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Wine Toasting

FoPV at the Awards


Over the years the FoPV and its members have found themselves nominated for, and winning, various awards.


  • We were honoured to receive the 'Queen's Award for Voluntary Service' (QAVS)

Equivalent to an MBE, QAVS are the highest awards given to local voluntary groups in the UK, and they are awarded for life. We are also entitled to use the QAVS logo on our publicity and website.


  • English Heritage Angel Awards
    Shepherd Wheel nominated for Heritage Rescue.


  • Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2012
    WINNER in the Individual category for Ros Hancock in recognition of all her work for the Friends of the Porter Valley

  • English Heritage Angel Awards:
    Certificate of commendation to Friends of the Porter Valley for their work to rescue Shepherd Wheel


  • Sheffield Telegraph Environment Awards 2011
    WINNER in the Community category for Friends of the Porter Valley

Other Achievements & Activities

  • Research, report writing and publication.

  • Organised monthly walks; quarterly talks etc.

  • Raised profile through liaising with;

    • Other Friends/interest groups,

    • Sheffield City Council officers and councillors,

    • youth groups etc.


  • Fund raising for Shepherd Wheel and Forge Dam restorations.

  • Created community events e.g.

    • Duck Race,

    • Autumn and Winter Fairs,

    • participated in Sharrow Vale street markets.


  • Created twice-monthly conservation group, working with council staff to do

    • woodland maintenance,

    • tree/bulb/wild flower planting,

    • river/goit clearance in the valleys,

    • built and repaired paths, steps, and benches.


  • Endcliffe Park:

    • Creation of adult gym,

    • Aided setting up of Parkour equipment and,

    • re-development of children's playground.


  • Shepherd Wheel: Achieved the restoration of Shepherd Wheel to working order in conjunction with other stakeholders. Now open to the public at weekends and Bank Holidays; admission free.

  • Wire Mill Dam: Encouraged and helped Sheffield City Council to repair leaks and reconstruct the head goit.

  • Forge Dam:

    • supported café re-development,

    • improvement of toilets,

    • clearance and maintenance of area as part of the overall restoration of the immediate area.


  • Restoration of (re-named) Oliver's Bridge.

  • Enhancement of Common Lane open space as an urban nature park.

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