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to this our Spring edition of the Kiveton & Wales Community Matters magazine for 2014. Well we hope everyone had a good Christmas and that you are all still sticking to your New years resolutions... okay then maybe not. Can’t believe it’s March already and before we know it the clocks will be going forward....Hurray!! Lighter nights and hopefully heading towards some better weather. We are certainly due some after the February storms and what seemed like never ending rain at the beginning of the year. So it’s fingers crossed for some blue sky and sunshine. In this edition you can catch up with all the news from our parish council on pages 7 through to10. If you fancy taking up cricket then see pages 5 &13 and our History society needs your help on page 16. So sit back and enjoy our latest edition. Once again a big thank to everyone who has contributed to our magazine and thank you for all your support. A big thank you also goes to all our volunteers who brave all weathers to bring the magazine to your door. If you would like us to feature you, your group, club or society or share your news with the community then please get in touch.

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The Kiveton Park & Wales Women’s Club has been in action now for many years, being started by a group of young mothers. Those ‘young mothers’ are now, in many cases, grandmothers, and even great-grandmothers, but the club is still going strong. They meet about twice a month in the Kiveton Park Cricket Club pavilion on Stone Close, where they have interesting speakers on many interesting subjects and also have outings and trips to places of interest, stately homes and coastal resorts. One recent very popular trip was to a canal, where they enjoyed a trip on a canal boat with a meal. The club has a small, but very dedicated committee and is affiliated to the North Derbyshire Association of Women’s Clubs. They also join other clubs in the countrywide association at their annual Conference, which this year will be held in September at a hotel in Northampton. Apart from speakers, members also enjoy the occasional ‘games evening,’ and reciprocal visits from other clubs in their area.  They also have a stall at Harthill Carnival every year, a most enjoyable event. There is a small entry fee to meetings and refreshments are available. Their next meeting will be on Monday 17th March, the Club will be entertaining Brimington Women’s Club and will have Dave Rawson, Magician, to entertain them. (Should be a ‘magical evening!’)  future events include a the North Derbyshire Fashion Show by Edinburgh Woollen Mill.

Get live transport info on your phone South Yorkshire passenger transport are launching an innovative new system that will allow bus and tram users to instantly get live information for their local bus and tram service sent straight to their mobile phones. New technology has been developed to allow customers to view live departures for their local stop, plan their journey and to check for disruptions in their local area. Dubbed YourStop, the service, launched earlier last month will allow customers at a bus stop in Rotherham to scan a QR code with their mobile phone, and be instantly diverted to the latest travel information for that particular stop. Previously customers were directed to general timetable and travel information. “What YourStop does is to make sure you are instantly directed to the stop information for your actual bus stop. That way you can quickly find out what buses are coming and which is best for you.” March 2014

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Kiveton & Wales They always say Christmas is the season of good will !!! well Waleswood SCC certainly do not agree with that as our Registered Charity Cricket Club was the subject of serious criminal damage and theft just before Christmas. Christmas is for the youngsters but one of the items stolen was the junior section disco equipment which was their pride and joy. 2014 sees a number of changes at the club with our Gen Secretary of nearly 40 years standing, Keith Board handing over the reins to another well respected long serving committee person Sue Long who will combine the role of Gen Secretary and Child Welfare Officer. Keith’s contribution to the club and its members has In 2013 we had 2 Saturday sides in div 3 & 7 of the Bassetlaw league and 1 Sunday team in div 6 of the Mansfield league. In 2014 after the promotion of the Sunday side to div 5 sees the addition of a second side in div 7 of the Mansfield Sunday League where under the captaincy of Mark Willgoose the team will consist mainly of junior players to give them experience of senior cricket. All juniors will therefore have an opportunity to play either or both Saturday and Sunday cricket. Winter nets are taking place at Dot Ball cricket on the Waleswood Industrial estate near LUK ltd on a Thursday night at 8pm Summer nets commence outdoors on a Thursday night at the ground beginning of April.

If you or your children would like to be involved please contact Tony Cope 01909773417 / 07833977688 Mark Willgoose Juniors / 2nd Sunday team 07443411286 Tom Young 1st team captain 07790071965 Shaun Grice 2nd team captain 07889858355 Or on our new web site We can also offer advertising for any form of sponsorship ie “Match Ball” etc We are a family orientated club with excellent facilities for cricket and social members so please feel free to give us a call.

