infobox UK place
country = England
map_type = Nottinghamshire
population = 7,829
Newark and Sherwood& Mansfield
region= East Midlands
constituency_westminster= Mansfieldand [Sherwood [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherwood_%28UK_Parliament_constituency%29]
postcode_district = NG21
static_image_caption=Main Road through Rainworth
Rainworth is a
villagewhich is split between the Newark and Sherwoodand the Mansfielddistricts of Nottinghamshire, England.
To the north of Rainworth is the village of
Clipstoneand to the east are the villages of Bilsthorpeand Farnsfield. Mansfieldlies two miles to the west. The village of Blidworthand is a mile to the south. The A617 dual-carriageway bypasses the village. The roundabout at the western terminus was the starting point for the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route. The former route through the village is the B6020.
The history of Rainworth has roots in Roman times, and Rainworth lodge was built in the 12th century. Rainworth as a village was created in the early 1870s, 40 years before [http://www.terryblythe.co.uk/page107.html Rufford Colliery] opened in 1911. The Colliery provided over 80 years of service before closing in 1993. The old site is now a wildlife conservation area, with links to the
National Cycle Networkwhich travels through Rainworth and into Sherwood Forestwhich intertwines the village to the North and South. Joseph Whitaker School, on "Warsop Lane", next to [http://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/pp/gold/viewGold.asp?IDType=Page&ID=8213 Rainworth Leisure Centre] and the "Archer" pub, opened in 1962. Before this Heathlands school was built on a temporary basis at the start of World War Ibut lasted until 2004 when a replacement was built in the village. Other pubs in Rainworth are the " [http://www.pub-explorer.com/notts/pub/lurcherrainworth.htm Lurcher] " on "Westbrook Drive" and "Sherwood Inn" on "Kirklington Road", and " [http://www.roundabout-rainworth.fsnet.co.uk/hood.html Robin Hood Inn] " on "Southwell Road East" near the Co-op. Dawn House, a school for children with speech and language difficulties is also located in the village.
In 1975 killer
Donald Neilsonwas caught by police officers helped by locals at a chip shop on "Southwell Road East" in the village.
Rainworth is currently the focus of two controversial projects. One, designed to provide
electricityto [http://www.chad.co.uk/sherwood/3000-back-Rainworth-windfarm.3191028.jp 4,700 Homes] has been accepted for planning despite local objections over the location of the 125m Wind Turbines.
The other is a waste
incineratoron the site of the former Rufford Colliery which is currently being proposed by VeoliaLtd, the preferred contractor for Nottinghamshire County Council. This has been met with [http://www.blogstoday.co.uk/bloghome.aspx?username=Rainworthlad hostile views] from many local residents, concerned with the environmental impactand the increased traffic around the village. Planning permissionapplication has now been submitted and the first stage of consultation has taken place, comments of support and objection may still be made to Notts County Council (who you may note is the body responsible for waste disposal and who appointed the contractor in the first place!) and to the Environment Agencywhose consultation ends in May 2008. Opposition is from several local environmental groups led by People Against Incineration (PAIN) [http://www.p-a-in.co.uk/] who have just obtained the support [http://www.chad.co.uk/news/Celebrity-botanist-backing-incinerator-fight.3669421.jp] of David Bellamy.
* [http://wrenyouresmiling.intheteam.com/modules/page/page.aspx?pc=home Rainworth Miners' Welfare FC]
* [http://www.mansfielddeanery.org.uk/RAINWORTH St Simon & St Jude church]
* [http://www.dukeries-rally.co.uk Rainworth Dukeries Rally]
* [http://knowhere.co.uk/4939.html Knowhere Guide]
* [http://www.heathlandsprimary.co.uk Heathlands Primary School]
* [http://www.rainworth-village-hall.co.uk Village Hall]
* [http://www.p-a-in.co.uk Incinerator Protest]
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