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.
The Remember When Café on Silkstone Road held a Spring Sing event earlier in the year. The video click shows what Ruth and her team are achieving through the cafe.
There next event is on 2nd November, and there are a few places left – book now if you want to join them. Ruth’s contact details are
Director, Remember When Sheffield Ltd
0796 878 4092
Article written by Cllr Denise Fox
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.
Article by Councillor Denise Fox
The service was well attended by local veterans, members of the Royal British Legion as well as local ward councillors and residents.
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.”
On Sunday 12 August the Birley Ward Councillors had stalls at the South Yorkshire Festival at Wortley Hall. This year we had Santa on holiday (yes in August!) as well as Teddy Tubbies and Hook a Bag. Birley Ward Councillors support this event and use the opportunity to fundraise to pay for their local election leaflets.
Birley ward councillors have been working hard in several areas of community development in the Birley Ward and here is an update.
The Birley Ward Councillors are increasingly concerned that more and more people in the community are becoming lonely or isolated. They have worked with local groups and Voluntary Action Sheffield to produce a newsletter, and they have provided funding for the production and delivery of the first few issues. This newsletter has been produced to promote local groups who provide activities or services for the people of all ages in the Birley Ward community. In particular it will provide information to any lonely and isolated people whether young or old. The newsletter will be delivered by community group volunteers and councillors to all 8,000 households in the Birley ward so watch this space. It should be hitting your door step in early July.
Developing Childrens Facilities
Councillors have set up meetings between council officers and Anthony Cronshaw to discuss the possibility of developing facilities for children and young people around the Frecheville Park and Pond area.
New Community Group – ‘The Friends of the Craggs’
Councillors have been meeting and supporting residents on Longstone Crescent who have now come together to form a community group to look after the area known locally as ‘The Craggs’. This group came about after concerns from residents were raised with councillors about anti-social behaviour and fires in the woodland behind their properties. There has been a litter pick of the area and presentations held at Birley Academy on the dangers and consequences of fire. This was followed up by a presentation to the young people who took part in the litter pick where the Lord Mayor handed out certificates. If you live in the area and would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact your local councillors.
Denise Fox: email@example.com
Bryan Lodge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen McGowan: email@example.com
On Friday 11 May Councillors Karen McGowan and Denise Fox arranged for the School Council from Birley Spa Primary School to visit the Town Hall. They were shown round by the Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy and they visited the Lord Mayors Parlour and the Council Chamber. Councillor Karen McGowan said “the children were so engaged, they asked the Lord Mayor some really good questions” and Councillor Denise Fox added “they were so well behaved they were a real pleasure to meet.” The school thanked the Lord Mayor and the Councillor for arranging the visit and for giving up their time.
Birley Spa lunch club is on the hunt for new volunteers so that it can continue providing twice weekly sessions to 39 local older people at Hackenthorpe Community Centre.
Birley Spa lunch club receives grant funding from the council and provides a hot, two course meal to its members twice a week. Those who attend enjoy the time to chat and meet friends, play bingo and go out on day trips together.
After years of running the lunch club, the current club organiser, who has volunteered their time freely until now, is stepping down at the end of May, welcoming a retirement from the role. The club has made a real difference to the lives of its members and all those that have been involved in the running of the club.
Unfortunately there isn’t a volunteer team to hand over the running of the club to and the last lunch will be on Wednesday 30th May unless new volunteers step forward. It’s an opportunity for the local community to get together and think about what they’d like to enjoy and run in their area.
Sheffield City Council has supported the development of more than 50 lunch clubs for many years, recognising the important role these clubs play in helping to reduce the social isolation that may accompany old age, frailty and bereavement. The majority of the clubs are independent self-help groups run by older people for older people. They offer an opportunity for older people to meet together, to share a meal and socialise.
If anyone would like to volunteer to set up a new club, Adele Hunt, Voluntary Sector Liaison Officer at Sheffield City Council can provide information on what’s involved in running a club and what skills and commitment are needed. She can offer information and contacts on a range of topics such as working out a budget, health and safety laws, membership referrals, fundraising, equipment needed, volunteer inductions, club constitutions, activities and record keeping. Although the current grant fund isn’t open to new applications, a new club in Birley could be supported with an interim grant subject to meeting funding criteria and having volunteers who can be financially accountable for funding.
Adele said: “We would love new volunteers to come forward with some exciting ideas. There is no restriction on which day of the week the club should run or what other activities they could provide to members. Everything is an option if somebody has the idea and commitment to make it happen.”
Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “Lunch clubs play an important role in our local communities and rely on volunteers to make sure that they continue. Feedback shows that the regular opportunity to meet and chat is one of the most important things members value and for some, the weekly lunch club is their only opportunity to socialise. We hope that Birley Spa lunch club stays open because of the difference it makes to its local community.”
Adele can be contacted on 0114 273 4631 by anyone interested in setting up a new club in Birley.