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The Informer


Todwick Parish Council (TPC) Newsletter
No. 99
September 2013

Have your say…

No matter what age you are – you will have views on what can be done to improve all aspects of life in Todwick including how the appearance of the village can be improved… here is a chance to express them! Take a blank piece of paper and jot your ideas down…

Some examples – many parts of Todwick look very shabby compared to other villages such as Aston – what can be done? Why not have a grand entrance to the Village Hall from the corner of The Pastures and Kiveton Lane where the flower bed stands – some of the fencing will need to be removed. Have the area near the flower beds next to the carpet shop paved and the general appearance upgraded – sort of a mini park. Improve the look of the area just outside our 1068 Todwick Church in the Lindley Croft area to enable better first impressions for visitors to the Church. If flowering baskets/planters are your thing then if you and your neighbours may want to sponsor them – then say so.

Are there other social, interests, needs and sporting activities that you would like to see being offered in Todwick? Also if you have any objections or concerns as to what is or is not happening and any ideas for improvements then send them all to me – Sheila Pantry Tel: 771024, email or drop a note into 85 The Meadows.

Parish Council Matters Briefly

Todwick Parish Council (TPC) is striving to improve sporting and recreational facilities particularly for young people at our excellent Recreation Ground on Goosecarr Lane.

The Children’s new play area cost over £40,000 and the Maintenance alone runs into many thousands of pounds a year. It is heartening to see the many youngsters with their Parents and Grandparents enjoying this. Now that a specialist has laid and cleared out the hedge along the road boundary the high visibility has immensely improved the safety aspect. We also hope to eventually arrange funding for a new all purpose Pavilion to accommodate all sports activities.

UNFORTUNATELY there are people who have no respect for this facility and care not for the well being and safety of others. Despite the many foot and Bridle paths around the Village, a few selfish individuals continue to take and allow their dogs to roam free over these grounds with obvious results, even though it has been pointed out to them that they should not be on there in the first place. Unfortunately foul language is the usual response. As well as this, wanton damage to the Recreation Ground sign at the entrance which, although being of heavy metal and concreted in, has twice been torn out and damaged – no mean feat given its size and weight. Clearly its message which only asks for no Dogs, no Horses or Golf incenses someone. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) paid for and originally fixed this notice.

Should you see this happening again now the sign is re-fixed or any other vandalism on the recreation Ground or anywhere else in the Village for that matter please contact any Parish Councillor and the Police (see list below for telephone and email contacts) or Norman Anderson, the Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator. If we can find the Culprit, Criminal Proceedings will certainly be brought against them. PLEASE HELP TO SAFEGUARD WHAT WE ARE SO FORTUNATE TO HAVE HERE IN TODWICK.

Litter Pick – Help wanted please

A litter pick is being arranged for 2 pm Saturday, 31 August 2013. Please meet outside the newsagents. Litter pickers, gloves, bags and high visibility vests will be provided, please give an hour of your time to contribute to making our village a little tidier. Contact David Gregory for further information Tel 771307.

Weeds on Roadside

One of the results of the many local authority cutbacks is being seen in the number and size of weeds growing on footpaths and in the curb edges. As with the picking up of litter, there seems no alternative than to deal with this problem ourselves. May we ask all those who are able and willing to clear a small area nearest to your house. We do recognise that many homeowners do this already for which we are very grateful. If more were to join in we would see a major difference in the appearance of the Village.

CCTV at Recreation Ground

TPC are seeking quotations for this area to be covered by additional security.

There are two main issues we seek to address. The first is the vandalism carried out in the sports pavilion early in June. The building was broken into and the main room was wrecked. All the fire extinguishers were destroyed, and an attempt was made to start a fire on the outside wall. The second issue is the continuous use of the Recreation Ground area by irresponsible dog owners. As is often the case, a small minority are the cause of problems for the majority. It has been regularly reported and commented upon, but it is quite obvious that these people see themselves as an exception to acceptable behaviour.

Once the system is in place TPC will be seeking legal advice with the aim of publishing photographs of the offenders. The recreation should be an area for people to visit and enjoy, if your visit is to cause trouble, be warned TPC will be taking action against you.

