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Issue 196 June 2019

Back in Time

TV company’s plea for corner shop memories: P18

Blight and beautiful

Graffiti:

It’s the

scourge

of S8

Pages 14-15

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A friend dropping in since 2002 Tel: 01246 416027

Issue 196 June 2019

Back in Time

TV company’s plea for corner shop memories: P18

Blight and beautiful

Graffiti:

It’s the

scourge

of S8

Pages 14-15

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ACTIVE

HE sun is out, the sky is blue and here’s another Active8

with plenty for you!

This June magazine includes a special look at the issue of

graffiti which has become a major issue in Sheffield 8 in recent

months - particularly in the Woodseats area.

You can read what’s being done to tackle the problem on pages

14-15. We would be delighted to hear your views.

Elsewhere, a top TV history programme is to begin filming a

new series in the Active8 district and the people behind ‘Back in

Plants

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splash of

colour

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Active

Time’ would be delighted to hear your recollections of

corner shops in the Meersbrook area. Read all about it on

page 18.

Also on a local history theme, a new project is looking to

rediscover the lost heritage of military landscapes in Norton and

Meadowhead and how it has influenced the development of the

area over the last century. See page 6.

We hope you enjoy June’s Active8 - we’ll drop in on you again

next month!

Editor: Mike Firth.

Editorial: Deborah Wain.

Design Manager: Helen Firth.

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S

HOPPERS and workers on

Chesterfield Road, at

Woodseats, will have noticed a

number of planters looking pretty in

the Spring sunshine.

Local councillors have used some of

the local ‘ward pot’ funding to re-plant

containers alongside the road, mainly at

crossings.

Staff from businesses have been

helping out with watering duties to keep

the blooms looking at their best.

Celebrating flying heritage

A new project will rediscover the lost heritage

of military landscapes in Norton and

Meadowhead and how it has influenced the

development of the area over the last century

O

RGANISED by the Landscape Heritage Research

Foundation – ‘From RFC Airfield to City Suburb – 100 Years

of History at Meadowhead & Norton, Sheffield’ is funded by the

National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It follows on from the group’s successful ‘Norton’s Flying Legacy’

project that took place in 2016 to 2017.

The project develops some of the themes begun in the first project

and also extends the timeline to cover the period from the outbreak

of World War II into the 21st century. It will run over the next 15

months and will delve further into the history of the suburb from the

formation of the WW1 Aeroplane Repair Depot, proposed

development of civil aviation and then explore how the former airfield

site affected the area’s development into a thriving suburb of

Sheffield.

It will follow the

military theme from

WWI, through WWII

and into the Cold

War, with specialist

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The guardhouse at

No 2 Northern

Aircraft Repair

Depot, RAF Coal

Aston in 1919

A Sopwith One-and-a-half-Strutter in the foreground and an

Avro 504 at No 2 Northern Aircraft Repair Depot, RAF Coal

Aston in 1919 - now part of the St James Retail Park

visits across the area. During the project, researchers will set out to

record artifacts of the built military environment either former sites

or some that still exist.

A series of workshops will be held throughout the project, each

covering a specific theme which will help volunteers along their way,

piecing together a fascinating local history. At the same time, the

development and growth of the area will be explored by visits to the

local archives, other collections and sites.

The project will also undertake a series of oral history interviews to

add first-hand experiences.

Prof Ian Rotherham of Sheffield Hallam University, who is chair of

the group and oversees the project, said: “This is an amazing project

and public interest in the first phase of the research was

overwhelming.

“Since then, we have been busy with fresh information that surfaced

and with local people coming forwards with stories, memories and

memorabilia. This Heritage Fund project now gives us chance to take

the research to the next level.”

Once a project officer has been appointed to assist the foundation, it

will hold a launch event.

Volunteers are being asked to get involved – no matter how much or

little time they can spare. Anyone interested should email secretary

Chris Percy on Chriscp2@hallamec.plus.com or check on

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Above and

beyond the

call of duty

Dear Active8,

I HAD just finished writing a letter to you when the May

edition of your magazine popped through my letter-box.

I was delighted to find that there was a feature on local

shops and businesses because my letter highlights the

wonderful personal and caring service provided by them and

emphasises why we should support them.

On Sunday, April 15th, this year, we discovered that our

fridge/freezer had stopped working. We had an important

and unavoidable appointment on Monday morning so it was

Monday afternoon before I was able to visit Williams

electrical store on Woodseats.

I spoke to John, the store manager, who was very helpful

and I came home with brochures and information to help me

choose a suitable replacement fridge/freezer.

On Tuesday morning, I returned to the store and spoke to

John again. I know that every potential customer will want a

replacement fridge/freezer to be delivered as soon as

possible but I explained to John that, in our situation, it

really was a matter of urgency.

My son, Matthew, is recovering from treatment after

becoming seriously ill in 2017. He has had several operations

and a course of intensive radiotherapy. Over the past two

years he has had various complications and has had to take a

lot of medication. Every evening he has to inject himself with

a medication which has been stored at the correct

temperature, which meant he was unable to use it. It was

imperative that we obtained a new fridge as quickly as

possible so I could order a new batch of medication for him.

Action

As soon as I explained to John about the refrigerated

medication, he leapt into action. First of all, he said that they

would deliver a counter-top fridge from their store for me to

borrow until everything was sorted. My new fridge/freezer

would have to be fitted into existing kitchen units so his

fitters would come later that day to take precise

measurements. He explained that they were very busy and

had a full schedule but they would definitely visit, even if it

was after working hours.

True to his word, I received phone calls from the fitters

that afternoon to reassure me that they would come to our

house. At half-past-six, they arrived! They brought the

counter-top fridge with them which they set up and then

measured the area where the new fridge/freezer would be

fitted. One of the fitters mentioned he was going to work out

the exact dimensions at home later that evening to ensure

the new fridge/freezer would be a perfect fit for my kitchen

units.

The next day, I was able to arrange for a new batch of

Matthew’s medication to be delivered. Problem solved!

Then these wonderful people phoned me to let me know

that they would be abe to come on Friday morning - Good

Friday, a Bank Holiday - to deliver and fit the fridge/freezer.

They arrived as promised and, with the minimum of fuss

and disruption, completed the job, taking away the old

fridge/freezer and all the packaging.

It’s so reassuring to know that there are such wonderful,

caring people living and working in our area and offering a

service that can only be found in a family-run business.

Susan White, Greenhill

Police Insp Colette

Fitzgibbons of the

Sheffield South West

Neighbourhood Police

Team explains how

you can contact her

and her colleagues

Out and about in

the community

I

AM often asked why Woodseats Police station is closed to visitors

and how people can see a police officer.

