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Keeping fit this winter in Todwick

Published: 24 October 2021

You, your family and friends might wish to keep extra fit in the forthcoming winter months and would like to get out and see the area surrounding Todwick and sometime just beyond the village perimeter. Help is available giving ideas of some gentle walks – around 4 to 5 miles long – mostly circular. The information is from Todwick Ramblers Group members who regularly send details to Todwick website.

In the Todwick website you will also find details of the walks beyond Todwick by making use of public transport to access other sections of the footpath network that interconnected with Todwick Parish which include at least one refreshment stop.

You may wish to join the Ramblers Group for their regular programme.

The Group does not operate a programme locked into specific days of the week. Instead, it encourages members to organise rambles on the understanding that the leaders will need to arrange the date and time of the ramble to fit in with their personal diaries.

The website also updates members about forthcoming rambles and events. A rambles diary is published on the Todwick Village Web Site. This gives a brief account of past rambles and any highlights encountered on the day. The Todwick Ramblers are a friendly social group and welcome new members. Anyone interested, is encouraged to join two or three of our rambles as guests before deciding whether they wish to join or not.

The Club is affiliated to the Ramblers’ Association and has third party liability insurance cover, which accounts for a large percentage of the annual membership fee currently standing at £8.00.

For further details about joining the Ramblers group contact Marion Brassington, Secretary, Tel 01909 771936 email: mbrassington@fastmail.fm

Keep checking this website for other events happening Todwick on a regular basis.

Thanks to RMBC staff for doing an autumn clean-up on Todwick roads 2021

Published: 6 October 2021

Many thanks have been sent to RMBC STREET STAFF for work done around Todwick village and especially on Goosecarr Lane – all much appreciated by Todwickians.

If any Todwickian can keep weeds clear on the pavements around their properties that will help.

RMBC and staff are working on Todwick pavements to scrape off the moss and prevent accidents – especially as the Autumn/Winter is coming up fast.

Cancelled – Todwick Fashion Show on Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Published: 21 September 2021

Sadly, due to Covid-19 reasons, the Fashion Show that was to be held on Tuesday, 21 September 2021 has had to be cancelled because not enough people have booked.

Todwick Fashion Show – Next one 7 December 2021

Published: 21 September 2021

Another fashion show is planned for Tuesday, 7 December 2021 between 7.30 – 9.00 pm.

Designer High Street stores and top range ladies’ garments – the season’s clothes – sold at a fraction of the normal price. Expect to see fashion items from Marks & Spencer, Next, Topshop, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, White Stuff.

The promotor hopes to bring Christmas-type clothing – sweaters, hats, scarves, gloves for men’s Christmas presents

Tickets £5 (including glass of wine). Held to support Todwick Village Hall maintenance funds.

For tickets, please contact organiser Sheila Pantry, Tel: 01909 771024 or email sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Jazz Supper Club

Published: 21 September 2021

Saturday, 18 September 2021 was the Gala Re-opening of Todwick Jazz Club.

The event was really successful with 55 people attending to hear Frank Brooker and the Happy Chappies play a wonderful programme of traditional jazz. The event raised £162 for Todwick Village Hall maintenance fund.

More Dates for your 2021 Diaries and Calendars!

Each evening starts at 7.30 pm – 10.30 pm

Please help keep Trad Jazz alive and support these wonderful jazz bands. Use it or lose it! The bands come from far and wide – following dates are for your diaries and calendars…

Future dates:

  • 16 October 2021 – Matt Palmer and the Eagle Jazz Band
  • 20 November 2021 – Keith Shone’s Winston Pennine Jazz Band
  • 11 December 2021 – Dave Hepworth and the Whirligig Jazz Band – our Christmas Party night!

More dates and bands are being sorted for 2022 – keep watching this space. 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

Fun Todwick Garden and House Plants, Seeds and Tools for sale was held on Saturday, 11 September 2021 between 11.30 – 14.30 in Todwick Village Hall

Published: 21 September 2021

Everyone who attended had a great time in Todwick Village Hall including young gardeners. Free tea, coffee and juices were available. Free entrance.

The event raised £70 for Todwick Village Hall maintenance funds.

There was a very wide range of items for sale – from garden plants, house plants, garden tools and ornaments, special flowerpots, seeds etc ... as the saying goes “one wo/man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

It is intended to have a Spring 2022 EVENT… DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED but in time for the Spring sowing season. Tables to sell goodies will be available

Contact Sheila Pantry to book a table, Tel: 01909 771024, Email: sp@sheilapantry.com

Todwick Historical Society appeal for stories of M1 building

Published: 23 August 2021

Richard Godley (who is giving a talk on 12th October 2021) and Neil Anderson are putting together a document about the building of the M1 motorway.

