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ISSUE 32 SEPT 2011

Kiveton & Wales



News, Views and Community Information


SEPT 2011

Kiveton & Wales

Communitymatters Welcome to issue 32 of The Kiveton & Wales Community Matters Magazine The Magazine for the Community by the Community

We would like to thank all concerned for the articles and copy received. We are a not for profit publication brought to you by the Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust bringing you news, views and Community information, with regular updates from many Community groups. Except for a brief but very welcome heatwave at the

end of September, it now looks like summer is over. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn into natures feast of glorious autumn colour. Unfortunately it will soon be time to turn back the clocks and before we know it, Haloween, Bonfire night & Christmas will be with us. Lets hope for everyones sake that we escape another

dreadfull winter like last year. Once again I would like to thank our volunteers who brave all weathers in getting the Community Matters to your door.





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SEPT 2011


THE WALES ART GROUP meet every Thursday At the Village Hall


Kiveton Park Primary Health Centre

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Kiveton & Wales Community Developmenty Trust Monday 28th Nov 2011 6:30pm The Old Colliery Offices Colliery Rd, Kiveton Park

01909 770213 Rotherham Gen Hospital

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THE KIVETON & WALES HISTORY SOCIETY meet the third Thursday in the month at the Old Colliery Offices


01909 770162 WPC LIGHT SWITCH ON & CHRISTMAS FAYRE Friday 2nd December 2011 5- 8pm

Lloyds Chemist

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At The Village Hall

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Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall

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Kiveton Park & Wales Development Trust

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Has recently had their first inspection by Ofsted. The centre was judged as good. Staff were happy with this judgement and feel the report highlighted the good work they are doing in Kiveton Park and surrounding areas. This judgement was also recognised in the Rotherham Childcare Champions award ceremony which was held at the Magna Centre in Rotherham. Libby and Lauren who run the Kiveton Park centre were presented with an award, certificate and a banner to display in the centre by the Mayor of Rotherham. The centre continues to offer groups and activities for children and their carers. Sessions also run for parents to be. These include ante natal care., Breast Buddies, Chat and play and Yoga for pregnancy. The Men Matter session runs once a month on a Saturday. The next group will run on 1st October, 10am to 12 noon. For more information contact the centre on

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Wales High School

01909 771291 Kiveton Meadows Juniors

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Kiveton Infants School

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01909 770236 Dinnington Veterinary Practice

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01909 515253 Rotherham Community Transport ( Door 2 Door )

It was so good to see how people came together last year during the heavy snowfall. People helping each other to dig drives and pathways out. Others helping to push vehicles that had become stuck. A line of people helping to offload the Co-op delivery lorry as they waited for fresh bread and milk etc. Not forgetting those who helped out an elderly relative or neighbour ensuring that they were okay. The winter will soon be on us again, and with it the shorter days and longer nights. We dont have to wait for extreme weather to help some one out. Do you know someone that be might grateful for some help this winter ? perhaps an elderly relative or neighbour ? Just popping in and asking if they are okay or need anything. You could be the only person they see or speak to for days.

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DIGITAL TV SWITCHOVER Television in Yorkshire has gone digital! The digital TV switchover started in South Yorkshire from August 2011. The existing analogue TV signal was switched off and replaced with a new stronger digital TV signal. The digital TV switchover happened so the Freeview services (digital TV through an aerial) could be extended to people who couldn’t currently get them. It means that almost everyone will now be able to receive digital TV through an aerial.

When is the digital TV switchover happening?

When you switch depends on where your TV gets its signal from. This is because homes on the same street can be served by different transmitters that switch on different days. Each transmitter group switches in two stages. It is important you are ready by stage one. To find out when you switch and what your digital options are, visit or call Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50.

What do you need to do ? • If you have Freeview, Top Up TV or BT Vision, you will need to re-tune your digital TV or box, or you will lose TV channels at switchover. • If you have a satellite or cable service on all your sets, you will not need to re-tune • If you have 5 channels or fewer ( i.e analogue TV ) you will need to convert your TV to digital or you will lose channels. • If you’re 75 and over, or eligible disabled, call the Switchover Help Scheme - they can provide everything you need to keep watching your TV.

The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC under an agreement with the Government. If you are eligible for the Help Scheme they will write to you to offer you practical help to convert one of your TV sets to digital. You are eligible if you: • Are 75 or older, OR • Have lived in a care home for 6 months or more OR • Gets disability living allowance or constant attendance allowance, mobility supplement OR • Are blind or partially sighted. For more information ring 0800 40 85 900 for free, or e-mail You can also get more information at

Voluntary Action Sheffield can provide grants, materials, free training, support and guidance during the run-up to the digital TV switchover to organisations that support: • Older people • People who are socially isolated • People with sensory, mobility or dexterity impairments • People who have mental health conditions • People with English as a second language • People with learning difficulties.


