Mi Amigo Memorial Flight
It’s less than two weeks until Sheffield looks to the skies to see a unique flyover of US and Royal Air Force aircraft – to mark 75 years since the Mi Amigo disaster.
The whole city is rallying behind Tony Foulds, who has been tending the Mi Amigo memorial for many years, with Buses for Sheffield and Stagecoach Supertram offering free travel for service personnel and veterans in honour of the occasion. Now Sheffield City Council is advising people to plan their journeys to Endcliffe Park carefully and in advance so they can arrive in time for the flypast on Friday 22 February, which will be broadcast live by BBC Breakfast to an audience of millions.
While final aircraft participation will be driven by weather and mission requirements, the US Airforce is anticipating a unique variety of aircraft from U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force installations including RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall and RAF Coningsby.
Due to airspace regulations, these aircraft will not fly in one combined formation together but will still put on a fantastic show of airpower in tribute to the fallen crew of the Mi Amigo.
The flypast has been inspired by the dedication of Tony Foulds, who has tended the memorial in Endcliffe Park for many years.
On the Friday, a memorial service will take place, starting at approximately 8am, with a Bugler playing one verse of Amazing Grace. There will be a reading from St John’s Gospel by a Royal British Legion and a bugler will play the Last Post and Reveille.
The annual memorial service is on Sunday 24 February at 2pm at St Augustine’s Parish Church, Endcliffe. Prior to the service, at around 1.15pm, a group of USAF personnel, RAFA officers, the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff and members of the public will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial site.
VANTAGE POINTS and POTENTIAL ROUTE
It is believed that the flypast will arrive in Sheffield from the south-east before arriving in Endcliffe Park, although this route may be subject to change. The city has a number of lofty vantage points which might provide a spectacular back drop for the flyover, such as Bolehills Park, Park Hill flats, Skye Edge playing fields and the Botanical Gardens.
The flypast will also be broadcast on BBC Breakfast if you can’t make it into Sheffield on the day.
The council will be launching a photography competition on its social media channels encouraging people to get the best pictures and send them to us at #sheffieldflypast. We will publish the best ones on our website.
The council has set up a dedicated page for Flypast information at http://bit.ly/flypastsheffield. We will also post regular updates on Twitter @sheffcouncil and Facebook at Our Sheffield, as well as on our Sheffield Newsroom site.
Since October the council has been working with Mr Foulds to improve access and information at the site in readiness for the 75th anniversary. Trees and bushes around memorial area have been pruned to improve access, the gravel footpath below the memorial has been resurfaced, new flower planters have been placed by the memorial and work to open up site lines around the river bank are due to be completed before the event.
A new interpretation board has been installed which tells the tale of what happened to the Mi Amigo crew on the morning of 22 February, 1944, and following a plea from Mr Foulds the steps leading to the memorial have been freshly tarmacked to make access easier for visitors.
Mi Amigo Memorial Flight
With thanks to Banner Cross Beighbourhood Association- A brief summary of three current planning applications that may be of interest to local residents:
Three planning applications have now come onto the council website. They are:
1. Gilders application from Primesite. ref: 18/04104/FUL
18/04104/FUL | Alterations to car showroom and workshop (Use Class Sui Generis) to allow use as two commercial units (A1/A3), gym (D2) and offices (B1), erection of 8 dwellings (C3), provision of associated parking for all uses, landscaping and access works
2. 846 Ecclesall Road (the former Royal Mail sorting office) ref. 18/04144/FUL
Change of Use to cafe (Use Class A3) with bread making and coffee roasting facilities, function/event facility and provision 2x retractable canopies to front elevation |
3. 944 Ecclesall Road (former Banner Cross News shop)
18/04036/CHU | Change of use from retail (Use Class A1) to drinking establishment (Use Class A4)
THROUGH YOUR LETTERBOX .....
There have been a few changes within NENG over recent months, which we hope will make the delivery of your EDGE each month and our administration a bit more efficient. You may have noticed that Ken Lambert firstname.lastname@example.org is now the Membership Secretary, He co-ordinates the lists of members and subscribers and from now on, will also receive and bank payments passed to your local EDGE distributors.
