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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 98
June 2013

Mary Gregory Children’s Park – Unveiling of plaque

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 at 2.30 pm, Thursday, 23 May 2013. Children from Todwick Primary School will be at the event.

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Councillor Gordon Watson’s Surgery

Borough Councillor Gordon Watson holds a surgery between 6 pm – 7 pm before the monthly Todwick Parish Council Meeting in Todwick Village Hall on the last Tuesday of the month (except August). Contact Details: 6 Hillside, North Anston, Sheffield, S25 4AZ, Tel: 07881 268134, Email:

RMBC Planning Local Development Framework

At the April 2013 Todwick Parish Council meeting Borough Councillor Watson outlined possible changes to the Green Belt in the area and gave information on the consultation process to commence in late May 2013. An event will be held on the 16 June 2013 at Wales Parish Hall when the public could view possible changes to the Green Belt and opportunities for future development. He encouraged as many as possible to attend and to subsequently express any concerns they might have since potential highly significant changes were possible.


Borough Councillor Watson informs that the road from the A57 to Dinnington would be re-opened on 19 May 2013. Completion of the A57 Improvement Scheme was still programmed to be completed by January 2014.

Recreation Ground

May we remind villagers that dogs should not be exercised on the recreation grounds. These are areas where children play and even if one feels that they clean up after their dogs, there remains a risk. Thank you to all those who do take their dogs elsewhere contribute to maintaining a safe environment for children and sports teams to enjoy.

Litter Pick

Our quarterly litter pick is to be carried out at 2 pm on Saturday, 25 May 2013 – meet outside the Newsagents. As usual pickers, gloves, bags and high visibility safety vests will be available. Selecting this time will allow us to make the village looks its best for the weekends planned events. All villagers are welcome, we are asking for 1 hour of your time. For any further information please contact David Gregory, Tel: 01909 771307, Email:

The Phone Box Book Swop

The box has recently been cleaned out and most of the books replaced. All books taken out have been given to Thornbury Animal Sanctuary who are always grateful for our book donations, and all the books we pass on are in good condition. We want to ensure that people wishing to use the book swop feel that their visit to the box is worthwhile by offering good books of high quality, and whilst we are very grateful for book donations we would please ask that people do not dump bags of very old yellowing paperbacks at the box which can only be taken for recycling at the tip. This means a special journey for someone!

Summer Play Camp

A Summer Play Camp will be taking place on Todwick Recreation Ground from Monday, 29 July to Friday 2 August 2013. The cost will be £5 per day from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Please register your interest by contacting the Sports Development Team on 01709 363355 or 01709 822453 or email on

Youth Bus

The Youth Bus is now coming into Todwick on most Thursdays. It can be accessed on the Recreation Ground from about 6.00 pm. All youngsters are welcome.

Kiveton Park Youth and Community Centre

Todwick young people are welcome to join in the activities at the Kiveton Park Youth and Community Centre which is situated on Station Road, Kiveton, adjacent to the railway station. There are Senior Youth Clubs on Tuesdays and Thursdays 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm, and Friday Night Live also 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm. These activities are for young people from 11 years onwards with the emphasis on 13 – 19 year olds.

Todwick Villa

Villa are the senior football team who play their home fixtures on our recreation ground. They are seeking new players for next season. Anyone interested is asked to Email: David Gregory, these enquiries will be passed on to the club.

War Memorial

The TPC is staying active on this project and have recently had positive meetings with Licensing and Highways representatives from RMBC.

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: 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 Neighbourhood Watch

As we come up to Summer, hopefully we will be spending more time in the garden or pursuing other leisure activities. It is well worth locking the door when you are outside, even if only in the garden. Sneak thieves are around and distraction burglaries are all too frequent. It may be a stranger asking for directions whilst his accomplice walks into your home. Be aware, these people are very plausible. If you do lock the door, please ensure the keys are kept safe and not left lying around. With holidays coming up, we encourage everyone to make arrangements, possibly with a neighbour, friend or relative to make sure the house looks as normal as possible whilst you are away. Perhaps open & close the curtains, move any mail from view & ensure the bin is out on collection day and brought back in after the collection. For further details please contact Norman Anderson.

Active Always Otago Programme

Would you like to do some very gentle and safe exercises that could help your mobility and balance? Well, the Otago programme may be right for you. Every Friday morning at 10 am in Todwick Village Hall, there is an Otago class. As well as the exercises delivered by professionally qualified instructors, there is also time for a cup of tea and a chat. It is promoted by the Rotherham Borough Council and NHS Rotherham. For further details please contact Virginia Anderson on 01909 770130.

