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Trio of Rotherham parks celebrate Green Flag Award

6th November 2020
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Three of Rotherham’s green spaces have this week been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as being one of the very best in the UK. Clifton, Greasbrough and Ulley parks are amongst a record-breaking 2,000 UK parks and green spaces that today received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. read more

Be Diabetes Aware

3rd November 2020
Be Diabetes Aware

Be Diabetes Aware is part of the Social Movement in Health project, commissioned by the Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group and based at Voluntary Action Rotherham. You can follow their social media accounts at and read more

The Feoffees of the Common Lands of Rotherham

1st November 2020
David Coldrick

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

31st October 2020
Braithwell and Micklebring Recreation and Leisure Association

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 or 07717 811553.

In search of our roots

29th October 2020
Rotherham U3A

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

18th October 2020
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

17th October 2020
RSPCA Doncaster and Rotherham

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

16th October 2020
Winthrop Gardens

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

15th October 2020
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

Rother Valley Retired Teachers’ Association

14th October 2020
Rother Valley Retired Teachers’ Association

Regrettably, Rother Valley Retired Teachers’ Association are unable to confirm the dates of their forthcoming meetings. They hope to have some information to publish in the November edition of Rotherham Life magazine. read more