Kiveton Community Woodland Plans are underway to organise a yearly celebration event on Kiveton Community Woodland commencing this summer after the success of the Gold Award celebrations last year. Many groups and organisations are keen to get involved and support the event in some way including the Friends of group, Woodland Workout volunteers, Kiveton Infant school, the Sue Walker Sure Start Centre, the explorer scouts and Kiveton Park scout group. Some great ideas came up at the first meeting including a treasure hunt trail around the woodland, a BBQ, a baking competition, live music and Bodgers - traditional green woodworkers, giving demonstrations and letting people have a go. If you know of anyone who might like to get involved in the event in some way then please get in contact. We are looking for groups or individuals that could organise a small event or activity, lead a workshop, dance or sing, volunteer on the day, put up posters, help to set up or litter pick afterwards. The next Friends of group meeting will be on Wednesday 9th March at 6pm in the Colliery Offices. Everyone is welcome to come along and get involved. For more information please contact Hannah on or phone 07789 942599. The top of Kiveton Woodland just before sunrise The Sue Walker Children’s Centre has recently been out in the woods having lots of fun building dens with the Dads and their kids and learning how to light a fire with a spark and cooking pizzas and marshmallows over a camp fire. The Woodland Workout group have continued removing tree guards, thinning birch trees and restoring the willow dome and tunnel in the nature area. Rotherham college students have also been out on site doing a range of conservation and woodland management tasks to help them gain practical experience for their Land Based Horticultural Diploma. Boulders have now been placed around the Old Pit Head Baths and a fence erected across Hard Lane car park in a bid to prevent motorbikes and horses coming onto the site. The pot holes at the entrance to the car park on Hard Lane are scheduled to be filled before the end of March and two picnic benches are to be installed near to the natural play area. Willow tits are the most rapidly declining resident bird in the UK and a Red List species of conservation concern. They have been spotted on Kiveton Community Woodland by a local wildlife photographer which is great news and it is hoped that a woodland management project for the birds will begin in the near future. Another project will be under way shortly to help the Dingy Skipper butterfly which is becoming increasingly rare. It has grey-brown wings with mottled brown markings and two rows of small white spots. It is a small butterfly with low, darting flight and is extremely well camouflaged. Woodland Dates for your diary Nordic walking: Tuesday 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd March, 10am – 11.30am, £2 or £3 to hire poles. Learn how to use Nordic walking poles to improve your fitness, get out in the countryside, burn some calories and make new friends. Contact Hannah for more information or to book a place. Easter Woodland Trail: Thursday 17th April, 1pm – 3pm, £2 per child Follow the trail up into the woods and have a go at some nature based crafts and activities. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Contact Hannah to book a place and ensure you get an easter egg to take home!! Hannah – or call 07789 942599

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International day of happiness Thurs 20th March 2014 The Kiveton & Wales Community Development Trust NEW website is now up and running. To find out all about trust, the work they do and the plans for the Colliery Offices site. Visit March 2014

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Estate Agents! Move over... Being a home owner, local girl Kerry Moss like most of us has bought and sold a number of properties over the years and like most felt the frustration that homeowners face when they come to buying or selling their properties. With Kerry’s background in the mortgage sector it was further enforced to her that everyone faced the same problems that occur when buying and selling their home. Growing up in Kiveton Park from the age of 8, graduating from the local High School and going on to raise a family with her three children and husband, Kerry discovered she understood the area she lived in better than most of the Estate Agents selling properties in her area. With the aspirations of wanting to run her own business and after studying the Estate Agency industry for such a long time in her current position working with mortgage clients, Kerry said: “In this day and age not many people actually walk into their local town or village and look at the properties in an estate agents window, the first place people look is the internet” So after careful consideration Kerry decided to set up her own business with Sevenhills as an Associate Partner. “Sevenhills offer a really simple fee structure and do not hide behind percentages. Customers know exactly what they are going to pay right from the outset and Sevenhills even include the legal costs, so there are no additional fees to pay on completion.” The way Sevenhills Estate Agents reach out to the market far exceeds traditional methods and will leave most corporate agencies envious. With a genuine and successful presence on all major Social Networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc Sevenhills will actively promote your property. Company Director – Jon Covey tells us: “Through the various social channels, Sevenhills are reaching over 1 million people a week”. All our Associate Partners are skilled property experts with extensive knowledge of the area they operate and are fully supported with the best marketing via social networks and major property portals such as Rightmove. Associates also receive ongoing training and support from qualified RICS surveyors and seasoned property experts”. Sevenhills Estate Agents brings an almost American Realtor model into the UK providing local property specialists. We also remove most of the stressful process and transition whether clients are looking to buy or sell. Find out more visit: or speak with Kerry directly on 01909 494045

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Chairman’s Note By now you may have noticed that the footpath between both ends of Walesmoor Avenue has been completely resurfaced as has Manor Road. The council has for the last three years put them on our wish list to be repaired but they have not been actioned by the borough. Your responses to our request for incidents of trips, spills and falls were reported to the borough and would probably have contributed to the decision to do more than a patch on the pathway. The efforts of an eighty year old councillor who measured the length, depth and breadth of the holes on Manor Road together with the number over a given distance has resulted in the complete resurfacing – thank you Ron. By the way there are borough elections in May. Please use your vote – it was hard won.

Road Safety Week During road safety week last year, children from Kiveton Park Infants School teamed up with Zak the Zebra to spread the message about road safety. Zak is the mascot for road safety charity, Brake. Children from the school council, coordinated by Miss Jo Spinks, designed leaflets and made a video highlighting different aspects of how to be safe around roads, especially to and from school. Zak and the kids handed out certificates and stickers to all the children going in to school. Parents, carers and passers-by were also given stickers and handed copies of the leaflet by some of the school council, ably assisted by the headteacher, Mr Andy Krabbendam, Miss Jo Spinks, Councillors Christine Carswell and Sue Halfpenny and, of course, Zak. The crossing has a patrol in the morning and afternoon but at other times it can be dangerous as motorists do not always stop and the footpath is quite narrow on both sides of the road.

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The Sue Walker Children’s Centre You may have heard recently that Rotherham Borough Council (“RBC”) has announced that in order to save £2.2million it plans to close thirteen children’s sure start centres in the borough. Sure start centres were created under the Childcare Act 2006 with the objective of improving the well-being of young children, that is to say children up to five years of age, and their families with a particular focus on those children and families in greatest need, so that all children, regardless of their background or family circumstances, have the best start in life and are properly prepared for school. They also offer support to parents. More detail about sure start children’s centres can be found on the Department for Education’s website. RBC has launched a consultation exercise on the proposed closures, one of which is our very own much loved Sue Walker Children’s Centre in the grounds of Kiveton Park Meadows Junior School on Storth Lane. We’re sure that parents who have used this centre will tell you what a fantastic asset this facility is to our community. That’s why the council opposes its closure and is looking at ways that we as a community can save it. We want to encourage as many members of the public as possible to attend the consultation meeting at Wales High School on 3rd April at 6.00pm or contact one of the three RBC councillors for the Wales ward, Cllrs Beck, Watson and Whysall, to make their views heard. Cllr Beck can be contacted on 07939 679056 or by e-mail at; Cllr Watson on 07881 268134 or by email at Cllr Whysall on (01909) 770990/07766 440764 or by e-mail at You can also make your views known on RBC’s webpage Whether you have children or not your voice counts and we therefore urge everyone to make their views on the closure of this important community asset known to RBC. We’re sure you’ll agree that having the best start in life can set the pattern for the rest of a person’s life, and it is in all our interests that the young children and families living in the parish get the support they need at this critical stage in life, as failure to ensure the well-being of all our young children ultimately affects us all.

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Recruiting near You (1) The Chapel Way doctors’ surgery is looking to recruit residents to join its patient participation group. The group meets every third Wednesday in the month and its next meeting is on 19th March at 6.30pm. Its brief is to involve the community in improving medical care and publicise the efforts of the doctors to keep us all fit. Everyone is welcome, so if you can spare the time pop along and have your say. We’ve been told that it’s all very civilised and that the group feasts on tea, coffee and scrumptious biscuits, but you have to be there early! The practice telephone number is (01909) 771203 and its website address is

We have learnt that the zebra crossing outside the little Co-op store is going to get a facelift in the near future. That’s the good news! The bad news is that it is not being replaced by a puffin crossing but just being upgraded. Still, that’s better than nothing.

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The black and white poles have apparently always had the capacity to be lit but had never been wired up; this will be rectified, and the beacons will have an LED “halo” around them to make the crossing much more visible in poor light conditions and the dark. In furtherance of our campaign to have the zebra crossings upgraded to puffin crossings outside the little Co-operative store on Wales Road and Kiveton Infant School on Station Road, the chairman of the council, Councillor Brabbs, has written at various times to Rotherham Borough Council, the police, the Right Honourable Sir Kevin Barron MP and the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, Shaun Wright. Copies of the correspondence are available for viewing in the library or at the Parish Council Office in the village hall.

