Category Archives: Health

Slow dancing pensioners in High Green

Up to 20 people, aged in their 70s and 80s, attend the weekly, hour-long exercise sessions at the Newgate Close sheltered housing complex at High Green.

Practising Tai Chi aids relaxation, balance and health. An ancient form of meditation, it is highly effective for stress and pain relief, combining mental concentration, slow breathing and dance-like movements to increase chi (life energy).

Sheffield Homes provided £1,250 to fund the sessions as part of the “Your Community, Your Choice” initiative.

Members pay a subsidised £1.50 per session. Winnie is currently seeking further funding to keep the sessions going long-term.

“Getting people involved in activities like this helps them create social networks and make new friends. It also shows you are never too old to think about improving your health and fitness levels with a gentle exercise regime.”


Discover Brightholmlee on 25th April!

The Steel Valley Project is leading a Heritage Trail Guided Walk on Sunday 25th April and all are welcome to join in.

Wander over the historic pack horse bridge, see wildflowers at Carr House Meadows and discover the ancient hamlet of Brightholmlee. We will be walking one of the Stone to Steel Heritage Trails, starting in Glen Howe Park, and visiting Carr House Meadows Local Nature Reserve and More Hall Reservoir. This walk is only about three and a half miles but has steep hills and rough paths! We will be leaving at Glen Howe Park car park at about 10:15 am. If you are coming by bus then catch the 9:30 57 from Sheffield Interchange or the 10:00 57 from Stocksbridge Co-op. Let me know if you are coming by bus and we will make sure we stay to meet you!

The walk starts 10:15am at Glen Howe Park, Wharncliffe Side. For more Stone to Steel events visit .

Tooth expensive?

One in 30 parents admits the cost of going to the dentist means their children have never had their teeth checked.

43% of people have put off a visit to the dentist due to money worries while 39% have resorted to using their credit card to pay for treatment costing over £50.

Simplyhealth’s Annual Dental Survey found that just half of the UK population are under the care of an NHS dentist while one in 10 adults do not have a dentist at all.

Details of local NHS dentists can be found here.

Walkers Are Welcome in Stocksbridge!

The people of Stocksbridge are working together to get Stocksbridge dedicated a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town.

The town’s excellent location on the edge of the Peak District, in close proximity to five long-distance trails and a superb variety of shorter walks around local communities, reservoirs, ancient woodland, rivers and rocky crags, means that it has something special to offer walkers, whether visitors or local residents.

Gaining Walkers Are Welcome status can have a lot of benefits for a town by supporting the local economy, helping to ensure the maintenance of local facilities and bringing people together to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activity. However it depends on the support and involvement of local residents so if you support this initiative then please sign one of the many petitions around the town (in the Library, the Sports Centre or The Lunch Box café for example). Or perhaps you have some time to spare and would like to get more involved?

Contact Rebecca Hughes at the Steel Valley Project on (0114) 283 0880 or for more details.

Falling fire fatalities

Fire deaths in Sheffield fell dramatically in the last year, with a 75% reduction in fatalities in accidental house fires.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue prevention work has been a major factor in the reduction, with just one person dying in accidental house fires in 2009/2010, compared to four in 2008/09 and four in 2007/08.

Injuries – a more reliable measure in cutting risk to the public – also reduced by a massive 230% since 2006, with just 40 injuries recorded following accidental house fires in the 12 month period covering up to 31 March 2010, compared to 92 in the same period three years ago.

The overall number of accidental dwelling fires has also dropped yet again to 304, compared to 331 three years ago.

Free home safety checks remain the cornerstone of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s prevention agenda, complementing a portfolio of other community safety initiatives such as schools work and targeted awareness campaigns. Continue reading

Child fatalities down

South Yorkshire Police revealed yesterday that no children were killed on South Yorkshire’s roads in 2009.

Since county-wide road casualty statistics were first recorded in 1979 there has been a steady downward trend for the number of children killed on the roads of our county and for the first time ever, no children aged 0 – 15 were killed as a result of road traffic collisions in South Yorkshire in 2009. Continue reading

Great charity gig for Easter entertainment

Stannington Brass Band performs alongside Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir and special guest star John Reilly for a Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care event at Sheffield City Hall on April 3rd.

This has already been posted – but it is worth mentioning again.

If you don’t fancy the gig yourself, what about considering it as a lovely Easter gift for family who might like traditional “Yorksheer” entertainment put on for a fantastic cause?!

Starting at 8pm, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Howie Pressman presents a celebration of both charities’ work, offering a menu of music that promises to be a varied feast.

Sheffield’s own Stannington Brass is the only Championship Section band in the city, Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir has won numerous awards and special guest John Reilly, probably best known for being frontman of Boy and Dolphin and Acoustic Angels, will be accompanied by his friend and song-writing collaborator Lewis Nitikman.

Each of the artistes will perform solo items and there have been specially commissioned arrangements for John and the band and there’s a very grand finale with John, the band and choir bringing the concert to a climax.

Audience participation will be an essential part of the evening’s enjoyment and everyone will have the opportunity to join the band and choir singing popular favourites.

Tickets are available at £15 from City Hall Box Office (278 9789) and from other outlets.