Agenda for Thursday 31 July 2014 Open Meeting

Open Meeting/AGM at St Columba's

Open Meeting at St Columba’s – click for provisional agenda (PDF, 864KB)

Crosspool Forum’s next Open Meeting will take place on Thursday 31 July at St Columba’s church. It starts at 7pm.

Come along and give your concerns on local issues to local councillors, the police and officials.

Guest speakers this time include:

  • First Group’s commercial and business managers report on 51 bus route progress
  • Todd Micklethwaite, Activity Sheffield: Walk boost in Crosspool

Agenda for Open Meeting on Thursday 31 July (PDF, 733KB)

Minutes from previous Open Meetings

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Have you seen Simon the cat?

A cat has gone missing from Crookes, St Anthony Road, the lower half of the road that overlooks Stannington, between Bolehills and Crosspool.

Simon is dark grey and white, part Siamese Tom Cat with slim long body, long legs, and pointed face.

He’s wearing a black flea collar with small bell and circular ID Disk – the word ‘microchipped’ on one side and a contact telephone on the reverse.

There may have been a sighting at the Marsh Lane Allotments. Please search garages/sheds/basements.

Have you seen Simon the cat?

Have you seen Simon the cat?

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Daytime slots available in CDYST hall

CDYST facilities in Crosspool

CDYST facilities in Crosspool – image from

Some availability has come up for daytime slots in the CDYST hall on Coldwell Lane due to the pre-school playball group moving to its own premises.

The slots are:

Monday: 9am-12pm and 4-5pm
Tuesday: 9am-12pm and 4-5pm
Wednesday: 9am-12pm, 1-2pm and 4-5pm
Thursday: 9-11am
Friday: 9am-12pm

Anyone interested should contact the Booking Secretary Liz Flesher using

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Are you a Crosspool classic car owner?

Are you a Crosspool classic car owner?

Are you a Crosspool classic car owner? Get involved in Crosspool classic car club

A Crosspool classic car owner is looking for other enthusiasts in the community to start a club.

Local resident Gavin Holliday, owner of a 1973 MG Midget, is keen to set up a very informal club to help owners can share knowledge, tips and get together for occasional runs and beer. He’d like like the club to reflect all classic marques or interesting vehicles.

If you’re interested then please email Gavin at


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Moor View Farm planning applications open for comment

Moor View Farm

Planning applications are online for Moor View Farm

Planning application 14/02155/FUL for the building of houses on the lower part of the Moor View Farm site is now online and open for comments.

The more detailed plans show five houses, garages, 12 parking spaces and two drives for vehicle access from Manchester Road.

This application is being submitted alongside another scheme, 14/02232/FUL, for the upper part of the site to replace the dilapidated barns with two dwellings, which is also open for comment.

There is also an application 14/01368/FUL to add an extension to the existing farmhouse.

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Ian Hague wins the 2014 Crosspool Community Award

Ian Hague receives the award from Damian JohnsonIan Hague receives the award from Damian Johnson

Ian Hague receives the award from BBC broadcaster Damian Johnson

The hard work of Crosspool Forum Chairman Ian Hague was recognised on Saturday when he was presented with an award for his contribution to our local community.

The Crosspool Community Award, or Crosspool Person of the Year as it is sometimes known, was set up in 2013 by Crosspool Forum to acknowledge commitment, accomplishment and achievement by individuals in the neighbourhood.

Retired Lydgate Junior School headteacher Sue Havenhand was the first person to receive the award last year, and following public nominations and a vote at an Open Meeting it was decided that Ian should receive it in 2014.

He was presented with the award at Crosspool Fayre on Saturday and gave a short speech to say thank you and explain his motivation for all his Forum work, which is to bring the community together.

Crosspool Forum Vice Chairman Steve Reynolds sums up Ian’s contribution:

Crosspool Forum Chairman Ian Hague

Crosspool Forum Chairman Ian Hague

Ian moved into Crosspool with his family in 1972, where his children grew up in the area before going to universities, getting married and having families of their own.

