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Summer events in Sheffield and beyond

Here’s a round-up of forthcoming events. There’s Peace in the Park this Saturday, an exciting North West Transition Conference coming up in July, and a grand sprinkling of other happenings too. 

Saturday 14 June:  Peace in the Park
12pm to 9pm, Ponderosa (park)
The 10th year of Sheffield’s fantastic festival of peace, happiness, love, unity and respect. With music, poetry, dance and art, it’s planned to be the biggest and best yet! Plenty of food and drink, fun for kids, crafts, healing, loads of stalls and organisations, and all run by brilliant community activists. Profits are given to a couple of selected charities, this year they’re supporting ASSIST and Roundabout.

Monday 16 June: Film showing of Wajdja

8 for 8:30pm, Heeley Institute, 147 Gleadless Rd, S2 3AF
This film is being shown by the Magic Lantern Film Club in conjunction with CycleSheffield, to celebrate Bike Week and the Tour de France. Wajdja is a film about cycling,women, independence and liberty which will blow you away.  It is a touching and funny film, with insights into the closed and conservative culture of Saudi Arabia.
See more information: http://magiclanternfilmclub.wordpress.com/#Jun14

Sat, 14 June, Crowd Tech @ The Synergy Centre

10am – 4pm, The Synergy Centre, 1, Myers Grove Lane, Sheffield, S6 5JG
The second Saturday of every month is our PC Tune Up morning. Bring your computer or tablet or other and get expert advice and help for cleaning it up. There will be a small cover charge of £4 per person/device to help with expenses. Note: There may be walkthroughs on standard and advanced clean-up techniques, but no guarantees are made about the time your devices will receive. If you’re not sure whether your device can be helped by us, feel free to submit a ticket at our website www.thesynergycentre.com/itd/ Anyone with a ticket number will be top of the list and first served! :D

Wednesday 18 June: One Step: local currencies

8pm, in Upperthorpe / Walkley
One Step is for everyone who wants to to leave the world a better place. One step a day, a week, a month. Why not come and join them in the Upperthorpe area, once a month to help find out what steps each of us could take. This is a special meeting about alternative economies (time banks, credit unions, local currencies) More information at www.one-step.org.uk and https://www.facebook.com/onestepsheff


Wednesday 18 June: Celebrate 10 years of refugee volunteering
1.30-8pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW
City of Sanctuary Sheffield invites you to a special event to celebrate 10 years of refugee volunteering, and to learn how you can volunteer. Includes food, music and good company.
Hear from refugees about their experiences volunteering with local organisations, and from those who have benefited from their volunteering. City of Sanctuary Sheffield will also be inviting local people to volunteer their services.

Thursday 19th June: Third Sector Cafe: How to write a winning tender 
9:30-11:30am, Harland Works, 70 John Street Sheffield S2 4QU United Kingdom
Are you involved in writing tenders for your charity or social enterprise?  If you’d like an insiders view of how professional bid writers write winning tenders, join us to hear Sophy Hallam, Third Sector Cafe co-founder, talk about the approach Tenders UK use to win 4 out of 5 bids they write for their clients. Many of the learning points about writing winning tenders are also relevant to writing successful bids for grants. Peter Foyle, Funding Advisor with South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB), is coming along to give us a specialist perspective on grants and  a demonstration of how to use SYFAB’s online search facility to search for suitable grant funders.
Book your place online on Eventbrite.
Tuesday 24th June: Are we going to be Fracked? 