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The South Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association is seeking volunteers to join the association and watch out for their neighbours. You may remember that we are promoting neighbourhood watch across the parish and are aiming to have at least one member on every street. New members will find that it takes up very little of their time and is something that good neighbours do for each other instinctively. The association meets once a month in the village hall to exchange ideas and receive updates on criminal activity in the area. The next two meetings are on 10th March and 14th April at 7.15pm. If you would like more information to help you decide, or just a chat about the neighbourhood watch initiative, please contact Peter Sellars on (01909) 772149.


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Just Another Dance Event (JADE) Who would have thought it but it is fifteen years since JADE held its first ever dance event in 1999. It has been some journey! Back then a small group of friends learnt how to be disc jockeys and masters of ceremonies at Kiveton Youth Centre under the auspices of local radio station Redroad FM. Having achieved level 2 in DJing they created the name Just Another Dance Event and put on a small event for around fifty local young people and friends. From this small beginning they went from strength to strength until they outgrew the youth centre – in the end over 200 young people were being crammed in – and moved to Kiveton Club, where they were catering for more than 350 young people. The events raised over £5000 for charity, but they became a victim of their own success when young people from far and wide were attracted to the events and the numbers became unmanageable for the size of venue. JADE’s success had however gained it a great reputation amongst young people in the area, and after consulting with them, JADE opened its state-of-the-art drop-in-centre in the village in 2006. The JADE project was lead by young people from day one, and still has young people at the forefront to this day. The centre provides a “living room” type environment where young people can sit and chill with friends, take part in modern day activities like DJing, X-Box and Facebook and pick the brains of youth workers, as well as being somewhere safe and entertaining for them to visit, as often as they like. Fast forward to 2014 and JADE is now a registered charity delivering programmes and sessions in Kiveton Park, Harthill and Dinnington, working with around 250 young people per week, thanks to support from the Big Lottery Fund. It also works closely with Wales, Dinnington and Brinsworth schools to deliver mentoring training programmes to young people and with the local police to help build better relationships between young people and their communities. The Uprising Vs JADE dance events are now attracting in excess of 600 young people and are considered to be a major factor in lowering anti-social behaviour in local communities. With such success in such a short time, who would dare to predict how big they will have become in the next 15 years?

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We gave a grant of £100 last year to the members of the Wales Art Group to enable them to buy basic painting materials including paper, a range of brushes and a selection of different paints – we’re not talking formaldehyde here and cows, sheep or sharks in glass cases a la Damien Hirst but Turner, Constable, van Gogh and Picasso! The group used the grant to put on a number of “taster” sessions, which resulted in the recruiting of eight new members eager to unleash their innate artistic flair. The beauty of the taster sessions is it allows new members to experiment with different materials before deciding which they prefer and which in turn saves them from wasting money on items that they don’t need or are unnecessary. In addition, all those attending the taster and followup sessions have benefited from the expert advice of one or more of the group’s more able artists. Well, that’s just the art! The other side of joining the group is the warm welcome everyone receives and the chance to chew the fat with a bunch of friendly, happy-go-lucky characters who don’t take themselves or their art too seriously.

Our footpaths representative, Colin Savage, works closely with Rotherham Borough Council’s public rights of way team and the Probation Service Community Payback Team to ensure that public rights of way in the parish are well maintained and provide easy access for young or old. They have striven where possible to make our footpaths and bridleways accessible to older less agile residents and disabled persons who get about using wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The doctors’ surgery at Chapel Way has now set up a weekly walking group, which departs from the surgery every Tuesday at 11 O’clock. Anyone is welcome to join them, and as well as being good for the constitution it is a great opportunity to greet old friends and make new ones.

The group meets every Thursday in the village hall between 7.00pm and 9.00pm, plans to put on some more taster sessions and would welcome a few more members. If you are interested in joining the group, have a chat with the chairman, David Taylor, who can be contacted on (01909) 771121 or Cllr Sue Halfpenny, who is a member of the group, on (01909) 515686.

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Have you been thinking lately about the Great Outdoors? At the time of writing (19th February) we haven’t seen any snow or floods (touch wood) and our thoughts are turning to spring and the simple pleasure of walking the footpaths and bridleways that give us access to our beautiful open countryside and magnificent views.

