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Sheffield Green Business Group planned

March 2017

Sheffield Green Party members who own or run a business are invited to a meeting discussing policies for Sheffield Green Party which are friendly to local business, rather than remote, faceless and profit-sucking corporations. Please contact Councillor Rob...

Help the homeless

February 2017

Sheffield charity the Cathedral Archer Project is asking supporters to get involved in food parcel sorting, breakfast and lunch for homeless people. This year they will again hold their annual sleep-out to draw attention to homelessness and raise vital fun...

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Events Listings

Sheffield Environment Weeks

All summer

Sheffield can be proud of the hundreds of activities that make up Sheffield Environment Weeks, which has run for many years. They range from talks on a range of subjects, to projects like urban agriculture and wildlife conservation. In 2016 it won the category ´Small Group, Big Impact´ in the Sheffield ´Make a Difference´ Awards. If you want to volunteer see the timetable on the website.

Sheffield Environment Weeks

Foodhall Café

Eyre Street Café, 121 Eyre St. S1 4QW

A reminder that Foodhall Café offers food that would have been thrown away, surplus donated by retailers, on a "Pay-as-you-feel" basis. It is run by volunteers and encourages community engagement between the general public including students, homeless people, mental health groups, isolated people, people with addiction problems and people who need to access food.

You can help, whether by just visiting to eat and socialise, or maybe food preparation, or even playing the house piano.

The cafe opens Thursdays to Saturdays, there are also art workshops and reading groups, and some nights it becomes a DIY venue for fundraiser gigs.

Foodhall

The Real Junk Food Project

July 2017

A reminder that the The Real Junk Food Project has various excellent volunteer-run projects, using food which would otherwise go to waste. The following operate on the basis of pay-as-you-feel:

Steeple Corner Café (Victoria Centre, 37 Stafford Rd., Norfolk Park S2 2SE) open 4 days a week and free wi-fi!
Citrus Café (New from 10th July 2017, at Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, S6 3NA) open 6 days a week.
Shareouse Market (49 Carlisle Street, S4 7LJ) open Tuesday–Saturday 12-2pm as a pay-as-you-feel store.

They also run Fuel For School, an educational programme helping primary schools to take direct environmental action and make a positive change in the local community, and they run catering for conferences, parties, weddings and events from 5 – 350 people, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Real Junk Food Project

Tramlines Festival

Fri 21-Sun 23 Jul 2017, various venues

This commercially sponsored music festival in the centre of Sheffield gets more popular every time. The lineup of music is massive, with 73 acts this year. The programme of bands in surrounding pubs and venues includes some free entry.

www.tramlines.org.uk

Akala: Hip Hop & Politics

Sun 23 Jul 2017, 12.30pm, Pennine Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St. S1 1WB

MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator Akala returns to Sheffield to tell the history of hip hop. Akala provides a passionate overview of the oral traditions, musical, cultural and political movements that have contributed to the evolution of MCing so far. Followed by an open Q & A (questions and answers session) facilitated by Hassun El Zafar.

Event open to everyone, space limited. so please book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets: Early £5, Standard £8 plus booking fees.

Facebook event page

Dispossession - Sheffield screening + Q&A

Tue 25 Jul 2017, 6pm, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row S1 2BX

For some people, a housing crisis means not getting planning permission for a loft conversion. For others it means, quite simply, losing their home. "Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle" is a documentary directed by Paul Sng (Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain) and narrated by Maxine Peake.

It explores the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain. The film focuses on the neglect, demolition and regeneration of council estates across the UK and investigates how the state works with the private sector to demolish council estates to build on the land they stand on, making properties that are unaffordable to the majority of people. Dispossession is the story of people fighting for their communities, of people who know the difference between a house and a home, and who believe that housing is a human right, not an expensive luxury.

After the screening there will be a Question & Answer session with Paul Sng (Director), Dr Lisa McKenzie (author of Getting By) and more.

Showroom Cinema

Access Space repair day

Wed 26 Jul 2017, 11am-5pm, Access Space, AVEC Building, Sidney St. S1 4RG

Access Space opens its doors on Wednesdays for you to bring in broken items and they will help you to learn how to repair them. This includes computer/electrical stuff, even clothing, furniture, etc. Our current capitalist system produces inferior products designed to go wrong and need replacing, with the cost paid by us and the environment. #FightForYourRightToRepair is the new movement promoting the end to this ’built-in obsolence’ and unrepairable goods.

Access Space

Eviction resistance!

Thu 27 Jul 2017, 6pm onwards

Help stop a family becoming homeless. For years a Sheffield family have asked for repairs and have got nothing back except bullying and harassment from the landlord. Now they have been given 4 weeks notice to vacate, which will leave them on the street. Why? Because rather than fixing the place up for the family, the landlord wants to get richer tenants in. But when the landlord comes knocking on July 27th he’ll face the full force of ACORN and a mobilised community coming to the family’s defence. ACORN have done it in other towns, now it’s Sheffield’s turn. Not only will the action help stop a family from becoming homeless, it will send a message to rogue landlords in Sheffield that they have a union to contend with.

Help to organise: they are recruiting members to an eviction resistance committee to plan action. Sign-up here. More info on location and action nearer the time. Hosted by ACORN Sheffield - Renters’ Union and anti-poverty organising. The system is rigged in the favour of the few with money and influence. We have to take action.

Facebook event page

Critical Mass

Fri 28 Jul 2017, meet 6pm outside the Town Hall

Critical Mass is a fun, free and pro-bicycle ride that takes place in Sheffield (and many other cities around the world) on the last Friday evening of every month. It is a self-organised movement, in other words it happens with whoever turns up. Come and enjoy a nice evening ride around Sheffield for an hour, then off to a pub for a drink and a chat.

Critical Mass Sheffield
Critical Mass on Wikipedia

SHEFFIELD PRIDE

Sat 29 Jul 2017, Endcliffe Park, off Rustlings Rd. S11 7AB

Sheffield Pride is the city’s annual community festival and parade celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual, non-binary and trans life, and welcoming friends, family and everyone to join in the fun. Lineup stretching all through the day and night, something for everyone to enjoy. There are also fundraiser events at various venues.

Endcliffe Park is 2 miles south-west of Sheffield city centre, at Rustlings Road junction with Ecclesall Road. Buses from city centre are very frequent.

Sheffield Pride

Sheffield Vegetarian Group

Sat 29 Jul 2017, 10.45am-12.45pm at Blue Moon Café, 2 St James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield Vegetarian Group meets on the last Saturday of each month. Phone to confirm: Jenni 07929 831866.

Sheffield Vegan Beer Fest

Sat 29 Jul 2017, 12-9pm, Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Rd. S3 8BX

The first-ever Sheffield Vegan Beer Fest, promoted by popular blogger Fat Gay Vegan. Looks set to be a great day with a big range of beer, food and festivities. More proof that veganism is not sober or boring. Tickets: £4/£5/on the door £7 (plus booking fee, food and drink not included).

Sheffield Vegan Beer Fest
Facebook event page

The Great UpCycle Fete

Sat 29 Jul 2017, 11am-4pm, St. Mary’s, Bramall Lane S2 4QZ

UpCycling is the creative transformation of waste into something useful or beautiful. This is a free-entry fundraiser to celebrate and support St. Mary’s and the excellent TimeBuilders skill-sharing project.

The event includes upcyled arts and crafts, FoodCycle international buffet, traditional tea tent, climbing and caving, birds of prey display, games and family fun.

​They welcome enquiries if you want to sell upcycled crafts, display upcycled sculptures, or your organisation’s work fits within the upcycle theme. Architecture students who fancy designing and building a temporary upcycle pavilion are particularly welcome (click here).

Timebuilders

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