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Don’t be too late… make your garden seats look POSH this Summer by adding this unique TODWICK garden cushion

Published: 23 August 2020

Cushion

These cushions are going like hot cakes and so are the Todwick shopping bags.

They are filled with polyester are 14 inches / 36 cm square and have the Todwick crest printed on one side. Makes a lovely, very special and useful present!

Costs £5 per cushion.

The Todwick shopping bag is also still available – costs £4 each… so useful for many occasions – shopping (remember that activity?), as a peg bag hanging on your clothes line, carrying your picnic things when you go out for run, put the children’s favourite toys in a bag when travelling….Think ahead to Christmas – no more wrapping paper needed and makes a delightful, colourful present in itself for any age.

You will delight your family and friends if you give them an unexpected present now that is so useful and that does not cost a fortune!

Sold to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch funding their future Newsletters.

Get these cushions and bags now before they are GONE forever…

Shopping bags and cushions available and can be delivered – please contact Sheila Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Jazz Supper Club – Latest news

Published: 23 August 2020

Jazz fans and jazz bands are all missing our wonderful Jazz nights – but the latest news is that because of the large numbers that usually attend we cannot hold any jazz nights until the Government restrictions are lifted.

Please help keep Trad Jazz alive and listen as much as possible to jazz programmes on the radio.

Keep watching this website for latest news.

All profits after expenses from these events go to the Todwick Village Hall maintenance. The Todwick Village Hall Trustees and Management Committee are very grateful for this continued support.

Contact Organiser Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

CANCELLATION of Todwick Fashion Show on 22 September 2020 in Todwick Village Hall

Published: 23 August 2020

Very sorry to disappoint Fashion Show fans but the latest news is that because of the large numbers that usually attend we cannot hold the Todwick Fashion Show in Todwick Village Hall that was arranged for 22 September 2020 until the Government restrictions are lifted.

It will be 2021 before one can be arranged.

Keep watching this website for latest news.

Contact Organiser Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

What a very successful 2020 season for the glorious Todwick Gardens and Scarecrows!

Published: 23 August 2020

The “lockdown” has produced a wealth of interesting, colourful, beautiful gardens in Todwick this year.

The Judges had a very hard task deciding on the Todwick 2020 Best Front Garden winner which belongs to Tony and Judith Bennett at No. 1 De Houton Close (just off Staniforth Crescent). Many congratulations!

There are many Highly Commended gardens and a full list of them and photos are on this website. Please do check – yours may be one of them!

Coraine Carney’s very impressive 2020 Todwick Best Scarecrow Miss Marple as she investigates the Scene of the crime at No. 2 St Paul’s Close just off Staniforth Crescent.

The standard was really high and there were a total of 12 scarecrows that appeared in various parts of the village see also the photos and locations.

All the gardens and some of the scarecrows are still there to see, and with more sunshine promised in August the trail may provide a pleasant walk around Todwick to see the efforts of so many people.

Very many thanks to all Gardeners, Scarecrow makers and the Judges for their time and efforts to make the 2020 Trail one of the best ever.

Congratulations to Wales High School for their 2020 GCSE results

Published: 19 August 2020

Wales High School is once again extremely proud of the efforts of their students in achieving a fantastic set of GCSE results. Overall performance was sustained at a level significantly above national average which fell slightly this year, with two out of every three pupils achieving 5 A* to C grades including English and Maths.

The school is even more proud that 97% of students achieved 5 pass grades between A* and G including English and Maths – the teaching staff have worked very hard with ALL students to make sure they get the best outcomes they possibly can.

There are several stand-out performances by individual students, with Daniel Scobbie collecting 10 A*s and one A, and both Joseph Gill and Georgia Mason achieving 8 A*s and 3 As. Daniel and Joseph even went on to record A** in Further Maths, putting them in the top 9% of students taking this GCSE nationally – really well done to them both! Our teachers are particularly delighted with the success of Ellie Fisher, who only joined the school during Year 11, and went on to achieve 7 grades at either A* or A.

Headteacher Pepe Di’Iasio commented that “the work of our students and teaching staff has resulted in a superb set of results for the students. More than half of our students achieved at least one A* or A, whilst practically every student achieved at least 5 passes.”

Todwick Toddlers

Published: 19 August 2020

After much thought and discussions, it is with regret that we, Liz, Josie, Sue, Anne and Kirsty have to announce that we will not be reopening Todwick Toddlers.

If anyone is interested in taking over the running of the group, please contact Liz on 07784546756 to discuss.

The impact that the current situation is having on people and groups providing a service as we do for mums and little ones and the measures that are having to be put in place are too much to enable us to open and run as we would like to.

We would like to say on the running of the group that it is:

  • Run on a totally voluntary basis.
  • All money is used for the running of the group.
  • It is a non-denominational group, it does not have religious themes.
  • It is a very big commitment.
  • Although only 1 morning per week it is for approx. 38 weeks per year.
  • Setting up, opening time of group and clearing everything away involves approx. 4 hours per session.
  • At the moment it comes under the Todwick Village Hall user group status as regards what has and can be done.
  • There are also what we call “behind the scenes” aspects of running the group.

We are very sad that we have had to make this decision but feel that our ages, and our own health issues go towards us having to make the decision we have.

