Archive | May, 2014

Electoral review – consultation on ward boundaries

28 May

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England is asking local people for their help to draw up a new pattern of council wards for Sheffield City Council.

Following a public consultation, the Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should continue to have 84 councillors.

The Commission now needs information from people and groups across Sheffield to help it to produce a new pattern of wards to accommodate 84 councillors.

In drawing up new boundaries, the Commission aims to deliver electoral equality for voters in council elections so that each councillor represents roughly the same number of voters. The review also aims to ensure that the new council wards reflect, as far as possible, the interests and identities of communities across Sheffield.

Max Caller, Chair of the Commission, said: “The starting point of an electoral review is for the Commission to take a view on the number of councillors who should represent the authority in future. On the evidence presented to the Commission, we are minded to recommend that Sheffield should have 84 councillors in future, the same as the current arrangements.

“We are now asking local people and organisations to help us draw up new wards for the Sheffield. As we develop the recommendations, we will take into account local community identities as well as ensuring electoral equality for voters.

“Your views will make a difference.

“We will carefully consider all evidence that is provided during this phase of the review whoever it is from and whether it applies to the whole of Sheffield or just a small part of the city.

“We will publish all the submissions on our website so that local people can see all the various proposals we receive. Residents will then have a further chance to have their say after we publish our draft recommendations in October.”

Local people have until 4 August 2014 to submit their views. Further information on the review and interactive maps of the existing wards can be found at and





5 ways to improve well being

7 May

Just saw this and thought it would be good to share – 5 ways to improve well being

Improving health and well being is one of the ‘Local Area Partnership’ priorities for the north Sheffield area. This ‘Local Area Partnership’ is made up of organisations and departments that work in the north area to improve health and wellbeing and local councillors.

The group are currently looking at what we can do to reduce social isolation, how to ensure more people know about activities in the area and how to get more people online so that they can access vital services more easily.

Lunch Clubs – Referral Form

7 May

The Lunch Club Referral Service that was previously operated by the Sheffield City Council is now being managed by Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS).

The VAS Lunch Club Referral Service will operate from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can use the referral form below if you would like to make a referral to a local lunch club. Further information about the service can be accessed at

Please find the brochure below which outlines the other work that VAS does to support lunch clubs in the city.

Please spread the word about the new service to any older people that you come into contact with.

VAS Lunch Club Referral Form.docx

VAS Lunch Club Support Service brochure.pdf

North Sheffield business wins at the Countryside Alliance Awards

7 May

North Sheffield based ice cream company Our Cow Molly has scooped up the prestigious Countryside Alliance Award which honours rural businesses.

They came first in the ‘Local Food’ category, beating other companies including butchers and cheese-makers. The award was presented by Secretary of State for Defra, Owen Paterson MP, at a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on the 30 April.

Eddie Andrew, partner at Our Cow Molly, attributes the win to the farm’s commitment to the local community.

“We won not only because of the high quality of our products, but because of how we benefit the city and local community too,” he said. “We’re ecstatic to have won, we never thought we could be the best in the whole country!”

Our Cow Molly dairy ice cream was established in 2007, when Eddie and his family decided to diversify their products due to falling milk prices. By November 2007, they had won an award for producing one of the best quality dairy ice creams in the country.

The farm is situated in scenic Dugworth. For more information visit

What’s On at The Venue

7 May

This weekend is our car boot – Saturday 10th May starting at 9.30am we have over 45 stalls for you to browse and grab a bargain. Free entry and a selection of hot and cold refreshments on offer

Sunday 22nd June 10.00am – 4pm Vintage Antique Fair Entry £1.50

Adult Learning Classes – New Classes starting soon…

Computer Skills for Beginners – using a keyboard & mouse, basic internet & email, word processing Starts 16th May 1pm -3.30pm 8 weeks

Introduction Digital Photography, Video & Editing Images starts 10th June 10am -12noon 6 weeks £40 – covers how digital cameras work, understanding auto & manual settings, zoom, flash etc, taking digital photos in a variety of settings and conditions, using editing tools & software, importing images, publishing and sharing photos,

Scrap booking & creating memory books starts 10th June 7pm -9.30pm £40 plus materials – Do you just have loads of photos in boxes or on a computer – why not create beautiful hand made pages to display photos and create a memory book that can be treasured for years to come. Using paper crafting techniques, embellishments, journaling and stamping.