ST JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH CHURCH A Family Church For All Ages Wales & Kiveton Park Vicar: The Reverend Gary Schofield Tel: 01909 771111 Sunday Services: 9.15am Parish Communion 11am Family Service (2nd Sunday Monthly except June and August) 6pm Evening Service

SEPT 2011

ON THE VERGE OF RETIREMENT A familiar face has stepped down from her role as verger in May at the parish church of St John the Baptist, Wales and Kiveton Park after 32 years of service. Doris Brabbs has been the verger since 1979 when she was asked by the curate of the time Reverend Nick Jowett to in her words ‘put the boiler on’. Doris has faithfully served the church and community in this role ever since welcoming family and friends to both weddings and funeral services.During this time she has been supported by her husband John. The Vicar of Wales Reverend Gary Schofield said, ‘Doris has been very much a part of the fixtures and fittings of Wales church for many years in her role as verger and she has prepared the church for important services in the lives of many people. Folk will have seen Doris walking up from her home to church and she cut a familiar figure in all types of weather. I always arrived at church knowing that everything was in place and that the family and I were in the safe hands of a faithful and committed lady.’ Doris, who formerly lived at Church Farm was presented with a basket of flowers and a picture of a farm scene by Revd Gary Schofield and churchwardens Christopher Inman and David Shepherd as a small token of deep gratitude. Doris will be replaced by Beryl Webster who acknowledges that she has a hard act to follow.

FOUNDATION OF FAITH COURSE AT WALES CHURCH “Foundations of Faith” is a discipleship course which is ideal for anyone who might be interested in going deeper into the Christian faith. The course has no minimum academic entry requirement, and the teaching methods should make the course open and rewarding for all participants. In 2011 “Foundations of Faith” offers an overview of the content of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, in eight evenings! The course is running on Thursday evenings at St John the Baptist, Wales, Sheffield from 29th September to 24th November 2011 at 7.30pm The cost for each participant is £25. For further information please contact your incumbent, or the Rev’d Alan Isaacson (Diocesan Discipleship Development Officer), Bradfield Rectory, High Bradfield, Sheffield S6 6LG (0114 285 1225)

The Old Colliery Offices, Colliery Rd, Kiveton Park. Tel: 01909 770007 Some typical sales in August Kivo-ebiz, based in the Old Colliery Offices has been trading now for six years, selling goods for the residents of Kiveton Park and Wales and often further afield, around South Yorkshire. The company is managed completely by volunteers selling over £1,000 of goods every week. Most of the business comes from word-of-mouth with customers returning again and again and recommending it to their friends and family.

Why do they keep coming back?

All the hassle of e-bay is taken away from them. Kivo-ebiz takes the photos, does the research, prepares the adverts, answers all the queries, packages and posts the goods off. People get higher prices for their items than they would selling themselves. Because of their experience, professionalism and Charitable status Kivo-ebiz achieves 20% higher sale prices than the average e-bay trader. (This comes from e-bay’s own analysis of their sales figures) They will come out to your home if the item is too big to take to the Colliery Offices. Clients receive 80% of the sale price (less e-bay fees), putting money back in their pockets instead of leaving things in the attic or taking them to landfill sites. Every penny of the 20% fee goes to the local community charity for projects in Kiveton Park and Wales.

Car booster seat - £92 Mini worktop oven - £60 Refrigerated serve-over counter (for Handsworth Nursery) - £501 Victorian captain’s chair (for Wales Chapel) - £124.87 Robertson’s golly pin badge - £31.99 Tokai guitar - £900 Royal Doulton figurine - £44.25 Normark fishing rod - £260

What will they sell?

Almost anything!! As long as it is clean, in good repair and legal to sell on e-bay. The item should have a minimum value of £10 to make the listing worthwhile. The largest item they have sold is a canal boat and the most expensive – an Omega watch for £3,000

There are two types of pew: The first is much heavier, made from Douglas fir with ornately carved ends. There are two available at £200 each



Wales Chapel is currently undergoing renovation work and all the pews have been removed and replaced by more flexible seating. see ( ) to see whats happening. Kivo-ebiz has been asked to sell the pews to raise much needed funds for the renovation work. We have located a specialist joiner who is adapting the pews to a more manageable size for the home or garden (see Rather than listing them on e-bay we want people from the community to have the first opportunity to acquire a unique piece of local heritage.


The second type is made from pitch pine with square, panelled ends. There are nine available at £150 each To order a pew please contact Steph Hryschko or Brenda Bradley on 01909 770 007



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SEPT 2011

Kiveton & Wales Pre-School Daycare Celebrating 45 Years! Kiveton & Wales Pre-School was set up in 1966 in a small church room by parents and volunteers. To accommodate the growing numbers of children waiting for a place in what was then a play group the group moved to their present premises, St John’s church hall on Wales Road and is

registered charity which enables prices to be kept low whilst maintaining quality childcare. Over the years the School has been involved with community events such as the Village Carnival, the Barnardo’s Big Toddle, Summer Fair’s, Family Disco’s and various outings to places such as Clumber Park, The Butterfly House, Cleethorpes and of course Sundown Adventure Land (Pets Corner).

