April 2014 Issue 111

Cover of Burngreave Messenger April 2014 Issue 111
Celebrating International Women’s Day

Women in Burngreave joined in the celebrations for International Women’s Day in March.

Changes to concessionary travel passes

Public transport is vital in Burngreave where over 50% of households have no access to a car, compared with 30% across the whole city. Even car owners take the bus to town or the Northern General Hospital because of prohibitive parking charges.


Now the scaffolding is down, Abbeyfield Park House is looking out over the park with its newly-repaired roof.

Enterprising Women

International Women’s Day was celebrated in Burngreave in March showing women play a vital role in modern society.

Supporting women

The Women's Group at SADACCA (Sheffield And District African Caribbean Community Association) celebrated International Women's Day by focusing on the topic of women’s health.

Inspiring women

Burngreave women took part in events at the Sheffield Town Hall on Saturday 8th March to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Reach up for careers

Burngreave based group ‘Reach up’ organised a careers advice day for young people at the Town Hall on 15th March.

Service to be proud of

Rashida Hassanali has been the lead professional in extended services at our local schools for seven years.

Admissions plan on hold at Fir Vale

Fir Vale School has announced that controversial proposals to change their admissions process are on hold.

Licensing concerns in Page Hall

Landlords in the Selective Licensing area of Page Hall attended a series of Council meetings in February and March to discuss the conditions of the scheme, which begins on 22nd April.

Evaluating mental health care

Mental Health campaigners Maat Probe Group held a range of events in February to involve people in their evaluation of mental health care.

Fundraising for Kenyan school

Firs Hill ESOL Level 1 students, tutors, families and friends organised a fundraising event for a school project in Kenya in February.

Public meeting about Khat

On 18th February, local residents attended a public meeting at the Vestry Hall to express their anger at the proposed ban of Khat. The Government has yet to confirm what date the plant will be banned.

Open up Parkwood Springs!

The Friends of Parkwood Springs are pressing Viridor, the owners of the Parkwood Springs landfill, to open up the site much sooner than they have suggested.

Residents support Burngreave Library

Residents, families and children flocked to Burngreave Library on 8th February to support their local library and celebrate National Libraries Day.

Health development course

In March a group of Burngreave residents completed the Introduction to Community Development and Health (ICDH) course, which is an accredited course that looks at the issues which matter to you and your community.

Pain Support Group

Socialise with likeminded people and gain new skills to self-manage pain

Health Experience Course

This course will help to reduce isolation and help you maintain your independence.

Diabetes Self Help Group

This is a chance to learn new cookery skills, socialise and gain new skills to self manage your diabetes

Domestic Abuse Awareness training with Vida

Domestic abuse awareness training for men and women working in Sheffield

Emotional Wellbeing Service changes lives

The Emotional Wellbeing Service is continuing to help BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) ‘isolated’ residents by employing Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners to provide a confidential service to address emotional wellbeing issues for the Pakistani community and the Arabic speaking community (male and female); primarily in the areas of Pitsmoor, Burngreave, Fir Vale, Page Hall and Firth Park.

Trip to the Deep

On 25th February, during the half term week, ESOL students at Byron Wood went on a trip to Hull.

Community Stop Smoking closes and service changes

Over the past five years, I have been employed as Community Stop Smoking Worker for Burngreave. Unfortunately, the Community Stop Smoking Service will be closing at the end of March due to changes in the delivery of tobacco control in Sheffield.

Road Safety at Verdon

Children at Verdon Youth Club were practising their road safety skills at half term.

Climbing challenge

Climbing challenge for young people

World Book Day at Fir Vale School

On World Book Day Fir Vale secondary school had an outstanding time: games in the Learning Resource Centre, Stop, Drop, and Read

Make-up volunteer

Local resident Nawar Adel Alwai, volunteered for a make-up masterclass

World Book Day at Firs Hill School

On Thursday 6th March children and staff at Firs Hill dressed as their favourite book characters and paraded round the hall in a fashion show so everyone could see each other’s fantastic costumes.

George and Brian: Pancake Day


World Book Day at St Catherine’s School

St Catherine’s School joined in the World Book Day celebrations, and children dressed up as their favourite characters

Fantastic show at Owler Brook Primary School

Staff put on a fantastic show for the pupils of Owler Brook with a storytime show which featured lots of familiar book characters.

Anne Gilbert turns 100

Anne Gilbert has celebrated her hundredth birthday.

Long lost friends

Wensley resident, Surtag Hack, was found by an old friend through a story on the Messenger website.

