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Welcome! Welcome to the June edition of Rotherham Life.

June is Volunteer Month and Voluntary Action Rotherham have lots of events planned, the Volunteer Walk on the 6th is the main event (pictured above), find out more in our community news pages. In addition to our usual great regular features, we discover a fabulous cake recipe on page 16, find out more about the importance of oral health on page 21 and don’t miss our two great competitions on pages 26 and 42. Thank you to all of our readers and businesses for your continued support over the last 11 years, since we started our very first Life magazine. We have now decided to take a step back from the busy day-to-day running of the magazines, in order to be able to spend more time with our young family and pursue other interests. We will still be

Chanel Hosfield on different ways to let Dad know he’s appreciated

involved with the community news and distribution side of the magazines and look forward to continuing to watch the business grow from strength to strength. We are excited to announce that your new Editor is Chanel Hosfield, who has worked as our Community and Media Manager for the last five years. She has become a font of local knowledge, having liaised with leaders in your local community each and every month. We wish Chanel and all of her team every success, in continuing to provide your best local community resource both in print and online. We once again thank you for all of your kind words over the years and wish each and every one of you all the very best for the future. We hope you have a joyous June.

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Features Giving your Dad the gift of time...............8 Seventies chic...............................................12 Mishka’s Groom Room dog grooming specialists.........................14

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Giving your Dad the gift of time With Father’s Day coming up

on Sunday 16th June, lots of us will be searching for the perfect gift to show our Dad how much he means to us and to thank him for the love and dedication he shows. But what if that search for the perfect gift is not necessary? What if the perfect gift would be an experience instead — spending time with your Dad? Dads can sometimes get the raw end of the deal. Many of them are equally as important in their offsprings’ lives but they never seem to be held on such a high pedestal as Mums and showered with the same affection and admiration. While it is true that not everybody is able to grow up with a father, I feel it is really important for us to celebrate Father’s Day. It shouldn’t be the only day we tell our Dad that we love and appreciate him, but it is a good

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Chanel Hosfield on different ways to let Dad know he’s appreciated prompt in our hectic schedules. LONELINESS A good proportion of the people reading this article will have an elderly father and this may mean they are less able to hold an active social life. Although not just something which affects the elderly, Age UK state that 1.9 million older people often feel ignored and invisible. And, the majority of us live busy lives where spending time with people can become just another thing to do on the list. It is unfortunate but so often an unintentional truth. But Father’s Day can be the reason we finally organise some quality time together — whether that be take Dad out for a meal, going for a walk, playing a game or a trip to the theatre.

FATHERS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN The opposite may be true for new fathers or Dads who have a young family. Maybe the gift of time for them may be a pass for a night out with his friends, a meal cooked for him or even a night off the bedtime routine and in control of the television remote, gifted by a spouse to show their appreciation. It’s not that Dads don’t enjoy spending time with their children, but the time for self-care is important for individuals and families alike. It shouldn’t be viewed as a selfish act, a small amount of time to themselves allows parents to have a little downtime and re-energise themselves. GIVING EXPERIENCES Spending time together and sharing experiences not only bonds families together, it is also the gift that keeps on giving, as the memories last a lot longer and can be cherished for a lifetime. The anticipation of a day together can also create excitement and give you that warm glow which you get when you feel part of something. Surely, I am not the only one who finds the run up to Christmas more exciting that the day itself?

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held at Thrybergh Parish Hall on 13th and 14th April was considered a success. There were 100 paintings on display and the group members were well supported by friends and visitors enabling the sale of raffle tickets and refreshments and achieved the sum of £560, which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Society and all raffle prizes were claimed. The painting competition was won by Linda Drury, picture No 77. The members thank all their friends and visitors for attending the exhibition. The group has approximately 25 members, it is a relaxed self-help group meeting on Monday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and new members are welcome. For further information, please call 01709 850346.

Maltby Miners Welfare Band Summer Concert Maltby Miners Welfare Band are this year’s Yorkshire Area 4th Section Champions and will be presenting their annual summer concert, at Rotherham Civic Theatre, on Friday 31st May. This will be the start of the band’s summer season, culminating in a tour to Belgium in August and the National Championships at Cheltenham in September. This year’s programme will include a mix of brass band favourites, light classics and popular tunes and as always will be compered by the very entertaining Mark Taylor. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen to this prize-winning band. Tickets cost £9.00 and £7.00 for concessions, available from the theatre’s box office or website. Declan Poole, the winner of the Young Theatre Organist of the Year, will play for the Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts on Sunday 23rd June at 2.30pm. Everyone is invited to what promises to be a very special event. Entry is £6.00 for members and senior citizens and for any 10 June 2019

