Archive | February, 2016

Easter Lambing Open days – Whirlow Hall Farm

26 Feb

Easter Lambing open days

Experience the beauty of the natural world this spring! For the 6th year running Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is opening up the farm on the 30th and 31st March so that the whole family can experience the magical patter of tiny feet! See new-born lambs skipping happily around the barn or snuggling up to their mothers. You can ask our friendly farm team your lambing questions and learn all about the lambing process from start to finish. The other Whirlow residents including the calves, pigs, rabbits, goats, horses and piglets would love to see you too!

For a small charge: fun activities for the children will include face painting, pony rides (11am-12.30pm) and Easter egg hunts (subject to availability). We are also providing lots of FREE craft activities to keep the little ones busy.

Our delicious Whirlow Hog Roast & BBQ offers a satisfying lunch; or get toasty in our cafe with a hot drink and tasty homemade treats before buying some of our high-welfare meats and local produce to take home from the farm shop.

Entrance to the Farm is priced at: Children £4.00, Adults: £3.50, Family Ticket £14.00 (x2 children, x2 adults)


Disabled Access Day

26 Feb

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Streets Ahead Work – Crookes

23 Feb

Dear Resident/Business


As part of the Streets Ahead works we are writing to let you know that we are due to resurface Heavygate Road, Northfield Road, Crookes and Crookes Road.

These works will be carried out in phases starting from Heavygate Road at the junction of Heavygate Avenue down through Northfield Road, Crookes and on to Crookes Road.

The work in this area will take place during the period from 7 March 2016 for approximately 3 weeks, weather permitting.  To carry out these works safely we will need to close the road.

As these roads are a major route into the city work has been scheduled to take place during the night between the hours of 7pm and 7am.  This is to minimise disruption in the area. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and any noise you may experience.

There will be no on-street parking on the roads that we are resurfacing – vehicles left on-street may be towed away and you will need to pay a fee to have your vehicle released.

If you are away during the period in which the works are scheduled to take place please avoid parking your car on the road. Our work schedule is heavily dependent on the weather and can be affected by unforeseen circumstances so it may be necessary to change the start date at short notice. We will tow cars that are delaying our works.

Please note that diversion routes will be in place where needed. Pedestrian access and access for emergency vehicles will be available at all times.

Parking and access arrangements

There will be no on-street parking or access to properties on the roads we are working on, during working hours. Most roads will be open and on-street parking will be as normal at other times.

We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause but believe the long term benefits of our resurfaced roads will outweigh the short term disruption.

Please let our on-site supervisor know if you need vehicle access to your property for urgent reasons. Please let us know of your needs as soon as possible – we will always try to accommodate them but there may be a delay while this is organised.

Bus service and bin collection changes

Changes to your regular bus service or diversion routes will be publicised by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport (SYPTE). Please check your local bus stop or for any route changes. You can also call Traveline on 01709 515151 or follow @TravelSYorks on Twitter.

If there are any changes to your bin collection days these will be communicated by Veolia at on Twitter @Recycle4Shef or by calling 0114 273 4567 between 8am and 6pm.

Road Safety

We are working with the Council’s Road Safety Team to remind all road users to watch out for others on the road and think about their needs. Please be patient and take extra care during road works. Make sure to allow extra time for your journey. Stick to the designated diversion routes and always drive within the speed limit and to suit the conditions of the road. The difference of a few miles per hour can mean the difference between life and death. Think! Slow down.

Other road resurfacing in Sheffield

We are resurfacing roads, upgrading street lights and upgrading the condition of pavements and roads across Sheffield, as part of our Streets Ahead highway maintenance programme. Most of the work will take place from now until 2017.

Further information

Please visit for further information and updates about local works, you can also follow progress on Twitter @sccstreetsahead.

If you would like to discuss any issues, please contact us on 0114 273 4567 or email

Thank you

We appreciate that any disruption can be frustrating and thank you for your understanding whilst these important works are completed.

Kind regards


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Bolehills Park Conifer hedge removal

22 Feb

Dear Crookes Residents

Following the conifer hedge removal on Bolehills Park, there has been some queries and concerns raised by local residents.  The conifer hedge was cut back by Leylandii to open up the site lines.  This work was done as part of the current improvement plan for Bolehills Park following consultation with the user groups, Friends of Bolehills Park and local Councillors.

