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!
“The BBC, Sky TV, HSBC etc. recognise Sheffield as the place where modern football originated”. “Sheffield has won the match to be recognised as the home of football but it has not yet won the competition to capitalise on the benefits this can bring to the city”.
The Current owners of The Plough Inn, Sandygate Road (Spacepad Construction) has submitted an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for it to be demolished.
In the main, the appeal documents restate the case made in the original application. Some of the key parts of their claims in their submission include:
“That despite the best efforts to secure the site, most of the damage to the site is due to vandalism and fly tipping by the public. “The pub was not supported by the local community and that it is unviable as a pub due to lack of interest and customers”. “That the £50,000 annual rent they advertised was reasonable in comparison to other similar pubs”.
If this part of Sheffield’s heritage is to be saved, the Planning Inspectorate needs to be made aware that the vandalism and fly tipping is NOT the reason that the site became such an eyesore.
Again, the need is to counter this appeal by demonstrating a high level of local support for this building of historic value.
A coordinated response is being compiled by the community campaign ‘Save The Plough’. Please send your, comments and views in a statement about how you or your community group have shown support for the pub, e.g. being willing to invest in community shares, or have observed building rubbish being dumped there, unregistered cars appearing on the site, frequent fires, etc. (Any photos, or knowledge of the rental values of other pubs would be really useful) Email: email@example.com
If you want to make your own comments directly to the Planning Inspectorate, you can email them: firstname.lastname@example.org Please use reference: APP/J4423/W/21/3267944. Include your name and address (you can ask this is not disclosed) and state clearly whether you are for or against the appeal.
Sheffield is the home of modern football and “The Plough” played a viral roll in the formation of the game. Demolishing a building with such a significant history would be a huge loss, not only to the Crosspool Community, but to the city as a whole.
Tomorrow Tuesday 1st June, 8pm, the 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb, annual Hallam Chase Fell Race, organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club, takes place.
Runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground at 8pm, go down 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.
Will a tree protection order stop historic Hallam cricket club’s plans?
If a Sheffield Council preservation order to protect a group of mature trees on the Hallam Cricket Club ground on Sandygate Road is approved next week, could it affect the clubs plans to install a 15 metre high ball-stop net at the ground?
Planning officers are recommending that the application to demolish the Plough Inn, Sandygate Road is approved; we are calling on our elected councillors to overturn that decision. Please let your local councillor know, before next Tuesday, August 4th, that our community is opposed to the loss of this landmark building.
Please see below contact details for our local councillors
The report from planning officers states that the condition of the building is not due to poor management or neglect by the owner but is due to break-ins and vandalism, but there was no mention of the Enforcement Notice issued by the City Council!
The report states that the £50,000 rent for the pub as advertised by the owner was ‘reasonable’ but states that the majority of other comparable pubs were offered at ‘significantly less’.
The report states that there are two other pubs within 800m of the Plough but acknowledges that the Cherry Tree was saved even though there were pubs within 800m because the area around the Cherry Tree is ‘hilly’ It seems that Crosspool is not ‘hilly’
These are just some of the inconsistencies in the officers’ report.
The report will be considered by the Planning Committee next Tuesday, August 4th at 2 p.m. This is a virtual meeting that can view via a Webcast. You can find details here:
This is an artist impression of what is proposed to replace The Plough, if the planning officers recommendation is approved by councillors at next week’s meeting.
A planning application has been submitted for the erection of ball stop netting, 15 metres in height, to the Northern (Sandygate Road) and Southern (Ivy Park Road) boundaries of the Hallam cricket ground, Hallam Sports Club, Sandygate Road, Sheffield, S10 5SE
You can make a comment supporting or objecting to this application by logging onto Make a Comment
This is written from the home of football, namely Sheffield. You will be aware of our claim and may well be aware of some of the initial contributions made by forward-thinking folk in Sheffield to the “Sheffield and soccer”.
The oldest football ground on the planet  is that of Hallam FC, behind Sheffield FC which is the second oldest football club. The then landlord of the adjacent pub, “The Plough” at Sandygate, had formed a cricket club in 1850 and due to the establishment of Sheffield FC the members opened the ground up to football in 1860 https://www.hallamfc.co.uk/history.php [A page worth visiting]
As with many locals,” The Plough” is currently closed and under threat of a developer turning the area into domestic housing.
The Plough has a unique pedigree football-wise and for over 150 years has been home to the pre and post-match camaraderie of thousands of those with a love of the game; it is an integral part of football’s history. It is believed that many of the original templates for the game were developed in The Plough
This could well be an FA rescue mission. The possibility of a pub, hotel, museum and only a few miles from Sheffield’s City Centre, an FA investment would pay dividends locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Over the years this city has provided chairmen of the FA… notably Sir Charles Clegg 1890 [aka the Napoleon of Football]. He played in the first international 1872 and refereed FA cup finals! The Clegg Cup and Shield are the oldest schools’ football trophies in the world. Charles and his brother William were amazing influences on the game. Other Sheffield Chairmen of distinction were, Sir Andrew Stephen 1967 and Geoff Thompson, OBE 2010.
WE ARE THE GLOBAL HOME OF FOOTBALL …. and we believe deserve increased recognition from the Football Association; we trust that you do too.
NEW DEADLINE EXTENDED to JULY 22nd.
Thanks to everyone who submitted an objection to the proposed demolition of the former Plough Inn. Over 150 objections have been submitted which shows the strength of community support for this iconic building.
Due to one of the site notices only going out in late June, we have now been informed that objections to the proposal can be made up to July 22nd 2019. So, if you didn’t get round to submitting an objection, you still have time.
Obviously, the more objections made, the better the chance of saving the building.
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Peter Duff (Save the Plough & the Sporting Heritage of Sandygate)