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Past Village events in 2011 - 15

Bar-b-que was held in honour of Waterloo Day at Beesthorpe Hall Farm on Saturday 13th June 2015, the proceeds of which have been donated to the new village hall equipment budget. The total raised was a magnificent £360.00 which with Grant Aid should come close to £400.00. The evening was a great success and our thanks go to Mr & Mrs Littlewood for hosting the event.


Thankful Village......Maplebeck is one of the 51 'Thankful' villages in England and will be part of a nation wide celebration of such.

On the 1st August 2013, Maplebeck had a visit from a group of Bikers who are riding to each village in England raising money for the charity.... The Royal British Legion. They were greeted on the Village Green in front of the Church. Mrs Lily Johnson had kindly agreed to accept a plaque and certificate on behalf of Maplebeck village. Lily has lived in the village since her marriage to a local farmers son Brian in 1955. Her daughters Carol and Deana were present as were a number of other present residents and one or two of thse who had left the village.

Post Script: - In August of 2014 the plaque was installed just outside of the Church gateand a ceremony of blessing was held.

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Ghosts by M R James, in stormy November 2012

It was a dark and stormy night....rain lashing on windows, trees brought down by the wind, so what could be better than to welcome the Village Ventures production of two of M R James' ghost stories. A packed hall sat in rapt attention as Robert Lloyd - Jones created an enthralling world of harrowing and haunting events. Witches, weird creatures, wraiths, solitary shores, ancient ash trees had some audience members occasionally jumping out of their skins. A virtuoso performance of the art of the storyteller: in the candlelight, with his amazing delivery, masterly use of pauses and silence, Robert created a spellbinding and at times terrifying world. The applause at the end told it' s own story


The Queens Diamond Jubillee Party, Sunday 3rd June 2012

The day was forecast as being a wash out and it was....BUT not for us, we are British.....full report>>>



Another resounding success! What a fun packed night with wonderful fish and chip supper supplied by Tom & Simon's Kitchen from their moble van. (07780309641) Once again the challenging questions were delivered with humour by a very dapper dinner suited Tony. Fairly marked by each neighbouring table. It was unfortunate that Brendan & Sue, who had done all the ground work of organisation could not be there to enjoy the evening, however they were congratulted in their absence and all that were present sent their heart felt sympathy to them. The winning team were the Swankers who received a case of wine. The event made a profit of £187:00.


On Saturday  24th March we welcomed the Library Theatre Production of the play " My Brilliant Divorce" originally a success for Dawn French in the West End. A single hander, the play tells the story of the breakdown of the marriage of  a "fifty something" window dresser whose husband leaves her for a much younger woman. A humorous and bitter sweet story. The protagonist eventually finds love again with her fantasy man in " the Arran sweater" of her dreams.
A tour de force of memory by the actress. Audience responses were muted and the play received mixed reactions. Some thought it excellent others were less impressed. You can't win 'em all!


BURNS NIGHT SUPPER with CHARLIES ANT' quartet, held on Saturday 4th February 2012...
What a night!

The snow lay some two inches on the ground and the cars. The roads had not been gritted, so traveling was not easy BUT our wonderful Quartet arrived from Grantham and area. After warming up in fornt of a blazing log fire, they played to a large audience who had braved the weather from as far afield as Mansfield and Kneesall. The large Haggis was duely presented to the gathering and addressed in Robert Burns' own words, It was subsequently devoured by all with the neeps, tatties and gravy, not to mention a wonderful array of puds. Burns was toasted, as were the Lassies and the Laddies. The celebrations continued with dancing by the revelers under the guidance of Charlie. Then out into the snow again ... which did show the village in a beautiful light.


BJ Cole & Emily Burridge - Sunday 16h October 2011

On Sunday evening 16th October 2011,  B J Cole and Emily Burridge played to a full village hall and a very appreciative audience.
The combination of pedal steel guitar and classical cello made a unique and often haunting orchestral sound.
The varied programme included some familiar melodies by Debussy, JS Bach, Satie, Purcell, Ravel and Copeland, as well as some own compositions. At the interval BJ explained the intricacies of the guitar. A special evening and after breakfast the next morning, BJ was off to Nashville!


Harvest Festival service & supper 25th September 2011

The church was beautifully decorated with flowers and bowers from the headgerows, fruit and vegetables, the latter were donated to the local Hospice as was the service collection (£176). The weather was kind and we did not freeze, as we crossed over to the village hall for a substancial quality supper. All the supper dishes had been made and generously donated by the parishoners. The takingsat the door and raffle raised £76 for the village hall charity. With the fire roaring up the chimney and good company it was, as always, a jolly evening. Many thanks to those decorated the hall and those who stayed to clear and washed up.


Quiz Night with fish & chip supper, 2nd July 2011

A wonderfully entertaining and mind stretching night. The questions were delivered by with humour by a very dapper dinner suited Tony. Fairly marked by each neighbouring table and ajudicated by the event organisers Brendan & Sue, who were congratulated and thanked by the Chairman of the Village Hall Committee. The winning team was The Ks with just one point in front and who won a mixed case of wines. The evening was at capacity participation and made a profit of £200:00.

The origins of Jazz, 12th June 2011 - Barry Binch

There were symphony orchestras in New Orleans long before the American Civil War, the players were black slaves and respected musicians.  This was an astonishing fact to glean from band leader and trumpeter, Barry Binch during his learned and enjoyable talk on the origins of jazz. A dozen people listened to his various musical examples, with slides from the old days. He also gave an explanation of just what The Blues means.


Staythorpe Gas Turbine Story,10th May 2011 - 'How it works and the part it plays in UK power'. - Derek Sayer

What a good evening full of fascinating details and a comprehensive understandable breakdown of the plant. From kilowatts to gas turbines to hydro electric power given to an appreciative audience of 17 villagers.


Mambo Jambo- 28th Jan 2011
A musical Duo who perform all forms of music with a 'hot beat'. With acoustic guitar and saxophone they make the place vibrate to the rhythms of Calypso - Boogie - Rumba - and many more rhythms.
Excellent entertainment on a winters evening in January 2011, a well attended and enjoyable event -


Christmas party 2010

On the19th December after a rousing Carol Service in St Radegund's Church, the congregation walked carefully, across the snow covered village green to the Memorial Hall for a feast, donated by the villagers. The open fire was roaring up the chimney the table was groaning with goodies, new comers to the village were welcomed and introductions were made. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Maplebeck Play
In the summer of 2005 the Stage Company of Village Ventures obtained funding for a group of 'happenings' which were based along the route of the Beck which flows through several villages in mid Nottinghamshire. Maplebeck told the story of the village in light and humorous dialogue from the Vikings to the present day. A great many of the villagers took part in this June day pageant which was held on the village green. Despite the fact that there had been no complete dress rehearsal.

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