St James annual feast

St James Church lunch club have a feast

Parkwood OFSTED success

Parkwood Academy received a good OFSTED rating in January 2014

Youth Counsellor Daanyaal Alam

Fir Vale student Daanyaal Alam, has been voted in as a Youth Councillor for the North of Sheffield for 2014.

Oromo Language School

Oromo Language School celebrates UN International Language Day

Tree Planting at Fir Vale

Tree Planting at Fir Vale by Students of Fir Vale School

Precious wins design prize

Pye Bank student, Precious Bryan, won 1st place in the Horrid Henry design competition she entered last October.

Hope Community Allotment project

Hope Community Allotment project is a practical project helping people with mental problems, while also appealing to people who like gardening and volunteering. The project was started by Andrea Hardy ten years ago.

Old buildings of Burngreave

This entertaining walk around Pitsmoor on 5th March revealed a wealth of history and the back story of local old buildings we pass every day.

150 years since Great Sheffield Flood 1864

Floods were much in the news this winter. 150 years ago, the Great Sheffield Flood of 1864 not only damaged and destroyed large amounts of property; it caused a great loss of life, wiping out whole families.

Flats to be demolished

Foundry Court Flats on Burngreave Road are to be demolished, following the rehousing of current tenants.

Cabinet in the Community

Leaders at Sheffield City Council are to hold a ‘Question Time’ style session to discuss the issues that matter to residents in the North East Area.

Councillor Surgeries

Your local councillors, Jackie Drayton, Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain (left to right) share surgeries on a rota basis.

Cat Control

Details of a scheme for those who need help with cat neutering

Cemetery Bees

The beekeeping project and training for beekeeping in Burngreave Cemetery.

Trout at Fir Vale Pre-School

Trout at Fir Vale Pre-School

Easter programme at Christ Church and St Peter's

Services and events at Christ Church and St Peters church


Meet for crafts, stories and cake at St Peter’s Church, Ellesmere.

Green homes Sheffield

A new network to help you make your home warmer and more energy efficient

Playground honoured

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground User Group was officially recognised and commended highly at this years UK Play Conference in Eastbourne, which represents the UK play sector and community.

Playground drumming workshop

Children enjoy a half-term drumming workshop at the playground, organised in partnership with Haven House women’s refuge

Playground celebrates St Patrick’s Day

The Craic was mighty in Pitsmoor Adventure Playground on St Patrick’s Day.

Beavers and Cubs return

On 19th February, the 76th St Peter's Ellesmere Scouts invested our first Beavers and Cubs for eight years!

Japan visit for local Scouts

Two members of 205th Sheffield Saint Catherine’s Scout Group will be attending the next Scouting World Jamboree in Japan in 2015.

Fir Vale’s Bollywood Fashion meets President

On his recent visit to England the President of Kashmir, Sardar M. Yaqoob Khan, toured 6 cities on a mission to help the partially blind in remote parts of Pakistan, Kashmir, Burma and India.

Street Pastors

Howard Golding is stepping down as team leader of Burngreave Street Pastors, after four years.

Five Rivers: Home support for the elderly

Having experienced the shortfall in the level of care offered to the elderly while her Nan was seriously ill, Kimberley Davison set upon the idea of providing a mobile service tailored to each persons individual needs.

Your PC fixed for a donation to charity

If you have a PC or laptop in need of repair, service or an upgrade, local resident Zeeshan Khan will fix it for you and donate the fee to charity.

Trustee Vacancies: Friends of Abbeyfield Park

The Friends of Abbeyfield Park (FOAP) are reconstituting as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, and seeking individuals to join the Trustee Board that will govern the organisation.

JOB: Early Years Practitioner at Watoto

A resourceful, efficient, creative and approachable person required to work with under 5s.

  • 1 year, term time only, 16/22 hrs per week.

  • Salary: £6.31 per hour

  • Closing date: Friday 18th April 2014

Prospective Board Members at Watoto

Watoto Pre-School are looking for four trustees who would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their expertise to provide robust and dynamic governance and help the Board achieve its ambition to grow and sustain the charity.

JOB: Toolbank Co-ordinator

Green City Action has a vacancy for the post of Toolbank Co-ordinator.

  • Salary: £10 per hour plus 5% pension contribution

  • Part-time at 7 hours per week

  • Closing date: Monday 28th April 2014

Burngreave Cemetery Chapel
  • Friends of Burngreave cemetery are looking for volunteers.

  • Coming events in the cemetery (Bat walk and Permaculture Design course)

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