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As we now have permission to resume services we will have a service on 13th, 20th and 27th December but unfortunately not on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day as we have no priest. Depending on how things go we will try and let you know what the rota for January is as soon as we know them.

You can discover more about the church on the Sutton website here, and more current information may be available on the church facebook page here.


A brighter outlook seems to be taking place in the village as residents started decorating properties in readiness for the Christmas festivities, if and when they take place. Started with one or two villagers putting lights up around their homes, this was followed by a few others, with many more expected to make the effort over the next week or so. Many locals feeling a bit low, thought they needed cheering up as lockdown takes its toll as we approach the end of a very strange year of 2020. They are making an early start with the normal activities associated with the time of the year and looking forward to brightening things up if only for a few days over Christmas!


The local Neighbourhood Watch Association report the following incidents.

Local Alert: Another Broadband Scam Attempt

A member of the Neighbourhood Watch reports a recent scam attempt purported to be from his broadband provider, Plusnet. The caller stated that our Members broadband had been compromised and that the service would be terminated in 24 hours unless action was taken. That action was to press “1” immediately. Our Member indeed took immediate action, To Hang Up, and then contacted Plusnet support. Plusnet confirmed the scam and advised that the call should be registered as a scam call and blocked. The action for Plusnet customers and BT (who own Plusnet) is to dial 1572 to register that number to a Personal Black List to block subsequent calls on that line. There are likely similar numbers and procedures to be followed with your particular broadband supplier and something that we recommend.

Local Alert: DCBL Scam

A member of the Neighbourhood Watch and a Retford business owner reported the following incident today, 7th December 2020.

“I had a very upsetting call at work last week from a bogus bailiff – claiming to be Kevin from a company called DCBL – as seen on TV’s ‘Can’t pay we take it away’. It was very threatening and upsetting – even though I knew deep down it was a scam it was still very disturbing and if I’d been a little less aware I may have fallen for it. He said he was coming to seize goods as I owed money, he said he had lots of evidence and he and his team were coming to collect. I asked him to identify himself – his ID number and who he worked for. I then called DCBL – who in turn told me there was a fake bailiff making cold calls, I then reported it on 101 and got a crime number. I was advised that the guy who had called me had made the call on a burner phone – an untraceable pay as you go type of phone.”

Pretty harrowing stuff. As always residents are reminded to remain vigilant and be wary of any unsolicited telephone calls


The Council held a virtual meeting on Monday night, 7th December, and a report will follow.


The whole of Nottinghamshire must currently follow new Tier 3: Very High Alert rules. The new Tiers have been strengthened to reduce the infection rate as part of a strategy to save lives, protect health and care services, and keep our economy and schools open.

See the Government Tier 3 Guidelines here

Naturally, with new rules in place, it can get a little confusing to remember what you can and cannot do. We’ve summarised what the new rules mean for you.

See the Nottinghamshire County Council Tier 3 Guidelines here

We should continue to follow these rules

Meeting people
You can’t mix with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens.

Pubs and restaurants
Hospitality venues such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed, except for takeaway, delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

Spectator sports
No public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.

Entertainment venues
Indoor entertainment venues – such as bowling alleys and cinemas – remain closed.

Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

Weddings and funerals
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.

A reminder on what has changed as we enter Tier 3

‘Rule of six’ outdoors
You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, public gardens or the countryside.

Shops and personal care
Shops, gyms and personal care services such as hairdressing, nail salons, tattoo parlours can reopen (if the premises are Covid-secure).

Outdoor entertainment venues
Outdoor venues including zoos, safari parks, theme parks, fairgrounds and funfairs, adventure playgrounds and parks can open. However, all of the indoor attractions at these venues must close.

Gyms and sports facilities
Gyms and sports facilities will be open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only. Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s. For outdoor exercise, the ‘rule of six’ applies.

Inspire Nottinghamshire Libraries and Archives have re-opened from today. You may only visit alone, or with members of your own household or support bubble. Opening times may be subject to change, so check the Inspire website before you visit.

Stay safe over the Christmas period

Meeting friends and family
Nottinghamshire residents must follow tier 3 guidance in December. Between 23 December- 27 December, you may choose to form a Christmas bubble.

Visiting shops
You must not meet other people outside of your household or bubble in indoor shops or venues.

Santa’s grotto
Santa’s grottos are able to open in all tiers where they are located in venues permitted to open. Venues should put in place appropriate COVID-secure measures, including social distancing.

Carol singing
Carol singing or carol services can take place if all attendees follow advice in the suggested principles of safer singing and guidance for the Performing Arts. You should maintain social distancing between groups or households at all times, including when entering or leaving the building or in any breaks.

See full government Guidance for the Christmas period here

PHE COVID-19 Vaccination, a Guide for Adults

The leaflet below explains about the COVID-19 vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from Coronavirus.

See the PHE COVID-19 Vaccination Leaflet, a Guide for Adults here (PDF)

Further Coronavirus Information

Please continue to refer to the:

… websites for information


Your District Councillor for Sutton Ward, Rob Boeuf, can be contacted at any reasonable time on (01777) 700 204, or via email to rob.boeuf.cllr@suttonward.uk


Tracey Taylor, your County Councillor for Sutton Ward can be contacted at any reasonable time on mobile 07770 847 086, or office number (0115) 804 3177.

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