Birley Ward Labour Councillor Karen McGowan and Maria Flude, an Officer from Voluntary Action Sheffield visited the Birley Spa Lunch Club at Hackenthorpe Community Centre on 8 July. Over 45 people attend and have lunch prepared and served through the South Yorkshire Probation Trust Community Payback scheme. Under the scheme courts can sentence offenders of certain crimes to undertake between 40 and 300 hours of work for the community. It’s unpaid work carried out by offenders in the community, and is a national scheme delivered locally by South Yorkshire Probation Trust.
Councillor McGowan met the two key organisers Joan and Lily who themselves are pensioners and said “these ladies are amazing they do an excellent job in keeping this club going. Many of these older people wouldn’t get out if it wasn’t for clubs like these it’s not just about the food (although this is excellent value at £3 for two courses) but it’s the social side of being able to play bingo and talk to people.”
If anyone is interested in volunteering at this lunch club or anywhere else in the city or wanting information on the nearest lunch club for them please contact
Maria Flude – Tel: 0114 2536698 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sheffield Futures East Team have released details of activities planned during the school holidays. Details of events that may be of interest to young people within the Birley Ward include sessions at Hackenthorpe Community Centre, Four Wells Drive on Tuesday evenings between 6:30pm – 8:30pm. A number of special sessions are planned around internet safety, guns and knive crime and bike crime. Further details are available from
Amey are holding public roadshow events to publicise the Streets Ahead improvement works to be carried out in the Hackenthorpe and Frecheville area starting this year.
The roadshow event will take place on the 16th April at the Hackenthorpe Community Centre on Four Wells Drive from 2.30-6.30pm. It is a drop-in session so residents and businesses can attend at any time between 2.30 and 6.30pm.
The roadshow dates will shortly be put on the Streets Ahead web pages on the Sheffield Council website at the link below
Last Saturday saw Christmas celebrations arrive early in Hackenthorpe when the Community Centre held their christmas Fair. On the first Saturday of the month, your Labour Councillors hold a surgery in the centre during the coffee morning but this month was a little special. ” The coffee mornings are always well attended but there were many more people around this month” said Cllr Karen McGowan. The centre was trimmed up and festive music was playing throughout. ” All three of us enjoy coming to the coffee mornings as there’s always a good atmosphere. With the carol singing and decorations, it had a real Christmasy feel. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves” added Cllr Bryan Lodge. The centre had a number of stalls along with refreshments, with the ladies in the kitchen doing a roaring trade in bacon sandwiches and hot drinks. ” Next time you’re around the shops on the first Saturday of the month, why not call in for a drink and a chat? We’d love to see you” said Cllr Denise Fox
Hackenthorpe Community Centre has a programme of regular events, with something for all members of the community. For details, please see the following flyer, which also includes contact details. Those wishing to download a full copy of the flyer – which includes an order form allowing application for any of the activities listed – may do so from the link at the bottom of this post.