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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 87
September 2010

Welcome to the Autumn 2010 edition of your Todwick Informer!

Parish Council Matters Briefly

The Todwick Parish Council (TPC) has bought the GPO telephone box at the top of Goosecarr Lane - as part of our heritage and possibly as a drop-off point for leaflets etc.

The TPC remind residents about the Rotherham Shop Local Scheme whereby Todwick residents who shop in Rotherham town centre can get discounts, special offers etc. Application cards are in the Village Hall lobby.

Every Friday! Play Safe Sports at Todwick Recreation Ground

Friday 6th August until 3rd December 2010. Every week at the same time: 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Location: Todwick Recreation Ground. Join in the FREE multi-sport sessions from RMBC Sports Development Coaches. Sessions are open to anyone aged 8-24 and involve all kinds of great activities chosen by you, the participants. There's no booking and no cost, just turn up and play.

Coming soon, FREE Street Dance lessons! Mega Active at Todwick Village Hall

Monday 13th September until 13th December 2010 then 10th January until 31st January 2011 Time: 5.00 pm - 7.00 pm every week in Todwick Village Hall.

Join in the FREE Street Dance lessons from RMBC Sports Development Coaches.

Sessions are open to anyone aged 8+ and involve all kinds of great activities chosen by you, the participants. There's no booking and no cost, just turn up and dance.

Todwick Parish Plan is being updated - it was created in the mid 2000s

Some suggested topic areas were received at the Todwick Fun Day and Arts, Gardens & Historic events and these will be considered for inclusion in the questionnaire. Contact Councillor Jean Leah Tel: 771082 if you wish to suggest further topics.

Flooding in Todwick

Councillors White and Gregory had met with David Burton, Director of RMBC Streetpride together with one of his civil engineers and had discussed in detail the flooding problem which had been particularly severe in July 2009. The meeting had been constructive and culminated with White making a request for seven actions to be taken. The result was positive in that RMBC would carry out thorough clearing and cleansing of ditches, culverts and gullies, in addition to their routine servicing.

However, because of cash shortages, they would not be able to undertake the capital projects requested such as extra grills but were continuing to bid for grants to do this work. Councillor White held a meeting on Friday, 13 August 2010 with affected residents to update them on progress so far.

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 website.

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

Improving your Bus Travel - have your say

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) are currently carrying out a public consultation regarding future bus travel. There is a booklet entitled Our vision for South Rotherham and Sheffield: improving your Bus travel that gives all the details - obtainable from freephone 0800 028 8141. Also visit for details. You can send your response by emailing;

The consultation will end 3 September 2010, when all the feedback will be considered and a report will then be issued that will highlight the views of people who have responded to the consultation. The report will then be used as a basis for SYPTE to work with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and the bus operators to improve bus services in South Rotherham and Sheffield.

Police information - Emergencies - DIAL 999

To report an incident/for prompt attention ring the Central Switchboard 0114 220 20 20

Crimestoppers number is 0800 555111

Our local Community Police Officer Howard Saul can be contacted at Dinnington Police Station 01709 832667 but do NOT leave a message if your call is urgent - ring the Central Switchboard 0114 220 20 20

Do report in any incidents or nuisance behaviour that you see to the above numbers.

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

Recently every household which was registered as part of the Todwick Neighbourhood Watch Scheme had the opportunity to take advantage of a FREE Smartwater Property Marking kit. This is just one of the many benefits you have by belonging to the village scheme.

It costs nothing to join. It costs nothing to be a member. You do not have to do anything except say "Can I join please?" The answer is always "Yes". So it is easy? Yes!!

If you do not receive a quarterly newsletter from us, you are probably not on the scheme, and so to take advantage of the many benefits of Neighbourhood Watch or to find out more about the scheme, please contact Norman Anderson

See also: Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

Summer Events

Sunday, 13 June 2010 was the occasion of the Todwick Funday held in the Recreation Ground. An estimated crowd of 350 people turned up during the afternoon to enjoy the fun offered... from the Face Painter, Balloon modeller, Bouncy Castles and Jenger, Kimmo the magician who kept people entertained for an good hour, Water Babies, WI, Abigail Mosley who ran the Ban tub, David Gregory with the Village Plan and Everest products, The Ramblers Group, The Craft Group who made £44 for their charity, the Chesterfield Canal Group who alerted people to the various activities and events, Geoff Downs and the Todwick News , South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service who gave advice on fire home safety and explained the workings of fire engine to boys and girls and their families. The Bowl Club gave free lessons on playing bowls - if you did not come to the Funday - the Bowls club are always happy to be contacted if families and people of all ages want to learn to play bowls. Lloyd Jones provided the Public Address System and John Gabbitas the music. Neighbourhood Watch Organisers Norman and Virgina Anderson reported success. Save the Children Fund organisers Rosemary Chambers, Margaret Gray, Anne and Tony Rusling are delighted to report that they raised £189.03 for Save the Children Fund and thank everyone including the boys and girls for their support.

