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Accommodation for July 2014

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire


The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

With the recent announcement of the Tour De France route for 2014 we’ve now just one room left for the weekend of the Yorkshire Grand Départ in July 2014.

If you would like to stay at Throapham House for the nights of the 4th, 5th and 6th of July 2014 and experience any difficulty with using our on-line reservation system then please contact us directly (01909 562208) to avoid disappointment.

During this period we will require you to book a minimum 3 night stay which includes all of the nights of 4 through 6 July.

Breakfast will be served earlier on 5th and 6th July to allow guests to travel to the race routes.


Hallgate Chamber Orchestra and Hatfield Colliery Band Concert

I’m looking forward to playing in Doncaster tomorrow night (19 October) with Hallgate Chamber Orchestra in a concert with Hatfield Colliery Band at the United Reform Church. It’s a varied programme of music and includes one of the favourite pieces from my teenage years – “The Great Gate of Kiev” from Mussorgsky’s “Pictures At an Exhibition”. Back then the Dinnington High School orchestra used to perform a simplified arrangement of this but I preferred the Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP) version – one of the tracks that inspired my career in electronics and love of ‘prog rock’. I last heard this played by the Carl Palmer Band at Clumber Park in 2012.

Tomorrow’s performance will be the first time I’ve played the full piece and with orchestra, brass band and church organ – something like 60 musicians in total. In a fairly small venue this should be good fun and very loud!

It will also be nice to accompany Vanessa Frampton again following a lovely concert at the Mansion House earlier this year.

Letwell Village Hall – The Old Dance School & The Happy Cats

We have already booked our tickets for The Old Dance School – a seven piece band (6 November) and The Happy Cats (26 November), led by ex Lindisfarne front man Marty Craggs. We saw The Happy Cats last year and had a fantastic night of entertainment and can’t wait to see them again. Letwell Village Hall is an intimate venue seating approximately 80 people and offers a selection of refreshments. The concerts are very popular and tickets sell very quickly. Anyone interested in purchasing tickets for any of the forthcoming concerts should contact Andy & Steph 01909 540694 email: andyswift@letwell.plus.com or Martyn Sharpe 01909 731626 email: martyndsharpe@aol.com

New Rope String Band at Letwell

We had a wonderful evening with friends at Letwell Village Hall recently when the hilarious and very talented New Rope String Band took to the stage. We were entertained with fiddles, banjo and accordion and would you believe plastic pipes and metal bars. There was a mixture of beautiful music plus lots of fun and laughter. We came away with lots of ideas to make music with our 3 grandchildren and are now looking forward to the next event which is The Old Dance School – a fantastic seven piece band on 6 November. Letwell Village Hall is wonderful intimate venue which makes the evening more special.

Sunset over Laughton All Saints Church

Sunset over Laughton All Saints Church

Sunset over Laughton All Saints' Church

Sunset over Laughton All Saints’ Church

We’ve had some lovely summer weather at Throapham House this year, with a bumper crop of fruit – including around 20 pounds of grapes from our one and only outdoor vine – and we now have a good stock of home made jams and preserves in the cellar. Meanwhile I’ve been busy with my camera in our garden watching the progress of the seasons and managed to capture this stunning sunset over the village of Laughton-en-le-Morthen. It reminds me of a Saturn V rocket leaving the launchpad. The village forms part of a nice walk from Throapham taking in the English Heritage property of Roche Abbey.

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire


The Tour De France is coming to Yorkshire…

After a very busy summer we’re all now making our plans for when the Tour De France comes to Yorkshire in July 2014.

Ann and I are currently working with partner organisations on some exciting educational opportunities for young people in the region. We’ll add updates on here as these projects develop.

We’re naturally both delighted that Yorkshire has landed this opportunity to showcase what the region has to offer and to be part of something which should bring lasting benefit to local people for years to come.


[Photos courtesy of Welcome To Yorkshire]

Frankie Dettori to unveil St Leger Memorial in Firbeck

We’ve had a busy few days at Throapham with many of our guests attending the St Leger Festival taking place at nearby Doncaster Racecourse this week. Over breakfast I’ve been telling some of the local history associated with the oldest of Britain’s five classic horse-races and it now seems that Frankie Dettori will be in nearby Firbeck on Saturday morning ahead of this year’s race to unveil a plaque to commemorate Anthony St Leger’s connections with our area.

A more detailed article about this is in the Rotherham Advertiser.

Chatsworth House on BBC TV

Last Monday saw the first of three programmes following a year in the life of Chatsworth House. When I watch excellent programmes like this on our great historic houses I’m reminded that Ann and I have a responsibility to future generations to treat our far more modest home with a bit of TLC.

If you missed it you can catch up here BBC iPlayer – Chatsworth House – Episode 1.

As the Duke of Devonshire says, it’s a “most amazing place” and we’ve got to agree!

Rockin’ the park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Rockin' The Park 2012

Take a look at this great line up for Rockin’ The Park 2012 on Friday 17th August at Clumber Park. I’m looking forward to getting a few friends together for what looks like a trip down memory lane for all of us. Curved Air and Emerson Lake and Palmer (ELP) were a couple of early favourites with Keith Emerson and Francis Monkman (not forgetting Brian Eno and Rick Wakeman) being responsible for my interest in electronic music. I last saw Curved Air play live at Folkestone in 1975 while Hawkwind brings back memories of a very crowded balcony at Sheffield City Hall. Add to this mix Focus, The Strawbs and Brit Floyd & it all looks like a good night out.

Just hope the weather is better than it is now – I still remember the Buxton Rock festival in 1973!