Liz, Josie, Sue, Anne and Kirsty

Todwick Historical Society will reopen in February 2021

Published: 11 August 2020

Todwick Historical Society has decided not to reopen until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in February 2021.

A reminder notice be added to this website well in advance of the AGM.

Todwick bungalow window cleaner can take more customers

Published: 6 August 2020

Paul Judge, local window cleaner for many years is now able to take more jobs – for bungalows only.

Paul works in Todwick Mondays to Fridays.

Due to Covid-19 Paul’s priority is to keep his customers and himself safe. So, to maintain social distancing, he asks any customer to leave payment on their doorstep or windowsill. If change is required that will be left in the same place.

Contact Paul Judge, Tel: 0114 287 5705

Todwick Best Front Gardens and Scarecrows Trail – Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 July 2020

Published: 24 July 2020

Printouts of the trail will be available on the Todwick Village Hall noticeboard and from the Todwick Knight and the Dragon at No 85 The Meadows.

There is also a map of Todwick available.

The 2020 Trail begins…

From Todwick Village Hall (corner of The Pastures and Kiveton Lane) you can go UP Kiveton Lane (towards the Red Lion) and in a very short time go to see Highly Commended interesting designed garden at 2 Todwick House Gardens – then turn back down Kiveton Lane and turn onto Mortains to see some lovely flowering Commended gardens at No. 8 Mortains then on to see Nos. 25 and 29 Mortains.

Now onto more Commended gardens first at No. 3 Osborne Drive then onto Osborne Road and see Nos 6, 9 and 13 – all different shapes, designs and colourful.

Continue down Rayls Road to No. 1 on the corner is Barbara Winters’ delightful Scarecrow – The Queen Flower Seller set in a very colourful flowering Commended garden.

Go onto Manor Way and in Manor Close cul-de-sac go to see No. 5 – Alwyn Batty’s delightful patio front garden – lots of trees, shrubs, climbing plants and an array of flowering displays. Alwyn won the 2019 Todwick Best Front Garden Award. He is commended for keeping up such high standards.

Go along Manor Way down towards Church View and see the lovely cottage garden collection of flowers at No. 6.

Cross onto the small swing park area… and there is the ancient Todwick Church… The Doomsday Survey of 1086 records: ‘In Tatewic… a Church is there 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. More history of the Church.

See the results of efforts of various volunteers who keep the church yard surroundings and also the Mary Gregory memorial plot at the left-hand side of the Church Porch very tidy.

Continue in the church yard following the path from right of the Church door and go through the gate to the ginnel that opens in Kiveton Lane and go up to 142 Kiveton Lane to see Lesley and John Carr’s Highly Commended Front Garden that covers the extended verge outside their garden. Lesley and John have delighted many people passing by their interesting garden/scarecrow displays throughout the last few years. Through the seasons this everchanging garden and decorations always makes people smile as they pass by.

Just past the bungalows go into Rectory Gardens and see the Commended gardens at No. 1 and No. 5 and at No. 7 see the handsomely dressed, fierce looking Captain Pirate Scarecrow.

Further up Kiveton Lane you may wish to note that just past the “Glades 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 photos).

Now cross Kiveton Lane here and go back into the village taking the first left into The Meadows, on the right-hand side of the road 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.

Still on The Meadows turn into the cul-de-sac to see at No. 85 Sheila Pantry’s commended colourful garden and also Todwick Knight scarecrow and the dragon and the ever-present Mr Plantpot. YOU ARE VERY WELCOME TO GO INTO No. 85 BACK GARDEN AND SEE THE colourful garden and the most wonderful scenery stretching for miles.

The Todwick Garden Cushion is currently being sold to help keep Todwick Neighbourhood Watch financially viable to carry on their work. The fast selling cushion is on sale at No. 85 The Meadows. Price £5.

Next go up the cul-de-sac to 87 The Meadows go inside the garden to the LEFT of the entrance to see Rosemary Chamber’s Rainbow COLOURED Scarecrows.

Turn back into The Meadows to 83 The Meadows and see Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ commended Scarecrow-bot.

Walk across the road into Mill Close and look at Venta Pound’s Nightingale Scarecrow at No. 2 and next door see Steve Saddington and Bev’s visitor Boris Stay Safe scarecrow also look at the other lovely colourful gardens in the Close.

Walk back on to The Meadows and at No. 72 you will see Charlie, Fearn, John and Stacey Cooper’s amusing Where’s Wally Scarecrow. Just below see the commended garden of Eileen and Mick Brown at No. 63 The Meadows, cross the road to Mill Hills and go and see the Commended garden at No. 6. Go round to the next road Wasteneys to see the Highly commended No. 14.

Come back to The Meadows then turn left back up The Meadows into Mill Fields and into Guildway and see some colourful gardens on your way especially the commended gardens at No. 19 and No. 21. Go down Guildway and a short way down, turn left into Sandwith Road – on the bend of the road see No. 4.

