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September 2019

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Natalie Bennett appointed to House of Lords

Sept 2019

Natalie Bennett, the former Green Party leader who lives in Sheffield, has been appointed to the House of Lords - which she thinks should be abolished. She noted that the Greens have three parliamentary representatives but this is only 0.2% of the combined...

Tenants: Sign the open letter from ACORN

Sept 2019

For years ACORN has been on the front line of the fight against homelessness and housing insecurity. They have prevented hundreds of evictions and where necessary, physically stopped them by confronting bailiffs and landlords with united community action.F...

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Sat 14 & Sun 15 Sep 2019, 12 noon till 11pm, Foodhall, 121 Eyre St. S1 4QW

Come join everyone at Foodhall for live music, local beverages, vegetarian/vegan food by Abundance and Wild Combination + pizza, pottery workshop, clothes stalls and some serious community vibes. Music will include vivacious live vibes, downright delectable DJ sets in the evenings, and more!

Foodhall is a multi-award-winning open public dining room, kitchen and common space at the heart of Sheffield city centre which is managed by the community, for the community.

Contributions will go to SAYiT and Foodhall. Alternatively you can also contribute your time and skills to the cause! SAYiT are a Sheffield charity who support young LGTBQ people with practical advice, emotional support and social opportunities. The Open Journal is the Foodhall print outlet for everything that is good within our community and the wider world.

This is an inclusive, family friendly event, but the music may be loud and alcohol will be served. Foodhall is an accessible space, however the toilets are not accessible. Please let them know if you require assistance at the event. There is no strobe lighting, and they will aim to accommodate your needs, whatever they are! Foodhall is a welcoming and open space.

It’s gonna be celebRATE good!


Heeley City Farm Autumn Show / Mini Beer Festival

Sun 15 Sep 2019, 12-4pm, Heeley City Farm, Richards Rd. S2 3DT

Celebrate the end of the main growing season, with FREE admission to the farm. Food, craft, gift and bric-a-brac stalls to browse. Produce Show, entertainment and activities for kids including making veg monsters, even a Sheep Race!

Music by Gumbo FM / Mads N’ Da Bas DJs.

Mini Beer Festival starts Saturday 5pm till 9pm, on Sunday it continues till 8pm.

Heeley City Farm

Pseudo-Random Divinatory reading and making: a neurodivergent workshop

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 12 noon-5pm, Access Space, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

Hestia Peppé is a neuro-atypical artist, researcher and writer, working on a PhD at Sheffield Hallam University. In July this year she was Access Space Artist in Residence, exploring divinatory, oracular and speculative approaches to reading and making in relation to neurodiversity.

Divination is the name given to the ways in which people have, throughout history, sought answers to questions for which they otherwise unable to determine an answer. Common forms of divination are pendulum dowsing, tarot card reading, palm reading, and the I Ching. Artists, writers, readers, and makers are invited to come together to explore the potential of working with the mistakes, troubles, and mysteries of process rather than against them. To examine ideas in relation to divination such as:

self diagnosis

This afternoon workshop will introduce the ancient and resurgent practice of divination in relation to the computational application of pseudo-randomness in contemporary technology. Try out some divinatory gestures and methods, and investigate what can open up in process when we do not attach significance to "outcomes" or "mastery".
Discussion will consider the challenges presented by divination to "goal directed" assumptions about "making" in relation to the emerging paradigm of neurodiversity, which through the self-diagnosis and self-advocacy of neuro-atypical people seeks to understand and support "all kinds of minds".

Neurodiversity is understood to be intersectional with existing movements in disability, decolonisation, anti-racism, anti-fascism, feminism, climate justice, and LGBTQIA and worker solidarity. Workshop places £5, bookable via the link below.

Eventbrite booking

Sheffield Climate Alliance meeting

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 6pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield Climate Alliance meeting discussing the details for ‘Youth Strike for The Climate’ on Friday 20th September, etc. New members are very welcome, please come along. This September monthly meeting will be earlier and shorter than usual, because they’ll also be hosting the "The Big Conversation on Climate Change" with Paul Blomfield MP’ the same evening too (see below).

Sheffield Climate Alliance

"The Big Conversation on Climate Change" with Paul Blomfield MP

Tue 17 Sep 2019, 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 Saint James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield Climate Alliance host this event, focussed on climate change and environmental matters, with a chance to put questions to Paul Blomfield, MP. Jane Thomas from Unlock Democracy will be facilitating, and there will be information stalls and refreshments may be purchased.

To secure your place, please register your attendance through the page below. Everyone is welcome regardless of their own political affiliations.

Eventbrite booking page

Co-operative Showcase

Thu 19-Fri 20 Sep 2019, 10am-4pm, Aizlewood’s Mill, Nursery St. S3 8GG

Co-operatives have played a big part in the history of Sheffield, and many are alive and well today. Come and experience a showcase of co-operatives contributing to the success of people power. This event, part of Heritage Open Days 2019, takes place in a co-operatively owned listed building, Aizlewood’s Mill. Co-operatives in many areas of activity will be presenting what they do.

Co-operatives create culture and common wealth through collective self-help in working class communities. This event celebrates the unique values and principles of the co-operative movement.

