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Sharrow Today Official media partner of the Sharrow Festival 2012

April 2012

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Sharrow Festival 2012 By Colin Havard

Volunteers required. Your festival needs you THE best local independent free community festival in Sheffield returns for the umpteenth time on 7th July 2012. Sharrow Festival, along with the surrounding Sharrow Fringe, will once again provide a fabulous opportunity for people to soak up some fun and music whilst having a chance to meet friends old and new.


If you have never been before, Scenes from last year’s festival the Festival is held in Mount Pleasant Park, providing a mixFestival is organised entirely by ture of info stalls, food, fun activi- volunteers so if you can spare ties and music for all ages. We some time to help that would be normally see about 5,000 people great. enjoying themselves as they listen to sounds from across the We mainly need stewards on the world. day to help move things around, pick up litter, and keep everyThe Fringe is a series of smaller one safe and enjoying themevents, organised in local venselves, so if you can offer a few ues, in the 2 weeks leading hours on the day to help that up to the Festival. As ever the would be great. If you feel like

offering any help organising the events then that would be even better. We have already started fundraising for this year, including an excellent event at Penelope’s that raised over £600. But there is a long way to go so we will be collecting at the Blades match on 7th April and looking for as many ways of raising the £10,000

needed as possible. Bookings for stalls are also already under way, so if you want to have a stall then please get in touch quickly as they are allocated on a first come first served basis. Visit our website at or e-mail for further info on everything Festival.

Have Your Say

The Daniel Evans Interview

Sharrow Lantern Carnival

International Women’s Day

Get Healthy: Gym-free Fitness

Artist of the Month

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Your Local Café - Bella Napoli Celebrate Bella Napoli’s 10th Birthday By Ben Allen

Celebrate Bella Napoli’s 10th birthday with a free bottle of wine! Some things in life are best kept secret. Others are best shared. I decided Bella napoli was the latter. We used to come across the city to enjoy this quaint little Italian Restaurant. It was only since moving down the road I discovered what a hidden gem it is.

Italian cuisine which is everything you would want it to be. We never cease to be impressed by the wonderful flavours, some of the favourites being the spare ribs and calazone. The puddings need a mention, many homemade, include a gorgeous tirimasu. A visit for this alone would be worth it!

Whilst having a laid back atmosphere the service is excellent. This little family run Italian is as Rather than just being polite it’s rustic, charming and relaxed as like being cooked for by friends. it comes. The restaurant is deco- You may wait a little longer for rated with pictures of Venice and your food than in some restautastefully lit. One delighful feature rants but that is simply because it is the open door to the kitchen is all freshly cooked as you order. where you can see Nancy busily A small price to pay. making what you’ve ordered. If Also a small price to pay is the you’re interested to watch how bill. For such quality of food and she does it she usually obliges. atmosphere it is extremely reaOf course the main reason to go sonable. Pizza’s, pasta and risotto is the exquisite and authentic are all under £9 and puddings

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are £4.50. In addition to this they have a bring your own wine policy for only £1.50, saving you enough for pudding at least! Alternatively to celebrate their 10th birthday in April you get a free bottle of wine when you spend over £30 (Mon. to Thurs. only). If it makes a difference to your meal, it is also good to know you’re supporting a unique and lovely local independent family business.

If you enjoy Italian and eating out, this cosy restaurant is not to be missed. Get there in April and the wine’s on them. To find it: walking away from Sheffield on Abbeydale road look closely on your left before you get to the little Tesco’s. It’s best to book - on 0114 2558367. 367 Abbeydale Road Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 1FS.

Sharrow Old Junior School Community Café happy to Blend with The Hub By Joanna Swain

Since Blend community cafe

opened its doors to the hungry people of Sharrow, just a couple of months ago, its success has been quite a surprise. Serving freshly made vegetarian and vegan soups, dalls and daily specials to an ever increasing and varied clientele, the homemade bread and indulgent puddings, alongside the occasional meat dish has given local residents an inexpensive treat to brighten Thursday and Friday lunchtimes. Receiving acclaim on local websites and in the local press it was building a loyal and exponentially increasing client base. Unfortunately, though, due to a much needed refurbishment at

the old school, the lovely ladling ladies, Polly and Jo, were about to find themselves displaced for the foreseeable future: their clients stomachs un-sated and their posteriors un-seated. Hooray for The Hub! At the eleventh hour they have stepped in with a lovely big hall and kitchen just a little further down Sharrow Lane, accessible also from an entrance just opposite mount pleasant park. The community cafe will resume business as usual from this new location from Thursday 19th April, with Blend’s usual array of healthy, seasonal mains and bountiful salads on offer, not to mention delicious sweet treats, such as fresh cream scones and Banoffee Pies galore.

