Can you solve the riddle of Morecambe and Wise in Lodge Moor?

The Plough, Sandygate Road
Could Eric Morcambe have stayed near The Plough on Sandygate Road in 1953?

In 1953, Ernie Wise of Morecambe and Wise fame, and his wife Doreen camped in their converted Bedford bus at a petrol station in the Lodge Moor area of the city. This occurred when Morecambe and Wise were appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington in Sheffield.

Eric Morecambe and his wife Joan had rented a house nearby and possibly, the petrol station in question was as close to them as it was practical to park a single decker bus. The question is, which petrol station?

Opinion seems to favour Sandygate Motors next to The Plough on Sandygate Road but others have been suggested.

Local artist Michael Dolby is searching for the answer for a project which he is contributing to.

Mr Dolby said: “It is one of those things that have become part of local folklore, many people have heard a variation of the story but, other than the bare fact that Ernie Wise or Doreen Wise have said in two biographies that they camped in a bus at a Lodge Moor petrol station little else seems to be certain. It would at least be nice to know and commit it to local history record.”

If anyone has any information on this, Michael would welcome an email to michaeldolby1954@gmail.com.

New allotments proposed for Lodge Moor

The council have proposed plans for 33 allotments at the Spider Park, Lodge Moor
The council have proposed plans for 33 allotments at the Spider Park, Lodge Moor

The council have proposed plans for 33 allotments at the Spider Park, Lodge Moor, with car parking and access from Blackbrook Road.

A consultation meeting is to be held at St Luke’s church on Monday 14 November at 6:30pm.

For more information contact: Head of Service, Countryside and Environment Section, Chris Heeley on Christopher.Heeley@sheffield.gov.uk or 0114 273 4285.

51 bus: report from public meeting with First

Meeting at St Columba's with First to discuss the 51 bus
Meeting at St Columba’s with First to discuss the 51 bus

On Friday night over 60 residents gathered at St. Columba’s church to put their questions to representatives from First, provider of Crosspool’s 51 bus service.

Almost 30 questions were taken from the floor and answered by First’s commercial manager Adam Timewell and business manager John Eardley.

Download the full minutes of the meeting  (PDF, 97KB)

51 bus
What is being done to improve the 51 bus route? Download the meeting minutes (PDF, 97KB)

Issues and comments that were covered include:

  • the impact of the tramline repairs and Charnock roadworks on the service
  • changes can be expected in September, including a full fleet of new double decker buses on the 51 route; exploring the possibility of splitting the route so buses from this end turn round at the markets then come back; improving punctuality with particular problems regarding accessibility on West Street (outbound);
  • concerns about the safety of passengers boarding the bus on Mappin Street
  • a named Route Manager for the 51 is to be introduced by the spring
  • attempts to solve the problem of bunching buses, which is acknowledged as a management rather than timetabling issue
  • whether other companies could also run buses on the route, like the 52 service

Adam and John have agreed to attend the next Crosspool Forum Open Meeting on 31 July to report back on their progress.

Download the full minutes of the meeting  (PDF, 97KB)

Autumn Spectacular charity classical/jazz music concert

On Saturday 16 November the Yorkshire Wind Orchestra and Sheffield Youth Big Band present an Autumn Spectacular of classical and jazz music.

The evening starts at 7pm at St Luke’s Church in Lodge Moor and is in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity

Tickets are £8/£5 in advance or on the door subject to availability. Call 07592 068723 to reserve.

Yorkshire Wind Orchestra events

Autumn Spectacular charity classical/jazz music concert
Autumn Spectacular charity classical/jazz music concert

Crosspool buses painted in traditional colours to mark centenary

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Two 51 buses have been painted in traditional livery to celebrate 100 years of motor buses in Sheffield.

Look out for the repainted 51s on the Crosspool route
Look out for the repainted 51s on the Crosspool route

The first motorbus began operation between Broomhill and Lodge Moor via Crosspool on 15 February 1913. As part of the centenary celebrations, two modern buses painted in 1913 and 1960 colours will be used on the 51 route.

And on Sunday 12 May a bus rally will take place at First’s Olive Grove depot where you can see a selection of old and new buses and take part in fun activities.

Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First UK Bus said: “It is very exciting that people and organisations in Sheffield are coming together to celebrate 100 years of motorbuses in Sheffield.

“Sheffield has grown tremendously in the past century and buses have been at the forefront of this development.

“It is only right and proper that we organise a series of events to commemorate this anniversary and the public should look out for these spectacular buses that represent the history of this great city.”

History of the 51, the least changed bus route in Sheffield

20 youngsters refused places at Lydgate Infants school

Today’s Sheffield Telegraph reports how pupils are being turned away from their local primary schools, with Lydgate Infants being the worst affected:

…this year there were 148 applications for 120 places at Lydgate, compared with the usual average of 117. To cope education chiefs have created 60 extra places at Westways in Crookes and at Hallam Primary in Lodge Moor.

Tough economic times are believed to be a key factor – read the Sheffield Telegraph article or buy a copy of the paper for the full story.

New timetable and continuing discount fares for route 51

Bus operator First has confirmed that current discount fares will ‘continue indefinitely’ on the 51 bus running from Lodge Moor to Charnock via town.

The promotional fares, which were launched last June, mean that a single journey from Crosspool to town costs £1.60, compared to the previous price of £1.95. The original announcement indicated that the discount fares might only run until March 2011.

Meanwhile, a new timetable (PDF, 623KB) will be in operation on route 51 from 8 May.

Route 51 on Travel South Yorkshire

New route 51 timetable from 8 May 2011 (PDF, 623KB)

Bus route 51: new timetable and continuing discount fares
Bus route 51: new timetable and continuing discount fares

Route 51 bus fare discounts to continue

Bus operator First has announced that the current discount fares on the 51 bus running from Lodge Moor to Charnock via town are to continue until at least March 2011.

The promotional fares, which were launched last June, mean that a single journey from Crosspool to town costs £1.60, compared to the previous price of £1.95.

The operator says that the 51 has seen encouraging growth in passenger number and the price reductions continue the company’s strategy of using promotions to stimulate passenger growth.

The promotional prices for route 51 are:

  • Most single fares reduced
  • ‘Local hop’ single fares from 85p
  • Maximum single fare £1.95
Crosspool bus stop
Route 51: discounted fares have stimulated growth in passenger numbers