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January 2018

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Fight the (Fracking) Power!

January 2018

The new situation with Bramleymoor Lane - more objections please!INEOS are trying to be very clever by filing a new Planning Application with Derbyshire County Council for exploratory drilling at Bramleymoor Lane. Because it is going to be treated effectiv...

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Events Listings

The Real Junk Food Project

Jan 2018

The Real Junk Food Project has various excellent volunteer-run projects, using food which would otherwise go to waste. The following operate on the basis of pay-as-you-feel:

Steeple Corner Café (Victoria Centre, 37 Stafford Rd., Norfolk Park S2 2SE) open 5 days a week.
Citrus Café, Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, S6 3NA) open 6 days a week.
Shareouse Market (49 Carlisle Street, S4 7LJ) open Tuesday–Saturday 12-2pm as a pay-as-you-feel store.

They also run Fuel For School, an educational programme helping primary schools to take direct environmental action and make a positive change in the local community, and they offer catering for conferences, parties, weddings and events from 5 – 350 people, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Real Junk Food Project


Jan 2018

Foodhall Café is an open community venue which offers food that would have been thrown away, surplus donated by retailers, on a "Pay-as-you-feel" basis. It is run by volunteers and encourages community engagement between the general public including students, homeless people, mental health groups, isolated people, people with addiction problems and people who need to access food.

You can help, whether by just visiting to eat and socialise, or maybe food preparation, or even playing the house piano.

The cafe opens Thursdays and Fridays, there are also art workshops and reading groups, and some nights it becomes a DIY venue for fundraiser gigs.


Jepps Books in the Winter Gardens

All January until 31st

The well-loved Jepps Books now has a pop-up shop space in the Winter Gardens for the whole of January, six days a week. Radical books, posters and various left-wing things for sale. At this time when people need a vision of an alternative future, Jepps Books is doing its best to contribute to that vision of a better world.

Jepps Books

Film: "The Bentley Effect"

Thu 18 Jan 2018, 7-10pm, Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

Another chance to see this excellent film about how people in Australia stood up for what they value in the arguments against fracking. When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang. A critical mass of people from all walks of life organised themselves to rally against it. What happened next set an historic precedent.

For more information and to book a ticket, £6, click below.


National Demonstration: Shut Down Morton Hall Immigration Detention Centre

Sat 20 Jan 2018, coach from Sheffield

Four people have died at Morton Hall in the last year. People detained there have been on hunger strike. Morton Hall is run by the Prison Service for the Home Office and can detain 392 people. The Prisons Inspectors on 21 March reported on Morton Hall: “Nearly half the detainees told the inspectors they felt depressed or suicidal on arriving”. Refugees and their supporters will be asking why at this National Demonstration outside Morton Hall Immigration Detention Centre (Swinderby, Lincoln LN6 9PT).

Coach from Sheffield 10.30am outside Crucible Theatre opposite Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street S1 2JB. Returning to Sheffield around 5pm. Book your place by email or text/call mobile 07887 481355. Places are free but the organisers would welcome donations. More info, including flyer to download, and a full report of the previous protest at Morton Hall, on the SYMAAG website.

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group

Anti-Fracking Burns Night and Ceilidh

Sat 20 Jan 2018, 7-11pm, St Andrews URC Church, Upper Hanover St. S3 7RQ

Three-course meal, poetry, speeches and music from "The Outlandish Knights", organised by Sheffield Friends of The Earth.

£18 per ticket, all proceeds to go to local anti-fracking groups. Please book using this Eventbrite link and state what type of haggis you would prefer (traditional or vegetarian) when booking. The organisers need a few more volunteers to help run the event after a couple of people have fallen unwell, in exchange for a £12 ticket, if interested please email

Sheffield Climate Alliance

Curry Aid for Rohingya people of Myanmar (Burma)

Sun 21 Jan 2018, 5.30pm, Common Ground Community Centre, Machon Bank S7 1GR

A Sheffield Green Party fundraising event for the suffering Muslim ethnic minority Rohingya people of Myanmar (Burma), who have fled to Bangladesh amid atrocities and fatalities in Rakhine state. Event runs from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. For details and tickets (£10) see the Eventbrite page below.

Eventbrite booking

Sheffield Stop the War Coalition monthly committee meeting

Tue 23 Jan 2018, 7.15pm, Central United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St. S1 2JB

Sheffield Stop the War Coalition invites members, supporters and delegates from affiliated parties and groups to come along and discuss and plan how to best organise and campaign in 2018.

Trump has now cancelled his announced visit to Britain - for the second time. This is a great new year victory for mass mobilisation, through which even the president of the United States can be successfully confronted. This development opens up the argument about foreign policy as it is now clearly no longer a question of Britain seeing the "special relationship" with the US as inevitable.

The Stop the War Coalition has a real opportunity to advance the case for a new, peaceful foreign policy in 2018. It will also be organising around the Stop the Wars national tour, holding a public meeting on the theme "Why we need an anti-war government" in the next few months.

Sheffield Stop the War Coalition Facebook page

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

Thu 25 Jan 2018, from 12 noon, Winter Garden, City Centre

Every year on 27 January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD). This has taken place in the UK since 2001. On this day we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur, in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today. The central vision of HMD is to learn from the past in order to create a safer, better future.

This year the theme is "The Power of Words"

Free event, everyone welcome on 25th January:
12 noon to 4.30pm – Short films (drop in anytime)
5.30pm to 7pm – Memorial candlelit vigil with readings and reflections

In addition, from Monday 22nd to Monday 29th January there will be a collection of posters on display in the Winter Garden.

HMD 2018 on Sheffield City Council website

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