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JOIN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET CONVERSATION

19 Dec

Sheffielders are being asked to give their views on council services and where money should be allocated as part of Sheffield City Council’s budget conversation.

The council faces increasing demand for services, including adults’ and children’s social care, on top of cuts from central Government following seven years of austerity. Its plans include adding a three per cent social care precept to next year’s council tax bills, as 95 per cent of councils did this year. This will equate to an extra 52p per week for most households – however, even with this additional funding, this will not cover all of the extra demand for social care.

From Monday 11 December, people are asked to complete a survey online. A printed version of the budget survey is also available on request by emailing Budget2018-19@sheffield.gov.uk or phoning 0114 293 0239. Public events will also be held across the city in the New Year where people can find out more and have their say.

Councillor Olivia Blake, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance at Sheffield City Council, said: “Next year we’re expecting to have to make further savings of more than £30 million. At the same time, demand for our services is increasing.

“We want to make sure people have the chance to tell us their priorities and where they think the opportunities are to invest or save more.

“We’ve been put in financial stranglehold by the Government cuts and need to continue to provide essential services, including to the most vulnerable in our city.

“Please get involved and have your say.”

People can take the survey online at www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget  Information about the public events will be publicised in January.

Sheffield City Council’s final budget for 2018/19 will be agreed in March 2018, including decisions about council tax levels.

About Sheffield City Council’s budget:

2018/19 will be the 8th year of Government budget cuts to local councils.

Between 2011/12 and 2017/18 Sheffield City Council has had to save £390 million. Over the same period, the council has seen a 45 per cent reduction in grant funding.

The council will spend 1,343 million in 2017 to 2018. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/budget  to find how this money is spent and where it comes from.

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8 Dec

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Activities at ZEST this December!

5 Dec

Zest activities December 17

To view a full list of activities please click here: Zest activities December 2017

Sheffield Comics Network holds its first micro comic con in Kelham Island

10 Nov

Founded by comic book expert Bambos Georgiou (www.bamcomics.co.uk) in April 2016, Sheffield Comics Network (www.facebook.com/sheffieldcomicsnetwork), a monthly meet-up for comic creatives, is holding the first SHEFFIELD MICRO COMIC CON on Saturday 2nd December 12 to 5 p.m at the popular community run pub The Gardeners Rest, 105 Neepsend Road, Kelham Island, S3 8AT (0114 272 4978).

This SHEFFIELD MICRO COMIC CON will include opportunities to meet comic creatives who have worked on children’s comic strips such as Wallace & Gromit, The Bash Street Kids, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and adult strips including Viz Comics’ Felix and His Amazing Underpants and Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula. There will also be a special guest appearance by a Northern artist who has worked for Marvel,  DC and Titan (to be announced next month).

There will be comics for all ages on sale from The Eagle, to Deadline to The Beano as well as comic zines and prints by local emerging talents. Sheffield’s annual art and illustration convention ROBOT is also sponsoring a table. There will be a film show of a Captain America serial (b/w) followed by El Santo  vs The Martian Invasion (b&w subs) playing in the Snug all afternoon.

“Since its inception in 2016 the Sheffield Comics Network has bloomed.” said Bambos. “With the support of Ruskin in Sheffield (www.ruskininsheffield.com) it has delivered highly successful comic drawing workshops for children, most recently for The Big Draw in the Millennium Gallery. This event is our first opportunity to showcase comic books themselves and the comic book talent right here in Sheffield. ”

The event is FREE and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

See you on the 2nd December!

 Event enquiries :        Bambos Georgiou at bam@bamcomics.co.uk

Press enquiries :        Jane North at jane@speedtheventurebold.com

Towering Chimneys set to become spectacular cultural beacons in Sheffield

22 Sep

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A family of four sculptural, red brick chimneys that border, bridge and illuminate the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal have been unveiled as the largest-ever art commission for the city and region.

Almost ten years since the demolition of the Tinsley cooling towers, artist Alex Chinneck will reveal Onwards & Upwards – a sculptural trail that highlights the past, present and potential of the area – at a free Town Hall meeting Thursday (7.30pm). Book here: https://tinsleyartpresentation.eventbrite.com 

Four towering chimneys, each stretching up to 30 metres high and spread across one mile, have been designed to act as spectacular cultural beacons – attracting visitors from the length and breadth of the UK.

Each sculpture is equivalent to the size of a 10-storey building, making it one of the most ambitious public artworks ever conceived. Together they have a collective height of 150 metres, incorporating 100,000 bespoke curving bricks, wrapped around a stainless steel core.

The artist’s permanent proposals for the area, his most ambitious to date, comprise:

  • A cracked chimney broken into 250 pieces, beautifully illuminated from within
  • A hovering chimney with an upper section that appears to miraculously float
  • Two leaning chimneys, standing 45m apart, that dramatically bridge the canal
  • A curving chimney, made of over 25,000 bricks, playfully tied into a knot

Together they create an immersive sculptural experience, linking Sheffield and Rotherham, that can be enjoyed by foot, bike or boat.

Artist Alex Chinneck, who was appointed in 2016, said: “Tinsley has a proud and important industrial heritage and many chimneys once lined the canal. Through a process of architectural re-introduction, sculptural re-imagination and modern manufacturing, we have attempted to create a regionally relevant and nationally significant cultural attraction.”

“The artwork is being made for Sheffield, by Sheffield, and represents a monumental achievement that is only possible by working in partnership with the unrivalled concentration of world-class companies found in the city.”

Previous projects by the artist include a hovering building in Covent Garden, which attracted more than 1.2million visitors over a four-week period, and a house made of 7,500 wax bricks, which proceeded to melt over 45 days.

Most recently, Alex installed a temporary sculpture in Tinsley, which appeared to show a one-tonne car hanging upside-down from a curling strip of tarmac. The artwork attracted 5,000 visitors over five days, including the whole of Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy.

Travel Disruption Alert for Sunday 24th September 2017

22 Sep

Please be aware that this Sunday 24 September there will be disruption on the roads due to the scheduled 10k race and the Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday football match.

Thousands of people are expected to attend and are advised to plan their travel in advance, allow extra time and follow diversion signs.  Please ensure you are aware of the information below:

Asda Foundation 10k  

Starting at 9.30am on Arundel Gate, opposite the Crucible Theatre, it then travels along Charter Row towards Ecclesall Road and up to Brocco Bank before returning to Arundel Gate. Map and details of road closures here. 

Roads will be closed throughout the city to support this event, for timings please click here

Parking on certain streets will also be restricted between 0500 and 1400, for further information click here.

Football Derby

Kick off is at 1.15pm, the 10k race will have finished by then but some roads may still be closed.

Important travel advice

If you are going to be taking a bus or tram to either or both events, use the journey planner on the Travel South Yorkshire website to plan your journey.

Additional information will also be provided on the bus stops of routes affected by the road closures and on the Travel South Yorkshire website where there is a dedicated disruptions page.

Extra trams will be available to get fans to the ground in Hillsborough and runners to and from the city centre.

Please use public transport where possible.

Get your cat Spayed, Snipped and Microchipped for FREE

4 Sep

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Cat Smart Sheffield is a 12 month project funded by the RSPCA. Working in partnership with local cat charities and vets to increase the number of cats being neutered and chipped.

Cat Smart Sheffield is providing FREE Spay, Snip and Microchip for residents living in the Sheffield area, to claim yours visit us on facebook @catsmartsheffield or text 07969323590, and send us a message with your name, email address, postcode and the house number, gender and age of cats you have, to get your FREE voucher.