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Issue 75 April 2008

Questions for New Deal

In February, we reported on allegations about Burngreave New Deal and posed four questions relating to the openness and transparency of decision-making. We follow up the story here.

2008-04-07 14:07:31
Good News for the Messenger

The Tudor Trust has agreed to fund us with £90,000 over the next three years.

2008-04-07 14:05:59
Longley Sixth Form Equality Week

Events at Longley Park Sixth Form College’s Equality and Diversity Week (4th to 8th February 2008) ranged from cultural representation and finding out about sensory impairment to disability and sexuality awareness to gospel choir singing in the plaza.

2008-04-07 11:04:17
Campaign for Aman Ali

25 people met on 27th March to support Aman Ali as he began his campaign to remain in Britain.

2008-04-07 11:00:39
2708 Kurdish New Year

On the 21st March, the Kurdish Community Centre organised a Newroz (New Year) fesitval on Ellesmere Road.

2008-04-07 10:22:34
Fancy trying out bowling?

Crown green bowling is one of Britain’s oldest sports. It’s fun to play, easy to pick up but difficult to master, and offers a great source of gentle exercise.

2008-04-07 00:31:55
Conversation Clubs

Burngreave is home to a wide variety of languages, but demand for one outstrips all others – English.

2008-04-07 00:25:48
New Inspector for Burngreave

We invited Inspector Adrian McWalter to our office to talk about his new role managing the Burngreave, Shiregreen and Firth Park Safe Neighbourhood Area for South Yorkshire Police.

2008-04-07 00:15:49
Burngreave Small Grants Fund

Do you or your organisation have a new idea that would benefit local residents. Would a small grant help to make it happen?

2008-04-06 23:54:35
Forum House open day

On February 13th 2008, Forum House opened its doors to visitors to provide people with information about the range of services on offer there.

2008-04-06 20:41:16
Sorby House

The New Deal funded £4.5 million refurbishment of Sorby House was completed in November last year, but it still stands empty.

2008-04-06 20:34:42
Lloyds Pharmacy refurbished

On 30th January the Lord Mayor officially reopened the Lloyds Pharmacy on Ellesmere Road in front of their staff, visitors and customers.

2008-04-06 20:23:39
Richard Caborn visits St Catherine’s

In early March Y5 and school council children went on a visit to Westminster to visit the houses of parliament and meet with Richard Caborn our local MP. A few weeks later Richard Caborn returned the visit and attended one of our school council meetings.

2008-04-06 20:19:48
Roe Lane Centre demolition

Roe Lane Community Centre is to be demolished as part of the expansion of St Catherine’s School. The expansion, including the issue of the community centre being demolished, will dominate the agenda at the next meeting of Firshill TARA on Monday April 7th.

2008-04-06 19:44:25
Tackling anti-social behaviour

Sheffield Homes are committed to working with tenants and residents to prevent anti-social behaviour. We believe people should be able to enjoy peace and quiet in their own home and feel safe and secure in the areas where they live.

2008-04-05 21:23:45
Burngreave Community Wardens

The aim of the Community Warden Service is to improve the quality of life in your area.

2008-04-05 21:12:55
Vaughan launches cricket pitch

With help from England test captain Michael Vaughan, the English Cricket Board and nPower launched the start of work on the ‘Urban Cricket’ initiative at Abbeyfield Park in Burngreave.

2008-04-05 20:44:14
Burngreave FC

When funding for Burngreave Sports Network came to an end, Rafiq Saleh, Amin Saleh and Tariq Ahmed set up Burngreave FC. The team is currently for people aged 17 upwards and we aim to encourage young people into the team. We are always looking for a local business to sponsor the team.

2008-04-05 20:16:39
Teach them well… They will lead the way

Within Burngreave recently, a lot of focus has been on the issue of exclusion. We have challenged organisations as to what they intend to do. While they all have a role to play, should they be the first port of call? Have parents and teachers been made to feel so powerless that the answer must come from outside?

