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BUILDING THE COMMUNITY’S VOICE Retirement village planned for Sharrow

A new lease of life for Mount Pleasant

By Mohammed Mahroof of Mark Jenkinson & Sons

A major Retirement Village project is being drawn up for this landmark site in Sharrow. Our proposals will preserve the character of this much admired building, breathing new life into it, and delivering value as an asset for the local community.

A Healthy Living theme will encourage not just a social but a physically and mentally active lifestyle too, with space for Ship Shape on site and activities in the grounds such as croquet, tai chi, food growing and cooking, and then eating!

Our vision is a safe, comfortable

At the same time, there’s already a wealth of facilities in this locale for the residents to enjoy, all within easy walking or scooting distance, so the connections with the wider community work both ways. The concept of ‘lifetime neighbourhood’ is given a golden opportunity, or as one local worker put it: “Putting the elderly at the heart of the community”.

opportunities, offering retired people a socially active, independent lifestyle with as much, or as little, care as required. A range of one and two-bedroom apartments will be available as rented, assisted, or full ownership, purpose-built and architecture and grounds. A range of facilities will be pro-


and the local community, including meeting places, activities, clubs, a drop-in centre, hair salon and restaurant.

The main Mount Pleasant building was built as an 18th century mansion by John Platt, a Rotherham architect of Wentworth Castle fame, for Francis Hurt Sitwell. Over the last two centuries it has had a variety of uses,

tic asylum to a Barrage balloon site. As a listed building, its conversion into retirement apartments will be sympathetic to its preservation and indeed allow cosmetic improvements to its façade and setting. The Stables have a beam ceiling with a Grade two star listing, a feature we would like to see more on display, and the building’s conversion into a restautate this. is a more recent building and not listed, and will be demolished to allow for the new-build Developer Consultant Architect

- extra care apartments and associated facilities. These have been designed in conjunction with a local housing association. The grounds will be upgraded, with passive and active landscaping. We hope you like our ideas for this site, and that you think it is a good use of the buildings and grounds. We feel it would be an asset for the community and would improve the area, but we would like to hear your views. There is more information on our dedicated website, where you us any queries or comments you may have.

Sevenhills Estates Mark Jenkinson & Sons Wireframe Studio

Bo Khan Mohammed Mahroof Jamie Tingle

International Women’s Day

Lantern Carnival

Party in the Park

Let go of Smoking

What can a Doula do for you?

Artist of the Month

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Your Local Bakery - Forge Bakehouse

Use your loaf By Alex Barber If, whilst taking a stroll down Abbeydale Road, your senses detect the appealing aroma of freshly baked bread then you are probably in the vicinity of the recently established Forge Bakehouse. Our local, independent bakery was set up by Ben and Martha who met whilst studying together at the School of Artisan Food, near Nottingham.

232 Abbeydale Road S7 1FL Tel: 07583269323 their gratitude for the fresh products they receive. Many are nostalgic and remember when family members would bake bread when they were younger! There are now many regular customers who live within walking distance of the shop and a variety of products is offered to try and accommodate different tastes and budgets.

Martha and Ben in the Forge Bakehouse organic as Ben and Martha rec-

products that are as natural as possible. They also try to support local producers and suppliers as All of the produce is freshly made much as they can. After spotting the vacant premis- on site and most of the bread is es last year they used the opsourdough which uses no comTheir range includes plain, seedportunity to turn a course project mercial yeast. It is called wild business idea into reality and start yeast which is natural and grows and fruit. Also potato bread is making some real dough! available which has become one longer to make but has a lot of their most popular products! In addition, a small but varied selecout the store they started selling also a lot healthier as the gluten tion of cakes and pastries are is broken down more during the also on offer as an extra reason to pop in! shop and dealing with customers to people who are gluten sensiwhich has been a steep learning tive. Ben and Martha now employ 3 curve in many ways. The growing more local people to help with number of customers have been the business but they can’t be positive and encouraging about many of the products and many sleeping late as baking starts the business and often express of the other ingredients are also around 5.00 in the morning when

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most of us are still snoozing away! They have future plans to start serving loose leaf tea from the shop for customers to take away. They have also been getting involved with the local farmers markets and hope to increase this and develop more within the community. They appreciate the variety and vibrancy of the Sharrow area and the other local independent shops and people they have met. The support they’ve received so far has been much appreciated. So, next time we’re in the mood for some top notch bread let’s use our loaves and head down to the Forge Bakehouse!

