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News Archive: 2015

Lost a drone in Todwick?

Published: 20 December 2015

Toy, electrically operated, remote controlled drone found Friday, 18 December 2015 on Todwick Allotment Site.

The item can be claimed by the owner by ringing 0114 2875158.

Todwick Christmas Fayre 2015

Published: 2 December 2015

The Trustees and Management Committee of Todwick Village Hall are delighted with the results from the Christmas Fayre held on Saturday, 28 November 2015 and wish to thank organiser Liz Wainwright and all the helpers, stall holders and Father Christmas who gave their time towards to making this a very pleasant afternoon.

Father Christmas

Despite the atrocious weather the event was well attended by Todwick people and children and raised £2391.04 including the Raffle which will go towards the maintenance of the Todwick Village Hall.

Well done everyone – Community spirit at its best!

Keep your vote – act now and before 20 November 2015: Important news

Published: 18 November 2015

Thousands of voters from across the UK may soon disappear from the Electoral Register. Are you one of them? You will have less of a say in future elections, and it could affect your credit rating. Most people will not even know it has happened until it is too late – so make sure you are registered now.

You need to be on the Electoral Register to be able to vote at all elections including local ones and referendums.

What’s going on?

The UK Government has recently switched to a new system of registering to vote, called “Individual Electoral Registration”. The deadline for people to register under the new system is 20 November 2015. Most people will have been automatically registered – but an estimated 1.9 million people are still not registered and will be deleted from the register without their knowledge.

Why does it matter?

If you are not on the Electoral Register next month, then according to the government you do not exist. MPs are allocated to areas based on how many people are on the Electoral Register – not how many people actually live there. That means if you are NOT on the Register by Friday, 20th November 2015 then your vote will not count at the next election.

Not being on the Electoral Register may affect your credit rating. That will make it harder to get things like a telephone contract or a loan to buy a car.

Am I registered?

Your local council office can confirm your registration details. Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) telephone number is 01709 382 121.

If you have not had a form, or you are not sure, then you can also confirm that you are registered by registering online on the government’s website by the 20th November 2015 visit

You will get an acknowledgement and the Government will inform RMBC.

See also

Christmas delights at Todwick Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room

Published: 11 November 2015

Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room is offering a Christmas Meal on Saturday, 12 December 2015 at 7 pm.

The menu is a three-course traditional Christmas Meal.

Cost: £25.00 per person

Starting from 1 December 2015 Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room is offering Christmas Afternoon Teas.

Cost: £10.95 per person

To make a booking for either, contact Rachael Watson, 18 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH, Tel: 07400 003 008

Shoebox presents for children at Christmas time

Published: 3 November 2015

On Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 10.15 am, a Shoebox Service will be held in the Church Hall.

Since 1990 more than 113 million children have received shoebox gifts at Christmas from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches and ministry partners to deliver the gifts as an act of love to needy children including refugees around the world regardless of background or beliefs.

Flat-pack ready-decorated shoeboxes ready to be filled are available in Todwick Church porch if you would like to give a needy child a Christmas present – or you can simply cover your own shoebox.

Instructions are on the flat pack re the contents. And there are leaflets in the Church porch. You choose which age range, fill your shoebox as the instructions (see example in the Church porch) and donate £3 towards the cost of transport of your box, by placing an envelope with £3 inside your box.

Decide if your gift is for a Boy or a Girl and the age category: 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14. Mark the correct age category and stick a label to the top of your shoebox.

You can download and print the appropriate boy/girl label from the website.

More information:

Please drop off your shoebox at the Todwick Church porch – doors are open during daylight hours – or take it with you to the service on Sunday, 15 November 2015.

Don’t be too late! All shoeboxes will be collected from Todwick Church for onwards transmission on Monday, 16 November 2015!

Christmas at Greenscene and Greenbean

Published: 20 October 2015

Christmas Open Evening – Friday, 23rd October 2015

Come and join us at Greenscene and Greenbean this Friday for our Christmas Open Evening...

Greenscene is open 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm come and take a look round our Christmas shop.

Free mulled wine and mince pie.

There is no bistro this Friday, but Greenbean will be open serving food.

Friday, 30th October 2015

Steak Night

Looking for somewhere to have your Christmas Party or a get together....

Starting from 1st December 2015 Greenbean has a festive season menu.

For the first time this year Greenbean is open Christmas Day

Our chefs have carefully chosen a menu to make Christmas Day the special occasion that it should be.

More information

Singing for Success

Published: 19 October 2015

Ken Hill, a Todwick resident, being always interested in music joined Todwick Church choir in 2010 and in addition then became a member of Dinnington Operatic Society and appeared in musicals such as Anything Goes, Disco Inferno, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Annie and pantomimes Goldilocks and Dick Whittington.

Ken Hill

He continued with singing lessons and then joined Anston Male Voice Choir which also helped with the work required in taking Grade 1 Popular Music Vocals singing examination of the University of West London which he has just passed with Merit.

