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Rotherham U3A

31st August 2020
Rotherham U3A

Thoughts from Clifton Park Walled Garden: read more

Head Gardener Scott reveals the secrets of the gardens at Wentworth Woodhouse

25th August 2020
Wentworth Woodhouse

Guided tours of the Wentworth Woodhouse gardens have sprung into life again. Re-launched following Government Covid-19 guidelines, there are two fascinating experiences to choose from/ read more

Rotherham Garden Competition 2020

23rd August 2020

The Rotherham Council annual garden competition rewards Rotherham residents who make a real difference in their neighbourhoods by taking pride in their gardens. read more

Learning new tricks

15th August 2020
Rotherham U3A

It appears that the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” can be interpreted in two ways, namely that “someone old can’t learn anything new” or alternatively “there’s no substitute for experience”. Judging by their enthusiastic adoption of social media following the COVID-19 ‘shutdown’, U3A members have roundly rejected the first and most common interpretation. read more

Local RSPCA re-opens!

13th August 2020
RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

Following the lifting of certain lockdown restrictions, the RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch are delighted that they can now offer an appointment only service at their Animal Centre for potential adopters to meet the animals in their care. They have new processes in place – please see their website – to protect the health and safety of the animal, adopters and the team. read more

Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club

12th August 2020
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club

International Scoliosis Day
Friday 27th June was International Scoliosis Day. Sheffield’s Pippa Walker has suffered from the condition from the age of 11. She has been fundraising for Sheffield Children’s Hospital for a few years. Pippa released a single to all music platforms on 27th. The single was written with scoliosis in mind but is for anybody suffering from any disability or mental illness. Please download and share this video from
In addition, Pippa is currently raising money to fund scoliosis braces. Her JustGiving page is Please support her in this worthwhile cause.

The Dynamic Duo
Rotarians Roger Green and Steve Burns, who have been doing the bulk of the work collecting and delivering food to Rotherham Foodbank and other charities, have been nicknamed Batman and Robin by District Rotary. Well done to the Dynamic Duo for all their hard work and commitment to Rotary (‘Service above Self’).

Handover meeting
Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club’s handover meeting took place on Thursday 25th June, when Trish Lister was installed as the club’s new president for the Rotary year 2020 / 21.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the club has been meeting via Zoom and, through the power of video magic, they managed to perform the handover ‘during’ the meeting. The video is well worth watching and can be seen on their Facebook page at
Their thanks go to outgoing president Gurnam Basran for all his hard work and for educating members on all subjects, medical and others, in such an entertaining way. They send President Trish their best wishes for the coming year and hope that it is both enjoyable and memorable for her. At the same time, they also extend our best wishes to Steve Burns as the new president-elect.

Community support for Rotherham Hospital
Pushpa Venkatraman and a group of ladies who live on the Duke of Norfolk Estate have been supporting Rotherham Hospital during the coronavirus pandemic, by making PPE equipment (scrubs) for frontline nurses and staff. To support this worthy cause, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club donated money to purchase rolls of suitable PPE material for Pushpa and her ladies.

Clothing for Rotherham Foodbank
President Trish Lister and President-Elect Steve Burns collected clothing donations from residents on the Duke of Norfolk Estate for Rotherham Foodbank. Trish said: “We have an even bigger donation coming up but will have to call a temporary halt as my house is being taken over!”

For more details on the club’s activities see

Book details Maltby’s pit gypsies

9th August 2020
Community Focus

A new book telling the story of the Scottish miners who transferred to Maltby as part of the National Coal Board’s inter-divisional transfer scheme is being compiled by Andrew Searson and David Brennan. The book (working title Pit Gypsies) traces the story of those miners who came to Maltby as their collieries were closing in Lanarkshire and across the Scottish coalfields. read more

Vintage afternoon tea in a box

8th August 2020
Winthrop Gardens

Winthrop Gardens is currently closed due to the COVID-19 emergency but, in response to customer demand, it’s now possible to order a doorstep delivery of a ‘Vintage Afternoon Tea’. Councillor Sue Ellis, Chair of the Wickersley Parish Council, said: “We know how many people enjoy coming down to Winthrop for the treat of one of our ‘Vintage Afternoon Teas’ for birthdays or other celebrations and we’ve already been told how much they are being missed. read more

Rotherham Climate Action

7th August 2020
Rotherham Climate Action

Whether it’s recycling or signing a petition, everyone has their own journey on making a difference to protect our planet. Rotherham Climate Action’s goal is to give you the tools, knowledge and motivation to act more sustainably, in order for our planet to become a better place for future generations. read more

Rother Valley Retired Teachers

6th August 2020
Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association

Rother Valley Retired Teachers look forward to resuming their meetings again at Broom Methodist Church, on the second Thursday of each month; prospectively in the autumn. Members, please watch this space for news of the association’s forthcoming meetings. As our Queen reminded us, ‘We will meet again’. The committee look forward to seeing you all. read more