A one day Labour seminar on education – Saturday 4th March 2017

Independent Labour Publications invites you to:
Unbalanced Britain: Education, inequality and
Labour’s response
A one day seminar at The Circle, Sheffield, Saturday 4 March 2017

About the speakers
Melissa Benn is a writer and campaigner on education. Melissa is currently chair of the crossparty group campaigning group Comprehensive Forum, is a vice president of the Socialist
Education Association, and founder member of the Local Schools Network.
Julie Thorpe is schools programmes manager at the Co-operative College, heading a
programme working towards establishing co-operative values in the education system.

Venue
The seminar takes place at The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW
http://www.thecirclesheffield.org.uk/. It is free but you do need to register in advance,
deadline Friday 24 February. Register via the link to Eventbrite on the ILP web site:
http://www.independentlabour.org.uk (info@independentlabour.org.uk; 07799 502 937).

Further information can be found at:

Unbalanced-Britain-Education-leaflet-FINAL

Streets Ahead Scheme Feedback Survey

The Streets Ahead Scheme in Sheffield is the city wide highways maintenance project currently upgrading the condition of the city’s roads, pavements, street lights, bridges and other items on or around the streets.

 

A feedback survey has been re-launched with the aim of asking residents what they think about the upgrades that have been carried out across the city so far.

 

This survey is open until the 7th October with the results available in late Autumn.

 

All the team at the Streets Ahead are interested in any feedback you want to share.

 

You can complete the survey in less than 10 minutes at the following link:

 

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-business-strategy/streetsahead.

 

Thanks,

Birley Ward Stall at the Basegreen Shops – 10th September

Your Birley Ward Councillors will be holding a stall outside the shops at Basegreen, Jaunty Way on 10th September between 10am and 12 noon.  Everyone is welcome to stop by for a chat as we want to:

 

  • Talk to as many local residents as possible

 

  • Provide more information on the recently formed Environmental Group and their plans of a litter pick in October in Jaunty Park.

 

  • Offer Crime Prevention Packs to residents who haven’t previously received one from the supply we have left.

 

  • Answer any questions you may have on whats happening in your local area

 

If you are free and interested in coming along, we want to encourage everyone to come and talk about any of the above issues, any other others you may have, and share all ideas on what we can do in the community.

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

 

BirleyEnv

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 Cygnets are going strong!

Swan

 

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.

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!

Mayor

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.