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Bingham Firefighters are collecting textiles for re-cycling to raise money for the Firefighters Charity. They need adult and children’s clothing, socks, coats, underwear, paired shoes, handbags and linen. Bring items to Bingham Fire Station any Thursday between 6 and 7 pm. No bric-a-brac, plastic toys or electrical items please.
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Toothill Extra are holding creative workshops for adults at Toothill School in Bingham on Monday, 19 February from 9.30 am until 3.3 pm. There’s watercolour painting presented by Newark artist Lynne Whitfield and jewellery making with City and Guilds qualified designer Suzanne Mallabone. There are also creative activities including art and cookery for children and families. For details phone 01949 863044 or see toothillextra.co.uk
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Derek Simmonds will give a talk entitled Unforgotten Debt, describing how 127 men from Melton Mowbray and District Territorials answered the call and signed up during First World War. He’s speaking at a meeting of the Friends of Melton Carnegie Museum on Tuesday, 20 February at 2.30 pm. Admission is £3.
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Gardener Christina Moulton is the guest speaker at Frisby Flower and Garden Club’s meeting at Frisby-on-the-Wreake Village Hall on Tuesday, 20 February at 7 for 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. Phone Melton 812618.
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Radcliffe-on-Trent Drama Group are staging Sue Townsend’s comedy play Groping For Words at the Grange Hall from Tuesday, 20 February until Saturday, 24 February. Tickets are £9 from Pen2Paper stationers or phone 0115 933 2906 or see www.radcliffe-on-trentdramagroup.co.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a nine mile walk around Maplebeck, Kersall and Eakring on Wednesday, 21 February starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 01949 836042 or see www.vbramblers.co.uk
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Michael Harrison will give an illustrated talk entitled A Trading Voyage On The River Trent, describing journeys between Gunthorpe and Hull on the working gravel barge Seagull. He's speaking at a meeting of Bingham U3A, the University of the Third Age, at Bingham Methodist Centre on Wednesday, 21 February at 2 pm. Visitors and new members are welcome. To join, phone 01949 875406 or see
www.binghamu3a.co.uk
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Kath Skinner will give a talk entitled My Visit to Brazil at a meeting of Melton Sage Cross Methodist Ladies Club, taking place at the church on Wednesday, 21 February at 2 pm.
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John Thomas MA will give an illustrated talk entitled Living With Cauldrons, describing the Iron Age feasting and ritual site at Glenfield Park, at a meeting organised by Melton Fieldworkers in Melton Carnegie Museum on Wednesday, 21 February at 7 for 7.30 pm. Admission is £5, bookings on 0116 305 3860.
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Bingham Musical Theatre Company present their pantomime Cinderella at Bingham Methodist Church from Thursday to Saturday, 22-24 February. Performances are at 7.30 pm plus a Saturday matinee. Tickets are £10, concessions £5. For details see www.binghammusicaltheatrecompany.co.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club is holding a Grand Charity Frog Race on Friday, 23 February at the new Royal British Legion Hall, Radcliffe-on-Trent at 7 for 7.30 pm. There will be prizes sponsored by local companies and organisations. Tickets are £10, including a fish and chip supper. Proceeds for local and international charities. www.valeofbelvoirrotary.org.uk or phone 01949 850298, 0115 933 6228 or 01949 851331.
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Melton Mowbray Photographic Society's meeting on Friday, 23 February consists of a practical evening where members can practise and learn new skills. It's at the Samworth Centre at 7.15 pm and new members are welcome. For details see www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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A fashion show and sale is taking place at the Thomas Cranmer Centre, Aslockton, on Friday, 23 February at 7 for 7.30 pm. There will be quality High Street brands at bargain prices. Entry is £5 including a drink. Proceeds for St Thomas Church. For tickets phone 01949 850003 / 850257 / 850034 or 850384.
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Melton Ramblers have a  nine mile circular walk around Thorpe Langton on Saturday, 24 February
They're meeting at the Wilton Road Car Park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. The walk includes a picnic lunch. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Vale of Belvoir Ramblers have a six mile walk around Farnsfield and Hexgreave Park on Sunday, 25 February starting at 10 am. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 01949 836042 or see
www.vbramblers.co.uk
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A lent lunch consisting of home-made soup and bread is taking place in the Old Church House, Bingham, from midday on Sunday, 25 February. Everyone is welcome and proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

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Melton Musical Theatre Company present their performance of the show 9 To 5, featuring the music of Dolly Parton, at Melton Theatre on Wednesday, 28 February until Saturday, 3 March. Details from the Box Office on Melton 851111.
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Organisers of Old Dalby Day urgently need more volunteers to help plan the event and to assist on the day. If additional help is not forthcoming, it may not be possible to hold this major annual event on August Bank Holiday Monday. Anyone able to help is urged to attend a special meeting at Old Dalby Village Hall on Thursday, 1 March at 7.30 pm.