Colin has designed a fold-up map of the most accessible walks, including a route suitable for mobility scooters and prams, and we have had a small number of copies printed on water resistant paper. These are available on a firstcome-first-served basis in the Parish Council Office in the village hall. If necessary, we shall have more printed to meet demand. So come on, put on your walking boots, gird your loins and get out and smell the fresh air!

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Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall, Walesmoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5RG Tel: 01909 515784 Email: wales.pc@

WALES PARISH COUNCIL PARISH COUNCILLORS AS AT MAR 2014 Cllr John M Brabbs (Chairman) 72 School Road, Wales, Sheffield. S26 5QJ Tel: 01909 771113 Wales Ward

Cllr Paul N Martin ( Vice-Chairman) 92, South Terrace, Wales Bar, Sheffield. S26 5QL Tel: 01909 774199 Wales Ward

Cllr Fran K Blanksby 8 Littlemoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5NZ Tel: 01909 772627 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Peter H Blanksby 8 Littlemoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield . S26 5NZ Tel: 01909 772627 Wales Ward

Cllr Ann Britton 15 Street Farm Close, Harthill, Sheffield. S26 7UH Tel: 01909 773617 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Christine Carswell 17 Chestnut Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5LN Tel: 01909 515607 Wales Ward

Cllr Barrie Marsh The Byre, Wales Hall Farm, Church Street, Wales, Sheffield. S26 5LQ Tel: 01909 773235 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Susan Halfpenny 7 Garden House Drive, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 6SS Tel: 01909 515686 Wales Ward

Cllr David Carswell 17 Chestnut Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5LN Tel: 01909 515607 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Ruth P Fisher The Byre, Wales Hall Farm, Church Street, Wales, Sheffield. S26 5LQ Tel: 01909 773235 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Wendy Fowkes 7 Limetree Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5NY Tel: 01909 772992 Wales Ward

Cllr Ronald Law 2 Forge Road, Wales, Sheffield. S26 5RS Tel: 01909 770401 Wales Ward

Cllr George R Barker 13 Limetree Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5NY Tel: 01909 773405 Kiveton Park Ward

Cllr Chris T Batty 29 Stoney Bank Drive, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 6SJ Tel: 01909 770180 Kiveton Park Ward

MEETINGS MARCH Wednesday 12 March 2014


Finance Committee

Wednesday 19 March 2014


Recreation Committee

Tuesday 25 March 2014



APRIL Wednesday 09 April 2014


Finance Committee

Wednesday 23 April 2014


Recreation Committee

Tuesday 29 April 2014



MAY Tuesday 13 May 2014


Annual meeting

Wednesday 14 May 2014


Finance Committee

Monday 19 May 2014


Annual parish meeting (St.John’s)

Wednesday 21 May 2014


Recreation Committee

Tuesday 27 May 2014



Kiveton Park Independent Advice Centre: surgery dates and times Monday 7.00pm – 8.00pm for general advice and legal advice Wednesday 2.00pm – 4.00pm for general advice only Home visits from Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm (for housebound customers only) Telephone advice ((01909) 773966) Monday to Friday between 9.00am – 5.00pm (subject to staffing levels) Appointments Monday to Friday between 9.30am – 4.30pm in the Library on Wales Road

THE RT HON SIR KEVIN BARRON MP: SURGERY DATES AND TIMES Our local Member of Parliament, the Rt Hon Sir Kevin Barron MP, will be holding a surgery at his constituency office at 9 Lorden’s Hill, Dinnington, Sheffield S25 2QE between 10.00am and 12 noon 8th March, 22nd March and 12th April 2014

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Recreation Ground Opening Times Starting from the 30th March 2014 to 27th September 2014 will be Monday to Friday 11.00am - 8.00pm; Saturday and Sunday 10.00am - 7.00pm unless otherwise stated. Children’s play area opened from 9.30am.

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Wales High School’s awards evening

