Councillors and Community 'Devastated' by Bolehills Pavillion Fire

Crookes Councillors Craig and Anne, alongside Walkley Councillors, have pledged to do all they can to help the community after the devastating fire in the early hours of Friday morning. The Bolehills Pavillion was engulfed in flames and firefighters had to spend nearly two hours dealing with the blaze.

Labour’s Crookes ward Councillors Craig Gamble-Pugh and Anne Murphy know the park well and have made several site visits in the aftermath of the blaze (pictured).

Councillor Gamble-Pugh: “It is just shocking. The Pavilion is completely burnt out. It is not just the use of the building that has been lost, but it is the memories too. Much was destroyed in the fire, including trophies won by the Bowling team, that can't be replaced.

“Anne and I will do everything we can to support local residents recover from this blow. After more details are known, it is essential that local residents are consulted and that together we decide what happens next. In the meantime we will be working hard to ensure that temporary accommodation is found for all of the groups who used and relied on the Pavilion”.

 The blaze is being treated as an arson attack and anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101. 

 For more details, and photo gallery, read on


Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy survey the devastation with council staff

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Councillors' Defribilator Grant Could Save Lives

A grant from local Councillors has enabled Crosspool Forum to purchase and install a new defibrillator for emergency use in the community.

The defibrillator has been installed on the exterior wall of St Columba's Church on Manchester Road S10 5PL. The Forum applied to the local 'Ward Pot' fund held by local councilors, and used the grant alongside cash from a local donor to provide this community facility.

Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh said "These publicly-accessible emergency defibrillators have been proven to save lives. No Training is needed to used them, members of the public can ring 999, give the location code, and are then talked through how to open and use the device while on the phone. We are grateful to Crosspool Forum for taking this initiative."

Crosspool Forum said "Defibrillators have been shown to save lives around the country and we hope that this will be a valuable asset to the community."

For information on how to apply for community grants from the Ward Pot fund, read on...#


Photo: Community defibrillator in Crosspool could save lives, according to local Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh

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New MP Boosts Local Labour Team

Labour's Councillor team in the area have extended a warm welcome to new Labour MP Jared O'Mara. 

Crookes and Crosspool Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy were Labour's only elected representatives in the entire Sheffield Hallam constituency, until the shock win on 8th June.

"This means Team Labour can now do even more to represent local voices and to work on the issues which local people raise with us," said Cllr Gamble Pugh. 

For details of how to contact your local labour team in Crookes, Crosspool and Hallam, read on.


Photo: Local Councillors Craig and Anne welcome new MP Jared O'Mara to the local labour team

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Lord Mayor Anne Opens Crosspool Festival

Cllr Anne Murphy described her invitation to open the Crosspool Festival as "an honour".

As the current Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Anne said "I was thrilled to be asked to Festival this year and meet many Crosspudlians enjoying the fun and music."

Fellow ward Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh said "I know how much it meant to Anne to be at this year's festival as not just a local Councillor, but also as Sheffield's 'first citizen'. Congratulations to the residents and volunteers who have once again done Crosspool proud. Anne and I both take our hats off to them- although, Anne's hats are much more splendid than mine!"

For more photos, follow the link below.


Photo: Lord Mayor, Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Anne Murphy, with residents at a fun-packed Crosspool Festival

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Crookes Councillor Anne Becomes Lord Mayor

Crooke's very own Councillor Anne Murphy has been sworn in as Sheffield's 121st Lord Mayor.

She gave an emotional speech in the Town Hall's Council Chamber as she spoke of growing up in Crookes and her battle to overcome a kidney transplant earlier this year in order to be fit enough to take office.

Fellow Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh paid tribute to Anne saying "She will be, without doubt, an unbeatable Lord Mayor. She is so hard working in Crookes and I know she will take that work ethic into this new role. We are hoping she will be able to come to many many events in the Crookes and Crosspool area during her mayoral year."


