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Mystery of Well Side Cottage continues to baffle Exactly one year ago we brought readers’ attention to the plight of 27 Blyth Road, Maltby, a source of continued concern for many in Maltby. This 1710 construction, also known as Well Side Cottage as a result of its historic location near the old well, still stands, though rather worse for the wear. Yet after 300 years its longevity seems in question if action isn’t taken soon to ensure its continued survival. English Heritage has listed the building as Grade II. When a building is listed, it is then protected from changes that are considered compromising to the historical integrity of the building, limiting refurbishments and alterations, both interior and exterior. Generally buildings are listed only after they have been brought to the attention of English Heritage by unaffiliated individuals, so private interest is needed for the significance of a building to be noted by the society. In the case of
Well Side Cottage, this was successfully accomplished on 1 April 1987, when it was itself listed. Buildings are chosen for reasons of architectural significance, construction, age, and other factors that mark it out as unique, such as a famous personage who has inhabited it, e.g. Jane Austen’s home in Bath, or, in the case of Well Side Cottage, being the last remaining home from the original village of Maltby. Any building built before 1700, if it remains in reasonable condition, is automatically listed, while anything built after 1945 is subject to scrutiny while under consideration. With respect to this, one of the principle debates surrounding this home has been what should be required of its owner regarding its preservation, and this falls very much in the realm of the Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Previous owners Tarmac have now
returned to the building although it is not clear whether as tenants or whether last year’s sale has fallen through. Ultimately of course the outcome lies within the hands of the current and future owners and with the Council, a spokesman of whom has said that “should it be deemed prudent, [they] will consider exercising its statutory powers under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990” for the sake of the cottage.
Events Calendar April Edward Dunn Dance & Social Club
April Maltby Town Council Surgery
April White Rose Karate Club
April Toddler Time
Edward Dunn Memorial Hall 14:00-16:30. Every Friday, Tea Dance £1.50 including refreshments
Edward Dunn Memorial Hall Every Friday 14:00-15:30 Everyone welcome
Maltby Community Development Trust, Wesley Centre, Maltby 18:30 - 20:30. Every Sunday
Wickersley Library, 10:00-11:00 (every Mon incl. school holidays) Fun & games for 2-5yr olds No need to book just come along
Maltby Crags Women’s Group
Silver Dollar Line Dance Club
Maltby Musical Theatre Group
Maltby History Society
Crags School Community Room 9:00 - 11:00. Every Wednesday Term Time. Speakers, Crafts etc. For info: 07817 405255
2nd & 3rd Thursday of the month Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, 19:30 - 21:30, £2 per session, Tel Tony: 07766 088221
Maltby Community Development Trust, Wesley Centre, Maltby 19:30 - 21:30. Every Thursday
Gentle Exercise for the over 50's
Maltby Phoenix Sword
Maltby Phoenix Sword
Maltby Community Development Trust, Wesley Centre, Maltby 14:30-15:30
Edward Dunn Memorial Hall 19:30. Last Saturday of the month, Contact John: 01709 816445. All Welcome
Tuesday nights (term time), The White Swan, 19:30 - 21:00, FREE, Come and have a go with our adult team
Tuesdays (term time), Edward Dunn Memorial Hall
Stepping Stones Children’s Centre
Citizens Advice Bureau
Last Saturday of every month, Saturday Play - 10:00-11:30, Dad’s Group - 11:30-13:00 For info: 01709 816946
15:30 - 16:30, FREE, Just turn up and have a go!
Stepping Stones Children’s Centre, 10:00-12:00, Every other Wednesday, Appointment only, Tel: 01709 816946
Maltby Library, Maltby Millenium Photographic Project. 19:00. All Welcome.
Wickersley Writers Workshop
April Supertots Carer & Toddler Group
St Marys Parish Room, Morell St. 9:00-11:00. Tuesdays (Term time only) Everyone Welcome. Tel Pauline: 07817 405255
Over 50's Fitness
Edward Dunn Memorial Hall Every Monday, £2 per session 13:00-14:00 Call Chris Young: 07925 177583
Tribute to Georgia by Blu Crew
Wickersley Community Centre Every other Tues, 13:00 - 15:00 Tel Margaret: 01709 543991
Maltby Miners Institute, Muglet Lane, Maltby. 19:00. Music, entertainment etc. Tickets £6
Rotherham Round Rotary Walk
Silver Dollar Line Dance Club
Tea, coffee & biscuits
Starting at All Saints Square, 9:00, Choose 25 mile or 12 mile Proceeds to Rotherham Hospice Adults £10. Call 01709 372442.
