By Antony Clay | 12/10/2018


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ROTHERHAM CITIZENS ADVICE: Rotherham CAB has employed more debt advisers. The CAB has two more debt workers and more support staff at the Rain Building next to the indoor market on Eastwood Lane, Rotherham. People can also see an adviser at one of 14 debt outreaches across the community. People can see a debt adviser on Thursday 9am-7pm at a debt drop-in at the Rain Building. The advisers can see people face-to-face or give advice by telephone. Contact 03444111444 or visit the office in the Rain Building.

ROTHERHAM SOCIETY OF ARTISTS: Meet at Unity Centre, St Leonard’s Road on Fridays 7-9pm. Membership £30 per year, visitors £5 per session. Contact rsa@live.co.uk, www.rotherhamsocietyofartists.org.uk. 

ROTHERHAM SAFE HAVEN: At Talbot Lane Methodist Church. Operates on Fridays from 10pm until, if necessary, about 4am on Saturday. Volunteers provide this temporary refuge for vulnerable people in the town centre, working alongside street pastors. The team needs volunteers, especially women. Contact town centre chaplain Barrie Thomas 01709532203.

ROTHERHAM VOLUNTEER CENTRE: Co-ordinates and facilitates a free bi-monthly Volunteer Coordinator Network which brings together volunteer managers to network, share good practice and troubleshoot. Contact 01709834462, alison.thorp@varotherham.org.uk. RVC can support groups to recruit new volunteers or make the most of existing volunteers.

ODDFELLOWS DANCING RETURNS TO ROTHERHAM: Oddfellows fun dance classes have returned to Rotherham at the Trades Club in Greasbrough Road. Cost £2.50 to raise funds for the Oddfellows’ charity appeal for Rotherham Hospice. Contact Lesley Walton at Oddfellows House 01709838673.

MOO MUSIC: For pre-school (0-5) children full of singing, dancing, musical games etc led by Sheffield and Rotherham class leaders Katie and Amy. Each 40-minute class features a selection of Moo Music songs with different themes. Classes are held at the following locations – Saturdays: Winthrop Park, Wickersley 10-10.45am Baby Moo (0-12 months), 11.15am-noon Mixed Moo (0-5 years), 12.30-1.15pm Baby Moo (0-12 months), 1.45-2.30pm Mixed Moo (0-5 years); Mondays: Walkley Community Centre, Walkley 10-10.45am Baby Moo (0-12 months), 11.15am-noon Mixed Moo (0-5 years); Tuesdays: The Funny Farm Soft Play Centre, Parkgate 10.15-11am Mixed Moo (0-5 years); Wednesdays: The Old Rectory, Handsworth 1.45-2.30pm Mixed Moo (0-5 years). Classes £5 for an individual lesson, first free. Contact Katie 07837239621, katieamy@moo-music.co.uk, www.moo-music.co.uk/sr, www.facebook.com/moomusicsr/ 

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE CONTACTS: Local policing teams are there to listen to concerns and act on issues. The latest details can be found at www.Police.uk. Sign up for SYP Alerts to get messages, updates, information about your area www.sypalerts.co.uk. In an emergency dial 999, for all other enquires 101, or utilise the media accounts as shown on local area details below. Designated areas are: ROTHERHAM CENTRAL NHP – based at Riverside House, Facebook  RotherhamCentralNHP, Twitter @RothCentralNHP: Insp Jenny Lax, Sgt Simon Kirkham, Sgt Alec Gibbons; Boston Castle ward – covering town centre, Broom, Moorgate, Boston Castle, Canklow: PC 636 Dave Law, PC 2567 Steve Robson, PC 884 Mick Sheedy; Rotherham East ward – covering Eastwood/East Dene: PC Nicky Dewhurst; Keppel and Wingfield wards – covering Kimberworth Park, Scholes, Wingfield and Thorpe Hesley: PC Lorraine Singleton; Rotherham West ward – covering Ferham, Masborough, Meadowbank, Richmond Park, Kimberworth, Henley Rise: PC Claire Atkinson, PC Luke Bugdol; Sitwell ward – covering Whiston, Grange estate: PC Marie Perkinton; PCSO contacts and areas – Corrina Dannett (Wellgate/Clifton/town), Ernie Mpandu (town/Wharncliffe), Hayley Laurie (town), Ashley Hill (town/Wharncliffe), Tina Green- (town/Wharncliffe), Niall Ellison (Whiston/Canklow/Brecks), Abbey Grzesiek (Broom/Moorgate), Steph McIntyre (Eastwood), Ryan Westney (Eastwood/East Dene/Herringthorpe), Joy Lavelle (Blackburn/Richmond Park/Kimberworth), Paul Newman (Greasborough/Munsborough/Kimberworth Park/Wingfield), Julie Jackson (Masborough/Ferham), Helen Brooks (Thorpe Hesley/Kimberworth Park/Wingfield), Jaqui Millward (Ferham/Kimberworth). ROTHERHAM NORTH – based at Rawmarsh Police Station, Facebook RotherhamNorthNHP, Twitter @RothNorthNHP – Sergeants: PS 918 Craig Cooke, PS 262 Ben Szymczyk; PCs: PC 2278 Brett Thompson, PC 1266 Clare Jennings, PC 2403 Michael Plant, PC 1731 Mark Huxley, PC 2055 Lisa Ainsworth; PCSOs: PCSO 8251 Claire Ryan (Parkgate/Rawmarsh), PCSO 8294 Steve Inglis (Parkgate/Rawmarsh), PCSO 8380 David Jackson (Rawmarsh/Manor Farm), PCSO 8158 Wayne Berry (Thrybergh/Dalton), PCSO 8208 Desmond Jenkinson (East Herringthorpe/Brecks), PCSO 8203 Neil Entwistle (Swinton/Kilnhurst), PCSO 8105 Pauls Brooks (Swinton/Kilnhurst), PCSO 8355 Teresa Nicolaou (Wath), PCSO 8258 Karen Sykes (Wath), PCSO 8066 David Wright (Brampton/Wentworth), PCSO 8171 Paul Gray (Brampton/Wentworth). ROTHERHAM SOUTH – based at Maltby Police Station, Facebook RotherhamSouthNHP, Twitter @RothSouthNHP – Sergeants: Sgt Mark Worral, Sgt Pete Longthorne: Brinsworth, Treeton, Catcliffe – PC 3163 Louise Neal, PCSO Antony Brown; Kiveton, Wales, Kiveton Park, Harthill, Todwick, Woodall, Thorpe Salvin, Hardwick, Turnerwood – PC 1344 Dan Whelbourn, PCSO Dane Plant; Maltby – PC Nathan Winder, PCSO Sean Tulley; Hellaby, Carr, Hooton Levitt – PC 1809 Nathan Winder, PCSO Glyn Athersych; Bramley – PC Nathan Winder, PCSO Richard Marshall; Flanderwell, Sunnyside, Wickersley – PC Nathan Winder, PCSO Naila Alam; Dinnington, Laughton Common, Laughton-en-le-Morthen – PC 1555 George Szolin-Jones (Dinnington only), PC 3460 Angela Rollett, PCSO Simone Stacey; North/South Anston – PC Angela Rollett, PCSO Natalie White; Woodsetts, Letwell, Gildingwell, Firbeck – PC Angela Rollett, PCSO Amy Whaley, PCSO Alan Concannon; Aston, Swallownest, Aughton, Ulley, Woodhouse Mill, Orgreave, Waverley, Fence – PCSO Claire Ahern, PCSO Sarah Kelk; Thurcroft, Brookhouse, Brampton en le Morthen, Slade Hooton, Ulley – PC 1344 Dan Whelbourn, PCSO Alan Concannon. Drop-In sessions – Eastwood Clifton Learning Partnership 2pm every other Wednesday; The Lanes, East Dene 10am every Thursday; The Library, Mowbray Gardens 2.30pm every other Friday; Greasborough Library 9.30am every Thursday; Centenary Market Hall 2pm every Wednesday; Clifton Park Museum café 2pm every Wednesday; Swinton Library 9.30-10.30am Wednesday; Wath Montgomery Hall 11am-noon Wednesday; Thrybergh Parish Council 2.30-3.30pm Thursday; Rawmarsh Service Centre 2.30-3.30pm Friday; Aston Service Centre every Wednesday 11am-noon; Maltby Ascension Close Community Centre every Thursday 11am-1pm; Treeton Reading Room, Front Street every Thursday 10.30-11.30am; Dinnington Resource Centre every Wednesday 1.30-3pm; Kiveton and Wales Village Hall, Wales Road every Thursday 1-2pm; Rotherwood Community Centre, Thurcroft every Thursday 11am; several other pop up sessions will be published via social media/alerts.

ROTHERHAM MINSTER: Sunday services – 8am Holy Communion, 10.30am Family Communion, 4.30pm Choral Evensong (first Sunday of month only). Weekday services – 8.45am Morning Prayer, 11am Holy Communion (at the Chapel on the Bridge on Tuesdays). Coffee served Monday-Saturday 10am-noon.

ROTHERHAM SAMARITANS: 22 Percy Street, Rotherham S65 1ED. Contact 07982301678, rotherham@samaritans.org.

ROTHERHAM SITWELL ROTARY CLUB: At Carlton Park Hotel every Thursday 7pm. www.sitwellrotary.org.uk

ROTHERFED: Fridays – Mix It Up craft workshop 1-3pm at Springwell Gardens Community Centre. info@rotherfed.org.


COMMUNITY CRAFT GROUP: The Unity Centre, St Leonard’s Road, Rotherham S65 19D. Every Monday 10am-noon. Adults and children welcome. Cost £3 per session. Contact Zoe 07866401976, zoegreen06@hotmail.co.uk.

ROTHERHAM SAMARITANS: Contact 07982301678, rotherham@samaritans.org.

ROTHERHAM METRO RAMBLERS: Tomorrow – choice of 2 walks: a moderate 11 mile circular walk displaying Autumn colours from Newstead Park to Blidworth and Fountain Dale, led by Alan and Margaret Mettam 01709370426/07743716602, meet at Thieves Wood car park; a 5.5 mile circular walk from Ecclesfield to Burncross and Grenoside, led by Philip Ryder and Rosemary Boyle 01709546746/07972068115, meet 10am in car park at junction of Stocks Hill and Town End Road, opposite The Stocks Pub. Monday – AGM at Green Dragon Inn, High Street, Kimberworth, followed by slide show. Wednesday – Curbar Circular: leisurely 8 mile walk along Curbar, Froggatt and White Edge, led by June and Martin Peach 01709378505/07966482020, meet 10am at Curbar Gap National Trust car park (fee). October 20 – Maltby Circular: 8 mile leisurely circular walk from Maltby to Hootton Levitt, Brookhouse and Roche Abbey, led by Dave and Loretta West 01709816500/07775766263, meet 10am on A634 near junction with A631, park on road. www.ramblers.org.uk/rotherham-metro

CANCER RESEARCH UK ROTHERHAM: Contact Steve 01709830798.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Advice and information session for armed forces veterans and their families in Riverside Library, Riverside House, Main Street, Rotherham, on 3rd Thursday of month 10am-2pm. Martin Charlesworth, advice and information officer (South Yorkshire), also attends the weekly MCVC (Military Community Veterans Centre) meeting held at Silverwood Miners’ Welfare Centre, Doncaster Road, Dalton, on Fridays 10am-noon, contact www.rotherhammcvc.org.uk. He also holds sessions in Edlington, Mexborough, Swinton and Crystal Peaks, as well as Doncaster and Barnsley. Contact MCharlesworth@britishlegion.org.uk. Royal British Legion Rotherham, Rawmarsh and Parkgate branch meet at Silverwood Miners Welfare Resource Centre, Doncaster Road, Dalton, every 3rd Thursday of month 7pm.

ROTHERHOP: Community group offering swing dance classes for adults. Lessons at The Trades, Greasborough Road 7pm Mondays, with social dancing afterwards. Participants need no dancing experience and no partner. www.facebook.com/rotherhop.

THE ARCHWAY FOUNDATION (ROTHERHAM): Local charity which arranges regular social evenings, day trips and Christmas events, including door-to-door transport if required. Social evenings every 4 weeks at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church (Stag Roundabout) 7-9pm. Contact Joan 01909567431, Kay 01709531462. Provides a drop-in at Rotherham Minster Monday-Wednesday 10am-noon. Volunteers needed.

ROTHERHAM MCVC (MILITARY COMMUNITY VETERANS CENTRE): Fridays 10am-noon at Silverwood Miners’ Welfare and Resource Centre, Doncaster Road S65 3ET. All serving and ex-service military personnel welcome. Contact 07847635279, https://rotherhammcvc.org.uk. There is a breakfast club every alternate Saturday 10am-noon at the Toby Carvery, Sycamore Road. 

ROTHERHAM IN ROOT: Wednesdays 10am-noon on group’s plot at Clifton Park walled garden if fine. RinRForum@gmail.com

SOUTH YORKSHIRE TRANSPORT MUSEUM: Waddington Way, Aldwarke, Rotherham S65 3SH. Looking for volunteers to help with restoration projects, wedding bus hire, educational visits by schools and community groups, and to assist in the shop and cafe. The museum has started to build a model railway in OO scale and any help with the construction and running of this layout would be welcome. Contact via the Facebook page or call in any Saturday 10am-3pm. Sunday – open day 10.30am-4pm: vehicle owners on hand to talk about their vehicles, merchandise and memorabilia on sale; admission £5 adults, £3.50 senior citizens/unwaged people, accompanied children under 16 free, free for up to 2 people who come in a classic vehicle; free shuttle bus service from Greasborough Road (The Trades) 10.45am hourly until 4.45pm, returning from museum 11.30am hourly until 3.30pm. 

ROTHERHAM EVENTS: Until tomorrow – National Libraries Week; various activities in libraries throughout the week. Sunday – 10K Run at Rother Valley Country Park. October 23 – Little Learner Halloween crafts at Clifton Park Museum 10.15am-noon, suitable for 1-4 year olds, £2.50 per child, booking required. October 27-28 – 10am-3pm pumpkin picking and carving, Clifton Park Garden Room and Courtyard £4.50 or £8 for 2 pumpkins. October 28 – Halloween – Who did it?: Thrybergh Country Park 11am-3pm: children’s event suitable for all ages, £2.50 per child, includes prize. October 30 – Witchcraft and Wizardry at Clifton Park Museum, drop-in 11am-3pm, £3.50 per child, suitable for 4-11 year olds. October 31 – Halloween at Boston Castle: 2 workshops 11am-12.30pm and 1-2.30pm, £3.50 per child, booking required, suitable for 4-11 year olds. October 31 – 10.30am-noon Haunted Hunt, Herringthorpe Valley Park: free drop-in event, most suitable for 6-11 years but all welcome.  

ROTHERHAM POPPY CASCADE: Rotherham Markets are looking for people who can knit, sew or crochet. They are holding their 1st Poppy Cascade and need as many people as possible to help. People can follow one of the patterns available or follow their own as long as the poppies are made in the iconic red. Poppies can be dropped off at the collection point at the Markets Office before October 22. 

ROTHERHAM MACULAR SUPPORT GROUP: Support group meets at Sight and Sound on 3rd Wednesday of month 1-3pm.

CHILDMINDER TRAINING: RMBC needs to provide more childminder places due to new 30 hour offer brought in by the government. There has been a decline in people joining the profession and the council is offering £150 funding for people to become a childminder. Further grants for training costs available in certain areas of the borough. Visit the Rotherham Families Information Service on www.rotherhamfis.co.uk/be-a-childminder or telephone 01709822691.

ROTHERHAM FEDERATION OF COMMUNITIES: Contact 01709368515, info@rotherfed.org.

ROTHERHAM AND DISTRICT PHILATELIC SOCIETY: Meetings at Broom Lane Methodist Church every 1st and 3rd Monday of month 7pm. Contact Neville Angell 07197344200.

HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE, ROTHERHAM: Linden House, 34 Moorgate Road, Rotherham. The programme of Friendship Lunches is developing over the coming months and there are secured dates at Sir Jack’s for September through to December. For each event, there will be a vocal entertainer. Dates – October 18, November 5, December 11. Contact 01709837170, quality.rotherham@homeinstead.co.uk.

ROTHERHAM LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Meet at St Paul’s Church, Kimberworth Road. 

VOLUNTEER AT YOUR LIBRARY: Volunteering roles will help people visiting the library and assist library staff in delivering family activities and schemes. Contact 01709823658.

SAFE CAR WASH APP: RMBC are urging residents to spot the signs of modern slavery and report it through a smart phone app that can be used while at a carwash. The app, called SafeCarWash, asks motorists and residents about a series of indicators of forced labour including the use of children, fearful behaviour, a lack of protective clothing and prices lower than £6.70. The app is part of an awareness-raising initiative highlighting the fact many people are being exploited nationwide. The Safer Rotherham Partnership is pushing the use of the national app to raise awareness as the app sends the anonymised data and a GPS position to the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and directs users to the Modern Slavery Helpline. More about the app, including how to download it, at https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safe-car-wash-app/

ROTHERHAM ROTARY CLUB: Kiveton and South Rotherham Memory Cafe – meetings at Kiveton and Wales Village Hall on 2nd Monday of month.

ROTHERHAM RAF AIR CADETS: Contact via group’s Facebook page or email 218@aircadets.org.

ROTHERHAM RAMBLING CLUB: Walks most Sundays. www.rotherhamramblingclub.co.uk

ROYAL SIGNALS ASSOCIATION: Meet every 2nd Tuesday at the McKay VC Barracks, Fitzwilliam Road 8pm. Open to all ex-Royal Signals and WRAC. Contact Keith Bates 07570792756.

ROTHERHAM PROBUS CLUB: Tuesday – meeting at Broom Methodist Church 10am, speaker’s topic Upton Hall and its Occupants. rotherhamprobus.com. 

ROTHERHAM DISTRICT ORNITHOLOGICAL SOCIETY: Today – meeting 7.30pm in Herringthorpe United Reform Church Hall, Wickersley Road, talk by Paul Hobson on A Birders Florida. Indoor meetings on 2nd Friday of month September-December and January-April.
TALBOT LANE CHURCH: The Thursday Lunchtime service was led by Rev Jenny Park. The Sunday morning service was led by visiting preacher Rev Martin Charles. A film night was held recently when Peter Rabbit was screened. A recent coffee morning raised £150 for church funds. The Safe Haven Project continues to help young people on Thursday and Friday evenings. Sunday – Harvest Festival in Talbot Lane Church.

SHAFTESBURY HOUSE SHELTERED ACCOMMODATION: Raised £316 for Macmillan at their Macmillan coffee morning on September 28. 


SOUTH ANSTON METHODIST CHURCH HARVEST PIE AND PEA SUPPER: Tomorrow – 7.15pm includes beetle drive; adults £6, children £3.50, tickets from any church member. Sunday service 9.45am. Mondays – adult exercise classes (Vikki’s Older Active People) £3 per session 10-10.45am and 11-11.45am and also Fridays 3-3.45pm, contact 01909565461. Mondays – beavers 6.15-7.30pm and scouts 7.30-9pm, contact 01777702573. Tuesdays – rainbows 5pm, brownies 6-7.30pm, guides 7.30-9pm, contact 01777702573. Wednesdays – coffee morning 9.30-11.15am. Thursdays – Anston Parish Friendship Club 2-4pm, cubs 6.30-8pm. Fridays – sequence dancing £2 7.30-9.30pm, contact 01777702573. Men’s Breakfast Club 8.30-10am 2nd Saturday of month £3, contact 01909565398, contact@samchurch.org.uk. 

NORTH ANSTON METHODIST CHURCH: Girls’ Brigade every Monday 6-8.30pm at The Wells, North Anston and Drop-In every Tuesday 10am-noon. Messy Place 2-4pm on 2nd Saturday of month, contact 01909564774. 

ST JAMES’ PARISH CHURCH: Sunday services 10am – 1st Family Communion for all ages, 2nd Morning Service with baptisms, 3rd traditional Holy Communion (with prayer for healing after service), 4th Liquid Worship, also 8.30am Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion, 5th Holy Communion. Evening Sunday services 6pm – 1st Sacred Space, 2nd Holy Communion with hymns/music, 3rd Celtic Evening Prayer, 4th said Holy Communion, no hymns, 5th no service. Weekly Wednesdays 9.15am – short Holy Communion service. 3rd Wednesday of month noon – Holy Communion. Every Monday – Just Sing children’s choirs 5-7pm, contact 01909569101. Every Thursday – bell ringing practise 7.30-9pm, contact Trevor Morris 01909564852, 2nd Saturday of month 10am-noon Rounds, Call Changes and Plain Methods. In church hall, Ryton Road, North Anston – Thursdays 10-11.30am Refresh Café, contact Ron Cushing 01909564905; 9.30am-noon Sewing and Craft Group, contact Di 01909568982. Last Thursday of the month in term time 3.30-5pm – Messy Church for accompanied youngsters, contact 01909773369. Vicar’s surgery in church, to book baptisms, thanksgivings and weddings, is on 1st Thursday of month 7.30-8.30pm, contact Rev Jon Hidden 01909519876, https://www.achurchnearyou.com/anston-st-james.

SK58 BIRDERS: See Dinnington section.


JIMMY’S BABY AND TODDLER GROUP: Every Monday during term time 1.15-2.45pm at St James’ Church Hall, Ryton Road, North Anston. Free entry/donation. Newborn to pre-school. Contact Julie 01909809288/07754765129.

AGE UK ROTHERHAM COFFEE AFTERNOON: At Todwick Church Hall on Fridays 2-4pm. £2.50 a session. Contact Kathryn Wild 01709910699, kathryn.wild@ageukrotherham.org, www.ageuk.org.uk/rotherham. Advice hotline 01709835214.

FRIENDS OF ANSTON BURIAL GROUND: Meet in Anston Cemetery 10.30am on 1st Monday of month. Contact 01909567338/566133.

ANSTON PARISH FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Thursdays 2-4pm in South Anston Methodist Church Hall. Contact 01777702573.

INDEPENDENT BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION SOCIETY (IBIS): Every Wednesday 12.30-3.30pm in Anston Parish Hall. Contact Susan Sayles 01909564891. 

ANSTON MALE VOICE CHOIR: Practice at South Anston Methodist Church most Thursdays 7-9pm. No audition necessary. Contact Mike West 01909281538, info@anstonmvc.co.uk, https://sites.google.com/view/amvcwebpage/events.

ANSTON LADIES CHOIR: Tuesday practice sessions at Anston Parish Hall 7.30-9.30pm. No audition necessary. Choir available to sing at functions or charitable events, contact secretary 01909568216.

ANSTON WI: October 22 – meeting will be a Gemstone Roadshow 7.30pm in Anston Parish Hall. Contact 01909565134.

CLLR CLIVE JEPSON’S SURGERIES: Anston Parish Hall, 2nd Wednesday of month 6.30-7pm preceding charity/parish council finance meeting. South Anston Methodist Church (The Oak Room), last Wednesday of month 10-11am. Woodsetts Pavilion, last Wednesday of month 6.30-7pm. No appointment necessary. If unable to attend a surgery or require a home visit, contact Cllr Jepson 01909564647, e-mail clive.jepson@rotherham.gov.uk.

CLLR JONATHAN IRELAND’S SURGERIES: South Anston Methodist Church Oak Room, 1st Thursday of month 2-3pm. North Anston, St James’ Church Hall, 2nd Thursday of month 9.30-10.30am. Woodsetts, St George’s Church, 3rd Thursday of month 9.30-10.30am. No appointment necessary. If unable to attend any surgeries, contact Cllr Ireland 01709522862, jonathan.Ireland@rotherham.gov.uk.