Back onto Guildway see some of the lovely flowering gardens until Guildway joins The Meadows. A few steps turn down, turn left into Staniforth Crescent and at No. 1 De Houton Close see Tony and Judith Bennett’s 2020 Todwick Best Front Garden – for which MANY CONGRATULATIONS! Also enjoy the other flowering gardens in De Houton Close and also see Norman and Virginia Anderson’s Bad Hair Day Scarecrow at No. 6. As you continue on Staniforth Crescent turn into St Paul’s Close and at No. 2 is Coraine Carney very impressive 2020 Best Scarecrow Miss Marple as she investigates the Scene of the crime!

Continue back to Staniforth Crescent and stop and look at the Commended colourful flowering garden at No. 6 – continue along Staniforth Crescent until it joins The Pastures. NOW cross The Pastures to go up Barber Close and see the Highly Commended gardens at No. 6, No. 21 and 22.

Come back to The Pastures and on the right-hand side note the commended newly designed garden of Ken and Betty Mathiesen at 26 The Pastures.

Continue on The Pastures and see Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Rooms with Rachael Watson’s Stay Safe Scarecrow.

Cross the road and at No. 13 The Pastures Brenda Waller invites you to visit both her interesting commended Front garden – also go into the back gardens.

Steps away at No. 9 The Pastures see Sandra Barker’s commended Garden Fairies scarecrows – don’t forget to look up at the tree!

Cross The Pastures into The Paddocks and see the commended No. 6 garden.

You are now back to Todwick Village Hall and the end of the Best Front Gardens and Best Scarecrow trail.

Thanks to everyone who made wonderful efforts to help cheer Todwickians and others passing through our village on a daily basis. Hope these lovely gardens and fun scarecrows may inspire others in future years.

Garden photos

  1. Garden
    1 De Houton Close
    Best Front Garden
  2. Garden
    1 Barber Close
  3. Garden
    21 Barber Close
  4. Garden
    22 Barber Close
  5. Garden
    6 Church View
  6. Garden
    19 Guildway
  7. Garden
    21 Guildway
  8. Garden
    142 Kiveton Lane
  9. Garden
    5 Manor Close
  10. Garden
    63 The Meadows
  11. Garden
    63 The Meadows
  12. Garden
    85 The Meadows
  13. Garden
    1 Mill Close
  14. Garden
    6 Mill Hills
  15. Garden
    8 Mortains
  16. Garden
    27 Mortains
  17. Garden
    29 Mortains
  18. Garden
    3 Osborne Drive
  19. Garden
    9 Osborne Road
  20. Garden
    13 Osborne Road
  21. Garden
    6 Paddock View
  22. Garden
    13 The Pastures
  23. Garden
    26 The Pastures
  24. Garden
    1 Rayls Road
  25. Garden
    1 Rectory Gardens
  26. Garden
    5 Rectory Gardens
  27. Garden
    4 Sandwith Road
  28. Garden
    6 Staniforth Crescent
  29. Garden
    2 Todwick House Gardens
  30. Garden
    14 Wasteneys
  31. Garden
    Mary Gregory Garden
    – Todwick Church

Scarecrow photos

  1. Scarecrow
    Miss Marple
    Best Scarecrow
    2 St. Paul's Close
  2. Scarecrow
    Bad Hairdo Day
    6 De Houton Close
  3. Scarecrow
    Where's Wally
    72 The Meadows
  4. Scarecrow
    Scarecrowbot
    83 The Meadows
  5. Scarecrow
    Scarecrowbot
    83 The Meadows
  6. Scarecrow
    Todwick Knight and the Dragon
    85 The Meadows
  7. Scarecrow
    Florence Nightingale
    2 Mill Close
  8. Scarecrow
    Florence Nightingale poem
    2 Mill Close
  9. Scarecrow
    Boris
    10 Mill Close
  10. Scarecrow
    Stay Safe Scarecrow
    Heaven is Homemade Vintage
    Tea Rooms, The Pastures
  11. Scarecrow
    Garden Fairies
    Don’t forget to look up at the tree!
    9 The Pastures
  12. Scarecrow
    Queen Flower Seller
    1 Rayls Road
  13. Scarecrow
    Queen Flower Seller
    1 Rayls Road
  14. Scarecrow
    Captain Pirate
    7 Rectory Gardens

Rainbow Colour Scarecrows - 87 The Meadows

  1. Scarecrow
  2. Scarecrow
  3. Scarecrow
  4. Scarecrow
  5. Scarecrow
  6. Scarecrow
  7. Scarecrow
  8. Scarecrow

Prizegiving

Because Todwick Village Hall is closed during the pandemic the PRIZEGIVING by Brenda Waller of the Certificates cannot be held but owners of the Best Front Garden and the Best Scarecrow will have their certificates delivered to them.

Hope you enjoy your walk/drive around some parts of Todwick during the Best Front Gardens and Scarecrow Trail on Saturday and Sunday, 25 and 26 July 2020 between noon and 4 pm.

Contact: Sheila Pantry OBE, Organiser, Tel: 01909 771024, email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Bowling Club is closed until further notice

Published: 20 July 2020

Please note that due the Covid-19 UK Government restrictions Todwick Bowling Club is closed until further notice.

Rotherham people urged to get tested for COVID-19

Published: 13 July 2020

Soon people in Rotherham will be asked to get tested for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms or not.

The latest national data continued to show that infections in Rotherham are higher than most of the rest of the country.

