Thurcroft in partnership

Thurcroft parish council Christmas light switch on Friday 2nd December 2016.

Starts at 2.00 pm in Gordon Bennett with stalls organised by the church

Small fairground in the Gordon Bennett carpark. Organised by Thurcroft Big local.

brass band

Light switch on at 5.30 by parish council and a local child who won Halloween competition held on 28th October .
Thurcroft brass band.

Followed by magician at Thurcroft Miners Club. 6.00 to 8.30..

Halloween Fun

Join us for the official opening of the playground at 11am at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall on Friday 28th October 2016 and then for halloween fun inside the Gordon Bennett until 3pm.


Craft, bun/gingerbread decorating, games, pumpkin carving and more. Children over 5 can be left unaccompanied.

Cost is £1 per child and includes a hotdog and drink. Fancy dress optional.

Thurcroft Small Grants

Anyone can apply for small grants of up to £200 for projects that benefit the residents of Thurcroft.  To be funded, your proposed project needs to support one of the three themes in the Thurcroft Big Local Plan –Community Pride, Regeneration or Children and Young People.  Applications are open to all but anyone under 16 will need an adult guarantor to support their project.

Thurcroft Big Local Partnership has  worked with  residents and put together a plan for the village to spend £1m over the next ten years to make Thurcroft a “place where people want to bring their children up in the future.” These small grants aim to support smaller projects around the village.  The Partnership would particularly welcome new, interesting and exciting projects that benefit Thurcroft residents

Thurcroft Application Form

This is the sixth round of small grants. To apply, all  you need to do is complete a simple form describing your project  and how it will benefit Thurcroft residents. Application forms are available from and can be returned to or email your completed form to by 5pm on Friday 4th November 2016. Application forms can  be downloaded from the Big Local website at


Big Local is funded through a Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by Local Trust supported by locally trusted charitable company  Rotherham Federation of Communities Ltd (RotherFed). More information available from Steve Ruffle on 01709 368515.


Sad Times for Thurcroft Big Local

Sadly  we received the news that Alan Bucknall, chair of Thurcroft Big Local has died having fought bravely against cancer over the past year.

Alan has been a passionate and dedicated supporter of Big Local from the beginning.


Despite his illness he insisted on turning up to show his support and offer encouragement at Big Local activities. 

I have attached a few recent photos of Alan handing over the chair to his vice-chair, and the most recent where he is proudly reading the promotional booklet for the long awaited but soon to be completed new ‘Thurcroft Hub’ at the Thurcroft Big Local Gala this summer, both of which will be a lasting legacy of the time and commitment he gave to Big Local.


Alan, along with his smile, humour and eternal optimism will be sadly missed and I felt it right to acknowledge him and in memory of him share with you all how much he valued what we are all doing and to assure you it is of value and can make a genuine and positive difference.

Good night and God Bless

Alister Shaw (Big Local Rep)

Alan Bucknall

Alan Bucknall was a near perfect Chair of Thurcroft Big Local and an inspiration to us all. He understood the success of Thurcroft Big Local was in the hands of residents themselves and that it was all about community led action, supporting initiatives that Thurcroft residents themselves wanted to take forward. he did everything he could to make sure that happened.


Alan had all the best qualities of a good Chair – he was a diplomat, a real team player and knew and could sensitively deal with difficult situations when they arose. He supported and facilitated the Big Local Partnership and community activity with a positive and helpful attitude supporting us to work together helping make Thurcroft a better place to live in.


A gentle, thoughtful and considerate man, Alan will be missed by all of us at Thurcroft Big Local. His funeral will be at 11.30am on Thursday 6th October 2016. All our condolences go to Muriel and his family.

Steve Ruffle

5th Round of Small Grants Awarded

6  small grants totalling £1038  have been agreed for projects that  benefit Thurcroft residents by the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership.  All the projects support one of the three themes in the Thurcroft Big Local Plan- community pride, regeneration or children and young people.

Grants valued at £200 were allocated towards sports and dance sessions for young people, £200 towards a summer playscheme, £100 for one toddler group trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and £200 for another toddler group trip to Sundown Adventure Park. A children’s social club will receive £150 towards art materials and a laminator and £188 will go to improvements to the Bowling Club.


This is the fifth set of grants allocated by the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership. Tony Simmonds, local resident and a member of the grants panel said “though consisting of small amounts of money , these small grants help community groups and volunteers make a big difference to Thurcroft village life”.

These grants have been made possible through a Big Lottery Fund investment and managed by Local Trust supported by locally trusted charitable company  Rotherham Federation of Communities Ltd (RotherFed). More information available from Steve Ruffle on 01709 368515 or email


Name of Group Requested For what
Thurcroft Youth Session £200 Sports and dance sessions
Thurcroft Youth Group £200 Summer playscheme
Thurcroft Toddler Group £100 Yorkshire Wildlife Park Visit
Little Saints Toddler Group £200 Trip to Sundown Adventure Park
Friday Club £150 Art materials and laminator
Thurcroft Bowling Club £188.22 Bowling Club equipment


Facelift to Sandy Lane Allotment Site

Problems with security and vandalism at the site will now be reduced due to the generosity of The Banks Community Fund and Thurcrof tBig Local . Other benefits have been provided by the local Parish Council and the fencing supplier Kingsforth Security Fencing Ltd.

Security fencing has been erected at vulnerable sections of the site perimeter whilst at the same time providing space for an additional garden area to be used by the local school children. The children’s area is to be located just inside the entrance to the site and will provide an immediate view to walkers accessing the adjacent open area to the old pit site which provides scenic country walks.






Thurcroft residents are welcome to apply for allotments by asking for an application form at the Allotment Shed at the Brampton Road allotments. The shop is open on Saturday between 10:00am and 12:00noon. Anyone wishing to use the shop for supply of gardening supplies are also welcome. All new members are required to pay an annual subscription of just £2:00. Applications for allotments on any of our 3 sites will be added to our waiting lists. Forms must be returned to the shed or to a committee member. Applications must be updated every year in order to remain on the list.