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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 95
September 2012

Parish Council Matters Briefly

The external audit of TPC

The year ending 31 March 2012 external audit has now been satisfactorily concluded and there were no matters requiring the issuing of a separate additional issues arising report.

Car parking on the roads in Todwick

Residents are requested to consider their neighbours by parking sensibly and not so as to cause any obstructions on pavements and the highway. This will better assist pram and wheelchair users who also need to use the pavements that cars are parking on.

Litter Pick

There is currently no plan for another litter sweep, although there is an evident requirement. There will be, early in September, a weed spraying to be carried out by RMBC on all footpaths. This has been delayed due to the inclement weather. On completion of this the litter problem will be re-addressed. Anyone who is prepared to join in on a litter sweep is asked to contact David Gregory contact Tel: 771307 or Email


John Palmer reports on the transport meeting held at Harthill on the 2nd July 2012. He had chaired the meeting and raised the concerns expressed by Todwick parishioners. Since then TPC Clerk of the Council has written to G Greensitt at SYPTE referring to the petition previously submitted and asking for her support in trying to get an update on the transport problems raised by residents including Bus Service 49 and the loss of direct services to Dinnington on a Sunday. Awaiting results. The next Transport meeting is on Monday 1 October 2012 – contact John Palmer, Tel: 771257 if you wish to raise any further concerns.

War Memorial

There have been some enquiries from villagers about the possibility of a War Memorial being erected in the village, and TPC and Todwick History Group have had some initial conversations about it. TPC would like to find out if the erection of such a memorial would be popular with Todwick Villagers, what form such a Memorial should take, and where sited. To this end we are enclosing a small Questionnaire inside this edition of the Informer which we shall be obliged if you will complete and post in the Village Hall post box which is on the wall near the entrance gate. The information gained will be invaluable to your Parish Council.

Walking Bus

Councillor White advised that the Todwick Primary School was seeking support for the introduction of a “walking bus”.

Could you be a Lifesaver?

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is appealing to community minded locals in Todwick and the surrounding areas to become life-saving Community First Responders. Recruits will become part of a voluntary scheme in the area which provides immediate medical care to members of the community in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives. Community First Responders are trained in basic life-support, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and oxygen therapy. They are equipped with a kit which includes oxygen and an automated external defibrillator (AED) to help patients in a medical emergency such as a heart attack, collapse or breathing difficulties.

Full training is given to successful applicants who must be over the age of 18, physically fit and hold a full driving licence (which they have held for at least 12 months with no more than 3 penalty points). Yorkshire Ambulance Service will also run Criminal Records Bureau checks on candidates. Anyone interested in finding out more should contact the Network Response Department at Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Tel: 0845 120 3155, Email:

2012 – 2013 List of Todwick Parish Councillors

Because there is so much news for this edition the usual full list is not shown but can be found on

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.

Todwick Summer Events

Despite the awful weather at the Jubilee weekend, both the Music by Moonlight and Funday events drew good turnout. Plan B was in operation all weekend and both events retreated to the Village Hall. All attending seemed to enjoy themselves.

For the third event on Sunday, 29 July 2012 Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments, Church, Scarecrows and Miniature Gardens Trail the weather was very agreeable with the exception of a sharp shower and a really good number of people attended this popular event. We had visitors from as far as Leeds, Stafford and Winchester. Displays of art in the Village Hall including some wonderful pieces from the children of Todwick Primary School were very much appreciated. These were arranged by Tony Rusling and 14 year old Abigail Mosley who also brought an interesting portfolio of her latest artistic work for display.

Ramblers Club display included details of many walks in the area – thanks to Jim and Janet Tompkin for their efforts in setting up and promoting the stand all afternoon Rosemary Chambers and Anne Rusling had a good day with sales for The Save the Children Fund yielding £106. Free Refreshments were organised by Abigail Mosley and Sheila Pantry. In Hall 2, Todwick Craft stand run by Mari Gabbitas and helpers had a good response with the sale of their craftwork, as did Richard and Linda Horsfield with their lovely smelling aromatherapy soap art that came in all colours, shapes and sizes. Jane the face painter entertained the children and adults. Also in Hall 2 were the entries for the Miniature Garden Competition.

