ALPACA LIFE DRAWING IS BACK!

Alpaca life drawing, tomorrow Saturday 23rd April, 14:00 – 15:30

Alpaca Drawing

Come down for an afternoon of Alpaca life drawing at Holly Hagg Community Farm of Alpacas. It’s the perfect setting to get creative and look at the lovely view of Rivelin Valley!
Drawing materials will be supplied but please bring your own if you can.
All drawing abilities and children are welcome to this session; you will be gently guided and given some fun techniques to try.
*Bring a blanket/chair or coat to sit on! We have a few spares if you forget though!
PLEASE NOTE! – If you look outside and it’s raining then please check our website we will have to postpone the event….we can’t draw when it’s soggy 😦
If you have any questions contact liahedwardes@hotmail.com or call 07504744758

Snake Pass Partially Reopens

Safety first approach to the A57 Snake Pass reopening

A ‘safety first’ approach is at the heart of Derbyshire County Council’s decision to reopen the A57 Snake Pass with on-site monitoring continuing to protect all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

The road was temporarily closed last month following a battering from Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin. The storms caused 3 sections of the road surface to drop, in one area by around 2 metres, leaving major cracks to the road surface and the risk of further landslips.

Following ongoing inspections and monitoring, the road has reopened to traffic with three temporary single carriageway restrictions at Gillott Hey, Alport and Wood Cottage. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic lights and a 20mph speed limit will be in operation.

To minimise any further damage to the road at the site of the landslips, HGVs over 7.5 tonnes will be asked to follow a signed diversion route using the A6013 / A6187 / B6049 / A623 / A6 / A6015 / A624 and vice versa.

The road will continue to be monitored using a hi-tech portable laser scanner to check for any further significant movement. Analysis shows that the movement of the road has considerably slowed to less than 20mm in the past week, giving engineers the confidence to reopen the road to cars and vehicles less than 7.5 tonnes.

During the temporary road closure, the Derbyshire County Council has used the opportunity to carry out general resurfacing works, pothole repairs and has rebuilt retaining walls damaged by February’s storms. Cracks in the road surface caused by the landslips have also been repaired using bitumen to create a flexible seal.

Historical records suggest that landslips have taken place along the Snake Pass with closures dating back at least 90 years.

Cabinet Member for Highways Assets and Transport, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal said:

“I’d like to thank everyone who usually uses the Snake Pass for their patience during the temporary road closure.

“We recognise many road users rely on this route for their businesses and day-to-day work. Following very careful monitoring of the road during the past 4 weeks believe we have a sensible approach to reopen the road while keeping all road users safe.

“The temporary traffic lights will enable us to protect the part of the road which has moved from any further damage. The drier weather will also help to significantly reduce the risk of any further landslips giving us time to monitor and identify a solution to repair the road, which will require Government funding.

“We have a responsibility to keep people safe on our roads which means that if we detect any further movement or risk of a landslip once the road reopens, we will, unfortunately, have to close the road.

“Please help us help you by allowing a little extra time for your journey, showing courtesy to other road users and keeping to the new temporary speed limit.”

The 12-mile section of the A57, known as Snake Road, is one of the highest roads in the Peak District and is used by more than 30,000 vehicles each week including 1,500 HGVs.

Snake Pass Closed

A landslip following storms closes A57 Snake Pass

Snake Pass

In the interests of everyone’s safety, following damage caused by torrential rain as Storm Eunice and then Storm Franklin battered Derbyshire; the A57 Snake Pass has had to be closed.

Inspectors found movement in 3 locations along a mile-long section of the road and to protect road users a decision was made to close the road between Glossop and Ladybower Reservoir for at least a month. Visitor facilities at Fairholmes are unaffected and can be accessed via Sheffield.

In the meantime, local access will be maintained for residents. Drivers are asked to follow the diversion route through Hathersage, Hope, Doveholes, Whaley Bridge, New Mills, Hayfield and Glossop, and visa versa.

Heart of Crosspool

“love”

Spreading the love since 2018!
The Ivy Heart of Crosspool currently displays “love” in lights! “Happy Valentine’s”

Scott Barton, the original person to shape the Ivy Heart on the wall of the Hallam football/cricket club wall on Sandygate Road said, “Having driven past the ivy more than once, it struck me that with a bit of trimming it could be turned into a heart. I roped in my pal, Ian Knowles who lives nearby, and did the original trim on Christmas Eve 2018, in the hope that it would make people smile.”