The enhanced testing strategy was discussed last Friday at the newly established Rotherham Local Outbreak Engagement Board.

Board members heard that Rotherham, together with other South Yorkshire local authorities has a higher level of infection than other parts of the country at the moment. As a result, Public Health England (PHE) and national leaders have given permission for enhanced testing across South Yorkshire aimed at accelerating the decline in new cases.

More information:

Active at Home: A guide to being active at home during the coronavirus outbreak

Published: 2 July 2020

Public Health England has issued this guidance report.

It has been developed to support older people and those who are shielded to be active and healthy at home. This is part of the Sport England Join the Movement campaign designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to get active in and around the home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Download the Active at Home guide

Reopening of Todwick Church – 15 June 2020

Published: 16 June 2020

We’re open!

Todwick Church is now open for private prayer. If you visit, please follow the hygiene and social distancing instructions displayed in the porch and as you enter church.

You are very welcome to enjoy this lovely space as an individual or in household groups.

Revd. Vicky Camber
Tel 01909 771101
email: vicky_camber@yahoo.co.uk

Getting nearer to 2020 Todwick Scarecrow competition time

Published: 15 June 2020

Whilst it keeps raining please start to make your 2020 TODWICK scarecrows – lot of ideas abounding around.

Get your families and friends to join in now… just follow these instructions… scarecrows ARE so easy to make!

And do please enter your scarecrow in the Todwick annual Best Front Garden and Scarecrow Trail before 19 July 2020 at the latest so the judges can carry out their judging in time for the Scarecrow and Best Garden Trail weekend 25-26 July 2020.

See last year’s winners.

Please register your scarecrow with Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Greenbean Bistro: Father’s Day – Sunday, 21 June 2020

Published: 13 June 2020

Greenbean Bistro in Todwick is happy to announce takeaway Sunday Lunches.

Collection or Delivery available from 12.00 (Free delivery to local areas).

Food will be collected/delivered cold with instructions on now to heat in the convenience of your own home.

To order your Father’s Day Lunch, please email us at greensceneltd@outlook.com

If you wish to collect, please adhere to the social distancing rules.

Father’s Day menu:

Father’s Day menu

Click or tap to enlarge.

Simply Elegant Interiors showroom on The Pastures, Todwick is closing at the end of June

Published: 9 June 2020

After much careful deliberation Suzanne says she has made the decision to close her showroom in Todwick from the end of June 2020.

Suzanne will be continuing the interior design/soft furnishing side of her business but will be working from home.

Suzanne says she has loads of things for sale including cards, gift wrappings, gift, novelties and home interior items all at 50% discount…

Opening hours to end of June 2020:

  • Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 am – 4 pm
  • Saturdays, 10-12 noon

Tel: 01909 515755

Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room now open for takeaways

Published: 5 June 2020

Rachael is opening Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room from 4 June 2020 for TAKEAWAYS ONLY on Thursdays and Saturdays, 10.00 am – 2.15 pm(ish) until further notice.

Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room menu offers teacakes, scones, homemade cakes, afternoon teas, and sandwiches – all for takeaways.

If you want to order an afternoon tea, please phone the day before.

Contact: Rachael Watson | 18 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH | Tel: 07400 003 008

Todwick face masks available

Published: 18 May 2020

Wendy Early has started to make fabric masks for sale.

They are £10 each and come in men / women / teenager and child sizes (age 7 to 11) and are quite a good fit due to the design.

They are available in different colours and designs.

  1. Face mask
  2. Face mask
  3. Face mask
  4. Face mask

They are washable at 60 °C and have a chenille pipe cleaner over nose bridge and soft drawstring to create a good fit.

Childs have elastic ear straps for safety.

They are NOT clinical surgical masks but do have a slot for a filter, many people are using paper towels.

Contact Wendy Early, 11 The Pastures, Todwick, S26 1JH, Tel: 01909 515809 / Mobile 07516410715, Email wendy.early@talktalk.net

Want to eat Fish and Chips?

Published: 18 May 2020

Fish and Chips

The Fish and Chip Shop on Hard Lane, Kiveton Park is offering the following services during the lockdown.

Open Mondays – Saturdays inclusive from 4 pm – 8.30 pm

You MUST phone your order between 2 pm – 4 pm and the staff will give you a timeslot to collect your order.

When you go and collect your order the staff will take cash or card for payment.

For orders telephone 01909 574043

Cancellation of Todwick Historical Events – June and July 2020

Published: 16 May 2020

Please note the cancellation of the following two Todwick Historical Society events:

  • 9 June – Richard Godley – Women’s Land Army
  • 14 July – Mike Higginbottom – Sheffield’s Cinema Heritage

Future meetings will be advertised on this website.

Make your garden seats look POSH this Summer by adding this unique TODWICK garden cushion

Published: 11 May 2020

Cushion

These cotton cushions are filled with polyester are 14 inches / 36 cms square, and have the Todwick crest printed on one side.

Makes a lovely present – already gone to Todwickians living in London, Glasgow and North Yorkshire.

Costs £5 per cushion.

SOLD to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) funding. The NHW scheme has been running since July 2006. So far, the NHW scheme has run at no cost to any member… but now needs help. After productions costs have been recouped all proceeds from the sale will go to help fund NHW hopefully for a couple of years.

