Your Birley Ward councillors have worked for many years with the local Royal British Legion (RBL) branch and were pleased and very proud to be invited to the recent celebration and rededication service held at Christ Church, Hackenthorpe on 2nd December. The founders 70 years ago set up a branch to further the aims of the RBL and the members continue to this day to support those who have served in the armed forces.
In recent years, working with the RBL and other Veteran Groups in the ward, we have supported a number of initiatives, the latest of these seeing the installation of a second interpretation board on Heathfield Road, and the rededication of the trees of remembrance. In the centenary year of the end of the First World War, we have also secured the installation of a bench, dedicated to the memory of those from the wider area who gave their lives in the service of their country.
In November, we were pleased to support the Notice Of Motion at Full Council to install a plaque to commemorate the Sheffield Pals who took the Kings Shilling in the council chamber. A petition presented by the Chair of the RBL Frecheville Branch, Pat Davey, supported the call and members of the branch heard your councillors speak in support of the proposal.
Well done to Frecheville Sports & Social Club U12 Football team who have been out “in training” delivering the Birley Ward Community Leaflet. All the hard work paid off as they won and are through to the cup semi finals – well done.
Article written by Cllr Denise Fox
Frecheville Library & Learning Centre organised a Christmas Fayre on the 1st December. It was very well attended and very enjoyable. Cakes as well as candles and knitted items were for sale as well as other charities doing stalls to raise funds for their cayses.
Outside the bollards were decorated by the knitting and craft group that looked very inviting and reminding passers by about the Christmas Fayre a very ungenious idea.
Local councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan was joined by housing officers from Homegroup on 9th November on a walkabout.
After receiving complaints about the repairs to the properties not being followed up Cllr Denise Fox contacted Homegroup. After a meeting with Directors a walkabout was arranged and housing officers travelled to Sheffield to join us and took time to speak with residents.
Denise said “now we’ve been able to get our points across to the officers we should be able to hold Homegroup more accountable”.
Over the past year the Birley ward councillors invited all the community groups across the Birley Ward to come together, In these times of austerity we felt it was important for them to work together, share resources and put in joint funding bids. They worked hard to produce the first Birley Ward Newsletter which was delivered in July 2018 by volunteers from all the community groups involved to the 7000 Birley ward residents. The aim of the newsletter is to inform the community of the various groups and activities taking place across the ward that they can get involved in. We are proud to announce that the next edition has now arrived so watch this space for it arriving through your letter box very soon.
Cllr Denise Fox, Cllr Karen Mcgowan joined pupils from Rainbow Forge School, Andrea from Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers, council workers and the Police to pick up litter around Hackenthorpe.
Cllr Denise Fox said “It was a lovely morning to pick up the litter and local residents gave up their time to come and talk to us. We had some positive comments welcoming what we were doing and that we all cared enough about the environment to spend our time picking up the litter.”
Andrea from Hackenthorpe litter pickers are joined most weekends by volunteers also wanting to make the area free from litter.
Birley Ward Councillors were joined by ward members and other councillors across the South East on a campaign stall outside Hackenthorpe shops on Birley Spa Lane on Saturday 6th October. They were handing out information on Universal Credit and asking residents to sign a petition stating “The Tories’ Universal Credit programme is pushing thousands of families into poverty, debt and homelessness. We’re demanding the Tories urgently stop the rollout of Universal Credit, before millions more are affected.”
Residents contacted Councillor Denise Fox regarding issues of speeding vehicles on Fox Lane. The brow of the hill makes it dangerous for residents entering or leaving their driveways. Councillor Fox was joined by Councillor Karen McGowan when she set up a community speed watch session with the police on 14 September Councillor Fox is also working with officers to get the speed reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph in this location.
A brand new memorial bench was unveiled on 15 August 2018 at Heathfield Road in Frecheville to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in WW1.
The service was well attended by local veterans, members of the Royal British Legion as well as local ward councillors and residents.
As part of the service, the nearby avenue of trees, planted in memory of soldiers who lost their lives in WW2, was also rededicated.
Cllr Denise Fox said
“We have worked closely with the Royal British Legion to ensure the memorial, which includes 19 trees planted in memory of soldiers who fought in WW2, can continue to provide a suitable place for people to pay their respects for generations to come.”
In addition to remembering those from Frecheville who fought in WW1 and WW2, the service held even more poignancy as it took place on VJ day; when allied nations celebrated victory over Japan, marking the end of WW2.”