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Encouraging sustainability in Sheffield

It’s been a while since our last news roundup, and some great things have happened across the city:

Congratulations to Sheffield Renewables, for their recent installation of 50kW of solar PV for a local school in Swinton (see their blog and the Doncaster Free Press).  Also there was FutureBuild, which demonstrated the potential for sustainability in housing and energy, a WealthyWeekend inspired by visionary John Ruskin, and Is it time for a Sheffield pound? with Positive Money Sheffield.

As usual there are more events in the pipeline – see below for those (in particular do contribute your ideas to the Green Commission if you can), but first here’s a request for comment and participation:

Transition Sheffield – call for participation

A small Transition Sheffield hub group was established in 2007 with the aim of encouraging other groups to form across the city. Some marvellous activities have taken place (see examples) and it’s clear that a fantastic range of community groups and enterprises across Sheffield are working towards sustainability (see the nominations for the 2012 Awards).

Recent activities for the Transition Sheffield hub have included helping to set up GreenHomesSheffield, and meeting with Sheffield City Council as part of Sheffield Climate Alliance.  However, the hub group has lost key people recently and its future as a constituted group is uncertain.

Would you be willing to step up and become part of Transition Sheffield to encourage grass-roots action for sustainable communities and action on climate change?  All skills are welcome (organising social events, speaking to new groups, taking out stalls, keeping accounts, or simply being an enthusiastic new face). This need not be a massive time commitment, and if you can’t offer anything yourself at the moment, perhaps you know someone else who might?

Contact susannah@transitionsheffield.org.uk with offers or questions.

Forthcoming Events in Sheffield

Saturday 29 November: Poverty in Sheffield Today: Finding a way forward

10am to 12.30pm, Victoria Hall Methodist Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield
This public meeting includes presentations and opportunities to ask questions, put forward ideas, and help shape the way forward as the 2015 Election approaches.
More info

Tuesday 2 December: Public Hearing for Sheffield Green Commission

6pm prompt until 7.30pm, Sheffield Town Hall.  Places are limited. 

The Green Commission is collecting evidence in order to produce recommendations for a sustainable future for Sheffield.  This event includes speakers on policy development, sustainable travel, and fuel poverty. See info about the event on the 2nd, and contribute to the wider call for evidence.

Saturday 6 December: Christmas Craft Fayre

11am- 3pm, St Thomas’ Church, Philadelphia S6 3BL
A craft fayre in aid of S6 food bank funds – see info.

Saturday 6 December:  “Earth Matters” 5 rhythms benefit for climate change

10:30am, Sharrow Performing Arts Space

A day workshop in 5 Rhythms dance, to land more deeply in your body and connect with Earth, Fire, Water, and Air, with Sarah Blagg. All profit goes to Sheffield Climate Alliance.
Cost: £33. Enquire for concessions. Also a few places are available for just the morning.  For more info contact: dancetherhythms@gmail.com tel. 07758 146130.



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Autumn is calling; dreams of change…

Autumn is around the corner. The trees are changing their colours, and the city is full of dreams of change. Here are a few strands of hope and energy for you to weave into your schedule this month:

Abundance Community Jam and Chutney Making workshops

Every Tuesday evening from 6-9:30pm from Tuesday 2nd September at St Mary’s church on Bramall Lane.  Learn how to make amazing chutney with locally picked fruit and go home with a jar of it and the recipe so you can make more! Surplus chutney from the workshops is used to help fund the Abundance project.  Please email abundance@gmail.com for more information.

Wednesday 17 September: Open Evening and AGM

6.30-8.30 pm,  Strip the Willow, 226b South View Road S7 1DH
An open evening of Recovery Insulation & Strip the Willow and the AGM of the Schools and Homes Energy Education Project/Solar-Active. Includes an open discussion with invited experts to discuss home energy efficiency and how to improve your home air quality. See Inno-Therm® installed in the ceiling at Strip the Willow cafe, and register for a free home insulation survey.
For more information, see http://www.inno-therm.com/contact-us/open-evening/

Sunday 21 September: Sheffield Climate Alliance’s Sheffield Rivers Rally

On Sunday 21st September, just days before a landmark climate summit at the UN, people all around the world are taking part in a global day of action on climate climate.  In Sheffield there will be walks along four different rivers into the town centre, all starting at 1pm and converging outside the Town Hall at 3pm, where there will be speakers and music. For information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1484881805089191/

