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Issue 41 May 2004

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Issue 41 May 2004

Cover story:
Verdon 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 in opposition...

Future Deals

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...

Divided city

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...

Life on Verdon Street ...raises issues with khat.

Life on Verdon Street

Prompted by recent complaints concerning noisy neighbours, Rob Smith goes to find out what it’s like living on Verdon Street...

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...

Burngreave Drug Project

The Burngreave Drug Project has received five years funding to tackle substance misuse issues in Burngreave...

Sports news.

Burngreave mile run

Volunteers Appeal...


Introduction to Benjiman Hamilton, new community sports coach, plus course details for budding coaches...

Cricket Update

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 sessions...

Plus the results of last months spot the ball competition.

BCAT news.

Burngreave Road taking shape

Plans have been in place for the redevelopment of 12–14 Burngreave Road, to make it more open and accessible to the community as a whole...

Community Action Plan Core Team Appointed

In the last month the core team has been appointed to develop the Community Action Plan and projects, in conjunction with BCAF, Firshill TARA, and the Firvale Forum...

Donovan St Hugh Modest – Executive Director

Donovan Modest brings a wealth of experience of working in non-profit organisations to the post of Executive Director of BCAT...

What do we offer?

BCAT exists to create and deliver opportunities for positive change...

Messenger 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 year teaching...

Reach 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...

Burngreave Live?

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...

Internet library

Library.burngreave.net 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...

Sewing success

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...


Breast Feeding Awareness

Details for Breast feeding awareness week events...

International Women’s Day

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...

The 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...


ASTRA reopen Carwood Centre

14th April marked the reopening of Carwood Community centre after being closed for over eight years following vandalism...


A New Deal for Burngreave

Family 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...

Musical Fun For All – Firs Hill

Over 120 adults and 200 children turned out for Firs Hill Community Primary School’s biggest event since its launch...

Photography Day
– St Catherine’s

Thirteen participants of all ages spent a day learning how to use state of the art digital cameras and software photo packages...

Science Week Lecture
– St Catherine’s

Dr. Richard Walton from Sheffield Hallam University spoke about science in the home...

Burngreave Grant Fund

Burngreave Community Action Trust has been contracted to deliver the £1.1 million BNDfC Burngreave Grant Fund...

Information Shop

Participate in consultations. Find out what is happening in BNDfC. Funding/Business support information available. Meet friendly, supportive BNDfC staff...

Sorby House

All tenancy request forms need to be returned...

Includes details for May Theme Group meetings

Burngreave Area Panel.

All Postal Vote for Sheffield’s New Ward Boundaries

Sheffield’s electoral ward boundaries change in June. This means that every seat on the City Council will be up for election next month...

A New Meeting Room for Carwood

The new Carwood meeting room officially opened on the 14th April with a celebratory event...

Talk To Your Councillors

The members of the Burngreave Area Panel hold regular surgeries so you can talk to them about issues important to you...

Includes details about your Area Panel and next meetings

Community gardening

SCRAP is starting work on the ‘community garden’ behind 127–131 Spital Hill on Saturday 8th May...

Upper 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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Burngreave Celebrates Learning

Details for the Festival of Learning and courses, workshops and taster sessions for Adult Learners' Week...

Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

Volunteers wanted for summer period. Training given. Includes details for weekly sessions...

Burngreave Language Support Agency

News in brief from the BLSA...



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.

Cartoon: Saw Wood Saw, by Patrick Amber.All Messenger content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd or its voluntary contributors and should not be reproduced without permission.




This 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 our services.


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.

Abbeyfield Park Multicultural Festival 2004 1-8pm, Sunday, 11th July.

local talent and culture stalls

volunteers wanted:
stewards, first aiders,
childcare workers

To book a place or for more information contact Green City Action, Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, S4 7AT
or tel: 244 0353

Website Extra.Hindu community Health promotion

Open day for the community of Burngreave

Programme of events

Website Extra.St Catherine's Summer Fayre

June 19th 1-3pm


more details

Website Extra.100 jobs at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting one hundred young people aged 16-24 years to join a Modern Apprenticeship Scheme that guarantees them a job at the end of their training, earning up to £12,600 per year as a Health Care Assistant...



7 Hills Freestyle Rap Competition

£500 pounds up for raps


Rap singer images.

Shirecliffe Community Festival 2004

Saturday 4 September 12.00–5.00

Stall holders are welcome

more details

Interested in delivering training for adults?

Free training course for people who want to teach adults

Pitsmoor Credit Union.

Your Local Savings and Loans Co-operative

Join Now!

Adventist Community Health Outreach Group

Free blood pressure checks and health advice

more details

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