Transition Sheffield Supporting community resilience to climate change and austerity Sat, 21 May 2016 11:11:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Midsummer news Sat, 18 Jul 2015 00:01:41 +0000 Continue reading ]]> Hi all, it is suddenly midsummer, and there are lovely local and national events which bring people together to experience real sustainable projects and to envision socially fair and transformative possibilities.  There are also actions to take which can help to sustain community resources, energy and food. And finally, it is time to say farewell to Transition Sheffield.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 18 July, Repair Café

10am–3pm  Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, S2 3DT
Got any broken household items or gifts that need fixing? Don’t throw them away!   Small electrical items, shoes, scales, toys, tools and wooden furniture have been successfully fixed at previous cafés. Bring items to the Repair Café where volunteer fixers will see if something can be fixed, and show you the magic of how to mend things for yourself.  The help is free but donations welcomed. Info at

Saturday 18th July: Freeman Biodynamic Garden open day

Riggs High Road, Stannington, S6 6DA

12:30 Ruskin, Land and Livelihoods (talk).  With a panel of speakers on sustainable and local land management at St George’s Farm, Freeman College and Ruskin Land.  Free.
2-5 pm  Public Open Day.   Come and explore Freeman Bio-Dynamic Garden’s wonderful rural site. Creative activities, seasonal land tasks, games, outdoor bread oven – bring a picnic! Free entry.   NB. Limited parking on site.  More info.

Monday 20th July: Sheffield Green Commission’s Green fringe event: Shed talks.

4.30pm registration for 4.45pm start at Sheffield Hallam University City Campus Peak Lecture Theatre

A dozen dynamic, influential local thought-leaders will provide 3-5 minute fast paced “think-pieces” on sustainability. The speakers include professors from both Universities and grass-roots activists. The event will be chaired by Paulette Edwards from BBC Radio Sheffield.  Tickets can be reserved online.

 Tuesday 28th July, Transition Study Group

11:00am, Principle 5 Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre, Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery Street, S3 8GG

As the world is changing at an unprecedented rate, there is a need for communities to build up resilience to meet the changing circumstances.  This study group will explore examples of communities rising to the challenge, and a live proposal that a multi-stakeholder co-operative should be set up in Westfield (in Sheffield S20) to protect local community resources.  As a starting point, an agreement has been reached to secure the future of the Westfield Community Centre.  For info contact Steve Thompson of the Principle 5 Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre via

4th– 6th September 2015:  Small is Beautiful Festival, The Centre for Alternative Technology

Explore positive responses to our future through low carbon technology, social justice and the arts. Includes hands-on workshops and activities to equip you with practical knowledge and new life skills in sustainability and social change. Sessions range from pico-hydro systems, strawbuild housing, reaching a Zero Carbon Britain, soil quality, and Hydrologists Without Borders.  There are also debates on energy, food and land, and the economy and talks from former Welsh Minister Dr Jane Davidson, Feimatta Conteh, Sustainability Manager at the Arcola Theatre and climate change expert Aubrey Meyer.

8-16 September: International Permaculture Conference and Convergence,

IPCUK will bring together leading experts and practitioners from around the world. Together we will create a vision of a near future society that is caring, sustainable and fair, and explore how we can collectively design strategies and pathways to make it happen.
Conference, 8-9 September 2015, The Light, Euston Road, London.
Designing the World We Want – two days packed with presentations, workshops, academic papers, exhibitions, music, and art.
Convergence, 10-16 September 2015, Gilwell Park, Essex.
Designing the network we want – for people from around the world using permaculture in their everyday lives and communities. There are also Edge events, throughout the UK and Europe – from tours and courses, to talks and more.
Book now for early bird tickets

Take action:

Funding deadline: Wednesday 29 July.  £400,000 up for grabs via M&S Energy!

If you’re a not for private profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to try to secure funding. Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, this funding will be awarded to renewable energy projects in Great Britain who can demonstrate they have the support of their local community. Online application form available at

Campaign to Stop TTIP:

Trade deals are under negotiation between the EU and the US and Canada which are a threat to democracy, the environment, consumers and labour standards. But we can stop them! See

Prevent fracking in South Yorkshire:

Fracking will accelerate climate change, delay a transition to clean energy, waste money chasing short lived resources and risk ground water contamination, and air pollution and earthquakes.  Find out more and sign the petition

Vegbags from the Hazelhurst Community Supported Agriculture project

If you live in Meersbrook, Netheredge, Norton, Totley or Woodseats, you can be part of an affordable weekly veg bag scheme which directly supports local growers.   For more information about veg bags see Also explore the website to find out about the land, volunteering opportunities, and much more.