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The Women's World Day of Prayer is on Friday, 2 March and there will be a service at Bingham Parish Church at 2 pm. This year's service has been written by the women of Suriname and the theme is All God's Creation is Very Good. Everyone - women, men and children - are welcome to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards.
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The 20th annual Venture Mind Quiz for teams of 6-8 people takes place at Waltham-on-the-Wolds Village Hall on Friday, 2 March at 7 for 7.30 pm. Tickets are £8.50 which includes a hot supper, and there's a also a bar and raffle. Entry by prior booking only - phone Melton 464426 07825 372156. Proceeds for the 1st Waltham Scout Group and Waltham Dollywagon Explorer Unit.
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Malcolm Sales from Buttercross Photography will give an illustrated talk about back and white photography processing skills at Melton Mowbray Photographic Society's meeting on Friday, 2 March. It's at the Samworth Centre at 7.15 pm and new members are welcome. For details see
www.meltonphotographic.co.uk
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To mark Fair Trade Fortnight, the Melton Fair Trading Post is holding a Fair Trade breakfast at Sage Cross Methodist Church on Saturday, 3 March. There’s a chance to find out about Fair Trade – which ensures that farmers and growers in developing countries get fair pay for the goods they produce, so they and their families can have healthcare, education and a decent standard of living. You can also sample Fair Trade products at the event. For details phone Melton 857230.
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Melton Mowbray and District Indoor Bowls Club has an open day on Saturday, 3 March from 10 am to 2 pm to enable newcomers to try the sport. Admission is free as is hire of bowls and bowling shoes. For details phone Melton 851457 or 07547 777258.
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The East Midlands Napoleonic Days are at Long Acre Studio in Bingham on Saturday and Sunday, 3-4 March starting at 10 am. There will be talks, exhibitions and wargames, and refreshments will be available. Admission is free.
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Melton Ramblers have a five mile circular walk around Queniborough on Sunday, 4 March. They're meeting at the Wilton Road Car Park in Melton, ready to drive out at 9 am. There's an optional pub lunch afterwards. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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Tony Knight will give an illustrated talk entitled Metal Detecting Adventures in conjunction with an exhibition of Roman finds being staged by Bingham Heritage Trails Association at Bingham Methodist Church as part of its 14th season of open public lectures on Thursday, 8 March at 7.30 pm. Admission is free.
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Dr John Manterfield will give a talk entitled Buildings Of Victorian Grantham to a meeting of Bottesford Local History Society in the Fuller Room on Thursday, 8 March at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. To join phone 01949 358698.
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An illustrated talk entitled Medieval Church Graffiti And How It Is Interpreted Today is being given by Nigel Wood from the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Medieval Graffiti Survey on Friday, 9 March at St Helena’s Church, Thoroton.  Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. Details on 01949 850912.
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Melton Ramblers have a 10 mile circular walk around Diseworth on Saturday, 10 March. They're meeting at the Wilton Road Car Park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. There's a pub lunch afterwards. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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The Cottesmore Military Wives Choir and clarinettist Sara Gibson are giving a concert entitled Spring Serenade at St Mary’s Church in Melton on Saturday, 10 March at 7.30 pm. Tickets are £9 in advance from Melton 500057 or the Samworth Centre, or £10 on the door. Proceeds will go towards the development fund of St James’ Church, Burton Lazars.
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The Celtic folk band Govannen are performing at Eastwell Village Hall on Saturday, 10 March. For details and bookings phone 01949 869492 or 07890 118002.
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Ann Bird will give an illustrated talk entitled A Garden Journey: Gardening At Home And Abroad at Bingham Garden Club's meeting in the WI Hall, Station Street on Tuesday, 13 March at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome.  Admission is £3 including refreshments. Phone 01949 838782 for details.
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There's a fashion show and sale at Quorn Lodge Hotel, Asfordby Road in Melton on Wednesday, 14 March at 7.30 pm. Favourite High Street brands and French and Italian designerwear will be on sale at massively reduced prices. Tickets are £5 from Melton 851667.  Proceeds for the charity Living Without Abuse.
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A charity quiz night for teams of up to four people is being held at the Anne of Cleves pub in Melton on Wednesday, 14 March at 7.30 pm. The winners receive a cash prize and there's also a raffle. Entry is £2 per person and proceeds will go to Pablo's Horse Sanctuary. To book, phone 07745 628684.
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Bingham and Radcliffe-on-Trent Rotary Club are holding a charity whisky themed evening at Bingham Bowls Club on Friday, 16 March at 7.30 pm. You can taste some of the varieties and hear the stories behind their names. Please drink responsibly. Over 18s only. Tickets are £20 from 01949 836882. Proceeds for Bingham Cricket and Countryside Trust.
