Posts Tagged ‘Community’

Web Links

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

This page includes links to other local web sites which may be of interest. If you would like us to add a free link to your site added please contact us with details.

Treeton Local History Group

The local history group website for Treeton in Rotherham.

Tankersley Parish Council

The local council for the nearby village of Tankersley and surrounding area.

Hoyland Photos

A local photo website covering Hoyland and beyond – including a section of Wentworth photos…

Hoyland Community Portal

A local site for Wentworth’s neighbour Hoyland, including local information, events, genealogy & landmarks

Past & Present Connections

A local family history site published by R. C. Mollekin and featuring a wealth of local photographs and information including Wentworth, Swinton and South Yorkshire

Project Reveal

A Rotherham-based site for ghost hunters who have carried out some paranormal investigations in the Wentworth area.

A community site for the nearby village of Thorpe Hesley.

Harley Horseshoe FC

Harley Horseshoe Football Club

The Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society – has it’s observertory at Hoober Stand.

An interesting site from the adjacent parish of Ecclesfield by the Ecclesfield Church Bell Ringers

A comprehesive site covering the nearby village of Elsecar.

UK Genealogy Interests Directory – a Family History site which allows people to contact other people who are researching the same surnames in the UK or Ireland.

Wath Festival

The South Yorkshire Festival of Music and Dance (AKA Wath Festival) is an annual event boasting a glittering array of renowned performers is usually held in late April or early May.

Jump Folk

Site about the nearby village of Jump.

EPPiC Theatre

EPPiC Theatre are a long-established theatre group in the nearby village of Ecclesfield; this site lists details of the group’s history and forthcoming productions.

I recently came across this interesting document about Wentworth Woodhouse by Derek Latham which not only gives some interesting historical information about the house but also gives some insights into “what might have been”‘ the last time it was sold…

A new site about Holy Trinity Church which serves Thorpe Hesley and Scholes

A comprehensive site about Treeton in Rotherham

From the people who brought you Treeton web – a site about the nearby village of Whiston

Ulley village web site now up and running

Yes you’ve guessed it – a Wickersley web site

The folks who run the above sites asked me to put in a plug for this Sheffield-based band!

Ink Amera

An excellent sites with extensive coverage of the Wentworth follies

Yorkshire’s award-winning online magazine

A very comprehensive site covering most of the Rotherham area, including several pages on Wentworth

Scholes Village site

Scholes Cricket Club

Rotherham Archaeological Society

Rotherham Family History Society

A comprehensive site about pubs in the Rotherham area.

South-Yorks.Net – Your Local Portal

South Yorkshire Folk

Live @the Lion, Wath

Real UK Music

Site about the nearby village of Brampton Bierlow

The Lady Mabel College Old Students’ Association


Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Wentworth is probably the only village in the country to have its own parliamentary constituency.

Actually the constituency covers a much wider area than Wentworth – taking in many parts of Rotherham. We assume that the constituency name has been retained for historical reasons connected with the political activities of the Wentworth family (see History). If anyone can enlighten us as to the reason this name is still used please get in touch.

The Wentworth MP is currently John Healey (Labour). You can contact him at:-

Constituency Office
79 High Street
Wath upon Dearne
S63 7QB

T: (01709) 875943

Also, he can be contacted through the House of Commons:

House of Commons

Mr. Healey occasionally holds constituency surgeries in the village.

Further information, including advice surgery times, can be found at


Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Wentworth has its own Parish Council which deals with local issues, but most matters are dealt with by Rotherham Borough Council. Contact details as follows:-

Civic Building
Walker Place
S65 1UE

T: (01709) 382121

F: (01709) 823626


Wentworth Youth Theatre

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Full details on the Wentworth Youth Theatre are on their website here.

The next Wentworth Youth Theatre production is a story is based on the plight of young orphans who were sent out from orphanages in Britain to live and work in Australia. It is a moving and personal tale which was first performed by Wentworth Youth Theatre in 2007 and one which has recently been in the headlines with the recent apology by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for the for years of abuse and pain suffered by thousands of children sent to Australia from Britain.

The musical is called ‘Echoes’ and focuses on one young girl, Mo and follows her emotional and powerful journey as a young girl of 8 from Britain to Australia and her ultimate reunion with her mother back in Britain in 1968.

The exact dates and times have yet to be confirmed but it is hoped that the show will be performed in ‘The Mechanics’ Wentworth around the 22nd and 23rd of March 2010 and at Montgomery Hall in Wath on the 25th and 26th of March. The show will also be performed as part of the Sheffield Festival of Music and Drama at a theatre in Sheffield in late June / early July 2010.

Wentworth Village Community Association

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

The Wentworth Village Community Association (or “WVCA”) is a registered charity set up to co-ordinate the activities of various local voluntary groups who provide amenities for residents in Wentworth and the surrounding “area of benefit” (Street, Lea Brook, Hoober and Nether Haugh).

The WVCA has a number of subcommittees which run various different aspects of the Association’s business such as the Sports and Social committee, which organises events such as the annual firework display and the Millennium Committee which was responsible for organising many of the Millennium events in the area and production a Parish Map.

One of the Association’s main responsibilities is the management of the Mechanics Institute (or village hall) which is held under lease from Rotherham Borough Council. This building, which was originally donated by the Fitzwilliam family for the furtherance of their workers’ education, is the focal point of village life and is used for all kinds of events including the Youth Club, W.I., Old Peoples club and British Legion. It also attracts a number of commercial users, such as a Doctor’s surgery, dance class and monthly Craft Fairs.

Wentworth Parish Council

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Parish Councillors at their meeting on 17th December, 2001.

Wentworth Parish Council now has its own web site.

Please visit the official Parish Council site for full details

Wentworth Parish is one of the largest rural parishes in Rotherham. It covers the communities of Wentworth, Harley, Nether Haugh and Barley Hole and has a population of approximately 1300 people. Agricultural fields surround the Parish and because of the area’s strong connection with the Fitzwilliam (Wentworth) Estates and Wentworth Woodhouse the area has become a honey pot for tourists.

Wentworth Parish Council exists by statute to represent the parishioners’ interests. It should not be confused with the Parochial Church Council, which is linked to church affairs.

As a body the Parish Council contributes to the protection and improvement of the parish environment and keeps a constant eye on activity that could operate against the interests of the parish and it’s parishioners e.g. planning applications, traffic matters etc.

Mechanics Institute News

Friday, December 18th, 2009


The Mechanics Institute was built in about 1822 by Viscount Milton (later Earl Fitzwilliam) as a place of learning for his estate workers. Although the former library in the building has now been removed, the Mechanics Institute remains the focal point of community activities in the village and is still supported financially by the Fitwilliam family trust. It is managed on behalf of the Wentworth Village Community Association by a management committee elected annually by villagers.

The building today is used for a wide variety of activities including coffee mornings, craft fairs, dancing classes, the Youth Theatre, Playgroup, Womens Institute meetings and a regular doctor’s surgery. The building is available for hire for all kinds of community events, commercial uses and private parties.

New Cafe Style Seating

As part of the ongoing improvements to the Mechanics the old lounge chairs have been replaced with new “café-style” chairs and tables. These complement the adjacent kitchen facilities and have proven especially popular with users who serve food and drink as part of their events.