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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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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

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


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


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

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.


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.

What Next for the NHS? Health after Brexit?

Mon 4 Jul 2016, 6.30 for 7pm United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St. S1 2JB

Sheffield Save Our NHS Public Meeting, discussing new local plans for the NHS, privatisation and Brexit. Celebrate the NHS 68th anniversary with some birthday cake. Join the fight to support it.

What about the NHS after Brexit? The Westminster government and opposition are in a state of collapse. The NHS needs continuous public mobilisation if it is to be saved. Many "Leave" voters wanted to believe the pledges being made by the Leave campaign for the NHS, pledges which were called lies at the time, and which Leave leaders are now rowing back from. But the NHS is already in crisis and management efforts have been pinned this year to Service and Transformation Plans which, in our case, will cover South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. In many areas these are being introduced to bring about major changes including service closures, and through decisions often made behind closed doors.

So what does the immediate future hold for the NHS in South Yorkshire? Come and hear where the plans have got to so far. Does this mean more privatisation? Campaigners from other parts of the area invited, as the plans are likely to have significant effects on Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

Downstairs room at the United Reform Church at the corner of Chapel Walk and Norfolk Street. Meeting at 7pm, but cake will be available beforehand!

"Owed T'Orgreave" benefit gig

Tue 5 Jul 2016, 7pm, Abbeydale Picture House, Abbeydale Rd S7 1FS

A benefit gig to bring Jimmy Cauty’s ADP Riot Tour to Orgreave. Profits made will go to the haulage of the container, volunteers expenses, expenses to Catcliffe Recreation Ground in Orgreave who will host the work, and to the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign who will, hopefully, be in full battle with South Yorkshire Police again, this time at a European Court.

Live performances from:

  • Ibberson, featuring Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire)
  • ex-members and current contributors to Clock DVA and The Box, Karl D’Silva making his debut
  • Steve Edwards
  • Mother of Crows (with film screening)
  • and DJ sets:
    • Lisa O’Hara
    • Death Rays of Ardilla
    • Dorian Cox
    • I Monster
    + Films in the cinema room and raffle with special prizes donated from the performers and other Sheffield cultural stalwarts. Fundraising art auction with work from Jimmy Cauty and Jeremy Deller, etc. Don’t miss out!

    Runs till midnight, tickets £7.50, £5 unwaged from Party for the People.

    Facebook event page

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.



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 or ring Sheff 2214630. (NOTE may not yet be updated for 2016)

AFC Unity Football for Food Campaign: Pop-Up Quiz

Fri 8 Jul 2016, 6-9pm Union Street, 18-20 Union St. S1 2JR

AFC Unity are a Sheffield based indie women's football club and also a not-for-profit community organisation. Their current Football for Food campaign collects food at home games and events to distribute via Sheffield Food Collective to local food banks.

As part of the campaign this is a Football for Food general knowledge women-focussed pop-up quiz. You can enter by bringing food to donate at the event. All food collected will go via Sheffield Food Collective to local food banks. For more information and to book onto the quiz, please click onto Eventbrite link.

Eventbrite page


Sat 9 Jul 2016, 12-10.30pm, Conisbrough (between Rotherham and Doncaster)

A full day of music culture around the town and castle at Conisbrough. Activities include outdoor music stage, afternoon castle stage, DJ tent, food, fair, beer and much more.

Various venues. Regular train and bus services from Sheffield.

Conisbrough Music Fest


Sat 9 Jul 2016, 1pm-5pm Beighton Sports and Leisure Field, Beighton High Street, Sheffield S20

Starting with a parade in the village at 12pm, this is Beighton’s day to celebrate community activities of all kinds. Loads of family activities, donkey rides, classic cars, food and plenty of stalls.

Beighton Gala Facebook page

BitFixIT Cafe

Sat 9 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. BitFixIT is long-running and now also opens on Fridays at in Union Street, 10am-6pm.

BitFixIT on Facebook


Sat 9 Jul 2016 from 12 noon, Stannington

Annual carnival, run by Stannington Carnival Organisation and Festival Friends (SCOFF) held in Stannington Park and Lomas Hall, S6. Stalls, parade, displays, fairground organ, and a chance for local organisations to raise funds and promote themselves. The usual fun stuff for a day out, all in a good cause. Volunteers welcome as well. Email for details

Stannington Carnival on Facebook

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