Bread Making – 3rd, 10th & 17th June 10am -2pm Learn how to make a range of breads with Chef on a Bike Dave Foster, from around the world including Asian, British & Mediterranean – £40 plus materials

Ring 0114 2838692 or email

Wildlife Trust Activities at Greno Woods

6 May

The Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham runs a whole host of events across the region, aimed at helping everyone get the most out of their local environment.  Please be aware that you may need to book in advance for our most popular events, and there may be a suggested minimum donation to help us cover the cost of running the event.

  • Please wear suitable clothing and footwear, bearing in mind that weather is unpredictable, especially on larger nature reserves in the Peak District.
  • Please make sure that your children are accompanied by an adult, as we are not able to take responsibility for them at events.
  • Many nature reserves have uneven or steep terrain, and may not be suitable for wheelchair or pushchair users. Please check beforehand.
  • Most events can be reached by public transport; for further information call Travel Line on 01709 515151.
  • Photographs may be taken by Trust staff at events and used for publicity purposes. Please speak to a member of staff if you are not happy about having your photo taken.
  • To see the location of meeting points given by grid reference, see

For further information, or to book your place on events, please contact our reserves team at:, or 0114 263 4335.


Trans Pennine Trail maintenance and family activity day

Greno Woods

Sunday 29th June, 10 am – 3 pm

 Join the TPT Rangers for a day of trail maintenance in Greno Woods, and help to keep this well-loved trail in tip-top condition. Families are welcome, as we’ll have plenty of activities available to keep younger attendees entertained. Please get in touch to confirm where we will be working.


Short course in woodland bird identification

Greno Woods

Sunday 8th June, 9 am – 2 pm

 Enjoy a summer walk around the woodland in the company of our bird expert. We’ll start off with a morning walk in the woods to see what we can see and hear, then retire to the Grenoside Reading Room for a more in-depth look at the different species (both resident and visitor) of this area. Booking essential.


Conservation Work Days

Practical volunteer days take place on several of our nature reserves, both during the week and on weekends. Tasks can include footpath improvement, walling, fencing, or habitat management, such as bracken pulling, birch bashing, and rhododendron control.  Volunteer days start at 10 am and finish at 3 pm; come along for the whole day or join us for an hour or two in the morning.  Tools and gloves are provided (as are tea and biscuits on weekends!)  Please wear warm, waterproof clothing, and sturdy footwear.  If you are able to join us for the whole day, please also bring a packed lunch and drinking water. Greno Woodsfourth Friday of the month.

North Area Small Grants are now open

1 May

The North Area Small Grants are now open for applications. Please click on the links below to download the Application Pack documents. The Application Pack contains:

The deadline for applications is the Friday the 30th May 2014. All wards in the north area (East Ecclesfield, Stannington, Stocksbridge and Upper Don and West Ecclesfield) are running a small grants round with the purpose of meeting the ward priorities. See the Ward Priorites document above for details on the amounts available in each ward.

Please read the guidance carefully to ensure that your group is eligible to receive funding before you fill in the form.  If you are unsure about your project and want to discuss it further please contact the Voluntary Sector Liaison Team on 0114 273 4631 or email:

Please help us to publicise this grants round by passing this information on to other organisations / community groups in the north area which may find this information useful.

Further information can be found on the Sheffield City Council Small Grants WebPage.

Last night’s Ecclesfield Library Meeting

1 May

Many local people attended the meeting about Ecclesfield Library last night. The Friends of Ecclesfield Library had arranged the meeting to tell residents about the plans for the future of the library, get ideas from people for how the library could be used and hopefully to get more volunteers interested in helping run the library.

The group has put together a business plan for running the library which has been accepted by the Council. They are currently working on a more detailed business plan with the vision of keeping Ecclesfield Library open for the community. Not only as a library but as a space for the community to use.

The residents who came along to the meeting had great ideas for how the library could be used such as after school clubs, drama groups, writing groups and even film clubs.

A small group of local people have been working together to keep the library open and now they need more people to come forward to actually help with the running of the library. People with all kinds of skills are needed by the group. For example, if you have office work experience, computer skills, financial or fundraising expertise you could be of great use to the group. However any local people who have some time to be able to support the library would be a great help to the group. Visit the group’s website if you would like to know more about how you could get involved.