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April 2012

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to the April W elcome edition of TICKHILL TODAY. TODAY Isn’t it lovely to see the splashes of colour created by Spring flowers and to once again feel the warmth of the sun from time to time. I had solar panels fitted during the winter months and have my fingers crossed that as the days get longer and brighter they will start to earn their keep! March has been a busy but very enjoyable month for me. I have worked some long hours but made up for it by enjoying time with my family and friends. At the time of writing I have managed 3 Sundays in a row where I haven’t worked at all - something of a record for me! The next edition will be distributed to you from 28th April. Please ensure that anything that you would like to be included is with me by Friday 13th April.

Best Wishes, Paula

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More funds to local good causes Local retailer Taylors of Tickhill located on Market Place, Tickhill has donated £500 to two local schools, Tickhill Eastfield School Fund and St Mary’s School PTA with each school receiving £250, which will be used to enhance local pupil’s learning. The store has been raising money for its local community through the sale of specific products in store and has been able to donate the money raised with the help of the charity Making A Difference Locally (MADL). MADL is an independent registered charity (Charity Number 1123800) created in 2008 by Nisa with the intention of assisting more than 2,000 independent retailers supplied by Nisa throughout the UK raise money for their local communities. The charity works by a specified amount of the cost of certain products promoted in store being allocated to the retailer’s MADL charity fund. For example this month, for every 500ml tub of Haagen Dazs ice cream purchased in store, 5p of the sale will go to MADL. Participating members are then able to choose local charities or good causes that they would like to donate to. Christopher Taylor, owner of the store, commented, “We chose to donate to the local schools as so many children will benefit from the donations. We are delighted to be able to make a difference to the local community through the MADL charity.” 8| Tickhill Today

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ickhill Brownies

We have just returned from a weekend away to Hesley Wood Activity Centre near Sheffield. Hesley Guide House has just been re-opened after a major refurbishment and now boasts a big kitchen and a larger activity room. Our theme for the weekend was ‘Science Investigators’ and we had a lovely time making volcanoes out of papier-mâché, boiling up red cabbage to make acid indicators, and making bubble mixtures, all these had to be tested. The Brownies found out that kitchen cleaner turned green, and vinegar turned red, when cabbage water was added to them. We also tested toothpaste, pond water, shampoo and lots of other items. When our volcanoes had been painted and dried, we filled them up with a vinegar/water solution which had red food colouring in it, and then added bicarbonate of soda to make some truly amazing volcanic eruptions! Wendy and Marianne who were in charge of the kitchen kept us fed with lots of lovely food, and the chocolate pudding on Sunday was so good the girls were begging to be the one to lick the serving spoon and scrape out the serving dishes! We joined some scouts from Leeds on Saturday night for a campfire before walking back to the Guide House through a very dark wood, it was a good job we had our torches with us! The weather was warm so we were able to spend lots of time outside playing in the woods. Katy and I are blessed with good helpers, so thank you to Wendy and Marianne, and also to Samantha, Laura, Moya and Olivia for helping out.

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ickhill & District Lions

Tickhill & District Lions are very pleased to be working alongside other local groups to help Tickhill Town Council organise events to celebrate the Queen’s jubilee. Over the coming weeks and months you’re sure to see more information about the different events that local groups are planning, however many are also involved with what we hope will be a fitting grand finale to make it a weekend to remember. On Monday of the 4th of June (bank holiday Monday) we’re planning a Jubilee Tea Party to take place on the recreation ground in Tickhill. Starting at midday and running until late afternoon this large free event will provide entertainment for all the family. We’ll be announcing the full running order in the coming weeks, but it will include a teddy bears tea party for the children with Punch & Judy shows throughout the afternoon, sports and games with prizes for those taking part, and a stage with bands and entertainment throughout the afternoon. We’ll be encouraging you all to bring a picnic and make a day of it and there will be spaces available if you wish to bring a gazebo or chairs and tables to create your own little space from which to watch the festivities. Drinks and refreshments will be available and every effort is being made to ensure that as far as possible this is a free event for all. The groups involved are meeting regularly with Tickhill Town Council to ensure this will be an event to remember, and if you’d like to help please get in touch – the more the merrier. Simply send an email to or phone us on 07752 688 340 and we’ll let you know details of the next meeting.

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ickhill Scarecrow Festival The Scarecrow Festival is going ahead in Tickhill again!! For one day only, Saturday 5th May, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. All Scarecrows entered by the 31st March will be eligible for the competition and will appear on the official route map, but you can put a scarecrow wherever you like on the day, the more the merrier. In previous years there have been scarecrows in some very surprising places! Many of shops in the village will be entering into the spirit of the occasion and there will be lots of other attractions, such as rides for the children, a bouncy castle, stalls and entertainment at The Oak. Cafes and restaurants will be open as usual, there will also be refreshments available at the Parish Room (between 10 and 4.30), the Scout Headquarters (between 12.30 and 4.30) and Castle Close Community Centre. The Morris Men will be making a couple of appearances at the Buttercross during the day, plus possibly a Band. KSM Cards are currently raising funds by selling raffle tickets for some super prizes - tickets available until the 5th April, to be drawn on the Easter Saturday (7th April). KSM will also be selling the programmes for the Scarecrow 'route' before the day and various venues in the village will be selling them on the day, including the Scout Headquarters and the Parish Room. We also have several 'volunteers' who will be walking round on the day selling programmes! I believe Sarah Bartram will be appearing as a 'live' scarecrow selling programmes, so watch out for her!! Entry forms for the Scarecrow Competition are ÂŁ2 and available from KSM, Eatons Butchers and Fentons Butchers. If you wish to have a stall at The Oak ring Sarah Bartram on 07788 725143, stalls are in short supply so don't delay for too long! For any other information ring me on 07590 455340. Janice Birkinshaw

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he Friends of Northern Racing College will be holding a charity horse and dog show at the college, in the grounds of Rossington Hall just north of Bawtry, on Sunday May 13 . This will take place inside the gallops where the students learn how to ride racehorses . The Horse Show will have in-hand and ridden classes, some of which will be qualifiers for Equifest to be held at Peterborough in August . Amongst other classes there will be one for Ridden re-trained Racehorses and 2 organised by Rossington RDA Group to find the horse/ pony most suitable for a handicapped rider . There will also be unaffiliated show jumping for ponies and horses and 'clear round' . Guy Robertson, practitioner of Natural Horsemanship. will give a demonstration during the day. The Dog Show will feature a number of 'fun' classes like the waggiest tail and best six legs . There will be trade stands and refreshments as well .To find out more visit the website where you can download the schedule and make entries on line at reduced fees . Telephone enquiries to 01777 818440 .


UTTERCROSS NEEDLEWORKERS We are now 10 blocks into our quilt-as-you-go. The demonstration for Card Trick (block 11) will be given by Sheila at our meeting on 18th April. The meetings on 4th April & 2nd May are programmed for members to catch up on any of the blocks not yet finished. Please note that subscriptions are now due for the coming year. Christine

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orkshire Countrywomen Association Seventy-one members were present on March 8th. for our Annual General Meeting and Pea & Pie supper. Before the meeting, our chairman, Pauline Brown, presented cheques to the representatives from Bluebell Wood and St. John's Hospice. These cheques for £758. each were very gratefully received and we would also like to thank all our members who generously supported our Charity events last year. This year we will be supporting Alzheimer's Research. Our next meeting will be on Thursday April 12th. at 7.30p.m. in the Methodist School-room and the speaker will be Clive Harworth who will tell us about the Great Fire of Doncaster in 1853. Marcia J Lingard. [ Secretary ]


offee Concerts On Wednesday 4th April we have young people taking part, and on the 18th a welcome return from Matthew Pitts on organ and piano. Coffee is served from 10.40am and the music commences at 11 o’clock. Following both concerts there is a simple lunch in the Parish room for which tickets are now available at £3 each (744142)


he Easter Journey On Saturday 31st March at 7.30 pm, we are having an evening of music to celebrate “The Easter Journey” with The Wadworth Singers and St. Mary’s Handbell Ringers. The evening will be in Wadworth Community Centre and tickets are £4 each which includes a buffet supper. Tickets are available from Janet Skinner (570878), Kath Cassidy (853105) or Chris Buley (854867). The proceeds from the evening will go towards the Wadworth with Loversall Lent Project which, this year, is in aid of “The Smile Train”.


