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News Archive: 2016

Todwick’s Charity Scarecrow Santa loses head and body in attacks – what a Christmas story!

Published: 23 December 2016

A Santa scarecrow made by Lesley and John Carr, 142 Kiveton Lane, Todwick to raise funds for charity has been beheaded several times. Vandals have carried out repeated attacks during this Christmas time.

The South Yorkshire Police are investigating and enquiries are ongoing and Officers continue to work with the complainants.

For more information see Sheffield Star, Friday, 23 December 2016, p. 13

Just in time for your Christmas and New Year walks – introducing Todwick Ramble leaflet

Published: 20 December 2016

Short, easy to follow and local, the full length of the ramble described in this 2 page coloured leaflet is just less than 6 miles. However, due to the route’s proximity to the centre of Todwick it can be broken down into 3 short circular walks with the exit points highlighted by blue dots.

The route provides a mixture of landscape contrasts principally between the rural farmland that surrounds Todwick and the pleasant eastern urban fringe areas of the Parish of Wales.

It also incorporates the three cul-de-sac sections of the old A57 highway that are rapidly being reclaimed by nature and now provide pleasant conditions for walking.

Car parking during daylight hours is normally available within the Todwick Parish Council’s Recreation Field situated at the junction of Goosecarr Lane and The Pastures.

Enjoy the lovely countryside around Todwick.

Photos needed for Todwick website

Published: 12 December 2016

Does anyone have photos of the shops that stood at the bottom of The Meadows in the 1970s? Nowadays these are flats.

If you have any please email them to Sheila Pantry or drop copies at 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG

New Caretaker at Todwick Village Hall

Published: 28 November 2016

With effect from 28th November 2016 the new Caretaker of the Todwick Village Hall is Sue Wright, Tel: 07807 77 45 86, Email:

Three young Todwickians receive award for community service at Wales High School

Published: 28 November 2016

On Friday, 25 November 2016, Wales High School held the 2016 Presentation of Certificates Evening.

Congratulations to the many students who gained Awards for their hard work which were presented by former Wales High School student Lt Col Leon Roberts, a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, who also gave an inspirational talk.

Amongst those receiving special awards were three young Todwickians Harry Chambers, Max Langham and Sam Tiler.

The boys were walking home and found an elderly lady who had fallen down whilst walking her dog. The boys helped the lady, made her comfortable and phoned for emergency help and stayed with her until the help came. They also phoned home to let their parents know why they were coming home late.

Good thinking and caring for others were cited at the presentation. Todwick is proud of these quick thinking and caring boys.

Well done Harry, Max and Sam!

Christmas at Greenscene

Published: 25 November 2016

Come and join us this weekend...

Here at Greenscene, the festive spirit is well under way. Our Christmas Trees have now arrived, pop along and see our wide variety of trees, wreaths and swags.

He will be arriving with his reindeers on Saturday, 26th November 2016 at 12.00 noon.

His reindeers will only be here for this one day, but Santa will be here every weekend 11.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Greenbean, Side Farm Nursery, Sheffield Road, Todwick, Sheffield, S26 1DJ

Food Bank Chocolate Appeal

Published: 22 November 2016

Todwick Church is hoping to collect chocolate treats for families in need this year to make their Christmas special.

Selection boxes, chocolate oranges, small boxes of chocolates or bars of chocolate would all be such a treat for a family in great need.

Please pop any gifts into the basket in the Church porch.

They will be delivered to the Food Bank each Monday through to Christmas.

Many Thanks.

Christmas Season 2016 at Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Rooms, Todwick

Published: 21 November 2016

Rachael and staff are offering festive-themed afternoon teas for £10.95 per person.

The tea room parlour is the perfect venue for a Christmas gathering with a difference, including private parties out of hours.

Call 07400 003 008 or message through Facebook: @heavenishomemade

Shoebox 2016

Published: 21 November 2016

A big thank you to those of you who have helped in so many ways to make the Shoebox appeal so successful.

In total 171 shoeboxes were sent from our village.

A great effort – thank you so much!

Thank you also to Todwick Primary School and to all the village organisations who joined in and to our local tea shop for acting as a depot too, and to everyone who helped, in so many ways at the Shoebox service on 20 November 2016.

Thank you for making a poor child’s Christmas special.

Shoebox Service in Todwick Parish Church – 10.15 am Sunday, 20 November 2016

Published: 15 November 2016

Everyone is invited to join the Shoebox service at 10.15 am this coming Sunday – 20 November 2016 – in Todwick Parish Church.

Cake and coffee will be served before the service from 10.00 am.

Please bring your filled shoebox to this service and PLEASE don’t forget to add £3 towards the shipping costs or donate your £3 online.

If you are unable to come to the service you can leave your shoebox in the church porch before Sunday.

The shoeboxes are being collected after the service and taken to the Shoebox depot in Sheffield.

