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Todwick Village

The Informer


Todwick Parish Council Newsletter
No. 91
September 2011

Welcome to the Autumn 2011 edition of your Todwick Informer!

IMPORTANT NEWS - A57 Todwick Residents Group Petition against RMBC proposal to eliminate the right turn facility from the A57 into Goosecarr Lane

Todwick Parish Council invites you to support the A57 Todwick Residents' Group by signing petition against Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) proposal to eliminate the right turn facility from the A57 into Goosecarr Lane. Records show that this facility has been in existence since 1851 for many generations of Todwick people and also neighbouring residents using this route. If this facility is removed then the following would take place:

  1. An additional 2000 vehicles per day would have to pass the entrance to the village school and early years' crèche, many of these in school hours.
  2. Residents of Goosecarr Lane would have to travel an additional (estimated) 23,500 miles per year collectively to reach their homes.
  3. Many other village residents would have to drive additional distances to do likewise.

This vast increase would involve a great deal of cost, inconvenience, time and CO2 emissions. We believe that the proposal is totally unnecessary when alternatives are available and could be incorporated into existing plans quite easily. Plans involving filters lanes and traffic light control have been drawn up and would control the junction well. After 8 years of campaigning - we have been granted a Public Inquiry and the Government Inspector will then make a final decision on this and other matters.

The Public Inquiry is at 10.00 am, Tuesday, 4 October 2011 at the Matrix, Dinnington Business Centre, Nobel Way, Dinnington, Sheffield S35 3QB. Car parking available.

A total of five group members will be speaking at the public inquiry on your behalf in addition to other interested parties.

We are looking for a 1,000 signature petition to present to the Inspector and his team. Your signature is important! Add your name to the list!

The Petition is available for you to sign at the Todwick Village Hall every Tuesday between 10.00 am - 12.00 noon from 16 August 2011 to Tuesday, 6 September 2011 inclusive.

Anyone who cannot attend the Village Hall to sign please contact Jack or Jean on 01909 772822 or 07966 288185 when alterative arrangements will be made. Remember that Todwick residents are not asking for something new - merely to retain a facility which has been afforded to Todwick people for 160 years. Contact Jack Cloke, Chairman Todwick Resident Group Tel: 01909 772822 or 07966 288185

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Todwick Parish Plan Questionnaire - Todwick Parish Council has been busy collating the many points raised in the feedback to the recent Todwick Parish Plan Questionnaire and a long list of items has been drawn up. The intention is that feedback to the Community will be given by means of a series of "Parish Plan Bulletins". These will be issued in 2 ways, the first by appearing on the village website and secondly by means of fliers posted through your letter box. The first bulletin will appear on the website early September 2011.

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has updated the Rotherham Local Development Framework: Draft Core Strategy and invites comments. Copies are available at Local Public Libraries and on the RMBC websites see and also see

Services from RMBC cut from 1 April 2012. RMBC has given notice to the TPC that from 1 April 2012 it will no longer be providing various maintenance jobs such as the Recreation Ground and Children's Play area near the Church, grass cutting etc. TPC has obtained details from RMBC showing the frequency and cost of the services it had hitherto provided in the village. These have been shared with the various user groups and their comments are awaited. The withdrawal of these services will place a significant burden on the TPC and the users groups.

Telephone Box Book Swap - Work continues on the telephone box (Purchased for £1) on Goosecarr Lane and we are looking into obtaining the correct paint specified by BT. Costs are being kept to a minimum.

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 7.00 pm. The open session, where Todwick residents can attend and raise local issues or ask questions, commences at 8.00 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

What is going on? Forthcoming events in Todwick

Todwick Bowling Club - Beginners FREE bowls coaching sessions are held every Saturday Morning 10.00 - 12.00 am. The Todwick Parish Bowling Club is at the top end of the Recreation Ground - all ages welcome! Contact Alan Tizard Tel: 01909 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 7.00 pm and include some very interesting speakers covering numerous topics, e.g. 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 see also

Junior Football in Todwick - 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 Village Hall activities and functions - 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

Forthcoming Autumn - Winter Jazz events in Todwick at the Village Hall

  • Saturday, 8 October 2011 Dave Kendal and the White Eagle Jazz Band - new to Todwick Jazz... very entertaining band.
  • Saturday, 12 November 2011 Barry Binch and the Old Marina Jazz Band always provides a very entertaining evening of jazz.
  • Saturday, 3 December 2011 Christmas Party Night Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies Jazz Band offer a wonderful entertaining traditional jazz band.
  • Saturday, 21 January 2011 - Wil Robinson and the Southside Band always a great night.