Tuesday nights Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, 19:30 - 21:30, £2 per session, Tel Tony: 07766 088221
Local landmark could be set for facelift
Local landmark Wentworth Woodhouse could be on the verge of a multi-million pound makeover if the current owners win their legal case against the Coal Authority. The Coal Authority looks set to appeal a judge’s decision in a bid to stop a claim for damages going to a full hearing. The claim for damages against the Coal Authority, for at least £100m, is key to the proposed regeneration of the building that has the longest country house façade in Europe. Plans for the mansion house were unveiled last year that would create a combination of a publicly accessible restored museum in the
central and grandest rooms, as well as a 70 suite luxury hotel and spa to the remainder. Business premises in the stable block were also proposed. The Coal Authority attempted to stop the claim in the Lands Chamber of the Upper Tribunal in January, arguing that the two damage notices served by the owners were invalid. The contention centred on technicalities on how the form was completed, largely due to it being completed by one of the Newbold brothers, Paul. The authority claimed that he was not the land owner as the property was co-
owned by the family and that he did not have the authority to act on behalf of his family. The judge, Mr George Bartlett QC ruled in favour of the Newbold family, concluding that “the Authority’s contention that the notices were invalid must fail.” Now, the owners have been informed of the Coal Authority’s decision to pursue this case by appealing to the Court of Appeal. This comes despite the judge going on to say that “there is not in my view, a realistic prospect of success on this or any of the other contentions in their applications.” In a statement, the Newbold brothers said:
“We are very disappointed that the Coal Authority is continuing to pursue this case by appealing to the Court of Appeal, particularly given what George Bartlett QC, President of the Upper Tribunal, said. “The Coal Authority is wasting time and money which will, of course, mean additional costs which can only put in further jeopardy one of the country’s finest Grade I Listed Buildings.” If successful in their claim it is hoped that work would begin this year and aspects to be completed in 2015. KH
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Caroline cops for Athena award Chief Inspector Caroline Rollitt was named Recipient of the 2012 Rotherham Athena Award, at a ceremony attended by 12 other local nominees. Caroline, who is based at Main Street Police Station, was presented with her award by Councillor Roger Stone, Leader of Rotherham Borough Council and Acting Chair of Rotherham Partnership, and former Chair of the Partnership, Brian Chapple. Bramley woman Jean McVann, who set up The Gate GP surgery and now manages a social enterprise of three NHS primary care practices, was also honoured for her work in improving the standard of, and access to, health services for underprivileged people in Rotherham. Her work in championing healthcare for the vulnerable was recognised by the Athena judging panel, who were so impressed by her nomination that she was given a Highly Commended award. Rotherham is the only place in the UK to be affiliated to the Athena International Programme, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012. The programme was launched by an American businesswoman in 1982 and aims to celebrate the achievements of women leaders – in business, in the community and in public services – and secure a balance of men and women in leadership roles worldwide. Caroline is one of only six senior female police officers across South Yorkshire. She chairs the South Yorkshire Police Women’s Network and personally coaches, mentors and supports female colleagues, particularly those in the historically maledominated roles of firearms and public order command. Her nomination for the Athena Award states: “She can take much credit for the fact that there are currently 53 female
officers now deployed in these roles and for a nine per cent increase deployed into specialist crime roles over the past year.” Caroline said: “I am really honoured to receive this award especially as the 12 other honourees were so inspiring. I am proud to work for South Yorkshire Police. I have chaired the Womens network within South Yorkshire Police for the past 12 months and every day at work I am surrounded by inspiring, hardworking and great women within my own organisation and all the partners I work with. It is imperative that senior managers continue to help women realise their potential and that is something I will continue to do.” Twelve other nominees were added to the Rotherham Athena Roll of Honour at the ceremony, which was hosted by the Recipient of the 2011 Award, Jackie Freeborn – Chief Executive of Business and Education South Yorkshire. All were praised for their achievements by the judging panel, which this year comprised Councillor Rose McNeely, a former Mayor of Rotherham; Joanna Saunders, Head of Health Improvement of NHS Rotherham; Janet Wheatley, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham, and Alison Fernandes, of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber’s Women in Business Network. The event was supported by Rotherham’s Local Strategic Partnership (LSP); Rotherham Borough Council, which holds the Athena License on behalf of the LSP; NHS Rotherham and the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber, which brought Athena to Rotherham in 2005. Other commercial sponsors were Willmott Dixon, construction partners to Rotherham Borough Council; Garnett Dickinson Publishing and the Maltbybased Gillian Banks Theatre School.
Maltby History Society
Maltby Local History Society’s met at Maltby Community Library , on the evening of Thursday 15th March to view a presentation of images which formed a part of its Maltby Millennium Photographic Project. Assembled by James Rodgers, its focus was on changes to Maltby Town Centre. A virtual tour of the High Street embraced, amongst other things, pictures of the Civic Centre prior to demolition, of the unrestored Crossley Lamp on the Don Jon steps and of the Coop Supermarket (now Tesco) in course of construction. Unfortunately Christine Smith, who coordinated the original project, was unable to attend so the meeting was informed about it by participants Allen Smith, Betty Davies, Verni Welch and Alice Rodgers. They spoke of the technological changes which had taken place since then and recalled the project’s reliance on the use of film. Society Treasurer, Allen Smith, expressed appreciation to James
Rodgers for scanning the pictures for Society use. Meanwhile now that plans for the redevelopment of Maltby Academy have been made public, Maltby Local History Society has approached the Principal to suggest that a systematic and detailed photographic survey be undertaken of the buildings which are to be demolished. These include the old Grammar School including its entire clock tower frontage. The expressed hope is that a copy of such a survey will be placed in Rotherham Archives where it could be made available for public use. The next meeting of the Society will take place at 7pm on Thursday 19th April when the Annual General Meeting will be followed by a talk entitled ‘Local Governance and Organisation in 18th Century Braithwell’ by Allen Smith. Anyone interested is invited to attend free of charge. Further information is available on 812035.
The Songs That Won The War Rotherham Civic Theatre turned back the years for a sensational show brimming with nostalgic memories of a time gone by. To mark the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion, the delightful D-Day Darlings packed up their troubles in their old kit bag and continued their march around the UK performing their smash hit show ‘The Songs That Won The War’.
