Monday, 21 December 2009
The Muslim understanding of Jesus is simple. He was a man, born of a virgin, (the account in the Qur'an's third chapter is very similar to the account in some of the Christian Gospels). He was given prophethood by God from birth and performed miracles during his life by God's leave. Muslims do not believe that Jesus died on the cross; in fact the majority orthodox belief is that he did not die at all and will one day return. But Christians might ask, 'How is it possible to accept the virgin birth of Jesus and yet deny that he is part of what it means to be God?'
Despite these differences of opinion about Jesus, perhaps the fact that he is so important in both faiths can make him a bridge between the two at Christmas. To find out more about this debate, visit the Christian Muslim Forum website at www.ChristianMuslimForum.org.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Art in the Park is an organisation which offers free environmental arts activities in parks and green spaces around Sheffield. We aim to develop links within communities and allow more creative use of spaces. You will be able to explore your creativity and have fun while working with our artists and volunteers.
Arts Bytes is an opportunity for adults to learn new art techniques and meet people!
This winter why not come join our arts and crafts activities; these sessions:
Are open to all adults (Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult)
Include a FREE trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Give you the chance to create your own online blog and step by step art guides
You don’t have to sign up for every week
You don’t have to have any arts or IT experience or be from the area where the sessions take place
This is a real unique and exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to learn new art techniques and get involved in a city wide project
If you would like to attend either just turn up or contact Luisa on 01142686813 or email@example.com
Below are the full dates of all the sessions in Darnall - the technique mentioned will be the focus for the first four weeks. An update for the last five weeks will be sent out before Christmas!
Drawing & painting with a creative mark making angle. Looking at miniatures - a traditional Asian art form
Pakistani Muslim Centre, Woodbourn Road Every Wednesday 10-12.30pm Nov 25th, Dec 2nd, 9th, 16th, Jan 6th, 13th
The PCT is keen to ensure that members of the community are able to express how the project will impact on them, to ensure that potential health impacts and community views are included in our assessment. As well as a general presentation, we plan to organise as much of the meeting as possible around small group discussion so everyone can have an input.
The date for the meeting in Darnall is:
Thursday 10th December 2009, 2:00 pm - 4.30 pm at Living Waters, 81 Main Road, Darnall
Friday, 27 November 2009
Eid al Adha is of particular relevance to the Christian and Muslim traditions, because the story of Abraham is shared by both faiths. Abraham's way is one that we are all encouraged to follow as Christians and Muslims. It is a story of trust, reliance and patience, shared by both faiths. Christians remember figures like Abraham as Advent approaches (this weekend) and they prepare for Christmas and its message of sacrifice and peace.
(Spiritual reflections courtesy of the Christian Muslim Forum)
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
A mobile library van will visit the LIDL car park from 3 till 4.15pm on Wednesday 16 and Wednesday 23 December.
Borrowers can also take out up to 25 books over the holiday period.
The library service is sorry for any inconvenience caused and wishes everyone a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Enjoy a day of fun packed activities for you and your family.
Arts and Crafts
Puppet and Card making
Learning and Information Stalls
For further information contact
Nazia or Shabana at Darnall Forum on 0114 249 0099.
Friday, 20 November 2009
The sessions are open to men and women over 40 and include blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, weight checks and lifestyle advice and will run from 10.00-4.00.
The sessions are free and easily accessible, local people can turn up on the day to make their own 30 minute appointment, or to book in advance call 0114 2436091
MINUTES OF THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION MEETING ON TUESDAY 27.09.09 AT LIVING WATERS CENTRE, MAIN ROAD DARNAL
Cllrs Harry Harpham,
Simon Kirk from the PCT introduced the LIFT Project. He introduced Neil Charlesworth from Community First, the company which is building the health centre and Lyn Brandon and Elaine Needham, colleagues from the PCT.
The Urban Design Review Panel has considered the application to build the health centre and has decided that it must be a significant presence when viewed from Darnall Centre. A stained-glass window from the existing GPs’ surgery at Darnall Community Health will be incorporated into the new building.
A pharmacy and community facilities will be included. Over time more services could be provided from the Centre and it could be expanded in future. This process will be driven by the GPs’ consortium. Darnall Well-Being will have offices on the first floor as well as a public desk in reception.
The timescale is to sign contracts in March 2010 followed by a 12 month build period.
