Family Day
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Mum's United fun day and discussion event...

Venue: Madina Mosque, Wolseley Road, Sheffield.
Date: 28 Oct 2018.
Time: 2PM - 4PM

Fun Day to include Stalls/Bazaar, Activities, Refreshments, face Painting and Guest Speakers.

NENG Spotlight on Community work
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In addition to coordinating community events such as the Nether Edge Farmers' Market and annual Nether Edge Festival. NENG is keen to promote the many other organisations contributing to charitable fundraising and community cohesion across out area. This is the first in a new series putting some of the great work that is going on locally under the spotlight. If you've got suggestions for other organisations that we could work more closely with or feature in future please get in touch...

In the meantime, thank you to UKIM for their recent Broadfield Park hospitality during Eid week for the Nether Edge community and here is a bit more information about them....

UKIM Sheffield Centre

The UK Islamic Mission UKIM began in 1962 by addressing the immediate religious needs of the new migrant Muslim community in the UK. From early on, UKIM also worked to educate the Muslim community on how it could participate fruitfully and contribute positively to the moral and spiritual betterment of wider society within which they had made their homes.

UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) Sheffield is a fairly small but very active branch. It has always been engaged in good projects.  Recently for example, a charity walk by two Branch members, Jamil Akhtar and Rizwan Ullah along with Consultant Surgeon Dr Shah Nawaz raised over £1600 for the Northern General Hospital “Vascular Surgical” ward.

Before this there was another fund-raising event for St Luke’s Hospice which raised over £500 towards the Hospice’s work. In previous years UKIM Sheffield worked with local Mosques to raise money for a CCT Scanner for the Children’s Hospital and jointly more than £17000 pounds were raised from Sheffield and Rotherham Muslim community. UKIM Sheffield is also involved in many other projects and initiatives,  Sheffield Climate Change Alliance and Sheffield Emergency Contingency Planning project for example.  Interfaith events are very popular. UKIM Sheffield also provides free literature to develop non-Muslim communities understanding of Islam including copies of English translation of the holy Quran. UKIM are always happy to host interfaith or any other events which are for the common good of the community. If you are interested in learning more, in working with UKIM or suggesting  projects why not get in touch with UKIM Sheffield team who believe in collaborative work and community interaction.  Their Office is 525 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield. 

Great Common Ground news
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Family Voice have helped the Common Ground committee secure £10,000 to do up the building! 

The next event there is the launch of the Nether Edge Festival on Sat 15th 12 - 4pm. 

NEXT WEDNESDAY, 12th, at 6.30pm there will be a meeting at Common Ground for anyone interested in helping for a couple of hours. 

We are passionate about turning round Common Ground (St Peters/Woodstock Rd/Empire/Machon Bank) to make it a positive, thriving community building - BUT we need you and the community to be part of it! Please come and show your support. Or just call for more info. Thanks. 07951510366.

Latest Festival News !
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Keep up to date with all the latest Festival news and events by following our Facebook page


Mayor to open 2018 Nether Edge Festival
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We are thrilled to announce that our wonderful Mayor @MagicMagid will officially open this year's Festival at our Common Ground launch event on 15 Sep!! More event details will be announced soon

Eid Mubarak !
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On Friday 15 June Muslim Nether Edge neighbours, friends and colleagues began celebrate Eid al-Fitr  the “festival of breaking the fast”. This marks their  completion of annual Ramadan act of fasting and devotion. 

If you are celebrating, we wish you Eid Mubarak ! (Blessed or Happy Eid!)

Baldwins Omega Planning decision
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Update courtesy Viv Lockwood of Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group

Baldwin’s Omega development – conclusion

The Planning Committee of the Council met yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon to hear the application to develop the Baldwin’s Omega site. Following representations from residents and a Planning Officer hired by the neighbourhood group from around the area, the Planning Committee approved the application with a number of conditions. These conditions do not, however, affect the substance of the proposals but only with its implementation. (see attachment)

This is therefore the end of this unfortunate saga. There is no real scope for taking the matter further through a legal process as the outcome would be the same.

The resident group fought a very effective campaign and they were well represented in the hearing. At stages throughout the development proposals they had the developers on the back foot and caused them to pause, a disturbance to their plans which clearly infuriated them. Errors they made along the way were pounced on and the council’s Planning Department clearly knew they had some very articulate people to deal with. At the same time, it is undeniable that the council, like all councils, is under intense pressure from government to find brown-field sites for new housing developments.

