Monthly writing workshops by local poet and writer

Calling all budding writers and especially those that came to the writing workshop during the Crosspool Festival.

Adrian Scott will be starting a new series of workshops in town at Montgomery Arts Centre on Surrey Street in town. He hopes to encourage and enrich writers to tap into their creative abilities and help them to explore different styles of writing.

The sessions are monthly on Monday nights starting on 26 September from 7pm-9pm. They are open to anyone, costing £7 per session or £20 for three.

Call Margaret or Dawn on 0114 272 0455 for further details or look on the website to get a booking form.

Soup Run funds raised by Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition

The first exhibition of artists living in or strongly connected to Crosspool took place as part of this year’s Crosspool Festival. It brought together professionals and amateurs at the week-long show at St Columba’s Church.

The lovely light venue was excellent and the generosity of those who attended raised more than £220 for the Soup Run*. Those who didn’t come missed a treat! Judith Hanson

*The Soup Run distributes food to the homeless in town and is orgainised by St Columba’s and Stephen Hill churches

Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition
Crosspool Festival Art Exhibition

Video: Police vs Fire tug-o’-war at Crosspool Summer Fayre

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
Fire and police officers at Crosspool Festival Summer Fayre

Teams from the local fire brigade and police force were at Saturday’s Summer Fayre, talking to residents about the work they do and allowing children to explore their vehicles.

A tug-o’-war rope had been set up and after watching some the public enjoy a challenge for fun, officers from South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue agreed to take each other on.

Watch a video of the duel below to find out which team ended up on the floor and just how much extra help the winners enlisted!

You can also see a film of local families enjoying a tug-o’-war challenge.

Crosspool Festival Summer Fayre – video and photos

Yesterday hundreds of Crosspool residents turned out in the sunshine for our annual Summer Fayre on the Coldwell Lane CDYST sports field.

You can watch the video and view the photos below to catch a flavour of the day.

Look out for more videos from the festival this week, including dancing from the Street Market and the historic tug-o’-war between South Yorkshire Police and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue!

Final weekend of Crosspool Festival events

This year’s Crosspool Festival is rounding off this weekend with two big community events.

From 2pm today on Coldwell Lane sports field (CDYST) the Summer Fayre takes place. There is loads going on, including live music, entertainment, dancing, a bouncy castle, side shows, games plus stalls selling crafts, flowers, food and drinks. It’ll be a great afternoon out for all the family.

Lydgate Gardens
Lydgate Green: location for Picnic in the Park on Sunday

And then tomorrow at 12.30pm why not head to Lydgate Green (the junction Lydgate Lane/Lydgate Hall Crescent) for Picnic in the Park? The four Crosspool/Sandygate churches host this event to mark the closing of the festival.

Enjoy music from the Chapeltown Silver Band and a brief talk from Ven. Martyn Snow, Archdeacon of Sheffield. Bring your rugs, picnics and children!

Crosspool Festival 2011

Crosspool Festival Art Show: last chance to view

Crosspool Festival Art Show at St Columba's church
Crosspool Festival Art Show at St Columba's church

Tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday morning) are your last chances to enjoy the free art exhibition in St Columba’s church on Manchester Road.

The show is open tonight until 7pm and has its final viewing slot 10am-1pm tomorrow. Works on display include those by local artists who live in the Crosspool area or are involved in the Crosspool community.

Entry is free and the organisers are collecting donations to the Soup Run. Many of the paintings are original works and are available to buy. 15% of sales is donated to the Soup Run.

You can also view entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition. The prize winning cover designs are by Constanza Valdovinos, Lydgate Junior School (front) and Sahar-Lavendar Ali Ahmed, Lydgate Infant School (back).

Make sure you pop in before tomorrow lunchtime to see the full show!

'The Sportsman, Crosspool' by Heather Sharpe
'The Sportsman, Crosspool' by Heather Sharpe
Entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition
Entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition

Big turnout for Crosspool street market – photos

Crosspool Festival street market
Crosspool Festival street market

People from all over Sheffield flocked to buy local food, drink, gifts and crafts at Sunday’s Crosspool street market on Selborne Road.

The beautiful weather meant that visitors could make an afternoon of it and also enjoy music and dance performances from Lydgate school pupils. Many of the local shops also got behind the event and opened up for the day.

Photos are below in both gallery and slideshow form.

There are plenty more events at Crosspool Festival this week, including the big Summer Fayre on Saturday and Community Picnic on Sunday.

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Local gardens open up for festival – video and photos

Saturday’s Open Gardens event once again saw proud local residents open up their private gardens to the public to raise money for charities.

Green-fingered locals showed off their plants, flowers, vegetables and garden displays and served tea and cake to visitors. Nine gardens were available to look around this year.

You can see some photos below from some of the gardens – and watch a video showing the model railway installed in Dave Mason’s Den Bank Close back garden.