NB All the car parking bays, the No Dogs sign and some speed advisory signs are now completed on the Recreation Ground.

Mega Active Half Term and Summer Camps

Thanks to the lovely weather on the first week of the Summer Holidays, the Recreation Ground rang to the sound of children having a really good time at the Mega Active Summer Camp. Games included versions of football, cricket, tag-rugby, rounders etc., and judging by the noise and the happy faces, a good time was had by all, especially at the water fight which was the last activity on Friday afternoon. Attendance at the camp was extremely good and if we are able to repeat the camps again next year, we are hoping that the number will again increase. We were not so lucky with the weather for the Spring Half Term camp, but even so a reasonable number of children attended and clearly enjoyed the activities. These camps are aimed at 4 to 16 year olds, and whilst the camps are sports based it is mostly about children coming along with their friends and having fun.

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.

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

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.

Todwick Village Hall – 2013 A Time of Change

Many villagers will be aware that the life of Todwick Village Hall began in 1968 when the old Church school, built at a cost of £241 in 1866, was given to the village by the Church to be used as a Village Hall.

From that time onwards it became a focal point for the village where many groups over the years ranging from holding clubs for the Brownies, Guides, Mothers Union, WI and other Church activities took place and, then in later years, clubs for line-dancing, craft, toddlers, bowling and many more have also flourished there. It is also the village’s meeting place for Parish Council Meetings and is used as the Polling Station during local and national elections.

In the 1990s fund raising to modernise the Village Hall commenced with the Parish Council and Village Hall Management Committee contributing around £85,000 but it was not until early 2006, following a successful grant application to the (then known) Yorkshire Rural Community Council for almost £250,000, that the Village Hall Trustees of the day were delighted to announce the much needed renovation and extension of the existing Village Hall would be able to commence. The Village Hall was closed between November 2006 and June 2007 during the renovation and re-build and many of you will remember the wonderful day held on Saturday, 23 June 2007 when celebrity Darren Bennett – who at that time was appearing on the very popular BBC television programme ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ together with his wife and professional dancing partner, Lilia Kopilova – did the honour of officially re-opening the Village Hall.

Since 2007 the Village Hall – now having two large Halls, a fully equipped kitchen, a meeting/combined computer room and coffee lounge – has been able to better cater for many varied events including parties, conferences, wedding receptions etc. as well as usual weekly activities. A full list of current activities can be seen on the Village Hall website

The Village Hall is run by a Management Committee consisting of a nominated person from each User Group that uses the Village Hall, together with five elected Trustees, the majority of whom have now been in post for several years. The team has gone from strength-to-strength since that time but, as happens in life, things do change and at the AGM in October 2013 there will be a number of Trustees standing down – that of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. New members are always welcome and the AGM in October will give an ideal opportunity for anyone in the village who wishes to get involved in the management of the Village Hall to do so. If you are interested in please come along to the AGM in the Village Hall at 6.30 pm, Friday, 11 October 2013. If you wish to know more, please contact Brian White (Village Hall Chair) on 01909 770817 (home) or 07928 013054 (mobile) for an informal chat.

The Rotherham Less Lonely Campaign – can you help?

Loneliness affects many older people and can have devastating effects on their quality of life, their health and their ability to live independently. Around half of all people over 65 report feeling lonely at some time each week. And 10% will feel lonely all of the time… That means that over 4,000 older people in Rotherham feel like this every single day of their lives. In April 2012 Age UK Rotherham in partnership with Rotherham Partnership and Rotherham Older People’s Forum launched the ‘Rotherham Less Lonely Campaign’ to look at ways we could all work together to improve this situation for older people across Rotherham Borough. The Campaign aims to raise awareness of how big a problem loneliness is for older people and how it can affect their lives. It also aims to encourage local people and community organisations to get involved in finding ways to help older people who are affected by loneliness in their own area.