Special guests joined students and their families at Wales High School’s recent presentation awards evening. The VIP’s included former Wales High School student and world superbike champion James Toseland, world champion Paralympian Steve Judge, Rotherham United’s Chairman Tony Stewart and the deputy mayor and mayoress of Rotherham. “The evening was an enormous success, celebrating the incredible achievements and exam success of the students,” said head teacher Mr Di’Iasio.Guest speaker Steve Judge recounted his journey from being a victim of a life threatening road traffic accident to becoming a world champion. The awards were presented to the students by James Toseland and Tony Stewart who are both big supporters of the school. There were also contributions from the head boy Luke Cotter and head girl Rebecca Moran along with some magnificent musical items, which all gave the evening a great deal of variety and humour.” A special award was also presented to the one time chair of the governing body Audrey Gilbert. Audrey was recognised for her exceptional support for the school community and its governing body over a number of years. Kiveton Park Library are trying to get more people to join and are encouraging people to use some of its new and existing services to prevent possible closure. Such as the Homework club every Monday after school. Monday afternoons 2.00 - 3.30 skills for work support. Learn My way on line courses include IT support and Health issues. The Library now also has wide range of E books and magazines to look at on line. Rhymtime session’s every Tuesday at 10.30am and every Thursday at 2.00pm. Chatterbooks reading group for children age 7 - 11 years meets the third Friday of the month after school. Friday mornings from 11.00 are reminiscence time, meet for a chat Kiveton Park Library about the olden days and have a coffee. Thinking of learning to drive you can practice your theory test on line. The Library is also on facebook now, so feel free to like them and write your comments about the Library on www.facebook. com/kivetonparklibrary  There are also activities in the Library planned for Easter and in the school holidays, to find out more call 01909 771823 or e-mail for details. Did you know ? The current Library building is 40 years old this year. It was opened in January 1974 to replace the previous library building.

Council rent increase agreed

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COUNCIL tenants’ rent will go up by 6.57 per cent — an average of £4.54 a week under plans approved last month. It follows an increase of 6.19 per cent last year, 9.45 per cent the previous year and 8.7 per cent in 2011. The recommendation was approved at a cabinet meeting in January. Rotherham Borough Council’s finance manager Mark Scarrott said Rotherham rents still ranked as some of the lowest in the country. He added: “The Government wants council rents to be comparable to other social landlord rates by next year.”

Council told to add 3,000 new houses to development plans The planning inspectorate has told Rotherham Council it must add an extra 3,000 new houses to its controversial Local Plan. Following a three-week consultation process last October, councillors agreed on a target of 14,000 new homes to be built over the next 15 years as part of the plan which sets out future development across the borough. However, an independent planning inspector has now recommended that Rotherham increases its target to 17,000 in a bid to make up on a “shortfall from previous years”. The authority will now have to go out to consultation on the inspector’s changes. What effect if any this increase will have on Kiveton & Wales remains to be seen. March 2014

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Cracking, traditional thigh-slapping stuff Saturday 18 January saw the curtain go down on the final performance of Mother Goose. It was the 69th pantomime production for Wales Methodist Panto Players. The group formed by Roy Staniforth MBE continues to go from strength to strength. Over 120 cast and crew, many of them from Kiveton and the surrounding villages spent the dark winter nights rehearsing, making props, selling tickets, sewing costumes (all 274 of them) among many other jobs. This year saw amazing reviews from the local press: Hayley Gallimore from the Worksop Guardian said “ I was dazzled by the slick set design and fabulous costumes which added so much sparkle to the show. Martin Smith from the Sheffield Star said “ Cracking, traditional, thigh-slapping stuff and a tribute to the people who put in time and a lot of work to get the show on stage. It is a massive undertaking to put on a pantomime in a city centre theatre. Nick Challenger as producer and director takes it all in his stride but recognises it wouldn’t happen without so many volunteers. In recognition of the work volunteers do for so many organisations 2014 was a Panto with a difference, as the group welcomed over 300 people from a variety of local charities. For many it was their first visit to the theatre, the feedback received from all the groups highlighted how much they appreciated the opportunity.

Kiveton & Wales The words from one group highlighted why it was so special. They have all had a fabulous time and the children can’t stop talking about it. It is something some of them have never done before as a child or parent and enjoyed every minute. Many of them would not have been in a financial position to take their children to the Theatre and being able to spend time with them like this has been an extremely rare treat and they all really appreciate being given the opportunity to see their children laughing and enjoying themselves in a different environment. I am sure many of them will be still talking about it next Christmas. We would really like to express our thanks as most of these women have been through horrendous situations and something many of us would think of as just taking the kids out for an evening is an extremely emotional and difficult event and financially it would be impossible. Please thank everyone at Wales Pantomime Players for donating all the tickets they did to the Charities. Although many of the cast are still suffering from the post Panto blues, work is now well underway for 2015, which will see Jack & The Beanstalk as the 70t Anniversary production.


Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club are looking to recruit more players, of all abilities, for the upcoming 2014 season.

If you are interested in joining the club, or require further information, please get in touch with Richard Grainger via email at Kiveton start winter training at Wales Comprehensive School on Monday evenings from 6-8pm All ages welcome.

Get cruising January and February is the time when the crews of the Chesterfield Canal tripboats do repairs and maintenance, in readiness for the new cruising season in Spring. If you should wish to book a cruise on the Hugh Henshall from Kiveton Park, it costs £45 per hour to hire the boat and it can carry up to 12 passengers. We will also be running the following public trips 5th May from Kiveton Park through the first treble lock and return; (2½ hours, £11) 19th April and 24th May: Cake and Cruise trips from Shireoaks through three locks each way (1½ hours, £10) 20th & 21st April and 25th & 26th May: From the Lock Keeper pub at Worksop through two locks each way (1 hour, £5) We will also run these one way trips – Kiveton Park to Shireoaks on 12th April and 23rd May; Shireoaks to Kiveton Park on 26th April. These cruises run for 4 hours + 1 hour break and cost £10. To book any of the above, please ring the Chesterfield Canal Trust on 01246 477569 and leave a message or e-mail: . The Chesterfield Canal Festival will again be held at Staveley Town Basin this summer on 28th and 29th June.

The opening night on 9 January 2015 will continue this years tradition of supporting local charities. Tickets are already available by calling 01909 809757 or 07730266810, Following this years great success the final night is already a sell out. Throughout the year there will be a number of fundraising activities including: An event to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on 7 June and our Annual Summer Fayre on 20 June. Details of all the events can be obtained from the ticket office or by following our Facebook Page – Wales Methodist Panto Players


Wales Childcare Partnership We are now well established in our beautiful new building situated at Wales Primary School, which is bright and colourful, and very well equipped. We are looking forward to Spring which always makes our outdoor area even more enjoyable for the children, with the willow tunnel and willow dome in leaf providing even more play opportunities for the children. We have ‘free-flow’ throughout the day, meaning that children get plenty of fresh air and exercise . We are very pleased that all the children are settling in well in the new premises, both in playgroup (2 year olds) and in nursery (3-4 year olds). We also operate a Breakfast Club and After School Club which are very popular with parents and children (3-11 year olds) We would like to introduce Heather Goodwin to our team. Heather will be working in our F1 room with the 3-4 year olds although she will get to know all of the children. Heather has worked in childcare for many years and has recently completed her foundation degree in Early Years. NEW HOLIDAY CLUB!! We are pleased to announce that from Monday 24th February we will be running a Holiday Club for children aged 3 years and over. Children will be provided with a wide range of fun activities and will at times be taken on outings. The club will run every school holiday Monday to Friday (with the exception of Bank Holidays, and Christmas where we will be closed for 2 weeks) for children aged 3 years and over and there are two session times to choose from: 8am-6pm £28.00 and 9am-3:30pm £20.00 If you are interested in booking your child a place for any of the sessions over any of the holidays please contact Leanne on 07425 134515. (Please note you do not have to book your child in for the whole week, you can just book days at a time). However, we must ask that all fees are paid in advance no later than the week before the session starts. March 2014

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Following a successful meeting of the Kiveton Park and Wales History Society in January, the preparations for the commemoration event on Saturday 6th September are in full flow. We have been busy researching the men who served during the war, including those who were decorated during the conflict. All those who served would have received campaign medals; usually awarded in trios or pairs. Trios would be made up of the 1914 or 1914-15 star (for those who served overseas during those years but were not awarded together), the British War Medal and the Victory medal (left to right). These were affectionately known as ‘Pip, Squeak and Wilfred’. Pairs were the British War medal and the Victory Medal, generally for those who served after 1915, and in this case were known as ‘Mutt and Jeff’. In addition, to the campaign medals some of the local men who served were decorated for various acts of bravery. Temporary Captain Bernard H Horsley of Springfield Terrace, Kiveton Park was awarded the Military Cross for ‘conspicuous gallantry and great power of leadership’ during the Somme offensive in July 1916, during which he sustained severe wounds. The Military Cross was only awarded to commissioned officers (ranks of 2nd Lieutenant and above) and up until 1917, to be an officer in the Army it was necessary for you to have attended an approved school. Lower ranks of the Army were eligible for the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) or Military Medal (MM). The DCM was awarded for ‘high levels of bravery’ and the MM for gallantry (so was equivalent to the Military Cross but for ordinary ranks). Several local men were decorated such as Corporal James Cartwright of Wales (pictured) who was awarded the DCM in July 1916 for ‘bandaging the wounds of a comrade under heavy shell fire, and afterwards conveying him to a place of safety’. On his return to the village on leave, he was warmly welcomed with flags and bunting. The following day he was treated to a public reception at Wales Parish Recreation Ground, being driven there with his parents in the Waleswood Colliery Manager’s car. The Parish also presented him with gold coins in appreciation. We are lucky that James Cartwright’s story of bravery was reported in the Worksop Guardian, however it has proved very difficult to find the stories behind the decorations of many of the other men. Here’s where you could help. Were any of the following men in your family? Do you know why they were decorated? Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded to Private William Thomas Blewitt and Sergeant Henry (Harry) Martin. Military Medals went to Lance Corporal Frederick Adams (resided Killamarsh); Sergeant Frank Miller; Gunner Frank Hydes (Harthill); Lance Corporal Frank Tanfield; Gunner Frederick Tristram; Sergeant Joseph Walker. If you can help to fill in the background or have any photographs or stories, we would love to hear from you. You can contact the Society through the website at or contact Eric Chambers on 0114 269 4227.