Richard has contacted the Todwick Historical Society to see if anyone has any stories of the M1 being built and how it affected villages between junctions 31 and 28. Stories of workers involved or village life disrupted, any accidents, fun times and sad times.

Please contact Alan Turner, email: Alan70@uwclub.net

Todwickians attend Rother Valley MP Alexander Stafford street surgery outside Todwick Village Hall on Thursday, 19 August 2021

Published: 20 August 2021

About 28 Todwickians attended Alexander Stafford’s hour-long street surgery to discuss a wide range of topics of concern regarding Todwick including, for example:

  • local transport – buses, trains and interconnections with other local towns
  • lack of police presence in the area
  • daily problems with A57 and especially the Red Lion roundabout
  • education and opportunities for apprenticeships in local businesses

Alexander appreciated such a good turnout.

See also www.alexanderstafford.org.uk/campaigns/my-plan-todwick

Alexander’s office: 39 Laughton Road, Dinnington, Sheffield, South Yorkshire | Tel: 01909 494952 | alexander.stafford.mp@parliament.uk | https://www.alexanderstafford.org.uk | Twitter: @Alex_Stafford

Garden Waste Collections recommence on 23 August 2021

Published: 20 August 2021

News from Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC):

RMBC is pleased to inform you that the Garden Waste collection service will resume on Monday, 23 August 2021. Please put out your garden waste bin on your next scheduled collection date.

Please be aware that we will be operating with minimal staff due to a national driver shortage, and the volume of garden waste to be collected will be greater than usual to start with so lorries will need to go to be emptied more often.

This means it is possible that some collection rounds may be delayed, however, we will make extra rounds on subsequent days, including over weekends, to ensure all brown bins are collected.

In the event that your collection is delayed, we are asking you to do the following:

  • Leave your bin out if it is not collected that day, so it’s ready for our crews to collect
  • Only report your garden waste collection as missed if it is two or more working days late. You can do this at https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/bins
  • Help the crews complete the rounds as fast as possible, for example by ensuring parked cars are not preventing access for the lorries.

Please be aware that only waste that is in your garden waste bin will be collected. If you have excess garden waste, you can take this to your local Household Waste Recycle Centre. Further information is available on the Council’s website.

In common with many other Councils and businesses, we have been impacted by driver absence and a lack of availability of agency drivers to cover. Rest assured we are taking measures to increase our pool of in-house drivers to make the service more resilient in the longer term.

We would like to thank you for your patience and would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of this service. Our waste teams have been working hard to get this service back up and running in challenging circumstances, so please be kind if you see any of the team out on their rounds.

More information: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/garden-waste

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) newsletters

Published: 15 August 2021

Todwick Neighbourhood Watch is pleased to announce that from September 2021 newsletters will be part of the “Informer” – the parish council quarterly newsletter.

This will mean that we they reach every household in our parish.

They will also be available on this website permanently.

Dulcie Robinson

Published: 13 August 2021

Dulcie Robinson, former resident of 73 The Meadows, Todwick, has sadly passed away earlier this month (2/8/2021) in Northern General Hospital, Sheffield after a long illness.

A funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church Handsworth, Sheffield on Thursday, 19th August at 12:45, followed by a Cremation at City Road Crematorium, Sheffield.

Margaret Goldsmith, Dulcie’s niece would welcome any Todwick residents to St Mary’s, who wish to pay their final respects to Dulcie, Covid restrictions still apply.

Alternatively, for anyone who may be unable to attend, prayers for Dulcie and her late Husband Ken will be read at Todwick Church on Sunday, 22nd August 2021 service commencing at 10:30 am.

Lockdown is over – learn social ballroom dancing in Todwick Village Hall

Published: 4 August 2021

Starting Friday, 20 August 2021.

Non-competitive, social, fun and friendship, any age, any gender, couples or singles.

Bring your own refreshments.

Contact: Matt Baldry, Tel: 07979 307 336, email: matthew.Baldry@gmail.com

The Todwick best Front Gardens and Scarecrow 2021 Trail begins…

Published: 23 July 2021

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 Commended Garden at No. 27 Mortains go onto Commended gardens on Osborne Drive at No. 16, No. 17 and No. 20.

Continue down Rayls Road Go onto No. 2 Manor Way and onto 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 No. 5, and the Commended lovely cottage garden collection of flowers at No. 6. and then to No. 21.