We are asking local people to think about how they can help by:

  • Giving time as a volunteer for services like Two’s Company at Age UK Rotherham or at groups helping older people in their own community;
  • Giving money through donations and fundraising to support the Campaign to continue and to help Age UK Rotherham to keep providing services to help older people who are lonely;
  • Taking action as an individual or a group in the community to address the issue in their own locality, for example, by setting up a social group or popping round to see an older person who lives nearby.

The Campaign is going really well. However, there is still much more to be done and we are looking for more Rotherham people and community groups to get involved in the coming months. Lesley Dabell, Chief Executive of Age UK Rotherham said: “It’s hard to imagine a day when you don’t see anyone – no phone call, no email, no text. For thousands of older people in Rotherham that is their reality, every single day of their lives. Words are one thing, actions are another. That’s why we need everyone in Rotherham to come forward and give their time, their money or whatever they can to help end loneliness for older people in our Borough”. If you would like to know more about how you can get involved visit the Rotherham Less Lonely Campaign on or ring Age UK Rotherham on (01709) 835214.

If you are an older person affected by loneliness and would like some help, please contact Age UK Rotherham on (01709) 835214.

M1 Junctions 30-31 – Urgent News

Subject to weather conditions The Highways Agency will be undertaking renewal works to the central reserve barrier on the M1 between Junction 30 and 31, starting 6 September 2013 with installation of traffic management.

To minimise disruption, the maximum number of traffic lanes will be kept open, especially during the peak periods. However, to protect road workers some lane closures will be necessary. Whilst the majority of the work is focused on the central reservation there will be a requirement for specific verge work to install drainage attenuation and some traffic management tools, such as Closed Circuit Television (CCTV). The Highways Agency is also planning further renewal works to the central reserve barrier between Junctions 28 and 30. However this is subject to availability of funding. Whilst all work is underway, the Highways Agency advise Todwick residents and business owners to ensure they leave extra time to complete their journeys. The Agency will do its utmost to complete the work as quickly as possible, avoiding disturbance and keeping noise and disruption to a minimum.

If you have any enquiries contact the Highways Agency Information Line (HAIL) on 0300 123 5000 or email to:

Todwick Summer Events 2013

Mostly the events were held in good weather this year – Todwick Funday held on Sunday 28 May 2013 drew a good turnout. Lots of entertainment during the afternoon… Learning to play Bowls was provided by the Bowling Club members. Facepainting by Linda, Music – mini disco, Party Games and Balloon Modelling by Jane and Mr Balloonist, Bouncy Castles and Jenger by Paula and Lisa, Kimmo the magician entertained the crowds. Football matches held in the morning were well attended. Various stalls including the Save the Children Fund, and Wales Art Group. Lloyd Jones provided the PA System and Music and Brian Mullins, Mabel Hextall, Reni Pilgram, Sheila Pantry were kept busy at the Free refreshments stand.

Posh Tea at the Ritz (aka Todwick Village Hall) was held for the first time on Sunday, 23 June 2013 was very well attended and a trio of musicians entertained whilst people enjoyed their Posh Teas.

Music by Moonlight held in the Village Hall on Saturday 13 July drew a good audience who enjoyed the Peter Frank Allstars Jazz Band.

The fourth and last event on Sunday, 28 July 2013 Todwick Art, Gardens, Allotments, Church, Scarecrows and Miniature Gardens Trail also managed to have pleasant weather (with the exception of a sharp shower after the event) and a really good number of people attended this popular event. We had visitors from as far as Cheshire. 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 15 year old Abigail Mosley who also brought an interesting portfolio of her latest artistic work for display. Abigail also helped dispense the refreshment during the afternoon with Sheila Pantry. Rosemary Chambers and Anne Rusling had a good day with sales yielding £75.76 for the Save the Children Fund. In Hall 2, Todwick Craft stand run by Mari Gabbitas had a good response with the sale of the craftwork and also some delightful chocolates, as did Tony Rusling with his display of paintings and other artwork. Wales Art Group and also Garden Signs etc. provided extra interest as did the entries for the Miniature Garden Competition. Prize winners were Norman Anderson, Amelia Hawley and Alicia Asquith. Thanks to all who entered this fun competition and to Brian Mullins for being the Judge. Many Thanks to those who opened their front and back gardens for visitors – Brenda Waller at No. 13 The Pastures, Clive and Sheila at No. 85 The Meadows. Despite the poor growing season there were many other attractive front gardens to view from the pavements as people walked the route. The 2013 prize winners: 1st Prize – Alan Hardy, 2nd Prize 2013 – Robert Ireton and 3rd Prize – Frank and Christine Blades. The Judges also commended gardens from previous years’ winners Pauline and Roy Bowell, Colin Spalding, Brian Mullins and Neil and Val Wilde.

