More bus services cuts for Norton Lees

frownySYPTE is proposing to cut the frequency of the 19 and 20a services to hourly (currently 3 per hour). We have just found out there is a drop-in to discuss this at 6pm on Wednesday 15th at Mountview Methodist Church on Derbyshire Lane.

There is also a feedback form here but given that you have short notice, we wonder why this information has been kept so quiet (or rather we don’t!)


Appeal from South Yorkshire Police

Did you see a man behaving suspiciously in the Derbyshire Lane area of Sheffield yesterday morning?

It is believed that at some time between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday (Tuesday 17 March), a 71-year-old woman was in a property in Cobnar Drive, Sheffield, when an unknown man entered and threatened her with a knife.

The woman was robbed before being subjected to a sexual assault by the man. Her wedding ring and money was taken during the incident. The man is described as being white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, of medium to stocky build. He is believed to be between 40 and 50-years-old with a weathered appearance and a round face.

He is also described as being bald, with some hair around the sides of his head that is dark in colour. He is also believed to have heavy stubble around his mouth and is described as looking unkempt. He was reportedly wearing glasses and dark clothing, and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali in Sheffield said: “This was a horrific attack on an elderly woman in a relative’s home and we are taking this report incredibly seriously. “We are conducting extensive enquiries in the local area, including going door-to-door speaking to residents. Witnesses describe seeing a man in dark clothing in the area at the time, who appeared to be struggling with a heavy bag of some sort. We need to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a man behaving suspiciously in the area between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday morning – any information, no matter how small, could help us identify the person responsible. I also need to hear from anyone who may have been offered a wedding ring for sale.”

Please call 101 quoting incident number 253 of 17 March 2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 FREE.

RIP John Brown

jbIt is with great sadness that we must announce that John Brown passed away on Tuesday March 3rd. As Chairman of Norton Lees Residents Association, John has been a mainstay of the group. He was a pillar of the local community, being also active with St Paul’s Church, Chair of the Friends of Bishops’ House since its inception, leader of Norton Lees Local History group, with the former St. Pauls Players (both onstage and as a set designer) and Norton Cricket Club, where he was a spin bowler. He was a life-long fan of his beloved Sheffield United.

John had been an architect with Sheffield Council for most of his working life. During his retirement Bishops’ House became a focus for John’s love and knowledge of history. He gave regular, well-attended talks on various facets of our local history. John was always friendly, calm and erudite, providing excellent company to whoever got to know him. He will be sorely missed by all his friends, colleagues and especially his two children.

There will be a ceremony for him at St Pauls Church Saturday 14th March at 9.15. Donations should be made to St Luke’s Hospice on his behalf.