Wednesday 24 September:  Against the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

7pm, Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk St. S1 2JB
A meeting to discuss the secret talks between the governments of the UK and the US taking place which would result in big corporations holding tremendous power over countries and individuals. The speaker will be Linda Kaucher who is a trade treaty researcher. Linda is a campaigner against TTIP and lectures at the London School of Economics and London Metropolitan University.  See http://alt-sheff.org/events/3600/ and more info on TTIP at: ethical consumer

Sunday 28th September: Allotment Soup

Manor Allotments on City Road
Allotment Soup is an annual creative and artistic harvest celebration that takes place at a different Sheffield allotment site each year, to celebrate food growing and allotment culture. Plot holders are invited to open up their plot to host an installation, artwork or event, whilst artists, performers and poets are encouraged to create new, original work in response to the allotment site, theme and season. See photos on Facebook from 2013, and info about how to get involved in 2014.

Grow Sheffield: Local fruit trees for sale

Grow Sheffield now have a range of fruit trees including apple, plum, damson, gage and cherry. All trees have been grafted and nurtured here in Sheffield and are suited to the local climate and soils.  Trees are priced at £21.75 and can be collected from the Old Junior School in Sharrow by arrangement.  Please email adamh.grow@gmail.com for information

Opportunities for volunteering

Grow Sheffield has a wide range of volunteer opportunities from digging and building to blogging, updating the Sheffield Food Network Map, and helping at events. Volunteers selling Abundance chutney and fruit trees at local fairs and markets will be ‘paid’ with a jar of chutney, and mileage can be paid for drivers.  Also, if you are a community project that has some land or a gardening club that you need help with, Grow Sheffield may be able to match volunteers with your project.  See http://growsheffield.com/volunteers/

Green Homes Sheffield open days during October 2014:

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October, and Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October
Green Homes Sheffield are organising further Open Homes events in Autumn 2014, where you can see how other people’s homes have been upgraded, and ask the householders about their experience and how it all works. A range of different houses will be open, showing off their insulation, draught-proofing, solar panels, heat pumps, windows and low-impact extensions.
For more information, see http://www.greenhomessheffield.net/

Thursday 16 October 2014: Sheffield Friends of the Earth, 40th Birthday Party

7.30pm until 11pm, Showroom, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX.

Sheffield Friends of the Earth is celebrating 40 years of environmental campaigning by hosting a 40th birthday party, open to all. The party will feature a vegetarian and vegan buffet, live music from a number of different bands, a review of the past 40 years of campaigning (talks and videos), a bar (not included in the £10 ticket price), and a talk by Friends of the Earth Executive Director, Andy Atkins.

Closing Date: 24 October:  Nominate a school for free solar panels!

Friends of the Earth want to make it easy for schools to run on solar power.  In this competition a lucky primary school could win a set of free solar panels. Solar panels could help the school save thousands of pounds every year as well as generating clean energy in your neighbourhood. Is there a primary school that’s close to your heart?  Just provide their name by 24 October and the school will receive everything they need to enter the competition. After nominations close, you’ll get a chance to vote for the winner.  Don’t delay – nominate a school today.

18-28 September: Festival of the Mind

Tuesday 23 September: Urban Agriculture – The Roots of Change
Meet the guerilla gardener from South Central LA who found that a garden has the power to break the chains of injustice, because a garden is not just about food and plants.

Saturday 27 September: Thermal Imaging of Sheffield’s Buildings – Talk and exhibition
Could some of Sheffield’s famous landmarks be more environmentally friendly? Panel discussion about heat loss from city buildings, contributing to CO₂ emissions.

Thursday 18 September: Grow Wild – Love Square
How an eyesore plot of land was transformed into an urban eco-park which combines nature and wildlife with ingenuity, youthful energy and local pride.

Saturday 20 September: Open Data | Open Hardware – Resilient Cultures
A participative exhibition about how open source software, open data and open hardware can help build social resilience. It includes demos, performances and workshops using Raspberry Pi computers and open software to promote creativity in technology.

18-28 September: Fairness on the 83 – Exhibition
Do we live in a divided city? This interactive online map of the bus route that links north and south Sheffield includes filmed interviews with the people who catch the 83, and is an important document of social inequalities in Sheffield.