Many thanks for all your help for those in need.

Christmas Day lunch at Todwick Church Hall

Published: 3 November 2016

Message from Todwick locals Sarah and David:

Many people find themselves spending Christmas day without family and friends, for many different reasons. We would like to extend an invitation for you to join our family and celebrate on Christmas day at Todwick Church Hall.

We have lived in the village for over 30 years and would enjoy meeting new neighbours and making sure you enjoy the special day, as much as we do.

Our children look forward to entertaining you with Christmas cheer whilst we serve you a delicious Christmas lunch, with all the trimmings. I’m sure the odd glass of tipple wouldn’t go amiss.

We welcome any age, male or female and can accommodate up to 15 guests. All we ask is that you are genuinely on your own and would like to meet new friends and enjoy the festivities.

It is our pleasure to provide this day complimentary; however, if you would like to make a voluntary contribution, this will be passed on to our charity of choice, Bluebell Wood Hospice.

Please contact me or my husband and we would be happy to discuss the day with you in more detail. We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully reserving your place for Christmas day.

Sarah: 07940 285732

David: 07919 526666


Have a Safe, Happy Bonfire

Published: 3 November 2016

Of course, bonfires and fireworks are not just used on 5th November. New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year all provide great opportunities for communities to come together and celebrate. National events such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2012 are perfect opportunities to celebrate and remember with bonfires and beacons lit up across the country.

This guide provides some practical advice and information for local communities that want to hold their own local celebrations, bringing together people from across class, culture and creed to mark the very British tradition of thanksgiving for the British Monarchy and Parliament.

For the Government’s full guidance visit:

Celebrating Halloween – must see display on Kiveton Lane

Published: 31 October 2016

John and Lesley Carr, 142 Kiveton Lane invite you to view their fantastic Halloween front garden….
You are very welcome to step inside the garden.

Don’t be scared go and explore!

Any donations welcomed for the charity that John and Lesley support:

Green Bin Collections are suspended

Published: 31 October 2016

Winter is coming and Todwick householders are being reminded that green bin collections has been suspended for the season until the beginning of April 2017.

If you need to dispose of any garden waste, or if you need to recycle any extra waste, you can take it to a Household Waste Recycling Centre.

Rotherham Council’s Waste Officer, Paul Hutchinson, said: “This year Rotherham Council expects to turn 22,000 tonnes of grass cuttings, weeds, prunings and hedge clippings into compost. Due to the efforts of Rotherham residents less than 5% of Rotherham’s waste will go to landfill.

“To carry on this good work, we ask that residents take care over winter to make sure that non-organic waste is not put in their green bins. This will ensure that collections aren’t contaminated when the service restarts in spring.”

Residents who wish to recycle garden waste over the winter period can still do so at any of the borough’s four Household Waste Recycling Centres.

  • Magilla, Common Road, North Aston, S25 4AH (closed Tuesday)
  • Car Hill, Greasbrough, S61 4QL (closed Wednesday)
  • Warren Vale, Rawmarsh, S62 7SS (closed Thursday)
  • Lidget Lane, Bramley, S65 4LY (closed Friday)

Sites are also closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Greenscene Garden Centre – Christmas Open Evening

Published: 8 October 2016

Christmas has arrived at Greenscene Garden Centre, Todwick – on Friday, 14th October 2016 for the open evening.

Christmas Shop will be open late, with FREE mince pies and mulled wine.

Julia from The Clothes Shop will also be open late.

Greenbean Coffee Shop and Bistro will be serving hot food until 7.30 pm from a selective menu.

Greenscene, A57, Todwick

Todwick Toddlers help Macmillan

Published: 5 October 2016

On Tuesday, 27 September 2016 a Macmillan morning event was held – just for Toddlers. The little ones decorated buns. The Toddlers had books and cards for sale and cakes to buy. The total raised was £97.50.

Well done Todwick Toddlers!

Todwick Toddlers always welcomes new members.

Contact: Liz Wainwright | Tel: 01909 772972 | Email:

2016 Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal – your help is needed please by 20 November 2016

Published: 17 September 2016

Since 1990 through Operation Christmas Child – an initiative of the Christian relief and development agency Samaritan’s Purse – more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have received simple shoebox gifts, from Operation Christmas Child.

It’s a campaign that thousands of schools, churches and other organisations from across the UK get involved with between September and November each year. In fact, it is now the UK’s largest children’s Christmas appeal.

The idea is simple. Children and adults wrap and pack shoeboxes with a range of gifts and take to a convenient ‘drop-off point’. These gift-filled shoeboxes are collected and are sent overseas where local churches distribute them to children, on the basis of need alone. Each shoebox is an unconditional gift, given to a child with nothing asked for, or expected in return; no pledges, no obligation to go to church or attend classes; ‘no strings attached’

This year again, Todwick Church will be involved in this appeal. There are boxes available to collect from the church porch – or you can decorate your own shoebox if you prefer.

