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September 2016

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Victory in lapdancing protest

8th September 2016

Leeds businessman Andreas Baskoutas sat in silence to hear dozens of objectors who packed into a Sheffield Town Hall licensing committee meeting, to declare their fierce opposition to a proposed lapdancing club. He had hoped to open "Mercedes Villa" next t...

Clothing for refugees

September 2016

Are you sorting out your wardrobe ready for autumn? Please remember City of Sanctuary is always looking for donations of clothing, especially for young men newly arrived in Sheffield. Please email if you have any items t...

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The Real Junk Food Café

Sep 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, 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

"The Tyranny of Intelligence"

Mon 26 Sep 2016, 7.30pm, Farm Road Sports & Social Club, Farm Rd. S2 2TP

A Skeptics in the Pub get-together. getting people together to have a relaxed and enjoyable evening while listening to talks on a wide range of topics, usually by a notable scientist or skeptic.

This month, Dr Jon Scaife, who researches and teaches in the School of Education at Sheffield University, talks about how we weigh other people up. It’s adaptively useful to assess how others might interact with us. Could they be threats? Allies? Very quickly and usually unconsciously we judge someone’s age, gender, height, strength, social status, sexual potential, mood and wealth. Although it takes longer, we also make judgments about personality and about intellectual and other capabilities. Jon will argue that ability and intelligence are fictions that have spread beyond the thinking and the practices of psychologists and teachers to permeate global culture. At worst, this could be regarded as abusive and even violent. The session should be particularly helpful to those with children, and provocative to psychologists and teachers.

These events are free though they ask for a £3 donation, and the meetings are open to all whatever your beliefs and views so please come along. (Press the buzzer to be let in. Meeting in the back room of the Club.)

Skeptics in the Pub

Amnesty International letter writing meeting

Wed 28 Sep 2016, 7.15pm University Arms, 197 Brook Hill S3 7HG

Amnesty International is a worldwide organisation of nearly 3 million people all working to protect Human Rights. Every 4th Wednesday of the month Sheffield Amnesty International holds this informal get-together to write campaign letters, a vital activity in their opposition to human rights violations across the world.

The University Arms pub is next to Sheffield University and Weston Park roundabout. Sheffield University tram stop, or several buses: 51 & 52 best; 94 & 95 close by.

Sheffield Amnesty International

Current Affairs discussion course (2nd week)

Thu 29 Sep 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm, Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Str. S1 2JB

The second week of a Workers Educational Association discussion course looking at social, environmental, political and ethical issues, UK and world-wide. If you did not attend the first week, it may be possible to join, please make contact with the tutor.

11 sessions starting Sept 22nd till last meeting 8th Dec. (no meeting 27th Oct. - half-term). Enrolment is for the full term. Fees for 11 weeks £73 or FREE if on means-tested state benefits, or Working Tax Credit with income under £15,276. This Sheffield course is at a new venue. If you know anyone who might be interested, please do pass this on.

The best way to guarantee a place is to enrol in advance online at, or by phone to WEA Regional Office (Leeds) 0113 2453304.

Tanja - a drama about detention

Thu 29 Sep 2016, 7.45pm, Crucible Studio Theatre, Tudor Square S1 1DA

Locked up. Shipped around. Sold for sex. In the black of night ‘Tanja‘ fled to safety and was locked up in Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain’s best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? The story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse. ‘Tanja’ is an impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign which blends spoken word, drama, dance, puppetry, live music, sign language and verbatim theatre. It stars former Yarl’s Wood detainee Emily Ntshangase-Wood.

Some free tickets and subsidised tickets available. Online trailer link here . Organised by ASSIST Sheffield, in partnership with City of Sanctuary.

ASSIST Sheffield
Sheffield Theatres (ticket booking)

Sheffield CReative Action for Peace (SCRAP)

Thu 29 Sep 2016, Quaker Meeting House, 1.30-4pm, 10 St. James St. S1 2EW

SCRAP is a Sheffield group using creative actions to campaign against Trident and against Drone warfare. Inspired by the 2014 Wool against Weapons protest against Trident. The group meets fortnightly, every other Thursday.


Hope in the Holy Land?

Fri 30 Sep 2016, 7.30pm Victoria Hall Methodist Church, 60 Norfolk St. S1 2JB

An inspiring and encouraging evening of songs and stories from Garth Hewitt and Robert Cohen, by Kairos, a faith organisation that seeks a just and lasting peace in Israel and Palestine based on the realisation of full human and political rights for all, and an end to oppression and injustice.

Tickets £8 in advance, (£10 on the door) in person at Victoria Hall (Chapel Walk entrance) most weekdays 10am-3pm or on the link below. For more information ring Sheff 2756856.

Kairos Britain

BitFIXit Friday Pop-Up

Fri 30 Sep 2016, 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.


Critical Mass Sheffield

Fri 30 Sep 2016, meet 6pm outside the Town Hall

Critical Mass is a fun, free and pro-bicycle ride that takes place in Sheffield (and many other cities around the world) on the last Friday evening of every month. It is a self-organised movement, in other words it happens with whoever turns up. Come and enjoy a nice evening ride around Sheffield for an hour, then off to a pub for a drink and a chat.

Critical Mass Sheffield
Critical mass on Wikipedia

Agitate, Organise, Resist: Justice Conference 2016

Sat 1 Oct 2016, 10am-4pm, United Reform Church, 60 Norfolk St. S1 2JB

A conference with a host of speakers on many of the current issues of injustice, (postponed from August) including:

  • Barbara Jackson, Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
  • Eileen Turnbull, Shrewsbury 24 Campaign
  • Helen Steel, Police Spies Out of Our Lives Campaign
  • Roy Bentham, Blacklist Support Group
  • Sheila Coleman, Hillsborough Support Group
  • John Dunn, Ex-Derbyshire NUM & Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign
  • Rotherham 12 Campaign
Organised by Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. Lunch and refreshments provided. To register please email

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Soup in the City

Sat 1 Oct 11am-5pm, Union Street, 18-22 Union Street S1 2JP

Instead of the world-famous ‘Allotment Soup’, this year Grow Sheffield offers ‘Soup in the City’. Further exciting from the link below ...

Grow Sheffield

The Real Junk Food Café

Oct 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, too many 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

BitFIXit Cafe

Sat 1 Oct 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House S4 7AT

BitFIXit is a great long-running project giving help with computer and internet problems every Saturday on a ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis, from a group of volunteers and professionals. Now also open on Fridays at Union Street, and offering home and business visits.


Valley Cycle Workshop

Sat 1 Oct 2016, 9.30am-12.30, Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Rd. S11 8BU

Road bike specialists Valley offer free bike safety diagnostic checks at Regather every Saturday morning. They will inspect your bike for structural damage and safety issues and advise on specific component problems. Just one of a programme of events run by Regather co-operative.


Tory Party Conference in Birmingham (transport from Sheffield)

Sun 2 Oct 2016, depart 9.30am from The Hubs, Paternoster Row S1 2QQ

At Teresa May's first Tory Party Conference as Prime Minister, the People's Assembly will be holding a mass demonstration to say we demand an alternative to "Austerity Britain" and demand investment in public services, infrastructure, and decent jobs for all. An end to scapegoating of migrants which divides our communities and whips up racism. Join in and help make sure the demonstration is as big as possible.

Coach transport from Sheffield, tickets £12 waged or £6 unwaged, call 07941 332993 to book, or email

More information from The People's Assembly

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