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Communitymatters ISSUE 37

Feb/Mar 2013 Est. 2003

The Community Magazine for


Including the Wales Parish Council Newsletter

In this Issue Kiveton Community Woodland

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to our February/March 2013 edition Welcome to this our first edition of the Kiveton & Wales Community Matters magazine for 2013 Well here we are at the end of February the beginning of March and Christmas seems now like just a distant memory. Are you all sticking to your new years resolutions ? Lets hope that the snow and bad weather is also a distant memory. As you all know the clocks go forward at the end of March so hopefully with the lighter nights we may also start to see an improvement with the weather. Fingers crossed we see plenty of sunshine and less of the rain we saw in 2012. Surely by now we all deserve a really good summer! Happy Reading from the communitymatters team. If you would like us to feature you, your group, club or society or share your important news with the community then please get in touch.




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Fund gathers pace Scouting continues to be active in your local area. Since Xmas we have been busy cooking, making rubber band cars, learning sign language, celebrating Chinese New Year ..and that’s just for starters. We also had a visit from two of the star players from the Sheffield Steelers and 70 of us are going along to watch them play. In February the Cubs (160 of them) enjoyed a sleepover at the Lifewise centre in Hellaby and had a very active 24 hours, discovering all about the work of the emergency services, first aid, home safety and much, much more. Meanwhile the Explorer scouts (14-18years) were camping out in the cold at Hesley Wood scout camp site – no tents and cooking on open fires! They had a great time. The following people were recently presented with awards at the scout and guide xmas party: Beaver of the Year – Joshua Lee, Cub of the Year – Eleanor Shaw. The Edith Bass memorial trophy was awarded to JP Archer and the Chris Vernon Memorial shooting trophy winners were: Eleanor Shaw, Blake Lawrenson and Peter Bass. One of our Cub Scouts, Seth Blundell recently starred as a mascot for the England Rugby team at Twickenham, after winning a competition. Well Done Seth. We have lots of activities and events planned throughout the year: camping, canoeing, challenge events, pedal car races and lots more. If you would like to join please get in touch or take a look at our website Fundraising for our new scout hut continues with a vengeance. We are almost at £15,000 but still striving for £25,000. We are really grateful to everyone in the community who has supported us so far and to the Parish Oven who held a Xmas karaoke for us and raised £420! We are continuing to collect pennies for our “mile of Pennies”. We have only reached a quarter of a mile so far, so please collect your pennies for us if you can or display a collecting box at your place of work. Our next event is in April – the Parish Oven in Thorpe Salvin is putting on a Race Night for us on Saturday 13th April. Please come along – it should be a great night. Pie and peas are available to order on 01909 770685. Perhaps your company would like to sponsor one of the races? Do you have some time to spare? Are you looking for a new hobby? Want to give something back? Enjoy working with 1418 year olds? Have varied interests? Then why not come along and find out if a leader role is for you? Please contact Sue to find out more – 07974308479.

Going the extra mile? volunteer to be the driving force in the community Could you offer a helping hand to people where you live by going the extra mile and volunteering to be the driving force in your community? Using your own car or driving a community transport vehicle you can make a difference to the lives of people who depend on Door 2 Door Community Transport to get out and about.


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Kiveton & Wales History Society Meet the third Thursday in the month at The Old Colliery Offices 6:30pm

