October 2014 Issue 114

Cover of October 2014 Issue 114
Council rejects Burngreave Library plan

Sheffield City Council have rejected a plan by local residents to keep Burngreave Library open and staffed.

Messenger funding comes to an end

After 15 brilliant years and so much contribution from so many people, the Messenger’s current funding has come to an end and there will be no December edition.

Shirecliffe 20mph zone

20mph speed limits could be introduced in Shirecliffe by March to help prevent deaths on residential roads.

Winter gritting cuts

As autumn approaches, the Council is already planning next year’s budget cuts and this will mean fewer streets being gritted in times of snow and ice.

House building to begin on Catherine Street

Construction of 16 new homes is expected to begin at the end of September on vacant land at Catherine Street.

Messenger editorial

Messenger AGM to decide the future of the Burngreave Messenger Saturday 15th November 2014, 11am followed by lunch at Abbeyfield Park House. All are welcome!

Gaza fundraiser

The community of Burngreave united with one another on Sunday 31st August in the Vestry Hall, for an event which aimed to raise money for people in Gaza. The fundraiser was in aid of restoring the orphanage ‘UNRWA’ after the tragedies which befell Gaza, Palestine in recent months

Roma musical heritage film

Two young men from Burngreave are the stars of a new film exploring the cultural and musical traditions of Sheffield's Roma community.

Readers rise to the challenge

Burngreave Library was busy with children during the summer holidays. Many were encouraged to keep reading by the Library Service’s Summer Reading Challenge. The Burngreave Messenger and Pitsmoor Adventure Playground also provided activities based on this year’s reading theme, the Mythical Maze.

Language Futures at Byron Wood

The pupils of Byron Wood Primary School have been using a new approach to language learning with the help of a £10,000 grant from The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Normandy Veterans’ Association to disband

Local Burngreave resident, Ken Riley (pictured), who is the chairman of the Sheffield branch of the Normandy Veterans' Association, tells me that the national association is to disband in November, although local groups, like the one in Sheffield, will be free to continue meeting informally for mutual support and social gatherings.

Oromo Association visit Scarborough

On August 16th, Sheffield Oromo Community Association (representing Oromo people from Ethiopia, northern Kenya and Somalia) organised a visit to Scarborough for our members, young and old.

Feeling Good again on Verdon Street

Story & photo: Lisa Swift There will be lots of chances to feel good at Verdon Recreation Centre, after Burngreave Tenants and Residents Association secured a further 2 years funding for the health project, Feeling Good on Verdon Street.

Fir Vale youth group holds conference

Fir Vale based voluntary youth group An Nasiha organised another successful youth conference, entitled You vs Dunya (the world).

Somali Professionals Association

The Somali Professionals Association (SPA) is running a series of business, education and healthrelated workshops over the next few months.

Head shave for Ghana

Some of you may have seen the Messenger article about 15 Fir Vale students going to build an orphanage in Ghana. If you didn't, then now you know!I was one of those students.

Anne and Gladys retire

Anne Sheldon and Gladys Newbolt have retired from the Wensley Tenants and Residents Association (TARA). After many years spent devoted to the organisation they spoke to me about the highlights and memories of their years at the TARA.

New Carwood Committee

In August Carwood Tenants and Residents Association formed a new committee of 6 local residents.

Nottingham Rec barbecue

Ant Stevens, youth worker at Christ Church, organised a joint community event with young people from All Saints Church, Ecclesall, at the end of July. The team spent two days doing practical tasks, including litter picking, and learning about Pitsmoor.

Churches work together for the summer

7th–10th August were four days of fun, food and friendship. The venue was the beautiful St Peter’s church at Ellesmere.

Welcome Centre Toddler Group

The multicultural Toddler Group at The Welcome Centre is open again after the summer break for preschoolers 0–4 years old.

Support to improve your health

The SOAR Health Team's job is to work with the people of Burngreave, Pitsmoor and Page Hall areas.

Health Courses and Support Groups

Help improve your health and wellbeing with access to local activities, courses and services

Parkwood landfill closer to closure

The company that operates Parkwood landfill site stopped the tipping of “active waste” at the site from 1st August 2014.

Party in Devon Gardens

On Saturday 13th September from 2-4pm, neighbours got together to attend the annual general meeting of the Friends of Devon Gardens.

Crabtree Ponds

Crabtree Ponds is Burngreave's best kept secret and an important local green space. The local nature reserve around the ponds is managed by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust.

Playground funday

During a brilliant summer at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground Joanna Harrison and Jessica Lonsdale helped organise a funday, where they shaved their heads raising £540 for the Mummy’s Star Charity.

Fire safety at the Playground

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground staff have put together a programme of fire safety and fun with fire events. The Adventure Playground have secured a grant and formed a partnership with South Yorkshire Fire Service.

Sponsored run for the Playground

I'm running in the Great Yorkshire Run 10K race on the 28th of September to raise money towards equipment at the playground.

SADACCA International Community Cultural Day

Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association (SADACCA), with the support of community partners, held its annual International Community Cultural Day on 25th August, an opportunity to experience the diversity of cultures in Sheffield. It was attended by The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Peter Rippon.