Your local representatives in Sharrow and Nether Edge

Cllr Jillian Creasy Cllr Rob Murphy (Green)

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By Tony Tingle a contribution to the operation of the playground as well as working with other organisations, including Sharrow Community Forum, on short-term funding bids. We’re A petition to save the playground also looking at how other adraised 2,500 signatures in a matter venture playgrounds across the of days, politicians and Council country operate, particularly how they keep themselves going in hundred angry and upset parents the face of funding cuts. and children came to a pubThe Council have made it clear Community Centre in late Febru- that with more government cuts ary to oppose the decision to cut in the pipeline funding for Activity staff hours at the playground. further in future years and that they think the only chance for did lots of youngsters, all regular survival of the playground in the users of the playground, who long term is through some form of bravely conquered their nerves to community management. tell the meeting what Adventures means to them and to urge the This is something the group will Council to think again. have to seriously consider in the weeks and months to come, but Although the cuts to the Activity what a disgraceful state of affairs that in 2013 much-needed public playground) were voted through facilities like our adventure playground may have to rely on volcampaign has kept us in discusunteers’ time to keep them gosions with the Council about staffing. The scale of the cuts to come makes it clear that we will need We remain hopeful these discuswider, coordinated campaigns to sions will result in opening hours defend other vital public services for 2013-14 which, though not as in the future. high as in previous years, will at least keep the playground viable and allow us to put together a the Friends of Adventures Group, plan for its long-term future. or want to be part of our campaign you can email us or ring are also attending meetings with Sharrow Community Forum on other agencies who could make 2508384. Adventure Playground at the heart of Sharrow community life continues.

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Au Revoir Jo By Steve Fryer This month we say goodbye to local Sharrow resident, famous actress, and stalwart member of the Sharrow Today Editorial Team – Jo Swain. Jo,with her husband and son, are moving to France to develop a cycling holiday enterprise in rural Burgundy.

For more information please contact Jo or Greg by email or on Facebook. Fourteen years ago Jo and her husband Greg were houseto be the day of the Sharrow Festival. They were so impressed with the Festival and the atmosphere in Sharrow that they fell in love with the area and bought a house on South View Road. They have been enthusiastic and active residents of Sharrow ever since and, for the past two years, Jo has been one of the voluntary editors of Sharrow Today – contributing many articles and playing a major role on the team.

formed at the Edinburgh Festival to positive reviews. “Swain is engaging to watch - weird, wacky, outrageous and, most of all, a lot of fun” ran one review. During the festival the show was deservedly nominated for an award.

French countryside – in a green and pleasant part of Burgundy

close to a canal and a number of picturesque villages - an ideal spot for cycling, boating, or walking. So they are busy converting their barn into holiday accomJo was brought up in Grenoside Jo has had parts in many popular modation for use as a base for and lived in Chapeltown as a TV shows including Coronation supported cycling holidays in the child. She lived in Scarborough for Street, Waterloo Road, Emmerdarea. several years, where her husband ale Farm, Prisoners Wives, South worked, before moving to SharRiding, Shameless, The Royal, row in 2000. Cold Feet, and Heartbeat. She Jo on the paper and we wish her even played the part of Sheryl in and Greg (and Solomon) much As an actress she has worked in success in their new venture. We theatres up and down the counalso hope that moving to France try and in 2007 co-wrote a one Jo and Greg have bought a won’t stop them from reading woman show – called Talking to lovely old barn deep in the Sharrow Today! Space Hoppers - which she per-

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Put your unused tools to good use By Andy Catling An appeal is being launched by

Andy Catling handing over a pack of saws to Miriam Dobson

Why I’m “Living below the line” By Jenny Collins

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International Women’s Day Festival Here’s looking forward to the next one (probably In November) – watch this space!

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The Sharrow Lantern Carnival 2013 lantern making workshops were held from January to April attracting around 100 people each week. Photographs by Steve Fryer.

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Party in the Park - 3rd March, 2013 On Sunday, 3rd March, the Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group organised a Party in the Park. Hundreds of people got involved and came together at Common Ground on Machon Bank. Local residents, organisations and businesses all contributed to a brilliant afternoon. The many activities included: a children’s fashion show, a low cost cafÊ, den building, circus skills, massage, mini make-overs, henna and face painting, crafts and card making, book stalls, culture mapping, gardening, Algerian dance, music, lantern making, and bouncy castles. If you would like to know more about Nether Edge Neighbourhood Group or would like to subscribe to their monthly newsletter, please go to Photographs by Jacqui Bellamy, Pixelwitch Pictures.

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Let go of smoking and set yourself free Photographs by Steve Fryer

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Get Healthy

Healthy Recipe Chicken & Vegetable Pie

Eating well on a budget By Bea Jefferson

By Chris Hanson

Personal Trainer Bea Jefferson

A: You can eat healthy and delicious food on a tight budget – but it needs some basic cooking skills, planning and careful shopping.