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Cllr. Dominic Beck Joins Trust Board “I am delighted to join the board of the Kiveton Park & Wales Development Trust and I look forward to working with long serving members of the board for the furtherance and good of the local community. Having attended my first board meeting in late January, I can see just how important it is that the Trust is able to flourish to safeguard the history and promote the future of Kiveton Park and Wales for future generations. I am very pleased to be able to make a contribution in my capacity as a Borough Councillor for the area. ‘Having supported the work of JADE in Kiveton through small grants from my Community Leadership Fund as well as other activities in Harthill like the Harthill & District Garden Association I am hopeful that I can support more local groups and oragnisations over the coming year. It is the effort and tireless investment of time from volunteers in the community that are the unsung champions of the village and that should be recognised.’ If there is anything at all I can assist you with, I would be happy to help. You can contact me on or on 079396 79056 “ Chair of the Development trust Steph Hryschko said “As Chair of Kiveton Park & Wales Development Trust, I am delighted to welcome Dominic onto our Board of Directors. Already he has had a significant impact on securing artefacts from the Old Pit Head Baths which is imminently due for demolition following a decision in Parliament to remove its listed status. CAN I REMIND EVERYONE THAT WE NOW HAVE OWNERSHIP OF A HUGE 6 ACRE SITE TO DO WITH AS YOU, MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, WISH? It is now time to ditch the apathy and “get on board”. With the new Localism Bill and the “Community Right to Build” we have a great opportunity to try and provide new and exciting community facilities. With your support, the Trust will apply for appropriate funding to develop the site. If you have any time to give or ideas to put forward then please contact us on 01909 773348 or 01909 770007 or e-mail”

109 not out Waleswood Sports Cricket Club is 109 years old this year and still going strong in providing cricket facilities for old and young alike. The 2013 season will provide cricket in Div 3 & 7 of the Bassetlaw league and the club has also re-joined the Sunday Mansfield League due to player requests for more opportunities to play cricket. The junior section will cover U11 to U15 in the Bassetlaw and Sheffield league. As a charity the club is family friendly with excellent facilities and any one wanting to play or join the club is more than welcome so please visit their web site for up to date information. Winter nets will commence on Sunday 27th January at Petre Street (ST4 8LU) from 7pm-8pm for 8 weeks. Their club house facility is available for hire for parties up to 65 people and especially ideal for childrens birthday parties with bar, kitchen and disco along with a large safe area of land. In 2013 the club will once again enjoy the sponsorship of Sterling Commodities and www.worldofsuperheros. com who year on year have improved the clubs facilities and supported the junior section. The club is dedicated to providing juniors with the opportunity to learn, improve and play cricket. Their main project for 2013 is the replacement of the artificial wicket and we hope to have this in place by the end of April. For further information on any of the above please visit their website or call Keith Board (Gen Sec) 01909 770787 Tony Cope (Chairman) 01909 773417

Police make further appeal Police are still appealing to the public for help in tracking down an arsonist who struck in Kiveton Park last year. Back in mid November a Vauxhall car belonging to a 71year old was set alight in the early hours of the morning. Police believe the attack is also linked to two other attacks that happened in the village in 2012. Recently released CCTV shows a man described as being stocky, white and with fair hair running from Norwood Cresent after the attack. If anyone has any information they are should contact South Yorkshire police on the new 101 number or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Don’t hand it over Do not be fooled; do not under any circumstances give control of your computer to anyone over the internet or over the phone or give out passwords to anyone claiming to be from an internet provider, Google, Microsoft or even your bank. Organisations like this do not ring members of the public up and ask for this, it can only be a SCAM if this happens. A local lady who doesn’t want to be named did exactly this recently and finished up with a hefty bill to put her computer right. In another similar type of incident a local resident received threatening phone calls demanding money for services they never used. The caller demanded the money transferring immediately (within half an hour) or he would send the bailiffs round. This caller was very persistent and was calling every 15 minutes and was becoming more and more threatening each time. Fortunately the resident contacted the police and with the help of the police and the fraud dept of his bank this issue was resolved. Do not be intimidated by this type of call, this is demanding money by menace and you should immediately contact the police. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES give out your bank details to anyone over the phone and do not transfer any money. Anyone who thinks they have been targeted by a possible scam should contact SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE IMMEDIATELY on the NEW 101 Number. or Call CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111

Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club Senior winter nets have begun at Wales High School on Monday nights between 6 & 8 pm.

Kiveton Library Are you interested in running a reading group in Kiveton Library ? or would any community group like to meet in the Library free of charge with free refreshments ? If so then please contact Di Smith at the Library on 01909 771823

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The Kiveton park & Wales Fencing Club wants to make develop closer contacts with schools in the area. If your child wants to have a go at this unusual and interesting sport please contact our coach, Peter Ellinger. We will arrange a free taster session at their school for your child and their friends. As a thank you for making the introduction your child will be invited to attend one of the club’s weekly training sessions free of charge where they will receive a free individual lesson from our head coach. Fencing Beginners’ courses start every month at the village hall. If adults want to learn to fence or your child wants to start fencing before we can arrange something at their school please contact Peter Ellinger to arrange a start date.  Please note that the club provides the fencing equipment, you just need to wear a t-shirt, jogging bottoms and trainers.  Venue: Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall, Walesmoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, S26 5RF. Sessions: Tuesday 7:00 to 9:00 PM Contact: Peter Ellinger  Telephone No. 07890 579 127 or Email

Mothers Union Happy New Year to you All. Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Was it to get more involved in our local community, if it was then come and see what we do and what local issues we get involved in! We meet on the second Monday of the month, at St Johns Rooms @7.30pm, our next two meetings are 11thMarch, 8th April Over the next few months,we have some interesting local groups and speakers coming to our meetings. These range from the Kiveton & Wales History Society to JADE. As a group we are also working closely with SureStart at the Sue Walker Centre , supporting Music Tots. We look forward to seeing you and your family at the Mothering Sunday Service on 10TH March at St Johns , Wales at 11am. Pop in for a warm welcome and an interesting evening.

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Wales Parish Council NEWSLETTER Spring Issue - March 2013

Dear residents May I remind you that the minutes of all council meetings are available in the local library for viewing. Should you have any questions or queries on any matter please contact the clerk to the council on 01909 515784. There is no need to quote the Freedom of Information Act if we can legally give out the requested information, we will. We are of course governed by the Data Protection Act, so cannot divulge information containing personal data, for example the contents of letters from parishoners. Under my stewardship there will be yes or no answers followed by an explanation or reason. There will be no waffle or evasion, that I promise. Chairman of the Parish Council

Road Safety The fact that the village has two infant and junior schools on main roads can cause problems associated with parking at the beginning and ending of the school day. To alleviate the problem on School Road at Wales, the Wales Jubilee Club has generously offered to let parents use its car park during school opening and closing times. We want to ensure everyone is safe at these busy times and we believe this generous offer of additional parking will help with this problem. If anyone has any suggestions on this subject then please feel free to contact the Parish Office on 01909 515784. THE MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY



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The council would like the community’s views on whether there is sufficient interest in creating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to cover the whole of Wales and Kiveton Park. The vice-chairman of the council, Cllr Paul Martin, said, “ We as a council are committed to the safety and security of our community. As the cuts to our police service begin to bite, we need to come together as a community and watch out for each other, especially our more vulnerable residents, such as the elderly and disabled”. To be successful, there must be sufficient community interest in operating a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Cllr Martin therefore requests volunteers who can spare the time to take part in this initiative to contact the Parish Office on 01909 515784 or e-mail If there is sufficient community interest, we can roll out a Neighbourhood Watch scheme to the whole of the parish and be there to support each other.

Ken Rayner Lifelong resident of Kiveton Park, Ken Rayner was born in 1918, just before the end of the First World War in what was then known as Park Terrace but is now where the Johnny Johnson housing complex is situated. After attending school in Kiveton, Ken left and went to work at Kiveton Park Colliery where he spent thirteen years underground before taking a job in the Colliery Offices where he worked until his retirement. Ken and his sister and brother-in-law were very close and would often take holidays together, and must have visited most of the coastal resorts up and down the country. When Ken was a young man he and his friends would often go to Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield to watch the thrills and spills of Speedway. Ken first got involved with the parish council when he came across a leaflet that had been put out by the council asking for volunteers to set up a youth group. With the help of thirty shillings (£1.50 in today’s money) from the council, Ken and his pals formed a youth group committee. They held their first meeting in a Nissen hut at the back of Colliery Road. The first task was to set up a football team which eventually went onto play league football. Next came the all boys’ pantomime but it was a few years later before girls were allowed to join. After spending a few years meeting in the hut they moved in to what is now known as the Youth and Community Centre. Ken also ran a holiday club visiting numerous seaside places the most interesting being the Isle of Man and Isle of Wight. During conversation with one of the village GPs, Ken was asked if he had ever thought of going into politics. He subsequently went on to join the Labour Party and is still a member to this day. In 1989 he was elected as a parish councillor, and although by choice he has never held the office of chairman of the council, he was vice-chairman for a number of years and also chairman of the Recreation Committee and Finance Committee. As a councillor Ken was instrumental in setting up the car boot and markets that we have today. This involved getting up at 6am three days a week to ensure they were up and running and ready for the public. He did this for more than fifteen years in all weathers. He also set up the council’s bookkeeping records, a system that was highly commended by the external auditor. Ken who was well respected by his fellow councillors retired from the council in 2007, but still assists the clerk with the management of the council’s finances. PAGE 8

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Parish Council Precept 2013/14 On January 29th the council set this year’s precept. Given the very difficult economic circumstances at present, the council was determined to keep the precept as low as possible and therefore resolved to set the same budget that it set last year, resulting in a stand still net budget of £160,761. To avoid an increase, and providing the council receives projected income for the year of around £13,000, a sum of between £12,000 and £15,000 will be drawn from reserves. The government has set new rules for calculating the council tax base following its decision to replace council tax benefit with council tax support. One consequence of the change is the council tax base will be reduced to reflect the council tax support awarded to persons eligible for council tax support. This is because eligible persons will receive smaller council tax bills resulting in a smaller tax base. Therefore the council’s element of the council tax bill could rise. Previously the council tax base was calculated on the basis that every council taxpayer owed the full amount of tax. The government has however paid the council a grant just short of £13,000 to offset the impact of this change. This grant has enabled the council to set a precept using the 2012/13 tax base and thereby absorb any increase due to the change in the council tax base for 2013/14.

Spot the Grit Bin

Over the years grit bins have been moved and some have even mysteriously disappeared. Therefore we are currently mapping the location of all the grit bins in the village and would greatly appreciate your help. Do you know where your nearest grit bin is? Do you know where any grit bins are located ? Please tell us by giving the Parish Office a call on 01909 515784 or e-mail

In October last year the council gave Kiveton & Wales Pre-School Daycare Centre a grant of £1000 towards the purchase of a computer and a bespoke software package designed for young children. The new computer is proving a big hit with youngsters. On 24 October the Centre said: “Please find attached a photograph of some of our children enjoying this new equipment.  The computer and printer have proved to be a great success and are helping our children achieve targets, in line with the new early years Foundation Stage document”.  The council may make grants which it considers are in the interests of, and will bring direct benefit to, the parish or any part of the parish or all or some of its residents.  Applications are always welcome and will be carefully considered. 

Grants available from April 2013 Any group in the parish can apply for a grant from the council by writing to the clerk, Mr R.Waller, at the Parish Office at the Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall, Walesmoor Ave, Kiveton Park , Sheffield S26 5RG or e-mail THE MAGAZINE THE Council COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY WalesFOR Parish

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Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall, Walesmoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield. S26 5RG Tel: 01909 515784 Email: wales.pc@ Clerk: R.Waller. Admin Assistant S.Jones. 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 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 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 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 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 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

Important Numbers Rotherham Borough Council’s Streetpride is responsible for most of the highways and pavements, street furniture, bins, lighting, refuse collections and your green and black bins. If you have a problem with any of these, then please contact

Streetpride on 01709 336003 or e-mail For information on other RBC services, please visit their website Other important telephone numbers Rotherham Borough Council 01709 382121 Council Tax 01709 336006 Dog Fouling 01709 823644 Council House Repairs 01709 33009


