October 2010 Issue 90

Burngreave Messenger Issue
Children challenge deportation

St Catherine's Catholic Primary school students are campaigning to keep one of their families in the UK. Mildred Okpara and her young family were threatened with deportation in September and live in fear that they will be deported any day.

Nature site damaged

Redwall Developments, the company behind controversial building work taking place on Grimesthorpe Road, has churned up local feelings once again after damaging local nature site, Smithies Field

Social Housing for Ellesmere

Plans to build 19 affordable homes on Ellesmere Road have got the go ahead after the Council managed to find an alternative developer to match the £1.6 million of Government funding granted to the scheme.

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Paddle power

Ellesmere Youth Project (EYP) ran a 3-week summer programme in August, with over 30 young people. Activities included our now regular bike ride in Derwent Valley, a sunny trip to Millhouses Park and cooking, art & games at the Cornerstone Building.

Summer Study

In the summer, 30 children aged 8-13 from Burngreave After School Study Support attended a one-week educational project organised by the Sheffield Children's University. In the process, they improved their maths and literacy skills and found out about University.

Somali Learning Awards

The Greater Somali Community Network (GSCN) held a celebration of the achievement of their Homework Club on Saturday 31st July at Sorby House. The Lord Mayor presented awards to the children who had worked hardest and made the most progress in improving their learning. Over 150 children and parents were in attendance and enjoyed traditional Somali songs and delicious food.

Cinderella… with a difference

Pye Bank School’s end of term play was a performance to remember. Their cutting edge production was a truly entertaining blend of fairy tale, science fiction, drama and reality TV.

  • Includes gallery of photos.

Owler Brook’s world fayre

Infant School created an amazing celebration of culture for pupils and families in July.

New nursery at Whiteways

It was grey outside when Whiteways School opened its brand new nursery on 13th September but inside it was bright and cheery, with children busily exploring colourful things.

Boxing Centre saved

The Sheffield Boxing Centre businessman Mark McGrail and serving soldier Ross Burkinshaw have taken over the boding club on Earsham Street and given it a new lease of life.

End of an era for the Kashmir

Spital Hill's first Asian restaurant, the Kashmir Curry Centre, has closed after 36 years.

New development for young people

Burngreave Youth Development Centre was set up in January on Spital Hill and is aiming to provide activities for young people between the age of 8 and 18.

Parkwood Landfill raises a stink

Residents are again complaining about smells coming from Parkwood landfill site, and now one resident is calling for an ASBO on Viridor.

Bus cuts strand Shirecliffe

Shirecliffe residents expressed their anger at recent bus changes at a meeting in August at Shirecliffe Community Centre.

John Brunie (Bruno)

Died 28th July Buried 6th August. The mother and family thank each and everyone for their kind thoughts and floral tributes.

Burngreave responds to flood appeal

People in Burngreave have been active in responding to the urgent appeal for aid to be sent to the victims of Pakistan’s floods.

Greenfingers' Verdant Pastures

Nestled in the heart of Grimesthorpe, you will find an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Thanks to the hard work of Greenfingers members and staff, we had an excellent open day on September 9th.

Green Pennant for Devon Gardens

Our little green oasis, Devon Gardens on Abbeyfield Road, has won a coveted Green Pennant award. It has now been recognised as a historic park by Sheffield City Council.

Allotment demands

A number of local allotment tenants have been threatened with eviction after receiving stern warning letters from the Council, criticising the condition of their plots.

Blooming Brilliant!

Carwood resident Ronald Roe has been announced the winner of the ‘Best Wild and Sustainable Garden’ in the “Sheffield Gnomes Gardening Competion".

Cemetery damage

Residents and visitors were concerned to find a number of graves damaged near the Scott Road entrance in September.

Home cooking at New Roots

Hommity pie, halloumi flatbread wraps, courgette and raisin cupcakes, carrot, orange, feta and olive salads: with new coordinator and cook, Ange Drozdowski, in the New Roots kitchen, you can be sure of a tasty meal at each visit.

Apple Day

It’s apple harvest time again. To coincide with national Apple Day, the Friends of Burngreave Cemetery are holding their Apple Fest on Sunday, 17th October, 11am – 3pm.

