History Group Update
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The NENG History Group held an Open Meeting this May to take stock of all of the activities that they are involved in and plan future work. Click here to find out more....

New Youth Theatre Group
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New DGP Youth Group: Sheff Shakes

Coming to the Lantern Theatre offering taster workshops, a Summer School and classes starting in September

Sheff Shakes is a new inclusive Shakespeare based youth drama group situated at the historic Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge. Our team consists of highly experienced, DBS checked Dilys Guite Player members who want to expand the offering of this active community theatre to younger members. We aim to provide children with a complete drama based theatrical experience on a real stage with regular classes due to begin in September 2017.

To introduce young people to the group we are offering FREE Shakespeare workshops on June 17 and 24 from 10am to 1pm for any interested children aged between 11 and 16. No auditions are required but places are very limited so please book a place. The content is identical on both dates so you only need to attend one.

We are also planning a week long Summer School (24 - 28 July with a performance 30 July) based on HAMLET culminating in a show complete with costumes, lights and sound. The Summer School fees are £75 for the week. Places for our free workshops and the Summer School can be booked through our box office. 

0114 2551776 

www.lanterntheatre.org.uk

Neighbourhood Policing
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Message from South Yorkshire Police:

Neighbourhood Policing

South Yorkshire Police will be reintroducing neighbourhood policing to Sheffield in the next few months. To ensure the Neighbourhood teams provide an excellent service in the most effective and productive way possible, the Chief Constable would like to consult with communities and partners within Sheffield to gain a thorough understanding of their needs, expectations and concerns about Neighbourhood policing, so that feedback can be considered fully in developing the new policing model.

 These events are being held to gain local community opinion. In your part of the city, there will be an event on 9th May and we would welcome your attendance.

  •  St Mary’s Church, Bramall Lane – 9th May 2017 at 6pm. 

We look forward to meeting you.

 
Nether Edge Bowling Club celebrates 150th anniversary !
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Happy 150th birthday to Nether Edge Bowling Club ! 

Nether Edge Bowling Club was established in 1867 and is one of the oldest bowling clubs in the city.
 
Today it extends a warm welcome and offers a magnificent setting in which to participate in, not only crown green bowls, but also snooker and scrabble.
 
NEBC  also host the Nether Edge Folk Club every Wednesday evening.
 
Visit www.nedgebc.co.uk/history to learn more about the Club, when 'new fangled' devices like electricity and a telephone were introduced and what club minutes have to say about 'metal spitoons' or use of the wireless. Club events pages are a rich source of more current entertainment opportunities !
Let's clean up !
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Campaign to clean up Nether Edge

New sponsor for planned school
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Sheffield City Council has made the following announcement:

Sponsor announced for new Sheffield secondary school

16 March 2017

Council leaders are today excited to announce that the new secondary school proposed for south-west Sheffield will be sponsored by one of the city’s most successful academy trusts.

Mercia Learning Trust, the Multi-Academy Trust founded by King Ecgbert school, has an excellent track record locally and will now take on the running of the new secondary school, to be known as Mercia School. The school is poised to open in September 2018 on the Bannerdale site, off Carter Knowle Road.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am delighted to be able to say today that the Mercia Learning Trust is the sponsor for the new secondary school on the Bannerdale site.

“In addition to King Ecgbert, Ofsted Outstanding and highest-attaining amongst Sheffield schools in 2016, Mercia sponsors another neighbouring secondary, Newfield, and local Ofsted Outstanding primary schools, Nether Edge and Totley.

“Sheffield secondaries hit the headlines for their great performance in 2016 and both Mercia schools played their part, outstripping schools nationally on both the new “Progress 8” and “Attainment 8” measures.

“We are also really pleased that King Ecgbert and Newfield have offered additional Year 7 places in 2017, to meet the growing need in advance of the new school opening. This means even more local families will be offered a place at one of their preferred local schools.

“We know that with Mercia’s experienced leadership and the trust’s track record in sponsoring outstanding schools, this new secondary school will be the very best it can be, providing an excellent education for children in the south-west of Sheffield.”

Jayne Ludlam, executive director for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Before joining us in the project, Mercia took time to undertake a detailed review of the building plans and the financial situation, to ensure that the trust was in a position to sign up to sponsoring the new school with absolute confidence.

“The Regional Schools Commissioner was very supportive and has approved the plan on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.

“We are now ready to lend whatever support is needed as Mercia start to engage with communities in south-west Sheffield and talk to them further to shape the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”

Lesley Bowes, CEO of Mercia Learning Trust, expressed her delight that the Trust had been selected as sponsor for the new school.

She said: “Mercia has the necessary credibility with the parents and families of the south-west to lead the new school into a confident future. Generations of children have been served very well by the Trust’s founding school King Ecgbert and its Ofsted Outstanding primary schools.

