Get Involved in Village Life!

There is so much going on throughout the year, you’re bound to find something just right for you. Take a look below.

Bell Ringers

At the Church of St Mary and All Saints, Willoughby-on-the-Wolds

Tower Captain: George Dawson, 112 Main Street, Willoughby on the Wolds (Tel: 01509 880707)

Sundays: see the Parish Magazine for details.

Practice: Wednesdays 7.45pm to 9.00pm (phone to confirm)

Number of bells: Six | Tenor 6.0.1 in B flat.

If you wish to learn the ‘art’ of ringing, please contact the Tower Captain; you will be most welcome!

Bowls Club

Bowls is a great game for all ages; some clubs have players as young as 14.

If you’d like to give it a go, we can let you borrow some equipment; we play on our village green which is next to Baxter Farm at the east end (A46 end) of the village. Club Night is Monday 6-8pm. Please pop along or contact Eric or Monica Smith 880087

We play in three leagues, two of which are associated with ‘The Belvoir League’, which involves us travelling to very interesting villages as far as Grantham whilst the third league (referred to as the Wednesday Mixed League) is generally in the other direction even as far as Overseal in Derbyshire.

Over the years, we have finished top of the Belvoir Two Woods League eleven times and won the Knock Out Cup five times. Many other honours have also been collected over the years. It is a lovely tranquil spot to which people can walk and just enjoy the surroundings without necessarily taking part, but if you want to have a go, get in touch!


Willoughby Choir was founded in 1986 and has become a well-established feature of the village and neighbouring Widmerpool and Wysall.

We have more than 20 members from the 3Ws villages and further afield.  Our repertoire is fairly broad – old and new, religious and secular.  If you want to know more, contact Pru Tatham (01509 880975), Ruffy Garratt (0115 9374443) or Adrian Bath (01509 880830), or just come along to one of our practices on a Sunday evening.  We rehearse most Sundays from 7 to about 8.30 pm, in Willoughby Church.

The choir sings at weddings, occasional church services such as harvest festivals, and also at village events.  Christmas is a high point of the choir’s year when we perform at carol services in the 3Ws.  The choir also joins occasionally with choirs in the neighbouring area for concert performances – for example in 2009 we sang Fauré’s Requiem with the Pierrepont Singers in 2009 and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Wolds Singers in 2010.

The choir is led by Ruffy Garratt and our piano/organ accompanist is Robert Weavell. The choir does not audition for membership and there’s no need to read music, though of course it helps!  We sing together because we enjoy singing, so if you enjoy singing then come and join us.  All voices (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) will be welcomed.

Friends of Willoughby School

FOWS is very much like a PTA, apart from we welcome members of our local community to join us, as well as parents and staff.

We’re a friendly group of parents who meet every couple of months to plan fundraising events to help raise money for the school. In recent years, money raised has helped to pay for French lessons, subsidised trips to museums, nature parks and adventure days and bought gazebos for use on sports day!

We meet at one of our houses or sometimes in a local pub to enjoy a drink and a catch up as we discuss our plans. We’d love to hear from you if you’d like to find out more or get involved!

Email or call our Chair, Laura Affleck on 07478 276128.

Neighbourhood Watch

Help keep Willoughby safe!

The purpose of Neighbourhood Watch is to help Willoughby villagers to be more vigilant and to report anything which seems suspicious. Register to join your local NW by visiting

Villagers are also welcome to join the list produced by our Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, John Brian, and receive information in that way too. His e-mail address is

Non-emergency telephone number to contact the local Police:

If it’s not an emergency, call 101, however in an emergency you should always call 999

When should I call 101?

To report less urgent crime or disorder and for general police enquiries…

For example:

• if your car has been stolen;
• if your property has been damaged
• if you suspect drug use or drug dealing
• or to give the Police information about crime in your area

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can textphone 1800110

WOW Village Breakfast Team

The excellent and very popular monthly breakfast is usually held on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 9.30am – 11.30am, in the village hall.

The team is very capably led by Sheila Roser & Mike Stringer; there is always a need for more willing volunteers to help cook and serve. Please contact Sheila Roser to volunteer on 01509 880517

Women's Institute

WI meetings are held on the first Tuesday in the month from 7.15pm to 9.15pm in the Village Hall.

Click here for their dedicated page.

New members are always welcome! President: Christine Hull – 01509 383049 or Secretary: Pam Freestone –  0115 9374660

Our programme for 2019-2020

May 7th: Resolution meeting (Linda Davis)

June 4th: The Mary Rose (Kathy Powis)

June 26th: Wolds Group Outing (Theatre, Calendar Girls)

July 2nd: General Health/Arthiritis (Mr Singh from Keyworth Pharmacy)

August: No meeting

September 3rd: Fun evening of live music (Clive Rudd)

October 1st: Cookery demonstration (Gail Wooliscroft)

October 22nd: Wolds Group meeting, Kinoulton

November 5th: Craft evening

December 3rd: Birthday meeting

January 7th: Social meeting / Circle dancing

February 4th: Gardens (Good & Loyal Friends, Mike Davey)

March 3rd: Pilates (Simon Kelly)

April 7th: Annual Meeting