All quiet in Clarborough? Not likely!

by | 2 November 2020 | Retford, Uncategorised

The COVID-19 lockdown in late March may have closed Clarborough Village Hall and with it many of the groups who regularly use the hall’s facilities. However, lots has been going on ‘behind the scenes’ at the hall as well as more widely across the community.
The local mobile Post Office remains open each Monday morning in the hall. Clarborough and District Community Association (CDCA), who manage the village hall, have been checking it on a very regular basis and also looking to improve its facilities. A key element of this has been replacement of its central heating boiler in late September, helped significantly by a Bassetlaw District Council grant.
With the constant changes of advice from central government aimed at village halls and similar organisations, CDCA committee members have drawn on guidance from ACRE (Association with Communities in Rural England) which currently suggests that the hall is unlikely to reopen before the new year. Having said that, even when reopening becomes possible the current committee, which only numbers four individuals, will be stretched to cover all demands. For this reason, CDCA is asking anyone who would like to get involved with their hall to get in touch.
Clarborough and Welham IT Group has been a regular user of Clarborough Village Hall for many years but, as with other groups, this was suspended from March. However, the group has tried to maintain some activities by updating online learning resources on its website (
The IT Group is also publisher of Clarborough and Welham Newsletter. The March lockdown caused the summer issue to be cancelled but the wonderful team of volunteer distributors enabled the autumn issue to go out as usual. Thanks go Clarborough and Welham Parish Council and newsletter advertisers who together fund print costs.
Reverend Mark Cantrill has produced some Celtic style services online. In each one, there has been a reading from the Bible with a short reflection on it, as well as shots of whichever church in the group was used for recording and a potted history of that church.
Other groups including Clarborough Parish Pasture, Allotments and WI remain active, if limited. For the very latest see