6:30 for 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, S1 2EW
Find out what is happening with fracking in South Yorkshire. Main speaker David Burley from Frack Free South Yorkshire. 
‘Unconventional gas poses a threat to our environment, drinking water, land and our health at a time when we need to reduce our use of fossil fuels. Benefits will be minor but the costs will be major. 77% of the British public wants to reduce our use of fossil fuels, but our government is ignoring us. What does it all mean and what can be done?’
Saturday 28 June: Farm Fest
12 – 8pm, Heeley City Farm, Free admission
It’s our very own music festival  raising money for the Farm – the Farm Stage is back again! With all the usual amazing bands and booze from the luscious Blue Bee Brewery
Plus there will be Jess from Common Thread with face painting and silly hat making, PLUS in the Energy Centre: Human Fruit Machine, Madame Zucchini, Childrens’ Crafts – Recycled crafts with lots of glitter and glue, and Wishing Tree.  Stalls too tbc.
Travel tip: Catch the No 47 bus to Herdings from town – it drops you right outside the door.

12th-13th July: North West Transition Conference: 

How local action can change our world
University of Cumbria, Lancaster.
An all day Saturday conference, with electrifying workshops, inspiring talk by Rob Hopkins, evening social, optional field trips on Sunday, and much, more. Ever wondered if starting a Transition enterprise is for you? Or ‘How can I avoid burn out?’ or ‘Who around here is as excited about the Power of Just Doing Stuff as me?’ If so, this conference is made for you.
Cost £20/10 concessions, with low cost accommodation available.
More information about workshops etc via the Transition Network   Tickets on eventbrite  

Saturday 26 July: Repair Cafe
10am – 4ish, Heeley City Farm. See RepairSheffield event flyer.

A tea-fueled event to bring together people who can mend stuff people who need things mended. Bring mending skills and/or a desire to learn how to mend, and of course your broken stuff, and useful toolkits.  There are no guarantees, but they’ve a passion to see if we can help you to mend anything i.e. bring along small household items, toasters, shoes, clocks, weighing scales, and we’ll put our heads and hands together.
Closing date 31 July 2014:  Four Winds Share Offer now open 
Four Winds is developing co-operatively owned wind turbines on former colliery sites, with the aim of bringing benefit to the local communities. Four Winds has planning consent to develop a 500KW wind turbine at Duckmanton near Chesterfield and a second 500KW wind turbine between Grimethorpe and Cudworth, called Shafton Turbine. Amount to raise £3.7 million

Go to www.fourwinds.coop to apply.


Ongoing: Get involved at Hazelhurst Community Supoprted Agriculture Project
Our regular volunteer days are a great chance to get involved. You can help Sheffield Organic Growers to prepare and maintain the site, plant seeds and harvest crops. Wear suitable clothes and footwear and bring a fork or a spade if you have one. Please bring hot/cold drinks, and lunch. We provide some hot drinks and will try and support you getting to the land. The regular volunteer day is currently Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am.
See Find Us for how to get to the field. For more information or if you need a lift please ring Naomi on 07857 869 740 or email Naomi@hazelhurst.coop

Our garden peas are growing quickly in the the rain and sunshine; hope these events keep you well nourished and give you something to enjoy too.
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Events in May

There’s lots of stuff coming up fast in May that tick the boxes for sustainability and community. Take a look and see if there’s something here to put a spring in your step:

This weekend: Green Homes Sheffield ‘Busy Bank Holiday’

Over the Bank Holiday weekend 3rd- 5th May Green Homes Sheffield is offering 7 more chances to visit Green Homes around Sheffield,  in Sharrow, Greystones, Crookes, Millhouses, Crookesmoor and Hunters Bar. These homes are opening their doors for tours and will show off their eco-features to inspire you. Please come along to learn more from householders who have made their homes warmer, more affordable and greener.
To see times and book in, see http://sheffield.greenopenhomes.net. More events will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th May, with a total of 18 homes open this spring

Sat 3rd May, Vegetable and Bedding Plant Sale
9:30-14:30, Hagg Lane & District Gardeners’ Allotment Trading Hut, S10
Surplus allotment society plant sale by members to raise funds towards a new community hut. Coffee & home-made cake available.
See Sheffield Environment weeks for full details.

