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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 90
June 2011

Welcome to the Summer 2011 edition of your Todwick Informer!

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Todwick Parish Plan is being updated! Many thanks to all who returned their forms. Results will be published shortly.

A57 Road alterations - continues to be of great interest - with Todwick Parish Council (TPC) and the A57 Action Group heavily involved. Permission has been given by the Highways Agency to fund the A57 Improvement Scheme. This is an amended scheme which addressed many of the objections raised by the TPC and the A57 Action Group, including the imposition of a 50 mph speed limit. TPC Councillors remain concerned that any closure of Goosecarr Lane will result in Kiveton Lane receiving an increased amount of traffic particularly having regard to the potential adverse effect on road safety since the vehicles would pass by the local school.

TPC to participate in raising funds for the Royal British Legion (RBL) 90th celebrations - there will be a stand at Todwick Fun Day, 12 June 2011. It is hoped those attending will donate to RBL's worthy cause.

Goosecarr Lane Telephone Box - there has been some delay in renovating the telephone box (cost £1.00, yes, one pound) but everything is still underway and it is hoped that the 'Book Swop' will start quite soon.

The 2011-2012 Todwick Parish Councillors are:

  • 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 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

Junior Football in Todwick

Two years ago Todwick Junior football club merged with Kiveton Park Football Club. By merging, the new club is able to offer children the opportunity of playing non/competitive and competitive football from the age of 5 to adult. Over the last few years the junior division of the club has grown significantly. The Club now has teams representing the majority of the age groups in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Junior League, together with an Academy that teaches the basic skills to children from the age of 5. The club has more than 220 members with over 140 of these in our junior section. All the coaches are Football Association (FA) Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checked and are trained or are being trained by the FA to follow the FA coaching standards.

The club uses a number of pitches with the junior section adopting the Todwick Recreation Ground for both matches and training. The junior season has now finished and will not start until September; however unlike our Premiership heroes The Club will not be sunning themselves in Barbados, but will continue to train throughout the Summer predominantly on Saturdays trying out new tactics in preparation for the coming season.

New children are always welcome to join in training sessions especially the younger children who can join the academy. If your child is interested in football please either come along on a Saturday morning and speak to one of the coaches (preferably between 9.00 am and 9.30 am) or contact Paul Chapman, Junior team coordinator on 0777058149

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch offers the following advice...

As the gardening season gets under way, the Police advise householders to be particularly vigilant when leaving the house to undertake even minor gardening duties.

Please ensure you lock the door behind you. Sneak thieves only take a matter of seconds to distract you whilst their accomplice enters through an unlocked door to steal your property. Please do not let it happen to you.

Also be aware of passing vehicles, particularly flat back lorries. We have had a number of reports of theft, particularly of supposed "scrap" metals. This can cover, wrought iron gates, central heating radiators left out to drain during room decoration, TV aerials, garden tools and gardening equipment - the list is endless. Full waste skips are particularly attractive to thieves - please have the skips removed as soon as possible.

If you suffer any theft or see anything suspicious, please report it to the Police on 01142 202020. For further details please contact Norman Anderson see also

Todwick Bowling Club invites you to "Come and Try playing bowls"

At the Todwick Funday, Sunday, 12 June 2011 between 1.30 pm and 4 pm. The Todwick Parish Bowling Club is at the top end of the Recreation Ground - all ages welcome! Beginners' FREE bowls coaching sessions are held every Saturday Morning 10.00 am - 12.00 am. Contact Alan Tizard 771438

Todwick Ramblers Club - New Members always welcome

Contact Jim Tompkin, Tel: 01909 770700. See also for rambles done.

WI new members are always welcomed

Meetings are held on the first Thursday in the month in the Village Hall at 7 pm. Meetings often include some very interesting speakers covering numerous topics, e.g. some future open meetings offer the following: 7 July 2011 Graphology with Speaker Heather Sharpe; 1 September 2011 "Can we afford the doctor?" with Speaker Joanne Brunt. Go along to the meetings with this very friendly group - contact Janet Cocking, President, Tel 01909 771344 further details

Todwick Church News

Todwick Church Garden Fête...

is on Saturday, 2 July 2011 and will be opened by Roy and Joan Hesketh at 1.30 pm. This year there will be all the usual attractions plus some new ones. The W.I. will be having a Jewellery and Magazine stall as well as the traditional Bran Tub. If you have anything to donate then please contact Janet Cocking (771344), Carol White (770817) or David Thorpe (770821).

During June leaflets will be distributing throughout the village requesting any items for the Pantry and Tombola stalls. Your support for this collection is very much appreciated. On a similar vein the Wine and Water stall would welcome any donations of wine - we can provide the water!

Look out for the ticket sellers for the Grand Raffle they will going around the village prior to the Fete selling tickets. Slight change of ticket format this year, single tickets will be £1 instead of the book of 5. This is mainly to ease congestion in the draw tub, but it also saves on paper. Tickets also on sale at the Fete - there will be the usual array of great prizes.

During the afternoon there will be a brass ensemble playing. NB NO evening BBQ this year but you will have chance to buy Burgers and Hot Dogs from the afternoon BBQ.