Burngreave Firefighter Blazes to Glory

The Messenger catches up with local hero and firefighter, Delroy Galloway. Del won Silver in the World Firefighter Games in August in Korea in the natural body building competition.

Earl Marshall builds support

The football season has got underway for local Pitsmoor and Burngreave based football club, Earl Marshall Juniors.

Celebrating culture and community

The 30th August Bank Holiday saw SADACCA's International Community Cultural Day, following the one held last year in June.

  • Includes gallery of photos.

Culture, dance and beauty

Miss African/Caribbean Sheffield beauty pageant was co-ordinated by Nurra Hooper as a fundraiser for the Ghanaian literacy group.

Progressing in childcare

Many parents will have heard of Watoto on Catherine Road, which grew from a crèche of local parents into the successful pre-school it is today. I went to meet Manager Sharon Brown and Deputy Lillian Linton to hear their own stories.

Young Apprentice at Sheffield Archives

Earlier this year, local resident Lena Abdo-Samed started an apprenticeship at Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library. She applied to join the Library and Archive service via the Council’s Apprenticeship Scheme which organises training programmes and work-based placements for young people aged 16 to 24 across the city.

Playground funding cut

PITS group funding for clearing and improving Denolme Park cut due to government changes.

Safe to Cross

Plans for the new crossing at St Catherine’s School were threatened in July after funding was withdrawn. The school, local residents and Councillors campaigned to have the funding reinstated and in August they were successful.

New outdoor play for Firvale

On Saturday 24th July Firvale Pre-School proudly unveiled their new outdoor play area. The official opening was attended by special guests including the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, local Councillor Ibrar Hussain and Councillor Jackie Drayton.

Back to schooldays

It’s that “back to school” time of year again and this made me think of our group’s memories of schooldays. Maybe our recollections will stir a few memories for older readers and give younger ones an idea of what it was like at school for us. (*Longer vesion*)

Firshill battles planning mess

Work has begun on the expansion of Sheaf Training in Roe Woods, despite anger from local residents about the use of the path through the woods for construction traffic.

The Battle of Britain 70 years on

In 1940, Britain faced a ruthless, determined and well-equipped enemy. Many older Burngreave residents still vividly remember the deprivations and uncertainties they faced over the next 5 years. (*Longer version*)

Save Yourself

What is the biggest cause of serious injury to young people in Burngreave?

Congolese Celebration

The Congolese Summer Festival took place at Petre Street Green Space on Sunday 25th of July.

Charitable Sportsman

On Sunday 1st August, The Sportsman Pub hosted a charity event to raise money for Action Duchenne, which raises awareness for people who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Caribbean Sports Club Fun Day

There was football, fun, food and music at the Caribbean Sports Club Fun Day on Sunday 15th August. The club has strong links with Burngreave, with many team players from the area.

Community Assemblies

News from the North East Community Assembly.

Healthy Eating Qualifications

Learn about healthy eating and gain an OCN Level 1 qualification (GCSE equivalent level). Starts on 3rd November 2010.

Men's Health Day

Health checks, information stalls and advice and support at Vestry Hall on Thursday 4th November.

Seasonal flu vaccinations at Burngreave Surgery

We are holding drop-in clinics at both our surgeries for over 65s and those at risk…

Watch It

WATCH IT is a city wide service which is designed to help and support children and young people aged 7-14 who struggle with being overweight. Each child receives guidance on achieving a healthy balanced diet, increasing physical activity and hopefully feel better about themselves.

FREE beekeeping courses

BeeBuddies bee keeping courses in Sheffield from Groundwork Sheffield.

40’s night

Change to advertised date Music, dancing, food and games at St Peter's Ellesmere, Saturday 30th October.

Burngreave Checkmate

A Junior Chess Club for young people aged 7-14, starting September 27th at Burngreave Library.

CD 2 Deck Don: The Crowning!

Music event at SADACCA on Saturday 16th October 2010.

Time 2 Test

HIV Home Sampling Scheme: Free & Confidential. the earlier you test the more likely you are to remain healthy and less likely to transmit the HIV infection to others. Up to December 2010, a HIV home sampling scheme will be available for people from Black African communities in Sheffield.

Your new and improved recycling service

Come and meet us at our Roadshow, 10am-3pm, to find out more!

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Extra content not found in the printed edition, including longer versions of stories and more photos from events.

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