Sat 3 May: Transition Café in Derbyshire
3-5pm at ‘Warm, Wet and Windy’, Cromford Mills  
This is a chance to meet with other groups or organisations who are involved in developing sustainable ways of living, finding ways of supporting and encouraging each other, discover what we are all doing and swap ideas.
For more details see http://t.co/vtQeRz0eKi.

Thursdays from 8 May:  Sheffield Friends of the Earth Free Film Festival
5:30-8:30pm  University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 3 
Sheffield Friends of the Earth are celebrating their 40th birthday with a free film festival! Screenings will commence at 6pm on each Thursday in May, and a public discussion will take place after each film.
~ Thursday 8 May – Gasland 2
~ Thursday 15 May – Trashed
~ Thursday 22 May – A Fierce Green Fire
~ Thursday 29 May – More Than Honey

See the Sheffield Friends of the Earth website for more info about the films.


Saturday 10 May: Composting Bonanza Day
10am-4pm Heeley City Farm, Richards Rd. S2 3DT
Heeley City Farm annual day of all things compost. Loads of advice from Compost Matt about how to successfully compost at home – the best types of composter bins to buy, where to site it, etc. Special one day offer – the first 30 attendees will get 5 bags of compost for £10. Composting activites for children – test your composting knowledge, guess the insect and make a compost bug.  Check online for updates.


Saturday 10 May: Free Radicals fundraiser

7am to 10pm, Broomhall Centre (Broomspring Lane, S10 2FD
The amazing Free Radicals are performing soul and funk classics in aid of ASSIST. They raised the roof last year, performing to over 100 people who danced the night away and donated over £1000! Join them as they entertain in aid of ASSIST and their excellent work with asylum seekers.
Book tickets online via http://www.wegottickets.com/event/269601

15th May: Food at the Third Sector Cafe: Grow, Give, Make, Sell 
9.30am til 11.30am at the Jesus Centre on Hanover way (come along at 9:20 to give yourself a chance to get a coffee from the Parlour Cafe!)
The discussion this month will be around food – growing it, giving it, making it and selling it.
Share your experiences during Sheffield’s Food Festival month, and hear more about what organisations are up to with food in Sheffield.
Book online or View more information
22 May: Remember to use your vote.
7am-10pm at a polling station near you!
If you are feeling to busy or jaded, check out these reasons why (and it’s not too late yet to register to vote).
Also see info from Sheffield Council: Local and European elections 22 May 2014
So hope there’s something here to get you inspired in May.
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Events and opportunities

Yet more great opportunities coming up so you can learn skills, have your say, get into recycling/reusing groove, find out about home energy improvements, and discuss possibilities for change.
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April Transition Cafe: Green Homes in Sheffield

Monday 7 April: 7:30-10pm, Fusion Café

GHS logo“Is solar thermal more efficient than a ground source heat pump?”
“What’s the most cost-effective way to insulate walls?”

For our spring Transition Café event, we’re introducing the Green Homes Sheffield project to help provide some of the answers to such questions.

Continue reading

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Invitation to Green Householders from Green Homes Sheffield

There is a call out from Green Homes Sheffield to householders with relevant experience in making their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. We encourage Transition minded-people to help with this initiative.

This doc gives more info about opening your home as a green householder:
Invitation to Hosts – Green Homes Sheffield

The project is just getting set up, so for the moment the call is for green householders, whilst later on there’ll be opportunities to explore what these green householders have found useful in terms of insulation, efficient heating, renewables and other key aspects of the green homes journey.


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Events: this weekend and beyond

Here’s a selection of community events which provide food for thought, and a chance to learn or share practical skills:


Saturday 15th February, 1pm-4:30pm

Whose food? Our Food! An afternoon of films and discussion  

The World Development Movement will be showing a selection of films giving examples of people around the world reclaiming their right to grow food; to choose, to access land, and to grow their crops.  These demonstrate encouraging 21st-century alternatives to agribusiness practices. Questions, comments and discussion, partly in small groups, to follow after each film.  We will also be introducing WDM’s new Agribusiness campaign.

