URGENT – Volunteers wanted

Snow and sleet showers are forecast tonight and throughout tomorrow across parts of Sheffield, particularly on higher ground (Crosspool).

St. Columba's church, Crosspool
St. Columba’s church, Crosspool

A few volunteers are required to grit the footpaths around St. Columba’s Church to aid access for the elderly who will be attending to receive their Covid vaccination.

If you are interested and can spare a little of your time, it would be very much appreciated

Please contact Steve Ellis on 0773 994 9474 asap

City Centre Consultation

Tell the council what you think about their travel plans

The more people involved, the better the needs of the whole community will be reflected.

Connecting Sheffield: City Centre focuses on your journey into and around the city centre. Travel is changing and the council need to prepare for the future by offering the right infrastructure for walking, cycling and public transport. The council have launched their consultation on the plans and would like to know what you think. 

The proposed changes to the city centre will;

  • make it easier and safer to get around on foot and by cycling
  • prioritise public transport routes into and across the city centre
  • create high quality ‘green streets’ and more pedestrianised areas to improve the environment.

Detailed information and how you can get involved are found above on the Connecting Sheffield website.

Stay Safe

Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Fireworks Night, whatever you call it, Bonfire night will be different this year, so it’s important to have fun responsibly and follow the National Corvid19 restrictions.

As good as South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue crews are – and they really are good – they can’t be in two places at once, so if you are having a bonfire please be extra careful, as they need to keep crews available for real emergencies.

If you’re handling fireworks, avoid injury by following the safety instructions provided
:More on Fireworks Safety

Getting Back to School Safely

Schools and educational settings are reopening this week.

What is the Sheffield City Council doing to help your child’s school  reopen in a way that allows it to function while reducing the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

To help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) your child’s school will have systems in place to help keep children, staff and their families stay safe  and will have contacted you by email or post to tell you what you need to know before your school reopens.

Returning to School Safely

Shop Safe

Shops and take away outlets will require customers to don face coverings and face masks from tomorrow Friday July 24.

Guidance Link

The police can issue a £100 fine to anyone flouting the new law. The fine will be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days.
-Venues such as Pubs and Restaurants are exempt.

Face Coverings: When to Wear One and How to Make Your Own

Wearing a face covering does not mean that we can ignore the other measures that have been so important in slowing the spread of the covid19 virus pandemic.

Follow the rules on social distancing. Avoid touching your face. Where available wash your hands often using soap and water and dry them thoroughly. If outside your home use sanitiser, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces.

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own —–

More Crosspool Shops Reopen

Direct Travel

Update on Opening hours for Direct Travel, Crosspool

Due to all the Covid19 related cancellations, Direct Travel have been working hard behind the scenes and closed doors to assist their Clients with re-arranging their holidays and making refunds.

Direct Travel is pleased to say ‘Their doors are now Open’ for new bookings.

They are currently working from 9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and are fully compliant with the Government Guidelines with regard to Social Distancing.

Paul would like to thank their loyal customers so much for their ongoing support during these most troubled of times and for all their overwhelming kind wishes. Paul and his staff look forward so very much to seeing them all again.

Layers Flooring

Layers are now fully open to customers who wish to call in at any time. However, to help maintain social distancing by ensuring that appointments do not overlap, if customers would like to arrange an appointment to visit, Tele: 0114 2669888 or Email: layers123@btconnect.com

More Posh than Dosh

Open tomorrow 16th June
Compliance on covid-19 Government guidelines to help stop the spread of virus:-

  1. to help with social distancing, a maximum of 2 customers in the shop at any one time
  2. staff operate a strict hygiene routine of regular hand washing wiping of surfaces and the wearing of gloves
  3. regrettably changing rooms obliged to be closed, Returned items are quarantined for 72 hours

Nest Cafe

Nest Cafe is now open for a limited takeaway service only.

Since they closed in March, they’ve taken the time out to redecorate, refresh and adapt Nest, ensuring they are covid19 compliant.
This means they’ll be operating in accordance with government Covid19 regulations, and for everyone’s safety, encouraging all customers to maintain social distancing with visual signage and to use the provided hand sanitiser stations.

Screening has been fitted to the counter and self-service work stations provided. Both will be cleaned regularly to protect both customers and staff

Customer numbers in Nest at any one time will be limited, so don’t be too offended if you’re asked to wait outside for a moment.

While preferring contactless payments, they appreciate that some may want to pay with cash, and that’s just fine.

Committed Community Volunteer

Crosspool Community Litter Picker picks up loads of rubbish.

To help ensure that our neighbourhood remains healthy and clean, volunteer Crosspool Community Litter Pickers, encouraged by the Sheffield council had, until the governments March lock down/ social distancing directive, regularly come together in the Crosspool Shopping Precinct on the first Saturday in the month, to remove discarded waste from our streets and open spaces.

While some of us may have taken our exercise with the odd walk or bike ride during the Corvid19 Pandemic, one local volunteer Litter Picker went that extra mile, singularly collecting 40 large bags of litter for disposal by the Sheffield cleansing department.

Among the booty of rubbish collected from the Tapton and King Edward lower school fields, shrubberies and undergrowth; were bottles, sweet and crisp packets, broken tennis rackets and umbrellas, discarded school clothing, asthma inhalers, dozens of tennis and golf balls and disappointingly only 17p in coins (donated to charity).

We can only hope that in the interest of everyone’s health and welfare, this volunteer’s tremendous efforts were not in vain and the school grounds remain waste and litter free.

A “Big Thank You” to this local volunteer for their much appreciated hard work.

Flower Planters Removed

Flower planters removed from Broomhill shopping centre to make way for ‘social distancing’

Broomhill shopping centre

The community of Broomhill were confused and flabbergasted to find that their lovely floral display planters, regularly tended by local residents, has been removed and replaced with squares of Tarmac.   

Apparently, the Planters in the Broomhill shopping Centre had been moved to help create more space for pedestrians to safely social distance and as part of the council’s work to create safe active travel routes around the city.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, explains why the planters have been moved:

“As we move into the next phase of lockdown and people start to move around their communities more frequently, it is essential that we create the space needed to allow safe social distancing.

“Fulwood Road was identified as one location where extra space could be created to give people an alternative route to the row of shops, which could become congested. “In the first stage of works to create a footpath, planters blocking this pedestrian route have been temporarily moved to Division Street, where they will form part of the road closure in place to encourage active travel in the city centre. The parking meter and sign on the same footpath will also be moved so that the path is unobstructed.

“As the initial temporary road closure measures on Division Street are upgraded, the planters will be reinstated into Broomhill Centre ensuring that space for social distancing can be maintained.”

Clap for Carers

clap thank you8pm Tonight 7th May 2020  

It is a deeply moving tribute that captures the very essence of our communal spirit in these times of adversity that Clap for Carers gets louder and more joyous every week. It is also possibly the only time communities now come together to generate a rare feeling of release and togetherness. a faint memory of a previous era when the nation came together to eradicate a common enemy.

To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the victory in Europe The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance, pausing for a Two Minute Silence at 11am tomorrow Friday 8th May.

In spite of social distancing and lockdown, we can all still take part in commemorating with pride and patriotism this very special occasion in the safety of our homes, by making and displaying from tomorrow and over the weekend, our own VE Day Great British Bunting.