Population Questionnaire to understand Impacts of Covid-19

Public Health have developed a population level questionnaire to support our understanding of the positive and negative impacts of Covid19 in Sheffield within our communities. The survey went live today and will run for 6 weeks.

Here is the link: https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/performance-research/coronavirus-rapid-health-impact-assessment

This questionnaire asks a range of questions (mainly multiple choice) about how the experience of Covid19 has been in terms of loneliness, mental health, employment, income, health behaviours, active travel, access to services, where people get their information from on covdi19, digital inclusion, home schooling, people’s experience of shielding or having Covid19, information about health conditions and managing these during the pandemic, future concerns people may have about the virus.

This questionnaire is really important as it will allow us to gain more information in the areas where we have gaps in data locally. We can then ensure we tailor our response and services to meet the needs described by communities.

This will be in addition to the rich insights gained from stakeholders, local groups and services.

It should take around 10-15 min to complete the questionnaire.

Further update on Elsie & Albert Richardson

Following on from the previous post on the plaque found in Jaunty Park.

Councillor Peter Price has been on Sheffield City Council for 48 years and knew Elsie & Albert Richardson. He said that Elsie Richardson was also a Councillor for the Birley Ward in 1967 and stood down in 1974 on its reorganisation. She may have been the Councillor before 1967 but he can’t find any records.

Albert Richardson lost the Moor seat in 1960 to the Tories. He won the Handsworth seat in in 1964 and then on the Local Government reorganisation he won the new Gleadless Ward in 1974 the year Elsie stood down. He was elected Lord Mayor in 1975

Albert was one of the Founding Members of the Sheffield Woodcraft Folk back in the early 1920’s. The following information is from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Woodcraft_Folk which states “The Woodcraft Folk has always been “committed to issues of social justice, pacifism and the principles of cooperation” and described itself in 1930 as a “powerful educational instrument”. A slogan of Woodcraft Folk is Span the world with friendship, it also uses “Education for Social Change” in its publicity and also constitutional documents.
Woodcraft Folk is not based upon any particular religious belief or national identity. The core values are that irrespective of social background, status, age, gender, sexual orientation etc. all members have an equal say in the decision making process. The organisation welcomes all young people whether they have a religious background or none and much of its work emphasises the importance of international understanding and friendship. The principles of peace and co-operation are therefore central to everything they do and they endeavour to develop members to have an understanding of some of the issues behind global poverty and conflict in the belief in fashioning a new, better world.”

Albert was also very active in The Sheffield Ramblers Federation where the ‘Abbey Brook Trespass’ emerged, a few months after the Kinder Trespass. It never gets the same publicity as Kinder does but many thousands took part.

Pete thinks Elsie was also an active member of the Woodcraft both she and Albert loved telling them all the story that they had an Official Woodcraft Folk Wedding. He can’t seem to find any records of it but they did have photographs.

His final comments are that “They were both great socialists”. Further information will be posted when uncovered.

Plaque found in Jaunty Park

Thank you to the S12 Community Facebook Page where a resident posted the photo’s of a plaque she and her daughter had found whilst out walking in Jaunty Park. The plaque was marking the planting of a tree by The Lady Mayoress 1975-1976. The resident was asking if anyone had any further information.

Councillors have been able to identify that Elsie and Albert Richardson were the Lord Mayor & Lady Mayoress in 1976. Albert was a councillor and they lived on Basegreen. At this time due to Covid19 we have only been able to uncover a copy of their installation photograph and a photograph of their Christmas Card for that year. Once we are able to return to the Town Hall we will investigate further and post more information as we discover it. Watch this website for further updates.

Reporting Fly tipping in Birley Ward

Litter and fly tipping have been and issue in this Newstead area for a while. Back in 2018 your local councillors circulated a leaflet to residents in the area with information on how to report issues. Thanks to a local resident regularly reporting through to Councillors fly tipping taking place around the power station on Newstead Road/Parkland Crescent we have ensured that the rubbish has been removed and that signage is place around the area.

We would like to encourage anyone seeing fly tipping please report it. Any evidence you can provide would also be considered such as a vehicle registration number. If you see any fly tipping you can call the Council on 0114 2734567 or email through to Streetsahead@sheffield.gov.uk or just get in touch with one of your local councillors – Bryan Lodge, Karen McGowan or Denise Fox.