Time-travelling U3A style On 20th June, Rotherham U3A’s

‘Out and About’ group will re-visit the past. Their destination is Beamish, a living, working museum in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Experience the sights and sounds of life in north east England in the early 19th and 20th centuries. There is so much to see and do. Visit homes, shops and the village school; explore the Drift-mine, Home Farm and Pockley Old Hall; ride through the town on a period tram or bus, and stop to reminisce with costumed ‘residents’ and ‘shopkeepers’ before a well-deserved break in the ‘old pub’ or one of the many eateries. The cost will be £15.00 for the coach in advance, with entry being £11.50 on day. Contact Barbara Riley on 01709 878430. Stepping back another century, on 21st June the Gardening group will visit the Walled Garden at 18th century Scampston Hall. Piet Oudolf’s stunning 1980s design, on the site

of the original 18th century kitchen garden, blends perfectly with the Capability Brown parkland, The garden is divided into nine unique areas, each alive with unusual plants. Light lunches, drinks and cakes are available at the tearooms. Back to the present via the 20th century, the group continues to Jackson’s Wold, a fabulous threeacre garden in the Yorkshire Wolds sheltered from North Sea winds by woodland. Divided into a number of themed ‘rooms’, the gardens are a profusion of colour and scent with many unusual plants. The cost will be £15.00 for the coach in advance, with the total entrance cost being £12.00 on the day. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672. As always, non-U3A members are welcome (at a £2.00 additional cost). Your Tardis awaits! For more about U3A activities, visit www.u3asites. or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841.

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to the Seventies! But this time around orange pine and avocado bathrooms are banned, in favour of good-looking furnishings, bold patterns and cool accessories. Seventies style is all about attitude. Bright and bold, it’s easy to introduce, often quite affordable and, because the furnishings are so striking, less is definitely more — a handful of well-chosen pieces can be carefully integrated into a modern scheme, adding an on-trend edge without becoming overpowering. Start with the distinctive Seventies colour palette — in general colours were quite earthy and muddy, from mustard and ochre to camel, olive and chocolate. Like the patterns of the time — geometrics such as circles within squares, paisleys and simple florals — these strong shades are best employed in small doses, mitigated by pale or neutral backgrounds. Think small touches such as a cushion or two, a drum lampshade, some glassware and ceramics and a framed

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Society’s last concert of the season will take place on Friday 7th June, at 7.30pm. This is to be a ‘Summer Concert of Light Music’ and will take place at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church. Tickets are available from choir members or on the door and will be priced at £7.00 (£6.00 and £2.00 concessions). The Musical Director is Rachel Copley and Accompanist Joy Blaker. The schedule will include songs from the shows, such as Showboat, A Chorus Line, Beauty and the Beast and Les Miserables. The choir will begin rehearsals again in September and new members would be welcome in all voice parts to this very friendly choir. Come and ‘sit in’ at a Wednesday rehearsal and see if it is for you!

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Children’s Hospital an even more extraordinary place? At nearly 150 years old, the hospital has been on Western Bank since 1878 and is one of only four dedicated children’s hospital trusts in the UK. It provides care for children and young people ranging from community and mental health care as well as acute and specialist services. The hospital treats over 170,000 children every year, from right across the north of England and last year 34 patients from Rotherham were seen every single day, 72 patients from Bassetlaw were seen every week, 12 patients from Mansfield were seen every week and 31 patients from Lincolnshire (including Gainsborough) were seen every single day. To support the vital work of the hospital, the Children’s Hospital Charity has many ways for people to help out by donating, fundraising or sponsoring someone to take part in one of their events. There are lots of fun events taking place throughout the year, all raise funds for the hospital. There’s something for everyone from sky diving to picnics so there’s no excuse not to take part! Sheffield Children’s Hospital has always depended on charitable support; you can make a difference by getting involved or simply spreading the word. Whatever your ability there is an event for you.

Arts Society Dukeries Antony Gormley’s career spans

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David Coldrick on the importance of dental health in later years potentially catastrophic results. OTHER CONDITIONS CAN AFFECT TEETH AND GUMS • Poor oral hygiene — not keeping the teeth and gums clean — is a key risk factor for pneumonia and respiratory tract infections in vulnerable people. • Oral bacteria can also cause specific heart damage (endocarditis) in people who have existing heart valve problems. • People with diabetes are more prone to gum disease. Advanced gum disease may have an effect on blood glucose control. Here are some other nuggets of useful information to help ease the pain so to speak: • It is not so much the amount of sugar eaten but its frequency that is most damaging to teeth. • For people with dexterity issues you can obtain a foam or a putty that hardens around a toothbrush handle to help with the gripping motion. • There is a three-sided toothbrush

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Braithwell Church & Country Fair At this year’s Braithwell Church

