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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 94
June 2012

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Kiveton Lane Traffic

Parish Councillors recently held a meeting with Rotherham Borough Council representatives from the Road Safety and Traffic Management Department. The concerns expressed by many villagers, regarding traffic primarily at the school and the junction with The Pastures, was the main agenda item. It is anticipated that once the A57 Improvement Scheme is completed the volume of traffic will increase. Whilst a number of suggestions were submitted and subsequent meetings will follow on, it is fair to say that major changes are unlikely to develop in the immediate future. In the simplest of terms we are faced with a reactive not proactive situation. That is not to say the Parish Council will not be pursuing this matter. We will most vigorously, the most important issue is speed, and we can all play a significant role in driving at a lower speed.

Phone Box Book Swap

The Phone Box is cleared and tidied up regularly and we are getting a reasonably quick turn round of books, so if you have been to the box and not found anything you like please do try again. There is now a very nice selection of children’s books as well so it would be a great idea to get your children to visit the box with you and choose a book, which they can quickly take back as soon as they are tired of it. Books which have been removed are going to various charity shops, so the re-cycling process is on-going. Thank you to all those people who have donated books – let’s keep it going!

Youth Initiative: An extension of the play-safe scheme for 14 to 18 year olds

The Sports Development Team from RMBC are coming into the village each Friday evening from the 4th May for 12 weeks, meeting at the Recreation Ground at about 7.30 p.m. The sessions are free and run by qualified coaches and youth workers. The sessions are suitable for girls and boys from 13 to 18 years and are sports based but aimed at getting young people together and having fun. All are welcome to come down to the Recreation Ground and have a chat. The Sports Pavilion will be open.

Contact Eileen on 770050 if you have any queries about either of the above items.

Footpath 22

There may soon be a resolution to the problem with the footpath between Todwick and South Anston which passes through the old quarry off Dog Kennels Lane. For some years the path has been intermittently blocked by a lake of thick silt, particularly after heavy rain, making passage extremely difficult for walkers. The silt comes from the workings of Nottinghamshire Recycling who operate a reclamation process for waste aggregate materials. Efforts over the last 2 years have failed to bring a solution.

At a recent meeting with RMBC Planning, attended by councillors from both Wales and Todwick Parish Councils, RMBC have agreed to include a condition in any Approval for Continuation on the site that would require a permanent solution to this problem. Already, Nottingham Recycling have erected a raised path through the flood prone area and have said that they intend to install a sump to collect flood waters and re-cycle them into the site. If they do go ahead with this, and if it works, then this should solve this long standing problem.

TPC Internal Auditor

TPC is pleased and grateful to announce that Margaret Clark has expressed a willingness to continue to check the end of year accounts and all other documents.

Litter Sweep – Saturday, 26 May 2012

Following on from the superb effort on 10 March 2012 it is intended to repeat the project on Saturday, 26 May 2012, starting at 10 am. This will ensure that our village looks at its best for the Jubilee Celebrations on 2 and 3 June 2012 (more details below).

All that is asked is for villagers to donate 1 hour of their time to pick up litter. On behalf of the whole village a very big thank you is sent to them. Bags, gloves and rakes will be provided, so please join us, we will gather outside the Newsagents at 10 am.

You may have noticed, over recent weeks, that some people have already committed to certain area and are regularly clearing them.

Children’s Playground Commemorative Plaque to Mary Gregory

TPC has approved the wording for the commemorative plaque to be erected in the Children’s Playground as follows: “This plaque commemorates Mary Gregory’s 28 years service (1979–2007) as a Todwick Parish Councillor and sometime Chairman. Her vision and hard work made this play area possible.”

Dog Owners

Thank you to all, and there are many, responsible owners who clean up after their pets, and do not allow them on playing fields where our children play. To the others, and sadly there are a few, well nothing we write will make a blind bit of difference, what a shame, but the shame should be directed to you. There is legislation in place to punish the shameful, if witnessed such action can be reported to the Borough Council, stating the description of the dog, its address, and the time of the fouling. This can be done in total discretion. It is never advisable to confront anyone, bear in mind the sort of person who you may be dealing with.

2012–2013 Todwick Parish Councillors

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

Todwick Village Hall

Latest new events taking place at the Village Hall include:

  • Beginners Computer Sessions – 10.00 am / 12.00 noon every Tuesday. Contact John (01909 771257) for more information.
  • Yoga – 10.00 am / 11.30 am every Wednesday. More details available from Helen (01909 808554).
  • Zumba – 7.30 pm / 8.30 pm every Wednesday. Further information available from Stacey (07830 747047).

We are looking to start a new, very gentle exercise class in Todwick Village Hall. It is designed for those who are unsteady on their feet but would like to do mainly chair based exercises and enjoy the benefits of social time afterwards. The programme is run by NHS Rotherham and the RMBC. We are looking for the classes to be on Fridays at 10 am in Todwick Village Hall. If you are interested and want to know more, please telephone Virginia Anderson.

Details of all Village Hall activities can be found on our 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 the Contact Page on our new website – it’s worth a look!