Photo: Crookes Labour Councillor Anne Murphy becomes Lord mayor of Sheffield

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Schools Funding Campaign Launched by Crookes Councillor Craig

Crooke's Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has secured cross party support in Full Council for his motion demanding that the government stop and think again regarding their funding policies for schools. 

“It is outrageous that schools across our city will be worse off. Schools are already struggling to manage budget deficits and there are shortages of teachers and a widening attainment gap between disadvantaged pupils and their better-off peers," said Craig.

“The Conservatives’ divisive policies are forcing schools to scramble for funding. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and we are calling for support for the Fair Funding for Sheffield Schools’ Campaign. We are fighting for funding to be found for schools, not from the proposed redistribution of cash between local authorities or from taking money from primary schools to give to secondary schools, but for new money which is badly needed”. 


Photo: Crookes Labour Councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy (4th and 5th right) with fellow Labour Councillors launching Fair Funding for Sheffield Schools campaign.

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Dangerous railings fixed after Councillor action

Crookes Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh has stepped in to protects residents from a potentially lethal 8 foot drop. "I had noticed a section of iron railings on Woodfield Road had collapsed, leaving a treacherous drop onto the Bolehills below," explained Craig.

"These railings were left in this state for far too long, until I stepped in to speed up repair work," he continued. Finally, the repair works were carried out.

Residents are encouraged to report local issues to the council and let Craig know so he can chase it up.

bolehills_railing.jpg Photo: The damaged section of railings left a 'lethal' 8ft drop onto the Bolehills recreation ground below- and was fixed after Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh stepped in.

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Councillors take to the streets for roving surgery

A new form of roving 'Street Surgeries' are being pioneered by Crookes councillors Craig Gamble Pugh and Anne Murphy, as part of efforts to reach out and understand local concerns.

"We want people to be able to bring issues and problems to our attention, and be as accessible as possible," said Craig, "so we will be out and about on the streets of Crookes and Crosspool listening to and helping local people." At a recent event, Craig was joined by local campaigners, knocked on several hundred doors and spoke to dozens of constituents.

"In a couple of hours, we picked up over 10 specific issues which we were then able to follow up for people, from problems with wheelie bins, questions about cycle routes, questions about housing and more." said Cllr Anne Murphy.

 Craig Gamble Pugh with local campaigners Lee, Helen, Freya, Dom, Ella, Lucy and Jack_(500x281).jpg

Photo: Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh with local campaigners Lee, Helen, Freya, Dom, Ella, Lucy and Jack 

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PLOUGH SAVED: Councillors work 'vitally important' say campaigners

Local campaigners have succeeded in their long running campaign to save the Plough pub- and have thanked local Labour councillors for their work in making this happen.

The decision was taken at the council's planning meeting on 10th January, where Crookes and Crosspool Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh spoke against the application to turn the registered Community Asset into a convenience store.

Local resident Peter Duff, who lead the community campaign, recognised the role that Craig and fellow labour councillor Anne Murphy played: "We really appreciate the support that Anne and Craig gave to our campaign to save the Plough. They did a lot of the unseen work that local Councillors don’t always get credit for but which is vitally important."

Addressing the planning board, Craig explained the importance the campaign has had for local people. "Anne and I have worked tirelessly alongside the Save the Plough campaign group. On street stalls, collecting signatures on petitions, knocking on doors, we heard and saw first hand how strongly the community objected to this application."

Crooked Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh celebrates with local campaigners

Picture: Crookes Labour Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh celebrates the formal decision to save the Plough with local campaigners and residents at Sheffield Town Hall

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PLOUGH- Crookes Councillor's Full Speech

"Speaking out in the Town Hall is one way councillors represent local people, and achieve change," says labour's Crookes and Crosspool Councillor Craig Gamble Pugh. Following the recent success of the Save the Plough campaign, you can read Cllr Gamble Pugh's full speech to the planning board here:

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