June 2007 Issue 70

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Wicker developments

Plans for the Wicker were revealed on 15th May 2007 at SADACCA, with a small window of opportunity to have your say.

Luxury Woodside

Campaigners for more affordable housing on Woodside failed to persuade Council members to rethink their plans at a recent meeting. Pleas for more public consultation over the options were ignored.

Schools set to expand

The Council has just revealed plans to expand four schools in Burngreave and Fir Vale to cope with increased numbers of children. St Catherine’s and Pye Bank schools would double in size, from one class of 30 in each year group to two classes. In Fir Vale, both Owler Brook and Whiteways would change to taking both infant and junior children, with two classes of 30 children in each year group.

Vestry Hall news

Burngreave Vestry Hall refurbishment reached the last lap recently, but there are concerns that little is planned for the provision at the Centre.

Messenger editorial

Comment and news from the Messenger:

  • Sold out – As various housing and projects take place, all that is missing are luxury family homes for those working in the emerging business quarter.

  • Messenger in Fir Vale – This month sees the Messenger expand into Fir Vale.

Pavilion saved

The plan to demolish the Pavilion building in Osgathorpe Park was on the agenda at the Area Panel meeting that took place on Thursday 24th May 2007 at The Furnival on Verdon Street.

Imran inspires

Earlier this month I visited a small building in the centre of Osgathorpe Park called the Pavilion. It was full of young people enjoying themselves. Here I met a young man called Imran Ali, a youth worker who obviously had a natural ability to inspire young people.

Football Focus

End of season reviews for:

  • Earl Marshall Juniors Under 11s

  • Burngreave Saints Under 10s

  • Burngreave/Canklow Crusaders


  • Information on Sheffield United Academy's training sessions

Caring Lives

11th – 17th June is Carers Week and the campaign aims to highlight the issues facing carers. We speak to two local carers about their lives.

Services for Elders

On 24th April 2007 over 100 older people came to voice their concerns at a BME consultation day jointly organised by the Pakistan Advice Centre, Yemeni Community Association and Somali Disability Group.

Bicentenary of the Abolition of Slavery

The commemoration event – 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade – was held on the March at the Winter Gardens and hosted by Lord Mayor Jackie Drayton. Seated serenely among the greenery, we were far removed from the reality of the horrors of slavery.

SADACCA’s 21st Anniversary

On the 31st March 2007, SADACCA celebrated its 21st anniversary since obtaining the building at the Wicker.

Plans to build a Mosque and Madressa

The Masjid-E-Umar mosque has put in a planning application to demolish the existing mosque, in buildings at 304-306 Barnsley Road, and to replace it with a three storey, purposed built mosque and madressa with a minaret and dome.

From factory to church

On Saturday night 24th March, more than 170 guests gathered in an old factory along Carlisle Street in Burngreave. People from more than 20 countries came to celebrate the official opening of the new Rock Christian Centre.

Surtag Hack

Ms Surtag Hack lives on Wensley Estate with a garden full of colourful flowers and a patio set out with parasols. She is volunteer coordinator of Petsearch, which puts people in touch with lost pets, is of Indian descent and has three successful adult children of joint Arab-Indian heritage.

Study support conference

During the Easter holidays the New Deal funded Burngreave Study Support Consortium met to look back over the year and enjoy activities together.

Burngreave Celebrates learning: A truly multicultrual event

Where else but Burngreave Celebrates Learning Festival would you get Bollywood dancing, a bus with its own IT suite, art and crafts, an Adult learners award ceremony and Johnny Cash songs in one place?

It’s Fantastic!

The Parents Group at Firs Hill School recently bought new play equipment for one of the playgrounds with funding from New Deal and the school.

Burngreave Environmental Day

After the previous year’s torrential downpours, to everyone’s relief the Environment Day on Sunday 20th May 2007 took place in perfect May weather.

