December 2013 Issue 109

Burngreave Messenger December 2013 Issue 109
Spital Hill traders suffer

Shop owners on Spital Hill have seen a downturn in trade since the one-way traffic system has been put in.

Bedroom Tax win

A couple from Shirecliffe have beaten the bedroom tax.

16 new houses for Catherine Street

Arches Housing have announced plans to build 16 new homes on vacant land at Catherine Street. If their planning application goes ahead, the developer hopes to begin construction in July 2014, with new tenants moving in to the completed properties by midsummer 2015.

Early Years loss

Four women – one from Fir Vale – who challenged the Council in court about cuts to community nurseries – have lost their case.



Black History Month at SADACCA

On 6th October, SADACCA invited the community to a splendid event to commemorate the start of Black History Month (BHM). Includes the peom ‘still I Rise’.

Yemeni workers recognised

A film documenting the memories of retired Yemeni steelworkers from Burngreave was premièred at the Vestry Hall in October

Burngreave Nursery closes

Parents were left shocked, upset and angry at the sudden closure of the nursery at Burngreave Children’s Centre.

Page Hall in the national media

National media descended on Page Hall following a controversial BBC Radio Sheffield interview with MP David Blunkett on 11th November

Akeel fights for playground’s future

In October, Sheffield City Council shut Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, stating there were health and safety issues. Playground user Akeel Khan (aged 12) writes about the situation.

Burngreave Library campaign

Pye Bank Parents Group have taken a lead in campaigning for Burngreave Library to remain open and staffed.

What the library means to us

Burngreave Library is a great resource for teaching and learning. I sometimes take my ESOL students there to explore and use the facilities.

140 years of Burngreave Library

Burngreave Library is one of the oldest branch libraries in Sheffield, first opening its doors over 140 years ago.

Castle Market’s last day

It was an emotional day at Castle Market on 23rd November as it held its last day of trading. The Market will now move to the Moor from Monday 25th November.

Wicker flood defence proposal

A proposal to build flood defences from the Wicker Arches to Meadowhall is being planned. It will also increase the height of the flood defences on Nursery Street.

Another busy year for Burngreave TARA

Work on Spital Hill and Ellesmere Green was the main talking point at the Burngreave Tenants’ and Residents’

The New Oasis Academy Fir Vale

Oasis Community Learning is pleased to be working with Sheffield City Council to open a new primary school in the Fir Vale area of Sheffield. There is a high demand for primary school places in the area with many parents/carers having to travel a long distance to take their children to one or more schools. This brand new building will be situated on Skinnerthorpe Road / Bagley Road, and will serve the local community.

Cook & Eat at the Furnival

People from all communities in the local area get together, to socialise, make new friends and share their recipes.

Living with Type 2 Diabetes

Are you diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Are you confused about what foods you should be eating? It’s all about balancing your diet, which should include fruit and vegetables, starchy foods, meat, fish and pulses and dairy.

Chatter Matters at Firs Hill School

Chatter Matters is about how to relate with your children. The students wanted to share their knowledge with other parents and Messenger readers.

Now is the time to quit

From April 2014, the way in which Stop Smoking Services in Sheffield are delivered will be changing.

Ella Road bonfire

Friends, families and residents from local streets gathered at Ella Road on November 5th for the 7th annual community-run bonfire.

Hindu Samaj lights up Burngreave

On Sunday 3rd November, the Sheffield Hindu Samaj,in Burngreave, celebrated Diwali (the festival of lights)and the Hindu New Year the most important festival in the Hindu calendar.

Christmas costumes for St. Catherine’s

The Craft Group which meets weekly in the Crescent Community Centre, helped with Nativity costumes for the school children.

Owler Brook is out of this world !

Visitors from outer space inspired the design ideas of Owler Brook pupils in November, as they tackled the big questions of the universe while also gaining skills to become better learners.