There are 67 car park spaces. Cllr Harpham asked about the travel plan to encourage staff to use public transport. Cllr Iqbal said it would be possible to monitor the use of the carp park. Simon Kirk explained that many staff need to be mobile because they move in and out of different health centres. In answer to a further question, it was stated that undercroft car parking would be too expensive.
It was pointed out that there is restricted parking on the opposite side of the road and residents have been in the habit of parking their cars on the site which the health centre will occupy. Cllr Iqbal said that Highways Officers are already supposed to be considering the restricted parking on
A question was asked about the planting of the site. Would it become a shelter for anti-social behaviour? It will be sensitively fenced.
A question was asked about traffic management when residents will be trying to turn out of
There was discussion about better use of the courtyard by glazing it to enable all-weather use. This would have heating and lighting consequences for the building, as well as affecting privacy in the consulting areas.
Dr Czauderna introduced himself as Chair of Darnall Well-being and a retired GP. He commented on the absence of a green roof. It is Sheffield City Council policy to require these on public buildings of this size. It was also a fantastic opportunity to create additional public space for more creative use of the area currently set aside for the courtyard. He was concerned about co-ordination of the way the building is managed. Darnall Well-being would be able to deliver this service and make the Centre a well-being centre rather than a health centre, where all the services are joined up. He gave ‘stop smoking’ services as an example of something which is the responsibility of more than one user of the building.
The management of the building is being considered. The courtyard will not be covered. The building design achieves an excellent environmental standard. A green roof will reduce the amount of run-off rainwater that can be recycled. It will also require more maintenance. The heat and power will be provided by recycled cooking oil, achieving a 100% reduction in carbon use compared to current facilities. Surplus heat can be sold back to the grid. Air circulating round the generators will be used to warm the building in winter and cool it in summer.
Neil Parry from East End Quality of Life observed that green rooves have been found to be compatible with rain water collection in other buildings in Sheffield and
Public consultation will continue after the planning process ends.
There will be no surgical suites in the Centre, but there will be elbow room for consultations, etc. A diabetic treatment centre could, for example, be located in the health centre. Chronic conditions should not have to be managed in hospitals. Cllr Lea encouraged the PCT and Community First to get on with the project.
One GP practice will not be moving into the new health centre. Local pharmacies will be invited to tender to move into the pharmacy space in the centre, but it will have to be leased to the highest bidder.
Funding for Green Issues
Small Highways Fund
There are still problems with the junction between
There are not enough yellow lines on Oliver’s Drive. An obstruction caused an accident.
Bring out your Rubbish
Community Chest Fund
Overloading of trams and use of the disabled/elderly persons’ seats by people who do not need them. Buses not stopping at bus stops. Cllr Iqbal said he was concerned abut overloading of trams.
Neil Bishop 10/11/09
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Tuesday 27th October 2009
245 Main Road , Darnall
The meeting will celebrate the achievements of the Forum during the past year and give you the chance to raise any issues about Darnall, or about our work, which concern you at the moment. It will also be your opportunity to elect officers and trustees for the coming year.
An Annual Report will be distributed on the evening and copies of the last minutes and agenda will also be provided at the meeting - please contact us if you would like one.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank you for the support you have shown the Forum during the past year, and hope this will continue into the next year.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
Woodbourn Road, Darnall, Sheffield, S9 3LQ
The PMC would like to invite you to celebrate the festival of Eid and the signing of the Lease Ceremony marking 20 years of the PMC! Please encourage friends and family to attend.
The event will commence at 6:30pm.
Hot food will be served after the event!
Thursday, 24 September 2009
This meeting will pick up where the extremely popular Area Panel meetings left off when they came to an end in March. The LIFT (Local Initiative Finance Trust) plans for a new health centre will be top of the agenda for this meeting, which will also deal with:
- public questions
- the community chest fund
- funding for green issues
- small highways
- bring out your rubbish
- more work with young people, especially by volunteers
- more trees and flowers instead of derelict land, as part of Darnall in Bloom
- essential feasibility work for the refurbishment of the Staniforth Neighbourhood Centre
- more local consultation with the community by our councillors
- and the publication of the Darnall Herald
The plans can be viewed at Darnall Well-Being opposite Wilkinsons' and show the ambition of NHS Sheffield, Community 1st Sheffield and Darnall Community Health to offer a wider range of health services to local people in a landmark building.
Construction will commence in 2010.
