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Todwick Village

The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 89
March 2011

Welcome to the Spring 2011 edition of your Todwick Informer!

Well, we did survive the Winter! What are the lessons learned?

For many people it has been a very long, hard winter. It was really good to see neighbours and friends helping and caring for each other, and great efforts were made by many people who got together to clear the roads themselves. Todwick Parish Council (TPC) are still having discussions with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) about the lack of support during this winter.

Government advice regarding snow clearing

There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It is unlikely you will be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Follow the snow code when clearing snow and ice safely see

A reminder will be put in the Informer before next Winter begins!

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Todwick Parish Plan is being updated!

This was originally created in the mid 2000s. Please fill in the Todwick Parish Plan Questionnaire when it arrives at your house. See also the insert in this Informer that gives more details about Todwick and Transport.

Alerting Dog owners

RMBC have reported that they would now fine dog owners who allowed their dogs to foul the public highway or any other public area provided the location, date/time, offender's name/address and description of the dog were given. RMBC would now accept for this to be communicated by e-mail. The offender would be taken to court in the event that the fine was not paid within 14 days.

Your Todwick Parish Councillors 2010-2011

Claire Pilson


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

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.

Useful Numbers - Police information - Emergencies - DIAL 999

For prompt attention phone Central Switchboard 0114 220 20 20 to report an incident. 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.

Around the Village

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch offers

In the latter months of 2010, we arranged for a Smartwater Property Marking kit to be made available free of charge to any member of Todwick Neighbourhood Watch. The take up of this offer was very good and now well over 100 households in the village are protected and displaying the Smartwater window sticker to send a clear message to unwelcome visitors.

We are now able to offer a further property identification system called "IF YOU LOVE IT, LOG IT". It is available to any household in Todwick and again it is free of charge. It is run through the South Yorkshire Police and for a starter pack, please contact Norman Anderson details below.

We also welcome new members to your village Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. It costs nothing to join and 65% of households already have joined. I am just waiting to hear from you! See

Todwick Ramblers Club

The introduction of a 6 monthly rambles programme last year increased the diversity and locations of the Club's activities. This has been achieved by additional club members volunteering to lead a walk. Over the last 12 months the Club organised, through its members, 24 rambles. Eight of the rambles were local events with the walks terminating in Todwick, all points of the compass were covered, with the Club using the local bus services to access start off points, such as, Aston, Harthill, South Anston and Wales.

The other sixteen rambles, all of a circular nature required car transport to reach the start point. Distances travelled varied dramatically with some only a few miles away, others further afield. Once again the destinations were diverse and new vistas of our countryside discovered. It is pleasing to report that all rambles were well attended, despite some ominous weather forecasts. This is much appreciated by the walk leaders who input much time and effort into providing a good day out for all.

During January the Club held a well attended and very enjoyable social evening in the Village Hall. New Members always welcome contact Jim Tompkin Tel: 01909 770700.

See also

Todwick Village Hall

Details of current activities can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards or by visiting the Village Hall website

Latest arrivals:

  • Tracing Your Family Tree - Alan Turner will give instruction on all you need to know to get started. Sessions are held on the third Tuesday each month starting 7 pm - 8.30 pm, fee £5 per session. For more information contact Alan Turner on 01909 770726. To book your place contact John Palmer on 01909 771257.
  • Circuit Training - Brendan is now running circuit training sessions in the Village Hall every Monday morning between 9.15 am - 10.15 am. In addition, as from 7 March 2011 he will also be running similar sessions between 6.00 pm - 7.00 pm on Monday evenings too. Brendan also provides personal and marathon training. For more information or to book your place please contact Brendan on 07837 201233.
  • We are also planning another Pie & Pea Quiz Night on Saturday, 2 April 2011 commencing at 7.00 pm. Tickets priced £5.00 are available from John on 01909 773863 or Bryan on 01909 773853. Food provided but bring your own drink. We hope you will come and enjoy an evening of fun and, if you're lucky, a winning prize!

Following the very successful concert given by the South Yorkshire Police Brass Band last April when they provided an evening's entertainment to remember, we are delighted to announce they have agreed to join us once again later on this year. More details will be available shortly so as the saying goes "watch this space"!

If there is an activity you would be interesting in starting or joining please let us know either by contacting us through the Village Hall website or by dropping us a note with your interest, name and contact number into the Village Hall letterbox.

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 via our website We look forward to hearing from you.

Todwick News

Todwick News is your monthly Parish magazine containing notices of forthcoming village events, reports from village groups, details of church-related activities and much more. When space is available there are even jokes and cartoons! Subscribing to Todwick News will help you to keep in touch with village life on a monthly basis and help to support your historical 11th century Church. Contributing articles to Todwick News will enable you to let the village community know about your events, group activities etc.

For printed, hard-copy, annual subscriptions costing £3.50 for 12 issues, delivered to your door for the 1st of each month, contact Roy Hesketh, Tel. 01909 770937. Emailed annual subscriptions costs £2.50 for 12 issues as PDF files, emailed to you usually 10 days before the printed version is available contact Geoff Downs at

Todwick New Year's Eve Party 2011

Over 30 People attended the New Years Eve Party in the Village Hall to see in 2011 in style! Following some fantastic comments on the night, Rebecca Teasdale is awaiting your suggestions for this year's party! Please contact Rebecca ( or on 07960 794991) if you would be interested in attending this year, we are keen to hear suggestions on: Ticket Price, Catering & Entertainment. 2010 NYE photos will soon be seen on the Facebook website.

What is going on? Forthcoming Spring & Summer Events in Todwick

Friday, 11 March 2011, Coffee Morning in memory of Mick White. A coffee morning in memory of Mick White is to be held in the Village Hall on Friday, 11 March 2011, 8.30 am - 1 pm. All proceeds from this event are for Rotherham Hospice. Stalls to include raffle, book stall, cake stall, bric-a-brac, toys and more. There will be a small play area for children whilst Mums have a coffee and look round the stalls. Please come along and support this event. For more details or to give a donation please contact Liz Wainwright on 01909 772972

Saturday, 16 April 2011, 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm, Todwick Village Hall - Jazz Supper Club with Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies Jazz Band. Come and enjoy the wonderful entertainment. Bring your own supper and drinks. Make up a party table...
Entry £9.00 - all profits after expenses to the Todwick Village Hall Maintenance.
Easy parking. Tickets already selling well. To book contact Sheila Pantry - telephone 01909 771024 or email:
There have been two very successful, well attended and entertaining Jazz Supper Club evenings this year already. Each one with a different band. Come and see and hear for yourselves.

Saturday, 2 July 2011 - Church Garden Fete - Support your Ancient Church!
Barbeque in the evening. More details in the June Edition

Your Todwick Summer Events ... More Dates for your Diaries and Calendars

All the following Free of Charge

Saturday, 11 June 2011, 7 pm - 10 pm, Music by Moonlight - Todwick Recreation Ground ... Wil Robinson and the Southside Jazz Band ... Make up a party of family and friends. Bring your own tables, chairs, wine, drinks, supper ... hoping for wonderful warm night!

Sunday, 12 June 2011, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm, TODWICK FUNDAY, entertainment for everyone of all ages, including refreshments in Todwick Recreation Ground

Sunday, 31 July 2011, 12 noon - 4.00 pm, Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments, Historical Trail and Scarecrow competition - start to think about what your scarecrow is going to represent - could even be a Royal Wedding Scarecrow!

More details to follow, also watch

Sheila Pantry is the Organiser for all three events.

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.