NOTE STARTING TIMES 7.30 pm - 10.30 pm at the Todwick Village Hall.
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.
Contact Sheila Pantry for tickets. Tel: 01909 771024, email:

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

Now that we are in the holiday season, it is a good time to remember to make sure that your home looks as normal as possible whilst you are away on holiday. Perhaps a neighbour could open & close the curtains or window blinds for you? Or maybe even park their car on your driveway or even occasionally overnight? Simple things like moving the post away from the door or putting the bins out for emptying and returning them later in the day. All these things help make the house look occupied and help to cut the risk of burglary. If you have not got any arrangements in place, it is worth a chat with your neighbours to see if you can help each other? Contact Norman Anderson for details about your Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.

Other News

Todwick Church News is your monthly Church magazine containing notices of forthcoming village events, reports from village groups, details of church-related activities and much more. 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, email:

Good day for Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments, Historical Trail, 'Miniature Garden in a Tray' Competition and Scarecrow Competition - held on Sunday, 31 July 2011

The weather was perfect and a good number of people attended the event. We had visitors from as far as Wakefield, Huddersfield and Brighouse. Displays of art including some wonderful pieces from the children of Todwick Junior and Infant School in the Village Hall were very much appreciated. These were arranged by Pam and Jack Marples. Local artists were Abigail Mosley, age 13, who brought a portfolio of her work; Jack Marples showed a range of his lovely work from paintings to pencil drawings; and Valerie Dillon showed a very interesting range of subjects in her paintings. Jo Boyes' photographic work and craft work was beautifully presented. The Ramblers Club display included details of many walks in the area. The Ramblers also tested people's local knowledge and awareness with the Rotherham Villages Picture Quiz; the 1st Prize was won by Robert Baverstock and 2nd Prize by Mary Pavey. Many Thanks to Jim Tompkin and Tony Rusling for their efforts in setting up and promoting the stand all afternoon. Hall 2 held the Naked Art Exhibition (i.e. unframed works of art). It was filled with 86 pictures painted by Joyce Spurr, a ninety-year-old Sheffield artist, who has spent a lifetime drawing and painting. This selection of Joyce's work on display was for sale - all proceeds go to the Alzheimer's Society. The Sheffield Telegraph on 7 July 2011 featured an interview with Joyce about her art work. If anyone is interested in seeing some of Joyce's artwork please contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024, Email:

Todwick's ancient (1068) St Peter and St Paul Church was open for visitors. Free refreshments were served in both the Village Hall and the Church Hall - many thanks to all the Church volunteers who served refreshments and to Abigail Mosley who served refreshments in the Village Hall.

Prize Giving... Prizes presented by Stephen Hill, Chairman, Todwick Parish Council.

Allotments - 1st Prize: Allotment number 19/20 - Mr P. Sliwinski who also received the Les Waller Trophy cup. This was presented by Mrs Brenda Waller and received on behalf of Mr Sliwinski by his wife. 2nd Prize: Allotment number 17 - Mrs D. Brookman / Mrs D. Stewart. 3rd Prize: Allotment number 18 - Mr Ken Mathieson. In view of the immense amount of hard work put in by some of the Allotment Holders they too have been awarded Highly Commended and Commended Certificates. Highly Commended - 4th: Mr R. Waller, 5th: Mrs Rachel Beckitt and 6th: Mrs Vicki Mansell. Commended: Mr T. Calladine, R. & A. Reed.

For the first time there was a Miniature Garden Competition held in the Church Hall. There were some very interesting and imaginative entries which were judged by Mrs Mabel Hextall and Mr Brian Mullins who presented certificates and prizes to the following 3 winners: Joshua Haresign, Amelia Hawley and Abigail Mosley. This competition will be repeated next year - so please start to think about making an entry in the competition!

Best Gardens - 1st Prize: Pauline and Roy Bowell, 68/70 The Meadows. 2nd Prize: Neil and Valerie Wilde, 14 Wasteneys Road, 3rd Prize: Colin Spalding, 2 Manor Way.

Best Scarecrow - Bryan and Patricia Roberts and their grandchildren's Aunt Sally, 66 The Meadows. Other scarecrows which made the Trail really interesting and fun: Royal Wedding Watchers by Todwick Junior and Infants School; Humpty Dumpty and also the Vicar Scarecrow made by Caroline and Jenny Walker; Rosemary and Brian Chambers' Todwick Twitcher and friends, Sheila and Clive Pantry's two scarecrows - Witch flying on her broomstick over her flower cauldrons and also The Butterfly Plantpot Man; Denise and Brian Summerhayes' Mario the Magician; 5-year-old William Greer-Waring Pete the Pirate; Carol and Brian White's Solar Man; Virginia and Norman Anderson's Sleeping Policeman; Margaret Clarke's Flower pots and scarecrows; Eileen and Barry Northall's Norah the Nippie. Scarecrows in the Allotments: Rachel Street's Field of Dreams Scarecrow; Vicki Mansell's Humpty Dumpty, All the King's Horses and All the King's Men; Matthew, Adam and Granddad's Lazy Days.

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.