If you would like further information, come to the Darnall Councillors' Community Consultation Meeting at Living Waters on Wednesday 30 September. The meeting begins at 6.30pm. Living Waters is next-door to the former Industry Public House at 81 Main Road. The meeting starts at 6.30pm.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Discover the latest list of community language book collections. Books free to borrow in 25 languages,
Join the library using our new translated membership forms available in 25 languages,
Prepare for the citizenship test using our free online course,
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Thursday, 20 August 2009
Dorothy has since died and two-and-half years ago he remarried, to Joan. They would like to hear from any one at all who knows Jim from the old days, or who wishes for news from OZ.
To make contact with Jim, send an email to the Forum or give Neil a ring on 249 0099.
If you have been affected by the closure of the Post Office, please let us know how it is affecting you so that we can pass this information on.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Want support to stop smoking?
Planning for success
Nicotine Replacement Therapy – it’s your choice
Improving your health
Ongoing Support for you
Monday 10th August 1 – 3 Darnall Well Being
Wednesday 12th August 1 – 3 Darnall Well Being
Wednesday 19th August 10 – 12 Darnall Library
Confidential service 1 to 1 or group support
Make an appointment or drop in 0114 2496315
Friday, 19 June 2009
The road safety team work in schools, with parents and with other agencies to improve the way children cross roads and stay safe within a car. If you would like any further information, please contact the Road Safety team on 2736162.
Many schools have taken up the offer of working with published poets to produce road safety poetry. Children's road safety poems have been compiled into an anthology which is available for £2 from the team now.
Aisha A, aged 9, from Firshill Primary School wrote:
It was an accident ...
It was an accident ...
I didn't listen to the Road Safety Officer
It was an accident ...
I was texting Vicky
It was an accident ...
I was also listening to music.
It was an accident ...
I crossed at the red man
It was an accident ...
I didn't look both ways
It was an accident ...
I got run over
It was an accident ...
That I was nearly in a coma
It was an accident ...
I'm lying in hospital
It was an accident ...
I'm now paralysed
It was an accident ...
I may not get out alive
It is NOT an accident ...
Thursday, 18 June 2009
6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Agenda items to include:-
• What is a Community Assembly?
• Public questions
• Area Based Grant funding
• Community Involvement Action Plan
• Development of Community Assembly Plan
There is an opportunity for you to submit any public questions prior to the meeting. Please submit your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Judith Coyle / Lisa Lyon, Joint Community Assembly Managers on 2736734.
If you require transport please ring our office number above.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
@ High Hazels Park
Football & Sports Activities
Hot & Cold Food & Drink
100 Years of Greenlands School
For more information contact Darnall Forum
BAISHAKI MELA Sunday 14 June 11am - 6pm
@ High Hazels Park
Clothes & Food Stalls
For more information contact Shahin on 07816 042133
Tuesday, 7 April 2009
MP to Speak at Community Meeting in Darnall Called to Stop a Right-wing Extremist Being Elected to the European Parliament in June
Darnall Forum manager Neil Bishop said, 'A lot of people who have never lived in a neighbourhood like Darnall don't know how friendly, stimulating and vibrant a multi-faith and multi-cultural community can be. They can easily fall victim to messages of fear or hatred spread by right-wing extremists trying to win votes.'
There is a good chance, at the next European Election on 4th June, that a right-wing candidate will be elected to the European Parliament. This is because the election will be conducted by proportional representation, and any party which wins more than 10%, or one in every ten, of the votes cast is likely to get a candidate elected.
'To stop this from happening,' said Mr Bishop, 'People in places like Darnall, where different faiths and cultures get on well together, need to turn out in large numbers to vote for candidates who don't have a message of hatred or fear. It doesn't matter who you vote for, so long as you don't vote for an extremist candidate, but it is important that you do vote.'
This is what local people had to say:
- We all need to respect and appreciate each other more. (Saheed Siddique, Sheffield Health Centre)
- Darnall is a richly diverse community, let us look to enjoy the richness of that diversity rather than let others enjoy turning diversity into division. (Revd Pete Whittingham, Vicar of Darnall)
- We have worked very hard to bring residents together. Let's make sure we all use our votes to maintain this togetherness. (Sylvia Hamilton, Chair of Darnall Forum)
- Unless you register you have no vote . Unless you vote you have no say. Lets all vote and say we want a community united and working together. (Clive Betts MP)
To register to vote or obtain a postal ballot form, residents of Sheffield should ring Sheffield Town Hall on 0114 273093 or log on to www.sheffield.gov.uk/your-city-council/elections/contact-us
Computer Courses start here at Darnall Forum in April 2009.