CLLR KATHERINE WILSON’S SURGERIES: South Anston Methodist Church Little Oak Room, 1st Saturday of month 10.45-11.45am. Woodsetts Village Hall, 2nd Friday of month 3-4pm. Woodland Drive Community Centre, North Anston, 3rd Tuesday of month 6-7pm. No appointment necessary. If unable to attend any surgeries, contact Cllr Wilson 01709255929, katherine.wilson@rotherham.gov.uk.


CHATTERBOX ACTIVITY GROUP: A non-religious 55+ group. Carers and volunteers welcome. Meetings each Tuesday 10am-12.30pm at Central Methodist Church, Lodge Lane, Aston. £2 entry.

BOROUGH COUNCILLOR’S SURGERY: Mick Elliott at Aston Service Centre on 2nd and 4th Mondays of month 4-5pm and at Aston Parish Hall on 2nd and 4th Mondays of month 6-7pm. If unable to attend, contact 07739455945.   

PARISH COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY: A parish councillor is available at Aston Parish Hall on Rosegarth Avenue 6-7pm on 1st Friday of month.
PARISH COUNCIL STAFF: Staff available 10am-12.30pm Monday-Friday at Parish Hall.

5TH AGE GROUP: For over 55s meets at Heighton View Community Centre in Aughton 2-4 pm every Tuesday. £1.50 entry. Contact Julia 07392369483.

RMBC COUNCILLORS’ SURGERIES: Cllrs Taylor and Pitchley hold surgeries at Aston Parish Hall on 1st and 3rd Friday of month 6-7pm, Aston Service Centre every other Wednesday 11-12pm, and at Aughton Early Years on last Monday of month noon-1pm. If unable to attend a surgery, contact 01709255718, robert.taylor@rotherham.gov.uk. 

FOCUS DISABLED: Group in Aston cum Aughton to help disabled people get better access to local facilities. Contact co-founder Derek Yeardley 01142878803/07817322563.



CARAVAN WILL HELP STUDENTS: A special needs school in the East Riding of Yorkshire is able to support its students equipping them with skills for life after the donation of a caravan to the school by Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry. Cambridge Park Academy in Grimsby took receipt of a pre-owned Swift Challenger caravan from Yorkshire Caravans in Bawtry to help its 6th form special needs students just days after making a speculative phone call to the Bawtry-based family-owned caravan company. Claire Abel, of Cambridge Park Academy, said: “We are absolutely overjoyed and this is truly special for the students at our school and will make a significant difference to the types of studies we can provide and the skills they can learn to support them in their everyday independent lives. We are most appreciative to the Yorkshire Caravan team and look forward to sharing our progress with them as the caravan begins to take shape.” The students, whose studies encompass furniture restorations, catering, hair, beauty and life skills, will convert the caravan into a student shop. Andrew Whittaker, managing director of Yorkshire Caravans of Bawtry, said: “We happened to have this caravan in store that needed a little bit of TLC and it suited the needs of the students perfectly supporting their project. We hope it gives them many hours of enjoyment and we look forward to seeing the restoration whilst it is underway and once it is completed.”

HELPING ANIMALS: Volunteer at Bawtry Mayflower Animal Sanctuary Margaret Godley is encouraging animals lovers who are considering giving a cat or dog a loving new home for life to call in at the centre and have a look at the animals in their care. Margaret said: “We have beautiful cats and dogs here at Mayflower that all need to find a forever home. Pedigrees, cross breeds, large and small, we have them all. Mayflower is here to rehome abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and dogs. We will never euthanize a healthy animal and will keep all our long-term animals until loving homes are found. Cats and dogs come to us for many reasons, marriage break ups, people fall upon hard times also life in general can alter for many people. One such dog is a 9-month-old Golden Beagle cross. She is a little too large to be a handbag dog but she is the prettiest, funniest, loving puppy. However she does not have many manners so time would have to be spent on her training, but she is very biddable and she does listen. She originally came from Cyprus and has been rehomed but unfortunately being a young puppy her new owners found her a little too much. She is a smallish Retriever size and will probably fill out a little but I don’t think she will get a great deal larger. As a sanctuary we see some awful sights, but we never do get used to them. Two weeks ago a Greyhound was dumped on the lane between the vets and our sanctuary. He was a very sick boy and very emaciated and it was touch and go in the first week whether he was going to survive. A week later he was released from the vets hospital. He is a very lucky boy and now the long process begins to rehabilitate him. He was chipped but we were unable to contact his previous owners. Having your animal chipped is so important, however when moving house you need to make sure you change your address with the ID company you have used. The only good thing I am able to say about this is that he was at least left next to the vets and our sanctuary where he could be found. I hate to think what could have happened if he had been left in a field or in the middle of a wood. We are desperately in need of funds and with this in mind we have arranged a Ladies Evening event on October 12 at 7pm in the Parish Room, Northgate, Tickhill. This will be a fun evening with stalls selling jewellery, candles, handbags, knitwear, tops, scarves, pamper your pooch stall and some surprises. If you are looking to start your Christmas shopping or just want to spoil yourself do come and have a relaxing browse and join us and enjoy delicious home made cake and fresh coffee, also sample our Mayflower Cocktail all included in an admission fee of £5. Please help us raise money for this fantastic Mayflower Animal Sanctuary charity and the work it does. Our fundraising is so important and without the generosity of our supporters we would not be in a position to help animals like the abandoned Greyhound. If you would like tickets please call me on 07776783242, however it will be possible to pay on the evening. If you are looking for that special pet or any further information on the work we do please here at Mayflower call us on 01302711330.”

AMBER IN TOWN: Cabaret star Amber Topaz entertains at Bawtry Phoenix Theatre today. Amber will be on stage at the Station Road auditorium 8pm. Book online www.wegottickets.com/event/448041.

COFFEE CALL: The volunteers that run Bawtry Community Library host a fundraising coffee morning today 10am-noon. There will be stalls and a raffle. DMBC Bawtry ward councillor Rachael Blake will be on hand from 10am to meet residents at her advice surgery.

PENSIONERS CELEBRATE: Bawtry pensioners will be tucking into the annual free lunch at the all-ticket traditional Chinese celebration Chongyang at Bawtry’s China Rose Cantonese Restaurant on Sunday noon-4pm. The afternoon will include a 3-course lunch and live music by Rat Pack tribute act Alan Becks plus Legends of Swing and 1950s juke box legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

BIG WALKIES: The Doncaster, Rotherham and District branch of the RSPCA, based on the Great North Road, has organised a Big Walkies event on Sunday in the grounds of Cusworth Hall near Doncaster 11.15am-2pm. There will be 3 routes from which to choose including the Buggy Walk, the Gentle Amble and the Big Walkies. Registration £10, all proceeds will support the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre. www.rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk/Event/the-big-walkies
A FUNNY THING: The Bawtry branch of the Women’s Institute gather in the New Hall on Wednesday 7.30pm. Their guest speaker will tell them about A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Crem. Contact secretary Sandra Crawford 01302711420.




BRAITHWELL YORKSHIRE COUNTRYWOMEN’S ASSOCIATION: Contact Pamela 07585663434, pammyjill@me.com.



THE LINGS MONDAY CLUB: Meets in community room at Sedge Close, The Lings, Bramley 1-3pm every Monday except bank holidays. The aim is to combat loneliness for senior citizens. Contact secretary Pat Watson 01709531171/07949384292.

SURGERY TIMES: Cllr John Turner, who represents Hellaby ward on Rotherham Council, holds a surgery at Bramley Community Hall, Cross Street, on 3rd Tuesday of month 5.30-6.30pm.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY TIMES: The three councillors for Wickersley ward – Sue Ellis, Emma Hoddinott and Chris Read – normally hold 4 local advice surgeries each month. These are private meetings between councillors and local residents. 1st Saturday of month 10-11am at Wickersley Library and Community Centre, 2nd Friday of month 6-7pm at Bramley Parish Hall, 3rd Tuesday of month 9.30-10.30am at Mark Grove Community Centre, 4th Monday of month 6-7pm at Sunnyside Community Centre. www.wickersleyward.org.uk 

BRAMLEY AND WICKERSLEY LIONS CLUB: Meet in The Lounge of Bramley Social Club on Cross Street Bramley, on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of month 7.30-9pm. 

CRAFTING: Crafting with Zoe at Centenary Hall, Bateman Road, Bramley, every Thursday 1-3pm. Covers crafts, silk painting, jewellery making, drawing and painting, sugarcraft, floristry, sock crafts, card making, book folding etc. Cost per lesson £5. Contact Zoe 07866401976, zoegreen06@hotmail.co.uk.

BRAMLEY REMEMBERS: Each week, soldiers from Bramley who lost their lives in World War One are being remembered. This week, the soldiers are: Private Arthur Smith, Private Sydney Smith, William Taylor.



BRAMPTON PARISH HALL TEA DANCE: 1-3pm every Wednesday offering easy sequence dancing. Contact 01709528319.

MARQUIS BOWLING CLUB: Meet 2/3 times a year in pavilion behind the Marquis pub, Low Stubbin, Rawmarsh S62 7RX. Full membership £50/year, which includes full use of the pavilion facilities and taking part in competitions. Anyone who would like free tuition, a taster session, to play the occasional game or join the club should contact Mr Birch 01142453669.

WEDNESDAY TEA DANCE: At Brampton Parish Hall 1-3pm. £2.50 per person. Contact Peter 01709528319.

FRIENDS OF BRAMPTON GRAVEYARD: Volunteers who meet Wednesdays 10am at Christchurch Graveyard on Melton High Street to care for the graveyard. Contact John 01709877384.

CHRIST CHURCH BRAMPTON BIERLOW EVENTS: Tomorrow – coffee morning 10am-noon. Sunday – Holy Communion 10am. For baptisms, funerals and other spiritual matters, contact Rev Carol Lacey 07702276063. For weddings, banns of marriage or baptisms, contact 01709873210.



BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL: If anyone has suggestions on what activities should be offered at the centre, contact the parish office 01709 364199, brinsworthpc@hotmail.co.uk. Residents are reminded that the enclosed play area at the bottom of Brinsworth playing fields is for children aged 10 and under. Other facilities and equipment for older youngsters are available at the top of the playing fields, Millennium Park and Howarth Park. Dogs, ball games and bikes are also not allowed in the play area. Millennium Skate Park has now reopened following essential maintenance work and the replacement of boards. Residents are asked to say if they would like outdoor exercise equipment provided, contact the parish office 01709364199.

BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL FIREWORK DISPLAY: November 10 – 7pm on Brinsworth Playing Fields. The event will have a military theme with music and special effects. There will be children’s rides. Pie and peas will be available at The Centre with a £5 voucher to be bought in advance. 

THE CENTRE OFFICIAL OPENING: The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Alan Buckley, will officially open The Centre on November 9 3.30pm.

WEEKEND TO REMEMBER: Hosted by Brinsworth Parish Council and The Centre. The parish council will celebrate the opening of the new community centre and the weekend of First World War centenary celebrations with a special weekend of events. As well as Brinsworth joining in with the national celebrations to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War One, this weekend will see the official opening and launch of The Centre community building. November 9 – festivities kick off  with a special display of world war memorabilia and art from local schools and clubs, including Brinsworth and Catcliffe History Group. The Mayor Of Rotherham will officially open the building 3.30pm. The centre’s 1st official function will see live music from the Colin Yates Band, the chance to practice dance steps, a buffet and music into the night; tickets £10 per person and will be on sale soon (not suitable for small children); event 7-11pm. November 10 – a children’s party and disco at The Centre for children up to 11 years; tickets on sale soon £3 each; every child gets to bring an adult; party runs 4.30-6.30pm; the parish council’s Firework Spectacular kicks off 7pm on the playing field. November 11 – the traditional Sunday service in The Centre will start 9.45am with the community encouraged to gather at St George’s Churchyard 10.30am. At the war memorial the fallen will be honoured with poetry, a roll-call of the local soldiers and by observing the 2 minute silence with bugle accompaniment followed by the laying of wreaths. The Christmas Truce football match is still in the planning stage – anyone who can help organise a short and friendly kick-about of  local people to represent this famous event should get in touch. Contact the parish office 01709364199. 
CRAFTY TALK GROUP: November 24 – Christmas fayre 11am-2pm at Manor Lodge, Highlow View, Brinsworth.

