Friday 4 March 2016

Volunteers, community groups and local workers from Burngreave were celebrated at a special Town Hall event last week.

Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, and local ward councillors, over 130 people came to see 43 nominees receive their awards for their commitment and outstanding contribution to the Burngreave community.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families and local ward member at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful evening – celebrating and honouring so many Burngreave people – young, old, from different backgrounds, volunteers, community groups and businesses who are all committed, and give generously of their time and work hard to improve our community in so many ways. It was a real pleasure for us to be able to say ‘thank you’ to all of them.”

Local resident Graham Jones received an award for his volunteering work at community newspaper, Burngreave Messenger and Parkwood Springs, a natural, wild space close to the city centre. He said “I felt very proud to live in Burngreave with so many people committed to improving our community and environment. There was a real buzz on the evening and a lovely, friendly atmosphere that reflected all that is best in Burngreave. I was so enthralled by the real accomplishments of a whole range of local people; such an array of creativity, determination and good old fashioned kindness.”

The 76th Sheffield St Peter’s Ellesmere Scout Group also received an award for their work to enable young people from Burngreave, whatever their background, to take part in outdoor activities such as camping, climbing, night hikes and international trips.

The Friends of Burngreave Library group also received an award as did a group of children from the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground who have done local litter picks. Patrick Meleady, the manager of the playground, said: “This event celebrated all that is good about Burngreave and I was particularly delighted to see representation from all ages and a diverse range of groups, all celebrating their contributions to improving our fabulous area. My colleagues and I left Sheffield Town Hall feeling valued and uplifted and our children were overwhelmed with the thanks they received for their active citizenship.”

The Burngreave New Year’s Honours took place on Thursday, 25 February. The full list of award winners is available at https://northeastsheffield.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/burngreave-new-years-honour-awards-2016/.