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                         March / April 2020
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Many events and activities are being cancelled or postponed because of the Coronavirus outbreak. If you are planning to go to an event, please check with the organiser whether it is still going ahead. In the meantime, here are alternative arrangements from some of the groups who have had to change their plans:

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Keyworth Village Quiz 2020 has been postponed until June. The 8 teams still remaining from the original 26 entrants are: the British Geological Survey, Keyworth Methodist Church, Keyworth Rugby Club, Keyworth Dramatic Society, Keyworth Allotments, Keyworth Baptist Church, Crossdale Drive School and the Taveners.
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Melton Ramblers and the Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have suspended their walks, social events, working parties to maintain footpaths and other group activities as instructed by Ramblers GB. However, Ramblers GB say that apart from people in households with symptoms or who have pre-existing health conditions putting them at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, going for a walk independently is an excellent way to maintain health and wellbeing. You must keep more than two metres away from others. Please see Public Health England's guidelines on social distancing. If walking in remote areas, stay well within your limits to avoid any call on mountain rescue or other emergency services.
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Charnwood Orchestra has cancelled its concert at Emmanuel Church in Loughborough on March 21 and also its tour of Scotland in May but will take a decision on its planned June concert in due course.
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Melton Mowbray Lions Club's It's A Knockout event planned for Sunday, 7 June as part of the Get Melton Moving fun day at Melton Rugby Club has been postponed until Sunday, 13 September.
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The Melton Musical Theatre Company (formerly the Melton Amateur Operatic Society) has postponed its centenary anniversary performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates Of Penzance which was scheduled for March 25 to 28. However, they say the pirates are not sunk yet and celebration activities are planned with a re-launch in September.
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The Angrave Family have had to cancel all five of their charity quizzes planned between March 20 and May 22. But they intend to return with a quiz for teams of four people at the Holwell Institute on Saturday, 26 September at 7.30 pm in aid of the RAINBOWS Children's Hospice which is 25 years old this year. Details on Melton 569493.
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The Nottinghamshire County Show 2020, scheduled to take place at Newark Showground, on May 9 and 10 has been cancelled, incurring substantial loss of income. The organisers, Nottinghamshire Agricultural Society, a registered charity, are appealing for support in terms of donations and new corporate or individual memberships to sustain them through this difficult period so they can again hold a show in 2021. The Society supports the wider farming community in Nottinghamshire by staging this show and by offering learning opportunities, and giving grants and awards. For details phone 01636 705796 or see www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com
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Dove Cottage Day Hospice has closed its Stathern charity shop and tea room until further notice. Its four other charity shops in Bottesford, Melton, Cotgrave and Asfordby remain open for shopping and donations but the situation is being reviewed daily in accordance with UK Government and Public Health England guidance. The challenge evening planned for Wednesday, 25 March and the quiz and paella night scheduled for Friday, 27 March have been cancelled. The spring auction has been postponed until Saturday, 5 September.

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A representative from NatWest Bank will give a talk on how to avoid banking scams at a meeting of
Keyworth Wolds Ladies Probus Club in the Methodist Church Hall, on Monday, 16 March at 10 am.
Visitors are welcome, with a view to becoming members. Details on 0115 914 2930.
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Sandra Meakin will present a floral demonstration on the theme Deja Vu at Melton Mowbray and District
Flower Club's meeting at the Sage Cross Methodist Church on Monday, 16 March at 7 for 7.15 pm.
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A Volunteer Fair will be held at Melton Library on Tuesday, 17 March from 11 am until 1 pm. You can talk to representatives of a variety of organisations offering volunteering opportunities, find out what roles are available and discover the benefits of volunteering in your community.
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Brooksby Melton College Year 1 and 2 Acting students present a showcase of their work in a double
bill at Melton Theatre on Tuesday, 17 March at 7 pm. For ticket details and bookings see
www.meltontheatre.co.uk or phone Melton 851111.
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Come With Me is the title of a floral demonstration being given to Frisby Flower and Garden Club's
meeting by June Allsop and Margaret Cooper. It's at Frisby-on-the-Wreake Village Hall on Tuesday, 17
March at 7 for 7.30 pm. The evening includes a raffle and refreshments and visitors are welcome.
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POSTPONED - The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a seven mile circular walk around Collingham and the RSPB Reserve on Wednesday, 18 March. They're meeting in the Co-op car park in High Street, Collingham, ready to set out at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For more details phone 01159 334436 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Christine Woodcock will give a talk entitled A Little Bit Of A Puzzle at the Sage Cross Ladies' Club
meeting at Sage Cross Methodist Church in Melton on Wednesday, 18 March at 1.45 for 2 pm.
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William Ruff will explore the often surprising origins of everyday words in his talk A Day In The Life Of
The English Language at a meeting of Bingham U3A (the University of the Third Age) at the Methodist
Centre in Bingham on Wednesday, 18 March at 2 pm. Entry for visitors is £1. Phone 01949 875406.