PAVILION: Rooms are available for the Pavilion, Brinsworth. From November 1 the parish council have room availability on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and during the weekend. Contact the parish Council office 01709364199.

CIVIC SERVICE: Brinsworth Parish Council’s Civic Service is in The Centre on December 9.

BRINSWORTH PARISH COUNCIL FETE 2019: The date has been set for July 7. 

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE: The Centre will be hosting a Christmas craft fayre on December 1 10am-1pm. Tables available to hire, contact The Centre 01709364199, enquiries@thecentrebrinsworth.co.uk.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: The Centre is hosting 2 Christmas party nights on  December 7 and 14. Tickets £15, contact The Centre staff 01709364199, enquiries@thecentrebrinsworth.co.uk.

ROOM HIRE: The Centre is now taking room hire bookings for the Main Hall and 2 meeting rooms. Contact 01709364199, enquiries@thecentrebrinsworth.co.uk.

SKILLS TO SHARE: People with a skill they would like to pass on such as crafts, dress making, drawing, painting, patchwork and quilting or knitting and crocheting etc are needed for sessions at The Centre. Contact 01709364199, enquiries@thecentrebrinsworth.co.uk.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS: The parish council hold 3 meetings per month that are open to the public. See the parish council’s newsletter or website for details. To put an item on the agenda, contact the clerk 01709364199.

BRINSWORTH PLAYING FIELDS: Users of the MUGA are urged to have consideration for these nearby residents and keep noise down especially during late evenings and early mornings. Numerous complaints have been received regarding drinking alcohol and anti-social behaviour on the field in the evenings. Residents are reminded that the playing fields are a no alcohol zone and instances of alcohol consumption on the fields will be reported to the Police.
MILLENNIUM PARK: Parish council staff are repairing the flooring to the play area that has shrunk and cracked and become a hazard. Further repairs to the skatepark have been identified and repairs will be undertaken shortly. Users of the park are urged to take care until these repairs have been completed. 
HOWARTH PLAY AREA: The fencing that prevents access to the land adjoining the M1 has been damaged by vandals once again, despite only just being repaired. The parish council are now looking at options to replace the existing fencing with something more substantial.

WARD COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY DATES: Alan Buckley has no surgery planned today due to mayoral duties. Contact Cllr Nigel Simpson 01709255946, nigel.simpson'rotherham.gov.uk. Contact Cllr Adam Carter 01709255924, adam.carter@rotherham.gov.uk. 

BLUEBELL WOOD: Will be collecting unwanted bric-a-brac and clothes, toys, shoes etc on October 29 at Field View car park 10am-2pm.



BROOM OLD SITE ALLOTMENT SOCIETY: A small number of plots might be available at £32.50 for the rest of the year. Associate memberships available for £1 plus discounted costs on a range of garden equipment. The site shop, off Broom Valley Road, is open 10.30am-noon on Sundays. Contact Matt Jepson 07584321420, mattjepson@hotmail.co.uk.



FRIENDS OF CATCLIFFE: Sunday – everyone invited to join a ramble across The Meadows to Whiston. Meet at Catcliffe Garage noon. Contact Glenys 01709375435, glengarycoop2@btinternet.com or any committee member, www.friendsofcatcliffe.org.uk, Friends of Catcliffe Facebook page.

PARISH COUNCIL: Booking enquiries and all other business can be dealt with by emailing the clerk at catcliffepcouncil@gmail.com or telephoning 01709837550. Allow 48 hours for replies. There is a booking form for the hall at  www.catcliffeparishcouncil.com along with details of the council’s work. Vacancies exist for councillors, contact the clerk.

LOCAL HISTORY: Brinsworth and Catcliffe History Group meet at Manor Lodge, Highlow View, Brinsworth every 2nd Wednesday 6.30pm. Contact Arnie Ayres 01709364089, airsy12@tiscali.co.uk. 

CATCLIFFE PRIMARY SCHOOL: Contact 01709828598, catcliffe@rotherham.school, https://www.learnerstrust.org/cps, Facebook and Twitter feed. 

ST MARY’S CHURCH: Services 11am every Sunday preceded by breakfast 10.15 am. Full details of services and church events at http://www.therivers-team.com. Contact the Rivers Team 01709361630 or Rev David Bent 01709363850, davidbent99@btinternet.com.

COFFEE POT: The Potters meet on Tuesdays 10am in St Mary’s Church. Free. The meeting on October 16 will be held to raise funds for the MacMillan appeal. This is a change in date. Contact Peter Wragg 01709362575 or Gerry Screaton 07914683610.  

JACKS THEATRE SCHOOL: Classes available for all ages.  Details of new term from Olivia Egan 07779582155, jackstheatreschool@gmail.com. Irish dancing classes on Thursday evenings.

MEADOWS EARLY YEARS CENTRE: Located behind Catcliffe Primary School. Contact Judi Riley 07494130955, meadowscp@mail.com.  

MEMORIAL HALL: Check with organisers or the parish clerk for session details. Zumba – Tuesdays 6pm, contact Lee Jones 07540987493 or attend session. Indoor bowls – Tuesday 7pm or attend session, contact Pete 07721601128. Scottish Dancing Club – Wednesday 7.30pm, contact Debbie Crossley 07905671921, scdrotherham@gmail.com. Yoga – Thursdays 7pm, contact Maria Pittaway 07837307062, mariapittaway@hotmail.co.uk, or join a session. Active Regen – gentle exercise including chair aerobics, Thursdays 10am, sessions free, contact Gary Whittaker 01909510775. Chance to Dance – Fridays 5.30pm; 3rd Friday in month is social evening 7pm, contact Teresa Morton 07706151934, tmchance2dance@gmail.com.

PLANNING: Applications have been submitted for the new primary school at Waverley and also for a change of vehicular access to the Barratts building development below Morrisons. There is also an application for a drive thru café on land above Morrisons roundabout.

COUNCILLOR SURGERIES: Cllr Alan Buckley’s Catcliffe surgeries in Memorial Hall Meeting Room on Fridays 5pm. Due to his mayoral duties it is advised to contact him for availability. Contact 07775822147, alan.buckley@rotherham.gov.uk.  Contact Cllr Adam Carter 01709255924/07490921955, adam.carter@rotherham.gov.uk. Cllr Nigel Simpson’s surgeries are at the Memorial Hall, Catcliffe 2nd Wednesday of month 6-8.30pm. Contact 01709255946, nigel.simpson@rotherham.gov.uk. All councillors can be contacted at reasonable hours.



COUNCILLORS’\!q SURGERIES: Rotherham East councillors Wendy Cooksey, Tajamal Khan and Deborah Fenwick Green hold surgeries at the following venues and times – Cllr Fenwick Green: 2nd Tuesday of month Erskine Road Community Centre 10-11am, 2nd Wednesday The Lanes Community Centre in East Dene 10-11am, 2nd Wednesday Longfellow Drive Community Centre in Herringthorpe 11am-noon; Cllrs Cooksey and Khan: first Wednesday Erskine Road 3-4pm, 1st Saturday Longfellow Drive 10-11am, 2nd Saturday Mowbray Gardens Library 10-11am, 3rd Saturday The Lanes 10-11am, 4th Saturday St James’ Church on Cambridge Street in Clifton 10-11am.

CLIFTON GARDENS ALLOTMENTS SOCIETY: Lord Street, Clifton. Anyone keen to rent an allotment at Lord Street can find out more by calling at the site next to St James’ Church, Cambridge Street, on Saturday mornings.



KIVETON PARK INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: A drop-in session, no appointment necessary, held on Tuesday 9-11am at the Community Library, Dinnington. Contact 01909 773966.

CRAFTING: Crafting with Zoe at Middleton Hall, Barleycroft Lane, Dinnington S25 2LE every Thursday 10am-noon. Covers book folding, jewellery making, glass painting, sugarcraft, floristry, Easter crafts, sock crafts, card making etc. Contact Zoe 07866401976, zoegreen06@hotmail.co.uk.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: October 25 – meeting 7.30pm in Silverdales Club, 21-25 Lordens Hill, Dinnington. Branch meetings last Thursday of month at Silverdales Club. Contact 07580315214/01909518405/563376.

SK58 BIRDERS: Monday – walk around Langold Lake 10am, meet at Langold Café off A60. October 20 – field trip to Spurn, meet in The Loyal Trooper car park, Sheffield Road, South Anston 7.30am, or meet at Spurn 8.30am. October 31 – meeting 7.30pm, talk by Pete Brown on Free Bird, in The Loyal Trooper. Contact 01909563108, www.sk58birders.com.

DINNINGTON AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: November 12 – meeting 7.30pm in Anston Parish Hall, talk on Up the Flue by Bob Massey; bird seed, books and plants on sale, raffle; free entry for members, non-members £2.50 (yearly membership £4). Contact 01909564494.

DINNINGTON RESOURCE CENTRE: Mondays – Dinnington SEND Support Group for carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities meets 9-11am, contact Bev 07538011374, dinningtonSEND@gmail.com; Luncheon Club 11.30am-2pm, 2 course dinner £3.50; Sequence Dance Club 7-10pm. Tuesdays – in library 2pm Children’s Rhyme Time. Wednesdays – gentle exercise 3-4pm £1; bingo 7-9pm. Fridays – Let’s Get Crafty 9.45am-12.15pm. Contact 01909518555, www.dinningtonresourcecentre.com.

ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: Sunday services – Holy Communion 10am, Evening Prayer (said) 6.30pm. 3rd Sunday services – Holy Communion 9am, coffee, crafts and croissants 9.30am followed by All Age Service 10am. Weekday services – Wednesday Holy Communion 9.30am; Morning Prayer said Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday; Evening Prayer said Monday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday 5.30pm. To enquire about a baptism or wedding, visig the parish office on 1st Wednesday of month 6-7pm or any Thursday 8.30am-4pm. Contact details 01909518777, office@stleonardschurch.plus.com, www.stleonardsdinningtonsheffield.co.uk, Facebook.

MIDDLETON HALL: Barleycroft Lane, Dinnington. Wednesdays – 12.30-1.30pm Active for Health elderly exercise, 1.30pm health and wellbeing lunch. Thursdays – 10am-noon arts and crafts, contact 07866401976. Judo – Thursdays 6.30-7.30pm and Saturdays 10-11.30am, contact 07595049228.

JACK AND JILL TODDLER GROUP: Every Tuesday and Thursday at Dinnington Resource Centre 9.15-11.15am for 0-5 year olds. £2.50 for 1 adult and 1 child, under 6 months old free. Contact Kate 07581411056 or Tracy 07702891996.

1325 (DINNINGTON) ATC SQUADRON: Every Tuesday and Thursday 7.30-9.30pm at Sycamore Centre. Contact 01909550750 on parade nights or email 1325@aircadets.org.

DINNINGTON AND DISTRICT ART SOCIETY: Tuesday – 6.30-9pm practice evening in Lyric Theatre. Practice sessions £3 members. Demonstration evenings £4 members, £5 visitors. Thursday morning practice sessions 9.30am-12.30pm in Firbeck Village Hall. Contact secretary 01909562961.

DINNINGTON METHODIST CHURCH LUNCH CLUB: Thursdays 11.30am-2pm. Contact 01909563574.

DINNINGTON AND DISTRICT BRIDGE CLUB: Meets Mondays 7-10pm in Dinnington Resource Centre. Contact Helen 01909562802, or attend a meeting.  

