June 2014 issue 112

Front cover of Burngreave Messenger June 2014 Issue 112
Residents raise money for the Library

Local residents have been working hard to raise money for Burngreave Library, to help keep it open and staffed.

Khat ban begins 24th June 2014

Police representatives attended a government briefing at the Home Office in May to hear the latest on the date for banning the stimulant herb, Khat, which is now likely to come into force on Tuesday 24th June.


In local elections, Councillor Talib Hussain was re-elected for the Burngreave ward with 34% of registered voters going to the ballot box. UKIP came second for the first time, with TUSC (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts) candidate Maxine Bowler in third.

Concessionary travel cuts U-turn

As reported in the last issue, thousands of older and disabled people were affected by restrictions to concessionary bus and train travel. These are to be lifted from 8th June.

Messenger editorial

Now that summer is here, it is time to get out and about to all the festivals and events in the area.

Sheffield supports Somaliland

On Wednesday 2nd April, at the Full Council meeting, councillors voted to support the campaign to have Somaliland recognised as a sovereign state.

Positive future for Roma church

A church, set up by the Roma community in Firth Park, has been celebrating the arrival of their new Pastor. Local residents have been running the church without a spiritual leader for over 3 years

Firshill residents remembered

In December, Firshill residents reported to the Messenger that a tree had been stolen. The tree was significant to local people as it had been bought and planted by active community member

Ellesmere Green is finished

In early May, the construction of Ellesmere Green was finished and people began to enjoy the green straight away.

Help keep Ellesmere Green and Spital Hill clean and tidy

Now that the works to improve Ellesmere Green have been completed, we want to make sure that its stays clean and tidy.

Vicar walks coast to coast

Philip Ireson, Vicar at Christ Church Pitsmoor recently walked from Robin Hood's Bay on the east coast to St Bees Head in Cumbria

New allotment flag

Kimmy Hall, 8, creates winning flag design for Grimesthorpe Allotments Society.

Family Fun Day

The sun dappled across Firth Park on 3rd May as women and children of all ages flocked to the Clock Tower to support Saalik Education in their Family Fun Day.

Pete and Donna raise £1000

Pete and Donna Lloyd, from the Wensley estate, have raised £1000 for a girl called Kendal Middleton Jessop.

Paul's trip to Slovakia

Paul Howard is driving a Volkswagen Golf 2500 miles to Slovakia to raise money for St Lukes' Hospice.

Normandy veterans return after 70 years

Local heroes of the Normandy landings in 1944 tell their stories.

Margaret Dufty of the ATS

Margaret Dufty recalls her days in the ATS in World War Two.

Landlord licensing begins

Representatives of landlords in Page Hall presented a petition to Cabinet on 16th April in a lastditch attempt to raise concerns about the controversial Selective Licensing scheme a week before its introduction on 22nd April.

New homes update

Sheffield Housing Company have restated their commitment to develop empty land at Earl Marshal Road, but it is unlikely to begin before the end of 2014.

Unrest in Page Hall

A fight between two boys in Page Hall at about 7pm on Monday 19th May, escalated into fighting which involved around 25 men.

Healthy Fasting Tips

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and in Muslim tradition is a time of heightened commitment to piety and purification

Domestic Abuse Awareness

Domestic abuse or violence can happen to anyone. How do we know whether a family member or close friend is suffering abuse? What are the signs?

Black men walk for health

Ten years ago, a group of African and African- Caribbean middle-aged men came up with an ambitious idea to get 100 black men in Sheffield walking for health. A decade on, the group is continuing with these health walks in green spaces in Sheffield and the wider countryside.

Rambling on

Sheffield is the greenest city in the UK. Even within walking distance of Burngreave, there is a wide variety of landscapes, from the beauty of Roe Woods to the tranquil and pleasant walkways along the River Don.

Fir Vale School go to Ghana

After ten months of preparation and fundraising, students from Fir Vale School eventually topped our £28,000 target. Fir Vale were off to Ghana!

Mother's Day celebrated

Over 80 mothers and their families enjoyed a Mothers’ Day meal at SADACCA in March.

Chocolicious Byron Wood

On the 8th and 9th of April, Y3s and Y4s from Byron Wood Primary School, performed the classic chocolicious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Friendship week back again

Owler Brook Primary School took part in Friendship Week in April.

The X Factor judges arrive

Every Easter the Eggs Factor is held on the last day of school at Owler Brook Primary School.

George and Brian: Tour de Burngreave

Cartoon characters George and Brian prepare for the tour de france visit.

Reflections on Oak Tree High School

Oak Tree Girls High School , an independent Islamic school, run by the Yorkshire Muslim Academy was opened in September 2011 on Petre Street.