Cushions available from Sheila Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

UK Christian Aid Week, 10-16 May 2020

Published: 11 May 2020

Christian Aid exists to create a world where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.

  • 1.7m people in need are reached by our humanitarian programmes
  • 57k volunteers give their time and talents during Christian Aid Week
  • 12k churches took part in fundraising activities

Please donate in Christian Aid Week.

Help raise vital funds for Christian Aid Week by simply sending your friends and families a personalised message in an e-Envelope.

Encourage them to donate and join the fight against poverty and injustice around the world.

It’s all in support of Christian Aid Week, so help us fight poverty and injustice around the world by seeing their message and getting involved.

Now is the time to reach out to families, friends neighbours near and far.

More information: https://envelope.christianaid.org.uk

VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Published: 8 May 2020

How about we all celebrate together in our own front gardens on Friday, 8th May?

Poster

If you support this idea, putting this in your window will show who is taking part and might encourage others!

Rainbow Pebbles update – 5 May 2020

Published: 5 May 2020

Wendy Early has so far raised £240 and the money has been donated to TAK (Todwick and Kiveton Ponies) and NHS charity.

Wendy will continue to make and sell pebbles and cards as long as people keep buying them.

  1. Rainbow pebbles
  2. Rainbow pebbles
  3. Rainbow pebbles

She says, “many thanks to all the Todwick folk that contributed”.

News from Neighbourhood Watch

Published: 1 May 2020

With the coronavirus (COVID-19) causing major disruption, many outlets are closed for the duration. In the interests of personal safety, if you need a supply of hearing aid batteries and tubing advice please telephone 01709 423207 or 01709 423145. You will receive them by post but be aware it does take a few days for them to arrive. If you need this service you may need to leave a message on their answer machine. Apart from your name address and telephone number, they will need to know which battery you need. If you have a part used pack of batteries most of the information needed will be on the pack including the colour of the pack.

PowerGrid have told us that if your electric power supply is affected, please phone 105 ON A MOBILE PHONE for assistance and advice.

If you need repeat prescriptions Lloyds Pharmacy operate an ECHO service where the NHS prescriptions are posted to you. Contact Lloyds Pharmacy to begin to get signed onto the scheme. They will need your GP’s details.

For help with urgent eye-care – eye health, glasses, contact lenses – call Vision Express on freephone 0800 038 2177 or shop online. Their website claims most eye care is done remotely in line with NHS guidance.

The “stay at home” lock-down for many people is inconvenient at best. Please do not break the lock-down regulations as they are there for your safety. In England & Wales 9000 people have been fined for non-observance.

The London Evening Standard says that 1/5 of retailers do not plan to reopen after lock-down.

This means 4/5 of retailers DO PLAN to reopen. It depends on your point of view.

And finally, you may be interested to know that St Corona was killed for her Christian faith in the second century AD. She is the patron saint of guarding against epidemics.

News from Wales High School

Published: 1 May 2020

Most of us will know by now about the passing of John Day. Although John has not enjoyed good health for a while, the news of his death was nonetheless devastating, and our thoughts first of all turn to his family, Melanie and Hannah and Matt. All of them are in our hearts and our prayers.

It is very difficult to put into words John’s essential importance in the life of our community at Wales, and his impact in the lives of so many of us. His loss finally breaks the link with the school’s first staff roster, and perhaps we could take a moment to reflect on what he has given to us all.

John’s core belief as a teacher, and then as Deputy Head and Headteacher, can be summed up in his own words: “If the children are just numbers to us, then that’s all we’ll ever be to them.” He fostered a philosophy based on mutual respect and warmth, on consideration and pride in the school and our own personal standards. Many of us will remember him as an adored Deputy Head, reinforcing and supporting our efforts to teach less cooperative students, and there are hundreds of stories – and all of them are true – about how John won over naughty boys and girls, and their parents, through a mixture of charm and strength and kindness, with the odd confidence trick thrown in!

As Headteacher, we shared his joy and pride in the culmination of his career, and to see Wales through his eyes has always been a privilege. Many of us talk even now about the ‘Wales Way’, and John came to embody that combination of expectation and rigour, of community spirit and humanity. His desire to serve the school took him onto the governing body, where he continued to support and uphold the school’s efforts and values.

In his first year as a teacher at Wales in 1971, John ran a small Summer Camp to North Wales, and he took part in another one hundred and fifty-odd ventures between then and his last Summer Camp in 2018. He once joked that the school owed him nearly five years of accrued holidays as a result! The camps were based on a cocktail of adventure and independence, and the modelling of decent and considerate group behaviour. And they were marvellous fun, as was John.

Perhaps it is this last point which is our greatest loss. John’s warmth as a person meant that he was able to support many of his colleagues and friends through crisis and periods of weakness and need. Many of us cherish memories of his care and generosity, and it is no exaggeration to say he saved careers and perhaps even lives. His sense of humour was part of his legend, and his tall tales, shared with the students in ‘full-school squash’, were impish and hilarious.

