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Extend, Otago, postural stability and exercise referral

Published: 12 June 2021

Strength and balance exercise for older people with health conditions. Seated and standing options.

Take control of your own health – everyone works to their own ability.

Come and join the fun, functional class.

Classes are in Todwick Church Hall on Fridays between 10.30 and 11.30 am. Cost £5 (1st class free).

Contact: Carole Burgan (Level 4 Instructor) 07969 073 111

HUGS are back!

Published: 11 May 2021

Peanut sweatshirt

From the 17th of May HUGS are BACK!

For so long we have been unable to sit near our friends and family, never mind being able to be tactile with them.

“A HUG can bring feelings of safety, happiness, and more. When someone receives a HUG, for most, their body releases the hormone and neurotransmitter, oxytocin, often times referred to as ‘the love hormone.’ Increased levels of oxytocin have been attributed to happiness and the reduction of stress and anxiety.” The Power of a Hug – Right Turn

So now CELEBRATE even more your friends and family members with a unique gift…

Peanut releases “HUGS!”

Peanut is releasing the HUGS . sweater. Perfect for these chilly days of exploring the outdoors with family, eating meals inside and out with friends and generally expressing our thankfulness that HUGS ARE BACK!

Local MP backs nationwide campaign to improve children’s literacy skills by turning on the subtitles while watching TV

Published: 7 May 2021

Alexander Stafford, local Rother Valley MP, joins Sandi Toksvig & Stephen Fry in calling on parents to Turn on the Subtitles to improve literacy.

COVID has, unfortunately, meant that literacy levels for many children have gone backwards. This is a serious concern, but schools are working hard to remedy this, and they deserve our gratitude for this.

There are however simple measures we can all take to improve the situation. Alexander Stafford MP has teamed up with the campaign group Turn on The Subtitles. The campaign has garnered much attention nationwide with celebrity backers including Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry, Sandi Toksvig, Phillip Schofield and Rachel Riley amongst those joining the call for more parents to embrace this idea.

Alexander Stafford MP has written to all schools in his constituency about this, encouraging them to pass this idea on to parents.

More information and details on the research can be found at https://www.turnonthesubtitles.org

Commenting, Alexander said: “The children in Rother Valley have always been at the top of my priority list. Turn on the Subtitles offers an easy and simple way to better their lives by improving their literacy.”

For more information, please contact: sophie.dack@parliament.uk

Earth Day – Thursday, 22 April 2021

Published: 22 April 2021

EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 75,000 partners in over 192 countries to drive positive action for our planet.

For more information visit: https://www.earthday.org

Alexander Stafford MP invites you to have your say in a “Levelling Up Rother Valley” survey

Published: 20 April 2021

Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford writes:

As many people will know, the Government has put £20 million on the table to level up communities that have been neglected and left behind. I am delighted that Rotherham has been designated a priority one area and therefore has a high likelihood of bids being successful, but I need YOUR help to ensure Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council put in a strong bid for Rother Valley. Fill in my survey to let me know how you think the £20 million should be spent in Rother Valley.

For too long, Rotherham Council has neglected Rother Valley and has funnelled all Government investment into Rotherham central. I am determined that this shall no longer be the case and I know that, together, we can work to put Rother Valley first. To help me, please complete my survey and ask your friends, family and neighbours to do the same.

Our high streets in Rother Valley need investment. In Dinnington, Maltby, Thurcroft, Aston, Swallownest, Todwick, Kiveton Park, Harthill and Whiston, our high streets are struggling and need investment to survive. As we emerge from the coronavirus, this will become even more apparent. The Government has put £20 million on the table for RMBC and we must ensure that they put in a strong bid for us here in Rother Valley. Complete my survey to tell them how you would like this money to be spent to level up our areas.

I attend regular meetings with council CEO Sharon Kemp about the Rother Valley bid and I am prepared to work with any organisation or local group with a credible plan for the fund. If you know of any groups working on regeneration plans that could benefit from the Levelling Up Fund, please let me know by filling in my survey.

We must get the best deal for Rother Valley and I am delighted to have Government backing from Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Conservative Party co-chair, Amanda Milling MP, who visited Rother Valley recently.

Survey: https://www.alexanderstafford.org.uk/form/levelling-up-rother-valley

Something different… introducing Peanut’s Spring 2021 merchandise

Published: 13 April 2021

Peanut T-shirt

A young creative designer called Laura Murray, who has been visiting Todwick ever since she was a baby, has just launched some merchandise designs that are really different that she has created for all ages.