Radio Ramadhan 87.7FM

Radio Ramadhan is an annual radio station, on air during the month of Ramadhan. The station, formed in 2000, strengthens bonds within the community during Ramadhan and many presenters are volunteers from Burngreave and Fir Vale.

Easter Fayre

An Easter Fayre was held in Burngreave Vestry Hall to raise money for Burngreave Library

Playground for all

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground activities

Rainbows End access problems

Rainbows End charity shop on Spital Hill, which has occupied part of Sorby House since December 2008, is experiencing problems in accessing storage space and the refuse disposal area

Pilsung Taekwondo success

Pilsung students, based at Verdon Recreation Centre competed at Concord Leisure Centre on 13th April 2014, the youngest players from the club joining 200 competitors from all over the country.

Sea Cadets’ awards

Sheffield Sea Cadets, based on Stanley Street near the Wicker, received the Lord Mayor, Councillor Vickie Priestley, in April, to present the Cadet of the Year Awards.

Scout leaders awarded

Scout leaders Jim Gilbert and Andrew Papka from the 76th St Peter's Ellesmere Scouts were presented with the Silver Acorn in April, an award for specially distinguished service for a period of not less than twenty years.

Award for refugee group

The Sheffield Oromo Community Association won the award for “Refugee Community Group of the Decade” in March, as part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Gateway Project, which supports refugee communities in Sheffield.

Harvesting Our Heritage

The Harvesting Our Heritage project is bringing together people from different backgrounds and ages to discuss their knowledge of plants and uses

Burngreave Ward Public Meeting

Shirecliffe Community Centre Thursday 26th June,6.00pm – 8.00pm Shirecliffe Road, Sheffield S5 8XJ

Councillor Surgeries

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

The Cornerstone

At the junction of Carwood Road and Grimesthorpe Road stands a building known as the Cornerstone. It is home to the 76th Scouts and is also used as a polling station. But what about its history?

Abuse of the vulnerable

There have recently been two major cases of abuse in nursing homes in our neighbourhood, which have gone to court.

Thinking of stopping smoking?

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do not only for your own body’s health, but because of the dangers of second hand smoke, for the health of your family too.

Learning about play

A ‘Play for Fun’ course for the ‘Feeling Good on Verdon Street’ volunteers has been hosted by Sheffield Out of School Network.

something-from-nothing, using our own imaginations; creating hideaways; dressing up; creating a fairground and a 3D zoo!

Zero Budget Films Wanted

Cheap Thrills the Zero Budget Film Festival is back.

Cemetery bees

Burngreave Cemetery got its first colony of bees in May

Prayers for Nigeria

One of the major headlines recently has been the abduction of 270 girls from Chibok School in north-eastern Nigeria. John Mellor writes of a similar event which occurred in Zimbabwe in March 1978.

Ellesmere Park

Charlie Johnson emails the Messenger in the hope that the problems with dog poo at Ellesmere Park can be mentioned. Graham Jones looked into the issue for the Burngreave Messenger…

Wood Hill developments

Development at Wood Hill on Grimesthorpe Road has progressed over the past few years, however, work on the site has come to a standstill.

Appetiser Afternoons

The Primary Mental Health Care Project at Pitsmoor Surgery is starting a small group providing information sessions on Looking After Yourself.

Dementia? Welcome! Cafe Open Day

Dementia? Welcome! is a weekly café for people who have memory problems, their carers, family and friends. It provides an opportunity to meet other people in a similar situation and get some support and information in a friendly, welcoming place over a cup of tea.

Free Weekly Chairobics Sessions

All are welcome to join this gentle exercise group run by Activity Sheffield.

SACMHA - Health and Social Care

SACMHA is part of the new integrated Carers in Sheffield Service working within a consortium of other voluntary sector organisations, to provide support to carers citywide.

Tour De France Day at Burngreave Cemetery Chapel

Find out what's happening at Burngreave Cemetery Chapel for Tour De France Day.

History book launch at Burngreave Cemetery Chapel

21st June: A display and launch of a new book about the history of the area in, around and under the cemetery.

Firth Park Fun Day

Community stalls, dancing displays, fun fair rides, food stalls, sporting competitions, bike repair workshops, climbing wall and more.

Parkwood E-Act Academy Community Summer Fair

Please come along and join us for a great family day out.

Do you want to grow your own food?

Come along to our Community Allotment Just off Windmill Lane Every Wednesday 10am start

Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival: The BIG Weekender 2014

As the official spectator hub to the Tour de France, this year's Abbeyfield Festival will take place over TWO days on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July.

Burngreave International Markets launch

Celebrate the launch of the newly refurbished Ellesmere Green on Sunday 22nd June. Car Boot Sale at 7am.

Burngreave TARA Newsletter

June 2014 edition of the newsletter from Burngreave TARA, a group of tenants and residents in Burngreave supported by Sheffield Housing Service.

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