However, for whatever reason the decision went against them and the development will now go ahead. None of the objections have been disproved; the blocks of flats will still be overbearing and the sole access point to the site will remain hazardous. It is an over-development and in a fair world should not have been allowed. But planning law is a minefield and on this occasion it became apparent that despite the questions raised at the hearing from councillors there was not sufficient support amongst them to refuse the application and the final vote was something in the order of 4 to 6 in favour.

NENG and the new GDPR regulations
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GDPR Spotlight on NENG – What you need to know......

We’re not changing how we use or collect your information. This article (and the privacy policy that we are developing) clearly explains how, why, where and when we store and process your data, reflecting your rights under the GDPR

NENG does not use personal data for unsolicited direct marketing.

We use personal data (name, address, subscription type) to keep you up to date with NENG activities and what is going on in our area through monthly Edge magazine deliveries or email updates. Our electronic subscriber database is held securely and updated after each Edge delivery.

If you interact with one of our sub-groups (eg Farmers’ Market, the History Group, The Friends of Brincliffe Edge Woods, Open Gardens or the Nether Edge Festival), they may also need contact details or other information to keep in touch with you and organise group activities. This data will only be used for the purposes that you have provided it for.

We will only keep data for as long as it is necessary and you will be able to unsubscribe from communications  and/or from our database records on request.

We do not share the information that you have given us with third parties and know that it is important to store it safely.

What do I need to do ?

If you are happy to continue receiving Edge magazines and updates from NENG then you do not need to do anything. Your NENG subdistributor will collect annual subscriptions (£8 or £5 concessions) and deliver your magazine as normal.

How do I find out more?

In accordance with GDPR, we are updating our Privacy Policy, making sure that it provides full details on how we use your data and our legal basis for doing so. The policy will soon be agreed by the new NENG committee (appointed by members at our AGM on 26 April 2018). It will then be displayed on our website and made available on request. Details of how to obtain a copy will be featured in a future edition of EDGE but in the meantime correspondence can be addressed to


Nether Edge Farmers' Market and GDPR

Organisers have issued the following update:

"The protection of private data is important to us. The Farmer’s Market only holds the bare minimum of information that is provided to us by you, our individual stallholders. This comprises the name of your business; the trader’s name, your email address, phone number and post code. We also categorise the type of product you offer (organic veg, street food, jewellery, crafts etc), which we appreciate may change from market to market, and what type of insurance you carry.  A few years ago we also asked for your bank details as well, but we no longer do that and have destroyed all such records. Occasionally we need to ask for your bank details so that we can make a refund, but such detail is not held except by reference to the original email you will have sent us. 

When emailed circulars, such as this are issued, we use the Gmail contacts list that builds up over time and only issue it as a blind copy so that other recipients are not listed. We believe the list is up-to-date, but occasionally people tell us they are no longer trading, so we take them off the contact list. If you don’t want to be contacted again, please tell us. When we issue the list of stall  locations before each market, this is issued as a PDF file, with only the names of other stallholders and their locations for that market. We plan also to build up a photographic record of stalls, to help us with future planning and NENG publicity but trust this would not be considered an intrusion on privacy."

Visit the market's Facebook page to learn more about forthcoming events or get in touch with organisers.




June 2018 Open Gardens
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Nether Edge Open Gardens - 24 June 2018

Click here for a full list of the gardens open this year.

Marion Rout writes...

Well, our gardens have survived the wettest winter imaginable and the onslaught of the 'Beast from the East' with surprisingly few casualties and the few glorious days of sunshie in early May have enabled us to enjoy the sudden burst of growth and colour. And what a display ! The cold late spring has resulted in an explosion of flowering that I've never seen before in my garden. The rhododendrons, azaleas, camelias and magnolias and now the viburnums and laburnams have all preformed spectacularly this year, to say nothing of the wisteria that threatens to invade the house with its exotic purple clusters and heady scent. It's some compensation for the months of miderable weather early this year but as thoughts turn to preparing for the annual Garden Open on June 24th I feel a little anxious abour what will be on show at the time.

For all the proud local gardeners who have offered again this year to 'open up' it's a busy time making sure that the garden is looking its best. This year, the thirteen gardens demonstrate a typical cross-section of Nether Edge gardens large and small, and gardeners with a range of interests. Not surprisingly for the area, most are on sloping sites and feature fine specimin trees both native and exotic. There are gardens planted for their displays of flowering plants and others that provide fruit and veg for their keen gardeners. All are fun, full of new ideas and well worth visiting !