The main aim of the School and staff is to ensure that all children enjoy a fun learning experience which will provide them with a good start ready for when they begin Infant School, it also enables them to build up a good selection of friends that many keep throughout their School life and beyond.

The children and staff have also enjoyed celebrating the Royal Weddings of both Charles and Diana and of course William and Catherine earlier this year.

now registered with Ofsted providing sessional or full day care for children aged between 3 months to 5 years from 8am until 5.45 in the evening, 50 weeks a year. The Pre-School is a registered charity run by a committee who meet each month to discuss any issues and to organise fundraising events to buy resources and to enable the school to keep running. The School is run as a non-profit organisation and

New £60,000 boat for the Chesterfield Canal The Chesterfield Canal Trust recently won a cheque for £60,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to build and equip an electric tripboat. The project was chosen by TV viewers as winners in the Jubilee People’s Millions. This is a competition in which short films are shown each night about two projects. The public then vote for the one they support. The Trust’s film was shown on Monday night in the ITV Yorkshire & Humberside Region and a film crew came to give the good news the following day.

The School provides many activities for the children including, sand & water play painting, books, jigsaws, roleplay, small world, mark making, workstation, construction, gross & fine physical activities, computer and lots more. The School also prides itself on taking the children out into the community making good use of the local Library, Park, Children’s Centre and The Kiveton Community Woodland.

The boat will be based at Kiveton Park. It will be 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 project is supported by Wales High School and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Robin Stonebridge from the Trust said “We are absolutely delighted. We are very grateful for the support from Bluebell Wood and Wales High School and look forward to working closely with them to make the project a reality“. Sarah Champion from Bluebell Wood’s reaction was “This is fantastic news. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.” John Day, Head of Wales High School commented that he was delighted and that the school would continue to back the project 100%. Some of the aims of the first year of the project are * To provide access to the Chesterfield Canal for 200 people with mobility impairments * To run a RYA or NCBA Helmspersons Certificate course for 10 adult volunteers from the local community


If you would like more information on the Pre-School please call in and see us or give us a call on 07790 661797. You can also visit out website at

* To run a RYA or NCBA Helmspersons Certificate course for 20 young people from Wales High School * To develop with Wales High School a pupil engagement enterprise programme based around the business of running it as a trip boat. Dr. Geraint Coles, the Chesterfield Canal Development Manager and the author of the bid, said “We are very grateful to all those who voted for usy. The hard work starts now. We will be involving Bluebell Wood and Wales High School in every stage

First complete passage of the Chesterfield Canal for 104 years? Andy Robinson, James Woods and Chris Capon have just taken their canoe the full 46 miles of the Chesterfield Canal from Chesterfield to West Stockwith on the River Trent. They carried it, full of kit, round 52 locks and wheeled it on a special trolley on the unrestored section between Staveley and Kiveton Park. They camped overnight. We believe that this may be the first end-to-end passage of the Chesterfield Canal by a boat since the Norwood Tunnel collapsed in 1907. They did this for fun, as a challenge and to raise money - half will go to Fairplay and half to the Chesterfield Canal Trust. To donate, go to http:// or send a cheque to Andy Robinson, Hollingwood Hub, 22 Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield, S43 2PF.



SEPT 2011


The Wales Theatre Musical Company recently held their Tribute to the Musicals show, over four nights at the Acorn theatre in Worksop. The shows went off really well according to audience feed-back, with a full house each night. The children’s section although we, the cast, have yet to view the show ourselves, was a real credit to them as they performed ‘Bugsy Malone’.   The show finished with three numbers from ‘Queen’ and the finale was the ‘Bows’ from ‘We Will Rock You’ which everyone on stage loved and enjoyed performing. It would be good to name names but would be impossible as the list would be endless    The rehearsals found everyone real tired by the end of the night such was the committment from the cast, not forgetting all the hard work from backstage, costumes, directing, musicians, choreography; absolutely 100% committment by all. Dvd’s will be available to purchase for anyone who missed the show or would like to give one as a gift for Christmas perhaps. Phone 01909 515389 May I thank KPWCDT for allowing these two articles in ‘your’ Community Matters magazine.

WALES HIGH SCHOOL We offer this brief - but important summary of our 2011 Public Examination outcomes as a courtesy to all students, parents and families. This year’s outcomes herald another batch of “Best Ever!”…………. “Most Ever!” The continuing commitment, effort and dedication of our students and staff is truly exceptional. John Day—Headteacher.

BEST EVER GCSE RESULTS WITH 90% OF THE STUDENTS GAINING 5A* - C GRADES!!! WHAT A FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT! Pictured here are just some of the successful students who are now able to look forward to achieving their educational and career aspirations!