If you are interested please see the staff and give them your details
or attend the enrolment session 1.00 - 2.30pm on 21 April
These will be 10 week IT courses that will lead to a qualification.
This learning opportunity is provided by Sheffield City Council's Lifelong Learning and Skills' Service
Sunday, 29 March 2009
- Darnall Forum staff will be working on short-time until we get more funding and could lose their jobs in November
- The Forum offices will be closed on Fridays from April and will only open 10 till 4 Monday to Thursday
- The Darnall Carnival will be greatly scaled down compared to last year's event
- We will have to spend less time helping people who drop-in for advice in order to meet our other commitments, such as getting people into jobs and training
- We may have to leave our current offices at 245 Main Road and find somewhere smaller
- This may affect the number of lifelong learning classes we can run
- This month's edition will be the last Darnall Herald delivered to your door for the foreseeable future
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
present a short course on
A Sense of Belonging
This programme of discussions explores the subject of individual identity in a troubled world
Who are we?
What is a Sheffielder?
How do we get to know each other?
Starts 18th March for 6 weeks – childcare available
To book a place please contact Darnall Forum
Venue: Darnall Forum
Darnall Learning Centre
245 Main road, Darnall, S9 4QD
Time Wed. 5.00pm-7.00pm
Graham Burkin – Tel: 0114 258 6326
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
The issue of the redevelopment of the Centre of Darnall is currently in the spotlight and as a result of interest from the Ward Brothers / Sheffield City Council, working in tandem, plans have been drawn up to essentially re-establish the Centre as a modern easily accessible environment. (See the plans available on the Sheffield City Council website).
Along with the new Centre for Darnall the Primary Care Trust has proposed to build a new Health Centre for the GPs of the area—this plan was first put forward in 2001 and the PCT have told us throughout that the build would start ‘soon’.The proposed build would be funded via the LIFT Scheme. Since this has the backing of Central Government, all could have gone as planned. However, the administration of the scheme has not gone forward and as a result the news from the organisations involved – that they are now ready, once more, to proceed – is difficult to accept, as its credibility is tainted by the history of this affair.
Set against this background is the fact that the current Health Centre on
Plans for a 100 hour pharmacy were put forward to Sheffield City Council for the
The case is therefore being made for a move from these unsuitable / unacceptable premises to a more central location in Darnall and to this end the former Wellington site has been retained with a view to a move, (pending suitable planning permission), in the latter part of the year (Plans are available on the Sheffield City Council website.)
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
Darnall Forum & Estikutum
ivite you to a FUNDRAISING DINNER
on Tuesday 24 March at 6.30pm
£15 per head (£8.50 goes to DEC for work in Gaza)
3 course halal set menu including soft drinks
vegetrian / special diets available on request
Tickets available from
Darnall Forum on 249 0099
or Estikutum on 244 9199
Monday, 2 February 2009
My family had shops on Darnall Terminus from Victorian times to the 1980's,the last one to survive was the fish and chip shop at I think 150 Main Road,though it was there still with new owners on my last visit.That was run firstly by Fred Lomas and latterly by his son Jack.Fred also owned the wool shop at 156 Main Road which was run by his daughter Elsie.My Grandparents ran a tripe shop at 158 Main Road which sold hot pies and peas at night for folk going home from the cinema,dog track and pubs.My Grandmother Edith Lomas ran the pie and pea side of the business alone,which were all home made,until the late 1970's.I spent much of my childhood there in the 1950's and can still name every shop on that side of the terminus from Fisher Lane round to the Staniforth Road end of Irving Street.The home made pies were sold hot with mushy peas and gravy + hendersons relish,she would also open two lunchtimes and customers would often go on to Storey's bakery for one of their egg custard tarts for afters.I wonder if your readers could help me,I would dearly like a copy of a postcard or photograph of any of the family shops but especially the hot pie/tripe shop if anyone has this or could email me an attachment.The shop was at 158 Main Road and faced the top of Britannia Road.
Monday, 19 January 2009
To find out what Darnall Forum is all about, please read on!
Darnall Forum brings together people who live and work in Darnall, Acres Hill and Attercliffe. Its vision statement is:
- To create a listening space for the community, and
- To work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to improve local services and help regenerate Darnall.
