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News Archive: 2013

Tribute to Councillor Clive Pantry, 4th August 1931 – 16th December 2013

Published: 24 December 2013

The Chair, Members and Clerk of Todwick Parish Council wish to pay tribute to Councillor Clive Pantry.

Clive had a very strong community interest and knowledge. A loyal and dedicated member of Todwick Parish Council (TPC) since 27th October 1987, Clive was TPC Chairman between 9th May 1995 and 21st May 2007 and he remained a member of TPC until his death on 16th December 2013.

Clive and his wife Sheila moved into Todwick in August 1970, being one of the first residents to design their own bungalow and having it built on The Meadows.

Whilst a Councillor, Clive worked tirelessly over the years on the whole spectrum of Parish Council activities representing Todwick by attending endless meetings with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Area Assemblies, Parish Forums, Transport Committee.

It was Clive’s initiative in 1996 encouraging the TPC to save £5,000 per year towards Village Hall improvements. After some years the TPC were able to apply for and were successful in obtaining enough funding to enable the project to be started. Clive was one of a team of eight on the Building Works Committee that oversaw the renovation and re-building of Todwick Village Hall during the period 2006–2007 at a total cost of almost £330,000.

Clive was always there to fully support the many initiatives that Sheila runs on behalf of the village, whether it was assisting with Fun Day; Music by Moonlight; Jazz Nights; or the Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition.

Outside of his village interests/commitments, Clive was a keen golfer and regularly with his many golfing friends had many enjoyable times at Worksop Golf Club for over 45 years.

Clive was well known for his very amusing one liners of wit which would be uttered at the most unexpected moment. His love of classical music, jazz, theatre and art galleries held a special place in his heart. He was an avid reader all his life. He and Sheila were enthusiastic world travellers for many decades. They lived and worked in Africa (Rhodesia/Zimbabwe) for three years where he was Chemist/Metallurgist/Trainer at the Rhodesian Iron and Steel Company. Whilst in Africa travelled and explored many countries surrounding Rhodesia.

Clive continued his career with a number of well known engineering and steel companies – e.g. Babcock International, Bramah Engineering including the famous Bramah Locksmiths, Brown Firth, Jenkins of Retford, Steel Peech and Tozer undertaking various roles – Personnel Manager, Human Resource Manager, Health and Safety Manager and Training Manager. Consequently had many years experience in industrial relations and health and safety management on very large worksites e.g. Drax Power station, Isle of Grain Power Station, in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Wales – skills he was able to put to excellent use for the benefit of the village. As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Clive was a very active member in the Sheffield Branch of the CIPD for many years. Clive was also a UK trainer for those wishing to qualify in personnel management. He was also an active member of the Round Table Movement, and enjoyed singing in various choirs. He was also a Director of his wife’s health, safety and fire information company.

Clive was deeply committed to training and education. As part of this he spent many years as an active School Governor at Firth Park Academy in Sheffield and also at Todwick Primary School. He was also for many years a regular career adviser at Wales High School.

Clive and Sheila’s very extensive family both in the UK and overseas were a constant delight to him – he would always been relied upon to give wise advice and guidance whatever the subject.

Clive’s dedication, commitment and love of Todwick Village for almost half a century is immeasurable. His wise counsel was respected by all who knew him and he will be sadly missed... but not forgotten. A gentleman has passed this way.

On behalf of the village, Todwick Parish Council Members and Clerk extend heartfelt condolences to Sheila.

Clive donated his body to medical science, therefore, in lieu of a funeral service a number of events to celebrate Clive’s life and achievements will be announced and held in the New Year for the various areas of his life.

South Rotherham Rural Transport Users Group meeting cancelled

Published: 23 December 2013

Please be advised that the next South Rotherham Rural Transport Group meeting which was scheduled for Monday, 13 January 2014 at 14:00 in Harthill Village Hall has been cancelled.

Once the responses to the Bus Partnership proposals are analysed and known, new meetings will be organised.

M1 Smart Motorways

Published: 19 December 2013

Latest information on the work on M1 junctions 28–31 and also 32–35a

More about the buses: South Rotherham Rural Transport Users Group updates

Published: 12 December 2013

Minutes of the meeting held on 5 August 2013

Agenda for the meeting to held on 13 January 2014

Proposed Bus Services Changes Petition

Published: 3 December 2013

The Parish Council has written to SYPTE with a petition with 90 signatures regarding concerns about the proposed bus services changes.

A number of other parishioners have also expressed their strongest possible objections direct to the Bus Partnership and also to inform local MP Kevin Barron who has also contacted the SYPTE.

Petition to Chairman of Todwick Parish Council

Published: 29 November 2013

66 Todwick people sign a Petition to Stephen Hill Chairman of Todwick Parish Council regarding the spending of Todwick public money and the war memorial: for the record read the following…

A Petition to Todwick Parish Council (TPC), regarding concerns about the current state of Todwick contained 66 names and was sent to the TPC on Sunday, 17 November 2013 and updated Tuesday, 19 November 2013 to inform that the TPC that 66 Todwick residents who had signed a petition felt that there many other pressing priorities rather that spend public money on a war memorial.

The Petition read:

1. I/We the undersigned OBJECT to the spending of public money i.e. rate money paid by Todwick residents for the fabrication and erection of a war memorial at the corner of Kiveton Lane and The Pastures outside and urgently request Todwick Parish Council Chairman Stephen Hill to STOP this action now before the memorial is made. It is understood from the TPC Parish Council Meeting 29 October 2013 Minutes item 13/84 WAR MEMORIAL see that it is to cost £3,702 + VAT and that this will be erected as soon as possible following the completion of the preliminary works.

2. Instead I/We want The Parish Council to focus its energies and our money on improving:

  • the shabby state of Todwick, the crumbling public roads and footpaths, the clogged up gutters and grates, the endless weeds, lack of cutting of verges
  • the urgent need for an upgraded sports pavilion in the Recreation Ground
  • already it has been suggested that this is called the Todwick Memorial Sports Pavilion (it is appreciated that some funds are accruing for this from Todwick precept and some work is being done to secure more funding to implement the upgrading) – see under 13/78 FINANCIAL OFFICER’S REPORT scroll down to “Bank balances after all payments completed”
  • have a paid-for company to continually maintain the existing flowers beds including at the Millennium garden and Mary Gregory Children’s Park and repair the damaged entrance gates at the recreation ground and other damaged seats etc.
  • the pressing need for a paid-for company or handyman to continually pick up the litter on a regular basis and not rely on the generosity of people to give time to litter pick
  • continue to assess and offer more services for residents of all ages within Todwick

3. We all know that Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has been required to make cuts over the last few years, as part of the Government’s drive to reduce public debt. Due to the decrease in funding given to RMBC, the next two years will see even more changes. The total cuts under the current government will amount to over £100 million, that is 39% of the total budget. These cuts have affected places like Rotherham more than other parts of the country. RMBC have done all they can to lessen the impact on Rotherham people but the next two years are going to be even more difficultand that means Todwick so we need to conserve all our funds for essential and unexpected jobs. See RMBC website

4. See also the delayed (until 13 November 2013 for various reasons) Minutes of the TPC Meeting held 29 October 2013 to which 7 members of the public attended and discussed matters of concern for an hour. See

15 minutes after the public session was over the TPC voted £3702.00 + VAT of public money to be spent on the war memorial.

