walk. For more details phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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A quiz for teams of 4-6 people is taking place at the Holwell Institute, Asfordby Hill, on Friday, 5 April at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave. Admission is 5 per person and a light supper is provided. To book phone Melton 569493. Proceeds for St Bartholemew's Church, Welby.
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Landscape and architectural photographer Colin Jarvis is the guest speaker at Melton Mowbray Photographic Society's meeting in the Samworth Centre on Friday, 5 April at 7.15 pm. His illustrated talk is entitled My Journey To An MA in Photography. For more details see www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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Pete Sturgess will give a talk entitled Robin Hood And Other Ancient Local Legends at a meeting of Keyworth and District Local History Society in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall on Friday, 5 April at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission is 2. Refreshments will be available there's also a raffle.
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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile walk around Upper Padley in the Derbyshire Peak District on Saturday, 6 April. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. For more details phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Keyworth Camera Club are staging an exhibition of prints at the Parish Church Hall on Saturday, 6 April from 10 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 12 noon until 5 pm. It features photographs taken by club member who will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is free and refreshments will be available.
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Singer-songwriter Reg Meuross will be performing at the second of the Music With A Message series of acoustic concerts at St Mary's Church in Bottesford on Saturday, 6 April at 7 pm. Tickets are 12 from 07772 672447 or on the door. Proceeds will go to the St Mary's Church project which supports Grantham Foodbank.
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a six mile walk from Attenborough Nature Centre to Beeston Lock on Sunday, 7 April starting at Canal Side outside the new cafe at Beeston Lock at 10 am. To join, phone 01040 836042.
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The Rutland Food and Drink Festival is taking place on Sunday, 7 April from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be stalls inside Oakham Castle and in the castle grounds as well as in the Market Place and Mill Street.
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An Easter Fair is taking place at Bottesford VC Hall on Sunday, 7 April from 11.30 am until 2 pm. There will be an Easter egg hunt and a colouring competition plus various stalls and refreshments. entry is 1 for adults, children 50p.
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The garden of Gunthorpe Hall, near Oakham is open on Sunday, 7 April from 2 until 5.30 pm under the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Entry is 5 with childen going in free, and refreshments will be available. For details see www.ngs.org.uk
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Hickling WI are holding a fashion show featuring styles for every occasion presented by clothing retailer Obsessions. It's at Kinoulton Village Hall on Monday, 8 April at 7 pm and tickets are 8 from Melton 822835.
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Lorena Dyer will present a floral demonstration entitled A Moment In Time at South Notts Flower Club's open evening in the Burnside Hall, Plumtree, on Monday, 8 April at 7.30 pm. Admission for visitors is 7.
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There's a lunchtime organ recital at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 9 April at 1 pm. The organist is Edward McCall, Director Of Music at Ratcliffe College. Admission is free but there will be a collection for the church organ fund. Refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome.
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Don Witton will give an illustrated talk entitled Ten Top Gardens at Bingham Garden Club's meeting in the WI Hall, Station Street, on Tuesday, 9 April at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission is 3 including refreshments. For details phone 01949 838782.
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Melton Parkinsons UK Support Group is holding a coffee morning at Melton Library on Wednesday, 10 April from 10 am until 12 noon. There will be a sale of cakes, a fabulous tombola, and an information stand about Parkinsons.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a choice of guided walks on Thursday, 11 April. There's an eight and a half mile walk around Ashover in the Derbyshire Peak District. Participants are meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9 am. To join, phone 07986 614438 / 07866 755615. The other walks is six-and-a-half miles around East Bridgford and Kneeton, driving out from Keyworth Square at 9.30 am. To join, phone 07954 952233.
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Ellis Morgan will give a talk about Archaeology of Southwell on Thursday, 11 April at 7.30 pm at Bingham Methodist Centre as part of Bingham Heritage Trails Association's annual lecture series. For more details see www.binghamheritage.org.uk or phone 01949 876635.
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Michael Dix will give a talk about the history of education entitled From Board Schools to Academies at a meeting of Bottesford Local History Society in the Fuller Room on Thursday, 11 April at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Entry is 2.
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Keyworth Business Group have a networking meeting for business owners at The Key on Bunny Lane on Friday, 12 April from 8 until 9 am. Buy a cup of coffee or tea and discuss local issues. Details on 07780 646142 or 07946 619961.
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Melton Mowbray Rotary Club is holding a quiz for teams of four people at Melton Royal British Legion Club on Friday, 12 April at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave and entry is 10 per person which includes a hot supper. To book phone Melton 569493 or 481997. Proceeds will go to two Rotary projects overseas - to build a toilet block in a school in the Philippines and to eradicate polio worldwide.
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A Palace By The River is the title of an illustrated talk about the Palace Of Westminster, being given to Melton Mowbray and District Historical Society by Mike Ogden. He's speaking at the group's meeting in the Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 12 April at 7.30 pm. To join, phone Melton 567208.
