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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.”

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Who We Are – Ian Cuthbertson

Ian Cuthbertson works as a Software engineer and is Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in the new Penistone & Stocksbridge constituency.

Ian is 64 and, after having lived and worked for most of his life in and around West and South Yorkshire, now resides in York with his partner Carol.

What do you like most about your job?
Both my day job (in IT) with a local mutual insurance company and my political and community work give me a tremendous sense of achievement and job satisfaction, though they can be very demanding and do need a lot of commitment. It’s working as part of a team that matters to me, whether I’m leading it or contributing to it as a member. And the longer-term projects I’m involved with also give me the same sense of doing something that’s worthwhile, positive and continually moving forward.

Who is or was the most important influence in your life?
Several people. First my parents, through the love and care they gave me. The senior manager who got me started in IT at a point when I had no sense of career direction. My partner Carol, who is a constant source of inspiration, guidance and support.

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Conservation champion retires after 20 years

Roger Kite MBE has handed over control of the Rivelin Valley Conservation Group after almost 20 years at the helm.

When the group was formed in 1991 by local residents concerned about the decline of the valley, Roger agreed to chair this concerned group. From this seed of an idea grew RVCG, which by now must be one of the largest organisations of its kind in the city (with over 500 members).

Roger has overseen many improvements in the valley, being a keenly active member of the RVCG Task Team. He has represented the Group and its members at Public meetings and Forums for the majority of these 20 years. His wide range of contacts in the Council (both Councillors and officers) together with his close links with the many environment organisations and other bodies such as Yorkshire Water, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Ponds Conservation Trust and the Bridleways Forum have been invaluable. Continue reading

View from Ron – Ticket to Ride

On the 267 to Storrs. Archersgate at Loxley. Of course its a reflection on our local boy turned good. Robin Hood. I look around for Russell Crowe look-alikes.

There’s a meeting at Penistone Town Hall on the 29th of his month regarding the RH project but I can’t make it because I’m previously engaged on pushing the remains of Sheffield Castle at a Friends of Manor Lodge AGM. Oh Sheffield, come on – use some imagination! Then up past Stoneface and his wood at Storrs – there’s someone who has used some creativity and I wonder if he has faced the usual negativity when we push for something out of the ordinary? I’m putting him in touch with Manor Lodge – perhaps he can get a commission for something. The lad’s got talent. Continue reading

Voter registration deadline close!

Sheffield City Council must receive applications to register for voting in the local and national elections within the next few days.

The deadline to get included on the Electoral Register is Tuesday 20th April. Applications must have reached Sheffield Council by then.

Find out more about how to do it here.

Allotments available

Fancy the hard but rewarding work of running an allotment?

Sheffield City Council has a new Allotments Officer, Michael Peacock, and there are plenty available in many in areas of North West Sheffield.

Find out more here.

Blunkett, Brightside and Hillsborough

Ron Clayton asked David Blunkett MP for his thoughts on the boundary changes that mean he’s standing for election in a newly re-drawn constituency. Here is the reply …

“The people of Sheffield Brightside have done me the honour of electing me as their MP since 1987, for which I will always be grateful. Now I am hoping that the voters of the new, expanded Brightside & Hillsborough constituency will send me back to Westminster so that I can continue to make their voice heard.

“The boundaries have changed and the Hillsborough ward now falls within what will hopefully be my remit! Continue reading