Issue 41 May 2004
Street Post Office to close
It’s sad news for Verdon
Street residents as, after months of speculation, their
Post Office has been earmarked for closure. Local residents,
workers and visitors to the area have begun a petition
New Deal are currently
negotiating a project with Sheffield Futures to deliver
more youth services, but a Futures insider has recently
informed the Messenger that youth centres have
suffered cut backs as a result of a city-wide spending
freeze and redundancies...
Figures recently published
by health services show Burngreave still tops the Sheffield
tables for deprivation, and the wealth gap between Sheffield
neighbourhoods is wider than ever...
on Verdon Street
Prompted by recent complaints
concerning noisy neighbours, Rob Smith goes to
find out what it’s like living on Verdon
In the khat house
Rob Smith is welcomed into the
'khat house', where six or seven men sat with
blue plastic bags of khat beside them...
The Burngreave Drug Project
has received five years funding to tackle substance
misuse issues in Burngreave...
Introduction to Benjiman Hamilton,
new community sports coach, plus course
details for budding coaches...
Burnwood U11s cricket team are
about to play their first fixtures in the Barnsley
and district league...
Do you want to play for a football
team? Burngreave Saints JFC will be holding training
Plus the results
of last months spot the ball competition.
deliverer moves to Morocco
Kathryn Palmer, who has
been delivering the Messenger for almost a
year now, is about to move to Morocco to spend a gap
High 2 Study Support Project
Young Pakistani people
in Burngreave, Page Hall, Fir Vale and Firth Park will
now have access to extra support with the launch of
Reach High 2, developed by the Kashmir Education Trust
and managed by Burngreave Community Action Trust...
New Deal are supporting
Burngreave’s own radio station by funding a one
month trial later this year. The project is still to
be approved but it is hoped this will lead to an FM
station for Burngreave...
is a volunteer experiment in sharing information and
building community in the Burngreave Area...
Burngreave artist Patrick
Amber, who regularly features in the Messenger,
is exhibiting his illustrations and murals at the Simunye
Café, as part of Open Up 2004...
Rob Smith visits the Furnival
Café to see the work produced by local women
on the successful cross stitching and creative workshop,
and to find out what the group felt they’d achieved…
The first community exhibition
at Burngreave Chapel opened on the Friday night of 2nd
April, with 200 visitors coming to see the work of 18
artists, with an additional 500 visitors over the weekend...
Details for Breast feeding awareness
This year the women of
Burngreave came together to celebrate at the Spectrum
Centre. The light drizzle didn’t deter the 350
women who attended the event...
view from Byron Wood school
Byron Wood has magnificent
views of Sheffield on a clear day. You can see right
round to Meadowhall and back round to the University
Arts Tower and beyond, although back in ’73 the
landscape was a lot different...
14th April marked the
reopening of Carwood Community centre after being closed
for over eight years following vandalism...
learning for all!
New Deal funded
Community Education Co-ordinators have been busy
organising the first community Family Learning
Days at Byron Wood and Pye Bank Schools...
Fun For All – Firs Hill
Over 120 adults
and 200 children turned out for Firs Hill Community
Primary School’s biggest event since its
– St Catherine’s
of all ages spent a day learning how to use state
of the art digital cameras and software photo
– St Catherine’s
Dr. Richard Walton
from Sheffield Hallam University spoke about science
in the home...
Action Trust has been contracted to deliver the
£1.1 million BNDfC Burngreave Grant Fund...
Participate in consultations.
Find out what is happening in BNDfC. Funding/Business
support information available. Meet friendly,
supportive BNDfC staff...
All tenancy request
forms need to be returned...
details for May Theme Group meetings
SCRAP is starting work
on the ‘community garden’ behind 127–131
Spital Hill on Saturday 8th May...
Don Walk Trust
A fun day out for all
the family and an opportunity to view the site of the
new Sheffield Brooklyn Bridge...
Upset? Angry? Full of Joy? Good news
or bad, we want you to have your say...!
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Details for the Festival
of Learning and courses, workshops and taster sessions
for Adult Learners' Week...
Volunteers wanted for
summer period. Training given. Includes details for
Language Support Agency
News in brief from the
This month’s issue was
produced by the Editorial team:
Farzana Ahmed, Kate Atkinson, Richard Belbin, Annie
Blindell, Patrick Edwards, Andrew Green, Mark Lankshear,
David Leak, Jamie Marriott, Carl Rose, Rob Smith, Lisa
Swift and Paul Taylor.
Messenger content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger
Ltd or its voluntary contributors and should not be
reproduced without permission.
edition is packed full of positive action being taken
at a local level, but our two main cover stories (see
left) reflect national issues that are threatening
Young people have always
been at the top of the local agenda. Groups and organisations
have worked hard for years through the BCAF Children
and Young People’s Group, but we will always depend
on city-wide organisations.
The shift of these services
out of direct Council control is Government policy but
lack of finances mean they struggle just to keep going.
New Deal risks propping them up instead of adding the
extra help our young people deserve, growing up in one
of Sheffield’s most deprived neighbourhoods.
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