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Melton Ramblers have an eight mile walk around Stathern on Saturday, 13 April. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. For more details phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Spring Rare Breeds Poultry and Waterfowl Show is at Melton Cattle Market on Saturday, 13 April from 9.30 am. Admission is free. Details on Melton 562971 or see www.meltonmowbraymarket.co.uk
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Harby Family And Dog Fun Day takes place at Harby Village Hall on Saturday, 13 April from 10 am to 1 pm. There's a fun dog show, an Easter egg hunt and Easter bonnet-making, plus amusements and games for people of all ages, stalls and refreshments. Proceeds for Dove Cottage Day Hospice.
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Lindum Brass are in concert at St Mary's Church in Bottesford on Saturday, 13 April. The programme includes orchestral, big band, soul and traditional band music. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30 start. Tickets are 12, concessions 10.
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The annual sponsored horse ride in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support takes place on the Belvoir Estate on Sunday, 14 April from 9.30 am. The 14-mile route takes riders through the castle grounds, along the Jubilee Way near Knipton reservoir, on to Branston and then back to Belvoir. It starts and finishes at Knipton Big Pasture near the cricket ground. To register see www.equoevents.co.uk or phone Melton 822324 or 840663.
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The 29th Bottesford Easter Egg Run for motorcyclists and scooters is on Sunday, 14 April, meeting at the Rutland Arms from 9 am for an 11 am start. Riders will travel to the Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham before going on to a new destination in Melton. To join in, phone 01780 762531 or 07790 583082.
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a seven mile walk around South Hykeham, Aubourn and Bassingham in Lincolnshire on Sunday, 14 April. They're meeting outside South Hykeham Church at 10 am and will follow the River Witham. There will be a picnic lunch. To join in, phone 01400 281723 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Neil Pinder, manager of Keyworth Meadow, is the guest speaker at a meeting of Keyworth District Gardening Association at Keyworth Village Hall on Monday, 15 April at 7.30 pm. He will talk about wildlife which can be seen locally and how to encourage wildlife in the garden. Admission for visitors is 3.
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The Riding Lights Theatre Company are staging the People's Passion, telling the story of Easter, at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 16 April at 7 pm. This event is organised by Churches Together in Melton to recreate the events of Holy Week and Riding Lights provide the script for audience participation. Starting on the same Tuesday and continuing until Sunday, 28 April, is the Bare Tree Hope Festival at St Mary's Church, an exhibition celebrating the Resurrection with themes including prayer, fair trade, conservation, the abolition of modern slavery, sustainable food production, charities, the environment and new life.

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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a leisurely six mile circular walk across fields and on canal paths around Hickling, Colston Bassett and Kinoulton on Wednesday, 17 April. They're meeting at Hickling Canal Basin at 10 am and walkers have the option of a cafe lunch. For detailsphone 01949 860769 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Steve Stevenson of Nottinghamshire County Council's Road Safety Team is the guest speaker at a meeting of Bingham U3A, the University of the Third Age, at Bingham Methodist Centre on Wednesday, 17 April at 2 pm. His presentation - entitled Drive On - is a relaxed, light-hearted and informative awareness talk aimed at mature drivers, followed by a fun quiz and discussion. New members are welcome. For more details see www.binghamu3a.co.uk
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Harold Palmer will give a talk on the work of the Medical Detection Dogs Organisation at a meeting of Keyworth 8 O'Clock Group's meeting in the Parish Church Hall, Selby Lane on Wednesday, 17 April at 8 pm. Admission is 2 on the door including refreshments and a raffle ticket.
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have a seven and a half mile walk around Waltham-on-the-Wolds and Stonesby on Thursday, 18 April. They're meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9.30 am. To join, phone 0115 937 4486.
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Storyteller and presenter Ian Maber, who has worked in technology and the entertainment industry in more than 40 countries,  will give a talk entitled Laughing My Way Around The World at a meeting of Melton U3A (the University of the Third Age). He's speaking at Melton Baptist Church on Thursday, 18 April at 10 am. For more information see www.meltonu3a.org.uk
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Natural history photographer Rene de Heer who founded one of the first Dutch Nature Photography Societies is the guest speaker at Keyworth Camera Club's meeting in the Parish Church Hall on Thursday, 18 April at 7.30 for 7.45 pm. He will give an illustrated presentation featuring photographs he has taken in various countries over many years. Visitors are welcome. Entry is 3.
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To mark Good Friday on 19 April, Churches Together in Melton are staging a Walk Of Witness, beginning outside the Kings Head Hotel in Nottingham Street at 10 am. Participants will walk to th Market Place where a short open air service will take place. Afterwards, refreshments will be served in St Mary's Church. At Bingham, there is a Service of Witness and Reflection at the Buttercross at 10.15 am followed by a one-hour service at the Parish Church.
