Crosspool Characters: children’s author Ann Twigg

Children's author Ann Twigg with her grandchildren
Children’s author Ann Twigg with her grandchildren
We meet Ann Twigg, who worked at Lydgate Infant School and is now a children’s author.

Ann is one of four sisters and was born and brought up in Sheffield, England. She has three children, eight grand-children and two great-grand-children.

She started out as a Sunday school teacher in her early years, before progressing on to work with university-aged students and then in later years went on to work as a dinner lady in Crosspool.

How long did you work at Lydgate Lane Infant School and what are your memories of your time there?

I worked as a lunchtime supervisor for eight years at Lydgate Infant School and loved every minute until I retired last year.

I have some lovely memories of working with the little children and telling them my stories in the playground before they went in for their lunch. There was never a dull moment and I got so much enjoyment from seeing the look on their faces as they listened so intently to whichever story I was telling them.

Also I have great admiration for all the teachers and staff who all have so much patience with the children and do their very best to make this school such a lovely friendly and happy place for the children to be.

Do you live local to Crosspool? What do you like about it?

I was brought up in Crookes and lived there until 1982 when I moved to Crosspool. I have lived in Crosspool ever since.

I like Crosspool because it is on the edge of the countryside and we have some fabulous walks around us.

What is your inspiration for your stories?

My inspiration for some of the stories I wrote came from my grandchildren. I wrote the Red Man and Green Man stories when my little grandson who was about three years old, was waiting with me to cross the road and quite innocently asked me if Red Man and Green Man ever came out of the traffic lights to play.

Another story Tom on Robot Island was written for my other grandson Tom who was about seven years old, when he asked me to tell him a story about a robot.

Also the idea for the Grumpy Grandad stories was because I actually live with a Grumpy Grandad and the mole really did dig up our garden which he still grumbles about today.

I’m sure most of the local children will know the rock on the Bolehills that looks like a ship. I have lived locally all my life and have stood on that rock many times as a little girl pretending it was a ship that sailed away in the dead of night. Hence the idea for the story Alex and the little people.

All the other stories are ones I made up for my eight grandchildren and whose names are all in the stories.

Why did you decide to set up Playtime Books?

I hadn’t really thought about having the stories published as I just liked writing stories for my grandchildren. I had done such a lot though that my son came up with the idea that we ought to publish them on the internet under Playtime Books.  He had CDs made and illustrations for the discs at first.

What formats do you publish your stories in and how can people get hold of them?

We have moved on quite a bit now and the stories are available on CD, book, Kindle, and ACX downloads from Amazon under Playtime Books or Ann Twigg.

If you would like to purchase any of the books in CD format then please email joannelouisegraham@outlook.com.

Also Grumpy Grandad can be followed on Facebook, YouTube, my website which is www.playtime-books.com and also @ann_twigg on Twitter.

Books, DVDs, CDs and tombola prizes wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Books wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre
Donations wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Books, DVDs and CDs

Can you spare any unwanted books DVDs and CDs for Crosspool Summer Fayre stalls?

If you can donate any then please call Mark on 0114 230 9469 for delivery arrangement.

Tombola prizes

If any unwanted prizes or new gifts that might be suitable for the Crosspool Forum Summer Fayre Tombola stall, please get in touch using g.m.drinkwater@btinternet.com. We can collect if necessary, or they can be dropped off locally.

The annual Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday 4 July. It’s part of the 2015 Crosspool Festival, which this year runs Friday 26 June to Sunday 5 July.

Books, DVDs and CDs wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Books wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre
Donations wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Can you spare any unwanted books, DVDs and CDs for Crosspool Summer Fayre book stall?

If you’re able to donate anything for the stall, please contact Mark or Christine Johnson on 0114 230 9469 to arrange delivery.

Collection is available if required.

Books and tombola prizes wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Books

Books wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre
Donations wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre

Can you spare any unwanted books for Crosspool Summer Fayre book stall?

If you’re able to donate books for the stall, please bring them to 17 Den Bank Drive by 23 June.

This will give the volunteers running the stall the time to categorise the books, making it easier for people to find a title they want on the day.

If you’re having difficulty transporting your books, call 0114 230 9469.

Tombola prizes

Do you have any unwanted prizes or gifts that might be suitable for the Crosspool Forum Summer Fayre Tombola stall? If so, please get in touch on 07713 687 955.

Money from the tombola will be used in promoting and improving the area of Crosspool to the benefit and wellbeing of its residents.

Crosspool Characters: local author Judith Hanson

Judith Hanson
Judith Hanson

We meet Judith Hanson, author of two local history books about Crosspool and secretary of Hallam Art Group.

Her first book, Images of England: Crosspool, contains photos and text exploring the suburb’s development over time.

Follow-up title Crosspool Through Time features many more contrasting images of Crosspool.

How long have you lived in Crosspool and what do you like about the suburb?

I have lived in Crosspool since 1979. I am originally from Hunters Bar but have also lived in Bingley, London, Cyprus and Sweden. I like Crosspool as it is so close to open countryside, it is a very friendly community and a very pleasant place to live.

Images of England: Crosspool by Judith HansonTell us about your 2003 book on Crosspool. What made you decide to write it?

My first book came about through my being a bit of an amateur artist; I am secretary of Hallam Art Group. I wanted to paint pictures of the pubs in Crosspool and it was about the time that the King’s Head was to be demolished.

I worked in the post office and asked several people if they had photos of the King’s Head in its prime – to paint from. I realised that we were losing our local History and it needed to be recorded.

I had bought the Tempus Publishing book on Ecclesall so I wrote to them and asked if a book on Crosspool was in the pipeline. They said “No, how about doing one”. So I did.

How did you go about researching the content for your books? Was it hard work?

Because I worked in the post office and knew so many people I managed to acquire a lot of info and photos. Sadly some of these original photos have already been lost on the deaths of their owners.

My first book took over my life for several months and apart from talking to people, visiting them and listening to their stories I did a lot of research in the Local Studies Library.

Crosspool Through Time by Judith HansonThe first book must have sold quite well, as you produced a follow-up book in 2010. How is the second book different?

For my second book, which I said I would never do, I also took a lot of photographs. The second book shows contrasting views of now and then.

A lot of my original contributors were no longer around so I had quite a difficult job finding new photos and of course I no longer had my contacts through the post office.

Do you have plans or material for any further books about Crosspool?

I have no plans for a future book but I am sure there is scope for someone else to take up the mantle. I wish there were some books on Fulwood and Broomhill too! 
I did do one more project. I was asked after my first book if I would do some guided walks which I declined.

However, I did do a guided walk booklet which was sold at GT News. The proceeds went towards a new bench in Lydgate Green at the bottom of Lydgate Hall Crescent.

If you’re struggling for a Christmas gift idea, then have you considered Judith’s books? They are available to buy from local shops, direct from the author or online:

1. From local shops: both books are available at GT News and Crosspool Through Time is also available at Craft Angels.

2. Direct from the author: signed copies can be purchased from Judith at 25 Lydgate Hall Crescent, Sheffield S10 5NE.

3. Online, from retailers such as Amazon:

Images of England: Crosspool (2003) by Judith Hanson on Amazon

Crosspool Through Time (2010) by Judith Hanson on Amazon