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.

See the results of efforts of various volunteers who keep the church yard surroundings and 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 ever-changing 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, No. 5 and No. 7. Then see at No. 20 Rectory Gardens Ben and Eva scarecrows, made by Eva Sumner, age 7 – the youngest scarecrow maker – well done!

Further up Kiveton Lane you may wish to note that just past the “Glades buildings” 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 the Staycation Todwick scarecrow and the ever-present Mr Plantpot. From Sunday 25 July 2021 onwards YOU ARE VERY WELCOME TO GO INTO No. 85 BACK GARDEN AND SEE the colourful garden and the most wonderful scenery stretching for miles.

Next go up the cul-de-sac to 87 The Meadows go inside the Commended Garden and to the LEFT of the entrance to see Rosemary Chamber’s 2021 prize winning Doctor Debbie and her Rainbow-coloured vaccinators scarecrows. How many can you find?

Turn back into The Meadows to 83 The Meadows and see Denise and Brian Summerhayes’ clever Worzeligig scarecrow.

Below at No. 79 The Meadows is Brian Mullins’ Nurse Gladys scarecrow nominated as No. 2 Best Scarecrow.

Walk across the road into Mill Close look at Venta Pound’s Staycation Scarecrow at the white bungalow located corner of The Meadows/Mill Close also look at Commended Garden at No. 2 Mill Close and the other lovely colourful gardens.

Just below see 1st Prize winning garden – colourful interesting plants and shrubs of Eileen and Mick Brown at No. 63 The Meadows then cross the road to Mill Fields and go to see Commended Garden at No. 6.

Come back to The Meadows and turn into Mill Hills and then turn right into Guildway and see some colourful gardens on your way see the Commended Garden at No. 19 Guildway. 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. 3 De Hooton see Commended Front Garden at No. 3. Enjoy the other flowering gardens in De Houten Close and see Norman and Virginia Anderson’s Scarecrow at No. 6 called Carrie on Decorating.

As you continue on Staniforth Crescent turn into St Paul’s Close and at No. 2 is Coraine Carney impressive 2 Scarecrows Ethel and Nora Neighbourhood Watch of the 1960s.

Continue back to Staniforth Crescent and stop where the road bend and look at the Commended colourful flowers – lots of lovely rose garden at No. 6 – continue along Staniforth Crescent until it joins The Pastures. NOW cross The Pastures to go up Barber Close and at no. 17 see the No. 3 Prizewinning Demon Barber of Barber Close scarecrows – a collective effort by the Barber Close residents.

Come back to The Pastures and turn right to stroll up to the cottages on Goosecarr Lane and at No. 9 to see the Highly commended lovely, always colourful smallest front garden.

Stroll back down Goosecarr Lane and continue on The Pastures and see Heaven is Homemade Vintage Tea Rooms with Rachael Watson’s Christmas Scarecrow.

Cross the road and at No. 13 The Pastures, Brenda Waller invites you to visit both her Commended Front Garden – also go into back gardens and see her new shed.

Next door at No. 11 The Pastures is Wendy Early’s traffic stopping Lady Gardener Scarecrow digging away and next door at No. 9 see Sandra Barker’s Garden Fairies scarecrows – don’t forget to look up at the tree!

You are now back to Todwick Village Hall and the end of the Best Front Gardens and Best Scarecrow trail 2021. If you feel inspired, then instructions on how to make scarecrows are on Todwick website – takes 1.5 minutes to make a scarecrow.

My grateful thanks to everyone who has 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 as our Covid-19 Pandemic continues.

Great appreciation to all the judges/ photographers involved for their time and patience… over 660 houses to look at! And to the splendid efforts of all the scarecrow makers, hope to see more next year please.

Very many thanks to Andy Roddis, Specialist Cleansing Service Manager, Community Safety and Street Scene, Regeneration and Environment Service, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and his Teams who as a goodwill gesture TO SUPPORT Todwick annual Best Front Gardens and Scarecrow Trail 2021 arranged the sweeping of roadside channels carried out 22-23 July 2021. He said, “The Grounds Maintenance team will attend to cutting of verges as required from today. If they come across weeds, they will strim and spray. They may not attend to all weeds but will do what they can before the weekend. I hope this helps to make the village a little more aesthetically pleasing.”

Hope you enjoy your walk/drive around some parts of Todwick during the Best Front Gardens and Scarecrow Trail starting this weekend on from 12 noon Saturday and Sunday, 24 and 25 July 2021 and continue into August.

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

Garden photos

Scarecrow photos

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

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