Retford Archive



May 9, 2022
service of commemoration

Falklands-40 At Memoria Barnby Moor

This year will see a plethora of events up and down the country to mark some very notable anniversaries and Memoria at Barnby Moor have been truly honoured in staging a significant service of commemoration on the exact same day 40-years ago in 1982 when the first British troops landed at San Carlos in the Falkland Islands after an epic 8,000-mile journey across the Atlantic. 

Jan 20, 2022
Bluebell Wood children's hospice

Fundraising For Bluebell Wood

You may have seen a sticker covered Jaguar present at many of the events across Notts, including  recently the Christmas Markets, such as the one in Retford at the end of 2021. The Jaguar is owned by Stuart Dixon, who has covered two of his prized fleet of Jaguars with stickers bearing the names of people and businesses.

Oct 21, 2021
Lets party

Party In The Square

It was a fantastic afternoon of free music for visitors and residents of Retford this year, from leading tribute bands, local artistes and headline act, former X-Factor contestant and West End performer Alexandra Burke.

Oct 21, 2021
The Retford vision

Retford Consultation

Retford Town Centre Neighbourhood Planning Group (RTCNPG) commenced its wider public consultation phase with a stall at Retford Market in September. As part of a planned programme of public appearances and communications, the group will be appearing on some of the Retford markets on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and Retford Christmas Market, over the next few months.

Sep 6, 2021
All Aboard

Chesterfield Canal Trip Boats

Seth Ellis is the current Chesterfield Canal Trust tripboat in the Retford area. Since the Covid rules were relaxed in mid-July, it has carried scores of happy passengers on charters and has run public trips from Drakeholes and the Boat Inn at Hayton. It often runs cruises on Sundays from the Chequers Inn at Ranby and will be in Retford for Heritage Day (September 11th). Look out for Halloween cruises and of course the ever-popular Santa Specials later in the year. All the cruises can be booked online via the Trust’s website.

Sep 2, 2021
Heritage Open Day's

Looking Forward To Retford's Heritage Day

The National Trust coordinates and publicises Heritage Open Days throughout the country, and Retford Civic Society, in partnership with Bassetlaw Museum, are putting together the event in Retford this year once more. Each of the following venues has something new for 2021 and some of them are doing tours. The national theme is ‘Edible England’ and this has provided inspiration in some of the venues.

Aug 10, 2021
Idle Valley Nature Reserve

A Lot Going On ‘Up North’

Prior to the pandemic the success of our café, shop and events programme run from Attenborough actually made a healthy contribution towards our overall charitable income, and therefore supported our work right across the county. In terms of our sites, Idle Valley Nature Reserve is by far our largest and is the base for managing the rest of our sites across the north of the county but our work in north Notts stretches back far beyond the opening of the Idle Valley Nature Reserve.   

May 31, 2021
the arrival of spring at idle valley

Looking Ahead At Idle Valley

I’ve often used these pages to promote Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s largest site, the spectacular Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford. Yet as I write this piece, buoyed by the burst of colour offered by spring flowers and the sight of early butterflies on the wing, the extra daylight presented by the clocks going forward and the prospect of the end of the necessary but onerous ‘stay local’ advice – I’m truly excited about restarting my regular explorations of this special place in the weeks and months ahead. 

Jan 1, 2021
National Heritage

Retford Train Station Added To The National Heritage List

There are highlights across the country including a memorial for the Beauchamp Lifeboat in Norfolk, Selfridges, on London’s Oxford Street, an 18th century shipwreck in Kent, as well as Retford’s Victorian train station café that was used to serve HM and Allied Forces meals during the Second World War.
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