So many congratulations Ken – it is a great achievement to be successful after all the hard work required for this examination.

RMBC Proposals for additional dwellings etc. to be built in Todwick

Published: 19 October 2015

Your chance to make comments and objections regarding these proposals.

Your replies must be in by 5 pm on 9 November 2015.

RMBC has placed the proposals on their website.

You have to register to make comments… if you have sent comments to the previous consultation you may still be registered – if not register now.

Remember closing date is 5 pm on 9 November 2015.

New Book for children… Buttercup the Den Fairy and the Fairy Cakes

Published: 14 October 2015

Just published on 3 October 2015. Aimed at children around 3 years onwards, these small-sized, soft-backed books by local author Sheila Pantry OBE contain delightful stories set in a garden with lots of trees and where Buttercup the Den Fairy lives in a yellow conifer tree.

Buttercup the Den Fairy and the Fairy Cakes

Book 2 shows Buttercup watching the children bringing a mat, cushions and a table into their new den to make it comfortable. Buttercup has a fantastic idea and decides to surprise the children by making some Fairy Cakes and some other things for them! There is a recipe in the book for children to make their own fairy cakes and send photos to Buttercup’s Facebook page.

Contain delightful and colourful illustrations throughout. The stories ask questions for the young reader to answer.

Book 1: Have you met Buttercup the Den Fairy and her friends? Published in February 2015 and introduces Buttercup and also a number of children who decide to make a den inside a tree. The children are Millie who is 5 years old, Harry who is 6 years old and Andy who is 4 years old. Follow their adventures in this new book. Contains colourful illustrations throughout. The stories ask questions for the young reader to answer.

Books available for purchase at Todwick News Agency.

Books cost £3.50 each.

Buttercup is a very modern fairy and has her own Website and Facebook visit also

Warning: Fake chargers and other fake goods that are fire hazards!

Published: 5 October 2015

Many people have chargers for pieces of equipment such as telephones and various pieces of electronic equipment.

An interesting seminar about fake chargers was held on Thursday, 17 September 2015 at the Imperial Hotel, London by the Fire Information Group UK (FIG UK). A talk was given by Andrew Vaughan-Davies from London Fire Brigade Fire Investigation Team.

For more information and to view the presentation (including photos of chargers) visit:

Anyone seen missing Tabby Cat called Dennis?

Published: 25 September 2015

Dennis has been missing for about 2 weeks. Please check and ask your neighbours to check garages and sheds.

Please contact Debbie and Mike on 01909 771237.

Todwick Bowling Club open new Pavilion

Published: 21 September 2015

Cliff and Hilda Hoy donated the funds to enable the materials to be bought to make a new Pavilion at the Todwick Bowling Club. Members carried out the building project.

Photos include Cliff officially cutting the ribbon to declare the new Pavilion “open for business”.

Bowling Club members enjoyed a barbecue following the opening.

Todwick Jazz Supper Club Autumn – Winter – Spring 2015/2016 Programme

Published: 31 August 2015

Held at Todwick Village Hall, Kiveton Lane, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1HJ – about 1.5 miles from M1 Junction 31

Entry £9.00 – all profits after expenses go to the Todwick Village Hall maintenance. Starts 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm. Supper break at 8.30 pm. Bring your own supper and drinks. Make up a party table. Easy parking.

Saturday, 19 September 2015 – The Dearne Valley Big Band
The Dearne Valley Big Band gave Todwick Jazz Supper Club a fabulous entertaining evening in the Autumn 2014, with an emphasis on ELLA and SINATRA music. This very entertaining band contains many young musicians. See

Future Dates

  • 10 October 2015 – Peter Frank All Stars
  • 14 November 2015 – Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies
  • 19 December 2015 – Christmas Party night – Dave Pogson and The Spirit of New Orleans
  • 16 January 2016 – Wil Robinson and the Southside Jazz Band
  • 13 February 2016 – Valentine Eve – Winston’s Pennine Jazz Band
  • 19 March 2016 – Washington Whirligigs
  • 16 April 2016 – Stef Draper and the Footwarmers
  • 14 May 2016 – Mike Pembroke and the Old Fashioned Love Band

Booking essential for these events.

To book Please contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024, Email:

Coffee Afternoon Plus

Published: 28 August 2015

Anyone who is over 55 will be warmly welcomed to this very friendly new group which has been meeting every Friday in the Church Hall from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm for the last few months.

Come and try a taster session for free and then we pay £2 and give a small donation towards refreshment. It may be possible for people who are unable to get without help to be collected (see contact details below).

We have had Kathryn from Age UK Rotherham to run the group and who has been very helpful in giving advice, before we go solo. We are able to loan equipment from her for free for a short while until we firmly establish ourselves, but if anyone has any games etc which they do not use any longer and may be enjoyed by our members we would be pleased to accept them.

We have varying activities, and indeed we try to do what our members request, it may be that you just want to come and chat, bring some knitting, sewing, drawing, or painting, do a quiz, or a craft project, have a discussion group, play board games, cards, dominos, draughts or join our very active scrabble group. Why not come and share a talent you have with others.