Of course, lots of us would like to come together as a community to celebrate John, his friendship, his kindness and his larger-than-life role as ‘Mister Wales’ in so many of our lives, as soon as it is safe to do so, it will be a true priority for all of us. As a small, visible, token of our love and loss, our flag will fly at half-mast from today.

John – colleague, friend, leader and gentleman – has been a colossus in the story of Wales High School, and in the lives of many of us fortunate enough to teach here. We all hope that reflecting on the effect he had on so many of us may give his family some consolation in their loss.

If you would like to post your thoughts, memories, events or photos please visit: https://johnday2020.muchloved.com

Look at your £20 notes!

Published: 1 May 2020

The new polymer £20 banknote, featuring artist JMW Turner, has been released by the Bank of England.

The new note will ultimately replace the paper £20 note, which features the noted economist Adam Smith.

The release of a new banknote can often cause confusion among people who believe the old note immediately ceases to be legal tender. However, both notes will be used in tandem for a period of time before the old version is withdrawn.

The Bank of England has not yet revealed when the old note will be discontinued, but it will give at least six months’ notice before the Smith banknote is taken out of circulation.

Even so, some people may wish to switch to the new banknotes immediately, for example if they are saving cash in a piggy bank for Christmas, to ensure their banknotes will be valid when they come to spend them.

See what the note looks like: https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer-20-pound-note

Updated Todwick Church news

Published: 20 April 2020

The Church continues to be alive and active, but the building, along with all buildings in the Church of England, is closed.

Our worship of God and our care for each other continue but cannot be done in this building.

If you would like resources for prayer, worship, or study, or simply want to feel part of a community, please get in touch.

If you want to join the growing number of people who are doing church on a Sunday morning at 10.30 am on Zoom, please contact Rev Vicky, and she will add you to the list. It is lovely to see people’s faces, even if just for a short while, and to be able to be connected to people near and far.

Unlike council graveyards and cemeteries, Todwick churchyard remains open for people to tend the graves of relatives and friends, and as a place of peace. Please continue to observe the required social distancing, and take extra protective care if you are using the tap at the side of the church hall.

The following church officers can be contacted by telephoning:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength… Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Vicky

The Reverend Vicky Camber
Priest-in-charge, St Peter & St Paul, Todwick
Laughton Deanery Ministry Development Officer
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todwickchurch
vicky_camber@yahoo.co.uk

Todwick Rainbow pebbles for Charities

Published: 16 April 2020

Todwickian Wendy Early has created these rainbow pebbles for charity.

They cost £2 each and all money goes to NHS charity and TAK pony rescue in Kiveton.

  1. Rainbow pebbles
  2. Rainbow pebbles
  3. Rainbow pebbles

They are available from Wendy’s front garden 11 The Pastures, Todwick, S26 1JH and people are either putting money in a pot next to the pebbles or through her letterbox. Wendy has already raised £60.00.

Wendy is also making greeting cards £10 for 4 cards.

You can send Wendy a message via email wendy.early@talktalk.net or via a note through the letterbox at her house address.

Her home phone number is 01909 515809 and mobile is 07516410715.

Todwick help for coronavirus / COVID-19 – updated 6 April 2020

Published: 6 April 2020

Hello Neighbours

Hope you are all keeping safe and well in these continuing uncertain times. Here is an update on the 23 March 2020 notice. A group of people have come together in Todwick to support anyone who may need to self-isolate and struggle with getting necessities in the coming weeks.

If you need help: picking up shopping, posting mail, getting urgent supplies such as prescriptions, or walking dogs – the following contacts will help or organise help for you:

For all requests and will be able to help or organise help for you
RICHARD BRUNDISH, Tel: 01909 772204, Email: rbrundish@hotmail.co.uk
For food shopping or prescription picking up
REV VICKY CAMBER, Tel: 01909 771101, Email: vicky_camber@yahoo.co.uk
For security and Neighbourhood Watch questions
NORMAN ANDERSON, Tel: 01909 770130, Email: norman.anderson621@btinternet.com
For help walking dogs… Alison can only take one walk a day herself but has names of other people who can help with dog walking so contact
ALISON RODGERS, Tel: 01909 770841, Email: a.d.rodgers@icloud.com
For help in walking dogs that live around the top end of the Meadows
FRASER MOSLEY, Tel: 0782 8817000
For general enquiries FOR HELP
SHEILA PANTRY, Tel: 01909 771024, Email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick shops … latest information… from 6 April 2020

Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Room is now closed for the duration.

Todwick News Doorstep Deli
Range of food from the Deli includes both hot and cold food, includes Breakfast in a Box, the Full Monty, Jacket Potatoes, Paninis, cold range of food salad boxes.
Also, a bakery is daily delivering fresh bread, rolls, tiger bread etc, but you need to PRE ORDER by 11.00 am THE DAY BEFORE. Delivery service.
Open: Monday-Saturday 7.30 AM - BUT CLOSING TIMES VARIES EACH DAY so Nicki can go to the suppliers for goods. Sunday opening and closing times 7.30 am - 11.00 am
Contact: Nicki Tel: 07510250349

Cyprus Garden, 14 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH
Wide range of pizzas, kebabs, wraps, burgers, chicken dishes, Kids Meals. Delivery service.
Open: Every day – 5 pm to late
Contact: 01909 774707

Simply Elegant Interiors of Todwick, is now closed for the duration.