Please go along and support the 1068 Todwick Village Church, Fete entry is only 50p and have an enjoyable afternoon into the bargain.

Churchwarden - Roy Hesketh Stands Down

After 28 years of dutiful service Roy Hesketh has decided to stand down as Churchwarden. Roy, ably supported by Joan, has carried out his responsibilities selflessly and with great dedication, nothing is ever too much trouble, and he is always willing to help. Todwick Church has been safe in his hands. We wish him and Joan well and pray that Roy will soon be up and about again.

Todwick News

Todwick News is your monthly Church 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 Village Hall activities and functions

As the Summer approaches and we start to think of going on holiday, perhaps you are thinking of taking up keep-fit to lose those extra pounds. If you are the energetic type then Circuit Training could be of interest - there are three sessions running each week. If you are a little less energetic, "Active Always" (a more gentle keep fit aimed for the Over 50s) could be the answer. Full details of times of all the sessions can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards or by visiting the Village Hall's own website

Todwick e-Vend has just completed its first year of trading and was set up to enable village residents sell their unwanted items on e-bay which in turn will help raise funds for the upkeep of the Village Hall. So if you are clearing out your garage, spare room(s) or loft this Summer you could earn yourself some extra cash by getting your unwanted items sold on your behalf. All we ask is that you donate 20% (more if you wish) of the selling price which will be donated to the Village Hall to assist with its upkeep. If you wish to discuss selling an item Bryan Ferris (773853) will be delighted to hear from you.

Many of you will have seen the "flyer" advertising the Evaluation Event held in the Village Hall recently which was run and sponsored by Sheffield Auction Gallery. We hope you enjoyed having the opportunity of discovering more about your prized possessions and, if appropriate, earning yourself a few bob as well! We'd be delighted to know your thoughts on the event so drop us a note through the Village Hall letter box the next time you are passing or send an email through the Village Hall Contact Us page on We are currently working on the Autumn series of events - quiz nights, concerts etc so you can expect a "flyer" dropping through your letter box in due course.

New members to existing weekly groups or new volunteers are always welcome to join in. 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. We look forward to hearing from you!

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

What is going on? Forthcoming summer events in Todwick

Saturday, 2 July 2011 - Todwick Church Garden Fête - support your Ancient Church!

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 June night! If raining in the Village Hall!

Sunday, 12 June 2011, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm, FREE OF CHARGE TODWICK FUNDAY, entertainment for everyone of all ages, e.g. families can learn how to bowl, meet Kimmo the magician, Mr Balloon, Party Disco, face painting by Linda, bouncy castles, giant buzz wire, Jenga, 6 aside football matches, Save the Children, crafts and much more including FREE refreshments - all in Todwick Recreation Ground. Don't miss it!

Sunday, 31 July 2011, 12 noon - 4.00 pm, Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments Trail and Scarecrow competition - start to think about what your scarecrow is going to represent - could even be a Royal Wedding Scarecrow! If you are entering the competition register your scarecrow and its name with Sheila Pantry Tel: 771024 or More details to follow, also watch Sheila Pantry is the Organiser for all three events.

Todwick Informer Extra - June 2011

Hot off the Press from Tuesday 24 May 2011 Todwick Parish Council meeting are three important points you may wish to know:

Unclaimed Winnings from the Todwick Village Plan Questionnaire

The numbers are:

  1. 005
  2. 007
  3. 217
  4. 477
  5. 666

If you are one of the winners please contact Brian White on 01909 770817 or 07952 880126 to make arrangements to receive your cheque (on production of your duplicate winning ticket number).

Petition for the A57

Many of you will be aware of the on-going proposals for the A57 changes. Following the A57 Action Group and Parish Council's objections, the planners have now agreed to make changes to two of the three, i.e.

  1. reduce the proposed dual carriageway speed limit from 70 mph to 50 mph and
  2. include a pelican crossing instead of the originally proposed subway.

The planners, however, are still intent on stopping a right-hand turn into Goosecarr Lane which creates many concerns and difficulties.

In readiness for the proposed Public Inquiry, the Parish Council have started a petition in relation to the right-hand closure. Already, over 250 signatures have been received.

If you wish to know more about the scheme and/or sign the petition, below are events where you will be able to do so at the:

  • Todwick Fun Day, Recreation Ground on Sunday, 12 June 2011, 1.30 pm - 4 .00 pm
  • Todwick Church Garden Fete on Saturday, 2 July 2011, 1.30 pm - 4.00 pm
  • Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments Trail and Scarecrow Day in the Village Hall on Sunday, 31 July 2011, 12 noon - 4.00 pm

Additionally, members of the Parish Council are always at the Village Hall on Mondays (in the upstairs Meeting Room) between the hours of 9.30 am - 11.30 am and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm and will be able to give you more information and have the petition available for you to sign.

If this is something you feel strongly about do not lose your opportunity to have your say!!

Todwick Parish Council Vacancy

Are you interested in making a contribution to the your village? If so, there is currently one vacancy on your Parish Council. For more information please contact The Clerk to the Parish Council or any Parish Councillor (details on page 1 of this edition of the Informer).

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.