Rothercard is a free discount card scheme which is supported by RBC. It gives discounts on council services, leisure and shopping in the borough to Rotherham people on low incomes. If you would like further information,please contact Rothercard on 01709 823644. PAGE 10

Safety Advice Fire safety advice is being offered by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue. If you would like them to come to your home or speak to your group then please contact

Mick Riddiough at Aston Park Fire station ( Redwatch ) on 01142 532522 or 01142 532314 They are also currently giving away smoke detectors free of charge. THE MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY



A local pub hopes to become the ‘heart of the community’ once more after it was saved by two lifelong residents of Kiveton Park & Wales. The Duke of Leeds ( formerly the Leeds arms) on Church Street at Wales is back open for business once again following a period of closure.

Towards the end of 2012 Neil & Lynne Richardson decided to take on the task of re-opening the Duke of Leeds with the aim of returning it to its former glory. Local residents are really buzzing about the fact that the pub is open once again. Neil and Lynne are really excited about the potential of the place and are hoping that it’s going to become a major part of the community once again. Neil went onto say “I didn’t realise just how much the pub had been missed. It seems that everyone we speak to are so happy to see it open again.” Neil and Lynne have already re-instated Sunday lunches and the Sunday night quiz with Gaz Shanks from Redroad radio. So if you are up for testing your general knowledge and having a bit of fun at the same time, then Sunday nights are a date for your diary. Wednesday nights are Poker night and Karaoke night is on Fridays once a month. Major sporting events and Premier league football can also now be viewed at the Duke. With the Duke of Leeds being opposite the church Neil and Lynne are keen to make the opening hours as wide as possible to be able to offer the Duke of Leeds for Wedding receptions, christening celebrations and for a place to gather to remember loved ones after a funeral. It will also be handy to calm those pre-wedding nerves with a swift one beforehand. Neil and Lynne would like to invite everyone to call in and see them at the newly re-opened Duke of Leeds where you will receive a warm and friendly welcome.

Armed Robbery Three armed robbers wearing hoods, threatened members of staff at Kiveton’s Costcutter store on Station Road in early January before stealing cash and alcohol. One is said to have had a knife and another is thought to have had a firearm of some description. They fled the scene in a dark coloured vehicle at around at 7.45am after the incident on January 2 It is thought that the men had been loitering near the Kiveton Bridge Railway station just before the incident. The attackers were described as being slim and in their late teens to early 20s. Two of them were thought to be between about 5ft 6ins and 5ft 10ins.and the third being over 6ft . If you have any information about the attack then please Call 101 or Crime-stoppers anonymously on 0800 555111

Home at Last The Hugh Henshall gears up for cruising. Eighteen months ago, the Chesterfield Canal Trust won £60,000 from the People’s Jubilee Millions on ITV to build a tripboat. It was built and launched last year and officially named the Hugh Henshall by the Duke of Devonshire at the Chesterfield Canal Festival in Staveley last summer. Following the Festival, it was taken to its permanent home on the Chesterfield Canal at Kiveton Park. No ordinary vessel, it is fully accessible for the disabled, with an electro-hydraulic system to enable any user to steer the boat from anywhere within it, regardless of disability. The Trust organised lots of trips last autumn, but are now preparing for the new season. They are looking for more volunteers to join the crew because they are expecting plenty of cruises to be booked. They will need people to steer the boat, to operate the locks, to look after the passengers, to do servicing and repairs, to take bookings etc. No previous experience is necessary; training will be organised. If you should wish to book a cruise, it costs £45 per hour to hire the boat. It can carry up to 12 passengers. To book, or if you are interested in volunteering, please ring the Chesterfield Canal Trust on 01246 477569 and leave a message or email . THE MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY

Feb / Mar 2013

Be responsible We are blessed in Kiveton & Wales with some wonderful open spaces in particular Kiveton Community Woodland and the recreation ground. Spaces that are used for a wide variety of activities such as Walking, Jogging, Cycling, Fishing or taking the kids out to play various sports. BUT!!! There is always someone who spoils it and that is the people who do not clear up after their dogs. These area’s are great for exercising the pooch but please please BE RESPONSIBLE AND CLEAR UP AFTER YOUR DOG. Just because your dog messes on the grass doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean it up, people walk on the grass, other dogs run through it and so do children when they are playing. Dog mess is an eyesore and a health hazard. If you are a dog owner, you have a LEGAL duty to clean up every time your dog messes in a public place. Lets dispel the myth right now. There are NO Pooh fairies that clean up after you and your dog. But there are Pooh Bobbies who can report you. So the next time you are out with your dog is someone watching you? are they carrying a camera or Video camera ? Don’t say you weren’t warned. It’s only a matter of time now before someone IS prosecuted. Don’t let it be you!! The Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 makes it an offence not to remove any faeces deposited by your dog. It applies to all land open to the air that has public access, whether or not warning signs are displayed. The offence carries a maximum penalty of £1,000.  An offender may be given the option of paying a £50 fixed penalty notice within 14 days to avoid prosecution and a subsequent criminal record, if found guilty. Look out for bins marked as dog bins to dispose of your dog bag. If you cannot find a dog bin, then double wrap and then take it home and place it in your black bin. Still not convinced? then read on. Toxocariasis is a disease caused by the parasites commonly known as roundworm which are found in the digestive systems of dogs. Parasite eggs leave the host animal’s body in faeces and can survive up to five years in the soil. They usually get into a person’s system when that person has got the eggs on their hands from the soil, then touched their face or mouth. In the body the eggs hatch, releasing larvae. The condition can just cause a headache and a cough but the most severe infection, ocular larva migrans, can cause total blindness. Toxocariasis, still causes partial blindness in up to 100 children every year.

BE RESPONSIBLE CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG and let’s Keep our open spaces CLEAN and SAFE for EVERYONE to use.

Shocking As you can see from the accompanying pictures, it’s not just dog pooh that is blighting our countryside. During a recent walk on the Kiveton Community Woodland we came across a shopping trolley, empty bottles, lager cans, a broken umbrella and would you believe bags of dog pooh hanging from the branch’s of a bush. It beggars belief that someone would go to the trouble of actually picking dog pooh up in a bag only for them to throw it into the bushes. These people should be ashamed of themselves and like always the inconsiderate minority spoil it for the thoughtful and responsible majority that do appreciate what we have and who do clear up after their dogs and take their rubbish away. PAGE 11


KIVETON COMMMUNITY WOODLAND Article by Hannah Darcel Forrestry Commision Ranger

The friends of Kiveton Woodland group had a very pleasant Christmas drink together in the Lamp and Pony back in December, I would like to thank everyone who came along. The next Friends meeting will be Wed 27th April at 6pm. The meetings are very informal and only last an hour, they include an update on what’s been happening on site, plans for the future and any other business giving you the opportunity to have your say, make suggestions or highlight concerns. Everyone is welcome. The Forestry Rangers are organising an Easter event on Wednesday 3rd April from 1.00 till 3.00pm. Their will be an Easter trail to follow around the wood with puzzles and fun questions to answer, an Easter egg hunt, games and craft activities. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult and it costs £3 per child. Please contact Hannah to book a place or there might not be enough Easter eggs to go around!!

