Ferham Community Cafe Presents Picnic In The Park

During the summer the Timebuilders Community café has been ran outside in Ferham Park as ‘Picnic in the Park’.

This was to further engage families and young people who would not necessarily come into a church through either personal or physical barriers.

Rotherham Federation community organiser Vicky Hilton, Christine Batchford from Timebuilders and volunteers promoted the 6 week programme through door knocking, attending local events and speaking with local partners. Whilst running an assembly at Ferham School. We discussed the idea with young people and created an immersive learning environment in which young people helped us set up a picnic within their school hall. We then arranged a couple of sessions talking to and promoting the activities to the families collecting their children on the school gate.

100s of local families were engaged with and invited along to the picnic. Mascots— minion and Marshal from Paw Patrol—helped to attract a lot of attention!

The Timebuilders serving families food

Staff, volunteers and local people provided a  delicious range of homemade food from fresh salad to rice dishes, which were very popular with families. The sessions gave local people the opportunity to socialise and make new friendships with other local people attending the picnic, with plenty of activities for the children to do including parachute games, rounder’s, cricket and a scavenger hunt ran by Places for People.

Childrens activities at the Ferham picnic

The summer picnics have now come to an end but the events have been incredible for local life and community cohesion. Over the 6 weeks hundreds of individuals and families have attended the picnic and Christine from Timebuilders has done an incredible job alongside the volunteers and local community members to make it work. Without the team all working together the project would have been much harder.

We now hope that this will encourage more families to further engage with activities at the Church including the community café which will now take place in the Church again every Monday evening.

This was taken from our Autumn ‘Connect’ newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter.

East Herringthorpe Litter Pickers

Local East Herringthorpe resident, Natalie approached Community Organiser Penny Thompson after a concern of the amount of rubbish thrown on the streets.

Natalie and Penny discussed potential solutions to the waste on the streets and Natalie was passionate about ‘doing something to help her own community’. Penny suggested she attend Community Organiser training in order to equip her with the skills and knowledge when working with the community.

Natalie was excited with the idea to lead a community clean-up in the area, dates for the clean up and partners to involve were discussed including Street Pride’s ‘Love Where You Live’ Wayne Munroe-Smith, High Greave School and Tesco. Another ex-resident, Michael also suggested the Titans Rugby Club who may be able to donate game match tickets for the under 16s.

They agreed what we needed to complete, a poster was designed and the event was promoted through social media as well as through links with the local school and community champion at Tesco. Natalie with the support of Michael contacted Street Pride, The Titans, RotherFM, and The Advertiser.

Natalie planned where the litter pick would take place and on the day, 1st August, 2 members of the Yorkshire Party Chris Whitwood and Jack Carrington came to support the event. They all rolled up their sleeves and began cleaning around the disused ground on Laudsdale Road and Lady Oak Crescent, with lots of residents supporting Natalie’s idea of promoting civic pride. 

After 2 hours, over 30 bags of rubbish had been collected as well items that managed to fill a council pick up van. The litter pick was thoroughly enjoyed so much it will be becoming a weekly event.

Every Thursday there will be a clean up 9am—11am, meeting at High Greave School gates. With the support of Love Where You Live the group was given litter picks, high visibility jackets, black bags and hoops as well as a trolley for those with mobility issues who still wish to get involved. Contact Penny Thompson for more information or if you’d like to be involved in East Herringthorpe.

This was taken from our Autumn ‘Connect’ newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter.

Residents Form Swinburne Social Club

A group of residents have worked to form a committee and the group ‘Swinburne Social Club’

Over the last year Rotherham Federation has supported a group of residents to come together to tackle the issues and social isolation they were facing in their own community, during the last 5 months the residents have been working to put everything needed in place such as their constitution, a bank account and starting to raise funds.

They have worked with RMBC in getting their residents centre re-decorated and have put on community engagement activities including a mothers day lunch. The group have undergone food hygiene and first aid training so they are well equipped to run more events in the future.

The group are now planning a jumble sale in hope to raise more funds for to allow them to develop more activities. Rotherham Federation has supported the group by listening to their issues and directing them on how to address them, for the future they are keen to engage with their Area Housing Panels and develop projects looking at more lighting for the community.

Earlier in the year Rotherham Federation recognised the work they have achieved in such little time and they were awarded with a silver group award. If you want to be involved with the group they meet for a cuppa and a chat at the Swinburne residents centre in Herringthorpe every Tuesday and Thursday at 1.30pm. Everyone is always welcome!

Swinburne Social Club

This was taken from our Autumn ‘Connect’ newsletter. Click here to read the newsletter.

East Herringthorpe Easter Extravaganza

By Penny Thompson, Community Organiser

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

By Ian Huddleston, Community Organiser

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.