The members of the Forum Board, who run the Forum, are all volunteers from the different faith and ethnic groups in the area. They are elected by the members of the Forum at its Annual General Meeting. The Forum Board has 14 members, nine male and five female. Ten are from Black Minority Ethnic backgrounds and four are White. The Forum also has six full-time staff who work with local people.
Darnall Forum used to be funded by the European Union and still receives some public funding from the City Council, including the local councillors who sit on the Darnall Area Panel. This is to help the Council deliver local services and consult local residents. However, a growing proportion of our income comes from ‘social enterprise’, which is work we do for other organisations in Sheffield and across the region. Any profit that we make is ploughed back into providing better services for people in Darnall.
Darnall Forum is a voluntary sector organisation. It is a not-for-profit company and a registered charity.
If you need this article in another language or format call 0114 249 0099
The meeting addressed local concerns about the size of the new centre, and also one local general practice’s plans to relocate to a different building. Local MP Clive Betts said: “I have a pretty strong view about where Darnall's new community health centre should be built. It has to be easy for everyone to get to and ideally it should have room for all the local primary care services.
Simon Kirk, the Director of Strategy at NHS Sheffield, said: “ NHS Sheffield is not able to compel all local GP s to come together under one roof. Our priority is to create a new facility for the 21st Century, with a minor surgery suite, counselling rooms which could also be used by the community, an office base for the Darnall Well-Being organisation - a local charity - paid for by the Trust, and treatment rooms for services like podiatry and physiotherapy.
"We're not building a community centre, but we do want a great health centre that will be flexible and meet people’s needs. We have identified three sites where it would be possible to accommodate the centre - Staniforth Road , Station Road or Main Road . We are keen to gather the local community’s thoughts on these locations, including feedback from this meeting, as well as further community consultation, and then showing the community more detailed plans, before making a final decision.”
In response to a suggestion from Mrs Sylvia Hamilton , Chair of Darnall Forum, he said that he would consider asking the Forum to carry out soundings for the PCT with different community groups in Darnall. Mr Kirk went on to say that the new health centre should be open by the end of 2010.
Cllr Mary Lea said, "Darnall centre is where people come to shop, to visit the library and to drop into the forum, it’s also well served by buses, and we need to keep the centre of Darnall thriving – that’s why the Darnall councillors and Mr Betts would like the new health centre to be built in the centre. This isn't just a question that affects the health of the people in Darnall, it's vital to the health of Darnall as a community."
Speaking for the residents of the Littledale Estate, who would be the most adversely affected if the new Centre is built on Staniforth Road , Mr s Val Lancaster said: "We sometimes feel like the forgotten community." Residents of the estate pointed out that there was no direct bus service linking them to Staniforth Road .
Clive Betts added: "I think we may need a community gym on people's doorsteps to encourage them to adopt a more healthy lifestyle." He said that the government's 'Change of Life' initiative could help to fund a gym inside the new facilities.
Cllr Mazher Iqbal said that he believed Darnall Well-Being would be able to run a gym as a social enteprise. He said: "Darnall Forum could help them to set up a not-for-profit gym, and we, the councillors of Darnall, could work with the current administration to see if we can get things moving quickly so NHS Sheffield can take advantage of the recent drop in land values and construction costs."
Mr Kirk pledged to be creative in his thinking, "But I'm also trying to be entirely realistic," he said. "There's been a long history of people in Darnall discussing what they would like in a new health centre; now we've got to the point of deciding what we can actually afford, however, I will consider very seriously any proposals that are put to me."
- Are you a taxi driver from the South Asian Community (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka)?
- Do you know you are 50% more likely to develop heart disease compared to other ethnic groups?
- Do you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes?
- Would you like to be one of our Health Champions?
- If the answer is 'yes' then why not book a place on our Coronary Heart Disease Awareness training?
- Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of February 2009
- 9.15am —3.30 pm
- The PMC (Pakistani Muslim Centre) on Woodbourn Road.
- Keynote Speaker: Dr Mahendra Patel
- (South Asian Heart Foundation & Bradford University)
- For further information and to book a place please contact:
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
Please contact the Council's Highway Programme team - Phil Cawthorne or Barry Goforth on 0114 2736562 for any further information.
Sunday, 4 January 2009
Why not resolve to get more involved in what's happening in our community, starting with the meeting about community health facilities on Tuesday? (See the 22 December post for more details.) Or why not sign up for a course or become a community volunteer? Please get in touch to find out more!