The trio of vivacious vocalists rolled back the years earlier this month with such timeless tunes as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major and Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye. The show is an authentic tribute to some of the most nostalgic songs of all time We’ll Meet Again, Now Is The Hour, White Cliffs Of Dover and many more. The girls performed their sensational
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As our four page wrap confirms this month the final appraisal process has been completed at Maltby Academy, and BAM Construction have been confirmed as the contractor for the £11m new build and refurbishment of the Braithwell Road site. Principal Dave Sutton, who has led the process, has declared himself delighted with the plans, which he says will transform the learning community in Maltby. He is also confident that when students are able to access the new buildings at the start of the academic year in 2013 they will build on the progress they have made over the past five years under his stewardship. The young people at the Academy have also had a huge input into the plans, which sees the creation of a new entrance on Braithwell Road with it’s own new business and enterprise centre building. The contractor will also deliver a purpose built sports science facility and create a performing and creative arts centre. Paul Cleminson of BAM says his company have worked hard to understand the Academy’s ambitions, and is confident they can match it to provide learning spaces which the students and community can be proud of. The creation of new buildings and refurbishment of old has of course come at a price...the demolition of the iconic Grammar School building, which celebrates its 80th anniversary this month. Both preferred contractors in the final round recommended the removal of the building to create an open space, in keeping with the green space site. Their argument was that the cost of refurbishment was prohibitive, and would not create any extra teaching space. As the letters page opposite shows there is already opposition to the plans. The Academy, however, is determined to engage with the community as closely as possible over coming months, as it has done over the past year since the funding was announced. Perhaps it is time to look forward to a bright future for the children of Maltby, whilst respecting the educational heritage of our school.
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MALTBY BACK ON THE MAP Sir
My name is Richard Price, I am the Conservative candidate for the ward of Maltby in this years local elections (May 3rd). I know many people in this town don’t agree with what the conservative party is doing in government and on a national level and I understand those concerns. I myself have my interests in only for the prospects of Maltby; this little town has come along way since being founded as By-Malt by Viking settlers more than a thousand years ago, with it being mentioned in the Doomsday book to the discovery of coal in the late 19th century. With a population at the turn of the 20th century of 500 to now what is roughly 18,000 mostly all due to the Discovery of Coal at Maltby Main Colliery, Through good times and hard times such as the Miners strike where the livelihoods of Maltby folk were threatened by the coal industry being crippled. I know we and our town have come a long way and those times our a part of our cultural history. I am so proud to be from Maltby and to be bred in this proud little town. I know the issues that are are in Maltby and more importantly what issues concern us the people of Maltby, issues such as underage drinking on our streets and in our woodlands, Anti-social behavior, Our green belt land being pillaged and much more. That’s why I am standing for Election, I want to put party politics to one side and really focus on the prosperity of Maltby and to eradicate the local issues that affect our lives, to become an ambassador for the town; to cut through local bureaucracy and attract positive business to Maltby. I would defend our green belt land but encourage business to the town hopefully bringing increased jobs. But whilst trying to attract positive development and business for the town I would like to combine forces with the Maltby local history society to preserve local landmarks such as the clock tower building of the former Maltby Grammar school which is now under threat. I would Tackle anti-social behavior and Underage drinking and general drinking in our streets and mainly woodlands. I would also look into trying for the re-opening of Maltby railway station which would not be the easiest of tasks but I would try my upmost as I believe it would be beneficial for Maltby. For too long our Maltby has trailed along the fringes of what we want, of what we need due to the lack of leadership and mis representation, The people that should have been at the helm at have been idle for too long, we have been standing still for too long, let this be the year that our livelihoods, our community, our Maltby changes for the better. Vote for me Richard Price and I promise you that I will strive each day to make Maltby a better place for us all and to give the people of Maltby a voice.
Thank you Richard Price
SAVE OUR SCHOOL FRONTAGE Sir
The campaign to save the historic frontage of Maltby Academy began when its fate was publicised in a front page article in the Maltby News. Many people have expressed concern over the complete lack of dialogue between the Maltby public at large and the Academy Trust. It seems to the public that they had been misled by local Labour councillors and the Academy management.
This prompted what can be described as a ‘ragged army’ of people to get involved in saving the historic building. Firstly, the campaign to save the old Maltby Grammar School frontage is not about depriving the Maltby children of modern facilities. On the contrary most involved in the campaign have children of their own, nieces, nephews and grandchildren who may benefit from the modernisation of the school. It is about preserving part of the town’s cultural and historical heritage. The building could clearly be incorporated into the plans for regenerating the site and building a state of the art, modern infrastructure behind it. This was the case with the redevelopment and modernisation of Thomas Rotherham College. A good architect could work wonders with such an iconic building. In fact this was promised last year and reported in the Rotherham Advertiser; ‘The school’s iconic clock tower will be preserved as the classrooms below are made fit for purpose. Mr Sutton said: “There is a commitment to keeping the clock tower and front building and it will get some significant investment.” 14th January 2011. Recently, the condition of the building has been blamed for its fate. The blame for the school buildings being in their present condition is the fault of RMBC and its failure to invest properly over thirty years. The need for redevelopment and modernisation has been an issue since the 70s. All this time Labour run RMBC have had reason to invest but have failed to do so, leaving the school in its present state. The irony is that after many decades of neglect whilst in public ownership, only now the school has been privatised have the council agreed to invest their chunk of Government money while also taking on the full burden in terms of financial risk. Strangely they will then hand over the new modern school to an Academy
Trust as stated on the Academy website, ‘The Secretary of State for the Department of Education has instructed that all Academy Capital Building Schemes should be procured through the Local Authority (LA) to minimise the risks associated with complexities of the scheme, therefore, all risks lie with the LA and not with the Academy Trust. 12-months after the buildings completion, the LA and Academy Trust will sign a 125 year lease, therefore transferring the assets to the Academy. ‘ If the Academy Trust are gaining so much from the Rotherham and Maltby people then surely they can give something back and preserve this building on behalf of the local residents. There is a once in a lifetime opportunity to restore the frontage to its former glory and as Mr Sutton said ‘give it some significant investment.’ There are many Maltby people who believe that it should stay and form a proud symbol of the school’s heritage and Maltby’s history, whilst also complementing the new phase in the school’s redevelopment. A blend of the historical and the future.
