News In Brief: Church supper for starters

tickhill Churches Together have organised the annual Alpha course which gets under way on Thursday, September 1, with an introductory supper in the Methodist Church at 7pm.

The Alpha course is a series of 10 weekly meetings proceeded by a supper to teach the basics of the Christian faith and can be seen as an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.

Kate Arrowsmith can be contacted on 01302 744178 for more information.

Agent’s death

A WELL-known estate agent and chartered surveyor who lived and worked in Doncaster for many years has died at his retirement home near Warminster, Wiltshire. John Staniland, who leaves a widow, Jean, was aged 84.

Jazz comeback

Jazz into Doncaster returns after the summer break on Thursday, September 1, with trumpeter Digby Fairweather performing with The Nicola Farnon Quartet from 8.30pm at Doncaster Conservative Club, South Parade. Tickets are £6 in advance from the Blue Building or £7 on the night.

Toilet delay

bawtry Town Council is awaiting the delivery of a turnstile before the refurbished public toilets on Gainsborough Road can be opened. A scale of charges is to be agreed by the council and Excel Parking Systems, who are managing the facilities on their behalf.

Tea dance

the next afternoon tea dance at Doncaster Mansion House takes place on Tuesday, August 30, from 2pm to 4pm, with Doncaster organist Phillip Randles providing the music for ballroom dancing. Admission is £3.35 and includes refreshments.

Marriage plans

the Earl of Doncaster Hotel in Bennetthorpe has confirmed an application has been lodged with Doncaster Council for a certificate to allow civil marriages to take place on the premises.

VIP opening

civic Mayor Eva Hughes has been invited to open the Fun Day at the Little Einsteins nursery in Beverley Road, Wheatley, next Saturday morning.

Sports day

rossington Miners’ Welfare Field in West End Lane is the venue for a community sports day for all ages on Wednesday, August 31, from 1pm to 3pm.