See the various categories on offer from T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts in her 2021 collections to view the ranges listed.

Other design services available…

  • Brand guide & brand development for your current brand
  • Book formatting & cover design
  • Company literature such as business cards, letterheads and eBooks
  • Blog content management and copywriting
  • Web design / revamp

To order or discuss your requirements, contact Laura Murray, Creative Director, Peanut Designs, email: laura@pnutd.co.uk | web: https://www.pnutd.co.uk

Petition to keep John Lewis Sheffield open

Published: 26 March 2021. Updated: 2 April 2021

John Lewis announced on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 that it will officially close the Sheffield city centre store. A petition has been mounted to try and save John Lewis Sheffield shop from closure and is starting to gain momentum. Please can you help? The petition is gaining a fast response – please sign this petition asking for the decision to be reviewed.

The closure comes despite last year’s action by Sheffield City Council’s very significant moves to help keep the store going by buying out John Lewis’ leasehold interest for £3.4 million and signed a new 20-year contract.

The company announced it could no longer ‘profitably sustain’ the shop on Barker’s Pool, and it was not planning to reopen it after lockdown.

John Lewis is an important destination shop for many people who have really missed it during the pandemic lockdowns.

Sheffield City centre new development programme is going to be a disaster without this major shop in it. The closure will also affect many other nearby smaller businesses. Many thousands of shoppers living in the city and in outlying areas such as Todwick have always visited John Lewis Sheffield very regularly until the lockdowns came into legislation.

John Lewis is publicised as a partnership company – one wonders if the real partners have been asked for their opinions.

John Lewis say they are making this move because they make more profits online, but they sell many things that need to be sat on, laid on, lounged on, handled, look at etc…

Perhaps people may decide NOT to use John Lewis online IN FUTURE?

Updates

Just in time for Easter… VERY LAST Todwick Shopping Bags and Cushions FOR SALE

Published: 31 March 2021

Cushion

Many thanks to the many people who have bought the unique TODWICK garden cushions that are filled with polyester is 14 inches / 36 cm square and has the Todwick crest printed on one side, and also the Todwick Tote/shopping bag.

Todwick Tote Bag

The project is to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) raise funds to print and deliver the paper-based edition of the NHW newsletter.

Six cushions still offered on sale at £3.50 each. Remember the sun will be shining in the coming months and you will need the cushions for your garden chairs.

Likewise, 8 Todwick shopping bags are also still offered on sale at a cost £2 each… just ready to put your Easter Egg present in NOW and take it with you on 12 April 2021 – WHEN SHOPS ARE OPEN AND YOU GO SHOPPING!

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

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

Thanks from Julian Marples’ family

Published: 29 March 2021

We would like to thank the whole of the village for the love and support we have felt for the loss of Julian Marples.

Thank you to the many people who paid their respects at the side of the road on the day of the funeral. We all feel we have had a huge hug from the village.

He was well known and respected and adored by his many customers and friends. Particular thanks go to Rachael at the Tea Room and Nichola at the shop. Jim Nuttall for the service and Keatons for the funeral arrangements. And all those who donated to Mayflower Animal Rescue Charity in Bawtry.

Many thanks from Wendy, Pam, Wendy and Walt, Beverley and Stuart, Linda and Steve. xx

Clocks Go Forward this weekend – 27/28 March 2021

Published: 27 March 2021

Don’t forget that all clocks and watches go FORWARD this Sunday. We lose an hour’s sleep but gain an hour of daylight.

This alteration ends at 02:00 on Sunday, 31 October 2021. All times are in United Kingdom Time.

Why do the clocks change? The clocks are put back every year to give people an extra hour of daylight after work.

Safety in the world on your own

Published: 21 March 2021

In the wake of the appalling murder of Sarah Everard, but to name one, I have looked at ways of staying safe when we / you are walking home, especially at night. The advice applies not only to our ladies but also to men. Thankfully, according to disclosures by the police, we are not particularly at risk in Todwick, but we must not be complacent. The latest advice from the Police comes under several headings:

Reduce the loss

We all carry things like a mobile phone, purse or wallet, keys, plastic cards when we go out.

Try to spread these items out in pockets, bags etc as you will be less likely to lose everything if you are a victim of crime.

Try to keep carrying cash down to a minimum. A lot of outlets these days refuse cash because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Scan the plastic £100 a throw.

Be discreet when carrying a laptop or similar size device. Whilst a rucksack or laptop bag is encouraged, ask yourself if you actually need the equipment whilst you are out.

Try to avoid using light coloured earphones. They clearly advertise you may have expensive audio equipment on your person. It also impairs your hearing of other people (and vehicles) in your vicinity.

Try not to show off any valuable adornments. Ladies particularly, keep you bag close to you, ensure it is fastened – zipped up and the clasp or lock is facing you, not outwards.

Plan where you are going

When you know where you are going, plan your route and make sure someone else knows what you are doing. If you can, it is worth letting them know your estimated time of return. Don’t forget to let them know when you have returned!

Always try to leave the venue in a group and tell them how you will get home. Phone home to say you are on your way.

Walking

Walking home alone is not the best option for anyone. Statistically MEN are more likely to be assaulted than women. I too was a bit surprised.

Try to avoid poorly lit areas, especially shortcuts, dingy alleyways. Sadly, in view of the changes to street lighting, this is getting increasingly difficult.

Alternative means of getting home using transport

If using a taxi, try to use a company that you know and trust. Consider booking the cab home even if this means shortening a night out.

Consider the cost of a taxi. Is the cost worth it not to be another statistic of street crime?

Even using public transport, sitting near / in the close proximity of the driver is safer than in an isolated part of the vehicle.

Please do not be frightened of going out, but just be circumspect, think about what you are doing, where you are going. But go and enjoy your night out and come back safely.

Norman Anderson
Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

Feed a Family of 4 for £2: Over 70 low budget, very easy to prepare meals all in a unique cookbook that is for sale

Published: 18 March 2021

I first wrote this cookbook 7 years ago to raise money for our church and at the same time gave free copies away to local foodbanks etc. Now in 2020/21, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, I am so aware of many more people struggling on low or reduced incomes and felt the book may again be helpful to folks.

A lot of cookbooks have endless lists of ingredients which might just need one teaspoon of something then you end up binning it a year later because it is out of date! So, I wanted to create a family cookbook which uses everyday ingredients, and the aim was that the meal for 4 people came to less than £2! (In some cases main + veg + sweet comes to less than £2!). I have costed all the recipes to December 2020 prices using 3 national supermarkets.

The recipes are all quite simple and the book could be used to teach children to cook. It could also be especially useful for cash struck students!

The cookbook costs £4, and again the aim is to give free copies away to foodbanks etc. At the time of writing, we have given 362 free copies to foodbanks, drop-in centres, hostels and refugees within Rotherham and Sheffield.

If you are interested in buying the cookbook or would just like to know more about it do give me a ring. We just live at North Anston.

Kathryn Bliss, Tel 01909 566551

Or, if you live in Todwick and wish to buy the Cookbook, contact Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwickian Julian Andrew Marples’s funeral takes place on Friday, 26 March 2021

Published: 16 March 2021

Julian, a well-known Todwick resident, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, 10 March 2021.

His funeral takes place on Friday, 26 March 2021 at Herringthorpe Valley Crematorium, Rotherham at 10.15 am - 10.45 am. The cortège leaves Guildway, Todwick at 9.30 am.

Because of the Government restrictions on numbers able to meet at funerals, anyone wishing to say farewell to Julian may wish to wave goodbye to him from about 9.30 am at 7 Guildway. The cortège will go up Guildway onto Mill Fields then down The Meadows to his and Wendy’s home at 11 The Pastures, Todwick (opposite the shops) at 9.30 am on Friday, 26 March 2021.

Julian’s funeral service at Herringthorpe Valley Crematorium will be taken by Jim Nuttall.

Todwick Vintage Tea Rooms now open for sales of cakes, buns etc on Thursday and Saturdays

Published: 15 March 2021

Rachael has opened the Todwick Vintage Tea Rooms for sales of cakes, buns, scones, etc. each Thursday and Saturday until further notice.

Call in at 18 The Pastures, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JH

Phone Rachael Watson, Tel: 07400 003 008

Greenscene Landscaping and Side Farm Nursery reopens on 12 April 2021

Published: 15 March 2021

Wide range of nursery stock. Sitting outside patio. Coffee shop and gift shop.