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and Country Fair on Saturday 8th June, there will be something for everyone. The event will run from 12.00pm to 5.00pm and will include; family entertainment, live music from Maltby Miners Band and The Beats, Gillian Banks Theatre School, arts and crafts, children’s face painting, cakes, model planes, classic cars, military vehicles, farm machinery, sheep shearing, alpacas, plus many other stalls and attractions. After a fantastic display last year Hawks of Steele are returning with their stand and flying demonstration. There will also be children’s gokarts, football, bowling and golf competitions. Additionally, new for this year will be children’s unicorn and pony rides. Visitors will be able to enjoy tall the refreshments on offer, as well as Ploughman’s lunches (served from 12.00pm) and hotdogs too. The Bubble Box Yorkshire, a fully licensed vintage horse box prosecco bar, will also serving premium bottled lager and spirits. Don’t miss the Grand Draw with first prize £100.00, plus many other prizes. HOME-CRAFT BAKING COMPETITION Keen bakers can also enter the home-craft baking competition with the following categories: • Age six years and under Five homemade biscuits decorated with an ‘animal’ theme

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Firbeck Village Hall on Friday 21st June is multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, Phil is something of a national treasure and ambassador for acoustic roots music as one-half of award-winning folk powerhouse Show of Hands, and who is equally in demand as a captivating solo performer. On his ‘String Theory’ Tour he sets out

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Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association The multi-talented Gerry Kersey

from Radio Sheffield returned in April to speak to Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association about his many ‘Celebrity Encounters’. During his long and impressive career in broadcasting and theatre, he has interviewed the likes of Ken Dodd, Barbara Windsor, Stirling Moss and George Cole to name but a few and entertained members with interesting and amusing anecdotes from those encounters. Gerry is a very accomplished artist and brought along his beautifully hand-painted cards for sale to raise money for leukaemia research. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday 14th May at 7.30pm, with Ron Mawer from Roannne Nurseries, a demonstration and plant sales. FUTURE OUTINGS • 22nd May — York and Theatre to see The Mousetrap • 29th May — AGM at Askham Bryan College with guest speaker Margaret Sentamu The group warmly welcome visitors and new members, so if you are interested or require further information, please contact Pamela at pammyjill@ or call 07585 663434 or visit their Facebook page, ‘Yorkshire Countrywomen Braithwell Branch’.

Brampton en le Morthen Open Gardens Come and visit five beautiful gardens for only £3.00 per person. Brampton en le Morthen presents their Open Gardens 2019 on Saturday 15th June, from 1.00pm to 5.00pm. There will be refreshments, homemade cakes and plants for sale. All proceeds raised will go to Rotherham Hospice, Rotherham Rescue Rangers and Brampton Village Fund. There is parking in the Rising Deer car park and Brampton en le Morthen can accessed off the A57 at the M1/M18 intersection, S66 9AT. 34 June 2019

Volunteer Walk Join us in Rotherham town centre to say thank you to Rotherham volunteers! Voluntary Action Rotherham, supported by Rotherham Together Partnership, have a calendar of events planned for Volunteer Month in June and the Volunteer Walk on Thursday 6th June is the main event. Groups and charities from across Rotherham will come together again to undertake the short walk from Rotherham Minster around the town centre, to raise the profile of volunteering and say thank you to Rotherham volunteers who give up their time to support our local charities and services. Last year’s event was attended by over 200 people. The event is supported by; colleagues from RMBC, elected members and the mayor; all of whom want to join in saying thank you to Rotherham people who give up their time to support others. The Volunteer Walk will take place on Thursday 6th June, starting at Rotherham Minster (12.00pm registration, walking at 1.00pm approx.). The short walk through the town centre will take approximately

45 minutes, before arriving back at the Minister for coffee and cake, prize draw and guest speakers, from 2.00pm to 3.00pm. Kerry McGrath (Volunteering and Social Action Coordinator, VAR) said: “It’s so important that we recognise the efforts of Rotherham volunteers who help to keep our charities and services running, The Volunteer Walk is one way that we can say thank you.” The event is open to Rotherham volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations from across all sectors. Whether you want to attend on your own, or with a group of colleagues, you will be very welcome! You will receive a free goody bag and ticket for the prize draw. To book your place on this event, email Kerry McGrath on kerry. If you’re interested in volunteering in Rotherham — you can view local volunteer opportunities on www. Maybe you’re looking for some volunteers for your organisation? Voluntary Action Rotherham can help, contact Kerry to find out more on 01709 834451.

Rotherham Symphony Orchestra Rotherham Symphony Orchestra are currently adding the

‘finishing touches’ to their summer concert taking place on Saturday 15th June at Rotherham Minster. With student performer numbers at their highest since the orchestra formed almost two years ago, this concert will see a student harpist and full student percussion section amongst student violinists, woodwind and brass players. The programme, including Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet overture and Saint Saens’ Danse Macabre, will be a light and recognisable mix of classical favourites. The RSO committee pride themselves on encouraging and nurturing young talent, with many senior orchestra members having progressed through Rotherham Music bands and string groups themselves, before studying music at degree and post graduate levels. With a fabulous programme to look forward to in their ‘proms’ style concert on Friday 6th September at

Rotherham Civic, they would like to encourage any students with grade 6 or above to come to see the orchestra perform and attend a trial rehearsal on Sunday 14th July. Please contact rotherhamsymphonyorchestra@gmail. com to book a place for 14th July. New adult players also welcome. Please be aware that woodwind and brass places are limited and players may need to be added to waiting lists. Tickets for 15th June concert at Rotherham Minster can be purchased at and cost adults £10.00, concessions £5.00 (plus booking fee).







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Coffee Morning for Cancer Research On 29th June St Bartholomew’s Church in Maltby are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Cancer Research — do go along and take your friends to support this very worthy cause, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. They’re hoping to take advantage of the summer sun with a Cream Tea afternoon on 6th July, from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. There’ll be strawberries and cream with delicious, home-made scones and meringues. Join them — hopefully in the lovely sun! They’ll be outside if the weather permits, if not in church. They’ll be at the Horticultural Show serving tea and coffee to the thirsty competitors on 17th August in the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall. They’ve also got exciting plans for September — on 7th September, they’re having a Fashion Show for the roof appeal at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall with lots of women’s and children’s clothes at reasonable prices. It starts at 2.00pm, so go along and bag a bargain. The weekend beginning 14th September, the church will be open for a Heritage Weekend when records will be available for perusal and tea and coffee and cake refreshments will be on sale.

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Voice Choir are holding their Annual Concert with special guests The Doncaster Youth Swing Orchestra, on Saturday 1st June, at 7.00pm in Hall Cross Lower Academy School, Bessacarr, Doncaster. The compere will be Mr Phil Bodmer (BBC Look North) and tickets cost £10.00 including refreshments. Tickets are available by calling 01302 539284 and donations from the proceeds will go to Donmentia Charity and Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

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Villages preparing for the annual invasion The villages of Ranskill and Torworth are once again preparing for the annual invasion of scarecrows. The event takes place over the weekend of 8th June in Ranskill and 9th June in Torworth, with around 100 scarecrows expected to be on display around the two villages. There is a full programme of events planned and entry is free on both days. The scarecrows will, of course, be on display in both villages all weekend. You can all join in with the fun even if you don’t live in the villages. Festival organisers will organise for anyone making a scarecrow for it to be on display at a suitable place. As well as scarecrows, there is a full weekend of events taking place. RANSKILL — SATURDAY 8TH JUNE Organisers have arranged a free bouncy castle, face painting, go karts and sports for the children. Be entertained by Ranskill School Choir, Harworth Brass Band and the Ukulele Band. They have a range of hot and cold refreshments including a barbecue and afternoon tea, tombola, craft stalls, decorate your bike competition, owls,

Beehive Folk Club Mick Ryan and Pete Harris will be the guests at The Beehive Folk Club Harthill on 7th June, and tickets cost £10.00 each. Please contact Peter Garratt on 0114 2352850 or email Mick is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional original material. Throughout the eighties he was seen at clubs and festivals as lead singer with the very popular ‘Crows’. Musical partners don’t come better

Zumba dancing and a martial arts demonstration. There will also be a local puppet theatre and magic show, pony rides, a flower and plant stall and village organisation stalls. TORWORTH — SUNDAY 9TH JUNE There will be many free activities for the children, including a bouncy castle, face painting and sports. There will be pony rides, have your photo taken with an owl, see a nature safari and try the climbing wall. Learn how to save a life with the paramedics, indulge in strawberry cream teas and watch the fun dog show. Why not enter your dog into the fun dog show or get free dog behavioural advice? There will also be displays by the Bawtry Youth Theatre Group and Retford Gymnastics Display Team. You could even have a go at line dancing. Meet Friends of Daneshill Lakes with their garden tool sharpening service, plus a wide range of craft stalls. There will be a Grand Raffle with excellent prizes to be drawn in Torworth on Sunday. SUNDAY ONLY Don’t miss the opportunity to ride on a ‘Red London Bus’, to see the scarecrows (courtesy of Wilfreda Coaches). For further information contact: • Ranskill, Saturday 8th June — Dot Perkins on 01777 817505 • Torworth, Sunday 9th June — Hilary Skelton on 01777 818545 Follow the festival on Facebook and see a full programme of events. than talented multi-instrumentalist and singer Pete Harris (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, mandola, banjo, bass guitar, whistle). On the folk scene Pete has worked with a number of successful bands including ‘The New St George’ and ‘The Bursledon Village Band’, and is also a fine solo performer. As might be expected given their backgrounds, Mick and Pete combine traditional, original. comic and blues material with solo, unison and harmony singing that is by turns powerful, sensitive and arresting.


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Houseplant heaven Houseplants will have supplied you with some lovely greenery during the gloomier months, but right now it’s time to give them a bit of TLC as they could do with some pampering. Quite often houseplants get very lacklustre and miserable over the winter and spring, so start by checking them over thoroughly. Remove and dispose of any that are heavily infested with pests or infected by diseases. Although it is sometimes possible to control these sorts of problems, unless the plant is of extreme sentimental value, it is rarely worth all the effort — particularly as you may still not be completely successful. Once done, continue as follows… • Carefully pick over remaining plants, removing dead, damaged or discoloured leaves. If the leaf stems are quite tough then use a good sharp pair of scissors for this job or invest in a pair of special ‘snips’ or miniature secateurs — whatever you use, they must be really sharp. 44 June 2019

Pippa Greenwood gives her houseplants a spring clean • Houseplants usually respond well if repotted in late spring or very early summer, so if yours are pot-bound do this now. Check by carefully removing the plant from its pot and take a look at the root system. If it is really quite congested in the pot, then in most cases this means it is time for it to move house. • When repotting, only move the plants up one pot size and use compost as similar as possible to the compost in which they are currently growing. If in doubt, seek advice from your local garden centre or plant compost supplier. Most houseplants hate poor drainage, so do make sure that the compost is free-draining and always add crocks at the base of the pot. Consider adding additional grit or perlite to improve drainage.

• Once the plants have been repotted, place them in a cool, relatively stress-free environment for a week or two and avoid putting them in hot or direct bright sunlight. Keep them adequately but not over-watered and the roots will soon start to move into the new compost. • Once they are happy in their new pot, give them a bit of a bath. Well-moistened kitchen roll or cotton wool can be used to wipe the leaves clean. Many of the more glossy-leaved houseplants respond well to an application of leaf shine, but always check that the plants you have will enjoy this treatment, as some respond badly. • When did you last feed your houseplants? It is easy to forget them when you are busy thinking about other plant-related jobs. Houseplants do require regular feeding, and you can buy some really good fertilisers in garden centres. If possible, choose those which are formulated specifically for the plants you are growing or at least are sold as being especially suitable







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Sitting sustainably… Rachel Leverton takes a look at garden furniture One of the great pleasures in life has to be sitting outside on a summer evening, glass of wine in hand, gazing in reverie at your precious plot. But what are you sitting on? Is your furniture environmentally friendly? What about that lovely decking, or your garden shed? As gardeners we have a responsibility which extends far beyond our boundary. Trees are vital to the planet. They convert carbon dioxide into oxygen and act as environmental filters, offsetting the effects of pollution. They also provide a habitat for birds and animals. Like many gardeners I take a keen interest in environmental matters so it came as a shock when I read recently that that every year our tiny island imports more unsustainably produced wood than anywhere else in the world! A good proportion of this wood is used to make garden buildings, furniture, fencing and decking. I was thrilled, therefore, to read about the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and their certification 48 June 2019

programme for sustainable produced and sourced wood? The FSC was founded in 1993, in response to public concern about deforestation. The council devised a wood-labelling scheme which allows a product to be traced right back down the supply chain from the consumer to its source. Any product bearing the FSC logo is guaranteed to be from forests which are carefully managed to conserve biodiversity and support local communities. Unfortunately not all garden suppliers stock products which are FSC approved. So we need to demand that they do. The world’s forests are in decline. Some tropical hardwoods are already on the verge of extinction, and temperate forests in the northern hemisphere are also suffering because of unregulated tree-felling. As a gardener

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Midsummer meanings The month of Wimbledon and Father’s Day; synonymous with freshly mown grass, the first Pimms and a sudden abundance of flowers, we welcome June as the beginning of summer. In Anglo-Saxon times, June was known as midsummer month or sera monath, meaning ‘dry month’. It also brought with it the big pagan celebration of the summer solstice — the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It was the Romans who were responsible for giving the sixth month in their Roman and our Gregorian calendar its current name. Jun(e) is believed to be a shortened version of Junius — Latin for ‘sacred to Juno’. Juno was the wife of Jupiter and patron goddess of Rome. She was also the goddess of marriage and childbirth. The blessing she was said to bestow on couples who marry during this month has meant that June weddings remain popular to this day. In early Roman times, June had 29 days, but Emperor 50 June 2019

Summer solstice is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere Julius Caesar added an extra day, making it 30 days long. People born in June are said to be ruled by the planet Mercury, representing youth, and come under the zodiac signs of either Gemini (the twins) or Cancer (the crab). Scientific studies have claimed that June babies tend to be physically stronger and suffer less with mental illnesses than those born in any other month. June has three birthstones: the pearl, moonstone and the more obscure alexandrite. The birth flowers for this month are the rose and the honeysuckle. There is a saying in folklore that in June, summer doesn’t begin until the elderflower is in blossom. Apart from the summer solstice, other festivals that take place in June include well-dressing, where natural springs are honoured with

elaborate decorations that include intricate mosaic-like pictures made using flowers, grasses, moss, seeds, bark and berries. Well-dressing is particularly popular across Derbyshire. The many significant historical events that have happened in the month of June include: the signing of the Magna Carta on 15th June 1215; the infamous Battle of Waterloo on 18th June 1815; the Queen’s coronation on 2nd June 1953; and D-Day, on 6th June 1944. The month of June has long fascinated poets, artists and lyricists from Shakespeare to Rogers and Hammerstein. ‘Flaming June’ is a famous painting by Lord Frederick Leighton completed in 1895. Scottish poet Robert Burns also paid homage to the month in the first lines of his well-known poem ‘A Red Red Rose’. And there is no end of romantic ballads out there rhyming ‘June’ with ‘moon’. Believe it or not, June was a popular name for both boys and girls in the first part of the 20th century but over the last 40 to 50 years it has declined in favour in the UK. However, June has enjoyed a resurgence as a favourite girls’ name in the USA during the past decade.

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Champagne moments at Tickhill Music Society performance An enthusiastic audience at Tickhill Music Society was treated to a night at the opera by four maestros at the last concert of the season — Clare Wheat (soprano), Sally Perkins (mezzo soprano), David Watkin — Holmes (tenor) and Thomas D Hopkinson (bass). They were brilliantly accompanied by Jonathan Gooing at the piano, who also gave informative and entertaining introductions to each group of songs. The group took the audience on an operatic journey, starting with Handel and finishing with Britten. The pieces were not delivered in statuesque fashion but were acted out, with (for example) Rodolfo and Mimi from La Boheme continuing their duet out of sight as they left the make-believe garret. For any not familiar with opera the concert was an insight into the delights of this art form; for opera buffs it was an opportunity to revel in familiar arias by Verdi, Mozart and Puccini. The evening was rounded off with a rousing encore in the form of the toast to champagne from Die Fledermaus, which perfectly captured the mood of the audience. Review by Adrian Hattrell Tickhill Music Society’s new season begins on Friday 13th September at 7.00pm in St Mary’s Church with the welcome return of Bel Canto. 54 June 2019

Year period, my wife lost an uncle, my next-door neighbour lost a sister and I lost a brother-in-law. All three people died of cancer. We have now come to terms with this heart-breaking situation and so recently, we decided to raise funding to aid the Cancer Research Charity in respect of the loss of our loved ones. With the fantastic help from each group member from Bevan Crescent Community Group in Maltby, and the sponsorship and donations from a number of businesses and

many of the people from Maltby and surrounding areas, we have managed to raise the fantastic sum of £712. It is worth mentioning that much of this money came from a sponsored time on a treadmill when £50.00 was raised in Rotherham Hospital by a group member in her late 80s. One gentleman group member raised money from a ’walking’ marathon. Other group members made generous donations of money and raffle prizes. This has been a fantastic effort made by a group of aged people. On Thursday 25th April, a cheque presentation was made to the Area Manager of the Cancer Research Charity. This occasion was also a celebration of the diligent work done from a group of people who likes to help others. Keith Stringer

Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café At the April meeting of Wickersley

Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café the group were entertained by Friends in Harmony and what a lovely afternoon they had. It’s so good to see members joining in and singing along. May was the group’s second anniversary (where did those two years go?). They had a beautiful cake and on Tuesday 14th May they enjoyed a buffet lunch provided by Social Stop Café at Wickersley Methodist Church and were entertained by ‘Shore to Shore’. Future dates are: • 14th June — June is

bursting out all over • 12th July — school’s out • 9th August — summertime special The Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café welcomes anyone from Wickersley and the surrounding area who is living with dementia, and their carers, to join them for music, table games, crafts and much more. The café meets on the second Friday of each month at Wickersley Methodist Church, Bawtry Road S66 1JJ, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. For more information please email

Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association The Rother Valley Retired

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Friends in Harmony Friends in Harmony will be giving a ‘Goodbye to Spring / Hello to Summer’ concert, on Saturday 15th June, at 7.00pm in Wickersley

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance. New members and visitors are welcome and ample car parking available. Further information from the secretary can be obtained by calling 07803 579125. Methodist Church. The concert will include a wide range of music with songs by The Beatles, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sting. Tickets, costing £6.00, are available from 07449 120051 or pay on the night.

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Driverless cars explained Driverless cars are a hot motoring topic, with manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs all talking about them. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? The Government predicts that driverless cars could be in full use on the UK’s roads by 2021. ARE THEY SAFE? The safety of autonomous vehicles was questioned after a woman was killed while crossing the road in front of a self-driving vehicle in Arizona. The issue is the co-habitation of road users and the driverless vehicles — until people are sure how to interact with them, accidents will still happen. WHICH MANUFACTURERS CURRENTLY OFFER SOME LEVEL OF AUTONOMOUS ASSISTANCE? You’ll find some partial self-driving technology in cars from Audi, BMW, Citroen, DS, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo. Most cars do incorporate the technology, but it can include features such as adaptive cruise control.

