August 2013 Issue 107

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Heatwave for Abbeyfield Festival

Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival on the 7th July, was a relaxed community event, describe by one resident as, “So good, no one wanted to go home.”

Man killed on Andover Street

Bahman Yusif Amin was seriously assaulted and killed on the corner of Andover Street and Montfort Drive at around 7pm on Monday 17th June 2013.

Road works delay

Road resurfacing works in Page Hall have been delayed by about 6 weeks

Page Hall’s Big Clean Up

As regular readers of the Messenger will know, there has been an ongoing problem of litter in Page Hall. Concerns have been addressed to the Council, asking when something will be done to tackle the issue.

Khat to become illegal

The government has announced plans to make Khat illegal later this year.

Selective Licensing consultation announced

The Council has announced details of its consultation into Selective Licensing in Page Hall, which began early in July.

The Editorial

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Children’s centre closes at Owler Brook

The Children’s centre situated in Owler Brook School is due to close at the end of July. Parents are expected to now use facilities at the Burngreave Children’s Centre or at the Earl Marshal Youth Centre

Fir Vale primary approved

Council planning officers have given the go ahead for the construction of a new primary school in Fir Vale. Planning permission was granted on July 3rd, nine months after officers first announced the proposals.

Court date for nurseries

Parents of Fir Vale Pre School have won the first round of their legal challenge to the Council’s decision to cut funding to their nursery, after a High Court Judge ruled in their favour

March for Dignity

Demonstrators gathered at Ellesmere Green on 26th June in a March for Dignity for Asylum Seekers.

Council tax hits poorest

Thousands of people have been summoned to court following the introduction of the new Council support scheme on 1st April.

Memorable exhibition of Chilean patchwork

June saw an exhibition of patchworks, the arpilleras, at Abbeyfield House. These rich creations made by members of the Chilean community in Sheffield, and further afield, emerged in response to the tragedy and loss suffered by the then refugees from the Pinochet regime.

Library moving to Sorby house

The Council have submitted a planning application to move Burngreave library to Sorby House, revealing that the library will be substantially smaller

Firs Hill School new play area

Firs Hill School have installed a new outdoor learning area for Foundation children.

Whiteways summer mela

On 26th June there was a Summer Mela in Whiteways School.

Byron Wood Choir at Symphony Hall Birmingham

Byron Wood’s choir were chosen to perform at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham on Wednesday 3rd July after getting through to the finals at the Music For Youth (MFY) regional competition at Bannerdale Centre earlier this year

Community litter pick with Pye Bank

On Saturday 6th July around 30 volunteers came together in Burngreave to help clean up areas around Pye Bank Primary School.

Pye Bank Sports Day success

Sports Day started with an opening ceremony

George & Brian: LOL - lipop

Brian gets hot under the collar in the cartoon strip by Edgar Lowman.

Inspiring others to quit smoking

Naz had been a smoker for many years and often had thoughts of quitting but he didn’t believe he’d be able to do it.

Learning to live with diabetes

In April and May, residents took part in a six week ‘Healthy living with diabetes’ course at the Burngreave Children’s Centre.

Owler Brook celebrates

Owler Brook was full of parents and children enjoying food on Friday 5th July, at the end of term picnic.

St Cath's award

In June the School Council at St Catherine’s Primary became runners up in the Speakers School Council Awards 2013. This is a competition that is run by the Speaker at the House of Lords and is entered by hundreds of schools across the country!

Byron Wood’s Treasure Island

Year 5 and 6 classes showcased their talent in a spectacular performance of Treasure Island.

Elodie All Sainte launch

New African support group Elodie All Sainte held their launch event on 15th June at Verdon Recreation Centre.

Shaibi charity cup

The Shaibi organisation organised a football tournament to bring all different members of the community together

Six Book Challenge Awards

ESOL learners from all over Sheffield successfully completed the “Six Book Challenge" and were presented with certificates by the Lord Mayor.

New committee at Carwood TARA

Fifteen residents from the Carwood estate met with Neil Ashton from the Council Housing Services on 4th July for a postponed annual general meeting.

Heating Discussions at Carwood

Carwood Tenants met again on 2nd July about district heating concerns, in a follow up to the meeting in April.

Summer at Verdon Recreation Centre

Verdon Recreation Centre remains available to use over the summer for events and activities as Pye Bank School has taken over management of the building.

Arwa Relaxation Therapy

Four years ago Arwa Havard opened Arwa Relaxation Therapy after gaining a UK Diploma in Massage Therapy at the Sheffield Centre for Massage Training.

Spital Hill live art

Local artist Panni Poh YokeLoh organised a “peaceful intervention” on Spital Hill to encourage woment to make use the area,often perceived to be male dominated.

Saving money together

We are a group of 6 women and we buy our shopping together to help save money. We want to share our idea to inspire others

Firth Park Festival

On Saturday the 29th of June, the local community gathered together to celebrate the start of summer in the annual Firth Park Festival.

Beyond the Veil

For the second year running the Mikron Theatre Company visited Grimesthorpe Allotments.

Abbeyfield House open day

On 22nd June the Friends of Abbeyfield Park (FOAP)held an open day at Abbeyfield Park House.

Parkwood Academy's Summer Fair

Parkwood Academy’s annual summer fair event took place on the 6th July. It was a spectacular event as always, as crowds of all ages gathered

Brearley’s early life

During his early childhood, Harry Brearley, discoverer of Stainless Steel, moved from Spital Street to Marcus Street, Pitsmoor

Pitsmoor’s George Buckley

Sir George Buckley retired this year as Chairman, President and Chief Executive of American company 3M, who manufacture a wide range of products, but perhaps most famously Scotch Tape and Post-it notes.

Cemetery well dressing

Glorious sunshine heralded the annual well dressing in Burngreave Cemetery on Sunday 14th July

Film Festival

Cheap thrills, the zero budget film festival is back, and cheaper than ever! Have you made a film or do you want to make a film? Either way we want to hear from you! We are delighted to show any film that

Councillor Surgeries

Lists of times and places to visit your local representative

Blunkett supports playground

David Blunkett MP supported local residents campaigning to keep Pitsmoor Adventure Playground at their funday in July.

Summer Activities 2013

Summer activities for families, young people and children in Burngreave.

Affordable tools for your tasks

Green City Action’s Tool Bank has gardening, painting & decorating, plastering, general woodworking plus shelf & wall fixing tools.

Allotment Soup 2013

Sunday 22nd September at Grimesthorpe Allotments. An annual creative and artistic harvest celebration. Artists of all kinds are invited to take part.

Burngreave Cemetery summer events

Upcoming events at Burngreave Cemetery, including the Mosaic workshops.

Pitsmoor Methodist Church: Nosh & Natter Club

Come and join us on the 1st Monday of each month at our Nosh & Natter Club

Reach High 2 Study Support

Do you want to improve your child’s grades and get them ready for exams?

Then Reach High 2 Study Support is for you!

Reach High 2 Study Support has Job Vacancies

Job vacancies for

  • Key Stage 2 or NQT tutor

  • GCSE English tutor

To teach young people primarily from ethnic minority backgrounds.

2.5 hours per week on Saturdays, £19.06 per hour (£15ph for NQT).

The pain stops here

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Millhouses Park EID Festival

To mark the end of the month of Ramadhan there will be an Eid festival at Millhouses Park on the 10th of August 2013.

Fun in the Sun

In celebration of Jamaican Independence Day, Sunday 4th August at Earl Marshall Pub playing fields.

Photo galleries and website exclusives

Extra photos and content exclusive to the website for the August 2013 issue.

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