Kivo Pit-Nic

The weather stayed fine, dry and at times very sunny as hundreds turned out on Sunday 25th June for the Pit-Nic on Kiveton Woodland.

There was live music from Woodhouse Brass band, Acoustica, The four players Barber shop quartet, The Big Stuffed Fish Ceilidh band and a performance from Wales Panto Players. There were traditional games, children’s activities and heritage displays from the Kiveton & Wales History Society and the Chesterfield Canal Society. People came in their hundreds with their blankets, chairs and baskets and cool boxes full of goodies, for what was a wonderful outdoor community event. There was also hot and cold food and drink available courtesy of Honey bee’s tea rooms and Traditionals Fine foods of Kiveton.

The Pit-Nic was held to Mark 150 years since reaching the coal seem at Kiveton Colliery and 240 since the opening of the Canal through Kiveton.

We would like to thank our funders Harsco steelphalt, TCV, The Land Trust, Borough councillors Dominic Beck, Jennifer Whysall and Gordon Watson. Wales Childcare partenership, Kiveton & Wales History Society and the Chesterfield Canal Society.

We would also like to thank all the people to many to mention who volunteered their time to help organise the event or help out on the day.

The biggest thanks of all go to Cate from the Development Trust who with the help of Hannah from TCV pulled the whole event together.

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morrisonsFANTASTIC NEWS….We were recently awarded a whopping £5,000 by Morrisons the supermarket people to support a program of disability sport here at the KIVETON COMMUNITY SPORTS PARK. Morrisons came to present the cheque to us on the 4th April and they were just as thrilled as we were as they commented that it was the first time they has supported a group like ours in this area,

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defib in place 2We now have an emergency defibrillator here at the Kiveton Community Sports Park  The defibrillator is in a specially heated cabinet which is accessible 24/7 and is located on the outside of our building opposite the pitches.

The defibrillator has been registered with the Yorkshire ambulance service and access to the cabinet is by dialing 999 ( see front of cabinet) and following their instructions.

As I am sure you will agree an important and vital piece of kit, but hope that it never has to be used.

Special thanks go to Martin Gray of Harsco for the kind and very generous donation of the defibrillator and to START – A -HEART Rotherham we also kindly and very generously donated the special cabinet.

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Lets get the village BUZZING!

bee-705412_640There was definitely a buzz in the room when 26 people met in the Library in January. They were representing at least 21 different organisations, clubs and groups from our Parish as well as few who were simply there as people who live in the village.

The aims of the event were to find ways to make our village an even better place to live by

  • Getting people talking and sharing ideas
  • Looking at opportunities for working together

We came up with too many ideas to list them all here but you’ll see some of them in the The Future section of the consultation in the middle pages of this Community Matters. One exciting idea needs a mention though. The group said they wanted to have a celebration event that everyone can take part in. And so was born the idea of the

Celebration pop-up picnic

We held our first planning meeting at the Old Colliery Offices on 1st March, so we don’t know yet when the picnic will be or what we’ll do on the day, but we’ve got a few ideas….

Its 150 years since Kiveton Pit first reached the coal seam

Its 240 years since Chesterfield Canal was opened

so maybe we can have some fun remembering our heritage.

We’ll have a marquee, so maybe we could have a ‘do’ in the evening too.

We’ve got the amphitheatre in the Community Woodland so maybe we could use that for entertainments.

Please let us know your ideas and we’re always looking for more people to help, both in organising the picnic and on the day. Please call us on 773348 or email if you want to take part in any way.

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14691087_1788226988123423_3033654199345708360_nWEDNESDAY CRAFT GROUP   9.30am – 12pm

Have a heart! The Wednesday Craft group have been busy making more Bonding Hearts but we desperately need more fabric. If you have any suitable fabric spare that you are willing to donate we would be very grateful.

If you can sew, or would like to learn, why not come along and give us a hand on Wednesday mornings 9.30-12.

We will be doing a range of other crafts too such as card making, knitting/crochet and book folding – all welcome!

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Lunch & Games Club



KPWCDT has now become a Social Prescribing Hub for the area.

What is Social Prescribing? Social Prescribing is a service which is about helping people with Long-term conditions to access non-medical sources of support within the community.  This could be in the form of activities and groups, or volunteering.  It has been shown to reduce people’s feelings of social isolation, helps them to make friends and to enjoy a range of activities, which in turn has a positive effect on how they feel about themselves.  The evidence suggests that this also helps to reduce GP attendance and Hospital admissions, so saving money for the NHS.

As part of this programe, we have started a Lunch and Games group which runs on Tuesdays & Wednesdays  from 12-2pm.  After Lunch we play  a range of board games, domino’s, cards and quizzes.   We are aiming to make these activities accessible for all, so whether you are in a wheelchair user, are recovering from a stroke, have a visual impairment or have difficulty with grip, we will do our best to include you.

The cost is only £5.00 including lunch (phone Julie on 01909 773348 to book a place).  You don’t have to be a social prescribing patient to join in so come along, meet new friends and have some fun.

There will be more activities coming soon so watch this space…!


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Walking Football

MONDAYS 6-7pm  Just £4

Dig out your boots and make a comeback Walking Football is here at the Kiveton Community Sports Park


Walking Football is a great way to keep fit, have fun and socialise all at the same time.

If you are interested either give us a call on (01909) 773348 or just come on down on a Monday evening.



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Work Starts

IMG_3069Work started as planned on the 25th January of our NEW 3G ALL weather sports facility.

The work carried out by Charles Lawrence Surfaces is expected to last approx 12-15 weeks.

We will be the first facility to incorporate the very latest in artificial grass.

The PROFOOT MASTERMAX 60 manufactured by LANO  has only just been launched after recently passing its stringent testing procedures.

Please click on the following link to get a birds eye view of the development.        Use the wheel on your mouse to zoom in and out, hold  left click down and move your mouse left, right, up and down to move all over the area.

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Sports Facility Re-Development Update.

Page 1  aWork on our field of dreams to start Monday 25th January.

That’s the day the contractors Charles Lawrence Surfaces move in to start the work, which is expected to take approx 12 weeks.



Exciting times are a head, so look out for further updates.

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Major Community Investment

Sports Notice website 2015A major investment boost for the community of close to half a million pounds in a new all weather sports facility has been announced by the Kiveton Park & Wales Community Development Trust.

Three years work by the development trust came to fruition this week, when major funders finally gave the green light.

The current Colliery Road sports facility (established approx 15 years ago) was tired and in urgent need of repair. So the dream, was to bring it bang up to date with a state of the art all weather facility that would include the latest in 3G all weather playing surfaces, Multi mesh re-bound fencing and Abacus sports floodlighting.  And now that dream is to become a reality.

Steph Hryschko chair of the trust said  “We are absolutely thrilled about this news. But this is not just about refurbishing a facility, but more about improving the lives of people in our community.  To create a place that will be central in developing people’s confidence, teamwork, discipline, health and well being.  This is not just about football, but multi-sports and particularly about involving disabled individuals and groups in sport”


“When we conceived the project back in 2012, extensive consultation took place with groups and organisations throughout  South Yorkshire. And with endorsments including Kiveton Park Football club,Rotherham Health and Wellbeing Trust,  South Yorkshire Police and the support of the community, we found the overwhelming opinion was that to bring an all weather facility to the community would be an invaluable asset.

So we set up a steering group and working closely with local groups to make this a reality”


“We hope the community will become even more involved in the project, as developments take place and will come forward and join us to ensure this becomes a worthwhile legacy for future generations”

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