Thurcroft Gala 2015

Over 700 people attended Thurcroft Big Local Gala on the afternoon of  Sunday 30th August 2015 at the Cricket Field in Thurcroft. A great day was had by all, much of it free of charge. Amongst the entertainment on the day there were stalls, fairground rides, laser quest, Punch and Judy, 5 a side human table football, belly dancers, African drummers, , a fun dog show, birds of prey, a bar and food .

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Belly Dancers

Said member of the Thurcroft Gala organising team Diane Oxley “our committee has  been preparing for this Gala all year and we were pleased for most of the afternoon  the sun shone and the day turned out to be  a great one. Thurcroft Gala gets better every year and 2015 has been  the best so far. ”

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African Drummers

The event was organised by Thurcroft Big Local . Thurcroft Big Local is run by and for local residents. Funding has 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).

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Punch and Judy 



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Macmillan Coffee Morning


Left to right – Steve Gunn, John Binstead, Marie Walker, Wendy Whitelam, Emma Marsh, Steve Ruffle

Thurcroft Big Local have raised £37.56 for Macmillan cancer support through today’s coffee morning.With thanks to Wendy Woo for the cakes and the co-op for the raffle prizes.

Big Local Playscheme

Local Trust Case Study

For the past two years, a summer play scheme has been running in Thurcroft Big Local – a village in South Yorkshire. It is volunteer run and was thought up by Cath McCarten, a resident who’s involved in Big Local.

Cath first heard about Big Local through going to watch her sons play football and later went along to a meeting to find out more. Before being involved in Big Local, Cath hadn’t done much volunteering, apart from helping out at children’s discos. Joining the steering group, Cath and her sister Diane Oxley got involved in organising events as part of Big Local activities.

In Thurcroft there isn’t much available for young children, apart from a Scouts group. As Cath explains:

“My sons are grown up now but I have nieces and nephews and there’s nothing for them to do. There are no youth clubs. My daughter-in-law works in a local nursery and even that’s closed in the summer. So that’s where I got the idea from.”

So Cath began looking into setting up a summer play scheme. She received guidance from Ofsted about what measures would need to be put in place to make the scheme safe and the Miners Institute agreed to let Cath use their cricket pavilion over the summer for the scheme free of charge.

In summer 2013 the play scheme launched and was run one day a week for five weeks. It was offered for free using both paid workers and volunteers and the cost to staff the scheme was paid for using Big Local funding, as was the cost for materials. The play scheme was hugely popular with up to 75 children attending each day.

Cath and her sister ran the scheme again this year and feel that this second year was much easier having the experience and learning from the previous year. This year the scheme was run with fewer paid workers and more volunteers. Some of the paid workers included people who are working towards their NVQs in sports and ran outdoor activities with the children.

People have seen the play scheme working in the community and it has helped to raise awareness about Big Local. Cath says:

“It’s much more than just a play scheme, it’s opened people’s eyes to what’s happening with Big Local.”

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Thurcroft Big Local 2014

Happy New Year.  Thurcroft Big Local Partnership continues to work together with all residents to put together a plan for the village to spend £1m over the next ten years to make the village a “place where people want to bring their children up in the future.”

Members are keen to involve all village residents in activities, events and training during January 2014. The Big Local Information Centre on Green Arbour Road continues to be open both all day on Fridays and Saturday mornings. In addition, efforts to clean up the village continue with a Big Local litter pick organised for Saturday 18th January 2014, meeting at the Big Local Shop  at 11am.


 Everyone is welcome to a free information session open to all on funding for groups facilitated by Peter Foyle of South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau which will be held at 6.30pm on Monday 20th January 2014 at Arbour Drive Community Centre on Arbour Drive. This session will also include details about the Star People Awards available to Thurcroft residents for individuals with ideas that can improve the village, both big and small, that they are willing to lead.

There will also be a free briefing on social investment and making the best use of the Thurcroft Big Local money facilitated by Sam Keighley of Local Trust to be held between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Saturday 25th January 2014 at Gordon Bennett Memorial Hall on Green Arbour Road – this session is also open to all residents.



Thurcroft Christmas Lights On A Great Success

Some photos from the fantastic christmas lights switch on in Thurcroft on 6th December 2013

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Fantastic brass band played carols for all to join in

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Dan was in the village and did a great show in the bottom club. Facepainter Jo could be found in the Big Local shop.

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Minnie and her friends came to join us in the celebrations

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Tim switched the lights on at 6pm