We are making a big push to encourage more residents to pay their annual subscriptions (of £8 per household/ £5 concessions) to NENG by Standing Order (SO) from April next year. Most people still make one-off annual payments, which means that our distributors have to go round collecting money from you each year. This is very time-consuming for both them and us and occasionally a bit frustrating. Please don’t forget that your distributor and indeed everyone in NENG is a volunteer, giving their time freely to you and their community, so we would all be grateful if you could make life a little easier by making out an SO instead of making separate payments that we have to chase up.
For those who haven’t already set up a Standing Order, the new Standing Order mandate form will be available from email@example.com. or can be downloaded from our website at www.netheredge.co.uk . Alternatively if you do on-line banking, you can set up a Standing Order yourself, filling in NENG’s sort code of 30-97-51 and account no 36208368, but please include the reference ‘EDGE and your NAME’ so we can identify you. Please confirm with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name, address and phone number. This will make a huge difference to us and there will be no need to inform our Acting Treasurer, David O’Connell email@example.com unless you particularly want to speak to him.
Of course, NENG does much more within our community than just producing EDGE each month. We run Nether Edge Festival; the Farmers’ Market; the History Group (see our new book out this Christmas); Friends of Brincliffe Edge Woods; Friends of Chelsea Park; the delightful Christmas Trees going up at the start of December; new flower planters at the Oxfam crossroads and lots more. If you want to get involved in any way or have any suggestions for what we should be doing, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mum's United fun day and discussion event...
Venue: Madina Mosque, Wolseley Road, Sheffield.
Date: 28 Oct 2018.
Time: 2PM - 4PM
Fun Day to include Stalls/Bazaar, Activities, Refreshments, face Painting and Guest Speakers.
"OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR CONCERN. HELP US TO PROTECT THEN FROM KNIFE CRIME"
YOUR SUPPORT IS VITAL FOR CHANGE
AN HONEST DEBATE ABOUT THE RISE OF ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR, KNIFE AND GUN CRIME
In addition to coordinating community events such as the Nether Edge Farmers' Market and annual Nether Edge Festival. NENG is keen to promote the many other organisations contributing to charitable fundraising and community cohesion across out area. This is the first in a new series putting some of the great work that is going on locally under the spotlight. If you've got suggestions for other organisations that we could work more closely with or feature in future please get in touch...
In the meantime, thank you to UKIM for their recent Broadfield Park hospitality during Eid week for the Nether Edge community and here is a bit more information about them....
The UK Islamic Mission UKIM began in 1962 by addressing the immediate religious needs of the new migrant Muslim community in the UK. From early on, UKIM also worked to educate the Muslim community on how it could participate fruitfully and contribute positively to the moral and spiritual betterment of wider society within which they had made their homes.
UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) Sheffield is a fairly small but very active branch. It has always been engaged in good projects. Recently for example, a charity walk by two Branch members, Jamil Akhtar and Rizwan Ullah along with Consultant Surgeon Dr Shah Nawaz raised over £1600 for the Northern General Hospital “Vascular Surgical” ward.
Before this there was another fund-raising event for St Luke’s Hospice which raised over £500 towards the Hospice’s work. In previous years UKIM Sheffield worked with local Mosques to raise money for a CCT Scanner for the Children’s Hospital and jointly more than £17000 pounds were raised from Sheffield and Rotherham Muslim community. UKIM Sheffield is also involved in many other projects and initiatives, Sheffield Climate Change Alliance and Sheffield Emergency Contingency Planning project for example. Interfaith events are very popular. UKIM Sheffield also provides free literature to develop non-Muslim communities understanding of Islam including copies of English translation of the holy Quran. UKIM are always happy to host interfaith or any other events which are for the common good of the community. If you are interested in learning more, in working with UKIM or suggesting projects why not get in touch with UKIM Sheffield team who believe in collaborative work and community interaction. Their Office is 525 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield.
Family Voice have helped the Common Ground committee secure £10,000 to do up the building!
The next event there is the launch of the Nether Edge Festival on Sat 15th 12 - 4pm.
NEXT WEDNESDAY, 12th, at 6.30pm there will be a meeting at Common Ground for anyone interested in helping for a couple of hours.
We are passionate about turning round Common Ground (St Peters/Woodstock Rd/Empire/Machon Bank) to make it a positive, thriving community building - BUT we need you and the community to be part of it! Please come and show your support. Or just call for more info. Thanks. 07951510366.
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