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.

George McDonald

Hackenthorpe Gala 25-6-11 (41) George with Pat Emmingham (right) and Councillor Denise Fox (left) on the Labour Party Stall at Hackenthorpe Gala in 2012

George McDonald sadly passed away on the 1st January 2016 peacefully surrounded by his family. George had been Clive Betts agent for many years as well as the agent for many councillors over a long period of time. His life was dedicated to helping others and he saw the labour party, the party that cared enough to make the difference. He was a governor at Charnock Primary school and Birley Learning Community. He also sat on the schools appeal panel. He gave a lot of his time to the schools and spent many hours listening to children read helping them improve their skills.

George will be missed by many but he will never be forgotten. He had an abundance of energy that astounded people younger than himself.

Birley Ward Councillor Meetings for 2016

Your Birley Ward Councillors hold regular advice surgeries every month should you need to speak to someone in person. These are held at:

• Hackenthorpe Community Centre, Main Street on the 1st Saturday in the month (9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.)

• Gleadless Library, White Lane on the 2nd Wednesday in the month (4.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.)

• Frecheville Library, Smalldale Road on the 3rd Saturday in the month (11.00 a.m. to 12 noon)

• Open Door Learning Centre, 11-13 Birley Moor Crescent on the last Tuesday in the month (3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.)

(Please note there are no surgeries in August. However, you can contact one of the ward councillors directly for help or advice during this month).

 

The Birley Ward branch meetings are to be held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Hollinsend Methodist Cricket Club, Fox Lane, Sheffield S12. All meetings start at 7.30pm. The dates are:

19 January 2016

16 February 2016

15 March 2016

19 April 2016

17 May 2016

21 June 2016

19 July 2016

August 2016 no meeting

20 September 2016

18 October 2016

15 November 2016

December 2016 no meeting

DISTRICT LABOUR PARTY (DLP) MEETINGS FOR 2016

Venue: 7.30 p.m. at the Trades & Labour Club at 7.30 p.m.

All members are welcome to attend but only those that are the Branch delegates are able to vote. These are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month (except for August)

SOUTH EAST CONSTITUENCY LABOUR PARTY (CLP) MEETINGS FOR 2016

Venue: 7.15 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Tannery Street, Woodhouse

All members are welcome to attend but only those that are the Branch delegates are able to vote. These are held on the 3rd Friday of each month (except for August and December)

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.

Frecheville Library and the Prince’s Trust: one foot on the path to a bright future

 

 

This week our Birley Ward Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan joined the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Hussain for a presentation event held at Frecheville Library. The event was for Princes Trust volunteers aged 16-25 to present what they had done as part of their 12-week programme, and what they had planned for the future, with the Lord Mayor presenting certificates of achievement.

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Birley Ward Labour would like to say well done to everyone involved, especially with the community project undertaken which was the painting of the outside of the Frecheville library.

The Prince’s Trust Team programme lasts 12 weeks in total, and includes a residential visit, a work placement, a community project and team challenges, as well as team working exercises, employability skills, CV writing and fundraising sessions. The course itself is designed for young adults between the ages of 16 and 25, and is intended to give young people experience as well as a better chance at obtaining future employment.

If you are aged between 16-25 and interested in the Prince’s Trust Team Programme please contact Annabel Smith on 07717680938 or email Annabel.smith@sheffcol.ac.uk

Birley Ward Labour Party celebrates National Care Home Open Day

 

 

 

The National Care Home Open Day is a UK wide initiative that encourages care homes to open their doors to local communities. This annual event is growing in popularity with thousands of care homes now taking part.

 

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The aim is to show people what excellent care homes are all about, and as part of this year’s event, Cotleigh Residential Care Home invited Councillors Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge, along with MP Clive Betts to represent Birley Ward and celebrate all the good work the care home has been doing.

The event was organised by former Cotleigh volunteer Natasha Wilson and included a garden party, getting the residents involved in dancing to live music, and was also attended by members of Radio Sheffield. After a great day Karen McGowan said “We really value the work that these carers do for our ever growing elderly population – where would we be without them!”

Congratulations to Councillor Denise Fox – Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield

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Birley Ward Labour Party would like to congratulate Denise Fox on becoming the new Deputy Lord Mayor of Sheffield.

 

She was nominated by her fellow Sheffield Councillors and took up the role on 21st May for the municipal year 2015 – 2016.

 

We wish Denise all the best and look forward to hearing more from her in future about how the role of Deputy Lord Mayor is progressing.

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Non-Uniform Day Raises Money for Local Libraries

Local schools held a non-uniform day on Friday 17th April to raise money for Frecheville and Gleadless Libraries.

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Charnock Hall Primary School raised £297 for the Gleadless library; Birley Community Primary School raised £461 for the Frecheville library, and Birley Community College raised a massive £850 that will be split amongst both libraries. Local Labour Councillors Denise, Bryan and Karen arranged for the cheques to be presented by the Lord Mayor Councillor Peter Rippon.

 

As most people will know, the libraries are now entirely volunteer run, and to date the staff at both Gleadless and Frecheville, have done a fantastic job in keeping these libraries open for the community to use. The council is doing what it can to support financially, for example paying the utility bills for the first 3 years of operation; however, the libraries are showing they can be financially viable which is important so services can be maintained once funding ceases.

 

Frecheville and Gleadless Libraries, as well as Labour Councillors Denise Fox, Karen McGowan and Bryan Lodge would like to thank all the pupils, parents and teachers of the schools for holding the event and donating all the money raised. Everyone seemed to have a great day, and it all helps keep library services in the community.

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Birley Ward Labour Interviews Councillor Karen McGowan

Continuing the Councillor interviews, today Councillor Karen McGowan has answered a few questions on her motivations for becoming a Councillor, what she’s most proud of achieving and how local people can get involved in community activities.

Karen McGowan
Birley Ward Labour Councillor

 

Growing up in the Birley area, Karen has been a Birley Ward Councillor since 2010. The first question we put to her was what motivated her to become a Councillor?

 

I’ve been a member of the Labour Party since the 1980’s and have been active within the community for as long as I can remember with things such as being a school governor at Birley Learning Community and a member of the Birley Health Centre Patient focus Group.

 

It was Councillor Bryan Lodge who suggested the idea of becoming a Councillor. I was hesitant at first, but after shadowing other Councillors I realised I had the passion to help make a positive difference, and if being a Councillor will help me in achieving this, then it was something I felt I should get involved in. Although if you had told me 10 years ago I’d be entering my 5th year as a Councillor I wouldn’t have believed you.

 

In you time as a Councillor, what have been your proudest moments?

 

Serving my local community is something I’m extremely proud of. I’m really passionate about making it the best place to live and work for everyone.

 

The development of the Hackenthorpe Skate Park was a great success. We listened to all the residents and came up with a solution that’s worked for everyone. It’s given the local youth something they wanted and has been extremely popular so far.

 

Working with local volunteers is also something I’m always proud of, especially recently with volunteers who are running both the Frecheville and Gleadless libraries. I’ve found it a real privilege to help support such dedicated and hardworking residents who are making our areas better.

 

Additionally, the amount of litter around is something I don’t like to see, and so in response to resident concerns, the Birley Blitz litter-picking events were organised and so far these have been brilliant. It’s been a great way to get others involved and really make an immediate difference to how our streets look and feel.

 

How do you fit all the council duties around your day-to-day job and family?

 

It is difficult to manage as I have responsibilities just like everyone else. As well as being a Councillor I have a husband and daughter and work for the University of Sheffield 3 days a week. I’m very lucky in that my family are hugely supportive, as it’s them that my Councillor duties impact upon most as I’m often out both evenings and weekends meeting residents, at council meetings, or getting involved in local events and activities.

 

How can members of the local community get involved?

 

They can let me, Bryan or Denise (fellow local Councillors) know of any issue that’s important to them in our community. Alternatively, they can get directly involved in any existing community group we have such as Friends of Charnock Recreation Ground, Friends of Frecheville Park & Pond, Friends of Dykes Vale Park, volunteering at Frecheville or Gleadless library or even by simply buying and donating books from the libraries. There are already a lot of local people making a huge difference to our local community and I’m always keen to help others the best I can.

 

And finally, what are your main hobbies outside of the council?

 

I enjoy swimming and also like to read whenever I can – I’m a big Nora Roberts fan.