April 2011 Issue 93

Burngreave Messenger Issue 93
Burngreave faces cuts

The Council decided its budget on 4th March, cutting £84 million from its spending.

Young people challenge cuts

On 2nd February Burngreave residents took a petition of 1080 signatures, mainly from young people, against these cuts in educational maintenance allowance (EMA) and study support to the Council. The outcome achieved was certainly something to be proud of!

Burngreave Messenger: future and donations

The Messenger is still here, but needs some help… The Burngreave Messenger is delivered free to 9,000 houses in Burngreave and Firvale, six times per year. We remain entirely independent of funders and the content of the Messenger is decided by local people.

Burngreave Community Action Forum

From April BCAF will not have enough funding to employ a worker, however it will continue to work for the community through the network it has built up over recent years and with the support of volunteers.

In support of Ali Bashir

One of our friends at New Roots Café is being threatened with deportation to Libya. His name is Ali Bashir and he is a dedicated volunteer and friend to all at New Roots. He has been seeking asylum in this country for 10 years, but in March, was once again turned down by the Home Office.

Reza released

Local resident Reza Yosefi has been released from detention after a second reprieve from deportation.

World-Wide News

Poem: Sylvia Reaney

The Editorial: more online

The Messenger website is the place to go for local information.

Young Man Killed in Darnall

A Burngreave resident died after being run down by a car in Darnall.

High Flyers

Local youth group – High Flyers – win a Heart of the Community Award.

Young people save sports activities

Sports activities run by Activity Sheffield saved from cuts by local young peoples petition.

Man City Academy Day

25 local school children visited Manchester City's football academy

ESOL day of action

People in citywide English classes take part in a national day of protest against huge fee increases.

Parents demand Support for Whiteways

Whiteways parents demand answers from the LEA after OFSTED inspectors visit

No Smoking Day

National no smoking day event at Sorby House

Preventing Cancer

Chetna Patel talks to community groups about the Cancer Awareness Project.

Carwood Makeover Complete

Carwood has new plants in place, replacing shrubs planted when the estate was first built decades ago.

Spring Clean at Firshill

Firshill is getting ready for a Big Spring Clean. On 12th April Firshill Tenants and Residents Association (TARA)will get help from Streetforce, Sheaf Training, Sheffield Homes, the Safer Neighbourhood Team, Fire Service and St Catherine’s School to get the estate up to scratch.

Wensley residents support the No 5 Bus

Transport Executive in February to tell them how important the number 5 bus is to the estate.

Welcome Residents meeting

The Welcome Resident’s group held a public meetingin March to review their community bus service and discuss funding for the area.

Help to manage your weight

Being overweight or obese could soon overtake smoking as the major cause of preventable ill health. In 2010, almost a quarter of adults in England were obese.

International Women’s Day

On the 8th of March it was the 100th year of International Women’s Day. Verdon Recreation Centre was the venue for Burngreave’s annual celebration.

New hair salon on Spital Hill

Priscilla Waring has recently opened her own hair salon at the former BCAF office on Spital Hill. Known as “Cassy's Salon”, it provides a comprehensive service for men, women and children of all cultures.

Hard Times

Discuss and understand the impact of the tax, benefit, pension and other economic changes affecting home and work.

150 Years Ago

This year is the 150th anniversary of the opening of Burngreave Cemetery.

150th Anniversary of Burngreave Cemetery

Event to mark the 150th Anniversary of the cemetery on 17th April 2011

Byron Wood's got talent

Byron Wood classes each performed an act in their talent show heats.

World Record Event

Byron Wood School performed heads, shoulders, knees and toes in a world record attempt.

Firvale's Got talent!

Firvale Creative Art dept look for new talent in the school

School and Community Celebrate

St Patrick's day and Comic Relief celebration by the Firshill Community and St Catherine's School at the Crescent Community room cafe.

Whiteways Reaches Out

Whiteways primary school involves parents, carers and the community in school activities

Watoto Red Nose Day

Fancy dress, raffles and a cake stall for Watoto preschool red nose day.

History on your doorstep

Local resident, Tom Barnard, an archaeology student at Sheffield University lives next to Osgathorpe Park. Digging up pieces of worked bone in his garden led to a fivemonth archaeological dig that could put Osgathorpe Park on the map as an historical site. The Messenger went to meet him at the University Archaeology Department to find out more

Parkwood walk

Some days just feel like spring; on such a day the Friends of Parkwood Springs and Sheffield Rangers arranged a guided walk of the site.

Finding refuge at Greenfingers

In February, the Welcome Centre hosted a shared meal and short film show to launch a new project run by SAGE Greenfingers. From their base at Grimesthorpe Allotments, SAGE Greenfingers, an established local charity, offers creative therapeutic activities to a community of adults experiencing mental health problems (www.sagesheffield.org.uk).

Community Forestry season…

Look out for the new trees that have been planted in our area this winter:

Census 2011

The census is a count of all the people and households in England and Wales which happens every 10 years. Every household will have received a questionnaire from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which must filled in for 27th March 2011.

Easter Holidays

Events for the easter holidays

Abbeyfield Park Festival 2011

This years Festival will take place on Sunday 10th July 1-6pm. Volunteers for Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival are setting up a new, independent organisation for the festival.

Sheffield Youth Council's Holly

year old girl from Burngreave, Pitsmoor, who went to Firshill Primary School and now King Ecgbert Sixth Form in Totley where she is doing her A-levels.

High Hopes

Young people, parents, staff and trustees from Ellesmere Youth Project headed out on a cold January morning for a sponsored abseil.

Community Assembly news

News from the The North East Community Assembly.

Pitsmoor convenience store supports Firs Hill

Pitsmoor Convenience Store donated 192 bottles of water to Firshill School in February.

Byron Wood Primary is visited by aliens!

On 14th March 2011, the children of Byron Wood Primary School were introduced to Mr Zingcroll, an alien ambassador from the alien Croot race, a race without legs.

Firvale builds a gate

As part of Citizenship Day at Firvale School on 24th March, and in an effort to build positive relationships in the community, eight students and several staff set out to build and fix a gate. The gate will prevent access to a private landlord’s property used by local young people as a ‘hang-out’ and smoking area.

Musical at St Peter's - Two Sisters and a Funeral

St Peter's church Ellesmere hosted a performance of Two Sisters and a Funeral on March 12th.

Investing in People and Diversity

The Yemeni Community Association receives the Investors in People and Investors in Diversity awards

PACA wins Diversity of the Year Award

The Pakistan Advice and Community Association (PACA) has won a police award.

NEW Watoto Multi Sensory Room

Watoto Pre-School's multi sensory provision is a special place where children explore, develop their senses and skills in a relaxing and fun environment

Family Time events

Make a Den; African Drumming, Mould your own hands and feet; sing rhymres and songs; listen to stories; come and celebrate ‘Family Time’

Adult Learning Guide

Looking for a course in your area? All the information you need is on http://www.ne-adultlearning.org.uk.

Quit smoking and save money

Free confidential support and information to help you give up smoking.

Free stop smoking clinic

One-to-one sessions at Yemeni community Association, Firvale Centre.

Learn Safe, Drive Safe

If you want your sons and daughters to get the safest possible start in their driving career then contact one of the Learn Safe Drive Safe instructors.

Car Boot Sale

Saturday 14th May 2011 at Firs Hill Primary School.

Burngreave Jobs Fair

Wednesday 4th May, 9.30am – 1.00pm. A FREE event where you will be able to find out about vacancies, training and careers advice.

Website exclusives and Photo Galleries

Content and pictures unique to the April 2011 online edition.

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