Women to take the plunge in aid of Breast Cancer Care

Women to take the plunge in aid of Breast Cancer Care

A team of female scuba diving instructors from Bingham are challenging 100 women to take the plunge and sign up to a mass charity dive to boost women’s participation in the sport. The scuba dive and snorkel taster event, which is being organised by British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) branch clubs from across the East Midlands, is part of the This Girl Can Campaign – a national Sport England initiative designed to encourage more women into sport. Women and girls aged 12 and over from across the region are being invited to test the water with one of the world’s most adventurous sports while also raising money for Breast Cancer Care. The event, which is being hosted by Bingham Sub Aqua Club (SAC) in South Nottinghamshire, on Sunday, November 27, follows last year’s successful first event in Derby which saw scores of women sampling diving for the very first time. Rachel Quinn, event instructor and former Bingham SAC chairman, of Keyworth, said scuba diving was a positive way for women to keep healthy and increase their self-confidence while also learning new skills. “Scuba diving obviously builds confidence because it’s quite a technical sport,” said the 45-year-old charity CEO, who learnt to scuba dive at the age of 13 back in 1985 with Bingham SAC. “It’s not just about diving; it’s about equipment maintenance, navigation, boat handling, chart work, and first aid. The breadth of activity we undertake is massive. “From a physical point of view, scuba diving is strength building and great for breathing as it involves a lot of cardiac activity. “From the social point of view, it’s really...
New Minister Settles into Bingham Methodist Church

New Minister Settles into Bingham Methodist Church

Bingham Methodist Church have recently welcomed a new Minister to take forward their church and community work in their new Methodist Centre building. Rev Martin Smithson took up the new appointment on 1st September and became Minister to a number of churches including Bingham, East Bridgford, Cropwell Butler and Scarrington as well as Superintendent Minister of Grantham and the Vale of Belvoir Circuit. Martin has been a Minister for 35 years serving first in Manchester, then in the Leicester area for 19 years, at Syston then Wigston. After which he moved to Wantage in Oxfordshire in 2005 and remained there for 11 years until he moved to Bingham this summer with his wife Judith, who is a recently retired teacher. Martin said of his time so far, “I have been made very welcome in Bingham. I like that it’s small enough to feel like a community but with plenty of activity. I was pleased to find churches in Bingham working together as well.” Martin takes over as Minister six months after the opening of the new Bingham Methodist Centre, the only new build Methodist Church to open in 2016. In that short time the building has become a hub of community and church life, with a growing congregation for services, and many regular activities taking place in the hall and meeting rooms, including a busy playgroup, community cinema, yoga and other fitness classes, job club and two coffee mornings. In addition, Barnardos charity shop has been operating from one of the retail spaces since February and a new furniture shop is preparing for opening in mid-October in the large...