Happy 60th Anniversary to St John Fisher Primary School

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On Friday 23 June Birley Ward Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan joined the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Anne Murphy to celebrate 60 years of St John Fisher Primary School. The event was very well supported by pupils and there parents. Councillor McGowan said “it was great fun seeing all the teachers dressed up in 60’s style clothing.” Councillor Denise Fox said “even the Headteacher joined in dressing up” he is in the middle with the bright patterned shirt.

Friends of Jaunty Park Bulb Planting

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On 28 November the newly formed Friends of Jaunty Park were joined by Birley and Richmond Ward Councillors, Sheffield Parks & Countryside staff and pupils from Gleadless Primary School to plant 2300 bulbs. Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan said "it is great to work with volunteers to make our communities a nicer and brighter place that everyone can enjoy". Bulbs were planted around the Frith Road Community Centre and the fruits of our labour will be seen in early spring next year. Richmond Ward Councillors Dianne Hurst and Mike Drabble said "the pupils from Gleadaless Primary school were outstanding, they worked hard in both the digging and planting and were a real credit to the school".

Birley Ward support No to Grammar Schools Campaign

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Spot the Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan (centre of picture just peeping out from behind a guy with glasses!)

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Birley Ward member Ken Curran amongst supporters of the campaign

It was great to see such fantastic support at the campaign to say no to Grammar Schools that was held outside the Sheffield Town Hall yesterday. Over 600 signature were collected.

Lord Mayors Launch of Nightstop in Sheffield

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On Friday 16 September Councillor Karen McGowan, Cabinet Assistant for Housing and Planning attended the launch of Nightstop in Sheffield. This event was officially launch by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Birley Ward Councillor Denise Fox.

Nightstop provides overnight accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers in the area. The Nightstop service is designed to stop young people, aged from 16 to 25, entering the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that can lead to this devastating outcome. Nightstop teams work with homeless young people, in partnership with local agencies, to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless, providing family mediation and securing long-term settled accommodation.

At the launch attendees heard from a family who had been volunteering for 2 years and from a young person who said he had only been homeless for 11 nights thanks to Nightstop who helped him get his life back on track, but he didn’t know what would have happened if the volunteers hadn’t been there to help him.

The new service, is funded by a £200,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. They are aiming to recruit 45 volunteer hosts to provide around 400 nights of accommodation in its first year. Once the service is established in Sheffield they are hoping to expand across South Yorkshire.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Nightstop Sheffield, please call 0114 278 7152 or email amy.smith@depaulcharity.org.uk For more details and photo’s see the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NightstopSouthYorkshire/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1127375057346197

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

 

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Fund Raising for the Lord Mayors Charity

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On Saturday 25 June Cllr Karen McGowan and Marie Lodge who are part of the Lord Mayors Fundraising Team attended the Yorkshire Regiment’s Freedom Parade. This year the Lord Mayors Charity is supporting: The Army Benevalent Fund, Sparkle, St Lukes Hospice and Support Dogs

The Lord Mayor and Colonel George Andrew Kilburn MBE DL undertook an inspection of the service personnel and made speeches in Barkers Pool. The Freedom Parade then proceeded up Devonshire Street to Devonshire Green which Karen and Marie joined with collection tins. The Lord Mayor then hosted a Civic Reception in the Town Hall for the Regiment.

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.

Lord Mayors Civic Award for Dr Heatley

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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.

Friends of Frecheville Park & Pond on a Dig

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Councillor Karen McGowan joined members of Friends of Frecheville Park & Pond to dig over an area of land ready for planting in early Spring next year. Councillor McGowan said “although it was a cold day we soon warmed up! The area dug over is next to the war memorial and will look really nice next Spring when the flowers are in bloom. Thank you to Leon and Mike for all their hard work and thank you to the member Friends of Frecheville Park & Pond who volunteer to maintain the area on behalf of the local community they do a great job”.

Birley Environmental Group – First meeting a success!

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Thanks to all those who came to this evenings public discussion regarding a Birley Environmental Group.

 

Councillors Bryan Lodge, Karen McGowan and Denise Fox were all in attendance and answered questions from members of the public, before the evening turned into a group session on what current problems the community faces and how these can be addressed in future.

 

A second meeting will be held in January 2016. If you would like to get involved please keep checking our website for updates.