A Year in Crosspool

‘A Year in Crosspool’, is the theme for this year’s Photography Competition.

We anticipate people will want to submit images that have meaning to them in relation to the last year. Perhaps it will reflect some of the hardships and challenges, or some of the more uplifting aspects of human nature and life in Crosspool. It could even be something to illustrate how you, or someone you know, has developed personally, perhaps learning a new skill or activity.

You can submit any image you like (within the bounds of decency!) but remember, the photo should make an impact and tell a story.

How to enter

Categories are open to anyone living/working/studying in the area and are as follows:

  • Primary (5-11 yrs)
  • Secondary (12-18 yrs)
  • Adult (19 yrs+)
    Closing date for entries is Tuesday 1 June

Email your photo as a jpg to: crosspoolfestivalphotos@gmail.com

  • Please state:
  • Your name
  • Age category
  • Your contact email and phone number
  • A caption for your photo so the judges clearly understand by your description what is happening in the photo.

There will be prizes for all the category winners and their photo framed. All entries will be considered for featuring in the Crosspool Calendar.

The public select the winning photographs.

The shortlisted best three in each category will be put on the Crosspool Forum website http://www.crosspool.info and voting for the winners will start from Friday 11 June and close on Tuesday 29 June The winners will be announced on Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Keir Starmer visits Crosspool

Ruth Milsom & Keir Starmer

Labour Leader Keir Starmer visited Sheffield to check-out the exciting developments in the city centre and to see the vaccination program being run out of St Columba’s Church in Crosspool.

Local activist and Labour Candidate for Crookes and Crosspool Ruth Milsom, welcomed Keir to St Columba’s and commented afterwards:

“It was great to have Keir visit our area and see for himself the great work of volunteers at St Columba’s in helping deliver vaccinations.

“We discussed the fantastic work that my colleague, Councillor Anne Murphy, did when the pandemic started in establishing Community Hubs at St Columba’s and at a church in Crookes. The hubs and other organisations like the Mutual Aid groups that I helped organise a year ago have been absolutely vital in providing on-the-ground practical help and signposting for local residents.

“Keir was clearly impressed by the incredibly cheerful and efficient NHS and volunteer vaccination team we have in Crosspool – this is our local community at its best.”

Over the course of the pandemic Sheffield Councillors have worked with the Voluntary, Community and Faith Groups, to ensure people get the right help for food deliveries, medicine, or mental and emotional wellbeing.

More than 20,000 calls made to dedicated council helpline service resulting in:

✓ Over 2,000 shopping deliveries ✓ Over 1,000 medicine deliveries ✓ Over 5,000 ‘Safe and Well’ visits

And when the government have failed to act, Labour councillors have ensured that the Council has stepped in: – providing 6,000 laptops to children to access home schooling, and provided freeschool meal vouchers to over 22,000 children over school holidays (including this Easter), and we have provided additional support from council funds to residents struggling to pay for heating, utilities, or food, via unique Sheffield hardship schemes.

Keir Starmer spoke in Sheffield about this work and stated:

“Here with the council being in Labour hands you have seen a council that has stood by people during the pandemic – communities, delivering food, businesses that needed support, so you have seen the difference it made at the time when people most needed it”

Crosspool Quilt goes on Display

Crosspool Quilt goes on display at Cocker and Carr from 11am Saturday April 3rd.

Crosspool Community Quilt

Earlier last year local resident and mother of three wonderful children, Physiotherapist Amy Chambers decided that Crosspool (a suburb to the west of Sheffield) should have something for future generations to lookback on, and remember how the community had coped with the current Covid19 pandemic.  

Amy having a  vision of a  beautiful piece of history being made, encouraged everyone, throughout the recent lockdowns, to use their creative skills to stitch, draw, embroider, paint or print stamp on a square of cotton or lightweight material, to show how they were feeling during these extraordinary times.

Amazed by everyone’s creativity, Amy started the mammoth task of sewing together the hundreds of tiny squares to complete this piece of memorable history.

After several months of hard work Amy has now completed this amazing record of these extraordinary times.