Join the Green Homes Sheffield team

If you’d like to get more involved in an active local project, then joining the steering group for Green Homes Sheffield might suit you. You’d be joining a small group of enthusiastic volunteers and would have the chance to make an important contribution. The project is in a good position with funding in place and a series of events lined up, so this would be an exciting time to join the team. Find out more

Help Sheffield Renewables find their next solar site

We are currently looking for sites suitable for fully funded community owned solar projects, in return we can offer a reduction on electricity price, and help organisations fulfil their long term environmental and carbon reduction commitments. For details of recent installations and future plans, visit their Community Solar page.

Transition Sheffield Postscript

In the last newsletter, a call was sent out for new members to join the Transition Sheffield Hub. Sadly a new group didn’t come together, and so it seems time for Transition Sheffield to change to a new format. The intention is to simply maintain a website under the title of ‘Sustainable Sheffield’. This can continue to celebrate the great projects which exist across and beyond Sheffield, point newcomers to active projects in which they can get involved, and be a voice for change. If you’ve any questions, please contact

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Encouraging sustainability in Sheffield Thu, 27 Nov 2014 22:10:08 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 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: tel. 07758 146130.



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Autumn is calling; dreams of change… Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:24:16 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 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

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:

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 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 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

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

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 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:32:43 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 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  (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 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:29:05 +0000 Continue reading ]]>
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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Events in May Fri, 09 May 2014 21:51:47 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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 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

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

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 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:07:54 +0000 Continue reading ]]>
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.

Fri 21 Mar 2014, BIG Energy Upgrade – Final Event

9.30am-1pm, Halifax Hall, The University of Sheffield
This event will showcase the findings of the BIG Energy Upgrade Project and 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, and 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 online info sheet

From Sat 22 Mar 2014, 10-1pm, Organic Growing Master Classes

Organic growing classes from the experts of Heeley City Farm, in partnership with the Soil Association.
Venue: Wortley Walled Garden, S35 7DB
Starts Saturday 22nd March and covers different themes for six Saturdays – soil, compost, propagation, crops, herbs & wildlife, and fruit each session.  £15 per person per session or £75 for all 6 sessions. Concessions available. Please book in advance. Contact Darrell Maryon for more info: 07768 932613, email:

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

In partnership with Repair Sheffield and Transition Sheffield.

People who can mend stuff to bring their tools and people with broken stuff bring it and learn skills and get stuff mended over a cuppa.  Bring: Small electrical appliances, toys, shoes, clothes, pots, kitchen equipment, computers, bikes, audio equipment, furniture, etc.
The event is free, but donations to cover costs of materials are asked for if your item is successfully repaired – all fixers are volunteers and the project has no funding.
For info see:


Every Thursday, 2-3 pm, Free drop-in workshops for women in using tools

Would you like to gain confidence in using tools?
- Have a go at using a wide variety of tools
- Make a planter for your garden
- Work at your own pace in a supportive environment
At: Green City Action Tool Bank, Abbeyfield House, Abbeyfield Rd

Contact: Sarah Emberson 0114 244 0353 /

Sat, 29 March, 10am-2:30pm    Fruit Tree Grafting Weekend

Greave House Farm Trust, Stocksbridge
Come and learn the art of fruit tree grafting from expert tutors from Grow Sheffield/Abundance. Free tree to take home for everyone. Bring a packed lunch and we will provide refreshments. Cost: £30. This is to cover costs including tutors.
Greave House Farm is a charity supporting vulnerable people to grow food and care for animals.

Community Involvement and the Sheffield Local Plan  

Sheffield City Council is consulting (from 17 March to 17 April 2014) on changes to the “Statement of Community Involvement”, and is starting to work on a new Local Plan.

There will be a stakeholder workshop in the Town Hall on On 1st April.5:30-6pm.
Find out more and book on the workshop.

Friday 11th April, State of Sheffield 2014 Workshop

10:30am to 1:00pm, Reception Rooms, Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 1WB
Discuss key trends, challenges and opportunities facing Sheffield in 2014 and beyond: This workshop will outline the findings of the State of Sheffield 2014 report, which indicates that although Sheffield remains resilient in response to the impact of austerity and the recession, it also faces major challenges in 2014 and the coming years.  The author of the report, Professor Gordon Dabinett, will lead a presentation and discussion on these issues.
This is a key report for Sheffield, outlining the challenges and opportunities faced by the city.  [Could be a chance to raise questions about improving the cities resilience in food growing, energy generation, and re-use of materials?]
For the agenda, speakers and booking form see

Carbon Conversations – next discussion group starts Mar/April

Interested in coming to a discussion group in the autumn looking at ways to reduce our carbon emissions?  The first two Carbon Conversations groups which kicked off last autumn have had great feedback:
“The board games were enjoyable and brought issues to light in a memorable and interesting way.” 
“I enjoyed the sharing and the no-guilt approach.”
“Coming together with people from different backgrounds was eye opening and encouraging.”.
See more information about the Carbon Conversations approach, and fill in a quick survey if you’d like to express an interest in the next group.


