Support Dogs – Looking for Volunteers

Could you look after a life-saving assistance dog of the future?

Sheffield-based national charity “Support Dogs” is urgently looking for volunteers to look after its puppies and young dogs before and during their training.

Sam, who has autism, with his life-changing assistance dog, Willow.

“Support Dogs”, whose training centre is in Brightside, trains assistance dogs for children with autism and adults with epilepsy and a range of serious medical conditions, enabling them to lead safer, more independent lives.

Janet Dyson with Frank

None of its puppies or dogs-in-training ever spends a night in kennels but stay with local dog-loving families in and around Sheffield. Due to high demands for its services, which are provided free of charge, the charity now needs more people to volunteer as puppy socialisers – who look after pups aged between eight weeks and 15 months – and foster carers – who look after young dogs in training, in the evenings and at weekends. Lots of support is provided, including holiday cover, and regular puppy classes.

If you’d like to find out more go to http://www.supportdogs.org.uk/volunteer or contact Support Dogs on 0114 2617800 or info@supportdogs.org.uk

Rivelin Valley Heritage Open Day

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group Heritage Open Day
Sunday 18th September 2022: 11:00-16:00
Beside Rivelin Park Café and Rivelin Park Water Play Rivelin, Valley Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 5GL

Meet the volunteers and visit the nature corner~
Discover the fascinating wildlife, see some mini-beasts, do a nature quiz or nature hunt and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve the valley.
Discover the history and heritage, including tours to the world-famous “Mousehole Forge”. Bring your memories of Rivelin!
Art in the park: see artwork by and find out about the 1920s Rivelin Valley Artists’ colony and 19th-century artist William Lowe. Poetry ‘open mic’ led by local poets: read your own or another favourite poem during a walk by the river.

More details and booking for heritage and poetry walks:
http://rivelinvalley.org.uk/hod


West Division Girlguiding needs you!

Have you an hour or two to spare each week, and are willing to volunteer?

The Girl Guides have lots of amazing Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers units based in Fulwood, Lodgemoor, Crosspool, Ranmoor and Nethergreen that would love to welcome more volunteers.

They currently have some of the longest waiting lists in Sheffield, and without more volunteers they can not guarantee to offer the opportunities Girlguiding brings to every girl who requests to join.

Volunteering opportunities range from spending time with our girls to Admin and Financial roles. Support and training will be provided.

Get in touch by emailing Emma Ede: WestDC@girlguidingsheffield.org.uk

Thank you!

Girlguiding

Crosspool 2022 Summer Fayre

After the pandemic restrictions  were lifted, we all very much welcomed  getting back to some form of normality, so it was a delight to see our wonderful community come together once again to have lots of fun and enjoy the first Crosspool Summer Fayre since July 2019

A couple of the many children who welcomed Eddie to the Summer Fayre

There’s not a child in Crosspool who hasn’t said ‘Good morning’ to Lydgate Infants School crossing patrol legend Eddy Parton. Every school day up to his last patrol on April 1st, 2021, Eddie, with his reassuring smile, would be on patrol to carefully help children to cross Lydgate Lane safely.
In recognition and appreciation of keeping children safe, Eddie was invited to officially open this year’s Crosspool Summer Fayre on Saturday, July 2nd.

Blessed with good weather, everything from the Bric-a-Brac, Craft, Book, and delicious Food and Drink stalls, to a wide range of fun activities, games, and competitions designed for families to have lots of fun, a superb bouncy castle/slide for the children, and the Holly Hagg Alpacas were kept very busy throughout the afternoon. So much so, that despite the usual indoor entertainment being somewhat curtailed, due to the present spike in Covid, the day was a huge success for the community.

Thank you to the many people and businesses, who donated prizes, bought raffle tickets, donated prizes, and came and supported us on the day.  We would also like to thank the many residents, their families, and friends who helped on stalls and who attended or volunteered at this year’s Summer Fayre.  A fantastic achievement for all involved, especially Steve and Ian who worked incredibly hard coordinating all aspects of the day to ensure that the event was a great success.

2023 Summer Fayre, Saturday July 1st,

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

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.

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.

Whirlow Hall Christmas Fayre

Whirlow Hall Farm Christmas Fayre

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is so sorry, but due to the heavy snow overnight, their Christmas Fayre is unable to go ahead today Saturday27th.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking better so plan to go ahead for just one day, Sunday 28th November.

A further announcement will follow later.

COMMUNITY ALLOTMENT

Would you like to join a Community Allotment?

“Hagg Lane Organic Allotments” (Plots 2 and 3, Back Lane, Sheffield, S10), is looking for four new members for their community allotment group.

If you enjoy gardening and growing organically or if you’re thinking of an allotment of your own, and would like to try gardening on an allotment scale first, why not pop down to see if you would like to join them. Currently they have ten adult members and seven children who regularly meet on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, at times to suit the individual.

There are two plots, imaginatively named Plots Two and Three.
Plot two; a large area, gardened by Richard Clare for many years, has benefited from his pioneering ideas regarding the use of leaf mould and organic growing.
In 2013, when Richard sadly passed away, the National Trust became involved in the development of the plot as part of a project aimed at encouraging local schools and communities to become involved in gardening and food production in urban areas.

Allotment Vegetables

With the support of volunteers the National Trust continued to garden the plot until they withdrew from the project some three years ago, when subsequently the “Hagg Lane Organic Allotments”, an independent group, took over the plot.
The plot has a mature orchard and soft fruit as well as vegetable beds; composting bins, a secure shed and a small poly-tunnel.

Plot three; which came under the groups care in 2021, also has soft fruit, a small orchard, and vines; composting bins, a secure shed and water tank.

Having some years of experience gardening, maintaining the health of the soil on the plots and sharing knowledge and skills, they have consequently all become better gardeners.

In previous years they have supplied surplus produce to the, S6 Foodbank, but due to Covid restrictions now support Food Works.

Membership is currently £40 per person per year. This covers rent, insurance tools etc.

If this friendly cooperative sounds something that you might be interested in, please contact Simon Martínez.  Email: simonmartinez1937@yahoo.com Tele: 07713 133 800. “Hagg Lane Organic Allotments”, Plots 2 and 3, Back Lane, Sheffield, S10