Launch of the Retford Heritage Trail Guide

The town has an attractive new Heritage Guide. It was launched at Bassetlaw Museum on Heritage Day at an event attended by Madelaine Richardson, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, with her Escort/Consort Cllr Debbie Merryweather, and Helen Richards, Mayor of Retford.

Derek Turner, Chair of Retford Civic Society, explained that the Society had decided that the town needed a new Guide, and had adapted the old leaflet, to include up-to-date information, presented in more user-friendly language and format. Beautifully illustrated by local artist Andy Massey, it includes an easy-to-read map and suggested trails, with information about significant buildings en-route.

Madelaine Richardson said that the Guide was well-presented and she specially liked the watercolours; Debbie Merryweather said: “Stunning!” The Mayor agreed. Indeed, everyone who received a copy on the day was impressed.

It was funded by RCS (with the help of The Rotary Club of Retford Percy Laws Trust), in partnership with Bassetlaw District Council and Museum Development East Midlands supported by Arts Council England.

Derek thanked all those involved, including Sam Glasswell of the Museum and Burgess Design and Print.

Available at The Hub, the Museum, Bookworm, and other locations around the town, it is free (although donations are always welcome), and provides a wealth of information for residents and visitors alike.

 Andy Massey has chosen five of his beautiful watercolours from the Guide to sell as a pack, which you will be able to buy soon.


 "Retford Heritage Trail Winner 2017"

Keira Wood of Worksop was the lucky winner of a Retford Treasure Hunt organised by Retford Civic Society on Charter Day this year. She rightly guessed that the treasure was to be found in the new Kings Park Play Area, and walked away with a National Book Token Voucher for £20.

Seen in the photo with her mum and Chairman of Retford Civic Society, Derek Turner, Keira said she was excited about her win as she loves reading and can't wait to buy a new book with her reward. 














The Spring Clean litter pick went really well, pictures to follow :


Bolham Manor    2017

The Garden was open for The National Garden Scheme’s ‘Snowdrop Festival’








Litter Pick

I have visited with Continental Landscapes today the businesses involved,  Boots, Yours and WH Smiths will join the Retford in Bloom hanging basket scheme.  I will be contacting EE next week as the manageress is away on holiday.
So  hopefully from what was a negative a positive outcome will emerge. Pam.

For full details of the car park clean up click the link :- media/pages/files/latestnews/CarParkCleanUp-SummaryDocument.pdf


Charter Day Treasure Hunt

On the Retford Civic Society stall on Charter Day, the Heritage Trail Treasure Hunt was won by Abigail Tasker, who received a £20 book voucher at Bookworm after she successfully guessed where Retford's hidden treasure was kept - at the Museum!
The Treasure Map was created using the " Hunt Your Retford Town Heritage " Guide, which was produced by Retford Civic Society, to encourage young people to appreciate some of the stories about the interesting features and buildings of our town. It is available free from The Hub and Bookworm, and is used when Civic Society members lead schools' guided tours.
Many thanks to all Civic Society members who helped with the stall on Charter Day.

Chairman of Retford Civic Society, Derek Turner and Trail Quiz organiser, Joan Turner, are pictured with Abigail receiving her book token.


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 Back in the 19th Century up to  twelve horse drawn stagecoaches a day would travel up and down the Great North Rd to London and York stopping at various coaching inns along the way. In Retford the White Hart on Bridgegate (now Molly at the White Hart) provided refreshment for both travellers and horses.
It was said that Dick Turpin the notorious highwayman would sit in the White Hart eyeing up the various travellers with a view to robbery!
As part of the towns heritage the Civic Society have had  the old London to York signage on the White Hart restored by Jason Chapman a local sign writer, and on the 10th September Retford's Heritage Day, a stagecoach will once again travel into Retford and the public will have the opportunity to ride in it.
Further details will be available nearer the date.