The prize for the Best Scarecrow went to Peter Pan and Friends by Samuel, Amy and Rachel Beckett. Other delightful scarecrows on show were Amelia Hawley and Hilary Ecob’s Four Seasons; Granny’s Vintage Tearoom – Granny Smith; Mark Hayward’s SpongeBob Squarecrow; Helen, Richard, Matthew and Lewis Arden’s Sir Freakalot; Roger Thompson and Oliver Cordery’s Robin Hood; Rosemary and Brian Chamber’s Britannia; Sheila and Clive Pantry’s Wild West; Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ Team Skycrow – Chris Froome; 7 year old William Greer-Waring’s Footieman; Mrs Dubnewytsch, Emma and Laura – Bill, Ben and Little Weed; Carol and Brian White’s Scarecrow Chef and James Beighton’s Albert. Many thanks to all the scarecrow makers. Photos of the gardens and scarecrows and the Trail description are on Todwick website.

Also thanks to all the Allotment Holders for opening their Allotments on the Day and congratulations to The Award winning Allotment Plot owners: 1st Prize – Plots 19/20 Peter Sliwinski who also received the Waller Cup presented by Brenda Waller; 2nd Prize – Plot 12 Terry Calladine; 3rd Prize – Plot 17 Mrs Daphne Stewart and Mrs D Brookman. Highly recommended plots by the Judges are Plot 16 Rachel Beckett and Plot 29b Howard Day. All Prizes were presented by Todwick Parish Councillor David Gregory who is responsible for the Recreation Grounds and also organises litter picks in the village.

Sheila Pantry OBE is the organiser of all four Todwick Summer events.

War Memorial

As villagers will probably have noticed, the telephone kiosk has been removed from the Village Hall corner leaving a little more room for the possible development of the site for a War Memorial. This corner has for many years been beautifully planted and cultivated by Sheila Pantry and we hope that that corner will continue to be a thing of beauty and colour, and a delight for Todwickians. The matter of the War Memorial is in the hands of the planners at the moment, and if anyone has any concerns or queries about the development of the corner then please speak to either Councillor Eileen Northall or Councillor Brian White.

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

Family History

A new course in helping you to trace your family history is due to start in Todwick Village Hall at 7.00 pm on 17 September 2013.

There will be 5 monthly sessions, each one lasting for 1 hour and the charge will be £2 per session:

  1. Where do I begin?
  2. Civil Registration
  3. Census Records
  4. Parish Records
  5. Using the internet

Lots of help will be given along the way. Please see Todwick Village Hall notice board for further details. By the end of the course you will be able to draw your family tree and find out where your ancestors lived and what they did for a living. Contact Alan Turner 01909 770726 for further details.

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

If you have UPVC external doors at home and they have been there a few years, there is a good chance the locks may not be up to modern standards. You may be vulnerable to “lock snapping” or “lock bumping”. Burglars can get into your home by using one of these methods of entry. Replacement locks can be fitted by anyone with DIY skills but you will need to know the measurements of the lock(s). For further details of suppliers and locksmiths please contact Norman Anderson.

Todwick School Parent in Action (PIA)

19 September at 7.30 pm in school – Annual General Meeting. The AGM will include the election of new committee members. All parents and carers are invited to come along to the meeting and stand for election.

23 September at 3.15 in school – PIA Planning Meeting. An opportunity for the new committee and parents/carers to decide what they would like to do in the coming twelve months.

