Have you found a gold necklace in Crosspool?

An elderly gentleman has been in touch to say his wife has lost her gold necklace either on Lydgate Hall Crescent or between St. Columba’s Church and Stephen Hill on the evening of Saturday 24 March 2017.

If you have found it, please can you get in touch with Crosspool Forum Chairman Ian Hague using crosspoolforum@gmail.com or by telephone on 07713 687 955.

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Body of dead cat found on Lydgate Lane – can you help find the owner?

Do you recognise this cat?
Do you recognise this cat?

Some sad news: the body of a dead ginger and white cat has been found this morning on the side of Lydgate Lane next to the corner of Lydgate Hall Crescent.

It has been taken it to a house for safe keeping. If you think it might be yours then please call the person who found it on 0114 266 5492.

Update 27 December: we think the cat might be the same one as in this photo.

Crosspool man jailed for haul of disguised tasers

Matthew Bandoo of Lydgate Hall Crescent
Matthew Bandoo of Lydgate Hall Crescent

A man living on Lydgate Hall Crescent has been jailed after police found more than a hundred tasers and CS gas canisters disguised as mobile phones, torches and lipsticks.

Former doorman Matthew Bandoo was identified by police after a package from China was traced to his home address.

When officers searched his home address in Lydgate Hall Crescent, Crosspool, Sheffield, they recovered the parcel which, according to the customs declaration, contained flashlights.

However, inside the box was actually 52 tasers and 50 CS gas canisters which are both classed as banned weapons. The gas canisters looked like lipsticks and the tasers were disguised as mobile phones and torches.

A further four tasers and one gas canister were found in the house and police also recovered a quantity of Mephadrone – a class B drug known as MKAT.

Bandoo, 29, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday 12 February where he pleaded guilty to possession of disguised firearms, possession of prohibited articles and possession of a class B drug. He was sentenced to five years for the crimes.

Detective Constable Bradley Ward said: “This was an unusual case in which these dangerous weapons had been made to look like everyday objects, concealing the potentially life-changing damage they could do.

“It still remains unclear as to what Bandoo aimed to do with more than 100 tasers and CS gas canisters but a trawl of his computer’s history was found to contain searches for stun guns, hidden stun guns and pepper spray.

“Thankfully the swift actions of colleagues in the UK Border Agency, and local officers, meant the items have been recovered and Bandoo is now rightly facing a lengthy time in jail.”

The disguised devices
The disguised devices

Photos from Lydgate Green planting and tidy-up day

Friends of Lydgate Green is a small group of local residents who are responsible for the upkeep of the green at the corner of Lydgate Lane.

With a pair of gloves, something to dig with and plenty of enthusiasm to bring pleasure to all who visit the green this summer, the staff from the Artisan restaurant and a dozen or so local people turned up at 9.30am on Saturday to plant around one thousand bulbs and plants.

Afterwards, everyone took up an invitation to go back to the Artisan restaurant for refreshments. Whilst enjoying well-earned drinks fresh cream and chocolate cake kindly provided by Artisan, everyone took the time to get to know one another and reflect on a job well done.

Rachel Bacon said: “A big thank you from the Friends of Lydgate Green to those who came and helped us on Saturday morning. All the plants are in and watered so let’s hope for a bit more sunshine to bring them on.

“Thanks to Richard from Valleyside for all his advice and for doing us such a great deal on the plants, to the Rangers for coming on their day off, to the boys from Artisan for digging in and for the coffee and cake (yum!) and to Ian and Crosspool Forum for their help and to Jane, Kate, George, Tim and Samuel for all their help!”

Lydgate Green planting and tidy-up day

Lydgate Green
Lydgate Green: join in the clear up

The Friends of Lydgate Green are organising a planting and tidy-up day from 9.30am on Saturday 27 April.

They would really appreciate your support and help to replant the beds and assist with some general maintenance.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to make a difference to this local green space and to meet other local residents. Bring a pair of gloves, something to dig with and some enthusiasm.

What’s more, the kind folk at Crosspool’s Michelin Guide-featured restaurant Artisan will be providing free refreshments!

Friends of Lydgate Green is a small group of local residents who are responsible for the upkeep of the green at the corner of Lydgate Lane.

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

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