On Saturday 23 November the Friends of Charnock Recreation Ground were presented with The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of the work they have done in regenerating the local park. The award was presented by the Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and Humberside and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Vickie Priestley. Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan attended the presentation and said “It was great for the hardwork of the Friends of Charnock Recreation Ground to be recognised. Since they have been formed they have raised a staggering £229,000. This all stemmed from a conversation about the poor state of the park area by a few mums outside the school gates. Well done everyone”.
On Tuesday 26th November 2013 the Birley Ward Labour Party heard a very thought provoking presentation from two members of the East Youth Forum; Daniel Smith and Harley Cooper. Councillor Karen McGowan said “Members were very impressed with these two young people. Whenever I work with these them they never fail to impress me, they are an absolute pleasure to be around and great young ambassadors for the East of the city.” The meeting should have concluded at 9 pm but due to the interesting discussions it didn’t end until 9.50 p.m. Councillor Bryan Lodge said “We had a very interesting discussion on whether the voting age should be reduced to 16 years. Daniel and Harley conducted themselves with professionalism throughout”.
They also put forward a suggestion regarding an information board at the skate board informing the public how it came about and who had been involved. The Birley Ward Councillors are now in the process of taking this suggestion forward.