Rivelin Valley Heritage Open Day

Rivelin Valley Conservation Group Heritage Open Day
Sunday 18th September 2022: 11:00-16:00
Beside Rivelin Park Café and Rivelin Park Water Play Rivelin, Valley Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 5GL

Meet the volunteers and visit the nature corner~
Discover the fascinating wildlife, see some mini-beasts, do a nature quiz or nature hunt and find out how you can get involved in helping to conserve the valley.
Discover the history and heritage, including tours to the world-famous “Mousehole Forge”. Bring your memories of Rivelin!
Art in the park: see artwork by and find out about the 1920s Rivelin Valley Artists’ colony and 19th-century artist William Lowe. Poetry ‘open mic’ led by local poets: read your own or another favourite poem during a walk by the river.

More details and booking for heritage and poetry walks:


Walking the Rivelin book: new edition published

Walking the Rivelin book
Walking the Rivelin book

A revised and updated edition of a book featuring a trail guide for the Rivelin valley has been released in time for Christmas.

Walking the Rivelin also includes maps, historical information about each watermill site and where to look for the wildlife. It’s illustrated in colour with old photographs and maps.

The book costs £6.95 and proceeds will go towards Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and their work preserving the valley for everyone to enjoy.

It’s available from:


Crosspool well dressing launch marks start of community festival

Residents watch a 51 bus pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern
Residents watch a 51 pass the bus-themed well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern

Local residents gathered this evening in the midsummer wind and sun to celebrate the unveiling of Crosspool’s new well dressing.

Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing
Frances Eccleston dedicates Crosspool well dressing

Festival chair and St. Columba’s priest-in-charge Frances Eccleston led the short dedication outside Crosspool Tavern.

This year’s well dressing celebrates the centenary of the bus service through Crosspool. 1913 saw the introduction of the first omnibus to carry passengers in Sheffield. It linked the tram terminus at Broomhill to Lodge Moor and the countryside.

The old fashioned term ‘omnibus’ is derived from Latin and literally means for all, to everywhere. This was presumably because for the first time a public service vehicle could travel on any road and was not restricted by tram lines.

The well dressing was created by volunteers
The well dressing was created by volunteers

Crosspool well dressing has been created by local volunteers and the materials provided by fund raising events and donations.

The dedication of the well dressing will be followed by a week of events in Crosspool celebrating the life of our community.

Thanks go to Valleyside Garden Centre and Ronaldo’s Hairdressing for their support in creating the well and Rivelin Valley Conservation Group Task Team for erecting the board.

The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013
The bus-themed Crosspool well dressing 2013

Rivelin farm shop reopens

In July we reported the sad news that Coppice House Farm Shop was to close.

There is been some good news this week in that the shop is now in the hands of a new owner and will open under a new name, The Farm Shop at Coppice House.

Butcher Mike Kilner is in charge of the business. He has had previous experience of running farm shops and you may also know him as he was once landlord at the Sportsman in Lodge Moor.

Bell Hagg Inn to be converted into seven bedroom house

There are plans to convert the The Bell Hagg Inn into a house
There are plans to convert the The Bell Hagg Inn into a house

Plans to convert a derelict Crosspool pub into a seven bedroom house will be considered by the council planning board on Tuesday.

The Bell Hagg Inn on Manchester Road has stood empty for years but the new proposals would see the two buildings turned into a single dwelling and extended. A two-story structure would also be demolished. Planning officers are recommending that the new scheme is approved.

Loxley Valley Protection Society is critical of the plans, but Rivelin Conservation Group has welcomed the proposal.

The former pub is located opposite the entrance to Valleyside Garden Centre, and its position offers commanding views over the Rivelin valley.

View planning application 11/00131/FUL

The Star: Home conversion for disused former pub

The Bell Hagg Inn has great views over Rivelin
The Bell Hagg Inn has great views over Rivelin

Craft Fayre at Stephen Hill Methodist church today

A charity Craft Fayre with 36 stalls is taking place at Stephen Hill Methodist Church today.

It is the twentieth fayre that the local Samaritans group has organised and proceeds this year go to St Luke’s Hospice, H.A.R.C., Weston Park Cancer Support, Sheffield Blind and W.O.R.K. Ltd.

Some photos from this morning are below. It is open until 4pm so there is still time to pop down!

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