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AUCTION THANKS Sir
I would like to thank the residents of Lilly Hall Road who have raised a superb £107 for the charity Action for Children via an envelope collection. In times of austerity it is heartwarming to know that people are prepared to generously support worthy causes. Apologies to those residents whom I didn’t manage to catch but there is always next year!
Chris Beaumont, 48 Lilly Hall Road
Community News ST JAMES' PALACE VISIT Sir
Car park extended after six year struggle Recent visitors to Maltby Services Centre will have observed that its car park has been extended. The newly completed eastern section embraces additional disability provision as well as further designated spaces for our hard-working GPs. Despite the fact that the car park’s full extent falls short of the generosity of the combined capacity of the separate Civic Centre, Clinic , Sports’ Centre and shoppers’ parking provided, in the Sixties and Seventies by wise old Maltby Urban District Council, it is still very welcome. Thanks are due to all who brought the project to fruition. In celebration, I dug out the report of the Maltby Services’ Centre Consultation and Public Meeting held on 25th February 2006, which I had typed up on behalf of Maltby Forum Management Committee. More than 50 people had attended the consultation and their meticulously recorded comments now make fascinating reading. We had been asked, by RMBC, to comment on the pros and cons
of two competing Private Finance Initiative contractor plans. In the event, discussion ranged wider and it even challenged the (then) received wisdom that the Private Finance Initiative was made in heaven. More importantly, our concerns about first floor GP surgeries and single lifts were heeded and helped modify the plans to the great and longterm benefit of service users. Words were not minced with regard to the plans’ car parking proposals and I quote just a few of those which proved prophetic.:‘Neither plan shows adequate space for car parking’; ‘There probably won’t be enough in the long term-short term chaotic’; ‘Access will cause congestion and associated safety problems’; Totally inadequate for the much larger building.’ ‘Not enough’. Well folks, you have been proved right and, at long last, things have been improved . Whipee! © Alice Rodgers 2012
Thursday the 22nd of March 2012 was a special day for me and it’s a date that will always live in my memory. for that was the day when I had the honour to attend the fiftieth anniversary celebrations of the National Autistic Society which was held at St James Palace. At 5.00 pm after spending most of the afternoon relaxing in the glorious sunshine in St James Park, I steadily made my way up to the Palace and took my place in the queue to wait for the time when the gates would be opened. As I waited, I was amazed to see how many other people would arrive to join the queue. It was estimated that there was just short of four hundred people in attendance. At 5.30 pm the gates opened and I was shown to a large black door, as I approached, the door opened and there in the doorway stood a number of gentlemen and two very large and tall policemen. On arrival I was asked to provide my identity documents and my two official invitations. (I’ve wondered since what would have happened if I hadn’t these documents on me) On entering, I was shown a large passage and was advised to follow it. To me there was no great rush because I wanted to take in everything that I saw. As I remember, the carpet in this corridor was a deep red colour. the ceiling was gold and all the frames that housed the number of large paintings that hung on the walls in various places were gold too. The pieces of furniture I past gleamed. At the end of this corridor, I was further welcomed by a number of gentlemen who wore black coats and grey pinstriped trousers and a number of ladies who were sat at a table who then gave me my name tag. On receiving this tag I was them directed to carry on down the passage but
then to take a first left. I did this and at the end of the journey found myself again being welcomed by two further gentlemen who then invited me into a large room. This room was no different from what I had already seen but a partition separated the room into two. The far end of the room was where I was directed to go if I wanted a drink. The rooms filled very quickly. I met and spoke to a number of people and a few of them seemed to be taken aback when they learned that I didn’t work for the Nation Autistic Society but was just a mere fundraiser who stands outside shops and supermarkets in the Rotherham Borough doing collections, although I did speak to two people who did the same as I. By now the wine was flowing and the canapes were disappearing as soon as they appeared. At approximately 6.15pm there was an air of excitement throughout the room as the Patron of the National Autistic Society The Countess of Wessex and the President Jane Asher entered. First Jane Asher spoke and welcomed everyone to the celebration and a cake was cut whilst everyone sang ‘Happy Birthday’ In her speech the Countess included on just how far the N.A.S. had come since a number of ladies had met around a table in the 60’s and had formed the Society. She went on to thank all the staff and volunteers who give up so much time to help others who are less fortunate then ourselves.. Following the speeches, the conversations, wine and canapes continued and any hopes I had of actually speaking to the countess were dashed as people moved forward in their attempts to speak to her too. No, I didn’t get to meet or speak to either the Countess of Jane Asher but it doesn’t take away the fact that I had attended a celebration in St James Palace and I will always maintain that I was representing Rotherham and its borough whilst I was there that day. Yours Cllr Keith Stringer, Maltby
Health care provider expands business group Local health provider Imran Zahir has launched a day care centre for the elderly in a former Maltby pub, creating five jobs in the process. Mr Zahir, who has residential homes and children’s nurseries in Maltby and Leeds, used funding from Barclays Corporate to buy and convert the former Toll Bar public house into the Melton Court Day Care Centre. He said: “With an ageing population, services for the elderly and their carers have never been so important. “I hope the new day care centre will provide respite for the elderly in the local community in Maltby.
