Spring 2014 Crosspool Clarion out soon

The new issue of the Crosspool Clarion will soon be landing on your doormat. If you can’t wait, then download and read a PDF of it below.

Current issue: Spring 2014, volume 11, issue 1

Download current issue: Spring 2014, volume 11, issue 1 (PDF, 2.9MB)

  • Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 11, issue 1 (PDF, 2.9MB)
    Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 11, issue 1 (PDF, 2.9MB)
    James Woods flies the flag in Sochi
  • An invitation to those that have a garden
  • Items wanted for Crosspool Summer Fayre
  • Letters
  • Crosspool chipper
  • Men’s magnificent meals
  • A hero on horseback
  • Children’s Christmas party
  • Women’s Institute update
  • Julie Kay remembered
  • Sheffield Vulcan
  • Red box appeal update
  • Open meeting minutes

Download current issue: Spring 2014, volume 11, issue 1 (PDF, 2.9MB)

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Winter 2013 Crosspool Clarion out soon

The new issue of the Crosspool Clarion will soon be landing on your doormat. If you can’t wait, then download and read a PDF of it below.

Download current issue: Autumn 2013, volume 12, issue 4 (PDF, 839KB)

Crosspool Clarion Autumn 2013, volume 12, issue 4
Download Crosspool Clarion Autumn 2013, volume 12, issue 4 (PDF, 839KB)
  • All change at Artisan
  • Library closures
  • Letter box
  • St Columba’s community lunch club
  • Tapton Hill centenary year
  • Sheffield Steelers Lacrosse Club
  • Provision of school places
  • Computer courses
  • Be a green dog owner
  • Renovation donation
  • Hillside Harvest summer report
  • The Chappil’s Christmas tea
  • Do I really need to make a will?
  • Crosspool WI coffee morning
  • Meeting minutes
  • Forum Chairman’s report

Download current issue: Autumn 2013, volume 12, issue 4 (PDF, 839KB)

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Autumn 2013 Crosspool Clarion

The new issue of the Crosspool Clarion will soon be landing on your doormat. If you can’t wait, then download and read a PDF of it below.

Current issue: Autumn 2013, volume 11, issue 3

Download current issue: Autumn 2013, volume 11, issue 3 (PDF, 1MB)

  • Local police station to close

    Download current issue: Summer 2013, volume 11, issue 3 (PDF, 1MB)
    Download current issue: Summer 2013, volume 11, issue 3 (PDF, 1MB)
  • Cold callers
  • Crosspool Womens’s Institute
  • Missing Crosspool woman
  • Remembering the old, proposing the new
  • Complaining to the NHS
  • Springwatch in the Rivelin Valley
  • Computer courses
  • Co-op Travel to close
  • Crosspool Fayre report
  • Open Meeting minutes
  • Resurfacing update

Download current issue: Summer 2013, volume 11, issue 3 (PDF, 1MB)

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Summer 2013 Crosspool Clarion out this weekend

The new issue of the Crosspool Clarion will soon be landing on your doormat. If you can’t wait, then download and read a PDF of it below.

Download current issue: Summer 2013, volume 10, issue 2 (PDF, 1.2MB)

Crosspool Clarion Volume 10 Issue 2 Summer 2013 (PDF, 1.2MB)
Crosspool Clarion Volume 10 Issue 2 Summer 2013 (PDF, 1.2MB)
  • First Crosspool streets to be resurfaced
  • Crosspool Ladies: 56 years young
  • Crosspool WI
  • Hagg Copse update
  • Magnificent meals
  • Tombola donation
  • Residents’ concerns over increased street parking
  • 51 bus route
  • Dambusters
  • Computer for everyday life
  • Valleyside tower
  • Community Assemblies
  • Electrifying the roads
  • Dig this
  • Minutes
  • Active8 Sheffield
  • Book stall – request for books

Download current issue: Summer 2013, volume 10, issue 2 (PDF, 1.2MB)

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Spring 2013 Crosspool Clarion out soon

The new issue of the Crosspool Clarion will soon be landing on your doormat. If you can’t wait, then download and read a PDF of it below.

Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 10, issue 1 (PDF, 946KB)

Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 10, issue 1Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 10, issue 1
Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 10, issue 1 (PDF, 946KB)
  • 100 years of motorbuses in Sheffield
  • Letters
  • The Big Issue in Crosspool
  • Grow your own – now is the time to start
  • Crosspool WI
  • Alarms and more
  • New Yoga class
  • Crosspool speed skater takes silver
  • Tapton school rated as outstanding
  • Crosspool luncheon club
  • Ash tree health status
  • Wool appeal
  • Summary from Open Meeting
  • Congratulations to our two local bobbies
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Reservior rethink
  • Christmas tree recycling

Download current issue: Spring 2013, volume 10, issue 1 (PDF, 946KB)

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Bullet points from Crosspool Forum Open Meeting/AGM, Thursday 27 October 2011

Open Meeting/AGM at St Columba's
Open Meeting/AGM at St Columba's

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Chairman’s report for the year (Ian Hague)

  1. Planning – Turner Investments application for enlarging Motorworld was declined.
  2. The Crosspool Clarion is still very successful – reaching over 2500 houses, & is self-funding.
  3. Crosspool.info webpage has become very popular.
  4. Computer courses – St Columbas Fri – go from strength to strength.A new course will start in Jan 2012 – names to Ian.
  5. SWCA meeting – next one Wesley Hall, Crookes, Dec 15th. Council Cabinet Members will be available from 5.45-6.45 for questions.
  6. Community skip today – successful
  7. The usual car boot sales, Crosspool Festival & Summer Fayre, Christmas trees & floral displays – winning Silver again!- & daffs & crocus planting on the verges. The Christmas trees will go up in early December – helpers please (keep an eye on web site for date).
  8. The Forum continues to look after Hagg Copse.
  9. Stephen Hill/Benty Lane junction still on the agenda – hope to have a report in the next Open Meeting.
  10. Council grant for 20 Union flags & poles – to decorate the precinct in time for the 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Olympic games.

Treasurer’s Report (Chris Batchelor)

Our bank account remains healthy– but this is because the grant for the flags has yet to be spent, and next years’ summer flowers will need to be paid for.

Crosspool Festival

This will start on 7th July with Crosspool Open Gardens, and end with the Summer Fayre on Sat 14th, & Open Air service on Sun 15th. The Festival Committee would like some more helpers – please contact Rev Frances Eccleston or Ian.

Police Report (Pc Louise Atha & Pc Dave Hall)

  1. Allotment break-ins – especially to the society’s hut & container, from which several hundreds of pounds were taken, & a lot of mess caused. Residents were urged to post the serial numbers of eg lawnmowers and similar equipment on the website www.immobilize.com so stolen items can be traced back to them. Operation Herbaceous is in place to try to stop this.
  2. Scrap metal & lead nicking; Operation Anchor has been targeting & stopping suspicious vehicles in Dore & Totley (19) and Bramall Lane & Ecclesall Rd (34) – & prosecuting those with unroadworthy vans or no waste carrying licences.
  3. Car crime; there have been some break-ins to vehicles on Crookes/Crookesmoor. Residents were urged not to leave satnav cradles on display.
  4. Operation Dark Nights is about to begin for Halloween & Bonfire Night, & shops being checked to ensure no underage sale of alcohol or fireworks is taking place.

Questions were taken on verge bollard use, bad parking on Manchester rd & the proposed closure of Manchester road round Stephen Hill, Delph Hse Rd & Selborne Rd for resurfacing.

Councillors’ Question time (Sylvia Anginotti, Brian Holmes & Geoff Smith)

Councillors answered questions such as a query on attic extension building and trespass by a neighbour, bus timetabling & the new Optio scheme (voluntary partnership agreement between Stagecoach & First – nos. 120 & 52 buses), and why the 51 never seems to come on time!

Residents were asked to keep details of timetabling failures & send them on to Ian Hague, or direct by phone to Pam Horner (SYPTE External Relationships Manager – 0114 2211452).

There were concerns over poor bus lane signage (Ripley St), silly bus lane sections (Mushroom Lane head), and why the 120 stop in town is Flat St & not the Interchange. The Vernon Tce bus shelter issue was raised again – & Cllr Anginotti suggested an online petition direct to Council about this.

Residents asked whether the post box could be moved from outside Craft Angels to a less congested spot in the shopping precinct, but this has been requested before & Royal Mail say they can not do so.

There was also a request to have the word ‘SLOW’ painted at the bottom of Sandygate Rd hill, where drivers come round the bend to the zebra crossing.

AOB

  1. A special limited edition of Crosspool cards is available from Craft Angels – £2.50 per pack.
  2. There will be a Christmas Disco at St Columba’s on 4th Dec; tickets from the Crosspool Pet Shop. Father Christmas will be there!
  3. The Sheffield to Castleton & Bakewell bus (operated by Derbyshire County Council) that runs along Manchester rd is to change to number 273/4/5.
  4. Ian Hague is hoping to get funding for an over-60s trip …. music will be involved!
  5. Green Garden Waste bags; remember the last collection will be the week starting 31st Oct. A report on all aspects of waste collection throughout the city is expected, so until this is published there will be no green waste collections.
  6. The Rivelin Valley Conservation Group has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award (collected by Graham Appleby & Keith Kendall).

