The Feoffees of the Common Lands of Rotherham
I was pleased to speak to Tony Grice, one of the 12 trustees of the ‘Feoffees of the Common Lands of Rotherham’. ‘Feoffee’, is pronounced ‘Fuffee’ – an ancient word for ‘trustee’. The Feoffees originally owned all the local common lands using rents raised from grazing, gathering wood and other activities on it to govern the town and make charitable gifts including for social support, with records dating back to the 1320s. read more
The Ruddle Centre, Braithwell
Braithwell and Micklebring Recreation and Leisure Association (BMRLA) has recently appointed new trustees to oversee the Ruddle Centre and adjoining sports facilities at Braithwell.
The Board of Trustees are:
- John Smales, Chair
- Julie Dunstan, Treasurer
- Matt Fox, Lettings Officer
- James Goodman, Trustee
- Darren Richardson, Trustee
- Jeff Lockhart, Trustee
- Lynsey Greenwood, Trustee
- Tony Appleton, Trustee
John Smales, Chairman of BMRLA, said: “I am delighted to be able to lead the Board of Trustees in building on the tremendous work carried out on behalf of the local communities by both past and present trustees and volunteers. We now have a board that is made up of people who have been associated with BMRLA for a number of years and local people who have a range of knowledge, expertise, experience and most importantly enthusiasm and commitment.
“When it is feasible, we intend to continue to not only facilitate existing community activities but also provide additional services from the Ruddle Centre. I will be introducing the Board of Trustees at BMRLA’s Annual General Meeting, to take place virtually before the end of the year. Further details, including the date, will be circulated shortly.”
The Ruddle Centre remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, this is being reviewed on a monthly basis, along with Government guidelines. During this time, the trustees have taken the opportunity to carry out some internal decoration works, some of which will be taking place over the coming weeks. These works will complement the recent improvements made to the Ruddle Centre, funded by Sport England and DMBC 106 monies.
The board look forward to welcoming you back to the Ruddle Centre in the near future. In the meantime, should you wish to speak to someone about the Ruddle Centre, please contact Matt Fox, Lettings Officer on email@example.com or 07717 811553.
In search of our roots
The year 2004 heralded the beginning of the ever-popular TV programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. Between then and now, 17 series have been filmed and more than 150 celebrities have traced their roots, courtesy of professional genealogists, discovering relatives in far flung places from Australia to India, Africa to Belarus. read more
The Arts Society Dukeries
If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, join the Arts Society Dukeries. They are the local group of the national arts association, The Art Society. Usually, they have monthly lecture meetings at the Civic Centre, Carlton (on the first Wednesday morning of the month, except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra, Special Interest Days of three lectures. read more
Help shape local animal welfare
The local branch of the RSPCA is seeking to recruit volunteer trustees to help set the strategic direction of the branch, monitor its progress, ensure appropriate policies are in place and support the management team, staff and volunteers.
Doncaster, Rotherham and District branch supports the work of colleagues from the national RSPCA. read more
Winthrop Gardens volunteers determined to deliver festive cheer
Winthrop Gardens has been unable to re-open due to the COVID-19 emergency, but volunteers are determined to deliver Festive Afternoon Teas to ensure customers, friends and supporters of Winthrop don’t miss out on the Christmas cheer! read more
Tickhill Parish Room
It’s official! It’s true! You heard it here first! Tickhill Parish Room is once again open for business. After all this time, they are opening their doors – with the correct COVID-19 compliances in place. Even with restrictions, it’s pretty exciting news. read more
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club
Speaker Meeting – Steve Prosser of Rotherham Foodbank
The meeting of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club on 20th August was a speaker meeting and was given by Steve Prosser of Rotherham Foodbank. The club has been supporting the Rotherham Foodbank during the COVID-19 pandemic. Steve thanked the club for this support, which had proved invaluable. read more