uction Sale The Auction Sale, benefiting St Mary’s Heritage Appeal, will be held in the Scout Headquarters on Saturday 14th April The doors will open at 10am for viewing. The sale commences at 11o’clock. Light refreshments will be available.

others' Union On Tuesday April 10th we are having a meeting called Memories. Last time we did this we found out how interesting our members really AMILY SERVICES are. We became so involved that time ran out, at Tickhill Methodist Church so this time we are setting a time limit for each A Warm Welcome Guaranteed, a contribution so that we can get through modern and visually appealing service more. The conversations over coffee should be for all ages and refreshments afterwards really interesting! The donations for our Lenten Why not come and join us on the project AFIA will be collected during the service 2nd Sunday in each month? on Sunday 15th April. Kathie Mason ickhill Pop-In Centre date for your Diary John Burke from DIAL (Disability Everyone is welcome to the Induction Advisory Service and Support) is coming to talk to us on April 4th. His talk will Service for our new Vicar, Reverend start at 2pm and anyone is welcome to attend. Christopher James Betson, on There is no charge but we do have a donations Wednesday 2nd May commencing at 7.30pm box. in St Mary’s Church. The Centre is held in the Methodist Church lounge on Northgate every Wednesday wish to thank the people or person who afternoon from 1.30 – 3.30p.m. Please drop in found our camera in St. Mary's Church on if you would like a chance to make new friends the night of the late night shopping evening with a cup of tea and a chat. There are table in Tickhill just before Christmas. The camera top activities for those who like to play cards or contained many precious pictures of my family Scrabble etc. Transport is available within and friends and more so of my wonderful Dad Tickhill and for further details ring Rosemary Cornish 744768 who sadly passed away on the 27th Dec 2011. Getting these pictures back mean everything to ickhill Methodist Ladies' Fellowship. me and my family and we are so grateful. On Tuesday April 10th. we are to have a Special thanks to John Marsden who returned return visit from the popular and the camera to my Mum, Cynthia Watson. We talented Stone children who will all miss Dad so much . He was a brave man. entertain us that afternoon. Then on Tuesday A caring husband, Dad and Grandad, and April 24th. Graham and I are hoping to give a visual presentation " A Journey Round Portugal. because of the kindness and honesty of " Both meetings begin at 2.30p.m. and all ladies someone , we can all still share the memories of this special man. are welcome to join us. Many Thanks, Marcia J Lingard. [ Secretary ] Beverley, Kevin, Scott and Sophie Bibby


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Tickhill Tennis Club – New Summer Season. The new season starts Tuesday 3rd of April at 7.00pm Tithes Lane Recreation Ground. Every Tuesday and Thursday after that at 7.00pm. Also Thursday & Sunday at 10.00am New Members Welcome. Call Joyce on 01302 742058 or attend any Tuesday or Thursday for a free taster session. Tennis Coaching This will be available for Juniors aged 9 upwards. For details please call Joyce on 01302 742058

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Rebecca treks the Andes!

Some of you may recognise me from the picture, but to those who don’t my name is Rebecca Lister and I live in Tickhill. In September I will be undertaking a challenging 10-day trek through the Peruvian Andes to Machu Picchu in order to raise money for The Meningitis Trust. Meningitis is a disease that can affect anyone of any age and can kill within hours. The Meningitis Trust is the primary provider of professional services and community based support for people affected by meningitis in the UK. They are also committed to raising awareness of the symptoms of the disease, potentially saving thousands of lives each year. On Saturday 28th April why not join us for a night of fun at Tickhill Cricket Club for a quiz and musical entertainment from an international guitarist plus a pie and pea supper. Bring your friends! Proceeds will go to The Meningitis Trust. Tickets are £10 per person and available from 23 Rye Croft or contact us on 07919 377592 or by email On Saturday 21st April we will be serving tea and coffee at Tickhill Library throughout the day, please drop in and join us for drinks and biscuits. Voluntary donations are welcome at Registered Charity No: 803016

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A visit by She’Koyokh klezmer band to St Mary's The children at St Mary’s were recently treated to a concert by a “klezmer” band, which play Jewish folk music from Eastern Europe. The concert was paid for by Tickhill Music Society and on behalf of all the children, who enjoyed it enormously, I would like to say a BIG thank you! I asked some of the children if they liked the concert and the reply was: “It was awesome!” I take that as a yes then… This is a very lively form of music, which features clarinet, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion. The five band members were very enthusiastic and very keen for the children to join in with the music by getting up and dancing in a circle and joining in the chorus (in Yiddish). The children really appreciated the chance to participate and did so with gusto! It is really great for the children to experience different kinds of music from different cultures and particularly music that they may not otherwise come across. All in all a very rewarding experience and our thanks again to Tickhill Music Society without which we would not have had this enjoyable experience! Katarina Martin School Secretary

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Tickhill Schools Together Pancake Racing at Tickhill Estfeld On Tuesday 21st February it was our pleasure to welcome the members of Tickhill Residents Association and the staff and pupils of St. Mary’s Primary School to Estfeld for the annual pancake race. The competition was hotly contested and the pupils enjoyed the thrills and spills of the races. Pictured are the eventual winners and members of the Residents association who organised the event. Thank you to everybody involved.

Making A Difference Locally Mr Taylor from Taylor’s Supermarket recently presented cheques to both Tickhill schools on behalf of the Making A Difference Locally charity. The charity was launched to help independentlyrun local stores to add value in their communities through donations to local charities or good causes. The scheme is truly local as money is raised by local stores over time through the sale of specific products in their stores. The store owner then chooses the beneficiary for the money and a donation is paid to the charity or cause by the Making A Difference Locally charity. Both schools were extremely pleased to receive the donation to their funds and would like to thank Mr Taylor and all of the customers of Taylors for their kindness and generosity. Christopher Taylor presents representatives of both schools with their cheques 26| Tickhill Today

Safety Week at Tickhill Estfeld Safety is something that we take very seriously at Estfeld and we teach our pupils the importance of personal safety and the need to protect the safety of others regularly; we recently held our second annual “Safety Week”. In assemblies and in class our pupils learned and extended their existing knowledge on subjects such as road safety, electrical safety, stranger danger and water safety. At the pool our Year 5 pupils practiced their personal survival skills during their weekly swimming session. During the week we were visited by Amy Simiter from Doncaster’s e-safety team who worked with all of our pupils in Key Stage 2, promoting online safety. Amy will also be available at Open Evening for parents to speak to about any aspect of e-safety. We were also visited by Trevor Poulson from St. John Ambulance who worked with the Key Stage 2 pupils, training them in first aid. Trevor first visited us last year and was impressed by how much the pupils had remembered. Our commitment to first aid training for both staff and pupils means that the school has now qualified to hold the St. John Ambulance Schools Mark.

