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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 97
March 2013

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Let’s Spring into Action! Todwick Litter Pick – Saturday, 16 March 2013, 2.30 – 3.30 pm

Last year there were 3 litter picks in Todwick and it is planned to carry out some more this year. In order to avoid clashing with football training, and in the hope that more youngsters can take part in the litter pick it is proposed to start at 2.30 pm so please donate an hour of your time to help make our village look tidier for all those visiting over the Summer festive period. Litter Pickers of all ages should meet outside the Newsagent’s shop, where bags, pickers, gloves and high visibility safety jackets will be available. TPC would like to express thanks to everyone who helps, including those who have been picking up litter on a regular basis. For general information, the bins outside the shops and the Recreation Ground are emptied every Thursday.

Todwick Allotments

All allotment plots are currently taken and there is a waiting list with three names on it but if you wish to add your name to the waiting list please contact Bryan Ferris, Tel: 01909 773853, Email:

Trash Screen

Todwick Parish Council (TPC) is organising a trash screen to be added to the entrance of the culvert near the Recreation Ground to assist in preventing any future blockages and flooding at the junction of The Pastures and Goosecarr Lane.

Heartstart Scheme

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) is the nation’s heart charity and is a major leader in promoting emergency life support (ELS) training through the Heartstart Scheme. ELS includes performing cardiopulmonary resuscitations (CPR), which is chest compressions and rescue breathing. Other actions include dealing with choking and serious bleeding and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Life-threatening emergencies are common. But many more people can be saved if simple life-saving skills are performed immediately by someone at the scene in the few minutes before professional help arrives.

The Todwick Parish Council is looking into setting up a Public Heartstart Scheme in Todwick that requires:

  1. A Scheme Director who must have a medical or healthcare professional background and can advise on issues relating to resuscitation and training and practice.
  2. A Scheme Coordinator who is responsible for organising and publicising the Heartstart courses as well as keeping records of instructor assessments, courses delivered and keeping in contact with the BHF.
  3. A Training Supervisor who is suitably qualified and experienced to train and assess instructors.
  4. Instructors to deliver the Heartstart course.

All the roles are voluntary and full training will be given to Instructors. If you are interested in undertaking any of the roles mentioned above or wish to express an interest in undertaking the Heartstart training, contact Helen Greer-Waring, 01909 774472, Email:

Mary Gregory Children’s Park

The Children’s Park next to Todwick Church is being named after Mary Gregory who worked so hard for Todwick Village over many years. One of the results of her work was the acquisition and instalment of the Park. A plaque will be unveiled by Councillor Clive Pantry in the Park towards the end of March 2013. Watch out for details on Todwick website.

A57 Road Works

If you need to get in touch with anybody about the road works on the A57 Worksop Road the following may help.

  1. The A57 website is a good starting point – or you can make contact as follows:
  2. Fill in the Local transport issues comment e-form:
  3. Telephone: 01709 336003
  4. Email:
  5. Post: Streetpride A57, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham S60 1AE
  6. Alternatively there is a contractor public relations contact number – 07801 660 655 which is 24-hour emergency contact and or their email:

Councillor Gordon Watson

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councillor Gordon Watson holds his surgery in the Village Hall prior to the monthly Parish Council Meetings. So if you have any topics that you wish to discuss with Gordon – this is your opportunity.

2013 List of Todwick Parish Councillors

Rebecca Carter, Cow House, Burne Farm, Tel: 07960 794991, Email:

Bryan Ferris, 5 Guildway, Tel: 773853, Email:

Stephen Hill (Chairman) 4 Mill Close, Tel: 772001, Email:

Helen Greer-Waring, 81 The Meadows, Tel: 774472, Email:

David Gregory (Vice Chairman), 49 The Meadows, Tel: 771307, Email:

Jean Leah, 91 The Meadows, Tel: 771082, Email:

Eileen Northall, 30 The Pastures, Tel: 770050, Email:

Clive Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Tel: 771024, Email:

Brian White, 18 Mill Fields, Tel: 770817, Email:

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.

Crimestoppers number is 0800 555111.

Our local Community Police Officer 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.

What is going on in Todwick! Keep up with all the action!

Todwick Village Hall

March sees a few changes to the weekly activities that are currently going on in the Village Hall. So that you do not miss out on an opportunity here are the details:

Zumba is back at the Village Hall and is proving very popular. From 13 March 2013 onwards, four weekly Zumba sessions will be held at 6.15 and 7.30 pm Wednesdays, 6.00 pm Thursdays, and 6.00 pm Fridays.

Weight Watchers are changing days from Thursdays to Saturdays. From 16 March 2013 onwards sessions will be held between 9.30 am – 11.30 am each Saturday.

Historical Society meetings were announced as starting half an hour earlier but will in fact remain at their usual time 7.30 pm and finish at 9.00 pm.

Table Top Sale – Sunday, 21 April 2013, 10.30 am – 2.00 pm
Time for a Spring clear out? Hire a table for £5 at the Village Hall Table Top Sale on Sunday, 21 April 2013, starting at 10.30 am. If you’re looking for a bargain come along with friends and have a browse, you never know what you might find! To book a table contact the Village Hall 01909 774353 or Helen Greer-Waring 01909 774472,
The event is being held indoors so the weather will not affect us. Refreshments will be available.

Pie & Pea Quiz Night at 7 pm on Saturday, 20 April 2013. Tickets are £5.00 each and are available from John on 01909 773863 or Bryan on 01909 773853. Food is provided but please bring your own drink. Come and enjoy an evening of fun and, if you’re lucky, a winning prize!