Todwick Village Hall – Blackheart on Saturday, 25 May 2013

A first-time visitor to the Village Hall is an all-acoustic modern folk duo called Blackheart. Well known to folk lovers everywhere, Blackheart can regularly be heard on national BBC radio and the Village Hall are delighted that they will be in concert at Todwick Village Hall on Saturday 25 May 2013 (doors open 7.30 pm / concert starts 8.00 pm). Bring your own drink and nibbles and enjoy an intimate concert with Blackheart, the new stars of British acoustic music. Tickets are £8.00 and can be obtained from Brian on 01909 770817. We are sure you will have a fabulous evening.

There’s something for everyone at the Village Hall and, as usual, full details of all activities can be found on village notice boards and the Village Hall website.

Fancy a part-time job?

The Village Hall is currently seeking to employ a part-time relief caretaker to work alongside and cover during absences of the resident caretaker. Interested? Then contact Brian White on 770817 for an informal chat.

Vintage Parlour Readers

The Reading Group meets at the Vintage Tea Shop on The Pastures at 11.00 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. We are a friendly group who enjoy chatting about the books we read over a cup of coffee and maybe a scone or a piece of cake. Members have very individual reading tastes so the books we read vary a great deal and we are discovering new authors and genres that we may otherwise never have tried.

Anyone wishing to join will be very welcome indeed, contact Eileen Northall, Tel: 01909 770050, Email:


A really important part of church life for me is celebrating the seasons – and it's been great to have experienced Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter so far in Todwick – with their rhythm of reflection and action. After Easter I might have imagined it to be a little quieter but the church has been busy working together on its vision for the future. However, with summer approaching I hope there might be more time for us all to pause, reflect, rest and relax. Relaxation is finding new sources of energy, and being affirmed and supported in the awakening of these energies, it is rediscovering trust in our mission and what is deepest in us. It is the opposite of slumping in sadness, apathy, lack of self-confidence and doubt. Real rest involves relaxing the heart with friends and family through celebration, laughing, singing, joy, humour. It means feeling well and happy in our body, house, family and community. I hope we can do that with the activities going on throughout the village over the next few months, and that those putting on the events will be able to enjoy some real rest too.

Revd Vicky Camber, St Peter & St Paul, Todwick

See Todwick Church Diary and Events

Don’t forget that Saturday, 6 July 2013, 1.30 pm is Todwick Church Garden Fete.

Buy a special Todwick Tea Towel, Apron or Cushion Cover

There is a tea towel on display for you to see in the Newsagency’s window and on sale inside! These specially designed, colourful Todwick tea towels, aprons and cushion covers are in good quality cotton showing the Todwick Shield and a picture of the near 1000-year-old Todwick Church. Please buy your own special Todwick tea towel that could also be used as a flag... or a unique present..., just imagination is needed to maximise the potential of the Todwick Tea towel that has already been sent all over the world!

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

For sales also contact Sheila Pantry OBE, Email:, Tel: 01909 771024

Todwick Summer Celebrations 2013 – All free of charge

An appeal – please put up BUNTING and FLAGS around your house, garden, road to celebrate Summer and the various events and perhaps keep them going until the end of July!

Todwick Funday – Bank Holiday Sunday, 26 May 2013, 1.30 – 4.15 pm

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

Lots of entertainment during the afternoon... Face painting by Linda, Music – mini disco, Party Games and Balloon Modelling by Jane and Mr Balloonist, Bouncy Castles and Jenger by Paul and Lisa. Kimmo the magician will entertain from 15.30 – 16.15.

There will be various stalls including the Save the Children Fund and lots more including FREE refreshments.

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

There will be a trio of musicians entertaining whilst you enjoy your free Posh Tea. Anyone in Todwick who needs transport to get to this event should contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or Email

Music by Moonlight in the Village Hall – Saturday, 13 July 2013, 7.30 – 10.30 pm – Peter Frank’s All Stars Jazz Band

Tried too many times to have this event outside on the Recreation Ground and the evenings end too cold and often very wet – making it impossible! Bring your own drinks and supper. This will be on a first come, first served basis for bookings/tablesplease contact Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024, Email

Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition, Sunday, 28 July 2013, 12.00 – 4.00 pm

In the Village Hall, Church Hall and around the village. There will be art and craft displays and free refreshments in the Village Hall.

Scarecrow competition

Start thinking of what your scarecrow will look like this year – can be any topic! Judging will take place on the weekend Saturday – Sunday, 20–21 July 2013.

Miniature Gardens

Also for the third year running there will be a miniature garden competition for 3 categories: 0–7 years; 7–16 years; adults 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 28 July 2013. There will be a prize for each of the 3 categories: 0–7 years; 7–16 years; adults.

Best Gardens and Allotments

The Best Gardens and Allotments awards will be made again this year. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for the best gardens and also the best allotments. The Judges will be going round the village looking at the gardens and allotments and then making their decisions. There is no need to make an application for entry.

Any questions or for further information on all these events please contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email:

All Prizes will be presented at 3.30 pm on Sunday, 28 July 2013 in the Village Hall.

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