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omething different! One of the many pleasing aspects of the Tickhill Music Society’s concerts is the Friday 20 April 2012 imaginative programme planning. This is at 8.00pm. graphically illustrated by the February concert when the tongue-twisting SHE’KOYOKH KLEZMER BAND paid us a visit. Klezmer music Flossie Malavialle sings Piaf comes from Eastern Europe and is a musical tradition of the Ashkenazic Jews. Often played Paul Donnelly plays Django at weddings, dances and other celebrations, it Preceded by A.G.M at 7.00pm is lively, rhythmic dance music. The five piece group of the She’ koyokh band features clariMore information @ www. net, violin, guitar, double bass and percussion. The name ‘She’koyokh’, we were told, is a St. Mary’s Primary School - St. Mary’s Road Yiddish word the equivalent of a friendly pat on the back and a ‘Well done’ of encourageTickhill ment. It is doubtful whether many in the Enquiries: Adrian Hattrell Doncaster audience knew anything about Klezmer music (01302) 742612 though we may have heard it in such films as ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Non-members and new members are We were treated to vigorous examples from always welcome at all our concerts. Rumania, Hungary, Bulgaria and even Greece. Season Tickets: There were Yiddish songs and music from the Members £55.00 Jewish Wedding tradition. The group had similarities to jazz, with a rhythm section of Concessions £50.00 percussion, double bass and guitar and front Single Concert: line soloists of violin and clarinet with the Members £8.00 guitar also playing a solo part. There may have Concessions £8.00 been a few in the audience who did not Non-members £12.00 immediately sympathise with this music style, Children under 16 free, When accompanied by an adult. but even they must have marvelled at the Students (16 – 19) free. precision ensemble playing, the incredible virtuosity of the musicians, the rhythmic drive, the flying fingering and the rapid changes of tempi all coordinated into a coherent whole. Bawtry Phoenix Theatre. The breath control of the clarinettist was Our next production is almost beyond belief, the varying styles of fiddle playing, the rapid finger work of the The Perfect Murder guitarist and the sheer, infectious enthusiasm 19th to 26th May 2012 of the whole group set the audience toe tapping, foot twitching and pulses racing. The Directed by Paula Hadley A play by Hugh songs were given by the double bass player Janes. Adapted from a story by Jeffrey Archer. who further displayed his virtuosity with a piece for balalaika. Behind it all the percussionCarla Moorland has been murdered and ist kept the tempo moving. This was raw, accountant John Hoskins, who has been having earthy, passionate music played with verve and commitment. an extra-marital affair with her, is certain he Many pieces were fast, accelerating to very knows who did it - himself. fast as the excitement mounted.. Slower music came as a welcome contrast. A piece from the John's wife Elizabeth, rather than calling the Jewish Wedding tradition began with a sad melody representing the mood of a young police, is determined to keep John out of bride as she faced a move to a strange new prison, even if it means an innocent man will family miles from home. Tension was relieved with a fast cheerful waltz to lighten the gloom. be punished for the crime... The second half began with a slow/fast/slow The Perfect Murder combines the elements of item in the form of a ‘Dumka’. We shall meet another in Dvorak’s Sextet at the next concert. a whodunnit thriller with tense courtroom Greece featured with a mournful fellow who drama to breathtaking effect. intended to become a monk because nobody loved him. There was a brilliant show-off piece Tickets will be available from the SPAR in for the violin, a Bulgarian percussion dance, Bawtry from the end of April. We expect it to and the balalaika debate between a philosopher and a rabbi. The audience was eager to be a sell out. join in one of the choruses. Finally all the musiTickets - 19th to 25th May £7.00 (Concessions cians were introduced and the enthusiastic applause earned an encore to end a stimu£6.00); Sat 26th May £12.00 including post lating display of pulsating energy. The only show buffet. possible response must be ‘She’koyokh’ - well done! A.G.L. 28| Tickhill Today

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atient Participation Groups

Would you like to make a difference and have an opinion on healthcare ? You may not be aware that recent changes to the General Medical Services Contract from April 2011 require GP practices to promote the proactive engagement of their patients through a Patient /Reference /Participation Group and to undertake local surveys. At its simplest Patient Participation refers to patients taking an active interest in their health care and at present most Patient Participation Groups (PPG) operate within GP surgeries and health centres and make an important contribution to the well being of their communities. The aim of each PPG is to gather a group of local members from a broad a spectrum as possible to get a truly representative sample of opinion and points of view. They all need young people, workers, retirees, people with long term conditions and people from non-British ethnic groups Their activities include health promotion, information provision, service delivery, fundraising and strategic input into the practice. Many Doctors practices have, or are about to form a PPG and would welcome input and interest and in some cases further members. If you personally would like to make a difference and have an opinion on healthcare and the services provided through your own GP then why not become an active member of their PPG. You could either attend their regular meetings or alternatively be someone who would be happy for the PPG to contact you occasionally for your opinion on current topics. For further information about joining and participating within your own group visit your local practice and pick up a leaflet. If you then feel you need further information speak to their PPG Chairman – your call would be most welcome.


Case of Mistaken Identity When the British Army receives an intake of new recruits it asks each one for his or her name and carefully records what they say, but it does not stop there. The Army doesn’t trust names. Names can be lost, stolen, mislaid, misspelt or manipulated and the Army, which has been in business for a very long time, takes a cautious view about life and indeed about its own members and it therefore gives each of these recruits an individual number, unique and unchanging. After all there may be two or three John Smiths in a battalion or indeed half a dozen Idwal Joneses in a Welsh regiment but each of them is distinguished by a different number. However, an eight digit number is a trifle unwieldy and they are normally reduced to the last three figures in semi-formal communications. Thus it was that on 18 April 1945 I was kitted out, given a prison haircut, and allocated the army number 14969756, or 756 for short, and so it continued for the next three years. After about eighteen months at sea as the ship’s radiographer on the Hospital Ship Dorsetshire which I greatly enjoyed, not least because I had the cushiest job in the whole of the British Army, I asked for a posting and was sent to the Cambridge Military Hospital at Aldershot to serve out my remaining few months before demobilisation. Here my purely military duties were undemanding and I lived the tranquil life of any other medical auxiliary but wearing khaki battledress rather than a white coat. Or perhaps I had a white coat as well, I can’t quite remember. There was little by way of entertainment in a Garrison Town, but weekends were free and quite often I took off to South London and spent a night with my dear old Auntie Maud, a retired headmistress. However, one Friday about ten days before my demob I looked at Part One Orders and saw that, for once, there was to be a Church Parade the following Sunday and who was to be in charge of the contingent but a certain Corporal Beck CF? This posed a dilemma because I had arranged to stay at Auntie Maud’s and she was taking me to – wait for it – a whist drive. I didn’t want to attend the church parade and if I stayed away I thought well what can they do to me in ten days? So I stayed away but the matter of my absence was not overlooked by the Army and on Monday morning I was duly marched in before the Company Commander charged with being absent without leave whilst on active service. Of course the war was well over by this time but the Army likes to stick to its formulae and where the hell, I was asked, had I been on Sunday. I was off duty Sir. No you weren’t you were down to take a party on the Church Parade. I wasn’t on Part One Orders, Sir. Yes you were; it’s here in black and white 765 Cpl Beck CF. That’s not me Sir; it must be someone else, I’m 756 Cpl Beck CF. There followed a profound silence, broken only by the drumming of the Company Commander’s fingers on his desk, before I was marched out again. To say that he and the Regimental Sergeant Major were furious would be a considerable understatement, but there was nothing they could do to me either then or in the subsequent ten days, so I got away with it… and I’ve been getting away with minor peccadilloes ever since. My only regret is that the poor old company clerk probably got a bollocking for his typing error.

We are very pleased to announce that we have achieved the prestigious National Standard for Enterprise Education. This award celebrates the amount of activity and hard work from our students and staff, and how this has been managed, supported, planned, organised and delivered. This includes the fun and exciting events on Enterprise Days, Super Learning Days and within Curriculum areas. Congratulations this month to our award winning students: Holly Oleisky who won the vocal competition in the Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year. Holly now goes to the regional finals in Melton Mowbray on 24 March. Claudia Ridgeway, Nicole Miles and Emily Hewitt who won the District final of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition. They now go on compete in the Regional final at Scarborough College on 25 March 2012. Commiserations to our senior team of Emma Smith, George Brookfield, and Chris Townsend who also did brilliantly but missed out on qualifying by just one point. Sharna Moorhouse, Charlotte Pidgeon, Stephanie McKay, Will Kerrigan and Josh Sills who won the Tata Steel Mural Competition for their mural about steel production. The Mural is displayed in the TATA Steel visitor centre and a copy at the Hill Top Centre. We’re delighted that for the second year our purple crocuses are in full bloom. These spell out the word POLIO and were planted as part of the national campaign to raise awareness of polio. The purple colour of the flower is the same as the dye that is put on the fingers of children who have been immunised against the disease. Student Voice Conference – 23 April 2012 30 of our students, along with 15 from Balby Carr Community Sports and Science College and 15 from Mexborough School, are taking part in our first ever Student Voice Conference at High Melton College. This is supported by Rotary, South Yorkshire Police and the PCT and the students will be actively involved in workshops looking at presentation skills, organising and chairing meetings, community Involvement and influencing and negotiating. More news on how our budding speakers got on next month. Tait Avenue, Edlington, Doncaster, DN12 1HH. T: 01709 864100 F: 01709 864175 E: Headteacher Mrs Mary McCorry Deputy Headteachers Mr K Binks Mr K Grum

