Archive | January, 2017

Weekend of all things outdoors returns for a second year

31 Jan

Climbers, walkers, bikers, runners and those who simply love the outdoors are set for a treat when The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield for a second year in March.

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the weekend of high-octane outdoor fun will take place from 17 to 19 March in and around Sheffield: The Outdoor City.

The headline events of the weekend will once again be the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) and The Magnificent Seven hill climb challenge.

And joining them for the first time in 2017 is the Howard Street Dual – a head-to-head race in which two riders battle each other to see who can make it down a purpose-built track in Howard Street the fastest.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield is increasingly cementing its position as the UK’s Outdoor City, and the Weekender is an opportunity to really showcase the unique offer that we have here.

“The festival is about pulling our outdoor events together and celebrating the people, places and activities that make us The Outdoor City.

“By promoting these events as one big ‘festival of the outdoors’ we can showcase the very best of Sheffield not just to visitors, but to those who already live, work and play here but would like to try something different.”

One of the highlights of the weekend will be The Magnificent Seven, a unique cycling event that challenges participants to face seven of Sheffield’s toughest hills.

The route, which is nearly 27 miles, presents each rider with over 3,800ft of climbing on closed roads, with inclines ranging from nine to 23 per cent.

For the second running of this unique event, the field is limited to just 100 cyclists. Entries are now open.

Meanwhile, ShAFF runs over all three days of the Weekender, featuring films based on the themes of bike, run, adrenaline, adventure, and young adventurers. The festival is based at the Showroom Cinema, with additional screenings nearby at Sheffield Hallam University.

Matt Heason, Director of ShAFF, said: “Whatever you are planning to do over The Outdoor City Weekender, the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, located in the heart of the city at The Showroom Cinema is the place to hang out, watch a film and share your tales of adventure.

“Now in its 12th year, ShAFF offers the very best of adventure films from around the world alongside supporting and raising the profile of local talent.”

CWIF, meanwhile, attracts professional climbers from around the world, who compete alongside amateurs of all ages and abilities. Last year, 450 competitors from 23 countries took part in the event at the Climbing Works, and the same number are expected in 2017.

Sam Whittaker, Managing Director of the Climbing Works, said: “CWIF has been an important part of the Sheffield climbing scene for the last decade and in 2016 we were very proud to be a key event in the inaugural Outdoor City Weekender.

“In 2017, we are extremely excited to once again be an integral part of an even bigger schedule, and are looking forward to a weekend of events that really showcases the incredible diversity and range of sports the city of Sheffield offers the outdoor enthusiast.”

And the Howard Street Dual will be held on Saturday, 18 March. Invited riders will race head to head down a short course, descending along grassy and gritty slopes from Hallam Square towards the railway station. Further details on this exciting event, set to be held for the first time, are coming soon – and star names in the MTB world are expected to take part.

Fringe events to take place as part of The Outdoor City Weekender will be announced in the coming weeks and are set to include runs, cycling events, family fun and much more.

Headline event organisers will be releasing further details and ticket information over the next two weeks.

For more information on the Weekender, visit the website at

The Outdoor City website also offers and opportunity to learn more about the most stunning views, world class climbs, tracks and trails that Sheffield can offer.

Written and produced by Sheffield walkers, runners, climbers, cyclists and mountain bikers this website captures the very latest goings-on from those who love the outdoors for those who love the outdoors.

Packed full of trails, routes, guide information, signposts to travel and hospitality information plus recommendations from people in-the-know, The Outdoor City website is for the enjoyment of anyone planning a city break with a twist, indulging a passion for the outdoors or even taking their first steps into the adventure playground on their doorstep.

  • A wide selection of photographs are available.

Job Vacancy – Bar & Events Manager (Stocksbridge)

25 Jan


Are you looking for a new role, interested in people and have a passion for customer service? 

Evening & Weekend Bar and Events Manager and also part-time bar staff required at The Venue Stocksbridge 

Please send your CV to
No later than 1st February 2017 (minimum age 18)

 The Venue 650 Manchester Road Stocksbridge Sheffield S36 1DY

0114 2838692



Shape n Tone fitness classes in Burncross and High Green

25 Jan


Sheffield City Council Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair 1st Feb 2017

25 Jan



Sheffield City Council Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

Sheffield City Council is tendering for a City Centre Mobility Scheme

24 Jan

Sheffield City Centre Mobility Scheme

Meet the Funder – event for Groups & Organations

23 Jan

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) is holding a FREE event in
Sheffield for Sheffield groups and organisations:
Sue Wragg, from South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF), will be
speaking about a range of funding streams available for community
projects, including a new Combatting Isolation and Community
Involvement Fund, which is aimed at supporting older people.
Peter Foyle, from SYFAB/South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, will
be speaking about the South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation’s new
Impact Guide.

The community foundation, like many funders, want to know
the impact of any grant they make. It can be hard for smaller groups to
work out what this means and how to do it. We will be introducing an easy
guide to help you through the process.