Once again, the School has collectively worked hard and our results are the best in our history at GCSE. The 3 year trend in achievement, from 64% of our Y11 cohort passing with 5A*-C, to 90% this year is why we are judged to be an outstanding school and why we have been granted Academy Status. 43% of all our 16 year olds gained either A*, A or B at GCSE 61% of the year group gained both English and Maths—an increase of 13% on last year 99% of all the students left with at least 1 GCSE pass Pictured (left) clutching her excellent results is Y11 Student Zoe Whitely (10A*, 5A grades)


11A*, 1A

Matthew Ward

9A*, 5A’s

Jess Beaman

8A* , 5A’s

Samuel Hull

8A*, 4A’s

Emma Tracy

8A*, 5A’s

Ellie Brown

6A*, 5A’s

Samuel Marley

5A*, 7A’s

James Fox

5A*, 7A’s

William Stott

5A*, 4A’s

Fiona Sutherland

5A*, 3A’s

Abby Walker

5A*, 4A’s


Charlotte Clewes - 2A*, 2A’s Cambridge - Studying Law. Daniel Crowther - 2A*, 2A’s Nottingham - Studying Law. Emily Brightman - 3A’s Nottingham - Studying Psychology. Oliver Cobb – 3A’s Borneo Raleigh International Project – Gap year.. Naomi Sommonett – 3A’s Durham - Studying Biological Medical Sciences. Emma Wassell – 3A’s Kings London – Studying Biological Medical Sciences.

At “A2” Level, we were delighted with our successes 97.5% of all entries at Advanced level at Wales High School were passed! (Even better than last year) 67% of all exams were passed at A*- C 15% of the exams entered were passed at A*- A A tremendous achievement for a truly “OPEN ACCESS” Sixth Form!!


we now have posh chairs to sit on and a carpet due to be fitted at the beginning of October. Once again it’s all hands on deck because none of this can be achieved without the help of individuals.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege to play a small part whenever possible and Wales Chapel goes on,  which is the main objective.

Article by Brenda Bradley

The alterations to the chapel have now been completed and Arts and Family services will be held as usual.  It’s very exciting to see the chapel facilities brought up to standard and we now have new toilets and a kitchen within the chapel itself.   The pews have been removed and PAGE 8


In the last newsletter I mentioned ‘watch this space’ and am delighted to report that it has all happened and is continuing, hopefully with coffee mornings and people getting involved in making home-made cakes etc. The pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears is already in the pipeline to be held at the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield, as usual.  Dates and times will be advertised later. Phone : 01142 486393 or 01909 515389



SEPT 2011


Summer Activities

Scouting in the village has been very active out and about over the summer term. The Beavers have enjoyed sports on Wales High school field, a visit to the fire station, pioneering, bug hunts, a local walk and pond dipping. The Cubs have completed their pet care badges as well as building bivouacs, tracking and orienteering. They enjoyed a visit from the Support and Hearing Dog group and have gained their cycling proficiency awards. Scouts have enjoyed archery, shelter building, canoeing, cycling and orienteering and have had a visit from the police with a discussion on drugs and alcohol. 14 scouts built their own shelters from natural materials at Walesby and slept in them overnight.They were initially hampered by bad weather and thunderstorms, but luckily a dry night prevailed and a great night was had by all. If only the summer lasted longer….

Canoe Camp

A number of scouts trained up for a canoe expedition on the local Chesterfield canal with an overnight camp, which they all really enjoyed. We would like to do more but really need more available canoe coaches to help us to do it. Can you help with coaching? Would you like to learn how to canoe and take your coaching qualifications? Perhaps you know of someone else who might be interested. If so please contact Sue on 01909 732862. It is a great way of encouraging kids to enjoy the outdoors and increase their confidence by learning and developing a new skill. It is also a great way to volunteer without being restricted to every week – fun and rewarding too!

Pedal Car Challenge

Our team was called “Fashionably Late” and yes they were – but with true grit and determination the 4 man team pedalled the car for 24 hours. Many thanks to “Bodge It and Scarper” aka Pete Cartlidge and Alan Bradder who put so much time and effort in to making the kart and to Stapleton’s Locksmiths for their team sponsorship. Well done to the team for all their perseverance.

In July two of our Explorers represented Rotherham on a trip of a lifetime to the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden. They visited Copenhagen for a few days along with 4,500 other members of the UK contingent and enjoyed beach parties, theme parks, a concert and more before travelling to Sweden to join 38,000 members from 161 countries to take part in the Jamboree, where they made new friends and experienced food and cultures across the world. What stories they have to tell!

Romania Also many thanks to everyone who sponsored them, especially to all the employees of Tradebe, who kindly raised £150, with the encouragement of Tony Davis, Zak’s dad – hopefully this will also enable us to purchase some better parts for next years model!

South Africa Expedition

A number of Explorer Scouts from Rotherham including 4 from the Wales Explorer Unit have recently returned from a successful expedition to South Africa.

Connor from Explorers, took part in a walking expedition through the mountains along with 7 other Explorers from the district and leaders. With just a rucksack to keep everything in for 2 weeks, including camping equipment , this was quite a challenge. A test of endurance and teamwork – not to mention cooking skills! A fantastic time was had by all.


Scouting is great fun for young and old, but it is certainly made easier with plenty of support. We are putting together a database of “Friends of the 11th” – parents, relatives, neighbours, anyone in the community can be part of it. Already we have discovered that some people are happy to help cover with a section if needed or would like to help to organise and run a camp, but not be committed to weekly meetings. Others are happy to help with fundraising events or to share a skill or talent. If you would like to be a “friend of the 11th” please give Sue a call.

