Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May

Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May
Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 29 May

On Tuesday 29 May the annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club returns to Crosspool.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The Hallam Chase run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.

Save The Plough campaign launches pub community share issue

The Plough, Sandygate Road
The Plough, Sandygate Road

The Save the Plough campaign is looking to raise £120,000 through a community share issue.

The group has been in discussions with a private investor who has offered to buy the freehold of The Plough and lease it back to the community group on favourable terms over an initial 10-year period. The private investor would cover the acquisition and external refurbishment costs.

The £120,000 would cover the initial start-up costs of the business.

If you are interested in making an investment in The Plough contact the group directly by emailing ploughsandygate@gmail.com or Facebook for a copy of the pledge form.

A public meeting is also scheduled to take place on Thursday 15 June, 7pm at St Columba’s on Manchester Road.

A post from the Facebook page:

We have formed the Plough Community Benefit Society Ltd and have registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. This means that we are now in a position to raise funds through a Community Share Issue.

Originally, our plan was to buy the freehold of the Plough which had been put on the market for offers in excess of £550,000. We commissioned a valuation from an independent consultant who valued the pub at £435,000. Clearly raising that kind of money plus funds for refurbishment would have been a tough challenge.

However, very recently, we have been in discussions with a private investor who has offered to buy the freehold of the Plough and lease it back to the community group on favourable terms over an initial 10 year period.

Financially, this makes our target much more achievable. The private investor would cover the acquisition and external refurbishment costs. We would be responsible for refitting the interior of the pub.

We are looking to raise £120,000 through a Community Share Issue which would cover the initial start-up costs of the business.

We are now seeking to gauge the level of support for a potential Community Share Issue. Shares will be valued at £1 and sold in batches with a minimum investment of £250 rising to the legal maximum of £20,000. All shareholders will have equal voting rights irrespective of the value of their holding.

If you would be interested in making an investment in the Plough, please contact us directly by email for a copy of our Pledge Form: ploughsandygate@gmail.com. Or contact us through Facebook messenger.

Please consider making a financial and social investment in the Plough as both a traditional local pub and a thriving community asset.

We will be in Crosspool precinct tomorrow morning if you would like to talk to us and we are planning to hold a public meeting on June 15th.

Hallam Chase fell race returns to Crosspool on Tuesday 30 May

Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase
Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase

On Tuesday 30 May the annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club returns to Crosspool.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam Football/Cricket Club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The Hallam Chase run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.

Church services for Christmas 2015 in Crosspool

The four local Crosspool churches have announced their programme of services for the Christmas season.

St Columba’s Church of England

  • Sunday 13 December 4pm Christingle Family Service
  • Sunday 20 December 4pm Angel Festival Carol Service with The Beacon at Stephen Hill
  • Thursday 24 December 4pm Crib Service
  • Friday 25 December 10.30am Christmas Day Family Communion

St Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church

  • Thursday 24 December 4pm Crib Service (not Mass); 8pm Vigil Mass of Christmas;
  • Friday 25 December 10am Christmas Day Mass

Tapton Hill Congregational Church

  • Sunday 20 December 2.45pm Carols by Candlelight
  • Friday 25 December 10am Christmas Day Service

The Beacon at Stephen Hill Methodist

  • Sunday 13 December 6pm Carol Service
  • Sunday 20 December 4pm Angel Festival Carol Service at St Columba’s
  • Thursday 24 December 4pm Christingle Service; 11.30pm Midnight Communion
  • Friday 25 December 10am Christmas Day Service

Crosspool history walk on Wednesday 2 September 2015

Crosspool History Walk
The Crosspool History Walk at this summer’s Crosspool Festival

A guided history walk of Crosspool will depart at 6.45pm from St Columba’s church on Wednesday 2 September.

The walk is led by Jan Millward and will take in historical places of interest in the Crosspool area with interesting stories about the people who lived and worked in the area. It’ll take about an hour and a half, finishing near The Plough pub on Sandygate Road.

Crosspool Chronicles

If you’re interested in Crosspool History then there are still a few copies of the Crosspool Chronicles walking guide available from local outlets while stocks last.

The walks cover Crosspool, Sandygate, Lydgate, Bell Hagg and Tapton Hill right back to 1695, looking at who lived here and where and what they did. There are lots of old photos and stories to enjoy.

Guided history walk around Crosspool on Tuesday 30 June

A guided history walk of Crosspool will depart at 10am from St Columba’s church on Tuesday 30 June.

The walk is led by Jan Millward and will take in historical places of interest in the Crosspool area with interesting stories about the people who lived and worked here. It’ll take about an hour and a half.

And if you don’t fancy the official history walk, get yourself a copy of Crosspool Chronicles walking guide, which will be on sale at the street market on Sunday 28 June and locally throughout festival week.

The walks cover Crosspool, Sandygate, Lydgate, Bell Hagg and Tapton Hill right back to 1695, looking at who lived here and where and what they did. There are lots of old photos and stories to enjoy.

Hallam Chase returns to Crosspool on Tuesday

Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase
Runners competing in the 2012 Hallam Chase

Tuesday evening sees the historic Hallam Chase return to Crosspool, an annual fell race organised by Hallamshire Harriers and hosted by Hallam Cricket Club.

At 8pm on the Tuesday evening after the second bank holiday in May, runners set off from Hallam football/cricket club’s Sandygate ground, go down Den Bank through the Rivelin Valley and up to Stannington church, before returning by the same route. The run 3¼ miles long, with 800 feet of climb.

In 2014 Michael Twigg took first prize. The record time of 19 minutes 42 seconds was set in 1968 by Trevor Wright.

Find out more on the Hallam Chase and Hallamshire Harriers websites.