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ringing Back the Buzz

Many of you will remember bees and butterflies; they used to live in the countryside. It was that golden age when you could amble safely down quiet, flowery lanes with your net and jam jar, off in search of tiddlers or taddies. Your mum wouldn’t expect you back till tea-time with your wellies sloshing and your socks soaked. Now, of course, the bees, butterflies, taddies and children have more or less vanished from their natural environment, but like the kids, who can these days be more safely entertained closer to home, so can our native wildlife! But why would you want to attract wildlife into your garden? Well, it might just get your children away from the playstation and outside bug hunting, but more importantly if we don’t do something to help the bees soon, we’re going to be in trouble. Not only in our own allotments and gardens but on farms across the UK and overseas, we rely on pollinating insects, such as bees, to make sure that, amongst other things, you get jam to go with your toast in the morning, the vegetables with your dinner and apples in the pie for afters. Back in the day there were plenty of nectar and pollen rich flowers in and around the fields and orchards where our crops were grown but not any more, and If we lose the pollinators, we can kiss goodbye to our 5 a day! It’s possible to do as little as plant up a few pots for pollinators, or you could go the whole hog and transform your garden into a mini nature reserve, providing a range of habitats that will cater for all sorts of wildlife. 5 easy steps to encourage wildlife into your garden: 1. Provide water. A small dish on the patio up to a large pond. All your potential wildlife visitors need water to drink, bathe, live or breed in 2. Grow plants that attract beneficial insects. Too many to mention but herbs such as Rosemary, Mint, Thyme, Marjoram, Sage and Lavender in pots are a good start, grouped together in a sunny, sheltered spot. 3. Provide shelter and breeding sites; bird, bat, hedgehog and bug boxes (homemade or bought). A pile of logs and garden prunings heaped out of sight in a quiet corner, shrubs and trees. If you can bear it, allow a patch of nettles to grow behind the shed (comma, red admiral and peacock butterflies all lay their eggs on nettles). 4. Food. For birds and hedgehogs, both help get rid of garden pests such as aphids, slugs and snails. Hedgehogs will thank you for dishes of dog or cat meat, left out at night but never bread and milk please. 5. Get in touch with us at ‘Buzzing Gardens’ on 07599 420033 for lots more information on wildlife-friendly gardening, and to buy the best plants for pollinators.

Birth of a Buzzing Business

It started off by us wanting to attract wildlife into our own gardens without it looking like we were just too lazy to cut the grass. Like us, most people are aware now that bees especially but also butterflies, hedgehogs and birds are in decline due to habitat loss, and we wanted to do our bit. After visiting most of the garden centres within a 30-mile radius, and spending more on cream teas than we did on plants, we realised it wasn’t going to be that easy. Now, thanks to a new campaign by the RHS, some plants in some garden centres will proudly boast that they’re ‘perfect for pollinators’ but they certainly didn’t when we were looking. So unimpressed, we started researching; grew our own wildlife-friendly plants and soon realised that other people were interested. After all, if you can have a lovely looking garden AND help British wildlife, what’s not to like? Apart from selling plants that attract all sorts of pollinators, butterflies and birds, we can design and construct wildlife areas to suit any space and budget. We offer advice on achieving a natural balance that doesn’t rely on chemicals, and provide bird, bat and bug boxes (all made from re-cycled materials). You can contact Helen and Jackie at Buzzing Gardens on 07599 420033 32| Tickhill Today

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We are constantly being badgered by people wanting to sell us things. Here are a few common words which should be approached warily.

Only/just: These harmless looking words appear frequently in advertisements. For example: This gadget is now available for just £39.99 You can have this item for only £99.99. The intention is obviously to suggest that the item is a bargain being offered at a lower price than normal. People like bargains and so the words may prompt a purchase even though the price mentioned might be a rip-off. Affordable: This is another confidence trick. Our insurance policies are all available at affordable rates. What cheek! how do they know what I can afford? I bristle at the suggestion that they somehow know that I can afford their wretched insurance. Arguably: This is a slippery example. Wayne Rooney is arguably the best footballer in Europe. The writer is claiming to assert a fact but knows very well it is only an opinion, and a doubtful one at that. The writer is afraid to give a positive opinion because he knows others will disagree. So he uses arguably to stave off the argument. This is a word that arguably annoys me most of all. Sustainable: To sustain is to keep going, to keep up and to prolong. So what can the Government mean when they talk about ‘sustainable development’? This is a contradiction in terms. To develop means to cause to grow, to exploit, to build on or prepare land for building. The recent planning proposals have a fuzzy definition which means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their needs. Which is vague. If a green field has houses built on it the field has not been sustained; it has been changed and denies future generations a green field. People: Supermarkets tell us that ‘people want cheap food’ when many people want better, healthier food. Politicians claim that ‘people want more public transport’ when clearly many people prefer cars. Such blanket claims are designed to justify some proposed policy. To claim that some people or even most people or better still x% of people would be more honest. Skills: Children don’t learn to read, they acquire reading skills. They don’t communicate, they develop communication skills. The word is now being used as a substitute for ability. I am clearly developing my grumbling skills. Very: Nobody works hard these days, they always work very hard. Reports are not detailed, they are very detailed. We would be just as well served if people just worked hard - provided they worked very closely with colleagues of course Basis: Men do not shave every day, they shave on a daily basis. Housewives visit supermarkets on a weekly basis and Councils review policies on an annual basis. Why can’t people just do things daily, weekly or annually? I would like to see the word banned on a regular basis. Philip Mottram

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Pacy & Wheatley launch new minor works division in Doncaster Pacy & Wheatley have been in the construction business for over 45 years and have extensive experience within the industry. For the last fifteen years they have focused on the construction and refurbishment of quality projects both in the private and public sectors. With a background of delivering quality commercial and domestic projects they have now launched a separate division to deal with smaller building works, extensions, refurbishments and framework maintenance. This means you will be able to access their extensive project management experience and professionalism and apply that to your own project.

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Kitchen Devil Tops Poll as Domestic God!

Cleanliness should be next to godliness, but it’s kitchen devil, Gordon Ramsay’s no nonsense ‘clean as you go’ approach that’s scored top marks in Doncaster this Spring. In a recent poll of 1,000 people for professional domestic cleaning firm, MOLLY MAID, more than one in three men in in Doncaster likened their home cleaning style to the kitchen supremo with an astonishing 32 per cent admitting to including cleaning in their daily routine and 58 per cent ranking the kitchen and bathroom as the most important rooms to keep clean. Almost a quarter likened their cleaning to the military precision of Boris Johnson’s electoral canvassing campaigns in London while one in five domestic gods put their polishing prowess on a par with all-round helpful husband and daytime TV presenter, Philip Schofield. But it seems that male chauvinism might not be dead and buried just yet, with 11 per cent of men preferring the Alan Sugar approach to home cleaning! In stark contrast to the dust busting males, only 18 per cent of women felt that they had graduated from the same school of obsessive cleanliness as Monica from Friends. One in three women in Doncaster are more likely to put friends and family first and one in two far too busy with the kids to worry about cleaning – just like Desperate Housewife’s Lynette. One in ten confessed to regularly pulling a ‘Hyacinth Bucket’ style cleaning manoeuvre in order to keep up appearances while clean freaks, Aggi McKenzie and Mary Poppins failed to register with more than 12 per cent of women. Lynne Crewe, MOLLY MAID Franchise Owner in Doncaster said; “Life is so fast paced these days that cleaning is often bottom of our list of priorities but it doesn’t stop us being any less house-proud than we were in the past.” “The fact that men in Doncaster like a clean home and more often than not take on half of the housework is not surprising as more and more households are owned by couples who both work full time. Sometimes it’s good to get a helping hand from professional cleaners to make life that bit easier and less stressful to make your home spotless.” MOLLY MAID has been providing bespoke professional domestic cleaning services to homes across the UK for over 25 years. Visit for more information or contact Andy & Lynne Crewe on 01427 875566 to discuss your specific cleaning requirements.