Landscaping, turfing, seeding, rotavating, patios, trees felled, pruning, gardens cleared, fencing and contracts tendered for estimates.

Contact: Justin at Greenscene Side Farm, Sheffield Road, Todwick, S26 1DJ | Tel: 01909 770756

Todwick 2021 Best Front Gardens and Scarecrows Trail will be held on the weekend 24 and 25 July 2021

Published: 22 February 2021

Calling all Todwick gardeners…

Now is the time for you to think of selecting and planting seeds for a Splendiferous SHOW IN YOUR FRONT GARDEN – you may be the winner of Todwick’s 2021 Best Front garden.

See some of last year’s winners – Best Front Gardens and Scarecrows Trail held Saturday and Sunday, 26 and 27 July 2020.

Calling all Scarecrow makers – yours may be the 2021 BEST TODWICK SCARECROW!

Join in this fun this year – get your children, grandchildren and others to help in the preparation.

Easy to make scarecrows instructions – takes 1.5 minutes to make a scarecrow.

Judges will be visiting all Todwick front gardens – no need to register.

BUT please do register your scarecrow with its name if possible, with Sheila Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Todwick S26 1JG, Tel: 01909 771024, email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Village website continues to attract users

Published: 22 February 2021

Todwick Village website continues to attract users not only from within Todwick but further afield – one of the latest information requests is from Australia.

Todwick website has been in existence about 20 years – was one of the first village sites in the country.

A wide range of information is held covering e.g. latest wide ranging news topics, news from the local Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford, history of Todwick, events, rambles and walks in the area including rambles further afield that can be undertaken when not in lockdown.

Also includes news from local shops and attractions including garden centres. Many links to other local web sites e.g. Todwick Parish Council, various Todwick groups and contacts.

Regular features appear including writeups on local Todwick wild birds. News and history of Todwick church, showcases various groups to suit all ages and interests… and much more including the Todwick Neighbourhood Watch.

In 2020 the total number of hits/users of Todwick website was 264,099 – which at an all-time high.

Previous year 2019 the total number of hits was 219,581 so a rise of 44,518… perhaps Covid-19 related?

If you have any news please send to Sheila Pantry OBE email sp@sheilapantry.com or Tel 01909 771024. There are no charges to add news items.

Easy to use, just log regularly to this website and be amazed at what Todwick offers.

Todwick Neighbourhood News – February 2021

Published: 22 February 2021

Scams

These days scams seem to be on the rise. They may come on the telephone, by text, email – in fact just about any means you have for communicating. Some of the most recent scams reported to us by the Police and Action Fraud.

One scam is that people have been called by scammers pretending to be from HMRC, National Insurance, Inland revenue, HM Land and Registry Services, the NHS or even a ‘government solicitor’. The one thing they have in common is that they convince you that you have unpaid tax and there is a warrant out for your arrest or they tell you that you are entitled to a tax refund… but you must give them your bank details.

Another variation on the theme is the Coronavirus scam trying to trick people into disclosing bank details by telling them they can accept an invitation to have a Covid 19 vaccination by clicking on a link in the email.

The National Insurance scam is doing the rounds where the scammer suggests that their national Insurance number has an outstanding amount to pay or the number has been used in fraudulent activity. The caller asks for the National Insurance number to be confirmed, often a passport number is requested and as usual, their bank details. It is not uncommon for a threat of an outstanding warrant for their arrest unless payment is made immediately.

Investment opportunity!

Whilst the subject of Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency is reasonably high profile in the press, be very aware if you are approached with an ‘investment opportunity’. If you are in doubt about this one, seek advice from a trusted friend or family member or use the Financial Conduct Authority’s register to check if the company is regulated by the FCA.

If you have been approached or accidentally fallen foul of one of these scams, the matter needs reporting.

For these scams, please contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit the website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk

Dog theft

The theft of dogs is on the increase. Recently a lady had stopped her car when a van overtook and pulled in front of her. A man got out of the van and demanded that she hand over her dog.

When she refused, she was pulled by her hair out of the car and fell to the floor. This was in Waterthorpe during last week. Please be very careful. Many cars these days have a facility to lock the doors from the inside. Wherever possible, do not leave your dog unattended.

Stay Safe
Norman Anderson
Todwick Neighbourhood Watch

Wendy Early Textile Art from Todwick

Published: 15 February 2021

Wendy Early creates unique pictures from upcycled fabrics inspired by nature. Her colour palettes are recycled fabric books. She adds detail and texture with hand and free motion machine stitch.

