Tockwith News

Rachel Kelly

01423 359819

Tockwith Church Services: Sunday, May 12, 11am Holy Communion.

We Need You – Tockwith Festival: It’s getting closer to the event and final preparations are frantically going on behind the scenes to ensure a top class day out for all who visit Tockwith Festival on Saturday, May 18. Your help is needed, because although there is a core team who work on the festival all year round, they wouldn’t have been able to put on last year’s event without all of the lovely volunteers who gave their time, both in advance and on the day itself. Now, with a bigger and better festival in 2013 than ever before the amount of hands needed on deck has increased further. So, whether you fancy pulling pints for an hour, can help marshall the car parks or you can help in the days leading up to the festival the organisers will be delighted to hear from you. Simply go to fill in the form to indicate your availability and someone will be in touch to thank you in person and arrange things. Or you can email to Thanks in advance, it wouldn’t happen without you.

Breeze - bike rides for women: have you been inspired to boost your riding skills? Want to learn the basic skills and rules for on road cycling or develop your road awareness? Perhaps you’re a mum who’d like to ride to school with the kids or maybe you want to build your confidence on the roads. If so, then our Breeze Learn to Ride – Roads, Level 2 is just for you! Join the course in Tockwith (maximum six places) on Monday evenings from 6.45 to 8.45pm on May 20, June 3, 10 and 17. The cost is £5 per person per evening and you need to attend all four evenings to complete the course. Contact Caroline Alliot for further information on or call 01423 358291. More information is available at

Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association: the Tockwith Branch of the YCA held their AGM on March 27. The president, secretary and treasurer gave their reports on the busy past year. The president and secretary are both retiring after working hard for the group for the past two years and, since there were no members proposed for their replacements, there followed a long, intense discussion on the future of the group. With numbers falling and few new members joining it was becoming difficult to cover the costs of continuing to provide the activities and speakers the YCWA expects. The discussions concluded, regretfully, with a vote to disband the group which was agreed unanimously. The YCA has been an important presence in the village since 1985, and has supported the village in all the changes that have happened over that time, always ready to help with any other group, or individual and will no doubt leave a gap. The officers and members of Tockwith YCA send a sad farewell to Tockwith and hope that the other groups will flourish and overcome the challenges of this difficult time.

Tockwith with Wilstrop Parish Council: On Wednesday, April 17, the Parish Council held its Annual Parish Meeting when the chairman, Norman Waller, gave a report on the council’s activities in the last year which included information about planning enforcement decisions, airfield issues, flooding, litter, dog fouling, Community Resilience Plan, allotments and budgets. The full report will be available on the parish council website. There is still a co-opted councillor position available on the parish council. If you are interested, please contact the clerk to the parish council via email . The parish council meetings are held on the third Wednesday of the month. Meetings are not normally held in August or December. Members of the public are welcome to attend these meetings which start at 7.30pm in Tockwith Church. You can see minutes of previous parish council meetings at

Art Group: Monday evenings at 7.30pm at Tockwith Village Hall. A friendly self-help group whose members use many mediums. There are some materials available for new members to try. Tea or coffee and biscuits are provided. For further information, telephone Janet Doherty 01423 358253.

Craft Club: Tockwith Village Hall on Mondays from 1-3.30pm. We welcome everyone to our group - from beginners to the more experienced, so come and join us for a relaxing and enjoyable session of crafting. For more information call Audrey 01423 358378.

Yoga: at Tockwith village hall on Thursday mornings 10–11.30am. Find out about the many benefits of yoga. Everyone is welcome to come and have a go - the first session is free! To book your place please contact Cath Walker (BWY DIP) on 01423 358077 or 07957 257613 or email

The Spotted Ox: open mic sessions every first Wednesday of the month at 8pm with Arnold of The Raisers. Quiz nights every Monday starting at about 8.30pm. There are cash prizes and everyone is welcome. Contact The Spotted Ox – 01423 358387.

Tockwith Pop Choir: we meet every Tuesday at 7.30-9.30pm in Tockwith Church. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be able to read music or even be good at singing (you’ll be amazed how you can improve with practice). If you can only make it once in a while that is also fine. It’s just £2 per two hour session, £1 for pensioners. The choir does perform locally from time to time for charity but that is also not compulsory. It is all very light hearted and most of all fun! Please contact Lois on 01423 358603 or Sue on 01423 358063 or just come along and see what we do.