Town Hall Talks for Two Million Trees

17 Feb

Sheffield City Council is asking members of the public to help it plan future care for 2.2million trees.

The council has been working on a framework for a new Trees and Woodland Strategy, which will set out how it looks after all trees in the city; including those in parks, woodlands, green spaces and on the highway. This follows the recent publication of the 5 Years Street Tree Management Plan which shows how 36,000 street trees are managed by the Streets Ahead project.

A full-day interactive event will be held at the Town Hall on Friday 26 February, at which members of the public will be able to view the draft framework and speak to members of staff. The draft strategy goes out for wider consultation in the Spring.

Councillor Sioned-mair Richards, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that the issue of trees is very important to communities across our city, which is why we’re organising the event in order to share our plans from the earliest possible stage.

“We are responsible for over two million of Sheffield’s trees – that’s four for every person – in around 2,000 open spaces across the city. We now want to liaise with members of the public to talk about future plans for trees and woodlands across Sheffield as a whole.

“Highway trees are part of this strategy and will be informed by the recently released Streets Ahead 5 year Tree Management Strategy. However street trees form a small proportion of the trees we manage, with the majority in parks, woodlands, cemeteries, housing estates and schools. I would encourage as many people as possible to come along, have their say and help to plan the future of trees in Sheffield: The Outdoor City.”

Sheffield is one of the most wooded cities in Britain and data from The Woodland Trust shows that more people in Sheffield live closer to woodland than in any other UK city. These woodlands have been important to people throughout the ages – indeed, the steel industry was founded on the charcoal produced in the city’s woodlands.

Since the 1900s these woodlands have been seen as an escape from the bustle of city life and as important places for recreation, wildlife and heritage.

To maintain trees in terms of health and public safety, the council has a Tree Risk Management policy. This involves checking around 360,000 trees on a cyclical basis – particularly those in falling distance of people and property – to ensure they are safe.

All Sheffield City Council woodlands are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, which means that they meet an international standard of sustainable woodland management. Two woodlands – Ecclesall and Wheata – have also gained Green Flag status.

Coun Richards added: “This event is important because we need to plan ahead, taking into account views of members of the public, to see how our woodlands and trees across the city might look in the future.

“We are already known as the UK’s premier outdoor city, and the role of trees in our beautiful landscape is undoubtedly vital.

“The strategy will aim to address a wide range of tree-related topics including tree and woodland management, the current tree stock and distribution; age profile; a breakdown of species; the character of Sheffield’s woodlands; archaeology; the outdoor economy; tourism; employment; health and wellbeing; community engagement; education; countryside recreation; interpretation and much, much more.

“This is a real opportunity to help shape our plans from the outset, in conjunction with the council officers who will be driving our new strategy forward.”

The event on Friday 26 February will be a drop-in session at which people can call into the Town Hall reception rooms any time between 10am and 7pm to have their say, find out further details, and speak to staff.


STREETKICK Inflatable football game

10 Feb

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SY Fire & Rescue newsletter

10 Feb
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> Successful start for South Yorkshire’s first Emergency First Responder scheme
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Firefighter recruits pass out in style

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Boiler sparks house fire

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Success for Stocksbridge station – Emergency First Responder scheme

InlineFirefighters based at Stocksbridge station have responded to more than 50 medical emergencies, two months after the launch of the Emergency First Responder scheme. Click here for details Tweet Button

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Parkway station officially opens

InlineThe new Parkway station in Sheffield has been officially opened by Joe Bowers, a brave South Yorkshire teenager who suffered burns in a house fire and South East MP Clive Betts Full details here Tweet Button

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Thorne boxing club’s knock out success

InlineA Doncaster fire station is hosting a boxing club twice a week for youngsters aged 8+. The scheme which aims to reduce anti-social behaviour and to reduce fires has been hailed a great success. Details here

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National Junior Disability Snooker Championship

10 Feb

Snooker players are invited to enter the National Junior Disability Snooker Championship.

Find out more by visiting the link below:

National Junior Disability Snooker Championships 2016