Kung Fu in China

Local Lau Gar Kung Fu Sifu (teacher) Graham Abdulla recently visited Wong Fei Heung Temple at Foshan in China to train with the Chinese National Wu Shu Champion – Master Xia.

Women's Bowling sessions at Abbeyfield Park

The bowling green will be open for women’s practice sessions on Thursdays at 2pm, starting 7th June 2007.

Burngreave Ramblers dates

Walks leave from Abbeyfield Park gates, Abbeyfield Road at 10.45am and usually return about 3.30pm.

Carwood TARA

Carwood Tenants and Residents Association office, 22 Carwood Green is now open Tuesdays 3–5pm and Thursdays 4.30–6pm.

Green City Action News
  • Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival 2007

  • Deliver it Green

  • Hanging baskets and bird boxes

Spital Tunnel, the Fiery Jack!

As Tesco prepares its application to redevelop the Hartwell’s site on Savile Street, an issue of history and heritage arises because the Hartwell’s site has not always been a car dealership!

Council Sells Land

As the Council sells off its assets, local home-owners have had the land sold under their feet.

A New Deal for Burngreave

News from Burngreave New Deal for Communities including:

  • New post for Regeneration Manager

  • Job: Regeneration Manager – Employment and Skills

  • BNDfC Community Representative elections – Deadline extended

Burngreave Area Panel

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

  • Cricketers in Abbeyfield Park

  • Schools Expansion Consultation

  • Councillors' Surgery Dates

  • Next Area Panel meeting details

St Peter's Church Activities

Details of the free Community Activities now available.

AL-NISA Sport and Leisure

“A new concept in combat sport and defence”

  • Full contact thai/kick boxing

  • Self defence courses

  • Boxercise – non contact exercise

  • Fully qualified, insured and CRB clear FEMALE instructor

Verdon Recreation Centre: Activity Timetable

A timetable of activities taking place at Verdon Recreation Centre.

Roshni Carers Support Service

Roshni carers service is committed to improving the quality of life for female Asian carers of people with mental illness. If you are a female carer from the Pakistani, Indian or Bengali community, our services can support you in your role.

Little Foxes Playgroup Open Day

Come and meet the leaders. See the facilities, put your name on the mailing list and enjoy a chat.

Life in the U.K. Test

Are you applying for British Nationality? Do you need advice regarding citizenship? If yes we can support you through the process.

Celebrate Refugee Week! 18th– 24th June 2007

Refugee Week highlights the realities of life for asylum seekers and refugees. Here are the details of a selection of the events being held in celebration.

A Day of Remembrance

22nd July 2007, Peter Street playing fields: ‘Burngreave Real People’ presents a day of music and activities to remember the 200 years since the abolition of slavery.

Youth Development Worker required

Job: Ellesmere Youth Project are looking for a Youth Development Worker.

  • £17,199 p.a

  • 37 hours per week – including study time

  • Closing Date for applications: Friday 29th June 2007.

Advice on learning and work

Next Step provide services designed to help people if they need to improve their job prospects or skills, get a qualification or just make the most of their job.

Job: Administration Assistant

Pitsmoor Surgery BNDFC Counselling Project require an Administration Assistant.

  • Part time, approx 21 hours a week.

  • £13,470 pro rata.

  • Closing date: 21st June 2007

Attention landlords and property investors

The Sheffield Landlord Expo 2007 will be held on Thursday 14th June 2007 at Don Valley Stadium, 1pm to 7pm.

The impact of the Ski Village

Local resident complains about the impact of the Ski Village on its surroundings.

Colour, vivacity and multiculturalism

Patrick Amber, a local resident, presented his works of art at Victoria Quays on the 4th May 2007, revealing an interesting combination of abstraction and figurative work!

St. George’s Day celebration

On Monday 23rd April 2007, the staff and children at St. Catherine’s school celebrated St. George’s Day.

Local Artists Have Bin Inspired!

