Saturday, 18 November 2017

Temporary Closure of Darnall Post Office

We are sorry the post office was closed on Friday and Saturday. This was because of a serious incident. Fortunately no one was hurt but the ATM was put out of action. We hope the branch will be able to reopen on Monday. We are waiting for an assessment of the damage to the ATM.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hallowe'en Event Draws the Community Together

500 people from all cultures, faiths and backgrounds, young and old, attended our Hallowe'en community event and the feedback and response was brilliant! There was lots for everyone to do and all the children enjoyed the night! It looks as though the adults had a good time too.
Thanks to Celebrate England, Awards For All, Meadowhall and British Land for their support.

Look out for our next event at Christmas!

Monday, 30 October 2017

Sparks, Fire and Zombies! Thrills Galore at our Hallowe'en Party! 31st October 2017 Tinsley Infants (old school) 5-8PM

Zombie stilt walkers strutting their stuff.

Come to our thrilling Hallowe'en Party sponsored by Celebrate EnglandMeadowhallBritish Land and Awards For All

Zombie stilt walkers and a fire eater will be strutting their stuff!

A fire eater doing her thing

Stage Invaders Entertainment will be performing their "Sparks and Fire" show and the zombie stilt walkers will be mingling with visitors throughout the evening! 

Come and have your photo taken with them or just enjoy the heat

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Hallowe'en Party 31st October 2017 Tinsley Infants (old school) 5-8PM

We are really pleased to announce that One Nation are our official Sport Partners at our  Hallowe'en Event sponsored by Celebrate England, Meadowhall, British Land and Awards For All.

Interested in trying Archery? Come and have a go! Fully qualified instructors will be on site to give you a hand.

One Nation, great sports' ambassadors for the City.

Last Week's IKEA Open Day

There was unprecedented interest in our recent IKEA open day. The 32 slots were all quickly filled and although some people dropped out as the time approached their places were swiftly taken by others.

14 names were forwarded to IKEA to be considered for vacancies in their new call centre, and another four people were recommended for future vacancies in the IKEA store. These four were then followed up by IKEA to see when the could attend the next stage of the recruitment process.

15 people either decided that working for IKEA was not for them or were guided to other more suitable vacancies matched to their requirements.

Thank you to JobCentre Plus and the local Darnall Ward councillors for helping to make the open day possible.

Draft Minutes of the Darnall Forum Annual General Meeting, 4 October 2017

Attendance – eight people were in attendance

Apologies – there were four apologies.

The Minutes of the 2016 AGM were agreed to be a true record.

Matters Arising – None.

The financial report, which is part of the annual report and accounts for 2016, was adopted. Neil Bishop reported that despite increasing its unrestricted reserves the Charity’s overall reserves had reduced by £4,000. This is why we are trying to sell the post office. Even taking the sale into account, the Charity is expected to lose another £5,000 this year unless some of the people of goodwill who lent money to the post office decide to donate the money to the Charity when it is repaid to them.

The Trustees’ Annual Report for 2016, including the Chair’s Report was adopted. Mothiur Rahman thanked the staff and directors for their support during the year.

Elections & Appointment of Auditors Mothiur noted that directors who have not attended a meeting for six months are automatically considered to have retired and that one third of the board are supposed to retire each year. It was agreed that those who had not attended would be considered to have retired unless they reapply to be directors.

There are therefore six vacancies for the Board and these were not filled. Nicholson & Co were re-appointed as the independent examiners for 2017.

Local issues – There was a discussion about the recruitment process for the new IKEA store. The meeting expressed strong disappointment about the lack of support for local people to engage with the very demanding recruitment process. Neil Bishop reported that, perhaps as a result of publicity surrounding the meeting, an information day for potential recruits is planned at the Forum on 23 October, with JobCentre Plus advisers in attendance. The meeting agreed that Neil should ask the councillors to pay for this from the Ward Pot or obtain other Council funding to support it.
East European people are congregating again outside shops. It was suggested that they are drinking in the street and dropping litter. However, it was also noted that the police do not believe they are causing a breach of the peace.

Fly tipping and street litter bins getting over full remain problem issues. Neil Bishop drew attention to the Forum’s repeated unsuccessful efforts to raise funds to tackle fly tipping. It was noted that Street Ahead have been asked to keep an eye on the situation.