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POSTPONED - The Pleasures And Rewards Of Beekeeping is the title of a talk being given by
Leicestershire Beekeepers Society at a meeting of Eastwell History Group at the Village Hall on
Wednesday, 18 March at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome - entry is £4. Students in full-time education go
in free. Details on 01949 861836.
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POSTPONED - Keyworth and District Footpaths Association have an eight mile guided walk around Repton Park and Bretby in Derbyshire on Thursday, 19 March. They're meeting at Keyworth Square ready to set out at 9.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 0115 937 4486.
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POSTPONED - Melton Mayor Councillor Malise Graham is holding a race night fundraiser for his chosen charity, the RAINBOWS children's Hospice on Thursday, 19 March at 7 pm at Melton Borough Council's Parkside Offices. Tickets are £10 including a glass of wine and buffet dinner. Details on
www.rainbows.co.uk/events/racenight.
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POSTPONED - Brooksby Melton College Dance and Musical Theatre students present A Night At The Movies, a showcase of their work in a double bill at Melton Theatre on Thursday, 19 March at 7 pm. For ticket details and bookings see www.meltontheatre.co.uk or phone Melton 851111.
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POSTPONED - Melton Mowbray Lions Club and sight-loss charity VISTA have teamed up to offer free eye screening tests in Melton Market Place on Friday, 20 March from 10 am to 2 pm. Information on eye health will also be available.
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POSTPONED - As part of the Brooksby Parish Church 800th Anniversary Celebrations, a quiz for teams of four people is being held at Hoby Village Hall on Friday, 20 March at 7.30 pm. The quiz-master is Richard Angrave. Entry is £10 per person including a hot supper. To book phone Melton 569493 or 434490. All proceeds to Brooksby Church restoration fund.
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The Stormy Weather Boys present an evening of sea shanties at the Thomas Cranmer Centre,
Aslockton on Friday, 20 March at 7.30 for 8 pm. Tickets are £10 including a fish and chip supper. Phone
01949 850257 / 850034 / 850003 / 850384.
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A tabletop sale of crafts, antiques and other items will be held at Keyworth Parish Church all in Selby
Lane on Saturday, 21 March from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm. Admission is £1, accompanied children go in
free and refreshments will be on sale.
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Lent lunches are being served at All Saints' Church, Asfordby on Saturdays, 21 and 28 March from 12
until 2 pm. They consist of a soup, sweet and tea or coffee. Cost £5. Proceeds for church funds.
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POSTPONED - The Vale of Belvoir Lions Club are holding their annual music quiz for teams of six
people at Bottesford VC Hall on Saturday, 21 March at 7.30 pm. Entry is £7.50 per person, including a
hot supper. There will be a licensed bar. Pre-booking is essential, phone 07540 935478. Proceeds will
go to Lions charities.
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POSTPONED - The Celtic folk band Govannen will perform at an Irish Night in Old Dalby Village Hall on Saturday, 21 March. Tickets are £15 including an Irish stew supper. Phone Melton 822316.
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POSTPONED - The Charnwood Orchestra are in concert at Emmanuel Church, Loughborough, on Saturday, 21 March at 7.30 pm. They will perform works by Beethoven, Elgar and Schubert. For ticket information see www.charnwoodorchestra.org.uk
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POSTPONED - Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular walk around Kirby Bellars on Sunday, 22 March. They're meeting at the Flying Childers, ready to set out at 10 am. The walk concludes with a pub lunch. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The gardens of Gunthorpe Hall, near Oakham, are open on Sunday, 22 March from 2 until 5 pm in aid of
the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Admission is £5,
accompanied children go in free. For details phone 01572 737514 or see www.ngs.org.uk
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POSTPONED - There's a lunchtime organ recital at St Mary's Church in Melton on Tuesday, 24 March at 1 pm. The organist is Simon Headley, formerly Assistant Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral. Everyone is welcome, admission is free and there will be a collection for the church organ fund. Refreshments will be available.
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Guitarist and singer Trevor Leeson is the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Keyworth and
District U3A (the University of the Third Age) in the Methodist Church, Selby Lane on Tuesday, 24
March at 2 for 2.30 pm. New members are welcome.
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POSTPONED - Melton Musical Theatre Company are staging the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates Of Penzance at Melton Theatre from Wednesday to Saturday, 25-28 March with performances at 7.30 pm plus a 2.30 pm Saturday matinee. For ticket details phone the Box Office on Melton 851111 or see www.meltontheatre.co.uk
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POSTPONED - Keyworth and District Footpaths Association are staging a nine mile circular guided walk around Burrough-on-the-Hill on Thursday, 26 March. They're meeting at Keyworth Square ready to drive out at 9.30 am. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07305 194 446.
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Joyce Nevill will give a talk entitled How I Came To Run A Guest House at Keyworth WI's meeting in the Centenary Lounge at the Village Hall on Thursday, 26 March at 7.15 pm. Entry for visitors is £4. Details on 0115 937 3882.
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Time For A Cuppa is being held at St Mary's Church in Melton on Friday, 27 March from 10.30 and to
12.30 pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cakes with proceeds going to Dementia UK specialist
nursing care.