DINNINGTON COLLIERY BAND REHEARSALS: Senior Band Tuesdays 7.30-9.30pm and Sundays 6-8pm Market Square Bandroom next to bus station. Saturday rehearsals – Training Band 9.30-10.30am, Intermediate Band 10.30-11.30am. Contact Joanne 07967026277 or Joan 01909566594/07870534266.

RAOB (‘THE BUFFS’): Every Sunday 7-8.30pm in Dinnington Resource Centre. Contact 01909567554.

CLLRS JEANETTE MALLINDER, SIMON TWEED, JOHN VJESTICA SURGERIES: Dinnington Resource Centre on 1st Saturday in month 11.45am-12.45pm and 2nd Monday in month 3-4pm and 6.15-6.45pm. On 3rd Wednesday in month at Laughton Village Hall 6pm-7pm. Contact Jeanette Mallinder 07717224657, jeanette.mallinder@rotherham.gov.uk, Simon Tweed 07535831924, simon.tweed@rotherham.gov.uk, John Vjestica 01709255936, john.vjestica@rotherham.gov.uk.

DINNINGTON FLORAL ART SOCIETY: November 8 – meeting 7.15pm in Dinnington Resource Centre. Contact Janet 01909731254, dinningtonfloralartsociety.org.uk.

DINNINGTON BADMINTON CLUB: Meets Tuesdays 7-9pm in sports hall, Dinnington High School. Contact Roger 07957817836.

JADE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY CENTRE FREE COFFEE MORNING: Fridays 10am-noon in New Street, Dinnington. Contact 01909565639.


NEW DROP-IN SESSIONS: Parents or carers of children, pre-birth to 18, in East Dene can attend a drop-in session called A Reason to Like Mondays 9.15-11.15am on Mondays at St James’ Church, Cambridge Street, in the Parish Room. Children welcome. www.facebook.com/groups/1766476570254486/

COUNCILLORS’\!q SURGERIES: Rotherham East councillors Wendy Cooksey, Tajamal Khan and Deborah Fenwick Green hold surgeries at the following venues and times – Cllr Fenwick Green: 2nd Wednesday The Lanes Community Centre in East Dene 10-11am, 2nd Wednesday Longfellow Drive Community Centre in Herringthorpe 11am-noon; Cllrs Cooksey and Khan: 1st Wednesday Eastwood Community Centre, Erskine Road 3-4pm, 1st Saturday Longfellow Drive 10-11am, 2nd Saturday Mowbray Gardens Library 10-11am, 3rd Saturday The Lanes 10-11am, 4th Saturday St James’ Church on Cambridge Street in Clifton 10-11am.




GREASBROUGH ALLOTMENTS SOCIETY: People keen to rent an allotment can find out more by calling at the allotments on Scrooby Drive, Greasbrough, on Sundays 11am-1pm.

GREASBROUGH COMMUNITY BOWLING CLUB: October 1 – 21up doubles, Kenny Herbert and Jim Holmes; 5/15, Dave Milnes, Maureen Taylor and Dave Milnes, Dave Milnes and Robert France. October 3 – 21up doubles, Kenny Herbert and Robert France, Bob Clarkson and Maureen Taylor, Martyn Heap and Dave Mee; 11up singles, Martyn Heap. October 4 – 21up doubles, Martyn Heap and Dave Mee; 11up singles, Martyn Heap and Dave Mee; Winter Round Robin, Ian Garfitt. October 6 – 21up, Robert France and Dave Mee, John Byers and Martyn Heap. Winter bowling hours are – Saturday 10.45am, Monday 12.45pm, Wednesday 12.45pm, Thursday 12.45pm. Members will be taking part in a winter competition with Barkers Park.

FRIENDS OF GREASBROUGH PARKS: Tuesday – meeting in the pavilion 6.30pm.



SURGERY TIMES: Cllr John Turner, who represents Hellaby ward on Rotherham Council, holds a surgery at Hellaby Community Hall on 2nd Tuesday of month 5.30-6.30pm.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Cllr Jenny Andrews (Hellaby ward) holds a surgery on 2nd Saturday of month at Hellaby Community Hall 10-11am.

CENTENARY HALL: Mondays – Craft Club 1-3pm; performance classes 6-7pm aerobic dance (age 50-plus); Weight Watchers 10am. Wednesdays – Radio Club 7.30pm. Thursdays – pilates 6-7pm £5; tai chi 7-8pm £5 or £8 to do pilates and tai chi; Music Bugs 9.30am 0-4 years, newborn to walking 10.30am. Dog training classes Monday/Thursday/Friday, to book contact 07513722808. 



HERRINGTHORPE COMMUNITY CHOIR: At St Cuthbert’s Church, Sitwell Park Road, Herringthorpe every Monday 7-8-30pm (term time). No audition. Contact 07591135095/07736125156.

BAKERSFIELD COURT: Longfellow Drive, Rotherham. Every Friday – computer class 10.30am, beginners to advanced. Contact 01709336260.





COUNCILLORS SURGERY TIMES: Swinton ward councillors Victoria Cusworth, Stuart Sansome and Ken Wyatt hold weekly advice surgeries at Swinton Library and Customer Service Centre every Wednesday 4-5pm. Ward covers Swinton (up to and including St Margaret’s Church) and Kilnhurst (Highthorn Road up to St Thomas’ Church and new houses off Wharf Road).

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Mexborough, Swinton and Kilnhurst branches meet for informal meeting inside Rowms Lane Social Club, Rowms Lane, Swinton 11am on 3rd Sunday of month. Veterans, serving members and supporters of The Royal British Legion invited. Also meet on 1st Saturday of month 11am at same venue, for coffee and an informal gathering. Car boot sale on 4th Saturday of month at same venue 11am-1pm, set up 10am. Fee £5 for stall. Contact secretary Enis Dalton 07958239405. Free entry to public. On 4th Thursday of month, an advice and information drop-in service on matters relating to the Royal British Legion: Mexborough Library 10am-noon, Swinton Library 1-3pm.



BRADGATE WMC: The £40 tote numbers were 06 and 16. The £20 tote numbers were 09 and 11. The £10 tote numbers were 10 and 32. The tote double numbers drawn were 02 and 11.



CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: At the Chislett Centre. Meets Tuesdays 10am-noon.  

FREE COFFEE MORNING: Kimberworth Community Centre (Black Hut) every Thursday 10am-noon.

YOGA: At Chislett Centre every Tuesday 9.30-10.30am. The beginners level can include use of chairs for those with limited movement. Contact Rachael 07957767838.

KIMBERWORTH PARK WALKING GROUP: October 3 – 32 members completed a 4.5 mile circular walk to Greasbrough Dams before returning to St John’s Church.

BROWNIES AND GUIDES: Kimberworth Park Brownie and Guide Group meet during term time on Wednesdays – brownies 6-7pm £1.50, guides 7-8.30pm £2. Contact becca.downton@hotmail.co.uk.



KIVETON PARK INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: Drop-in sessions, no appointment necessary, held Monday 7-8pm and Wednesday 2-4pm at Kiveton Park Community Library. Contact 01909773966.

WALES CAR BOOT: Wales Parish Council’s car boot trading day every Tuesday 7am-noon on Wales Recreation Ground car park, Wales Road S26 6RA. Charges for a pitch £5 car, £7 van, £10 commercial traders. The fees from stallholders go towards the costs of running the recreation ground. Pitches can be booked on day or in advance – contact clerk to the council Richard Waller 01909515784.

KIVETON AND SOUTH ROTHERHAM MEMORY CAFE: Meetings 2nd Monday in month 1.30-3.30pm. Carers must accompany their dementia relatives.



KIVETON PARK INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: A drop-in session, no appointment necessary, held Tuesday noon-2pm at Customer Service Centre, Braithwell Road, Maltby. Contact 01909773966.

SURGERY TIMES: Cllr John Turner, who represents Hellaby ward on Rotherham Council, holds a surgery at Brooklands Club on Rotherham Road, Maltby, on 4th Tuesday of month 5.30-6.30pm.

BEVAN CRESCENT COMMUNITY CENTRE: Coffee mornings every Tuesday and Thursday 10.30am-noon. No age limits. Keith Stringer holds advice surgeries Tuesday and Thursday 10am-noon. Keith has completed a course of training at Age UK (Rotherham) and is a qualified community connector for the charity. He now holds a surgery in the Bevan Crescent Centre every Saturday 10-11am. There were 2 good attendances at the meetings last week. The majority of group members have now booked their places to attend the Age UK (Rotherham) Christmas party in Clifton in early December. The centre now has places for new members, contact the centre.

COUNCILLOR SURGERY: Cllr Jenny Andrews’ (Hellaby ward) is holding street surgeries for Hellaby ward every 3rd Saturday of month at Laburnham Parade shops in Maltby noon-1pm.

MALTBY MINERS WELFARE TRAINING BAND: Rother Vale Community Band recently cemented its partnership with Maltby Miners Welfare Band by renaming as Maltby Miners Welfare Training Band. The band is looking for new players, no experience necessary. Contact Graham 07963612895, https://maltbyminerswelfaretrainingband.com/contact-the-band/ or attend a practice on Saturdays 9.30am at Maltby Miners Welfare Sports Pavilion (upstairs), Muglet Lane, Maltby S66 7JT.

REIKI CLUB: Every Tuesday 6-8pm at Edward Dunn Hall, Maltby. Contact 07584573521.

WESLEY CENTRE: On Blyth Road, Maltby. For information and room hire, contact 01709 811118, reception@maltbycdt.org.uk, www.wesleycentremaltby.co.uk. Today – quarterly networking event 7-8am; Tai Chi 10-11am £6. Sunday – Zion Church 10.30am. Monday – Maltby Minors Musical and Drama Group 6pm. Tuesday – Zumba classes 9.30-10.15am £4; Maltby Musical Theatre Group 7.30pm. Wednesday – Zion Craft Club 1-2.30pm; Tai Chi 6-7pm £6. Thursday – Maltby Musical Theatre Group 7.30pm. October 19 – Tai Chi 10-11am £6. October 20 – Classic Rock Society presents Landmarq 7pm. October 21 – Zion Church 10.30am. October 22 – Maltby Minors Musical and Drama Group 6pm. October 23 – Zumba classes 9.30-10.15am £4; Maltby Musical Theatre Group 7.30pm. October 24 – Valuation Day with Michael Dowse 10am-noon, free entry; Tai Chi 6-7pm £6. October 25 – Maltby Musical Theatre Group 7.30pm. October 26 – Tai Chi 10-11am £6; Morley Care monthly disco for adults with a learning disability 7-9pm.

DANCE CLASS: A linedancing class for beginners at Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby S66 7NQ on Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm. 1st class free, following classes £3.50 per dancer. Contact Dave Birkinshaw 07808931534.

MALTBY LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY: Contact Alice Rodgers 01709812035.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Meetings at The Slip, Walters Road.



MASBROUGH AND THORNHILL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION: Bingo in Community Hall on College Road available Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday 6-8pm. 

ROTHERHAM FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY: Meet on 1st Thursday of month at Liberty Church, Station Road, Masbrough. Meetings 7pm. 

ST BEDE’S CHURCH: On October 4, St Bede’s hosted a presentation of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to Shiloh. Andrew Coombe, HM Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, presented the award on behalf of the Queen. He was greeted by Mrs Judy Dalton, chair of the trustees. This is an annual award made to recognise and reward excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community. Benediction was held before the Masses last Sunday. Masses during the week were celebrated for Jean Dearing, people of the parish, Anne Barker, Tadek Radley, thanksgiving of marriage and Cathrin birthday thanksgiving. The social and fundraising committee met in the week to discuss forthcoming events. There will be a Cursillo weekend in April 4-7 at the Briars Catholic retreat centre in Matlock, contact austincorcoran@blueyonder.co.uk. The annual safeguarding event will be on November 10 at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Pack Horse Lane, Sheffield. This year the event will be focusing on mental health awareness. A Day with the Lord will take place tomorrow with a full day of devotions and events, including a Vigil Mass for Sunday 5pm. Sr Cathy Jones will lead in guided reflection.

