Food bank donations will make a cracking difference over Christmas

A huge thank you to all of our Parish members who have donated to our local food bank this year. At the Pairsh Council we have been collecting donations and nipping them down to St Saviours Food Bank throughout the pandemic to help those most in need in our Community.

We will be making our final drop before Christmas this week, and it really is heartwarming to see all of the donations we have received so close to Christmas.

Special thanks to Candy Kabin and Mazehill Nursery who dropped off lots of donations they collected from their customers and parents, which will really give the Food Bank a boost.

Photograph of the most recent donations to the Food bank

Ecclesfield Park Consultation Opens

Ecclesfield Park consultation has now gone live and there are posters on the entrance points and other areas of the park, which can also be viewed by clicking here. The aim of the consultation is to gather public feedback & suggestions on how the community use their local greenspace and how they’d like to see it improved. This will give the Council an idea of what people would like and help them to start drafting proposals for changes.

The online consultation which will run initially until 31st January 2021.

To share your ideas & opinions on how the park can be improved to support your health and wellbeing, and that of the wider community visit: https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/place-planning-1/ecclesfieldpark

Christmas Carols Festival – this Saturday, 28th November, 7:30pm 

Christmas is definitely on it’s way now and although it may look a little different, our usual Parish traditions are continuing where possible, although maybe in a different way.
 
This year the Grenoside Community Centre will be holding their annual village carols online via zoom and it is open to all.
 
Click the link below for full details of how to join this festive zoom meeting …
 

Ecclesfield Parish Council – working towards being more dementia friendly

One of our new projects this Autumn is working on becoming much more Dementia Friendly within our community. We are working closely with our local Dementia friendly champions and community workers along with Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance.

We already signpost through our website and Facebook pages to any dementia friendly groups… click here to see our events calendar, for dementia friendly events which are currently running via zoom. If you know of any others which members of our Parish would benefit from please email: emmamainwaring@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk.

We will also be posting weekly activity packs for those with Dementia, which can be printed at home. Please click here for this week’s pack.

Here at the Parish council we are hoping to become more dementia friendly and in turn help our whole Parish to become more so. We will be initially making changes from the Parish Council, including making our literature as dementia friendly where possible. We are in the process of issuing our first newsletter and over the first few issues we will be making this as dementia friendly as possible. Meaning lots of boxed text and pictures.

If you would like any further information, or advice on how to become more dementia friendly please contact emmaminwaring@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk

 

 

Ecclesfield Parish Council launches Parish wide School Uniform Swap Shop

At the Parish Council we are aware of the financial pressures on parents particularly this year even more so than any other, and we are hoping to be able to help in any way we can.

We are opening and housing a Parish Wide School Uniform Swap Shop at the Parish Council building in High Green. This will involve anyone who has any unwanted uniform items that they could no longer use, but which still are wearable could choose to donate such items to the Parish Uniform Swap Shop. Those parents who were struggling could then contact us here at the Council and would be given any items suitable for their child and in keeping with their school’s Uniform policy.

Obviously this isn’t going to be an overnight heaving collection however, we are hoping that over time we can build a collection and will be able to support those most in need across the Parish by alleviating some of the pressure that comes with buying uniform. While also meaning the schools are not overrun with unwanted items.

We will wash and sort all of the items and house them here ready for anyone who needs them.

We are hoping that this will have an all-round benefit to our Community, whether that be environmentally speaking, ‘Reuse – Recycle – Reduce’ as well as financially for families who need our help now more than ever.

To make any donations completely socially distantly, please contact emmamainwaring@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk

Please note we can only accept clothing and not shoes, and please only donate clothing which is of a reasonable standard and which you would be happy to send your children to school in.

Remembrance Day 2020

Due to the pandemic our usual Remembrance Service had to be limited to only key figures unfortunately. We wanted to share how we marked the day with you all, and here are some photographs from the service.
Lest we forget.
Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

Chairman John Housley laying the wreath of Poppies

Chairman John Housley laying the wreath of Poppies

Vice Chair John Brownrigg laying the wreath of poppies

Vice Chair John Brownrigg laying the wreath of poppies

Royal British Legion member laying a cross for remembrance.

