Sheffield scouts pay the price of downpours but Jamaican community’s ready to party

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FURTHER community events are falling victim to the weather including an activity weekend for 2,200 scouts - but organisers of a Sheffield celebration of Jamaican independence have stressed their bash is going ahead.

Scouts were due to gather at Hesley Wood Activity Centre, Chapeltown, from today for Synergise 2012, billed as South Yorkshire’s Ultimate Adventure Weekend.

But assistant county organiser Andrew Marsden said: “The site is under a lot of water and vehicles providing equipment and activities wouldn’t be able to get on and off.”

But hundreds of people are still expected to gather for the Fun In The Sun party at Earl Marshal playing fields, off East Bank Road, to celebrate Jamaican independence.

The event is going ahead on Sunday, August 5, between noon and 9pm, with music, food, stalls, fairground rides and face painting.

Broomhead Chase fell run is also taking place as planned on Sunday, despite the cancellation of last week’s Broomhead Show. The show will return next year, organisers have pledged.

Meanwhile, Barnsley Hospice’s sixth annual night-time walk will be held on Saturday, July 21 - almost a month after it had to be postponed because of bad weather.

Around 1,400 women were due to have taken part in the Midnight Walk on June 23, but it was called off on that night because the site at Grange Lane, Stairfoot, was waterlogged with a forecast for further torrential rain.

The majority of walkers who originally signed up are expected to participate and supporters are aiming to top the £100,000 raised by the event last year.

Organiser Helen Macintosh said: “It was extremely disappointing to have had to postpone the walk. We didn’t take the decision lightly but safety was paramount.

“Happily most of our walkers can make this second date, and we know their enthusiasm will make it a success. It’s not too late to join in for anyone who didn’t register first time around. They can simply turn up on the night from 9pm.”

Participants are asked to dress in a Hawaiian theme.

A FAMILY fun day due to take place at Hillsborough Park tomorrow, has been postponed because of the soggy grass until September 15.