ASDA meetings explain proposed plans

ASDA held open meetings to explain their building plans for the ex-colliery brownfield site.

The brownfield site formerly used for the Harworth Colliery

The brownfield site formerly used for the Harworth Colliery

The plans were exhibited on Friday 17 June and Saturday 18 June at the Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall.

The ASDA store was granted the outline planning permission by Bassetlaw District Council earlier this year. ASDA will submit a planning application seeking consent for the details of the scheme.

The supermarket store will replace the brownfield site used by the former Harworth Colliery.

The proposed ASDA store would be 13, 442 sq ft (sales area) with a 131 space car park.

The new store will create up to 80 new full and part time jobs for local people.

One of the problems highlighted at the event was there would be an increase in traffic along Scrooby Road due to the ASDA store.

Video: Frog racing at Town Hall

An international frog racing competition took place at the Harworth and Bircotes Town Hall recently.

Frog racing at the Town Hall

Frog racing at the Town Hall

The frog racing involved pieces of frog shaped wood being pulled along a line.

The Chairman of the Bassetlaw District Council Councillor David Challinor organised the event.

The international frog racing event took place on July 15 at 6.30pm.

The event cost £12 for adults and £6 for under 18s.

The frog racing raised £464 from people participating in the frog racing, participating in a raffle and from the betting. The money raised is being donated to three charities, the Bassetlaw Hospice, the Aurora Centre in Worksop and Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

The winner of the event won a trophy.

Harworth and Bircotes Councillor, David Challinor stated that it was great night with a brilliant atmosphere.  By the end of the event, husbands and wives were competing against each other.

David Challinor said: “It was a good successful event, very merry and everyone enjoyed it.”

Councillor David Challinor has organised another frog racing event for October 8 at the Retford Town Hall.

Video about frog racing. Voice over by Councillor David Challinor.

Summer family fun on the Rec

A summer fair was recently hosted on the recreation ground.

Summer fair on the rec

Summer fair on the rec

The summer fair took place on the field next to the Harworth and Bircotes Sports and Social Club.

The fair took place on July 31 from 11am to 4pm.

The fair included stalls and car booters. The fair also had a bungie run, a bouncing castle, a human table football, a bucking bronco and fair rides.

Approximately 1200 people attended the summer fair.

Harworth and Bircotes Councillor David Challinor said: “It was a good day and it was great weather.”

Ten year anniversary of display case to Tom Simpson

The display case of Tom Simpson’s cycling achievements in the Harworth and Bircotes Sports and Social Club is now ten years old.

Tom Simpson's bike in the display case

Tom Simpson's bike in the display case. Objects in the display case belong to their respective owners.

The display case exhibits Tom Simpson’s Peugeot bike, his shorts, his 1967 Tour de France jersey, his Great Britain jersey in which he won the world road race championship in 1965. The display case also exhibits newspaper cuttings and pictures of his achievements.

The display case was dedicated in August 2001 by Tour De France winner Lucien Van Impe.

Most successful English road racing cyclist

Tom Simpson was the most successful English road racing cyclist of the post-war years.

Tom Simpson moved to Harworth following World War II, after having been born in Haswell in County Durham.

Tom Simpson was part of the Harworth and District Cycling Club. Tom started track cycling in his late teens. By the age of 19, Tom Simpson was part of the Great Britain team pursuit squad.

In 1959, he joined the Rapha Geminiani team, which already had British cyclist, Brian Robinson.

Tom Simpson memorial on Scrooby Road

Tom Simpson memorial on Scrooby Road

In 2001, Tom Simpson was named Britain’s No 2 cyclist of the previous century in the Cycling magazine. He was also inducted into the British cycling hall of fame in 2009.

Next year marks the 45th year since Tom Simpson tragically died during the 13th stage of the Tour De France.

Other memorials to Tom Simpson

Next year will also be the 15th anniversary of the stone memorial being erected on Scrooby Road, the main road through Bircotes.

There is also a memorial to Tom Simpson in Bédoin at the foot of Mont Ventoux.

Films about his life

This is England film director Shane Meadows recently told the Press Association that he was interested in making a feature film about Tom Simpson’s life, but said that he had not sought the film rights to the film. There is already a film about Tom Simpson’s life and death called Death on the Mountain: The Story of Tom Simpson.

Horticultural show at town hall

A horticultural show is to be hosted at the Town Hall on September 10. 

Horticultural show poster

Horticultural show poster

The horticultural show will include a best kept garden and scarecrow competition.

The show will start at 10am until 2pm. The best kept garden judging will occur from 2pm until 4pm.

The winners of the competitions will be announced on September 10 at 4.15pm at the Town Hall where certificates will be awarded for the best in the shows and competitions.

For entry forms and for more information please contact Helen at the Town Hall or Councillor David Challinor.

Photographic, arts and crafts exhibition at town hall

The town hall will host a photographic, arts and crafts exhibition on September 3.

Photographic, arts and crafts exhibition poster

Photographic, arts and crafts exhibition poster

The exhibition will be open from 10am until 3pm.

Photographs should be either colour or black and white of anything. The arts and crafts can be anything that you have made, drawn, painted or sculpted etc.

28 year anniversary of Mini Market

The family owned store, the Mini Market is now 28 years old.

The Mini Market on Scrooby Road

The Mini Market on Scrooby Road

The Mini Market owned by brother, Albert and sister, Rita Ford is a family run business which has been running for 28 years.

The general store which stocks giftware and household goods, was described as the “Harrods of Harworth” by one of the owners. The store attempts to cater for everyone’s needs.

One of the owners said: “We have enjoyed seeing the children who used to come into the shop for sweets grow up to be adults and then bring their own children in for sweets.”

The family run shop, originally called Morton’s Mini Market, was owned by Alf and Ellen Morton.

Before the store was a shop, it was the village post office.

Video: Organist society celebrates 40th anniversary

The Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary with a recorded CD.

The Christie Organ in the Harworth Welfare Hall

The Christie Organ in the Bircotes and Harworth Community Centre

The Organist Society, founded in 1971, was the dream of local man, Stan Morris. The original committee members were Mr S. Warrior, Mr S. Morris, Mr A. Peat, Mr R. Stocks and Mr K. Mason.

Since 1971, the society has grown and evolved. Christie is a brand of organ generally used in theatres with contemporary- styled consoles.

The first concert in Harworth was held on the December 28 1971. The society moved to Harworth Welfare Hall for the grand opening concert on September 30 1973.

Many of the Star organists from across the British Isles have been invited to come to play at concerts in Harworth over the years, including John Mann, Britain’s number one entertainment organist and late former number one organist Ernest Broadbent.

The Organist Society is recording a CD to mark the anniversary.

The Secretary of the Society, Mick Mason said: “It is quite an achievement to reach a 40th year anniversary for a society as most societies around this area do not reach it.”

The Organist society has concerts this year on September 11, September 25, October 23, November 27 and December 18. The dance dates are September 24, October 22, November 26 and December 17.

Video showing timeline of the Society. Music played by David Smith

New hardware shop opened

A new hardware shop has opened on Scrooby Road.

Harworth DIY and hardware

Harworth DIY and hardware

The DIY store called Harworth D.I.Y. and Hardware opened on August 8.

The D.I.Y. shop, owned by Chris and Sue Joyce is on the main road of Scrooby Road through Bircotes.

Chris said: “I decided to open the shop after a hip replacement last year meant I was unable to continue my job as an engineer that I had worked as for 35 years.”

Chris decided to take on the store so that he would have an outlet.