June 2011 Issue 94

Pitsmoor stole secret millionaire's heart

Channel 4's Secret Millionaire provided some gold for a Burngreave charity shop. On Tuesday 3rd May, is was revealed how a pregnant millionaire took a shine to Rainbow's End, as entrepreneur Simrin ('Simi') Choudrie dished out £100,000 towards a new building to develop other parts of the Rainbow work.

Tesco jobs

The Spital Hill Tesco will soon be launching a job guarantee scheme for local residents who have been unemployed for more than 6 months.

  • The hotline number will be on the Messenger website from 13th June.

  • The hotline will open on 27th June

Donations for the Messenger

Since our last issue, donations and contributions have started to come in, along with some really positive comments about the Messenger.

Messenger Info

Next copy deadline and details about the Messenger and this month's contributors.

Bus gate hazard

Sheffield City Council again find themselves under fire over the crossing and bus lane on Burngreave Road.

Firshill shop now re-opened

After several months of closure, the Firshill Glade Shop has now reopened to serve residents on the Firshill Estate, conveniently situation not far from the Sheffield United Football Acadeny

Concerns for the Vestry Hall

Burngreave Vestry Hall has again been damaged by heavy rain, which leaked into the building in May, ruining the floor of the main hall and putting the basement IT rooms out of action.

Streetworx cuts

Streetworx youth project will come to an end at the end of May as Sheffield Futures say there is no longer any funding for the project.

Justice for All

Advice centres in Burngreave are joining in a day of action on 3rd June about Government proposals to cut legal aid.

Tracking the cuts

BCAF's May meeting was to record the effects of cuts on Burngreave.

Wedding Celebrations

Owler Brook Nursery enjoy a wedding street party.

A Wish to Walk

A Whiteways group are raising money for pupil Amaan who needs surgery in the USA

Slovak Family Learning Event

18 families new to the area are involved in a learning programme.

Hucklow Nursery

New nursery opened at Hucklow primary school.

Parkwood shares its stories

Parkwood Academy celebrated its book “Sharing our lives and communities” with a community event.

Fundraising for Research

Funding event for Spinal Muscular Atrophy research on 22nd May.

Byron Wood says goodbye to Mr Carter

Byron Wood head teacher Mr Carter moves on after 8 years.

Muslim Women's Voices

'Muslim Women's Voices',was launched at Sorby House on 27th April.


BME Young Women's Forum present their research into sports activities.

Free Employment Rights Advice Day

Saturday 11th June: 11am – 3pm

  • Talk to a solicitor and others about problems at work

  • Find out what your rights at work are

  • Get advice on what to do next

Knit and Natter

The Knit and Natter group at the Ashram is 3 years old

Hard Times for Women

Burngreave women joined others from South Yorkshire for a conference at Hallam University about the effects of government cuts.

Ellesmere Children’s Centre 15 year anniversary

Ellesmere Children’s Centre 15 year anniversary

Parkwood Academy Community Summer Fayre

Come along for a family day out at Parkwood Academy on Saturday 16th July 12 – 3.30pm

Firth Park Festival

Sunday 26th of June, 1 – 6 pm will once again see the biggest free summer event return to Firth Park.

Firshill Summer Fair

The Firshill Age Well Social Group are holding a Summer Fair at the Crescent Community Centre on Saturday 2nd July, 1pm – 4pm

Allotments Open Day

Grimesthorpe Allotments Open Day was the perfect opportunity to think about growing your own fruit and vegetables.

School for Vegetables

More than 40 people gathered at Grimesthorpe allotments for the launch of the School for Vegetables.

Environment Day

The Environment Day stalls were nearly blown away by the blustery winds but it didn’t spoil the event organised by the Friends of Abbeyfield Park.

Earl Marshall Juniors 2010-2011

It was another season of success for Earl Marshall Juniors. The Club celebrated the players' achievements at two memorable presentation nights in May.

