Rotherham Life May 2019 competition winner!
Congratulations to our competition winner from our April 2019 edition! read more
The multi-talented Gerry Kersey from Radio Sheffield returned in April to speak to Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association about his many ‘Celebrity Encounters’. During his long and impressive career in broadcasting and theatre, he has interviewed the likes of Ken Dodd, Barbara Windsor, Stirling Moss and George Cole to name but a few and entertained members with interesting and amusing anecdotes from those encounters. read more
On Wednesday 1st May, to celebrate May Day, Les Francophiles de Tickhill shall be holding ‘Un Bal Champêtre’. Traditional French folk dances will be led by Peter Barnard, accompanied by the folk band Lys St George from the Isle of Axholme. Visitors to this event are welcome at a charge of £3.00 but please let the group know in advance, as space for dancing is necessarily limited. read more
Check your pooch’s diary and make a date — the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre’s annual Fun Dog Show takes place again in Sandall Park on Saturday 15th June. Registration opens at 10.30am. It promises to be a great occasion for all the family, with a fun dog show, craft stalls, face painting, food and refreshments and a special appearance by local flyball team the Doncaster Bellestars. read more
Friends in Harmony provided entertainment at the Forget-me-Not Memory Café, which is held in Wickersley Methodist Church. After sharing refreshments with the guests and their carers, the choir sang a varied selection of songs and there were two ‘singalong’ spots where everyone was able to join in. read more
A piano recital at Tickhill Music Society always attracts a good audience, and the recent performance by the young French pianist Emmanuel Despax was no exception. Parisian by birth, but resident in England from a young age, he presented a programme of monumental works from the 19th century, starting with ‘Prélude, Choral et Fugue’ by César Franck. read more
Do you like ballroom and sequence dancing, or just listening to a professional theatre organist play? Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts hold a monthly dance and concert, usually on the last weekend of every month (dancing on the Saturday evening, with a concert on Sunday afternoon) and are inviting visitors to join them. read more
There will be an American theme coffee at the next Charity Coffee Morning at Wickersley Methodist Church, when waffles with maple or chocolate sauce, key lime pie and Mississippi mud pie will be served.
It will be held on Friday 24th May, from 10.00am to 12.00pm, and this month the money raised will be in aid of Mind. All are welcome. read more
Drivers in Rotherham are being urged to find out more about greener alternatives for their vehicles in a bid to improve air quality for the borough’s residents. Rotherham Council is launching a borough-wide initiative to promote low-emission vehicles and improve air quality — teaming up with local car dealerships to provide information about cleaner vehicles and help customers find out about the benefits of switching.
Alongside dealership promotion, a series of roadshow events and online advertising will target customers who are actively thinking about changing their vehicles. And a dedicated website — www.drivingcleanair.co.uk — acts as a guide for those thinking about making the switch, with comparison tables identifying key benefits.
The health impacts of air pollution are in the news almost every day. It is a UK-wide problem. The Government’s National Air Quality Plan showed that parts of Rotherham had air quality that didn’t meet safe standards. This has an impact on health, particularly for vulnerable groups like children, the elderly and people with existing conditions.
Most cars produce air pollution. But some are cleaner than others and the Driving Clean Air campaign will help car buyers decide whether a cleaner car is right for them. By giving the public reliable information on the benefits of cleaner fuel types and moving away from diesel vehicles, which are generally responsible for producing more harmful nitrogen oxides.
Leader of Rotherham Council, Councillor Chris Read, said: “Increasingly people are aware of issues around air quality, and as electric and hybrid-electric vehicles become more common and cheaper to buy, the prospect of never having to buy petrol or diesel again becomes more and more realistic.”
Driving Clean Air highlights how popular low-emission vehicles have already become. New registrations of plug-in cars in the UK increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 182,000 by the end of October 2018. Alongside government incentives and tax relief, the campaign is bolstered by lower-than-ever market prices and running costs for electric and hybrid vehicles.
With more new and used vehicles coming onto the market, ever-cheaper running costs and a growing network of local charging points — including the addition of over 30 new charging points specifically in Rotherham — the trend is set to gain further momentum.
Councillor Read added: “Over the coming months we will be introducing more electric vehicle charging infrastructure and tackling more polluting buses and HGVs in parts of the borough where there are known air quality problems. But everyone has a role to play, and that’s why we’re launching this new, government funded campaign to help everyone to make the best choice for them.”