Over the last year you may have noticed parts of the natural play area disappearing – unfortunately the large wooden logs and now the stepping posts have started to rot. As this will only get worse in the coming months it has been decided to remove the posts to make way for some new natural play features. The stone circles are also going to be rearranged to form a spiral so that children can step more easily from one to the other. Calling all Kids – Do you like climbing, balancing, jumping, crawling, hiding, splashing? What would you like to play on in the new natural play area? Large rocks to climb, tunnels to crawl through, logs to balance on, trails to follow, slopes to roll down, muddy puddles to splash in, bars to swing on? Let your imagination run wild and either come along after the Easter event at 3.30pm to get creative and draw your ideas or get your school or community group involved and post your ideas to Hannah Darcel, Forestry Commission Central District, Kings Clipstone, Notts, NG21 9JL. I am astounded at how a few dog owners think it is perfectly acceptable to let their dogs poo in areas where children play and people walk and not make any attempt to remove it. There is a dog poo bin on Colliery Road near the entrance to the wood but if this isn’t convenient for you then simply pick it up in a poo bag, take it home and put it in the bin. Forestry Commission Rangers will be out in force on the week beginning Monday 22nd April for dog awareness week to try and highlight this issue, literally, by spraying all the poo with a different florescent colour each day and handing out free dog poo bags. The Rother Valley students have been working hard on site trying to improve the flooding issues on the old canal tow path by clearing vegetation along the drainage ditches. There is still more work to do here but their efforts have been greatly appreciated. Although being snowed off recently the Woodland Workout volunteers are still helping to develop the new nature area. The willow dome and tunnel are scheduled be in place by the end of February and local artist, Simon Kent, has been approached to design and sculpt a welcome sign for the entrance to incorporate images of the old pit head with nature and wildlife to show how the site has changed over the years.


Feb / Mar 2013

St.John the Baptist Wales MESSY CHURCH at St JOHN THE BAPTIST Messy Church is for everyone – young & old alike, adults, children, teenagers, carers, grandparents, come as friends, families or partners, or come on your own, all-comers welcome.

It is an all-age church where everyone is valued equally. It provides an informal environment for all-ages to explore and experience faith and worship through crafts, food and celebration. It describes each and every one of us as no one is perfect and each of us lead messy lives for many reasons. It invites us to come together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The aim of messy church is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to worship together. To help people of all ages feel they belong in church and to each other. To help people have fun and be creative together. To introduce Jesus through hospitality, friendship,

stories and worship. We held a Messy Church in Advent with 170 people present. It was a really fun creative time with children making decorated crosses, christmas cards, icing biscuits and making nativity figures and angels from wooden pegs. The morning finished with the telling of the nativity story. Our next messy church is Shrove Tuesday at 4pm when we will be holding a Messy Church Pancake Party. There is also a Messy Church on Good Friday at 10am. All are welcome to attend. Our Lent and Easter Services are: 10/3 Mothering Sunday Family Service 11am 24/3 Palm Sunday : Parish Communion 9.15am. 29/3 Good Friday : Messy Church 10am, Act of Silent Witness around a cross near the big Coop 12 noon, Meditation on the Cross 2pm. 31/3 Easter Sunday : Dawn service 6am, Parish Communion 9.15am.

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Oh No it isnt, Oh Yes it is The Post Panto service was held at Wales Chapel on Sunday the 27th January and it was great to see how many mums and dads attended bringing their children along to a relaxed and interesting ‘Call to Worship’ given by Paulette Bissell who gave her presentation in the form of a pantomime, Act 1, Act 2, Interval etc. with a humourous sketch taken from Paul’s book from the bible, which engendered a bit of laughter for everyone. We all need some humour and laughter to bring us through the dark days and times. Pantomime, mimes, episodes from our own lives, the good, the bad and the ugly, our Wales Pantomime Players, bring all these tragedies to life with humour and laughter pouring out throughout the scenes. All without complaint and all pulling together to give us the wonderful end result - this year, “Babes in the Wood” held as usual at the Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield. The snows came once again the first weekend. Was the cast daunted, Oh no they were’nt. Did the coaches turn up Oh yes they did! the Drivers confidently getting us safely there and back home again. We had great reviews in the Worksop and Dinnington Guardian which I hope most of you saw. All the hard work paid off once again and the talent was complimented by everyone who watched, with comments like “hilarious”, “the best pantomime I’ve ever seen” because at the end of the day, our community is proud for something like this to be continuing after no less than 65 years!! in the villages of Kiveton Park and Wales. Together we made it, together we can make it. Think about ‘Wales’ I always refer to the chapel as, think of the dedication and sacrifice to get it built for us in the first place.  Without it the panto’s may never have been aired back then when Roy, at the age of fifteen, wrote his first one and was encouraged to ‘bring it inside where everybody can see it’ , the amazing talent still coming in through the doors! I have to mention Nick Challenger our Dame, and producer and director of this year’s production. Very well done Nick! Next year’s pantomime has yet to be decided and Showstoppers also, but watch this space and in the next edition of Kiveton & Wales own magazine’ Community Matters, all will be revealed.  All the chocolates this year for the audience and cast, were kindly provided by Sainsburys; thank you to Mark Goodall’s wife Jacquie.