Please feel free to collect a box, together with a leaflet of how to pack it and an age related label – you can choose which age group you prefer to send your gift to, and also whether the contents are for a boy or a girl. You are invited to enclose a donation of £3 towards shipping costs inside your box (details on the leaflet in the porch).

More information can be found on the website:

You are invited to bring your box to the Shoebox Service: Sunday, 20 November 2016 at 10.15 am in the Church hall.

If you are not able to do this – then please leave your box in the church porch where it will be added to the collection.

Thank you for making a poor child’s Christmas special!

11-16 MegaTravel Pass and 16-18 Student Pass – Online Applications

Published: 26 August 2016

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has been working hard with local education providers to promote concessionary travel for young people living in South Yorkshire and to simplify the application process.

Young people who reside in the county are eligible to apply for either an 11-16 MegaTravel Pass or a 16-18 Student Pass.

These free passes entitle school and college students under the age of 18 to travel for a child concessionary fare (currently 70p per journey) on bus and tram, and half fare on Northern Rail train services in South Yorkshire.

Passes also prove to bus drivers, tram conductors and ticket collectors that their holders are eligible to purchase a range of value-for-money child and student tickets from bus and tram operators, including prepaid weekly tickets offering unlimited travel across South Yorkshire from as little as 72p per day.

More information and online applications:

Todwick Church diary of activities up to October 2016

Published: 10 August 2016

The updated Church diary reminds everyone how fast the year is flying by – there are many activities listed in the Todwick Church Diary of Events – such as the forthcoming Mothers Union’ AGM and Strawberry tea, the regular weekly (on Friday afternoons) Grey Matters get together, and on 25 September 2016 Todwick's Harvest Festival service.

For more details see the Church Diary.

Todwick Interiors Massive Summer Sale 2016 – Bargains galore!

Published: 10 August 2016

Many bargains are currently on offer at Todwick Interiors e.g.

  • Tie backs from £2.00
  • Cushions with covers from £10.00 each
  • Door Curtains – fully lined in a range of colours / patterns from £25.00
  • Carpet off-cuts – various prices
  • Free door mats

Call at Todwick Interiors:

20 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH
Phone: 01909 771010

Network Rail Engineering Works – Barnsley & Rotherham

Published: 10 August 2016

As you may already be aware, Network Rail is carrying out engineering work during weekends in August 2016 that will affect trains serving Barnsley and Rotherham Central stations.

Please see this brief containing further information, including passenger information and service alterations. SYPTE is assisting Network Rail and train operators to communicate service changes to passengers.

Todwick’s Best Allotments, Gardens and Scarecrows Awards

Published: 1 August 2016

Presentations were made by Mrs Brenda Waller and Todwick Parish Councillor Bryan Ferris in Todwick Village Hall on Sunday 31 July 2016 to prize-winners of Todwick’s best allotments, best front gardens and scarecrows. Over 34 people attended this very pleasant and community-spirited presentation event including some children.

There were 3 Best Allotments, 3 Best Front Gardens and 8 Highly Commended Front Gardens and The Best Scarecrow.

Certificates were presented to the 3 Best Allotments

1st Prize – Plots 7 and 8, Rob Smith – who also won the annual presented Waller Cup in memory of Les Waller who was a Todwick Councillor for many years

2nd Prize – Plot 28, Jim and Janet Tompkin

3rd Prize – Plot 17, Mrs Daphne Stewart and Mrs Dawn Brookman

Certificates were presented to the 3 Best Front Gardens

1st Prize – John and Lesley Carr, 142 Kiveton Lane

2nd Prize – Dave Trigg, 6 Staniforth Crescent

3rd Prize – Howard Day, 19 Guildway

Cheques from Todwick Parish Council were also presented to these prize-winners.

Certificates were presented to 8 Highly Commended Front Gardens

They are the following (in no set order): Sandra Mosley, 34 The Pastures; Ken and Betty Mathieson, 26 The Pastures; Kevin and Marilyn Fallons, 6 Roche End; Alan Hardy, 5 Sandwith; Margaret Pemberton/Bob Ireton, 4 De Houten; Frank and Molly Blades, 75 The Meadows; Pat and Brian Roberts, 66 The Meadows; Brian Williamson, 6 Osborne Road.

A Certificate was presented for the Best Scarecrow

To John and Lesley Carr’s Father Christmas and friends including Woody at 142 Kiveton Lane.

Also a money prize presented by Friends of Todwick.

Certificates were also presented for 2 Highly Commended Scarecrows

60 The Meadows – Venta Pound’s The Old Hays

18 The Pastures – Rachael Watson’s Vintage Tearoom’s Worzel and Aunt Sally

Very many thanks to all involved in the judging for their time and efforts.