As some said who read the Minutes “So, after we left Brian White proposed they went ahead with the order of the war memorial, David Gregory seconded and they voted.

“So no discussion took place regarding our concerns which I find unbelievable. I would guess that they did in fact discuss the issues and concerns but chose not to act upon them or even record them!”

5. Consequently Todwick is having a War Memorial bought with public money – not as has been suggested by donations.

Message sent on 21.11.13 from Rod Walker, TPC Clerk to the Council

I can confirm that the Todwick Parish Council has ordered the war memorial and that it will be paid for from public funds. Responses received following consultation with parishioners in advance of the preparation of the Parish Plan, indicated overwhelming support for this. (Note: The actual numbers were 25 returns with 4 objecting to a war memorial. This is out of a population of 1637 residents) Any private donations will, of course, be most welcome. For some time, the Council has been aware/concerned that the village lacked a focal point and it is considered that erecting this in the amenity area immediately adjacent to the village hall, in close proximity to the school and local shops is the best option available.

In reply to the petition:

The Parish Council is to expend additional monies on village maintenance in 2014/15 (total £6,000). This will include appointing a contractor to undertake weekly removal of litter and generally enhance the appearance of the village (this may on occasion, include some weed removal).

There will be an additional number of hanging baskets and increased maintenance of the various public planted areas.

The “crumbling public roads and footpaths and other rights of way, the clogged up gutters and grates, the endless weeds and lack of cutting of verges” are all the responsibility of Rotherham Borough Council.

The Parish Council has consistently reported complaints on these matters to RMBC and, only recently, expressed (in writing to the Chief Executive), its strongest possible concerns at the lack of attention given to these.

Extra info

A number of residents contacted RMBC direct and a meeting between some Todwick residents and RMBC’s Streetpride was held. One of the actions is to sweep every road in Todwick week beginning 25 November 2013 – which has been happening.

Sports Pavilion

The Parish Council has for some time been concerned about the lack of a cricket pavilion and the poor condition of the football pavilion. With that in mind, monies have been “ring-fenced” and planning permission obtained to provide a new sports and community building. Applications for grant aid are being sought and an additional £10,000 is now to be added to the monies held on balance to cover the Parish Council contribution. Now £38,000 total set aside.

Monies are set aside this financial year to repair the damaged entrance gates at the recreation ground and other damaged public seats.

The Council is considering providing an event for the younger members of the parish and with this in mind are looking to encourage a young people’s day during the summer and it will continue its support for the summer camps managed by RMBC.

Rod Walker

Also for the record…

TPC met on 19 November 2013 for the Annual Budget meeting see and considered available funding, existing and future commitments and priority allocation of monies for the remainder of 2013/14 and 2014/15. See


  1. To fund the following activities in 2013/14:

    • Purchase and installation of the war memorial
    • Refurbishment of additional public seats
    • Purchase of Christmas tree and lights for erection at the new amenity area at The pastures frontage of the village hall
    • Purchase of plants for planting at the new amenity area
    • Repair the damaged sign at the Mary Gregory Children’s Playground
    • Repair of the millennium gates at the entrance to the recreation ground
    • Purchase and siting of two picnic benches at the recreation ground play area
    • Administrative costs associated with grant applications
  2. To transfer £10,000 into the ring-fenced account for the provision of a new sports and community building at the recreation ground.

  3. That the budget for 2014/15 comprise:



    1. Administration


    2. Village Hall


    3. Recreation Ground


    4. Allotments


    5. Village Maintenance


    6. Children’s Playground


    7. Donations




  4. That some £2000 of the £6000 allocated for village maintenance be allowed to pay a contractor to undertake weekly tidying up in the village

  5. That £1000 of the £3000 allocated for donations be subject to submissions and subsequent approval under a participatory budgetary regime

  6. That approximately £3500 of the £16000 allocated for the recreation ground be added to the monies ring-fenced for contributing to the provision of a new sports and community building

Resolved to request a precept of £44,400 for financial year 2014/15, unchanged from 2013/14.

Latest closures on A57 Todwick road works

Published: 28 November 2013

Neil Foster, Senior Engineer, Highways Group, RMBC informs with the latest news:

The programme is to close Kiveton Lane on the 12 December 2013 until the 18 December 2013. This will allow us to complete the new carriageway which is being lifted substantially.

Following on from this on the 18 December 2013 Goosecarr Lane will be closed. There is no overlap with the closures.

When Goosecarr Lane is closed on the 18 December traffic on the A57 will be moved onto the new Northern carriageway. Currently all efforts are being made to complete this section to meet this date.

When traffic is switched, work will commence to remove the remaining 3 temporary ramps (humps) on the Southern carriageway. This will continue immediately after the New Year (2 Jan 2014) to allow a tight schedule to be met.

There is obviously a risk of Winter weather and if this does delay the work prior to Christmas the closure of Goosecarr will most likely be delayed. We will continue to monitor and inform.

Todwick Village Hall – 2013: A Time of Change continues

Published: 28 November 2013

Three Trustees namely Brian White – Chairman, Jean Leah – Secretary, Bryan Ferris all stepped down from their roles as Trustees at the October 2013 Meeting. Todwickians are very grateful for their endeavours, dedication and hard work over the recent years in keeping the Village Hall an attractive place to use and also for the various projects that has ensured a business approach of all the many things that are needed to keep it viable.

The following have offered their services as follows: Chair – Helen Greer-Waring, Vice Chair – Tony Rusling, Secretary – Jenny Foulds, Treasurer – Norman Anderson, Marketing – Janet Cocking.

The User group contacts are as follows: Active Always – Lynda Shepherd, Bowling Club – Christine Rodley, Brownies – Claire Boulton, Craft Group – Mari Gabbitas, Cricket Club – Liz Wainwright, Family History Group – Alan Turner, Girl Guide Rainbows – Joanne Bilsborough, Golf Society – Bryan Ferris, Historical Society – Alan Turner, Line Dancing – Brenda Waller, Over 60s – Ann Davey, Ramblers – Margaret Ware, Toddlers Group – Liz Wainwright, Todwick Parish Council – Eileen Northall, WI – Mary Pavey.

Contacts: Chair, Helen Greer-Waring Tel: 01909 774472, Email: or Secretary, Jenny Foulds Tel: 01909 772200 Email:

The management of the Village Hall is carried out by the Trustees and Management Committee. A representative from each of the user groups is on the management committee. All the people involved are volunteers and undertake this role for the benefit of the community. If you have any comments about the Village Hall and events we run or suggestions of what you would like to see in the future, please contact any of the trustees or management committee.

The next management meeting is at 7:30 pm on 13 December 2013 in the Village Hall.