Girl Guiding UK in Todwick

Girlguiding UK request that all new enquiries should be to or telephone 0800 1695 901 where parents can chose up to 3 local units which can be specified in preferential order. Membership of all three groups is not restricted to Todwick residents.

Girl Guide Rainbows – Age group is 5-7 year olds. Activities include games, crafts and working for badges. Meetings: Held weekly during Term time. Rainbow Leader: Joanne Bilsborough, Email:

Girl Guide Brownies – Age group is 7-10 year olds. Currently there are 4 qualified Guide Leaders and a capacity for 24 members. Activities include crafts, cookery, have speakers such as police, fire brigade and learn about holidays and celebrations from other countries and cultures. Also encourage members to take part in the Family service at Church on the 3rd Sunday of the month and we run the Pantry stall at the Garden Fete, and a stall at the Village Christmas Fayre. The weekend activity trip “Pack Holiday” is only run once a year now but we do sometimes hold sleepovers. Meetings: Held weekly during Term time. Brownies Leader: Claire Boulton, Email: Tel: 07779392369

Guides – Age group is 10-16 year olds. Involved in fundraising activities, side shows at the Garden Fete / Village Hall Fete. Work toward badges. Meetings: Held weekly during Term time Guides Leader: Helen Sampson, Tel: 01909 774394, Email:

Sponsored Walk in Aid of MacMillan Charity

Starts at 11 am, Saturday 7 September 2013 – Clumber Park.

Gather your family, friends and loved ones and help to make sure no one faces cancer alone. There are no registrations allowed on the actual day. It is pre-registrations only. The start and finish of the route are being finalised, as Macmillan are slightly tweaking all of it so it is the most scenic route for our walkers. Details of this would be sent to people once they have registered. Thanks for your support!

To register Text Walk 26 to 70550 or visit or contact Rob Turner, Fundraising Manager – Sheffield and Chesterfield, Macmillan Cancer Support, Mobile: 07545 419 725, Email:

Todwick Craft Fayre at the Todwick Village Hall

Sunday, 29 September 2013, 10.00 – 16.00

Following last year’s very successful event, the Village Hall is holding a Craft Fayre again this year – please put this date in your diaries and onto your calendars and go and see the 21 different crafts stands on offer.

If anyone is interested in hiring a table to sell their goods then please contact Liz Wainwright on 01909 772972 or 07784 546756.

Vintage Parlour Readers

The Reading Group happily continues and would welcome anyone wishing to join us. We meet at the Vintage Tea Room at 11 am on the first Tuesday of every month. There is nothing formal about the group in any way, and there are no fees to pay. Our current book, “Millions” by Frank Cottrell Boyce (which was made into a popular film by Danny Boyle) will be up for discussion at our September meeting, and then in October each member will be choosing a book of their own to talk to the group about. We are a very friendly little group of readers and do not bite, so if you enjoy reading and would like to talk to like minded people about the books you read, then please come along and have a coffee with us.

Heartstart Scheme

Following the last appeal in The Informer, we had a few volunteers for key positions but ideally we need another two or three additional volunteers before we can get the scheme up and running. The British Heart Foundation is the nation’s heart charity: “We aim to significantly improve the chances of survival for people who suffer a cardiac arrest in the community. For over 15 years we’ve been a major leader in promoting emergency life support (ELS) training through Heartstart. We believe that the Heartstart initiative is an invaluable part of the fight against heart disease. More than 2.2 million people of all ages have taken a Heartstart course and we believe that everyone has done something extraordinary”.

Please contact Helen Greer-Waring by email: or telephone: 01909 774472 for more information and to register your interest.

40s Evening

21 September at 7.30 pm at Todwick Village Hall

Special guest – George Formby. Dress in 1940s clothes (optional) and bring along your own 1940s style supper and drinks, we’ll supply everything else! Tickets are £7 each and available from Helen Greer-Waring, 01909 774472.