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LEVELS OF AUTONOMY The various levels of autonomous assistance are categorised from one to five. Here’s what they mean. Level 1 — Introduced around 1990s/00s This base level means that just one element of the driving process is taken over by the car — but the driver is still very much in charge. This level of assistance is mature now and was pioneered by early cruise control systems. Level 2 — Present day Level 2 autonomy represents pretty much where we are today. Computers can deal with multiple functions, so the car can take control of steering, throttle and brake functions — but the driver must show they’re in charge of the car by putting a hand on the steering wheel. Level 3 — Estimated 2020 At level 3 all of the safety-critical functions can be controlled by the car, but the driver must still be able to intervene if necessary — this isn’t completely ‘hands-off’ technology yet. Level 4 — Mid 2020s Level 4 sees cars capable of being fully autonomous, albeit in selected areas — most

likely inner-city ones. Dedicated lane markings and infrastructure will be required to ensure that the cars keep on the straight and narrow, too. Complex mapping systems will combine with advanced cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to determine where the car should go. The driver may have to intervene at certain points, but for the most part it’ll mean hands-free driving. Level 5 — Late 2020s/early 2030s Level 5 will see the vehicles derestricted — they will be capable of driving anywhere, without the need for a driver. There won’t be a need for a steering wheel or traditional ‘controls’; these vehicles will be fully capable of operating themselves. It’ll free up space inside the cars, so they’ll probably look more like lounges on wheels. That’s what we predict, anyway. TIMELINE PREDICTIONS This timeline is based on predictions by many different manufacturers, though most agree that the bulk of progress will happen between 2020 and 2030. It’s a real technology race at the moment — each company is attempting to develop their own systems quicker than the rest. It’s why these dates are estimations — some may get there sooner than others.




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THE WYCH ELM Tana French One horrific night changes Toby’s life for ever. He retreats to the place he feels safest — Ivy House, to look after his terminally ill uncle. But then a skull is discovered in the garden and Toby has to question everything he believes to be true. Are his cousins hiding something from him? Is his uncle a killer? And, with his own memory damaged, how can Toby be sure he’s not the murderer? While The Wych Elm is a slow-burner, it’s well worth sticking with. GROW ALL YOU CAN EAT IN 3 SQUARE FEET Chauney Dunford When it comes to food, few things beat picking your own vegetables straight from the garden. And you don’t need a large plot to do it. Whether you have a balcony, a courtyard or just a windowsill, you can grow your own vegetables, fruit and herbs. This book offers plenty of advice for would-be growers, from which plants thrive in shady gardens to which flowers can help to protect your crops. You’ll soon be creating your own bicycle wheel trellis, balcony saddlebag or strawberry colander. WEBER’S GREATEST HITS Jamie Purviance Over the years, Weber has released a series of books to accompany its bestselling barbeques. The latest, Weber’s Greatest Hits, has more than 100 recipes for starters, mains (beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and shellfish), sides and desserts. Dishes include Chicken Tacos, Salmon 58 June 2019

Skewers, Zesty Garlic Prawns, Chilli-Rubbed Chicken and, for the traditionalist, Texas Burgers. STEPSISTER Jennifer Donnelly Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, but who stops to consider her stepsisters? Isabelle is neither pretty nor demure. But if she’s brave enough to cut off her own toe to fit her foot in a glass slipper, what else is she capable of? While Stepsister is aimed at young adults, this imaginative story is also likely to appeal to older readers who fancy losing themselves in a twisted fairy tale for a few hours. PROPERTY Lionel Shriver Looking for a book to dip in and out of, rather than devote whole sunny afternoons to? This collection of short stories and novellas might be the answer. If you want fast-paced action and loathe long passages of description, it’s probably not for you. If you enjoy wry humour, detailed characterisation and stories that you’re still pondering about hours later, it’s well worth a look. THE ROSIE RESULT Graeme Simsion Professor Don Tillman is back, more than a decade after we first met him in The Rosie Project. This time, he has a new project — helping his son Hudson to settle into school (and neurotypical society). Hudson’s teacher thinks Hudson may be autistic. Don and Rosie need to decide whether to seek a formal diagnosis. And, while they’re at it, whether Don should be classed as autistic himself. While The Rosie Result is the third in the trilogy, it can be read as a standalone novel. A warm, humorous, thought-provoking read.

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Stainton Village Hall Trust Stainton Village Hall Trust warmly

invite you to ‘A Gin Tasting evening’, on Saturday 8th June, at 7.30pm. Everyone will be able to taste from a selection of unusual and perhaps exotic gins available. There will also be some equally unusual non-alcoholic alternatives. Light refreshments, and an entertaining commentary will also be provided. Please join them for an evening of fun. Tickets cost £12.00 in advance from Joyce Holmes on 01709 790541 or Alan White 01302 482014.

