Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award

Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague
Glenda de Brouwer receives Crosspool Forum Community award from chair Ian Hague

Residents in Crosspool nominated and elected Glenda de Brouwer the 2016 Crosspool Person of the Year.

The award was presented to Glenda by Crosspool Forum chair Ian Hague during the Lydgate Junior School’s Friday morning assembly, marking the valued and much-appreciated contribution she has made to our community.

Glenda’s dedicated leadership of the Beavers every week in the Benty Lane scout hut for the past 12 years and her positive influence as a teacher at Lydgate Junior School has benefited many children and parents and made her both well-known and respected in the community.

The time and leadership Glenda has given through scouting, teaching and many other things has led to countless young people having life-enriching experiences.

Crosspool would not be such a great place to live without people like Glenda, who just gets on with serving the community week in, week out.

Whilst at the school, Ian Hague and vice chair of the Crosspool Forum Steve Reynolds took the opportunity to present a £300 cheque towards the school funds, a proportion of money raised from this year’s Crosspool Forum’s festival.

Your donations wanted for local food bank

Lydgate Junior School is inviting Crosspool residents to donate chocolates and selection boxes to Crookes food bank in the run-up to Christmas.

You can leave contributions at Cocker & Carr estate agent on Sandygate Road from Monday 14 to Thursday 17 December.

A previous food bank collection by parents and friends of the school collected 662kg of food on one week, enough to make 1,576 meals and feed 137 people.

Wanted: your 2014 Crosspool Community Award nominations

The Crosspool Community Award was set up in 2013 by Crosspool Forum to acknowledge commitment, accomplishment and achievement by individuals in the Crosspool neighbourhood.

Retired Lydgate Junior School headteacher Sue Havenhand was the first person to receive the award last year. She was presented with it for her contribution to education in the community. This includes 14 years spent as head of the school, where she was responsible for approximately 1,500 local children passing through. Prior to her time at Lydgate, she was also an outstanding teacher at Hallam School.

Sue was presented with a small memento to mark the occasion at 2013 Crosspool Festival’s Picnic in the Park.

Who do you think has made an exceptional commitment to our community and deserves to be recognised with the 2014 award? Use the form below to submit your nominations.

The Crosspool Forum/Crosspool Festival committees needs your nominations by noon on Friday 25 April. They’ll go through the submissions and choose a winner. The location and time for the presentation of this year’s award hasn’t been decided yet.

Crosspool butcher Philip James to wax legs as part of community fundraising efforts

Crosspool butcher Philip James is having his legs waxed to raise money!
Crosspool butcher Philip James is having his legs waxed to raise money. Picture: Postcode Gazette

From fun runs to leg waxing, the Crosspool community is coming together to help raise money for children with type one diabetes.

On Sunday 27 May 2012, 33 children from Crosspool schools Lydgate Infant, Lydgate Junior and Tapton – along with children from Waterthorpe Primary and Sheffield High School – are running the 3K fun run in support of children with type one diabetes.

Further to the support received from the local schools, local butcher Philip James is having his legs waxed on Saturday 30 June 2012 at 12pm outside his shop on Sandygate Road – anyone wishing to pay for a wax strip is welcome to sponsor him!

In addition to this, Top to Toe Beauticians on Sandygate Road has raised £424 by organising a raffle. Gym Plus in Crookes and The Avenue Hair & Beauty Salon on Glossop Road are also supporting fundraising efforts.

No one is sure what causes type one diabetes, but a virus that mainly affects children is believed to be the most likely cause and Crosspool community has been immensely supportive in raising funds for Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Local children taking part in the fun run have their own logo, ‘ToD’, which will be advertised on their running t-shirts, so look out for them on the day and give them a cheer.

If you wish to discover more about type one diabetes and the ongoing fundraising you can visit the blog at

Runners from Lydgate Infants School with headmaster Mr Bromage
Runners from Lydgate Infants School with headmaster Mr Bromage

Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers performing at Crosspool Festival 2010 (video)

The warm weather may seem like a long time ago, but you can remind yourself of the summer with this video of Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers performing as part of July’s Crosspool Festival:

The dance took place outside Stephen Hill Methodist Church on Manchester Road, opposite the Sportsman pub.

The video introduction is an animated version of the cover of the festival programme, originally designed by Joseph Bates and Max Rowlands of Lydgate Junior and Infant school respectively.

Crosspool Festival 2010

Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers