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News Archive: 2008

Todwick Village Hall Website

The Village Hall now has its own website.

Todwick Junior and Infant School Website

Todwick Junior and Infants School's new website contains a range of information about the school, news, calendar dates, the children, the school community, the classes and a picture gallery.

Village Hall activity - the Computer Club

The Computer Club is now closed and will be replaced by the Internet Cafe which starts on Monday 22 September 2008 - from 09.30 to 11.30. The Internet Cafe will run until the beginning of November 2008.

If you wish to call in for just a chat and a drink then there will be no charge - just pay for your drink! Otherwise cost per person is £2.00.

Village Hall Management Committee prepares for the Christmas Fair to be held on 29 November 2008

On Tuesday, 24 September 2008 at 10.00am the Village Hall Management Team and the Trustees will be meeting to discuss the arrangements for the Christmas Fair that will be held on 29 November 2008, in the afternoon in the Village Hall.

Look what's going on in Todwick Village Hall...

Interested in joining any of the following activities?

Kiveton Lane, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1HJ, Telephone 01909 774353

Interested in learning I.T.? Contact John Palmer (01909 771257) to register your interest.

Interested in learning German? Contact Brian (07952 880126) to register your interest.

Need access to a computer to do your own surfing? Internet Café sessions are currently being planned so come join us, have a cuppa and use the computer facilities to surf the evening away. To register your interest please contact John Palmer (01909 771257).

Want to join Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Club? For further details contact Diane Burke (01246 431733 or 07525 257838).

Want to join Keep Fit Classes? For further details contact Diane Burke (01246 431733 or 07525 257838) OR John Palmer (01909 771257).

Todwick Ramblers are now holding monthly meetings in the Village Hall. For more information please contact Jim Tompkin (01909 770700).

Want to join Shan Tung Pei (sort of Tai Chi)? For further details contact Sandra Beresford (01142 691260).

"City Limits" Adults Beginners / Intermediate Social Dance Classes re-commence Wednesday 3rd September 7.30pm/8.30pm. Contact Judith Bennett (01909 770164) to register.
Learn to Dance for that Christmas Dinner Dance or Cruise. A 12 weeks absolute beginners session in Ballroom and Latin commences Wednesday 24th September 8.30pm/9.30pm. Contact Judith Bennett (01909 770164) to register.

Floral Design Classes commence 26th September. For further details contact Barbara Coe-Colley (01909 561020).

Interested in forming a Golf Society in the Village Hall? For more information please contact John Palmer (01909 771257).

Time to get savvy about home safety - How to keep your kids safe at home... in the holidays and beyond

Paddling pools, plugs and painkillers - you probably have them all in your home but did you know each one could be a risk to your child? Most drowning among younger children (under five) happens at home in either the bath or the garden and a baby can drown in as little as 5cm of water.

Home is where the heart is and yours is probably the last place you expect a child to come to harm but accidents in the home are in fact the biggest cause of injuries to kids under five. With the holidays upon us it's the ideal time to look at your home from your child's viewpoint.

By taking a step back and looking at your home from a small child's point of view, suddenly everything can look very different. Medicines lying in handbags, cleaning products in unlocked cupboards and stairs without gates are all potential dangers. For any parent, the prospect of an accident involving your child can be frightening but as a new government campaign shows, there are small steps everyone can take to make a big difference.

The major new campaign from the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) is encouraging parents and grandparents to take simple steps to reduce the risks to kids in the home, whilst not wrapping them in cotton wool. As part of the campaign a new website has been launched with advice and other sources of help for parents and those looking after children.

Dr Hilary Jones, medical broadcaster, GP and father, has lent his support to the campaign and says:

"There are lots of potential hazards in the home, including hot drinks which can cause scalds, stairs without guards which can lead to falls and medicines or cleaning products which can poison a child. It's difficult to watch a child all the time but by taking a few minutes to see your home through your child's eyes, you could help prevent the trauma of an accident".

Here are ten easy ways to make your home safer for children...

  1. Look at things from a child's point of view - get down on your hands and knees if necessary and see what hazards you can spot from down there. Then you'll see the painkillers in your handbag and the bleach under the sink.
  2. When running a bath use cold water first and top up with hot - or even better, fit a thermostatic mixing valve to your hot tap to control the temperature
  3. When using a paddling pool in the summer always supervise young children and empty it straight away after use - either put it away or turn it upside down.
  4. Keep all hot drinks away from young children and never hold a baby and a hot drink at the same time
  5. Always try to change a baby's nappy on the floor
  6. Fit safety gates to stop babies climbing stairs or falling down them
  7. Always use a five-point harness to secure your baby in his or her highchair or when out in a pushchair
  8. Keep medicines and cleaning products out of sight and reach
  9. Check electrical, plugs, sockets and flexes for scorching or fraying and get them repaired by a registered electrician if need be
  10. Fit carbon monoxide alarms whenever there is a naked flame, for example, gas boilers or open fires

To find out more about child safety, including advice and information on how to make your home safe, or contact your local Sure Start Children's Centre.