The key to inexpensive, healthy eating is to avoid highly processed food, takeaways and ready meals and to cook your meals from scratch whenever you can. Improving your cooking skills will mean that you can make full use of cheap seasonal vegetables, leftovers and inexpensive cuts of meat. So, if you can’t cook, ask friends and family who can cook to demonstrate their favourite recipes; or contact Shipshape at Sharrow Community Forum to

Decide on your meals in advance and write a shopping list. use of special offers on items such as seasonal vegetables – but don’t be tempted by offers on unhealthy ‘treats’ and snacks – and never go shopping when you’re hungry! Don’t assume supermarkets are the best value for money. We have some great local shops in of bargains on basics such as rice and pulses, as well as herbs and spices and food from all over the world. Try to base you meals around as pasta, rice, lentils, beans, greens and root vegetables. Use expensive ingredients such as meat and cheese sparingly – this will make your meals healthier as well as cheaper.

Always take a packed lunch to work. For a change from sandwiches, make a hearty salad with leftover pasta, rice or potatoes,

some tinned pulses, raw vegetables and a little olive oil. Try to avoid buying drinks and sugary snacks when out by carrying a reusable water bottle and healthy snacks such as fruit or nuts.

Avoid buying any processed product marketed as ‘healthy’, ‘lite’, ‘reduced fat’ or ‘low calorie’. These products may be slightly better than the standard product they aim to replace – but the chances are that, compared to home-cooked food, they are not a good option in terms of price or nutrition. Likewise, be wary of expensive ‘super foods’ claiming healthgiving properties. There are a number of very inexpensive foods with proven health ben-

2. Add enough water to form a dough. Put to one side for 30 mins.

egg; Salt and pepper

colouring them too much. 2. Add the gravy, the cooked meat, peas and mustard. pepper. Put to one side.

beaten egg. pastry is golden brown.

Shipshape Health & Wellbeing Centre, the Stables, Sharrow Lane,

oats, leafy greens and broccoli, garlic, tinned or fresh tomatoes, tinned sardines, natural yoghurt and tea – so choose these instead of the goji berries.

When you are watching every penny, it’s tempting to buy the very cheapest food you see in the supermarket. Many products in ‘value’ ranges are just as good as the more expensive alternatives. However, as the recent scandal over horsemeat has shown, some manufacturers cut corners on quality and nutritional value in an effort to reduce prices. So take a look at the ingredients before you buy a cut-price product. Remember that the ingredients are listed in order of quantity with the main ingreditains lots of ingredients you’ve never heard of, it’s probably best left on the shelf. ShipShape, a project run by Sharrow Community Forum, is funded holistic health service for everyone in the community, helping to improve the quality of life.

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By Lindsay Aitkenhead

Breathe! – Massage and Well-being Open Day, Adventure Playground on Sunday 28th April, 10am – 5pm at Hagglers Corner, 586 Queen’s Road, S2 4DU. Breathe! is the second massage and well-being open day organised by the Therapy Room at Hagglers Corner. Building on last year’s success, the second edition of this relaxed event will be used to raise funds for Adventure Playground at Mount Pleasant, under threat from council funding cuts. Therapy Room manager and local mum Eva Weltermann says: “It is the unique atmosphere that has drawn me to Hagglers Corner, a relatively new community space, which brings together artists, therapists, local residents and small creative businesses. After coming to England from Germany 15 years ago, the vibrant Sharrow area and the

communities around it have always had a special appeal to me. The team at the Therapy room want the local community to come and get involved, and help save the nearby Adventure Playground as a special place to play and meet people. Part of this is to buy new equipment, to replace some of the manmade structures like the big rope swing, which has been a popular feature at the playground for a many decades – and not only with the kids! It has been taken down in preparation for old wooden structure is considered too dangerous for an open access playground. We would like to see something equally good or better in its place, perhaps a swing that could easily be erected when staff are available.” therapists who work in the Therapy Room will be giving tasters of personally tailored, thera-

peutic massage and donating their takings to the equipment fund administered by the local group “Friends of Adventures”. For them, the ethos of the Therapy Room and the one of the Adventure Playground go hand in glove: providing room to explore, breathe, raise body limits and, ultimately, feel good about yourself. Introductory Hatha and Iyengar A gaping hole: Yoga classes for adults, and a The big swing swings no longer at dedicated children’s yoga class, will be held in the beautiful yoga space. Visitors will enjoy stalls ment will double what is taken and workshops run by the artion the day, to send the Friends sans and craftspeople of Hagof Adventures’ equipment fund glers Corner, including crochet, off to a good start. See www. scrap craft for children, face and hand painting. And the Kaf- further details, and put the 28th April in your diaries to Breathe!. glory will be open for coffee and For further information, please cakes. contact Lindsay Aitkenhead: Entry is free, but there may be Phone 07784 468956 a small charge for workshops. Massage tasters will be £10 for Email lindsay@therapyroomshefa 25 minute table or chair massage. What’s even better is that The Therapy Room