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW)

News from Norman Anderson…

  1. The paper copy of the March 2020 newsletter is printed and will be distributed with the next newsletter later this year. You can see the latest March 2020 edition.
  2. Unless there is a very quick return to normal, we do not propose to have an NHW Annual General Meeting this year.
  3. For non-emergency calls to the Police using telephone number 101, please be aware that calls may take a little longer than usual to be answered. The South Yorkshire Police website has an online facility for reporting non-emergency issues.
  4. Todwick Village Hall will be closed until further notice.

Contact: NORMAN ANDERSON, Tel: 01909 770130, Email: norman.anderson621@btinternet.com

Todwick Tote Bag

Easter weekend – 10-12 April 2020 … Easter Present with a difference! Todwick Tote Bag

There are still some strong cotton Todwick Tote Bags for Sale at £4 each – long lasting – would hold several Easter Eggs! Better than using paper wrapping!

If you are sending Easter Greetings to your family and friends why not use these unique colourful bags as presents! Yours for £4 per bag… 38 cm wide, 42 cm long, NB long handles – 24 cm. When the bags are gone, they are gone….

Sold to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) future funding.

The NHW scheme has been running since July 2006, some 14+ years. It is a very useful resource for Todwick residents. So far, the scheme has run at no cost to any member… but now needs financial help.

After productions costs have been recouped all proceeds from the sale of the Todwick tote bag will go to help fund NHW hopefully for a couple of years.

Available from the Todwick News and Deli shop and also contact Sheila Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Bags can be delivered!

Todwick in Spring 2020

Keep cheerful and safe.

Calling all 2020 Todwick scarecrow makers

Published: 6 April 2020

Get your families and friends to join in now… just follow these instructions… scarecrows ARE so easy to make!

And do please enter your scarecrow in the Todwick annual Best Front Garden and Scarecrow Trail before 19 July 2020 at the latest so the judges can carry out their judging in time for the Scarecrow and Best Front Garden Trail weekend 25-26 July 2020.

See last year’s winners.

Please register your scarecrow with Sheila Pantry Tel: 01909 771024 or email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick in Spring 2020

Published: 2 April 2020

For those who cannot get out and see Todwick in bloom the following photos may cheer you up as you isolate.

Keep cheerful and safe.

  1. Spring 2020
    Walking up Goosecarr Lane
  2. Spring 2020
    Walking up Goosecarr Lane
  3. Spring 2020
    Walking up Goosecarr Lane
  4. Spring 2020
    At the top of Goosecarr
    Lane on the A57
  5. Spring 2020
    Todwick sign at the
    top of Goosecarr Lane
  6. Spring 2020
    On the bend in Goosecarr Lane
  7. Spring 2020
    Entrance to Kiveton Lane
  8. Spring 2020
    Just to remind you what the
    Red Lion Pub still looks like
  9. Spring 2020
    Entrance to Todwick Church
    and the Mary Gregory garden
  10. Spring 2020
    Todwick Church waving the flag
  11. Spring 2020
    Todwick Village Hall

Message from Todwick resident Ken Hill

Published: 2 April 2020

Todwick resident Ken Hill sends a message to everyone…

  1. Ken Hill
    “Dreaming of Holidays”

Sheffield City Council coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Published: 2 April 2020

Coronavirus FAQs

Sheffield City Council’s Director of Public Health Greg Fell has some frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in a series of short videos

https://sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/news/watch-director-of-public-health-answers-coronavirus-faqs

Supertram Service Reductions

From Wednesday, 1 April 2020, Stagecoach Supertram are reducing their service to run hourly on all routes, with additional services on weekday mornings. The Government are advising people not to travel, however this service will help support Key Workers who need to travel by tram to and from work.

https://www.stagecoachbus.com/news/yorkshire/2020/march/coronavirus-advice-and-tram-timetables

Sanitise bin handles

Help us to keep you and our bin crews safe by taking these simple precautions.

Please wash your hands before putting your bins out for collection. Wipe the handles with soap and water, sanitiser or bleach.

Repeat this process once your bin has been emptied and you return it to your property. Wipe down the handles well and wash your hands.

https://www.veolia.co.uk/sheffield/service-alerts

Support for smokers

Smokers are at increased risk from COVID-19 so there has never been a better time to quit.

Smokers are three times more likely to quit with support and the Yorkshire Smokefree Service continues to provide help – including advice and medication – over the telephone.

http://www.smokefreesheffield.org/quit-for-covid

RMBC Garden Waste Collection Update

Published: 31 March 2020

Notice from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council:

Dear Resident,

Rotherham Council continues to try to maintain essential services to residents during these unprecedented times. However, at the moment a number of staff are affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and need to be off work in order to self-isolate to protect others, or because they have been designated as vulnerable by the government and need to remain at home for 12 weeks.

One third of Rotherham Council’s refuse collection staff are not currently in work as a result, so with regret Rotherham Council will be suspending all garden waste collections for six weeks from Monday, 30 March 2020.

This change will enable the Council to prioritise critical services including providing waste services to the NHS and pink lid bin general household waste. We have also made this decision based on which recycling/waste can be most safely stored by residents at home for a longer period of time.