The simple fact is that the staff that we do have need to be out on the

streets. If you are involved in an incident, clearly you can ask for an

officer to attend your address or you can still make an appointment

to attend at Woodseats Police Station if that is more convenient for

you.

As a neighbourhood team, we carry out regular community engagement

events, which are published on Facebook.

Keep an eye out for our Pop-in Police Stations giving you the opportunity

to speak to officers about issues important to you, report crime and

receive crime reduction advice.

Please come along and see us at these locations to discuss you points of

view and any concerns that you may have. We hope that the weather will

be suitable for us to have our gazebo in use as much as possible over the

coming months.

We are also happy to attend community events and will do as much as

possible where staffing allows. I would ask that if you are planning an

event and would like us to run a Crime Reduction stall or even just attend

to engage with attendees, that you give us as much notice as possible by

emailing us on our team email below. We are already getting a number of

bookings, in fact I am needing to buy a new diary!

You can see photos and find contact details for the whole neighbourhood

policing team working in your area by visiting police.uk/southyorkshire/KE/

Other ways to keep in touch:

· Email us at SheffieldSouthWestNHP@southyorks.pnn.police.uk . You can

use this email to contact us for advice or to ask to attend an event. Please

do not use it to report incidents.

· Sign up for SYP Alerts to get messages, updates and information

about your area at sypalerts.co.uk . I would encourage you to do this

as this is a way that we also advertise where we are doing drop ins

and give local crime reduction advice relating to what is being reported to

us.

· Like us on Facebook: Sheffield South West NHP

· Follow us on Twitter: @SheffSW_NHP

· Visit southyorks.police.uk for more information or to report nonemergency

crime. When 101 is busy this is another way to log incidents

with the police that do not need an immediate response.

· Call 101 for non-emergencies or 999 in an emergency.

· Call Crimestoppers to give your information anonymously on 0800 555

111.

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LANS are coming together for this year’s Woodseats

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The popular fun day will be held at Woodseats Primary School, on

Sunday, 14th July, following a parade from Abbey Lane School.

Participants will include representatives from Concorde Allstars,

Eleanor Shimmy Dance School, Razzamataz Theatre School

Sheffield and many more. Activities planned at the school include a

craft fair.

Other events over the weekend include a chess festival, car boot

sales and a tea dance at Woodseats Methodist Church.

This year, the festival is aiming to raise funds for The Friends of

Woodseats Primary School.

Chairman Louise Grayson said: “Everything is looking great so far

this year. We’re still looking for volunteers on the day, who can

either help for all or part of the day.

“There are also still a few stalls available and a couple of

entertainment slots on the stage.

“If any local businesses can offer donations for raffle prizes or

gifts, as always we would greatly appreciate the help. The festival

wouldn't be able to go ahead without the community support we

get each year.”

Contact the committee via the website at woodseatsfestival.org.uk

; the festival’s Facebook page or alternatively email

info@woodseatsfestival.org.uk

Next month’s Active8 will have full information about what’s

happening and when.

NOTHER of the area’s big free summer events, Low Edges

AFestival, will this year take place on Sunday, August 11th.

Thousands of visitors are expected to attend the extravaganza,

which will include all manner of entertainment.

Attractions include free or subsidised funfair rides, various stalls,

a dog show, up to 500 classic cars and bikes, and various music

attractions including a dance music arena and live reggae music

marquee.

The festival will take place from noon-5pm, at Greenhill Park, off

Gresley Road.

A

FUN-filled Summer Fair has been organised by Parents of

Abbey Lane School, with proceeds going to the school.

The event will be held on Saturday, 15th June, between 11.30am

and 2.30pm.

Supported by Hunters estate agents, attractions will include live

entertainment, family games, face painting, a craft corner,

inflatables and a bake-off competition.

It follows the success of a similar event last year. It will again be

held at Church House, St Chads, 54-56 Abbey Lane, opposite the

school. Entry is 50p adults and children are free.

EAUCHIEF Pre-School, in Hutcliffe Wood Road, holds its

B summer fayre, on Saturday, 29th June.

The event, from 2-4 pm, will feature family fun in the garden, with

bouncy castle, face painting, cakes, toy and book sale, raffle, games

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A WOODSEATS woman’s

book recounting how she

overcame a brain tumour the

size of a golf ball has so far

raised more than £600 for

charity.

Waitress Susan Jones had

ignored the symptoms of the

growth that was pushing one

side of her brain into the other,

putting it down to the

menopause.

She was just a month from

death when surgeons at the

Royal Hallamshire Hospital

operated to remove the tumour

in a ten-hour operation.

As she recovered, Susan had

to re-learn how to do the most

basic of tasks and spent many

hours in Woodseats Library

teaching herself how to read

and write again.

She used diaries and

memories of other people to

piece together parts of her

journey she cannot remember

for the memoir, written with the

help of Woodseats Writing

Group.

‘My Crazy Cell Mate’ is being

sold to raise money for charity

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She will be selling her book at

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TALENTED ten-year-old

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Emily, from Beauchief, was

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Race is on for schools

A litter-pick and a 10k run

brought a little-known corner

of south Sheffield to life

N

EWFIELD School hosted Sheffield's

first Cat Lane Canter on a wet and

windy morning, raising more than £2,000

for local schools.

The race was organised by parents of

Carfield, Meersbrook Bank and Newfield

schools and more than 185 runners

entered, including Louise Haigh MP.

Winner Chris Bevan managed the 10k route

in 37 minutes. A local dad, Al, won the 5k

and there was also a 2k fun run.

The hilly race took people through one of the

city’s hidden woodlands, along the Meers Brook

through Lees Hall, Hang Bank and Cat Lane

woods, looked after by Gleadless Valley Wildlife

Trust. More than 30 local people marshalled in

the bluebell-carpeted woods.

Prior to the event, litter picks had been

organised, supported by Irene from Sheffield

Litter Pickers who has been a local hero

regularly cleaning up the woods and the

surrounding area. Good Gym and the local

Scouts also lent a hand litter-picking, with local

families and school teachers.

Volunteers with litter and rubbish they collected

Louise Haigh MP

Said local runner, resident and parent Diane

Tottle: “It is a brilliant initiative, putting Cat Lane

Woods on the map, and hopefully attracting more

people to walk and run in this area in the future.”

Commented Jan from Gleadless Valley Wildlife

Trust: “We are really pleased that it is getting

people involved in the beautiful environment that

they have around them and using it in a positive

way.”

Once she had got her breath back, Louise Haigh

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Carwoods and making it inclusive for all and

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Graffiti - the scourge

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There is one form of anti-social

behaviour that is highly visible and that’s

graffiti. In recent months, people living

and working around Chesterfield Road,

in Woodseats, can’t fail to have noticed a

huge increase in ‘tagging’ – the stylised

scrawling of names. Deborah Wain

reports on the issue and asks what

authorities are doing to tackle it

W

OODSEATS has witnessed an explosion in

graffiti in recent months – on its community

and commercial buildings, signs, utility boxes and

other street furniture.

