Mar 082018

ST.BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH: At the local church on Sunday 11th March 2018, “Holy Communion” will take place.

The service starts at 9:30am and everyone is welcome.

SNOW JOKE: Retford and district including the village had its fair share of bad weather last week, with travel warnings advised by various agencies, some villagers were wary and voiced concerns re venturing out in adverse conditions. They reckoned without the intervention of Station Road resident and village stalwart April Lavin. On hearing of difficulties and concerns April immediately took matters in hand, contacted as many as possible re requirements, made a list and set off to collect various items required for villagers. Mostly bread, milk and newspapers, “No point in 6 vehicles turning out when I have to go anyway” said good Samaritan April. Shopping list completed she returned later in the day and delivered the orders taken earlier. Well done April – and thank you for your efforts – much appreciated.

This act was repeated in other parts of the village by various people. Good to know the community spirit is alive and well and living in Sutton! Thanks to all concerned.

MARY DUNN: Long term resident and well-known village figure Mary Dunn passed away recently. Mary was well known to many for her efforts in running the local riding school in the village for many years, ably assisted by members of her family. Charities also benefitted from Marys kindness and input as she was an avid supporter of the R.N.L.I. amongst others.

Mary died after short illness on Monday 29th January aged 91 years, of Ampleforth and formerly Manor Farm, Sutton-cum-Lound. Wife to the late Alec, loving Mum to Susan, David, Caroline, Angus and Amanda, grandmother and great grandmother. Interment of ashes will take place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Sutton-cum-Lound on Sunday 11th March at 9.30am, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. Please join the family for a celebration of Mary’s life.

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS: The Neighbours group will hold their monthly meeting at the Gate Inn on Wednesday 14th March at the usual time of 1:00pm when they will share a communal meal with their peers. This is a chance to catch up on all the latest news and views from in and around the area, whilst socialising in convivial company. The usual raffle will take place and  diners will have the opportunity to attempt a small quiz. Details of the group and its activities are available from Joan Reiter on 07990 702 445.

PARISH COUNCIL: The council will meet on Wednesday 14th March in the Village Hall at the usual time of 7:00pm. Please come along and support the councillors working on your behalf.

VINTAGE TEAS: The next Vintage Teas will take place on Saturday 17th March at the Village Hall. It is essential for those requiring a full vintage tea to book by ringing Judi on 07970 052 055 to arrange same. This is to avoid disappointment as more and more people are wishing to attend. Villagers and friends are invited to call in, if passing, to enjoy an afternoon cuppa and a nice piece of cake or treat yourself to the ever-popular cream teas and socialise for the afternoon with friends and neighbours. It’s the place to be for tea, cake and conversation.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH: Due to the inclement weather this meeting was postponed until a later date, which will be notified.

WALKER’S PLANNING APPLICATION: A recent planning application submitted by Walkers & Son (Hauliers) Ltd for proposed development of land to the rear of Station Road in the village came under discussion in the Village Hall on Friday evening, 2nd March 2018 at 7:00pm.

The meeting was called by the Parish Council to discuss this application and to keep villagers informed of any progress of events regarding the application.  A group of ninety people braved the weather to attend the session and show their support for the village and the Council working on their behalf. Councillor Rob Boeuf opened the proceedings (in the absence of chair to the council) and outlined the position as it stands. Various comments from the floor were taken on board, being relevant and showing the strength of feeling running throughout the village.

Most of those present were there to object to the housing scheme which is contrary to the newly adopted Neighbourhood Plan, which the applicants seem to be adverse to, or ignoring.

Local man John Gough once again gave the village the benefit of his many years of experience and related to villagers the various stages of planning and the system involved, including rights of appeal and objections procedures available to all.

SUTTON AND BARNBY MOOR W.I.: When the ladies of the local WI met on Wednesday 21st February at Sutton Village Hall at 7:15pm, Chris Daniels from Retford Hub was the guest speaker. Retford Hub is based near the Cannon on Churchgate and is an exciting new way to shop locally. Various commodities are on display and offered for sale. These include locally grown vegetables and cakes made with the finest flour from North Leverton mill.

The venue also contains a tourist information centre, highlighting the best of North Notts. Free leaflets and guides, local maps and guide books, a reference library and free internet access point, and Retford memorabilia items for sale. Beautiful handmade gifts, greeting cards and stunning art from over 90 local exhibitors and artisans are on display. A farm shop featuring many local suppliers offers flour eggs, jams, chutney pickles and honey amongst many other goodies for sale. Tired of shopping, then you can relax with a tea or coffee, filled rolls or cake, with meal deals starting from £2. 00. The Hub is run on a voluntary basis, new volunteers always welcome!

