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Bowls Club Open Evenings 2021

Bowls Club Open Evenings 2021

The bowls Club will open every Monday and Friday evenings for anyone - member or not - to come along, play, watch & have a drink! All are welcome to pop up on any Monday or Friday evening (including Bank Holidays) between 6pm & 8pm - a warm welcome promised!...

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Your ideas needed! Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

Your ideas needed! Platinum Jubilee Celebrations

In 2022, Her Majesty The Queen will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, seventy years after having acceded to the throne on 6th February 1952 when Her Majesty was 25 years old. An extended bank holiday, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, will provide an opportunity for...

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Resident post: My expedition to Rockall in 1971

Resident post: My expedition to Rockall in 1971

In 1971, as a newly qualified geologist, Willoughby resident Dick Merriman was given "a dream start to his career". He was chosen to be part of a team that would land on the uninhabited islet of Rockall, with the purpose of attaching a flashing navigation beacon to...

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A History of Bailey’s Croft, Willoughby

A History of Bailey’s Croft, Willoughby

The Wolds Historical Organisation has published an interesting history of Bailey's Croft in Willoughby. The research looks at the Bailey family and the land and buildings associated with the Baileys from the 18th century to the modern day. Click here to download a PDF...

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Big Vax-the-Nation Weekend 25th – 28th June

Big Vax-the-Nation Weekend 25th – 28th June

Walk-in Covid-19 jabs for all adults will be available from Friday 25th to Monday 28th June in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire as part of Nottinghamshire’s Big Vax-the-Nation Weekend for vaccinations. All eligible adults can come and grab a first or second jab from...

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Zipwire at Willoughby Community Park!

Zipwire at Willoughby Community Park!

A message from Willoughby Community Park Association: We are still raising funds for the ZIPWIRE at Willoughby Park. If we can raise just £1,000 more over the next few weeks we will be able to buy and install it in July, ready for the Summer holidays! Thank you so...

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Protect your Pooch with the Neighbourhood Watch

Protect your Pooch with the Neighbourhood Watch

In response to the increased fear of pet theft, Neighbourhood Watch has launched our PROTECT YOUR POOCH campaign. You can support the campaign by acting on their advice & you can help make pet theft a specific criminal offence by signing a petition or writing to...

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Thanks for supporting the Safari Sale!

Thanks for supporting the Safari Sale!

Thanks for coming out to support the FOWS Safari Sale on Saturday 24th April! Lots of villagers and people from further afield came along to browse, buy and have a chat with their neighbours. It was a really lovely day - good weather, lots of stalls and a chance to...

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The Duke of Edinburgh – book of condolence

The Duke of Edinburgh – book of condolence

The Duke of Edinburgh | 1921 - 2021 It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle. Click here to sign...

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Church Newsletter & Easter Day Service

Church Newsletter & Easter Day Service

It's almost Easter and whilst we can't be together to mark it, our village church has been busy!  On Sunday 4th April at 9.45am you'll find an Easter Day service available to watch here. You can also download the latest church newsletter by clicking below: April...

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Do you want to be a Parish Councillor?

Do you want to be a Parish Councillor?

Willoughby on the Wolds Parish Council needs you! Willoughby on the Wolds parish council currently has a vacancy and would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining us. We have a CASUAL VACANCY existing on Willoughby on the Wolds parish council and you...

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Autumn 2020 News from Willoughby Wood

Autumn 2020 News from Willoughby Wood

Willoughby's beautiful Millennium Wood is maintained by a wonderful team of volunteers. Now led by Dick Merriman - and before that for many years by Brian Thornally - the team looks after the trees, maintains the pathways and sees that any jobs that need doing are...

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Community Post | Where in Willoughby? A Village Trail

Community Post | Where in Willoughby? A Village Trail

I've taken pictures of interesting features around Willoughby - can you find them all? Trails 1 - 3 cover West Thorpe, part way down Main Street and round the back of the school! You don't need to go on any private property and it's fun for adults & children :-)...

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Community Post | Family Friendly Activities

Community Post | Family Friendly Activities

Below is a range of family and kid-friendly activities, some great for home-schooling, others just for general interest.   Resources spreadsheet: this spreadsheet includes 5 tabs but the second may be especially useful - Kid Stuff! Family Zone: this website, from...

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Community Post | Hedgerow Foods: Nettle Soup

Community Post | Hedgerow Foods: Nettle Soup

This is the ideal time of year to make use of hedgerow foods. The present shortages will challenge our skills in making food stretch further. When going for your daily walk around our wonderful countryside, take a plastic bag and a pair of rubber gloves. The nettles...

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Local Businesses Delivering To Willoughby

Local Businesses Delivering To Willoughby

During the Coronavirus pandemic, there are a number of local businesses who are delivering supplies to Willoughby. Below is a list of the ones we know of so far but please let us know in the comments if you there are others. Please also note that the situation can...

