2020 Crosspool Scarecrow Competition Winners

Scarecrows entered for the 2020 community scarecrow competition celebrating all key-workers, were of a very high standard, making it challenging for the judges and the community to choose the winners.

After careful consideration scrutinising all the scarecrows entered, Magid Magid (past Sheffield Lord Mayor), – Lord Seb Coe, (past Tapton Student) – and members of the Crosspool community, chose the following winners and runners-up;

Prize winner chosen by Lord Coe was “The Ringstead Nurse”  Ringstead Crescent (created from logs),

Prize winner chosen by Magid Magid was “The Spaniard’s” SpongeBob” Cardoness Road (created from a straw bale),

Prize winners will receive credit provided by Dan Kirkland for The Crosspool Tavern or Crosspool Sportsman pub (for food ;-)), when they reopen.

Prize runners-up, chosen by the community were:-

First runner-up prize, “Boris” (Marsh Lane allotments) – voucher to spend at the Green Cross Chemist, Crosspool.

Second runner-up prize, “Granddad Bus Driver” (Cairns Road) – voucher for two fish & chip dinners from the Crosspool Fish Bar.

On behalf of the community of Crosspool, we would like to take this opportunity to give big ”Thank You” to both Michele Hatton & Dan Kirkland for  organising this year’s scarecrow competition, and also to express our gratitude to Lord Coe and Magid Magid for making the time in their busy diaries to support the Crosspool community by selecting this years winners.

Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition. The organisers hope that the variety of entertaining individual creations encourages everyone to enter next year’s competition.

“Thumbelina”, a lovely Pantomime!

The mature enthusiasm and confidence, clear speaking and good expression of the actors and chorus line, aged between 9 and 18, was very impressive.

The amazing and spectacularly larger-than-life costumes highlighted the effort and work the crew and production team had put into staging Stephen Hill Youth Pantomime’s 52nd production, was clear for everyone to see.Helen D Gill

As the curtain came down on an outstanding example of musical youth theatre, Crosspool Forum chair, Ian Hague, came on stage and presented, producer and organiser, Helen Delaney Gill with the “2019 Crosspool Person of the Year” award.  This award recognises the outstanding contribution Helen has made to Pantomime, going above and beyond to care about the community and consistently giving up time and effort to help others.

PET OF THE YEAR

crosspool festival 2019Pet Winners 2019

These are the winning entries for this year’s
“Pet of the Year Competition”.

Each winner was presented with a voucher to spend at the Crosspool Pet Supplies, Sandygate Road, Crosspool

Cocker and Carr (Estate Agents), Sandygate Road, Crosspool 
who kindly sponsored this year’s event, will be displaying these photos in their shop window until the end of next week.

 

 

 

 

2019 COMPETITION WINNERS

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Comp winners 2019
2019 Competition Winners

After long deliberation judging the many entries to this year’s Photo, Art and Cake competitions, the winners were finally announced and awarded with their certificates and cash prizes at the close of the exhibition in St Columba’s Church at 4.30pm, Wednesday the 3rd July.

 

 

 

 

Nominate someone for 2018 Crosspool community award

Sheila Lomas is presented with the 2017 Crosspool Person of the Year award
Sheila Lomas is presented with the 2017 Crosspool Person of the Year award

Crosspool Forum is looking for nominations for 2018 Crosspool Person of the Year.

The award was set up in 2013 to acknowledge commitment, accomplishment and achievement by individuals in the neighbourhood.

In 2017 Sheila Lomas picked up the award for her voluntary work at Tapton Congregational Church.

Nominate someone by filling in the form below by Monday 7 May 2018.

All nominees will appear on a voting form in the autumn issue of the Crosspool Clarion.

2018 Crosspool Person of the Year nomination form

Volunteer wins 2017 Crosspool community award

Sheila Lomas is presented with the 2017 Crosspool Person of the Year award
Sheila Lomas is presented with the 2017 Crosspool Person of the Year award

A local resident who has spent decades helping out in our local community has been rewarded with this year’s Crosspool Person of the Year award.

Sheila Lomas is well known for her voluntary work at Tapton Congregational Church where she has been involved with hosting garden parties, Christmas events and summer fetes and other fundraisers.

Her selfless work in the local community has been truly remarkable and she is a worthy recipient for this award.

In 1997 Sheila started the Soup and a Roll lunch club with 6 guests. Still running today, it has grown to nearly 40 diners, meeting monthly for lunch, a natter and an afternoon of entertainment.

Crosspool Forum had arranged for the Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Murphy to make the presentation at the Open Meeting on Thursday, but due to a last minute reschedule the Lord Mayor was unable to attend and has therefore kindly agreed to officially present Sheila with the award a little later in the year.

Crosspool pre-school volunteer wins award

Martin Swift, winner of a Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award
Martin Swift, winner of a Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award

A local volunteer has won an award for his outstanding voluntary work at Crosspool Community Pre-School.

