News – Page 6


Oh, what a summer this has been,

From endless bathing to eating ice cream.

Tossing and turning in our beds,

And flipping the pillow to cool our heads.

Wishing for rain to save plants and grass.

Wondering when this heat will pass!

And pass it will cos that’s how it goes,

Before too long we’ll don winter clothes.

We’ll be shutting windows and closing doors,

and turning on the heating just as before.

But oh, what a summer this 2018,

Someone’s nightmare, another’s dream.

However you remember the summer this year,

Whether sitting in sunshine drinking beer,

Or hiding in the shade of a beloved tree,

This summer will live on in your memory!


Jean K Cave 2018

The founder members started what is now the ‘Soft Edges Art Group’ over 20 years ago and meet at 10am on Mondays at the Hoveringham Village Hall. Painting in a variety of styles, to support and critique each others work in order to further develop and improve our standards. New experienced artists are welcome to join us.

Over the years our exhibition has grown from strength to strength, we have a very loyal following and also invite local professional artists to participate in our exhibition. With over 140 original works of art works on display most of which are for sale. As usual our popular raffle prize will be an original work of art.

As you walk around the exhibition you can vote for your favourite painting. Just a bit of fun, no prize for the winner; but your opinion matters and is appreciated. The Tearoom will be open for drinks, coffee and cake. With members of the group always on hand (some working on their paintings) to happily chat about all aspect of the exhibition.

The Preview Evening is on Friday,12th October at 7pm with a Licensed Bar. Please let us know if you would like to attend, and we will send you an invitation. Alternatively, we look forward to seeing you on Sat 13th or Sun 14th October between 10.00am and 4.30pm. FREE Admission and Parking, easy access and facilities for the disabled. Should you need further information please contact Christine Gouldby. 07774 608974 mobile.


Most of the planters seem to be still looking lovely, mainly due to the more than regular watering from the bowser rota team.

Some planters may need winter planting earlier than others, depending on the remaining summer weather.

We are delighted to hear that we are now in the final of the Best Kept Village, if we could all be vigilant in keeping the village tidy, particularly as the T.V. cameras will be in the village for the Tour of Britain Cycle Race.

Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Jan, Elizabeth and Jane.


The Tuesday Evening Badminton Club at Woodborough Village Hall are looking to recruit a couple of new players. There’s no need to feel intimidated – the standard is not very high! We play most Tuesdays from about 8.15pm to around 9.30pm.

If you would like to give it a go, please ring Andrew on 07948 729577 and leave a message containg your name and phone number – men, women, young and not-so-young are all welcome.


Jean Powley

Photo by Philip Parker Associates

Do you suffer from Ophidiophobia?

If so, you may wish to ignore this article but on the other hand you may be so curious, that you wish to find out what it is and whether you are indeed affected by it.

Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes. Apparently 52% of people in the UK are afraid of snakes. Yet, very few people actually experience direct contact with them. So where does this fear originate from? Is it down to natural instinct or is it from a bad experience with one?

I personally have no issue with snakes and I have seen Adders but strangely, never the more common Grass Snake. However, I know for certain that a Grass Snake has bred in my garden because it has left evidence in the form of hatched egg shells. The egg shells of a Grass Snake are leathery and matt-white. If only I had seen them hatch out, what a sight that would have been.  

Grass snakes are the largest of snakes which exist in England and Wales. They are not found in Scotland, Ireland, the Isles of Scilly and some Channel Islands. An adult can be more than a metre long. They are normally olive green or grey or brown on the top with small black markings on the sides. Their most distinguishing feature however is the yellow or orange and black collar. They are the only egg laying snake in the UK.

Unlike Adders which like dry areas such as heathland, Grass snakes prefer damp conditions so if you have a pond, this may encourage them in to your garden. Compost and manure heaps or piles of rotting leaves will also attract them because they are warm and inviting to a cold-blooded creature. Their main diet consists of fish, frogs, toads and newts and occasionally mice and voles but snakes themselves are a tasty meal and they can be predated by herons, hedgehogs, weasels, badgers, foxes and even domestic cats.

A year in the life of a Grass Snake:

March / April – They emerge from hibernation, males come out first. They then search for food and a mate.

April / May – Mating begins.

June/July – The female chooses the nest site and 30 to 40 leathery, matt-white eggs are laid. If it is a young female, she will lay fewer eggs.

August / September – The eggs hatch and the young snakes which look like adults are the size of a pencil.

There is nothing to fear from the Grass Snake. It is more likely to be frightened of you and usually it will slither away and hide. If provoked though, it will strike you with its head but not bite you and if handled, it will release an obnoxious smell from its vent. Sometimes it will simply feign death. Grass snakes are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is an offence to kill, harm or injure them, sell or trade them in any way.

Jean Powley

Jean is a voluntary Ambassador for the British Trust for Ornithology’s Garden BirdWatch scheme in Nottinghamshire. If you enjoy watching birds and other wildlife which visit your garden, Garden BirdWatch may be perfect for you. If you would like a free information pack about the scheme, contact Jean at or visit