Birley in Bloom

Amongst the April showers the sun has started to shine in Sheffield.

Daffodils

Birley Labour would like to thank all those who volunteer keeping our local communities looking so great. Frecheville pond has really brightened up the community recently with the blossoming daffodils and variety of nature the pond attracts.

Ducks

There are many areas across Birley that are well looked after, and it’s thanks to community groups and local residents that these areas are maintained for all to use. Let’s hope we have some more sunny days for everyone to make the most out of the beautiful areas in our community.

Congratulations to all Sheffield Half Marathon runners!

The Birley Ward Labour Party would like to congratulate all of today’s Sheffield Half Marathon runners!

 

A great big well done to all those who took part in both the half marathon and the fun run, and a great big thank you to all the sponsors and supporters who were out in full force to cheer on the runners!

 

The results are now available online and can be found at the following link: http://chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2016&event=2586&race=4427

 

Half Marathon

MUGA Launch Event

A new MUGA (Multi Use Games Arena) was officially opening in Charnock on Saturday 19th March. Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Denise Fox, Councillors Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge and Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts were all in attendance for the launch.

MUGA

The Friends of Charnock Recreation Grounds were also presented with the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Community Award, for the 5th year in a row!

 

Over 400 people attended the event, and our local Councillors also manned a stall which raised over £75 for the park.

 

Special thanks was given to businesses which had supported the building of the MUGA, including Viridor Credits, Friends of Charnock, Church Burgesses Trust, Community First Award, JG Graves Charitable Trust and AMEY. Activity Sheffield also provided a climbing tower and obstacle course for the day along with instructors offering sports coaching on the new facilities.

 

More information including photos on the event can be found at http://www.friendsofcharnockrec.co.uk/blog/2016/03/20/muga-launch-event/

 

 

 

Crime Prevention Initiative in Birley Ward

Burglar Bill

Over the last year your local councillors have been working in partnership with police to reduce crime and make residents feel safer and increase community prevention in our area. One of the initiatives provided by local councillors through the community LAP is a crime prevention pack. The packs have been offered in phases which started last year in Basegreen, Charnock and Frecheville. We are currently offering packs to those on the Birley/Thornbridge estate and over the coming months they will be offered to the remaining Birley Ward residents. The process is:

• Leaflets are delivered to the residents in the allocated phase with a deadline for requesting a pack. Requests can be made by telephone, text or email
• The information of the requests are compiled by the councillors.
• Packs are purchased through the community LAP from the police.
• Once packs are received they are deliver to the residents by the Birley Ward Councillors.

The packs contain items such as smart pens, window locks and useful literature about what householders can do to deter would be burglars.

The packs are a great reminder to us all to be on our guard and protect our property, we are glad to see many local people applying for the packs. It has also been a great opportunity for the councillors to meet and talk to residents about any concerns.

Lord Mayors Civic Award for Dr Heatley

Civic Awards - 8 December 2015

Dr Heatley2

On Tuesday 8 December Birley Ward Councillors Karen McGowan and Denise Fox were proud to see Dr Heatley of Birley Health Centre being presented with the Sheffield Lord Mayors Civic Award for his contribution to the Ebola crisis. Councillor Karen McGowan said “Dr Heatley put his life on the line to help others and it was a real honour to nominate him for the award. His whole family were affected by his devotion to help others not only worrying about him whilst he was away but for the time he was in quaranteen on his return”. Well done Dr Heatley it’s a real honour to have such a dedicated professional in our community.

Birley Environmental Group – Public Discussion

 

 

This coming Wednesday (18th Nov) there will be a public meeting on the green and open spaces in the Birley Ward. It will be held at the Frecheville Library and everyone is invited to attend.

We will be sharing ideas on how local people can work together and take pride in our many green and open spaces.

If you have any ideas on how our local environment could be improved and want to get involved, or are simply interested in learning more, please come along.

South-East-Poster-18th-November-2015

Birley Environmental Group – Public Discussion

On Wednesday 18th November at the Frecheville Library there will be a public meeting discussing the green and open spaces of the Birley Ward. Everyone is invited to attend. We will be sharing ideas on how local people can work together and take pride in our many green and open spaces. If you have any ideas on how our local environment could be improved and want to get involved, or are simply interested in learning more, please come along.

South East Poster 18th November 2015

 

Want to share your views on the new Labour Leader and the NHS? Attend our next Meeting!

If you want to talk about both local and national politics, get updates from your local councillors, or join your local Birley Ward Labour Party, you can attend our next meeting, this Tuesday (15th September).

 

The debates will be around the leadership election and the NHS – Come along and get involved!

 

The meeting will be held at Frecheville library on Smalldale Road, starting at 7.30pm.

Want to share your views and get involved? Attend our next Meeting!

If you want to talk about both local and national politics, get updates from your local councillors, or join your local Birley Ward Labour Party, you can attend our next meeting, this Tuesday (21st July).

The meeting will be held at Frecheville library on Smalldale Road, starting at 7.30pm.

At the last Labour Party meeting plenty of new people attended, and one wrote the following article, called ‘Sweet 16’, the day after:

 

Sweet 16

Last night I attended my first Labour party meeting at Birley Ward as new joiner this year.

It’s fair to say I have always been a Labour supporter, not just from the influence of my parents and family but from my last few years at school in the 80’s when I had the joy of expectation of getting a job taken from me by a Thatcher led Conservative government. What should have been the dawn of an adventure was ripped from me progressively through the early 80’s so by the time I left college in 1988 I seriously had to contemplate leaving Sheffield and my family just to get a job. Thankfully I did get a job in this city.

Since the Conservatives gained power again in May I have had those same fears I had as an 18 year old but for the many teenagers that are leaving school this year and over the next five years. This time I felt compelled to stand up and be counted as being against this government and all is stands for now and has done in the past. I feel certain that, as a leopard never changes it’s spots, the same benefit bashing, migrant lies and “Loadsa Money” culture will return with the North of Watford being left to bear the brunt of “deficit reducing measures” by this government.

Now more than ever we need a Labour party to stand up and fight for us and expose the lies we hear day in day out and we, as Labour party members, need to get behind the party.

My days of wearing my Communards badges may have gone but my sense of dread at the injustices that will surely come have not gone.

My point of writing all of this is to say I am glad I joined the party, I had a warm and friendly welcome where my views were asked and not scoffed at for not being as eloquent as some of the members plus I have the utmost respect for the work our Councillors do on our behalf and the volunteers who are with them all the way. I would urge anyone to join the Labour party and stand up and be counted.

And the title of my piece, Sweet 16? Well I am the 16th new member to join Birley Ward this year.