Ranmoor Scouts at Crosspool

Scout Hall, Benty Lane, Crosspool

One of Sheffield’s oldest scout groups, Ranmoor Scouts at Crosspool, is on the brink of closing just short of its 100th anniversary.

The 36th Ranmoor Scout Group, based at the Scout Hall on Benty Lane, Crosspool, has already had to stop one age group meeting, because of a lack of volunteer scout leaders, and there are concerns the youngest, the Beavers, could be next to be affected.

Michael Holmes, group scout leader, said the group was initially hit by closures related to the Covid pandemic, with some volunteers not returning after the country returned to normal. He has written an open letter appealing for help to save the scouts’ group.

He said: “Closure is looming ahead of the 36th Ranmoor Scout Group after almost 100 years. The group was first affiliated in March 1927 and has been one the largest groups for many years and at times having a membership of over 120 young people. But it is now struggling to keep open because of lack of adult help.”

He said before Covid, there were healthy numbers for the Beavers, aged six to eight, the cubs, aged eight to 10, the scouts, aged 10 to 15, and a large waiting list. But due to a lack of adult volunteers, the scouts were not now meeting, and the other groups were struggling.

He said no experience of scouting was needed for volunteers, just a willingness to help young people, adding it was a great shame that the scouts were currently unable to meet, and someone was needed to get it moving again.

The future of the Beaver group is uncertain, as the current leader is due to step down in July. There is a team of assistants, but there will be no leader after that point as things stand. They need someone who will be able to attend 95 percent of the time.

“If we can find a leader, we will have someone who can show them the ropes,” he added.

The group had invested heavily in its building in recent years, building an extension, and improving access. It has enabled them to open up the facility to a number of community groups, but they have still struggled for volunteers.

Anyone who can help can email michaelfholmes1@gmail.com or call 07802 860556.

  Sheffield Star




The Humber magistrates back campaign to find more local magistrates

The number of people under 50 and women volunteering as a magistrate has increased across the Humber and South Yorkshire

Applications are now open for anyone looking to volunteer: icanbeamagistrate.co.uk

People from all walks of life in South Yorkshire are being urged to consider becoming magistrates as applications open in South Yorkshire for this vital role. The appeal is part of a national drive to increase the number and diversity of those volunteering across England and Wales.

The Judiciary of England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice are calling on people from South Yorkshire to be part of a new wave of volunteers, giving back to their local community and helping the magistracy better reflect the diversity of British society.

No legal qualifications or experience is required to be a magistrate, but volunteers will work closely with two other magistrates and a legal advisor, who offers guidance on the law. The role also gives people a chance to give back to their community, build relationships with new people and develop new skills.

From teachers to electricians, to stay-at-home parents, anyone aged between 18 and 70 who can commit to at least 13 days a year for at least five years is encouraged to come forward.

With support from magistrates in South Yorkshire, the campaign seeks to boost numbers by recruiting 4,000 new magistrates across England and Wales over the next few years.

Data from 2022 on the diversity of the current magistracy in Humber and South Yorkshire shows an increase in the number of women (51% of the magistracy) and people under 50 (20%) volunteering to be magistrates compared to last year.

The Judiciary of England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice are continuing to build on this work to attract a wave of volunteers who are even more representative of the community they serve.

Magistrates are given robust training and an experienced mentor in their first year to develop their skills and legal knowledge. Magistrates typically develop highly transferrable skills such as critical analysis, complex problem-solving, mediation, influencing, and decision-making, all of which stand to benefit them in their wider lives. Research from the Ministry of Justice amongst HR and business leaders showed they felt people who volunteer as magistrates were likely to have sound judgment (89%) and effective decision-making (81%).

Existing magistrates are stepping forward to talk about the benefits they’ve seen in terms of their own skills boost and the benefits of giving back to encourage others to take part. Nicholas from Sheffield is a driving instructor who has been a magistrate for 13 years. Having always had a keen interest in the law, he became a magistrate to make a positive difference in his local community.

In his role as a magistrate, Nicholas says: “I love representing my local community and coming away from a day in court knowing the decisions I’ve helped make, will improve the lives of people who live in my area. I encourage people from all walks of life to join the bench – the more life experience we can bring to making the important decisions that we do in court, the better. Anyone volunteering will get so much out of it too – learning new skills and meeting great new people.”

Stephen is a Pharmacist living in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. He was driven to become a magistrate through a desire to advocate for young people in court and serve his local community, he has now been a magistrate for the last 11 years in South Yorkshire.

In his role as a magistrate, Stephen says: “I find working as a magistrate so rewarding. You never know what cases you will be dealing with that day and the variety is so wide. I feel I’m giving back to my community and I have a great sense of pride in carrying out my duties. I have increased my self-confidence and communication skills in the role and have applied this to my work as a pharmacist.”

Being a magistrate is a part-time role that can fit around other working commitments. From making an impact on families’ futures and children’s lives as a family court magistrate to handling criminal cases as a criminal court magistrate, candidates are being sought to fill positions across all jurisdictions. Whether a family or criminal court magistrate, whichever role volunteers take up, magistrates regularly make decisions that will shape the lives of individuals for years to come.

Justice Minister Mike Freer said: “Magistrates have a vital role to play in our justice system and we want to see every part of society represented on their benches. By volunteering their time and experience from other walks of life, they play a hugely important part in transforming lives and delivering justice for victims.”   Mark Beattie JP, National Chair of the Magistrates’ Association said: “Magistrates are the cornerstone of the justice system of England and Wales, so we welcome this continued drive to recruit much-needed volunteers to help deliver speedier justice for all. Diversity is one of the strengths of the magistracy, so we would encourage those from underrepresented groups and areas to apply to perform this most rewarding of voluntary roles. We look forward to sitting alongside you and to welcoming you as members soon.”

Applications are now open in South Yorkshire, anyone looking to volunteer should visit icanbeamagistrate.co.uk for more information.

Beauty and the Beast


This is a beautiful panto of the weird and wonderful, with singing and dancing and plenty of chances for the audience to get involved. A true labour of love for the whole cast and crew who have generously poured their heart and soul into making this a feel-good show for the entire family to enjoy.

Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th February
Evening 7:15pm
Adults £6 Children £4
Tickets from Sue Mackley Tele :- 0114 2630736

Crosspool Christmas Tree Shredding

Recognising the importance to dispose of our real Christmas trees sustainably rather than end up in landfill, which is both costly to the taxpayer and the environment,

On Sunday morning 8th January, the Crosspool Forum had arranged a brief window for the community to drag their discarded Christmas trees to the forecourt in front of local travel agents “Direct Travel.”

The huge number of Christmas trees brought for recycling were soon reduced to wood chippings for mulch, outdoor firewood, animal bedding and pathways locally.

It was gratifying to hear the residents of Crosspool appreciate the hard work of the volunteers and the convenience of being able to dispose of their Christmas trees environmentally friendly.  

Crosspool Christmas Trees 2022

Just a few of the many volunteers

Just a few of the guys and gals who turned out to brave a cold and dank Sunday morning to help adorn a festival of 22 Christmas trees with twinkling lights, before putting them up in the Crosspool shopping precinct to celebrate Christmas 22.

Through the hard work of our community volunteers and the generosity of Crosspool businesses, the Crosspool Forum has once again provided (Valley Side Garden Centre) Christmas trees, each decorated by groups of individuals, to bring cheer and joy to shoppers using the precinct.

Steve and Ian would like to thank the volunteers and local businesses, without whose help and support the Crosspool Forum simply couldn’t run this event

A special mention must go to the staff of Hudson’s café, who once again generously donated cups of tea and coffee for all the volunteers, and to Direct Travel for allowing us to use their concourse for preparing the Christmas trees.

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:

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!


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,