October 2008 issue 78

Burngreave Post Offices safe from closure

The three main Post Offices in Burngreave and Fir Vale are to remain open, following the announcement of closures across South Yorkshire on 5th August.

The end of Area Panels

Everything is changing in local democracy! Under new proposals from the Lib-Dem Council, Area Panels are set to go and Burngreave will merge with Southey Green, Firth Park and Shiregreen to make a much larger Community Assembly.

Council focuses on Page Hall

The Area Panel called a meeting on Thursday 18th September with the aim of resolving residents’ concerns in Page Hall. The area has often felt neglected, and has recently struggled with issues linked with the arrival of economic migrants and their families.

Messenger editorial
  • News of our next AGM

  • Upcoming Website and writing courses

  • Next issue's deadlines

Parkwood Academy

Parents of children at Parkwood and its feeder schools (including Pye Bank) are being asked to vote on whether it should become an Academy. The poll closes on 22nd October. But what does it all mean?

In Memory of Tarek

On 25th August, an event was held in memory of Tarek Chaiboub who was shot to death in Burngreave in July. Organised by the Cube Foundation, an independent Islamic Organisation, the meeting heard guest speakers Khadijah Ilyas, Sheik Zahir Mahmood from Birmingham and a statement from the father of Tarek Chaiboub.

BiG Make It Your Business

Faiza has led the way by setting up her new business and demonstrating how an enterprising single mother of two can balance caring responsibilities for her children, whilst fully realising her potential within the business world

Great GCSEs

Burngreave students showed some brilliant results again this year. At Fir Vale Secondary, the percentage getting five good GCSEs was up 10% to a fantastic 56%, with 22% getting at least three A or A* grades. Every full-time student left with a qualification.

Adeel Zaman

16 year-old Adeel Zaman of Page Hall is a very happy young man, having passed all ten of his GCSEs. When he moved from Fir Vale School to Firth Park School in the November of his final year, he found that he only had a short time to prepare for his GCSE exams.

Big move for Pakistan Advice Centre

The Pakistan Advice and Community Association in Fir Vale was overjoyed to announce their plans to move into new premises on the ground floor of the old Firth Park Hotel on Page Hall Road which had lain empty and neglected for almost a year.

Pakistan Independence Day

On Thursday August 14th an event took place to Celebrate Pakistan Independence Day at Eastern Eye Takeaway and Restaurant in Fir Vale

Parents help children Aim Higher

Evidence shows that parents and carers are a major influence on their children's attitude to education; it can be positive or negative often depending on the parent's personal experience of education. Parents who have no experience of university or Higher Education may find it difficult to give their children guidance and encouragement to continue in education.

Enterprising Centre

Fir Vale School officially opened its new £700,000 Enterprise Centre in December 2007 to support the school’s specialist role in business and develop a spirit of enterprise amongst its students.

Family Cycling Day

On the first Sunday of the summer holidays, two coaches (funded by BNDfC) took over 100 adults and children to Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire to enjoy the freedom and exercise that cycling can offer.

Tonnes of Summer fun

There was loads of stuff to do this summer for children and young people. Here’s just a few photos of things they got up to.

Fashion show

A colourful fashion show with a variety of dance performances brought the Vestry Hall to life on the 30th of August. The clothes were all designed and made by girls who have attended the Burngreave After School Support Project (BASSP).

Young Advisors event sensations!

event on the 29th August, around 90 people attended at the Nottingham Cliff Rec. Young Advisors Afrah Al-kheili, Farhan Ahmed and Zanumb Bibi supervised the entire event with help from Streetworx staff and volunteers.

Playground party & plans

A warm sun shone over Pitsmoor Adventure Playground for their ‘End of Summer Party’ on the 31st August. Face painting, team games, a bouncy castle and a DJ were some of the special activities.

Barrows, bards and a barbecue

Visitors to the Greenfingers open day on 10th September were treated to a tour of the allotments, songs, recitals of creative writing by Write Horizons, sunshine and a barbecue.

Earl Marshall U7s Success

Earl marshall U7s sucess in football tournament

Al Nisa Sports and Grimesthorpe Institute

Al Nisa sports institute fund raising event

SADACCA Daycare open again

June 2007, when Sheffield was besieged with a monstrous flow of gallons and gallons of water after the River Don overflowed its banks, the SADACCA Day Care Centre was one of the services affected the most.

Walk Good

a filmmaker and digital artist, I had always been interested in looking into the past, especially when I see a gap.

Burngreave Cemetery Chapel open days

Chapel in Burngreave cemetery open to the public

It’s the tree planting season again!

At this time of year trees are ready to take a rest, so now’s the time to get out your spades and wellies, and get ready to get planting. Last year’s tree planting season was a great success, and we hope to see plenty of new faces at this year’s events:

Green City Action news

Latest news from Green City Action, including:

A New Deal for Burngreave

October 2008 news from Burngreave New Deal for Communities including:

  • Cleethorpes here we come

  • Programme review

  • Grant given to SVP Furniture Store Sheffield

  • Physical Environment and Safety Priority Area Evaluation

Burngreave Community Action Forum (BCAF)
  • BCAF will move into new premises at 82 Spital Hill.

  • BCAF has a brand new website

  • September quarterly Forum meeting

Burngreave Area Panel

Latest news from the Burngreave Area Panel, this month brought to you by Councillor Jackie Drayton. Also including:

  • Councillors' Surgery Dates

  • Details of the next Area Panel meeting

Drug Project success

The main focus of attention was preparing the new youth shelter and the brick built electric shed ready for the commemorative artwork to be applied. We are not sure where most of the paint went, onto the shelter or onto the volunteers themselves. Joking aside, the youths worked really hard to improve the facilities and deserve great thanks for their efforts. In addition to the painting, the park was given a general clean up with the seating being re-oiled, grass and shrubs trimmed and several large self-set trees removed. Before this we had a fantastic response from an even younger group of helpers around Malton Street, where a site we have improved over the last two years had some GCA designed and built play structures installed.

Dear Messenger

Letters from residents.

Creative Outpost

A day of events in the exploration and fusion of creative spaces with cakes and music from Kamalbir Nandra and Tom Rodwell.

RSVP and Info Cassie Limb Xandra@burngreave.net, tel: 0795 001 4781.

Burngreave Advocacy Now!

Burngreave Advocacy Now! are looking for Volunteer Community Advocates.

Introduction to Community Development and Health

Free 14 week course starting 9th October 2008 at the Furnival: Learn how to work with your community. Learn about health issues

Meditation for Human Integration

An open house informal talk on Sahaj Marg: A Raja yoga system of meditation on the heart Saturday 4th October.

‘Talk Matters’

How to keep talking to our children and support them with their education and achievements.


Evening of jazz on Friday 3rd October.

Community Circus Workshops

Circus fun for everyone at Greentop – the Yorkshire Circus Centre.

Fir Vale Day Of Celebration 2008

Festival and talent contest on Saturday 18th October at Firvale School.

Bright Beginners

New nursery caring for children from birth to five years.

Fir Vale Pre-school

Childcare at affordable prices for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

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