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Dance sessions in Hillsborough for 10 to 19 year olds

23 Mar

Dance

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Youth Club at SWFC for 13 to 19 year olds

23 Mar

Youth Club

New park on site of former Wisewood School moving forward

23 Mar

 

Plans for a new park on the site of the former Wisewood Secondary School in north Sheffield are moving forward.

Sheffield City Council had previously agreed to the exchange of a parcel of land from the former school site, which closed in 2011, with part of Spider Park.

The proposal would see part of the former school site developed as a new playground, while part of the existing Spider Park, off Sevenfields Lane on the Wadsley-Wisewood border, be developed for housing.

Now the council has approved an extra sliver of land in the deal, around a third of an acre to ensure that the quality of housing and impact on the surrounding area is sympathetic.

The council can now progress the disposal of the land to the preferred bidder, who will be required to submit a planning application, with the monies raised from the sale funding the installation and maintenance of the new playground.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m thrilled that, after a considerable period of time, this land swap can take place and a new park created where it is much-needed.

“The council’s preferred developer has made a commitment to ensuring the park moves ahead whilst also bringing a high-quality housing scheme forward.

“The existing Spider Park is poorly used whilst the new site on the former Wisewood School is in a much better location for the communities of Wadsley, Wisewood and Sutton. I’m convinced it will be a big success.
“Meanwhile, the new housing overlooking the rest of Spider Park, which enjoys great views over Sheffield, will make it a safer environment for all.”

The new parcel of land will accommodate an extension to Sevenfields Lane and the provision of a pedestrian route through the site.

New houses to the north side of Spider Park would provide natural surveillance over the remaining parkland and make the path between Dial House Road and Sevenfields Lane safer to use.

The proposed new children’s play area on part of the school site would help to meet the shortage of children’s play facilities in the local area and complete a recreational hub to complement the Wisewood Sports Centre, run by Places 4 People, and floodlit artificial pitches.

Section 106 contributions from the developer at Spider Park would help to fund the play area and its ongoing maintenance, with some additional Section 106 funding covering the balance needed.

 

Margaret Young, Chair of the Wisewood, Wadsley and Loxley TARA, said: “We are very pleased that the project is moving forward and we are very much looking forward to seeing the playground completed as it is just what the Wisewood area needs. The residents of Wisewood have been waiting a long time for this.”

 

Councillor Josie Paszek, ward councillor, for Hillsborough added: “I regularly attend meetings in the area and am frequently asked about the progress of the playground. This is brilliant news for the Wisewood area and like a lot of local people I think it will be a major asset for local people. We are looking forward to consulting and working with local residents and children to ensure the playground is everything they wish for.”

Wadsley Church Lunch Club are seeking Volunteers – Do you have a few hours to spare?

20 Mar

Wadsley Church Lunch Club

Worrall Rd,  S6 4BB

Is needing extra volunteers to join our team of kitchen assistants preparing, cooking, serving and clearing away the meal.

We meet Mondays, once a fortnight throughout the year, to cater for our elderly members, from 10am to about 2.30pm

The team is experienced, enthusiastic and friendly and will make you very welcome.  The work is very rewarding and much appreciated by our members.

You are given a free meal when on duty.

If you would like to know more, or to volunteer,

please phone Anne, 2348425

Cycling boost for people with disabilities – Every Thursday in Hillsborough Park

20 Mar

Cycling boost for people with disabilities

Cycling might seem like an impossible dream to some people with disabilities.

But that’s being challenged by a local charity which loans out specially adapted bikes and now offers a discounted rate thanks to a successful funding bid.

Sheffield Cycling for All, which is part of Disability Sheffield, runs every Thursday from Hillsborough Park. The charity has just received an extra £46,000 through HealthRich and is now able to loan bikes at just £3 per session. The funding will also allow the group to run weekly sessions on another day and is looking for volunteers to help with this.

One of its organisers, Caroline Waugh from Totley, said: “Having brain damage, epilepsy, impaired vision, broken limbs, lymphoedemia and cancer didn’t stop my passion for cycling, which is why I helped to set up Sheffield Cycling 4 All.