Santa Special Boat Trips

Published: 28 November 2013

Chesterfield Canal Trust are now running Santa Special boat trips from Chesterfield, Hollingwood Hub, Worksop and Retford.

More information:

Christmas Shoebox for the Homeless

Published: 27 November 2013

Being homeless is unpleasant at the best of times but imagine what it must be like at Christmas when everyone around is celebrating with family and friends in a warm home and tables overflowing with hot food and Christmas presents under the tree... The Archer Project based at Sheffield Cathedral helps year round but you can provide some extra cheer by making up a shoebox for a homeless person. It may well be the only gift they get. Please contact me for more details, but here are a few things to bear in mind:

  • All shoe boxes must be unsealed
  • Please enclose a Christmas card with a message, e.g. Merry Christmas from the Jones family
  • If possible include a Christmas cracker
  • If including chocolate please don’t put in the very large blocks – instead use smaller individual bars (this is a request from the Archer project)
  • And of course, no illegal substances or alcohol.

Examples of what would be very useful:

  • Tinned food (with a ring pull if possible) – soup, meat, fish, beans, meatballs, fruit, desserts, veg.
  • Mini variety boxes of cereals
  • Biscuits, pot noodles, cup-a-soup, squash
  • Toiletries – razors, shaving foam, toothbrush, toothpaste, spray-on deodorant, hair brush, shower gel (no soap please)
  • Hats, socks, gloves, belts.

Other important items required by the Archer project: Sleeping bags, rucksacks, winter coats.

There will be two collection points in Todwick – the Church entrance porch and 81 The Meadows. If you’d like it collected please call Helen on 01909 774472 or email:

Please have all shoeboxes to us by Sunday, 15 December 2013 to give us time to deliver to the Archer Project by 19 December.


Published: 27 November 2013

Todwick Parish Council recently purchased an external defibrillator for the village. We were fortunate enough to receive a free External Cabinet from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service which has been sited on the wall of the Village Hall close to the entrance gates for easy access.

In the event of an emergency you should always telephone 999 and if they feel you need the defibrillator they will inform you of the location and access code.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service is running a Defibrillator Familiarisation Session at Todwick Village Hall on Thursday, 12 December 2013 from 6.30 pm. Everyone is welcome. To give an idea of numbers please contact Helen Greer-Waring Tel: 01909 774472 or email to let her know if you are coming along.

Where are the buses planned for Todwick?

Published: 22 November 2013

If you use buses from Todwick you should read the latest proposals from Rotherham Bus Partnership…

The Rotherham Bus Partnership brings together Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and local bus operators First South Yorkshire, Powells, Stagecoach Yorkshire and TM Travel with the aim of developing bus services throughout Rotherham and surrounding areas.

The Partnership aims to offer high quality, reliable, convenient, and accessible services with value for money fares.

The Bus Partnership wants your views.

The Rotherham Bus Partnership Consultation began on Monday, 4 November 2013 and ends at midnight on Monday, 2 December 2013.

Some Todwickians went to a meeting at Harthill on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 to express their views and also to ask why no consultation meeting was to be held in Todwick.

The Bus Partnership want your feedback on the proposals for Rotherham bus services to meet the needs of people who visit, work and live in Rotherham area. Take the opportunity to express your views / concerns. There is a map on the Partnership website showing all the services available in the area.

Todwick resident Brenda Waller (Tel: 01909 770819) wants people to know that Todwick bus users may find that there are no services from Todwick, e.g. to doctors in Aston and Dinnington or to Rotherham General Hospital, if they do NOT send any feedback… So take action now!

Over 60s Club

Published: 18 November 2013

We are fast approaching the end of the year in which the weather did not start too promising, but a little later things improved.

Our various trips turned out quite successful, and we were able to fill the coaches near enough. Next year’s trips are now in the planning stage.

We have had some interesting talks throughout the year which also attracted people from Kiveton, and we were able to welcome some new members.

The two meetings in November complete the list of our regular activities with playing cards and board games. The closing event will be our Christmas lunch on 4 December 2013 at the Consort Suite, commencing at 12 noon. Our first meeting in the New Year will be on 6 January 2014.

May we wish all our members a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

More Information: Over 60s Club

Celebrating Parish Council Clerk Rod Walker’s 30 Years Service

Published: 8 November 2013

There can be few parishes in the UK that have had 30 years continuous service from their Clerk to the Council. Todwick is extremely lucky to have Rod Walker who has seen endless numbers of Councillors come and go!

The one continuous thread is Rod Walker who constantly gives sound advice on the widest range of topics affecting life in Todwick. Rod’s knowledge and experience of working with Local Authorities and also in Traffic Management is always available.

He is the most conscientious of Clerks going beyond the normal boundaries of duty.

Todwickians are most grateful for his expertise which we hope will continue for many years to come.

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New Green Bin Collection Service

Published: 8 November 2013

Since 25 October 2013 the Green Bin garden waste collection has altered to once a month for the winter period.

There were no Green Bin collections in the weeks commencing 28 October 2013 and 4 November 2013.

The next Green Bin collections will be in the weeks commencing 11 November 2013 onwards. In Todwick this will be Thursday, 14 November 2013.

A Cleaner Todwick

Published: 8 November 2013

Look out for the Street Cleaning Vehicle in Todwick week beginning 25 November 2013.

Following many complaints from Todwick the following news has been received from Andy Roddis of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Streetpride Department:

In December 2012 the schedules for mechanical sweeping were adjusted to take into account the reduction in vehicles from 3 to 2. Other than Kiveton Lane, all roads in Todwick are scheduled to be swept 5 times per year i.e. every 10 weeks. We endeavour to work to the schedules, but unfortunately there are occasions when we are unable to. This is due to staff sickness, leave, vehicle breakdowns and ‘one off’ requests. Where a scheduled visit is missed we do not return until the next scheduled visit. The schedules do not take into account ‘tipping off’ i.e. we do not empty the vehicles at a certain time every day. When the vehicle becomes full the operative will take it to the waste transfer station, empty off and then refill with water at a council depot. Depending on where in the day this is, the driver may not return to the area he was last at.

The next scheduled week when the sweeper is due in the Todwick area is the week commencing 25 November 2013. We do not ‘advertise’ days / times when we will be in certain areas as, due to the reasons above, we may not be able to complete all / part / any of the required work. I have spoken to a few Todwick residents recently and informed them, where possible, we will endeavour to sweep the streets, especially The Pastures and Goosecarr lane, within the village within the stated week.

If you have any more queries please contact me by email or on 01709 822909.

Todwick Village Hall Update on New Trustees and Committee

Published: 5 November 2013

Following the resignation of Trustees Brian White, Jean Leah and Bryan Ferris – to whom many thanks are due for their endeavours, dedication and hard work over the recent years – the following have offered their services as follows:

  • Chair – Helen Greer-Waring
  • Vice Chair – Tony Rusling
  • Secretary – Jenny Foulds
  • Treasurer – Norman Anderson
  • Marketing – Janet Cocking

See the contact details of the Committee and User Groups.