As we get older, most doctors will tell us the more active we keep our minds and bodies and the more social interaction we have, the healthier we will be, what better reason can you wish for joining us?


Feel free to contact me on: 01909 771344, Email:

Todwick Fashion Show with a Difference was a huge success

Published: 15 August 2015

The latest Todwick Fashion Show with a Difference, held in Todwick Village Hall on Tuesday, 11 August 2015, was a huge success – attended by over 75 people.

The fashion show brought current High Street fashions to the enthusiastic audience and raised £347 to aid the maintenance of Todwick Village Hall.

Wine stewards Brian Mullins and Ken Hill and raffle seller Reni Pilgram did sterling jobs! Many thanks to them for their help.

Organised by Sheila Pantry.

Bus diversion now starts on 17 August 2015

Published: 10 August 2015

Another delay… the roadworks at Dog Kennel Lane diversion will now begin on 17 August 2015 and last until 28 August 2015 – please check SYPTE website and Todwick Village Website for updates. The X5 service will be coming through Todwick down Kiveton Lane from Kiveton turn right at the Red Lion Hotel and join the X5 usual route at South Anston then onto Dinnington.

There should be 3 buses per hour after stopping at the Saxon Hotel Bus stop at Kiveton and turning into Kiveton Lane. The times at the Saxon Bus stop are from 06.03 am and then every 30 minutes thereafter.

Bus timetables are to be displayed at the Kiveton Saxon Bus stop before the diversions start.

Make sure that you use this temporary service whilst you can.

Contact Brenda Waller, Tel: 01909 770819

Churchyard Tidy Up – Call for help

Published: 30 July 2015

Please consider coming along to join in with a working party to tackle the untidiness in the south-east corner of the churchyard.

Please bring garden tools with you – especially extending shears and rakes, as well as waste sacks.

We will be working through Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August from 10 am – just come along for as long as you are able.

Thank you.

Vicky Camber
St Peter & St Paul, Todwick

Todwick Church Garden Fete raises £3417

Published: 27 July 2015

The Garden Fete that took place on Saturday, 4 July 2015 was very well supported – the good attendance helped boost the Fete total take to £3417.

Many thanks to everyone who supported this important event.

Todwick Allotments, Gardens and Scarecrows Trail

Published: 23 July 2015

Sunday, 26 July 2015 12.00 - 16.00

Starting the Trail at the Village Hall…

Have free drinks and refreshments here whilst looking at the trail details and possibly your very last your chance to buy a unique Souvenir Todwick Souvenir Tea Towel – there are still a very few left… at the final sale price of £2.00 each!

Return to the village hall for 3.15 pm for more refreshments followed at 3.30 pm by the prizegivings by Brenda Waller for the Best Allotments, Best Front Gardens and Best Scarecrow, and also presents The Waller Cup to the Allotment First Prize Winners Jim and Janet Tompkin.

Just round from Todwick Village Hall go on The Pastures see Julian and Wendy’s colourful front garden at No. 11 then go to No. 13 – where Brenda Waller invites you to visit her Front and Back interesting gardens.

At this point you may wish to go up Goosecarr Lane to the Allotments and see the Award-winning Allotment Plots:

  • 1st Prize – Plot 28 Jim and Janet Tompkin
  • 2nd Prize – Plot 17 Mrs Daphne Stewart and Mrs Dawn Brookman
  • 3rd Prize – Plot 16 Howard Day

Commended Allotment plots are Plot 23a Patricia Blackman and Plot 8 Rob Smith

Alternate route from Todwick Village Hall…

From the Village Hall, head towards Todwick Church or park in the Church Car Park just outside the Mary Gregory Children’s park.

Go and see the lovely St Peter and St Paul Church – Garden Trail Leaflets are also inside the Church porch.

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. The Church bells still ring out from the Church. Look at the dates of some of the ancient graves that go back some hundreds of years. If you would like to “Adopt an ancient grave” and keep it weeded/tidy that would be lovely and improve the look of this ancient area – in the first instance contact Sheila Pantry.

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 continue up Kiveton Lane just a short walk past the area where new builds are being erected, then just inside in the Plantain / Bluebell Wood – be careful as you go down the path around the gate… and to your right you will see Robin Hood’s Trysting Tree. Spare a thought for the history that surrounds Todwick.

Turn back towards the village and turn off onto The Meadows walk along the Meadows have a look at some of the bright floral front gardens on your way… stop first at No. 68-70 and look at Roy Bowell’s always lovely front garden. Next door at no 66 is Abby and Harry’s Little Miss Sunshine that will make you smile. Walk to the bend on the Meadows and go up to the top of the little cul-de-sac to No. 87 and look inside the garden on your right-hand side where you will meet Rosemary Chambers’ Scarecrow delightful Rosie Rainbow.