You can see the prize-winning efforts if you tour the village. Details available below on this tour of the village, including photos.

Organiser of these events Sheila Pantry, Telephone 01909 771024, Email

The future of newspaper deliveries in Todwick - Latest information

Published: 1 August 2016

Lisa from Todwick News writes:

Unfortunately we have not been able to find another buyer for the Todwick News shop.

It will close down on 13 August 2016 at 5 pm.

Please pay ALL paper bills by then.

I will be passing all delivery details over to the One Stop, 25 Station Road, Kiveton Park, Sheffield S26 6QP, Telephone: 01909 808515 to ensure your paper delivery will continue.

If you do NOT want to continue your delivery with One Stop please could you let me know ASAP.

Finally, please may I thank you for your custom over the past 13 years.

Lisa and family

Todwick News, tel. 01909 770978

Todwick Allotments, Gardens and Scarecrows Trail

Published: 29 July 2016

Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 July 2016

All day around the Village with prize presentations in Todwick Village Hall at 16.00 on Sunday, 31 July 2016

Starting the Trail at Todwick Village Hall…

Printout this news item or go to Todwick Village Hall and pick up a Trail leaflet from a box that is near the entrance door. On Sunday 31 July 2016 don’t forget to return to Todwick Village Hall for 4 pm for some refreshments and enjoy the Prizegivings by Bryan Ferris and Brenda Waller to the owners of the 3 Best Allotments, 3 Best Front Gardens and 8 Highly Recommended Front Gardens and The Best Scarecrow. Brenda will also presents The Waller Cup to the Allotment 1st Prize Winner Rob Smith.

Best Front Gardens are 1st Prize – John and Lesley Carr, 142 Kiveton Lane; 2nd Prize – Dave Trigg, 6 Staniforth Crescent; 3rd Prize – Howard Day, 19 Guildway.

8 Highly Recommended Front Gardens are the following (in no set order): Sandra Mosley, 34 The Pastures; Ken and Betty Mathieson, 26 The Pastures; Kevin and Marilyn Fallons, 6 Roche End; Alan Hardy, 5 Sandwith; Margaret Pemberton / Bob Ireton, 4 De Houten; Frank and Molly Blades, 75 The Meadows; Pat and Brian Roberts, 66 The Meadows; Brian Williamson, 6 Osborne Road.

Best Scarecrow – John and Lesley Carr’s Father Christmas and friends including Woody at 142 Kiveton Lane.

Highly Commended Scarecrows

60 The Meadows – Venta Pound’s The Old Hays

18 The Pastures – Vintage Tearoom’s Worzel and Aunt Sally

The Trail begins…

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 interesting Front and Back gardens.

Cross the road to the Vintage Tearooms to see the scarecrows Worzel and Aunt Sally going for a cup of tea and a piece of cake, continue on The Pastures and see Ken and Betty Mathieson’s Highly Recommended front garden at 26 The Pastures, and a little further on see Sandra Mosley’s Highly Recommended front garden at 34 The Pastures.

At this point you may wish to go up Goosecarr Lane to the Allotments (the gates will be open on both Saturday and Sunday) and especially see the Award-winning Allotment Plots: 1st Prize – Plots 7 and 8, Rob Smith; 2nd Prize – Plot 28, Jim and Janet Tompkin; 3rd Prize – Plot 17, Mrs Daphne Stewart and Mrs Dawn Brookman.

On the way back go to the Bowling Club at the top end of the Recreation Grounds to see The Yorkshire Bowler scarecrow and his comments.

As you exit the Recreation Ground on The Pastures go up Staniforth Crescent and turn left to 6 Roche End to see Kevin and Marilyn Fallons’ Highly Recommended front garden. Back onto Staniforth Crescent stop at No. 6 to see Dave Trigg’s 2nd prize winning Best Front garden with lots of roses. Move along Staniforth Crescent, cross the road and call in to see No. 4 De Houten – Margaret Pemberton’s Highly Recommended front garden gardened by Bob Ireton. Walk on to The Meadows and up to Guildway turn into Sandwith to no 5 to see Alan Hardy’s Highly Recommended front garden and the hanging baskets; back onto Guildway and up to No. 19 to see Howard Day’s 3rd Prize winning front garden.

Continue up Guildway then turn into Mill Fields then on to join The Meadows. Walk across the road into Mill Close – on your right you will see a white bungalow (which is really no. 60 The Meadows) and see Venta Pound and family’s Highly Commended and delightful The Hays family of 4 Scarecrows. Continue on the right hand side to No. 8 Mill Close see Mabel Hextall’s lovely front garden and hanging baskets and fun scarecrow.