Charity coffee morning Go along to the next Charity Coffee

Morning, at Wickersley Methodist Church on Friday 28th June, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. This month’s event will be in aid of the Rotherham Samaritans. In April, £161 was raised for Motor Neurone Disease. On this occasion they will be serving strawberries and cream and strawberry cream scones. Everyone is welcome and the organisers would love to see you there.

Tickhill Film Society Tickhill Film Society have been

showing films since the spring of 2016, entertaining audiences in Tickhill Parish Room with films ranging from popular British titles to the latest Oscar nominees and films not in the English language. Thirty-six titles have graced the screen so far, including: ‘What We Did On Our Holidays’, ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’, ‘Babette's Feast’, ‘The Lady In The Van’, ‘Brooklyn’, ‘Bridge Of Spies’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Hidden Figures’, ‘Loving Vincent’, ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Darkest Hour’ and ‘Finding Your Feet’.


The society will return to the Parish Room in the autumn of 2019, showing films on the third Wednesday of the month, with doors opening at 6.30pm and films starting at 7.00pm. They will be inviting members to pay a subscription for a season of films at £4.50 per film. Guests will also welcome to attend, at £6.00 per film. They look forward to seeing you there. Please contact Andy, Secretary (07340 708404 evenings), or Janice, Treasurer (07590 455340) if you are interested in becoming a member, or have any other queries, or email

Church Summer Fair Bramley Brass Band The Summer Fair at St Simon Bramley Brass Band will be

joining Coryllion Choir from St Albans Church, Wickersley in concert in St Albans Church on Saturday 8th June at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £5.00 (including refreshments) and are available by calling 07743 138794 or you can simply show up and pay on the door.

and St Jude will be at Thurcroft Parish Church on Saturday 15th June, from 11.00am to 2.00pm. There will be refreshments available, cake stall, children’s activities, outside games and rides, stalls, Rotherham African Drummers and much more. Please come and support your local church.

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pension savings before triggering an extra tax charge — increased from £1,030,000 to £1,055,000 on 6th April. CAPITAL GAINS TAX The Capital Gains Tax annual exempt amount for individuals has increased from £11,700 to £12,000. Effective and repeated use of your CGT exemption is a great way to transfer assets into ISAs or pensions to provide a shelter from any future liability. ISAS The most you can put into your ISA remains at £20,000 for the 2019/20 tax year. This includes Stocks and Shares and Cash ISAs.

Eight things to know about the new tax year Rachel Bayliss looks at how to make the most of your money Tax planning should be a yearround activity. But the start of a new tax year is an ideal time to assess whether you can make the most of the allowances and exemptions available. Here’s a rundown of the main ones and what’s changed, what’s not changed, and some actions you should consider. INCOME TAX The personal allowance — the amount that you are allowed to earn before you start paying Income Tax — has risen from £11,850 to £12,500. The higher rate threshold — the point at which you will start to pay 40% Income Tax — has increased from £46,350 to £50,000. The additional rate tax band of £150,000 remains unchanged. • Personal allowance (up to £12,500) — 0% • Basic rate (£12,501 to £50,000) — 20% • Higher rate (£50,001 to £150,000) — 40% • Additional rate (over 60 June 2019

£150,000) — 45% There are a different set of changes for Scottish taxpayers. These can be found on HMRC’s website. PERSONAL SAVINGS ALLOWANCE For 2019/20, basic rate tax payers can continue to earn £1,000 interest on savings before paying tax. Those paying tax at the higher rate see their allowance remain at £500. If you’re an additional rate taxpayer earning £150,001 or more, you’ll lose entitlement to any allowance. PERSONAL PENSIONS Most people can still get tax relief on pension contributions worth up to £40,000 per tax year (or 100% of earnings, if less). However, those with adjusted earnings of more than £150,000 will continue be subject to the ‘tapered annual allowance’ which can result in a maximum annual allowance of £10,000. Documents published last month confirmed that a review of pension tax relief is still very much in the government’s sights. So it’s sensible to make full use of the current reliefs. The Lifetime Allowance — the most you can take from your

JUNIOR ISAS The Junior ISA allowance has gone up to £4,368. Alongside pensions, Junior ISAs present a great opportunity to help give children a financial head start. INHERITANCE TAX Everyone in the 2019/20 tax year has an Inheritance Tax allowance of £325,000 — known as the ‘nil-rate band’. The allowance has remained the same since 2010/11. RESIDENCE NIL-RATE BAND The new tax year sees the inherited property allowance — known as the ‘residence nil-rate band’ — rise from £125,000 to £150,000. Combined with the standard Inheritance Tax allowance of £325,000, the increase means you can now pass on as much as £475,000 to direct descendants tax-free. For married couples and civil partners that figure is £950,000. The rules are complicated, so getting advice is vital. • 2019/2020 — £150,000 • 2020/2021 — £175,000 • 2021/2022 onwards — Increases in line with Consumer Prices Index. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, contact Rachel Bayliss from Bayliss Wealth Management on 07962 111949 or email

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