Halloween Trick or Treat young people in Todwick

Published: 1 November 2013

Some photos of Todwick young people who made a wonderful effort with their Halloween costumes this year. Lots of excitement and fun was had by all!

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Volunteers Required: Trustee Vacancies at Todwick Village Hall

Published: 22 October 2013

Todwick Village Hall is a registered charity. It provides facilities for the purposes of meetings, lectures and classes and other forms of recreational and leisure activities in order to enhance the lives of the community.

Due to retirement, we now have three trustee vacancies. Trustees are the people legally responsible for the overall management and decision-making in the running of the Village Hall. This is done alongside the Management Committee which comprises of the trustees and representatives of each of the user groups. They are responsible for the direction and performance of the charity. As a small local charity, the trustees will be directly involved in the day-to-day running of the Village Hall. Trustees need to be able – and willing – to give time to contribute to the efficient administration, marketing, health & safety and general maintenance of the Village Hall. We are looking for people with a range of skills and backgrounds but the most important quality is a willingness to get involved.

For more information please contact:

More information about Todwick Village Hall can be found at

Caretaker Vacancy at Todwick Village Hall

Published: 19 October 2013

10 hours per week

Duties include: Cleaning, opening and closing the hall, taking bookings

For more information contact: Helen Greer-Waring (Village Hall Chair), Tel: 01909 774472

Closing Date: 1 November 2013

Very Successful Todwick Craft Fayre

Published: 19 October 2013

The Craft Fayre in the Todwick Village Hall on 29th September 2013 raised £534.90, all this going to the Village Hall funds.

I would like to thank Anne and Tony Rusling, Janet Cocking and John Wainwright for the help they all gave before and on the day. A big thank you also to the following for providing raffle prizes and donations:

Mets Autos, Harthill Developments, Prestige Windows, J & M Heating, Joanne Louise, Back to Reality, Whitelea Garage, 1st Field Estate Agents, Dad’s Honey, Brenda Palmer and Evenort.

Thank you to everyone.

Liz Wainwright

Police warning after spate of burglaries reported in Todwick and Rotherham

Published: 15 October 2013

Householders in Todwick and Rotherham have been warned to make sure their properties are secure after a spate of burglaries were reported overnight.

Yesterday, and in the early hours of this morning, six homes, four commercial premises and two garages were allegedly burgled in a series of incidents across the town.

A quarter of those offences took place in Todwick, where members of the public are being especially warned to be on their guard. In Todwick alone, there were two burglaries during the day yesterday (Monday, October 14) and one overnight.

Various means were used to gain entry to the properties. In one case a rear door was forced while, in another, the barrel of a door lock was broken. Offenders also attacked one door with a hammer; smashed a rear window and levered a kitchen window open. Meanwhile, in one of the incidents, entry was gained through an insecure window.

DCI Dave Stopford, burglary lead for South Yorkshire Police, said: “Police would like to remind residents to ensure that their doors and windows are secure.

“Check that windows are closed and locked, and that doors are securely locked, before leaving the house and before going to bed.

“A burglar can easily crawl through an open window, and can be in and out of your home in seconds if a door is left unlocked. Please help to stop these criminals in their tracks.”

He added that the quality of locks should be checked as some locks – especially those on uPVC doors – can be snapped by criminals.

A 32-year-old man from Rotherham has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and is currently being questioned.

Anyone with any information on burglaries should contact South Yorkshire Police on the non-emergency number, 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Celebration… Granny’s Vintage Tearoom

Published: 15 October 2013

Granny’s Vintage Tearoom, The Pastures, Todwick celebrated its first-year anniversary on 9 October 2013 and would like to thank customers old and new for their continued support.

A “special thank you” is extended to our lovely regulars (you know who you are!) who make working at the tearoom much more than a job, and thank you for the lovely messages, cards and flowers, we were extremely touched.

Here’s to a successful year 2!

Christmas afternoon tea available now, booking advisable.

40s night

Published: 9 October 2013

The 40s night held in Todwick Village Hall on 21 September 2013 was a great success and very well attended. The majority of people took the opportunity to dress in a wonderful range of 40s outfits which all added to the atmosphere of the evening.

Our guest for the evening was “George Formby” who sang a selection of his well known songs. He was accompanied by Pete, a smooth crooner who sang a selection of songs from the era.

A 40s themed quiz was provided by the WI with a prize of “a week’s worth of rations” packaged and donated by Eileen Northall. The WI prepared and served “Wartime Soup” to everyone present and tasty it was too!

We had a “ration book raffle” with a total of 12 prizes ranging from Champagne to a dozen fresh free-range eggs and everything in between – thank you to all who donated the wonderful prizes.

The evening was rounded off with a wonderful “sing song” and flag waving.

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Defibrillator at Todwick Village Hall

Published: 5 October 2013

Following an agreement at the September 2013 Todwick Parish Council (TPC) meeting, the TPC have purchased a defibrillator and that it will be sited on an external wall of the Village Hall in the near future.

Familiarisation sessions will be advertised shortly but in the meantime, if anyone has any queries they can contact Helen Greer-Waring on Tel: 01909 774472 or

Defibrillators save lives

Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important. Around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year.

When someone goes into cardiac arrest, every minute without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival by 10%.

A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines can also be called AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a first aid technique that can be used if someone is not breathing properly or if their heart has stopped.

Chest compressions and rescue breaths keep blood and oxygen circulating in the body.

Don’t miss Todwick Craft Fayre

Published: 25 September 2013

Todwick Craft Fayre will be held between 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, 29 September 2013 in Todwick Village Hall.

Both halls will be full of many interesting stalls including:

Cards, paintings, gifts, knitted handbags, jewellery, hand painted glass, honey products, scarves, pottery, cushions and sewn goods, handmade truffles, new children’s books, painted glass gifts, dolls, hand crafted soaps, pottery, knitted gifts, Revolution chocolates, raffle, refreshments.

Do come along and shop early for Christmas!

Contact Liz Wainwright on 01909 772972 or 07784 546756.

Harvest time by local farmers

Published: 25 September 2013

B & J Farms Ltd harvesting in the beautiful fields behind The Meadows, Todwick in September 2013.

Sheffield city in the distance!

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Gordon and Brenda Dobson

Published: 23 September 2013

There will be a short memorial service and laying of a memorial plaque to Gordon and Brenda Dobson in the memorial garden at Todwick Church on Saturday, 28th September 2013 at 2 pm.

Your first steps towards Christmas preparations!

Published: 9 September 2013

Todwick Craft Fayre will be held between 10 am – 4 pm on Sunday, 29 September 2013 in Todwick Village Hall.

Many stalls including:

Cards, paintings, gifts, knitted handbags, jewellery, hand painted glass, honey products, scarves, pottery, cushions and sewn goods, handmade truffles, new children’s books, painted glass gifts, dolls, hand crafted soaps, pottery, knitted gifts, Revolution chocolates, raffle, refreshments.

Do come along and shop early for Christmas!

Contact Liz Wainwright on 01909 772972 or 07784 546756.

Litter Pick – 31 August 2013

Published: 3 September 2013

On Saturday, 31 August 2013 the following people kindly donated an hour of their time to collect 12 bags of litter from the streets and the Recreation Ground. Anthony Chapman, John Rodley, Bob McDonald, Mr & Mrs Silvester, Brian White, Rosemary Chambers, Etta Gregory, David Gregory, Russell Freeman and the youngest and most enthusiastic Alice Freeman. A big “thank you” also to all the people who pick up litter as they go about their day to day walks. I know that a lot of dog walkers pick up litter, for which we are most grateful. Whilst most people are considerate we would ask others to think before thoughtlessly discarding litter.

It is the intention to continue quarterly litter picks – the next one will be early December 2013, details in the next Informer and on the Todwick website. Contact David Gregory for further information, Tel: 771307.

Todwick Jazz Supper Club Autumn Programme 2013

Published: 29 August 2013

New dates and traditional jazz bands to entertain us... 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:

Interested in tracing your ancestors?
Family History Course starting soon

Published: 26 August 2013

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

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.

Flowering Meadows Photos

Published: 5 August 2013

Two lovely views of the 2013 flowering meadows looking south from behind The Meadows taken by Todwick photographer Brian Mullins.

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Teddy Beck, 13th December 1918 – 22nd July 2013

Published: 2 August 2013

Teddy, and his wife Evelyn, moved from Beighton to Kiveton in 1948.

As there was no church in Kiveton they decided to attend Todwick church, which at that time, Ted said, was “dull, dismal and neglected”. Ted eventually became church warden of St Peter & St Paul, and held that post for 20 years, alongside Raymond Barber. Ted was responsible for a lot of restoration work during that time. He bought some stone slabs from a disused woollen mill in Bradford to replace the main churchyard path. You can still see the lead inserts where the machines and looms had been fastened to the floor. In the middle of the 19th century, the outside walls of the chancel, nave and porch had been plastered and pebble-dashed – this was removed to reveal the original stone. Perhaps Ted’s proudest moment was uncovering the stonework arch at the entrance to the chancel. The architect had said it would be unacceptable to leave the rough stone revealed, but, after much argument from Ted, we have the beautiful stone arch is a striking feature in church.

Ted loved Todwick Church, and served it faithfully for many years. His funeral is to take place on Friday, 2 August 2013 at 2 pm, followed by interment in the churchyard. All welcome to attend the service which will be followed by a ham tea in the Church Hall.

Dinnington and Worksop Guardian news

Published: 1 August 2013

Any Todwick and Dinnington news is now included in the printed Worksop Guardian.

The Worksop Guardian is being sold at the Todwick News Agency so Todwickians can buy as they want – no need to order.

Also the publishers are keeping any Todwick and Dinnington news up on the website:

Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition

Published: 1 August 2013

This event took place on Sunday, 28 July 2013.

Prizes were presented by Todwick Parish Councillor David Gregory who is responsible for the Recreation Grounds and also organises litter picks in the village.

The Miniature Gardens 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.

Rosemary Chambers and Anne Rusling report that they made £75.76 for the Save the Children Fund.

The Trail

Starting the Trail at the Village Hall...

Just round from the Village Hall is the Judges’ highly recommended Garden of Brenda Waller at No. 13 The Pastures.

Go across the road and at the Vintage Tea Shop and see Granny Smith scarecrow and next door at the News Agency see Lisa’s Tom the News Delivery Boy!

Continue further on to 17 The Pastures to see the Best Scarecrow award winning Peter Pan and Friends scarecrow by Samuel, Amy and Rachel Beckett.

At this point you may wish to go up Goosecarr Lane to the Allotments. See Amelia Hawley and Hilary Ecob’s Four Seasons scarecrows in the Allotment Plot No. 13. Also see The Award winning Allotment Plots and owners are:

  • 1st Prize – Plots 19/20 Peter Sliwinski
  • 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.

Alternate route from the Village Hall...

From the Village Hall go up Kiveton Lane past the school to No. 65 to see Mark Hayward’s SpongeBob Squarecrow, then go further up Kiveton Lane on the opposite side of the road Old Hall Close, 24 Kiveton Lane to see Helen, Richard, Matthew and Lewis Arden’s Sir Freakalot.

Turn back to Mortains and go down Rayls Road turn onto 13 Osborne Road where you can see Roger Thompson and his six-year-old grandson Oliver Cordery’s Robin Hood. Look at front gardens on Osborne Road and turn back onto Rayls Road and onto 2 Manor Way to see the highly recommended Colin Spalding’s garden and then down Church View and head towards Todwick Church or park in the Church Car Park just outside the Mary Gregory Children’s Park – you can go into the park and see the newly installed plaque that is in the flower bed.

Go and see the lovely St Peter and St Paul Church. The Doomsday Survey of 1086 records: ‘In Tatewic... a Church and three acres of meadow’. This early 11th century building of rubble red sandstone forms the nave of the present Church. The chancel, of limestone, and the porch were added in the 14th century, while the Perpendicular tower with its eight crocketed pinnacles was built in the late 15th century. There is a beautiful war memorial window in the church and also in the church porch another war memorial. The Church bells still ring out from the Church – as they did on 11 July 2013 when Rev Vicky Camber was installed as Vicar of Todwick.

Cross over the churchyard to the Church Hall – first building on this site for over 500 years!

Exit from the Church area by the gate just top side of the Church Hall onto “little gennel/pathway” up Kiveton Lane pass the Old folks’ bungalows cross Kiveton Lane and turn off on The Meadows and as you walk along the road on your right hand side you will see Roy and Pauline Bowell’s, high recommended lovely and colourful front garden at No. 68/70 The Meadows.

Cross over the road and in the cul-de-sac, go right up and just inside No. 87 The Meadows and see Rosemary and Brian Chambers’ – Britannia scarecrow with a baby Prince!

Walk back and stop at No. 85 – Sheila and Clive Pantry’s Wild West scarecrows.

Next door at No. 83 see Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ Tour de France winner – Chris Froome, next at No. 81 is 7-year-old William Greer-Waring’s Footieman scarecrow, then look at the colourful and highly recommended front garden of Brian Mullins at 79 The Meadows. Just below at No. 75 is 3rd Prize Best Front garden winner Frank and Christine Blades.

Cross the road – right hand side to No. 8 Mill Close see Mabel Hextall’s lovely front garden and hanging baskets.

Back to the Meadows and go down to No. 14 Wasteneys Road to see Neil and Valerie Wilde’s prize winning front garden. Retrace your steps back up the Meadows and then turn onto Mill Fields to see at No. 6 Mrs Dubnewytsch, Emma and Laura’s – Bill, Ben and Little Weed Scarecrow and little further down at No. 18 is Carol and Brian White’s Chef scarecrow. Cross the road and go down Guildway turn left onto Sandwith Road to No. 5 and see 1st Prize winner 2013 Alan Hardy’s colourful garden.

Go back to Guildway and continue down to where it joins The Meadows take a left turn at De Houten Close go to No. 3 and see 2nd Prize 2013 winner Robert Ireton’s delightful front garden. Further onto 12 St Paul’s Close and see James Beighton’s determined Albert the golfer scarecrow!