Go back to The Meadows – see No. 75 – Frank and Molly Blades’ Highly Recommended front, garden, No. 77 The Meadows is Anne and Ray Ibberson’s colourful front garden and drive. No. 79 is Brian Mullins’ revamped front garden, No. 81 you will meet William Greering-Waring’s Gary Crowhill scarecrow, next door at 83 The Meadows – Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ Homer Simpson scarecrow.

Turn into the cul-de-sac to see Sheila’s Sunflower Kids and the ever present Mr Plantpot in his new summer hat and bow tie at 85 The Meadows – 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 facing north you can see as far as Emley Moor… with windmills on the horizon. Next go up the cul-de-sac to 87 The Meadows see Rosemary Chamber’s Gwendolyn scarecrow go inside the garden to the right of the entrance.

Continuing on The Meadows – immediately see the white bungalow No. 66 and another Highly recommended front garden of Brian and Pat Roberts, also stop at No. 68-70 and look at Roy Bowell’s always lovely front garden. Continue along the Meadows have a look at some of the bright floral front gardens on your way.

At the end of The Meadows – you may wish to note that across the road just past the “new builds” is Todwick’s Bluebell wood which is in full flower in May time – see also Robin Hood’s memorial plaque and trysting tree – all worth a visit… (see the bluebells in full bloom in the 2016 photos.)

Cross Kiveton lane and walk down in front of the bungalows to 142 Kiveton Lane to see the 1st Prize Best Todwick Garden of newcomers to Todwick Lesley and John Carr and their winning scarecrow Father Christmas, his elf and robin on the seat PLUS separately Woody Woodpecker in the tree. What a lovely cheerful sight!

A little further down is the “little gennel / pathway” from Kiveton Lane to see, if you have not been at all, or for a while, the lovely St Peter and St Paul Church and grounds. 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 near the Mary Gregory swing park and spare a thought for the history that surrounds Todwick. Go onto Manor way and up Rayls Road then turn onto Osborne Road to see the Highly Recommended Front garden of Brian Williamson at no. 6 Osborne Road.

From there you can turn round on Osborne Road to Rayls Road and turn left until the road meets Kiveton Lane and make your way (if it is Sunday when you do the trail walk) to Todwick Village Hall for some refreshments and the Prize giving at 4 pm in Hall 1 of the Village Hall. Hope you have enjoyed your walk around some parts of Todwick.

Contact: Sheila Pantry, organiser, email



Join the stampede? Fun thing to do in the school holidays

Published: 25 July 2016

The elephants have arrived! A herd of 58 elephant sculptures and 72 elephant calves have descended on Sheffield for the biggest public art event the city has ever seen!

The elephant sculptures, each uniquely decorated by artists, have been placed in Sheffield’s parks and open spaces, creating one of the biggest mass participation arts events the city has ever seen. Can you find them all? They are an absolute delight.

This exciting initiative is brought to you by The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art, uniting businesses, communities, artists and schools, leaving a lasting legacy for the city.

Join the stampede, celebrate the herd and make Sheffield Children’s Hospital even better!

Dates for your diary

Little Herd: their little calf elephants designed by 73 schools and teachers are on display in indoor venues.

Have some fun during the school holidays looking for the Herd of Sheffield: follow the trail, collect points with the Herd of Sheffield app and try to see as many of the sculptures as possible whilst they are out and about in the city.

Virtual Stampede: During the month of September they want you to run, swim, walk or cycle, or do a mix of all four, a minimum of 60 km and earn yourself an exclusive limited edition Stampede medal!

How new HS2 rail route may affect our area south of Rotherham

Published: 23 July 2016

A new route for the HS2 line through Rotherham has been proposed as part of new recommendations for the South Yorkshire station to be located in Sheffield city centre – and new parts of the borough will be affected.

Instead of a station at Meadowhall, the new option proposes that HS2 services between London and Sheffield would take a spur off the new north-south high speed line and travel directly to the existing Sheffield Midland station using the existing railway line.

More information:

Todwick Toddlers on holiday

Published: 22 July 2016

Todwick Toddlers are open on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 and will be closed all of August and resume on Tuesday, 6 September 2016.

Sit-on Mower For Sale

Published: 21 July 2016

Todwick Church has a sit-on grass mower for sale. It is a Countax C300M 5 speed.

It is in working order and has all the attachments and just needs a new battery.

The asking price is £450. It would have to be collected.

Please contact Peter Beevers, email:

Interested in Pokémon Go? … Some warnings

Published: 21 July 2016

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you will probably have heard of Pokémon Go – a global phenomenon that is engaging many people of all ages. This may remind some people who grew up swapping cards in the school playground… but with one small change: it’s an app.

Advice issued today to anyone using such apps on or near roads is as follows – if you are using it even walking on the footpath, if you have to, step aside and make sure you’re in a safe place.

An incident happened in Northern Ireland this morning – a man jumped out in front of traffic on a road in County Down – can you guess why?