There is no charge to visit the gardens featured her but you will notice that charity donations are welcome. Indeed, the organisers are proud to have raised thousands of pounds for their chosen charities over the years. All venues will be identified by balloons and posters and free location maps will be available. Some will be providing teas and refreshments. Please note the different opening times and plan your day accordingly. Let's hope that the sun shines...


Appeal to local residents
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The following appeal and story are courtesy Viv Lockwood of the Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group.....

"I’m sure you will be interested in the local story below but first there is an important request.

We are asking residents to keep a sharp look out for a large pine box and discarded jewellery and other items anywhere in the general area between Blair Athol Road and Endcliffe Park but especially in the following roads: Blair Athol, Murray, Carrington, Huntingtower, Peveril, Greystones, Ranby and Rustlings. Some items may have been thrown into skips, over hedges and into gardens. They are from a burglary and have little or no monetary value but are sentimentally important to the owner.

Please tell your friends and neighbours about this.

Anyone finding any of these items, please call 0114 2557198 or email:



The story

On Sunday afternoon (3 June), I received an email from a member who lives on Brincliffe Edge Road. It warned that at around 2.00pm a young man had knocked on their door saying he was “looking for Jason”. He was very polite and left when told there was no-one of that name living there.

However, he had aroused suspicions and was followed at a distance to see where he was going but then vanished from sight. The alert that this gave rise to included a good description of him and the clothes he was wearing. Our member placed it on the Facebook website: ‘Friends of S11’.

At just before 7.00pm that evening I received a phone call to tell me that another member’s house had been broken into. Our members were away but the caller, their neighbour, said the police were there and the burglar alarm was sounding. I went round to the house with the description of the young man from the earlier episode to give to the police. The double-glazed patio door at the rear of the property had been smashed with a large stone and was in small fragments both inside and outside the house. 

While there, our members returned only to find the mess and to attempt to assess what had been taken. It was clear that the burglar had entered their rear garden from a property on Blair Athol Road, having scaled a wall and thrown a stone through the door. With the burglar alarm sounding he then went upstairs and spent long enough to take a pine box full of sentimental items collected over many years, including from when their children were babies. Our members were clearly shaken by the experience as we all would be.

The following morning, the story took an unexpected turn. Our member in the ‘Jason episode’ received a message from a resident on Blair Athol Road. He had seen the young man acting suspiciously on Sunday and decided to follow him. He went from Blair Athol to Hungtower roads then Murray to Greystones, Ranby to Carrington and finally Peveril to Rustlings. He had a box with him at Ranby but was throwing items away and then the box itself, possibly on Peveril but generally around the Greystones Road to Rustlings Road area. He appeared to be untroubled at being seen. The resident did find some of the items in a skip and went looking for others but is sure that other items will have been thrown over hedges and into gardens. 

He called the police who reacted very quickly and were able to pick up the young man on Ecclesall Road. He had some things from the house on him and was arrested and taken to the police station. Notice of the arrest appeared briefly in yesterday’s Star.

It is now known that the young man had been released from prison just two days before. He had been convicted of burglary and had received a four year sentence of which he had served half and then let out on license. He has spent most of his adult life in prison and was desperate to go back. It provides for him the only stability and routine he has ever known in a life which has been chaotic. He has now appeared in court and has been sent back to prison for which he is delighted.


For us as a community, this episode shows how much we owe to one another in our daily lives. The attacks on property by this young man were simply random, wherever he thought a house was empty. Had the first house not bothered to put out a warning and the resident on Blair Athol not bothered to follow an individual acting suspiciously he would never have been caught and would have gone on to find other victims. Thankfully, we live in a community where we do keep an eye out for each other and where we don’t close our curtains to forget about the world outside our windows.

At the same time, we can spare a thought for the kind of lives that some people find themselves experiencing and the way our society deals with them. There is an element of tragedy here that anyone could find a routine and a stability in life only behind the walls of a prison. It’s likely that the only social contacts he has are to be found in the faces of others like himself and the people who control his world. That’s not in any way to excuse what he did or the anxiety he has inflicted on others but it is to remind ourselves that there are others who are not so fortunate in their circumstances as we are who live in one of the best and most neighbourly parts of the city.




Viv Lockwood
Secretary, Banner Cross Neighbourhood Group
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