23-28 September: The Resilient City: Ecology, People, Nature
How can we transform public spaces to create a liveable, sustainable and climate-adapted cities? – An exhibition by the University’s Department of Landscape.

Finally, Sheffield’s Green Commission aims to create a vision and blueprint for the future of Sheffield.  So think about the key changes that would help in creating a city and planet in which future generations can thrive, and we’ll try and keep you posted as to how to contribute to the Commission.

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Summer skills, play and activism

Hi there, just received a pot of honey from our local bees.  Can’t wait to try it.   Meanwhile, here’s a good mix of stuff to sample, whether you want to gear up with some serious activism, get the kids out to play, learn some green skills, challenge a climate skeptic, protect the NHS, or change your energy provider to a sustainable source.  Read on:


14th–20th August:  Reclaim the Power – Anti-fracking camp

Operation Mums and Grandmas occupied a proposed drilling site near Blackpool on Thursday 7th August – find out more about their inspiring action, and join the camp for social, environmental and economic justice. Support the community fightback; get skilled up and take direct action; build the world you want to see. See http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/ for info.

Thursday 21 Aug: Family Allotment Playschemes

1pm-3pm, Firth Park Community Allotment
Playscheme activities for the school holidays include bug hunts, flower dyes, face painting, fruit smoothies, potato day, plus the usual activities – sand tray, mud kitchen, dino park, crafts, etc.
The allotment site is specially designed for those with young families and has just been awarded its Green Flag status again! . The allotment is at the meeting point of Vickers Road and Drive – just look for the big green allotment gates and follow the signs. Ring for more info: Dot 07985 421346, or see the Heeley City Farm website.

Thursday 21 August: Allotment morning at Meersbrook 

10am-1pm, Meersbrook Allotments, S8 9HX

This is a morning of shared cultivation activities at Meersbrook Allotments – clearing, rootstock planting, plus of course tea and cake!  Grow Sheffield has been invited to help develop this double-allotment for Permaculture-inspired activities. and this will be our first chance to see the site and talk about possibilities.

Meet at the lower entrance to Meersbrook Allotments on Carfield Lane (top of Meersbrook Road) at 10am.  If you’d like to come, please drop us a quick email via adamh.grow@gmail.com.  (Please give us a contact number too so we can get in touch.)

Mon 25 August:  Denying the Evidence – Why People Reject Science and What We Can Do About It

7.30pm, Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Rd. S2 2TP  (This is a Skeptics in the Pub event held in the back room of the Club. Press the buzzer to be let in.)
Climate change is described as one of the biggest threats facing the world, so why is international action moving so slowly? Chris Hassall, a lecturer at the University of Leeds, has investigated climate change denial at a Canadian University. He will outline the science behind climate change, the interests that have sought to muddy the waters for various important scientific topics, and describe recent research that can guide efforts to promote science in hostile communities.  See more info.
Events are free and open to all although a £3 donation is invited.

Mon 25/Tue 26 Aug: People’s March for the NHS arrives in Sheffield

Sheffield will welcome the national People’s March for the NHS, organised by the Darlington Mums’ group, as it comes through the city. It will arrive on Monday, coming through Hillsborough at approx 3pm for a rally in Weston Park. On the next day the marchers will leave Sheffield Town Hall for a brief rally at the Hallamshire Hosital at 10:30 am before going through Nether Edge towards Chesterfield.
Come and show support in opposition to the threat of charges, and the disaster of privatisation and competition in health care. Check times and see updates

Thursday 28 August: Day workshop: Wooden Spoon and Spatula Making 

9.30-4pm, Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane S7 2QZ
A one day course on the basics of splitting and shaping greenwood using a pole lathe, and using tools including knives andsmall axes, suitable for novices and those with experience. Make useful, beautiful, functional and hygienic kitchen utensils which fit comfortably in the hand.  A workshop run by an expert from the Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI), with in-depth tuition. Cost £80.  Book online.

Open until 7 September: Big Sheffield Summer Switch

The new Big Sheffield Summer Switch, coordinated by Sheffield City Council, is now open for registrations until 7th September 2014.

To get a good price for energy, you need to regularly review your supplier. By shopping around jointly with other customers, you can potentially negotiate an even better deal.  You can also take the opportunity to switch to a green tariff. Find out more and sign up.

Hope your summer is providing some lazy sunshine laughter as well as good chances to connect and make a difference.

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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:

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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.

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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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