November 2005 Issue 56

Extraordinary Generosity

The 7.6-magnitude earthquake, that centred near Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on 8th October 2005, caused more than 50,000 deaths and devastation that may take a decade to repair.

The Carnival of Lights

An evening of spectacular visual entertainment. Music and dance performance, workshops, parade, traders, rides and attractions plus much more.

The Great Tree Giveaway and Bazaar

Radio Sheffield and partners are pleased to launch the ‘Plant it… Save it!’ Campaign 2005 at Abbeyfield Park on the first weekend of ‘National Tree Week’.

JOBS: Classroom Assistants/School Support Workers

15 jobs available.

  • Closing date: 30th November 2005

  • Salary: £166 a week

  • 33 hours per week

Sheffield Black Drugs Service recruiting Management Committee Members

The Sheffield Black Drugs Service is an outreach service that aims to respond to the needs of drug users, their partners, families and carers from Black and ethnic minority communities. The service is recruiting management committee members who are able to volunteer their time.

Were you a resident in Woodside pre-1960s?

Did you live on Birley Street, Fowler Place, Fowler Street, Grove Street, Haywood Road, Macro Street, Marshall Street, Reginald Street or Woodside Lane? If so the East Sheffield Regeneration Team would love to talk to you and learn a little more about what once stood on Stanley Fields.

Pitsmoor Credit Union

Your Local Savings and Loans Co-operative – Join Now! For more information, phone 273 8555 or come to a Collection Point

Woodside for sale

“Why are we only being told this here?” was the question repeatedly asked at the Burngreave New Housing Project Group on 27th October 2005, as residents met to discuss proposed new developments around Woodside and Catherine Street.

JOB: Office Adminstrator

The Burngreave Messenger is looking for an enthusiastic person to cover the position of Office Administrator

  • Salary: £15,372 pro rata

  • 18.5 hours per week

  • Six months maternity cover

  • Closing date: 21st November 2005

Parkwood gets up people's noses

North Sheffield Primary Care Trust’s (PCT) report, released on 19th October 2005, states that for nasal irritation, ‘there may well be a causal link between the landfill site and this symptom.’

Rock Street Revisited

After claims from a builder that residents of Rock Street are happy with work done on their homes, Kate Atkinson spoke to more residents.

Wardens at the sharp end

After receiving complaints about a suspected rise in the number of used needles being discarded in public places, I went with Community Wardens Gaynor Topham and recent award winner, Diane Street, on one of their clean up attempts. In the process, I found out a little more about what they do.

House fire… it can happen to anyone

Councillor Jackie Drayton had a narrow escape with a house fire that could have killed her.

Firework safety

A few tips on how to operate fireworks safely this bonfire night.

Free home fire risk assessment

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of a national initiative to reduce injuries and deaths from domestic fires is currently offering to complete a FREE Home Fire Safety Risk Assessment to all properties in Burngreave and Fir Vale.

Cleanup at Crabtree

Crabtree Ponds is one of nine urban wildlife reserves in Sheffield and is currently undergoing a facelift. Site improvements will be completed by February 2006.

Fishing with SHEBEEN

The first fishing day aimed at creating awareness of the water-based sport among black and ethnic minorities took place at the Abbeyfield Industrial Hamlet on 21st August 2005. The event, a joint initiative between the Environment Agency’s Leeds office and SHEBEEN (Sheffield Black & Ethnic Minority Environmental Network), was one of a series marking National Fishing Week.

A different kind of honeymoon

Two local residents, Ray and Emily, are planning a 12,000 mile journey for their honeymoon.

Iraqi Kurds say: ‘Iraq is Not Safe’

Ever since the Home Office declared northern Iraq a ‘safe’ place to return to, Iraqi Kurds in Burngreave have lived in fear. In October 2005 the Home Office sent out the letter they have dreaded receiving. This letter presents the Iraqi Kurdish community with two ‘choices’: agree to return to northern Iraq or ‘you will be required to leave your accommodation and will not be entitled to any other form of support’.

Restoring the Cemetery Chapel

Friends of Burngreave Cemetery and Chapel have been working hard for several years to get the chapels back into use. Now it looks as though the dream could become a reality as the friends group team up with the City Council, Groundwork Sheffield, Burngreave Community Action Trust, Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and Sheffield Community Enterprise Development Unit.

Toy Library

Green City Action is looking for some willing volunteers to run their toy library.

Friends of Abbeyfield Park AGM

The Friends AGM will take place on Tuesday, 13th December 2005 at 7pm, in Abbeyfield Park House. Everyone welcome. Refreshments available.