ST PAUL’S CHURCH: Family Communion and baptism was celebrated on October 7. Rev Phil Batchford was celebrant and preacher. During the service, Joshua Ehi and Solomon Ehi Nwokwolwo and also Myla Jai Barlow-Parker were baptised. An Autumn Choral concert will be held at St Paul’s tomorrow 7pm. Tickets £5, proceeds towards St Paul’s Organ Fund. Clifton Community Choir, Coryllion Choir, Herringthorpe Community Choir and Masbrough Community Choir will perform. Family Communion will be celebrated on Sunday 10.30am. PCC meeting on Tuesday 7pm in church. Agendas available. Rotherham Local History Society will meet on October 20 10.30am at St Paul’s. The speaker will be Henry Tompkin on A Walk Around Old Whiston.  A Taize-style of worship service is on October 21 4.30pm. This is a trial and, if successful, the service will take place on the 3rd Sunday of each month. The service is quiet, meditative and includes chants and readings. Rev Batchford will lead the service. A Festival of Remembrance will be held in St Paul’s on November 3 6pm. The Mayor of Rotherham, Bishop of Sheffield and others have accepted invitations to attend. There will be poetry readings, songs of remembrance, a presentation by Rotherham Sea Cadets, memories of people from Robert Jenkins. The service will end with an act of remembrance.



SOCIAL SEQUENCE DANCING: Every Thursday and Saturday 7.45-10.15pm at Swinton Civic Hall £3. Contact Peter 01709528319. Easy sequence dances and new dances taught on Thursday.

ROYAL BRITISH LEGION: Mexborough, Swinton and Kilnhurst branches meet for informal meeting inside Rowms Lane Social Club, Rowms Lane, Swinton 11am on 3rd Sunday of month. Veterans, serving members and supporters of The Royal British Legion invited. Also meet on 1st Saturday of month 11am at same venue, for coffee and informal gathering. On 4th Thursday of month, an advice and information service by a member of The Royal British Legion on matters relating to Royal British Legion: Swinton Library 1-3pm. Contact secretary Enis Dalton 07958239405.

COUNCILLORS’ SURGERY TIMES: Swinton ward councillors Victoria Cusworth, Stuart Sansome and Ken Wyatt hold weekly advice surgeries at Swinton Library and Customer Service Centre every Wednesday 4-5pm. Ward covers Swinton (up to and including St Margaret’s Church) and Kilnhurst (Highthorn Road up to St Thomas’s Church and the new houses off Wharf Road).

FREE FITNESS CLASSES: Classes at Swinton Civic Hall S64 8PZ. Every Thursday 9.30am. Participants can attend classes in various other locations around Rotherham. Fitness evaluation and coaching, complete body transformation, nutrition education. Contact Julia 07887692616.

MEXBOROUGH AND DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB: Meets every fortnight on alternate Tuesdays at Swinton House Club, 20 Fitzwilliam Street, Swinton. Meetings start 10.30am, visitors welcome. Contact 01709545448.

WEDNESDAY CLUB: Social group for different age groups which meets 2nd Wednesday of month at Mexborough Parish Hall, Church Street 7pm. 

SWINTON BOAT LOCKS: Based at Swinton Lock Activity Centre. Running taster days for people who may be interested in learning to steer a narrowboat or who want to see what is on offer in the way of trips along the canal and river. Taster days on Tuesdays. Taster days £10 for the day.  Crew training days on Thursdays for people who wish to progress to becoming competent at handling a narrow boat. Contact Bev or Phil 01709578778, swintonlockboat@hotmail.co.uk.

SALVATION ARMY CHARITY SHOP: The Swinton shop is in need of donations – clothing, toys, shoes, books, anything saleable. Do not leave donations outside the shop if closed as these get stolen.

CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU ADVICE SESSIONS: Once a fortnight in Swinton Library 9am-1pm. Free and confidential expert advice. An appointment must be made 03444111444.

MEXBOROUGH SPIRITUALIST CHURCH: Bank Street, Mexborough S64 9LL. Church is an SNU (Spiritualists National Union) affiliated Spiritualist church and is open for a variety of services. The church is registered to hold official services like weddings, namings and funerals etc. The church welcomes any questions regarding Spiritualism. Divine service Sunday 6.30-8pm. Open circles: Monday 1.30-2.30pm, Tuesday 7-8pm, Thursday 7-8pm. Spiritualist Philosophy, Meditation and Library Study Group: Tuesdays 1.30-3pm. Knit and Natter Group: Wednesdays 1-3pm. Healing available Monday noon-1pm and Thursday 5.30-6.30pm. Infinite Way Study and Mediation group takes place on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm, contact 07927170070. www.mexboroughspiritualist.church, Facebook page.

MEXBOROUGH AND DISTRICT ROTARY CLUB: Meet on 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday of month at Swinton Masonic Hall. Visit the Facebook page and contact the club.

MEXBOROUGH MALE VOICE CHOIR: Every Thursday 7-9pm at Wath Rugby Club. 

GRIEVING PARENTS ASSOCIATION: Meet last Friday of month 5pm at Mexborough Highwoods Community Base, Highwoods Road, Mexborough S64 9ES. Contact Jill 07814887818 or Margaret 07930278908.

AURORA BREAST CANCER CARE SUPPORT GROUP: Meet last Thursday of month 2.30pm. Aurora Buddies Coffee morning last Saturday in month 10.30am-noon. Contact 01709649122.

SUNDAY MORNNG CHRISTIAN WORSHIP FOR ALL THE FAMILY: 10.30am-noon at Mexborough Academy, Maple Road, Mexborough S64 9SD. During the morning children have their own age appropriate activities: Roots (aged 3-plus) and Generate Plus (age 11-plus).

MEXBOROUGH YOUTH CENTRE: New Oxford Road, Mexborough S64 0JL. 
Blue Chair Youth Café – Sunday and Monday drop-ins for young people aged 10-17yrs 6.30-8.30pm. 

MEXBOROUGH – DONCASTER MIND: Social café and wellbeing activities at Mexborough Library every Thursday 10.30am-3pm and Friday 10.30am-2.30pm. Contact Anne 07835719828, www.doncastermind.org.

MEXBOROUGH PHOENIX FRIENDSHIP CLUB: Every Thursday 8pm at Mexborough Miners Welfare and Athletic Club, New Oxford Road, Mexborough. Contact 01709583241.

AVALUNCH COMMUNITY CAFÉ: Mexborough Baptist Church, Hollingworth Close, Mexborough. Open noon-1.40pm every Wednesday. Meal deliveries to housebound on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact 01709577688.

MEXBOROUGH LIONS CLUB: Meet at LNER Club on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of month 8pm. Contact 08458332815, mexboroughlions.org.uk.

24TH DONCASTER (1ST MEXBOROUGH) SCOUT GROUP: Meet at Mexborough Baptist Church and Community Centre, Hollingworth Close, Mexborough. Beaver scouts (boys and girls age 6-7yrs) meet Thursdays 5.45-7pm. Cub scouts (boys and girls age 8-10yrs) meet Mondays 6.30-8pm. Scouts (age 10-14yrs) meet Thursdays 7-9pm. New members welcome. Contact 01709582001.

NEW BEGINNINGS COMMUNITY CHURCH: Meets at The Base on Highwoods Road on Sundays 6-7pm. 

MEXBOROUGH AND DISTRICT HERITAGE SOCIETY: Representatives from the society will attend Mexborough Library to help people with local or family history research on Fridays 11am-4pm. There is no charge to the public but donations to the society’s funds welcomed. If anyone has any historical artefacts relating to Mexborough and the local district that the society might be interested in, bring them along. All enquiries to Mexborough Library 01709582037/591282.

BEL CANTO CHOIR: Particularly looking for 2nd soprano, tenor and bass. Regular performances. Rehearsals Sundays 6-8.30pm in Mexborough. Contact 01709582026, www.belcantochoir.co.uk.

THE ALZHEIMERS SOCIETY: Provides dementia support workers, dementia cafés, carers education group and information. Contact Mexborough office 01709580543.

ST JOHN’S METHODIST CHURCH: 1st Saturday in month big breakfast served free of charge. 

SWINTON TOWNSWOMEN’S GUILD: Meet 2nd Tuesday in month at Café Sport in Swinton. 

THE BROOKFIELD CHILDREN’S CENTRE: Lime Grove, Swinton S64 8TQ. Weigh and Play – 1st and 3rd Tuesday of month 1-3pm: baby weighing, health advice and children’s activities, Breast Buddies available at this group to give breast feeding advice and support. Mini-Movers – Thursdays 10-11.30am (term-time only): a physical playgroup with movement and singing time for mobile babies and toddlers up to 2 years, £1 per family. Tots and Toddlers – Friday 10-11.30am (term-time only): a range of play experiences for children age 0-4 years, £1 per family. A range of parenting sessions, adult learning and school holiday activities are available. Contact the centre 01709334458.

MEXBOROUGH FIRST COUNCILLOR SURGERIES: Councillors hold a surgery on first 3 Saturdays of month 10-11am at Mexborough Library. On 1st week Cllr Bev Chapman in attendance, 2nd week Cllr Andy Pickering, 3rd week Cllr Sean Gibbons. No appointment necessary. www.mexboroughfirst.org.uk

DEMENTIA CAFÉ: At St John’s Methodist Church, Swinton. Caters for those living at home with dementia and their carers. Open to all in and around Mexborough and Swinton. Held every 1st Wednesday of month 10.30am-noon. A member of the Alzheimer’s Society will be present. No charge. 

AGLOW INTERNATIONAL: Meet in Cosy Café inside Lane Emporium, Swinton every 1st Thursday of month 4-6pm. Contact Jean 07722443665 or Colleen 07528137152. 

DOLCLIFFE COMMUNITY GROUP: Groups in need of a venue can get in touch. Afternoons and evenings available. Contact Colin 01709589446/581645. 

SWINTON LIBRARY EVENTS: Tuesdays – free IT support 10.30am-noon: attendees can receive basic IT support and gain new computer skills, use library computers free of charge or take own device to connect to free wi-fi. Wednesdays – 10-10.30am Rhyme Time event: an informal song and story session that includes singing, dancing and playing along to a mix of music; no need to book, ask about the Bookstart Bearclub. Thursdays – Knit and Natter session 1.30-2.30pm: a free event. Contact the library 01709 254615. Fortnightly on Thursdays 9am-1pm there is a Citizens Advice Bureau session: free and confidential expert advice and support; appointments only, contact Citizens Advice Bureau 03444111444.

MEXBOROUGH AND SWINTON ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Swinton Bottom Club, 4 Station Street, Swinton. October 27 – the society are planning to celebrate their 40 year anniversary by holding ASTROCON 10am-5pm at Swinton Masonic Hall. There will be a number of events, trade stands and guest speakers – 10am Paul D’Silva introduction and welcome; 10.15am Dr Sue Cartwright, Supernovae; 11am tea/coffee; 11.15am Peter Rea Mars, A Guided Tour of the Tharsis Region; 12pm Rod Hine, George Ellery Hale and the Golden Age of USA Astronomy; 12.45pm lunch; 2pm Albert Zijlstra, Planetary Nebulae; 2.45pm Roger Cooper, Skylark; 3.30pm tea/coffee; 3.45pm Tony Morris, Astro Imaging; 5pm finish. Cost £5. Further details and tickets from event organiser Roy Gunson royg@gmx.co.uk. msas.org.uk.

AURORA WELLBEING CENTRE: Situated to rear of Mexborough Montagu Hospital. Offering a range of 6 beauty or pamper treatments and 3 hair treatments from the cut and style range. All free to men and women with a cancer diagnosis. Centre also open to members of public on a fee-paying basis. The following are also available – Monday 1.30-2.30pm armchair yoga for all £5; last Thursday in month 1.30pm Breast Cancer support group; last Saturday in month 10.30am-noon coffee morning £1.50. Contact 01709649122. 