New Signage on Frecheville Pond

A concerned local resident contacted Councillors to request signage around Frecheville Pond for owners to keep their dogs on leads due to a swan being previously attacked by a dog. The following will be placed around the area by council officers.

Gift boxes to Hackenthorpe Lunch Club members

Sue and Nicky manage the Hackenthorpe Community Centre lunch club. Whilst we have been in lock down they have been in contact with the members on a regular basis. Sue said one of the main issue raised by the members after 8 weeks of isolation was boredom. Sue contacted the Birley Ward Councillors to see if we could help with providing funding for gift boxes. The boxes included: hand gel, small pot of honey, dabber for bingo, bar of chocolate, mints, sudoku and other games, a small ‘favours bag’ with a red heart chocolate, 5 sugared almonds and small packet of love hearts as well as Thinking of You card. Sue and the team delivered the boxes and reported that they had been well received by the members. Sue manages the bookings for Hackenthorpe Community Centre and it is thriving with activities from Lunch clubs, coffee mornings and keep fit classes to birthday parties, meetings and Councillor surgeries. The centre has become a real hive of activity. We would like to thank all the team that are involved with Sue for all their hardwork

Here are just a few photographs of the work they did:

Thank you to Litter Pickers

Everytime I take a walk round my local area (Birley Ward) I am heartened to see the fantastic work done by the volunteer litter pickers. The Birley ward councillors would like to thank all those who volunteer to pick up litter and keep our communities clean and make it a great place to live. There are 1000’s of volunteers who are continuing to do this work in these difficult times across the city and you are all doing a great job. We especially want to thank those in our ward such as Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers, Charnock Litter Pickers and the Friends of the Craggs as well as those individuals that are not part of an organization but do their bit whenever they are out and about. Thank you we really do appreciate all your efforts.

Councillor Bryan Lodge
Councillor Karen McGowan
Councillor Denise Fox

Councillors Join Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers

Labour Councillors Karen McGowan and Mary Lea along with Julie Gledhill joined Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers. Litter was cleared from Dyke Vale Road and the Silkstone Road areas. Councillor Karen McGowan said “what an amazing job these volunteers do in helping to keep out community clean of litter. We are grateful to the Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers and all the other groups across our city that do this work week in week out – THANK YOU”

South East Sheffield – Keeping People Well Partnership

On Friday 25 October 2019 Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan and Denise Fox had a stall at Hackenthorpe Community Centre. They were joined by MP Clive Betts. The event was organised by Kathryn Taylor or the Woodhouse Forum and other stall holders included: SCC Housing, SIV, Police, Daws Gym, Mencap to name a few. Councillor Karen McGowan said “it was really good to get to speak to people about activities taking place in the Birley Ward. A big thank you goes to Kathryn and her team for putting on the event”

Friends of the Earth Petition to declare a Regional Climate Emergency

A Birley Ward resident spoke with the Councillors at Hackenthorpe Community Centre last Friday 25 October 2019.
He asked us to support Sheffield Friends of the Earth who are asking Dan Jarvis to declare a Regional Climate Emergency bringing the region’s local authorities together to produce a Climate Action Plan. Sheffield, Barnsley and Doncaster Councils have each declared a Climate Emergency. I have emailed Dan Jarvis to ask him to support this and to take this forward.

Please sign the petition if you wish to support this https://actionnetworkorg/petitions/a-call-for-sheffield-city-region-to-declare-a-climate-emergency

Remember When Cafe WINS Age Friendly Sheffield award 2019

Remember When cafe on Silkstone Road is an award winning cafe!

On Friday 25 October Ruth Bartles the owner attended the Age Friendly Sheffield awards 2019 run by Age Better Sheffield, Lai Yin Association and Age UK Sheffield and was named the winner of the Age Friendly Business Sheffield award.

Here is a quote of the reason why she was picked –
‘This cafe is a lovely place that caters well for everyone but is especially welcoming to older people and people with dementia. They organise regular singing sessions with a paid singer for people to attend and participate in. Someone who nominated the business explained that ‘every time I visit with my mother who has Alzheimer’s, she is made to feel welcome, treated as an individual and treated with dignity and respect’.

Here’s a link to the coverage of the awards in the Sheffield Star –

Well done Ruth and all her helpers and supported we are really proud to have such a fantastic facilities in our ward.