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June 2018

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Morning Star needs football and sport help

June 2018

South Yorkshire supporters of the socialist newspaper the Morning Star are currently planning a public meeting, in late summer. The discussion will be around football and sport and where it fits in socially, in the community, in politics etc.This is where...

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Sheffield City of Sanctuary’s exciting new refugee centre in Sheffield is in the running to win £48,088 from the Big Lottery, in a link-up with ITV regional. Please click here to watch the film and place your vote.South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Ac...

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That feels like change in the making. I feel at home with these sort of initiatives going on all around me.

Thanks for all you guys that are making change, given this job is often a thankless one.

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Tue 19 - Sat 23 Jun 2018 at multiple city centre venues

Britain’s largest festival about refugees and sanctuary returns for Refugee Week, bringing communities together through a soulful celebration of performance, food and culture. This rich programme will feature international theatre and dance, delicious iftars and global music evenings hosted by venues across the city to recognise the cultures that make Sheffield what it is and celebrate its status as a city of sanctuary.

"Pay As You Feel" tickets. Part of Festival of Debate 2018 in association with Theatre Deli.

Migration Matters Festival

Wheelies For Water

Fri 22 Jun 2018, meet 6pm outside Sheffield Town Hall

Two water treatment plants in Sheffield are now licensed to receive toxic water from Fracking (unconventional oil and gas extraction processes). Join this bike ride around the city centre and then out to Blackburn Meadows Water Treatment Works by 8pm (near Meadowhall) to spread the word to Sheffield residents - "No, not here and not anywhere!"

8pm onwards: Speakers from local Frack Free groups, Music and entertainment at the site. 9/10pm group ride back to city centre and to the pub.

Non-cyclists also welcome, meet at Blackburn Meadows at 8pm for the gathering and entertainment. The train, tram and bus are easily accessible, with around a 10 minute walk at the other end. Meadowhall South/Tinsley Tram stop, Purple or Yellow lines, every 12 — 20mins late into the night. Meadowhall Train Station has trains every 7 minutes. Useful buses: X78, every 15 minutes from Stand C1 at the Bus Station will take you to A6178.

Wheelies For Water

Rebuilding our Public Services

Fri 22 Jun 2018, 7-9pm, Central United Reformed Church, Norfolk St. S1 2JB

A Sheffield People’s Assembly public meeting on rebuilding our public services including the NHS, education, housing and social services, which have been decimated by years of Tory government, as services are cut and handed over to private companies. How can we rebuild these once Tory rule is ended? Join the debate – all welcome

Guest speaker: Chris Williamson, Labour MP for Derby North, and an ally of Jeremy Corbyn.
Chris Peace, Labour Councillor for Gleadless Valley and prospective Parliamentary Candidate, North East Derbyshire.
Bev Laidlaw, local PCS union activist (personal capacity).
Dave Berry, GMB union, and Momentum.
Plus Sheffield Green Party speaker (to be confirmed).

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Sat 23 Jun 2018, 12-8pm, Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Ave S2 2PL

A free, multicultural family event with lots of music and entertainment, fairground, carnival workshops, food and arts. A costume parade starts at 3pm. Sheffield Carnival was launched at the Sheffield Fayre in 2017 and looks set to get more exciting every year.

Part of Migration Matters Festival, admission is free (donations welcome).

Sheffield Carnival

Sharrow Festival Volunteer Recruitment Event

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 2-5pm, Old Junior School, South View Rd. (off Sharrow Lane) S7 1DB

The supporters of Sharrrow Festival are preparing for 7th July this year, when thousands will come, bringing together a diverse community and celebrating unity.

They invite local people, people who have experience of festivals and people who have never been involved before. A free, fun pre-festival afternoon of drop-in activities and cake! You can help to make some festival decorations, eat scrummy cake and hear some of the music that will be performing on the day. There is even a Sharrow quiz.

To give something back to the festival you can add your name to the list of volunteers (they need 30 people) and talk through what job you might enjoy most.

Sharrow Festival
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Justified and Ancient: the value of trees in cities

Sat 23 Jun 2018, 1.45-5pm, Freeman College, Sterling Works, 88 Arundel St. S1 2NG

Sheffield City Council’s decision to remove half of the city’s 35,000 trees has been met with shock and anger. The response by thousands of local people has shown just how much Sheffield’s trees are valued and loved. How can we ensure decision makers appreciate the importance of trees - especially ancient trees - for the well-being of communities, wildlife and the environment in urban landscapes? How can local communities be consulted and supported to plant and care for trees? This annual event will bring together experts and activists from a range of civil society groups to discuss the varied relationships between people and trees in the urban environment.

