June 2010 Issue 88

Burngreave Messenger Issue 88 June 2010
Firvale celebrates its cultures

The Pakistan Advice and Community Association (PACA)organised a diversity day to bring communities together on Sunday 16th May.

Classes are back

In April the Council informed local campaigners that funding had been found to restore some adult learning classes in Burngreave and Fir Vale. This means ESOL and other basic skills classes will be running until July.

PITS Award

At Sheffield's celebrating Success Awards on 29th April local parents' group PITS (Parents Intervention Takes a Stand) received an award for their contribution to creating positive activities for young people.

Heads Off

Three local secondary schools will change their headteachers in the next academic year from September.

Messenger Editorial

Why is the Sheffield Development Framework (SDF) important?

Firs Hill School speed signs

Children from Firshill School are getting motorists to open their eyes and cut their speed with new Vehicle-Activiated Signs near their school.

Byron Wood's Iron Man

Mr Hall, the Learning Mentor from Byron Wood Primary School in Burngreave, will be taking part in the ‘Iron Man’ competition this summer in the very beautiful city of Zurich in Switzerland.

St Catherine's official opening

St Catherine's School extension and the Crescent Community Centre were officially opened on 24th March. The school was opened by the Bishop of Hallam, John Rawsthorne, and the community centre was opened by Cllr Jackie Drayton. Local residents and users of the centre joined pupils and parents to celebrate.

Stepping Up With Reading

Byron Wood Primary school are starting a 6 week Family Learning course in June, to help parents find out about the different skills needed for fluent and independent reading.

World Cup World Culture

The World Cup is in June and South Yorkshire Police are aiming to promote Spital Hill as a safe place to enjoy the matches and get something decent to eat.

New Roots, new times

New Roots Cafe has extended its opening hours from 11.30 – 5pm, ideal for after school. We are offering milk shakes and smoothies throughout half term

Summer Festivals

Firvale Fun Day, Abbeyfield Festival, Parkwood Academy/Shirecliffe Community Summer Fayre

Bus changes

Local residents had a chance to comment on possible changes to the number 5 and M20 in May.

New Residents' Group

For Verdon Street, Nottingham Street, Brunswick Road, Andover Street, Rock Street. Everyone welcome.

Family fun day

On Saturday 10th April we held a family fun day in the Women's Construction Centre.

Wensley clean up

Wensley residents and 15 different organisations worked together in March to help tidy up the Wensley Estate.

Firshill TARA's Annual General Meeting

Firshill Tenants and Resident's Association’s AGM will be on: Tuesday 15th June, 6pm at the Crescent Community Centre.

Carwood clean up and community day

Carwood Tenants and Residents Association are working with the Council, Sheffield Homes, Veolia and the Police to organise this Litter pick

Political Debate in Burngreave

On 13th of April 2010, in the runup to the General Election, the Yemeni Community Association invited five candidates from the main political parties to participate in a political debate.

Developing mental health

On 21st April, organisations from across Sheffield gathered at Sorby House to discuss how to improve quality in mental health services for the BME community.

Development at Grimesthorpe

Residents have raised concerns about the development on Grimesthorpe Road by Redwall.

Comedy night

On the 5th May the Yemeni Community Association's Sub Group put on a Comedy Night in the Firvale Theatre for over 150 people.

Cellar Space

Creating a safe learning space for young people

Half-term activities

There's loads to do for young people in the half term, here are just some of the activities on offer.

Interfaith walk

The march for diversity, faith and peace took place on 25th April for the sixth time since it began.

Burngreave Litter Pick

A Community litter pick on 9th May had about 45 people participating in cleaning up three areas of Burngreave.

Fire service launches BME fire alarm plea

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is launching a fresh campaign to fit more free smoke alarms in black & minority ethnic (BME) homes in Burngreave.

Level 2 Award - Food Safety

Fir Vale Business & Enterprise Centre are offering fundamental food hygiene training for all food handlers.

Another great season

All three teams of local Pitsmoor / Burngreave football club Earl Marshall Juniors had cause to celebrate at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Taekwondo Success

The Taekwondo students at Verdon Recreation Centre have excelled again. On the weekend of 8th and 9th May 2010 two students passed their Dan grading (exam) which was held in Mansfield.

