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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 86
June 2010

Welcome to the Summer 2010 edition of your Todwick Informer!


Annual Parish Assembly

The Annual Parish Assembly was held in Todwick Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 27th April 2010 and the minutes are available on the Todwick website. The Minutes review the year's activities, including how funds are allocated.

TPC Meetings

Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month, except August, in the Village Hall commencing at 7 pm. The open session, where Todwick residents can attend and raise local issues or ask questions, commences at 8 pm. Minutes of meetings appear a few days after the meetings on the Todwick website.

Waiting for Buses from Todwick and to Kiveton Park? This update will be of interest!

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) says that the next round of service changes are due to be registered and there is some pressure from Todwick Parish Council (TPC) trying to increase the frequency to and from Todwick to Kiveton Park.

FIRST do not consider that the level of use is sufficient to warrant making wholesale changes to their network but they have not yet registered their changes for July. SYPTE bus services team, however, have suggested that when they know what FIRST are doing they will definitely reconsider the links to and from Todwick to Kiveton - so all is not lost.


All allotments are currently taken and a waiting list exists. If you wish your name to be placed on the waiting list please contact Councillor Bryan Ferris on 01909 773857.

Planting and Maintenance of the village flower beds

The contract for the Summer planting is currently being awarded. To complement the flower beds there will be some hanging baskets this summer. The TPC trust that you will note the improved floral display throughout the summer. Your Parish Council is constantly seeking to improve the attraction of the village but have to work within a budget which has to provide for many other services

Recreation Ground and Storth Lane

Children and other visitors are delighted with the new playground facilities newly installed in the Recreation Ground.

Please note that dogs are strictly forbidden on the Recreation Ground. Sports teams and other users should inform their visitors of this rule which is displayed at the entrance to the Recreation Ground. There is an increase of dog fouling of Storth Lane (path/road to Kiveton), people are allowing their animals to mess on the path itself and leaving it even though bins have been provided. Even worse some are collecting the mess and then throwing it onto adjoining private land - it is a health hazard to everyone who uses the path on a daily basis and unfair to the private property owners.


The old cricket pavilion has now been demolished and there have been some great improvements carried out in the now shared Pavilion - interior walls have been taken down making a much more user friendly space, and new kitchen units have been installed. Internal redecoration and other work was voluntarily carried out by Councillor David Gregory and his wife Etta - so thanks to them for these great efforts. You will see the results if you go to the Todwick Funday and the Music by Moonlight events on Sunday 13 June 2010.

TPC Meeting 25 May 2010

Stephen Hill was re-elected as Chairman for 2010-11 and David Gregory was elected Vice Chairman taking over from John Palmer who was thanked for all his efforts and hard work.

Your Todwick Parish Councillors 2010-2011

Claire Bennett


Tel: 01909 774940

Bryan Ferris

5 Guildway, Todwick

Tel. 01909 773853

Stephen Hill (Chairman)

4 Mill Close, Todwick

Tel. 01909 772001

David Gregory (Vice Chairman)

49 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771307

Jean Leah

91 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771082

Eileen Northall

30 The Pastures, Todwick

Tel. 01909 770050

John Palmer

78 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771257

Clive Pantry

85 The Meadows, Todwick

Tel. 01909 771024

Brian White

18 Mill Fields, Todwick

Tel. 01909 770817

Clerk to the Council is Rod Walker

10 High Street, South Anston

Tel. 01909 566 639

Around the Village

Todwick Historical Society - Tuesday, 8 June 2010, 7.30 pm, in Todwick Village Hall

Yorkshire Film Archives is offering an excellent and interesting presentation.

Entrance including refreshments: £1 Members, £2 Non-members. Everyone most welcome!

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)

Do you really know what crime is happening in your village? Where do you report anti -social behaviour? Who do you ask if you see something suspicious? How can you protect your personal property? The answers to these and many other questions are only a phone call away so please contact Norman Anderson for further information.

See also the Todwick website for current and past copies of the NHW Newsletter.

Todwick Ramblers Club

The Club's two programmed walks in May 2010 enjoyed the pleasant weather conditions. On Sunday 9th May the Club's local walk commenced at Todwick and followed a countryside 6 mile circular route that encompassed the Kiveton Community Woodlands, a section of the Chesterfield Canal, returning via Axle Lane, with 11 members turning out on the day.

On Tuesday 19th May the Club met at the Elsecar Heritage centre to follow the route of the RMBC No. 9 Doorstep Walk. Although only 4 miles in length the circular route provides picture postcard landscapes, plus interesting buildings and follies, which our party of 9 admired as we took advantage of the warm sunny weather. The Club also welcomed its youngest participant to date, namely young Jack, who at 1 year 9 months, completed the ramble with ease, with some assistance from his Grandmother and their all terrain buggy.

The Club's committee is now actively preparing the rambles programme for the next SIX months, which will commence from July 2010 to January 2011. Early notification and details of proposed rambles and dates would be appreciated, and forwarded on to Jim Tompkin or any committee member before 13 June 2010.

Your Todwick Summer Events

More Dates for your Diaries and Calendars...