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From time to time I print something in Tickhill Today which generates a flurry of responses. Last months SPOOF piece was one of those! Comments have included “Brilliant” “Very funny” “the writer deserves a medal” but below is a reply offering a different perspective on the issues included that I thought I would share with you. I await further responses! When I read the feature headed SPOOF in the March edition of your excellent magazine I was reminded of the old couplet

“Two men looked through prison bars One saw mud, the other stars.”

Your correspondent is obviously in the mud-seeing category. As the piece is unsigned I will call him ‘Mr. Mudd’. He (it must be he) should raise his sights a little. He might be surprised at what he discovers. My wife and I are relative newcomers. We have only been in Tickhill for 37 years, but each day we consider ourselves fortunate to have found such a delightful place. The things ‘Mr.Mudd’ complains about are the signs of are an active and thriving community going about it’s business. Cars and cycles are part of modern life. Motorised wheelchairs are a sign that lots of elderly people are managing to keep their independence. If he is able bodied, then a step to one side should not exhaust him too much. People blocking pavements? Isn’t it great that folk come into town to meet their friends and have a chat? Isn’t it wonderful that there are still independent traditional retailers like Eatons, Fentons, Taylors, Juicy Fruits and others for them to shop in? ’Mr. Mudd’ should be thankful that Tickhill has a Post Office for him to queue at. If he does not like the trolleys in Taylors , there are other grocery outlets he can go to who do not provide this facility. The level of service will not be as good, and he will have to carry his groceries home rather than have them delivered, but perhaps he will be happy. It is indeed sad that there is too much litter thrown about. It is not a problem particular to Tickhill. If ‘Mr. Mudd’ wants to make a real contribution he could try picking some of it up, taking it home and putting it in his bin. If enough people did this the problem would be solved. My advice to ‘Mr. Mudd’ is to stop looking down and to look up. Then I will be able to change his name to ‘Mr, Starr’. Otherwise he will end up as a member of the other SPOOF (SOCIETY for the PROTECTION OF OLD FOGIES) H Bland

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luebell Wood Children’s Hospice is looking for new supporters and active volunteers to start a new Fundraising Support Group in the Tickhill area. If you feel you have time to spare then your help really does make a difference in raising the annual £3 million required for the hospice to provide the care offered to the children. We receive no statutory government funding.For more information contact Rachael Dawes 01909 517365 or email: Bluebell Wood – a lifeline for families Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice at North Anston proudly opened its doors to families in September 2008. The hospice cares for children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy. Bluebell Wood is one of only 40 children’s hospices in the UK, and covers a large area including all of South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and North West Lincolnshire. Caring for a child with a life-limiting condition can be an exhausting 24 hour a day, seven day a week job for families as these children have complex medical needs. Bluebell Wood offers planned periods of respite allowing children to enjoy a range of stimulating activities whilst getting the one to one medical care they need. The hospice has a sensory room, a hydrotherapy spa, a music room, a messy play room and a specially designed outdoor play area. Planned respite stays allow parents to take a break, often the first they may have had in years, knowing that their child is safe and well looked after. The dedicated facilities at Bluebell Wood mean the child has fun, and can experience activities they may not be able to participate in at home. The hospice also offers emergency care, which is a lifeline for a range of family situations, providing extra support when needed. Bluebell Wood also provides end of life facilities for children. Parents chose for their child to spend their last days at the hospice in a safe, secure and often familiar non-hospitalised environment whilst still having access to the specialised medical care their child needs. Our care team can also support children in their own homes during this difficult time. Bluebell Wood has dedicated services in place for siblings, parents and grandparents, both before and after bereavement. The support offered to children by Bluebell Wood is invaluable. It costs £3m every year to provide this care and the hospice receives no statutory government funding. It is only thanks to public support that we can continue helping as many children and their families as we do. To learn more about Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice or to find out how you can help support us go to . 44| Tickhill Today

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William, Harry, Charly, Shannon, Noah, Grace, Isobel and Olivia of Northgate Pre-School. All the children enjoyed celebrating Shrove Tuesday by eating pancakes at snack time and then taking part in their very own pancake race!

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Back by popular demand Daniel Smith Blues Band. Think Jools Holland – only better – only in your neighbourhood – and tickets only a fraction of the price…. You wont have a better boogie woogie evening anywhere……. Daniel Smith is described as the world's greatest Dutch-Indonesian -Anglo-Scottish blues and boogie woogie piano player - and it's probably true! He learnt boogie woogie from his Dutch-Indonesian uncle on regular visits to Holland, his mother's family having emigrated there post-War from Jakarta, Indonesia, where his maternal grandfather had been a jazz piano player as well as an official in the Dutch colonial civil service. Daniel Smith is one of the most exciting talents to emerge on the British blues scene in recent years. In 1994, he first shot to prominence with Sonny Black, gaining rave reviews from press, audiences and fellow musicians alike. 1999 saw him launch his own solo career and form The Daniel Smith Blues Band. He has a rare technical and musical ability to produce sustained and inspired keyboards work across the whole spectrum of the blues genre. Whether performing standards or his excellent original material, Daniel Smith is commonly recognised as an outstanding keyboards talent and a boogie woogie pianist without parallel. Add to this his dry, laid-back, on-stage humour and an absolute killer band - (featuring some of Britain's finest, most experienced musicians) - and you have a class act invoking a genuine sense of the old-time, good-time barrelhouse and speakeasy. He has recorded eight albums You will be talking about this evening for months to come – don’t miss it.

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Enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument in your local If you enjoy a singalong, playing any musical instrument or would just like to listen, then come along to your local and have a relaxing evening. All abilities are welcome, it’s about enjoying music and joining in with some of the songs & tunes. Electro/acoustic music is also welcome, as an amplifier can enhance the timbre while helping with the quality and sustainability more delicate & quiet notes. Most styles of music are welcome, depending on the session, and may include sixties, folk, blues, classical, country or anything lively, easy or relaxing. SECOND TUESDAY MONTHLY - FOLK NIGHT Folk, Country, Blues, Singalong, traditional instruments. LAST TUESDAY MONTHLY - MUSICIANS SESSION Any style or instrument - sixties, classical, blues – anything goes ! Informal evenings - All Welcome Scarborough Arms, Tickhill, from 8.00pm Contact: Mike 01302 953975 Email:

Rossington Male Voice Choir

We are looking for additional members to enable us to expand the versatility of the choir. Enthusiasm and an enjoyment of singing are more important than vocal talent although the later would be very welcome! We practice every Wed evening, 7.30-9.30pm in the Memorial Hall Rossington. Anyone interested is asked to ring the secretary on 01302 860623


arol Thornton sadly passed away on 13th February 2012 after a long illness. She was at her daughter’s house in Sheffield with all her family around her for the past few weeks of her life. The funeral was held at St Mary’s Church, Tickhill 24/2/12. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support and friendship to our Mum, Carol and also our Dad, Edwin before he died just over 2 years ago. It is a comfort to know that they are together once again. Thank you to everyone who donated to Mum’s chosen charity; Sheffield Children’s Hospital we raised over £1000. The family are also donating to the Intense Home Nursing Team, Sheffield who were an amazing support for the last 8 days of Carol’s life. Di, Julie, Graham & their families


