Archive | February, 2018

“CircUs!” Weekend at Greentop Circus

13 Feb

24th and 25th March 1.00 – 5.00pm. A weekend of circus celebrating Circus’s 250th anniversary for all the family.

2018 is the 250th anniversary of the birth of circus in London in 1768 and Sheffield’s Greentop Circus centre is joining national celebrations with a packed open weekend of spectacular shows and chances for you to join in.

Performances include:

“The Boulderers”: a new outdoor show by dance/acrobatic company Kapow commissioned by Greentop and The Civic, Barnsley.

“Cirque de la Lune”: a brand new show by Greentop Youth Circus celebrating circus’s history. An exquisite and commodious circus from a bygone “golden” era. See daring, aerial agility. Witness unimaginable menageries and … admire equestrian exploits! All re-imagined through the eyes of the Victorian child apprentices.

Family circus cabaret: professional artists and youth circus stars with spectacular acts that stun and surprise.

Performances will be accompanied by special open workshops including juggling, acrobatic balance and stilt walking, sideshows of food and Greentop films of projects with young people from the Grimesthorpe neighbourhood.

CircUs! weekend is supported by Arts Council England and is part of a national programme of events celebrating the birth of circus

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Survey reveals what people think of West street area of the city centre

9 Feb

People across Sheffield have revealed what they think of the West Street and Devonshire Green area of the city centre in a survey published today.


Over half of them, 56 per cent, said they would recommend a visit to the West Street and Devonshire Green area of the city centre.


The same number agreed or strongly agreed that they enjoyed visiting the area before 5pm at the weekend. Fewer thought the same from 5pm to 11pm, with only 46 per cent agreeing that it was enjoyable. This dropped to 22 per cent after 11pm.


More than 800 people responded to the online survey that is part of an exercise in gathering evidence, to decide what further measures need to be taken to improve the area.


The majority said they visited the area for leisure. Nearly 90 per cent wanted to see more boutique and independent shops, and 75 per cent wanted more high quality restaurants.


When asked what they would like to see less of in the area people opted for the following:


  • Off licenses  (74 per cent)
  • Licensed casinos  (64 per cent)
  • Student oriented venues (59 per cent)
  • Adult entertainment venues (58 per cent)
  • Fast food outlets (56 per cent)


Views were also sought on what action should be taken to make the area better. The top five suggestions, in order of preference are:


  • Greater support for homeless people
  • CCTV linked to the City Centre monitoring station
  • A stronger police presence
  • More lighting in side streets
  • Responsible retailers scheme for off licences and supermarkets selling alcohol



Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said:  “We are really grateful to those of you who took the time to let us know your views.


“We will be sharing these findings with our colleagues in the council who are responsible for tackling the social issues this survey has identified as needing further work.


“The findings are invaluable in helping us decide what we need to do in the future to address the concerns expressed by people who have told us that whilst they enjoy the area they think certain behaviours need to be tackled.”


Director of Public Health, Greg Fell added:  “West Street and Devonshire Green are well represented in the city’s Best Bar None scheme for responsible alcohol retailers and Sheffield as a whole has Purple Flag status for a safer night-time economy.


“Our response will also need to focus on the health and welfare of people whose street behaviour may make visiting the area less pleasant.”


The evidence from the survey, along with local crime and disorder figures and other factors including complaints recorded by local authorities and health related statistics will be used to decide whether or not a Cumulative Impact Policy (CIP) should be introduced.


These create an assumption that new licenses to sell alcohol, in a designated zone, will be refused unless the applicant can show they will not add to existing problems. A CIP does not stop licences from being issued but can require the licence holder to put in place specific measures, including shorter opening hours, to reduce any harm.


The next step will be to present the evidence to Licensing Committee for their deliberation as to whether or not a CIP should be applied to this area.

Takeaway owner fined for food fraud

6 Feb

A fast food fraudster has been fined after switching kebab meat from lamb to beef, in an effort to cut costs.

Azhar Hussain was ordered by Sheffield Magistrates Court to pay £1, 440 after being caught selling a lamb kebab which turned out to be beef.

The case was brought by Sheffield City Council Trading Standards officers who visited his takeaway, S1 Food Bar in Fitzalan Square, in November 2016.

Officers, who regularly carry out checks based on intelligence they receive from members of the public, made a test purchase at his takeaway. They specifically chose a meal which was described on the display menu as being made with lamb.

The lamb kebab was taken away for analysis and found to be made of beef. Lamb is more expensive than beef.

Hussain, 63 years old, of Park Grange Mount in Sheffield was prosecuted under the Food Safety Act 1990. The legislation makes it an offence to sell food that is falsely described.

Sheffield City Council typically gets complaints from the public about meat or fish they have bought in takeaways or fish and chip shops. Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment and Streetscene said: “Everyone has the right to make sure that they are getting what they order and pay for.

“If people are being short changed then, as in this case, our officers will act upon their concerns.

“The substitution of one meat for another undermines public confidence in the food industry.”

Anyone can report their suspicions or make complaint by calling 03454 040506 or at,


Sheffield Volunteering Fair

6 Feb

Our Volunteering Fair is only a month away! There are still a few stalls available for our event on Thursday 1st March, at Sheffield Town Hall. Book a stall for your organisation here.

The event will be held on Thursday 1st March from 10am-4pm in the Reception Rooms at the Town Hall, which are on the first floor and wheelchair accessible with lift access.

Our Volunteering Fair, last October, was the first one that we’d had at the Town Hall and also our first joint fair with Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union. There were over 500 visitors and 64 charities on the day looking for volunteers, with the Lord Mayor speaking about the importance of volunteering in Sheffield. The Lord Mayor will be opening our event this time.

The Volunteering Fair will be a great way for you to recruit volunteers, and is free for visitors and open for everyone to attend. The Students’ Union will be publicising the event, and The Volunteer Centre and VAS will also be advertising the fair to make sure a wide range of people attend.

You can book a table for the full day, for 10am-1pm (AM option) or for 1-4pm (PM option). If you are not able to book using Eventbrite, please contact us.

Click here to book and for more information!

Booking Deadline: Friday 9th February

If you need any more details, or have a problem booking, please contact me at

Very best wishes

Amala Anyika
Volunteering Co-ordinator 
Sheffield Volunteer Centre

SheFest: Celebrating International Women’s Day Celebration

6 Feb

The city-wide fringe festival celebrating International Women’s Day runs 5th-11th March and features art exhibitions, live music, theatre, sport, comedy and a variety of workshops.  As always, lots of the events are free and many are open to all genders and all ages.

The SheFest Brochure is now live and should be in cafes, community centres and venues near you in the next few days (if not already).


Love Cheese

6 Feb

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Friendship lunches in Sheffield

6 Feb

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