Closing date 4 April: Sheffield Climate Alliance: Climate Campaign Worker

Sheffield Climate Alliance are recruiting for a Climate Campaign Worker on a temporary part time basis, 15 hours per week.
The key documents can be viewed online or downloaded:
Job Description and Person Specification for Climate Campaign Worker   View online / Download
Application Form – Climate Campaign Worker  View online / Download


7 April and beyond: Green Homes Sheffield – find out more / can you help?

The Transition Cafe event on 7 April will be a great opportunity to find out more about Green Homes Sheffield and catch up with other Transitioners.

The details of green homes are gradually getting loaded on to the website: and the open homes events in April and May will provide 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.  Bookings will open soon, so keep checking back!

Also, there is a call out from Green Homes Sheffield for volunteers to help make it possible for householders to share their experience in making their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. You’ll help with all the practical things that need doing – e.g. putting up signs, making tea, greeting visitors when they arrive.  If you can be available for at least two of the opening dates, plus one training day, then please contact


Sunday 27th April 2014 at 11am: Totley Yard Sale

In the spirit of recycling, 50-60 people in Totley will be selling things from their front gardens, with the proceeds going to Totley Open Gardens.
A map can be purchased from 16 The Grove from 10.30am (not before) showing addresses of the sellers participating.  Cost 50p.  Come and get a bargain!
Enquiries:  236-2302   Email:

Call for participation in a Permaculture Allotment, Meersbrook

A retired couple, resident in Sheffield but these days living much of the year in Avila, Spain. rent a joint allotment (which therefore has a lot of space), in Meersbrook, Sheffield. Our idea is to develop it along the lines of permaculture cultivation, and as we now and always pay for the allotment, to share it as a project for any interested persons. As we are not there much of the year, it seems a pity not to use its potential which we think might be a great opportunity.  We’ll be in Sheffield from April 3-20 and would love to show the place and talk further.  More info c/o

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April Transition Cafe: Green Homes in Sheffield Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:05:35 +0000 Continue reading ]]> 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.

As recent news items about rising gas prices and climate change causing UK flooding have illustrated, the importance of energy efficient homes and lifestyles is becoming increasingly clear. This event will help people to consider their next actions for achieving more affordable, comfortable, and future-proofed homes.

During the evening we’ll show a short video clip about the Bath Green Homes project, and be joined by Jenny Patient who is project lead for Green Homes Sheffield. She’ll explain the aims of Green Homes Sheffield and describe forthcoming opportunities to visit ‘green homes’ in Sheffield.

You’ll also be invited to share your questions and stories about home energy efficiency and green home improvements with other participants, so you’ll have a chance to participate in the Green Homes Sheffield just by joining us on the night.

NB. Would you be able to help Green Homes Sheffield by volunteering as a Welcomer on two or more of these green open homes dates? You’d give practical help to enable the host to show their home to members of the public. Please email if you are interested.

The event dates include a good mix of opportunities for both visiting green homes and helping out:

  • Sat 12th and Sun 13th April, 11am – 5pm (weekend)
  • Weds 23rd and Thurs 24th April, 11am – 5pm (school holidays)
  • Sat 3rd, Sun 4th, and Mon 5th May, 11am – 5pm (May Bank holiday)
  • Fri 16th, 4pm-10pm, Sat 17th and Sun 18th May, 11am – 5pm
    (Fri evening includes the option to open up for the Sheffield Friday Night Ride)

Fusion Café is in a central location on Arundel St, S1 2NS – see directions. The event is free, but donations towards running costs are welcomed, and tea, coffee and light snacks will be available for purchase.  We look forwards to seeing you on the April 7th.

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Thermal image of heat loss

Installing insulation

Installing insulation

Energy efficiency rating certificate

Energy efficiency rating


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Invitation to Green Householders from Green Homes Sheffield Sun, 16 Feb 2014 23:20:06 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

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 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:39:20 +0000 Continue reading ]]>

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
Contact Daniele on 07535653842 or Darrell Maryon on 07768 932613 or
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, 

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 to be registered.

In partnership with Repair Sheffield and Transition Sheffield.
For info see:
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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