Putting out the bin’ has never been a glamorous job. Two local artists want to change all that with a new community project that will bring art to your doorstep in an original and exciting way.

Christ Church shoes project

In March some residents of Pitsmoor had a knock on their door and were greeted with a strange request – “Could we draw around your foot and listen to some of your story?” Some actually gave some of their shoes which they didn’t want any more… and all to be part of a display in Christ Church.

ICT 4 Life go mobile!

Fir Vale-based training organisation ICT4Life are celebrating another milestone in their success, with the launch of their new training bus, which is going on tour in South Yorkshire to promote literacy and numeracy.

One Love Festival news

Burngreave Problem Busters are inviting you to participate in this years Osgathorpe Jam ‘One Love’ Festival, to be held Sunday 22nd July 2007.

What's going on for children and young people?

If your project is running activities in the summer for children or young people, you can publicise the details in the ‘What's going on?’ booklet, which is distributed to schools.

Knitting a Love Song

A four week course about first love… and knitting! Thursday 14th June 2007 at St Catherine’s School. Ideal for anyone who wants to get a fresh taste of learning or thinking about moving on to other study programmes.

Phone Aid for football

The Burngreave Community Football Project is taking part in the FoneAid mobile phone recycling campaign to raise funds for football kits for new teams in the Burngreave Area.

Who really ended slavery?

This year marks 200 years since the abolition of slavery, and at a public meeting on 14th June 2007, we will hear a lot about those who campaigned to end it. Guest speaker: Weyman Bennett.

Children's Festival 2007

This year’s theme celebrates the Indian subcontinent, and schools from the area will be holding various events 16th June – 21st July 2007.

Ellesmere Youth Project celebrates

Celebrations are happening at Ellesmere Youth Project, with the news that it was successful in securing a five-year Youth Development Worker, and the Project will be ‘re-launching’ in September 2007.

No cold calling please!

A “No Cold Calling Zone” is being launched in the Firshill area to tackle doorstep crime, rogue traders, bogus officials and distraction burglaries. Two presentations will be held to launch the scheme at Roe Lane Community Centre, Firshill Crescent, Sheffield on Thursday 14th June 2007.

The Lord Mayor’s Picnic in the Park

The Lord Mayor (Councillor Jackie Drayton) invited Sheffield to come along to join her in a “Picnic in the Park” Sunday, 13th May 2007, Abbeyfield Park, to celebrate her year in office.

Gower Arms closed by councillors

The Gower Arms has finally lost its licence. At a recent hearing Councillors ordered the closure of the public house.

Police Appeal for Witnesses

Police appeal for help to identify cars connected with the Younis Khan murder.

Picnics and ponies at Parkwood

Join a whole array of animals at Parkwood Springs for a summer celebration with Sheffield Wildlife Trust and Sheffield Rangers on Sunday 24th June 2007.

Missing Cat from Scott Road

Appeal for a missing cat called Blue.

Burngreave Multicultural Arts Festival

An arts event at Burngreave Library including Arabic, English, Somali, Africa Caribbean and Urdu Poetry

Burngreave Celebrates Diversity

An event on Ellesmere Green as part of Refugee Week 2007.

Clean up starts after a night of flooding

Flood waters recede from the Wicker leaving mud, debris and abandoned vehicles.

Fundraising Dinner

This thursday 28th at 7pm there is a fundrasiing dinner for the rebuilding of Sheffield Girls College in Bagh Kashmir with a premiere showing of the film that Julia Armstrong took of the Sheffield delegation (including laying the foundation stone) and also photographic exhibition

Flood news and stories

Links to the Messenger's coverage of the flooding around Burngreave and your chance to tell your stories.

Full-time Administrator

Job: Refugee New Arrivals Project, Sheffield, are looking to recruit a Full-time Adminstrator.

  • Salary range: £14,787 – £17,985

  • 12 month contract (in first instance)

  • Closing date: 12pm Friday July 13th 2007

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