2008-04-05 20:02:17
Young Advisors

Six young residents have set up a new project which aims to make sure young people’s voices get heard.

2008-04-05 19:47:47
Handful of Henna

Sheffield Theatres treated Burngreave to free performances of a Handful of Henna in February, funded by New Deal. So many people came to the first event at the Vestry Hall, that a second performance was arranged. The project was part of a community tour which included performances at Pye Bank and Firs Hill schools.

2008-04-05 19:38:42
What is BCAF?…

BCAF is a local forum that has existed for the last ten years, and is made up of people who live and/or work in Burngreave.

2008-04-05 18:21:29
Sheffield Credit Union

Collection Points Tuesdays and Thursdays

2008-04-05 18:18:25
Write Horizons

Do you sometimes have lots of thoughts going round in your head that you can’t sort out? Do you wish you could say how you really feel?

2008-04-05 18:15:19
Obituary - Nobat "Norman" Khan

Brothers Grocers, on Scott Road sadly passed away on March 13th 2008 after battling leukaemia.

2008-04-05 18:07:58
Obituary - Owen McDowell

The sad death of Owen McDowell on 29th February has left behind many good friends and colleagues in Pitsmoor. Over 300 people attended his humanist funeral on 14th March. The following tributes have been received by the Messenger:

2008-04-05 17:59:25
The Fir Vale area is a disgrace

Letter to the Messenger from a regular reader

2008-04-05 17:53:51
Too much fluff

Letter from Christine Bluff

2008-04-05 17:51:11
Street Champions

On Monday 14th April, there will be the regular quarterly gathering of the twenty or so local volunteers around Burngreave, Firshill, Pitsmoor and in Fir Vale who are our ‘street champions’

2008-04-05 17:20:28
The challenge for responsible landlords

The Council is determined to try and improve matters for tenants and for landlords.

2008-04-05 17:14:56
Setting the Record Straight ...

Readers may be aware that in recent months ‘The Star’ newspaper has run a series of articles criticising the Burngreave New Deal for Communities regeneration programme.

2008-04-05 17:00:59
Ten years of Abbeyfield Festival

For ten years Green City Action (GCA) have organised Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival.

2008-04-05 16:12:35
Back in 2000…

As part of making the Year 8 Delivery Plan, the Partnership Chair and the programme Chief Executive looked back at what’s been achieved in the last seven years…

2008-04-05 15:49:54
Cherry Tree Planting

Thanks to Sheffield Small Grants Panel, the Friends of Burngreave Chapel and Cemetery were able to plant 30 wild cherry trees in the form of an avenue along a popular path in the Cemetery.

2008-04-05 15:29:57
On Me Shed Son

After recent vandalism caused to allotments in and around Burngreave, Kevin Cooper of Fir Vale has moved heaven and earth to regenerate them.

2008-04-05 15:19:51
Greenfingers grows again

Early on the morning of 31st January, Greenfingers had their greenhouse blown up by vandals. A few weeks later, they are well on the way to recovery, thanks to the support of the community.

2008-04-04 21:35:08
Pitsmoor Adventure Playground Free Events

Upcoming events at the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground.

2008-04-04 20:17:29
Buses Better?

The Messenger first reported on the ‘Better Buses’ scheme in April 2006. Nearly five months after its launch in November 2007, one of our volunteers took a ride along the new bus route and asked passengers for their views on the bus service and the changes that have been made along the route.

2008-04-04 20:06:24
Adventure Bounces Back

It’s been a tough year at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, with delays to plans for a new building and rumours about cut backs. Thanks to staff and volunteers’ efforts it’s really bouncing back.

2008-04-04 19:56:43
Fir Vale Fusion

In four years from now, when the Olympic Games come to these shores, the dream is to have a Great Briton on the podium. To have world class athletes, there needs to be opportunities for young people, Fir Vale Fusion Athletics is providing that for Burngreave Youngsters.