Sunday, 13 June 2010 Music by Moonlight with the Silver Leaf Jazz Band had to be held in the Village Hall due to the monsoon weather! About 65-70 people attended and had a very enjoyable night.

Sunday, 25 July 2010 event for Art, Historical, Gardens, Allotments and Scarecrow Trail was hugely enjoyable - an estimated 250 people took part in the day. Stephen Hill, Chairman of Todwick Parish Council made the presentations to the winners of the best allotments, gardens and scarecrow competitions.
Best Scarecrow was won by Todwick Junior and Infant School - Sue Oakes, Head Teacher collected the prize of £50.00.
Best Front Gardens - 1st Prize £50.00 - Roy and Pauline Bowell, 68 The Meadows; 2nd Prize of £30.00 - Colin Spalding, 2 Manor Way; 3rd Prize of £20.00 - Neil and Val Wilde, 14 Wasteneys Road.
Best Allotments - 1st Prize Allotment No. 18 Ken Mathieson who also received from Brenda Waller the Les Waller Trophy cup that is newly awarded from 2010. 2nd to No. 19 Peter Slivinski and 3rd to No. 25 Richard Waller.

Sheila Pantry, the Organiser says Many thanks to all who helped in these Summer events - much appreciated.

Forthcoming Autumn events at Todwick Village Hall

There are many activities running every week in the Village Hall. Current and latest activities details can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards and inside the Post Office window or checking

From Monday 20th September 2010 - Family History: Course for Beginners to be held in the Todwick Village Hall Speaker: Alan Turner. Subjects Covered: Where do we Begin? Parish Registers, General Register Office, Censuses (1841 - 1901), International Genealogical Index (IGI), Trade Directories. Cost: £5.00 per evening. For further information contact Alan Turner Tel: 770726. To book: Contact John Palmer on Tel: 771257

Following the previously very successful Spanish courses held, we are now seeking interest from anyone wishing to join another class. Interested? Then please ring Brian White on 07952 880126. Another activity which is proving very popular is Pilates which again from September will have two separate sessions running weekly in the Village Hall. Details: see 1st paragraph above.

Other events planned include another Pie & Pea Quiz Night on Saturday 23rd October. 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 running 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 by contacting us via our website We look forward to hearing from you.

Todwick e-Vend is a Village Hall facility available to enable residents to sell their unwanted items, is now up and running. So if you have an items in the loft, garage or tucked away in the kitchen that you are not using and would like us to sell on the Todwick e-Vend site please do contact us, Bryan Ferris 01909 773853 or John Palmer 01909 771257. When the item is sold by Todwick e-Vend 20% (or more if you wish) will go towards the Todwick Village Hall's upkeep, but we do ask you to pay the eBay and PayPal costs. Typical items we have sold are: small digital cameras, electric shower, small wall cabinets, small kitchen appliances, even a Franke kitchen sink, are to name but a few.

Saturday, 18 September 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm - Jazz Supper Party in Todwick Village Hall with Barry Binch and the Old Marina Jazz Band. Enjoy traditional jazz? Then you will be interested in the forthcoming Todwick Jazz Party night event to be held in the Todwick Village Hall on Saturday, 18 September 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm to hear Barry Binch and the Old Marina Jazz Band playing easy listening/well known tunes in New Orleans style... dance if you wish! Make up a party of family and friends and book your table. Bring your own wine/drinks and your own supper. These events are being well supported... Bookings on a first come first served basis. 60 seats available... So don't delay! Cost £9.00 per person... PLEASE support Todwick Village Hall. All proceeds after expenses will go towards the maintenance of Todwick Village Hall. Contact organiser: Sheila Pantry, OBE, telephone 01909 771024 or Email:

Saturday, 4 December 2010, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm Christmas Jazz Supper Party in Todwick Village Hall. Band being arranged. To book contact Sheila Pantry details above.

Something different... Friday, 12 November 2010, starts 7 pm: Todwick Fashion show with a difference! This fashion show aimed at everyone - old and young, male or female is being held to raise funds for both the Village Hall and also Save the Children Fund. The models include men, ladies, teenagers, children and the clothes are either nearly new or unwanted new clothes.
If you wish to dispose of such clothes please contact Rosemary Chambers Tel: 770816.
All the clothes, jewellery, bags, shoes, boots, umbrellas etc will be on sale after the show is over. Come and have a fun evening. Entry Tickets costs £5.00 per person includes a couple of glasses of wine or refreshments. Tickets will be on sale from mid October contact organiser Sheila Pantry Tel 771024 or email:

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