Friend John Burkill

Article by Denise Fox

Cllr Denise Fox was so proud of her friend John Burkill aged 80 yrs old receiving the highest honour bestowed on anyone “the freedom of the city”. She said “It is so well deserved, John has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for Macmillan nurses. John has walked with his pram wearing shorts and green curly wig in all weathers in over 1000 races. I accompanied him when I was Lord Mayor and collected money with him. John never asks for a penny people of all ages want to willing give him money. He has a smile and a kind word for everyone. He makes people feel special. I feel honoured to know him.

This is his book priced £5 available at various places including Sheffield markets.

Supporting the Friend of the Crags

Article written by Denise Fox

Cllr Karen McGowan and Cllr Denise Fox attended the Painted Fabrics event at the Cutlers Hall on Saturday 6th April. They visited the friends of the Crags stall. They had made all their own products, which included pin cushions, bunting, recycled bags, bunnies containing easter eggs and much much more. They came together to raise funds for their group to improve the crags for everyone to enjoy.

Birley Blitz Litter Pick 9 February 2019

On 9th February the Birley Ward Councillors were joined by Hackenthorpe Litter Picks and Owlthorpe Forum to litter pick on Silkstone Road. Councillor Denise Fox said “although it was a very windy day the turn out from Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers and Owlthorpe Forum meant we were able to clear a lot of litter from the street and wooded area. We retrieved lots of cans, bottles, litter as well as plastic garden furniture and carpets” Councillor Karen McGowan added “it was disappointing that no local residents joined us, we hear a lot of complaints from residents about litter so we organised this litter pick in response to people’s concerns”. The Birley ward councillors would like to thank the Hackenthorpe Litter Pickers, Owlthorpe Forum and Sheffield City Councils Parks & Countryside Department for supporting this event.

We need your help to stop fly-tipping and to keep our communities clean of litter. Any evidence you can provide would also be considered such as vehicle registration number (you can report this anonymously). If you see any fly-tipping you can:

Telephone: 0114 2744567
Or contact one of your local labour councillors

For more information see

70 Year Anniversary Frecheville and District Branch Royal British Legion

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.

Community Spirit in Action

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.

Frecheville Library Christmas Fayre

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.

Walkabout with Home Group

Article written by Councillor Denise Fox

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”.

Birley Ward Newsletter No. 2 ready for circulation

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.

Suffragette Flag

Article written by Cllr Denise Fox

Cllrs Denise Fox & Cllr Karen McGowan were proud to join city councillors with the suffragette flag. The flag has been passed around the UK celebrating 100 years since the women got the vote.

Remember When Café – Spring Sing

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

Ruth Bartles,
Director, Remember When Sheffield Ltd
0796 878 4092
Facebook: Rememberwhensheffield

Litter Picking in Hackenthorpe

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.