Saturday, 3 July 2010 - Todwick Church Garden Fete and Barbeque/Disco - both events take place in the Church Grounds.

The Garden Fete will be opened by the newly installed Sheffield Diocese Archdeacon Martyn Snow at 13.30. Entrance fee 50p. Children under 14 free of charge.

There will be stands including Afternoon teas, Home-made cakes, Tombola, Plants, Nearly new, Raffles, Bran Tub, Balloons, Wheel of Fortune, Whisky Galore etc and a Karate demonstration. Everyone welcome.

A flyer for the Brownies and Guides stall at the Fete will be delivered to all households requesting donations to their stall. Details in the flyer will include where to send your contributions. Please help these young people to make a success of their stall.

Please note that there will be a door-to-door raffle ticket collection. Please help to keep our near-1000 year old Todwick Church properly maintained. Your help is much appreciated.

The Barbecue starts at 19.00 followed by the Disco. Tickets at £6.50 are available in advance from Trevor Cadman on 01909 515510. Don't forget to bring your own drinks.


Sunday, 13 June 2010, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm - TODWICK FUNDAY, Recreation Ground

Entertainment for everyone of all ages, including FREE refreshments. There will be Bouncy castles, face painting, various games, 5 aside football, learn to play bowls, ballooning, bran tubs, met Kimmo the Entertainer, hear about the latest news about boat trips and walks from the Chesterfield Canal people and look out for the fire engine and hear about fire safety in your home! The Ramblers Group, WI, Save the Children, Water Babies, Neighbourhood Watch and others will all offer entertainment and much more. Just come down to the Recreation Ground and enjoy the afternoon activities meeting and watching people.

Sunday, 13 June 2010, 7.00 pm - 10.00 pm - Music by Moonlight, Todwick Recreation Ground

Silver Leaf Jazz Band. Make up a party of family and friends. Bring your own tables, chairs, torches, candles, wine, drinks, supper ... hoping for wonderful warm June night!

Sunday, 25 July 2010, 12.00 noon - 4.00 pm - Todwick Art, Gardens, Historical Trail and Scarecrow competition

Last date for entering the Scarecrow competition is 10 July 2010 after which judging will take place. There will be a prize for the best Scarecrow. The Historical Society will have all NEW material on show and also video show in the Village Hall. Visit the Church and the Church Hall for refreshments. The Allotments will be on display. If you wish your front garden or the whole garden to be on show, or you wish to enter the scarecrow competition please contact Sheila on 01909 771024, email

More details to follow - notices will be on the Village Hall Noticeboard, the Todwick Parish Council Noticeboard and in the Post Office. Also watch

Sheila Pantry is the Organiser for all three events.


Todwick Parish Council will be making awards again on 25 July

Best Kept Allotment - From 2010 a cup will be awarded for the 1st prize and small voucher prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

There will also be 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the Best Kept Front Gardens.

Judges will be making their assessments in July.

WI welcomes new members

The extensive publicity has paid off - Todwick Women's Institute (WI) now has 18 paid-up members but would still like to hear from anyone who would like to join them. Ladies of all ages most welcomed. Are you looking for a new interest and to make new friends?

A new activities programme will shortly be announced and published on the Todwick website. The WI meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 pm in the Village Hall, Kiveton Lane, Todwick. Contact President: Janet Cocking, 97 Station Road, Kiveton. Tel. 01909 771344 or email

Todwick Village Hall

Your local Village Hall has a varied range of activities running each week so come and join in - either to learn a new skill or simply take time out of your busy schedule to meet new people. Details of current activities can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards in the village or alternatively by surfing

The Village Hall latest addition, from September 2010, is a course on learning more about how to trace your family tree. Interested? Then please ring John Palmer on 01909 771257 who will be happy to give you further details.

Following the very successful Jazz and Brass Band nights, you will be interested to know the next series of evening events:

  • Friday, 25 June 2010, 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, Spanish Tapas Evening. Come and watch the Spanish chef, Jose, cook and prepare various tapas, enjoy a glass of sangria, Spanish music etc - and then the tasting! Practice your Spanish (if you have any). Should be great fun. Only 30 tickets on sale at £5 per ticket - 01909 770817.
  • Saturday, 18 September 2010, Autumn Jazz Night (contact Sheila Pantry - details below)
  • Saturday, 2 October 2010, Pie & Pea Quiz Night - ticket details will be available shortly by either logging onto the Village Hall website or contacting John on 01909 773863 or Bryan on 01909 773853.

As well as the weekly activities, the Village Hall is also available for private hire. So if you are looking for a venue to hold a family party, celebration or special event of some kind, the Village Hall could be just the place. Further details on how to book the Hall can be made via the Bookings Officer on 01909 774353 or alternatively via the Village Hall website

The Village Hall Trustees look forward to hearing from you if you have ideas for events or courses.

The Informer is funded and published four times a year by Todwick Parish Council. We do not use sponsors or offer advertising space. Our policy is to inform people about news and events that are of local interest. Editor is Sheila Pantry OBE.