GARDENING CLUB: The club met as scheduled on Tuesday 6th March and a report will follow. Further information about the club and its activities available from Elaine Hauser on 07969 254 920. Members old and new always welcome!

SUTTON SNAPPERS:   Change of name? Change of venue. It has been suggested that Sutton snappers become Idle Images; I have to admit the new name sounds more upmarket and; especially as most of the group don’t live in the village, who can argue? Recently we’ve had a visit to Tuxford windmill with a guided tour of the
inside. Windy Miller couldn’t let us loose inside on our own as the mill was in full production with big gears and millstones whizzing around. Evidently there isn’t a market for flour with bits of fingers in it, although I imagine it’s still a kind of wholemeal extra.

The last meeting had to be cancelled because of inclement weather (that’s snow excuse). The meeting was to have included lighting setups using pro equipment and it’s now due to happen again on Thursday 15th March at Sutton Village Hall from 10:00am until 12:00. The group is totally informal and concentrates upon friendly practical
sessions, visits and critiques rather than sitting watching someone elses slide show. Hillary and Jenny have put together a programme of subject tasks and provisional places to visit, results to be discussed at our fortnightly critique. There is no membership fee, whatever your ability, just turn up with your gear; one of our ladies uses a tablet, Out of pocket expense are usually covered by donations from those present. For further information email:


GATE INN: The local hostelry has published its programme of activities throughout the year. Full details are available on their website:

KEEP FIT CLASSES: Keep fit classes continue in the Village Hall every Thursday evening from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. All fitness levels welcome! Further details available on 07549 244 379.

COMPUTER CLUB: Computer sessions continue at the Village Hall on Mondays from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at a cost of £5.00 person. Reserve a place by emailing: or call (01777) 707 153 or 07929 352 753.

MEET THE NEIGHBOURS: The group continue to meet at the Gate Inn on the second Wednesday of each month for a communal lunch. Further details about the group and its activities are available from group leader Joan Reiter on (01777) 702 137.

SUTTON APRIL CLUB: The April club continue to meet every two weeks in the village and full details are available from Group Leader and organiser Carole Head on (01777) 705 077.

GARDENING CLUB: Details relating to the club and its activities available from Elaine Hauser on (01777) 705 274 or mobile 07969 254 920 or email:

New members always welcome.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH ASSOCIATION: Residents requiring help or advice can source this through the usual channels.

Sutton’s Neighbourhood Watch Association has 247 residences on its books, which considering that the village only has a total of 319 properties is quite an achievement. If you would like to join please contact Chairman Frank Bradley on 01777 705 060 or email

Remember, it’s free to join and you may be eligible for a discount when renewing your home insurance.

SUTTON ART GROUP: The group meet every Friday morning in the Village Hall and will continue throughout the season. Further details of the group and their activities are available from:

SUTTON AND BARNBY MOOR WI: Sutton and Barnby Moor W.I. meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at Sutton Village Hall at 7:15pm. Members old and new always welcome.

COUNTY COUNCILLOR: If you have any issues or concerns then your County Councillor Mrs Tracey Taylor can be contacted at any reasonable time on (01777) 816 781 or mobile 07771 629 380.

DISTRICT COUNCILLOR: Tracey Taylor, District Councillor for Sutton Ward can be contacted at any reasonable time on 01777 816 781 or mobile 07771 629 380.

PARISH COUNCIL: The Parish Council normally meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Village Hall. There is a public participation period and all residents are welcome to attend. For further information please contact the Clerk at or call the Sutton Central number: 07092 985 871.

POLICE: The local Beat Team for the BERL beat ( Bassetlaw East Ranskill / Lound) are as follows:

PC 3258 Jason Fellows  – Telephone: 101 ext. 8077 364, Mobile: 07525 226 893

For help and advice in the first instance please contact:

PCSO Lucy Campion – Mobile: 07525 989 445

VILLAGE HALL BOOKINGS: Enquiries with regard to the booking of the Village Hall should be made by contacting 07092 985 831. Anyone making enquiries please note that the number is not manned on a permanent basis, but calls are re-routed to one of three points for their attention and will be dealt with as soon as possible. Please be patient and your enquiry will be dealt with. Thanks for your cooperation.

The Village Hall web site is available at or email:

POSTAL SERVICES: The Post office operates in the Village Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week.

Opening times are as follows:

  • Tuesdays from 11:30am to  2:00pm
  • Wednesdays from: 9:00am to 12:00 noon

The local office can supply residents with: Pensions, Foreign Currency, Travel Insurance, Car insurance, investments and Savings.