Spring bulb planting continues on Saturday 9 October

Crosspool Forum is inviting local residents to join in with the planting of 1,000 crocus and 3,000 daffodil bulbs.

The first planting session took place yesterday and the plan is to continue this coming Saturday, 9 October 2010.

If you can spare an hour and would like to join in then meet 10am at the junction of Delph House Road and Manchester Road.

Pictures of Manchester Road daffodils


Lydgate Park outdoor gym

A new outdoor gym installed by the council and is now up and running in Lydgate Park.

Outdoor gyms are a new approach to health and fitness. They include much of the same equipment found in an indoor gym, but are specifically designed for outdoor use.

You don’t need any gym experience or special level of fitness to have a go. They are mainly for adults, but children may be able to use some of the apparatus with supervision.

Best of all, there’s no membership to pay!

Lydgate Park can be found at the top of Lydgate Lane, opposite Lydgate Infants School.

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Spring bulb planting this Saturday

Crosspool Forum is inviting local residents to join in with the planting of 1,000 crocus and 3,000 daffodil bulbs along Manchester Road.

If you can spare an hour and would like to come along, we’ll be meeting at 10am this Saturday, 2nd October, at the top of Hagg Lane, at its junction with Manchester Road.

The local Beaver group also has 1,000 crocuses of their own, which they are planning to plant in the shape of their emblem on the sloping verge which flanks the Manchester Road Pelican crossing’s tactile paved surface.

Pictures of Manchester Road daffodils

Spring flowers
Smith College 2010 Spring Bulb Show by foroyar22 on Flickr. Used under the Creative Commons licence

Hallam Community Skip: Tuesday 26 October

Following the success of September’s community skip, another is planned for Tuesday 26 October.

Local residents are being given the opportunity to use the skip, sited in the lay-by bordering the Hallam School playing fields on Redmires Road from 7am. It will be removed at 12:30pm sharp.

Please note, the skip is for household waste only. The following items will not be accepted:

  • fridges
  • freezers
  • gas bottles
  • asbestos
  • oil
  • car batteries
  • tyres
  • TVs
  • computers

The skip will be supervised at all times.

New benches in Crosspool

Two benches have been installed in the neighbourhood by Crosspool Forum, at a cost of just under £2,000.

The first is located at the top of Stephen Hill and the other on the corner of Sandygate Road/Manchester Road.

The Stephen Hill bench, which was stolen five years ago, is dedicated in memory of the late Hugh Buxton.

Computing courses at St Columba’s church hall

Two new computing courses started last Friday at St Columba’s church hall on Manchester Road.

The 12-week IT National College Introduction to ICT course is for beginners with no knowledge or just a basic knowledge of computers. It starts at 9am each Friday and is followed by a more advanced course at 11:45am.

Students are asked to pay just £30 for a 12-week course, with concessions for those on benefits.

Advanced students wishing to gain experience using the internet are also given the option of attending a course at a Foxhill computer suite taking place on either Monday or Thursday mornings.

Anyone wishing to join a course should contact Ian Hague on 0114 335 1674.

The Sportsman pub to reopen on Friday 18 September

The refurbishment of the Sportsman pub on Benty Lane is due for completion in time for its reopening tomorrow (Friday 18 September).

The new look reflects a change in the approach of the Sportsman from a bar with a restaurant, to a restaurant with a bar. On entering the premises through the main entrance, black tiles, boarded by a carpeted area to the right, and a polished wood floor dining room to the left, direct you to the bar.

Work started in earnest when the pub closed for business last Sunday teatime and this week has seen vans, machinery and workers arrive to transform the premises in time for the reopening.

The new-look Sportsman pub in Crosspool
The new-look Sportsman pub in Crosspool

World of Wine off licence coming to Crosspool

After being empty for nearly two years, the shop previously known as Oddbins is due to reopen its doors early next week selling wine and beer under the name World of Wine. It is believed that the new owner currently runs other off licences in the city.

World of Wine off licence arrives in Crosspool
World of Wine off licence arrives in Crosspool

Meanwhile, the Environmental Health Officer from the council is visiting shops and businesses in Crosspool this week, to are ensuring that rubbish is being disposed of correctly and that perishables are being stored appropriately.

Last chance to comment on convenience store planning application

Local residents are being encouraged to comment on the convenience store planning application 10/02657/FUL before the consultation period ends this coming Friday (17 September 2010).

The retail premises on Lydgate Lane, presently occupied by Motor World, is the subject of the application. It is proposed to extend the building to three times its present size and permission is being sought to change its use to a convenience store.

An Extraordinary Open Meeting took place on Friday 3 September to discuss the proposal – read the minutes from the meeting.

You can comment on the application in two ways:

  • Visit the 10/02657/FUL planning application on the Sheffield City Council website and click the ‘Submit Comments…’ button
  • Write to Ms Sarah Hallam, Development Management, Howden House, 1 Union St, Sheffield S1 2HH, with reference to Planning Application 10/02657/FUL

Fire in property near Shore Lane/Manchester Road

A fire in a property on the edge of Crosspool is currently being attended to by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (9pm, 13 September 2010).

Fire crews were alerted around 5pm when plumes of smoke were seen coming from the roof of a derelict house within the grounds of Sheffield University’s Ranmoor Village accommodation.

Building work was taking place on the property, which is near to the modern Shore Court accommodation block and is located between Shore Lane and Manchester Road.

The smoke drifted as least as far as the Arts Tower and was visible from other vantage points across the city.

Information available this evening has been limited, but it is not thought that anyone has been hurt in the incident. The cause of the fire is unknown.

At around 7.15pm, National Grid engineers arrived to isolate the gas supply to the property from Manchester Road. This work will not affect gas supplies to nearby houses.

As of 9pm this evening, the bottom end of Shore Lane was closed and police were directing cars away from the top end of the road. Manchester Road is open as normal.

Update 17 September: The fire brigade has confirmed that nobody was hurt in the fire and it is not being treated as suspicious.

BBC news story about the incident

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue report and photos on Facebook

Photo of smoke taken from across the city

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Approximate location of fire
Approximate location of fire