All welcome. No charge, but contributions to costs requested. Vegetarian lunch available at the beginning (so come hungry!), as well as the usual hot and cold drinks and biscuits

Venue: Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW (nr Sheffield Cathedral)

Sunday 16th February, 11am – 3pm 
Pruning workshop  
Venue: Cat Lane (house next to Cattery)

Now is the traditional time of year to prune apple and pear trees, helping to maintain health and promote growth. Abundance Sheffield will be teaching people skills for pruning fruit trees and undertaking pruning of apple and pear trees on site.

Everyone is welcome, whether you’re a beginner, someone who wants to hone their skills or an expert who wants to share their secrets.

Bring warm/weatherproof clothes, something to eat and drink if you like (there will be drinks available), and your own tools if you have them (tools will be supplied)

Please phone Daniele on 07894310412 to check for availability for a place – the session is free but donations are warmly accepted.


Saturday, 22 February 12pm -3pm
Sheffield Seed Swap
Heeley City Farm
Annual seed swap held at Heeley City Farm.
Pack up your home-grown seeds and come along to swap them with like-minded people. You’ll be able to pick up tips on growing and information about local organic food growing projects. It’s always very busy and there should be a few heritage seed varieties available.
Free but please bring some donations of seeds to help the event along if you can.
Directions: No 47 to Herdings from Wilkinsons bus stop in town stops right outside the Farm
For more details see http://growsheffield.com/sheffield-seed-swap-in-february/
Contact Daniele on 07535653842 or Darrell Maryon on 07768 932613 or darrell@heeleyfarm.org.uk
Sunday 2nd March, 11am – 4pm 
Transition Hope Valley Coppice Day
Upper Rough Wood, between Grindleford & Hathersage. Grid Ref: SK 246,795 

The day will include a range of activities: Heavy horse working; snedding, sawing and extracting; bodging & green wood crafts; children’s crafts and dens; the history of charcoal making; a wildlife trail; ‘up in the trees’; woodland art and more. Soup and light refreshments are available for a small charge.

Come in old clothes and boots, and bring bow saw if you have one £1 Entry Charge. Contact Peter 01433 630740

See more info, including directions at: Hope Valley Online and the Grindleford blog.

21 March, 9:30am-1pm
BIG Energy Upgrade – Final Event
Halifax Hall, The University of Sheffield

This event will showcase the findings of the Big Energy Upgrade Project and will look at the overall impact the project has had including the effectiveness of retrofitting work, the structure of the supply chain and the influence on the behaviour of residents within different communities, how best to design future projects of the same nature.

BIG Energy Upgrade is Yorkshire and Humber’s first ‘whole house, whole community’ renovation programme.  For the past three years the scheme has helped support some of the region’s most deprived and fuel poor communities with a wide range of energy saving services.

For further info and to register, go to the online info sheet


27-28 March, 5pm-5pm
The 24 hour inspire

24 hours of lectures on a wide range of topics – from physics to philosophy, from law to literature, from maths to medicine – all for non-specialist audiences, by speakers from across the University of Sheffield and beyond, in celebration of Dr Tim Richardson (1964-2013) and his charity Inspiration for Life, and raising funds for local cancer charities.See the Inspiration for Life website for updates as the event approaches, and for general enquiries email Catherine Annabel, c.j.annabel@sheffield.ac.uk 

Sat, 29 March, 10:00am – 4pm
Repair Cafe
Heeley City Farm

repair_sheffield_flyer_nov2013_miniThe repair cafe is a place for people who can mend stuff to bring their tools and people with broken stuff to get together and share skills and get stuff mended over a cuppa. Bring: Small Electrical appliances, toys, shoes, clothes, pots, kitchen equipment, computers, bikes, audio equipment, furniture, etc.

We will see if we can help you mend it. Free, but we ask that if your item is successfully repaired, a small donation is given to cover the cost of materials – all fixers are volunteers and the project has no funding. If you’d like to volunteer as a repairer, please emailinfo@repairsheffield.org to be registered.