“It’s also great that we’ve managed to renovate a previously unused property which will help regenerate the area.” The funding package was put together by Barclays corporate relationship director Russell Briggs, who said: “It really is a pleasure to see a local healthcare company go from strength to strength and buck the current market trend. “Barclays Corporate remains committed to the Yorkshire business market and this deal highlights our appetite to support quality customers in a tough market.” Imran Zahir’s ventures include Care Maltby, Care Headingly and Tot Spot Early Years.
Community News Spending cuts hit young people with mental health problems Vital services for children and young people suffering from mental health problems are being cut across the country, research carried out by YoungMinds has revealed. A survey of health trusts and councils has found that more than half have cut their budgets for children and young people’s mental health services for 2011/2012. A Freedom of Information request sent to 120 service providers and commissioners generated 55 responses, of which 29 said they would
reduce spend in this area. Charity YoungMinds is concerned that thousands of children and young people struggling to cope with mental distress may not get the help they need because of swingeing cuts. The biggest reductions are in councils, with some reporting cuts of up to 25%, leaving essential early intervention services at risk Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition and many first seek help for problems including depression, anxiety and self-harm from Studying hard can lead to stress
professionals in school. But YoungMinds’s research shows that teams of specialist workers such as school nurses, who are trained to identify and treat children with emotional problems, are being disbanded. Drop-in and counselling services are also among those being axed, while nurse and social worker posts are being cut in a number of areas. Sarah Brennan, Chief Executive of YoungMinds,said: “Draining money from early intervention services will mean young people with problems will not be identified quickly and their problems will worsen, which will in turn push referrals to specialist services up and increase waiting times. This is not only detrimental to young people and the increased suffering they will have to go through before they get help, but its also economically unsound as more intensive support and treatment costs far more money. In a period of austerity this is short-sighted, and just stores up problems for the future as young people are left without access to early help, meaning mental health problems become more serious and entrenched.” She added: “It is therefore vital that councils and NHS commissioners prioritise funding comprehensive CAMHS services as they begin to set their budgets for next year, to avoid deepening the potential damage that further cuts could cause to children and young people’s mental health.” Dr Margaret Murphy, Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said: “We are pleased
that YoungMinds has highlighted this really important issue. We are aware that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are already increasingly overstretched. Our members are also concerned that, with planned reductions in budgets, services will be unable to provide vital treatment. Withdrawing money from services that work with children and young people who are in the early stages of developing mental health problems is shortsighted and a false economy.” Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of charity Mind, said: “Prioritising children and young people’s mental health is a fundamental part of the government’s mental health strategy, and these figures are a reflection of how little decision makers understand about the importance of mental health care, and the devastation caused by not being able to get treatment and support when you need it. Axing spending on young people’s mental health may look like a money saver, but in reality failing to treat mental health problems early only leads to more problems and more costs later on.” Caroline Holroyd, 22, a young person who suffers from anxiety and clinical depression, said: “I was helped greatly by a charity offering free counselling to young people. This service has had its funding cut dramatically and I worry for other young people who may not have access to this and similar services in the future. Without the help they gave me I would still be agoraphobic and suffering from crippling anxiety; they gave me back my life.” KH
Mental Health Services What does the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust do? The Trust provides assessment and treatment in patient services in Rotherham, together with a range of out patient services. Many of our services are also now provided in GP practices and Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) bases to improve access for our service users. Crisis resolution and home treatment services provide advice, assessment and treatment at home or through crisis beds to prevent hospital admissions and facilitate early discharge. Integrated community mental health services are provided from a number of bases across Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire. Community Mental Health Teams are comprised of nurses, social workers, psychological therapists, occupational therapists, consultant psychiatrists and support staff and provide advice, assessment, treatment and follow up to individuals experiencing a range of mental health problems. Early intervention services provide advice, assessment and intensive treatment to individuals experiencing their first episode of psychosis. Rehabilitation and recovery services provide different levels of support to individuals recovering from mental health problems as part of planned programmes to support independent community living. Assertive outreach services work with individuals who have serious mental health problems and find engaging with services particularly difficult.
Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust St Catherine’s House Tickhill Road Balby Doncaster DN4 8QN Telephone: 01302 796204 / 798134 / 796282
Local service for young people Rotherham Mind Young Persons Service works with children and young people across Rotherham, but does have a very strong presence in Maltby and a base at the Service Centre. Next month we will look in depth at the service it provides. Meanwhile contact details are: Rotherham Mind Young Persons Service Kimberworth Place Kimberworth Road Kimberworth Rotherham S61 1HE Tel: 01709 554755 (Kimberworth Place) Tel: 01709 334728 (Maltby Leisure & Service Centre) www.rotherhammind.co.uk
On-going Financial Challenge for Rotherham MBC
Vulnerable people and front line services will be safeguarded by Rotherham Borough Council despite the constraints of a massive reduction in funding. Next year will see a budget gap of £20.4 million in addition to the £30.3 million reduction in the current financial year’s budget. These constraints in funding are greater than both the national and regional averages. However, Cabinet members agreed that the most vulnerable in society, local communities and vital front-line services will be supported within the budget proposals by keeping so-called ‘back office’ functions as lean as possible. As a result, a schedule of savings and additional funding sources has been identified which include: * a total of almost £9.8million worth of savings across service areas * a further £2million specifically linked to
reductions in staffing * 800,000 to be saved by freezing staff increments for a further 12 months * improvements in working practices in commissioning and procurement to achieve £2.2million in efficiency savings * using the New Homes Bonus to support the wider council budget in 2012/2013. Rotherham’s £213.290 million budget for 2012/13 will be used in providing vital public services, the priorities being: * Keeping both adults and children safe * Investing now in preventative and early intervention services that will help us save money in the longer term * Supporting employment and jobs, promoting new business start-ups and stimulating the local economy * Working with other agencies (eg credit unions) to ensure people on low incomes are accessing the benefits and services they are entitled to and providing loans to those in danger of being made homeless
* Protecting the most vulnerable in our communities * Continuing the capital investment needed for the future – in houses, schools, roads, customer services and town centre regeneration. In addition, for the second year running, there will be no increase in Council Tax, meaning that the payment due for someone living in a Band D property will be pegged at £1,230.03 for services provided by the Council (excludes Police, Fire and Parish precepts). As a result, the council will qualify for the Government’s one-year only Council Tax Freeze Grant, which is worth around £2.325million to Rotherham. The Leader of Rotherham Borough Council, Coun. Roger Stone, said the authority’s strategy was to adopt a “calm and measured” approach, rather than knee-jerk reactions, and to focus on a number of clear priorities.