He worked for the CIS until his retirement in 2002. He was unable to hang up his working boots altogether, taking a couple of part time jobs helping out in Crosspool’s Greencross Chemist and also Kathryn’s Flower shop in the precinct.

The idea for Crosspool Forum came in late 2002, under the auspices of David Aspinall, then South West Area Coordinator. In June 2003 the Crosspool Forum was launched and run by volunteers under the watchful eye of Ian and Barry Clay.

The Forum was set up to tackle issues such as litter, grass verge parking, local public transport, planning applications and tree replacement. It had a large input into the 2007 traffic management scheme through the shopping precinct alterations and secured Hagg Copse (Coldwell Lane/Manchester Road junction) as a community green area

It has also worked to bring to light significant local planning applications, including the proposed convenience store at Motor World site in 2010 and more recently Moor View Farm.

In Ian’s eleven years at the Forum helm we have seen:-

  • The introduction and editing of the Clarion quarterly newsletter delivered to over two and a half thousand local households in the area.
  • In 2008 the installation of a bench, made possible by generous donations, was a welcome addition to the precinct.
  • 2010 saw the launch of our website, Crosspool News. Today you can also keep up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Precinct Planters/hanging baskets/Christmas trees.
  • Crosspool Festival, Summer Fayre and street markets.
  • Car Boot Sales and Community Skips
  • Vergeside bulb plantations, seeing 30 thousand bulbs planted over a decade
  • Annual Children’s Christmas Party
  • Various local computing training courses bringing computer skills to the more mature residents of Crosspool, and recently Tai Chi which is becoming very popular.

Since the launch of the Forum Ian’s drive and determination was to bring the community together, work with council officers, local councillors, schools and police, to improve and enhance the community in which we all live and work, promote a community spirit, and to preserve and improve Crosspool’s first-rate access to the countryside, village atmosphere, good neighbourliness and general character of the local area.

Over the last eleven years Ian has certainly achieved this goal.

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Crosspool golfer is back in the swing

Garfield Siberry

Crosspool golfer Garfield Siberry

Crosspool golfer Garfield Siberry has got his swing back on Hallamshire Golf Course in a record breaking one-month after suffering a shoulder injury.

Unlike previous treatments where his recovery has taken over a year, this time Garfield was back with his nine iron in time to celebrate World Golf Month with his buddies.

It was while moving a wardrobe upstairs at his home in Sandygate Road, Crosspool last November that Garfield felt a tear in his right shoulder. Having suffered from frozen shoulders in the past, he sought treatment from his GP.

Speaking about it he said, “I was worried the injury to my shoulder would mean I couldn’t play golf anymore. However, with just one treatment I was back on the course the next day.”

Garfield is a retired schoolteacher and has been an avid sportsman throughout his life. He has experienced his fair share of sporting injuries, including a broken vertebra in his neck while at rugby training, and has since moved away from contact sports. He now tees off at Hallamshire Golf Club several times a week instead.

He went to the Barlborough Treatment Centre near Chesterfield for treatment, on the recommendation of his golfing friends.

“My surgeon had expert knowledge and knew exactly where to put the needle in my back to cure my frozen shoulder. He told me what was happening as he undertook the procedure and explained it to me in layman’s terms.”

Care UK Orthopedic surgeon John Va Faye said although Garfield’s overnight recovery is quite rare, there are several tips that can help other keen golfers to get back into their swing quickly.

“If you suspect you have a frozen shoulder, the key is to get help early. The earlier you seek medical advice, the quicker you receive treatment and from what I’ve seen, the quicker the recovery.”

Despite some patients requiring surgery, Mr Va Faye said just like Garfield many can overcome their injuries through less drastic measures.

“Other points are to remain active, take anti-inflammatories with the advice of your GP, attend specialist physiotherapy and consider injection treatments. Most cases respond to these treatments well without the need for surgery.”

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