Community event marks £90m Shiregreen regeneration
Published by Gareth Holmes for Sanctuary Housing Association in Housing and also in Environment, Local Government
two local children have fun at 'Let's celebrate Shiregreen'
Generations of residents came together in Sheffield’s Shiregreen on Saturday for a ‘Let’s Celebrate’ summer bonanza event.
Organised by Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Group, the packed event marked the completion of a £90m regeneration programme to modernise over 2,500 properties and transform the local environment in Shiregreen.
Kicking off the day was the official opening of Sanctuary’s new regional office, situated at the heart of Shiregreen. Opened by the Right Honourable David Blunkett MP alongside former world snooker champion Steve Davis, the office will be a facility for residents, right on their doorstep.
A Steve Davis snooker challenge got the afternoon’s fun-filled activities under way, launched by the snooker legend himself. Thousands of people - young and old – then cooked, sang and zumba’d their way to into the day’s celebrations.
Meanwhile, there was entertainment on offer for all the family, including fun rides, a circus workshop, miniature train ride, a climbing wall, bingo, giant sumo and an inflatable football pitch.
Of the day, the Right Honourable David Blunkett MP said: “The celebration of the enormous investment which has been made in improving the housing stock and the wellbeing of Shiregreen is very welcome.
“I am very pleased to be sharing the launch of the day’s activities and the opening of the new regional office with Steve Davis – one of those occasions when I can genuinely say that being snookered was a pleasure, rather than an embarrassment.”
Colleen Eccles, Sanctuary’s project director for Shiregreen, added: “We have a lot to celebrate here in Shiregreen. Not only has the estate undergone a huge regeneration programme, but our work with local people, finding local solutions to local issues is starting to make a real impact.
“Residents are excited to see what can be achieved and today is just one demonstration of that. There are many talented people in this area who are sharing their time and skills with others - which is what we need for a sustainable community.”
Born in Shiregreen, 67-year-old resident Barbara Cowlishaw said: “It’s been brilliant – what a good idea. What’s more, there’s been something for everyone.”
The event was organised by Shiregreen Community Homes, part of Sanctuary Group, with support from: Beck School, The Casey Group, Clearway Environmental Services, Frank Haslam Milan, Harmony Music School, Hartley Brook School, HSBC, McBains Cooper, North East Community Assembly, Sheffield Wednesday FC, Shiregreen TARA, Shiregreen Children’s Centre, Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre and the University of Sheffield.