Open up your garden and raise money for charity at Crosspool Open Gardens

Crosspool Open Gardens 2011
Open up your garden as part of this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens

Open Gardens is on the look out again for people in Crosspool who would like to be community spirited and open their garden to raise some money for their chosen charity.

Anyone can have a go! This event is to encourage people to get outside, walk round the neighbourhood, meet new people and enjoy their gardens.

No previous experience required, no perfect gardens needed, just a warm welcome, a patch of interest in the garden be it plants, vegetables, chickens, bees or an activity you’d like to share with others.

Oh and maybe a cuppa with a nice piece of cake!

Interested in getting involved? Get in touch with Lindsey before 1 April on 0114 230 1041 or

Wanted: your 2014 Crosspool Community Award nominations

The Crosspool Community Award was set up in 2013 by Crosspool Forum to acknowledge commitment, accomplishment and achievement by individuals in the Crosspool neighbourhood.

Retired Lydgate Junior School headteacher Sue Havenhand was the first person to receive the award last year. She was presented with it for her contribution to education in the community. This includes 14 years spent as head of the school, where she was responsible for approximately 1,500 local children passing through. Prior to her time at Lydgate, she was also an outstanding teacher at Hallam School.

Sue was presented with a small memento to mark the occasion at 2013 Crosspool Festival’s Picnic in the Park.

Who do you think has made an exceptional commitment to our community and deserves to be recognised with the 2014 award? Use the form below to submit your nominations.

The Crosspool Forum/Crosspool Festival committees needs your nominations by noon on Friday 25 April. They’ll go through the submissions and choose a winner. The location and time for the presentation of this year’s award hasn’t been decided yet.

Festival raises funds for local scout HQ and cancer support centre

Rev. Frances Eccleston presents the money to group scout leader Michael Holmes
Rev. Frances Eccleston presents the money to group scout leader Michael Holmes

The organisers of Crosspool Festival have presented our local scout group with a £656 cheque to go towards renovating Benty Lane scout hut.

The money will be put towards the £10,000 needed to renovate the toilet facilities and  provide disabled access for local groups that use the building including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides as well as as computer and dance classes.

Rev. Frances Eccleston, on behalf of the Crosspool Festival committee, presented the money to group scout leader Michael Holmes. The scout group expressed its gratitude to Crosspool Forum and the Crosspool Festival for the donation.

Another cheque of the same value was been presented to Weston Park Cancer Information and Support Centre.

The hall on Benty Lane is available for hire for children’s parties and other events. Contact for more details.

Crosspool Festival raises £1,300 – plus, watch the Crosspool Summer Fayre video

The Crosspool Festival committee are pleased to announce that this year’s festival raised £1,300 for Weston Park Cancer Information and Support Centre and the 36th Sheffield Scout Group based on Benty Lane.

Jack Todhunter has also made this video about one of the highlights of the festival, the Summer Fayre:

Get involved in future Crosspool Festivals

Why not get involved with Crosspool’s major annual community event? If you have ideas for future festivals or can spare any time to help, please contact the Festival Chair Frances Eccleston on or 0114 267 0006.

Countdown to Crosspool Summer Fayre on Saturday 6 July 2013

The weather forecast is looking good for Saturday’s Crosspool Summer Fayre at CDYST on Coldwell Lane.

A range of activities are being planned from 2pm in the afternoon, including:

  • Children entertainer Barney Baloney
  • Grinners & Strummers ukelele band
  • Irish dancing
  • Bouncy slide
  • Bouncy castle
  • Coconut shy
  • Lucky dip
  • Tombola
  • Wellie wanging
  • Wet sponge throwing
  • Pirate game
  • Refreshments
  • Craft and cake stalls
  • Books
  • Plants
  • Bric-a-brac
  • Burger bar
  • Cake stall

Entrance is 50p on the gate.

Crosspool Summer Fayre, Saturday 6 July 2013
Crosspool Summer Fayre, Saturday 6 July 2013

Roly Bains entertains at messy church event

Roly Bains entertains children at St Columba's church
Roly Bains entertains children at St Columba’s church

Around 60 children plus mums and dads were entertained by Roly Bains at the messy church event at St. Columba’s on Sunday.

Roly kept the children spellbound for an hour with his clowning around on the slackrope, juggling, balancing tricks, jokes and stories.

The event was part of this year’s Crosspool Festival, which continues this week.

Video: Nick Clegg visits Crosspool street market

Deputy PM Nick Clegg visits Crosspool street market
Deputy PM Nick Clegg at Crosspool street market today

Sheffield Hallam MP and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was in Crosspool today with his family on a visit the Selborne Road street market.

We spent a few minutes asking him about the street market, how often he is up in his constituency and his thoughts on some possible opponents at the 2015 general election.

Overall, the street market was a big success with stalls selling food, cakes, plants, crafts, jewellery, clothes and books. There was also music and dance from local schools and groups.

Crosspool street market 2013
Crosspool street market 2013

Crosspool well dressing launch marks start of community festival

Residents watch a 51 bus pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern
Residents watch a 51 pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern

Local residents gathered this evening in the midsummer wind and sun to celebrate the unveiling of Crosspool’s new well dressing.

Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing
Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing

Festival chair and St. Columba’s priest-in-charge Frances Eccleston led the short dedication outside Crosspool Tavern.

This year’s well dressing celebrates the centenary of the bus service through Crosspool. 1913 saw the introduction of the first omnibus to carry passengers in Sheffield. It linked the tram terminus at Broomhill to Lodge Moor and the countryside.

The old fashioned term ‘omnibus’ is derived from Latin and literally means for all, to everywhere. This was presumably because for the first time a public service vehicle could travel on any road and was not restricted by tram lines.

The well dressing was created by volunteers
The well dressing was created by volunteers

Crosspool well dressing has been created by local volunteers and the materials provided by fund raising events and donations.

The dedication of the well dressing will be followed by a week of events in Crosspool celebrating the life of our community.

Thanks go to Valleyside Garden Centre and Ronaldo’s Hairdressing for their support in creating the well and Rivelin Valley Conservation Group Task Team for erecting the board.

The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013
The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013