Best Garden


Miniature Garden

Miniature Garden


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Organised by Sheila Pantry – Tel: 01909 771024 or email:

Thank you for supporting this free, fun event – hope that it has helped you to get to know a bit more about the Todwick Village and people who live here!

Lost Union Flag!

Published: 31 July 2013

On Sunday, 28 July 2013 (the day of the Todwick Gardens, Allotments, Arts and Crafts, Scarecrow Trail Day) a very large – 5 feet × 4 feet – red white and blue Union Jack Flag flew off the flag pole located at 85 The Meadows. If it has landed in your garden the flag owner Sheila Pantry would be more than delighted to receive it back.

Please telephone 01909 771024.

A57 Traffic Delays

Published: 29 July 2013

Motorists may experience delays from today as they approach the new Todwick roundabout on the A57.

Over the weekend part of the dual carriageway has re-opened to traffic.

Drivers are advised to use extra caution while using the section of road, between the M1 junction 31 roundabout and the Red Lion pub at Todwick, as the layout is quite different.

Delays were already building up at around 7.30 am this morning between Anston and Todwick as drivers used the new carriageway for the first time.

The new road and roundabout is part of a £14.7 million scheme to straighten the notorious stretch of the A57 known locally as the ‘Todwick bends’.

Developers Rotherham Council and Ringway said they hoped to have the project finished early in 2014. But looking at the rate of progress it could be even earlier.

Drivers should be really aware that there is NO RIGHT turning any more into Goosecarr Lane from the A57. You must go down to the new Red Lion roundabout.

Calling all ages... Are you making a Miniature Garden for the competition?

Published: 22 July 2013

Are you making a Miniature Garden for the competition that is being held at Todwick’s Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition on Sunday, 28 July 2013, 12.00 – 16.00?

For the third year running there will be a Miniature Garden competition held in the Village Hall for 3 categories: 0–7 years, 7–16 years and adults.

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.

Todwick’s unique tea towels – get one before they are all sold!

Published: 20 July 2013

Looking for a special 2013 present from Todwick?

Many people across the world as well as in Todwick have been highly delighted with their special Todwick tea towel!

It makes a great present wrapper instead of filling landfill sites with waste wrapping paper, also available as an apron and a cushion cover. All very popular!

The Todwick tea towel will be on sale in the Village Hall at the forthcoming Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition that will be held on Sunday, 28 July 2013, 12.00 – 16.00 in the Village Hall.

All available at a cost of £4.00 for any item at Todwick News Agency or from Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or send an email request to

Get one (or two or more) before they are all gone!

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

Proposed Todwick War Memorial

Published: 17 July 2013

Proposed Todwick war memorial at the corner of The Pastures and Kiveton Lane adjacent to Todwick Village Hall

Todwick Residents may wish to know that Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) has published the Planning Application for a Proposal Todwick War Memorial.

The proposal does not state how much it will cost but some thousands of pounds have been mentioned.

It should be noted that three memorials already exist in Todwick:

  1. a window in Todwick Church
  2. a plaque in Todwick Church porch
  3. a memorial tree and plaque at Todwick Primary School

A small Questionnaire regarding this proposal was sent out with the September 2012 Informer to all Todwick residents.

Contact AGENT is Clerk to the Todwick Parish Council Mr R Walker, 10 High Street, South Anston Rotherham S25 5AY, Tel: 01909 566639.

You can see the full application details, site plan and drawing of the proposed memorial:

Scarecrow Competition – not long now to judging weekend

Published: 10 July 2013

Please start thinking of what your scarecrow will look like this year – can be any topics!

Judging will take place on the weekend of Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 July 2013. So please DISPLAY your scarecrows on these dates and leave them up until after Sunday, 28 July 2013 – Todwick Art, Craft, Gardens, Allotments, Miniature Gardens and Scarecrow Trail Competition (12.00 – 16.00, Village Hall, Church Hall and around the village).

There will be art and craft displays and free refreshments in the Village Hall.

Please register your scarecrow with Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email:

The Rotherham Less Lonely Campaign – can you help?

Published: 3 July 2013

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.

‘I don’t get out much anymore and without my daily Linkline call from Age UK I wouldn’t speak to anyone all day most days’, Mary, aged 89

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.

‘If I can make someone feel happier once a week, then it makes me feel happy and appreciated and shows it is all worthwhile’, Barbara, Volunteer for Two’s Company

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.

Todwick Church Garden Fete

Published: 21 June 2013

Don’t forget to put this date in your diary or onto your calendars and go and enjoy the many attractions at the Garden Fete on Saturday, 6 July 2013 from 1.30 pm.

Between 5 pm and 7 pm on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 members of the congregation are collecting donations around the village for the Pantry stall and Tombola for the Garden Fete and would welcome tins of food, jars, packets etc. bottles, toiletries and gift items.

Please leave any contributions outside your front door or alternatively you can deliver your donations directly to the Church Porch.

Please do support Todwick’s 1086 old Church.

Posh Tea at the Ritz

Published: 21 June 2013

Don’t forget to take an afternoon amble to hear a trio of musicians playing whilst you take your Posh Tea at the Ritz (aka Todwick Village Hall) this coming weekend!

Sunday, 23 June 2013, 14.30 – 16.30, Todwick Village Hall.

There will be a trio of musicians entertaining whilst you enjoy your free Posh Tea.

Contact Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or email

Todwick Churchyard

Published: 10 June 2013

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. The 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: 01909 771101

South Yorkshire Police is currently recruiting members for the Special Constabulary

Published: 29 May 2013

You may be aware that South Yorkshire Police is currently recruiting members of the Special Constabulary and is looking to increase the numbers from approximately 320 Special Constables now to 650 by 2015.

This is a sizeable increase in the number of Special Constables and we would like to see those recruits coming from a wide range of ages and backgrounds across our communities to ensure that the Special Constabulary of South Yorkshire Police is representative of the communities we serve.

We are holding a number of awareness sessions across South Yorkshire, the dates for which can be found on the South Yorkshire Police website along with other useful information for anyone interested in joining.

If you are interested in joining the Special Constabulary or you know someone else who may be, please direct them to our website at where full details on the Special Constabulary and presentation evenings may be found.

Paul Griffiths, Neighbourhood Partnerships Team, Neighbourhoods and Adults Services Directorate | Tel: 01709 823159 | E-mail:

Calling all families who want to learn to play bowls! Come to Todwick Funday on Sunday, 26 May 2013!

Published: 22 May 2013

As part of the FUNDAY, Todwick Bowling Club is putting on lessons to show how to play bowls to children and their families.

Come to the Bowling Club – which is just beyond the Sports Pavilion on the Recreation Ground and join in the fun at the Todwick Funday on Sunday, 26 May 2013, 1.30 pm – 4.15 pm!

Calling all young footballers – Are you ready for Todwick Funday on Sunday, 26 May 2013?

Published: 22 May 2013

As part of the FUNDAY activities the U7 Football Manager has organised a football mini tournament that is starting at 10.30 am and will finish around 12.45 pm.

