Aligarh cookery demonstration and St Columba’s cookery course

Aligarh cookery demonstration

Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool

Aligarh Indian restaurant in Crosspool

On Sunday 8 February Aligarh restaurant chefs will be demonstrating how to cook Chicken Balti, Chana Masala and Pilau Rice at the Crosspool restaurant.

The session takes place 2-4pm and all guests will recieve a three course meal, and a complimentory recipe card.

Tickets are £15 each – call the restaurant on 0114 266 6096 to book.

St Columba’s cookery course

St. Columba's church, Crosspool

St. Columba’s church, Crosspool

Meanwhile, St Columba’s popular Magnificent Meals for Men cookery course will be returning from Friday 30 January.

The cost for this is £50 for six sessions (£25 in case of financial difficulty), payable by cheque in advance.

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Agenda for Thursday 29 January 2014 Open Meeting

Open Meeting/AGM at St Columba's

Open Meeting at St Columba’s – click for provisional agenda (PDF, 703KB)

Crosspool Forum’s next Open Meeting will take place on Thursday 29 January 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:

  • Nick Hetherington, network manager for AMEY Streets Ahead road resurfacing programme
  • First Group’s commercial and business manager Andy Metcalfe
  • Kathrine Harboard: Broomhill Library (National library day is 7 February)
  • Local business: Aligarh restaurant

Agenda for Open Meeting on Thursday 29 January (PDF, 703KB)

Minutes from previous Open Meetings

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Tickets on sale for Snow White, the 2015 Stephen Hill panto

This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Snow White. It runs from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 February. Tickets are available online or from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207. More information is below.

Snow White, the 2015  Stephen Hill panto

Snow White, the 2015 Stephen Hill panto

It was back in 1968 when members of Stephen Hill Youth Club in Crosspool decided to stage a pantomime. A small group of young people met together over a period of months to write Puss in Boots which was staged the following year. It proved to be a great success and a new show has been performed every February Half term ever since. All the shows have been written and produced in-house.

This year the group of 40 or so 8 to 18yr olds is offering Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. The show was written by Ian Delaney together with brother and sister Lucy and Paul Nelson. The producer is Helen Gill. All these young adults commenced their involvement some years ago as members of the chorus and have graduated through starring roles into a fine production team.

Producer Helen [30] has been involved with the show since 1996 and feels that the standard of the shows on offer has increased year on year. ‘ We have been lucky enough to hold on to a significant number of young people who return each year to help with all the backstage tasks and we have a smashing team of wardrobe ladies who make the show look dazzling,’ she enthuses.

This year the Part of the Dame is played by Ian Delaney, coming back to the stage after several years on the production side. The part of Snow White is played by Rachel Lister who says that she was thrilled to be offered the title role and is enjoying the opportunities which it presents.

Katie Craig is on her fourth year, starting as a chorus member and having had main parts in following years. She is finding her part this year very interesting. ‘Working out how to project my personality onto the part of the magic mirror is quite a challenge’, she reflects.

The show is a spectacle of colour, humour, music, dance and drama with an appeal to people of all ages. Tickets are available online this year for the first time but can be purchased directly from Bob Hodges, who was at that first meeting back in 1968. ‘I have been busy selling tickets since Christmas, ‘ says Bob. ‘Lots of folk bring their children but it is wonderful that some people who are in their nineties are still amongst the first to request tickets each year, having seen every show.’

The show runs in half term week from Wednesday February 18th to Saturday 21st. There is a matinee on Saturday afternoon which always sells out very quickly.

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Crosspool post office reopens following Spar refurbishment


Thew new-look Crosspool post office inside Spar

Crosspool post office reopened its hatches earlier today following a two-week renovation.

The new-look counter has been rotated 90 degrees and extra floor space has been created at the back of the shop.

The whole Spar shop has been smartened up with new units and a new illuminated sign outside.

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Thanks for all your Christmas trees

Shredding Christmas trees

Shredding Christmas trees

Andrew Fisher and his crew of volunteers worked tirelessly for an hour and half shredding Christmas trees this afternoon to raise funds for the Crosspool Forum.

Over 120 trees were left by residents outside Direct Travel, with quite a number being over 8ft tall.

Money raised will help provide hanging baskets and floral displays in the Crosspool precinct.

On behalf of all who have and will benefit from their kindness, a big big thank you to Andrew (Complete Tree Solutions) and to Paul at (Direct Travel) for the use of the car park.

Please reciprocate their kindness by supporting these local services.

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Items wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Books wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Donations wanted for Crosspool Summer Fair

Do you have any unwanted prizes, gifts or bric-a-brac that might be suitable for the Crosspool Forum Summer Fayre bric-a-brac stall? For example glasses, small toys, jewellery, vases etc.

If so, please get in touch on We can collect if necessary, or they can be dropped off locally.

The annual Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 4 July. It’s part of the Crosspool Festival, which this year runs Friday 26 June to Sunday 5 July.

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Christmas tree recycling in Crosspool this Sunday

Christmas tree recycling

Christmas tree recycling in Crosspool this Sunday

You can bring your Christmas tree along to the area outside Direct Travel on Sunday 11 January between 10am and 12 noon for recycling/disposal by Andrew Fisher from Complete Tree Solutions.

Crosspool Forum will be collecting contributions to support the work of the forum in our community and also reimburse Andrew for any expenses. If you would like to give then the suggested donation is £2.

Please don’t leave your tree there after 12pm. Firewood logs will also be on sale.

January 2015 Chrstmas tree recycling

January 2015 Chrstmas tree recycling

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