In partnership with Repair Sheffield and Transition Sheffield.
For info see: http://repairsheffield.org/
So plenty there to be going on with – we encourage you to brave the weather and get on out to some of these fantastic events.


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Coming Soon: Saturday and beyond

Hi everyone, here’s a smattering of actions and local events that might be of interest to Transition minded folk. You didn’t have any other plans for Saturday, did you?!

Today: Get informed and take action

Saturday 25 January: Repair Cafe

10am – 4ish, Heeley City Farm. See RepairSheffield event flyer.
A tea-fueled event to bring together people who can mend stuff people who need things mended. Bring mending skills and/or a desire to learn how to mend, and of course your broken stuff, and useful toolkits.  There are no guarantees, but they’ve a passion to see if we can help you to mend anything from small electrical appliances, toys, shoes, clothes, pots and kitchen equipment, to computers, bikes, audio equipment, and furniture. If you’re interested in helping please get in touch.


Saturday 25 January Transition Chesterfield Potato Day

The Potato Day run annually by Transition Chesterfield is so popular that they now take pre-orders. As some of the popular varieties of potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic can run out quite early on the day, you can order in advance using their order form. Prices are pretty competitive, especially as you can just buy a few tubers to try out.
See http://potatoday.wordpress.com/homepage/about/ for info.


Saturday 25 January: Build a Potting Shed, Firth Park Allotments
This event is organised by WICAT and is a chance for women to be involved in the construction of a new potting shed on the Sure Start Allotment at Firth Park.  You’ll get a chance to learn new joinery skills, the art of recycling building materials, the simple physics of construction etc. and have great fun with a lovely bunch of people in the process!
Construction will take place over a number of Saturdays – for more info see http://www.burngreavemessenger.org/archives/january-2014-news/womens-diy-skills/.


Fri 24 & Sat 25 January: Space for Cycling

Cycle Sheffield are holding a meeting of campaign groups from across the country about the Space for Cycling campaign. The aim is to ensure that Sheffield streets are safe and inviting enough for cycling to become a viable option for everyone.  Venue: Showroom Cinema (see map), Sat 25 Jan, 12:00-4:30pm
Plus there’s a pre-meet on Fri evening with a Sheffield Friday Night Rides cycle ride to show off the good, bad and ugly of cycle facilities in Sheffield. Meet 7pm at Sheffield Tap (map).


Closing date Fri 31 January: Job Opportunities with Grow Sheffield

Coordinators Roles, £24,000 pro rata 1 day per week to coordinate a range of Grow Sheffield Projects to until March 2015.  The coordinators will ensure that projects such as Sheffield on A Plate, Abundance, Community Growers and the Sheffield Food Network functioning efficiently i.e. with skills required in budgeting, staff and volunteer coordination, communications, and marketing.
See: http://growsheffield.com/job-opportunities-with-grow-sheffield/


Friday 31 January:  Cool Beans presents The Sharrow Festival Fundraiser

The lovely Cool Beans have organised an evening full of live music and DJs at everyone’s favourite watering hole – the Harley. This includes an amazing selection of both live and DJ sets.
With plenty to wrap your collective ears round, this should be a big old Sheffield-driven bash.  See www.sharrowfestival.btck.co.uk/Fundraisers for the full line up.
£2 before 8pm/£4 afterwards. Naturally all funds raised go towards Sharrow Festival 2014.
7.30pm-4am, Fri 31 Jan, The Harley, 334 Glossop Rd. S10 2HW (map)


Monday 27 January: Positive Money – Growing the campaign

Positive Money are activists for monetary reform, and this talk by Peter Verity, coordinator of the Sheffield group, will give an insight into what actions are being taken centrally, and in other groups around the country to get the debate going among the public, media, and academics. Peter will explore new initiatives needed to meet challenges, and discuss how to to communicate ideas of monetary reform.  See more info.
Mon 27 Jan 2014, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, St James St, S1 2EW (map)
Voluntary donation (suggested £3) requested to cover the cost of the room, and £1 for tea/coffee/biscuits.