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POSTPONED - A quiz and paella night is being held in aid of the Dove Cottage Day Hospice, Rutland, on Friday, 27 March at 7 pm at Langham Village Hall. It's for teams of six people and entry is £15 per person. To book phone 01572 722630.
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POSTPONED - Melton Ramblers have an eight mile circular walk around Orton-on-the-Hill, near Hinckley, on Saturday, 28 March. They're meeting at the Wilton Road car park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. The walk concludes with a pub lunch. Newcomers are welcome. Phone 07969 669230 or see
www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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POSTPONED - Melton Mowbray Lions Club are holding their Swimarathon on Saturday, 28 March at Melton Leisure Centre (Waterfield Pools). Teams of six will swim in relay for 55 minutes. It's not a competition but a fun way for swimmers of all ages and abilities to raise sponsorship money for Lions charities. Swimming times start every hour from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. For details phone Melton 858988 or 07860 102223.
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Bingham and District Choral Society is holding a fundraising evening at the WI Hall in Station Street on
Saturday, 28 March at 7.30 pm. It's a tasting of Gaucho wines from Argentina and Chile, accompanied
by a light supper. Always drink responsibly. Tickets are £12.50 from 115 933 4576.
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A barn dance with music by Windmill Folk takes place at Keyworth Village Hall on Saturday, 28 March
from 8 pm.Tickets are £7.50, available from the Flower Shop in Main Street, or on the door. Bring your
own refreshments.
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POSTPONED - The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a 10 mile circular walk around Launde Abbey, taking in Ridlington and Belton-in-Rutland on Sunday, 29 March. They're meeting at the entrance to Launde Abbey, ready to set out at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. For more details phone 07879 8132787 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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In preparation for Easter, Melton Mowbray Choral Society will give a performance of The Crucifixion by
John Stainer at St Mary's Church in Melton on Sunday, 29 March (Passion Sunday) at 4 pm.
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Feelgood Films is showing the comedy Rory’s Way in the Centenary Lounge at Keyworth Village Hall
on Monday, 30 March at 1.45 for 2 pm. Entry is by donation (minimum £3.50) on door and refreshments
will be on sale. Lifts can be arranged by prior notice. Phone 0115 937 3849 or 0115 937 3336.
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A Bargain Bonanza is being held in aid of Pablo's Horse Sanctuary on Saturday, 4 April from 10 am to 1
pm at the Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers Bandroom, at the bottom of the Wilton Road car park. As well
as horse tack and riding gear there will be stalls with bric-brac, toys, handbags, jigsaws and other
items.
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Ian Ritson will talk about the work of the Woodland Trust at a meeting of Melton Group of the
Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust at the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street on Monday, 6
April at 7.30 pm. For details phone Melton 852119.
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The Cranmer Company of Singers and Musical Director Deborah Davies are hosting a Come and Sing
event at Bottesford Parish Church on Good Friday, 10 April. They will perform the Requiem by John
Rutter. Singers are welcome to join in and the rehearsal starts at 4.30 pm with the performance at 7.30
pm. Taking part costs £6, £8 or £10, depending on how much you would like to give. For the
performance, the audience pay a donation on the door. Money raised goes to the Yemen Crisis Appeal
via Tearfund. To register as a singer phone 0115 947 4759.
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The Old Brickyard Tea Garden is staging its Mad Hatter's Tea Party on Easter Monday, 13 April from 10
am to 5 pm with a fancy dress competition, arts and crafts stalls and demonstations, face painting,
story telling and other family entertainment, plus a tombola. Proceeds for the charity Hope Against
Cancer. Admission and parking are free. Details on 07803 206852 or see
www.oldbrickyardteagarden.co.uk
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Phil Eldridge will give a talk about the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway and how volunteers are helping to
preserve and run it. He's speaking at a meeting of Bingham U3A (the University of the Third Age) at the
Methodist Centre in Bingham on Wednesday, 15 April at 2 pm. Entry for visitors is £1. Phone
01949875406.
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Bob Massey will give a talk entitled The Robins: The History Of The Postal Service at Melton Mowbray
Historical Society's meeting at the Sage Cross Methodist Church on Friday, 17 April at 7.30 pm. For
details see www.meltonmowbrayhistorical.org.uk
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Performing Stars Seniors are staging The Addams Family, a new musical comedy at Melton Theatre
from Friday to Sunday, 17-19 April. For ticket details and bookings see www.meltontheatre.co.uk or
phone Melton 851111.
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As part of the Author Talk series at Melton Library, historian Linda Porter will speak about her book
Mistresses: Sex and Scandal at the Court Of Charles II. Her lecture is on Thursday, 23 April at 6.30 pm.
Tickets are £6 including refreshments. To book, phone 0116 305 3646.
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The gardens of Tresillian House, 67 Dalby Road in Melton are open on Sunday, 26 April from 11 am
until 4 pm in aid of the National Gardens Scheme which supports several national charities. Admission
is £4, accompanied children go in free. For details phone Melton 481997 or see www.ngs.org.uk

 

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