Anthony Roebuck from the Royal British Legion laying a cross for remembrance.

 

 

 

Sheffield City Council launch Community Covid-19 Response Fund

SCC have launched the Community Covid-19 Response Fund. This short-term funding is designed to support the Voluntary and Community Sector in their work preventing the spread of Covid-19, testing and outbreak management and supporting people to isolate. If you are involved in any aspect of this kind of work take a look at this. Funding available from £500 – £5000.
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***Community Fund Grants***

***Community Fund Grants***

If your organisation works with council tenants, or in and around Sheffield council housing estates, you could apply for a grant to get your Covid-secure project off the ground.
Email: communityfund@sheffield.gov.uk for an application form and return it by 30 October 2020.

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Community Hub – SYP Information

After taking part in a Community Hub yesterday via zoom, we talked about anti-social behaviour with one of our local PCSO’s. One of the main problems highlighted was the use of off road bikes in an anti-soical manner.
There is now a dedicated facebook page for reporting issues with off road bikes which can be found here:
South Yorksire Police also have a dedicated website where you can report non-urgent crimes.
Alternatively for non-urgent police enquiries you can call 101 or in an emergency always call 999.
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Sheffield Plan 2020 – Update

***Sheffield Plan 2020 Update***
Our Parish Council has arranged for copies of the Sheffield Plan and supporting evidence to be made available to view by appointment at the following locations:
Ecclesfield Parish Council Office – by appointment only, between (9am – 12pm) Call 0114 2845095 or email admin@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk to make an appointment.
Grenoside Reading Room – by appoinment only, please contact Cllr Alan Hooper 07505 031967 or email cllr.alanhooper@ecclefield-pc.gov.uk to make an appointment.
Ecclesfield Library – by appointment only, form 12pm, contact Cllr Vic Bowden 07884 007581 or email cllr.victoriabowden@ecclefield-pc.gov.uk to make an appointment.
The Sheffield plan details how and where developments will take place until 2038. To view the full information please visit:

Keep Our Parish Tidy

As we approach the Great British September clean, why not get involved. We have regular litter picks in our Parish area and volunteers are always welcome.
 
Chapeltown Litter Pickers are meeting at 10am outside Chapeltown library this Saturday 12th. All equipment is provided and there are lots of friendly faces if it’s your first time. Just pop down at 10am and you can even bring your kids!
 
Let’s help keep our Community clean.

Victory Over Japan Day – 75th Anniversary Celebrations in Chapeltown

A lovely Victory over Japan day was celebrated in Chapeltown last weekend, thanks to organiser Diane Round from Ooops a Daisy. Who set up the day with lots of other businesses in order to raise money fot SSAFA – The Armend Forces Charity. We even had a loaned resroed jeep, tombola and fancy dress competion.

VJ Day celebrations picturing restored jeep and Cllr John Housley

Chairman John Housley pictured with, organiser Diane Round from Ooops a Daisy with Julie Horsfield From Aspire Hair Studio, Chris from Momma Ink and Mya the dog, pictured in front of restored Jeep loaned by Jonathan Kirk.

Chapeltown Garden all dressed up for VJ day celebrations

Chapeltown Garden all dressed up for VJ Day

V J Day Fancy Dress competition winners

Some of the Fancy Dress Competition winners:
Left to right: Caitlyn Langley (9), Eimear Keaney (4), Conor Keaney (8), Elliott Ford (2)

Work For Us – Part-time (25 Hours) Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (RFO)

A vacancy has arisen for a Parish Clerk and RFO to Ecclesfield Parish Council. We are seeking a suitably experienced person with a wide variety of skills. The post would probably suit someone who has previous experience in management within local government. The successful applicant will preferably hold the CiLCA qualification or be willing to undertake the relevant training. This is a post of 25 hours per week with the benefit of flexible working (Council, Planning and Finance meetings in the evenings) and a pro rata salary in accordance with the new NJC scale 31-35 (£33,799-£37,849) dependent upon experience and qualifications.

 

The Clerk will also act as the Council’s Responsible Financial Officer, therefore financial acumen will be essential, as well as Leadership and Communication skills. The Parish of Ecclesfield has approximately 40,000 residents and its Parish Council has 15 Councillors.

 

An application pack containing Job Description, Person Specification and details of where to send your application can be obtained by writing to, telephoning or emailing Ecclesfield Parish Council, The Council Offices, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield, S35 3HS.  Telephone 0114 2845095. The e-mail address for all applications and correspondence regarding the post is admin@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk

 

Closing date for applications is 4th September 2020 at 5.00pm with interviews to be held on Tuesday 22nd September 2020.  The successful candidate will be expected to give a presentation to the Full Council on 1st October 2020.

Previously interviewed candidates need not apply.

Victory Over Japan Day – 75th Anniversary Celebrations

Victory Over Japan Day – 75th Anniversary Celebrations

– 15th August 2020 in Chapeltown –

Pop down into Chapeltown this Saturday for lots of socially distant family fun.

– 9:30 – 12:00pm Sign up for fancy dress outside Ooops a Daisy, and a solider hunt too.
– From 9:30 onwards, different activities including a tombola, and bun stalls locally.
– 1:15pm Socially distant fancy dress parade from Aspire to the Garden next to Newton Hall to be judged by members from Chapeltown in Bloom.

A great local day out, in our lovely Parish.

South Yorkshire Transport – Parent Survey

South Yorkshire transport are asking those parents who have children who attend school via public transport, for their help by filling in a survey.

This survey will enable any improvements which are needed to public transport to support their journeys to be explored before September. The survey asks about a child’s home to school travel needs from September, how a child travelled before COVID-19 and alternative travel options that are available.

If your child uses public transport to commute to and from school, or will do in September, please click the link to fill in the survey.

http://sgiz.eu/s3/Parent-Survey

Public Inspection Rights Year Ending 31 March 2020

Public Inspection Rights Year Ending 31 March 2020.
Any interested parties who wish to inspect the accounts can apply in writing to the Parish Council. The inspection dates have been set to commence from 01 September 2020 to the 12th October 2020. Further information and a copy of the public notice is available on the parish council website here.

Ecclesfield Parish Archives are looking for submissions for a new collection….

Empty supermarket shelves due to Coronvirus pandemic

‘Life Through Lockdown’ will be the new collection featured within Ecclesfield Parish Archives.

We all know this has been a historic event which people will look back on for generations to come, so at Ecclesfield Parish Archives they are putting together a collection of photographs, videos, etc to document such a momentous time. They are hoping to curate a really diverse collection showing all aspects of ‘life through lockdown’ from the empty streets and empty shelves to more social photographs showing families surviving life in lockdown, homeschooling, socially distant street parties and anything else which will give generations of the future a real feel for what life was like during the pandemic.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, please email emmamainwaring@ecclesfield-pc.gov.uk

Dementia Friends Information Sessions

dementia friends logo

 

Dementia Friends Information Sessions free for all of our Parish members

Rosie Strathearn-Brady, our local Dementia Development Worker from Soar is running some Dementia Friends Information Sessions for anyone who’d like to take part. It only takes an hour of your time and it’s a good way to learn a little more about Dementia. The session will be delivered bia a livestream video online, and full instuctions will be given of how to access the session.

More information can be found at: https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk

To join in one of the sessions simply, book here:

  1. Thursday 25th June – 12:30pm
    https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSessionDetails?id=a055I000006ljgkQAA#.Xuo8Z2hKjIU
  2. Tuesday 30th June – 2pm https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSessionDetails?id=a055I000006lj3uQAA#.Xuo8ZGhKjIU
  3. Thursday 2nd July – 6pm
    https://www.dementiafriends.org.uk/WEBSessionDetails?id=a055I000006lf42QAA#.Xuo8YWhKjIU

If you can’t make those you can book on another session on the website as well.

Rosie is also a contact if:

  • You or a loved one with memory problems would like a bit of support
  • You’d like to have a dementia friends session for your organisation or family unit
  • You’d like to get more involved in Dementia Friendly Communities (either as an individual or organisation)

You can contact Rosie, our local Dementia Development Worker from SOAR on 0114 213 4065 or email
rosie.strathearn@soarcommunity.org.uk

Committed to Keeping the Community Going through Covid-19

Photograph of Chairman John Housley presenting a cheque to Mick Appleby from Chapeltgreen Advice Centre

Chairman John Housley presenting a cheque to Mick Appleby from Chapeltgreen Advice Centre

Ecclesfield Parish Council continues to support local community groups, charities and
businesses throughout the Parish during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Ecclesfield Parish Council work to look after the Parish’s best interests. Throughout the
pandemic, the council have been trying to help the local community by opening up their
offices as a local food bank drop off point, and then passing on all donations to High Green
Food Bank for distribution. This will continue for the foreseeable future and if you would like
to drop any donations in, please just pop by to the Council offices on Mortomley Lane, High
Green, from 9:30am – 11:30am Monday – Friday where drop offs adhere to all social
distancing.
Other efforts include issuing grants to local community groups amongst others, which have
continued throughout lockdown, most recently with Chairman, John Housley, presenting a
cheque to Mick Appleby, Manager of Chapelgreen Advice Centre in Chapeltown. Mick said,
“Thanks to this grant. It ensures that the advice centre can continue to help people from the
Parish, as well as surrounding areas.” The centre provides free and confidential information,
advice and guidance, to citizens on a range of areas including welfare, benefits, employment
rights, money, debt and housing rights. A service which is invaluable, particularly in the
current climate.
For more information on grant applications, please contact Ecclesfield Parish Council’s
Community Coordinator, Emma Mainwaring – emmamainwaring@ecclefield-pc.gov.uk

Garden Competition

Ecclesfield Parish Council are working with the local ‘In Bloom’ groups to run a Garden Competition.
Do you like gardening? Do you keep a nice spring/summer garden? Watch this space for updates as we release more details.

Ecclesfield Carols – Virtual Sings

Thursdays 3rd, 10th and 17th December 2020

Starting at 8pm

The tradition of singing local carols has thrived in the Sheffield area, especially in pubs, for two or three centuries and most of the carols pre-date the well-known ‘conventional’ carols.

Normally we would be singing the Ecclesfield Carols in the Black Bull where we have been for the last 70 years, but this year we will be meeting via Zoom instead.

You are very welcome to join us and there is no charge for participating.

Visit localcarols.org.uk  for more information on all this year’s virtual local carol sings, including Ecclesfield, where you can fill in a short form for us to send you the Zoom links to the Ecclesfield sings and words to the carols.

You can also contact us by emailing  ecclesfieldcarols@gmail.com

Hopefully next year the local carols will be back in their rightful place in the pubs!

Remembrance Day Service 2020

A letter from the Deputy Lord Leftenant Christopher J Jewitt  to Anthony Roebuck President of the Royal British Legion, Chapeltown Branch,  praising the branch and Ecclesfield Parish Council on the success of a very different Remembrance Day Service during the pandemic this year.

Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

Chairman John Housley and Vice Chair John Brownrigg with Vicar Rick Stordy

 

Royal British Legion member laying a cross for remembrance.

Royal British Legion member laying a cross for remembrance.

Letter Reads as follows:

 

Anthony, good morning

I should more properly address you as President since it is in your position of President, Royal British Legion, Chapeltown Branch, that I write this short note to thank you and your fellow Royal British Legion members for your warm welcome yesterday when I attended the Chapeltown Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service.

It was well organised, well attended (suitably socially distanced!) and carried out with professionalism not to mention having taken a considerable amount of effort to ensure it was Covid compliant. What I gather from comments from other DLs Chapeltown’s was certainly one of the larger ceremonies and, at the time of writing, only one of two which had a nigh on complete Service of Remembrance, the other being Sheffield.

So well done and congratulations in pulling it all together in a very short period of time. As I said in my few words, it was a very special occasion which I felt privileged to attend and I do hope that I can return next year to witness Chapeltown’s Remembrance Sunday Parade and Service returned to its more normal series of events.

In closing, I would be grateful if you would pass on my thanks to John Housley, chairman of Ecclesfield Parish Council and your Chaplin, the Reverend Rick Stordy, both of whom made me fell most welcome. If there is a chance of a photograph of the War Memorial with the wreaths in place, I would be grateful: we are building up a small library of photographs and I omitted to take one before leaving!

Best wishes

Christopher J Jewitt DL