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Christmas Fayre was a cracker!


The annual Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre (SCLC) Christmas Fayre, which took place on Sunday 25th November, was a resounding success. It attracted huge crowds, making it the biggest and best Fayre ever. From carol singers to bell ringers, cracker-making to chats with Santa, there was plenty to keep everyone entertained. A very big thank you to all the stall-holders, volunteers and visitors for making it such a great day.


Dransfield Foundation makes generous donation to Well Sheffield project


Amanda Holmes, Communications Director of Dransfield Properties, has presented a cheque for over £16,200 to Fay Howard and Andy Clarke of Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre (SCLC) and Well Sheffield, on behalf of the Dransfield Foundation, the company’s charitable foundation. The funds were raised though the property company’s annual Tour of Europe bike ride which last year covered a route from Copenhagen to Oslo.

The donation to Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre will assist in the delivery of an ambitious project to make the centre more accessible to all. At the moment wheelchair users and others with mobility problems have difficulty using the 1960s and 70s built facility. Read more here.

Well Sheffield welcomes Social and Sustainable Capital director


Well North Executive Chairman Lord Andrew Mawson accompanied Mark Bickford, newly appointed Director of Investments at Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC), on a visit to Stocksbridge, to see firsthand the transformational projects taking place there.

This included a tour of the Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre, where Mark heard the history of the community taking over a failing public institution, creating a place where people can make connections, grow and thrive, encouraging self-confidence and a ‘can do’ entrepreneurial approach in local communities.

Mark and Andrew also discussed the ambitious plans for both the Leisure Centre and neighbouring Oxley Park, and the potential for SASC to be a partner. SASC’s funds provide flexible loans to enable social sector organisations to grow their social impact, improving the lives of disadvantaged people across the UK.

Commenting on his visit to Stocksbridge, and subsequently to Bradford, Mark said: “It was great to see the ambition and the exciting plans at Well Bradford and the fantastic turnaround achieved by the Well Sheffield team at Stocksbridge. The level of participation I saw at the leisure centre shows it’s genuinely valued by the community. Looking forward to my next visit!”

Well Sheffield starts the Christmas countdown!


Plans are well underway for the annual Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre (SCLC) Christmas Fayre, which takes place on Sunday 25th November from 11.00am to 4.00pm at the Leisure Centre. There will be plenty of stalls covering local arts, crafts, toys, home grown produce, community activities and fundraising (toy & teddy bear raffles, tombola, gift tree). Delicious refreshments will be available from the café selling home baked produce, plus a mulled wine and mince pie stall.

Activities for all ages will include:

  • · Cracker and card making
  • · Children's archery and bowling (skittles)
  • · Reiki sessions
  • · Face painting & sand art
  • · Bouncy castle
  • · Santa's Grotto
  • · Christmas wreath making
  • · Competitions – guess the weight of the cake, Santa’s lucky stocking, ‘What’s behind the door’.

Helping the day go with a swing will be lots of local performers, including Stocksbridge Junior School Choir, the Cocklebread Folk singers, St Mary’s Church Handbell Ringers, Thurgoland Community Choir and folk singer Dave Moffatt.

Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the festive spirit at the Centre - download a poster here. For further information or to book a market stall please contact the Centre on 0114 288 3792.