INSIDE THE TRIANGLE 19th May 2013, 11am to 3pm

John Street, Hill Street and Bramall Lane make up the triangle, inside is a photographers, tattooists, the Edge Climbing Wall and a lot more. Here stainless steel cutlery was first made, the Arctic Monkeys made their first singles, and Def Leppard got their music together. Family Portraits, T-shirt Printing, finger painting (Subliminal Studios), live music from Death Rays of Ardilla and hand drumming workshops (Bok Studios) Demonstrations of engraving, knife making, forging tools, artist Linda Brothwell installation, artist studios open up, live launch of 'The launch of Portland Works Summer Ale brewed by Thornbridge, live concert from 4pm to 9pm Workshop on guerrilla gardening, screening of film Open all day

Children welcome, but must be supervised by

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Lu’s Bit

Sharrow Art Exhibition By Luisa Golob



What can a Doula do for you?



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Artist of the month: Caroline Gaytor Caroline Gaytor has come a long way from playing with buttons in her grandma’s tins. Since graduating from Leicester University in 2003, the community arts practicioner has delivered a wide range of projects with children, teenagers, adults, families and disaCaroline works with groups like Doncaster Community Arts (DARTS) and Art in the Park, across a variety of different disciplines, including: mosaics, textiles, sculpture and printmaking, to make art accessible for everyone. “I love my job,” she grins as we meet at the Old Junior School’s cafe in Sharsince, together with local artists, Caroline is currently planning a weekend of creative art activites and an exhibition as part of the Sharrow Community Creatives event, which will take place at the school in May. “The Old Junior School is an important hub for the community and for creative opportunities in Sharrow,” Caroline explains. “What I love about the school is that people actually use it: they are taking part in all of the different activities, so there is a really exciting community vibe. “There are so many amazing events in Sharrow, such as the recent Lantern Carnival, and it’s brilliant that somewhere like the Old Junior School can help bring people of all ethnicities and abilities together. The exhibition will allow everyone to get involved with the Whilst Caroline works across a range of disciplines, her specialism is mosaics – and it is this art form that inspires her the most. Citing playing with her taste of art, she says that mosaics appeals to her because she “likes the concept of putting things together.” In a recent project with Heatherwood Special School in Doncaster, Caroline worked with all the children in the school who have severe learning and physical disabilities. Each class created its own series of sensory inspired mosaics to form outdoor educational resources that provide stimulation and opportunties for creative play. The concept of creating functional mosaics is something that Caroline is keen to explore and develop - she believes that it is important to select materials that people can respond to; a concept she also implemented when working with the Broomhall Visual Improvement Project and the

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Artistic ability can be learnt: By Charlotte Brazier

it’s all about your perception British Stammering Association.

Caroline’s most recent mosaic work is based around incoporating mural work and mosaic, and tends to favour the direct method of mosaic as this tends to be the simplest method in a workshop setting. This involves creating a paper based design which is then cut out as a template from marine ply wood, and a colour scheme and materials are chosen. The base is sealed and scored and the tiles and materials are then glued. Once completely dry, grout is applied over the top of the deisgn and then removed in layers with a damp cloth to reveal the piece beneath. For Caroline, inspiration can be found in the simplest of places. “There is an endless source of inspiration that can be drawn from the things that we see every day, whether it’s freshly painted a cereal packet,” she says. “One of my favourite pieces is ‘Field for the British Isles’, by Anthony Gormley. It’s made from thousands of tiny seem to be staring at the viewer. It’s such a clever idea. Strong design ideas appeal to me: I think that’s why I like mosaic art, as it is essentially made to make a complete design.” “When I’m in a workshop, I know I’m in the right place when people say they can’t draw or they’re not creative enough. My work is all about offering a wide range of creative opportunities that think outside the box and don’t necessarily rely on drawing skills. I believe that artistic ability can be learnt; it’s all about your perception of it.” As part of the Sharrow Creatives project, Caroline will be installing a series of mosaics for an open art exhibition at the Old Junior School. The free event will showcase and promote artists of all backgrounds within the Sharrow community. There will be an opening night on the 18th May from 7.30 pm – 10pm where there will be entertainment, refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artists. The exhibition will be shown on Sunday 19th May from 11am to 3pm.

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