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KIVETON PARK INDEPENDENT ADVICE CENTRE: A drop-in session, with no appointment necessary, will be held on Thursday 2-4pm at the Welfare Hall in Thurcroft. To contact (office hours) 01909 773966.


THURCROFT CRIME AND COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM MEETING: Held in the Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall on February 16. It was reported that wardens have recently visited John, Peter and Charles Street which are in a bad state again. Regarding the Queen’s 90th birthday, Streetpride has put John, Peter and Charles Street forward for a sweep clean. The clean-up will take place over a weekend, date to be confirmed. It was stated that Thurcroft Parish Council and Big Local would be welcome to take part in a litter pick when the clean-up takes place. Thurcroft Big Local Gala will be taking place over the weekend of July 30-31. Issues have been reported to Streetpride regarding the green bins, but were not sure if the bins in the middle and back yards were the existing ones or new bins. It was stated that they would fetch the equipment in to remove the contaminated bins. Suggestions were made that it may be a good idea to knock on some doors to raise awareness of what they can and can’t put in green bins. Questions were asked if there were any changes planned with regards to green bins as they have been taken away in Swinton?: To contact Streetpride to find out if there are any proposals to change green bin collections. It was reported that Environmental Health was still looking into the legislation regarding safety hazards around the caravan parked in the garden of a property on Katherine Road. Katherine Road: to contact Thurcroft Youth Club to see if the young people would be interested in taking part in a litter pick. The landowner has agreed to pay for a skip and would make a large donation to the youth club. It was agreed that the litter pick would take place in warmer weather. The PCSO is hoping to attend Thurcroft Parish Council meeting on March 31 to give an update on local policing. All officers are now based at Maltby Police Station and will become one big team from April 4. PCSO will be covering Thurcroft, Brampton, Ulley and Brookhouse but will also cover other areas if resources are required. The current PACT area is Thurcroft Pit Top. He asked for residents to continue reporting any issues through the 101 number. It was asked if an inspector or representative would be attending the meeting on February 22 with the owners of Thurcroft pit top side. It was felt an officer with authority was required to attend. This meeting has been arranged to try and address some of the issues around off-road motorbikes and quads on the pit top. PCSO confirmed he would be attending the meeting and will find out which officer is available to attend. It was suggested that it would be a good idea to do some publicity around motorbike legislation and prosecutions that have taken place to deter people bringing off-road bikes onto the site. Thurcroft Play Area (Section 106) – a meeting will take place on February 17 with Daniel Stowkes from WCCTV, and bringing equipment and cameras along for the meeting to look at in the Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall. New Facebook Page: the group was made aware of Thurcroft Crime Awareness facebook account which currently has 779 members. There is also a similar site for Maltby which is successful in raising awareness of various issues in their area. Future Meetings: the group agreed it would like to continue with Thurcroft Crime and Safety meetings and meet every three months. The next Crime and Safety meeting will take place on May 10 2pm in the Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall.


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BIG LOCAL MEETING: Local family Easter event on March 28 noon-3pm in the Bottom Club with a children’s disco.


THURCROFT WELFARE COMMUNITY HALL BOWLING CLUB: The club has qualified bowling coaches and provides all equipment along with free training sessions on Saturdays from May through to the end of August 10.30am-noon. The club has 12 teams and 12 club trophies to play for over the season, usually on a Sunday. Once people have registered with the British Crown Green Association and the South Yorkshire Grown Green Bowling Association (£32.10) for the first year, after that they pay only club fees which are currently £45 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Contact club secretary Alan Bucknall 01709 542050.


CRAFT GROUP: 49 members attended: five were sewing, three knitting, two crocheting, two embroidering, three making jewellery, six die cutting, four quilling, three working on parchment, eight on decoupage, eight putting general cards together, three working on parchment and five on kits.


ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA MEMORY CAFÉ: Meet on first Tuesday of each month at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall, Green Arbour Road 1.30-3.30pm.


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ROTHER VALE COMMUNITY BAND: This is a brass band set up to provide an opportunity for anyone who wishes to play or learn a brass instrument. The band practices every Saturday at Thurcroft Parish Church 9.30-11am. The band will provide a brass instrument and expert tuition for a weekly subscription of £2. Contact Pam 07759 496810. To book the brass band, contact Pam 07759 496810. www.rothervalecommunityband.com or follow the band on Facebook: Rother Vale Community Band.


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


THURCROFT COLLIERY AND VILLAGE WEBSITE: Photographs and newspaper cuttings wanted. Contact Fred Gething 01709 542461, [email protected], thurcroftcolliery.weebly.com. All material will be returned to the sender.


THURCROFT WALK AND TALK: The next walk is on March 23 of approximately six miles from Anston Stones Wood to Woodsetts. Leader Ken and Sue Tupholme. Meet North Anston Parish Hall car park S25 4DL 10.30am.


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ST SIMON AND ST JUDE’S PARISH CHURCH: March 24 – Maundy service 6.30pm in church. Good Friday service 2pm. The Lent Group is held on Wednesday 11am after the service and will run for the next three weeks. The car boot/table top sales begin on April 2 9am-noon then every six weeks.


THURCROFT WELFARE BAND: Attended the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships in Bradford on March 5-6. The band practices each Tuesday and Thursday 7.15pm.