Harvest Festival

Saturday and Sunday, 28 and 29 September 2013

By the time you read this, I still hope Autumn is a little way off, however, it is still important to celebrate the cooling days, the accomplishments of the community, and the return to the school-year rhythm by taking time to relax together, to sing, pray, talk, play, and share the bounty that nature and the community provide. We would be delighted if you would join us for either our Harvest Supper, on Saturday 28th September, 7 pm in the Church Hall, or for our Harvest Festival celebration, on Sunday 29th September, 10.15 am in Church – or even both occasions. Further details on 771101.

Todwick Jazz Supper Club Autumn Programme 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 Jazz Supper Club events in Todwick at the Village Hall. Starts at 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm.

  • Saturday, 12 October 2013 – Barry Binch and the Swing Beans – return visit – great band.
  • Saturday, 23 November 2013 – Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies – wonderful entertainers.
  • Saturday, 14 December 2013 – Wil Robinson and Southside Jazz Band – Christmas 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. Essential to book please contact Sheila Pantry for tickets/booking a table, Tel: 771024, Email:

Todwick Parish Records

A handwritten copy of Todwick Parish Records was compiled by the then Rector, the Reverend Alfred Thomas, in 1928 – these date as far back as 1577, and currently go up to 1835, though we hope add more recent records to this in the future. Councillor Brian White has very kindly transposed these records into an easily readable booklet, sorted under baptisms, marriages and burials. The booklet can also be produced to list names alphabetically, if you are interested in a particular family. If you are researching your family tree, or are simply interested in the history of this place, copies of the booklet can be obtained from at a cost of £4. All proceeds to the upkeep of Todwick Churchyard. The Reverend Vicky Camber, Priest in Charge, St Peter & St Paul, Todwick, Laughton Deanery Ministry Development Officer

Todwick Churchyard

The line of graves on the eastern boundary of the churchyard is now complete and work is about to start on laying grass turf in the area. It is the intention to bring the condition of this area into a similar state as the grave area on the western boundary. This will greatly facilitate the maintenance of the area and allow it to be easily mown. This obviously requires a great deal of work and expense, therefore it is planned to be phased in over the next couple of years. Initial phase will involve the first ten graves from the northern end. Should you have any queries regarding this work then please contact Revd. Vicky Camber, Tel: 771101.

Help Needed

Currently large scale work is being carried out mainly to the east side of Todwick Church which involves clearing weeds, cutting back trees and shrubs and general tidying up of the area which had become very overgrown. This has generated a huge amount of greenery, branches, weeds etc. which has been piled up along the wall between the Church and the Mary Gregory Children’s Park. All of this work is being done on a voluntary basis and we would welcome any suggestions/advice from anyone as to how it can be disposed of/cleared from site or who may have any equipment e.g. shredder, trailer etc. which could be used. In addition to this, clearing the border along the east wall has left some bare areas and if anyone has any shrubs to spare, preferably hardy and evergreen, these would be gratefully received. If you can help in any way please contact John Jeffrey on 01909 770888 or Sandra Turner on 01909 771246.

Gift to Todwick

The triangular plot to the left of the Todwick Church Porch was established some years ago as a Memorial Garden to Mrs Ethel Gregory by Miss Mary Gregory but had become somewhat shabby looking, overgrown, bricks and slabs of concrete had been dumped there. Mary’s long time friend – Miss Doreen Noble recently visited Todwick and kindly offered to pay for improvements to be made. These tasks have now been done – the clearing out done by Dane Garden Services and the new planting by Sheila Pantry. For many months of the year bulbs – snowdrops, crocus, variety of narcissi, daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, irises, lilies and alliums will be flowering to cheer visitors to the Church and surrounding area.

Todwick Tea Towel, Apron or Cushion Cover

Your chances to buy the unique Todwick Tea Towel, Apron or Cushion Cover are diminishing as good numbers have been sold at this Summer’s events. Once they have gone they are gone! The potential heirloom 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 at £4.00 per item … could also be used as a flag… or a unique present… or as a wrapper for a present – looks great as a Christmas wrapper. 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, Tel: 01909 771024, 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. Email: Tel: 01909 771024. All news, events and Informers etc. are available on which is produced, updated and funded by Sheila Pantry Associates Ltd.