Burngreave Sports Project - Trampolining Session

Open to everyone 8 and over. Every Wednesday at Fir Vale Sports Centre, 6–7pm, 7–8pm and 8–9pm.

Burngreave Sports Project - Activity Support

Free Support For New Local Physical Activity Groups

Burngreave Sports Network - Assault Course

We are looking for young strong fit determined young people to take on an army assault course. Are you fit enough?

Burngreave Sports Network - Football

Training for young footballers at BSN All Saints Soccer School, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4.15–5.30pm.

Putting it all together

Families showed their creative side by helping to make mosaics at two local schools in October 2005 as part of Family Learning Week.

Verdon Recreation Centre Activities

Details of the activities on offer throughout the week at Verdon Recreation Centre.

Rainbow House Community Social Enterprise Launch

Plenty of refreshments, Food, Entertainment and Fun. All welcome

Burngreave Multicultural Fashion and Dance Show

Women only. Sunday 4th December 2005 at Verdon Street Recreation Centre.

Mr Equiano comes to Burngreave!

In Burngreave it was 1790, the 27th August to be precise and Olaudah Equiano, the freed slave and abolition campaigner, came to Sheffield to talk to pupils in some of the Year 4, 5 and 6 classes in each primary school.

Shining talent

On Sunday 23rd October 2005 Pitsmoor young people’s talent shone as they performed at the ‘Recital Night’ for Black History Month, held at Bramhall Lane.


Printworks is a printing company which specialises in medium to large print runs. The company started in 2001 and operated from the City Centre, but has now moved to new premises on the Carlisle Street Business Park in Fir Vale.

Curtis Motors

George Curtis, 69, has run family business Curtis Motors, on Burngreave Road for the last 29 years.

From trucks to training

Hakim Wais, 41, is the Managing Director of the new Burngreave Community Learning Academy.

New Head

Lesley Kay, is the new head at Fir Vale School. She has replaced Hugh Howe, who left in the summer to take up a post in Peterborough.

A New Deal for Burngreave

News from Burngreave New Deal for Communities including:

  • New faces bring new ideas

  • Your questions answered

  • Festive Fun

  • Employment month

  • Details of the next theme meetings

  • It's over to you…

  • Details of the September 2005 partnership board meeting

Burngreave Area Panel

Latest news from the Area Co-ordinator for the Burngreave Area Panel, including:

  • Grimesthorpe Road plans withdrawn

  • Details of the next Area Panel meeting

  • Councillors' Surgery Dates

  • Last call for New Year's Honours

Roamin' the Rig

The building of the new Inner Ring Road is beginning to have an effect on our everyday lives and the environmental structure of our area. Another change is the controversial plans for apartments along Grimesthorpe Road at Wood Hill.

Dear Messenger

Letters from our readers.

JOB: Regeneration Manager

Burngreave New Deal for Communities is a 10- year £52m regeneration programme established to tackle the issues of deprivation in Burngreave. We are now halfway through our 10-year vision to regenerate the area, and are now strongly focussing on sustainability and exit strategy, to help us to do this we are looking for a Regeneration Manager.

  • Salary: £26,530–34,746

  • Closing date: 24 November 2005, 4pm

  • Interview/Assessments: 8th December 2005

JOB: Part time Detached Youth Worker

Ellesmere youth Project are looking for a Detached Youth Worker to join our team, working with young people in the Carwood/Ellesmere area of Burngreave.

  • 6 hours per week

  • £7 per hour

  • Closing Date: November 30th 2005

Improve your health and your environment!

Get out into the fresh air and get active by taking part in gardening and nature conservation activities in Burngreave’s parks and green spaces.

Are you a private tenant? Problems with housing disrepair?

‘Drop in session’ – Free advice and help about repair and management. Come and have your say!

Specialist Carers Needed

Community Placements Sheffield, run by the children’s charity NCH, is working in partnership with the Sheffield Council to provide specialist foster placements for young people, aged 8–17 years, with complex and difficult life histories.

Got an event to promote?

Then submit it to the BNDfC Website Events Listings!

Light-her Surface

Experience the chapels in a spectacular array of lights, sound and visuals.

Burngreave Area Panel

Latest news from the Area Co-ordinator for the Burngreave Area Panel. Including:

  • Grimesthorpe Road Plans Withdrawn

  • Last call for nominations for the New Year's Honours

  • Councillors' Surgery Dates

  • Details of the next Area Panel meeting

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