Turn back down the cul-de-sac to see Sheila’s Sunflower Kids Scarecrows in between the sunflowers in the garden on your left as you come down from No. 87, and at the entrance to No. 85 you will meet Buttercup, The Den Fairy scarecrow and also the ever present Plantpot Man in his summer outfit! You are invited into Sheila’s front garden with bright splashes of colour – then go through a little “secret garden” to the back garden area and sit down and enjoy a really fabulous view – ranging from the wonderful Derbyshire Hills on your left, the two towers at Norton, Sheffield city and on your right you can see as far as Emley Moor… with windmills on the horizon.

Next at No. 83 is Brian Summerhayes’ amusing 2015 prizing winning Wallace and Gromit Scarecrow. Brian gave a very interesting and practical Scarecrow Masterclass in March 2015 – now you can see what can be done! Admire Denise’s lovely bright Commended Garden.

You must stop at No. 79 The Meadows and see colourful front garden of Brian Mullins where you will meet scarecrow Mike and His Kite which is another use for a Todwick Tea Towel! Read the little ditty that Mike has made up. Next door at 77 The Meadows is Anne and Ray Ibberson’s colourful front garden and drive. Next at No. 75 The Meadows is Frank’s bright garden.

Walk across the road into Mill Close to No. 2 Mavis and Bill Rogers’ 2015 3rd Prize winning bright garden. Cross the road – right hand side to No. 8 Mill Close see Mabel Hextall’s lovely front garden and hanging baskets. Then at No. 10 see Beverley Grice’s Commended garden.

Back to the Meadows and then down on the right hand side to No. 22 The Meadows where you can see Reni Pilgram’s delightful scarecrow having POSH Tea at the Meadows! Cross The Meadows and go on to No. 18 Staniforth Road to see Ann Drury’s 2nd prize winning garden of roses and flowers. Cross the road and go up to No. 3 De Houten Close to see Bob Ireton’s 1st Prize Winning Front Garden!

Back to Staniforth Crescent turn left and go round to 13 Furnival Road where Janet Tompkin’s Tour de Todwick scarecrow with special medal awaits you, and then look for Jim Tompkin’s very safety and health conscious Hedgecutter scarecrow!

Retrace your steps back to The Meadows further down Margaret Clarke at No. 2 The Meadows invites you to see both her front and back gardens. Go down to Rachael Watson’s Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Rooms and meet the joyful Gladys – your life will never be the same after meeting her!

Back to Todwick Village Hall in time for more welcome refreshments and then the 3.30 pm Certificates and Prize giving to the winners!


Best Scarecrow, Best Front Gardens and Allotments Prize monies are awarded by Todwick Parish Council.

This event is organised by Sheila Pantry – Tel: 01909 771024 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! And perhaps has inspired you for next year?

Please keep checking Todwick website which is continuously updated with news, dates of regular activities and special events.

Todwick Toddlers Group summer holiday closing and opening dates

Published: 16 July 2015

Todwick Toddlers Group will be closing on Tuesday, 28 July 2015 and will reopen on Tuesday, 1 September 2015.

Exploding e-cigarettes: Nationwide safety alert issued by fire authorities after fresh spate of home fires

Published: 14 July 2015

A nationwide safety alert is being issued by fire authorities after a “highly disturbing” spate of fires caused by dodgy e-cigarette chargers which explode.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents all 49 fire and rescue authorities in England and Wales, fears that these are the “tip of the iceberg” and many cases go unreported.

The LGA has called for e-cigarette manufacturers to do more to warn of the dangers. This includes displaying prominent safety warnings, highlighting this issue, on e-cigarette packaging. Fire chiefs say many blazes are taking place because some smokers are not using compatible chargers. This means too much current goes into the batteries and they overheat and eventually explode. Battery material shoots out – up to two to three metres in distance – and can cause a fire if it lands on anything combustible.

See more at:

Tickets on sale for Fashion Show with a Difference

Published: 9 July 2015

The very popular Fashion Show with a difference will be held on Tuesday, 11 August 2015 at 7 pm – 9 pm.

Available will be High Street clothing offered at very low prices. Those who have attended the last fashions shows will know that many bargains are on offer.

This is a very popular event and tickets go quickly. Top limit is 80 people.

Tickets are available from Sheila Pantry on Tel. 01909 771024 or email:

Todwick honey for sale

Published: 9 July 2015

A limited amount of honey from the spring flowers around Todwick is now available, priced at £4.75 for a large jar (454 g / 1 lb) and £3.75 for a medium jar (340 g / 12 oz). Available from Geoff Downs, 30 Kiveton Lane, Todwick (tel. 01909 515444).

Medium jars are also available from The Honey Pot Tea Room, 1A Hard Lane, Kiveton (tel. 07517 033192).

Register your Scarecrow by Saturday, 18 July 2015

Published: 8 July 2015

Saturday, 18 July 2015 is the deadline date to register your 2015 scarecrow in the Todwick Annual Scarecrow Competition.

Are you making one this year… please try to encourage your neighbours to make one… hoping for loads of scarecrows this year. No theme – just make what you want to make – could be a favourite character. Have fun! And invite your friends and family to have a look around the village… have a scarecrow party.