Work of the likes of Banksy it is not. Most of it is

unsightly tagging.

It is a source of frustration and concern for local

residents and business people, some of whom have been

repeatedly targeted.

Donna Eales, owner of Gifts & More, said her shop had

twice been tagged on its shutter.

She said: “It is hard to remove. There is a camera and

that doesn’t seem to have deterred whoever is doing it. I look out at

the old HSBC bank across the road and it’s a lovely old building and its

windows are covered in graffiti.

“It’s such as shame because Woodseats is such a good, busy

community and you don’t want the area to look like it’s downtrodden.”

Staves Estate Agents has also fallen victim to graffiti twice within the

last few months, despite having security cameras.

Director Matthew Staves said: “Woodseats is a vibrant and happening

place with an excellent mix of shops, restaurants and cafes, including

a new sports bar and wood-fired pizza restaurant, which are both

excellent additions to the S8 area.

“It really feels like we are on the cusp of something really good in S8.

However, the fly in the ointment is the graffiti which can be found

daubed on many of the shop fronts and buildings down Chesterfield

Road.

S

ECTIONS of the graffiticovered

steel barrier at the

Bowshaw roundabout are to be

taken down within weeks, it has

been confirmed.

Evergreen planting will take

place where the structure has

been removed.

Last month, Active8 reported

how a decade has passed since

Derbyshire County Council put up

a two-part visibility screen along

green space between lanes of the

A61.

The measure was aimed at reducing

accidents on the junction and the expectation

was trees and shrubs planted next to the

barriers would eventually grow to replace

them.

And following recent complaints about the

unsightly condition of the barrier by Dronfield

Civic Society, authority representatives

carried out a traffic safety assessment at

the site.

In an email to the society’s secretary, John

Hinchcliffe, James Biddlestone, head of

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Action on barrier

network planning, economy, transport and

environment, said sections of the barrier

would be dismantled where traffic and safety

engineers feel it is “appropriate and safe” to

do so.

In 2009, when the council erected the

100m barrier, it was said that it would mean

drivers would have to make their decision to

stop or drive onto the roundabout a few

seconds later, when they were in a better

position to judge the speed of traffic coming

around the roundabout.

Statistics recently provided by the council

“It is a real shame that the efforts of many businesses, who are

working hard and are trying their best to ensure the presentation of the

shop fronts and collectively the shopping area as a whole is at its best,

are being spoiled by this anti-social behaviour.

“We need a collective effort from business owners, residents and the

authorities to try and tackle this problem so that we can all enjoy the

wonderful things Woodseats has to offer.”

Woodseats resident, John London, added: “God only knows where it is

coming from and who is doing it but it’s appearing everywhere and is

extremely unsightly.

“It's not as though the area is a poorer one in the city, it is much

sought-after property-wise, so is it people from outside our lovely S8

area that are doing this or is it the next generation of locals?

“I can only assume that if it is locals then they weren't brought up

like me. I was brought up in Beauchief, lived in Greenhill and now

claimed the barriers had

successfully reduced the number

of traffic collisions at the spot

from nine in the five years before

the barriers went up, to five in the

five years after, although figures

were not provided for the most

recent five years.

James explained: “Although

unfortunately some minor

accidents do still exist, the rate of

accidents has halved since the

implementation of the barriers.

“Due to this, I am sure that you will concur

with the authority’s approach not to remove

all barriers at this stage. We will remove the

sections for which we feel will not

exacerbate the current accident rate.”

He added: “Within this financial year we will

be investigating possible design solutions in

an attempt to reduce the current accident

rate at the Bowshaw roundabout.”

James also said that remaining vandalised

panels would be replaced with the

reclaimed panels in a good condition. Work is

expected to be undertaken before the end of

July.


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Woodseats, and have never once thought about spraying any building, sign, or shutter with

anything.

“Surely these people will regret this one day as it serves no purpose whatsoever. Like my old

dad used to say, 'If the only mark you can make on society is your name on a toilet wall then

you haven't amounted to much in your life'!”

People caught causing graffiti can be prosecuted under the Criminal Damage Act 1971. They

can be fined or imprisoned or both. Offenders can also be prosecuted for going equipped to

cause criminal damage.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003, amended by the Clean Neighbourhoods and

Environment Act 2005, minor offences can be dealt with by a fixed penalty notice. The same

legislation also empowers a local authority to issue clean-up notices to owners of street

furniture to remove graffiti and if the owner fails to do so with 28 days the local authority can

do it themselves and send the bill to the owner.

Insp Colette Fitzgibbons, of the Sheffield West neighbourhood policing team, said graffiti had

become a problem stretching along the A61 corridor from the city centre out to Woodseats.

She reported that a man had been charged with criminal damage on New Year’s Eve in

connection with a city centre offence, but is thought to have been responsible for tagging

along the Woodseats corridor.

She said another man has been interviewed about offences in Woodseats. This case is

currently with the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on whether charges will be

brought, as other offences are involved.

Insp Fitzgibbons added that as a result of her and a colleague covering the city centre

flagging the problem up, the issue of graffiti across the city has been taken to the

Performance Planning and Resources Group, which sits under the Community Safety

Partnership. The aim is for the matter to be addressed with a partnership approach.

She said: “Graffiti is a very difficult crime to detect as it happens very quickly – you have to

catch someone in the act and it is rare it is reported while it is actually happening.”

However, she urged anyone with information about people responsible to contact her team

by emailing sheffieldsouthwestnhp@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Meanwhile Amey, which operates the Streets Ahead highways maintenance and

management service across Sheffield, will remove graffiti from council-owned property and

private houses with the owner’s permission, but not commercially-owned properties.

Ian Ashmore, head of environmental regulation at Sheffield City Council, told Active8:

“Unfortunately, graffiti remains an issue across many areas of Sheffield and we continue to

work with our partners and local policing teams on initiatives to prevent repeat occurrences.

“When graffiti on the highway is reported to us, this will then be removed by Amey within the

timescales set out within the Streets Ahead contract. However, graffiti on private land or

business premises is the responsibility of the land owners, who are encouraged to report this

criminal act to the police.”

Councillor for Graves Park, Sue Auckland, who was recently re-elected, took up the issue

earlier this year with Liberal Democrat colleagues.

She said they had contacted the Passenger Transport Executive and utility companies who

had taken action to clean up property, along with the council, but it had re-appeared.

“It’s such a dreadful blight on the area and unfortunately people clear if off but it comes

back. Even the play equipment in Graves Park has been affected again,” she said.

Coun Auckland stressed that councillors were keen to work with all interested parties,

including local businesses and MP Louise Hague, to tackle the problem.