Looking Ahead They refurbished a crèche in one of the local townships as well as building a perimeter wall and toilet block with shower. Not to mention lots of painting! It was a great way to see and understand a country and a great experience. The Explorers would be happy to come out to your group to tell you all about it.

Back to scouting after the school holidays and there is much to look forward to. We have a full district camp for 500 at Walesby Scout Centre, in September. The Cubs are sleeping overnight at the Deep in Hull, the Beavers have a Halloween party with the district at Whiston and a wide range of activities are planned for meeting nights. Scouting is fun for everyone, from 6 to 106! Whatever your gender, race, relegion or ability - there is something for everyone in scouting. To get invol;ved please call Sue on 01909 732862.

WALESWOOD SPORTS CRICKET CLUB 2011 continues to be a year of change and improvement in all areas. Our facility / equipment improvement plan is gathering pace with replacement furniture in the club house along with the completion of the new patio and the addition of new picnic benches and parasols, the latter two kindly donated by our sponsors and Sterling Commodities. On the equipment side a new pitch mower and sight screens have been acquired. Both Saturday teams continue their improvement and along with the Sunday team all three are in contention for promotion.

The junior section continues to grow with around twenty boys and girls from the age of 7-13 years. On the social side a number of successful events have been held including a barbecue on the 13th August followed by a Barbecue with Kareoke and Campover on the August bank Holiday weekend.Our end of season Fancy Dress barbeque was held on Saturday the 10th Sepetember. Saturday the 1st of October is our Senior / Junior presentation evening with the following planned for the remainder of the year. Saturday 28th October Halloween Night. The aim of our last four events is to raise funds to provide a Bowling Machine to assist the coaches in their development work with the junior section throughout the winter months. Dates of Indoor nets will be published on our web site

founded 1904

Anyone interested or wanting to know more about our club please contact our General Secretary Keith Board 01909770787 and remember anyone old or new will be made welcome.




Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall The Trustees, Staff & Volunteers would like to welcome you to YOUR Village Hall Many people and groups use the Hall on a regular basis Bingo; Ballroom Dancing; Sewing Circle; Weight Watchers; Line Dancing; Zumba Fitness; JUMP; Fencing; Over 60’s; Rainbows; Tai Chi; Art Group; Circuit Training, Boxing, Yoga… come along and see what’s on offer! If you want more information about any of these classes, would like to hold a group of your own or would like to see something different in the hall, please come in and talk to any of our staff. Something to celebrate? The hall has excellent flexible facilities for hire, a large entertainment area, fully equipped café/kitchen, private meeting room, dance studio, a licensed bar and excellent car parking. Our hall is the ideal venue for wedding receptions, meetings, conferences, dances and parties large or small. The Cafe On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 12.00 to 1.00pm, our Café delivers freshly cooked delicious meals. Each day there is a different choice with classics like ‘home-made crust’ meat & potato pie, bangers ‘n’ mash or pork chop and chips regularly on offer. Call in and see the menu board to find out what is the dish of the day. Prices (S.T.C.): £3.50 small, £4.50 large, £1.50 dessert. The café also caters for events please ask for a competitive quote! The Bar Open daily from 11.00 am ‘til late ~ relax in our Lamp & Pony Lounge, popular with locals and visitors alike. We offer a wide selection of Ales & Lagers, Wines & Spirits and Soft Drinks. Did you know?.….. The hall is run entirely on self generated funding? We welcome sponsorship from local companies in return for prominent advertising in our well used facilities. Please contact one of our Trustees to find out more. Do you have any Time to Spare? We always need volunteers! It’s a great way to meet new friends or develop skills you can put on a CV. The day to day running of the hall is managed by a team of very dedicated Staff, Trustees & Volunteers. •

Are you friendly and outgoing? - you could ‘meet and greet’ people at events?

Do you have a creative side just itching to get out? We would love you to help us set up rooms, decorate tables etc

Do you love gardening? The grounds never tire of TLC!

Whatever time you have to spare it would be greatly appreciated…Call in anytime to arrange a meeting with one of our friendly trustees

Kiveton Park & Wales Village Hall, Walesmoor Avenue, Kiveton Park, Sheffield, S26 5RF Telephone: 01909 770357 email: Charity No. 1122196

Dates for your Diary

Line Dancing Social

Paul Sanders

Hip Hop Dance Off

7 October 2011 7 - 11pm £3 Pay on door

14 October 2011 8pm - Late ( door open 7:30)

Pie & peas available to Purchase

FREE Entry

23 October 2011 5 - 8pm Children £1.50 Adults £3.50 Pay on door

Halloween Disco

Hip Hop Disco Nite

Neil Diamond Tribute

29 October 2011 7 - 10pm TICKET ONLY Children FREE Adults £2

12 November 2011 7.30 - 10pm Children £1.50 Adults £3.50 Pay on door

WPC Light Switch On & Christmas Fayre

Xmas Family Disco

2 December 2011 5 - 8pm Stalls & Santa

22 December 2011 7 - 10pm TICKET ONLY Children FREE Adults £3

(Mike Tyler’s America) 18 November 2011 8pm - Late ( door open 7.30 ) Tickets £3

Past Masters

26 December 2011 Boxing Day 7.30 - 11.30pm Tickets only - £10.00

All welcome - Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times Call 01909 773057 for more info - Tickets available from Hall reception


SEPT 2011

LOCAL MAKES ROTHERHAM VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR SHORT LIST Arthur Whiteway of Queens Ave ( pictured with his wife Peggy ) was recently nominated for the award of Rotherham volunteer of the year, and has now made the final short list of three. With the winner to be announced at an awards ceremony at the Carlton Park hotel Rotherham on the 18th of November. Arthur has been an active resident of Kiveton Park throughout his life. Over the last 15 years his volunteering has mainly focused around the Old Colliery Offices, a Resource Centre for our community. During his working life, Arthur worked as a qualified electrician, skilled joiner and, for many years, in the building industry but also as an “unpaid work” team supervisor for the probation service. Arthur now puts these skills to use in the community, volunteering 7 days a week, approximately 50 hours most weeks. What is most remarkable is that Arthur is 84 years old. Most people of this age would be taking a well-deserved rest but his energy, enthusiasm and commitment are unstoppable. Our younger staff, volunteers and local residents are in constant awe and admiration of all he does. He started building the memorial gazebo, aged 81, and was laying the last roof slates and “coal miner” finial on the top at the age of 83. Others helped but he sourced most of the materials, including old railway sleepers which he carved himself and did most of the building work. The support for the finial is the top of a hot water tank he recycled!! The project is ongoing as more people ask for a “brick in the wall”. Arthur sets to, taking a plain brick out and putting a dedicated one in. He was still doing this last week when he came back from a few days in hospital. He just came back and carried on as any other day. Like many community groups, our Development Trust struggles to maintain its services through challenging financial times. Arthur saves the Trust thousands of pounds every year in both materials and unpaid work. It actually costs him to volunteer as he adamantly refuses any travel expenses when he is off buying materials. Arthur’s volunteering impacts on all these things and actually makes them possible. What do people say about Arthur? Most people in Kiveton & Wales know him and say he is “amazing, phenomenal, outstanding, tireless, dynamic, extraordinary, indefatigable………..”He is an inspiration and example to us all.

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WALKING TOWARDS BETTER HEALTH Research shows that walking 10,000 steps a day will significantly improve your health. Putting one foot in front of the other can build stamina, burn excess calories and give you a healthier heart. (NHS Choices) Active Regen, in partnership with the South Yorkshire Community Foundation and the Loscar Wind Farm Community Fund are delivering hour long health walks every week in the Kiveton Community Woodland. Claim your free pedometer to monitor your steps, our walks are a great way to achieve your recommended 10,000 steps. Monday mornings see the ‘Striders’ group set off at 10.30am for a brisk walk to get the heart pumping. These walks are ideal for those who want to

improve their stamina and build their fitness levels. On Wednesday’s the ‘Strollers’ meet at 10.30am for a slower paced walk on flatter terrain. These walks are great for first time walkers and also pushchairs, wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Afterwards the groups meet in the Old Colliery Office building for a well deserved cuppa, biscuit and chat. Everyone is welcome and it is free to join in. For more information call Sue on 01909 510775



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SEPT 2011

KIVETON COMMUNITY WOODLAND Article by Dougie Mactaggart Forestry Commision Community Ranger ( 01302 820278)

BRASS BAND FESTIVAL The third Kiveton Park Brass Band Festival took place in the woodland on a damp and blustery Sunday 17th July. The contest was adjudicated by Mr Mike Kilroy, appointed by the Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Association, Cllr Peter Blanksby from Wales Parish Council and Mrs Brenda Bradley from Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust. Approximately 900 people attended the event.

With summer slowly but surely turning to autumn, it’s time to reflect on what has been a drier June and July than the seasonal norm. Although many familiar flowers such as Yellow-rattle, Bird’s-foot trefoil and Tufted vetch have provided a bright yellow and purple backdrop on the conservation grassland at the higher reaches of the woodland, there has been a notable decrease in the number and species of butterflies feeding on them. Particularly scarce this year has been Peacocks, Small tortoiseshells and Common blues, but Ringlets and Gatekeepers have appeared in greater numbers than usual. It is also likely that the number of frogs, toads and dragonflies will be down next year as a result of the ponds having dried up before the tadpoles and larvae were able to fully complete their respective life-cycles. This may also have an adverse effect on the predator numbers that prey on them. The unpredictable weather has longer term repercussions than we might wish to admit! Public-open events on Kiveton Community Woodland continue to be well supported. Nordic Walking attracts good numbers and the Buggyfit taster session, although not that well attended, attracted enough attention that it is intended to start fitness sessions for post-natal Mums later in the autumn. Kiveton Park Infant School pupils took part in bushcraft and orienteering events to complement the lessons on “Islands” that they were covering in class and the 11th Rotherham Scout Group regularly use the woodland for tracking, orienteering and shelter-building. On Saturday 25th June, children and adults from Kiveton Park & Wales PreSchool Daycare completed their annual sponsored walk in aid of Barnardo’s, and the Kiveton Katapults Flyball group can be seen on Tuesday evenings training with their dogs.