Hearts of Crosspool

When, on Valentine’s night 2019, it was all lit up with red lights, Jenny Hill and her hubby noticed the Ivy Heart and thought how lovely it looked and stopped to take a photo. Then through the pandemic lockdowns, thinking it really needed some love, Jenny contacted Scott, and they set about sprucing it up, giving it some new lights and a positive “Chin up!!

Since then Jenny, joined by her very creative friend Jo and her mum Anne, have had such fun creating every one of the twelve-plus seasonal heart changes they have fashioned up to now.

Jenny, Jo & Anne, love looking after the ivy heart and really appreciate all the wonderful Compliments, Thumbs-ups, Hoots and Smiles people give as they go past!

Crosspool Christmas Tree Recycling

Crosspool Forum loves shredding real Christmas trees and encourages you, for a small donation, to recycle your discarded Christmas tree.

Andrew Clayton, a Local tree specialist, will provide Christmas tree recycling for the Community of Crosspool between 10am & 11.30am on Sunday 10th January 2021.

The Crosspool forum would like to take this opportunity to give a big thank you to ”Direct Travel”, for allowing us to use the space in front of their premises.

Please observe social distancing when dropping off your tree and suggested donation.

Planned Phone Mast at CDYST

You have until Wednesday 22nd December to comment on the proposal to erect a 20 m EE mast at the CDYST, Coldwell Lane.
Planning Application  Reference

Apparently, 23 other sites were looked at and dismissed due to their close proximity to residential property and schools.

The Crosspool District Youth Sports Trust (C.D.Y.S.T.) is a non-profit making charitable trust set up to benefit the local community in providing sporting and recreational facilities in a hall and on outside grounds.

CDYST Sports field

These facilities are in constant use by the youth of the community. Every year hundreds of children use these facilities for, dance classes,
playgroups, children’s parties, Makenki Karate, girls’ & boys’ football teams, and many other youth activities.


Planning and development.
Regenerating Sheffield, ensuring all new development is sustainable, raising design quality and launching a new City Plan.
www.sheffield.gov.uk

Historic Crosspool Pub Set to be Demolished

Plough Inn

Last year the Plough Inn on Sandygate Road escaped demolition after plans to turn the site into eight new three-bedroom townhouses were refused by Sheffield Council.

Townhouses

Following an appeal this decision has now been overturned by the planning inspector, allowing the developers’ plans to go ahead. See full report in the “Sheffield Star”.

WHIRLOW HALL HALL TRUST

Christmas Fayre Cancelled

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust CHRISTMAS FAYRE sponsored by GRI Group is CANCELLED It is with a very heavy heart that we write this message. Today we experienced heavy snow that closed down the ability to even get to the farm safely. Even though the main roads are now cleared we have been assessing the farm hourly in the hope the snow would melt away and we could all come together for the fayre tomorrow and make it a great event, if only for one day! Actually getting the farm is now not a problem, but our site after receiving the heavy snow and such cold conditions today we feel is not safe enough to accommodate the event. Our fields are not suitable for car parking, nobody wants to be towed out by tractor (maybe the kids would) and parking large volumes of cars on the main road would cause major problems in the area. The whole site will no doubt be very icy tomorrow morning which would cause a problem not only for our traders reaching the barn to unload and set up but could cause health and safety issues for all our visitors. Even with all the grit and shovels we have we just couldn’t get the site to a satisfactory level in time. The safety of our visitors is of the utmost importance to us, and we want you to come and have a great experience with us at every event. We are devastated as the fayre is a crucial fundraising event for our charity, all funds raised would have supported our work with vulnerable children and young adults in the region. We know you will be disappointed with this news, but trust us we are majorly upset to be losing funds… all the hard work that has gone into this event by our team is heart-breaking, but if there is one thing we just can’t control, it is the British weather. Obviously, we will issue refunds, please bear with us while we process these over the next few days. If we require any additional information from you we will be in touch early next week. We hope you will join us for future events in 2022 and continue to support the vital work we do. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and we hope you will join us on the farm again soon.