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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Events: this weekend and beyond

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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Coming Soon: Saturday and beyond

Hi everyone, here’s a smattering of actions and local events that might be of interest to Transition minded folk. You didn’t have any other plans for Saturday, did you?!

Today: Get informed and take action

Saturday 25 January: 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 from small electrical appliances, toys, shoes, clothes, pots and kitchen equipment, to computers, bikes, audio equipment, and furniture. If you’re interested in helping please get in touch.


Saturday 25 January Transition Chesterfield Potato Day

The Potato Day run annually by Transition Chesterfield is so popular that they now take pre-orders. As some of the popular varieties of potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic can run out quite early on the day, you can order in advance using their order form. Prices are pretty competitive, especially as you can just buy a few tubers to try out.
See for info.


Saturday 25 January: Build a Potting Shed, Firth Park Allotments
This event is organised by WICAT and is a chance for women to be involved in the construction of a new potting shed on the Sure Start Allotment at Firth Park.  You’ll get a chance to learn new joinery skills, the art of recycling building materials, the simple physics of construction etc. and have great fun with a lovely bunch of people in the process!
Construction will take place over a number of Saturdays – for more info see


Fri 24 & Sat 25 January: Space for Cycling

Cycle Sheffield are holding a meeting of campaign groups from across the country about the Space for Cycling campaign. The aim is to ensure that Sheffield streets are safe and inviting enough for cycling to become a viable option for everyone.  Venue: Showroom Cinema (see map), Sat 25 Jan, 12:00-4:30pm
Plus there’s a pre-meet on Fri evening with a Sheffield Friday Night Rides cycle ride to show off the good, bad and ugly of cycle facilities in Sheffield. Meet 7pm at Sheffield Tap (map).


Closing date Fri 31 January: Job Opportunities with Grow Sheffield

Coordinators Roles, £24,000 pro rata 1 day per week to coordinate a range of Grow Sheffield Projects to until March 2015.  The coordinators will ensure that projects such as Sheffield on A Plate, Abundance, Community Growers and the Sheffield Food Network functioning efficiently i.e. with skills required in budgeting, staff and volunteer coordination, communications, and marketing.


Friday 31 January:  Cool Beans presents The Sharrow Festival Fundraiser

The lovely Cool Beans have organised an evening full of live music and DJs at everyone’s favourite watering hole – the Harley. This includes an amazing selection of both live and DJ sets.
With plenty to wrap your collective ears round, this should be a big old Sheffield-driven bash.  See for the full line up.
£2 before 8pm/£4 afterwards. Naturally all funds raised go towards Sharrow Festival 2014.
7.30pm-4am, Fri 31 Jan, The Harley, 334 Glossop Rd. S10 2HW (map)


Monday 27 January: Positive Money – Growing the campaign

Positive Money are activists for monetary reform, and this talk by Peter Verity, coordinator of the Sheffield group, will give an insight into what actions are being taken centrally, and in other groups around the country to get the debate going among the public, media, and academics. Peter will explore new initiatives needed to meet challenges, and discuss how to to communicate ideas of monetary reform.  See more info.
Mon 27 Jan 2014, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, St James St, S1 2EW (map)
Voluntary donation (suggested £3) requested to cover the cost of the room, and £1 for tea/coffee/biscuits.


Tuesday 11 February: Iterative Cities: Renewal and Revitalisation From The Bottom Up

A public lecture at the University of Sheffield with Marcus Westbury, Founder of Renew Newcastle (Australia) and Renew Australia
Tuesday 11 February 2014 at 6.00pm, in the Octagon Centre, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TQ (map)
Entry is free of charge.  For more information and to book a place see


Saturday 15 February: “Whose Food? Our Food!”
Introducing a new “Agribusiness” campaign by World Development Movement (WDM) with three 10-minute films showing encouraging examples, from around the world, of 21st-century alternatives to agribusiness practices
Questions, comments and discussion, partly in small groups, after each film. Food available at the beginning, as well as hot and cold drinks and biscuits. All welcome. No charge, but contributions to costs requested.
1pm-4.30pm Quaker Meeting House, St. James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW  See WDM event info.

