BBC Radio Sheffield visit Picnic in the Park


The weather stayed fine for Picnic in the Park the finale to the 2017 Crosspool Festival on Sunday.

The three local churches came together for a community service on Lydgate Green.

BBC Radio Sheffield even paid a surprise visit as part of their Sunday morning Clueless show.

Loxley Brass Band also took part in the service.

Lydgate Green needs your unwanted plants

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green

The Friends of Lydgate Green are asking if anyone has any plants they could donate to help improve the green space.

Secretary Roger Burkinshaw explains: “We replanted Lydgate Green last summer but the beds are looking a bit sparse after losses from the very wet winter and more annoyingly from the theft of half a dozen rose bushes.

“Do you have any plants you could donate? For example, if you are tidying your garden and have any plants that have grown too large or you are splitting clumps of perennials etc, we would love to have them.”

If you can spare any plants then please let Roger know by emailing woodster.rog@gmail.com. The Friends of Lydgate Green will then plant them up for everyone to enjoy.

First details of this year’s Crosspool Festival: get involved!

Why not take your mind off the current unseasonal weather with a sneak preview of what is in store for the 2012 Crosspool Festival?

This year’s festival runs 7-15 July. The programme will kick off with Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 7 July and it is hoped to repeat the street market and Crosspool’s Got Talent evening.

Plans are also underway for the creation of a well dressing and for Olympics-themed and musical events and there will be a summer fayre on Coldwell Lane on Saturday 14 July.

The local churches will be joining together for a closing services on Lydgate Green on Sunday 15 July, complete with brass band.

This is your chance to get involved with Crosspool’s major annual community event: if you can offer an hour or two to help, please get in touch with St Columba’s church parish office on st.columbas@hotmail.co.uk or 0114 267 0006.

Memories of Crosspool Festival 2011

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011

Lydgate Green clean up this Sunday

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green

The Friends of Lydgate Green are organising a day to work on the flower beds.

This Sunday 2 October, volunteers will be weeding, moving plants, litter picking and tidying up.

They’re inviting anyone interested in helping to come along from 10am. It’s a family affair, the more the merrier – bring your forks, spades, barrows & buckets!

There are gaps to be filled so any spare perennials for donation are also very welcome.

Lydgate Green is on the Lydgate Lane/Lydgate Hall Crescent junction in Crosspool.

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green: join in the clear up

Lydgate Green clean up: your help is required!

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green

The Friends of Lydgate Green are organising a day to work on the flower beds.

On Sunday 2 October volunteers will be weeding, moving plants, litter picking and tidying up.

They’re inviting anyone interested in helping to come along from 10am. It’s a family affair, the more the merrier – bring your forks, spades, barrows & buckets!

There are gaps to be filled so any spare perennials for donation are also very welcome.

Lydgate Green is on the Lydgate Lane/Lydgate Hall Crescent junction in Crosspool.

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green: join in the clear up

Final weekend of Crosspool Festival events

This year’s Crosspool Festival is rounding off this weekend with two big community events.

From 2pm today on Coldwell Lane sports field (CDYST) the Summer Fayre takes place. There is loads going on, including live music, entertainment, dancing, a bouncy castle, side shows, games plus stalls selling crafts, flowers, food and drinks. It’ll be a great afternoon out for all the family.

Lydgate Gardens
Lydgate Green: location for Picnic in the Park on Sunday

And then tomorrow at 12.30pm why not head to Lydgate Green (the junction Lydgate Lane/Lydgate Hall Crescent) for Picnic in the Park? The four Crosspool/Sandygate churches host this event to mark the closing of the festival.

Enjoy music from the Chapeltown Silver Band and a brief talk from Ven. Martyn Snow, Archdeacon of Sheffield. Bring your rugs, picnics and children!

Crosspool Festival 2011

Bullet points from second Open Meeting regarding proposed convenience store

Special Open Meeting re Planning Application 10/02657/FUL – Motor World shop site, 340 Lydgate Lane
St Columba’s Church Hall; Thursday 21 October September 2010

Minutes also available to download as a Word document (17KB)

Present: Ian Hague, Gillian D; Steve R; Sandra C; Ian Jenkinson; Chris Batchelor (Crosspool Forum committee); Cllr Brian Holmes; Cllr Sylvia Anginotti; Iain Grayson, local residents and shopkeepers.

Apologies: Rev Frances Eccleston; Andy Grayson

Ian Hague (Forum Chair) welcomed everyone, reminding them of discussions at the first meeting on 3 September 2010 and their election of Iain and Andrew Grayson to represent the views of the Crosspool community at the Sheffield City Council Planning Meeting. Ian explained that before submitting their presentation, Iain and Andy would like to ensure that the majority view was still the same. He then invited Iain G. to take the floor.

