December 2010 Issue 91

Firshill crossing complete

A zebra crossing has been installed on Firshill Crescent, after a successful campaign by St Catherine's School and local residents.

Lego club meets the Queen

The Lego Club at Firs Hill School was included as part of a vlunteering showcase for the Queen's visit to Sheffield on 19th November.

Campaign for the Okparas continues

Local residents have continued to campaign to save Mildred Okpara and her young family fromk deportation.

MP visits School Council

On 5th November St Catherine's School Council had a visit from the MP David Blunkett. He came to speak to the School Council about the work they have been doing during the last half term.

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Dry Road

Dry Road is a once-monthly evening aimed at providing recovering alcoholics with the chance to maintain a social life, whilst also providing all the benefits of a pub without alcohol.

SOLID closes

SOLID, a support group for parents and family members of prisoners, is to close by the end of the year due to a lack of resources.

Arwa Relaxation Therapy (ART)

In February we featured local resident Arwa Havard’s theraputic massage groups. Arwa trained with Vicky Gaughan, at the Sheffield Centre for Massage, qualified and is now practising near Abbeyfield Park

Spital Hill buildings’ future uncertain

In September Burngreave New Deal made a public announcement that they would run out of money in December.

Young people feel the cuts hardest

Back in July the Council agreed £6.5 million worth of cuts for the current financial year. Half of this was to be cut from Children and Young People’s Services.

Burngreave march against cuts

Residents from Burngreave joined Cllr Jackie Drayton on a march and demonstration against the Government cuts.

Holtwood plans

About 25 concerned residents attended a meeting of 9th November about a planning application for White's Yard on the corner of Abbeyfield Road and Holtwood Road.

Carwood makeover

Carwood Estate is to get much needed improvements to its green spaces in the next 4 months

Threat to stable estates

Alongside the Government cuts, Burngreave risks being badly hit by plans to reduce Council tenancies to just two years.

Fir Vale Regeneration meeting

Thurs 16th December, 6-8pm. Earl Marshal Connexions Centre, Heathcote St

Keeping fit locally

If you feel like you need to get fit, lose weight or you just need an energy boost, Verdon Recreation Centre is the place to go

Pride in Brunswick

Brunswick Road doesn't get a lot of attention and the area has had problems with litter, dumping and fly-tipping. This month Sheffield Homes organised a special event to talk to tenants and residents abnout tackling the problem.

Wensley football success

At the end of January, Streetkick young people's activities began on the park at Wensley.

Kids say Slow down

Nearly 200 children have been run over in the Burngreave ward over the past 10 years.

Firshill craft group

The Friday morning 50 plus craft group is moving from the St Catherine’s family learning room to Thursdays in the Crescent Community Space and expanding its provision to a full day, including a soup and sarni lunch for just £1.50!

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming …and the Firshill and Pitsmoor History Group did some reminiscing (longer online version).

Be Cancer Aware

We know that levels of awareness of cancer and use of cancer screening programmes is lower among Burngreave residents than in some other parts of Sheffield. For many forms of cancer the earlier you seek treatment the better your chances of surviving

Welcome Residents Group

For Verdon Street, Nottingham Street, Brunswick, Andover Street, Rock Street, Woodside and neighbnouring streets.

New houses at Wood Fold

14 affordable new homes for rent are under construction on land next to the former Stanley Tools factory on Rutland Road, after planners gave the go-ahead in March this year

Overcoming Breast Cancer

Naheed Shafiq was 33 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January this year. She told the Messenger her story.

Introduction to Community Development and Health course

Develop the skills and confidence to make a positive difference in your community

Beacons story telling festival

The Beacons Festival was not only intended to re-breathe life into Parkwood Springs, but was also a way for children to confront their fears.

Apple Day

The Friends of Burngreave Cemetry celebrated national apple day on the first Sunday of One World Week, 17th October

Christmas at St Peter's Ellesmere

Details of special events over Christmas

Fir Vale flood fundraiser

Following the devastating floods in Pakistan over the summer, Fir VAle school decided to raise funds for flood victims.

Car boot sale

On the 16th October Firs Hill School held a car boot sale in aid of victims of the Pakistan floods

Owler Brook supports floods appeal

Owler Brook N & I School parents, carers and children were recently involved in fund raising to support victims of the recent devastating floods in Pakistan.

Giving is living

Local residents from Burngreave and students from the Sheffield Hallam University came together to help the flood victims of Pakistan.

SACMHA Emancipation Day

Black History Month and Mental Health Week was the focus of SACMHA’s event at Andover street in October.

Men’s health day

On Thursday the 4th November, the Vestry Hall hosted an event to advise and support men on how to improve their health. About 400 men from Yemeni, Somali and other backgrounds were eager to hear the announcements about living healthier lives.

‘Couch Surfing’ in Brazil

Magid Mah, a Somalian resident from Burngreave who climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last year (see Burngreave Messenger, December 2009) had another exciting and ground-breaking expedition over the summer, this time to Brazil and the Amazon.

Ironman Dave Hall

Dave Hall, senior learning mentor at Byron Wood School, completed the Ironman triathlon in Switzerland in July. Dave tells his story…

Creena retires from Pitsmoor Surgery

She’s been a central figure in the community for decades as practice secretary; keeping patient referrals, records and helping Pitsmoor Surgery run smoothly.

Martin Bennett honoured

We heard back in June that Martin Bennett, managing director of Associated Chemists (Wicker) Ltd had been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for “services to pharmacy”. We spoke to Martin about his award.

A new home for old books

Winnie Bentley has been the custodian for many years of two books detailing the members and minutes of the Abbeyfield Bowling Club dating from 1913. They have now found a new home in the Local Studies Library where they will be available for future generations to read.

A life long Scout

Long serving scout leader Jim Gilbert retires this month from the 76th Scout Group, who meet at the Cornerstone Ellesmere.

Rainbow’s End reward

Rainbows End was a give a donation of just over £1300 from a Sale of Plants organised at All Saints Ladies Group in Ecclesall.

1940’s night

A lively and enjoyable family evening was held at St Peter's Ellesmere as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. It took the form of a family “40’s Night”, attended by nearly 80 people of all ages between 1 and 96.

Community Assemblies

News from the North East Community

A New Deal for Burngreave

News from New Deal for Burngreave

Hidden past of Burngreave Rec

With the funding confirmed to improve Burngreave Recreation Ground, I decided to have a look at the history of the area.

School for vegetables

Green City Action has won Lottery funding for its “School for Vegetables” project.

Friends of Firshill School

Firshill School Winter Fayre will be taking place on Thursday 9th.

Green City Action News
  • Annual General Meeting 4th December

  • Tool Bank open

  • Job: Project Worker

BME Pathways to Training, Enterprise & Employment

Pathways is an exciting new project that brings our generation together and equips people with skills to increase chances of further studies, better skills for work and work based experience.

BCAF Quarterly Forum Meeting

Saturday 11th December 11am-1pm. This will also be BCAF’s Annual General meeting. 10-11am

Pitsmoor Citizens Advice AGM

Annual General Meeting, Friday, 10th December – an opportunity to review the work of the bureau over the last year.

Photo galleries and website extras

Extra photos and content exclusive to the online edition.

Community Interpreting FREE Taster Day

An introduction to the work of a community interpreter and of volunteering and progression opportunities. Saturday 11th December 2010.

Get your free NHS health check

The health check aims to help you lower your risk of developing four common but often preventable diseases: heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease.

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