Saturday 15 February: Introduction to Woodland Coppicing

A one-day course about native woodlands and their management, covering basic theory, hands-on practical experience and tree identification. Aspects covered on the course include planning the work area, looking at various devices, building work breaks and coppice restoration, working methods, practical coppicing, material selection, processing, and storage. This course will show you how to take neglected woodland and transform it into a productive coppice with wildlife benefits.  Price £80

Sat 15 Feb 2014, 9.30-4pm, J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane S7 2QZ (map).  Also see info about Ecclesall Woods Craft Courses


Thursday 20 February: In Conversation with Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England)

This event is organised by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI).  Professor Andrew Gamble will engage Andrew Haldane in conversation about the financial crisis, and will take questions from the audience. Haldane has been at the forefront of ongoing attempts to change the global financial system, leading the way quite radically at times. Last year, for example, he praised the ‘Occupy’ movement for questioning the banks, whilst he was recently described by The Independent as ‘the one to watch’ at the Bank of England.
6-7:30pm, Thursday, 20 Feb at Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN   See more info and register.


Saturday 22 February: Sheffield Seed Swap

Annual seed swap held at Heeley City Farm, 12 noon – 3pm.  See event flyer
It’s always very busy and there should be a few heritage seed varieties available.
Contact Daniele on 07535653842 for more info, Alternatively contact Darrell Maryon on 07768 932613, or email


So, there’s plenty here to get us active and inspired as we head into the new year.  Enjoy!


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Warmth and good cheer for the new year

Transition Sheffield wishes you warmth and good cheer at the turning of the year…

The last Transition Hub meeting wasn’t particularly productive as no new faces came
forward to bring us new energy, but we’re excited to report that Transition Sheffield will be helping with a new project in the spring called Green Homes Sheffield.

Green Homes Sheffield will be led by Jenny Patient and host of other great organisations will be involved:

  • Regather
  • Green Triangle community groupsnowflakes
  • South Yorkshire Energy Centre at Heeley City Farm
  • Sheffield Renewables
  • Energy Saving Co-op
  • Sheffield City Council Sustainable Development group
  • Nick Parsons Sustainable Building
  • EnergyJump Ltd
  • Sheffield Hallam University ‘House Warming’ Knowledge Exchange Project
  • Sheffield Students’ Union ‘Green Impact Student Homes’ project
  • Fireside Housing Co-operative

The idea of the project is to encourage householders to tackle energy issues in their homes by letting them visit other homes where energy efficient or sustainable features have already been incorporated, and also put them in touch with contractors who’d be happy to help with similar work.
A key part of the project will be setting up a number of Green Open Homes events in March-May 2014. If you think your home could be eligible for involvement, or you’d like to help, then watch out for calls for further participation. We’ll also organise a Cafe event on this theme in the spring.

So we wish you warm well-insulated homes, low fuel bills, and friendly supportive communities, and hope to see you in the new year.

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November News: Ceilidhs, Courses and Campaigns

Here’s a round up of local and national news as November draws near.  Lots to look forward to both for campaigners and those who like a film or a ceilidh: the challenge will be choosing between conflicting events!

Wednesday 30 October: Carbon Capital – Fighting the finance that’s driving climate change

WDM Sheffield is holding a talk, including short film, on 30th October, how banks and financial institutions are financing climate change. The talk is free and open to all.
7pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW

chasing iceMonday 4 November: Film “Chasing Ice”

Free screening of a new award-winning documentary about climate change.
The Showroom, Paternoster Row S1 2BX, 6pm.
Brought to you by The Co-operative Group. Book a free place at

Wednesday 6 November: Refreshing the Sheffield Food Strategy Workshop/Consultation

food strategy

There have been many changes in Sheffield since Sheffield produced its first Food Plan in 2011.  Some changes have been positive, for example the continuing success of the Food Festival, action to improve School Food and the soon to be opened new Market on the Moor. Unfortunately there have also been cuts in welfare and the appearance of Food Banks in the city. We feel the time is right for a refresh of the Food Plan – (now draft Food Strategy) for Sheffield.
This event will be in the morning of the 6 Nov at City Hall. Please contact Jill Lancaster ( 205 7469) for further information about this event or if you wish to be part of a virtual network of people who have an interest in this area.

Thurs 7 November: Dirty Energy meeting

Sheffield Friends of the Earth are planning an evening meeting on issues relating to Dirty Energy.  There will be a presentation by one of FOE’s national campaigners, and input from other organisations including Transition Sheffield.  There doesn’t seem to be further information online, but the details given were University of Sheffield, Arts Tower, Thursday 7th of November at 7pm in Lecture Theatre 5.

Thursday 14 November: Re-visioning Parks: new approaches for our great outdoors

Green and open spaces are under pressure: budget cuts and a lack of priority for open spaces and the green sector are having an impact at local and national scales. This event provides the opportunity to find out about new ways we can develop and manage green and open spaces to address the current challenges.9am – 1pm, in the Centre in the Park, (Norfolk Park), plus an afternoon site visits nearby and an evening talk at University of Sheffield Arts Tower  by Prof. Nigel Dunnett.  See more info and book a place.

Fri 15 and Sat 16 November: Bringing sanity into the world of finance

An evening talk and a morning session led by the influential economist Arthur Edwards.
Collapsing banks, money being created out of nothing, the belief in endless growth etc etc. How can we make sense of it all, when there are widely divergent expert opinions? To use a phrase that Schumacher coined, how can we have an economics as if people mattered?
7.30-9.30pm, Friday, 15th November – Making sense of money
10am -1pm, Saturday, 16th November – Money unveiled

Freeman College, 88, Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NG
Talk. £5/£3. Morning session £12/£8. Both events £15/£9 or pay what you can afford
See more information

Saturday 16 November: Just Economics with Anne Pettifor

Location: St Mark’s Church, Broomhill, S10 2SG,  (£11/£5 students).
This a a day conference on
“Just economics”, with the renowned economist Ann PettiforAnn Pettifor, is an international economist and well published author. Along with others at the New Economics Foundation, she predicted the financial meltdown of 2007. She argues that the austerity measures are not needed, will not work, and are unjust. Ann is an excellent speaker and the event is expected to sell out. You can book online, by phone (0114) 266 3613, or turn up at the door.

Sun 17th November: Home Grown Ceilidh

The lovely Well-Dressed Band has announced their next Home-Grown Ceilidh. Each monthly event supports a local voluntary/community group, and the partner group for this coming month is Sheffield Climate Alliance. Sheffield Climate Alliance is an alliance of local organisations and individuals who are pressing for effective action to tackle climate change, and Transition Sheffield is part of the alliance, so we urge you to come along and meet other like-minded folk.
7:30pm at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, Sheffield S10 2FB, Tickets £5 in advance/£6 on the door.  Bring food to share, and your preferred drink (there is no bar).

Wednesday 27 November: Transition Cafe in Belper

Chesterfield/Belper Cafe event

Building on the success of the recent transition get-together event in Sheffield, Transition Chesterfield will be hosting a Transition Café in Belper.
This is a get-together not only of Transition groups but any organisations or individuals who try to live by sustainable environmental standards.
Each participant will have a few minutes to tell their story – how they came about, what their aims are and how they’re trying to achieve them.
See the flyer for full info.

25th January 2014: Transition Chesterfield Potato Day

Transition Chesterfield’s Potato Day is so popular that they now take pre-orders. As some of the popular varieties of potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic can run out quite early on the day, you can order in advance using their order form. Prices are pretty competitive, especially as you can just buy a few tubers to try out.

Wednesdays, Jan-March: Organic Gardening Course

A 10 week indoor (classroom based) course from Grow Sheffield for beginners or experienced growers where you can look at the theory of organic gardening, soil management, ecology, sustainability and growing food naturally.

Big Transition Event for the North of England

Transition Lancaster are hoping to run a regional conference in 2014.  This will only happen if they get plenty of support in making it happen, so if you’re able to be involved, drop a line to and they’ll put people in contact with one another via the web so that much of the planning can happen without needing loads of travel.


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Event notes: Community and Complementary Currencies

time banking

Photo posted on Flickr by jseattle

On Oct 17, people gathered at our Transition Cafe event to find out more about local community and complementary currencies with speakers from Sheffield Lets and St Mary’s Timebuilders.

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Allotment Soup 2013


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Photo posted by polandeze on Flickr

Allotment Soup is an annual creative and artistic harvest celebration of food growing and
allotment culture, organised by Grow Sheffield.  This year, it was held up at Grimesthorpe Allotments, and 20 or so allotment holders participated by hosting artwork and workshops.

Transition Sheffield contributed by putting on a Transition Trail with a set of questions designed to provide a bit of thought and discussion:

  • How did you feel when your first seed sprouted?

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Transition Cafe: Community and Complementary Currencies

Thursday 17 October: Fusion Cafe, 7.30-10pm

Have you heard of Timebanking, LETS, and the Bristol Pound?

Community and complementary currencies can be found all round the world and are gaining popularity as conventional economies become shakier.
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