March 2006 Issue 59

A tall storey?

Cherry Tree Development have put forward proposals for a skyscraper on Spital Hill.

BCAF Quarterly Forum

Quarterly Open Forum Meeting on 18th March to discuss plans for the area.

Burngreave Business Awards 2006

The second annual Burngreave Business Awards ceremony.

Childcare gets reprieve

At the end of this month New Deal funding will end for ten more projects. However, the Childcare Consortium received a reprieve at February’s Partnership Board meeting.

Forum House Sold

Forum House is to be bought by New Deal this month after they were approached by the Council with a plea to prevent it being sold on the open market for upwards of £750,000.

The Editorial

Burngreave residents will welcome the start of work on the Vestry Hall this month, as they see workers in hard hats scurrying around the site.

Redevelopment frenzy

While plans for a skyscraper for Spital Hill are far from reality, other redevelopments are just around the corner.

Bus fare campaign

In November 2OO5, First Mainline, put their bus fares up for the fourth time in a year. An adult single fare went up from £1.3O to £1.5O and South Yorkshire day tickets went up by 5Op to £3.5O. This represents a 36% price hike in 18 months.

Burngreave radio license

Supporters of Burngreave Community Radio (BCR) are celebrating after a recent Ofcom decision to give the station a five-year licence to broadcast across this community and surrounding areas.

Music in the Sun

The popular multicultural Festival Music in the Sun, will be returning to Sheffield, presented by the Burngreave-based NonStop Foundation.

Festival Forum

With the support of the Area Panel and New Deal, last year Green City Action (GCA) produced five major events in the community.

Diving for gold

Claire Blencowe, who is a pupil at Fir Vale School, will be travelling to Melbourne, Australia in March to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

Open Gardens

A new event for Burngreave’s gardeners is planned for this summer. Green City Action and the Messenger would like to invite local people who care for their gardens to open them for a day and show off their work and achievements.

Burngreave Ramblers

Next dates: Saturdays 11th & 25th March, 8th & 22nd April.

Lollipop ladies

Three of our local lollipop ladies were given awards by the Area Panel in January. Shirley Else who works at the crossings close to Pitsmoor Post Office and Susan Rogers stationed on Barnsley Road help children from St Catherine’s and Firs Hill Schools. While Valerie Hanson helps children from Fir Vale School cross Owler Lane and Rushby Street.

The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak is situated on the corner of Earsham Street and Kirk Street, just off Gower Street. There is a bus stop opposite which covers about eight services from the estates straight into town.

Messy play

One thing almost all children love is being messy.

We love study support

Over 15O Burngreave young people enjoyed activities and discussions at the Burngreave Study Support Consortium Evaluation Conference during half-term.

Theatre of the future

Myahla and Jalahn Palmer-Simmonds who live in the Burngreave area were asked to take part in an advertising campaign to raise £35O,OOO for the Children’s Hospital.

Forces for positive change

On Monday 16th January at the Pitsmoor Welcome Centre on Nottingham Street they all gathered again to celebrate Martin Luther King Day – recognising those great figures who have forced positive change for all mankind.

Joe paints Pitsmoor

“In its entirety, Sheffield hasn’t changed a great deal,” said painter Joe Scarborough, who has lived and worked in this city most of his life. “It has always been very hilly and not the most fashionable city with its old-fashioned work ethic – if you’re not working on a Monday, it feels strange.”

Burngreave Advocacy Now!

A service at the heart of the community! ‘Mohammad’ has been recovering from cancer which has been especially difficult for him since all his family lives abroad, including his wife. He was separated from his wife just months after their wedding due to war in his home country and now hasn’t seen her for seven years. ‘Mohammed’ has been granted asylum in UK.

"Thank you Dr Saleem"

Long-serving and well-respected GP, Dr Mohammed Saleem is to retire on 31st March after serving the Burngreave and Fir Vale community for more than 32 years.

Green City Action

It’s cheaper in green – Did you know that you could save cash by switching your supplier?


  • Don't get conned by doorstep and telesales people

  • Toy Library to reopen

SADACCA celebrates twenty years

On the 26th March SADACCA celebrates its 20th anniversary. The starting point for the centre was in the 50s and 60s when the West Indian Community Association (WICA) was created.

Info for families

The Children’s Information Service (CIS) is a citywide information organisation promoting children’s services for families and professionals in Sheffield, informing them about available daycare and other children’s services in and around the city.

Pension Credit campaign success

Last autumn, the Messenger reported that a number of local groups were working together to encourage more pensioners in Burngreave to claim Pension Credit. So what impact did this make?

A New Deal for Burngreave

News from Burngreave New Deal for Communities including:

  • Building work starts on Vestry Hall.

  • Budding entrepeneurs given the chance to find out how to run a business.

  • What was decided and discussed at the January 2006 Partnership Board meeting.

Burngreave Area Panel

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

  • Instruction to find the planning section on Sheffield City Council website.

  • Area Panel New year's awards winners.

  • Councillor's Surgery Dates.

  • Next Area Panel Meeting.

Upcoming events...

Variety of upcoming events.

FREE training on Newsletter production

Burngreave Messenger and Fir Vale community Forum

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