Mansfield and Ashfield Chad

Gloria’s Chad column: We will be rooting for Ashfield’s Olympians


Gloria writes a column for the Ashfield Chad every week. Here is her column from the June 8th edition:

As summer supposedly starts, the thoughts of sports lovers are turning to the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

We all love to see British athletes do well, but Ashfield residents will have a particular interest in the swimming events in Rio because we have one representative at the Olympics and two at the Paralympics.

Selston’s Molly Renshaw, Kirkby’s Ollie Hynd MBE and Charlotte Henshaw, who lives in Sutton, will all be competing for medals for Team GB in August.

I am extremely proud that Ashfield has three representatives at the Games and have written to each of them to congratulate them on their selection and wish them good luck.

We will all be rooting for you and cheering you on!


Homelessness is an increasing problem in our society so it is very encouraging to hear that young people in our area are keen to do all they can to help those affected.

Members of the 1st Kirkby-in-Ashfield Scouts are taking part in a sponsored sleep out in the open air at Portland Park next Friday to raise money for Framework, which helps homeless people in Nottinghamshire.

The Scouts, who are aged between 10 and 13, have been busy fundraising after hearing all about the work the charity does from a guest speaker.

The Fat Rabbit café is letting the Scouts use its facilities for free and according to scout leader Deb Green, the youngsters are very excited.

I can’t wait to hear how they get on and think it is amazing that the Scouts are showing such concern for others and such initiative at such a young age. Well done and good luck.


Ever since the beginning of the credit crunch, all we seem to hear about is companies going out of business and bad news for the economy.

This makes it even more pleasing to see that a local business, Gillotts funeral directors, is going from strength to strength and has expanded by opening its fifth branch.

I was delighted to be invited to officially open its new Selston premises on Nottingham Road last month, which have been beautifully renovated to make a calming and peaceful funeral home.

Funeral directors do a very important job for people at a very difficult time and I am sure the people of Selston will find that having a funeral director on their doorstep for the first time will make the painful moment of losing a loved one slightly easier.

I wish Anthony Topley and Joanne Hutsby, partners in the firm, all the best with their business.


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