2008-04-04 19:40:36
International Women’s Day

Arriving to find a buzzing atmosphere at the Vestry Hall on Friday 7th March, we did a round of the stalls (and buffet), and gained insight into the wealth of educational and social activities for women in the area.

2008-04-04 19:27:55
HEET at the Rec

The HEET event held at Verdon Street on 1st March was aimed at young people, providing enlightment on health, education, employment and training.

2008-04-04 19:21:39
Race 4 Life Training

On Sunday 15th June 2008, Race 4 Life will be held at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield. This is a 5km jog or walk to support the work of Cancer Research and the special thing about this ‘race’ is that everyone entering is female.

2008-04-04 19:06:47
Building on Success

On the 20th March, the Women’s Construction Centre (WCC) celebrated the opening of its new learning centre at Buckenham Street.

2008-04-04 19:02:53
Response to "Two Sides to Every Academy"

A letter from Chris Mallaband, headteacher at Parkwood High School.

2008-04-04 18:59:34
Thoughts of a Parkwood parent

A letter from Mick Ibbotson, a Longley resident and parent.

2008-04-04 18:55:35
Parkwood Academy?

The Council’s Cabinet met on 27th February 2008 and approved officers to submit a formal “Expression of Interest” to develop Parkwood into an Academy. In the end, it wasn’t debated by the full Council, although the Anti-Academies Alliance presented Councillors with a 300-signature petition.

2008-04-04 18:49:10
Wade Street Green Space

At last work is to start on the very first development in the Master Plan for the Page Hall area.

2008-04-04 18:36:54
More on our website...

The full length versions of stories promoted in our issue, including:

  • Buses better?

  • Campaign for Aman Ali

  • Sorby House

  • Lloyds Pharmacy refurbished

  • Forum House open day

  • Longley Sixth Form Equality Week

2008-04-04 18:35:51
Fairtrade at St Catherine’s

In St Catherine’s Primary school, people have realised that others in the world are not as fortunate as us, so we find it important to help them; the way that we do this is by buying Fairtrade products.

2008-04-04 18:35:29
Messenger editorial


  • We ask questions about the transparency of decision-making at BNDfC following Sheffield Star allegations.

  • Messenger gets extra funding!

2008-04-04 18:08:55
Postbox victory

Residents will be pleased to see the return of the post-box on Burngreave Road, near the junction with Melrose Road following a campaign over recent months by the Messenger.

2008-04-04 17:54:22
Byron Wood Nurture Unit

Liz Searle visits the Sunflower Room of the Byron Wood Nurture Unit to talk to the staff and children.

2008-04-04 17:51:32
Burngreave Celebrates Learning

Free festival on Sunday 18 May 2008 at Verdon Street. Join in the fun and learn.

2008-04-04 17:38:48
Burngreave bouncing back

Marchers gathered at Osgathorpe Park on 15th March, where Ibrahim Ilyas was shot in June 2006, to demonstrate against gun crime and for a better future for young people.

2008-04-03 18:18:47
Mosque celebrations of Milad-un-Nabi

Over 1,000 people attended the Milaad-un-Nabi (birth of prophet Muhammad – Peace be upon him). These happen every year during the third islamic month of Rabbi-al-Awwal. As Christians celebrate Christmas to celebarate the birth of Christ (Jesus. Muslim celebrate Milaad-un-Nabi.

2008-04-03 17:37:24
Burngreave Area Panel

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

2008-01-31 18:00:32
A New Deal for Burngreave

News from Burngreave New Deal for Communities including:

  • Back in 2000: A look back at what’s been achieved in the last seven years.

  • Setting the Record Straight: We respond to allegations made in the Sheffield Star.

  • Ten years of Abbeyfield Festival: Green City Action want to celebrate past festivals and make sure the whole community is involved.

2008-01-31 17:24:24
Green City Action News

Latest news from Green City Action: Nottingham Rec and Devon Gardens revamped

2008-01-31 17:06:16
Dear Messenger

Letters from our readers.

2007-12-27 21:22:54
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