HOW YOU CAN HELP

In response to a request for information on how we can all help support and make life in the UK safe and welcoming for the people from Afghanistan and around the world, here is a list of some organisations who are working with ASSIST and SCC for the City of Sanctuary appeal.

Afghan Crisis

Crosspool Open Gardens

Tomorrow, Saturday, 26 June, a number of Crosspool Gardens will be open for people to enjoy. Follow the directions on the brochure’s map to visit the gardens that are open.

 Crosspool Open Gardens is a chance for you to explore some of the wonderful gardens in our community, get to know your neighbours over a cuppa and cake and raise some money for charity.

Get a Ticket brochure from the Nest Café or Hudson’s Kitchen or just turn up and purchase a brochure from any open garden:  lookout for the posters displayed outside gardens that are open.

Children get in free and all proceeds go to charity.

Open Garden organisers:  Sue Day or Ken Rutter, 49 Benty Lane, Tele: 0114 268 0088 Email: 156kar@gmail.com

Make safety and social distancing the number one priority at all times.

Crosspool Open Garden’s Brochure Tickets Go On Sale.

Crosspool Open Gardens 2021

Crosspool Open Gardens is a chance for you to explore some of the wonderful gardens in our community, get to know your neighbours over a cuppa and cake and raise some money for charity.

Who knows, you might be enthused to share your garden next year!

Brochure Tickets, with details of the gardens entered for this year’s event on Saturday 26th June, are now on sale at Nest café & Hudson’s Kitchen

 Admission to all Gardens £4; accompanied children go free.

Refreshments and Table-top sales etc. may be available in most of the garden.

If you visit the open gardens by car, please be considerate of neighbours when parking

Nature Photographers

Nature photographers are invited to give it their best shot

Amateur nature photographers of all ages are being invited to enter a prestigious competition run by conservation science charity the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).

“The Julian Gardner Awards allows us to showcase the best images of the UK countryside, from the landscapes and wildlife to the people who live and work there,” said James Swyer, awards judge and press & publications manager at the GWCT. “The competition is in its eighth year,” continued James, “and every time we are amazed by the talent out there. We’d love to see lots of entries of Yorkshire’s beautiful scenery and wildlife.”

The awards are open to amateur photographers only.  There is an adult and junior category. Entries must be submitted by 30 June 2021.

“Whether nature photography is a new hobby turned to during lockdown, or something you have been enjoying for many years, we would love to see the results,” said James. “We are looking forward to seeing lots of inspiring images, perhaps taken on a local walk, in a nearby park, or in your own back garden.”

The 2020’s competition was won by Jenny Hibbert from Port Talbot, who has had a lifelong interest in wildlife photography. Her stunning image of an encounter between two hares in the Cairngorms instantly appealed to the judges and won against stiff competition.

Remarkably, 16-year-old Katy Read from Newcastle triumphed in the junior section for the second year in a row, with a photograph capturing a robin fluffing out its feathers against the cold.

The competition was launched in memory of Julian Gardner, a Sussex farmer and lifelong supporter of the GWCT, who was tragically killed while defending his property in October 2010. A donation from Julian’s family and friends funded two trophies, which are presented to the winners to display for the next year, along with prints of their award-winning photos.

The competition is open to all amateur photographers and is related to the GWCT’s research and advisory work – taking in all aspects of the UK countryside, including the people who live and work there, game, wildlife, all the various habitats and of course landscape.

There are two categories:

  • Adult section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner trophy – a sculpture of a hare.
  • 16 and under section – The winner will be awarded the GWCT Julian Gardner junior trophy – a sculpture of a leveret

Closing date for entries: 30 June 2021.
For more information and to enter please visit gwct.org.uk/photocompetition

Crosspool Festival 2021

Crosspool Festival Programme is now online:
It is also in the Crosspool precinct shops and is being distributed with the summer issue of the Crosspool Clarion.

The 2021 festival dates are Friday 26th June to Sunday 4th July 2021.

Festival Charity 2021
St Cuthbert’s food bank at Fir Vale, local giving.org

Photography Competition 2021


Please Email your photo as a jpg to: crosspoolfestivalphotos@gmail.com
at your earliest possible convenience before the end of May.

Crosspool Scarecrow Competition
Saturday 26 June – Saturday 3July

Crosspool Summer Fayre – Saturday 3 July

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

Visitors flock to see the new ‘Hen House’ refurb at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.

Whirlow Hall Farm was delighted to announce the opening of their newly refurbished Hen House this weekend. The project funded by local online educational publishing house, Twinkl enhances the immersive experience for visitors and the students the Trust supports. With a new 80-seater café opening in June, the Hen House refurb marks the next phase of growth for the charity, encouraging more visitors to the much-loved local spot.

The refurbished Hen House will enhance the learning delivery for the many vulnerable youngsters the charity works with but will provide the local community with opportunities to meet farm animals up close and personal, such as Horacio, the farms hand reared orphaned calf.

Jonathan Seaton and Susie Seaton with their son at Whirlow Hall Farm

On Saturday 24th April, in line with all current Covid restrictions, the Hen House was officially opened by Jonathan and Susie Seaton, Co-founders of Twinkl

Jonathan Seaton, Co-founder and CEO of Twinkl said: “It is really exciting to see the new Hen House at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust open to visitors. It’s a real honour to be involved in a project that will further support the educational work the Trust does with children and young people, and it’s fantastic that we were able to assist with the refurbishment.

I look forward to visiting regularly in the future and continuing to witness the great work done by the Trust in the community.”

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust plays a vital role in the city’s alternative provision network supporting children and young people facing a complex combination of difficulties which can include a range of mental health conditions.

The new Hen House together with our playground and upcoming new café will, without a doubt, help us to keep moving forward and allow us to share more magical moments with everyone at our beautiful location.”

Sarah Kerrigan, Head of Fundraising and Events said: “We are extremely grateful to Twinkl for supporting this project. Visitors to the café and shop help support the vital work we do so being able to meet a gentle calf, groom a rabbit, and check to see if the hens have laid eggs during their visit are not only fun and informative activities for local families, but crucial to encourage them to visit.

For more information visit whirlowhallfarm.org

ONLINE CONCERT

To be entertained by 9 local performers, singing, playing instruments or reading poems (but not all at the same time!), please log onto the Zoom Link below this Thursday -11th March-7 .30 pm.

The concert is Free but donations welcome in Stephen Hill Methodist Church letterbox
All the donations will go towards the One World Choir and the Alzheimers Society:

To enjoy the Concert, click on the Link below in good time to be admitted into the foyer (waiting room) for the concert to start at 7.30pm this Thursday 11th March

Link: https://zoom.us/j/97281836065?pwd=OHlBQUhET0Uyb3JCMUVQR3A5V3Mrdz09

Meeting ID: 972 8183 6065     Passcode: concert

Has Crosspool Got Talent

Bob Townrow is in the process of organising a virtual concert on Zoom at 7.30pm, Thursday March 11th. Although the concert is free, Stephen Hill Methodist and St Columba’s Church will be happy to receive donations towards their charities. Please contact Bob for details of how to contribute.

Dependent on the number of people coming forward to perform, it is anticipated that the concert will, with a short interval, last for around an hour and a half.

If you have songs to sing, music to play, poems to recite, or short pieces of writing you would like to read; a dance routine, conjuring or anything visual that would work on Zoom, please get in touch with Bob for the link.

Is there anyone you know that may be hiding their light under a bushel, and too shy or modest to come forward who you would like to see take part in the concert, if so please let Bob have their details. (Your name will not be mentioned)

If you would like to be part of the audience watching the concert, please let Bob know and he will send you the link – for what is a concert without an audience, or performers for that matter,

Bob Townrow  Tele: 0114 2301098 – Email: TowniesRM@TalkTalk.net