Circuit Training will now take place only on Monday evenings between 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm with a new instructor – Roger Laidlow – Mobile phone 07581 216539.

As usual, full details of all activities running in the Village Hall can be found on village notice boards or by visiting the Village Hall website –

Easter Sunday Treasure Hunt – Sunday, 31 March 2013

The second annual Todwick Easter Treasure Hunt will be held on Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 1.30 pm starting at Todwick CHURCH Hall.

Do not forget your Easter Bonnet – the afternoon will begin with a parade and prizes for the winners of all ages. After the Easter Bonnet Parade each child will be given some Treasure Hunt clues.

The Treasure Hunt is not a race, every child will receive an Easter Egg when they get to the end which will be at Todwick VILLAGE Hall – where there will be children face painting, a bouncy castle, refreshments and buns for sale plus a raffle.

Entry is £1 per child and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

28–31 May 2013 – Todwick Activities Camp on the Recreation Ground

RMBC Youth Workers will be setting up their Summer Camp for the youngsters of Todwick aged between 5 years to 14 years during the May Spring Break. As the week includes a Bank Holiday the Camp will run for four days only from Tuesday, 28 May – Friday, 31 May 2013. Although the activities are sports based the main aim is for children to come along and have fun.

The costs remain the same as last year at £2.50 per half day and £5.00 for the whole day. 5–7 years should stay a half day only but this can be extended to the whole day upon parental discussion with the Youth Team. The Camp will start at 10.00 a.m. until 3.00 p.m.

To register your interest and receive a brochure, please ring the RMBC Sports Development Team on 01709 363355, or Email Information also available at Mega Active.

News from Todwick School Parents In Action (PIA)

Our Valentine’s Disco on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 was a great success and very well attended despite being a snowy evening.

Our next event is the Easter Cake Sale on Tuesday, 26 March 2013. Children bring cakes and buns into school in the morning and we divide everything up into boxes. Children may then purchase a box for £1 each. Any remaining boxes will be available to purchase from the school gate at 3.15.

Friday, 28 June 2013 is the date set for the Summer Fair, fingers crossed it stays fine this year.

The PIA is very grateful for all the help provided by parents, children and school staff. If you would like to be involved in the planning of future events please contact any member of the PIA or Mrs Oakes (Headteacher) at Todwick Primary School.

Todwick Jazz Supper Club Dates to be held in Todwick Village Hall

Forthcoming Spring Programme 2013, Starts at 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm.

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.

Saturday, 16 March 2013 – Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies – welcome return

Saturday, 13 April 2013 – Yorkshire Stompers – new band for Todwick!

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:

Todwick Summer Celebrations 2013 – All Free of Charge

An appeal – please put up BUNTING and FLAGS to celebrate Summer and the various events and perhaps keep them going until end July around your house, garden, road! Plans are well underway for all these events as follows:

Todwick Funday, Bank Holiday Sunday, 26 May 2013, 13.30 – 16.00 pm

Todwick Recreation Ground – fun for all! IF WET some events will be held in Village Hall.

NEW! Posh Tea at the Ritz aka Todwick Village Hall, Sunday, 23 June 2013, 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm

There will be a trio of musicians entertaining whilst you enjoy refreshments. Anyone in Todwick who needs transport to get to this event should contact Sheila Pantry.

Jazz Music by Moonlight in the Village Hall – Saturday, 13 July 2013, 7.30 – 10.30 pm

Tried too many times to have this event outside on the Recreation Ground and the evenings end too cold and often very wet! This will be on a first come, first served basis for bookings.

Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition, Sunday, 28 July 2013, 12.00 – 16.00 pm

In the Village Hall, Church Hall and around the village.

Scarecrow competition – start thinking of what your scarecrow will look like this year – can be any topics! Judging will take place on the weekend Saturday – Sunday, 20–21 July 2013. So please DISPLAY your scarecrows.

Also for the third year running there will be a miniature garden competition for all ages held in the VILLAGE Hall... watch out for details in the June 2013 Informer, on this website or contact the organiser for all the above events Sheila Pantry 01909 771024, email:

Easter in Todwick – What’s your recipe for a good Easter?

First holiday of the year ... Shopping ... Gardening ... Seeing the family ... Daffodils ... Hot cross buns ... Easter eggs ... Anything else? Did you know? The first Easter eggs were ordinary birds’ eggs painted or dyed. Later on, people began giving carved and decorated wooden eggs. Many were hollow and filled with gifts. The most extravagant Easter eggs in the world were made by a French jeweller called Carl Fabergé, for the Russian royal family more than 100 years ago. They were encrusted with jewels and precious metals and are now worth several million pounds. The first sweet eggs were made from sugar or marzipan. Chocolate Easter eggs began appearing in Germany and France in the early 19th century. It would be hard to imagine Easter without eggs. But do you know why we eat them?

At Easter, Christians remember that Jesus died on the cross and then rose from the dead. Eggs are a symbol of new life. Although they do not seem alive, there is a new life hidden inside. The shape is a little like the stone in front of Jesus’ tomb. An empty egg shell is rather like the empty tomb which Jesus left behind. I hope to see some of you over Holy Week and Easter, and especially at the start of the Easter Egg Treasure Hunt on Easter Day afternoon.

A blessed and joyful Easter from us all at St Peter & St Paul, Todwick.

Revd Vicky Camber

See: Todwick Church Diary and Events

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. Email: Tel: 01909 771024