“It’s so important to be energised and feel the fresh air on your face. And what we do here is help people do the best they can.

“We’re delighted to have the extra funding as it means we can get more people on our bikes and hire them out at a discounted rate. One of our customers, a 79 year old woman, told me she takes 12 tablets a day for her health but nothing makes her feel better than cycling around the park with us.

“I wouldn’t like to say we can do everything but we’ve never had a disability we’ve not been able to cater for. We want more people to be able to use our bikes and are delighted that we can set up extra sessions. We’re now looking for more volunteers and even more support for our organisation.”

Sheffield City Council has helped support Sheffield Cycling 4 All through its ‘ward funding’ pot which is used to provide small grants to local community projects.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to support Sheffield Cycling 4 All with a small grant from the Hillsborough ward pot which is being used for bike shelters, maintenance and equipment. They’re a great organisation helping people do things they might otherwise not be able to do, and just one of the many groups who help make our communities strong.”

Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added: “This charity is opening up opportunities for people with disabilities and I wholeheartedly applaud its work.

“Sheffield is hosting the Special Olympics for people with learning disabilities this year and we want people to know that we’re an inclusive city and have something for everyone. Sheffield Cycling 4 All is a real part of this and I want to congratulate all the staff and volunteers for everything they do to help people enjoy cycling.”

Sheffield Cycling 4 All runs from Hillsborough Park on a Thursday from 10am-3pm between March and October, with reduced hours during the winter. People can turn up and borrow one of 17 bikes, suitable for people with different needs including wheelchair users and complex learning disabilities. Sessions can also be organised for disability specific groups.

Last year saw the number of people attending increase from an average of 18 to 28 each session. The charity has been running for six years, with bikes funded by Cycling UK, and is part of Disability Sheffield. Visit www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/sheffield-cycling-4-all for more information.

Visit theoutdoorcity.co.uk/outdoor-city-for-all/ for information about outdoor leisure opportunities for disabled people in and around Sheffield, including wheelchair accessible routes and walking groups.

HealthRich is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in South Yorkshire.  Visit www.healthrichcic.org.uk for more information. The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk. People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

Wardsend Cemetery – The Great Sheffield Flood Tour 11th March 2017

7 Mar

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This month, on the anniversary of The Great Sheffield Flood of 1864, Hugh Waterhouse will be leading the first of this year’s Wardsend Cemetery tours.

Hugh will recount how the wall of water that raced down the Loxley Valley, ripping up everything in its path, was responsible for the massisve destruction of property and the loss of hundreds of lives. The inundation had a devastating impact on the communities that lay just across the river from Wardsend, crashing against the hillside on which the cemetery stands and continuing on its deadly journey towards Sheffiled and beyond.

You will hear too the stories of some of the victims buried in the cemetery, the experiences of some of the survivors who were laid to rest there later and how the poor and the wealthy were treated by the flood commissioners.

This tour won’t be repeated again this year so be sure not to miss it.

The tour starts at 10.30 am and finishes at 12.00 pm.

Suggested donation £2.00 to help conserve Wardsend Cemetery. The Friends group are all volunteers.

There is a small car park just below the cemetery on Club Mill Road as well as some on street parking before the bridge on Livesey Street.

What issues do you have in your community ? Have Your Say About your local Ward Priorities

14 Feb

We would like to know what people living in Sheffield feel should be the priorities for the wards they live in.

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Each year every ward in Sheffield produces a list of three or four Ward Priorities; this is your opportunity as a local resident to have your say about what they should be for your neighbourhood. The ward priorities contribute to discussions with partners on local activity so you can see from them what local councillors and partners are working towards in your area. Councillors also use the ward priorities to help them decide how they allocate ward pot money to local groups and services in the ward.

Please follow the link below to fill in the short online questionnaire; although it shouldn’t take more than about five minutes there is space to add additional comments if you want to spend more time giving a detailed response.

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/communities-business-strategy/wardpriorities

Click this link to see the current Ward Priorities for the Central area.