To mark Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking 70 years on the throne and the first British Monarch ever to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, the Crosspool Forum volunteers transformed the Crosspool Shopping Precinct into a sea of patriotic red, white and blue flags, bunting, floral displays, and hanging baskets.
The Heart of Crosspool
Scott Barton was the original person to trim the ivy on the wall of the Hallam football/cricket club in Sandygate Road into a heart..
Since then Jenny H with her very creative friend Jo and her mum Anne and pal Ian Knowles has created some 16 heart changes throughout the seasons, the latest being to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee. They have really enjoyed doing each one and are grateful for all the wonderful compliments, hoots, thumbs-ups, and smiles as people go past!
Hallam Chase Fell Race is the oldest continuously run Fell Race in the world. This annually run race over a 3¼ mile-long course with 800 feet of climb, organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club, takes place this Tuesday, 31st May.
Runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground at 8pm, go down Coldwell Lane, Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley, and up Tofts Lane to Stannington Church gates, before returning by the same route.
This heritage-related event goes back as far as 1862.
The current record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.
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.”
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!