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Community Post | Music Quiz Round!

Community Post | Music Quiz Round!

Willoughby loves a quiz and with the planned Church Fun Quiz now postponed, the church team has released its music round for your entertainment!   Below are an mp3 file (that should play on most devices) and a sheet for your answers, plus some instructions....

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Community Post | Volcano Experiment

Community Post | Volcano Experiment

This is a great science experiment to try with your parents' help! (please note to maintain privacy we have used children's first initial rather than their first name)   H firstly created his volcano using news paper, glue and water. He moulded the paper around a...

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Coronavirus: Community Support

Coronavirus: Community Support

A message from Willoughby Parish Council Willoughby-on-the-Wolds Community Action: Who is your neighbour? During the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, some people living in our parish may feel the need to self-isolate for reasons of age, illness or vulnerability to...

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Notts County Council app released

Notts County Council app released

Nottinghamshire County Council's mobile phone app - 'MyNotts' - is now available for residents to download. The MyNotts app will make it quicker, easier, and more convenient for local people to access council services. Residents can download the app on android or...

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FOWS can Recycle your Stationery!

FOWS can Recycle your Stationery!

Friends of Willoughby School has signed up to the BIC writing instruments recycling scheme to encourage our children and you to recycle, and to raise funds for the school! This is an ongoing scheme; we need to get 15kg together to make each shipment, so anything from...

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Tea Party & Bake Off 2019!

Tea Party & Bake Off 2019!

The Willoughby Tea Party & Bake Off has become a hotly anticipated village event. Come for the all you can eat cakes, savouries, tea, coffee & soft drinks and stay for the Bake off competition! When? Sunday 15th September, 2.30pm - 4.30pm Where? Willoughby...

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Willoughby Playgroup goes from Strength to Strength!

Willoughby Playgroup goes from Strength to Strength!

Willoughby on the Wolds Pre-School Playgroup has been running for over 40 years and shows no sign of going anywhere! The Pre-school runs every weekday except Friday, and makes full use of its facilities and the benefits of being in a rural, village community. No...

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Willoughby’s “Outstanding” Primary School

Willoughby’s “Outstanding” Primary School

Willoughby Primary School is one of the elite group of the county’s schools to have been assessed by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’. As of November 2017, out of all 337 schools in the county, 15% of Nottinghamshire’s primary schools were ranked as outstanding. The School’s...

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Willoughby’s Open Gardens Success!

Willoughby’s Open Gardens Success!

Our Open Gardens event this year was a huge success.  Thank you to all our visitors and to everyone who opened their gardens or helped with other many other activities to make it such a great afternoon (and thank you to the weather too!) We had nearly 600 visitors and...

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Festive Cheer at the Christmas Fair!

Festive Cheer at the Christmas Fair!

Willoughby's annual Christmas Fair signals the start of the festive period for many residents! Held in the church at the end of November, there was a variety of stalls selling homemade cakes, jams and chutneys, Christmas cards & wrap, toys and gifts, art work and...

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No Soggy Bottoms at Willoughby’s Tea Party & Bake Off!

No Soggy Bottoms at Willoughby’s Tea Party & Bake Off!

Many thanks to everyone who attended the now annual Tea Party & Bake Off in September! The event was a great success, raising inexces sof £500 for the villages Pre-School Playgroup. The floral bunting, vintage crockery and the flowers from Wysall's Flower Farm...

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Grasses in Willoughby – so much to see!

Grasses in Willoughby – so much to see!

There is a whole world of grasses at our feet waiting to be explored and appreciated as part of the scenery and of our rural environment. If we count the cereal crops, which we should include because botanically and genetically they belong amongst the grasses, then 26...

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Churchyards as Time Capsules

Churchyards as Time Capsules

The thought that a church yard is full of echoes of the history of its parish and of rural England is deeply embedded in our culture, and I feel conscious of it whenever I sit on the seat for a rest and a think, or cut the west hedge. The sentiment appears in...

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Wildlife of Willoughby

Wildlife of Willoughby

Willoughby has no formally designated wild flower gardens, though some gardens are semi-wild by default, including mine. In its wildness some cowslips mysteriously colonised my front lawn many years ago, and with no encouragement beyond taking care to avoid them with...

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Birds to Spot in Willoughby

Birds to Spot in Willoughby

I think I have identified over 40 species of bird in Willoughby in recent years, but I dare say that there are many residents, far more expert in ornithology, who could name many more. Of all the vertebrate wild animal life, it is probably the birds which attract the...

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Signs of Autumn in Willoughby

Signs of Autumn in Willoughby

“To autumn” by John Keats (1792-1821) must surely be one of the most quoted poems in English, with its “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness”. But what of our local natural history in autumn, and of its fruitfulness?  As drivers we’re not always pleased to see the...

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