Residents urged to be vigilant after reports of Crosspool burglaries

Volunteers from a local neighbourhood watch scheme are warning Crosspool residents to be extra vigilant after a spate of break-ins over the last few days.

There were reports of burglaries on Den Bank Close and others in the Stephen Hill area, all taking place between 1pm and 3pm.

Dransfield Road Neighbourhood Watch is suggesting residents check their homes and vehicles are secure and work with their neighbours to stay safe.

If you see anything suspicious, call 101. If you see a crime taking place, call 999.

Local gardens open up for festival – video and photos

Saturday’s Open Gardens event once again saw proud local residents open up their private gardens to the public to raise money for charities.

Green-fingered locals showed off their plants, flowers, vegetables and garden displays and served tea and cake to visitors. Nine gardens were available to look around this year.

You can see some photos below from some of the gardens – and watch a video showing the model railway installed in Dave Mason’s Den Bank Close back garden.

Crosspool Open Gardens raises over £3,000 for charity

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.

Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010
Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010