The latest news from Todwick.

Todwick shop to re-open

Published: 22 March 2017

Spring brings even more good news – the Todwick shop is to re-open

We know what it is like to be without a shop in Todwick – so a hearty welcome to Tony Hough and Nicola Davis who are going to re-open the Todwick shop.

They want to know what people and young people would like them to stock. What is on your list? For example, milk, bread and bread rolls, tinned goods (fruit, vegetables, soups), household cleaners, greetings cards, birthday cards, wrapping paper, stamps, sweets...

Expect more information shortly.

Every success!

Good news for Todwick – Results from Inspector’s report on housing and industrial site

Published: 20 March 2017

Rotherham MBC has published the Inspector’s report and appendices regarding the proposed Kiveton Lane housing and also industrial site at the A57 Red Lion area and has declined the proposals.

In the Letter from the Inspector, Mr C Anstey, dated 10 March 2017 to RMBC, scroll down to page 5:

3. E16 Todwick North, North East of A57. MM. Delete allocation and retain area in the Green Belt. Reason. This site, together with other areas of land around Todwick, makes a significant contribution to preventing the neighbouring settlement groupings of Dinnington/Anston/Laughton Common and Wales/Kiveton Park from merging into one another. Furthermore development of this extensive area of farmland would constitute encroachment into the countryside and cause severe damage to the attractive rural character of the local area. Consequently the allocation is not justified and is not consistent with national policy

... and scroll down to the bottom of page 7:


1. H84 Land to the west of Kiveton Lane. MM. Delete allocation and retain area in the Green Belt. Reason. This site, together with other areas of land around Todwick, makes a significant contribution to preventing the neighbouring settlement groupings of Dinnington/Anston/Laughton Common and Wales/Kiveton Park from merging into one another. Furthermore the site is poorly related to the existing built form of the village, would constitute encroachment into the countryside, and would cause significant harm to the attractive rural character of the local area. Consequently the allocation is not justified and would be contrary to national planning policy.

For any additional queries please contact:

Miss Kerry Trueman, Programme Officer, C/O Planning Policy Team, Regeneration & Environment, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, S60 1AE

Tel: 07582 310364


HGV application update: Report due to be published this week

Published: 20 March 2017

OTC report due to be published towards the end of this week

The Office of Transport Commissioner (OTC) Leeds has informed us today that they expect the report regarding the Public Inquiry application to operate 10 HGV vehicles and 2 trailers from Kiveton Hall Farm, Kiveton Lane held on 9 February 2017 be published later this week. OTC will be contacted again for any results which will be published on this website.

Royal award for Grey Matter in Todwick – the Community Friendship Club

Published: 14 March 2017

Congratulations to all the members

Grey Matter in Todwick is one of just 42 Yorkshire-based community groups which, in the latest round of awards, have been recognised by the prestigious royal reward scheme The Duke of York’s Community Initiative.

The group was setup 18 months ago in response to a village survey that identified the need for a support network to serve the older residents, which would help combat loneliness which is known to adversely affect health.

The club meets every Friday at 2.00 pm for two hours, and provides a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment for the over 55s. The club serves Todwick village and adjacent communities and is based in the modern Todwick Church Hall, Lindley Croft. New members are very welcome, just turn up or phone Janet 01909 771344 or Richard 01909 772204.

The club is supported locally by Todwick Parish Council and Todwick Church with assistance from Age UK Rotherham, Voluntary Action Rotherham and RotherFed.

For more information contact Richard on mobile 07790449007 or email

Information supplied by Richard Brundish, Chairman, Grey Matter in Todwick

The Clothes Shop and now the Old Clothes Shop at Greenscene Side Farm, Todwick

Published: 3 March 2017

Julia Morley set up the Clothes Shop which has a range of clothes with a difference within the Greenscene centre on the Sheffield Road, Todwick in May 2016.

Within the shop she has just launched on Friday, 24th February 2017 The Old Clothes Shop.

Julia offers opportunities to sell your good quality used clothes, shoes and accessories that you may wish to dispense with. There are a few guidelines:

  • all garments are checked before they go on sale but the buyer check themselves prior to purchase as they are sold as seen
  • it is advisable that all garments are tried on in the changing room prior to purchase as refunds are not an option
  • the items for sale do not belong to the Old Clothes Shop – therefore are not negotiable
  • payment of goods is by cash or card payment

From sales from the Old Clothes Shop Julia will donate a percentage of the price to the Bluebell Wood as the nearest local charity to Greenscene.

The Clothes Shop and the Old Clothes Shop opens 10.00 am – 4.00 pm daily and is located behind the Green Bean Coffee Shop and Bistro at Greenscene Side Farm, Sheffield Road, Todwick S26 1DJ, Tel: 07401 080695, Email:

Gulliver’s takes a giant step closer to Rother Valley planning permission

Published: 1 March 2017

Gulliver’s family theme park resort has moved closer to obtaining planning permission for a theme park on the former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley.

Councillors at the recent Rotherham Council Planning Board meeting decided to grant planning permission for a Gulliver’s theme park resort to be built on the 250 acre former Pithouse West colliery site in the Rother Valley. Managing Director Julie Dalton said: “Everyone at Gulliver’s is very pleased with the Council’s decision which takes us to the next stage of the planning process.”

Gulliver’s now has 21 days to wait for the decision of the Secretary of State on their application. Julie Dalton continued: “We are confident that the Secretary of State will recognise the enormous benefit of our plans to the Rother Valley area and the local community. Our plans would transform an area of Rother Valley that has been disused for many years. Gulliver’s Valley would be our fourth UK theme park resort, bringing together the best elements of our existing resorts in Warrington, Matlock Bath and Milton Keynes.”

Further news and developments will be available the Gulliver web site and through their social media pages:

Notes from the HGV Public Inquiry Meeting

Published: 3 February 2017

Application to operate HGV vehicles and trailers from Kiveton Hall Farm, Kiveton Lane, Todwick: Notes from the Public Inquiry Meeting held on Thursday, 9 February 2017 at Aston Hall Hotel.

The number of HGVs and trailers changed, hence no numbers quoted.

Application to operate 14 HGV vehicles and 4 trailers from Kiveton Hall Farm, Kiveton Lane

Published: 3 February 2017

Register your objections NOW and attend the PUBLIC INQUIRY meeting on Thursday, 9th February 2017 at 11.00 am at Best Western Plus, Aston Hall Hotel (address below).

As a local resident you have the right to know that Hague Farming Ltd, the company that owns and runs Kiveton Hall Farm on Kiveton Lane (adjacent to the fishing pond) has applied for a licence to operate 14 HGV vehicles and 4 trailers from the farm.

In effect they intend to run a commercial transport haulage, distribution and storage centre on the land. The applicant is David William Hague and he is a director of Hague Plant Limited which already operates 30 HGVs and trailers from their premises at Jubilee House, Clay Wheels Ln, Sheffield S6 1LZ. This is an industrial estate and is surrounded by other businesses. It is not a residential area on green belt land.

This will mean for local residents

1. Excessive and unlimited HGV traffic travelling up and down Kiveton Lane between 7.00 am and 6.00 pm with a considerable increase in diesel fume pollution and the noise and problems associated with HGV vehicles.

2. Heavy HGVs travelling past the front of your house with all the noise and vibration problems associated with heavy lorries, rattling windows as the weight shifts on the lorry as they traverse speed bumps along Kiveton Lane.

3. HGV vehicles parked on Kiveton Lane waiting for access to the farm and blocking the traffic flow on Kiveton Lane which is already a very busy road.

4. An appropriate drop in property values for homes near a commercial HGV distribution and storage site.

5. Kiveton Lane is a residential road and is flanked with houses on both sides of the road. It also has a junior school situated on the road and at certain times of the day the road becomes clogged with parked cars around the school site slowing the flow of traffic. The introduction of HGVs will magnify the problem significantly.

6. The area intended as a distribution site has a public right of way across the front and side of it and is used several times a day by joggers, ramblers, cyclists, local people walking their dogs and horse riders. Locals will suffer directly if a license is granted and their enjoyment of the area will be compromised completely.

7. Kiveton Lane is a flat leafy road and is used by locals for family walks, jogging, dog walking and cycling. The intended increase of HGV lorries travelling up and down this road with directly affect their recreational activities.

8. There is a recreational fishing pond adjacent to the site and the people using the pond enter through the area proposed to be filled with HGVs.

9. In truth this farm does not produce enough products to warrant this amount of transportation. We believe the farm will morph over night into a goods distribution, storage and HGV compound, and that the lorries will be used to transport goods not produced on the farm.

You as a local resident have a right to object to this licence. If it gets granted the applicant has carte blanche to bring in as many HGVs without limit.

Nobody will object for you. It’s up to you to get involved and make your voice heard.

Register your objection here

The licence is being processed by:

Andrew Wilkinson
Office of the Traffic Commissioner
Hillcrest House
386 Harehills Lane
Leeds LS9 6NF
Tel: 0113 2543283
Fax: 0113 2403945

Object, complain or make representations: HGV operator licences

Details of how to oppose heavy goods vehicle licence applications or the use of an operating centre.

Look at section 3 onwards of this Guide to making representations, objections and complaints:

A Guide to Public Inquiries

Office of the Transport Commissioner:

Come to the meeting to ask questions

Opposition to the licence will be heard at the public inquiry on Thursday, 9th February 2017 at 11.00 am at:

Best Western Plus
Aston Hall Hotel
Worksop Road
Sheffield S26 2EE

Want to get fit? Then join Todwick Running Club

Published: 1 February 2017

Todwick has a running club for all ages and abilities and invites anyone to join in.

There are several local runs a week, mornings, evenings, and weekends of varying distance. Anyone is free to post on Facebook their own runs if they want some company on a run.

Check out on the Todwick Running Club Facebook group – members hope to see you joining them soon.

Any questions please contact