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Todwick Village

The Informer


Todwick Parish Council
June 2007


A new parish council has been elected and welcomes 3 new members - Ken Mathieson, Stephen Hill and Brian White. All live in the village, have some considerable experience and will make a valid contribution to both the parish council and the local community. A new chairman - Paul Langford, and deputy chairman - John Palmer have also been elected. Our thanks to Clive Pantry, the retiring chairman, who has performed a commendable job chairing and running meetings for the last 12 years. It must be noted that Clive has not totally hung up his boots and remains a fully-fledged parish councillor. However, there is still a vacancy on the parish council. If anyone is interested please contact Paul Langford or Rod Walker who will give you an insight into the role and answer any questions. We welcome any potential councillors but are particularly short of ladies. The first formal meeting of the new council will take place at 7.00pm on Tuesday 26th June 2007 in Todwick Church Hall. As normal there is an open session at 8.30pm. The full list of councillors including contact numbers are as follows:

Paul Langford (Chairman)


John Palmer (Vice Chairman)


Clive Pantry


Phil Kettell


Lesley Wolf

0114 2876693

Ken Mathieson


Stephen Hill


Brian White


Rod Walker (Clerk)


On the same note we would like to pass on our many thanks to retiring councillors Mary Gregory, Les Waller, Brenda Waller and Jack Cloke. These people have worked tirelessly in the past for the village and the parish council in particular. Our special thanks go to Mary, Les and Brenda who have jointly served for a grand total of 85 years on the council. It was Mary who instigated the purchase of the children's playground and Les was instrumental in the acquisition of the bowling green and clubhouse. Without their contribution who knows where the parish council would be today!


We are delighted to be able to take this opportunity to let you know that the official re-opening of Todwick Village Hall will take place on Saturday 23rd June 2007. The official ceremony will actually be at 11am but we will open, and keep the Village Hall open, from 10am until late afternoon that day. We are very fortunate that we will be joined on the day by a local lad - and now celebrity from the very popular BBC television programme 'Strictly Come Dancing' - Darren Bennett together with his wife and professional dancing partner, Lilia Kopilova, who have kindly agreed to perform the official opening. At their request donations from the day will be in aid of the Bluebell Wood Hospice and it is hoped that a representative from the Bluebell Wood Appeal will also be present to collect monies raised.

The new Village Hall now has four rooms available for use by everyone together with extended kitchen facilities. In addition to regular groups it will be available for hire for parties, conferences, meetings, etc. If you wish to know more about the new facilities then please do make contact with the person who oversees bookings at the Village Hall, Anne Rusling (telephone 01909 770081) who will be only too pleased to assist you.

In the immediate days following the official opening, it is proposed that the Village Hall will be open during the day and evening. So, even if you are not able to join us on the actual day itself, there will be other opportunities for you to come and look around.

Many thanks to everyone associated with the new Village Hall project but especially to the Village Hall and Building Committees who through their hard work, commitment and dedication in recent years have ensured that it actually materialised. The Village Hall is now a much larger, modern building with good facilities and we hope it will continue to be used by all of the community for many years to come.

TODWICK FUN DAY - Sunday 15 July 2007 13.30 - 16.30 at Todwick Recreation Ground

The programme of events will offer free of charge entertainment for all ages with a particular emphasis on entertainment for children, e.g. fun games, football, bouncy castles, mini octopus style rides for 2-11 year olds, face painting, learn how to bowl, bran tubs, the various groups in the village will also be showing what they do, Save the Children display with free refreshments served by the Women's Institute and Mothers' Union.

Music and PA system presented by Lloyd Jones.

So come and enjoy your special Todwick Funday followed by....

TODWICK MUSIC BY MOONLIGHT EVENING - Sunday 15 July 2007 19.30 - 22.30 at Todwick Recreation Ground

From 19.30 - 22.30 there will be a Music by Moonlight event featuring the Jazz Preservation Society Band who will make a memorable evening for Todwick Village Residents, their families and friends. This is also a free of charge event.

