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Freedom Project Support Services come to Warsop

This November, the Freedom Community Project will start weekly sessions in Warsop Parish, offering benefit support, housing support, debt advice and a food bank.

The Freedom CommFreedom Project Posterunity Project works in communities across the North East Midlands and Yorkshire to support people with problems and crises and to strengthen communities.  At each of its support centres, Freedom offers a free drop-in cafe, support services (including benefit issues, debt and housing problems) and volunteering opportunities.  They also offer specialist support for mental health issues and to those affected by domestic violence.  In addition, Freedom runs social events throughout the year that bring the community together.

Big Warsop is funding the Freedom Project to run two support centres each week in Warsop Parish from November 2018.  The support centres will offer the full range of Freedom’s services, including access to client support workers and money advisors.  All activities offered by the Freedom Project will be free to those who use the services.

Freedom will based at Warsop Methodist Church from 9am to 1pm on Thursdays and at Meden Vale Methodist Church from 9am to 1pm on Fridays.  Sessions will start from 22nd November.

To find out more about the Freedom Community Project, visit

Musicians Needed to Support Warsop’s Remembrance Day Parade

Vibrant Warsop are seeking help from local musicians to support this year’s Remembrance Day Parade.
Maddy Pritchard from the Vibrant team, says:
“It seems that for Warsop’s parade of Remembrance on the 11th November, we have no band to support the parade. The Parish Council did have this covered, however the band booked has now unfortunately cancelled.
This is a call out to all musicians, ex Boys’ or Girls’ Brigade members. We would like to put a band together for the parade and believe that if enough people come together we can put something together over the next couple of weeks in order to support this event with drums, bell lyre and valved trumpets.”
Please contact or on 07984 367153 if you are able to support in any way.
Thank you in anticipation of your support.

A Celebration of Creativity at Warsop Fun Palace

The Shed was awash with colour and noise on Sunday 7th October as the community came together for Warsop’s first ever Fun Palace!

More than 100 people of all ages joined in the fun and took the opportunity to learn some new skills as part of the nationwide FFun Palace 1un Palaces weekend.  These annual free events are run by local people for local people, and celebrate culture at the heart of our communities.

The Vibrant Warsop team coordinated the event as part of their Strengthening Communities work funded by Big Warsop.  Groups who offered their skills and expertise at the Fun Palace included Warsop Scouts, Ecologic, Warsop Footpaths Group and the Rotherham African Drummers.  Local volunteers also shared their skills in cake decorating, jewellery making, card making and apple pressing amongst other activities.

Fun Palace 3Event Coordinator, Mike Payne, said, “We set out to bring fun, creativity and colour to The Shed and reveal the creativity and skills which lie hidden within Warsop – well, we certainly did that! We had graffiti art on the walls, African and snare drumming, giant bubble and slime making, guitar and ukulele playing, arts and craft and heritage stalls, making cards and jewellery, a games area and model trains, apple press, lighting fires, decorating cakes and building bird boxes and eating lovely food and loads of people generally having a really Fab time. Looks like we’ll be having a Fun Palace next year!”

In addition to bringing the Fun Palace back to The Shed in 2019, Vibrant Warsop is planning to bring out the creativity in Warsop through new art and music groups and community activities.  If you would be interested in joining an art group (painting), a drumming group or a music/singing group – or if there is another creative activity you would like to be able to access in Warsop – Vibrant would like to hear from you.  Please email or call Maddy on 07984 367153.

Environment Agency hosts Regional Workshop at The Shed

Earlier this month, 50 representatives from the Environment Agency’s East Midlands team attended a Culture of Learning workshop at The Shed.

The Environment Agency team look after local environments in the East Midlands by regulating industry to control pollution and prevent waste crime.  They chose The Shed on Wood Street in Market Warsop as the venue for their regional event which took place on 10th October.  The event saw colleagues sharing knowledge and skills with each other to make them a better and more resilient team.

The event coordinators were very pleased with the accessibility and set-up of The Shed, and hope to use the venue again for future events.

The Shed has been converted using funding from Big Warsop into a venue for the whole community.  It is a versatile space that can be used for a variety of activities including events, classes, parties and workshops.  The space is well equipped for large team meetings, with kitchen facilities and plenty of on-site parking.

For details of hire charges and further information about The Shed please contact Halina Kochanowski, Chair of Warsop Youth Club on 01623 846281 or email

Fun Palace to Celebrate Creativity in our Community

A very special event is coming to Warsop this autumn. For one day only, The Shed will be transformed into the Warsop Fun Palace!  

In celebration of the culture and creativity in our community, individuals and groups will come together on 7th October to share their skills and passion for art, crafts, music, dance, science, sports activities, nature and heritage – all under one roof!

