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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 93
March 2012

A57 Public Inquiry

This was held for 3 days on Tuesday, 4 October, Wednesday, 5 October and Thursday, 6 October 2011. A number of people including Jack Cloke, Chairman Todwick Resident Group spoke at the public inquiry on your behalf in addition to other interested parties. Stephen Hill, Chairman of Todwick Parish Council also spoke. A signature petition of 728 Todwick people was presented to the Inspector Mr Martin Whitehead and his team. Also presented were letters from the Secretary of the Todwick WI, The Head Teacher at Todwick Primary School. Patrick Hamlyn, Barrister spoke on behalf of Rotherham MBC. 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 – that of the right turn from the A57 into Goosecarr Lane.

After the Inquiry was over, the Inspector – Mr Whitehead had 15 working days to submit his report to the Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis who would decide on action to be taken with the results being announced in 5 months’ time from October – so results should be known around 6 March 2012! The results will be transmitted by Jack Cloke to all interested parties. Details will be posted on Todwick website and other noticeboards. Contact Jack Cloke, Chairman Todwick Resident Group, Tel: 01909 772822 or 07966 288185

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Todwick Budget 2012/13

TPC has approved the Budget for 2012/13, see:

Youth Initiative

Is there anyone in the village who would be interested in starting up some kind of Youth Initiative in the village? Anything relating to the young people in the village would be of great help. If you are interested in getting the youngsters of Todwick off the streets, then please contact Councillor Eileen Northall on Tel: 770050, or any of the Parish Councillors.

Local Transport

In response to a petition handed in to the Parish Council by residents on Manor Way and Church View regarding the use of their estate by Bus Service 49 as a turn round area, a site meeting was convened at the request of Nathan Broadhead of SYPTE (South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive).The meeting was arranged so that Nathan could survey the route taken and discuss issues raised, in the company of Britt Birch of South Yorkshire Police, Helen Stones a resident of Manor Way, (directly affected by the buses running past her bungalow) and Councillors Brian White and John Palmer (nominated TPC Transport Representative).

Items discussed:

1. Existing route of the bus using the estate.

2. Alternatives discussed:

  1. The Meadows – Manor Way and northwards along Rayls Road returning on to Kiveton Lane.
  2. Buses turning round at the junctions of Wasteneys and Church View, using the width of the road on Kiveton Lane.
  3. Kiveton Lane to The Red Lion Crossroad’s – A57-Goosecarr Lane on to The Pastures and back on to Kiveton Lane.

Agreed that Nathan Broadhead to look at the following:

  • Passenger Traffic usage on the Early Morning and Late Evening runs to establish the viability of using Todwick to turn round.
  • The commercial viability of running the service 49 on to Dinnington.
  • The X5 service which used to run via Todwick and now goes to Dinnington via Dog Kennel Lane to South Anston and then on to Dinnington.
  • The Todwick to Dinnington direct service on a Sunday which is now non-existent.

and then discuss these issues with the Bus Operators. He hopes to be in a position to discuss the outcome at the next Todwick Parish Council Meeting on Tuesday, 28 February 2012 starting earlier than usual at 6.30 pm in order to devote a 45 minute time slot to the issues mentioned earlier.

It is anticipated that other transport issues will be covered at a special meeting to be convened at a later date which should include other problems that Todwick seems to have. It is hoped that Dave Cooper, The Rotherham Community Transport Officer will attend to update everyone all on the facilities available to the residents of Todwick including Door-to-Door Transport, organised services serving the area and taking people to towns, markets, supermarkets etc .as demand determines for a nominal fee, and possible grant facilities available to support community groups that regularly require the use of transport to achieve their objectives.

The TPC look forward to your support in trying to achieve what the Community needs to improve the possibility of getting out and about within the present Government financial constraints. Contact Councillor John Palmer Tel: 01909 771257, Email:

Recreation Ground

With effect from April 2012 the Parish Council will have to pay for the services of grass cutting, pitch marking, and general upkeep of the public areas, which includes the playground near the church. After a lengthy search and some last minute developments the most cost-effective option is to give the contract to RMBC, for the forthcoming year. This additional cost to the Parish will be reflected in the Parish Precept, which is part of the Council Tax we all pay.

In setting the budget and consequently the precept the Parish Council had hoped not to increase the precept, however this additional cost has prevented us from doing this.

Environment Group – anyone wish to take part?

In the Todwick Parish Plan questionnaire completed last year, interest was expressed in the formation of a group to look into aspects impacting upon the immediate environs in which we all reside. Anyone who would like to take part, or simply find out more is asked to contact David Gregory on 771307, or by Email on It is hoped to arrange a brief meeting early in March 2012.

10 March 2012 – Todwick Litter Sweep

A number of residents have expressed concerns regarding litter in the village, the recent high winds have resulted in a much wider spread. At the most recent Parish Council meeting it was proposed that we seek some direct action. To that end we propose to hold a sweep, on Saturday, 10 March 2012, starting at 10 am, meeting outside the Newsagents. We are looking for about an hour of your time, to make a big difference in our village, children are most welcome. Who knows we might even enjoy ourselves, meet some new people and send a message to others not to litter our village? Please put this date on your calendars. Your village needs you! You need only bring some suitable gloves. If you need more information please contact David Gregory on 771307 or Email Or any other Parish Councillor.

