Retford Hub gets a refresh

by | 17 November 2019 | Community facility, Community Focus, Retford

The Retford Hub has been given a makeover, and shop is now welcoming old and new customers, who are impressed with what they find: a brighter, lighter shop, with more café seating, and more effective display space. The hub is a community asset, and proud of having been chosen to receive the funding for the refurbishment from the King and Miller through the Sizzling Carling Community Action Award.

The shop was closed for a week in September: hub volunteers, led by Chris Daniels, worked tremendously hard, removing stock, sorting, doing carpentry, painting and so on. They were joined on action day by volunteers from the King and Miller, and it was all filmed for a promotion video by a team from Sizzling Carling — there was even a drone taking overhead shots!

The Mayflower Pilgrim Centre is working well in conjunction with the newly opened Pilgrim Fathers Museum attached to Bassetlaw Museum, and they have already had an influx of American visitors, including some by the name of Brewster. (If you don’t know why this is significant, why not and find out!)

The hub is run entirely by volunteers: some work behind the scenes, where there is lot to do in various ways, and some like to be ‘out front’. Obviously, quite a number of volunteers are needed to staff mornings and afternoons for six days a week, and whenever someone is away for whatever reason it is sometimes not possible to cover that slot. So, they would like more people to come forward. It’s not necessary to have any experience: they have friendly volunteers to help newcomers.

Exciting new exhibition
Beginning on Saturday 2nd November, for four weeks, is an exciting display of original artwork by two leading artists, John Redfern Harris and Bonita Ferguson-Harris BA (Hons) Fine Art. The two artists have work in collections around the world, including the USA, Russia, China, Japan and most EU countries.

The artwork includes oils, watercolours and pastels on a wide variety of subjects: wildlife, florals, figures, landscapes and local scenes. Many of the artworks will be for sale.

There will also be a unique preview of some of the paintings that they will be exhibiting next year to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims’ journey to the New World, which will be featured throughout the region.
The two artists will be in attendance at times during the exhibition to discuss their work and take commissions. They are available for painting workshops or demonstrations. Do visit and have a chat. Or contact them on 01777 705357 or email


  • Saturday 2nd November
    1.15pm — Let’s paint a wreath with Rosanne – £15.00
  • Saturday 9th November
    10.00am — Parent and child — £5.00
    12.30pm — Watercolour with Jennie — £15.00
  • Saturday 16th November
    10.00am — Paint a Christmas card with Jennie — £20.00
    10.00am to 12.30pm — Felt a snowman with Jennie — £10.00
  • Wednesday 27th November
    10.00am — Lino printing without a press full day — £40.00
  • Saturday 30th November
    1.15pm — Painter’s choice — £15.00

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