Bike checks

Building on young people’s enthusiasm for Bike Check sessions last summer, Ellesmere Youth Project and Pedal Ready ran a bike maintenance course, ending with a bike ride from Carwood to Rotherham.

Environment Day

This year’s Environment Day took place on 23rd May and was possibly the most successful yet with residents once again treated to glorious weather and a brilliant atmosphere in Abbeyfield Park.

Fire and Food

Take someone with imagination and a bright idea; add a willing partner and a handful of helpers and you end up with a party that will be remembered for a long time.

Grimesthorpe plant sale

As is traditional now, Grimesthorpe allotments held their plant sale in May, in time for gardeners to purchase some all important additions for their vegetable plots.

Knit and natter birthday bash

The Messenger was invited to the 2nd birthday bash of the ‘Friday Knit and Natter’ group at the New Roots café on Friday 7th May 2010. Knit, natter and nosh were the order of the day as knitting fought with biscuits and other goodies for a place on the table and a continuous supply of cuppas was served by New Roots’ volunteers.

Firshill Beauty Evening

On Friday 14th May local residents were treated to an evening of fun and pampering at Firshill Primary School.

Corner Egg Café

The “Corner Egg Café” is now operating in the large downstairs hall in the Burngreave Vestry Hall. It is one of the projects initiated by the Sheffield charity “Launchpad” which recently moved from premises in the Wicker.

Ace Self Defence

Free lesson for everyone New Ladies Only classes starting soon We are located at Vestry Hall

We’ve seen the light!

At last electricity has returned to the chapels in Burngreave Cemetery. Thanks to those in City Council who enabled the electricity to be connected.

Firshill's working days

It is very sad that young people are unable to find jobs these days. When we reminisce, all of us remember “leave school Friday, start work Monday”.

Brotherton Street memories

After last issue’s article about the Catherine Arms, The Messenger had a call from Mr Frank Goodwin who lived on Brotherton Street until 1980. His aunt Nellie also lived there between 1930 and 1974.

Community Assemblies

June 2010 news from the North East Community Assembly, including councillor surgery dates.

A New Deal For Burngreave

News from Burngreave New Deal for Communities.

Ghanaian Literacy Group

We spoke to Nurra Hooper, founder of the Ghanaian Literacy Group.

Kashmir Earthquake Relief Fund

Kashmir Earthquake Relief Fund is organising a sponsored climb up Ben Nevis in Scotland in May

BCAF news

June will see the next quarterly public meeting run by Burngreave Community Action Forum, which will look at what the housing issues are in our area. We want to make sure our public meetings lead to action that helps and involves local people. So what have we done with what was said at the last meeting?


Women in Burngreave were offered the chance of a free trip to the Crucible Studio Theatre on 24th March to see the world premiere of ‘Sisters’.

Dear Messenger

Mick Ibbotson writes to the Messenger about our artilcle regarding parking issues at the Northern General hospital.

Questionnaire responses

Thanks to everyone who completed our questionnaire, we had 77 responses and lots of useful comments about what the Messenger does well and what we can do better.

St Catherine’s Scout event

205th Sheffield Saint Catherines Scout Group meeting times.

“I Like to Write Things Down in Rhyme…”

One of our regular contributors, Sylvia Reaney, has had a volume of her work published.

Men’s Health Day

A FREE health event for men in Burngreave and Firvale, Thursday 17th June 11am – 3pm at Verdon Recreation

How Do You Want Sheffield to Develop?

The Council is gearing up to ask people their views on parts of the draft SDF during the summer. You know your streets and the places you spend your time in better than anyone. This is your chance to share your views on the future of the city.

FREE cycle training at Fir Vale School

Here comes the summer – time to get fit, enjoy the outdoors and save some money! Get on your bike! Starting Monday 7th June, including women only sessions.

SOVA Sheffield Youth Justice Projects

Working in partnership with Sheffield Youth Offending Service (YOS), we are recruiting volunteer Appropriate Adults and Mentors.

Yemeni Parents Meeting

On Wednesday 9th June the Yemeni Community Association is hosting a parents meeting with head teachers from neighbouring schools to discuss the achievements and current challenges facing Yemeni youth.

Photo galleries

Pages of with extra photos exclusive to the online edition of the Messenger.

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