If you’re in a car, don’t do it at all unless you’re a passenger and if you’re a passenger, whatever you do, don’t distract the driver. The police are having a hard enough job trying to catch people on their mobile phones – which is just unbelievable at the minute – and this is just another added distraction!

You will be amazed at what is happening worldwide – to find out more see Pokémon Go: A health and safety concern? and follow the advice in Pokémon Go: A parent's guide from the NSPCC.

If you want other news just go into Google and put “Pokémon Go” in the search box.

Are your Todwick scarecrows ready to be registered for the judging?

Published: 21 July 2016

If so, to inform the judges of their homes, please register the location and any scarecrow name with Sheila Pantry Tel 01909 7712024 or send an email to

Some are already starting to appear in the village!

Judging will take place this coming weekend 23 and 24 July 2016 in readiness for the Best Allotments, Best Front Gardens and Scarecrow Trail and also presentation of awards on Sunday, 31 July 2016.

Superfast fibre broadband in Todwick

Published: 21 July 2016

Todwickians will be pleased to hear about preparations to roll out fibre broadband in Todwick over the coming months as part of the Superfast South Yorkshire programme.

This is great news for the businesses and residents of Todwick, giving them access to a next generation internet connection through their existing phone lines.

To find out the current availability of superfast broadband in your area, please use the postcode checker – this is updated as postcodes go live.

It is important to note that you won’t get the benefits of fibre broadband automatically, you will need to upgrade to a fibre service. Check the Get Connected guide.

New fibre services are set to transform the way people use the internet, from the simple sharing of pictures and video to enjoying the growing boom in entertainment services available online.

This will improve the lives of residents and improve opportunities for businesses across South Yorkshire.

The new fibre-based network installed by BT Openreach will be open to all Internet Service Providers. Households and businesses in South Yorkshire will benefit from a highly competitive market, which is expected to bring greater choice and affordability from providers.

Contact: Superfast South Yorkshire, Westgate Plaza, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, PO Box 598, Barnsley, S70 9EX | Email: |

Have you made your Scarecrow yet?

Published: 7 July 2016

Please have your scarecrow up for display on Saturday, 23 July 2016 and leave up until after 31 July – or later into August so people can still see them.

No time to make one? It only takes 1.5 minutes these easy instructions.

Prize winner will be told then so that they can collect their prize and certificate on Sunday, 31 July 2016 at 4 pm in Todwick Village Hall.

There will be also awards for best allotments and best front gardens.

Please register your scarecrow and its name (if any) with Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or because I need to alert the judges where your scarecrows live.

Allotments, Best front gardens and Scarecrows Trail guide will be available at Todwick Village Hall on Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 July 2016.

Listing will be available on this website.

Best Front Gardens

Published: 7 July 2016

No need to register your garden – All front gardens will be seen by the judges.

The Prize winners will be told so that they can collect their prize and certificate on Sunday, 31 July 2016 at 4 pm in Todwick Village Hall.

Next Todwick Historical Society meeting cancelled

Published: 4 July 2016

Todwick Historical Society advises that the meeting scheduled for Tuesday, 12 July 2016 at 19.30 in Todwick Village Hall when Professor Ian Rotherham was to give an illustrated talk on “Todwick’s Historic Landscape: Ancient bluebell woods and parks” has been cancelled.

The Todwick Historical Society is trying to reschedule for later in the year. As soon as a new date is organised it will be announced on the Todwick website. Watch this space.

Latest: Newspaper deliveries in Todwick

Published: 26 June 2016

Todwick Newsagency is in intense discussions with a potential buyer for the business and as a consequence wishes to inform customers that newspaper deliveries and the business will NOT stop on 9 July 2016 as previously informed.

As soon as a decision is made further information will be sent to you as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Todwick website – the place to go to for the latest news and events

Published: 16 June 2016

How up-to-date are you with the latest Todwick information?

In the first 5 months of this year, Todwick’s website received 13,271 visits by people who viewed 30,773 pages.

Last year, 2015, Todwick website received a total of 39,811 visits by people who viewed 76,081 pages, so the numbers continue to rise.

If you know of anyone who does not use the Todwick website but would like the learn how to get the best from their iPhones, iPads and computers then either show them how to use the information or advise them that there are informal computer classes held in Todwick Village every Monday morning from 9.30 am – 11.30 am. Suitable for everyone from beginners to more advanced users. There is also a beginners’ class on Tuesday from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. For more information, telephone 01909 773863.

Lights out on Kiveton Lane and weeds, weeds, weeds and drains

Published: 16 June 2016

The following have been reported on Thursday, 16 June 2016 to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Streetpride:

  1. A number of Kiveton Lane streetlights are not working from the Red Lion roundabout up to the school. Streetpride engineers will inspect the faults and perhaps will be able to fix. If not, they will have to pass the job to the contractor.
  2. Weeds are growing at a fast rate all around the village roads and also causing drain holes to be blocked. If you can clear weeds on the front of your property that would help greatly – but DO NOT attempt to lift grates in case you injure yourself.

