A complete overhaul for Retford Hub

by | 1 August 2019 | Art, Community Event, Community facility, Community Focus, Retford

It is with great excitement that Retford Hub has announced that they have been awarded the Sizzling Carling Community Action Award, by the owners of the King and Miller on the North Road and is to have a whole new look. During this summer the volunteers are going to be busy working towards a re-launch of the shop at the end of September.

This popular shop, run by volunteers for the people of Retford, provides an outlet for visitor information, local crafts, a social café and an arts centre and, since opening over four years ago, has continued to develop. It also houses the Mayflower Pilgrim Museum and in November, sees events begin for the pilgrim festivities; the timing is ideal as the new Retford Pilgrim Trail with Retford Hub will be opening in the autumn. It will play a significant part as the pilgrim café and gift shop on the trail, which includes Bassetlaw Museum and St Swithun’s Church, together with the existing Pilgrim Museum at The Hub.

The shop and café facilities will be transformed, offering a much more pleasant, comfortable experience. Chris Daniels, director, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity — the original design was executed by volunteers without any funding in 12 weeks, and so it is great that the King and Miller shares our vision for a community facility, that is a place where people want to be and spend time. We are very grateful to the staff at The King and Miller for their fundraising over the last year, and their customers who have supported us.”

The Hub would be grateful for volunteers to get involved with the refit, particularly any carpenters, electricians or handymen.


  • ‘Scrap Saturday’, an all-day event making cards in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice, run by Louise, is on Saturday 10th August, and costs just £5.00 per person.
  • Amina Khan returns to The Hub to run her ever-popular children’s summer art classes on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th August, this year to create fish from recycled pop bottles and paint, a really exciting activity.
  • Don’t forget Lego Club on Saturday 17th August from 1.30pm, mostly for the kids, but also for young-at-heart adults to join in! See this month’s Family Fun Days Out pages in this edition of Retford Life for more details.
  • The Pilgrim Museum is open daily throughout the school holidays, and, as well as displays and exhibits there are activity sheets for the children to enjoy. Find out all about The Hub’s preparations for the 2020 celebrations, including all about what John Harris, resident artist, has planned, who is working on a very exciting project. Seek him out in his studio to discover a professional artist at work. Contact The Hub or John for more information.
  • Friday 2nd August will mark the end of the exhibition ‘Peripheral Vision’ by Garry Ashton, and there will be a summer soirée from 7.00pm, where you will be able to meet Garry to discover some of the inspiration and stories behind some of the works. In addition, you will be able to meet some of the team behind The Hub and find out more about its future development. Please let The Hub know if you wish to attend, either via the shop or email
  • The following week will welcome a new exhibition by Annie Turner, a resident Hub artist. This exhibition runs until Saturday 14th September when Derrick Spence, well known to many through his art teaching, returns with an exciting new exhibition of his works.

Other events:

  • Every Thursday, Drop-In Art with Cath, 1.00pm
  • Saturday 3rd August, Watercolour with Jennie, 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 14th August, Retford Mayflower WI, 7.00pm

It is advised to check with The Hub before attending, as events may be subject to change. Contact The Hub at 11 Churchgate, Retford, on 01777 860414 or chris@retfordhub.org, visit www.retfordhub.org or follow them on Facebook @retfordhubnotts.

Open Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm
11 Churchgate, Retford
01777 860414