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.


Crosspool WI branch meeting on Monday

The first full branch meeting of the Crosspool Women’s Institute (WI) will take place on Monday 19 March at St Columba’s church from 7-9pm.

Speaking on BBC Radio Sheffield this morning, Julia Connelly from Crosspool’s Craft Angels explained why the group has been set up: “In Crosspool there is a diverse range of ages, and a WI is something that can bring women together, especially young mums whose children have gone to school. A lot of our population also include professional people who have come to Sheffield for university and then stayed with no family living nearby.

“In the current economic climate, people are going back to traditional crafts and growing their own vegetables. Make-do-and-mend, vintage and shabby chic are all back in fashion. The traditional crafts have skipped a generation. A lot of women don’t do baking any more and people want to learn to knit.”

So far there are 34 people interested in joining the group. If you want to find out more then you can turn up on Monday or get in touch with Craft Angels via:

Telelephone: Julia Connelly (President) 07894 387406 or Liz Manson (Secretary) 07403 281609
Facebook page: Crosspool Women’s Institute
Twitter: @crosspoolwi

For the next seven days you’ll be able to listen again to the interview on Radio Sheffield on iPlayer. The Crosspool WI piece starts around 1.5 hours in.

Crosspool WI meetings are scheduled for the third Monday of the month at St Columba’s (7-9pm) and the fourth Monday of the month at Stephen Hill Church (1-3pm), except August.

Reopening event for Sandygate refurbishment

Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world
Improvements have been made to Sandygate, the oldest football ground in the world

The refurbishment of Hallam FC’s ground in Crosspool will be celebrated next year with an event on 13 April.

Sandygate, officially recognised as the oldest football ground in the world, has been improved with refurbished clubhouse and dressing rooms, the relaying of paths inside the ground, new barriers and work to the pitch.

Speaking on Radio Sheffield this morning, chairman David Slater said: “We think we’ve got the best ground in the Northern Counties League. There are some wonderful places that have had Football Foundation grant aid but we’re very proud of what we’ve done and match up to anybody. People come all over the world to see us. We have to keep that ground spick and span and it is now.”

The work was paid for by an unexpected donation in his will by long term Countrymen fan Roger Bell.

Special guests will oversee the official opening at 1pm on Friday, 13 April.

Hallam FC