Todwick Newsagency

Published: 16 June 2016

The latest news is that there is a business interested in taking over the Newsagency which Lisa and family are leaving on 9 July 2016.

Watch this space.

Todwick honey for sale

Published: 16 June 2016

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) and from the newly refurbished Honey B’s Tea-Room and Take-away, 1A Hard Lane (opposite Crossroads Garage), Kiveton (tel. 07517 033192).

Most enjoyable and very successful Royal POSH Tea at the Ritz

Published: 15 June 2016

To celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and the Duke of Edinburgh’s 95th birthday a Royal POSH Tea at the Ritz held on Sunday, 12 June 2016 in Todwick Village Hall. A loyal toast was made. It was attended by 70 elegantly attired people – who all really enjoyed the music played Pete Moxon quartet, Fred Fields on guitar, Andrew Flavell on piano, Malcolm Stevenson on bass and Pete on sax whilst eating their extremely POSH tea.

The guests were extremely well looked after by Hilary Smith, 17 year old Abigail Mosley, 12 year old Charlotte Fox, 9 year old Ruby Barker, Sandra Barker, Mabel Hextall, Reni Pilgram, Brian Mullins, Ken Hill, Anne Rusling and Sheila Pantry who had organised the event. Many thanks to all the above who helped make this a very successful and most enjoyable afternoon.

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

Want to help Todwick?

Published: 14 June 2016

Give some of your time to being a member of the Todwick Parish Council for the benefit of the village and parishioners.

More information from:

Rod Walker
Clerk to Todwick Parish Council
10 High Street
South Anston
S25 5AY

Tel: 01909 566639

Spring in Todwick

Published: 25 May 2016

Some photos taken on Monday, 16 May 2016 in the Todwick Bluebell Wood, which is just past the end of The Meadows, a few metres on the left hand side on Kiveton Lane around the exit sign of Todwick.

In the wood is Robin Hood’s Memorial and Trysting tree and a wonderful display of bluebells.

Todwick’s hidden secret to the many cars and other vehicles zooming past it hour by hour!

Todwick’s Master Scarecrow Builder delights his audience!

Published: 25 May 2016

Brian Summerhayes aided by Brian Mullins gave a very clever and hilarious Masterclass on Scarecrow building on Saturday, 21 May 2016 in Todwick Village Hall between 11 am and 12 noon.

Lots of hints and tips were given out and a scarecrow was built in 1.4 minutes see picture!

For those of you too busy/not able to attend you can find out advice on building a scarecrow.

The Best Allotments, Best Front Gardens and Best Scarecrow Trail will be on show in the village on Sunday, 31 July 2016 with prizes and certificates being presented at 4 pm in Todwick Village Hall.

Trail maps showing the locations will also be available towards the end of July – watch the latest news on this website.

Mortains closed for roadworks

Published: 16 May 2016

Mortains, Todwick will be closed between 08.00 – 16.00 hours, 16 – 27 May 2016 whilst carriageway resurfacing takes place.

Happy outcome from Todwick newspaper deliveries meeting

Published: 13 May 2016

It was a happy outcome from the meeting held on 12 May 2016 to discuss the future of newspaper deliveries in Todwick.

About 60 Todwick residents turned up to the public meeting held at the Todwick Village Hall to discuss the future of newspaper deliveries now that Todwick Newsagency is closing down the business on 9 July 2016.

Sheila Pantry explained why she had organised the meeting (deep interest in keeping a newspaper delivery service going in Todwick) and actions she had taken this past few days.

Lisa Dennis, of Todwick Newsagency, then explained the many details and costs in receiving and distributing the newspapers each day of the week to Todwick residents.

Sheila then introduced Sue Clifton, Manageress of One-Stop store (which includes the Post Office), 25 Station Road, Kiveton, who explained that she can provide the newspapers and any magazines, etc. required and how people can pay for their newspapers etc.

Please note that One-Stop store is open Monday to Saturday from 6.30 am to 10.30 pm and Sunday from 6.30 am to 8.00 pm. The telephone number is 01909 808 515.

Full details are currently being sorted out between the two shops and further information will be disseminated (watch also this space).

Tommy Brown, who currently collects and delivers newspapers in Todwick, happily agreed to carry on collecting the newspapers from Kiveton and delivering them to Todwick addresses.

So very many thanks to all the above from grateful Todwickians who like to read their daily newspapers!

Hazard Warning near the top end of The Meadows

Published: 11 May 2016

For the many motorists who drive up and down The Meadows – near house numbers 77 and 79 a small “sink hole” has opened up again.

This was reported to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) Streetpride sometime ago and recently repaired.

