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August 2019

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Clean Air Zone Consultation

August 2019

The consultation being held by Sheffield City Council on the "Clean Air Zone" proposals finishes on Sunday 25th August 2019. You can find the link to it here. All individuals that live, work or travel regularly to the city centre are encouraged to complete...

Free cycling lessons

Autumn 2019

Pedal Ready offers free cycling lessons in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster. From learning to ride a bike to advanced commuter skills; bike included with all lessons.For details of courses and day sessions email: or phone Sheff 241...

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Events Listings

8th December 2019

Road cycling confidence course

Sat 8 & 15 Dec 2018, 10am–1.30pm, city centre

One of many cycling courses run by Pedal Ready, free to those who live or work in Sheffield. Learn straightforward techniques to minimise the risks when cycling. Each course is two weeks and runs as a weekly three hour session.

This level 3 course follows introductory courses 1 and 2. "Road Confidence 3" is an advanced course for urban cyclists, based in the city centre. It covers many aspects of interacting with traffic on busy roads and junctions. It is recommended that you attend Road Confidence 1 and 2 first, or discuss your level of cycling experience with the Pedal Ready office.

Book a course by contacting Sheff 2412775 or email

Pedal Ready

The Future of Progressive Politics – Taking Back Control?

Sat 8 Dec 2018, 1-4pm, The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane S1 4FW

Politics professor Andrew Gamble will be the headline speaker at the next Independent Labour Publications (ILP) day school on ‘The future of progressive politics’ to be held in Sheffield.

Professor of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge, he will speak about his new book ‘Open Left: The Future of Progressive Politics‘, and his ideas on how to create a social democracy for the 21st century.

In his book, he says: “The ten years since the financial crash have been lean years for progressive politics of all kinds. Now Brexit in the UK, Trump in the US, and the rising tide of national populism in Europe pose new dangers. Parties of the Centre-Left are in retreat. Old bases of support have declined, old policies are out of touch, old assumptions no longer hold.

“At the same time new thinking, new innovations, new forces are turning the world upside down. We face great dangers but also great opportunities.

“How should those who still want a progressive future respond? This book argues that the first priority is an Open Left. We must abandon the idea that one tradition of progressive thought has all the answers. We need openness to new policy ideas, openness to learning from past mistakes and others’ experiences. We should be prepared to listen to very different voices and very different intellectual traditions. We must find ways to engage with people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds.

“An Open Left also recognises we cannot retreat from the world, or ignore economic and political realities. We need a dialogue with progressive movements from many different countries, learning from their experiences of putting progressive ideas into action.

“The idea of progress can still inspire change, but it needs updating.”

The talk will be followed by the ILP’s Barry Winter who will lead a discussion on ‘taking back control’ and whether the slogan adopted by many Brexit supporters can be used for progressive purposes.

Free event, but please try to book by Friday 30th November to reserve your place, via Eventbrite or by email to:

Independent Labour Publications

Amnesty International AmnesTea birthday party

Sat 8 Dec 2018, 11am-3pm, Smorgas, 401 Glossop Rd, S10 2PR

Amnesty International local groups from the universities of Sheffield and Hallam are holding a very special AmnesTea birthday party to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Donations for the delicious cakes on offer will go to support Amnesty´s work defending human rights.

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