Make up a party - bring your supper and refreshments, tables, chairs, rugs, umbrellas, candelabras to make this into a special event. Get dressed up! Enjoy a night of music and dancing, join in the fun and community spirit celebrating Summer.

Last year's event was absolutely memorable - a great evening!

TODWICK GARDENS/HISTORIC TRAIL - Sunday 29 July 2007 11.00 - 16.00

Something different again and also free of charge. Todwick's history goes back a long way, so learn something about it on this day. There will be a new exhibition of memorabilia and photos by Philip Robbins in the Village Hall. This will be one of the first events in the new Village Hall - so come and have a look at what has been achieved.

There will also be some other displays in the Village Hall. The Trail will include older buildings, e.g. the 1068 Church, Robin Hood's Trysting Tree, Todwick Moat, the ancient wall and some of the attractive private gardens and views in our lovely village that will be open to visitors.

A number of people have already offered to show their gardens.

It would be good to have more gardens to display. It is fine if you would prefer for people to stand and appreciate your front garden without wandering all over your property - please contact Sheila Pantry 01909 771024, email:

A trail map is being produced for the day showing all the stopping points, including refreshment stops at the new Church Hall and also the re-built/refurbished Village Hall.

A programme of extensive publicity is continuing through the Informer, Todwick News, Todwick web site - local press, posters, flyers and by world of mouth... so we are hoping for a good turnout.

Please book the dates in your Diary!

For further details contact organiser Sheila Pantry 01909 771024, email:


Both events take place in the Church Grounds.

The Fete opens at 13.30, entrance fee 50p. There will be all the usual stands including Afternoon teas, Home made cakes, Tombola, Plants, Nearly new, Raffles, Bran Tub, Balloons, Wheel of Fortune, Whisky Galore etc. Everyone welcome.

The Barbecue starts at 19.00 followed by the Disco at 19.30. Tickets at £5 are available in advance from Jill and Stuart Edwards or June and Trevor Cadman on 01909 515510. Don't forget to bring your own drinks.


The village Neighbourhood Watch scheme continues to grow in strength and we now have 300 households who have signed up to the scheme. There is no charge for joining as the Parish Council has agreed to pay the initial £1 per household. There are many benefits to belonging to the scheme including a starter pack with free UV marker pen to mark your personal valuables. Many insurance companies recognise the value of Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and will give a discount on house insurance premiums. However, you must be signed up to the scheme to take advantage of this benefit. Quarterly newsletters with useful advice and information. It encourages households living in close proximity to keep an eye open for each other when their neighbours are on holiday. It supports a community spirit which promotes "inclusion". So why not join? My name is Norman Anderson and I live in the village. Please contact me for any further information or queries.


These are presented to pupils by Todwick Parish Council

Book Tokens are awarded to two pupils in each year group who achieve the Highest Standards of Diligence in their work.


Awards are made to the following:

Young Sportsperson of the Year (maximum age 16) - £50 + Certificate

Determined by the Council following nominations by the Sports Clubs

Young Volunteer of the Year (maximum age 16) - £50 + Certificate

Determined by the Council following nominations by parishioners

Best Kept Garden of the Year

1st prize £50 + Certificate

2nd prize £30 + Certificate

3rd prize £20 + Certificate

Judged by the Council

Best Kept Allotment of the Year

1st prize £50 + Certificate

2nd prize £30 + Certificate

3rd prize £20 + Certificate

Judged by the Council


As this edition of the Informer goes to print we expect the new fence at the playground (adjacent to the Church) will have been installed. The new fencing, in addition to repairs to the perimeter wall, should ensure the playground remains in tact and a safe place for the children of our village.

The Informer is published three times per year by Todwick Parish Council. If you have any news or items of interest you wish to have published please contact Phil Kettell on 771161 or e-mail to The next issue will appear in July 2007.