On Monday, 9 May 2016 the “sink hole” appeared again and Streetpride was informed again and have been to inspect it and has also put some barriers around it until it can be repaired.

Please take extra care when driving on The Meadows in Todwick.

Street Lights not functioning on Kiveton Lane near the Red Lion end of the village

Published: 11 May 2016

These non functioning street lights have been reported to Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) Streetpride on Tuesday, 10 May 2016.

The 10 days of prayer: 5-15 May 2016

Published: 18 April 2016

From 5th to 15th May 2016 Christians across the area will focus their thoughts on prayer.

Each year for the past seven years the Bishop of Sheffield has urged his diocese to pray individually and together during the “10 Days of Prayer” from Ascension to Pentecost.

Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer, with three in every ten people, when asked what they would pray for citing peace in the world, an end to poverty and concerns about climate change.

Whether a practicing Christian or not, many turn to prayer when times get tough.

The 10 Days of Prayer aims to encourage everyone to share their concerns, inviting others in our community to do the same. Each day here in Todwick we shall have a special time of prayer during the 10 Days of Prayer. Please see the diary at the front of Todwick News for information on how you can join in. Also the Church will be open for private prayer every day and there will also be a place in the porch where you can leave prayer requests knowing that these will be prayed for.

This year this also links with the Church of England’s national “Just Pray” initiative with the simple focus being that Prayer is for everyone.

This is a well resourced and interesting site, clearly demonstrating that prayer is for everyone in all situations.

The 10 Days of Prayer this year will culminate in a service to celebrate Spirituality and Evangelism in the Diocese to be led by Bishop Steven on Sunday, 15th May 2016 at Rotherham Minster at 4 pm – all are invited.

Vicky Camber
St Peter & St Paul, Todwick

Anyone for cricket? Calling all young girls and boys who want to play cricket

Published: 18 April 2016

Todwick Cricket Club are this 2016 season offering junior cricket coaching sessions for all girls and boys aged 11-14 years old with a view to building a thriving junior section.

Sessions will be run by an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) qualified coach and start on Thursday, 21 April 2016, running through the summer (weather permitting).

Meet on Todwick Recreation ground off Goosecarr Lane times 18:00 to 19:30.

All abilities welcome from beginner to experienced, equipment provided.

Enquiries to Mark Tordoff 07976 623366 or Todwick Cricket Club secretary 07784 546756

Todwick Toddlers’ Group Spring holiday break

Published: 15 March 2016

Todwick Toddlers’ Group is closed on both Tuesday 22 March 2016 and Tuesday 29 March 2016 and will reopen on Tuesday 5 April 2016.

Photography Masterclass in Todwick Village Hall

Published: 26 February 2016

Still a couple of places available in the Photography Masterclass to be given by local professional photographer Max du Bois this coming Sunday, 28 February 2016, 2.30 pm - 4.30 pm in Todwick Village Hall. Parking OK in Village Hall grounds.

Max will be giving advice and guidance on how to get better photos, and will be giving out handouts to save you having to make notes. He is also bringing equipment for us to use.

Refreshments available all afternoon.

Cost for the Masterclass including refreshments is £10.00 per person.

Look forward to seeing you – the event will be interesting and useful – bring any/all cameras you wish.

Contact Sheila Pantry, Tel 01909 771024, email:

Todwick Historical Society Forthcoming Events

Published: 26 February 2016

Todwick Historical Society, based at the Village Hall in Todwick, meets on the second Tuesday of the month, as follows:

  • 8 March 2016 – Eric Houlder “History of the Loo”
  • 12 April 2016 – Todwick Slide Show (we need your help). We have a huge number of old slides with pictures of people who we don’t know. Come along and see if you can help us put names to faces.
  • 10 May 2016 – Cate Goodlad “Suffragettes”
  • 14 June 2016 – Suzanne Bingham (TBA)
  • 12 July 2016 – Prof Ian Rotherham talking about Bluebell Wood

Admission to open evenings is: Members £1.00, Guests £2.00

Further information:

Spring Bank and Summer Holiday Multi Sports Camps in Todwick

Published: 15 February 2016

Dates for the camps on Todwick Recreation Ground are:

  • Spring Half Term – Tuesday, 31 May 2016 to Friday, 3 June 2016 (4 days)
  • Summer – Monday, 18 July 2016 to Friday, 22 July 2016 (5 days)

Because of various cutbacks and price increases, the cost of the camps has been increased to £6 per day and £3 per half day. HOWEVER discounts are available.

If you register your child in advance for the Spring Camp and a booking is made for the whole of the four days, the Supersaver discount will bring the costs down to £18.00.

If you register on the first day and book and pay for the four days on that day, the discount will bring the costs down to £20.00.

There is no discount for half days.

Similar discounts are available for the Summer Camp.



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