She encouraged people to report graffiti on 101 or through her on 07500768363 and she

would pass on information to the relevant bodies. A walkabout of the area is also being set up

for councillors to learn more from council officers about work going on to tackle graffiti.

A

Casper’s art

GRAFFITI-hit wall has been

turned into the canvas of a

colourful piece of street art.

Wendy Zealand, who lives on the

Chancet Wood estate and is a

committee member of the Greenhill

Bradway Tenants and Residents

Association, took action over

unsightly daubings on the wall on

Roxton Road. She raised £1,200 in

grants through the TARA and the

Beauchief and Greenhill council

ward pot to pay for the project by

local artist Casper Kennedy Carr.

Roxton Road links Chancet Wood

with Meadowhead and is a busy thoroughfare for residents.

Wendy said: “The graffiti has got steadily worse and it got to the

stage where people were fed up of looking at it but this will now make

L

OUISE Hague, MP for Sheffield Heeley,

said: “It’s disappointing to see the

increase in graffiti around Woodseats.

“I know that local businesses and community

groups have worked really hard to create a

welcoming atmosphere in the area and,

unfortunately, the levels of graffiti are

undermining that.

“That’s why I’ve been working with the local

police, councillors, businesses and the Double

Six Youth Club to find solutions to the issue.

“We've been sharing ideas of how we can

combine our efforts and take proactive,

preventative steps to combat the problem. As

well as assisting the police, I’m keen to support

diversionary activities in the community, which

can stop young people from being drawn into

vandalism and other crime.

“Thank you to everyone who has contacted me

about this issue. I’ll continue to keep residents

updated on our progress and if you want to be

involved with tackling the problem, please do get

in touch.”

all of us feel better.”

The wall is owned by the Waggon

and Horses garage who had

repeatedly painted over tags only to

see graffiti reappear. The garage

paid for the equipment for the

project.

Casper said the artwork had taken

him four weekends to complete.

He said: “My inspiration for the

painting was my own interpretation

of Surprise View, in Derbyshire,

which is one of my favourite places.

“I'm really happy with the end

result and everyone who has

passed by has been so supportive and encouraging.

“I look forward to painting more large-scale paintings for local

people.”

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BY ANDREW FIRTH

Isolation is a

widespread

problem

Sheffield Heeley

MP Louise Haigh

highlights a local

initiative to help

tackle the issue of

loneliness

Daytime and evening talks and lectures to clubs

and societies of any size on more than 30 topics

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T’S been a welcome relief to get away from London and

spend more time in Sheffield over recent weeks and I

especially valued the chance to visit CafeCare at Heeley Parish

Church.

People of all ages, cultures and religions are invited to enjoy a cup

of tea and a friendly chat at this lovely community cafe every

Tuesday between 11am and 1.30pm.

The Church recently became aware that there were a number of

residents in the local community who were feeling isolated and so

set up the café as a space for people to socialise and receive

support.

Sadly, loneliness is a widespread problem in our society with more

than nine million adults reporting that they often, or always, feel

lonely.

Television is the main form of company for 3.6 million people

aged over 65 and so I’m very glad that CafeCare is helping people

to feel less lonely by providing a welcoming and friendly

atmosphere.

While the issue of loneliness is often associated with older people,

almost 10% of young people say that they are often lonely as well.

Unfortunately, there are now fewer places for young people to

socialise and have fun safely. In our area, we’re very lucky to have

the Double Six club at Woodseats, which hosts regular activities for

young people, but budget cuts have forced many youth centres to

cut provision or close completely.

In response to cuts from central government, local authorities

have reduced spending on youth services by 70% since 2010 and,

as a result, 600 youth centres closed between 2012 and 2016.

In my role as Shadow Police and Crime Minister, I know that

these services and support networks stop vulnerable young people

from falling prey to criminal activity and prevent exploitation by

organised gangs. Unsurprisingly, areas that have suffered the

biggest surge in knife crime have also seen the highest budget

cuts to youth services.

The last nine years of austerity have undermined our public

services and made it much more difficult for people to receive

social support.

In this troubling context, the work of CafeCare and the

Double Six club is especially important and I want to thank

everyone involved for helping to tackle loneliness in our

community.

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Memory Lane

Reactive8

Niamh Casey turns back the pages of old

copies of Active8 to see who was making the

news in years gone by. This month’s time

travel machine takes her back to June, 2006

Taking his music to the Max

NINE-year-old music

prodigy Max Restaino

was so proficient with

his accordion and

saxophone that he was

in demand to entertain at

a number of venues.

He had received the

saxophone just 18

months prior as a

Christmas present.

“Max simply lives for

his music and thoroughly

enjoys sharing his Godgiven

talent,” explained

proud mum Karen.

His talent earned him a loyal group of admirers and soon

enough he was in demand to play venues as far afield as

Mansfield and Retford.

Max played traditional Italian folk songs on his accordion and a

number of jazz and blues tunes on the saxophone.

He recorded his first full-length studio album, titled ‘The

Amazing Sounds of Max’, with ACDC bassist Larry Van Kreidt.

Despite his mastering of two difficult instruments, Max was still

looking to expand his talents, including into singing.

School’s Tudor times at Crucible

STUDENTS at Woodseats

School turned back the

clock with a colourful

performance of what life

was like in Tudor times.

It was the school’s

major contribution to the

Sheffield Children’s

Festival and was staged

at the Crucible Theatre.

Pupils donned elaborate

costumes and performed

songs, pieces of drama,

and maypole dancing –

covering topics such as

King Henry’s wives and

court jesters.

The triumph and the glory

MEADOWHEAD School’s female footballers secured a 3-0 victory

at The Hawthorns to claim the English Schools FA’s U16 National

Trophy.

More than 400 fans from Sheffield 8 supported them on the day

to help them towards their victory over Aylsham High School

from Norfolk.

Before the fixture, they were wished the best of luck by former

England captain Bryan Robson.

Their coach commented: “The girls were superb and fully

deserve to be national champions.

“From the first rounds of the competition through to the final

itself they have shown they have the required talent and also the

required attitude.”

TV show’s plea

for local corner

shop memories

M

Do you remember using corner shops such as this one

at the junction of Derbyshire Lane and Scarsdale Road?

EERSBROOK will be the location of a time-travelling

corner shop for a new series of the successful BBC2 show

‘Back In Time’.

A TV crew will be in the area this summer, recreating what a shop

would have looked like in the decades between 1900 and 2000.

They are asking local people for their memories and photographs

from shops in and around Derbyshire Lane, at Meersbrook.

The series is presented by Sara Cox and historian Polly Russell

and will air in 2020.

A spokeswoman for the production company, Wall to Wall, said:

“The producers of ‘Back in Time’ are looking to speak to local

people who have memories of the shops in the Meersbrook area

from 1900-2000. Do you have recollections of the shops in

Meersbrook? Did you or your family run one of the shops or did you

or your family grow up in the area and remember popping to the

corner shop?”

The company also wants to hear from regular local customers

interested in calling in to experience the shop in different years.

Anyone interested should contact backintime@walltowall.co.uk

with any memories or photos. Alternatively, you can contact

Active8, deb@heronpublications.co.uk

Corner shop at

Rushdale Road and

Kent Road,

Meersbrook

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Did your family

live in ‘new’

council housing?

A

LANDMARK event that saw large-scale council estates

spring up across Sheffield is being celebrated this

summer and the council wants people’s memories and

photographs for a celebration.

The 1919 Addison Act enabled local authorities to develop new

housing for working people. It followed a speech by Prime

Minister Lloyd George as British troops returned from The Great

War, calling for “a country fit for heroes to live in”.

Sheffield embraced the challenge and new housing quickly got

underway on the Norwood estate, followed by the estates at

Walkley, Woodhouse, Handsworth, Wadsley, Brushes, Stubbin and

the Manor.

Residents are being asked for their stories and old photos of life

there for an event at Sheffield Town Hall.

Coun Paul Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods and

Community Safety said: “Since the beginning of council housing

there has always been a need for an affordable, safe and warm

home and we’re proud to still be providing housing like this for our

tenants and residents.

“We will be continuing to build new council homes in the future

as well. There are lots of stories out there about Sheffield’s first

estates and we’re looking forward to hearing about people’s

impressions and what they meant to them back then.”

Photos can either be dropped off at neighbourhood offices or at

Sheffield Town Hall reception where a member of staff can scan

them in and take a few details about locations and dates. Photos

and memories can be emailed to

councilhousing100@sheffield.gov.uk or you could send them to us

here at Active8, deb@heronpublications.co.uk

For more information about the celebrations, call 0114 2930000.

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at Sheffield’s famous Park Hill Flats

Your memories

H

ERE at Active8 we are always pleased to receive your local

memories and old photographs from days gone by.

Either email mike@heronpublications.co.uk or write to:

Memory Lane, Active8, Enterprise House, 179 Chesterfield

Road, Dronfield, S18 2XE.

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RECENTLY went on one of my favourite walks, through the

woods at Renishaw Hall. I love it there at any time of year,

particularly when all those bluebells are out. Having short legs

means I get a wonderful view of them!

And, judging by this picture, I’m not the only four-legged fan of

bluebells. Vin Malone sent this photograph to me showing Elvis the

cockerpoodle, who belongs to his son Sean and family.

Elvis is eight years old and Vin says he's a very obedient and

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He told me: “He's also a bit of a performer; he'll do a low five, not a

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A big day out

in Bakewell

Come and help us celebrate the

200th anniversary of

Bakewell Agricultural &

Horticultural Society

Sunday June 30th 2019

at Bakewell Showground

Cattle, sheep, goats & poultry, cookery theatre,

rural craft demonstrations, workshop marquee,

rural games for kids, entertainment & lots more...

Tickets £10, children free

www.bakewellshow.org or 01629 812736

(Please note cash only on the gate)

Free parking on Showground. Paid-for parking (£3 per

car) on land abutting Holme Lane DE45 1GF

B

AKEWELL Agricultural and Horticultural Society is turning

back the clock for its bi-centenary. The traditional two-day

show in August is being replaced this year with a one-day, one-off,

event on Sunday, June 30th, celebrating 200 years of Farm to

Plate.

The date change means the event won’t clash with holidays or

work, making it the perfect day out for the family.

An exciting programme has been arranged to show visitors where

their food comes from. There will be no livestock competitions, but

instead local farmers will bring a variety of different breeds of

cattle, sheep, goats and poultry gathered in the centre ring where

visitors can get up close to see them.

A butcher will demonstrate different cuts of meat and how they

can be used and, in a cookery theatre, local chefs – including the

personal chef of this year’s Society President, the Duchess of

Devonshire - will put on a rolling programme of cookery demos.

In a workshop marquee there will be the chance to learn, among

other things, how to match cheese and beer, about the life of bees

and growing your

own mushrooms.

In the “How to...”

marquee there will

be demonstrations of

spinning and

weaving, besom

broom making,

woodcraft techniques

and more.

Other attractions

include a heavy horse

‘village’, a display of

vintage tractors and

farm machinery, rural

games, such as welly

wanging run by Young

Farmers, The Ferret

Roadshow and a

chainsaw sculpture

demonstration.

Bygone Bakewell

Showground attraction

A rolling programme of choirs, bands and other entertainers will

entertain visitors in the food courts and there will be trade stands

selling all sorts of different foods, plants and country products.

For more information and tickets (£10, children free) go to

bakewellshow.org or call 01629 812736. Free parking on

the showground, paid-for parking (£3 per car) available at DE45

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‘We’re going nowhere!’

Proud of its reputation which

dates back several generations,

this local venue is keen to

get word around that it is

not about to close its doors!

I

T’S been at the heart of the local

community for 92 years and Woodseats

WMC is still going strong - despite

worrying tales which have been doing the

rounds on social media this past month.

Talk of a possible future redevelopment of

the site were soon embellished and club

secretary Janet Eyre was astonished when

she was asked when the

bulldozers would be moving in to

demolish the building.

Explained Janet: “We still have

two years remaining on our

lease, plus an option to renew it

at the end of that term and don’t

have plans to go anywhere.

“We had a catastrophic

weekend when the story was posted on

social media and people phoned in a panic

to cancel their events.

“But our message is that we are going

nowhere. It’s business as normal this

summer and we’re looking forward to

welcoming all our regular customers and

their families, together with explaining the

benefits of membership to

newcomers.”

The club, at the top of The Dale,

really is at the hub of so much

that goes on in and around the

Woodseats area. In addition to

weekly Saturday night live music

in the large concert room,

Northern Soul is celebrated on the

first Friday of each month, DJ

Roscoe entertains with hits from

the 70s and 80s on the final

Friday of the month, and there

are darts, snooker and football

teams based at the club.

Prize bingo continues to be a big attraction

and tasty hot food is served on Saturday

evenings and special occasions.

A big attraction right now is live football

on Sky and BT Sports channels, and the

club’s three large screens will soon be

screening highlights of this summer’s

Cricket World Cup and The Ashes.

In addition to its famous concert room,

Woodseats WMC has a smart lounge with

its own bar and jukebox, a games room and

TV lounge.

Membership is just a tenner for the year

and drinks are all offered a highly

competitive prices.

Added Janet: “We’re proud of the

reputation our club has in the local

community. We are very family friendly and

our members have played their part in

helping good causes including the

Children’s Hospital, Roundabout and

Macmillan.

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How Chris Wilder’s early football management

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From Bradway to

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ANCHESTER City may well have swept the board by winning

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That particular 2018/19 honour has gone to the man who honed his

management skills here in the Active8 patch.

When Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder

received the League Managers

Association Manager of the Year

trophy from Sir Alex Ferguson and

Gareth Southgate, we wonder whether

he recalled the days, two decades

ago, when he coached the players of

Bradway FC on windswept local parks

pitches in the Meadowhall Sheffield

and District Sunday League.

Chris, who has steered Sheffield

United into the Premier League on a

restricted budget and with players

born only in the British Isles, featured

in the pages of Active8 in March, 2003.

Chris Wilder flanked by

Gareth Southgate and

Sir Alex Ferguson

At that time, he had progressed to manage cash-strapped Halifax Town

in the Nationwide Conference, but he was still linked to the local area

where he and dad Paul ran the old Bradway pub.

“I enjoyed my career as a player and I’m ambitious to do well as a

manger,” Chris told Active8 editor Mike Firth.

“Everyone should aim for the top and I know that if I can turn things

around at Halifax then people might just sit up and take notice of me.”

Sixteen years on, that is most certainly the case and, to prove it, Chris

Wilder has a shiny silver trophy. It would have looked good on the bar at

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My favourite time of year

Active8’s student columnist, Ellie Colton, is on the

lookout for local DJs to offer them time to show

of their skills on her BBC Radio Sheffield show

I

T’S officially summer this month. No matter who you are you,

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friends and family.

I feel like everything comes alive in the summer and the

beautiful weather and atmosphere usually gives birth to some of

the best and most colourful events on all year.

I am personally a huge fan of DJs and festivals, but regrettably

I’ve never actually been to a festival. I just think

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Even if you’ve just got a question – hit us up!

We love finding new local talent and giving people a platform to

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We appreciate being on the radio can be a bit scary, but coming

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UMMER is the time of year when most of us want to wear

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them. However, we might have to shape up to the challenge.

We all seem to put on a few extra pounds during winter. This is quite

natural. Our appetites increase so we take on board the extra fuel we

need to keep us warm. We also find we have a desire for richer, fattier

foods in winter. Again quite natural, and as long as moderation is

observed and the fat is of the right, unsaturated sort, no real harm is

done. However, as we strip off layers of clothing this summer, we

won’t want to expose those extra inches to the critical gaze of

strangers or loved-ones.

Getting into shape sensibly is a matter of balancing diet and exercise

in the right amounts. First, pop off to see your doctor and make sure

you are fit for both. If you are, you are all set to devise yourself a

programme that will make you not only look better, but feel better as

well. While we are on the subject, that is a point always worth bearing

in mind, how you feel. If you feel at all unwell, off colour or totally

exhausted during a course of exercises or whilst on a diet, stop and

take medical advice. This is essential, after all the object of the

exercise is to feel and look better, not worse.

Diet first. Choose a diet that will fit in with your way of life. No point

going on a diet of tropical fruit it it’s out of season or too expensive. No

point trying to feed a lusty family of rugby players whilst catering for

your daily salads at the same time.

Dietary aids and special slimming foods are all quite acceptable, as

long as you follow the directions for their use very carefully, use them

in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet where recommended, and

avoid the odd binge when you think nobody’s looking. There are drugs

that inhibit the appetite. They are available only on prescription and

most doctors are reluctant to prescribe them. Only in extreme cases of

obesity is it wise to resort to drugs, and then you’ll probably be under

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Exercise is a matter of what you like. Any regular, controlled

exercise will help. You are most likely to persevere, however, if you

are involved in something you like - aerobics, keep fit or dance.

Join a health club or sports centre and use the facilities. Most such

establishments have trained staff who will originate a programme just

for you, and supervise your participation. If you are interested in a

particular sport, join an appropriate club and do the job properly.

A trained coach or trainer will soon get you into shape for full

participation. Always remember though, don’t try to push yourself

beyond your natural capabilities. Everyone is constructed differently,

and we are not all world-beaters or record-breakers!

Once you’ve got into a routine with both diet and exercise you’ll begin

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For the first few weeks in fact, you may not show an actual weight loss

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Your doctor will tell you your ideal weight for your build. Unless you

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T

IME marches on, but can you believe it is 50 years since the

award-winning made-in-Yorkshire film ‘Kes’ was shown in

cinemas?

David “Dai” Bradley played the lead role of schoolboy Billy Casper,

the “hopeless case” whose life was transformed by a kestrel chick.

David is to be special guest at an anniversary screening of the

movie at Staveley Hall on Saturday, 29th June. Doors open at 7pm

and the film begins an hour later. There will be an opportunity to ask

questions and David will also have a selection of ‘Kes’ memorabilia

for sale. Tickets can be booked at bluebirdnorthevents.co.uk

How did you land the role of Billy Casper?

The director, Ken Loach, wanted to use real school kids as opposed

to young professional actors. With author Barry Hines being a

teacher, it seemed appropriate to audition youngsters at schools he

had taught - particularly as they were schools where pupils had

failed their 11+ examinations whose prospects were low and deemed

colliery or

factory fodder.

Pupils from three schools took part in the general audition, and the

numbers were whittled down to around 36. Ken Loach invited them

along for a final audition at the best hotel in Barnsley. Some were

reading for Billy Casper (around five of us), others for the role of

Macdowall (the bully), and various small parts. Firstly, we read the

page scene prior to the fight on the coke, then Ken Loach wanted to

do an improvisation involving Billy acquiring a book from the library -

while knowing he wasn't a member - and how would he go about it.

A few days later, I received a hand-delivered letter offering me the

role of Billy Casper.

How long did it take to film?

For me, it was ten weeks; for the rest of the cast, eight, during school

summer holidays. This was because we needed to shoot the

sequences with the kestrel chicks as soon as possible, due to how

fast they were growing, and nearing first flight.

Also there were far more scenes with Billy, so filming continued

with me while all my school friends went back to school.

What was the reaction of your school pals

when you suddenly became famous?

I guess at the time of filming there might've been a certain amount

of envy, but because many of my mates were involved with ‘Kes’,

nothing really changed in so far as friendship was concerned. We

were all on cloud nine at the prospect of being part of the adventure.

When the film was released in 1970 (all of us having left school),

everyone was friendly and looking forward to seeing it. Thankfully,

it's always been that way whenever I bump into a school chum, and

we chat about the summer of '68. For all of us, it was a moment in

our lives that we cherish dearly.

Were you ever tempted to take up falconry?

Whilst enthralled by birds of prey in the wild, along with many

occasions visiting falconry centres, my professional life as an actor

predominated, and so I never really considered taking it further. Yet

part of me stills feels captivated by these wonderful birds whether

on TV via the odd documentary, or seeing them close up.

Incidentally, membership at the British Falconry Association after

the film was premiered increased by a staggering number, from

hundreds to well over 20,000!

Why do you think the film had such a huge appeal?

I guess because it was so authentic and resonated with young kids

who were so like Billy. Also, it challenged a lot of society issues

during the late 1960s/70s regarding problematic youth, a failing

education system and how youngsters - supposedly with low

prospects - lacked confidence due to disengaged teachers. As a

national newspaper announced at the time: ‘Good teachers will love

it, bad teachers will hate it.’

Parents, too, found it enlightening, and perhaps this helped them

to re-live and understand what it was like for young working-class

kids growing up. ‘Kes’ was part of a huge social revolution, and

reflected so much of the ills during this time; but it also

demonstrated that every kid has some form of talent if one knows

how to tap into it.

Didn’t you once write a sequel to Kes?

On quite a few occasions, I've been approached by film producers

interested in making a sequel, but who never came up with a viable

story. All were predictable and to a large extent stereotypical in

nature; basically the same story with fewer redeeming assets.

I've always felt such a project would be detrimental to Barry Hines'

outstanding novel, as well as Ken Loach's brilliant adaptation, and

short-changing devoted fans.

What do you suspect might have become of Billy Casper?

Who knows? One thing is for sure, Billy was / is undoubtedly a

survivor. And he would've found something meaningful, rather than

accepting his pre-conditioned lot in life.

In spite of the tragedy of losing his beloved kestrel, Billy had an

outsider's instinct to eventually let go and move on.

There's a Canadian poster advertising the film's release in the 70s

that best sums up Billy: "They beat him. They deprived him. They

ridiculed him. They broke his heart. But they couldn't break his spirit!"

Why did you change your Christian name to Dai?

Quite simply, when I applied to join British Equity (the union for

actors), I was told another actor had the same name, and that it

meant they wouldn't accept me without choosing a different name.

The other David Bradley (perhaps best known for his role in the

Harry Potter films), has done pretty well for himself.

I recall when I phoned him back then and asked him to change his

name, because he was unknown, he told me to go away... only he

didn't use that term!

What projects do you have planned for this year?

I am currently working on a project, but alas sworn to secrecy. All

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worthwhile.

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HERE’S something for everyone at AS Music School,

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There's more interest from adults starting to play instruments

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illuminated mirror cabinet with integrated

lighting and shaver point, a wave sensor switch

and mood lighting.

Both rooms now have low maintenance ceiling

cladding in white woodgrain which means no

more decorating worries - ever. The LED

downlighters feature six fittings per room, using

only 30w of electricity.

Not only are the Gores thrilled with their new

rooms, they have also been overwhelmed by the

company’s customer service which they rate as

“second to none”.

Now they have already selected tiles and

fittings for the transformation of their

cloakroom.

Open from Monday to Saturday with out of hours

and Sunday appointments available by request.

107 - 109 CHESTERFIELD ROAD • SHEFFIELD • S8 0RN • T 0114 255 4646 • F 0114 258 9797

www.h2obathroomsolutions.co.uk


• House Clearances

• 10 Years Experience

• Full Packing Service

• Dismantle and Rebuild Service

• Local/Long Distance

• Storage Facilities

• Full/Part Removals

Internal Vehicle Measurements

19ft 5” long, 7ft 9” high, 7ft 4” wide

Tel: Craig

on 0114 274 5229

or 07802 752429

fireblade1762@gmail.com

www.davisremovals.co.uk

Contact Mel on:

Tel: 0114 258 9210

Mob: 07775 938797

Mel Oxley

Cleaning Services Ltd

Carpets • Curtains • Upholstery

Don’t replace it,

Clean it!

Email: hello@meloxleycleaningservices.co.uk

Established

1999

Fireproofing

Property Cleaning

Domestic & Commercial

End of Tenancy

Hard Floor Maintenance

Garden Tidying

Fully insured

Friendly Service

Illustrated Talks

BY ANDREW FIRTH

Daytime and evening talks and lectures to clubs

and societies of any size on more than 30 topics

Bookings taken on01246 414357

WE BUY CARS FOR CASH

CALL US ANYTIME FOR A VALUATION OVER THE PHONE

0114 446 9190

FOR LOW MILEAGE CARS WE CAN NORMALLY

GIVE MORE THAN ANY ONLINE QUOTE

FREE COLLECTION - INSTANT CASH

NO ADMIN FEES - NO FUSS

www.thelovelycarcompany.co.uk


For all your domestic carpet cleaning

needs, including end of tenancy cleaning.

Phone Paul on 07432 030902 for friendly,

professional help and advice.

Fully insured and fully trained

email: paulcurriecarpetcleaning@gmail.com

GEM

CLEANING SERVICES

- Windows

- Conservatory Roofs

- PVC Guttering

- Cladding

- Fascias and Soffits

Cleaned

No job

too small

Tel

07717

053993

jim.cosgrove28@gmail.com

NIGEL’S HEDGE & CONIFER SERVICES

• HEDGES TRIMMED

• CONIFERS TRIMMED

• CONIFERS TOPPED • WEEDING

• SUPPLY & FIT FENCING

• REGULAR GRASS & GARDEN

MAINTENANCE

• OVER 7 YEARS EXPERIENCE -

• NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL

I highly recommend - very reasonable and very obliging!

John & Di Whitehead, Dronfield Woodhouse

Call Nigel or Gav on 07718 983155 for your free quote

OVER 25 YEARS EXPERIENCE

ALL BATHROOM & KITCHEN WORK

CENTRAL HEATING WORK

SMALL JOBS UNDERTAKEN

FOR A PROFESSIONAL JOB

WHERE QUALITY COUNTS

FREE ESTIMATES

FULLY INSURED

CLEAN & RELIABLE

CUSTOMER RECOMMENDATIONS AVAILABLE

01246 411987 or 07816 867959

ECKINGTON ROAD, COAL ASTON, DRONFIELD, DERBYSHIRE S18 3AW

AGS

Plastering

Andy Slowther

Plasterer:

07947 644362

Domestic

plastering services

Free quotes

Affordable prices

All work guaranteed

Woodseats, Sheffield

http://aslowther.wix.com/plasterer

aslowther@hotmail.com

Dronfield Landscapes

Private & Commercial Contracts

Trees, Hedges, Fencing, Turfing, Lawns

Mowed, Paving, Garden Maintenance etc.

Seasoned Firewood Sales

Fully Insured, All work to BS3998

Waste carrier licence

Chris: 07976072785

Richard: 07789497104

richard.jbc@hotmail.co.uk

Hazelbarrow Farm, Norton, Sheffield S8 8BA

Nick Wood

Decorators

25 years experience

Punctual & professional

All size jobs considered

Interior & exterior decorating

Fully insured

nickwood25@hotmail.co.uk

TEL: 07812 636947 or 0114 239 0414


THE CLEANING SERVICE

BELLE CASA

9 Beautiful Homes & Offices 9

Professional cleaning & ironing

for only £11.25 per hour

(minimum of 2 hours per week).

We know how hard it can be to find

a dependable and honest cleaner,

which is where we can help.

01246 912032

www.bellecasa.uk

All of our cleaners are specially selected

and insured, and you will receive the

same cleaner each week.

N E Double Glazing Repairs

UPVC SPECIALIST FOR OVER 30 YEARS

Nigel Emmingham

Repairs on windows,

doors and conservatories

UPVC conservatory

guttering repairs

Misted units, handles

and locks replaced

Anti snap door cylinders

supplied and fitted

Free quotes. No job too small

Email: nemm29@gmail.com

Tel: 0114 2391879 07786575685

MALLORN

ROOFING

No job too small - 30 years experience

Tel: 0114 235 6002

Mob: 07853 350085

7 DALEVIEW ROAD, BEAUCHIEF

RE-ROOFS

ROOF REPAIRS

FLAT ROOFS

GUTTERING

Your local garage door specialists…

Call us today for a FREE QUOTE, SITE SURVEY and FREE BROCHURE

Chesterfield 01246 450938

www.a1garagedoorrepairs.co.uk

Unit 2, Foxwood Road, Sheepbridge, S41 9RF

Sheffield’s

Independent

Peugeot Specialists

TIMING BELTS • SERVICING

CLUTCHES • BRAKES

MOT PREPARATION

GOOD GARAGE SCHEME MEMBER

27 THIRLWELL ROAD, HEELEY, SHEFFIELD, S8 9TE

TEL: 0114 258 3673

www.peugeot-service.co.uk


Fortnightly grass cutting, Lawn treatments,

Hedge cutting, Turfing,Tree removal,

Tree Pruning, Stump removal

Fully insured, Free quotations,

Waste Carrier licensed

www.jmgroundcare.co.uk

07455 012 326

SafeNet Alarms Ltd

Family Business - 20 years of Experience

Professional, friendly and affordable

Repairs, fixing doors, curtain rails

All UPVC windows, doors, dry verge, fascias, soffitts

Fencing, driveways, walls, drainage, hedges/trees

Roof repairs, ridge tiles, felt roofs

Complete bathroom, plumbing, tiling, floors

Free estimates - All work guaranteed

Daytime

07966 577104

Andy Lee Computer

Services

All Repairs and set up

Virus removal, Slow PC, Start-up errors, Lost data,

Internet, Email, Home networks, New

PC set up, Advice and tuition etc...

Friendly & reliable service

Home visits, 20+ years IT experience

0114 230 7200 07906 525471


We Buy Houses Fast

Get a Cash Offer with 48 hours!

Any Price Range Divorce

- Any Condition Behind on payments

Suspended

Tired of being

Repossessions a landlord

a speciality

House in need

Inheritance

of repairs

Call 07718 407 100 or email your

circumstances to fasthousebuyers@yahoo.com

Dean M Beatson

Roofing Specialist

STORM DAMAGE

NO JOB TOO SMALL- ALL WORK GUARANTEED

• Roof Repairs • All Guttering • UPVC Fascias

• Soffits • Barge Boards • Chimney Work

• Flat Roofs • Slating & Tiling

Tel: 0114 255 7151

Mob: 07795 976 259

14 Essendine Cres., Sheffield S8 8PB

SUMMER SPECIAL

Tongue &

Groove Shed

£299! (delivered

& erected)

DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL

STAR

ELECTRICAL

SERVICES

Call BEN on:

07875 437153

0114 438 0136

All electrical work undertaken

meeting BS 7671 (17th Edition)

wiring regulations

Inspection & testing

Fully insured

All work guaranteed

Small jobs welcomed

REASONABLE RATES

FREE QUOTES ­ NO OBLIGATION

MOT £30

FULL SERVICE (WHEN BOOKED WITH MOT)

£30+PARTS+VAT

i.e. FULL SERVICE & MOT £60+PARTS+VAT

WAGGON & HORSES GARAGE

MEADOWHEAD (next to Morrisons)

S8 7UG - Tel 0114 274 0074

John Chatterton

Coving & Plastering

Restoration Specialists Coving

All Plastering Interior & Exterior

01246 418221 M 07702 388656

Over 25 Years Experience


Bradway

Plumbing

Services

From a garden tap to a full

kitchen or bathroom fitting

M - 07899 793657

T - 0114 2360117

No call out fee

No job too small

Free estimates

Rubbish Removed

Most items taken

Building and gardening waste, single items, cookers,

washing machines, carpets, settees, beds, radiators, baths, DIY, etc.

CLEARANCE AND REMOVAL SERVICE..

Gardens, garages, sheds, cellars, lofts, full & part house clearances

PHONE WASTE SERVICES FOR A FREE QUOTE

07860210156

Licensed waste carrier.

Identification and environment agency certification shown at the door

Often CHEAPER than a skip and you don’t have to fill it!

CARL GALE

PAINTER & DECORATOR

CITY & GUILDS QUALIFIED

35 YEARS EXPERIENCE

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR DECORATING

FRIENDLY PERSONAL SERVICE

HELPFUL PRACTICAL ADVICE

HIGH STANDARDS OF WORKMANSHIP

FREE NO OBLIGATION

QUOTATIONS

COMPETITIVE RATES

FULLY INSURED

0114 2646458

07957 915143

enquiries@cgale-painter-decorator.co.uk

MJLEE JOINERY

By Martin Lee

ALL ASPECTS OF INTERIOR & EXTERIOR JOINERY

Door Hanging, Spindle Staircases,

Kitchens, Worktop Replacement,

Flat Pack Assembly, Pipe Boxings,

Loft Ladders Supplied & Fitted,

Laminate Flooring, UPVC Soffits & Fascias

No job too small - Free quotes & advice

5 Periwood Avenue, Millhouses S8

Tel: 0114 274 5428

Mob: 0785 431 4320

PEAK FENCING & SURFACING

www.peakfencingandsurfacing.co.uk

BESPOKE FENCING - SECURITY GATES

REAL GRASS TURF - ARTIFICIAL GRASS - STONE PAVING

LUSH

& GREEN

ALL YEAR

ROUND

0114 4186798 01246 470192

07507 271773 07787 192136

email peakfencingandsurfacing@gmx.co.uk

ARTIFICIAL GRASS

MAINTENANCE FREE

NO WEEDING

NO WATERING

NO CUTTING

FREE QUOTES

25YRS EXPERIENCE

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