0th Doncaster Wadworth Brownies Congratulations Brownies on gaining your writer's Badge. When doing this, the Brownies wrote to the Queen, telling her about themselves, the group and congratulating her on the Diamond Jubilee. The Queen replied, via her Lady in Waiting, and each Brownie was presented with a signed framed letter. Well done everyone, I am very proud of you all. Tawny Owl, 20th Doncaster Wadworth Brownies


eighbourhood Planning The Neighbourhood Plan is new, introduced as part of the Localism Act 2011. With funds provided by the Government, training events are being run across the country for anyone interested (usually parish or town councillors or residents’ groups). About 50 of us spent March 9 at Tickhill Pavilion learning about this innovation. Participants had a good day, which began with an opportunity to let off some steam at our frustrations with planners who fail to respond to communications, concerns at threats to Green Belt or open spaces, over the lack of affordable housing or community facilities, over garden grabbing and diminution of local character. Many of these and other issues can be tackled through the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). In subsequent sessions we learned the limitations of the NP because it cannot conflict with the National Planning Policy Framework or the Core Strategy of the local authority (Local Plan), nor can it provide for less development than DMBC proposes for any parish.. On the other hand, unlike those Village Design Statements on which much effort was expended only for the output to be ignored, the NP is statutory. Once 48| Tickhill Today

it has gone through all its hoops, it has teeth. That is the strongest argument for having one’s own NP. What could a NP deliver for Tickhill? Those parishes who have been involved in pilot projects have produced very varied Neighbourhood Plans, from those covering every ambition of the community (whether achievable through planning or other means) to ones with very limited objectives. The start is a shared vision for the community. Beyond that, content could include such matters as  The design of shop fronts & house extensions,  Protection and enhancement of open spaces,  Conservation Area enhancement  Renewable energy, water power, wind turbines  Tree planting, identifying locations  Controlling change of use to preserve employment and shops  Transport and access issues, including car parking and cycle routes  Control over garden grabbing  Allotments, potential sites to meet demand  Tourist promotion  Protecting local buildings of interest My initial reaction when I heard about the Neighbourhood Plans was to be sceptical, not least because there is no imminent threat to our Green Belt. However, there is a danger that planning nationally could become much more of a free-for-all with the drive for more economic development; having our own NP could be an important security for what the community values. On the positive side, much work done on the earlier village design plan could be used towards the NP and, while putting what people would like to see happen into a NP won’t make it all happen, it could provide a good weapon to put pressure on those who can! So I do commend the Neighbourhood Plan as worth the effort for us. The Town Council is already looking at this seriously and it is they who have to sponsor the process. It will not be a quick process and will involve individuals in hard work but the result should be of benefit to everyone in the long run. John Hoare


ickhill Juniors Lucky lottery no.’s for March 1st #182 wins £50 (Under 11's) 2nd #84 wins £30 (Under 11's) 3rd #214 wins £20 (Under 8's) If anyone is interested in purchasing a TJFC Monthly Lucky Lottery Draw the price for the remainder of the 2012 draw is £9. Numbers can be applied for by emailing your request to

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Inner Wheel Club of Doncaster St Leger

Fashion Show by Yasmine of Bawtry At Sandbeck Park Nr Maltby By kind permission of the Earl and Countess Scarborough

Sunday 22nd April 2012 1.30pm for 2.15pm £15 to include a glass of Sparkling Wine Free Raffle and Refreshments Contact Safe @Last on 01909 566977 for tickets All proceeds to Safe@Last


ickhill and Bawtry Probus Club.

Publicity works – we’ve reached 80! Not in years, in membership. Since we started putting quarterly reports in Tickhill Today our membership has increased from 56 to 80 – a rise of 42%. No wonder so many businesses advertise in this magazine! A new innovation has been our “Emergency Programme” for use on the rare occasions that our speaker does not turn up. Members have been asked to select three pieces of music which have some special significance for them and which they would be prepared to explain when the pieces are played to the meeting. We have recently used this Emergency Programme for the first time and found that the musical tastes of our members range from Opera to Heavy Metal! Perhaps this shows there is something for everybody in Probus. If you think you would like to join come as a visitor to any of our meetings which are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 10.00 AM at the Millstone. Our programme for the next three months is: 12th April. “RAF Nuclear Testing” by Frank Morley. th 26th April. “North Country Humour” by Derek Harker. 10th May. “My Careeer” by Bill Elliott 24th May. “My History” by Sylvia Atkinson. 14th June. “Bee Keeping” by David Allen. 28 June. “Famous Last Words” by M. Spedding. We look forward to seeing friends old and new.


ICKHILL BOWLING CLUB Home Fixtures For April (Doncaster League) Wed. April 11th.(Over 60s Doubles) Tickhill v Pilkingtons Pensioners. 2:00pm Thurs April 19th (Midweek Singles) Tickhill v Bawtry "B" 6:00pm Wed. April 25th (Over 60s Doubles) Tickhill v Eden Grove Peglers 2:00 pm Tues May 1st(Midweek Doubles) Tickhill v Pilkingtons Recreation "D" 6:00pm. Light refreshments are available at a modest charge. A late reminder to members that the pre-season meeting will be held on Monday March 26th 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Tickhill Institute. 50| Tickhill Today

Tickhill Residents Association Invite you to a

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Fundraising Event in aid of Tickhill Estfeld & Bawtry Football Club

Tickhill Institute on Saturday 28th April 7pm-11.30pm Top female vocalist Dammariss Tickets £5 available from Lynsey 07825 368148 or from Tickhill Institute Raffle on the night

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ickhill Horticultural Society Dr. Steve Furness purchased a property in Calver, Derbyshire in 1981. Situated on the side of a hill with land all around the house he set about creating a one–off vast rock garden to accommodate his collection of alpine plants. His talk at the end of February, ‘How not to build a rock garden’, took us through the development of the garden, highlighting all the pitfalls and also amazing us with the end result. The range of quality, inexpensive plants had many lady members reaching for their purses. Our April Speaker on Thursday 26th is Neil Timm of The Fern Nursery, Binbrook between Market Rasen and Grimsby. Neil will take us through the history, natural history, folklore and economic uses of ferns as well as the important bit – how to grow them. There will be plants to purchase. The venue is the Methodist Schoolroom, starting time 7.15pm. New members are always welcome. Annual subscription £7. Visitors £3 per meeting. Phil Thomas



ICKHILL IN BLOOM Residents and visitors will have noticed and hopefully enjoyed the displays of winter pansies around the village. The Tickhill in Bloom group of volunteers have worked hard to produce this year’s colourful display helped clearly by the mild winter compared to last year’s. Also we seem to have suffered fewer losses from theft and vandalism which has been a problem in the past - we ask residents to continue to be vigilant; these are not victimless crimes This summer we are intending to have a red, white and blue planting scheme celebrating of course the Queen’s Jubilee. Continuing the practice of recent years the display at the Buttercross will be sponsored very kindly this year by the Marsden family, celebrating their 100 years in the village. We have had (or are having, depending when you are readingththis!) a coffee morning on Wednesday 28 march (10:00 – 12:00 in the Methodist Church Hall). Coffee mornings provide much needed funds for our summer and winter plantings. We are totally dependent on funding from businesses and residents so appreciate very much all contributions.

oglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) presents: ICKHILL DANCE CLUB “Venice as known to us through CanaDancing every Friday in the Methodist letto and his Contemporaries”. David School Room, 8 to 10pm. Entrance fee Lamb uses the canvases of Canaletto and other £2.00 view painters to show us thethdaily life of the city and its citizens in the 18 century. (includes refreshments & raffle ) New members please ring Eilleen on 01302-743658 Friday 13th April 2012 7.45pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill, DN11 9QN ADWORTH COMMUNITY CENTRE Admission: £3 non-members SPRING FAYRE Sunday, 15th April, 2-4 pm Further information: 01909 481136 Jewellery, tombola, lucky dip, cakes and much more. Open photographic competition. es Francophiles de Tickhill Admission: 50p for adults. Children free entry. At our March meeting we welcomed Tricia Macredie who gave us a fascinating (Refreshments available with proceeds to Mentalk about her long-term friendship with ingitis Trust) a family in Brittany. With a wide range of Don't forget our Auction on Saturday, 19th photographs taken over the years at the May. Very popular and already we have some various celebrations she and her family excellent items for sale. attended, the evening was much enjoyed by all those present. The Barn Dance on 18th February was a really On Wednesday 4th April our speaker will be Ian good evening and, judging by the laughter, was Tasker whose subject is the WW1 Fromelles enjoyed by all. War Cemetery. He will be giving an account of If you didn't attend you missed a treat! the tragedy of the Battle of Fromelles,19th July 1916. Do join us for this and any of our events. Please telephone Maureen on 852874 or Ruth Visitors are always welcome for a £3 fee. on 215921 for any further information. For further information please contact Mike We're a friendly crowd - come and join us! Scragg - Tel: 750312