Todwick Parish Plan Questionnaire Update Newsletter No. 2, February 2012

With this edition of The Informer please find enclosed the latest Parish Plan Newsletter giving details of progress on various topics including:

  • RMBC Snow clearance procedures have been put in place to improve on the poor service provided by RMBC in the winter of 2010/2011
  • Goosecarr Lane Telephone Box Book Swop – Now established and being well used
  • and more

2012-2013 Todwick Parish Councillors are:

Clerk to the Council is Rod Walker, 10 High Street, South Anston, Tel. 01909 566 639, Email:

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 Todwick website

Useful Numbers – Police information – Emergencies – DIAL 999

For prompt attention phone Central Switchboard DIAL 101 to report an incident.

From 4th November 2011 the 01142 202020 number for the Police changed to 101.

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 101

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

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Todwick 2012 – all free of charge

An appeal – please put up BUNTING and FLAGS for the Diamond Jubilee weekend (and perhaps keep them going until end July) around your house, garden, street!

Plans are well underway for all these events as follows:

  • Music By Moonlight, Saturday, 2 June 2012, 19.00-22.00
    Traditional Jazz Band In the Todwick Recreation Ground. In the Village Hall if wet. Make up a party bring your tables, chairs, rugs, supper and drinks and enjoy yourselves.
  • Todwick Funday, Sunday, 3 June 2012, 13.30-16.00
    Todwick Recreation Ground – fun for all! IF WET some events will be held in Village Hall.
  • Art, Craft, Garden, Allotments and Scarecrow Trail Competition, Sunday, 29 July 2012, 12.00-16.00
    In Village Hall, Church Hall and around the village.
    Scarecrow competition will be based on ideas referring to the Queen and all things British and anything else! Start thinking of what your scarecrow will look like this year. Also for the second year running there will be a miniature garden competition held in the Church Hall for all ages... watch out for details on the website or contact the organiser for all the above events Sheila Pantry 01909 771024, email: and also for
  • 21 April 2012 – Jazz Supper in the Village Hall – SilverLeaf Jazz Band at 19.30-22.30

Todwick Church Dates

For full list of forthcoming Church events see

Todwick Village Hall Activities

Pie & Pea Quiz Night – Saturday, 17 March 2012 at 7.00 pm
Tickets priced £5.00 available from John Tel: 773863 or Bryan Tel: 773853. Food is provided but bring your own drink.

Easter Egg Treasure Hunt – Sunday, 8 April 2012 between 2.00 pm / 4.00 pm
Todwick Village Hall, the Parish Council and local primary school’s Parents in Action Group are joining forces this Easter Sunday to provide an Easter Egg treasure hunt for all Todwick children up to 11 years. See website.

Harlequin Brass – Saturday, 26 May 2012 at 7.30 pm
Harlequin Brass, a 10-piece premier brass ensemble from the North of England, will be giving a concert in the Village Hall this May. They are widely recognised with regular broadcasts on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4, Classic FM and BBC Television’s “Songs of Praise” and have taken part in the Morrison’s Christmas advertising campaign for two years running. If you like popular, blues, ragtime, classical music from English, French, Spanish, Mexico or Argentina origins then order your tickets – £10.00 each available from Bryan Tel: 773853 or Norman Tel: 770130. Bring your own food and drink, book a table and make a party night of it.

Yoga – Weekly sessions are now running Wednesday mornings between 10.00 am/11.30 am. More details available from Helen Storey Tel: 808554.

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 between 7.00/8.30 pm. To book your place contact either Alan Tel: 770726 or John Tel: 771257.

Have you got any free time to run a new activity in the Village Hall
Bingo? Chess? Badminton? or anything else of interest to you? If you can spare a few hours please contact Brian 01909 770817 or Jean 01909 771082 for an informal chat.

Details of current activities can be found on the Village Hall and Parish Council notice boards Village Hall website and Todwick Village website If you are looking to hire the Village Hall for a family party, celebration or special event please contact the bookings officer on 01909 774353 or alternatively via our Contact Page on our new website – it’s worth a look!

Todwick WI activities Spring 2012

The Todwick’s WI started the year off with two of our members showing us how to do scrap booking, and in February Peter Downey from the Woodland Trust talked about the work of the Trust & the Jubilee tree planting. Visits include going to the Sheffield Lyceum to see a superb performance by the Moscow City ballet of the Nutcracker, and we are going to see the musical Save the last dance for me and in March to the opera for La Traviata.

1 March 2012, WI AGM after which we hope to have a demonstration of a simple flower arrangement and try our hand afterwards, time permitting, to make our own arrangement.

Saturday, 24 March 2012, 14.00-16.00, Easter Fair in the Village Hall
There will be variety of stalls which will have an Easter theme so rabbits and eggs of various kinds, competitions cakes, plants, face painting, raffles and possibly a chocolatier.

5 April 2012, Joan Grundy a retired nurse is coming to talk about some of the old remedies and myths surrounding childhood illnesses!

We are pleased to have welcomed some new members this year and are always looking to increase our numbers which enable us to enjoy even more activities. Contact: Janet Cocking, 01909 771344, Email:

The Informer is funded and published four times a year by Todwick Parish Council (TPC) which 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.