Having now been officially advised that trips for waste management and Community work/volunteering are permitted during the current lock down, in the interest of protecting the environment, the Crosspool Forum has taken the decision to go ahead with the Christmas Tree Recycling this Sunday, 10th January 2021 –(10am to 11.30am).
To ensure that everything runs smoothly and STRICT SAFETY GUIDELINES are observed, the following steps will be taken to help keep everyone safe during the tree recycling.
Everyone will be required to:-
Observe Social Distancing –
Wear a Face Covering –
Follow the Guidance of the Forum Volunteer Marshals, who will be on hand all morning to supervise socially distanced one-way queuing during a drop and go approach.
(NO Hanging around or Gathering Socially).
Thank you for your interest in protecting the environment by recycling your Christmas tree and for your understanding that these steps have had to be taken to help keep our Volunteers and attendees safe during these unprecedented times.
To find out more about the virus and how you can do your bit, visit the NHS, and National Lockdown Guidance. Gov.uk websites.
Please! Please!, respect the environment and everyone’s Safety, make recycling your Christmas tree a real family occasion by disposing of your tree sensibly on Sunday Morning, 10th January, between 10am & 11.30am,
Can we respectfully ask that you DON’T drop your tree off before this date and time.
Christmas was always going to be a bit different for everyone this year.
Though we couldn’t come together to celebrate Christmas as we would have liked. Undaunted, and determined to lift everyone’s spirits, the residents of Crosspool went the extra mile to decorate and adorn their homes and gardens with a wonderful sparkling displays of festive lights for everyone’s delight on their evening walks around Crosspool.
Some of you may have had the good fortunate to hear five members of the Loxley brass band playing Christmas carols as they toured the neighbourhood on Christmas Eve.
A few weeks ago when Hayley Midwinter (a Crosspool resident) was having her daily chinwag with Mo, the Big Issue seller outside the Spar in Crosspool, he told her that he had been robbed of his rucksack and coat etc. just after getting off the bus near to his home.
Hayley thought I must try to find something that would help to keep him warm. Alas after a rummage through her attic and finding nothing that would help Mo out, she posted a request for donations on S10 Sales and Swaps and was absolutely dumbfounded by people’s trust and kindness when inundated with wonderful donations of clothes and money. One lovely, amazing, kind, unbelievable couple, who she didn’t know, knocked on her door and gave her £50! Her family couldn’t believe their trust and kindness.
When these donations were presented to Mo at his spot outside the Spar he was astonished at the community’s generosity and was extremely grateful for the assistance he had been given. The lovely Crosspoolers who donated, made it a happy Christmas for Mo, his sons and family in Pakistan.
Observing social distancing, the Joy of Christmas came to Crosspool.A Brass Quartet played Christmas carols in the precinct and thanks to the Crosspool; Forum volunteers, the shops are adorned with decorated festive Christmas trees.
Making their way to a nativity doorway, up a footpath lined with over 80 decorated jam jars for the ‘Nights of Light’, visitors to Tapton Hill Church were just blown away with people’s creativity as they passed a wooden thanksgiving tree festooned with homemade decorated baubles and amazed by the beautifully decorated doors and windows on a small Nativity trail around the Tapton Hill neighbourhood.
If you would like to show your support to our local smaller business community, and haven’t already taken the opportunity to follow the Crosspool Nativity trail around Crosspool shops, you have until the 24th December to take part.
There will be a Virtual Carol Sing over Zoom this Monday at 10.30am featuring traditional, local and modern carols played. Some from YouTube and some sung live. Sing along to them as loudly as you like in the privacy of your own home where no-one can hear you.
If you don’t receive a copy of the Stephen Hill/St Columba News sheet, E-mail: TowniesRM@TalkTalk.net for a copy of the words of any of the carols which do not appear on screen,
Joy Newbould, who works at the Charisma shop in Crosspool, has organised a Brass Quartet to play Christmas carols around the Crosspool shops, on Saturday 5th December.
Observing social distancing at all times, Joy and her co-musicians would love you to take this opportunity to enjoy listening to your favourite Christmas Carols with them.
Having not been permitted to fulfil any engagements this year, they are so excited to have this opportunity to play once again after the lockdown and are looking forward to bringing a bit of cheer to all you lovely people, who, by shopping locally, help keep Crosspool vibrant and inviting. If you would like a particular carol played please don’t hesitate to approach Joy with your request!
To raise money to keep their respective bands afloat (Carlton, Frickley, Hepworth, GUS, Old Silkstone & Bandafloat), on Sunday 6th December, for a donation towards the running costs of these registered charities, they would be happy to play locally your chosen carols for a 20min session outside anyone’s house or in the garden.
Joy promises you that the tempo will be cheerful and the standard high!