Meet the U7 Manager on the Todwick Recreation Ground.

New Sheffield International Concert Season 2013/14 at the Sheffield City Hall

Published: 25 April 2013

Details for the new Sheffield International Concert Season 2013/14 were announced on Saturday 20th April 2013 as part of the concert by the Hallé, the venues’ resident orchestra.

The announcement was given by BBC Broadcaster, Trisha Cooper who discussed the forthcoming programme with Chief Executive of the Hallé, John Summers during the pre-concert talk.

This first glimpse of the orchestras, conductors and soloists who will make up the rich repertoire of concerts for the new Season which spans from September 2013 to May 2014, totalling thirteen concerts.

Sheffield International Venues (SIV), who manage Sheffield City Hall welcome orchestras and artists from all over the globe including the UK, Russia, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Venezuela, Norway and Austria to name but a few.

Ticket holders will welcome known works such as Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony and Bruch’s First Violin Concerto are programmed alongside less-performed works such as Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade.

This December 2013 the annual Christmas Concert returns with special guest presenter, actor and director Samuel West, who is well known to Sheffield Theatres and is Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus’ patron. A centenary celebration of Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem is possible thanks to the generosity of Steve Terry, a member of the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, in celebration of his late wife.

Richard Hunter, General Manager of Sheffield City Hall comments: “Classical music plays an integral role for Sheffield City Hall and by association with the City of Sheffield’s rich cultural heritage and Sheffield International Venues.

“We continue to look forward to inspire our future performers and audiences throughout the Season, ensuring schools have access to concerts and rehearsals. In addition, our lunchtime singing workshops have grown beyond our expectations and they continue into the 2013/14 Season. We hope to draw even more people into classical music and will continue to promote the rich culture and heritage that is abundant through the Season.”

Sir Mark Elder takes to the podium and opens the Season with the Hallé orchestra on Friday 20th September 2013 with three rousing scores.

Copies of the 2013/14 Season are available at Todwick News Agency.

Todwick Easter Treasure Hunt 2013

Published: 4 April 2013

A chilly but pleasantly sunny day brought out the Treasure Hunters as we began the afternoon in the Church Hall with a wonderful parade of Easter Bonnets. Everyone then set off on the Treasure Trail and all made it safely to the Village Hall where the Treasure was waiting (Easter Eggs) along with a bouncy castle, refreshments, raffle, face-painting and games.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers including those from the Village Hall, Todwick Church, Parents in Action, Todwick Parish Council, Women’s Institute and Todwick residents who helped out in the preparation and running of the event and made it such a success. Also special thanks to the Easter Bunny for making a guest appearance!

Everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. This was the second of what we hope will be an annual event. Any advice or suggestions about how we can build upon and improve the event for next year are very much appreciated and can be sent to

Todwick Summer Celebrations 2013 – All Free of Charge

Published: 1 April 2013

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, 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... 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 who will entertain from 15.30 – 16.15. There will be various stalls including the Save the Children Fund, Craft Group 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

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 – making it impossible! This will be on a first come, first served basis for bookings please contact Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or 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 topics! Judging will take place on the weekend Saturday – Sunday, 20–21 July 2013. So please DISPLAY your scarecrows on these dates.

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.

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 please contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email

News from 38th Rotherham (Anston) Scout Group

Published: 31 March 2013

Marie Wroe, Group Scout Leader of the 38th Rotherham (Anston) Scout Group informs that a good number of children from Todwick are already attending the Anston Group and the following details will be of interest to parents.

All meetings during Term Time are held at South Anston Methodist Church Community Hall, Sheffield Road, South Anston S25 5DT

Beavers 6 – 8 years old meet Monday from 6.15 pm to 7.30 pm

Cubs 8 – 10.5 years old meet Thursday from 6.30 pm to 8.15 pm

Scouts 10.5 – 14 years meet Monday from 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm

Contact: Marie Wroe on mobile telephone 07949 554159 or email

Keeping “Active Always”: Community Strength and Balance class now in Todwick

Published: 26 March 2013

The Community Otago programme is a strength and balance exercise programme for older adults delivered through RMBC and NHS Rotherham. Sessions have shown participants reporting improved function, confidence and reduced pain and improving from a high falls risk to low following a three month period as a result of attending activities. Sessions are held on Friday mornings 10.00 am – 11.30 am at Todwick Village Hall, the cost is £2.50, first session is FREE. Come along and give it a try, meet new people and have a chat with our fully qualified exercise leaders.

For more information on the programme and how you can get involved please contact Amy Roden RMBC Sports Development on 01709 363355.

Mary Gregory Children’s Park

Published: 25 March 2013

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.

Due to the snowy weather the unveiling of the plaque in the swing park to commemorate Mary Gregory’s work which was scheduled for Wednesday, 27 March 2013 has now been postponed.

Please watch out for a new date – details will appear on Todwick website.

Todwick Litter Pick – Saturday, 16 March 2013

Published: 18 March 2013

On what turned out to be the best bit of weather all week, a group met at 2.30 pm to devote an hour to picking up litter. By far the worst areas are the Recreation Ground and Goosecarr Lane. It never ceases to amaze me that people simply leave their rubbish for someone else to clear up. I shudder to think what their homes look like. There were over 20 large bags collected, which included car mats, which cannot possibly be left accidentally. Our grateful thanks must go to Ann Rusling, Gary and William Greer-Waring, George Challans, Adam Bairstow, Mathew, Rachel, Sam and Amy Becket, and Ann Alan (Gran) who provided 3 generations, albeit reluctantly by Sam. Also Ben Smith, Etta Gregory and John Hewitt. Parish Councillors Helen Greer-Waring, Jean Leah and Brian White also lent their valuable assistance. As did Gordon Watson our Rotherham Councillor.

It is hoped that all of the above enjoyed the experience, sadly there will always be a need for this sort of action if we want our village to look nice. We will reconvene in June, details will be announced in The Informer and on the Todwick website.

David Gregory

Todwick War Memorial

Published: 11 March 2013

Your Todwick Parish Council (TPC) continue to look into the possibility of erecting a War Memorial in Todwick, and at the moment are considering possible sites and also what form such a Memorial should take. As TPC would have the responsibility of the general upkeep of any War Memorial erected, it should ideally be sited on land owned by TPC. There are also planning rules to consider. TPC will be giving more information on this matter at a later date.

Vintage Parlour Reading Group

Published: 11 March 2013

The first meeting of the Vintage Parlour Reading Group (VPRG) took place on 5 February 2013 at the Todwick Vintage Tea Rooms and, in spite of the huge fall of snow the village had experienced that morning, the turnout was very encouraging. Members discussed their various tastes in respect of reading and chose books for future consideration. We will be using the RMBC Libraries Readers Service and will pick up our monthly choice from the mobile library.

We will be meeting on the first Tuesday in each month at 11.00 a.m. – the next meeting is Tuesday, 2 April 2013 and anyone wishing to join us will be given a warm welcome. There are no fees to pay – just the cost of a cup of coffee and, for those so inclined, a slice of delicious cake or a scone.