The results were 1st place - Trinity Girls 2nd place - Hade Edge Youth 3rd place - Thurlstone Most entertaining band - Hade Edge Youth Most entertaining item - Trinity Girls Best 4th Section/Unregistered band - Oughtibridge Best march - Hucknall & Linby Best hymn - Dronfield CMW Best soloist - Gillian Hinckley, Trinity Girls Cornet

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“New studio, new ideas and fresh impetus for Redroad FM” Local Community Radio Station, Redroad FM, recently moved into an impressive new studio at the old colliery site at Kiveton. After having occupied a small room within the Old Colliery Offices for 18 months, the increased interest in Redroad FM signaled the need for larger premises. The new studio, which has good security and private access, boasts its own reception area, a small office, toilet facilities and two additional rooms. Commenting on the new studio long serving Director & Treasurer Trevor Grosset said “We are really pleased with the move. Not only is the

EXCITING NEW COMMUNITY INITIATIVE As well as the new studio, Redroad also has other exciting new plans in the pipeline. Whilst there will be a continuing focus on supporting younger people within the Station’s transmission area, Redroad will complement this activity with the creation of the Redroad Zone. The Redroad Zone is best described as a customer discount and privileges scheme. In return for a modest annual fee of £99, any suitable local business can display a Redroad Zone sign at their premises. The Redroad Zone sign signifies a discount and privileges promise. Redroad listeners simply identify themselves to the business by saying ‘I listen to Redroad FM” to command a discount from the products and services sold at participating outlets. Director of Redroad FM, David Lilley said “Redroad Zone has been created in response to the difficult economic conditions that confront us all. We know that consumers in our local community need to save money and we know that our local businesses need more revenue.  Redroad FM is in a privileged position to help and we feel the Redroad Zone offers a win-win for all concerned.

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SEPT 2011

KIVETON PARK & WALES HISTORY SOCIETY Ernest Parkin – Tonsorialist 1895-1974 Born in 1895 at 4 Carrington Terrace Kiveton Park, Ernest would live another 79 years in the village and become a legend in his own lifetime. He attended the local school and went to work, aged 13 years, at the Kiveton Park Colliery. As he grew up his enjoyment of practical jokes developed. He became renowned for stretching the truth and as many would find out in years to come, of telling complicated, unbelievable stories, which inevitably were untrue. Despite his tales, he would be a man who grew to be respected and warmly remembered in the village, part of a fascinating story, which would be passed down through the generations. He married Emily Fowkes, a local girl, in late 1922 at St Johns Church, Wales and the couple set up home at 7, Colliery Road, Kiveton Park, a house owned by the new Mrs Parkin’s aunt, Mrs Jim Fowkes, formally Snowden. As the new Parkin family grew, (there were three children, Horace, Ernest Junior and Anne), the couple and their Aunt decided to exchange houses, No: 6 Colliery Road, had an extension and three bedrooms as opposed to the Parkin’s house which only had two bedrooms. The Parkin children attended the Kiveton Park Methodist Chapel every Sunday to get their “Star Cards” marked which, with a full card, would entitle them to a free trip to Cleethorpes on the Chapel Sunday School Annual Excursion by train. Affectionately nicknamed “Parks” by his friends and colleagues, Ernest worked nights at the colliery until he developed double pneumonia. Dr Mackenzie attended him and requisitioned some oxygen in bottles from the colliery. All seemed well until the good doctor fell, full length, over the bottles, which had been kept under the patient’s bed. Showing little signs of recovery, Ernest was sent to the Mineworkers Union hospital in Bournemouth where his reputation went before him. When leaving he was presented with a medal by his fellow patients, the inscription on which read “Parks – The Biggest Liar In England”! After his return from the south coast Ernest was given a less demanding job at the Colliery. He became a Pump Attendant and supervised the operation of the machinery which pumped water from the mine up the shafts. He would accompany my father each Friday on his safety inspection of the Hazel Drift applying the limited safety rules which existed at that time. As his wage had reduced he supplemented his meagre income by finding another job. Two barber’s chairs were purchased and the front room converted into a makeshift salon. A legend was born. All the family helped in the enterprise. Mrs Parkin swept up hair and young Ernest would occasionally lather the customer who was having a shave. Ernest’s grandfather was once in the chair being prepared for a shave by his grandson, but kept goading one of the waiting customers, who told Ernest that the next time his grandfather opened his mouth he was to shove the soapy shaving brush into it, which he duly obliged. The tales of Kiveton’s answer to “Mr Teesy Weesy “ (Paul Raymond the television hairstylist of the 1950’s) are many and hilarious. The shop was in his front room and there always seemed to be someone waiting on the brown wooden benches. There were also boxes of comics, which you could read as you waited your turn in the chair. The chair had a small wheel at the back on a ratchet, which enabled the back to be raised and lowered according to your size.