Many Thanks to those who opened their front and back gardens for visitors: Graham and Sandra at No. 9 The Pastures, Brenda Waller at No. 13 The Pastures, Pauline and John Barnes at No. 53 Kiveton Lane and Clive and Sheila at No. 85 The Meadows. There were many other attractive front gardens to view from the pavements as people walked the route. Despite the poor growing season there are many lovely front gardens in Todwick and the following were the prize winners: 1st Prize – Pauline and Roy Bowell, 68 The Meadows, 2nd Prize – Colin Spalding, 2 Manor Way and 3rd Prize – Neil and Val Wilde, 14 Wasteneys.

Also thanks to all the Allotment Holders for opening their Allotments and congratulations to The Award winning Allotment Plot owners – Mrs Dawn Brookman and Mrs Daphne Stewart who received the Waller Cup presented by Mrs Brenda Waller for their 1st Prize winning Plot No. 17. The 2nd prize went to Ken Mathieson, Plot No. 18 and 3rd Prize to Peter Sliwinski, Plots No. 19/20.

Congratulations to Hilary Ecob and grand children and Vicky Mansell for their prizewinning scarecrows – The Yellow Brick Road in the Allotments on Plot No. 13a. Many thanks also to other people who also put up scarecrows round the village – Rachel Beckett’s posh Queen scarecrow, Keira and Nan’s Schweinem’s Scarecrow, Laura West’s Soldier scarecrow, Bryan and Patricia Roberts and their grandchildren’s Charlie – scarecrow in waiting, Abigail Mosley’s Workman scarecrow, Rosemary and Brian Chambers’ Swinging Jubilee scarecrow hanging in the tree! Sheila and Clive Pantry’s 2 scarecrows – Todwick Knight complete with the special Todwick Tea towel Tabard and also the Jubilee Plantpot Man, Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ scary headless Anne Boleyn scarecrow, 6 year old William Greer-Waring’s fun Soldier scarecrow, Carol and Brian White’s Artist in residence scarecrow, Caroline and Jenny Walker’s Dalmatians themed Scarecrow, and Virginia and Norman Anderson’s Morris Dancer scarecrow.

The Best Miniature Gardens were awarded to 0–7 Age Group – Olivia and Joshua Hairsign, 8–14 years Group – Amelia Hawley and Adult Group – Virginia Anderson who is giving her prize to Help the Heroes Charity. There were some very clever and beautiful miniature gardens – hope more people enter next year! Prizes were presented by Brian White, Todwick Parish Councillor and also Chairman of the Todwick Village Hall Committee. My Thanks to the many enthusiastic people involved in the day, including those serving refreshments at the Church Hall all afternoon. Without such help it would be impossible to put on such a wonderful community spirited day enjoyed by so many people.

Sheila Pantry OBE Organiser of all three Todwick Summer events.

Todwick welcomes Reverend Vicky Camber

Sunday 2nd September 2012 Reverend Vicky Camber takes her first Sunday services as Curate of Todwick. We look forward to welcoming Vicky and her daughter Abigail into Todwick and our community life and hope they will very happy here. Many of you will have already had the chance to meet Vicky since whilst she has been Curate at Wales she has conducted several services at Todwick during our interregnum. Vicky moved into the Rectory in mid August and has enjoyed a brief holiday before commencing her duties in Todwick. Until Easter next year Vicky will continue to work closely with Reverend Gary Schofield who will become our Priest in Charge for that period. After Easter and the completion of her curacy, Vicky will become our Minister and also take up the Deanery training role which forms the other half of her post.

