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Help us Help – raising awareness

20 Nov

Are you wanting to help those you see sleeping rough and begging? come and speak to volunteers and officers at the Help Us Help Christmas Market.  Please refer to the literature below to find out what items to donate and a map listing support in the city centre.

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Hollyoaks star to light up Sheffield this Christmas

12 Nov

Heart Yorkshire’s Dixie & Emma will host the light switch on in Sheffield with Jake Quickenden hitting the button to light up the city.

He’s graced millions of screens on the X-Factor, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Hollyoaks and now actor, singer and model Jake Quickenden will be gracing Sheffield’s Peace Gardens to switch on the city’s Christmas lights on Sunday 17 November. 

Jake will be joined on stage by a strong cast of personalities, including Britain’s Got Talent stars Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, plus theatre’s finest panto performers from Cinderella. 

The Christmas Lights Switch On event takes place on Sunday 17 November from 2pm to 6.30pm with Jake hitting the switch at 5.30pm from the Peace Gardens stage. 

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Jake, Siobhan, Kyle and all the other acts to Sheffield to help us celebrate this wonderful time of year in our vibrant city centre. 

“The Christmas Lights Switch On is by far our most popular event, attracting thousands of people of all ages and this year promises to be full of festive fun. The countdown really is on now and I look forward to seeing everyone there on the day, to light up Sheffield for this magical season.”

Heart Yorkshire presenters Dixie & Emma will host the stage programme with choirs, Christmas music, entertainment and interviews. 

Entertainment this year comes from Britain’s Got Talent starts Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, Cinderella panto favourites Mr Maker and the Dame funny-man Damien Williams, X-Factor’s Jordan Rabjohn, Channy, Luca, girl band DIVA, dance group Hype Dance, plus The Stagecoach and Vivacity choirs.

All the family can come along to meet children’s film and TV characters, have a go on the Winter Maypole, visit the new Christmas crafts market in the Winter Garden and even meet Father Christmas in his Grotto on Pinstone Street. Families can also take a ride on a fire engine and play on the National Emergency Museum’s display of emergency vehicles as they go ‘on tour’ for the day. 

The Christmas market, with more than 50 hand-picked traders, plus the new Alpine Bar will be open from 14 November. 

Everything you need to know about Christmas in Sheffield is at

Council Housing Event

27 Sep

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Consultation on plans to vary street lighting levels opens

17 Sep

Sheffield residents are being asked to give their views on a proposal to vary the street lighting levels across Sheffield, following the start of a trial in three areas of the city.

The proposals, which support the recently launched Climate Emergency plans, encourage approaches in support of a lower carbon economy, greater resilience to climate change and cleaner growth.

From Monday 19 August until Friday 13 September, street lighting levels in Crosspool, Endcliffe and Meersbrook will be reduced on a trial basis.

During this period, street lights will switch on responsively at 80% instead of the current 84% before midnight and reduce from 54% to 40% at midnight until 6am.

Lighting levels will be adjusted when footfall and traffic is at its lowest and the council will continue to work with South Yorkshire Police, and other stakeholders, to assess and evaluate any impact on communities.

If implemented city-wide, as well as achieving a 380 tonne annual reduction in Co2 emissions, the changes will also see a number of other environmental benefits including minimising the negative effects on residents’ sleep patterns, certain nocturnal animals, plant species and people’s enjoyment of the night sky.

Importantly, the lighting levels will remain in line with the current standards, providing adequate levels of lighting on the highway.

The consultation will close on Sunday 22 September when the views of those in the pilot areas will be assessed alongside the views from respondents across the city.

The city-wide consultation can be found here.

More information about the proposal, including a link to a briefing report and associated maps of the trial areas, can be found at:

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield and Venice

11 Sep

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Castlegate Festival September 2019

11 Sep

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Grey to Green Phase 2 newsletter

11 Sep

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