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:

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 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 and


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 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

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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