The Licensing Service for Gary and Vicky will be conducted by the Bishop of Doncaster and Archdeacon Martyn Snow on Monday 3rd September 2012. Keep a watch on the Church Notice Board for further details or ring David Thorpe Tel: 770821. For a full list of Events at the Church see details in the monthly Todwick News and also on

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

As we come into the autumn nights, please remember to adjust any automatic timed lights at home to take account of the darker nights. There has also been a perceived increase in the number of vehicles being driven in and around the village with defective lights so it would seem to be wise to check your car lights and get any defects remedied as soon as possible. For anyone taking a late holiday, we advise that you ask a neighbour to “keep an eye” on your home whilst you are away. Burglars are still out there looking for telltale signs that you are not at home. So for example, if you draw your curtains when you are at home, who draws them when you are away? For further information, please contact Norman Anderson.

Todwick Village Website

The usage of Todwick Village website is increasing month on month. For a small website it had 15,870 Hits in July 2012 and people are looking at the range of pages on offer – news, events, Todwick Parish Council and Church news, historical information, organisations etc. There are links to other sources of information e.g. the Police/Emergency services, Post Code/Address Finders etc. The website is constantly updated with the latest information. Why not make Todwick website one of your favourite websites?

Around the village – What is going on? Forthcoming events in Todwick

Todwick Village Hall – Latest new events taking place

Active Otago – 10.00 am – 11.30 am every Friday. Anyone who would like to know more about this activity session which is to assist people who have health problems, and as a result find it difficult to find a suitable form of exercise that might be beneficial to their particular problem. Contact John Palmer Tel: 771257, Virginia Anderson Tel: 770130 or email for more information.

Saturday, 6 October 2012 Pie and Pea Supper. For further information and to order your tickets please contact Bryan Ferris Tel: 773853 or John Gabbitas Tel: 773863.

Sunday, 28 October 2012, 10.00 am – 16.00 pm Craft Fayre in the Village Hall. Need a table top to sell your craft contact: Liz Wainwright Tel: 772972, email:

Saturday, 24 November 2012 – Christmas Fayre contact: Jean Leah Tel: 771082

Details of all Village Hall activities are on website If you wish to hire the Village Hall for a family party, celebration or special event please contact the Bookings Officer on 01909 774353 or the Contact Page on the Village Hall website – it’s worth a look!

The Toddler Group runs in the Village Hall each Tuesday morning from 9.00 until 11.30 for parents, carers and children from birth to school age. We are open during the school holidays when older children are welcome. Anyone requiring information should contact Liz Wainwright – Tel: 772972,

Todwick Ramblers Club 2012 new programme of rambles

The club recently confirmed the latest programme of rambles for the next 6 months with members coming forward to provide another diverse and interesting mix of local and away walks. New members always welcome contact Jim Tompkin Tel: 01909 770700 see also

Todwick Jazz Supper Club Forthcoming Autumn Programme 2012/2013

New dates and traditional jazz bands to entertain us... Wonder if these are of interest?

Think of the music of Louis Armstrong, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, etc. Forthcoming Autumn – Winter Jazz Supper Club events in Todwick at the Village Hall. Starts at 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm.

  • Saturday, 20 October 2012 – Spirit of New Orleans Jazz Band – New to the club – great band
  • Saturday, 17 November 2012 – Pennine Jazz Band New to the club – very entertaining band
  • Saturday, 15 December 2012 – John Pashley and the La Harpe Jazz Band – Christmas Party – New to the club
  • Saturday, 12 January 2013 – Wil Robinson and Southside Jazz Band – New Year Party night – great entertainers.

Bring your own supper and drinks. Make up a party table. Easy parking. Entry £9.00 – all profits after expenses to the Todwick Village Hall Maintenance. Contact Sheila Pantry for tickets/booking a table, Tel: 771024, Email:

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 Autumn. There is one on display for you to see in the Newsagency’s window and on sale inside the Newsagency! Please buy your own special Todwick tea towel that could be used as a flag, or with the addition of tapes made into a kitchen apron.... make it into a cushion for your favourite chair... or as a table cloth... unique Christmas present, just imagination is needed to maximise the potential of the 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.