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Parents plan masquerade ball in memory of baby daughter

17th July 2018
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Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice

A Rotherham couple supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice are organising their third ball in memory of their much-loved baby daughter Rosie. Rosie’s Birthday Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday 15th September, at New York Stadium, Rotherham. Entertainment on the night will include The Sweet Tones, a DJ, live raffle and auction, a sweet cart and photo booth. All proceeds will go to South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice. read more

Migrants from near and far

12th July 2018
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Community Focus

Melvyn Jones and Michael Bentley describe the background to two more of the photographs in their new book

In the second half of the nineteenth century and the first three decades of the twentieth century the South Yorkshire coalfield, with Rotherham right in the middle of it was like the Wild West. Migrants flocked in from every corner of the country and beyond to work in the collieries. read more

Help for community groups

11th July 2018
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Voluntary Action Rotherham

Do you need any help developing your group? Covering subjects including funding, finances, bid writing, constitutions, legal structures and any other area in relation to group development, support is available from Voluntary Action Rotherham. read more

Thorpe Salvin Garden Trail

10th July 2018
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Thorpe Salvin Garden Trail

Visit Thorpe Salvin to look around the beautiful private gardens, Norman church and view an Elizabethan mansion ruin on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July. At Thorpe Salvin Garden Trail you can also take part in the children’s (and big kids too) treasure hunt; find the clues in the gardens and enter the competition to win a fantastic prize. read more

Wickersley CI Bowls Club

9th July 2018
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Wickersley CI Bowls Club

Wickersley Church Institute was founded in 1862 by William Holt Yates at a cost of £1,500. It comprised of a library, museum and lecture room for the use of Wickersley people. It also had a provident society for adults and a penny bank for children. There were strict rules governing use of the building, which are still observed. read more

Bramley Rainbows

7th July 2018
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Bramley Rainbows

Girls aged five to seven are invited to join the 14th Rotherham Bramley Rainbows, who meet on Wednesdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm at Bramley Scout and Guide HQ, Main Street, Bramley. Being a rainbow is all about developing self-confidence, building friendships, trying new things and having fun. read more

Rotherham Pride 2018

6th July 2018
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Community Focus

Rotherham Pride will be hosting the sixth annual LGBT+ Pride event on Saturday 14th July at Clifton Park Band, from 12.00pm to 6.00pm. It is a free, family friendly, community event and has been organised by a dedicated team of volunteers.

This year is Rotherham Pride’s first ever parade starting from the Heart of Steel at 10.30am. The organisers invite the LGBT+ community and their allies, to join us in the parade or support us by coming along to spectate. The parade route and applications for organisations are available via www.rotherhampride.co.uk.

Each year Rotherham Pride provides a stage filled with amazing local talent. This year there is a real variety and something for everyone with Rotherham African Drummers, Old Silkstone Brass Band, Rachael Webster, Out Aloud, Allistair Flood, Smashby, Stevie Moore, The Voice’s Lucy Milburn, Sarah Sax Player, RotherHop and Storm Trees. The event will be hosted by the event team’s very own Nic Harding and drag queen Cherry Ryder, so be sure to get your sweatbands ready for energetic opportunities to dance and get involved.

This year the plan is to provide a more fun-filled and inclusive event based on your feedback and so the team is excited to announce the following new features for Pride 2018:

  • Parade (meet at the Heart of Steel at 10.30am, last entry 10.50am)
  • Young people’s area
  • Volunteer opportunities for Young People
  • Family and children area
  • Workshop and activity area
  • Make up artists and face art
  • Health and Wellbeing zone
  • BSL interpreters
  • Merchandise Stall

The Rotherham Pride party continues with the Official Afterparty from 6.00pm until late, at The Trades with free entry. The amazing ‘London Drag King’ Adam All will be performing (resident Drag King @SHE, Soho and founder of BOiBOX). Check out their website, www.adamall.co.uk. The fabulous Bipolar Abdul will be hosting, DJ’in and providing pure sass on stage with a performance (founding member of Doncaster’s only drag haus; ZEHAUS. Curator of Doncaster’s brand-new LGBT club night and Finalist of Mamma’s Drag Battle Leeds 2018).

Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association

6th July 2018
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Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association

Meetings of Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association are held on the second Thursday of each month in Broom Methodist Church Hall, Broom Lane, S60 3NR. The next meeting will be on Thursday 12th July at 2.00pm. Pat McLaughlin will give an illustrated presentation about England’s World Heritage Sites. read more

Speaking of Summer Fayres…

6th July 2018
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Rotherham U3A

Like people, Summer Fayres vary in character and come in all shapes and sizes. At one extreme they are serious, earnest affairs, small in stature but nonetheless capable of packing a punch. Others are jolly, loud, larger-than-life, perhaps more generously proportioned and bristling with ideas and activities. read more

Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

5th July 2018
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Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

Nostalgia was the theme for a very enjoyable June meeting of Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association. The speaker was the charming and humorous Gerry Kersey, long standing presenter from Radio Sheffield, talking about his ‘50 Years in Broadcasting’. Gerry was born and bred in Sheffield and from a young age had an avid interest in music, theatre and comedy. read more