Feel Good Friday Walking Group at @ZestCentre starting 22nd September 2017

14 Sep

feel good friday


Arthur Conan Doyle and his campaign to save the lives of British Tommies Exhibitiionat Sheffield’s Local Studies and Archives Library

14 Sep

Conan Doyle-at-desk


New exhibition, Sheffield’s Local Studies and Archives Library,

13 September – Christmas 2017

A new exhibition is coming to Sheffield’s Local Studies and Archives Library which tells the tale of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his campaign to save the lives of British soldiers fighting in the First World War.


Sir Conan Doyle is famous as the creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes. But he’s less well known for his campaign to reduce casualties during the First World War, when he used his fame to help those “fighting for the freedom of the world”.


The exhibition, funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, tells the story of that campaign and Doyle’s call for troops to be protected with armour. It draws on the writer’s personal papers held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds and records of steel makers held by Sheffield City Archives.


It was Sir Robert Hadfield of Hadfields Limited, Sheffield, who suggested using toughened manganese steel for the Tommies’ new helmet because, although it would dent when hit by bullets or shrapnel, it would not shatter. The same steel was later used in body armour.


Conan Doyle’s campaign started when, appalled by the 65,000 British casualties at the second battle of Ypres in 1915, he wrote a letter printed in The Times (27 July 1915) stating that helmets and armour would reduce the number of wounds caused by shrapnel, rifle and machine gun fire. This was the start of a campaign which lasted throughout the war, attracting the attention of the war time government.


His letters also led to a response from manufacturing firms making armour for private purchase by British officers who boasted that they used only the finest Sheffield steel.​ Many sent Conan Doyle samples of their armour which he tested in his garden at Crowborough with his own service rifle.​


Philip Abbott, Archivist at the Royal Armouries, said. “Conan Doyle’s concern over the heavy casualties being suffered on the Western Front was prompted by his humanitarian nature. His ideas on helmets, body armour and shields were a thoughtful response to the impact on soldiers brought about by trench warfare.


“Today most people remember the writer for his fictional work but this was a cause he pursued with great energy and passion throughout the war through the newspapers and lobbying directly with the government of the time.”


At the exhibition people will be able to see some of the letters sent to Conan Doyle, a replica of the one of the body armours made for soldiers in Sheffield, as well as photographs telling the story of the famous author’s campaign to save the lives of British troops.


Councillor May Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield Council, said: “We’re delighted this exhibition is coming to Sheffield.


“Sir Conan Doyle was a fascinating man for many reasons and his work to bring body armour and helmets to soldiers on the Front undoubtedly saved lives.


“The exhibition is particularly interesting due to the Sheffield connection.


“Our historical events in the libraries are always well attended and we hope people enjoy this new exhibition.”


Free talk by Philip Abbott, Archivist at the Royal Armouries


The exhibition includes a free talk at Sheffield’s Local Studies and Archives Library on Wednesday 11 October at 1.30pm by Philip Abbott, Archivist at the Royal Armouries.  Booking your place for the talk is advised at


Find out more

Phillip Abbott’s book ‘Saving Lives Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the Campaign for Body Armour, 1914–18’ is available on the Royal Armouries’ online shop:

Royal Mail are Recruiting for Christmas Casuals

14 Sep

A Christmas jumper, festive online shopping, a letter headed to the North Pole. There are all kinds of exciting parcels and letters to look forward to this Christmas. Joining as a Christmas temporary worker at one of our mail centres, you’ll be helping to sort these items for 29 million addresses across the UK.

A mix of full and part time indoor sorting positions on early, late and night shifts will be available from early November through until 23rd December at a number of sites across the UK. To spread festive cheer this season, and make a little extra for yourself too, please search and apply online now 


Volunteer Cook Urgently Needed at Wadsley Church Lunch Club

8 Sep

lunch club vol

Job Vacancies at Autism Plus

8 Sep

Autism Plus have new vacancies in Sheffield and Thorne.

‘Autism Plus offer a fantastic training & development programme to help you develop your skills and career.

We offer a fantastic training and development programme along with flexible working, generous annual leave and competitive salaries – all care staff, including those under the age of 25 are paid at the rate of national living wage. To make a positive change visit to view our current vacancies.’

Health & Wellbeing Funding available for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

8 Sep

Department of Health (DH) –  The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme provides funding to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them contribute towards improving health and care. Each round of the programme focuses on a specific theme and the theme for this round is social prescribing. The department is inviting applications to set up a new social prescribing scheme or to support the expansion of an existing scheme. The deadline for completed applications is 21 November 2017.

Health and wellbeing fund 2017/18 // Health Management and Policy Alert

Further information

New Parenting Discussion Groups – Support for all parents!

8 Sep

New Parenting Discussion Groups – Support for all parents!

Is this you? Mostly you enjoy being a parent but sometimes wish you knew how to deal with specific problem behaviour. Bedtime problems? Family conflict? Teenage Meltdowns? Sometimes a few small changes can make a big difference.

We are excited to inform you about new parenting Discussion Groups available in your locality.

2 hour discussion Groups are relaxed and friendly. They cover the following topics:

  • Dealing with disobedience
  • Developing good bedtime routines
  • Managing fighting and aggression
  • Hassle free outings with children
  • Coping with teenage emotions
  • Getting teenagers to co-operate
  • Reducing family conflict
  • Building teenagers survival skills

Come along to as few or as many as you want.

50 minute seminars on specific topics will also be available soon!

To find out more, dates & venues or to book a place please visit our positive parenting page, call 0114 2057243 or email;