George & Brian: Rudolf's Reward

Festive edition of Edgar Lowman's George and Brian cartoon

Fir Vale School presentation

Fir Vale School celebrated its record summer GCSE results at their annual Presentation Evening.

Pye Bank School’s Top Teeth

Children & parents at Pye Bank CE Primary celebrated the launch of the film ‘Top Teeth’ which was made at the school.

Fir Vale School Orphanage Appeal

A team of 15 Sheffield students are answering an emergency appeal to provide a 600 place orphanage in Ghana.

Sheffield Sea Cadets spice things up

On Friday 25th October the Sheffield Sea Cadets, Marine Cadets and their families came together for a fundraising curry night at their base near the Wicker.

Clean up fun with Christ Church

On a sunny Saturday afternoon in late September, Christ Church Pitsmoor and All Saints Ecclesall came together to organise a fun day at Nottingham Cliff Park – but first, a clean up was needed.

New homes on the horizon

Community consultation on the design and construction of over 60 new homes on empty land at Earl Marshal Road could begin early next year (2014) after Sheffield Housing Company announced they were considering bringing forward the development due to the high demand for affordable housing.

Firth Park Halloween party

The Friends of Firth Park held a Halloween Party in the Clock Tower and Ripples in the Pond area of the Park on 31st October.

Christmas fun at Verdon

Verdon Youth Club have been preparing for Christmas at their regular twice-weekly sessions.

Good year for EYP

Ellesmere Youth Project brought a range of stalls and information together for young people at their AGM in October.

Creative writing group

Local residents have relaunched a creative writing group to help people get into producing their own writing.

Metal sculpture designs revealed

Designs for the proposed artworks on Spital Hill have been revealed by the Council. Images of metal sculptures for the area outside Tesco and the corner by the Vestry Hall and a series of pieces for Ellesmere Green are on display at Burngreave Library and Sorby House.

Your Local Area

The North East Community Assembly has been replaced by a new model of Locality Working. The new team will support local ward councillors as community leaders.

Councillor Surgeries

Your local councillors, Jackie Drayton, Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain share surgeries on a rota basis.

Remembrance Memories

The Elliott family, Dad Frank, Mum Edith and daughter Dorothy, cowered in their brick shelter with another family in their yard on Brunswick Road in Pitsmoor on the fateful evening of 12th December 1940. The sound of bombs dropping further away made the ground tremble. The drone of bombers could be clearly heard overhead.

Feeling Good on Verdon Street

Women have been flocking to Verdon Recreation Centre to enjoy new activities at the drop-in every Wednesday morning.

Somali projects ask for support from Councillor

Parents from the Somali community gathered at the Vestry Hall on 5th October to meet Councillor Jackie Drayton. They asked for her support to continue projects now running at the Vestry Hall for children and families.

Mushroom Walk

A few intrepid explorers braved the wind and rain at half term, to search for fungi in Burngreave Cemetery. Michael Senkans – SCC Biodiversity officer -led the tour starting and ending at the old mortuary chapel near the Melrose Road entrance.

Art in Burngreave Cemetery

‘Colours’ – an exhibition by Lois Palframan will be in Burngreave Cemetery Chapel in early December.

Heritage at the House

Members of Sheffield Community Heritage Forum visited Abbeyfield Park House on 26th October 2013 to hold their quarterly meeting.

Burgreave TARA Christmas Fayre

Details of Burngreave Tenants & Residents Association Christmas Fayre, Saturday 7th December 2013.

New courses in Burngreave

There are three new courses starting in Burngreave in January 2014.

  • Confidence with money

  • Maths with ESOL

  • ICT level 1

Spital Hill shops open as usual

Visit your local shops. Open as usual during the work on Spital Hill and Ellesmere. Great quality and a variety of products and services at fantastic prices.

Photo galleries and website exclusives

A list of all the pages featuring extra photos and additional content exclusive to the December 2013 online edition.

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