The next Open Meeting will be Thursday, 26 January 2012. 7pm, St Columba’s.

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The mystery of the Crosspool tunnel

The Crosspool tunnel
Can you solve the mystery of the Crosspool tunnel?

Joe Castle writes:

Digging in his back garden a while ago, the resident of a semi-detached house on the top side of Manchester Road hit a real snag when his spade struck a sizeable stone some three feet below ground level.

Further digging at either side exposed even more stones and, in fact a line of them extending the full width of the garden.

Naturally, very curious, and with some prizing (and fortuitously great care) he was met with an unbelievable sight witnessed by his equally inquisitive 12-year old son who had arrived on the scene. More stones were lifted and there, a yard or so below, several lines of setts were revealed.

Carrying a camera the lad gingerly jumped down into the hole. His, (adult verified) findings were a circular-shaped tunnel, some 20-25 inches in diameter, constructed of irregular shaped pieces of stone and stretching both ways into the darkened distance. There was a covering of silt on the tunnel floor.

A knowledgeable resident told me the tunnel’s two terminals were: at one end The Sportsman and at the other the bottom of Coldwell Lane. Apparently, many residents who had alterations made to their houses (the tunnel passes through the back-gardens of 51 properties) had been made aware of its existence.

Why is it there, anyway? What purpose does or did it serve; any ideas? I’ll put forward my theory in the next issue of the Crosspool Clarion but your views will be very welcome.


Local historian Judith Hanson gave her views:

I have looked at the old maps of Crosspool and nothing is shown on them to indicate what the mystery tunnel can be. However I do know that there was an adit – an opening to a coal mine – just behind The Sportsman. Maybe it could have something to do with that?

There are coal seams all over this area and several of the people who lived in Clough Fields hamlet were miners. There was a Hallam coal field but where exactly it was I have not been able to find out.

An interesting addition to this is that there was a footpath from Manchester Road up to Sandygate Road- approximately where the gennel is on Manchester Rd, coming out at the top of Ringstead Crescent.

And yes, if you are from Sheffield its a gennel and not a ginnel!

What do you think? Do you have any ideas about what it might be?

Crosspool Spring clean: thanks for your help!

Enthusiastic young people join in Crosspool's Spring Clean
Enthusiastic young people join in Crosspool's Spring Clean

Crosspool folk sprang into action last Saturday to clean up our neighbourhood.

As part of Sheffield’s third Annual Spring Clean, a dozen or so local residents, both young and old met at 10am on Saturday outside Direct Travel on Sandygate Road.

After brief introductions, the group dispersed in small teams to various locations where there was litter to clear up.

Despite the wind and the rain, and having to deal with obstacles including parts of a discarded piano, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie of the morning and the satisfaction of what was achieved.

We hope to arrange another group clean up for some date in the future so keep your eye on this website and the Crosspool Clarion for details.

Crosspool Clarion Spring 2011 edition now being delivered

The new edition of the Crosspool Clarion is now falling on the doormats of all Crosspool households.

Crosspool Clarion Spring 2011 (PDF, 1.1MB)
Download Crosspool Clarion Spring 2011 (PDF, 1.1MB)

The latest issue includes:

  • Nominate your local buildings
  • Letters
  • Hallam FC
  • Local pub damaged
  • Tree planting
  • Council u-turn on bins and boxes
  • Manchester Road electronic speed signs
  • Fire in Crosspool
  • Grass verge protective measures
  • Crosspool Festical 2011 update
  • New Broomhill crossing
  • Accident on Darwin Lane
  • 27 January 2011 Open Meeting minutes
  • Convenience store appeal

Download Crosspool Clarion Spring 2011 (PDF, 1.1MB)

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Crosspool Clarion Winter 2010 edition is just going to press

The new edition of the Crosspool Clarion is going to press and will soon be falling on the doormats of all Crosspool households.

Crosspool Clarion Winter 2010
Download Crosspool Clarion Winter 2010 (PDF, 762KB)

The latest issue includes:

  • Convenience store planning application rejected
  • Service station extension
  • Crosspool Harvest latest
  • New green waste scheme
  • Look after your eyes
  • Historic boxing day match
  • Fair deal campaign
  • Environmental enforcement
  • October 2010 AGM/Open Meeting minutes

Download Crosspool Clarion Winter 2010 (PDF, 762KB)

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

To read PDFs on your computer, you may need to first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.