“Mercia School will serve the whole of south-west Sheffield with no defined catchment area. Any child currently in a south-west primary school will have the right to apply for a place.

“The offer of Mercia School will be very different. We intend it to be a traditional school with its culture rooted in exceptionally high behavioural standards and an academic curriculum which celebrates mastery of knowledge.”

A series of public meetings will be held just prior to, and after, the Easter break for parents and children to find out more.

Information about dates and venues will be distributed via the local primary schools.

Operation 'Stamp it out !'
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Operation Stamp It Out

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)has announced that it is to campaign throughout 2017 to do something about the amount of litter, fly-tipping and graffiti we nowadays see all around us. Called ‘Operation Stamp It Out’, they hope to make the city a fitting place to encourage business with clean streets and open spaces.

Click on this flyer for more details:

  

Bannerdale Development
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Public Meeting re Bannerdale development   9 February, St. Oswald’s Church, 6.30-8.30pm

The Bannerdale site off Carter Knowle Road is proposed to be developed within the next year or two to hold a new school and housing development and at the same time still to provide access to the general public as a community open space.

Some have expressed concerns about this development, not least about the intensive use of the space but also about the future viability of the new 11 to 18 school.

Parents of children currently in primary schools along the Abbeydale corridor and around Banner Cross will be interested to know from where the new school will draw its pupil intake while residents in the Bannerdale area who will be affected by the development will wish to see what it means for them.

 

Brincliffe Edge Woods work days
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Keep up to date with Friends of Brincliffe Edge Woods and our planned Ranger days for 2017 through the new calendar page on this website 

Beat door-to-door scams
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‘Not Born Yesterday’ campaign Neighbours and relatives of elderly and vulnerable people are being urged to join a campaign to crack down on rogue traders and scammers. Called “Not Born Yesterday”, the Sheffield City Council-led campaign highlights the collaboration between Sheffield’s Trading Standards and Adult Safeguarding services and brings together a network of partners including South Yorkshire Police, Age UK Sheffield and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. Mail and telephone scams, rogue trading and doorstep crime are prevalent across the city but go largely unreported. This campaign is delivered through organisations and community groups – using the help of concerned friends, neighbours and relatives – who are best placed to spot the signs of this type of financial abuse and provide an effective and confidential route to refer concerns. Spotting the warning signs and providing support to victims is a key aim of the project. Those being helped might be someone receiving lots of junk letters for mail order products and prize draws, being pestered by scam calls, or being targeted at the door for unnecessary property repairs or gardening work. Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “We know that some of the most vulnerable people in Sheffield sadly won’t have face-to-face contact with many people on a daily basis, which is why it’s important that we use those living and working in our communities to look out for these people and be aware of the signs of scams and rogue trading. “We will be raising awareness of these issues through public spaces such as community centres, GPs surgeries, libraries and other places that act as hubs of the community. “It is a sad fact that criminals prey on the most vulnerable but, by raising awareness of the problem and giving people the knowledge they need to help spot the signs, we aim to reduce the level of offending and the risk of being a repeat victim of these types of crime. “The message is to friends, families and neighbours – you can help. “Is someone you know receiving lots of junk mail? Have they had work carried out on their house by someone who called at the door and demanded payment in cash? “If so, let us know, and we can take strong, firm action against these criminals who take advantage of elderly people for their own financial gain.” Sheffield Trading Standards has identified more than 600 residents in Sheffield who are known to be targeted by scam mail. National statistics suggest that at least half of scam victims lose more than £50, while five per cent lose more than £5,000. A third of adults responding to post or phone scams will then be repeatedly targeted with requests for money or sensitive personal details. Last year, officers intervened in more than 30 serious incidents of doorstep crime involving elderly or vulnerable residents. The team investigated a similar number of allegations of rogue trading where people suffered “serious” financial loss. The Not Born Yesterday network provides strong links between partners and improves the opportunities to safeguard individuals and pursue those involved in this type of criminality. South Yorkshire Police’s force lead for burglary, Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice, said: “South Yorkshire Police are committed to protecting members of the public, particularly vulnerable members of the public, who may be targeted by bogus and rogue scammers. “The number of reports we receive relating to bogus calls do tend to increase at this time of year, but we have been working to put plans in place to prevent this increase and work with residents to provide them with advice and information on how to spot bogus and rogue scammers.” A spokesman for Age UK Sheffield said: “Age UK Sheffield regularly hears of older people being targeted by unscrupulous and unsolicited traders. If in doubt, older people should contact Trading Standards. Or, for independent advice, contact us on 0114 250 2850.” Anyone who has concerns that someone they know may be a victim of scammers or rogue traders should call 03454 040506 or email trading.standards@sheffield.gov.uk
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