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The Return of a Native by Robert Tomlinson

Hello Kiveton Park. My name is Robert Tomlinson, and I am a long lost son who recently completed a million mile, fifty-year journey, back home to you. You were my birthplace, the place where I learned to breath, speak, read, write, clean my teeth, shave and fall in love. Here momentously I discovered rock and roll (school mate Judy Barnes bopping in the aisle when Elvis showed up at The Regal flicks). This precious plot of Kiveton Park I took so much for granted until those corny, horny, old, fickle fingers of fate picked me up, aged 20, and set me down, on another planet, or so it seemed. Though it might seem barely credible, that million-mile trip that I mentioned was real-time, logged (roughly) from October 2012 when I entered the village in my blue Honda Civic Y258YFR back to the day I piloted my black Morris Minor 1000 JEE566 back into Kiveton, unaccompanied for the first time, after passing my driving test in Worksop. The year was 1959. I was 17 years young, feeling proud as punch to arrive and fill up with fuel at my dad’s very own garage, H Tomlinson & Son Ltd., on Wales Road . My return to Kiveton 53 years later took me there again, but nowadays the site, 36 Wales Road which still has the same phone number, is Central Garage . How that came to pass I will recount shortly. First, my trip home was triggered by a Woodhouse Grammar School reunion which I attended with my lifelong pal John Betteridge and another school days pal Ken Chapman. My mum was Frances Annette Tomlinson (nee Shorthouse) and my dad Captain Tommy Tomlinson serving with the Royal Military Police SIB Section, equivalent to civil police CID. When my dad Tommy returned from the Middle East at the end of war he tried to get into Grand Prix motor racing. When the racing dream failed to materialise Tommy joined his dad to build the garage into a prosperous feature of Kiveton village life. In the 1950s they supplied local owners with new BMC motors...Austin, Morris. The spanking new Morris Mini was unveiled to Kive” in our front showroom. I personally collected new minis from Kennings in Sheffield , driving them on trade plates back home to our garage exciting stuff for this teenager, who also got to drive dad’s Bentley. Tommy guided H. Tomlinson & Son to new heights, acquiring Fox Covert Garage, at Worksop, The Globe Garage, at Attercliffe, and creating the filling station at Wales Bar......still there. Valuation in 1959/60 took the whole shebang close to the million quid mark by todays standards. But things went badly wrong, hire purchase deals fell through, and quite suddenly the business foundered. My dad went bankrupt, and overnight, we found ourselves homeless and penniless. I was forced to quit my studies at Leeds University and I got a job, as a journalist with the South Yorkshire Times, at Mexborough, where I remained as a reporter and eventually editor, for 20 years. My dad eventually reinvented himself outside motors, retiring as national sales and training executive for a nationwide heating and ventilating company. He and my mum were living at Hampton, in Surrey when they died, both approaching 90, within a short time of each other, some eight or nine years ago. Our family never fully recovered emotionally from that terrible disaster, yet I have to say how pleased I am that the Watts family, who took over the business on our departure, were able to pick up some pieces and develop the garage into the prosperous place it is today. On their behalf Bruce Pearson, who would be eight years old when we fell from grace, graciously showed me around my oId home during my visit. What a kind gesture. Thank you Bruce. To read the full article please visist our website THE MAGAZINE FOR THE COMMUNITY BY THE COMMUNITY



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