East Herringthorpe Easter Extravaganza

Local residents hosted an event to promote family fun and raise money for charities.

The Easter Extravaganza was held on 20th April at East Herringthorpe social club by sisters Paula Allen, Toni Connell and Elle-Mae Spittle. East Herringthorpe Social Club kindly provided the room for the event free of charge.

The organisers received over 70 donations of prizes from local businesses and local residents for a tombola and a raffle, all of which have been won!

The prizes included an holiday to Mablethorpe, a Carlton Park Hotel meal for 2, Jump Inc tickets, Fantasy Island vouchers, Camelot tickets, Cannon Hall Farm family day pass, a Toby Carvery meal for 2, hampers, bottles of wine, chocolates, cakes, and many more generous donations!

There was plenty for all the family to do on the day with stalls ranging from local artist’s artwork to hair extensions. Soaps, wax burners, bath bombs and decorated stones were available to buy.

The event also had a cake stall manned by Elle-Mae and Penny Thompson, an impressive 180 cakes and cookies had been baked by Penny! Cakes were also donated by local residents including a huge chocolate one by a lady from Rawmarsh. Every last cake was sold!

Elle-Mae on the cake stall

You can’t have an Easter Extravaganza without an Easter egg hunt, right? After the children designed and decorated their own Easter bags to put their eggs in, they took part in a Easter egg hunt. The hunt was fun and enjoyable for the kids that took part and also their parents. Every child even took home an Easter egg for participating as well as doing an excellent job in finding all of the eggs that were hidden!

Residents who attended the Easter Extravaganza

The event was so well attended, with over 120 local residents stopping by, that the club had to bring in more staff to keep up with demand, and more seating had to be brought in from the bar area, as more people attended than anticipated.

Not only did the event create an abundance of family fun it was also a fantastic opportunity for the residents to raise a bit of money for McMillan, CALM and Rotherham Hospice. The residents managed to raise an incredible £613.12, which was split between all three charities. The money was raised through the tombola and raffle as well as a £1 charge to take part in the Easter egg hunt.

If you would like support to get involved in activities in East Herringthorpe, contact Penny Thompson by email at penny.thompson@rotherfed.org or call 07813 543332.

This was taken from our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019.

Dinnington’s Bus Route Changes

Community organiser Ian Huddleston received feedback whilst speaking to Dinnington residents that the bus route to Rotherham Town Centre had been changed, it no longer went through High Nook Road.

This was isolating many people, especially older people who then struggled to get to a bus into town. An open day was then put on at High Nook Community Centre due to the feedback. Members of the council and a local councillor was invited to answer residents’ questions.

The local council then spoke to the bus company. through working together with the councillor, Rotherham Council, the bus company and Rotherham Federation, a change in the bus route was achieved for the local residents.

This was taken from our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019.

Ferham School Gets Organising

The young people at Ferham School came together to organise their own summer fayre this year with the help of our Community Organiser Vicky Hilton.

The young people came together as a group made up of initially the school council and friendship ambassadors which then extended out to other pupils within school.

The young people had the chance to learn about community organising and how they have the power to bring about change and make things happen.

They set the date and time, designed posters and wrote letters to the voluntary and community sector to garner support and invite people along to the event. The young people even extended the invite out to Buckingham Palace by inviting the Queen.

The young people took part in a school wide competition which listened to the voices of over 50 school children to find out what they like about where they live, what they don’t like and how they think they can make changes.

The young people had a great insight into their community, what works well and what we need more of. The most common problem identified was there was more provision needed for young people in the area, although Ferham Park came up top trumps for one of the young people’s favourite place in the area.

Vicky said ‘It’s been a privilege and an honour to work alongside the young people at Ferham Primary School. The school has been extremely supportive and it’s the start to a whole programme of events designed by local school children’.

Ferham School Pupils

They had a Fire Engine, Bouncy Slides, African Drumming and much more planned for the day. The Ferham School Summer Fayre took place on Thursday 20th June 1.15pm – 4pm at the school.

Your local community organiser for Ferham is Vicky, if you are interested in getting involved in your community please do email Vicky at Victoria.hilton@rotherfed.org

This was taken from our quarterly newsletter for Summer 2019.