He said: “Our aim all along has been to protect services, not council structures, which is in line with what the people of Rotherham themselves have told us. As part of the annual Money Matters consultation the clear message to come through was the need to safeguard our most vulnerable people as well as protecting our frontline services. “Another message was that people feel there are potential opportunities to provide services in partnership with other organisations and social enterprises. These are avenues we have already been looking at and we will continue to do that. “These budget constraints have been ongoing for some time now. But by establishing a clear set of budget principles from the outset - back in July 2010- and by taking a calm and measured approach and planning ahead I believe Rotherham has put itself in a strong position to ensure that this year’s proposals are robust and deliverable.” KH
Adult learning courses in your area! Crags Community School, Strauss Crescent, Maltby Starting: Week commencing 23rd April 2012 for 10 weeks
Beware of Council Tax cold callers Maltby residents are being asked to keep their eye out for companies claiming they can reduce householder’s Council Tax bills. There have been reports of companies cold calling householders, and posting leaflets through letterboxes claiming that for a fee they will “investigate” a change to your Council Tax banding. In reality, residents can do the same themselves for free! Despite the fact this service isn’t illegal, Rotherham Council Trading Standards Officers are advising people that it is a relatively simple process to check if you are in the correct Council Tax band, and there is no need to pay over £100 to a company offering to do this for you. A Rotherham Borough Council spokesman said: “If somebody arrives on your doorstep and tries to sell you ANY kind of service, we would strongly recommend that you don’t agree to any work or pay them any money until you have had time to think about what they have said. This includes people offering building work and other services such as council tax re-banding or debt management advice. If you are at all unsure about the services being offered, take the opportunity to discuss it with friends, relatives or neighbours – or give Consumer Direct a call on 08454 040506. You should never give anybody access to your home unless you are absolutely sure of their identity, if in doubt close and lock the door. If you feel threatened or intimidated in any way, then contact the police by dialling 999.
“Not only is appealing against your Council Tax band a simple and free process, there is no guarantee it will change and could even go up.” By going to the Rotherham Borough Council website and searching for ‘council tax’, you can easily browse all the information regarding your Council Tax band and view all your options. Alternatively, you can also call the Council Tax department on 01709 336006 and discuss your options.
Beginners Computer Course
Monday 9.45 - 11.45am
Monday 12.45 - 2.45pm
Free Numeracy Course Tuesday 9.30 -11.30am
Parish Rooms, Mary Magdalene Church, 41 Morrell Street, Maltby, S66 7LH
Starting: Week commencing 23rd April 2012 for 10 weeks
Supertot’s Family Learning Group Tuesday 9.00 - 11.00am
Yoga for all
Friday 9.30 -11.30am
Wickersley Community Library, Bawtry Road
Wednesday 9.00 - 11.00am
Starting: Week commencing 23rd April 2012 for 10 weeks
Free literacy course
Friday 9.30 -11.30am
Tuesday 12.45 - 2.45pm
Course fee is £60 full fee or £3 per course if claiming any of the following benefits: Job Seekers Allowance, Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit, Pension Guarantee Credit, Income Related Employment Support Allowance
Contact: Gill Lawrence on 01709 709208
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Maltby Town Council News Page
MAY 2011- APRIL 2012 Councillor Mrs J Andrews Tel: 07757287941 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor L Astbury Tel: 01709 819561 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor Mrs K Astbury Tel: 01709 819561/07714028584 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor C Beaumont Tel: 01709 816960 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor Mrs J Bradford Tel: 01709 813409 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor J Carratt Tel: 01709 815527 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The sky’s the limit as Maltby Town Council celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an afternoon of fun events in support of dementia charity Lost Chord. The charity, which provides interactive musical sessions for people with dementia throughout South Yorkshire, has its headquarters in Maltby and has been selected as the Council’s exclusive charity for the celebrations at Manor Fields on Monday, June 4. And with everything from professional parachute jumpers to a grand balloon race, it promises to be an afternoon of sky high excitement and adventure! The afternoon will begin with a dramatic aerial descent into the ground by The Tigers Parachute Team, Princess of Wales
Royal Regiment. There will be the chance to meet members of the daredevil team and then enjoy a full afternoon of rides, stalls, entertainment, bands, falconry display and other attractions. And the day will end with the Lost Chord Grand Balloon Race, as hundreds of balloons are launched from Manor Fields, with a big cash prize for the balloon that travels the furthest distance. John Kirk, Chair of the Maltby Jubilee Committee said: “The people in Maltby won’t have seen anything like this before and we hope it’s something everyone will talk about for ages after. “We’ll have a bus circulating around Maltby throughout the day so everyone can
MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL ARE LOOKING FOR VINTAGE CARS TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE GALA MONDAY 4TH JUNE 2012. IF YOU HAVE A CAR AND WOULD BE INTERESTED IN TAKING PART, PLEASE CONTACT THE CLERK AT MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL ON 01709 814060
attend – it should be a glorious occasion.” Lost Chord Fundraising manager Tina Harrison said: “We are absolutely delighted at being nominated the official charity of the event. “We moved into Maltby a year ago and we want to get to know as many people as possible. “Our musicians regularly visit two residential homes in Maltby so we really feel that we are helping the local community.” To be in with a chance of winning a big cash prize you need to purchase a balloon at £1.50 available online www.lost-chord. org.uk or by calling 01709 811160.
Rotherham United will be delivering 20 weeks of football activities at Coronation Park and Manor Field starting after the Easter Break. Sessions start on Tuesday 24th April at the Manor Field and Wednesday 25th April at Coronation Park. Both sessions are 5-7pm and are for ages 10 and
above. Come along and take part in tournaments, speed shot competitions, beat the keeper, 5 aside and skills work.
Councillor A Dickinson Tel: 01709 790458/07941671462 No e-mail Councillor K Duckmanton Tel: 01709 815044 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor S Johnson Tel: 01709 815854, 07951237552 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor J C Kirk Tel: 01709 816445/07748860490 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor D M Lilley e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor S Maxwell Tel: 01709 817758 e-mail: email@example.com Councillor S Platt Tel: 01709 210661 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor Mrs A L Rushforth Tel: 01709 814894 e-mail: email@example.com. Councillor P Scholey Tel: 01709 813630/07721310174 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Councillor Mrs C Stringer Tel: 01709 816582 No e-mail Councillor Mr K Stringer Tel: 01709 816582 e-mail: email@example.com
List of Grants given in March 2012 Rotherham United Community Sports Trust
Evening diversionary activities to reduce anti-social behaviour in Maltby
Assistance with their next production – Return to the Forbidden Planet
Maltby Safer Neighbour Team
Maltby OAP Bowling Club
Decreasing anti-social behaviour. Regenerating services back into the community. Youth workers and the SNT to engage with key groups to encourage physical activities for young people Celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee with a crown green bowling competition and party
The Over 60’s Club
A bus trip and party for the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Maltby Model Village Association
A childrens tea party for children living in the Model Village area to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Brundish Social Club
A party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
37 Rotherham Brownies
A new laptop
Four Seasons Health Care
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Silver Dollar Line Dancing
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Melton Court Day Care Centre
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Maltby Child Minding Group
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
St Bartholomews Flats
Party to celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee
The Chairman of Maltby Town Council Cllr Jon Carratt had the honour of officially opening the newly refurbished Queens Hotel on Tuesday 27th March and is seen here with Simon Swann, the Manager.
Streetpride’s Proposed Snow Warden Scheme for the 2012/ 2013 Winter Season
Maltby Supports the Mayors Charity
Streetpride are looking are looking for potential volunteers who would like to become Snow Wardens and help their own local community during prolonged cold spells by clearing them of snow. The aim of the scheme is to encourage local people to take an active part in clearing snow and ice from areas that will particularly help vulnerable people. They would pay particular attention to areas frequented by elderly and disabled people such as community centres, schools, health centres, doctor’s surgeries and hospitals. Streetpride will provide training, safety equipment and a de-icing agent. The general duties of a Snow Warden would be as follows: This year Cllr Shaun Wright the Mayor of Rotherham has been raising funds for the Alzheimer’s, R Children’s Trust and Mcmillan charities. In support of the Mayoral Charity Easter Egg raffle, Maltby Town Council donated
an Easter Egg. Representing the Mayor are Mrs Sue Whelbourn and Mrs Winnie Billups who came over to Maltby to collect the egg from Chairman Cllr Jon Carratt.
• Communications received by the Chairman • Welcome members of the public and representatives from community organisations. • Confirmation of the minutes of the Queens Jubilee Meeting - 13th February 2012 • Update on the organisation of the Event. • The public to advise how they would like to become involved in the event • Agree the route for the bus • Update on the Vintage Cars Advertising and sponsorship
Any other actions, measures and suggestions for the event.
QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE COMMITTEE MEETING Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby 5.30 pm on Monday 13th February 2012 • • • • • • • • • •
Communications received by the Chairman Welcome members of the public and representatives from community organisations and for them to give input on how they would like to be involved in the event Confirmation of the Queens Jubilee Meeting held on 30th January 2012 Free trees from the Woodland Trust to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee Organisation of the Event. The route for the bus Update on the Vintage Cars Advertising and promotional items. The decoration of the High Street Any other actions, measures and suggestions for the event.
