Tapton’s Matthew Fitzpatrick wins prestigious US Amateur golf title

Former Tapton student Matthew Fitzpatrick is bringing the US Amateur Championship title back to England for the first time in 102 years.

Matthew’s victory this weekend in Brookline, Massachusetts sees him join an illustrious list of former winners of the trophy including names such as Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. Harold Hilton was the last English winner of the tournament back in 1911.

18-year-old Matthew has just completed his A levels in geography, history and PE at Tapton school in Crosspool. He’ll now join Northwestern University in September for four years where he’ll be taught by Pat Goss, one of the best-regarded golf coaches in the US.

His victory in the US Amateur Championship also means he’ll play in the US Masters and US Open next year.

In July Matthew won silver at The Open at Muirfield.

Spring Fayre at Tapton School on Saturday 27 April

A Spring Fayre and Bargain Hunt at Tapton School, run by the PTA, is taking place on Saturday 27 April.

It runs from 11.30am-2.30pm and includes stalls, games, books, CDs, refreshments, gifts and craft stalls. The event will raise money for the school.

Tapton School's Autumn Fayre is on Saturday 19 November
Tapton School’s Spring Fayre is on Saturday 27 April

Crosspool Festival continues this week

Crosspool well dressing 2012
Crosspool well dressing 2012

Crosspool Festival got off to a great start this weekend with events including the well dressing dedication, Crosspool Open Gardens and the street market on Selborne Road.

The festival runs until Sunday 15 July and as you’ll see below, there are activitiess for all ages. Unfortunately, Crosspool’s Got Talent tonight has had to be cancelled.

This year’s programme includes:

  • A treasure hunt
  • A film screening of old views of the Rivelin Valley
  • A coffee evening
  • A fun run
  • A book night
  • Table games
  • A tea dance and a barn dance
  • Hillside Harvest Open Day
  • The annual Crosspool Summer Fayre
  • Picnic in the park hosted by the Crosspool churches

You can download a PDF of the full programme (676KB) or view it on the Crosspool Festival 2012 web page.

Group at the well dressing dedication
Group at the well dressing dedication

Crosspool Festival starts on Friday

Summer Fayre, Crosspool Festival 2011
2011 Summer Fayre

There’s less than a week to the 2012 Crosspool Festival. Have you planned which events you’re going to? Make sure you get any tickets soon to make sure you don’t miss out!

The festival runs 7–15 July and as you’ll see below, there are events for all ages. This year’s programme includes:

  • A well dressing outside Crosspool Tavern – dedication will take place on Friday at 7pm
  • The return of Crosspool Open Gardens and Gardeners’ Question Time
  • Several music events, including a gospel concert, organ recital, songs from the shows, pre-school singalong, Guys and Dolls at Tapton School, a folk concert,
  • A street market on Selborne Road
  • An open day at Hallam Cricket Club
  • Quizzes at Crosspool Tavern and Stephen Hill church
  • A treasure hunt
  • A film screening of old views of the Rivelin Valley
  • A coffee evening
  • A fun run
  • A book night
  • Table games
  • A tea dance and a barn dance
  • Hillside Harvest Open Day
  • The annual Crosspool Summer Fayre
  • Picnic in the park hosted by the Crosspool churches

You can download a PDF of the full programme (676KB) or view it on the Crosspool Festival 2012 web page.

Crosspool Festival street market
Crosspool Festival street market

Ranmoor Badminton Club picks up award

Players from Ranmoor Badminton Club pick up their awards
Players from Ranmoor Badminton Club pick up their awards

Ranmoor Badminton Club is proud to have been selected by the Sheffield Badminton League as the 2012 Club of the Year.

Club members attended the awards dinner at Abbeydale Sports Club where they collected four out of five plastics league titles and the overall prize.

The club meets each Friday evening at Tapton School. If you’re interested in getting involved then visit ranmoorbadminton.blogspot.com or call 0114 268 4090.

Former Tapton pupil to feature in Crucible production

Cast from Babe the Sheep-Pig
Cast from Babe the Sheep-Pig

A former Tapton school pupil is appearing in a production at the Crucible theatre in July.

Jess Millward will appear in Babe the Sheep-Pig, a play based on the popular film and book, Babe by Dick King-Smith, on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 of July.

It is the opening production of the Sheffield Children’s Festival 2012 and is also this years BTEC Extended Diploma in Acting at Norton College and so the students will be performing various roles, including Ma the sheep, Farmer Hogget and, of course, Babe.

The play tells the tale of a courageous piglet’s remarkable adventure. After Babe is won by Farmer Hogget, they form an unbreakable bond, and with the help of the old sheep-dog, Fly, she soon learns the herding instinct. When the day of the Grand Challenge Sheep-Dog Trials arrives, the whole farm holds its breath to see whether Babe will triumph, against all odds, to become the hero of the farm.

Jess, a former pupil of Tapton School, will be playing the role of Ma the sheep on Monday 2 and involved in the ensemble on Tuesday 3. She is also involved in the costume side of the production. Jess first started acting in the well known Stephen Hill pantomime.

Tickets are available at the Sheffield Theatre’s Box Office (0114 249 6000) or on their website and are priced at £6 for adults and £4 for students/concessions.

News story written by Ashleigh Fletcher

Easter rugby camp at Tapton school

Newly-formed rugby union club Hallamshire RUFC is running an Easter rugby camp on 2-3 April on Tapton school playing fields. It is aimed at children between 6 and 14 years old from the surrounding areas.

Organiser Matt Akers said: “Our aim is to give a fun day based around rugby union and promote enjoyment within the game. If any youngsters are then interested we hope to offer them a chance to play through our newly set up youth system.”

The RFU is backing the day and are offering local community coaches to assist in the day’s events. The club’s members are CRB-cleared and have coaching badges.

Hallamshire RUFU

Easter rugby camp at Tapton school
Easter rugby camp at Tapton school