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

Lollipop Man’s Final Patrol

As the Maundy Thursday school bell sounded, all the staff, parents and pupils of Lydgate Infants School in Crosspool congregated on the school crossing to say a fond farewell to their very popular (lollipop) crossing patrolman.

Eddie Parton, who lives locally in Crookes, has been a familiar face seeing many hundreds of children safely across Lydgate Lane for the past 11 years.

Eddie told the Crosspool News that, “this has been the best job he has ever had and felt very privileged to have had a job where he was greeted with so many happy and smiling faces every working day”.

Once travel restrictions allow, Eddie intends to go on a rescheduled cruise. before settling into retirement and enjoying the occasional lie in.

A big thank you to Eddie and best wishes for the future from all of Crosspool. 

Full Story Sheffield Star

Interested in Education?

Have you ever considered volunteering as an Independent Appeal Panel Member for school admissions?

If so the Education Appeals Team are currently recruiting volunteers for sitting on school appeal hearings over the summer and would appreciate anyone who  may be interested contacting  Democratic Services, Sheffield Town Hall for more information – Telephone: 0114 273 4008, Email: schoolappeals@sheffield.gov.uk