ST MARGARET’S CHURCH SWINTON: Tots and Toddlers Group – open to all pre-school children, accompanied by an adult. Sessions informal. No fees for the sessions, but donations welcome. Sessions every Tuesday 9.30am. Acorns – During 1st half of 10am Sunday Parish Mass, there is an activity group for children in the Lady Chapel. Parents of pre-school age children can accompany their children. The children learn about the Christian faith through play, stories and craft activities. The Acorns class returns to the main body of the church to enable them to receive a blessing and their parents to receive Communion. At the back of the church there is an area which has books, colouring sheets, puzzles and toys to keep younger children occupied. At the end of the service the children share with the rest of the congregation what they have been doing and say a prayer they have written or sing a song etc. Friday Club – this activity group takes place in the church hall on 1st Friday of month 5.30-7pm. Children of all ages (pre-school to secondary) and their parents welcome. There are many activities, also visits. www.stmargaretswinton.uk

MEXBOROUGH LIFE CHURCH: Every Sunday 10.30am in main hall of Mexborough Academy on Maple Road (S64 9SD). Meetings informal. During meetings there are dedicated activities for children and young people three-16: children’s work (Sunday school) called Roots and older group Generate Plus. 

VESPA OWNERS CLUB: Meet at High House, 27 Wentworth Road, Swinton. Contact Jay 07947609967. 

SWINTON LIBRARY: Free hearing aid repairs and battery supply (RNID) – October 25, November 22, all 10-11am, no need to book.

VOLUNTEER AT SWINTON LIBRARY: Volunteering roles will help people visiting the library and assist library staff in delivering family activities and schemes. Contact 01709823658.




RAVENFIELD ART GROUP: Tomorrow/Sunday – 2018 art exhibition by group at Ravenfield Parish Hall 11am-3pm. Free admission, refreshments in aid of St James’s Church Restoration Fund. Official opening by Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough. Original art for sale. Group meet at Ravenfield Parish Hall on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of month 7-9pm. Contact Jill 01709851585, j.s.jesson@gmail.com.



ROTHERHAM CHOIR: For people who enjoy singing. At Rawmarsh City Learning Centre, Haugh Road, Rawmarsh Tuesday 7pm.

HIGH STREET CENTRE: Line dancing on Thursdays 10am £3 per session with optional 50p for tea/coffee. Booking not required. Contact 01709719478.

MARQUIS BOWLING CLUB: Members meet 2/3 times a year in pavilion behind the Marquis pub, Low Stubbin, Rawmarsh S62 7RX. Full membership £50/year, which includes full use of the pavilion facilities and taking part in competitions. Anyone who would like free tuition, a taster session, to play the occasional game or join the club is asked to contact Mr Birch 01142453669.

ROTHERHAM IN ROOT: Wednesdays 1.30-3pm at Rawmarsh Rosehill Surgery garden if fine. RinRForum@gmail.com

LOCAL COUNCIL SURGERY: Cllrs David Sheppard and Bob Bird available every Friday 5-6pm at Rawmarsh Community Service Centre, Barbers Avenue, Rawmarsh.

RAWMARSH COMMUNITY SCHOOL: A group of Y10 students spent last weekend mountain walking and camping in the Lake District. They set up camp at Seatoller Farm in the Borrowdale Valley. On Friday evening they climbed to the summit of Fleetwith Pike. On Saturday the objective was the summit of Scafell Pike which at 978m is the highest mountain in England. All managed to reach the summit by around 2pm. Some of the students managed some extra climbing on route and also reached the summits of Esk Pike and Great End. U13 girls football team are unbeaten in 2 matches, with a win over Wales High School 2-1 and a draw against Wingfield 3-3. September 26 – school celebrated the European Day of Languages, with several different activities taking place. Throughout the day, students were able to sample some European delicacies as they tried tortilla española, bratwurst, and apple strudel. There were also activities, Language leaders organised a European Day of Languages quiz.

RAWMARSH ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: October 4 – held School Census Day which is a statutory data collection for all maintained and state funded schools in England.  It is used to forecast what may happen during the forthcoming year and also the allocation of some of the school budget. The gardening after school club have been tidying the garden and have had tomatoes in the tuck shop and the cook has used the carrots for school dinners. The school’s recent Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £117.06. School will be closed today for an Inset Day.

9TH ROTHERHAM SCOUT GROUP BASED IN RAWMARSH: Beavers busy with the theme Autumn. They had a word search puzzle, discussed what happens to trees in Autumn and coloured a picture about hedgehogs and how they hibernate. To finish their evening the conker competition took place on a knock out basis. The winner was Kai M and runners-up Lusi S-T and Edward J. A trophy was presented to the winner and the runners-up were given medals. On Monday, the group visited Pets at Home on Parkgate Retail World. This completed their Animal Award. The cubs continued their work for the Disability Award. They tried to write using their feet and mouth rather than holding a pen in their hands. New sixers are Hayden A and Robyn E, seconder Dylan R. A representative from the Rotherham Advertiser went along to visit the scouts and took photographs of their new tents, purchased with a grant for the community which is run by the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, presented by the district commander for Rotherham Chief Supt Rob Odell. The scouts had a run around chip shop challenge around Rawmarsh.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE  TRANSPORT MUSEUM: See Around Rotherham section. 

RAWSMARSH METHODIST CHURCH: Sunday Morning Service was led by Ed Sidall. The Monday Listening Group was presented by Dave and Anne Wright. At the Tuesday Leisure Group Mr Leslie Boughton presented What Do You Know About Yourselves.    



ROCKINGHAM COMMUNITY ACTION AND SOCIAL GROUP (‘THE ROCKY MOVERS’): A fully constituted group supported by RMBC and Wingfield councillors. The group is in urgent need of a new secretary – contact 01709552476. The group continues to look for new members and anyone aged 18 or over who lives in the Wingfield ward is allowed to join.




THORPE HESLEY LOCAL HISTORY GROUP: A season ticket/membership costs £16 (concessions £12.50). Entrance to individual lectures/meetings £3.50 (concessions £3) with optional membership £1 (concessions 50p). Events open to all. Contact J T Blundell, 01142453660, jblndll@aol.com.

FRIDAY CLUB: For the over-50s. Meets at the Trinity Centre every Friday 1.30-3pm.

HOLY TRINITY CHURCH: Mondays – morning prayer meeting 9.30am. Tuesdays – service 10am. Wednesdays – Little Acorns parents and toddler group 10-11.30am (term time only). Thursdays – Quiet Space 9am-noon; Painting Group 9.30-11.30am. Saturday – Quiet Space 9am-noon. Sunday – holy communion 10am; evening service 6pm.

TRINITY CENTRE BOOK GROUP: Local author Michael Fowler talked about his writing and life experiences at the recent meeting. The group meet on 1st Friday of month at the TCC Library 10.30am.

THORPE HESLEY WOMEN’S INSTITUTE: After a busy summer, September’s meeting saw members have a relaxing evening on the theme of Heartfulness. Members also joined with others across the SYFWI group for a tour of the Mansion House in Doncaster followed by a talk on the Suffragette movement in the South Yorkshire area. The WI biscuit stall at the Thorpe Show sold out quickly raising money for WI charities. October’s meeting will be the AGM.

FRIDAY CLUB: This week involved all the usual activities plus a talk on King Arthur by local historian David Anson. Birthday celebrations for Richard Pilley.  

THORPE HESLEY COMMUNITY FORUM: The forum has fundraised for a new village noticeboard and bench for the area around the Wesley Steps in the centre of the village. Cubs and their leaders helped members of the forum plant hundreds of bulbs in the area recently to further enhance this area. The cubs were working towards their Community and Environment badges.



KIVETON PARK INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: A drop-in session, no appointment necessary, held on Wednesday 9-11am at the Welfare Hall in Thurcroft. Contact (office hours) 01909773966.

2ND ROTHERHAM (THURCROFT) SCOUT GROUP: Beavers – Tuesday 5.30-7pm. Scouts – Tuesday 7-8.30pm. Cubs –Wednesday 6.30-8pm. In scout hut at top of West Street. Contact secretary Mrs Celia Sale 01909565326, celiaact@btinternet.com, or scout group leader Mrs Christine Harper 07773292328,   Chrisharper 1961@hotmail.com.

THURCROFT PARISH COUNCIL: REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY – November 10 – Centenary Dance with 1940s outfits to be worn if possible 7pm, 160 tickets only £5 each in support of British Legion, at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall.

THURCROFT CRIME AND COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM MEETING: Contact 01709254145, RotherValley.West@rotherham.gov.uk.

BIG LOCAL: Vacancies for Lunch Club every Wednesday in The Hub 11am-2pm for over 50s, contact Thelma 07894036740. Litter picks on last Saturday of month 10am at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall. Big Local still provide 40 tonne skips for the community, free of charge and currently have 4 a year. The Hub: the youth group has been involved with the local gala, litter pick, skip days and attended Big Local meetings, contact Shaz Biggins 0796 977294. Keep fit classes – contact 07583984253.

THURCROFT FRIDAY CIRCLE: Today – George Ciar will talk on The Silk Road 2pm. Contact Mrs Kay Mosley 01709547599. 

THURCROFT WALK AND TALK: Wednesday – walk  approximately 6 miles and has been changed to a walk around Harthill Ponds, meet at Hard Lane, leader Mike Nield 01909774720 10.30am.

THURCROFT WELFARE BAND: Practice Tuesday 7.15-9.15pm in Band Room at top of West Street. Instruments can be supplied for teaching. Contact Sheila Hancock 07588733576. To book the band for a party, fundraising event or gala, visit www.thurcroftwelfareband.co.uk.

LITTLE SAINTS: Played with the Playdo and Happyland construction set 1.15-5pm. St Simon and St Jude’s Church.

FRIDAY CLUB: 5-6pm. Continued with the Egyptian theme, making mosaics pictures in coloured tiles of Nefertiti, painted combs, hand mirrors and other Egyptian objects. St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church.

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA MEMORY CAFÉ: Meet on 1st Tuesday of month at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall 1.30-3.30pm.

CLLR AMY BROOKES’ SURGERY: On last Saturday of month in St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church room 10.30am-noon.

THURCROFT LIBRARY: Chatterbooks Monday 3.30-4.30pm, School Road, in term time.

THURCROFT COLLIERY AND VILLAGE WEBSITE: Photos of the pit, village, maps, newspaper cuttings etc wanted for website. All material sent in will be returned to the sender. Contact Fred Gething 01709542461, fgething136@sky.com, thurcroftcolliery.weebly.com.

ST SIMON AND ST JUDE’S PARISH CHURCH: Rev Tim Leach led the services on Sunday 10.45am and Wednesday 10am. The last car boot sale for this year is on October 20. November 11 –  Remembrance Service 10am and at the cenotaph 11am. A Grace service on November 18 in church 6pm with the Trinity Band. Cllr Amy Brooke has a surgery in church on last Saturday in month 10.30am-noon.

DIARY DATES: Today – free family history sessions, Thurcroft Library, School Road 10am-noon. Sunday – Parish Communion, St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church 10am. The Legacy Church, Katherine Road, Sunday Worship, including Sunday School 10.30am. Monday – Little Saints Toddler Group, St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church 1.15-2.45pm. Craft Group, Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall, Green Arbour Road 1.30-3.30pm. Monday Club, Thurcroft Library 3.15-4.30pm. Thurcroft Theatre Group, Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall 7.30-9.45pm. Tuesday – OAP Bingo Club, Thurcroft Miners Welfare, Katherine Street 2pm. Rhyme Time, children to 5, Thurcroft Library 2 -2.45pm. Children’s Computer, 7-11 years 3.15-4.30pm. Friday Club, St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church, 5-11 years 5-6pm. Ladies kickboxing, Thurcroft Welfare and Community Hall, Katherine Road 7-8pm. Wednesday – Holy Communion, St Simon and St Jude’s Parish Church 10am. Rother Vale ward housing surgery, Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall 10-11am. Hotshots Theatre Group, Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall 5.30-7.15pm. Thurcroft Theatre Group, Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall 7.30-9.45pm. Friday – free family history sessions, Thurcroft Library 10am-noon.



