Exercise to Improve Your Health

To help ensure that we all make the most of the NHS exercise advice and guidance to keep fit, mentally alert and healthy, the Crosspool Forum continues to offer a choice of Easy Exercise and Tai Chi classes.

 Easy Exercise: Tuesday morning 10:45 -11:45

Easy Exercise is a chair-based exercise aimed at people who wish to either maintain or increase their Independence, with exercises to strengthen muscles and bones. Stronger muscles help to improve circulation balance and walking, making everyday activities such as washing, dressing, shopping, or doing housework easier and less of a strain.

Tai Chi: Wednesday mornings 10:45 -11:45

Tai Chi is a slow physical exercise ideal for improving relaxation, balance and overall health and physical fitness. These sessions are great for beginners and can really help you improve your strength and balance.

You don’t need any specific clothing; just wear something you’re comfortable in and non-marking footwear

No need to book; simply come along to the Scout Hall on Benty Lane, Crosspool.

For more information contact Ian on 07713 687 955 or Steve 07902 022 950


Would you consider supporting improvements to our local Scout hut?

Benty Lane Scout Hut
Benty Lane Scout Hut

You may have noticed the building work at the Scout Hut on Benty Lane. This is the headquarters of the 36th Sheffield St John’s Ranmoor Scout Group.

The group is looking to upgrade and modernise the building in a series of phases to provide:

  • wheelchair access
  • better toilet facilities
  • more space for all the different groups that use it.

This is a community asset that, as well as providing a home for the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, is also made use of by various local groups including the Old School House Nursery; Art Classes; Computer Classes; Chairobics and Sensory Classes for Babies. It’s hoped that the upgrades to the building will allow even more groups to use it.

The group are trying to raise money to allow this work to be completed and among other things are running sponsored walks, family bingo evenings and running a buy a brick campaign.

They could really use your support – whether you are a former Beaver, Cub or Scout yourself or a parent of one of the past, current and future Scouting members or a friend of the Scouting movement.

Make a donation towards Benty Lane Scout hut

You can also donate by contacting the group treasurer direct using eric@ranmoorscouts.com.

Tablet/iPad course starts Monday 12 May 2014

Crosspool Forum is helping organise a course to help those less confident using tablets build their skills.

The 10-week course starts on Monday 12 May 2014 at the Scout Hall on Benty Lane and runs 1-3pm. Topics include:

  • Identify the iPad’s features and use settings
  • Use the iPad’s on-screen keyboard efficiently
  • Use multi-touch gestures on the touch screen display
  • Manage apps and make use of Safari and iTunes
  • Capture photos and videos by using the iPad’s camera
  • Identify Safari’s useful features and gain practical experience using a web browser
  • Use the Settings more efficiently to personalise an iPad
  • Experience using the App Store to download and use an application
  • Gain practical experience of using both the Mail and Messages apps
  • Find out about FaceTime

It costs £60, or £10 for those in receipt of means-tested benefits.

To enrol or find out more, please contact us on 0114 250 0613 or email info@heeleydevtrust.com.

Computer courses start again in September

Four new National Open College Network (NOCN) computer courses are starting next month in Crosspool. The topics for this term’s courses are:

  • Desk top publishing
  • Computers For Beginners
  • Internet and Emailing
  • Computers For Everyday Life – Absolute Beginners

More details are on the poster below, including the start and expected finish dates for each course.

Perhaps you have a friend or relative who would be interested in building their confidence on a computer? Anyone wishing to join any of these courses should contact Ian, Crosspool Forum, on 0114 335 1674 or email crosspoolforum@fsmail.net.

Computer courses start again in September
Computer courses start again in September

Former British champion sets up Crosspool taekwondo club

A new taekwondo club is to start in Crosspool
A new taekwondo club is to start in Crosspool

A former British taekwondo champion and European bronze medallist and his wife are setting up a new taekwondo club in Crosspool.

Champions Taekwondo will take place 6–7pm every Thursday from 14 June at Benty Lane scout hut.

It is run by Scott and Joanne Graham, who are Crosspool residents with children in local schools. Joanne explained: “We offer a safe and friendly learning environment with the emphasis for children being on the fun aspect of learning, allowing them to progress without pressure.”

Taekwondo is an ancient Korean martial art, with a focus on kicking and self defence. Practitioners can expect to gain greater degrees of fitness, flexibility, concentration and confidence, which can be important for childrens’ development.

Adults and children, from beginners to advanced, are welcome. The first lesson is free then it is £4.50 per lesson afterwards.

For more information contact Scott on 07970 597 800 or Jo on 07539 935 279 or email championstaekwondo@hotmail.co.uk.