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Here they come again!

2nd April 2018 - Easter Monday

The 10th Race

It's that time of year again for a quacking good family day out in Endcliffe Park for the FoPV Duck Race, as they race down the River Porter for the finishing line just below the Endcliffe Park Cafe.

We had a fantastic turnout again last year, thank you to everyone who turned up to support us, we hope you had a great day.

How to Buy your Racing Ducks

You can waddle down in person to one of the Park Cafés during the times shown below


online here:



Family of Six Ducks - £5*

Now until 8pm on Sunday 1st April
(Please note I'm on holiday from 10th to 17th March, if you buy your ducks between those dates I shall let you know your duck numbers on 18th March)

You can buy 'family' groups online here for £5* per six ducks, just indicate how many family groups you want at the checkout.

Please include a contact phone number so that we can contact you if you are a lucky winner.

* You will notice a P&P charge, don't worry we won't be posting the ducks to you! this is the charge PayPal make per transaction.

Contact Phone

In Person

Individual Duck - £1
Family of Six Ducks - £5

Forge Dame Cafe (Normal Opening Hours)
Endcliffe Park Cafe
(Normal Opening Hours)
The Sheffield Shop - Ecclesall Rd
(Normal Opening Hours)


The Duck Race Start Line  - 2nd April: Race Day 10.30am to 2pm

The Duck Race itself starts at 2pm

Come and help us all count down to the spectacular start and watch our tower of Ducks launch into the river. Prize-winners will be announced from about 3pm.

Duck Race Start

Bring your camera and take plenty of photographs and video, and we would love to see them. Send them to us at

Stalls open from 10am:


Take a Sneaky Beak at the Race Prizes

Maxfield Travel – 4 on a day trip of their choice

Norfolk Arms – overnight stay for 2 people

Crosspool Tavern – meal for 2 
Endcliffe Park Café – meal for 4
Forge Dam Café – family meal
Le Bistro Pierre – meal for two
Rising Sun – meal voucher for 2
Sportsman Pub – £20 meal voucher
The Stag – meal voucher for 2

Food and Drink

La Patisserie  – coffee and cakes for two

Oakbrook Deli – pot of jam

Pollards – tea hamper

Porter Deli – £10 voucher

Sainsbury’s – chocolates

Times wine club – bottles of wine

Truffles – box of chocolates


Beauty Care – £10 voucher

Brookhouse Florist – plant

Danger Zone – 3 paint ball vouchers

Design Studio – gift

Fairtrade – baskey, notebook, colouring pens

Famous Sheffield Shop – gift

Finishing Touches – scarf/handbag

Flora – plant (JG)

Fulwood Co-op – childrens’ magazines

Ice Sheffield/Ponds Forge – 2 family swimming vouchers

Katy Robinson – room diffuser

Martin Decent – framed print

Nuffield Health – one-week passes

Pagets – £60 voucher

Petal Accessories – £20 voucher

Pullin’s Amusements free rides 

Rhyme & Reason – children’s books

Running with scissors – £30 voucher

Sew in the City – voucher for sewing machine lesson

Sharrow Vale hardware – £10 voucher


The FoPV are taking a close interest in the council's latest consultations for potential flood defences within the Porter Valley. Following the consultation late last year the council have announced that the proposal at Whiteley Woods will no longer be considered. You can read their full press release here.

The original plans included proposed projects within the Porter Valley such as barriers at three locations including one at Endcliffe Park and we would encourage you to see what is being considered by looking at the Councils website at

The FoPV response to the consultations in 2016 was made after receiving comments and suggestions from our members.

You can Download our reply to Sheffield City Council here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped with this. We shall of course be keeping members up to date with progress.


Forge Dam

The thermometer here shows how much we have raised to date from small donations and events, including £70,000 from Council Section 106 money (under this scheme new property developments have to give money for community good). 

For more details about Forge Dam, the Proposals, and Updates of the works so far - take a look at our Forge Dam Pages.

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Facebook Group LinkIf you have a facebook account then you can join in the discussions and share your photographs on our facebook page. Just click on the link here and log into your account - you will be taken to our group page


Where we are;

This map shows where the main features are within the FoPV area of the valley. Use the Menu Button Google menu icon to select or deselect the feature you are interested in. You can zoom in or out as desired.

FoPV Newsletter

Porter Valley News is our regular newsletter with news and the latest information about what is happening in the valley and in FoPV.

Members can download the latest issue from the members area (link also at the top of this page).


You can download back copies here.


Issue 87 Oct 2017

Issue 86 Jul 2017

Issue 85 Apr 2017

Issue 84 Jan 2017

Fly Tipping, Litter, Graffiti, Abandoned Vehicles

If you find anything like this in the Valley please use the Council's online form to report it by clicking on the image here.

link to Sheffield City Council

Flooded roads or blocked road drains

Please use this link for blocked road drains.

link to Sheffield City Council

Environment Agency

0800 80 70 60
Don't ignore it, report it!
If you suspect the river is being polluted or to report any environmental incident in the Porter Valley, please call the Environment Agency Hotline on the number above.
(Calls from mobile phones are not free and will be charged at normal network operator's call rates)


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