5 July 2012 – Todwick WI is organising a Todwick Heritage Walk and Quiz

Starting at 6.30 pm at Todwick Village Hall. Ploughman’s supper after in the Village Hall. Tickets up to the end of June are available from Janet Cocking Tel: 771344, Email:

7 July 2012 – Todwick Church Garden Fete, 1.30 pm onwards

Will be opened by Rev. Margaret Lunt. During June leaflets will be distributing throughout the village requesting any items for the Pantry and Tombola stalls. On a similar vein the Wine and Water stall would welcome any donations of wine – we can provide the water! Ticket sellers for the Grand Raffle will going around the village prior to the Fete selling Raffle Tickets – single tickets will be £1. Tickets also on sale at the Fete – there will be the usual array of great prizes. Please go along for a fun afternoon and support our 1068 Todwick Church!

Any diamonds, rubies, emeralds or costume jewellery that you no longer use?

Then donate your unwanted treasures to the WI Jewellery Stall at the Church Garden Fete to be held on 7 July 2012. Pop the items into an envelope, and contact WI Members Janet Cocking, Tel: 01909 771344, Email:, Carole White, Tel: 01909 770817 or Mary Pavey, Tel: 01909 770173 who will arrange collection.

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

As the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations are almost here, many people will be partying in their gardens or holding street parties. Clearly this is an opportunity for the sneak thief to make a visit and spoil the festivities. Whilst it may seem an inconvenience to have to lock the door each time you go out, your home insurance company will expect you to take reasonable precautions for the security of your property even at party time. Burglary in the country is dropping, please do your bit to keep it that way and still enjoy the party atmosphere.

Free Crown Green Bowls Coaching

Todwick Parish Bowling Club is offering free coaching for beginners of all ages on every Saturday morning between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon from now until the middle of September 2012. Bowls can be borrowed from the Club but bring flat shoes as no heels are allowed on the green. The bowling green is at the far end of the Recreation Ground on Goosecarr Lane, Todwick. Anyone can come along whether or not they live in Todwick and further information can be obtained by ringing 01909 771438 or 770914

Todwick Ramblers Club

New Members always welcome. Contact Jim Tompkin Tel: 01909 770700. See also for rambles done.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations in Todwick 2012

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!

Music by Moonlight – Saturday, 2 June 2012, 19.00–22.00, FREE OF CHARGE

In the Todwick Recreation Ground – Hoping for a hot June night! In Village Hall if wet! Peter Frank’s All Stars Traditional Jazz Band in the Todwick Recreation Ground will entertain you... Make up a party, bring your tables, chairs, flags, rugs, supper, drinks & enjoy yourselves.

On Sunday, 3 June 2012 12.00–13.30 – Take your picnic lunch to the Church Grounds...

...where there will be music and a Magician to entertain whilst having lunch. Then go on to the Recreation Ground for the opening of...

Todwick Funday – Sunday, 3 June 2012, 13.30–16.00, FREE OF CHARGE

In the Todwick Recreation Ground. N.B. Many events will be in Village Hall if wet weather. Bouncy Castles, Balloon Modelling, Bowls lessons, Face Painting, Fire Engine, Football, Giant Buzz Wire, Jenger, Kimmo the Magician, Mini-disco games, Save the Children Fund Stall, Todwick Liners demo, music, refreshments and lots of fun... All free of Charge! Come along with all the family and enjoy Todwick’s Jubilee Funday!

Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition – Sunday, 29 July 2012, 12.00–16.00

In the Village Hall, Church Hall and around the village. Free refreshments available in the Village and Church Halls during the afternoon.

Scarecrows could 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. If you are entering the Scarecrow competition register your scarecrow with Sheila Pantry Email: Tel: 01909 771024 before 22 July 2012 – judging takes place during the following week and a prize for the best scarecrow will be presented in the Village Hall on 29 July 2012 at 3.30 pm.

Also for the second year running there will be a Miniature Garden Competition for all ages to be held in the Village Hall. Gardens to be designed in a round, oval or square bowl/box, tray or tin and no larger than 45 cm × 45 cm (18 inches × 18 inches) or 45 cm (18 inches) diameter. Take your entry to the Village Hall by 12 noon on 29 July 2012. There will be a prize for each of the 3 categories: 0–7 years; 7–16 years; adults. Prizes presented at 3.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Buy a special Todwick Tea Towel!

A specially designed colourful Todwick tea towel on good quality cotton showing the Todwick Shield and a picture of the Todwick Church is now on sale at £4.00 each and will be on sale at all village events this Summer. There is one on display for you to see in the Newsagency’s window. Please buy your own special Todwick tea towel that could be used as a flag for the Jubilee decorations, or with the addition of tapes made into a kitchen apron... sew two together and you have your very own Summer Top... make it into a cushion for your garden chair... or as a table cloth... just imagination is needed to maximise the potential of the 2012 Todwick Tea towel!

Profits after expenses will go towards supporting Todwick Village Hall and Todwick Church.

For sales contact Sheila Pantry OBE | Email: | Tel: 01909 771024

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.