Ernest Junior confided that the “lotion” was in fact a mixture of surgical spirits and “gumertratigan” which he would have to mix for his father after being sent to Fairburn’s the Chemist for the ingredients. It was also mixed with a green dye, or pink for the more “discerning” customers! John Rhodes once commented that “You could go out in a force ten gale after the application of “The Lotion” and not one hair would move on your head” One has to realise that a “Parks” haircut was never stylish. Everyone who attended his premises came out looking the same and usually vowing never to return. His standard cut made one resemble a prisoner of war – but he was cheap! His deft use of the scissors and his usually blunt hand-operated shears, left one with little hair and many bruises. My father would give me three pence with the instruction to “Have plenty off”. I would be sent in terror down “Pit Lane” knowing full well that the next day I would arrive at school and be slapped at the back of my now bald neck by all and sundry. Not only that, my father would always comment on my return home “Tha dunt call that a Haircut dus tha lad get sum more off! I was made so mad by his remarks that aged fourteen I had the “crewcut” and on returning home, a skinhead, was greeted with “Now that’s what I call a haircut!” Little did I realise that this would mean father would not have to pay again for at lesast six months. The highlight of “Park’s afternoon was the arrival of “The Star” when his bets could be checked against the racing results while all the time smoking a cigarette and producing a masterpiece in hair styling. One man with his haircut half completed heard Mrs Parkin call her husband for his tea. Without anymore to do “Parks” downed tools and left the man sat opened mouthed in the chair. An hour later Mrs Parkin walked in the room and started to sweep up the hair. The bemused customer politely asked if her husband would be long only to be told “ Oh I am sorry he must have forgotten about you he’s gone to feed the fowls! When asked by the demon barber after one haircut “Do you want anything on it” the dismayed client at once replied “Aye a balaclava”! Another client in the 1950’s went into the shop and asked if “Parks” had heard of Tony Curtis. “Of course


he replied. “Well I want my hair cutting like his,” the customer added. As the man nodded off “Parks went to work on him and removed all of the mans hair leaving him completely bald. The man woke and on seeing his reflection “I thought you said you knew who Tony Curtis was” to which Ernest replied “I do. He took the lead role in “The King and I” One afternoon Sid Jenkins was looking for his father in law, Bill Meese, who had not returned home after a visit to “Parks”. He was spotted clutching the railings over Kiveton Bridge in some distress, claiming he was going blind, and trying to find his way home. A few minutes later a similar scene was played out as Lawrence Watts staggered by on the other side of the road saying that he too was going blind. It was soon discovered, however, that they both had visited “Parks” who had simply exchanged their spectacles as a practical joke after he had cut their hair. Always ready to bet on anything (not always successfully) he suggested to Johnny Atkin, one Saturday tea time, that Kiveton Cricket Team would score over 200 that afternoon having looked across the railway line at the scoreboard, easily visible from the house on Colliery Road. Johnny took the bet and won! Kiveton had put the opposition in to bat. Another of “Park’s” duties was to help Charlie Powis, the local undertaker, prepare the deceased for their final journey. On one occasion a man had passed away who was regarded by all as the most miserable man in the village. “Parks” was called for and on his arrival at the undertakers found a distraught lady who was employed to wash and prepare the corpse. She explained to Ernest that she could not get the deceased’s teeth to stay in his mouth. Evert time they were put in place they immediately shot out.“ Parks tried to put them in but to no avail. He shaved the corpse and then suggested that a silk scarf be tied around the jaw to hold the offending dentures in place until rigor set in. After a while the scarf was removed, but to their dismay the teeth came half out leaving the dead man with an inane grin on his face. The door opened and in walked Reverend Selly who remarked that “He looks far happier in death than he ever looked in life !!!! A fortnight later a local busy body came into the barber’s shop and told Mr and Mrs Parkin “ Do you know Mrs X (the deceased’s widow) has had to get a new set of teeth as they only buried her husband wearing hers” “Parks” had employed Bill Mellor, part time, in the 1920’s. He would help Ernest at night and for half a day at the weekends. Ernest paid Bill a small amount as a wage but saved up a sum of money each week, which he gave to Bill when he emigrated to the USA in 1926. This helped give Bill a new start in life in the “ New World” and is referred to in his book entitled “From the Pit to the Pulpit, Preacher, Professor, Poet” by William Clement Mellor. Ernest Parkin had a happy retirement. A kind and generous hard working man, he spent much of his time recovering railway sleepers from the tip and carrying them home where he cut them up and gave them to the elderly in the area for use as firewood. Although he suffered from acute angina he kept the problem from his family. He was at the Cemetery on Church Street, Wales cutting grass from around the graves when he complained of feeling unwell and was brought home by Peter Allen. He died peacefully in his son’s arms that day on 16th June 1974. A legend. Mrs Parkin dies some five years later on 10th July 1979. A full version of this article can be read on our website. PAGE 15

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