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ickhill and District Local History Society

Our February meeting saw our highest attendance ever – well over 100 people and they were certainly not disappointed. Revd. Gordon Taylor, until last year Vicar of Tickhill gave a talk entitled “Not of this Parish” which was a light hearted and amusing account of his 40 years in the church excluding the last eight years when he was Vicar of Tickhill. We knew Gordon could speak well but this talk was in a class of its own and was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The only problem was persuading people to leave after the meeting! Thank you Gordon for a most enjoyable evening. In conjunction with the Library Service we are planning to hold a Tickhill Local History Fair in the Library on Saturday 21st July. One of the themes will be “Jubilee” and we would be grateful if anybody ha s photographs or memorabilia of past Jubilee celebrations in Tickhill which we could borrow for the occasion. If you have anything please ring Lesley Nicholson at the Library on 742871. We will of course make sure that anything loaned to us is returned safely. Our next meeting will be on Thursday 19th April when Linda Brook will talk on “15th Century Table Manners”. In the 15th century Tickhill was an important town which still boasted a Royal Castle – it will be interesting to see how the people behaved at table in those days. As usual the meeting will be in the Methodist Schoolroom, Northgate and will commence at 7.30PM (doors open 7.00PM). Visitors will be most welcome.

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Our new 50th Anniversary Badges and our neckerchiefs have now arrived and will be distributed to all current members of the Scout Group as soon as possible. The Cubs had a competition to design a 50th Anniversary Poster. The winning poster by Tom Bryant was chosen by the cubs themselves and is now on display in the notice board outside the Scout & Guide HQ. One of the aims of Scouting is not only to provide a safe environment for all its members but to equip its members with the knowledge and skills to help them to be safe in the presence of others and using electronic media. Both the cub pack and beaver colony joined together to learn from the local police about Stranger Danger and Keeping Safe. Each cub and beaver was also given special booklets published by the Scout Association on the subject of keeping Safe. This month has been one where the old adage – “you don’t know what you don’t know” was very true. I was attending an explorer scout meeting when I was accosted by one of our members and reprimanded for not making mention in Tickhill Today or the Parish Magazine of an old, long established scout troop supporter who had recently died. Not only did I not know she had died but I had lost touch with her over the recent past. The lady concerned – Mary Cunningham – had in fact been a very hardworking and reliable supporter over many years. In the latter years her age and ability had made it impossible to help out. It was then, with some shock, that I discovered she had died. I am sorry her support had not been acknowledged but I hope these sentences will make some amends for my omission. Whilst mentioning past supporters I would like to thankth all those people who chose to remember the life of Jill Gunn by making a donation to 13 Doncaster (Tickhill) Scout Group. Currently this fund stands at around £600 including Gift Aided sums. It is very humbling to think that people who knew Jill have been so generous. We have recently reviewed the number of youngsters who are members of our Scout Group and came to the conclusion that we are being held back by the lack of adult leadership in the scout section. As you probably know, each scout troop now has male and female members and each is led by male and female leaders. To make scouting available to more youngsters in the village we are actively looking for more adults who would be prepared to give up some of their time to help out. Your age is no barrier, any time you have available can be used productively and, it may be your time which enables your youngster to become a scout much faster. If you would like to find out more please call Bob Kitchen on 01302 743430 or email –


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Tickhill Town Council

The 24th April is our Annual Meeting of Electors, and on the 22 nd May, is our Annual General Meeting, when we elect our new Mayor and Councillors to various committees. I would only be too pleased to see some of the public at our meetings. The Annual Meeting of Electors starts at 6.30 followed by normal council meeting at 7.00pm. This April issue sees the end of my first financial year as clerk, and as you all read this I will be preparing for our Annual Audit. The process is rigorous and all paperwork, minutes, financial records etc are passed to our internal auditor for close inspection. These are stealthily checked and the audit forms are then passed to the external auditor. During my first year I have been able make some small financial savings and hope to continue to do so in the future. Hopefully continued prudency will be rewarded. Our newly awaited kitchen has finally taken a step in the right direction and work will hopefully start in October. The proposed kitchen has become a much bigger project than we had first anticipated and as the disabled toilet has to be re sited to conform to Health and Safety Standards; it was decided to carry out the work together. So not to cause too much upset to our hirers work will now go ahead in October and will be finished by December. The disabled loo will be away from the kitchen area and the new kitchen will be opened up to take into what was the area of the disabled toilet, giving us a larger more user friendly space. I do hope all this will generate more use of our building. It is always good to remember that the Pavilion is ideal for children’s parties as it is so close to the park etc., and the room is so spacious. We still await the multi programmable timer for the central heating system but it is out of my hands. Let’s hope it’s in situ before next winter!! I know I usually go on about parking and dog foul, but it is now becoming less than amusing to see such misuse of our public places. The recreation ground was described last week to me as, a “public loo for dogs”. How embarrassing. Please if you own or walk a dog pick up the POO if your pooch leaves it behind!!! Notices have been placed around the Town asking the public to report dog fouling, there is a reward: Clean feet, Clean pram wheels: and a safer environment for us all to enjoy! Information in confidence to Dog Warden 01302 736000 Email Any D.M.B.C. Issue can be reported to this number or e mail Please also do not block pavements with parked vehicles. Someone will be either seriously injured or killed by having to walk into the road to pass parked vehicles. I hope it will not be one your own family. Normal methods of Contacts Beth 07926810229 or Jamie 07926808016 for bookings YOUR COUNCILLORS ARE: Mr Raymond (Ray) L Hill

2 Pinfold Lane, Tickhill DN11 9NS

Mr Nigel J Cannings

24 Vine Road, Tickhill DN11 9EP

Mr Derrick Hoyle

Tel: 743317 Tel: 745372

2 Lancaster Crescent, Tickhill DN11 9PX Tel: 742676

Mrs Margaret Marrison

Chumlea, Crossland Gardens, Castlegate Tickhill DN 11 9QP Tel: 742688

Mr Stuart J Millard

You can contact the council by: Writing to: The Clerk to the Council, Address: Tel: Email:


4 Pinfold Close, Tickhill DN11 9NP

Tel: 743842

38 Westfield Road, Tickhill DN11 9LB

Tel: 751025

6 Winnery Close, Tickhill DN11 9JT

Tel: 752195

Mr Paul W Rigley Mr David Adgar Mr Brian Keith

6 Alderson Close, Tickhill, DN11 9HN

Tel: 743996

36 Meadow Drive, Tickhill , DN11 9ET

Tel: 744753

Mr Ian W Henderson

Mrs Margaret Cannings-Clough 24 Vine Road, Tickhill, Doncaster DN11 9EP 01302 745372

Patricia Bartlett, Tel 01302 310575, Email Bob Ford, Tel 01302 743804, Email Barbara Hoyle, Tel 01302 742676, Email YOUR LOCAL MP - CAROLINE FLINT Meteor House, First Avenue, Hayfield Lane, Auckley DN9 3GA. Tel: 01302 623330, Fax 01302 755099; Email

All Electrical Work Undertaken      

Full & Part rewires Fuse boxes upgraded Lighting Telephone points TV points Burglar alarms IEE 17th Edition approved Contact 01302 868569 or 07970 900340


Interior and Exterior Painting & Decorating & General Maintenance Over 30 years experience Domestic and Commercial Competitive Prices No job too small