Amy said. “I very much appreciate Cocker & Carr Estate Agents Sandygate Road agreeing to display the Community quilt for Crosspool and for the support from the Crosspool Forum”. “It has been a labour of love and I’m sure I’ll be up into the small hours adding the finishing touches to this unique piece of memorabilia before it finally goes on show tomorrow at 11am.
“Thanks to each and every one of you who has taken part. It’s got bigger than I ever could have planned and I really hope it gave you something to focus on during lockdown and we can all look forwarded for brighter days to come!

Climate Change and Priorities for Action

Public perceptions of the health risks of climate change and priorities for action

Can you help?

The department of Health Science at the university of York are looking for people aged 15 years and over and living in England to help with a study looking at people’s thoughts on climate change. There will be two rounds of individual interviews.

What’s involved?

If you take part in this study, they would ask you to participate in up to two interviews. The first interview being between January and April 2021, and a second interview in June-July 2021. They plan to run the interviews online via Zoom or Skype, or by telephone. You can tell them which method you would prefer.

The interviews will last for up to 60 minutes each and they will give you a £10 gift voucher to thank you taking part each time.

They will ask you some questions – there are no right or wrong answers – They  just want to find out what you think about climate change.

They will record the interviews but all information that you say will be anonymised.

Who is running the study?

The study is led by Professor Hilary Graham at the University of York. The research team also has members from Newcastle University Business School and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The researcher who will run the interviews is Jackie Martin-Kerry who also works at the University of York.

Do you need more information?

If you think this study sounds interesting and you would like to take part, please contact Jackie Martin-Kerry on 07385 341 580 or by email: Jackie.Martin-Kerry@york.ac.uk

This study has been approved by the Department of Health Sciences Research Governance Committee at the University of York.


Crosspool Litter Pickers

Until the introduction of the current government lock down, Sheffield CROSSPOOL Litter Pickers regularly came together in the Crosspool Shopping Precinct on the first Saturday in the month.

With the prospect of the lockdown measures being eased, the `Sheffield CROSSPOOL Litter Pickers ‘will be meeting outside Archers Estate Agents, Sandygate Road at 10:00 am on the following Dates :

  • Saturday 3rd April 2021
  • Saturday 1st May 2021
  • Saturday 5th June 2021

For more information or to get involved contact:

Help us to keep Sheffield stainless!

Take care and stay safe.

Interested in Education?

Have you ever considered volunteering as an Independent Appeal Panel Member for school admissions?

If so the Education Appeals Team are currently recruiting volunteers for sitting on school appeal hearings over the summer and would appreciate anyone who  may be interested contacting  Democratic Services, Sheffield Town Hall for more information – Telephone: 0114 273 4008, Email: schoolappeals@sheffield.gov.uk  

St Columba’s, Temporary Hub

St Columba’s Church Manchester Road

St Columba’s Church has been temporarily transformed into a vaccine hub

Well-ordered volunteers, Doctors and NHS staff are working long hours to help with the roll-out of the potentially life-saving Pfizer vaccine injections.

A full report and interview in this Sheffield Star article


You might not have seen us out & about recently but Girlguiding is still here & happening locally!

At the present time we feel it is more important than ever to offer girls & young women a place of their own where they can have a break from everything else, switch off & just have some fun in a safe environment.

Rainbow, Brownie & Guide units have been meeting ‘Virtually’ thanks to the availability of ‘Zoom’ & the girls continue to see their friends, earn badges & learn new skills. We’ve even been able to invite some special visitors along as well! Everyone from Santa, to Yoga teachers to animal handlers have been able to take part as well.

We know that there are so many people who are now getting fed up with the ‘groundhog day’ feeling that the Covid restrictions have created, so why not try something to break up your routine? There are many benefits to volunteering & the adults certainly gain just as much as the girls do in Guiding – if not more so. It’s a good way to build up skills & improve your mental health

A large proportion of our lovely volunteers are also employed as Key Workers so don’t have the same amount of time to be able to run the meetings & would really welcome some help. This could be as a regular volunteer at meetings, helping with some of the admin – especially accounts, or do you have a skill that could be shared with the girls via Zoom?

If you’d like more information, or would like to register an interest, then have a look at our website: