Twelve charities are to share the £3,300 raised from this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 3 July.
The annual event, which is co-ordinated by members of Stephen Hill Methodist Church, ran this year as part of the Crosspool Festival programme.
There were 15 gardens around the neighbourhood to explore, including allotments off Back Lane, two adjoining houses on Cairns Road and the Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway.
One Manchester Road garden also accommodated an art sale, plus a book signing by local historian and author Judith Hanson. Plentiful supplies of tea and cake were also available at most of the gardens.
Open Gardens started as a fundraising event for the church’s development appeal but has now been extended to support charities nominated by the owner of each of the showcased gardens.
Two vehicle-activated signs have been installed near the Broomhill end of Manchester Road to help slow traffic.
The radar speed signs are located on both sides of the road near Tapton House Road and Tapton Mount Close. The idea is that they will slow cars down by making drivers aware when they are driving at unsafe speeds.
As well as showing drivers how fast they are going, the signs also display a happy face for vehicles travelling under the speed limit and a sad face for those exceeding it. The speed limit for this stretch of road is 30mph.
Manchester Road has been affected by the roadworks in Broomhill and is currently only open for traffic coming out of town.
There are currently plenty of opportunities to get involved with various community events and activities in Crosspool:
The Soup Wagon
The Soup Wagon runs by St Columba’s and Stephen Hill churches on Monday evenings between September and May at Eldon Street car park. It need more volunteers to distribute food to the homeless on a 4 to 6-week rota.
An enthusiastic helper/assistant leader wanted for Stephen Hill Junior Badminton club which meets from 6-7:30 pm on Thursdays at the church. The club is for 10-18 year olds. It would be lots of amusement for the right person. If you are interested, contact Bob Townrow on 230 1098 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Luncheon club washing (with free lunch!)
Don’t say there’s no such thing as a free lunch! Volunteers are required to go on the washing up rota (6 weekly) at Crosspool Luncheon Club held at Stephen Hill church. A free lunch is provided! The club runs Wednesdays 12-2pm. If you can assist please contact Jean Smith on 2308250 or jean.W.email@example.com.