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


Birley Ward Labour discuss the NHS

At the last Birley Ward meeting the hot topic was the NHS. Praise was given to local MP Clive Betts for his concern over the increasingly dangerous state of the National Health Service., and for his work on promoting the issues so far.


However, we feel this issue needs a greater awareness amongst members of the public, with local member Ken extremely passionate about the cuts that are both currently occurring, and planned for future – and the need to prevent them now to preserve the NHS as we know it.


If you would like to get involved with the debate, or have any other issues you’d like to raise then please contact the Birley Ward Labour Party online, or any of our Councillors; Bryan, Denise and Karen. Alternatively everyone is welcome to attend the next meeting, to be held on Tuesday 20th October at 7.30pm.

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.


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

Frecheville Library Christmas Fayre

Thank you to all the supporters of Frecheville Library’s who made the Christmas Fayre on Saturday a huge success. Thank you to the people for putting on such a variety of stalls and of course a special thank you to all the members of the public for calling in and participating. The atmosphere was great. Councillor Karen McGowan and Councillor Denise Fox did a £50 draw which was won by Cheryl at Directors Cut on Frecheville. The Birley Ward Labour Party donated the £51.30 raised to Frecheville Library once again thank you to e4veryone for the support it is very much appreciated.

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Frecheville Library celebrate National Library Day

Today I had the pleasure of joining members of the community at Frecheville Library to celebrate National Library Day. I arrived at 9.30 a.m. thinking I would be one of the first but I was wrong several people had already arrived. People were busy making tea and coffees and setting out cakes and buns. I was only able to stay for approximately 40 minutes but it was great to such a hive of activity and so many people attending. The event was supported by members of the Knit & Natter group held at Frecheville but also from the Crystal Peaks group, the local parent and toddler group and general members of the public – all were made to feel very welcome.

Emma Bramwell, Local Library Information Assistant said ”what a great morning, it was so busy there was standing room only at one point! People commented on how lovely it was to see the young mums & their children”

Libraries are our Community hubs – bringing people together across different sections of the community. Thank you to all those who provided the cakes, refreshments and raffle prizes. Over 120 people attended the event in 3 hours and raised just short of £100 for McMillan Cancer.

Councillor Karen McGowan said “A special thank you must go to Emma Bramwell for all her hardwork in promoting and bringing this together – well done Emma. A big thank you also for all the donation of cakes and prizes – these events don’t just happen it takes support from those that donate and also those that attend. Thank you to everyone for making it a huge success.”

Frecheville Library are Celebrating National Library Day on 8 February 2013

Frecheville Library are Celebrating National Library Day on 8th February 2013 (National Library day is on 9th). Staff would like to invite all members of the community to a coffee morning on Friday 8th February 2013. Emma Bramwell, local library Information Assistant said “we want the community to help us celebrate their local Library”. Library staff have invited local groups such as the reading group, babytimes and the knit & natter group as well as local people who regularly come in to the Library. All members of the community are welcome so please come and join in. The event is from 9.30 to 12.30 (local Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan will be present from 9.30 to 10 a.m.)

Please support this local event.