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The alternative Northern Powerhouse

Summer 2016

Alt-Sheff has been chosen from candidates across the north of England to be part of an alternative to the Northern Powerhouse, in the shape of the Hannah Directory. Launched from June 6th 2016, this celebrates people and organisations doing great stuff in...

Funding needed at Grassroots

Spring 2016

The Grassroots Directory will be a new source book that aims to showcase the most exciting community-led projects in the UK, the type of areas highlighted by Alt-Sheff. It will list more than 200 enterprises from Allotments to Zero waste. The activists beh...

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Events Listings

Co-operatives Fortnight

18 June to 2 Jul 2016

Co-operatives Fortnight, launched in 2010, is the time when co-operatives up and down the country remind people what's great about choosing co-operation (instead of competition which capitalist businesses claim solves problems).

Among the activities will be "Big Co-op Cleans", making a difference and showing that we achieve more together than we can alone. Anyone can help to organise a Big Co-op Clean, or encourage people to choose co-operatives in other ways, with free resources from Co-operatives UK.

“Co-operatives Fortnight is an opportunity for us to shout about how proud we are to be a co-operative." Kellie Bubble, director, Unicorn Grocery.

Details of local activities will be listed here.

Co-operatives UK

WALKLEY FESTIVAL

Fri 24 Jun - Sun 10 Jul 2016, Walkley, Sheffield 6

The annual Walkley Festival is held over two weeks, at various locations, showing Walkley talent and diversity, run by volunteers in partnership with local businesses, churches and other organisations.

Includes Story Walk in Ruskin Park, fair at the Buddhist Centre, Well Dressing, Woodcraft Folk Summer Festival Ceilidh, Walkley Feral Writers Open Session, and much more.

Walkley Forum

CROSSPOOL FESTIVAL

Fri 24 Jun-Sun 3 Jul 2016, Crosspool, S10

Crosspool’s major annual community event runs for over a week, including a summer fayre, street market, open gardens, well dressing, barn dance, folk evening, fun run, open air church service and junior bake-off. This summer the theme is Carnival, to coincide with the Olympics in Brazil. All run by the local community, proceeds to charity.

Crosspool Forum

The Real Junk Food Café

Jul 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, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, too many times 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

BitFIXit pop-up cafe

Fidays, 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.

BitFIXit

St Mary’s Summer Fete

Sat 2 Jul 2016, 11am-5pm, St Mary’s Church, 1 Bramall Lane S2 4QZ

Summer Fete at St Mary’s Church, featuring live music, petting zoo, donkey rides, Pimms tent, alpacas, bouncy castle, brass band, vintage and craft stalls, and much more. Sheffield Green Party will be running fund raising activities: the live band stage, a cash bar, and stalls.

St Mary’s (church, conference venue and community centre)

BitFixIT Cafe

Sat 2 Jul 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House, S4 7AT

Bring your computer and internet problems for friendly voluntary help, on a ’pay as you feel’ basis. Also sessions on Fridays at in Union Street, 10am-6pm.

BitFixIT on Facebook

Independence from America Day

2 Jul 2016, 3 – 8pm, Menwith Hill US air base, North Yorkshire

Menwith is one of the US military bases in Britain. This year’s Independence from America Day will be held on Saturday 2nd instead of 4th July, although people are most welcome to go to Menwith on 4th as well. As well as the reading of the Declaration of Independence from America, there will be speakers, music, singers, comedy and refreshments.

Programme

3pm Assemble and Introduction, Arrival of ‘Bikes not Bombs’, Yorkshire CND.

3.15pm Reading of Declaration followed by handing of letter to Geoff Dickson, followed by handing of letter for Miriam Garrant.

3.30pm Michael McGowan, International Peace Campaigner and former MEP.

3.45pm Roy Bailey, renowned socialist folk singer.

4.05pm Dr Marcus Papadopoulos, Publisher/Editor of Politics First magazine

4.25pm East Lancs choir

4.45pm Catherine Warr, singer

5pm Food and drink

5.30pm John Bourton, Veterans for Peace, chair of the VFP UK Steering Group.

6pm More Entertainment and chance to ‘Have Your Say’

8pm Thanks and goodbyes.

Drinks, vegetarian and vegan food available from 3pm. Safe, supervised children’s area, with activities by Laila Packer.

For details of Sheffield people attending, contact Sheffield CND

CycleSheffield meeting

Mon 4 Jul 2016, 7pm, Heeley Development Trust, Ash Tree Yard, 62-68 Thirlwell Rd. S8 9TF

The monthly meeting of CycleSheffield. This group is for all kinds of cyclists; it organises events, information and rides, and campaigns for cycling to be taken seriously as a means of transport, with the facilities it needs. Tea and coffee etc available. Meetings are usually followed by a social in a nearby pub.

www.cyclesheffield.org.uk

Global Justice Sheffield monthly meeting

Thu 7 Jul 2016, 7pm Quaker Meeting House, 10 St. James St. S1 2EW

Monthly meeting to discuss and plan upcoming events and campaigns. Global Justice Now aims to change the actions, policies and institutions of governments, corporations and wealthy minorities, which are preventing an end to poverty and injustice. Part of a global movement, it works alongside people protesting in the developing world. New members welcome.

Global Justice Sheffield

BitFIXit pop-up cafe

Fidays, 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.

BitFIXit

WOODSEATS FESTIVAL

8 - 10 Jul 2016

The annual festival held in various venues around Woodseats, all run by enthusiastic volunteers from the local community. Arts and crafts, music, performance, sport and leisure activities. Stalls free for local community groups and charities, £30 for private (non hot food) stalls, and local businesses get priority for our limited hot food stalls at £40. Email info@woodseatsfestival.org.uk or ring Sheff 2214630.

www.woodseatsfestival.org.uk (NOTE may not yet be updated for 2016)
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