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The Cranmer Company of Singers present Come And Sing The Mozart Requiem at Bottesford Parish Church on Good Friday, 19 April. The rehearsal led by musical director Deborah Davies is at 4 pm and taking part costs 6, 8 or 10 depending on your circumstances. Bookings on 07415 512729. The performance before an audience is at 7.30 pm. Admission is free but donations are invited. All proceeds of the event go to the Tearfund Yemen Crisis Appeal.
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Melton Ramblers have an eight mile circular walk around Macclesfield Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty, on Saturday, 20 April. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8 am. The walk will be followed by a pub lunch. For more details phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a 10 mile walk taking in Baslow and the Five Edges in Derbyshire on Sunday, 21 April. They're meeting at the Birchen Edge car park next to the Robin Hood Inn, off the A619 ready to set out at 10 am. To join in phone 01949 845125 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have an eight and a half mile guided walk around Repton Park and Bretby in Derbyshire on Monday, 22 April. They're meeting at Keyworth Square, ready to drive out at 9.30 am. To join, phone 0115 937 4486.
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Feelgood Films are showing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall on Monday, 22 April at 1.45 for a 2 pm start. Entry is by donation (minimum 3.50) on the door and refreshments are 1. Lifts can be arranged with prior notice. Phone 0115 937 3849 or 0115 9373336.
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There's a lunchtime organ recital at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 23 April at 1 pm. The organist is Simon Headley, former Assistant Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral. Admission is free but there will be a collection for the church organ fund. Refreshments will be available and everyone is welcome.
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Sam Boote will give a talk entitled George Green - The Man, The Maths and Mill at a meeting of Keyworth U3A (the University of the Third Age) at Keyworth Methodist Church in Selby Lane on Tuesday, 23 April at 2 for 2.30 pm. For more information see www.keyworthu3a.org.uk
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Taste The Cheese is an event being staged following the Artisan Cheese Awards at St Mary's Church in Melton on Thursday, 25 April. It starts at 7 pm. Admission is 5 which includes a glass of wine, a chance to sample the cheeses, and a talk about cheeses. Details on 07894 229499 or see www.artisancheesewards.co.uk
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An antiques, toys and collectables fayre is being held in the exhibition hall at Melton Cattle Market on Friday and Saturday, 26-27 April from 10 am until 4 pm. Admission is free. Details on Melton 562971 or see www.meltonmowbraymarket.co.uk
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There's a vintage and classic car meet in Melton Market Place from 5 pm until dusk on Friday, 26 April. For details phone Melton 480234 / 07703 467769.
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Melton Ramblers have am nine mile circular walk around Gunthorpe Lock on Saturday, 27 April. They're meeting in the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. The walk will be followed by a pub lunch. For more details phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have an eight mile walk taking in Bourne Woods and Edenham in Lincolnshire on Sunday, 28 April. To join in, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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A spring fair is being held at Somerby Memorial Hall on Sunday, 28 April from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be stalls with crafts and plants, plus refreshments and admission is free. Proceeds will go to RACR Animal rescue based in West Bridgford and Nottingham. For information phone Melton 454190.
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Melton Scouts and Guides are staging their St George's Day parade on Sunday, 28 April. They will march through Melton town centre at 12.15 pm, and this will be followed at 1 pm by a service at St Mary's Church. For information see www.porkpiescouts.org.uk
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The 15th Rutland - Melton International Cicle Classic road race is on Sunday, 28 April, starting out from Oakham and touring Rutland Water and the villages before the final stages in Melton town centre with the winners arriving around 4.15 pm. For details see www.cicleclassic.co.uk or phone 07979 856262.
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Garthorpe Races are on Sunday, 28 April at Garthorpe racecourse, off the B676 east of Melton. Gates open at 11 am and the first race is at 1 pm. There will be family entertainment plus trade stands, a dog show and street food.
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The gardens of Tresillian House, 67 Dalby Road in Melton, are open on Sunday, 28 April from 11 am until 4 pm under the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Admission is 3.50 for adults, children go in free, and refreshments will be available. For details see www.ngs.org.uk
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Bingham and District Choral Society stages its spring concert at St Mary's Church, Radcliffe-on-Trent on Saturday, 11 May at 7.30 pm. The programme celebrates the countryside and its traditions as interpreted by English composers. Tickets are available from Bingham Library or the Pen 2 Paper shop in Radcliffe, or phone 0115 878 0642
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Ron Chapman will give an illustrated talk entitled Victorian Violas at Bingham Garden Club's meeting in the WI Hall, Station Street, on Tuesday, 23 April at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Admission is 3 including refreshments. For details phone 01949 838782.
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Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group are staging Duets - a comedy by Peter Quilter - at the Grange Hall, Radcliffe from Tuesday to Saturday, 14-18 May at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are 9 from 0115 933 2906, from Pen P Paper at Radcliffe, or see www.radcliffe-on-trentdramagroup.co.uk
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Geoff Ashton will give a talk entitled Inside Bingham on Thursday, 16 May at 7.30 pm at Bingham Methodist Centre as part of Bingham Heritage Trails Association's annual lecture series. For more details see www.binghamheritage.org.uk or phone 01949 876635.
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