Archive | January, 2017

New service for under 65s affected by dementia

31 Jan






Half Term Activities at St Marie’s Cathedral

31 Jan



Sheffield General Cemetery History Walk 5th Feb 2017

31 Jan


Weekend of all things outdoors returns for a second year

31 Jan

Climbers, walkers, bikers, runners and those who simply love the outdoors are set for a treat when The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield for a second year in March.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the weekend of high-octane outdoor fun will take place from 17 to 19 March in and around Sheffield: The Outdoor City.

The headline events of the weekend will once again be the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) and The Magnificent Seven hill climb challenge.

And joining them for the first time in 2017 is the Howard Street Dual – a head-to-head race in which two riders battle each other to see who can make it down a purpose-built track in Howard Street the fastest.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is increasingly cementing its position as the UK’s Outdoor City, and the Weekender is an opportunity to really showcase the unique offer that we have here.

“The festival is about pulling our outdoor events together and celebrating the people, places and activities that make us The Outdoor City.

“By promoting these events as one big ‘festival of the outdoors’ we can showcase the very best of Sheffield not just to visitors, but to those who already live, work and play here but would like to try something different.”

One of the highlights of the weekend will be The Magnificent Seven, a unique cycling event that challenges participants to face seven of Sheffield’s toughest hills.

The route, which is nearly 27 miles, presents each rider with over 3,800ft of climbing on closed roads, with inclines ranging from nine to 23 per cent.

For the second running of this unique event, the field is limited to just 100 cyclists. Entries are now open.

Meanwhile, ShAFF runs over all three days of the Weekender, featuring films based on the themes of bike, run, adrenaline, adventure, and young adventurers. The festival is based at the Showroom Cinema, with additional screenings nearby at Sheffield Hallam University.

Matt Heason, Director of ShAFF, said: “Whatever you are planning to do over The Outdoor City Weekender, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, located in the heart of the city at The Showroom Cinema is the place to hang out, watch a film and share your tales of adventure.

“Now in its 12th year, ShAFF offers the very best of adventure films from around the world alongside supporting and raising the profile of local talent.”

CWIF, meanwhile, attracts professional climbers from around the world, who compete alongside amateurs of all ages and abilities. Last year, 450 competitors from 23 countries took part in the event at the Climbing Works, and the same number are expected in 2017.

Sam Whittaker, Managing Director of the Climbing Works, said: “CWIF has been an important part of the Sheffield climbing scene for the last decade and in 2016 we were very proud to be a key event in the inaugural Outdoor City Weekender.

“In 2017, we are extremely excited to once again be an integral part of an even bigger schedule, and are looking forward to a weekend of events that really showcases the incredible diversity and range of sports the city of Sheffield offers the outdoor enthusiast.”

And the Howard Street Dual will be held on Saturday, 18 March. Invited riders will race head to head down a short course, descending along grassy and gritty slopes from Hallam Square towards the railway station. Further details on this exciting event, set to be held for the first time, are coming soon – and star names in the MTB world are expected to take part.

Fringe events to take place as part of The Outdoor City Weekender will be announced in the coming weeks and are set to include runs, cycling events, family fun and much more.

Headline event organisers will be releasing further details and ticket information over the next two weeks.

For more information on the Weekender, visit the website at

The Outdoor City website also offers and opportunity to learn more about the most stunning views, world class climbs, tracks and trails that Sheffield can offer.

Written and produced by Sheffield walkers, runners, climbers, cyclists and mountain bikers this website captures the very latest goings-on from those who love the outdoors for those who love the outdoors.

Packed full of trails, routes, guide information, signposts to travel and hospitality information plus recommendations from people in-the-know, The Outdoor City website is for the enjoyment of anyone planning a city break with a twist, indulging a passion for the outdoors or even taking their first steps into the adventure playground on their doorstep.

Sheffield City Council Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 1st Feb 2017

25 Jan


Sheffield City Council Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair


Big Garden Birdwatch walk around Sheffield General Cemetery 28th Jan 2017

25 Jan


Sheffield City Council is tendering for a City Centre Mobility Scheme

24 Jan

Sheffield City Centre Mobility Scheme

Meet the Funder – event for Groups & Organations

23 Jan

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) is holding a FREE event in
Sheffield for Sheffield groups and organisations:
Sue Wragg, from South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF), will be
speaking about a range of funding streams available for community
projects, including a new Combatting Isolation and Community
Involvement Fund, which is aimed at supporting older people.
Peter Foyle, from SYFAB/South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, will
be speaking about the South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation’s new
Impact Guide.

The community foundation, like many funders, want to know
the impact of any grant they make. It can be hard for smaller groups to
work out what this means and how to do it. We will be introducing an easy
guide to help you through the process.

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Sheffield Quakers Meeting House, 10 St James Street,
Sheffield, S1 2EW

The first presentation starts promptly at 10.00. Please arrive from 9.30 to
sign in, and network with other organisations.
Free refreshments will be served later in the session.

Cost: Free
Places are limited so booking is essential. You can book a place online via
the SYFAB website Upon booking please tell us of any
access or support needs.
For more information please visit the SYFAB website.


SYFAB Telephone: 0114 261 5141


Wardsend Cemetery -A hidden little Sheffield Gem full of history

19 Jan

Wardsend Cemetery, which is really a detached churchyard, was opened on 21st June 1857 as the burial ground for St. Philip’s Churh on Infirmary Road (now demolished). The vicar, the Rev. John Livesey, had, at his own expense, bought five acres of land at Wardsend when the churchyard was closed for burials. He also contributed to the cost of building a small chapel and a sexton’s house.

The cemetery and the chapel, which was designed by Weightman, Hadfield and Goldie of Sheffield, were consecrated by the Archbishop of York, Thomas Musgrave, on the 5th of July 1859.

Wardsend Cemetery has a distinct military influence due to its close proximity to Hillsborough Barracks. The obelisk monument commemorates the soldiers of 6th, 19th, 24th, 33rd, 51st, 55th Regiments of Foot, Victorian Army, who died whilst at Hillsborough Barracks during the period 1866 – 1869.

There are also memorials to several soldiers who gave their lives during both World Wars. Some of the 240 victims of the Great Sheffield Flood of the night of 11th/12 March 1864, when the Dale Dyke reservoir at Bradfield collapsed, were laid to rest in Wardsend Cemetery, including the children of Paymaster Sergeant Foulds, Isabella, aged 5 and John aged 3, of Hillsborough Barracks, also Mr Joseph Goddard and his wife Sarah, of Malin Bridge.

Other epitaphs of interest are dedications to a number of Bible readers, one a member of the Philadelphian Wesleyan church; the Secretary of Sheffield Angling Association, widows referred to as relicts, and a reference to a 15 year old boy trgically killed at work in a colliery accident.

By the turn of the century, some 20,000 interments had taken place and in 1901, a further two acres of land on the other side of the railway were added. Wardsend Cemetery remains the only cemetery in England with a railway running through it!!

The final burial took place in 1977, when the re-interment of remains from a building site close to Sheffield Cathedral took place and the cemetery was officially closed in 1988.

Although it remained legally open for burials until 1988,Wardsend Cemetery has been increasingly neglected over the last thirty or so years and following the demolition of the chapel and sexton’s house, was more or less abandoned by the parish and church authorities.

Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, a group devoted to Wardsend Cemetery and raising awareness of its position as part of the Livesey Street Project set up 18 months ago. 

A Facebook page has been created as part of an archaeological assessment of the cemetery conducted by students of the University of Sheffield with help from the Hillsborough College and the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery.

If you have any stories about the cemetery to share or would like to know more about this hidden gem, please visit

You can keep your patch on – Smokefree Campaign

18 Jan

It’s now 20 years since The Full Monty’s unemployed steelworkers bumped and ground their way onto the big screen and now workers from Sheffield City Council have given a cheeky nod to the smash hit film with the new, hip-shimmying, “You Can Leave Your Patch On” video, set to a cover of Tom Jones’ classic tune.

The video stars men who work in manual jobs across the authority, from parks through to highways and waste, the aim of the video, which is the centrepiece of a new council campaign, is to encourage men in this social group to stop smoking.

The use of “Full Monty” song and imagery – iconic Sheffield film and scenes of Sheffield are instantly recognisable and link to the theme of male manual workers.

We also used an all Sheffield cast, including film maker and singer to develop the video.

‘The keep you patch on” campaign’s concept has been designed to be engaging, comedic and fun. It is assumed that the majority of the public is aware that cigarettes are dangerous. Therefore, the aim was to inject a more fun and humorous angle into the campaign.

 The campaign is designed to help raise awareness of the benefits of stopping smoking and of the availability of local stop smoking services.

Watch the video here….