Ted Green MBE, Ancient Tree Forum: a regular broadcaster, writer and speaker at international conferences on ancient trees and fungi, founder member and President of the Ancient Tree Forum and Honorary Vice President of International Tree Foundation.
Dr Nicola Dempsey, University of Sheffield, Department of Landscape; research interests relate to understanding the complex relationship between landscape and humans, focussing on sustainable landscape planning and management and its impact on quality of life and wellbeing. Her current research project is on place-keeping, which she defines as ‘long-term and flexible management of green and open spaces to ensure they can be enjoyed by all users now and in the future’.
Fran Halsall, Sheffield Tree Action Group (STAG); founder member of the Sheffield Woodland Connections project. She is a vocal advocate for urban trees and works for Sheffield Tree Action Group in communications and outreach, as well as editing the Save Sheffield Trees website.
Alison Teal, Sheffield Green Party Councillor on Sheffield City Council. Alison has been an active member of Save Nether Edge Trees since 2015. She has faced arrest and legal action for her attempts to protect healthy trees from felling.
Sue Pitt, Fruit-full Communities, ITF: Based in Sheffield, Sue has responsibility for delivering ITF’s contribution to the Fruit-full Communities Project, now in its third year. Sue is particularly interested in how planting and growing can promote confidence, health and wellbeing as well as providing economically and environmentally sustainable futures for communities.
Annette Taberner, Street Tree Art Sheffield (STARTS): What began as a few friends meeting on a street corner to paint a picture of a much loved, threatened street tree has blossomed into a project which has attracted hundreds of people and encouraged them to spend time appreciating trees, creating art work, making friends and raising awareness of the importance of our green environment to health and wellbeing.

13:45 Arrival & Registration
14.00 Welcome & Introduction
14.15 Speakers & Discussion
16.00 Social and drinks
17.00 END

Directions: the venue is the Dining Room of Freeman College; enter through Fusion Café where you will be met and directed to the Dining Room.
By rail: Leave from the main entrance of Sheffield Railway Station (not where the trams run at the back of the station) and walk up past the water feature to the main road. Cross over and head straight up the hill along Howard Street, which is pedestrianised. Turn left onto Arundel Street at the Globe Inn. Fusion café is on the right hand side, about 150m along Arundel Street.
By car: There is a multi-story car park at the station which is easy to find if you are unfamiliar with the city by following signs to the station. On leaving the car park, walk along to the front of the station and then follow the directions above. Other cheaper car parks near the venue include Matilda Street and Sidney Street carparks which can be found here.

For further information please contact ITF This is a free event. Places are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid disappointment.

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What kind of NHS do we really want?

Tue 26 Jun 2018, 7-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

A Socialist Health Association event asking, if we all want to protect the NHS, what kind of NHS? We want it to be national, but surely some decisions need to be local and personal? Many campaigners argue that the new Accountable Care Organisations are a route to privatisation. But what do we want instead? Join us for this thoughtful seminar.

Entry free, (booking below), donations to the Socialist Health Association welcome. Part of this year’s Festival of Debate

Booking page at Tickets For Good

Celebrate the NHS reaching 70: but what is its life expectancy?

Wed 27 Jun 2018, 7-11pm, Roco Creative Co-op, 338-346 Glossop Rd. S10 2HW

Part of this year’s Festival of Debate in association with Sheffield Save Our NHS.

National, regional and local speakers contribute their thoughts, memories, hopes and fears for the NHS, followed by discussion on how to help ensure its survival.

The speaker panel, all appearing in personal capacities, will include:
Dr Sally Ruane, Leicester Keep Our NHS Public and Director of the Health Policy Research Unit, De Montfort University
Dr Stephen Watkins, Medical Practitioners Union (Unite) activist and Director of Public Health for Stockport
Professor Mavis Kirkham, Professor Emerita Sheffield Hallam University and co-founder of the Radical Midwives Association.

Followed by a social with music and entertainment. Free to attend, please book your place.

Tickets For Good booking page

Social Care: does anyone care?

Wed 27 Jun 2018, 1.30-4pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane S1 4FW

One-fifth (19%) of the population of the City of Sheffield are disabled people. Join Disability Sheffield, the Disability Hub, and Healthwatch to debate the future of the care "industry" as a catastrophe in the making and how we can stop that happening. Too many lives are at risk to keep meandering towards tragedy.

A free event as part of this year’s Festival of Debate in association with Disability Sheffield.

Booking page at Tickets For Good

Crosspool Festival

Fri 29 Jun - Sun 8 Jul 2018, Crosspool, Sheffield 10

A festival in the Crosspool area with lots of activities organised by the community. Features include a photo competition, street market, open mic/acoustic night, folk music and dance, books, bric-a-brac, tombola, even a talk on The Story of Adela Pankhurst and her suffragette work in Sheffield and a film show “Suffragette”. Download the full programme from the website, for full details.

Crosspool Festival

Festival of Debate Closing Party: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Fri 29 Jun 2018, 7pm, Abbeydale Picture House, 387 Abbeydale Rd. S7 1FH

The closing party for this year’s Festival of Debate celebrates 100 years of (some) women’s right to vote. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, will do a Q&A based on her book, Deeds Not Words, with Dr Kate Taylor-Jones from the University of Sheffield.

This will be followed by poetry sets from the Ted Hughes Award-winning Hollie McNish, Salena Godden, poets from the Verse Matters Collective, and music from Before Breakfast & Girl Gang DJs.

Please note: Entry to the venue is available to people aged 14 and over. People aged 14 and 15 will be allowed into the venue under the supervision of a responsible adult. I.D. may be asked of both parties so please have this available to avoid disappointment.

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