Free, no booking required. Organised by Principle 5 Yorkshire Co-operative Resource Centre. Full details below.

Heritage Open Days


20th and 27th Sep 2019

On Friday 20th and Friday 27th September 2019, Greta Thunberg and other young environmental activists will lead a climate strike around the world, and they want adults to join in too, on the 20th or 27th, or preferably both.

In between is a week of action.

Youth Strike 4 Climate are leading on Sheffield Climate Strike event on 20 September. Details for the day are now available and workers along with everyone else are encouraged to take part. Meet from 11am at Devonshire Green. A march will set off to the City Hall at noon for a rally from 1-3pm. Even if you can only attend during a lunch hour, your support will help show the strength of support for action on the climate emergency.

Climate chaos has started, and 300 species are going extinct every day (100,000 a year) due to pollution. This is an emergency! Join the pressure for urgent change.

Statement by activist Greta Thunberg (who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, Woman of the Year, and Vegan of the Year).

The links below are useful background information, followed by the main website.

Fridays For Future
Campaign against Climate Change
School Strike 4 Climate
Kottke - Response from one company
Indybay - International coverage from San Francisco - How can adults support young climate strikers?

Global Climate Strike

On The Surface Of Things

From Fri 20 Sep 2019, 7-10pm, Access Space, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

This exhibition is the first of a series of events at Access Space over the coming year which invite artists to respond to the extraordinary contemporary circumstances. On The Surface Of Things is an exhibition of artworks that relate to our environment, either through our dependency on it, our relationship to it, our interactions with it, or our experiences of it.

An action affiliated with Extinction Rebellion Sheffield, in response to the declaration from Sheffield City Council of a climate emergency.

Opening Event including large scale film projection on the exterior of Access Space, (AVEC Building, opposite corner from The Rutland pub).

Film screening of short films by:
Kayla Parker,
Joshua Evan & Antonis Sideras,
Alessandro Carboni,
Lorraine Clewlow,
Matteo Zamagn,,
Dan Shipsides,
Andrew Payne,
Eva Rudlinger,
Nichola Rodgers,
Richard Bond,
Isabella Martin,
Amy Wilson.

The exhibition continues until 4th October, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11am-6pm.

It is curated by Sadie Renwick, Rachael Kidd & Access Space and includes a long list of artists - in alphabetical order: Krishna Alageswaran, Lizzie Alageswaran,, Annie Anthony-Mays, Anthony Bennett, John Brokenshire, Daniel Bustamente, Stephen Carley, Claire Jane Carter, Jennifer Clowes, Krystal Collison, Cath Dunn, Alex Ekins, Paul Evans, Gill Gathercole, Ellie Harrison, Rachael Kidd, Tessa Amy Lyons, Anne Parfitt, Julia Parks, Sadie Renwick, Katherine Rhodes, Dan Shipsides, and Ric Warren.

Closing party Friday 4th October from 6pm, followed by a fundraiser for Extinction Rebellion, venue to be confirmed later.

Access Space

The Vegan Breakfast Club

Sat 21 Sep 2019, 10am-2pm, 18-20 Union St. S1 2JP

Turning Earth offers a volunteer-run, donation-based vegan breakfast for everyone. It runs every two months. No need to book in advance. More details at the link below.

Turning Earth on Facebook

Repair cafe

Sat 21 Sep 2019, 10am-4pm, Community Hall, Heeley City Farm, Richards Rd. S2 3DT

Forget the throw-away culture, many broken things can be repaired. Repair cafes are run by Repair Sheffield, on one Saturday every alternating month. A group of dedicated volunteers spend free time repairing everyday items such as vacuum cleaners, sewing machines, radios, and toys and gadgets.

They are joined by BitFIXit, a group of volunteers and professionals which has been fixing computers since 2005 on a not-for-profit ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis.

BitFIXit Repair Cafe

Fundraiser for Sheffield Palestine Skateboard Exchange Project

Sat 21 Sep 2019 7.30pm, Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd. S10 1TD

Dance the night away with live music by Redback and raise funds for Skatepal to support young people in Palestine through skateboarding, in a joint project with The House Skatepark in Sheffield. Indian and Palestinian snacks for sale.

Since 2013, Skatepal has been working with communities throughout Palestine to enhance the lives of young people and promote the benefits of skateboarding, run by local and international volunteers. The project is also planning to bring young people to Sheffield in 2020 for two to four weeks for training, to be hosted by families in Sheffield, and to give public talks about their life in Palestine and the significance of skateboarding to them.

Full information if you would like to be involved, and ticket booking, at the link below.

Eventbrite ticket booking

Merazonia Jungle Groove Charity Festival

Sun 22 Sep 2019, 3pm-late, Hathersage Football Pitch, Hathersage, Hope Valley

Merazonia is a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centre in Ecuadorian rainforest, founded in 2004. They care for primates, sloths, felines, parrots, otters and other animal victims of the illegal pet trade and deforestation. Their aim is to return them to the wild as soon as possible.

This festival, in the UK for the very first time, has live music, informative talks, local stalls, delicious food, local craft beers and so much more! Tickets are available to book online and all proceeds will benefit Merazonia directly. Hathersage is under 20 minutes by train from Sheffield.

Jungle Groove

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