Children’s Christmas Disco, Sunday 4 December 2011

Crosspool Forum is hosting a Children’s Christmas Disco on Sunday 4 December, 2011.

The event for children between 3-11 years will run from 1.30-3.30pm in St Columba’s church hall. Father Christmas will bring a present for every child! Refreshments and nibbles will be served.

You can get your ticket from Crosspool Pet Shop – tickets are £5 per child and the accompanying parent or guardian is free. You can also contact the Forum on crosspoolforum@fsmail.netor 0114 335 1674 for tickets and more information.

Children’s Christmas Disco, Sunday 4 December 2011
Children’s Christmas Disco, Sunday 4 December 2011


Computer Course Registrations on Friday 6th January 2012

Do you know anyone in Crosspool who is a learner with little confidence or who has not used ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) before?

If you know someone who is having difficulty getting to grips with word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, or using the internet and sending emails, why not suggest that they book a place on one of our two-hourly classes?

A laptop is provided and a projector is used to display lessons on to a large screen.

The Crosspool Forum’s next computer courses, for beginner’s and the more advanced, are scheduled to run for a 10 week term from January 2012. Registrations, 9.30am Friday 6TH January, St Columba’s Church Hall, Manchester Road.

To reserve a place in either class, please contact Ian Hague on 0114 335 1674 or

Crosspool Festival Art Show: last chance to view

Crosspool Festival Art Show at St Columba's church
Crosspool Festival Art Show at St Columba's church

Tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday morning) are your last chances to enjoy the free art exhibition in St Columba’s church on Manchester Road.

The show is open tonight until 7pm and has its final viewing slot 10am-1pm tomorrow. Works on display include those by local artists who live in the Crosspool area or are involved in the Crosspool community.

Entry is free and the organisers are collecting donations to the Soup Run. Many of the paintings are original works and are available to buy. 15% of sales is donated to the Soup Run.

You can also view entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition. The prize winning cover designs are by Constanza Valdovinos, Lydgate Junior School (front) and Sahar-Lavendar Ali Ahmed, Lydgate Infant School (back).

Make sure you pop in before tomorrow lunchtime to see the full show!

'The Sportsman, Crosspool' by Heather Sharpe
'The Sportsman, Crosspool' by Heather Sharpe
Entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition
Entries to the Crosspool Festival programme competition

New Crosspool Computer Courses start on 6 May

Following in the success of our three previous computer courses, and wishing to build on achievements of the students so far, Crosspool Forum has managed to secure patronage for two further National Open College Network (NOCN) 12-week courses.

The courses are due to commence on Friday 6 May 2011 at St Columba’s Church Hall on Manchester Road. The Internet for Beginners course (9:30am-11:30am) will be followed by Internet for the more Advanced (11:45am-1:45pm). Laptops are provided.

Anyone wishing to join either of the above courses you should contact Ian, Crosspool Forum Chairman on 0114 335 1674 or

Minutes from Crosspool Forum seventh AGM and Open Meeting, 28 October 2010

Below is a bullet point summary of Thursday’s meeting. Extended minutes can also be downloaded.

Download full AGM/Open Meeting minutes (Word document, 20KB)

Matters arising and Chairman’s report

  1. Second computer course (St Columba’s) very successful
  2. More spring bulbs have been planted. Christmas trees are expected to be erected in early December.
  3. Crosspool Forum website has really taken off – thank you to Robin Byles
  4. Another successful Summer Fayre and first-time Crosspool Festival; both are planned to continue next year – helpers and ideas please
  5. The Crosspool Harvest scheme has had some set backs but hopes to rally
  6. The Motor World site (Turner Investments) – planning officer recommends refusal
  7. The Forum Committee still has a vacancy for one more member.
  8. Treasurer’s Report and balance sheet was presented.
  9. Police report and incidents -PCSO Garry Hizam
  10. Graffiti artists have been making reparation – ‘restorative justice’
  11. The week beginning 1 November the police will be cracking-down on school childrens’ behaviour in the Crosspool shops area
  12. Operation Dark Night from 31 October to 5 November will target disruptive behaviour.

Environmental Enforcement Officer (Sheffield City Council) – Andrew Ashforth

  1. Crosspool shops and business correct waste-disposal project. All businesses must have special arrangements for the removal of their non-domestic waste, and ensure the rear of their property is kept clean and tidy, as well as the front.
  2. Scrap collecting vehicles – in four days Andrew has stopped and searched 6 of these. Householders (arranging for eg fridges to be removed) must ensure the company they deal with has the correct licence to do this work – or will be held liable of the item is then fly-tipped.
  3. Tyres are not to be put in skips – the skip companies will give advice on their disposal.
  4. Wheelie bins must be removed from the highway as soon as possible after emptying – residents can be fined if they persist in not doing so.
  5. Portable CCTV cameras – Sheffield City Council have a few available they can fix on lampposts to target fly-tipping sites.
  6. Nuisance bonfires on allotments to the rear of gardens; talk to the allotment association chair about getting all the allotment owners to have one big fire rather that lots of little ones, or composting the waste.
  7. Should residents wish to contact Andrew at the council, his telephone number is 0114 293 0347.

Garden Waste scheme (green bags)

This scheme is being phased out and shortly no more green bags will be available. After 8 November residents will need to phone up for the next date of full bag collection in this area, but from February 2011 a waxed/hessian bag scheme may be in place; these will be reuseable.

Anyone needing more green bags this autumn and winter – or indeed with far too many unused ones! – to contact the Clarion so these bags can be put to good use and not wasted.


  1. Vernon Terrace bus shelter – no further information.
  2. Crosspool Tavern old car park entrance – this should have been ‘greened over’ a year or so back – this will be chased up.
  3. Benty Lane/Manchester Road junction; an urgent Highways engineer’s visit is requested; a ‘no right turn’ onto Manchester Road sign, or mini roundabout is needed here.
  4. Crosspool Coffee Shop – an application to allow this to become a house has been accepted.

Download full AGM/Open Meeting 28 October 2010 minutes (Word document, 20KB)

PCSO Garry Hizam and Andrew Ashforth
PCSO Garry Hizam and Andrew Ashforth
Crosspool Forum AGM/Open Meeting
Crosspool Forum AGM/Open Meeting

Tonight: convenience store planning application meeting

A reminder that you are invited to another meeting tonight at 6:30pm in St Columba’s church hall to discuss the proposed convenience store planning application in Crosspool.

The meeting has been arranged as a follow-up to the Extraordinary Open Meeting in September at which residents were given the opportunity to express their views on the proposed enlargement of the current Motor World premises on Lydgate Lane. Iain and Andy were voted by those present to represent them at the upcoming council planning meeting.

Tonight’s meeting includes the following on the agenda:

  • further information on planning legislation
  • approval to be sought from those present regarding Iain and Andy’s prepared presentation illustrating what impact, if any, the new development would have on local residents, the wider commercial community, and potentially the profound effect on the character of the whole area, before its submission to the planning committee
  • residents will be informed of some good news dispelling a story that has proliferated since the first meeting

It is possible that the application will be considered by the board at the council’s 3 November planning meeting.

Motor World, Lydgate Lane, Crosspool
The retail premises would be extended to three times its present size

Open Discussion Meeting to discuss convenience store planning application

Prior to the Sheffield City Council planning committee giving consideration to the proposed Lydgate Lane shop expansion plans, a further Open Discussion Meeting has been arranged for 6:30pm on Thursday 21 October in St Columba’s Church Hall.

The meeting has been arranged to make clear the impact the new development would have on local residents and the potentially profound effect on the character of the whole area and the wider commercial community.

Moreover and most importantly, approval from residents will be sought at the meeting regarding the arguments and issues that are proposed to be submitted to the planning board.

It is possible that the application will be considered at the 3 November planning meeting.


Motor World, Lydgate Lane, Crosspool
The retail premises would be extended to three times its present size


Computing courses at St Columba’s church hall

Two new computing courses started last Friday at St Columba’s church hall on Manchester Road.

The 12-week IT National College Introduction to ICT course is for beginners with no knowledge or just a basic knowledge of computers. It starts at 9am each Friday and is followed by a more advanced course at 11:45am.

Students are asked to pay just £30 for a 12-week course, with concessions for those on benefits.

Advanced students wishing to gain experience using the internet are also given the option of attending a course at a Foxhill computer suite taking place on either Monday or Thursday mornings.

Anyone wishing to join a course should contact Ian Hague on 0114 335 1674.

Volunteers required

There are currently plenty of opportunities to get involved with various community events and activities in Crosspool:

The Soup Wagon

The Soup Wagon runs by St Columba’s and Stephen Hill churches on Monday evenings between September and May at Eldon Street car park. It need more volunteers to distribute food to the homeless on a 4 to 6-week rota.

If you can spare an hour or so every once in a while please contact Eddie Sherwood on 266 0891 and; or Bob Townrow on 230 1098 and

Badminton Club

An enthusiastic helper/assistant leader wanted for Stephen Hill Junior Badminton club which meets from 6-7:30 pm on Thursdays at the church. The club is for 10-18 year olds. It would be lots of amusement for the right  person. If you are interested, contact Bob Townrow on 230 1098 and

Luncheon club washing (with free lunch!)

Don’t say there’s no such thing as a free lunch! Volunteers are required to go on the washing up rota (6 weekly) at Crosspool Luncheon Club held at Stephen Hill church. A free lunch is provided! The club runs Wednesdays 12-2pm. If you can assist please contact Jean Smith on 2308250 or