Scarecrows to be on show for Saturday, 18 July 2015 in readiness for judging.

Then kept on show at least up to Sunday, 26 July 2015 when it is Todwick’s Best Scarecrow, Best Allotments and Best Front Gardens Trail Day. We hope people will keep their scarecrows on show for the whole of August 2015 school holiday month.

Prize giving for Todwick’s Best Scarecrow, Best Allotments and Best Front Gardens will be at 3.30 pm on Sunday, 26 July 2015 in Todwick Village Hall. Refreshments available free of charge.

You can find details on how to make a scarecrow in the Scarecrow Masterclass. You are shown how to make a scarecrow in 1.5 minutes – so please don’t say you have no spare time!

Do register your scarecrow so the judges know where to look!

To register and for further information contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 771024, Email:

Anyone seen Bob the cat?

Bob the cat

Published: 8 July 2015

Bob is a one-year-old white and grey tortoiseshell cat who has been neutered and microchipped.

He went missing from the Pastures, Todwick on Friday night or Saturday morning (3 or 4 July 2015) during the storms.

He is a house cat by day and is quite timid but affectionate.

If anyone has any information please contact Alex O’Sullivan on 07917 817788.

Fencing on The Pastures at the Flower Beds

Published: 6 July 2015

Due to some local issues that are waiting to be resolved the fencing that has appeared over the weekend on the land around where the flowerbeds, trees and seats are located at the corner of the Meadows and The Pastures will remain.

Further information will be available once the issues are hopefully resolved.

Use of Todwick website – keep getting the news

Published: 30 June 2015

Albeit from a business point of view – a small website – Todwick website in May 2015 had 3,541 visits from people and 5,870 number of pages looked at.

In the first 5 months of 2015 there were 16,839 visits from people and 30,149 number of pages looked at.

In 2014 there were 36,795 visits and 81,224 pages looked at in Todwick website.

Keep getting the latest news via

Resurfacing of Kiveton Lane footways starts

Published: 29 June 2015

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) Streetpride have informed that resurfacing of footways on Kiveton Lane starts Monday, 29 June 2015 and should be finished 31 July 2015.

Streetpride advise that disruption to footways users will be kept to a minimum – this includes having to cross Kiveton Lane whilst the work is in progress.

View the Council’s method of working statement

In the dark… Malfunctioning lights on Kiveton Lane

Published: 29 June 2015

Kiveton Lane road lights from the Red Lion end of Kiveton Lane up to around Todwick Gardens have not been working for over a week have been reported to RMBC Streetpride.

The lights are going to be inspected and will be repaired as soon as possible.

Beginners Computer Club suspended

Published: 23 June 2015

The class suspended until 1st September 2015.

Any questions contact Bryan Ferris, Email: or Telephone: 01909 772001

Very successful POSH Tea at the Ritz

Published: 16 June 2015

POSH Tea at the Ritz held on Sunday 14 June 2015 in Todwick Village Hall was attended by 64 elegantly attired people including Naval “Captain” Brian Summerhayes who all enjoyed the music played Pete Moxon trio whilst eating their very POSH tea.

Those attending were extremely well looked after by Hilary Smith, 16 year old Abigail Mosley, Mabel Hextall, Reni Pilgram, Brian Mullins, Anne Rusling and Sheila Pantry who had organised the event. Many thanks to all the above who helped make this a very successful event.

All proceed after expenses went to Todwick Village Hall Maintenance Funds.

Last CHANCE to buy a special Todwick Tea Towel now reduced to £2 each!

Published: 16 June 2015

Todwick Tea Towel

Sales have been so very good… thank you for your support!

So now is your LAST CHANCE to buy your own special Todwick tea towel that could also be used as a flag, cushion cover, apron, shoes bag, or as a present wrapper… or a unique HERITAGE present!

Just imagination is needed to maximise the potential of the Todwick Tea towel that has already been sent all over the world!

These specially designed, colourful Todwick tea towels, aprons and cushion covers are in good quality cotton showing the Todwick Shield and a picture of the near 1000-year-old Todwick Church.

The remaining few tea towels are available for sale from Lisa at Todwick News Agency and Rachael at Heaven is Homemade vintage tea room …so hurry to buy the remaining few.

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

Good news: Goosecarr Lane footpath improvement

Published: 13 June 2015

The footpath on Goosecarr Lane has been re-surfaced by RMBC. Looks good and good to walk on!

Other pavements in Todwick will be re-surfaced in the new financial year 2015-2016.

Deep hole of Todwick – “horses to water”…

Published: 13 June 2015

The crater on the forecourt in front of the Todwick News Agency remains both a danger and an eyesore. After rains on Saturday, 13 June 2015 it looks like a mini lake. It is deep – so beware when walking or driving on the forecourt!

The owners have been contacted about this hazard. You have heard the saying “horses to water…”

New Todwick group starting for over 55s

Published: 25 May 2015

Over 55s – male or female – are invited to join in a new group meeting every Friday from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm in the Todwick Church Hall.

Come and enjoy an afternoon of chatting, reminiscing, laughter, games, quizzes, crafts, Boccia, New Age Kurling and many more activities.

The first session anyone attends will be free and then a charge of £2 a session.

Refreshments will be available for a small donation.

For a few months the group will be organised by Age UK and then we will form our own group of organisers.

Much evidence can be found to show that as we get older the more interaction we have with others helps our physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.

This is fully supported by NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning group. It is to this aim that we want to tailor the activities to what the group wants and to complement other activities in the village.

Further information can be obtained by calling 01709 910699.

Good news: A57 new road markings at the Red Lion roundabout

Published: 13 May 2015

Users of the A57 around the Red Lion roundabout will notice the new markings on the A57 to help people navigate more safely the lanes around the roundabout.

Many Todwick drivers have already used the road this week and have commented on the improvement.

So hopefully the new markings will encourage better driving techniques when tackling the roundabout after a number of shunts / near misses / wonderful examples of poor driving since the roundabout was installed.

The major problem remains – that of oncoming speeding motorists (which at times must be about 60/65 mph), using the stretch of the A57 from the roundabout in the direction of the M1 Junction 31 at the Goosecarr Lane exit from the village. This makes exiting Goosecarr Lane at many busy times of the day sometimes almost impossible. It is reckoned about 1:10 oncoming A57 motorists “read the road” properly and move over to the next lane when vehicles are trying to join the A57 from the Goosecarr Lane exit.

Todwick’s Kiveton Lane Footpaths to be re-surfaced

Published: 13 May 2015

Streetpride RMBC will in the 2015 / 2016 financial year be re-surfacing the footpaths on Kiveton Lane.

This does NOT include any road works.

Todwick residents are requested to help RMBC – please see details in the letter just received.

Over 60s Group Away Day

Published: 9 May 2015

A great day out on Tuesday, 5 May 2015 when the Over 60s group went by coach from Todwick with pickups at Kiveton and Hartill. They journeyed down the motorway to Morton in the Marsh that included a browse in the market then a coffee stop at Bourton on the Water.

After an excellent lunch with wine, then another stop in Broadway with just enough time for window shopping but sadly no time for a drink in the Lygon Arms!

Photographs were taken recording a memorable day organised by Eileen and Myra for Todwick’s Over 60s Group.

Ken Hill

Todwick Historical Society meeting cancelled

Published: 6 May 2015

The Historical Society regret that the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 12 May 2015 is now cancelled.

The speaker will be rearranged for a date in 2016.

Rotherham High Street – a delight to visit

Published: 6 May 2015

If you have not visited Rotherham in recent decades – you may be very pleasantly surprised to find that High Street and surrounding streets offer a delightful collection of shops and that will entertain you and no doubt part you from your money.

For example, The Makers Emporium at 26 High Street offers a new contemporary retail venture offers the latest pieces from over 30 local makers, designers, artists and crafters with a wide range of unique homeware, clothing, jewellery, accessories, artwork gifts and textiles. Next door is Cafe Miele – a delightful delicious Italian deli and café is one of the unique local businesses to take up residence.

This area at the top of the High Street is currently undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment with many historic and listed buildings being refurbished, and the new shops let by exciting original independent shops.

The quality of the Rotherham shopping offer was noted by Mary Portas, the Queen of Shops, when she visited the town recently. Specific high praise was given to the quality of the independent shops with Mary commenting; “Some of the retailers I thought, honestly, were better than some in the heart of London, which I found astounding.”

Just round the corner is the beautiful Rotherham Minster where Reverend David Bliss who was also Todwick’s vicar for fourteen years is now vicar.

Map with parking areas:

FREE Weekend Parking – for full details visit:

Fantastic Flower Festival held at Todwick Church 24-26 April 2015

Published: 28 April 2015

Todwick Church was transformed into a delightful floral place when it held an imaginative Flower Festival over the weekend. It is estimated that it is over 29 years since a Flower Festival was held in the Church!

The photos below show a wide range of topics chosen by a number of people including children to express their ideas in beautiful flower displays.

Everyone who visited the Flower Festival was very impressed.

Don’t worry if you could not get at the weekend because it has been decided to keep the displays up this week…. So go and see for yourselves how beautiful Todwick’s Church (built in 1068) looks in its colourful floral Spring makeover.

Problems with A57 Traffic Lights near Red Lion Roundabout

Published: 13 April 2015

Be aware that the traffic lights on both sides of the A57 near the Red Lion roundabout to and from the M1 have intermittent problems.

Please keep your speed down so that you can stop urgently.

Lots of fun at Brian Summerhayes’ excellent Scarecrow Masterclass

Published: 30 March 2015

Those attending the excellent free of charge Scarecrow Masterclass on Sunday, 29 March 2015 delivered by Brian Summerhayes learned a lot in a very short space of time. Those that did not come missed a treat of a fun afternoon. Everyone attending really enjoyed themselves.