Tuesday 11 February: Iterative Cities: Renewal and Revitalisation From The Bottom Up

A public lecture at the University of Sheffield with Marcus Westbury, Founder of Renew Newcastle (Australia) and Renew Australia
Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 6.00pm, in the Octagon Centre, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TQ (map)
Entry is free of charge.  For more information and to book a place see http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/whatson/iterativecities


Saturday 15 February: “Whose Food? Our Food!”
Introducing a new “Agribusiness” campaign by World Development Movement (WDM) with three 10-minute films showing encouraging examples, from around the world, of 21st-century alternatives to agribusiness practices
Questions, comments and discussion, partly in small groups, after each film. Food available at the beginning, as well as hot and cold drinks and biscuits. All welcome. No charge, but contributions to costs requested.
1pm-4.30pm Quaker Meeting House, St. James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW  See WDM event info.

Saturday 15 February: Introduction to Woodland Coppicing

A one-day course about native woodlands and their management, covering basic theory, hands-on practical experience and tree identification. Aspects covered on the course include planning the work area, looking at various devices, building work breaks and coppice restoration, working methods, practical coppicing, material selection, processing, and storage. This course will show you how to take neglected woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits.  Price £80

Sat 15 Feb 2014, 9.30-4pm, J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane S7 2QZ (map).  Also see info about Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses


Thursday 20 February: In Conversation with Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England)

This event is organised by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).  Professor Andrew Gamble will engage Andrew Haldane in conversation about the financial crisis, and will take questions from the audience. Haldane has been at the forefront of ongoing attempts to change the global financial system, leading the way quite radically at times. Last year, for example, he praised the ‘Occupy’ movement for questioning the banks, whilst he was recently described by The Independent as ‘the one to watch’ at the Bank of England.
6-7:30pm, Thursday, 20 Feb at Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN   See more info and register.


Saturday 22 February: Sheffield Seed Swap

Annual seed swap held at Heeley City Farm, 12 noon – 3pm.  See event flyer
It’s always very busy and there should be a few heritage seed varieties available.
Contact Daniele on 07535653842 for more info, Alternatively contact Darrell Maryon on 07768 932613, or email darrell@heeleyfarm.org.uk


So, there’s plenty here to get us active and inspired as we head into the new year.  Enjoy!


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Warmth and good cheer for the new year

Transition Sheffield wishes you warmth and good cheer at the turning of the year…

The last Transition Hub meeting wasn’t particularly productive as no new faces came
forward to bring us new energy, but we’re excited to report that Transition Sheffield will be helping with a new project in the spring called Green Homes Sheffield.

Green Homes Sheffield will be led by Jenny Patient and host of other great organisations will be involved:

  • Regather
  • Green Triangle community groupsnowflakes
  • South Yorkshire Energy Centre at Heeley City Farm
  • Sheffield Renewables
  • Energy Saving Co-op
  • Sheffield City Council Sustainable Development group
  • Nick Parsons Sustainable Building
  • EnergyJump Ltd
  • Sheffield Hallam University ‘House Warming’ Knowledge Exchange Project
  • Sheffield Students’ Union ‘Green Impact Student Homes’ project
  • Fireside Housing Co-operative

The idea of the project is to encourage householders to tackle energy issues in their homes by letting them visit other homes where energy efficient or sustainable features have already been incorporated, and also put them in touch with contractors who’d be happy to help with similar work.
A key part of the project will be setting up a number of Green Open Homes events in March-May 2014. If you think your home could be eligible for involvement, or you’d like to help, then watch out for calls for further participation. We’ll also organise a Cafe event on this theme in the spring.

So we wish you warm well-insulated homes, low fuel bills, and friendly supportive communities, and hope to see you in the new year.

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