Wendy sells originals, Glicee prints and cards on her wendieshouse Etsy shop. FREE delivery on any Todwick addresses!

Rachael at the Todwick Vintage Tearoom stocks some of her cards. She also runs workshops at the tea rooms in felting and textile art.

Wendy is currently exhibiting her work in a Word Revolt Fibres Exhibition in Florida, USA.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/wendyearlyxx or email wendy.early@talktalk.net

Todwick Church in the snow – 9 February 2021

Published: 10 February 2021

  1. Todwick Church in the snow
  2. Todwick Church in the snow

Many thanks to Todwickian Brian Summerhayes.

If you have any 2021 snowy Todwick photos, please do send to sp@sheilapantry.com

News for Todwick residents regarding various concerns about Todwick discussed with local MP and some RMBC answers

Published: 2 February 2021

Here are various concerns about Todwick discussed with MP for Rother Valley, Alexander Stafford, and some RMBC answers and actions received from Tom Smith, RMBC Assistant Director, Community Safety and Street Scene

A. Lack of maintenance of verges on the left-hand side of Goosecarr Lane from the recreation up to the A57…

Rotherham MBC responsibility overgrown weeds falling into the gutters also blocking road grates so that floods regularly appear across Goosecarr Lane… extremely poor in wintertime.

Reply from RMBC

The left-hand side of Goosecarr Lane, travelling from the recreation ground towards the junction of the A57, is a rural verge, whilst the right-hand side has a footway. Due to the road being high-speed in nature, the verge is cut once per year, using traffic calming measures.

The junction areas leading onto the A57 are cut more frequently to ensure the sight lines are clear for traffic.

Recent changes within the Council’s grounds maintenance service mean that, in future, Goosecarr Lane will be mechanically swept on a more frequent basis.

Whilst the road is being swept, the Council will undertake works to remove weeds and other detritus, from the road channels.

This work will take place within the traffic management that is required for the verge cutting works.

We currently expect that this work will take place prior to the end of January.

The road gullies in this area are inspected and cleansed as necessary on a schedule, once every 12 months. Ad hoc additional visits are made if there are reports of the gullies being blocked. We are aware that sometimes the gully tops do get covered by leaves. Should your constituent notice gullies are blocked we would encourage reporting this using the council’s website and an additional visit will be made.

There is a watercourse which runs alongside Goosecarr Lane and enters a culvert just before the entrance to the recreation ground. There is a trash screen on the inlet to this culvert which is inspected and cleansed 4 times a year. Despite this, in exceptional rainfall, the culvert cannot cope with the very high flows and flooding of the road does occur.

In recent years improvements to the watercourse and the trash screen have been carried out to minimise the frequency of this flooding and improve the situation.

B. More resources/opportunities needed for the longer living, active older generation many of whom are lonely

Reply from RMBC

The issue of loneliness is a priority for the Rotherham Health and Wellbeing Board and as such they approved an action plan in March 2020 which details actions to address loneliness across the life span. This is being implemented by partners of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

In addition, loneliness and isolation has also been raised within the Wales ward and Councillors have the following priority in the Wales Ward Plan.

Due to the current pandemic situation many of the local voluntary and community groups that deliver local services to older people are currently not meeting which has increased the likelihood of people becoming more socially isolated and lonely.

This has been recognised and through the work of the Rotherham Community Hub, and we are working with several Befriending organisations, including B:Friend, Sliver Line and Rotherfed to provide telephone support to people who benefit from a call from a volunteer on a regular basis.

Many of our Rotherham Heroes are supporting these services. This has been very popular and if you would like to access this or know anyone who would benefit please ring 01709 807319 or online at Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.

As we move forward supporting communities to recover from the pandemic is of paramount importance. Local councillors, the Neighbourhoods team and local partners will be working closely with voluntary and community groups and support them to get back up and running and also to look at how we can enhance the offer to older people.

If this is something you would be interested in discussing further or something that you would like to get more involved in, please give the Senior Neighbourhood Co-ordinator a ring on 07717450973 or email on andrea.peers@rotherham.gov.uk

The Covid-19 vaccine… to have or not to have?

Published: 25 January 2021

I have been asked to help in encouraging people to HAVE the vaccine, so here are my thoughts written after the second vaccine.

