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Sheffield celebrates Special Olympics’ athletes

Local athlete Alex Thompson helped light the Olympic torch at the Special Olympics opening ceremony at Bramall Lane

29 August 2017 Following the success of the Special Olympics GB National Summer Games, which saw more than 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in Sheffield earlier this month, the Lord Mayor will be hosting a reception at the Town Hall on Thursday 31 August. The 2017 Special Olympics Games was country’s disability sporting event of the year. It showcased ...

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Project brings rare black poplar tree back to Sheffield

Black Poplar tree on the Shire Brook

21 August 2017 A project is underway to bring one of the UK’s rarest native trees back to Sheffield. The black poplar is a declining species and, according to the Forestry Commission, is the country’s most endangered timber tree. There are fewer than 1,000 mature trees in the wild, in the UK, and they are most prevalent in areas such ...

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Carnival returns to Sheffield after more than two decades

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10 August 2017 Back in the 1980s and early 90s, Carnival was an annual attraction in Sheffield, with a spectacular colourful procession wending its way around the city’s streets each September. And now the tradition is set to be revamped, with Sheffield Carnival coming back with a bang at Norfolk Heritage Park on Monday 28 August, as part of Sheffield ...

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Under The Trees Woodcraft wins National Lottery Support

Under the Trees Woodcraft Group

1 August 2017 Press release from Heritage Lottery Fund and Under the Trees Woodcraft Group Under the Trees Woodcraft has received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project to help teach ancient woodland heritage with hand tools and green woodwork crafts. The project will be based in Ecclesall Woods, and has been made possible by money ...

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Home and garden showcase brings extra style to art festival

Artwork set against the background of the Botanical Gardens glasshouses

1 August 2017 For the first time this year, the annual Art in the Gardens festival will host a dedicated Homes and Gardens-themed area, featuring a huge exhibition of outdoor living and garden ideas. The centrepiece of the area, created by garden design and maintenance company daVally, will include a range of outdoor furniture, a hot tub and contemporary outdoor ...

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Book in for free fun with Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to read throughout the school holidays, photo courtesy of The Reading Agency

17 July 2017 “It’s fun, free and educational, and will entertain your child for hours – what more could you ask for during the school holidays?” That’s the view from children’s librarian Alexis Filby who says the Summer Reading Challenge is a highlight of their year and a time when children’s book loans boom. The challenge, called Animal Agents this ...

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Improvement programme well underway at city’s largest park

Councillor Mary Lea with members of the Friends of Woodseats Playground and their children

14 July 2017 Home to a large lake, sports pitches, a rose garden, play areas, an animal farm and even its own herd of Highland cattle, Graves Park has been a joy for Sheffielders for almost a century. And now, improvements are well underway at Graves, Sheffield’s largest park, following the sale of a derelict cottage on the edge of ...

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Adventure book festival returns for second year

Local business Cotic Bikes is exhibiting in the Central Library foyer

6 July 2017 Sheffield’s adventurers, literary lovers and family thrill seekers are in for a treat as The Outdoor City Adventure Book Festival returns for its second year. Between Monday 10 July and Saturday 15 July at the Central Library, there will be a host of author talks, creative workshops, exhibitions and family activities. Most events are free and cover ...

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Final countdown to weekend of adventure

British Bouldering Championships at Cliffhanger 2016

6 July 2017 With live music, refreshments and fun for all the family, this year’s Cliffhanger festival is set to get underway tomorrow evening (Friday 7 July), from 5pm in Devonshire Green. Cliffhanger, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and billed as Sheffield’s inner city festival dedicated to celebrating the outdoors, will be held across locations including the ...

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Walking for Purpose scheme to take next steps

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3 July 2017 “It’s given me some confidence that there are things that I can do, that I can do it, and that there are opportunities out there.” That’s the view of a participant in the “Walking for Purpose” project, which after a successful pilot scheme in Hillsborough is now set to be rolled out across Sheffield. Sheffield City Council ...

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Sheffield city centre gets mobile

(L-R) Diane Jarvis from Sheffield BID, Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr Anne Murphy and Debbie Ashton from Clark and Partners

3 July 2017 It’s now easier than ever to get around Sheffield city centre, as a new mobility scheme was officially opened in the Moor Market today (Monday 3 July). “Mobile Sheffield” is funded by Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID) and Sheffield City Council. The new scheme has moved into the Moor Market offering a hire service for equipment including ...

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British Bouldering Championships to be centre stage in weekend of adventure

British Bouldering Championships at Cliffhanger 2016

28 June 2017 It attracts the best of the best – and this year the BMC British Bouldering Championships will return to centre stage at this year’s Cliffhanger festival in Sheffield city centre. Cliffhanger, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and billed as Sheffield’s inner city festival dedicated to celebrating the outdoors, is set to be held at ...

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Book an amazing holiday in your own home

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27 June 2017 Travelling the world is a stressful business. What with vaccinations, packing and airport queues to worry about, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s all too much trouble. Instead, why not take a reading journey with Sheffield Libraries and discover the world without leaving the comfort of your own home. The Reading Passport Challenge invites you to ...

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City-wide investment in tennis adds to ace summer of sport

Councillor Mary Lea and Jeff Hunter, managing director of Parks Tennis, at the revamped courts in Hillsborough Park

27 June 2017 Tennis courts across Sheffield have been revamped for all to play on, thanks to investment from the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and Parks Tennis. In what is the biggest investment in tennis in parks for any city in the country, courts at nine sites have been created, or else brought back into use after becoming, in many ...

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