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General Election 8th June 2017 – Have you registered to VOTE ?

10 May

General Election June 8th
The General Election will be held on Thursday 8th June. If you are currently not registered to vote you must register by 22nd May. The deadline for registering and changing a postal vote is 5pm on 23rd May.

Register to vote here: 


Sheffield General Cemetery History Walk 7th May 2017

5 May

New Poster History Tour - EXTERNAL - 2017 may

Superfast South Yorkshire Voucher Scheme

21 Apr

New SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme! 

Do you want a speedy, reliable connection that will open your business up to global markets? Could a new innovation create new business

opportunities? If the answer is yes then the SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme could provide you with the help you need! 

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme is supported by the Sheffield City Region European Regional Development Fund and

offers vouchers to encourage SMEs to take-up faster digital connectivity, and to further support SMEs to introduce

transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections. 

Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided, (all figures stated are excluding VAT):

· Connection Voucher : Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 (Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500)

· Innovation Voucher: Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 (Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50) 

For full information visit:

Castlegate Regeneration Project

29 Mar

Plans to uncover some of Sheffield’s rich riverside history at Castlegate are moving forward thanks to new funding from the Environment Agency.

Sheffield City Council has been awarded £50,000 funding to develop designs for Sheaf Field, which could ultimately see the River Sheaf de-culverted as it passes part of the former Castle Market site.
The new funding will enable council officers to better understand the river layout and make a more detailed design. See full details on Council website.

Travel Fares increase on the 2nd April 2017

29 Mar

On 2 April 2017 TravelMaster will be making changes to several ticket products in South Yorkshire. Many of the tickets below will see their first increase since prices were frozen in November 2015.  TravelMaster will also be withdrawing the CityWide annual ticket.

Alongside the ticket price changes below TravelMaster will also be introducing a charge for smart cards of 50p per new card issued, along with the withdrawal of paper TravelMaster tickets. This is due to a high number of new smartcards being issued for single ticket use. There will be no charge for personalised TravelMaster cards ordered online through

Here are the new prices for Sheffield.

Ticket product New price from 2 April 2017
CityBus Day £4.30
CityBus 7 Day £15.00
CityBus 28 Day £56.00
 Bus and Tram  
CityWide Day £4.60
CityWide 7 Day £16.00
CityWide 28 Day £60.00

For further information see website.


Illustrated Talk on the history of Western Park Museum at Wadsley Church Hall 27th March 2017

20 Mar

history wadsley

Education centre opens at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

16 Mar


A new education centre was officially opened at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens today (Wednesday 15 March) by the Duke of Devonshire, Peregrine Cavendish.

The Duke, who is a patron of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust, welcomed guests to the new Dorothy Fox Education Centre.

Named after the extremely generous donor who made the project possible, the centre aims to transform the use of the gardens as an educational resource for people of all ages in Sheffield.

It has a library and three flexible classroom areas which can be combined to create a large lecture area. It will also offer educational opportunities for schools and practical courses for adult learners, as well as a programme of lectures, demonstrations, art classes and photography courses.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Since the Botanical Gardens opened in 1836, the site has provided generations of Sheffielders with a beautiful spot of tranquility and natural beauty.

“I hope that this new education centre will help to inspire people to enjoy the gardens, which are a real jewel in Sheffield’s crown.

“I would also like to thank our very generous donors, and groups including the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust (SBGT) and the Friends of the Botanical Gardens, Sheffield (FOBS) for their support, ceaseless fundraising and hard work.

“Without them, creating this new education centre would simply not have been possible.”

The Grade II-listed Botanical Gardens were created in 1836 by Robert Marnock, a leading horticulturalist and landscape designer of his day. In 1951 the gardens, which cover 19 acres, were leased to Sheffield City Council from the Sheffield Town Trust.

The site now has 15 different garden areas featuring collections of plants from all over the world, including Mediterranean, Asian, American prairie-style, woodland and rock-and-water plantings.

It also plays host to a calendar of functions and events, including the annual Art in the Gardens festival which draws in art and culture lovers from all over the North.

Development of a new education centre and educational activities has been a long-term aim since the completion, in 2005, of an ambitious restoration project which saw the pavilions and gardens returned to their former glories.

Since then, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust and FOBS have continued to raise funds for the improvement of the site. Further money has also come in from private donations, from gifts from local charitable foundations and through legacies from generous supporters including FOBS members Barbara Holland and Mildred Rushby.

Dorothy Fox, after whom the centre is named, was a Sheffield woman who loved the gardens so much that she left a house in her will to the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust.

Her substantial legacy funded much of the development of the new education centre, so it was felt only fitting to dedicate the name of the building to her.

The new education centre replaces a temporary and outdated classroom block and will enable botanical, horticultural and heritage-based educational activities for people of all ages.

The development, which will merge learning with outdoor life, also adds to Sheffield’s growing reputation as The Outdoor City.

Jill Sinclair, chairman of FOBS, said: “We are thrilled by the opening of the new centre, which gives us chance to develop some exciting new initiatives.

“It has the potential to put Sheffield on the map as a major venue for horticultural education in the north.”

Joe Kavanagh, on behalf of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust, said: “Many past and present trustees, patrons, members of FOBS and the Gardens Team have worked very hard to deliver this education centre.

“Constant fundraising by FOBS and the Trust, continued support from the Freshgate, JG Graves and Church Burgesses charitable trusts and some wonderful legacies have provided the funding.”