Grenoside Christmas Tree Festival 2020

Grenoside’s annual Christmas Tree Festival turned into festive village trail

Grenoside’s popular Christmas Tree Festival will this year be transformed into a
Christmas village trail helping people get into the festive spirit whilst still adhering to
social distancing.

In these uncertain times organisers of the annual event, which attracts hundreds of
visitors each year, still wanted to do something that brightens up Christmas for
everyone in Grenoside and beyond. Chris Levesley explains: “The event can’t be held in its usual format this year due to Covid-19 restrictions, so instead we are asking the people of Grenoside to take part in the first ever ‘Grenoside Christmas Tree Trail’. Christmas is definitely not
cancelled in Grenoside!”

“We want families and businesses to get involved by decorating and theming
Christmas trees outside their premises and homes. We will create a mapped walking
trail making the village THE place in Sheffield to visit this December.”
Grenoside Christmas Tree Trail will run for the whole of December, with voting for
the public's favourite tree from the 5th to the 13th. There will be two main points to
buy maps (£2.00 each) over the weekend of 5th and 6th October, and voting will be
completed online or by dropping a voting slip off.

Entry open to everyone in Grenoside and families or businesses can decorate a tree
in their garden – either a traditional Christmas Tree bought for the trail, or an existing
tree/bush. It must be easily visible from the road.

Chris added “2020 has been a different year for everyone so we wanted to do
something that everyone in the village could be involved in. Hopefully it will bring
some much needed Christmas cheer and any money raised will be split between the
Scout and Guide headquarters fund and the Grenoside Community Centre.”

After the event all trees can be collected (minus their decorations) and will be
shredded and the chippings used to improve footpaths in nearby woods.
A Facebook page has been set up to promote the event and share updates -
Grenoside Christmas Tree 2020

For more information see the website:

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Cancellation of Monday Café on 12th October

Please note that the Monday Café on the 12th October has been cancelled due to the current rising numbers of positive Covid - 19 in Sheffield and the impending local restrictions.
This decision has been taken to safeguard both the Staff volunteers and our Reading Room customers and friends.

The POP UP POST OFFICE will still take place 9.30am to 11.30am

Please stay safe, best wishes
Alan Hooper and the Reading Room Trustees

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Latest on the Pop Up PO and Monday Café

It's as you were on the Pop Up Post Office!

The Village News will not now be hosting the  Pop Up PO after all. Instead, after a successful trial run, the Pop Up Post Office will open at the Reading Room every Monday 9.30am to 11.30am until further notice. All of this is dependent on Covid 19 rules and guidelines.

The Reading Room and its opening continues to be affected by Covid –19 and the latest Government guidelines which commenced on the 14th September.
We are proposing to open the Monday Café on the following Mondays:
12th, 19th and 26th October,
2nd, 9th and 30th November.

Due to Social distancing booking a table is advisable. Phone me on  0114 2463692. We will be serving, soup, teas, coffee, cakes and scones.
Please see our website for futher news.  You can find also us on Facebook and Twitter
Best wishes and stay safe from Alan Hooper and the Reading Room Trustees and volunteers

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Latest news from Alan Hooper and the Reading Room Trustees

We hope that you and your family and friends have been safe during a very stressful time. The Reading Room Trustees and volunteers have missed all our friends and visitors since lockdown began in March.

Covid -19 has forced the ongoing closure of Grenoside Reading Room since mid March. The Monday café has been missed by many Grenoside residents not only for the food and drinks but also for the ability to meet with and spend time with friends and family. Groups and organisations have not been able to meet and ad hoc Party bookings have been refused. So much for the past and the bad news!

Looking forward, the Reading Room Trustees have met and are looking to try to begin to reopen in September / October. Local and Government guidelines will have to be strictly followed. Details of reopening, with dates, will be released when plans have been finalised. We are unsure if and when the Monday café will be able to open and what rules and safety measures will be in place.

Once we are open again we will be able to take card payments for room hire and for the café.

However “On August Bank Holiday the 31st August we will hold, as a trial, a pop up take away café with tea, coffee, cakes and scones available. Café will be from 10am to 2pm. Social Distancing must be observed.

Best Wishes and stay safe from Alan Hooper and the Reading Room Trustees

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Message from the Chairman and Trustees

Whilst the Reading Room sadly has to remain closed at present, the Chairman and Trustees send our best wishes to all our friends and to everyone in Grenoside and the wider community, hoping that you will be able to stay safe and well in these most difficult times.

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New Coronavirus update from the Reading Room

For the safety of everyone who uses the Reading Room, and in view of the government's recent advice, we have decided to suspend all our normal activities and meetings until further notice.

This includes the Monday Cafés, Monday evening Ladies Group, Tuesday morning Talent Time craft group, Wednesday morning Grapevine coffee morning, the Wednesday afternoon Languages group, the Thursday afternoon Art Group and the Friday Morning Art Group.

The April Talk, due to be given by George Clark, has been postponed till a later safe date.

The Pop Up Post Office, which was due to commence on Mondays from 30th March, is now postponed until further notice.

Best wishes to the whole of our community and please try to stay safe.

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Closure of Monday Café

42a School Lane
Sheffield S35 8QU 19th March 2020

Grenoside Reading Room

We, the Trustees and Monday morning café volunteers, sadly have closed the MONDAY CAFÉ until further notice due to the Corona virus.

Please stay safe during these challenging times.

Please look on the Reading Room web site for up to date information.

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WWI and WWII Additions to Grenoside War Memorial

An Appeal from David Pepper:

It came to light 2015 that some of our brave men that went to war from, or were born in Grenoside, have had their names missed off the cenotaph at the bottom of Norfolk Hill, Grenoside. No criticism of the original committee is either made or intended. They were tasked with a very difficult job, as there would have been such an emotional outcry as to who should be included at a time of great emotion. Theirs was a truly difficult task.

A small group of people from Grenoside have come together in an effort to put the omissions right. We have now obtained formal permission to have the missing names of all those who served who died or were killed in action during WW I and WW II added to the Grenoside Village Memorial.

After much discussion and advice from a stone mason, it would appear the WWII stone can be turned over and reused by re sizing the wording and bringing the letter (font) size in line with the original WWI sizing. The WWI names to be added can be put on the back face of the cenotaph but this will mean a lot of onsite work. The initial costings are approximately £10,000. Detailed quotes are being obtained, and alternative cheaper methods are being looked into.

The next huge step is to raise enough money for this to happen!
Therefore fund raising must start urgently if we are going to reach our goal of having everyone’s names added before our deadline of November 11th 2018. So we would ask anyone who has an interest or believes they can help, even if you would just like to make a donation, however small, to please contact us. We will, in due course have more information and will give updates as to our progress.

Please get in touch with either myself David Pepper on 01142467859 or Alan Hooper on 01142463692 or e mail:

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