We were shown how to make a handsome scarecrow in 1.5 minutes! We were given lots of ideas for making scarecrows at hardly any expense at all. We learned how to make a scarecrow’s head using a balloon and strips of paper, and then shown a number of other ways to make heads using boxes, plastic bottles, tins, etc.

As an introduction we were shown lots of photos of ideas to make your scarecrows. “How to do it handout sheets” were given away on Building a Scarecrow and How to make a Scarecrow Head out of papier-mâché.

These will help children and their parents and grandparents to make a scarecrow in time for Todwick’s Best Scarecrow Competition that will be judged on the weekend of 18-19 July 2015 and then left up in your front garden for the Best Front Garden and Best Scarecrow Trail the following weekend.

Our grateful thanks go to Brian Summerhayes for giving such a great afternoon’s entertainment for everyone who attended.

Thanks also to Mabel Hextall, Reni Pilgram, Brian Mullins and Tony Rusling who all helped to make the Scarecrow Masterclass such a success.

We hope that many people will join in this Summer’s fun by making scarecrows and registering them with Sheila Pantry, email: or telephone 01709 771024 so the judges will know where to find your scarecrow!

Easter message from The Reverend Vicky Camber

Published: 23 March 2015

Jesus’ death and resurrection is the central point of a Christian’s faith. Without it, the church is just a social club. With it, we have hope. The hope that we have in Jesus is one that perhaps all of us need so deeply. We live in a culture which is desperately scared of illness, weakness and death. So many media reports are about what might kill or cure us. Magazines are full of diets and health tips. Debates continue about euthanasia. Being a Christian does not make us immune from fear of pain or suffering, or from worry and grief when we or those around us are ill and dying. But Christianity does change our perspective on illness and death. Because we follow a God who showed his love for us most profoundly by being born as a helpless, squalling infant, and by being prepared to die in the most horrible way imaginable for us, we are forced to confront our fears and to see weakness and death in a new light. They are still horrible, still fearsome, but we know that God can and does work through even the worst that can happen. Because Jesus on the cross cried out just before his death “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” we know that God knows even the pain of feeling ourselves abandoned by God.

In its broadest sense, I will be rejoicing at Easter and beyond that new life can come from that which has died – love survives and triumphs.

Everyone is welcome to all our Holy Week & Easter services.

Revd Vicky.

Todwick Recipients of HM The Queen’s Maundy Money 2015

Published: 23 March 2015

You may have seen in the local press that 178 people in the Sheffield Diocese will be recognised for their lives of Christian service in a special service attended by HM The Queen on Maundy Thursday (2nd April 2015) at Sheffield Cathedral.

We are delighted that Audrey Radford and Roy Hesketh, from Todwick, will be among the recipients of the Maundy Money. Many congratulations to them both! Royal Maundy is a religious service in the Church of England held on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.

At the service the Queen distributes small silver coins known as “Maundy money” as symbolic alms to people over 70. A small sum of ordinary money is also given in lieu of gifts of clothing and food that the sovereign once bestowed on Maundy recipients.

Todwick Toddlers closed over the Easter Holidays

Published: 23 March 2015

Todwick Toddlers will be closed for 2 weeks for the Easter holidays and will re-open on Tuesday, 14 April 2015.

May 2015 Elections – Stand for the Parish Council

Published: 7 March 2015

Elections for Todwick Parish Council, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) and for Central Government – 7 May 2015

Not long now to the Election Day! Want to be a local Parish Councillor?

Anyone wishing to apply to be a Todwick Parish Councillor can obtain a nomination information pack from:

Electoral Services
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC)

Tel: 01709 823590


All applications for a nomination information pack must be requested by 5 pm on 24 March 2015.

Applications must be sent to the Returning Officer during the period Tuesday, 31 March 2015 – 9 April 2015 by 4 pm sharp.

Important notice to ALL voters

If you are NOT registered to vote at your address it’s easy to register online now.

You must register by 20 April 2015 to be in the next electoral register update.

More information:

Buttercup the Den Fairy is getting lots of new friends... young and old alike read her new book

Published: 25 February 2015

After only a week since being first published Buttercup, the Den Fairy is gaining lots of new friends as they read the new book entitled Have you met Buttercup the Den Fairy and her friends?

This first book in the series contains delightful stories set in a garden with lots of trees and where Buttercup the Den Fairy lives in a yellow conifer tree.

Have you met Buttercup the Den Fairy and her friends?

It introduces Buttercup and also a number of children who decide to make a den inside a tree. The children are Millie who is 5 years old, Harry who is 6 years old and Andy who is 4 years old. Follow their adventures in this brand new book.

Contains colourful illustrations throughout. The stories ask questions for the young reader to answer, so a very interactive read between children and adults. It is the first of a series of small-sized, soft-backed books by Sheila Pantry OBE.