Tel: 01302 711638 Mobile: 07747 754196



0114 220 2020 0800 375 675 0800 111 999 0845 124 24 24 0800 800 151 Doncaster Council Customer Services 01302 736000 Tickhill Town Council 01302 745372 Caroline Flint MP 01302 623330 Tickhill Neighbourhood Team 01302 736000 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Crime Reduction Unit 01302 385462 Citizens Advice 01302 735225 RSPCA National Cruelty Line 0300 1234999 Mayflower Animal Sanctuary 01302 711330 Alzheimer's Society Doncaster 01302 325628 Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 Tickhill St Mary’s Church 01302 742224 Tickhill Library 01302 742871 Tickhill Post Office 01302 752886 Tickhill Sports Pavilion 01302 752784 Tickhill Parish Room 07840 419763 Wadworth Community Centre 01302 852874 NHS Direct Tickhill Surgery DRI Tickhill Dental Centre

0845 46 47 01302 742503 01302 366666 01302 750300

Tickhill Estfeld School Tickhill St Mary's School Wadworth Primary School Sir Thomas Wharton College Wilsic Road Day Nursery Loversall Farm Day Nursery Northgate @ St Mary’s

01302 744275 01302 742569 01302 851451 01709 864100 01302 742629 01302 311000 07501 843037

Schools & Nurseries etc

07787 393116

National Rail Enquiries Bus Enquires Bob’s Minibuses & Taxis

08457 484950 01709 515151 01302 746235

Buttercross Needleworkers Friends of Mill Dam Les Francophiles de Tickhill Meth. Church Pop In Centre St Mary’s Mothers Union Tickhill & Bawtry Probus Tickhill Country Market Tickhill Countryside Group Tickhill Dance Club Tick. & Dist Footpath Group Tickhill & District Folk Club Tickhill & Dist. Lions Club Tickhill & District WI Tickhill Evangelical Church Tickhill Flower Club Tickhill Horticultural Society Tickhill Juniors Football Club Tickhill Local History Soc. Tickhill Male Voice Choir Tick. Meth. Ladies Fellowship Tickhill Musicians Night Tickhill Music Society Tickhill Residents Association Tickhill Running & Athletics Tickhill Scout & Guides Tickhill TARA Tickhill Tennis Club Tickhill Together Voglia d’Italia Wapentake Writers Group Yorkshire Countrywomen

01302 751808 01302 750638 01302 750312 01302 744768 01302 743784 01302 742070 01302 742323 01302 742556 01302-743658 01302 745533 01302 744941 01302 742843 01302 743376 01709 296132 01302 751118 01302 742427 07515 625882 01302 742918 01302 743468 01302 745495 01302 744941 01302 953975 01302 751787 07920 589176 01302 743430 07989 299860 01302 742058 01302 742917 01909 481136 01302 745212 01302 744338


Police Station (non urgent) Electricity - Emergency Gas - Emergency Yorkshire Water BT Faultline


Northgate Babies & Toddlers

Groups & Societies



01302 744100 or

07810 301586 62| Tickhill Today

Dave Mayes

Mobile Mechanic

Service & Repair Specialist - 12yrs experience

 MOT’s  Diagnostic equipment available

 Low prices - High standard  Fully Qualified/Insured

Tel : 01302 746399 Mob: 07921 186811

Your Friendly Coach Holiday Company

2012 Tours & Mini-breaks

4th May Llandudno £226 23rd July Southport £226 10th Sept Isle of Wight £209 Nov Thursford Christmas Spectacular Bankwood Ind Est, Rossington, DN11 0PS

Phone (01302) 866193 / 07836 757618 Email:

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Accounting LDH Accountancy 36 TCS Accountancy 59 Aerials ADI 59 Aerial & Satellite Specialists 53 Appliance Repairs Arc Domestics 22 Castle Domestics 53 Bathrooms & Tiles A E Spink 4 Ultimate Bathroom Company 67 Beauty, Therapists, Salons & Clinics Courtyard Beauty 23 Edge Mobile Nails & Beauty 17 Le Sept 13 Lighthouse Laser 9 Penelope’s 43 True Reflections 18 Butchers D J Fentons 21 Careers Advice BB Careers 6 Care Home / Home Care Rose Farm 21 Carpets and Flooring All Floors 19 Cavlan Flooring 27 Distinctive Flooring 17 J Rust & Son 57 Phil Andrews 51 Wayne Docherty Carpets 34 Car Servicing & Repair Dave Mayes 63 Mick Jackson & Co Ltd 33 Morebrooke 62 Rossington Car Clinic 54 Tickhill Recovery 61 Children’s Activities Go-Kart Party 12 Chiropodist & Footcare Practitioners Feet First 61 Lynne Betreen 49 Chiropractor Tickhill Chiropractic Clinic 45 Cleaning Services Centri-Clean 22 Doncaster & Rotherham Chem Dry 53 Hobknobs Carpet & Upholstery cleaning 63 Pendletons Cleaning Services 56 Sheila 59 Computer Services Cynetix 68 Mat & Mouse IT Services 23 Country Market Tickhill Country Market 29 Country Stores Torne Valley Country Stores 5 Cycle Services Bicycle Buddy 23 Deli Deli28 53 Design & Print Life Design 18 Dog Grooming

Scruffs & Mutts Tickhill Dog Groomers Driving Instructor Glenn’s Driving School Electrical Retailers Boylans Electrical Services Bereton Electrical BMS Electrical & Security P R Electrical Estate Agents & Letting Agents Footprint Properties French Polishing Ken Hempsell Funeral Services W E Pinder Garden Design & Garden Services Brick by Brick Property Maintenance Country Gardens Cherry Lane Garden Centre Greenstripe GreenThumb Lady Lavender Lawn Keeper Martin Daniels Paul Winfindale Wheel Wrights Gardening Services Gas Supplies Discount Gas Hairdressers Studio Hair Hardware & DIY Castlegate DIY Home Improvements & Building AJP Garage Doors & Loft Ladders Arke Property Services Brick by Brick Discount Roofing & Building Supplies DMHI Home Inspirations Pact & Wheatley Construction Three Oak Construction Worksure Homeware & Gifts Homeworks Interior Design & Soft Furnishings Colourbox Homeworks The Sewing Rooms of Tickhill Joinery Saffron Joinery Kitchens & Fitted Furniture A E Spink DC Interiors Ladies wear Devernois of Bawtry Locksmith & Security Services Northern Window Repairs Ltd SF Locksmith Materials & Haberdashery Liley House Oven Cleaning Hobknobs Oven Butler Painting & Decorating Ken Shirtliff

15 8 45 65 55 36 61 8 51 63 45 21 7 38 1 44 51 9 45 53 11 6 3 43 39 49 11 39 55 37 43 19 2 9 2 29 51 4 25 6 13 10

Michael Jones Paul Winfindale Terry & Curtis Fletcher Paving & Resurfacing Doncaster Driveways GB Surfacing Sanmet Pet Services Nature World Scruffs & Mutts Tickhill Dog Groomers Pharmacy Lloyds M&R Pharmacy Photography Temporal Photography & Art Plumbing &/or Gas Services A* Plumbing & Heating Andy Bark Plumbing & Heating B&H Gas & Heating D Kelly James Winfrow Sanderson Plumbing & Heating Property Maintenance Work Sure

61 59 42 53 11 58 15 23 18 14 35 41 53 59 49 55 24 63 39

Re-Cycling FCY PLC 43 Restaurants & Takeaways Pizza Jim 29 The Taj Cottage 33 Roofing EPG 55 PRS Roofing & Restoration 45 Torchmaster Roofing 24 Schools & Colleges Misson Primary School 9 Sir Thomas Wharton Community College 31 Solicitors & Wills Andrew Issacs 29 In Home Legal Services 57 Jones & Co 66 Supermarket Taylors of Tickhill 8 Taxi & Private Hire 106 Direct 44 Television Repairs Telefix 63 Travel Wilson’s Coaches 63 Website Design Cynetix 64 Wedding Services Wedding Fair 9 Windows, Conservatories, Fascias & Soffits I-Glass 34 MD Windows 49 Window Repairs Northern Window Repairs 21

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