logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 28 February 2003





The stage was lit up with small fairy lights and the drapes set up by Cassie and her team of community actors, marking the arrival of the children…

Burngreave Children’s Festive Party 2002

Children enjoying the party activities.Music and sounds of laughter came from Verdon Recreation Centre as over a hundred under 10s celebrated the first all-inclusive Children’s Festive Party. Following entertainment by Professor Nuts, children then ate an array of fresh fruit, sandwiches and hot food, prepared by community food outlets from around Burngreave.

While entertained by DJ Chill-Out, the hour of 6pm marked the arrival of the stretch limo. As the rain fell, the crowd ushered eagerly towards the door to observe the arrival of Dr Abdul Shaif and Donovan Modest, who both proudly stood in as the traditional children’s gift bearers. A large orderly queue, closely monitored by staff, saw mothers and children gathered in the rain to take turns at sitting inside the long stretch limo, before moving back inside the Recreation Centre to receive gifts.

Thanks to the following organisations: financial support: BNDfC, Connexions, Sure Start, BCAF, Social Services, North West PCT, South Yorkshire Police, LEA Family Support, Sheffield Voluntary Action, All Saints Soccer School, Burngreave Sports Network and Community Rec. Contributions: Debenhams, WH Smith, Spirit Hill Wines, Glen Mill Carpets, The Star, Burngreave Wine Shop and Problem Busters.

Party to remember

Children at the Burngreave Problem Busters end of year Family Event.In December over two hundred people from different ages and backgrounds attended the Burngreave Problem Busters (BPB) held their end of year Capacity Building Family Event in conjunction with their Annual Christmas/Eid Present Giveaway.

If you would like to receive confidential help or support, or to get involved in BPB activities, contact Aisha Special K, 119 Brunswick Road S3 9LQ, tel: 0793 164 5822.

Burngreave Problem Busters would like to thank The Star newspaper for donating presents, special thanks to Cheryl, Lilly and Judy; also Diane Gray of Marks and Spencer, Anna Tobias of John Lewis, Burngreave New Deal for Communities for funding this event and all the volunteers.


Children enjoying the party activities.
Hopefully this wonderful day for Burngreave will lead to many more Festive Parties.
Children enjoying the party activities.

Children enjoying the party activities.