As an information specialist all my life I have read a lot of information on vaccines and over the years because of worldwide travelling/working and living sometime in Africa have experienced a variety of vaccines to meet with various legal requirements in the different countries. Covid-19/corona pandemic has altered all our lives and appears to be continuing to do so.

I had my first Covid vaccination on 16 December 2020 and the second one on 6 January 2021 and have been spreading the message to my families, neighbours, friends, work colleagues far and wide, everyone via phone calls, emails, websites and newsletters.

Since the 1st vaccine I have not grown any taller – nor turned green or had any other problems. As I returned home after the second vaccination, I thought aren’t we lucky to live in a country that:

  • has always achieved a lot of FIRSTS and is still doing so… that has the most brilliant scientists developing the vaccines led by women scientists, with knowledgeable regulators, a Government that is willing to support and have manufactured these vaccines and get them to the UK people;
  • has publicly funded – through taxes, the National Health Service (NHS) that Aneurin Bevan would be so proud of;
  • provides a range of medical care – free of charge at point-of-need to all Britons, regardless of wealth; and
  • how fortunate we are to live here in the 5th richest nation in the World and be able to have the vaccine jabs free of charge that are being so quickly produced by our great pharmaceutical companies and distributed so efficiently.

I know these are the most worrying of times – thinking about people without jobs and money, our children not going to school, people not getting long-awaited health problems sorted, people without homes and no food for children, not being able to see and be with our families – all this is happening in our country now and it is much, much worse around the world.

So far I have not been able to find ONE PERSON WHO WANTS BORIS JOHNSON’S JOB… have you?

Together in the UK we can help sort a better, brighter, more equal future for EVERYONE worldwide… if we have the vaccine then our new way of living and caring for others can be achieved.

Keep up the good work wherever you are… the best times will return.

Sheila Pantry OBE

PLEASE KEEP SAFE, HEALTHY AND HAPPY and PLEASE HAVE THE VACCINE

Put up a Bird Box for National Nest Box Week starting from Valentine’s Day, 14-21 February 2021

Published: 25 January 2021

What is National Nest Box Week?

National Nest Box Week has been happening every year since 1997 and was established by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to promote the use of bird nesting boxes in our gardens. It is the perfect time of the year and an excellent opportunity to create a home for nesting birds! Pairs will very soon enter the hectic breeding season, so it is important that they have a safe place to see their young through to fledging.

Who is this event for?

The event is for everyone from families at home to schools and wildlife groups. Starting on Valentine’s Day on 14th February through to 21st February, the week-long event encourages us to put up nest boxes.

Why put up a nest box?

The BTO want to encourage people to put up nest boxes as a big conservation effort to give back to wildlife a place to breed. Due to loss of species’ habitats by human practices, both in urban and rural areas, it is vital to offer these places to birds to help them maintain their numbers. Loss of nesting sites, whether they be in holes of trees or in old buildings, means sites that birds are used to using are disappearing fast as we humans clear and tidy gardens and increasingly shut out wildlife from our lives.

Being a part of Nest Box Week gives everyone the opportunity to contribute to bird conservation with very little effort and it is an excellent way to attract birds. Just put up the bird box in an appropriate site, leave it alone and see what comes!

What should I look out for in a bird box?

Bird nest boxes come in all shapes and sizes to incorporate what different sorts of species prefer. The most common type in the garden is small circular hole boxes, but there are also open-fronted boxes for birds such as robins and much larger boxes for owls and birds of prey for use in large, open areas.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a bird box:

  • Only choose a box made from wood or similar compounds. Don’t use metal or ceramic materials as the insides can become too hot or cold for chicks to survive.
  • The walls of wooden boxes should be at least 15 mm think. This is to ensure durability and adequate insulation.
  • For circular hole bird boxes, choose a box with a 25 mm, 28 mm or 32 mm entrance hole as this will attract small garden birds. 32 mm holes are ideal for any garden birds up to sparrow size, whereas a 25 mm hole will be ideal if you are hoping to attract blue tits.
  • The box should be big enough inside. Gives the birds enough room to lay as many eggs as possible. The BTO says the internal floor should be at least 130 square centimetres.
  • Avoid boxes with perches. These are not necessary and may even act as means for squirrels or other predators to come in and take the eggs and chicks.

How to put up a bird nest box

You should mount your bird box before the breeding season starts and pairs begin to search for nesting sites even earlier than this, so it is best to put your box up before mid-February.

Where to site the box? Here are a few things to consider when putting up your bird box:

  • Keep it away from bird feeders. As other birds visiting the feeding site could disturb nesting birds.
  • Keep it away from other nest boxes. The BTO says this is important to consider as siting boxes too close together might cause conflict between pairs of nesting birds.
  • Shelter it from the weather. Angle the box vertically or slightly downwards to prevent entry of rain. Face it away from the strong sunlight and prevailing winds.
  • Place the box up to 3 metres above the ground. Small-hole boxes are best placed 1 to 3 metres above ground on trees, sheds or walls.
  • Open-fronted nest boxes should be hidden from view.
  • Ensure predators cannot get to the box. Make sure the common garden predator, the domestic cat, or squirrels cannot get access to the box and harm the birds.

More information: https://www.green-feathers.co.uk/blogs/news/put-up-a-bird-box-for-national-nest-box-week

Thanks for all the support – End of sale of Todwick Shopping Bags and Cushions

Published: 25 January 2021

Many thanks to the many people who have bought the unique TODWICK garden cushions that are filled with polyester is 14 inches / 36 cm square and has the Todwick crest printed on one side, and also the Todwick Tote/shopping bag.

The project is to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) raise funds to print and deliver the paper-based edition of the NHW newsletter. Over £120 has now been raised for NHW.

Just a very few cushions still offered on sale at £3.50 each. Remember the sun will be shining in the coming months and you will need the cushions for your garden chairs.

Likewise, a few Todwick shopping bags are also still offered on sale at a cost £2 each.

Think ahead, perhaps to Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2021, and use the Todwick bag for wrapping your surprise Valentine gift for someone special.

Makes a delightful, colourful present in itself for people of any age – could even send as a surprise “Hello, how are you?” gift.

With the vaccine programme starting to roll out you may need an extra shopping bag when you start browsing the shops again – remember that activity?

Also, can be used as a peg bag hanging on your clothesline, or carrying your picnic things when you go out for run, or put the children’s favourite toys in a bag when travelling.

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

Please ask for the few remaining cushions and bags now before they are GONE forever… available and can be delivered – please contact Sheila Pantry, 85 The Meadows, Todwick, Sheffield S26 1JG, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Takeaways from Todwick Greenscene’s Bistro delivered to your door

Published: 7 January 2021

From Friday, 8 January 2021 and every Friday will be Pie day.

From Saturday, 9 January 2021 and every Saturday will be Lasagne day.

And the one we think you have all been waiting for…

From Sunday, 10 January 2021 and every Sunday, the return of our Sunday roasts.

Pies

  • Single pie – £10
  • Pie for two – £16
  • Pie for four – £22

All come with mashed potato, mushy peas and gravy.

Lasagne

  • Single lasagne – £11
  • Lasagne for two – £16
  • Lasagne for four – £22

Comes with garlic bread

Sunday Lunch

Roast beef or turkey – £13.50 – Served with homemade Yorkshire puddings, Roasties, luxury cauliflower cheese, mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, sage & onion stuffing, gravy.

Pre-ordering required

24 hours’ notice for Pie & Lasagne orders

For Sunday Lunches, pre-orders need to be made by Thursday.

Please call 01909 770756, or message on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Greenscencegardencentre/photos/a.114177902442498/965475180646095

SALE of SPECIAL Todwick Shopping bags and Cushions

Published: 3 January 2021

Still a very few Todwick Shopping bags and Cushions left for sale.

Many thanks to the many people who bought as Christmas gifts the unique TODWICK garden cushion that is filled with polyester is 14 inches / 36 cm square, and has the Todwick crest printed on one side. Just a few left and still offered on sale at £3.50 each. Remember the sun will be shining in the coming months and you will need these for your garden chairs.

Todwick shopping bags are also still available and still on sale at a cost £2 each.

Think ahead, perhaps to Valentine’s Day, 14 February 2021, and use the Todwick bag for wrapping your surprise Valentine gift for someone special.

Makes a delightful, colourful present in itself for people of any age – could even send as a surprise “Hello, how are you?” gift.

With the vaccine programme starting to roll out you may need an extra shopping bag when you start browsing the shops again – remember that activity?

Also 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…

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

SOLD to help Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) funding their future Newsletters.

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

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