Glee in Crosspool

Two local residents, both producers and directors of the Crosspool Theatre Group, have formed an experimental, weekly Glee Club event to offer youngsters the opportunity to act, sing and dance to their favourite music with professional tuition and supervision.

Helen Marshall-Serrano, now a drama teacher at Firth Park school, is an experienced actress and dancer. Helen has appeared in the past, on numerous off-Broadway musicals in the United States. Paul Heatley, her partner is a professional singer and also a supply teacher at the same school.

The objective of the Glee Club, the format of which is loosely based on the popular TV show, is to provide the perfect opportunity for 7-13 year olds to make new, like minded friends and have fun , whilst improving potential performance skills and self-esteem. Helen comments: “Developing these skills will help the young people in later life, whichever occupational path they eventually choose to take.”

Glee Club workshops are held weekly at King Edwards’s lower school every Saturday between 11am and 12.30pm. A fee of £5 per session is charged.

Helen and Paul are both experienced professionals and are both fully CRB checked and accredited.

For further information email hms65@live.co.uk or call Paul on 07786 026721.

Mobile library service to be cut in Crosspool

Crosspool mobile library: the service is to be cut
Crosspool mobile library: the service is to be cut

In a bid to save £1.4 million from the budget, Sheffield City Council is to drastically cut back its mobile library service.

Currently the mobile library makes weekly visits in Crosspool to Benty Lane and Watt Lane (twice), plus monthly visits to Moorbank Road Flats and Tapton Hill Road.

Under the new proposals, the Crosspool service will be reduced to a single weekly visit to Watt Lane and a monthly visit to Moorbank Road Flats.

You can have your say on the cuts as part of a consultation exercise.

Sheffield Telegraph: Library van hit by cuts

Proposed reduced timetable

Calling all Crosspool artists!

Painting by Rosie HoylandDo you want to be part of the Crosspool Festival art show and have your work on display at St Columba’s church in July?

The organisers are appealing for artists who live in the Crosspool area or are involved in the Crosspool community to submit work for the show.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Margaret Townrow on 0114 230 1098 or towniesrm@talktalk.net, or Judith Hanson on 0114 268 1505 or hasseandjudith@btinternet.com with your name and telephone number.

They will need details of your paintings by 11 June.

Washday Blues by Margaret Townrow

Ken Hoyland painting

Spring fayre and art exhibition this weekend

Two local events are taking place this weekend.

Tapton Hill Church is hosting a Spring Fayre on Saturday 9 April. It starts at 2pm and there are stalls and refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Running both Saturday and Sunday is a Hallam Art Group exhibition. It takes place in Hallam Community Hall on Hallam Grange Crescent and is open 10am-5pm.

Tapton Hill Church

Hallam Art Group

Tapton Hill Congregational Church, Crosspool
Tapton Hill Congregational Church's Spring Fayre is on Saturday

Sleeping Beauty, the Stephen Hill Youth pantomine

This year’s Stephen Hill Youth pantomime is Sleeping Beauty. It runs from Wednesday 23 February to Saturday 26 February. Tickets, at £4 or £3 for under-12s are available from Bob Hodges on 0114 230 3207.

Full information is in the flyer below, along with some photos from past Stephen Hill Youth pantomimes.

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Stephen Hill Youth pantomime Sleeping Beauty
Stephen Hill Youth pantomime Sleeping Beauty, 23-26 February

Wanted: your pictures for Crosspool Festival Art Show

Painting by Rosie Hoyland
Painting by Crosspool artist Rosie Hoyland

Plans are in place to host an Art Show in St Columba’s church as part of next year’s Crosspool Festival in July.

The organisers are appealing for artists who live in the Crosspool area or are involved in the Crosspool community to submit work for the show.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact Margaret Townrow on 0114 230 1098 or towniesrm@talktalk.net, or Judith Hanson on 0114 268 1505 or hasseandjudith@btinternet.com before 15 April 2011.

Washday Blues by Margaret Townrow
Washday Blues by Crosspool artist Margaret Townrow
Ken Hoyland painting
Whitby by Crosspool artist Ken Hoyland

Crosspool Characters: local author Judith Hanson

Judith Hanson
Judith Hanson

We meet Judith Hanson, author of two local history books about Crosspool and secretary of Hallam Art Group.

Her first book, Images of England: Crosspool, contains photos and text exploring the suburb’s development over time.

Follow-up title Crosspool Through Time features many more contrasting images of Crosspool.

How long have you lived in Crosspool and what do you like about the suburb?

I have lived in Crosspool since 1979. I am originally from Hunters Bar but have also lived in Bingley, London, Cyprus and Sweden. I like Crosspool as it is so close to open countryside, it is a very friendly community and a very pleasant place to live.

Images of England: Crosspool by Judith HansonTell us about your 2003 book on Crosspool. What made you decide to write it?

My first book came about through my being a bit of an amateur artist; I am secretary of Hallam Art Group. I wanted to paint pictures of the pubs in Crosspool and it was about the time that the King’s Head was to be demolished.

I worked in the post office and asked several people if they had photos of the King’s Head in its prime – to paint from. I realised that we were losing our local History and it needed to be recorded.

I had bought the Tempus Publishing book on Ecclesall so I wrote to them and asked if a book on Crosspool was in the pipeline. They said “No, how about doing one”. So I did.

How did you go about researching the content for your books? Was it hard work?

Because I worked in the post office and knew so many people I managed to acquire a lot of info and photos. Sadly some of these original photos have already been lost on the deaths of their owners.

My first book took over my life for several months and apart from talking to people, visiting them and listening to their stories I did a lot of research in the Local Studies Library.

Crosspool Through Time by Judith HansonThe first book must have sold quite well, as you produced a follow-up book in 2010. How is the second book different?

For my second book, which I said I would never do, I also took a lot of photographs. The second book shows contrasting views of now and then.

A lot of my original contributors were no longer around so I had quite a difficult job finding new photos and of course I no longer had my contacts through the post office.

Do you have plans or material for any further books about Crosspool?

I have no plans for a future book but I am sure there is scope for someone else to take up the mantle. I wish there were some books on Fulwood and Broomhill too! 
I did do one more project. I was asked after my first book if I would do some guided walks which I declined.

However, I did do a guided walk booklet which was sold at GT News. The proceeds went towards a new bench in Lydgate Green at the bottom of Lydgate Hall Crescent.

If you’re struggling for a Christmas gift idea, then have you considered Judith’s books? They are available to buy from local shops, direct from the author or online:

1. From local shops: both books are available at GT News and Crosspool Through Time is also available at Craft Angels.

2. Direct from the author: signed copies can be purchased from Judith at 25 Lydgate Hall Crescent, Sheffield S10 5NE.

3. Online, from retailers such as Amazon:

Images of England: Crosspool (2003) by Judith Hanson on Amazon

Crosspool Through Time (2010) by Judith Hanson on Amazon

Gospel Concert by the University of Sheffield Gospel Choir

On Thursday 2 December 2010, Stephen Hill Methodist Church in Crosspool is hosting a Gospel Concert featuring the University of Sheffield Gospel Choir.

The event, which will feature an eclectic mix of music for Christmas, starts at 7:30pm. Entry for adults is £5, with concessions £3.50. Tea or coffee and biscuits are included.

The University of Sheffield Gospel Choir
The University of Sheffield Gospel Choir come to Stephen Hill on 2 December 2010