Martin Swift began volunteering at the pre-school in 2011 and his commitment and contribution to the charity was recognised when he was presented with The Pre-School Learning Alliance Volunteer Award for the North Division at an event in Leeds.

Pre-school Manager Lauren Hodgson said: “Martin became our chairperson in 2011 when his eldest daughter attended pre-school. His son has also attended pre-school last year and he has another child to follow.

“He has shown a high level of personal commitment and made a valuable contribution to the running of our committee and pre-school. This has enabled our community based pre-school to continue to run and provide high quality education and care for local families.

“Martin has been very supportive in helping implement changes such as our lunch time club which enabled children to attended mornings and afternoon sessions. This has helped working families, provided a social opportunity for the children to eat together and generated much-needed revenue for pre-school and helped us be financially sustainable.

“When pre-school was flooded in 2012 he helped with our insurance claim and the big clean up. As a result, pre-school was only closed to families for two days as we relocated into our main school building.

“Martin was a fantastic support during our Ofsted inspection in 2015 and was available to talk at length to the inspector about his role as chair of the committee and pre-school’s strengths and priorities for improvement. We were very pleased with our ‘good’ judgement. He was proactive in our recruitment for a new deputy manager and helped with the restructure of the staff team. He spent many hours developing the interview process and chaired the interview panel.

“Martin attends and chairs the regular half term committee meetings and is available for conversations throughout the week. He regularly comes to visit the setting and is a familiar face to the children, families and staff team. He helps with any financial matters that arise and makes suggestions and contributions for our policies and procedures. He also helps with any issues or concerns that are raised and helps develop our plan for improvement.

“Martin’s support has been vital for the effective running of Pre-School and I really value his support and contribution as the chair of our pre-school management committee. The award reflects Martin’s hard work and responsibility as an outstanding volunteer as our nominated chairperson which is essential for us to continue to run as a pre-school for children in the community.”

Martin is now through to the National Pre- School Alliance Learning awarding in London on 16 June.

Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award

Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague
Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague

Residents in Crosspool nominated and elected Glenda de Brouwer the 2016 Crosspool Person of the Year.

The award was presented to Glenda by Crosspool Forum chair Ian Hague during the Lydgate Junior School’s Friday morning assembly, marking the valued and much-appreciated contribution she has made to our community.

Glenda’s dedicated leadership of the Beavers every week in the Benty Lane scout hut for the past 12 years and her positive influence as a teacher at Lydgate Junior School has benefited many children and parents and made her both well-known and respected in the community.

The time and leadership Glenda has given through scouting, teaching and many other things has led to countless young people having life-enriching experiences.

Crosspool would not be such a great place to live without people like Glenda, who just gets on with serving the community week in, week out.

Whilst at the school, Ian Hague and vice chair of the Crosspool Forum Steve Reynolds took the opportunity to present a £300 cheque towards the school funds, a proportion of money raised from this year’s Crosspool Forum’s festival.

Steve Reynolds wins 2015 Crosspool community award

Steve Reynolds
Steve Reynolds

The dedication of the Crosspool Forum vice chairman Steve Reynolds has been recognised with him being presented with the 2015 Crosspool person of the year award.

The award, set up in 2013 by Crosspool Forum on a suggestion by St Columba’s minister Reverend Frances Eccleston, acknowledges commitment, accomplishment and achievement by individuals in the neighbourhood.

On the recommendation of the Frances, Crosspools first award winner was Sue Havenhand, the retired headteacher of Lydgate Junior School.

In 2014 some 50 residents, at an open meeting, proposed and voted Ian Hague, Crosspool Forum Chairman, as the person to receive the award.

For the 2015 award, voting slips were compiled from a shortlist of people, nominated by the public and published in the Crosspool Clarion. Steve Reynolds, receiving the most votes, was presented with an engraved tankard and certificate at last week’s open meeting.

Tapton students honored with Diana Award

This week eight students from Crosspool’s Tapton School received a Diana Award for an initiative which has provided a safe haven for young people from homophobic and transphobic bullying.

Rosie, Sara, Catherine, Ruairidh, Molly, Oliver, Imogen and Aleksandra, all aged 17, are the Tapton Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Straight Alliance (LGBTSA), nominated by SAYiT in Sheffield.

The group formed an alliance for the protection of young people at their school who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. As well as being a support network, LGBTSA has helped develop the way in which their school can provide a safe and happy learning environment for students.

LGBTSA has also inspired students from other schools who learned of their campaigning success to establish their own alliances.

The Diana Award is a lifetime award set up in memory of Princess Diana and today has the support of her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry and the Prime Minister as Patron.

It celebrates young people who have had a monumental impact on the lives of others – whether they’re a volunteer, fundraiser, young carer, campaigner or anti-bullying mentor – they all share a deep sense of social responsibility.

Diana Award