Available to buy from:

  • Todwick News Agency, 16 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH, Tel 01909 770978
  • Special Occasions, 97 Wales Road, Kiveton Park, Sheffield S26 6RA, Tel 01909 774330

or visit for details of how to order direct from the publisher.

Todwick Fashion Show a Great Success

Published: 23 February 2015

A very enjoyable, fun evening was held on Thursday, 19 February 2015 when over 80 people attended a Fashion Show organised by Sheila Pantry.

The Wine Stewards where Ken Hill and Brian Mullins who was also the photographer and the Raffle Seller was Reni Pilgram – thanks to them all for their time and efforts.

The clothes on sales at great discount prices were this season’s fashions from High Street fashion outlets.

The event raised £359.00 for Todwick Village Hall maintenance funds.

Very successful and enjoyable Todwick Valentine’s Jazz Supper Club

Published: 23 February 2015

A large audience attended a very successful and enjoyable Todwick Valentine’s Jazz Supper Club held on Saturday, 14 February 2015 held in Todwick Village Hall.

Washington Whirligig

The Washington Whirligig band played a great programme – the choice of tunes was just right for the Valentine’s night.

Washington Whirligig leader is David Hepworth who plays reeds, his wife Liz plays the bass and also sings, Andy Bramall plays both banjo and guitar and also sings. The percussionist is Rob Cotterill and the trumpet/flugelhorn player and vocals is Wil Robinson. For more details visit

All profits from these jazz nights, after expenses are paid go to the Todwick Village Hall maintenance.

For more Todwick Jazz Supper forthcoming and other events visit Diary of Events

Booking essential: contact Sheila Pantry for tickets/booking a table, Tel: 01909 771024, Email:

RMBC Adult Community Learning offers small grants for learning groups

Published: 18 February 2015

Many people learn in clubs that are organised by their own members and it takes time and effort to keep groups going. RMBC Adult Community Learning recognises the need to offer support to such groups and is keen to help develop the number of self organised learning groups in Rotherham. To do that it has made available a small amount of funding in the form of a small grant.

There is a maximum of £5000 for the whole of the borough so if you apply please make it a smaller amount to be considered.

This fund would be suitable for those seeking room hire, refreshments, travel etc.

Application Form [Microsoft Word document]

New Book: Have you met Buttercup the Den Fairy and her friends?

Published: 13 February 2015

Aimed at children around 3 years onwards, these small-sized, soft-backed books by local author Sheila Pantry contain delightful stories set in a garden with lots of trees and where Buttercup the Den Fairy lives in a yellow conifer tree.

Have you met Buttercup the Den Fairy and her friends?

Book 1 introduces Buttercup and also a number of children who decide to make a den inside a tree. The children are Millie who is 5 years old, Harry who is 6 years old and Andy who is 4 years old. Follow their adventures in this brand new book.

Contains colourful illustrations throughout. The stories ask questions for the young reader to answer.

Available for purchase at Todwick News Agency.

More at

Todwick Ramblers Club Barn Dance

Published: 7 February 2015

On 30 January 2015 Todwick Ramblers Club organised a Barn Dance, coupled with a Pea & Pie supper in the Village Hall. This was quite a break from the formula of past years where the entertainment had been generated ‘in house’.

For the majority of the people present the event was either a new experience or a rekindling of memories that had faded with the passage of time.

This didn’t faze the desire of the dancers to get involved for they quickly filled the dance floor determined to carry out the caller’s instructions from the moment the five piece band, known as Desperate Measures, struck up the first tune.

With this positive attitude prevailing, the dancing throughout the evening went with swing, as the dancers came to terms with the various dance routines.

Needless to say, a few short spells of confusion did occur as the dances became more complicated. However, this all added to the general fun and enjoyment of the evening which ended all too quickly.

Jim Tompkin

Women’s Institute (WI) Centenary Year 2015 Celebrations

Published: 3 February 2015

The National Federation of the WI is celebrating its centenary year. There will be a special AGM in London in June 2015.

Todwick WI is asking for any local families to look and see if they have any memorabilia relating to the local WI activities.

Anyone who has been a member in the past may have minutes of meetings, programmes of events and other interesting documents, etc.

Contact: Jenny Foulds, Tel: 01777 871706, Email:

Todwick Recycling Waste Collection now due on Friday, 9 January 2015

Published: 8 January 2015

Due to delays caused by weather, the recycling waste collection for Todwick will now be on Friday, 9 January 2015. This is for your blue bag and your blue box.

The following areas will also be on Friday, 9 January 2015:

  • Swallownest
  • Aughton
  • Aston
  • Kiveton
  • Fence
  • Orgreave
  • Whiston

Waste Collection in Todwick – Saturday, 3 January 2015

Published: 2 January 2015

For your information and further dissemination, the household waste collection for our area will be carried out tomorrow, Saturday, 3 January 2015.

This includes Harthill, Kiveton, Todwick, Thorpe Salvin and Wales. We believe Anston is also included in this.

Clearly the crews are still trying to catch up on missed collections during the snow and thus today’s scheduled collection is now planned for tomorrow.