Big Local Shop Volunteers Needed

More volunteers needed to help us in the Thurcroft Big Local Information Centre at 46C Green Arbour Road – why not pop in today and have a chat.

Thurcroft Big Local is a ten year  project led by community volunteers aiming to improve the quality of life for the residents of Thurcroft.  The volunteer shop assistant position at the Information Shop   at 46C Green Arbour Roaf involves speaking and helping residents with queries about Thurcroft Big Local,  asking people to share their ideas on ways to improve the village and finding out what help and support they can bring to the table.

At present the shop is open 9am-4pm on Fridays and 10am -2pm on Saturdays but we are hoping to increase these opening times.   You would always be working as a minimum in a team of two people. Keeping the shop clean and tidy and helping with opening and closing up would also be useful as would be practical help in helping  prepare for community events and activities and support the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership in driving local community projects forward in the village.

Partnership Members Selected

Following written  applications and a selection procedure involving local residents,  the following people have confirmed to be initial members of the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership:

  • Neil Adshead
  • Anne Barrass
  • Allan Bucknall
  • Jodie Hall
  • Elise Hubbard
  • Cath McCartan
  • Kay Mosley
  • Tim Leach
  • Pam Mitchell
  • Cynthia Parr
  • Tony Simmonds

The representative nominated by  Thurcroft Parish Council will be Councillor Geb Nightingale and Cllr Denise Lelliott from Rotherham Borough Council.  Non-voting agency champions are still to be selected following discussions with Rotherham Partnership.

The next meeting of the Thurcroft Partnership will be at 6.30pm on Monday 4th November 2013 at Arbour Drive Community Centre.  The meeting is open to all.

Thurcroft Big Local Gala

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A fantastic day was had by everyone at the Thurcroft Big Local Gala on Thurcroft Cricket Ground on Bank Holiday Sunday 25th August 2013. Over 1000 people attended and enjoyed the rides, mixture of games, activities and stalls. Highlights included the Five a Side football won by the Tap Room Teds, a performance by the Escafeld Mediaeval Society, World War Two re-enactment activities and James Holmes Funfair. There was also an inflatable obstacle course, the ever familiar bouncy castle and bowling to enjoy. The day included some traditional sports day games including sack races for adults and children, an egg and spoon and an obstacle race.  Winners’ medals were donated by the Miners Welfare Club. Two large marquees hosted charity and local community stalls and there were many other activities to enjoy on the day.

Thurcroft Big Local would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on the day and to the Miners Welfare Club for hosting and supporting the event. Steve Ruffle from Rotherham Federation of Tenants and Residents said “this was a real team effort which made for a fantastic day to make Thurcroft proud”.  Financial support was provided by both Thurcroft Big Local and Community Games funding. In addition, £771.20 was collected on the day from stall holders and attendees to help pay for a Gala next year.

Thurcroft  Gala was organised by volunteers from the Thurcroft Big Local Steering Group. Thurcroft Big Local is made up of local residents involved in activities and projects aiming to make Thurcroft a better place to live. We are currently recruiting for resident members to join  the Thurcroft Big Local Partnership. Contact us at  or on 01709 368515 for more information.

Day Trip to Northern College Enjoyed By All

Everyone had a good day at Northern College on Friday June 21st  and learnt more about the Big Local courses and networking that is available for Thurcroft residents.


In Front of the Main House

Tim Leach said “Northern College is a great resource for Thurcroft Big Local, we need to use this opportunity to build our skills and network with other areas and communities”.


Getting Off The Bus

Many thanks to Kerry for organising the day and to Tim and James from Hull Big Local and John from Knottingley Big Local for showing us around the house and grounds.


Pie, Peas and Profile

Thurcroft residents enjoyed  an afternoon of free entertainment including pie and peas, music and song provided by children from Thurcroft Infant School and a few games of prize bingo on Tuesday 21st May 2013. The event was  held at the Thurcroft Miners Welfare Institute on Katherine Street. Over 65 residents residents attended.

May 22 13 Big Local Lunch (10)

Residents from the Thurcroft Big Local Steering Group began with a short presentation about the work they have been doing. The Big Local Trust is holding £1 million for residents to invest in Thurcroft’s future. The aim is for people to make their communities better places to live in, now and in the future and it will be up to the residents of Thurcroft to decide on how this money is spent.

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Resident Tim Leach gave  a summary of residents views collected during the past eight months on their visions for the future of the village. Tim said “We have spoken to lots of people in the village – young, old, able bodied, disabled, families, people who have lived in the village a long time and those new to the village”. Shirley Henderson., also a resident did a fantastic photo presentation of the work done by Steering Group members to produce a profile of Thurcroft. People will be asked for their thoughts and contributions.