The Phone Box Book Swap

Published: 11 March 2013

Thank you to the people donating books for the Phone Box. The Box is due to be tidied up shortly and new titles installed. Among books ready to go in are Tales from a Midwife by Jennifer Worth; The Book Thief by Markus Zusak; The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger; When Will There be Good News by Kate Atkinson and Hunting Unicorns by Bella Pollen, all which have been recent bestsellers and well worth reading. All books taken out are taken to a charity venue.

Todwick Village Hall

Published: 11 March 2013

Unfortunately, since the publication of the Village Hall Activities in the March 2013 edition of the Informer there have since been a number of changes. The following is the most up-to-date information available.

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 –

See also Todwick Village Hall: Weekly Activities

Vandals in Todwick

Published: 28 February 2013

Todwick Parish Council (TPC) asks the residents of Todwick to keep a look out for someone who objects to the sign at the entrance to the Recreation Ground which is constantly being vandalised and pulled down.

The TPC and Todwick ratepayers are constant mending and replacing the sign at some cost.

If you should see anyone carrying out this vandalising or pulling the sign down please telephone the Police immediately.

Phone numbers Central Switchboard DIAL 101 to report an incident.

Crimestoppers number is 0800 555111. Report the action taking place as “Criminal Damage”.

Identifying the culprit will enable a prosecution to be brought with the backing of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

News from Todwick School Parents In Action (PIA)

Published: 18 February 2013

We held our Valentine’s Disco on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 which was a great success and very well attended, especially given it was 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.

Brenda Dobson

Published: 16 February 2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Brenda Dobson, a Todwick resident since 1964. Brenda, aged 75 years, died suddenly on 9 February 2013 from cancer.

A funeral service is being held at Todwick Church on Friday, 22 February 2013 at 1.15 pm followed by cremation at Rotherham Crematorium at 2.15 pm. Her Family would also like to invite any of Brenda’s friends back to 4 Tortmayns from 3.30 pm. Please text Heather on 07790 291245 for further information.

Weather in Todwick – Streetpride action

Published: 13 February 2013

Light snow started to fall around lunchtime today. This will get progressively heavier giving approximately 2–4 centimetres at all levels. The snow will then start to turn to sleet and rain between 5 pm and 7 pm.

There is also a warning of freezing rain that will be patchy, but could occur anywhere between 5 pm to 9 pm. Therefore there is a potential risk of disruption during the evening rush hour.

Proposed Action

Gritting teams salted the main routes overnight and worked on secondary routes this morning.

This afternoon teams will be salting the main routes.

This evening teams will be ready to salt routes if necessary.

Colin Knight
Streetpride Network Manager
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Tel: 01709 822828

New Business: Floral Creations

Published: 6 February 2013

Various designs and types of presentation to suit your needs and budget. Flowers in a basket a speciality.

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Contact Caroline Dabill, Tel: 01909 518074 or mobile: 07766 571463

Urgent Notice – Todwick Toddlers

Published: 21 January 2013

Todwick Toddlers will be closed on Tuesday, 22 January 2013.

Snow and Todwick area

Published: 21 January 2013

Teams have worked around the clock this weekend to keep the roads clear and as safe as possible, and have managed to keep the vast majority of roads open.

The preparatory work which has taken place on the main routes has meant that there has been sufficient time yesterday and today to allow salting teams to continue to work on secondary routes, side roads and ad hoc requests from the public until 14:30. Gritter drivers have reported that members of the public have stopped them to show their appreciation for this work.

Gritter lorries have then been fitted with snow ploughs and will salt the primary routes ahead of a band of snow forecast to enter our region from 17:00 and continuing until midday Monday.

The night teams will be brought in at 19:30 to continually salt primary routes for potentially heavy snow conditions.

A further band of snow is then forecast to fall on our region on Monday evening with cold conditions continuing for the next five days. However, this is a long range forecast and could change.

Colin Knight
Streetpride Network Manager
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Update on Winter Snow

Published: 18 January 2013

You may be aware from local and national news media that there is a likelihood that snow will fall over the region over the next few days. Rotherham MBC has sent the forecast they have received from the Met. Office for the South Yorkshire area. Please be aware that this can and does change.

Weather Summary


A band of snow spreading across the area during the day and overnight, potentially giving some significant accumulations.


Further outbreaks of snow are expected through the day giving some fresh accumulations, but any snow will become increasingly light and patchy as the day goes. Widespread frost and ice.

Outlook for Sunday and Monday

Predominately dry, cold and cloudy through Sunday with patches of fog/freezing fog. With the odd flurry of light snow at times but any accumulations will be low. Turning more unsettled through Monday as a band of rain, sleet and snow spreads. Widespread frost and ice.

Proposed action


  • Our main routes are clear and dry with residual salt on them. Salting will be carried out overnight if necessary
  • During the afternoon we have deployed all our gritters to secondary routes (estate roads, outlying villages, routes to schools etc.)
  • Restocked our satellite depots (hand salting use)
  • Teams re-filling salt bins


  • All our gritters will be ready to be deployed at 08:00 am in readiness for any snow that arrives
  • Teams re-filling salt bins
  • Hand salting teams will be ready to be deployed if necessary

Saturday / Sunday

  • All our gritters will be available and ready to be deployed
  • 4 teams re-filling salt bins if required
  • 12 hand salting teams have confirmed they would be willing to work over the weekend
  • JCBs ready if necessary

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Todwick’s unique tea towels – some still available

Published: 17 January 2013

Looking for a special 2013 present from Todwick?

Many people across the world were highly delighted with their special Christmas present – the Todwick tea towel!

Made a great present wrapper instead of filling landfill sites with waste Christmas paper, also available as an apron and a cushion cover. All very popular!

All available at a cost of £4.00 for any item at Todwick News Agency or from Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or send an email request to

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

Sheffield International Classical Music Season 2012/13

Published: 17 January 2013

Held at the Sheffield City Hall.

For details of the programme of events, where to obtain tickets and much more information see or telephone the City Hall Box Office 0114 2 789 789

Snow and Roads

Published: 15 January 2013

Please find below a brief update regarding the wintery conditions that are affecting the highway network:

Over Sunday evening and the early hours of Monday morning between 1 and 5 cm of snow fell on Rotherham. The Council’s gritting teams worked throughout the night and kept all our main roads open.

With the main roads clear the gritters have been able to concentrate on routes to schools, Doctors Surgeries, local estate roads and also responded to customer requests during Monday morning. Additionally, hand salting teams treated footpaths around the borough and several teams have started to re-fill the grit bins.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is for further snow showers of around 1–3 cm with local accumulations of up to 5 cm with temperatures dropping to -2 °C.

In preparation for this we will be gritting the main routes again this afternoon, with teams scheduled to salt as necessary throughout the night.

As the week progresses it will remain very cold with temperatures dropping to -6 °C with the risk of a few snow showers.

I will keep you updated as the week develops.

Colin Knight
Streetpride Network Manager
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council