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Sheffield Quakers Meeting House, 10 St James Street,
Sheffield, S1 2EW

The first presentation starts promptly at 10.00. Please arrive from 9.30 to
sign in, and network with other organisations.
Free refreshments will be served later in the session.

Cost: Free
Places are limited so booking is essential. You can book a place online via
the SYFAB website Upon booking please tell us of any
access or support needs.
For more information please visit the SYFAB website.


SYFAB Telephone: 0114 261 5141

What’s On at The Venue & Car Boots return (Stocksbridge)

20 Jan

Saturday 21st January Car boots return for 2017 – starts 8.30am for buyers, come along and grab a bargain – we have 50 stalls for you to browse. If you want to sell please call 0114 2838692 – stalls are £10 each and must be booked and paid for in advance – next car boots are February 18th and March 11th – café & refreshments available, free ample parking, fully disabled access.


Saturday 28th January Venue Folk Club starts the New Year with Anthony John Clarke – doors open 7.30pm and the show starts 8.15pm – great night out in social and friendly surroundings – then on Saturday 18th February we have Quicksilver – there will also be a Bob Dylan Night with Lou Marriott & Andrew Hardy on March 4th


Steel Valley Beacon Arts – present Dick Whittington at The Venue on Thursday 23rd February 7.30pm , Friday 24th February 7.30pm and Saturday 25th February 2.00pm & 7.30pm Tickets are available from our Reception and Stocksbridge Keys – cash sales only please Adults £8 Children £6 and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children £24 – don’t miss this hilarious show with a cast from the local area.


Spring Craft Fair with Unique Craft Fairs – Saturday March 4th – this wonderful array of craft and gift stalls returns to The Venue after is success last year – come along and browse a huge selection of gifts, food stuff, clothes, handbags and homeware. 10.30am -2.30pm FREE Entry ample car parking


Northern Birman Cat Club ShowSaturday 8th April 12.30-4.30pm – a great experience for all, stalls selling everything from cat beds to handbags, plus the cat show and also a visit from the Easter bunny – bring the children all great day out for all the family – Entrance £2.50 per adults Concessions £1


For more information please call us on 0114 2838692 – or call in at Reception – or visit our Facebook page Venue Stocksbridge or the website at


You can keep your patch on – Smokefree Campaign

19 Jan

Sheffield City Council have launched the “You can keep your patch on “campaign.

It’s now 20 years since The Full Monty’s unemployed steelworkers bumped and ground their way onto the big screen and now workers from Sheffield City Council have given a cheeky nod to the smash hit film with the new, hip-shimmying, “You Can Leave Your Patch On” video, set to a cover of Tom Jones’ classic tune.

The video stars men who work in manual jobs across the authority, from parks through to highways and waste, the aim of the video, which is the centrepiece of a new council campaign, is to encourage men in this social group to stop smoking.

The use of “Full Monty” song and imagery – iconic Sheffield film and scenes of Sheffield are instantly recognisable and link to the theme of male manual workers.

 We also used an all Sheffield cast, including film maker and singer to develop the video.

 ‘The keep you patch on” campaign’s concept has been designed to be engaging, comedic and fun. It is assumed that the majority of the public is aware that cigarettes are dangerous. Therefore, the aim was to inject a more fun and humorous angle into the campaign.

 The campaign is designed to help raise awareness of the benefits of stopping smoking and of the availability of local stop smoking services.

 Watch the video here….


SPORTIVATE funding – apply now for 2017/18

17 Jan

NOW OPEN Year 7 Funding Round

Due to previous performance Yorkshire Sport Foundation is pleased to announce an additional funding round for Sportivate

The Deadline for applications is Friday 10th February

The Sportivate programme is looking for innovative projects to engage inactive young people in physical activity and sport- please read below as there are some changes to expectations


This is the final funding round for Sportivate, if you have new projects that you would hope to deliver across South and West Yorkshire this is your chance!

Application forms can be downloaded from

Who is it for?

  • Targeted provision for inactive 11-25 year olds who do not seek out sporting opportunities themselves or do not usually prioritise doing sport in their own time.
  • Priorities for this commission round are Women & Girls, Disability, Deprived Communities and projects which seek to create additional social change.
  • We will only fund projects where 80% of more of their target audience is inactive

*inactive young people are those who take part in sport or physical activity less than 3 times per month*

What is it about?

  • Minimum of 6 weeks and maximum of 8 week blocks of sporting activities to be delivered
  • Projects will need to ensure that enough participants are targeted and engaged in the activities to reach a retain target
  • There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding that can be applied for (dependant on number of participants retained)
  • At the end of the project, participants will be supported and directed into a local club of alternative sports provision for them to continue participating in sport.

For more information about the Yorkshire Sport Foundation Sportivate programme please go to or contact Kathryn Mudge 07702 211896 or Gillian Brown 07794 248083.

Alternatively contact the Yorkshire Sport Foundation team on 0330 20 20 280.

Application forms can be downloaded from along with funding support and guidance documents

When completed please send to

“Not Born Yesterday” Campaign Protecting vulnerable people from scams and rogue traders

17 Jan


Pensioner backs “Not Born Yesterday” campaign after being scammed out of thousands of pounds: