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.
Ann and Robert celebrate their White Rose Awards nomination
We’re both delighted to have been shortlisted for the third year running for this prestigious award. Having opened on our wedding anniversary exactly seven years ago this made another lovely reason for us to celebrate the day.
We’re sure to be facing stiff competition again so we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope to make it third time lucky for South Yorkshire!
Here are some photos from the previous awards ceremonies in 2011 and 2012. Look out for the brilliant photo of Ann and me together with Sara and Catherine from the 2011 finals in Doncaster.
The scaffolding finally went up at Throapham House two weeks ago and a welcome period of fine weather has allowed work to progress swiftly. We expect most of the external work to be complete by the end of September and it’s nice now to see things taking shape. The original second floor servant’s quarters will make some attractive additional rooms and with modern day insulation and roof lights will be a lot warmer and brighter than when the house was originally built.
Guests to Throapham House during this period will find turning space a little restricted in our car park so we will help to guide you out, but otherwise there is less disruption than we expected.
The photo shows the roof slates removed above our guest lounge. There will shortly be a new roof window in here which will give some fine views across Dinnington.
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.
Ann and I are once again delighted to announce that Throapham House has retained its Five Star Gold Award from Quality In Tourism, scoring 100% in both Cleanliness and Breakfast categories following a recent visit by the QIT assessor who stayed in our Dewhurst room. This was our seventh annual inspection and it’s hard to believe we’ve been running this business now for six years. Many thanks to all our guests and suppliers for your continued support.
Unfortunately the bad weather over the summer has delayed our plans to restore our roof during August and it now looks at though this will begin during the first week of September. We expect the work to take about 4 – 6 weeks.
As mentioned earlier, we expect little inconvenience to guests although there may be some restrictions on car parking near the house due to the presence of scaffolding.
Yesterday afternoon Ann and I were playing cricket in the garden with our grand children when we heard the sound of an aircraft. Soon the unmistakeable outline of a Lancaster Bomber came into few, approaching the house low over the fields from the Brookhouse direction.
Robert and I made the decision to close the bed and breakfast for new bookings in June and and early July as it became apparent that my Dad’s cancer had progressed and we were told he had not long to live. I am grateful for the time my sister and I spent with my Dad nursing him at home during his final weeks. He passed away peacefully on 28 June at home with his family around him.
I’d like to say a big thank you to all our guests who have stayed with us recently, particularly during June and July for your patience and kindness in what has been a traumatic time for me and also for the guests I didn’t get to meet.
Many thanks also to family and friends for their kind thoughts and messages.
I’ve just spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon at the University of Sheffield Engineering Alumni day. Having graduated here in 1978 it was a great opportunity for me to catch up with what was happening at the University, including some ambitious plans to turn the old Jessops Hospital site into an ultra modern teaching facility for engineering students of the future. We had the opportunity to view the model of the proposed building at Firth Court. Ann and I were both born at Jessops – as were both of our daughters – so it was a bit of an odd feeling to think of our birthplace disappearing.
We also had a sneak preview of the Formula Student entry which will be heading for Silverstone next weekend. Here’s wishing the team the best of luck.
It was nice to have it confirmed by Professor Iain Todd that many of the students who study at Sheffield decide to settle in the area after graduation. After all, us locals already know that this is a Brilliant Yorkshire Location but having our brightest young people working here will be a great boost for the local economy for many years to come.
It was good for me to meet other graduates of the Faculty of Engineering which is now ranked among the top in the country. Some of these I’ve known professionally for many years but others I met only for the first time today. I’ll certainly be taking away some of the comments made for my work with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Many thanks to Ruth Stanley and Amy Jones from Alumni Relations for organising the day and to the other staff members who gave their time this afternoon to make us welcome. I’ll look forward to the next one.