Parents and carers can also get support and advice from local Sure Start Children Centres by calling 0800 678 33 88 to find their nearest centre.

The Staying Safe Action Plan (published on 5 February 2008) sets out the Government's commitments for improving children and young people's safety (PSA 13). This is available at

Todwick Village Hall Management Committee - Notice of forthcoming works

From 28 July 2008, for a period of about 2 weeks, the brickwork of the original part of Todwick Village Hall will be re-pointed.

This work is necessary to prevent rainwater entering the building. Part of the hall will have scaffolding around it and there may one some noise and dust during the daytime, particularly during the early part of the work. The contractors have assured us that any disruption to neighbouring property and hall users will be kept to a minimum.

Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience this may cause you. We trust that you will bear with us through this interim period in the maintenance of this historic part of Todwick.

Trustees, Todwick Village Hall

Todwick WI

The Todwick branch of the WI has celebrated 50 years in existence with a buffet and social evening at the village hall. It was nice to see four founder members, several past presidents and members of the South Yorkshire Federation who all attended. The Wells Singers entertained throughout the evening and the Worksop Guardian who were present printed a half page article including photographs in a recent edition. It was truly a memorable evening.

We are always looking to recruit new members and a warm welcome awaits any ladies in the area who would like to meet new friends, enjoy social evenings, outings and interesting speakers. We meet on the 1st Thursday each month in the village hall and our diary for the rest of 2008 includes the following:

  • 3rd July The collecting and history of button hooks
  • 10th July Strawberry Tea in a local garden - tickets available at £3.50
  • 4th Sept "Don't Point Your Feet" - a talk by Pat Flinders
  • 2nd Oct Social Evening
  • 16th Oct Theatre Visit
  • 6th Nov Research your family history with local expert Alan Turner
  • 4th Dec Christmas Party with magical entertainment by Brian Vardy

Please give us a try. You can come to 3 meetings before deciding whether or not to join us but we think you will like us enough to become a member. We look forward to seeing you. Please ring Eileen on 770050 for more information.

Todwick Music by Moonlight and Funday Events, 14 and 15 June 2008

Despite the cold June night (albeit with Moonlight) about 130 people enjoyed the Jazz Preservation Society Band programme of music on Saturday, 14 June 2008. at the Music by Moonlight. The supper tables were splendid and some people even danced!

The weather was much kinder on Sunday, 15 June 2008 at the FUNDAY. Over 250 people came during the afternoon to enjoy the various events and displays that included five-a-side football games organised by Dermot O'Farrell, competition games organised by Rob Lincoln, two bouncy castles, the striker, fun puzzles organised by the Ramblers' Club, face painting, lucky bran tubs. The Bowls Club put on lessons for those wishing to "have a go" and learn about bowling, Lloyd Jones provided the music and the PA system. Joe's ice cream was enjoyed by many.

There were interesting exhibitions put on by the Todwick Craft Group, Water Stars, Sing and Sign, Neighbourhood Watch, the Chesterfield Canal group, Save the Children Fund - all very enjoyable and added to the afternoon's entertainment. Sandra Barker did a stalwart job on both the Music by Moonlight event and during the Funday in the Raffle draw. Members of the WI and the Mothers Union served free of charge refreshments that were also very much enjoyed by everyone! Thanks to all who took part including those behind scenes - the gazebo erectors, Julian - Todwick's Handyman who did a lot of transporting of tables etc and clearing up - without all these efforts none of this would happen... just shows that Community Spirit is alive and well in Todwick!

Todwick Arts, Gardens and Historic Trail - Sunday 27 July 2008 - 11.00-16.00

Something different again and also free of charge. Todwick's history goes back a long way, so learn something about it on this day.

There will be a display of arts and some other items in the Village Hall.

An appeal here for all ages to take part - e.g. if you have painted pictures, taken a wonderful photograph, created a carving or a piece of pottery, produced a lovely tapestry then this is the day to show it off! Children's efforts especially welcome.

The Trail will include older buildings, e.g. the 1068 Church, Robin Hood's Trysting Tree, the ancient wall and some of the attractive private gardens and views in our lovely village that will be open to visitors.

