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Birley Environmental Group – Next Meeting 21st Sept

On Wednesday 21st September at 7pm there will be a community meeting to discuss the green and open spaces in the Birley Ward. These meetings are a chance for local residents to express any views and share ideas they have on your area. Previous meetings have been successful in raising new points and gives all who attend the chance to put their views forward and help make a positive difference in our community.

 

The meeting will be held at the Gleadless library on White Lane, S12 3GH. For any more information you can contact Councillor Karen McGowan on Karen.mcgowan@sheffield.gov.uk

 

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The Launch of a new Power Cut Number – 105

Please see below information from Northern Powergrid regarding the launch of a new phone number:

 

On 6 September a new national phone number ‘105’ will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

 

We want to work with our stakeholders to help build a strong awareness of this important new service.

 

We’d be grateful in the weeks prior to the official launch if you could consider any opportunities, and where possible prepare, to help support the communication of 105 so together we can maximise awareness from 6 September and beyond.

 

Key points about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to the electricity network operator who manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers will be able to contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators, including Northern Powergrid, are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

An awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

 

Hopefully you can help us to raise awareness of this important new national 105 service through your channels, once the service is launched.  We can provide you with the following materials for use from 6 September:

  • Copy for newsletters, websites and magazines
  • 105 imagery
  • Tips on what to do in a power cut
  • Comment from our spokespeople
  • Images which can be used on your social media pages
  • An animated film explaining 105
  • We can also work with you to co-create bespoke content specifically for your channels, where appropriate.

We will also want to continue to work with partners to raise awareness of 105 in the longer-term.

 

If you have any questions or would like any further information, do let us know.  Also, if you’re able to support awareness raising of 105, please can you let us know when, where and how you can help by emailing yourpowergrid@northernpowergrid.com

 

Thank you for your help.

The Problem with Marie – Live Band Sunday 3rd July

This Sunday (3rd July) local band – The Problem with Marie – will be playing at the Cross Scythes pub for the Heeley Constituency Labour Party….and everyone is welcome!Marie

The Cygnets are going strong!

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Anybody who has walked around the Frecheville pond recently will have seen that we have a family of young cygnets that have recently joined us.

 

Since their birth unfortunately one didn’t make it but we still have 6 that have made the pond their home.

 

Thanks to everyone who uses and looks after the pond and park area, it is down to you that the pond is such an inviting area to both humans and animals alike!

 

And a special mention to the Friends of Frecheville Park and Pond for all their hard work in maintaining the area.

Referendum … This is it! 2016. – A sonnet from one of our members

One small cross (x), we know what’s at stake,

No turning back, our future we’ll take.

Parliamentarian’s, resigning, with spin,

We’ve voted for out, closely, not in.

Family and friends split, the last, our Civil War,

Rift, as deep as a gorge, for both rich and poor.

Consequence we’ll live with, accepting the score,

Whether were harmed, refreshed, or forlorn.

Do not harbour loud distain,

We’ll negotiate out … Starting the chain.

Do not families split or, part,

Family chasms … Bridge a restart.

Do not sustain an unhappy heart,

Agree a truce … Forge together a chart.

Fund Raising for the Lord Mayors Charity

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On Saturday 25 June Cllr Karen McGowan and Marie Lodge who are part of the Lord Mayors Fundraising Team attended the Yorkshire Regiment’s Freedom Parade. This year the Lord Mayors Charity is supporting: The Army Benevalent Fund, Sparkle, St Lukes Hospice and Support Dogs

The Lord Mayor and Colonel George Andrew Kilburn MBE DL undertook an inspection of the service personnel and made speeches in Barkers Pool. The Freedom Parade then proceeded up Devonshire Street to Devonshire Green which Karen and Marie joined with collection tins. The Lord Mayor then hosted a Civic Reception in the Town Hall for the Regiment.

Referendum … (Britain v Europe) 2016 – A sonnet from one of our members

Referendum … (Britain v Europe) 2016

 

One small cross (x), that’s all it’ll take,

No turning back, the future’s at stake.

Parliamentarian’s, subjective, with spin,

Encouraging us out, or, maybe stay in.

Friends and family split, the last, our Civil War,

Rifts, as deep as a gorge, for both rich and poor.

Consequence, we’ll live with, accepting the score,

Whether were harmed, refreshed or forlorn.

Do not harbour loud distain,

We maybe out, or perhaps remain.

Do not families split or part,

Family chasm’s … bridge a restart.

Do not sustain a failed heart,

Agree the truce … set together a chart!

Cllr Denise Fox as Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor

We would like to congratulate Councillor Denise Fox who is now Sheffield’s new Lord Mayor.

 

Denise is the 120th Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and the 17th female, and has been a loyal Labour Councillor for the Birley Ward since 2005.

 

Denise said ‘I will carry out my role as Lord Mayor the 1st citizen of Sheffield to the best of my ability, and I look forward to the year ahead’.

 

Congratulations Denise and good luck in your new role!

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Congratulations to our new Councillors

 

 

 

Congratulations to Councillor Bryan Lodge, Denise Fox and Karen McGowan on their re-election to represent the Birley Ward.

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Thursday 5th May is Voting Day

Thursday 5th May is the chance for Sheffield residents to use their voice (well feet) to come out and vote in the city wide elections.

 

We hope the residents of Birley, Charnock, Frecheville and Hackenthorpe will support your local Labour party and help us continue to make our community better for all.

New Birley Community Environment Group

Karen McGowan Litter Pick 23-4-16 (5)

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Photograph by Peter Wolstenholme

On Saturday 23 April 2016 the Birley Ward Councillors supported the first event of a new community volunteer group. Their first event was a litter pick around the Birley Nursery/Primary schools on Thornbridge Avenue S12. The group have also arranged for the Education Officer from Amey to go into the school to work with the children on recycling and why it is bad to drop litter. Equipment was provide and the event was supported by Amey, Sheffield City Council’s Parks & Countryside and Housing Department.
The group have come together from across the Birley Ward to improve the environment in which we live. They will be planning other events such as bulb planting, litter picks etc through the year so if you want to get involved please contact us and we will pass your details on.
If you could spare a couple of hours each month (over the summer) to support this new community group please let us know.

Birley in Bloom

Amongst the April showers the sun has started to shine in Sheffield.

Daffodils

Birley Labour would like to thank all those who volunteer keeping our local communities looking so great. Frecheville pond has really brightened up the community recently with the blossoming daffodils and variety of nature the pond attracts.

Ducks

There are many areas across Birley that are well looked after, and it’s thanks to community groups and local residents that these areas are maintained for all to use. Let’s hope we have some more sunny days for everyone to make the most out of the beautiful areas in our community.