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Memories For Moore, a charity auction night to raise money in support of local cancer sufferer Nick Moore and LOROS, the Leicestershire Hospice takes place at Melton Royal British Legion Club on Friday, 16 March, starting at 8 pm. There will be live music by Howard Rose, the Mixtapes and John Barry. Tickets, including a buffet supper, are £10 - to book see Memories For Moore on Facebook or phone 07507 421590.
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Melton Ramblers have a nine mile circular walk around Saltby on Saturday, 17 March.
They're meeting at the Wilton Road Car Park in Melton, ready to drive out at 8.30 am. The walk includes a picnic lunch. Newcomers are welcome. To join in, phone 07969 669230 or see www.meltonramblers.org.uk
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An auction and tabletop sale is being held at Dove Cottage Day Hospice in Canal Lane, Stathern on Saturday, 17 March from 12 noon until 4 pm. For details phone 01949 860303 or see www.dovecottage.org
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The William Booth Memorial Salvation Army Band from Nottingham is in concert at the Sage Cross Methodist Church in Melton on Saturday, 17 March at 7 pm. Tickets are £8, including refreshments. Phone Melton 854748.
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A charity photo shoot day is taking place at Nottingham Airport, Tollerton on Saturday, 24 March from 10 am. Photographers and models, plus anyone who would like to have their picture taken beside an aircraft, are welcome to attend. There is no admission charge, but a £5 donation for the Strongbones Children’s Charity is requested. The day includes family activities for children and refreshments will be available. Details on 07481 739461.
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A fashion show of spring and summer collection is being held in aid of St Bartholemew’s Church, Welby. It’s at the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop in Nottingham Street, Melton, on Monday, 26 March at 7 pm. For ticket details phone Melton 566374, 561222 or 851386.
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The Cranmer Company of Singers present their annual Come And Sing event  at Bottesford Parish Church on Good Friday, 30 March. They will be singing excerpts from Handel's Messiah and the rehearsal starts at 4.30 pm prompt. To participate costs £6, £8 or £10 depending on how much you wish to donate. There will also be a collection from the audience at the performance which is at 7.30 pm. Proceeds will go to the charity Tearfund Central African Republic Appeal. Bookings for singers are in advance - phone 07415 512729.

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SAVE THE DATE - MORE EVENTS IN 2018 

The 14th annual Rutland – Melton Cicle Classic road race takes place on Sunday, 22 April, starting in Oakham Market Place and finishing in Melton Market Place, via Rutland Water and the villages. Details on cicleclassic.co.uk
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The Rotary Clubs of the Vale of Belvoir, Bingham and Radcliffe are holding their Art and Craft Fair at the Grange Hall, Radcliffe on Saturday and Sunday, 28-29 April from 10 am in aid of the Air Ambulance. Artists, craftspeople and photographers will have a chance to exhibit and sell their work and a proportion of the sales proceeds will go to the charity.  For full details or to book a stand, phone 07917 884111 or see www.valeofbelvoirrotary.org.uk

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The Belvoir Art Trail takes place at various venues in and around Bottesford from Friday to Monday 4-7 May, also incorporating the Vale of Belvoir Arts Society’s Art Festival at the Methodist Chapel. More artists and venues are welcome to join the trail. Phone 07772 468750 for more information.
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The Artisan Cheese Fair is in the Exhibition Halls at Melton Livestock Market on Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 May from 10 am until 4 pm. More than 70 cheesemakers will showcase a total of more than 300 cheeses. Details on 07894 229499.
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The Nottinghamshire Show is at the Newark Showground on Saturday and Sunday, 12-13 May. Details on 01636 705796 or see www.nottinghamshirecountyshow.com
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Aslockton Food and Drink Fair is on Saturday, 2 June from 10 am until 4 pm.
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The Rutland County Show is on the Oakham Showground on Sunday, 3 June. Details on 01572 757110 or see www.rutlandcountyshow.com
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The Hosenbury family-friendly music festival is at Hose from Friday to Sunday 6-8 July with tribute acts and local bands. Details on 01949 861814 or 01949 861383.
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The Great Rempstone Steam and Country Show is at Turnpost Farm, Wymeswold on Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 July. For details see www.rempstonesteam.org
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The Dogs Trust Loughborough holds its summer fun day at Turnpost Farm, Wymeswold on Sunday, 29 July. Details on 01509 880070.
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The Leicestershire County Show is on Airfield Farm, Market Harborough on Saturday and Sunday, 25-26 August. For details see www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk
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The Enchanted Faery Ball 2018 will be held at Melton Market Tavern on Saturday, 3 November from 7.30 pm. Proceeds will go to charity. Details on
www.enchantedfaeryball.co.uk
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