A number of people have already offered to show their gardens - more are needed.

Please contact Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or email:

This is a free of charge event.

Dedication of village seat in memory of Councillor John Mosley

Everyone is welcome to join Sandra Mosley and her family on Saturday 21st June 2008 at Todwick Village Hall at 2.00 p.m.

David Bliss will dedicate the seat given by John's widow and family in memory of his interest and dedication towards the wellbeing of the residents of Todwick, and the contribution he made towards providing better facilities in the village for the benefit of the Community.

Todwick Parish Council and Village Hall Committee

Todwick Music by Moonlight, Saturday, 14 June 2008 - 19.30-22.30 - Todwick Recreation Ground

There will be a Music by Moonlight event featuring the Jazz Preservation Society Band who will make a memorable evening for Todwick Village Residents, their families and friends.

Make up a party - bring your supper and refreshments, tables, chairs, rugs, umbrellas, candelabras to make this into a special event. Get dressed up! Enjoy a night of music and dancing, join in the fun and community spirit celebrating Summer.

Last year's event - held in the Village Hall - was absolutely memorable - a great evening despite the weather!

This is a free of charge event.

If it rains the event will be in the Village Hall!

Todwick Fun Day - Sunday, 15 June 2008 (Fathers' Day) - 13.30-16.30 - Todwick Recreation Ground

The programme of events will offer free of charge entertainment for all ages with a particular emphasis on entertainment for children, e.g. fun games, football, bouncy castles, mini octopus style rides for 2-11 year olds, face painting, learn how to bowl, bran tubs. The various groups in the village will also be showing what they do. Save the Children will also have a display.

Free refreshments will be served by the Women's Institute and Mothers' Union.

Music and PA system presented by Lloyd Jones.

So come and enjoy your special Todwick Funday.

This is a free of charge event.

Todwick Women's Institute is 50 years old in May 2008

It is Todwick Women's Institute's 50th Birthday in May of this year and on the 5th June 2008 we are celebrating with a Birthday Party in the Village Hall. We are hoping that members past and present will join us for for a cup of tea and 'nibbles' on this special occasion. We are also hoping to be entertained by the Wells Choir.

There is also a Ploughman's Lunch in the Village Hall on the 28th April 2008 at a cost of £4.50 including a pudding! The lunch will be starting at 12.00 noon until 2.00 p.m. Tickets are available from Eileen (tel. 770050) or any of the members.

A Short History of The Trysting Tree at Kiveton Park

A Short History of The Trysting Tree at Kiveton Park by John T Wells establishes that the Trysting Tree is in Kiveton Park which was the estate of the Osbornes (The Duke of Leeds) for generations.

The original tree was on the edge of a piece of ancient Woodland known locally as "The Bluebell Wood". This tree was badly storm damaged at the turn of the century and the remains were cut down and taken to the Duke of Leeds agents house in Lodge Hill and placed in the garden there. It is thought that Sir Walter Scott's novel "Ivanhoe" lists places such as Kiveton, Steetley, Bedgrave and other local places as settings for some of the scenes in the book. Kiveton was therefore classed as situated in Sherwood Forest.

To purchase a copy of this very interesting and informative book contact J T Wells, 228 Wales Road, Kiveton Park, Sheffield S26 5RE. His telephone number is 01909 771340, or alternatively buy a copy at Todwick Village Post Office price £2.00.

National Grid to replace all gas pipes in Todwick

The National Grid are now responsible for the gas pipework under Todwick.

They intend to start a programme of work in Todwick to replace all the old iron pipes with plastic. The work will commence in the first week of April and will last 6 Months!

Because there will be major disruption to the households in Todwick, National Grid will be writing to all households and they also intend to hold an "open evening" on 27 March 2008 to explain their plan of work (a 20 minute presentation) and to answer any questions.

The doors will open in the Village Hall at 6.00pm for a 6.30 start on 27 March 2008. There will be a 20 to 30 minute presentation followed by a forum answering any questions. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

The National Grid representative is Paul Cowen 07792 159939

Todwick Parish Bowling Club

If you have ever wanted to learn to play the game of crown green bowls, now is your opportunity to learn free of charge.

Todwick Parish Bowling Club is offering tuition for beginners of all ages on Saturday mornings between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon throughout the summer bowling season. The lessons take place at Todwick Bowling Green, at the far end of the Sports Field on Goosecarr Lane, and the first session begins on: Saturday, 10 May 2008.

The only thing you will need to provide are flat shoes as no heels are allowed on the green. Bowls can be borrowed from the club.

If you need any further information telephone 01909 771438 or 01909 770914.

Todwick Parish Bowling Club