Fir Vale funday

During the summer holidays the Yemeni Community Association had a family funday at Fir Vale Community Centre.

George & Brian: hair-brained

by Edgar Lowman

Pye Bank welcomes new headteacher

Pye Bank Primary School welcomed new headteacher Mo Andrews in September, following the retirement of Paul Hopkinson in January.

Oasis Fir Vale opens

On Monday 8th September, a brand new building on Owler Lane – Oasis Academy Fir Vale – opened to provide primary education, including 60 places in reception and 52 nursery places.

Family Learning at Firs Hill

An exciting six week family learning course called “Talking Together” started on Wednesday 17th September at Firs Hill Primary School

Wensley community funday

On September 13th, the annual community funday was in full swing. The event, hosted on the Wensley field, was packed with exciting activities, including rock climbing, parachute games and face painting

Whiteways ESOL visit Wentworth

On 25th June I took a group of Whiteways School Adult ESOL learners to Wentworth Gardens and Farm for a morning.

Eco friendly family learning

A group of parents at Whiteways School have done an amazing Family Learning course called Eco Monster.

Keep warm this winter and save money on your bills

As winter approaches, it's time to think about how to keep warm and cosy without huge energy bills. Whether you are a tenant, landlord, or home-owner, energy efficiency doesn't have to cost a fortune.

Earl Marshal housing

Local residents were eager to see the latest proposals for the Earl Marshal housing development when they were unveiled by Sheffield Housing Company at a well-attended consultation afternoon in August

Residents’ meeting for the Scott Road area

On 10th September a group of Burngreave residents met to discuss problems that had been happening on our streets.

Summer activities in Burngreave Cemetery

The WW1 postcard exhibition was enjoyed by visitors during its three day opening and most of the display is still available to view on Sundays. As part of the WW1 event, we created a small well dressing inspired by one of the postcards.

HOPE Allotment Volunteers wanted

The Conservation Volunteers community allotment project is getting nicely established now and we would love more volunteers to get involved

Greenfingers 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since Burngreave New Deal for Communities provided the capital for SAGE Greenfingers to landscape 3 allotments in Grimesthorpe into a therapeutic space for adults struggling with mental health issues

Burngreave Ward Public Meeting

Thursday 16th October 2014 at Burngreave Vestry Hall.

Councillor Surgeries

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

What do you think our priorities should be?

Burngreave Ward Councillors would like to know what you feel the priorities are in the ward that together need to be tackled.

Vestry Hall: serving the community for 150 years

Burngreave Vestry Hall is 150 years old The offices were built and opened in 1864, the year carved in stone over the main entrance.

Abbeyfield Park House sundial

The sundial has recently been returned to its place on the corner of the house in Abbeyfield park after the recent maintenance works.

Richard Hanson 1968–2014

Around 300 people packed the parish church, Christ Church Pitsmoor, last month for the funeral of Richard Hanson, who died on 14th August at the age of 45.

Spital Hill art

Artworks commissioned to complement improvements to Spital Hill and Ellesmere Green are nearing completion with two new metal sculptures expected to be installed by the middle of October.

International Meal

The International Meal is held on the first Thursday of the month at the Welcome Centre, Christchurch, Pitsmoor. T

Cheap Thrills

A big thank you to the enthusiastic crowd that filled Burngreave Cemetery Chapel for the 4th Cheap Thrills, Zero Budget Film Festival.

Dear Messenger...

Can anything be done to counteract the latest spate of tree vandalism in our area?

Burngreave Local History Group

Burngreave Local History Group meets once a month at St Catherine's school.

FREE women only English and citizenship programmes

Do you want to learn English? Do you want to learn about citizenship? Then join the FREE, WOMEN ONLY training programmes at Burngreave Vestry Hall.

New Neighbourhood Watch Group

Are you bothered by crime and unsociable behaviour?

Remember the 1940s night

There will be food, singing and dancing. Come along in period clothing, though this is optional. Everybody welcome.

Get involved Whiteways Primary Governing Body

Whiteways Primary School would like to involve individuals who have particular skills to support the school and make sure that all our children achieve their potential.

Burngreave Work Club

Burngreave Work Club offers support to the local community in finding employment and training.

Seasonal flu vaccinations

Drop-in clinics for patients of Burngreave Surgery and Herries Road Surgery. Dr Mooney and Dr Hobden would like to invite you to attend for a seasonal flu vaccination.

We are holding drop-in clinics at both surgeries

Cemetery Chapel Autumn activities

Events at the Cemetery Chapel from October through to November 2014.

There's a new way to quit smoking

Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield provides NHS advice and support – including nicotine replacement therapy – for anyone who wants to stop smoking. Available online, on the phone or in person. *Quit in September/October and WIN free SWFC tickets.

Messy Church September to December

Creative family church with arts and crafts, music and food!

JOBS at Watoto: 2 Early Years Practitioners

Watoto Pre-School are seeking to appoint two enthusiastic and dynamic Early Years Practitioners.

  • Full-time posts. 38 weeks per year (term time only)

  • Pay £10,000 – £14,000 per year (dependent on experience and qualifications)

  • Closing date Friday 10th October 2014

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