Why I like the Scouts

The 205 th St Catherine’s Scout group held an open day on 16th May at their base in Holtwood Rd. inviting new members young and old to join the troupe.

Adventure forever

The new Labour Council made keeping the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground open, a ‘priority’ in their new reign at the Council

EYP residential

During the Easter holidays, in partnership with Hollowford Outdoor Centre, Ellesmere youth group took a group of young people on a residential to Wales. The weather was fantastic throughout the five days even enabling everyone to withstand a dip in the sea at 8.30pm one evening! The young people reported.

Vicar released from prison after 10 years!

The Revd Philip Ireson was inducted into his new post as vicar of Christ Church Pitsmoor on 4th May 2011 by his predecessor, now the Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham, the Ven Martyn Snow . The service was led by the Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt Rev Cyril Ashton.

Promenade plays in the cemetery

Beautiful weather favoured the debut performance of the Burngreave Promenade Players. The 150th anniversary of the opening of Burngreave Cemetery in 1861 was marked on Sunday17th April, by several original, short dramas about the lives of some of those buried there.

Burngreave Exploration

Thursday 19th May was a pleasant summer evening so my husband Gordon and I decided to join the Burngreave Exploration walk, part of Sheffield Environment Weeks.

Grimesfire 2011

For the second year running Grimesthorpe Allotment Society held a bonfire, ‘Grimesfire’ and meal to celebrate May 1st and the start of the growing season.

Wedding memories

The recent Royal Wedding was a very popular topic at the Firshill and Pitsmoor Local History Group meeting. It set off a discussion on weddings in the past, a subject we had covered before.

Young people tackle stigma of mental health

A group of young people from Burngreave have been learning about mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Job vacancy: Lunchtime Supervisor

St Catherine's School is looking for a Lunchtime Supervisor.

  • 7 hours per week (every lunchtime during term time, Monday to Friday, starting at 12 noon each day).

  • £6.29 per hour.

  • Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 13th June.

Volunteer positions - Ellesmere Youth Project

Ellesmere Youth Project is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to support the work with local young people.

Burngreave Community Craft Association

Friendship, support, and an exciting list of activities were the focus of the new Burngreave Community Craft Association, launched at the Seventh Day Adventist Church on Andover Street in May.

Interfaith Peace Walk

The 8th annual interfaith peace walk took place in Burngreave on Sunday 27th March 2011

Burngreave Ashram

Eco-spirituality; Ecology; Sustainable Local Economy & Interfaith Day Retreat

ASSIST needs assistance

Burngreave has been an important centre for migrant groups coming to Sheffield for many years now. The community that has emerged and continues to develop here is one to which the Messenger gives voice and support.

Community Assembly News

News from the The North East Community Assembly.


At the Burngreave Ashram Open Day on Saturday 21st May, the community had a chance to meet the people involved and enjoy food and entertainment.

Wensley clean-up

April 5th was a day of dust, weeds, litter, brushes and shovels, sacks and litter-pickers. It was a day of good humour and laughter, along with a great deal of hard work.

Firshill clean-up

Children from St Catherine’s were a big help in clearing rubbish and tidying up the estate, with Streetforce, Sheaf Training and Sheffield Homes.

Carwood clean-up

Carwood Tenants and Residents Association dedicated a new bench to past residents at the clean-up day on 28th April.

Fence fixed

After 4 years of asking, Earl Marshal resident Sylvia Reaney has finally succeeded in getting her fence fixed by the Council.

Dear Messenger: Fir Vale Academy?

Letter to Messenger

Spring Bank Holiday Activities

Events and Activities for Sprink Bank Holiday

Come and hear the Tiny Giant

Jeff Steinberg's tells his inspiring story at Christ Church, June 5th at 6.30pm.

MP's Surgery

If you are having difficulty with your immigration or asylum claim, David Blunkett MP will be holding an advice surgery to specifically deal with these matters

Website extras and photo galleries

Guide to exclusive web content and photos relating to the June 2011 issue.

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