Volunteers will be required to attend a
Maltby Town Council Finance and Staffing Meeting
QUEENS DIAMOND JUBILEE COMMITTEE MEETING Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby Tuesday 28th February 2012
• Liaise with Streetpride contact centre • Clear snow and spread de-icing agent • Follow personal safety measures
Health and Safety induction session and sign a ‘Fit to Participate Declaration’ form. With regard to the legality of the scheme, the existing council policy will cover the work undertaken by volunteers, subject to them being adequately trained & supervised. Therefore, in the unlikely event of a claim arising from a member of the public on a surface that has been treated by a trained Snow Warden, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council will deal with any legal issue. There will be a lot of work involved throughout 2012 in setting up and coordinating this initiative, which is why Streetpride are making these initial enquiries for Snow Wardens now. If you are interested in the scheme, please contact Maltby Town Council for more details either by email at maltby. firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01709 814060.
at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby Thursday 16th February 2012 AGENDA • To allow up to 30 minutes for questions from members of the public at the Chairman’s discretion. • Apologies for absence. • Declarations of personal or prejudicial interest. • Items for which a resolution may be passed to exclude the press and public. • Communications received by the Chairman. • Confirmation of the minutes of the Town Council Meeting - Thursday 2nd February 2012 • Minutes from the Queens Diamond Jubilee Committee meeting - 18th January 2012 • Payments schedule for January 2012
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Receipts schedule for January 2012 Bank reconciliation for January 2012 The Income and Expenditure Budget up to January 2012 Outstanding invoices Approval of February 2012 payments Review the asset register Review the risk assessment Main grant application from the 5th Rotherham (Maltby) Scout Group Small grant applications from: • • • • • •
Limesway Allotment Society Maltby Lilly Hall Junior School Cross Street and Ryton Close Association Maltby Miners Maltby Redwood Junior & Infant School Lost Chord
• Laser Credit Union • Groundwork Dearne Valley
• Letters re Celebrations for the Queens Diamond Jubilee from the community: • Residents of Ascension Close • Bevan Crescent Centre Community Group • Jolly Tots Toddler Group • Redwood Centre • St Bartholomew’s Social & Funding Raising Group • Residents of Novello Street • Allotment Rents 2013 – 2014 • Representative to the Community First Panel • Exchange information. • Staffing issues
Maltby Town Council Meeting
at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby Thursday 1st March 2012 • 30 minutes for questions from members of the public. • Apologies for absence. • Declarations of personal or prejudicial interest. • Items for which a resolution may be passed to exclude the press and public. • Communications received by the Chairman. • Confirmation of minutes of the Town Council meeting – Thursday 16th February 2012 • Crime reports from the Police Community Support Officers • Minutes of the Horticultural Show Working Party - 10th January 2012 • Minutes of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Committee Monday - 30th January 2012 • Effectiveness of Internal Audit • The refurbishment of the Edward Dunn and/or the building of purpose-built facilities to be used as offices of Maltby Town Council plus facilities for entertainment and storage at a site in Maltby to be decided upon subject to availability.
• The council opposing the demolition of the clock tower building • The future of amenities in Maltby including the bowling greens and the parks. • The pictures from the Photographic Exhibition for use at the Horticultural Show • Articles for the March news pages of the Maltby News • The Streetpride Proposed Snow Warden Scheme for 2012/2013 • General operation of the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall. • Update from the Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer. • The National and Local County Associations:
DIS Issue no 776 – 27 January 2012 DIS Issue no 777 – 10 February 2012 White Rose Update Issue 1/12 Country Air – Winter 2012
• Planning Lists Nos: 5 – 7 • Routine correspondence. • Minutes from Maltby Wood Lee Common
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and Crags Meadow Steering Group – 25 January 2012 Routine RMBC matters. Exchange information. Staffing matters
RMBC Councilllors Surgeries at the Edward Dunn
First Thursday in the month 17:30 - 18:30 Cllr Amy Rushforth & Cllr Chris Beaumont Third Friday in the month 15:00 - 16:00. Cllr J. Andrews
Maltby Town Council Surgeries
Every Friday at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall 14:00 - 15:00. Everyone Welcome
MoreLife comes to Maltby!
Did you know that one in three children in Rotherham are classed as overweight? However, there is support available… More Life Club is a FREE 12 week weight management programme for young people who struggle with their weight to attend with their families. It’s designed to give you more understanding of weight management, more energy, more confidence, more friends and more fun. DC Leisure is working in partnership with NHS Rotherham and More Life to deliver the Clubs at Rotherham Leisure Complex, Astoncum-Aughton Leisure Centre and from April 2012, Maltby Leisure Centre. Natalie Dunn, Healthy Living Programme Manager at DC Leisure said: “It can be difficult for parents to identify whether their child is overweight, especially as they go through different stages of development. It can be even harder to make the decision to actually do something about it if their child is struggling with their weight, considering the stigma surrounding this common health issue. Our clubs programme encourages families to make small changes to their lifestyles to lose and maintain weight in a positive and supportive environment. Members who completed the latest More Life Club have had great success. The clubs run in the evenings and at weekends and offer a practical and realistic approach to weight loss. Club members get to take part in lots of physical activity, lifestyle sessions and have fun!” Places are available for the next programme starting in April. For further information or to register your interest, please contact: Natalie Dunn, Healthy Living Programme Manager Call: 01709 722 567 or 07525 702 784 Visit:www.more-life.co.uk
Louise competing in the 2oo metres at the English institute of sport
Louise kick starts her Olympic year Louise Bloor Rolleston House Manager at Maltby Academy has forced her way back into the reckoning for this year’s Olympic Games after her second place in the 200 metres at the UK Indoor Championships earlier this year. Louise,26, has been
hampered in previous years due to a series of back injuries which have restricted her training and competition time, but is looking forward to an injury-free build up to the Games. She combines her work at the Academy with a heavy training schedule at the
English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. A sporting all-rounder in her early years, Louise sprang to fame when she won the BBC’s Born to Win programme back in 2003. At the time she said “It feels amazing to be the Born to Win champion. It’s one of those feelings you can’t
really describe. I didn’t expect to win but I believed I could win.” A sprinter and long jumper Louise has also dabbled in the hurdles showing a range of talents similar to her friend and fellow Olympic contender Jessica Ennis with whom she shares training facilities.