Fun Palaces will take place nationwide during the first weekend of October.  These free events are run by local people for local people, and celebrate culture at the heart of our communities.  The Warsop Fun Palace is being coordinated by the team at Vibrant Warsop who are lining up an exciting and diverse programme of activities for the day.  A variety of artists, musicians, teachers and performers will be sharing their skills with others.  From mad science experiments to wall graffiti, from karate to knitting, from ukulele-playing to drumming – there will be something for everyone of all ages and abilities to try out and get involved in

Event Co-ordinator, Mike Payne says, “Bringing fun, creativity and colour to The Shed, this free event will reveal the creativity and skills which lie hidden within Warsop.  Everyone is an artist and everyone is a scientist at our first ever Fun Palace!”

All are welcome to join in the fun from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 7th October at The Shed just off Wood Street in Market Warsop.  Hot food and hot and cold drinks will be available at affordable prices.

Keep an eye out for more information on the Vibrant Warsop Facebook page.

Stalls Available at Community Christmas Fair

Stallholders are invited to book a stall at the annual Community Christmas Fair held at The Shed on 1st December.

Last year’s event was attended by over 800 people who enjoyed the chance to buy Christmas gifts and crafts, visit Santa’s Grotto and hear performances from local school choirs.  This year, visitors will enjoy the same festive atmosphere, with a fantastic range of market and craft stalls, fairground rides, school performances and, of course, a visit from Santa!

To reserve your stall please complete and return a booking form together with your payment to Vibrant Warsop or to reception at Warsop Town Hall.

For more information, please email: or telephone Maddy Pritchard on 07984 367153.


Another Successful Year for Warsop Carnival

On a day which saw temperatures soar, thousands of people headed to the Carrs showground for the annual Warsop Carnival.

The day’s entertainment started earlier than planned due to the exceptional heat, with the marching band competition starting at 11am. Out of the 6 bands competing, there were 3 winners:

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Division 2 – The Carolinas division
Division 3 – The Lyndricairs division

The Parade was judged at 11.30am at Costcutter Swallows, before setting off on the mile and a half journey to the Carrs Showground.  The Parade winners were:

1st place – Warsop Poppy Appeal
2nd place – Eastlands Junior School
3rd place – Birklands Primary school

The dog show – which included 10 categories – was a popular spectacle later in the day, as was the adults’ 5-a-side football tournament.  Four teams entered and it was a penalty shootout showdown which ended with the “Crates and Grapes/Wine Bar” being crowned the winning team just ahead of “The Talbot” who came 2nd.

Sports4Kidz provided tCarnival 2his and a range of other children’s activities throughout the day.  One of the most popular attractions was the mobile beach area which the Carnival team decided to put under a marquee due to the heat. Families enjoyed the sandpit and many adults also enjoyed having some shaded area along with a beer or two from the bar which was provided this year by the Plough Inn.

People also enjoyed admiring a couple of classic cars which were showcased on the day, as well as the extremely popular annual flower tent and duck race.

Over on the music stage, Nigel Pinnick started the day off with a “Best of British” themed DJ slot followed shortly after by Charlie Starr who peformed some “Best of British” classics before coming back on stage as an incredible tribute to the late Amy Winehouse. Once Charlie had peformed as Amy Winehouse, the Carnival Chair (Luke Spence) took to the stage to reveal the results of the Warsop Carnival raffle which had over 20 prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. Once the raffle was complete, the brilliant “Ed Sheeran Experience” then took to the stage.

As always, the Warsop Carnival was organised by a group of volunteers.  The committee would like to welcome new members to assist with helping out either prior to the day or on the day itself. If anyone would like to join the committee, please either email or phone Luke on 07552219947.

Pop-Up Youth Roadshows Return for the Summer

The parks of Warsop Parish are once again playing host to a series of Youth Roadshows throughout June and July. 

The weekly pop-up youth club sessions are funded by Big Warsop and delivered by Warsop Youth in partnership with Sport 4 Kidz.  The Youth Roadshow programme runs monthly sessions in Meden Vale, Church Warsop, Warsop Vale and Market Warsop.  The remaining dates for Summer 2018 are:

Thursday 21st June  –  Warsop Vale
Thursday 28th June –  Market Warsop
Thursday 5th July     –  Meden Vale
Thursday 12th July   –  Church Warsop
Thursday 19th July   – Warsop Vale
Thursday 26th July  –  Market Warsop

The sessions – which run on Thursdays from 6pm-8pm-  are free and offer sports,  games, music and Xbox activities.  Young people from Year 1 upwards who are interested in attending can simply turn up and take part.

You can read regular updates and reports on the sessions at

Fun & Fundraising for the Friends of Warsop Vale

As part of a sunny bank holiday weekend in Warsop, the Friends of Warsop Vale held a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Teddy Bear’s Picnic on the village green.

The event, which took place on Sunday 27th May, was well-attended by local residents, who not only enjoyed and supported the activities, but also offered generous raffle prize donations.

Many local businesses also supported the event by kindly donating some amazing prizes for the raffle.  Through sales of raffle tickets and a ‘Name the Teddy’ competition, the committee raised a fantastic £95.50.

With the continued support of the community, the Friends of Warsop Vale are already busy planning future events.  Look out for details!