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October 2016

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Victory in lapdancing protest

8th September 2016

Leeds businessman Andreas Baskoutas sat in silence to hear dozens of objectors who packed into a Sheffield Town Hall licensing committee meeting, to declare their fierce opposition to a proposed lapdancing club. He had hoped to open "Mercedes Villa" next t...

Clothing for refugees

September 2016

Are you sorting out your wardrobe ready for autumn? Please remember City of Sanctuary is always looking for donations of clothing, especially for young men newly arrived in Sheffield. Please email if you have any items t...

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Nkululeko from Sheffield
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.

Events Listings

The Real Junk Food Café

Oct 2016, Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

The Real Junk Food Project hosts this cafe in the Regather Works, offering breakfast, brunch and lunch on a basis of "Pay what you feel". Many opening hours, too many to cover in full here. See full details on the Facebook page and website below.

Facebook page
Real Junk Food Cafe website and calendar of dates

ASSIST Volunteering "Drop in and check it out" session

Tue 25 Oct 2016, 12-2pm ASSIST office, Victoria Hall S1 2JB

Interested in volunteering? Refused asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. ASSIST works with asylum seekers in this situation.

If you are interested in volunteering, come to one of their "Drop in and check it out" sessions. Meet current volunteers, find out more about the different volunteering opportunities, chat about what might suit you and apply to be a volunteer with ASSIST.

The ASSIST office, Victoria Hall has its entrance on Chapel Walk, opposite the back of Superdrug. Visitors can arrive and leave at any time during each session, and there is a short presentation at 10 minutes past each hour. To find out more, contact Sheff 2754960 or email

ASSIST Sheffield

Black Sheep: The Hidden Benefits of Being Bad

Wed 26 Oct 2016, 6.30pm Carpenter Room, Sheffield Central Library Surrey Street S1 2LH

Dr Richard Stephens talks about human experiences from life to death, sex to romance, from speed thrills to halting boredom and from drinking alcohol (in moderation) to headily excessive bad language. This is a fascinating left-field tour of the world of psychological science. Get ready for the many hidden benefits of being bad that you really won't have seen coming.

One of many Libraries Sheffield talks, see the full programme here. Free to attend, but book first on the link below.

Eventbrite booking

Amnesty International letter writing meeting

Wed 26 Oct 2016, 7.15pm University Arms, 197 Brook Hill S3 7HG

Amnesty International is a worldwide organisation of nearly 3 million people all working to protect Human Rights. Every 4th Wednesday of the month Sheffield Amnesty International holds this informal get-together to write campaign letters, a vital activity in their opposition to human rights violations across the world.

The University Arms pub is next to Sheffield University and Weston Park roundabout. Sheffield University tram stop, or several buses: 51 & 52 best; 94 & 95 close by.

Sheffield Amnesty International

Sheffield CReative Action for Peace (SCRAP)

Thu 27 Oct 2016, Quaker Meeting House, 1.30-4pm, 10 St. James St. S1 2EW

SCRAP is a Sheffield group using creative actions to campaign against Trident and against Drone warfare. Inspired by the 2014 Wool against Weapons protest against Trident. The group meets fortnightly, every other Thursday.


BitFIXit Friday Pop-Up

Fri 28 Oct 2016, 10am-6pm, Union Street S1 2JP

BitFIXit is a group of volunteers and professionals which has been fixing computers since 2005 on a not-for-profit basis. They pop up every Friday at Union Street co-operative co-working space. Anyone can drop in for a free diagnosis or chat about computer problems. They fix things for £20 per hour (on the spot or collect later). Sessions also on Saturdays in Burngreave.


Critical Mass Sheffield

Fri 28 Oct 2016, 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, followed by a drink and a chat in a pub.

Critical Mass Sheffield
Critical Mass on Wikipedia

Sheffield Vegetarian Group

Sat 29 Oct 2016, 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.

BitFIXit Cafe

Sat 29 Oct 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House S4 7AT

BitFIXit is a great long-running project giving help with computer and internet problems every Saturday on a ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis, from a group of volunteers and professionals. Now also open on Fridays at Union Street, and offering home and business visits.


Sheffield Cycle Jumble

Sat 29 Oct 2016, 9am-12, St Marys Church, Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ

The twice-a-year chance of a cycle-related jumble sale. A great array of bikes, parts, clothing and more; dozens of stalls. Well worth riding over there.

Admission £1. For booking and other details contact Mark: 07595 666370

Sheffield Cycle Jumble

What is Quantitative Easing anyway?

Mon 31 Oct 2016, 7.30pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

Positive Money Sheffield has organised this important public meeting find out about the Government’s plans to create £70 billion of new money which is being given to the financial sector.

What is Quantitative Easing anyway? The Bank of England has spent an enormous amount of money – £375 billion – on Quantitative Easing (QE), and is going to add £70 billion more. Positive Money is campaigning against this, and even the Prime Minister has complained about its “bad side effects” and said “A change has got to come”.  How is QE supposed to work, what’s wrong with it, and could it be replaced with something else?
The speaker – Mike Black – has supported Positive Money since it started in 2010, after years of trying to work out for himself how our strange banking system operates.

Positive Money ask for a £3 per head donation – just to cover costs. This will be the final Positive Money Sheffield meeting of 2016 and the first one being held by the new core group.

Positive Money Sheffield

Postcapitalism Reading Group

Tue 1 Nov 2016, 7.30pm, The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St. S3 7QL

A group which welcomes new members interested in reading political books. The discussion is from a variety of left-wing/anti-capitalist viewpoints. Now starting a new book: "Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work" by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams [2015]. This meeting, in the small side room in the Bath Hotel, will be a discussion of Chapter 1.

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