From L- R 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

We would also like to hear from anyone who has any stories, mementos or photographs of people connected with Kiveton and Wales who served in the First World War. We would also like to hear from anyone who would like to help or participate in the event on the 6th September 2014 and any local organisations who are interested in supporting the event. If you can help, please contact the society through the website at or telephone Eric Chambers on 0114 269 4227. Together, we will remember them.

Breast Cancer Care Group The Rotherham Breast Cancer Support Group is more than 20 years old so it has a long history of helping ladies who have been diagnosed with breast cancer or who have other breast problems. It enables people to talk things through either in a one to one situation or as part of a very friendly social environment. One of the Group Leaders, Sylvia says: ‘We think it is important to be able to meet together informally to share positive emotional support, friendship and activities. It is something which helps people live life to the full and to deal with their worries in a positive and confidential way. We can also help provide useful information and the one to one support is provided by a trained volunteer.’ David Coldrick says: ‘I recently visited the group to give a talk on care at home. I was particularly pleased to meet the Support Group because I well remember that when my cousin had a breast operation she really benefited from belonging to a similar organisation close to where she lived.’ ‘It helped her to talk things through with people who had shared a similar set of experiences. She loved to go and simply referred to it as ‘the Group’. ‘Her involvement meant she did not become isolated and it also opened the door to getting involved with other community related work such as the WRVS at the hospital. So to her the support she got gave her a new lease of life at a difficult time.’ There is a drop in held every Friday from 10am to 2pm at The All Saints Centre, All Saints Churchyard Vicarage Lane - Rotherham town centre – in the Church Grounds. David noted that: ‘When I visited it was clear that everyone, including first time visitors, get a very warm welcome and refreshments although I missed the pie and peas event of the week before – so I shall time it better next time… Husbands, partners, relatives and friends are also made welcome. And social events and outings take place regularly.’ For further information about the Rotherham Breast Cancer Support Group call Sylvia on 0114 2872785 or Chris on 0114 2466304

Rotherham’s waste tips to close for a day a week The council’s cabinet has decided that four household waste recycling centres in Rotherham including the Magilla site at North Anston are to each close one day a week between Tuesday and Friday to save cash. The day of closure for each centre has not yet been decided, but all four are to stay open at weekends and on Mondays. Losing four days of operation would save about £26,000 in 2014-15 and two posts would be lost, the council said. The new arrangements are due to run initially form April to September to assess the level of money saved. Officials said partial closure would avoid the need to permanently close one of the centres. The original proposal was to close two centres two days a week.

Drugs seized in raid in Kiveton Cannabis plants worth tens of thousands of pounds have been seized by police officers cracking down on drugs in Kiveton, Maltby and Swallownest. Officers raided a series of homes with the aim of disrupting the supply of drugs and preventing criminals from making money. Some of the raids were carried out as part of Operation Cobra – a series of strike days organised to search for criminals and suspects wanted by the police and the courts. On one day officers found 50 plants growing in a home in Kiveton, Another 24 plants were found in a house in Broom and 40 in a property in Masbrough. Police also recovered a quantity of amphetamines from a house in Swallownest. In one of the raids officers also seized a stun gun which had been disguised as a mobile phone. Det Sgt Henderson, of Rotherham police said: “Our pursuit of those involved with the supply of drugs is relentless. People involved need to be aware of that.” March 2014

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Community matters (Issue 41) March 2014  

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Issue 41 March 2014