CHURCH SERVICES: There are no longer services at St Peter’s Church. All Sunday services now at St Leonard’s 9.30am.

ST LEONARD’S CHURCH: Open to public each Monday 10am-4pm. There will be people to show visitors around if necessary.

THRYBERGH CHURCH HALL: On Park Lane. Coffee morning every Friday 9- 11.45am. The church hall sells nearly new clothes, cakes, raffles.

DALTON PARISH COUNCIL: If anyone would like to become a member of Dalton Parish Council, contact clerk Sue Lewis 01709853364, daltonparishcouncil@outlook.com.

ROTHERHAM MCVC (MILITARY COMMUNITY VETERANS CENTRE): Fridays 10am-noon at Silverwood Miners’ Welfare and Resource Centre, Doncaster Road S65 3ET. All serving and ex-service military personnel welcome. Contact 07847635279, https://rotherhammcvc.org.uk.

THRYBERGH INDOOR BOWLING CLUB: Meet 6-9pm Wednesday/Thursday at Thrybergh Parish Hall, Park Lane. Contact 01709547814/07811594366.

THRYBERGH WMC: Tomorrow –  charity event featuring an ‘80s disco and a raffle to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation and The Samaritans 7pm, entry £1. 

ST GERARD’S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL: The school has said a temporary farewell to Mrs Baxter as she leaves to await the birth of her baby girl. St Gerard’s Y5/6 football competition – Y5/Y6 girls were victorious and will go through to the finals in a couple of weeks. The Y6 boys were in the final which moved to penalties. They lost out. The Y5 boys came 4th overall. Rotherham final for Y3/4 and Y5/6 girls on Monday 3.45-6pm at Wath Comprehensive School. November 5 – the school will be celebrating the opening of St Gerard’s School 90 years ago. Children can dress up in costumes that children would have worn in the 1920/30s. Bishop Ralph is hopefully going to attend for a grand opening ceremony. Children from Y1-5 that returned their forms will receive their immunisations on October 19. After School Clubs – Monday: Classes 3-5 football 3.15-4.15pm; Tuesday:     Class 1 and Class 2 gymnastics 3-4pm; Thursday: KS2 gymnastics 3.15-4.15pm. Birthdays – Richie Bakuru, Freddy Poole, Hollie Birks. Golden Stars – Isaac Ellis, Finley Matthews, Robert Sithole, Olivia Day, Emma Iosif. Term dates for 2018/19 – Autumn 1: to October 26; Autumn 2: November 5-December 21; Spring 1: January 7-February 15; Spring 2: February 25-April 18; Summer 1: April 29-May 24; Summer 2: June 10-July 22. October 16 – Feast of St Gerard Mass 9.30am. October 17 – parents’ evening. October 18 – new parents’ admissions meeting. October 21 – Family Mass. October 24 – Class 4 assembly. October 25 – St Gerard’s Fun Run. November 5 – back to school. November 7 – Class 3 trip. November 12-16 – Other Faith Week. November 12-16 – Anti-Bullying Week. November 15 – gym masterclass (no Gymnastics KS2). November 21 – Class 3 assembly. December 3-7 – Enterprise Week. December 12 – Class 1/2 Nativity. December 13 – pantomime visit. December 14 – Christmas dinner. December 17 – Grandparents’ party. December 18 – Classes 1/2 party. December 19 – Classes 3/4/5 party. December 20 – end of term service.

THRYBERGH PARISH COUNCIL: Meeting September 6 at the Parish Hall. Present –   Cllrs G Trickett (chair), D Bates, R Crehan, S Docherty, J Foxton, G Marlow, A Martin, J Parsons, B Shaw, G Senior, S Tennant; also ward councillors A Napper and K Reeder. Questions From The Public – Cllrs Napper and Reeder provided details of their ward plans; they highlighted that they were seeking proposals/suggestions where funds could be allocated to assist in meeting local priorities. Minutes Matters Arising    – Animal Welfare, problems continue to be reported regarding livestock escaping from the field at the junction of Hollings Lane/Vale Road, council to contact the landowner; Planning Application 54 Vale Road, this application has been approved; Fly-tipping Rockland Drive, it was noted that there has been a recent reduction in fly-tipping; Closure of St Peter’s Church, the council has now taken possession of a memorial to the local men who served in the First World War; Traffic Speed, the clerk advised that RMBC officers had stated that they are not available to attend a parish council meeting to discuss this issue, clerk was asked to contact the strategic director expressing the council’s disappointment. Police and Crime – the clerk circulated the latest local crime statistics (June 2018), the chairman has been attending the weekly police surgeries and provided a report, the clerk had invited Insp C Bakewell to attend a future meeting to discuss the parish council’s concerns. Silverwood Junior Football – the council considered a request for financial assistance from Silverwood Junior Football, the matter was deferred pending further information. Post Office – the council considered an enquiry from a local resident regarding the possibility of the Post Office being reinstated, the council had previously made representations in this regard. Parish Hall Lettings – the council considered a proposal to amend the current hall bookings cancellation policy, resolved that the policy be amended so that a 25 per cent reduction in refunds would be made for all cancellations (no refund for notification of cancellations within 4 weeks of the booking date would continue to be applied). External Audit – this matter was deferred pending the arrival of the external auditors’ report. 2018 Remembrance Service – the council considered arrangements for the 2018 Remembrance Service, noting it was the centenary of the end of World War One, particular issues considered included the ringing of church bells and the reading of names of the fallen at the service. Planning Applications – the council considered the following applications: RB2018/1153 Rerseby Arms, Star Inns; RB2018/1174 Manor Close, 185 Doncaster Road, demolition of existing dwelling and erection of 9 apartments, representations to be made regarding this application on traffic management and community infrastructure levy; RB2018/1053 Thrybergh Golf Club, demolition of existing structure and erection of single storey Halfway House shelter including WCs and refreshment facilities. Items of Report – Cllrs Trickett and Foxton provided a report of the recent community outreach event, thanks are recorded to Cllrs Napper and Reeder who help fund the event. Any Other Business – Colliery Wheel, the council wished to record its appreciation for the generosity of Chris Taylor of CT & JM Developments for providing the repairs free of charge;    Hollings Lane Recreation Ground, the clerk reported that the Angel FC would no longer be using the recreation ground for their home games, this would result in a loss of revenue, efforts to be made to identify an alternative user; Hall Committee, an inspection of the parish hall would take place on October 4; the chairman advised that he had received a notice of resignation from the clerk, anyone interested in applying for the position of parish clerk shouild visit thryberghpc.org.uk.



DEFRIBILLATOR APPEAL: An appeal has been established to raise £2,000 to purchase a defibrillator for the outside wall facing the car park at the Tithes Lane pavilion off Sunderland Street. Tickhill Bowling Club is taking the lead to raise the money for the community defibrillator. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/irene-lockwood. Money can also be deposited in the collection box located in Castlegate Cards on Castlegate.

CHOIR PRACTICES: The choir at St Mary’s Parish Church is rehearsing for the Advent and Christmas carol services during October. Anyone who would like to be involved in the practices in St Luke’s Chapel can contact choirmaster John Marsden.

PEOPLE’S PLANS: Planning applications submitted by residents seeking permission to make changes to their property include the building of a single storey extension to the front and infill to the rear of 46 St Mary’s Crescent. Consent is needed at Rock House Residential Home, Bawtry Road to fell one red horse chestnut tree subject to A7 of Tickhill Urban District Council Tree Preservation Order 1962. Approval is required to build a dormer bungalow following the demolition of the existing bungalow including revised access at 71 Sunderland Street. It is intended to demolish the conservatory and to build a single storey rear extension and change the use of the detached barn to form a garage and additional living accommodation at 58 Westgate.

ALERTS AVAILABLE: South Yorkshire Police have invited members of the public to sign up to receive alerts from their neighbourhood police team. Alerts can be received by text, voice alert or email by visiting sypalerts.co.uk.

DUO IN CONCERT: The Leipzig Duo of Jinah Shim and Michael Lan will in concert at Tickhill Music Society today. They will be performing piano duets by Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn at the event 7pm in the hall at St Mary’s C of E Primary School. Non-members £12 on the door, accompanied children under 16 and students 16-19 free.

ANIMAL FUNDRAISER: Funds will be raised for Bawtry Mayflower Animal Sanctuary at the Ladies Night in the Parish Room today 7pm. There will be stalls selling jewellery, clothes, handbags, cheese, chocolate, other gifts and there will be a Pamper your Pooch stall. Tickets £5 or pay on the night.

MESSY CHURCH: No Messy Church at the Methodist Church tomorrow. The event has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

JUMBLE FUNDRAISER: Tickhill 13th Doncaster Scout Group hold a fundraising autumn jumble sale tomorrow in the St Mary’s Road Scout and Guide HQ. It officially starts noon but the doors open 10am for the receipt of good quality jumble. Contact group scout leader Robert Kitchen 01302743430.
GOING QUACKERS: The town was due to be going quackers on Sunday when parents of the children at Tickhill St Mary’s C of E Primary School organised their annual Duck Race at the Mill Dam in the Lindrick area of the town to raise money for school projects. Hundreds of yellow plastic ducks were due to be launched but work is still being carried out at the popular visitor attraction to construct a half metre high stone-faced flooding defence wall alongside Paper Mill Dyke. Work is also taking place to remove silt from the bottom of the Mill Dam, which has meant draining the water. As a result the Duck Race has been postponed until November 18 2pm.

FOLLOW MICK: Mick Green leads members of Tickhill and District Footpath Group on their stroll around Carlton in Lindrick on Sunday. Meet at the parish church in the centre of the community 1.30pm.

JUST THE TICKET: Tickets for the annual Taylor’s of Tickhill wine tasting evening are on sale in the Market Place grocery shop. Admission to the event on November 1 is by ticket only and these are limited to 150.

TOGETHER AGAIN: The Tickhill Together group of volunteers meet in the Carpenter’s Arms pub, Westgate on Tuesday 5.30pm to discuss the organisation of forthcoming community events. Anyone who would like to join can contact secretary Janice Burkinshaw 07590455340 or attend the meeting.

REEL THING: Wednesday – Tickhill Film Society will screen the animated film Loving Vincent at the Parish Room 7pm. Contact Andy 07340708404 or Janice 07590455340.

PATCHWORK QUILTS: Members of the Buttercross Needleworkers Group welcome Lynn Carter to their meeting on Wednesday 7.30pm in St Mary’s Scout and Guide HQ, St Mary’s Road. Lynn from Wisteria Patchwork will be showing her extensive collection of beautiful antique patchwork quilts. Admission £3. Contact Christine Wilson 01302751808.
HISTORIC TALK: The AGM of Tickhill History Society will be held before their monthly meeting on Thursday 7.30pm in the Methodist Schoolroom, Northgate. Subscriptions £6 can be paid or on any day at Tickhill Community Library. Wadworth’s Jane Price will talk about A Funny Thing Happened. Admission members £1, visitors £3.

COUNTRY MARKET: The team that runs the Tickhill Country Market invites new producers to join them in the Methodist School Room, Northgate on Fridays 10-11.45am. Anyone who can bake, make preserves, grow plants and vegetables or loves craftwork will be welcome. Contact 01302855379.




TREETON LIBRARY: Library held at Treeton Baptist Church every Tuesday 9.30am-12.30pm to exchange books and jigsaws. During school holidays, Bookworms activity classes for children. There is a Friendship Lunch on the last Tuesday of each month.