We appreciate households have paid for the subscription period of thirteen months until February 2021 and you may not now receive all your collections for the year. We apologise for this.

This is obviously a developing situation and customers will be informed of arrangements to rectify any collections missed once the situation has subsided and services have returned to normal. We will review the position again at the end of the six week suspension.

Households are advised to keep their brown bin on their property and not on the pavement. Please only collect cuttings if they can be stored.

We request that residents please do not phone our contact centre so that it is reserved for essential services.

We apologise again for the inconvenience during this time and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Tom Smith
Assistant Director, Community Safety and Street Scene
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Calling all painters of all ages: Wanted – Rainbow Pictures in Todwick to cheer people up

Published: 21 March 2020

Rainbow

Rainbow pictures are springing up across the country so please will all Todwickians of any age get their paints and brushes out and make a picture for their front windows to cheer people up as they pass by.

Parents taking children for walks will be able to count the paintings and look for new ones each day.

See https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-51988671

Cancellation of Graham Birch’s funeral

Published: 19 March 2020

Owing to the Coronavirus situation, Graham Birch’s funeral service due to take place at South Anston Methodist Church on Friday, 20 March 2020 has been cancelled.

Instead, only his family are allowed to attend his 15 minutes cremation service at Brimington Crematorium which is on Friday, 20 March 2020 at 3.10 pm.

Everyone will be thinking about dear Graham at that time and send our deepest sympathy and love to Brenda, his family and many friends.

Todwick Church and Coronavirus

Published: 18 March 2020

On Tuesday 17th March 2020 there was a statement released by the Archbishops of York and Canterbury suspending Sunday and midweek church services. Therefore, there will be NO public services for the foreseeable future in church, though we await guidelines on baptisms, weddings and funerals.

Revd Vicky will continue to say morning prayer in church on Thursday mornings at 9.15 am, and on Tuesday evenings at 4 pm, and she will be in church on Sunday mornings.

The church will remain open for people to say their own prayers or spend time quietly, between 9 am and 4 pm every day.

We need to do church a bit differently. You are welcome to pop into church to pick up a range of prayers you may find helpful, or please email Vicky if you would like them sending to you.

Please let Vicky know if you need pastoral support. If you or someone you know has to self-isolate, but needs help getting the essentials, please let us know and we will do what we can to help.

People have also been generous in their offers of help, and we will try to point you in the right direction.

Please also don’t forget to drop off any items for the Food Bank in the church porch.

If anyone you know is lonely and wants a chat, Vicky is happy to be contacted on 01909 771101.

Thanks.

Vicky

The Reverend Vicky Camber
Priest-in-charge, St Peter & St Paul, Todwick
Laughton Deanery Ministry Development Officer
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todwickchurch
vicky_camber@yahoo.co.uk

Cancellation of Todwick Historical Events – April and May 2020

Published: 17 March 2020

Please note the cancellation of the following two Todwick Historical Society events:

  • 14 April 2020 – Mike Ogden – The Sky’s the Limit “History of the Skyscraper”
  • 12 May 2020 – Richard Venables – The Disaster Detective

Cancellation of Todwick Jazz Supper Events

Published: 17 March 2020

Owing to the current situation, it is will great sadness that I have cancelled the next 3 Jazz Supper Club events:

  • 18 April 2020 – Tame Valley Stompers
  • 16 May 2020 – Dave Hepworth and the Washington Whirligigs
  • 20 June 2020 – John Meehan and Savannah Jazz Band

May be able to fit in these bands as extra events in the Autumn.

Will keep in touch with you all.

Meanwhile keep positive, keep fit and keep safe – start growing your seeds to make an extra beautiful garden and keep going with your promised To-do-List.

Contact Organiser Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Recreation Ground flood warning

Published: 24 February 2020

Please will all visitors – young and old take great care when visiting the Todwick Recreation Ground play area which is currently flooded.

  1. Flood
  2. Flood
  3. Flood

Also note that the stream on the left-hand side of Goosecarr Lane at the side of the Recreation Ground is deep and currently rather full of water.

Rother Valley MP

Published: 23 February 2020

The new MP from 12 December 2019 for the Rother Valley is:

Alexander Stafford, Conservative Party

Contact details

Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Phone: 0207 219 6376

Email: alexander.stafford.mp@parliament.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Alex_Stafford

Website: https://www.facebook.com/AlexStafford4RotherValley

Ramblers next walk on Tuesday, 11 February 2019 starting in Clumber Park

Published: 5 February 2020

The next walk will take place on Tuesday, 11th February 2020. Meet at the Walled Kitchen / Garden Tea House car park in Clumber Park for a 10.00 am start.

The walk is an easy 5 miles some of which will be around some of the lesser known parts of the Park. We plan to make 1 coffee stop and Judy and I will probably have lunch in the Garden Tea House after the walk. If anyone wishes to join us for lunch, they will be very welcome.

Please note there is a charge of £5 per person to enter the Park for non-National Trust Members.

If it is snowing or raining heavily please ‘phone us to check if the walk is still on before 9 am on the 11 February 2019. Tel 01909 564005 or 07974 892139 / 07725 910141.