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 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.
A carnvial procession and family sports took place on 31st July to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Miners Welfare Club (bottom club).
Thurcroft Youth Club
Some of the Banners
A successful Gala was held on 30th July 2016.
Alan and Team
Putting Together Sports Hub Booklet
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.
Thurcroft Carnival will be on Sunday 31st July 2016
Above Clip from Rotherham Advertiser
Photos from Weekend on 8th-10th April 2016
Thurcroft Big Local Partnership has agreed to close the shop at the end of March 2016. The shop has been a great drop in, a place for advice and information sessions and a small community hub at the centre of the village. Many thanks to the small group of volunteers who have kept it open all this time.
The Shop Sign Going Up in October 2013
Advice and information sessions will be commissioned in another building in the village and the new sports hub/community pavilion will be up and running later this year.