Iain Grayson said the Council had received over 160 letters of objection to Turner Investment’s plans, and a few letters of support . The Council had had to extend the date for the objections, but just before the closing date IG had been told there were no plans to submit this application to the Planning Board. He therefore contacted Janice Sidebottom (Chair of the SW planning board) and requested the application went before them. She agreed to do so and everyone was encouraged to attend the meeting on Tuesday 2 November at 2pm in the Town Hall, Pinstone Street.

Obviously Turner Investments would seek to sell the site on once they had planning permission but their biggest weakness is access and parking. Somehow a rumour started that Tesco Express had asked the Council to sell it the lower part of Lydgate Green for a car park. IG, as a Friend of Lydgate Green, wrote immediately to Paul Scriven, (leader of the Council), and received an overnight reply that this rumour was without foundation; the Council could not sell this green space, which had been given to the people of Crosspool by the Graves Trust.

By this Tuesday, planning officer Sarah Hallam must make a representation as to whether she supports the scheme or not. If she does, the community may have a battle on its hands, but if not the scheme will most probably be defeated. Careful not to be emotive, IG and Andy will be at the 2nd November meeting to give a five minute presentation on planning law, the possible impact on the local community and the environment. He believes it’s naive to say there are no health and safety issues with regard to the access (corner site, backing into the traffic, school children walking past etc) and has been up at Crookes to see at first hand the chaos there when delivery lorries attempt to deliver to the Co-op and Sainsbury’s, at the same time.

Various members of the public spoke from the floor with concerns and comments as follows:

  • A lady wished to stress the busy nature of the crossing with the schoolchildren.
  • Flat tenant said that Motor World had been put into administration a year ago and since bought out. Rental for the site £5,000 per month. If Turners wanted Motor World out quickly they would need to pay £60,000. Presently the shop has very low footfall.
  • Although she appreciated that her idea might considered be a red herring, a lady asked whether it would be possible for the community to purchase the lease and then let the shop to a sympathetic concern
  • It was mentioned that of course Turner Investments may well resubmit the plans in a different form if this does not go through -so residents will have to be vigilant
  • Sandra pointed out that cash-rich Tesco is very ready to buy any plots of land that may come up, just in case they may be able to get planning permission in years to come.
  • The possibility of insisting on a site visit was raised; Sylvia said sometimes the planners do go ahead without actually visiting sites! IG agreed, he had the distinct impression the planners had been prepared to let it go ahead without one.
  • The flat owner said he knew the Highways Agency had been asked to submit a report, but as far as he was aware this is not yet available online. IG agreed to phone to ask why. He felt that even if the plans were scaled back Turners would try to say the four car parking spaces were sufficient, so the impossibility of pulling out backwards onto the main road at a junction must be pointed out.
  • A gentleman agreed we need real statistics for this – e.g. near-misses of cars and other traffic/pedestrians, number of school children, parents and siblings in buggies going past, both to get to and from school and at lunchtime. There are four schools in the vicinity and a supermarket will be a magnet to the Tapton pupils. There could well be 500+ children. Sadly, two of the schools are now closed for half-term, so any counting at the moment would not be accurate.
  • The reason behind the closure of the original car park turn from Manchester Road into the Croospool Tavern parking area was discussed. Ian H said that the access drive was due to be grassd over two years ago as part ofthe S10 corridor scheme, but had never got done (taxis etc are known to drive in and reverse out into the traffic). The Councillors agreed to find out what status this grassing over was at – red, amber or green.
  • A lady mentioned the Lydgate Junior School survey a couple of week ago, where pupils were asking shoppers questions about their use of the area. It was suggested the schools themselves be more involved – perhaps even to present something to the Council.
  • Shops’ petition? It will help to keep the momentum up and also people focussed, but every petition just counts as one objection. Involve the press?
  • The gentleman who had mentioned the Lydgate Hall gates asked again whether these could be listed, and even though Turner’s architects were prepared to move them into Lydgate Green people wanted them to stay where they were.
  • The flat tenant has photos of blockages in front of the premises (brewery delivery vehicle and bin lorries).

Ian ended the meeting, concluding that the majority were still opposed to the planning application, primarily on the grounds of health and safety, and that there was a Crosspool Forum Open Meeting, on Thursday 28 October 2010.

Download 21/9/10 Open Meeting minutes as a Word document (17KB)