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Have Your Say

Poet’s Corner The “I love you” Bridge

Art and beauty is vital for all of us

By Rowan Blair Colver

By Liltha Rai Cafolla

I’m writing this article in celebra-

My plea then is, let us find a way tion and recognition of my friend, to celebrate and pay tribute to the extraordinary, the imagithe artist Rowan Blair Colver. native, those in the business of Like many artists he lives a perbeauty. petual paradox. He has a compulsive need to write poems, sto- I believe we need beauty more ries, lyrics to his own compositions, than ever before and I am in complete agreement with the and take sublime photographs, philosopher Roger Scruton when often in prolific proportions. he states “Beauty is a value as And yet his ‘work’, his labour, his important as truth” raison d’etre, do not earn him a living and he exists in relative ob- Beauty nourishes and uplifts the soul. scurity with regard to his art. For many such artists there is this dilemma. Perhaps they find the idea of heavy promotion discomforting and at odds with the overall ethos, the very nature of what they represent. The work should speak for itself. And it often does, eloquently.

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Rowan is an active proponent of beauty. His photographs are effortlessly unpretentious having that very rare quality. He captures divine images, and enhances with the tiniest manipulation, the wonder and sublimation of the most common place plants and scenery in and around the poorest areas of Sheffield.

The assumption that if art is worthy it will automatically receive due appreciation is challenged in His work reveals exquisite detail right under our noses in the most Thomas Gray’s famous Elergy... unlikely and overlooked places. “Full many a gem of purest ray For me he is that artist who celserene ebrates and champions God’s handiwork. The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear; Compelled to create, and dedicated to his cause, the spiritual Full many a flower is born to blush essence of his work is true inspiraunseen, tion and I am compelled in turn to write and speak out and say And waste its sweetness on the “look!”. desert air.”

Within a landscape of concrete and other created forms, A sub suburban sanctuary with rolling cubic lawns, In coves of homes that peer from fabricated walls, Are folks with minds and souls breathing in buildings so tall. Perhaps forgotten or misjudged significance led to time, People carry on running around their personal pantomime, And the dreams and lives of people existing up so high, Can be subconciously swept so casually aside. When circumstance dictates and you walk through the lanes, And you catch yourself straining at the highest window panes, Perhaps you quietly ask yourself ‘How do they live like this?’ Then out of nowhere the answer I Love You Scrawled on the highest bridge. This poem about Park Hill flats, and the story about its graffiti, were broadcast on Radio 4 last year. Rowan has lived in the flats for the last 10 years and is moving to Sharrow this summer. For more information about Rowan visit his website at

If you are a budding poet and would like to see your poem in print, send it in to us at

Sharrow Today welcomes all feedback By the Editors We are keen to have feedback on any of the articles we print in Sharrow Today. Ben Allen received a number of responses to his article - ‘So what is a Christian anyway?’ which was the ‘Have Your Say’ feature in the last edition of the paper. In his own words Ben’s article “was a brief attempt to address commonly held misconceptions about Christianity and to explain what the heart of Christianity really is.”

Leaves of a Fern by Rowan Colver

See Poet’s Corner on this page for Rowan’s poem, The”I love you” Bridge. The views expressed in our new regular “Have your say” column are not necessarily those of Sharrow Today or Sharrow Community Forum. Please feel free to comment and respond to this article, and If there is anything you would like to write about yourself, send it in to us at

One reader disagreed without giving any detail. He wrote “While I can see the point of an ‘editorial free ‘Have Your Say’ column, I really think it was a mistake to give it over, in your last issue, to someone spouting Christian twaddle.” But there were also some positive responses. Some got in touch with Ben to tell him how much they enjoyed his article, even though they weren’t Chris-

tian. Others found it encouraging, or interesting. One person copied the article to give to friends and another wants to meet up with Ben to chat. We welcome all this feedback, whether critical or not. Ben writes “It is wonderful and valuable to have an open forum to discuss issues that seem to have become taboo elsewhere. In Sharrow there is such a rich diversity of views on life. So please feel encouraged to share your own thoughts on life or spirituality.” Here at Sharrow Today we want to know what you think - whether you agree, disagree, or just have a question. We are keen to see the paper reflect the views of all people in Sharrow on this or any other issue, whether you live here, work here, or are just involved in the Sharrow area,. So, what do you think?

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Why don’t you go to the theatre more often? The Daniel Evans interview

By Joanna Swain

A couple of editions ago we ran a vox pop asking people in our area which Sheffield theatres they had visited and if not, why not?

Daniel: Getting people through the doors is a challenge. One of the things we pride ourselves on is that we have three spaces, or venues, and because those spaces are so different we can offer a broad variety of work of which I’m very proud.

Although the Lantern is our most local theatre most of you mentioned the Crucible and Lyceum So for example at christmas we and had a few questions around had a show for the under sixes in the Studio, we had a traditional cost and programming. pantomime in the Lyceum, (the Here Daniel Evans, artistic direc- proscenium arch house) and a tor of Sheffield theatres attempts rather challenging adult musical to answer some of those conin the Crucible. That kind of varicerns. ety is something that we try and balance throughout the year. Vox pop: publicity is the most So at any one time one hopes important thing, if I got a list there is something that someone through the post about what was on, rather than have to look can see. for it.

Daniel: This lady is exactly the sort of person we should have on our mailing list, who WANTS to be on our mailing list. Interesting that she has been to the theatre in London and Retford but not Sheffield. We can post regular information out to people but only if we have their addresses. Give us a ring we’d love to include you in the future. Vox pop: I do see posters in the street and think that looks interesting but not to the extent that I go and buy a ticket. I want more stuff I’m interested in more comedy and music. I like cultural plays with a story line based on different cultures.

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I mean it’s impossible to please everyone all of the time and it would be silly to try to achieve that. The arts council have a campaign at the moment called great art for everyone and one of the reasons they subsidise us is that we are able to provide an opportunity at some point in year for everyone to see something. Vox pop: I know the cost can be pretty steep and you’re sat there thinking you could use that money at home. Cost puts me off - It could be cheaper. When you compare it to a band - you are paying £5 or £10, then it’s £20 or £30 sometimes to go to the theatre. Daniel: The Lyceum is a presenting house, it shows the things

to put on another matinee! So my point is, it’s easier to get people through the doors for things they already know. The challenge is to get them to take a punt on something they don’t know they like yet!

that are on tour like the big London musicals- they’re more popular and more populist which isn’t always the same thing, but they tend to be more expensive because they are touring and they have big casts. We cant always discount them so easily, though we do try with matinees and the “live for five” offer and student offers and oap offers, but we don’t control those ticket prices. So to balance that out, part of our subsidy is to help put on more challenging work, plays that maybe people haven’t heard of, or have heard of a long time ago and haven’t had chance to see, or we put on plays that end up being really popular, like our Shakespeare that we do every year - which is our largest audience. Legally Blonde in the Lyceum was the most expensive show to date but it sold so well we had

Ways to do that on a tight budget are:- our ‘live for five’ deal for the under twenty sixes; and yearly membership - which gives you discounts and invitations to special events ( like coffee morning with the cast) throughout the whole year. However, to see something really cheaply, if you are prepared to queue on the day, our open dress rehearsals, when available, sell for only £1! The go ahead is given the day before and they are a unique way of letting the cast and particularly the crew ( who often only get 3 days rehearsal as opposed to the cast’s 3 weeks) get used to the feel of the show in front of an audience. After that the next few performances are seen as previews and are also sold at a reduced rate. And what does he think of the Lantern starting it’s first professional season? I think it’s really exciting for Sheffield to have another professional space and hopefully it will lead to others. Unlike Manchester we have no thriving fringe so I can’t wait to see something there.

FURD’s new home nearly finished

Portland Works purchase agreed

Just for the Craic at St Wilfrids

FURD workers have been on site to view progress on their new home. The U-Mix Centre, on Lowfield Open Space between Queens Rd and Bramall Lane, will house new youth and community facilities as well as football pitches and office space for FURD. The open space has had a makeover with new public play facilities including a zip wire and ‘outdoor gym’ equipment. The new building, which has a public roof garden, is due for completion in May and has been funded from the government’s Myplace programme in partnership with Sheffield City Council.

The Portland Works Committee has agreed a deal with the owners to buy the Works. Financial packages are in place to put with the share capital and they’re in a position to go ahead. This has been done in less than a year from the share launch and reflects the way the project has touched so many people. They’re nearly there with the money - they have £175,000 in the bank and need a minimum of £200,000. Share applications are still coming in at a very good rate, and the offer will close at the end of June. So keep telling people about the project.

St Wilfrid’s Centre celebrated St Patrick’s Day in style this year with Irish Reel dancing and community singing. Monsignor Willie Kilgannon gave a virtuoso performance on the tin whistle accompanied by volunteer Jim Hogan on the drum and mandolin. Somali client Prak was overjoyed with the celebrations and put on his own solo drum and song performance. Daughters of Charity Sisters from St Ronan’s Road won the quiz. Kevin Bradley Director said “Celebrations help our clients learn about other people’s cultures and brings them closer as a community.”

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Growing Sharrow Garden Project By Ben Allen

We’ve had lots in interest in our little gardening project and there is room for more! Read on to hear what is happening. Do you live on Vincent or South View Road or South View Crescent? Do you have a garden/ yard you are not using? Or would you like to grow food on your street? The gardener grows food in the neighbours garden and all the food is shared around. Everyone’s a winner! We make new friends and connections. We make the road more beautiful. We get more connected with nature. We get healthy. With increasing food costs we eat better and more cheaply. And we get to share it all at the end! Why not? You don’t need to sign up to any organisation. It’s from one neighbour to another. That’s all. So far we’ve had our first meeting of sharing ideas. There’s around 30 gardens involved so far. We’ve filled in questionnaires about our favourite fruit and veg. Strawberry, raspberry, courgettes, tomato, broccoli, and salad are what people want, so that’s what we’ll grow. And much else besides. We’ve worked out exactly what will grow best where. We’ve got people with knowledge who can teach those with none. We’ve got a facebook group to connect those with access. We have an abundance of herbs and fruits already as we’ve started splitting and sharing what we already have - they just grow back! We’re swapping seeds and seedlings. There’s plenty to go around.

We’ll be digging and planting through April and May. Would you like someone to make your garden nice and give you free food!? It’s a bizarre question but that’s how it works. The jobs in April are to weed the donated gardens, build raised beds in gardens/ yards and plant seedlings. We’ll be doing it weekends in April; 14th/15th, 21st/22nd and 28th/29th. I’m free Mon and Tues too if weekends are not good. Then for the May bank holiday 5th/6th/7th we’ll have tonnes of manure and soil dropped off. We will fill up the beds and get planting! If you have a garden that could be used please let me know soon. Once April has passed it will be hard to get it going for another year. One quick text is all I need! And if you’re strong or would like to be, we’ll need your help too. Come on, get involved!

For more info please get in touch. You can get me on 07515 128551 or

Roshni: Spreading Light - Exciting opportunities for Volunteers By Fouzia Ali

Farhana started volunteering for the advocacy project at Roshni in Jan 2011 and this is what she has to say about her experience:

Roshni is an Urdu/Hindi word which means

light. It’s the name of a local charity mainly working with marginalised Asian women.

I started to volunteer at Roshni as I was new in Sheffield and looking for work.

We are a specialised group, who was set up in 1992 to help south Asian women (Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian women) to improve the quality of their lives and to help them integrate into the wider British society. Roshni runs an advocacy service for women aged 18+ and other projects supporting older women aged 50+, women who are carers of mentally ill family members, activities and mentoring for young girls aged 1325 as well as providing basic English and IT classes. Getting involved: We have a number of exciting opportunities for volunteers at Roshni and would love to hear from anyone interested. All Roshni projects are open for volunteering and welcoming volunteers. As most of the problems we are tackling relate to the Asian culture, we do need our volunteers to have a cultural connection with South East Asia

I wanted to use my time to help the community, to utilize my skills and to learn new skills as well. (India, Pakistan or Bangladesh), with the exception of English teachers. We are looking for volunteer English teachers from any background. To volunteer all you need is a desire to help the community and willingness to give a few hours a week of your time. If you are interested but not quite sure, you can come for some taster sessions, spending some time with our friendly project workers . Please contact Fouzia on 01142508838 or text: 07588709463 or email

I’ve gained a lot from my volunteering experience, and I’ve learned to help in lots of ways. I received relevant training and I have become more aware of what kind of problems the community is facing. I’m still volunteering for Roshni, running a coffee morning for Bengali women. It’s very enjoyable and rewarding During my volunteering here an opportunity opened up and I’m now doing a day a week of paid work at Roshni, providing one-to-one advocacy support.

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Sharrow Lantern Carnival 2012

The Sharrow Lantern Carnival 2012, was held on Sunday the 1st April. The procession started from Mount Pleasant Park at 7.30pm and wound its way through the streets of Sharrow down Club Garden Road and through to the General Cemetery on Cemetery Road. The carnival is, as always, an opportunity to bring communities together encouraging creativeness and collaboration. The theme this year was Magic and the night was fuelled with lantern bearers, live music, fire spinners, dancers and jugglers. It was an electrifying spectacle and even better than last year!

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International Women’s Day 2012

In celebration of International Women’s Day 2012 a group of women from the centre of Sheffield came together to host a community festival at the Old Junior School on Saturday 10th March. The theme for the festival was food and drink, and over £800 was raised for charity. There were a large number of stalls from a diverse range of local and city-wide organisations, providing local and international food, beauty treatments, children’s arts and crafts, a range of new and nearly new homeware and clothes, information and advice. There was also face painting organised by Sharrow Surestart and a Zumba class run by Activity Sheffield.

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National Boxing Champion from Sharrow

Get Healthy Gym-free fitness

Brendan Warburton By Bea Jefferson

Personal Trainer Bea Jefferson answers your fitness questions Q: I want to get fitter, but I can’t afford to join a gym – what should I do? A: The good news is that getting fit doesn’t have to cost money – in fact, it can save money. Here are some ideas for you to try: Walk Don’t catch the bus or drive for short journeys, save your money and walk. If you can’t walk the whole distance, get off the bus a fare stage earlier or park further from your destination. Take every opportunity you can to fit in a short walk. No matter how busy you are, get into the habit of taking a walk during your lunch break. Exercise in the fresh air will make you far more productive in the afternoon. Cycle With petrol prices rising, cycling makes more and more sense. If you haven’t got a bicycle, ask around friends or family to see if you can borrow one. If not, try Recycle in Heeley for refurbished bikes ( If you’re not confident about cycling on roads, contact Pedal Ready about free lessons ( Chores

Activities and classes Activity Sheffield runs a programme of activities and classes for people of all ages and abilities. Some of these are free, others have a small charge. A full list of what’s on offer can be found on their website at www. Also, look out for the classes which run at venues such as the Old Junior School in Sharrow. Skip If you prefer to exercise at home, don’t bother with expensive equipment. One of the best pieces of kit you can buy is a skipping rope. If you don’t want to buy one, a length of old washing line works fine. Skipping is hard work – so, if you’ve not done it for a while, start off slowly and take plenty of breaks. Build up to skipping for 15-20 minutes three times a week. Get on-line The internet can be a good source of cheap exercise equipment, books and DVDs. Try Freecycle and Freegle for unwanted equipment being given away, or EBay for second hand equipment.

Gardening, DIY and cleaning can be great forms of exercise – particularly the harder jobs such as digging or washing windows. So, don’t put off all those jobs around the house – and when you’ve finished, offer to help your neighbour.

You can also find lots of information and exercise plans on the internet. The NHS ‘Choices’ site, Change4life, BUPA and the BBC are all good places to start. It’s best to stick to the advice given by organisations you’ve heard of and trust – remember, there’s lots of nonsense on the internet as well as good advice.



Offer your time to a charity or community organisation doing something active. Whether it’s dog walking, litter picking or helping out with children’s activities – it will benefit your health as well as the community. The website lists lots of opportunities for volunteers in Sheffield.

Sheffield has some great parks and open spaces. So, get some friends together, pack up a picnic, and enjoy a day out in the park. Take a football, a frisbee and some ideas for games. In Endcliffe Park and Millhouses Park you’ll find outdoor gym equipment, free for anyone to use – so, don’t be shy, give it a go!

Send your exercise and fitness questions to:

Sheffield City Amateur Boxing Club have their second national champion of the season after Nohmaan Hussain, aged 14, won the national schoolboy title at 38kg in Mansfield on the 26th February, 2012. Nohmaan, of Club Garden Road, Sharrow, had secured his place in the national final with a good win against Shane Foster from Darlington ABC. Foster had beaten Nohmaan two years ago and was last year’s finalist, but Nohmaan showed how much he has improved by winning the bout 11-9 on points, so booking his place in the final. His opponent in Mansfield was Gary Hearne from Earlsfield ABC in London - a gym that has produced a list of past champions including a certain Frank Bruno! The first round saw both lads come out and make fast starts but by the end it was Hearne who had a two point lead. The second round saw Hussain settle down and start to find his range, especially with the right hand. By the end of the round it was Hussain who had the lead. The final round was all Hussain who kept firing the shots in straight down the middle, and though Hearne kept coming forward the Londoner had no answer to the quality work coming from the lad from Sharrow. Both lads gave it their all but the final points score of 21-9 was convincing enough for Hussain to take home his first national title and a pair of Golden Gloves. Nohmaan now hopes to compete for his country in the GB championships in July but has been kept busy by boxing twice in the last month on Sheffield City ABCs shows and coming

away with two fine wins. Proud coach Brendan Warburton added “Nohmaan’s victory was very special - our first national schoolboy champ! But more so because of the determination he showed just to box in the final. In the week leading up to the final he wasn’t very well and we had to consider pulling him out! So to achieve what he has done is fantastic!” “The gym is buzzing at the moment with more than twenty boxers competing regularly and before the season’s out we could well finish with more champions! I believe Sheffield City ABC has one of the best squads in the region and with achievements like Nohmaan’s will inspire other members to fullfill their potentials.” Sheffield City ABC are also celebrating success in the first ever varsity boxing match between Hallam and Sheffield Universities! Hallam have been training with Sheffield City ABC since October 2011 and put one over their rivals on 24th March, 2012. Coach Brendan Warburton says “well done to Hallam University. The students have only been boxing for 5 or 6 months but showed great character to beat Sheffield University 2-1. The show was one of the most enjoyable I’ve been involved in. It was a complete sell out at the Octagon with more than 900 people making the atmosphere white hot! The noise in the last bout was so intense neither boxers, nor the ref, could hear the bell! This was the first ever varsity match and was so popular we will have to find a bigger venue next year. But it was a great experience for our club - and the university lads who boxed in it!”

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Any ideas for this year’s Sharrow Festival? Steve Fryer went out and about round Mount Pleasant Park to find out what your thoughts are.

Emily Pickles

Prashant Deshmukh

More stuff for the There is music from kids – activities for all all round the world on different age groups, the main stage. especially teenagers. In addition to this it There could be all would be nice to sorts of different work- have a greater varieshops which would ty of Asian music and appeal to teenagdance on the main ers – breakdance stage. workshops, dee-jayFor example we ing workshops, and could have Bollyrapping workshops wood dancers per– generally activities which might encour- forming well-known Bollywood numbers. age and develop self-awareness and And then, for a conemotional well-being. trast, we could have instrumental Arabian There could be a small charge for each music, and Punjabi music. one – to give them more value.

Nermin Araz

Greg Swain

Lorna Morris (and Karen Guest)

Abul K Chowdhury

We’d like to see a car Involve the young kids more in the boot sale as part of events- make them the festival. more a part of the It would also be nice festival. to see more emphasis The creche is good, on charities. but I would like to see I’d like some comedy We could have char- more things for young children to do – such in the festival. Most of ity events such as as rides, even donkey the big festivals have charity races and some now and Shef- competitions, a foot- rides. ball match, and even field has the Grin up It would also be good North thing that Toby record breaking atto have a big screen tempts for charity. Foster organises. showing short films Perhaps some of the In addition to charity on environmental people involved with stalls a percentage of and health issues the charge for each for young people that could get on pitch could go to – things like drug board. It’s the only Turkish music would charity. awareness, and takthing that’s missing be nice, as well – and ing pride in your local really, it’s a really I don’t just mean environment. good day out. belly-dancing. I’m Turkish and I love to cook so I’d like to see a stall selling genuine fresh Turkish food. Not just kebabs but also all the different types of fresh salads that go with it – including spicy salads, stuffed peppers, and things like that. They can be eaten cold so it’s more convenient. And they can be served with freshly made lemonade, with a hint of mint.

I love the festival. We were house hunting in the area on the day of the festival 13 years ago and immediately knew that Sharrow was the place for us.

Local Stop-Smoking Campaign

Brian’s Story - Beating Depression

A campaign will be launched

In 2007 I went through a period

at the end of April to highlight the harmful effects the trade of illegal tobacco is having on children and communities. Trading Standards Officers from Sheffield City Council, and NHS Sheffield staff, will be in Sharrow to raise awareness about the impact illegal tobacco has on children and communities and encourage residents to pledge their support to the campaign. Sheila Paul, Consultant in Public Health at NHS Sheffield said:

“Far from being a victimless crime, the trade in illegal tobacco has serious consequences for health, crime and community cohesion. “Smoking remains one of the biggest causes of ill health in Sheffield. The presence of illegal tobacco, which is considerably cheaper than legal tobacco, makes it easier for children to smoke, discourages smokers from quitting and encourages

of depression.

Before that I had started getting bored - going through the motions at work; the routine jobs; but putting a brave face on it.

ties - therapy, computers, snooker, bowls, mixing with others who had depression. All this time people were praying for me.

I enjoyed church, and also learned to relax in the evenings them to smoke more”. and chill out a bit. I went back Ian Ashmore, Head of EnvironThen my father died, and I to work, got my confidence mental Regulation at Sheffield grieved for him more than for my back, and my life took off again. City Council said: “The illegal tomother, who had died 23 years I then began to worry about bacco trade has a huge effect earlier. I lost interest, lost confiwhat I was going to do after I reon our community. The criminals dence, wanted my life to end. involved are not concerned I was diagnosed with a personal- tired. But I have found plenty of who they sell to and often supity disorder, and signed off work. voluntary work. I still play bowls and snooker. Occasionally I go ply to children and young peoI finished up first of all in respite to the theatre or cinema. Most ple. We have active and effeccare at Wainwright, then in the of all I go to church to thank tive teams of officers operating Northern General Hospital. I God that he delivered me, and across the city to stamp out this didn’t know what to do with mytook me through that time, criminal activity and seek to self, how to spend 13 -14 hours in prosecute those responsible.” With the doctor’s help I came the day-time not working. off the tablets, gradually lowerMost smokers don’t want chilAfter 6 months I tried going back ing the dosage over two years. dren in their family or local area to work, but failed miserably. I to start smoking. Help us and was seeing a Psychiatrist, a care My advice – get out and meet protect children near you by worker, and others, and thought people, talk to people, go for calling the independent char“Why should I be going through walks, go to church - people ity Crimestoppers anonymously will pray for you there if you all this?” about where cheap and illicit tell them what you are going cigarettes are being sold on I was taking antidepressant through. Prayer changes things. 0800 555 111. drugs and trying different activi - Brian B. - Press release

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The Sheffield Girls’ College opens in Kashmir

By Mohamed Maroof

achievement to be finally be opening the college.

The Sheffield Girls’ College in Bagh, Azad

Kashmir was opened in the first week of April 2012.

We want to thank everyone who has contributed and to ask everyone who has paid for a room to be built to let us know the inscription you wish to have on the plaque which we will erect.

A delegation from Sheffield went out to meet local people and the Minister for Education, Matloob Inqalabi, to officially open the college.

If you agreed to pay for a room but still need to pay, or have been paying in instalments, or if you would like to help by making a further donation, then please rush payments to our Treasurer as soon as possible.

The task of building the college was taken on by local charity, the Kashmir Earthquake Relief Fund, in response to the destruction of the college and many other schools following the enormous earthquake which hit the region in October 2005.

Any additional funds will be gratefully received and be rushed out to the charity’s Secretary, Abdul Assim, who is in Bagh personally supervising the final touches needed in the college, as well as the recruitment of teachers for the classes to start at the end of March.

When we embarked on this project we could not have foreseen the obstacles which we would face. Firstly, we had to find a new site for the college following a seismic survey which showed that the ground where the original school had stood was unsound. Secondly, because the land given to us by the Government was mountainous, we had to build a road and blast through the rock to flatten the land.

Then finally we had to transport all the materials over a long distance from Rawalpindi to Bagh. We therefore believe that it is a very real

Your local representatives Cllr Jillian Creasy (Green)

Tel: 0114 272 7886 (Home)

Email: Cllr Rob Murphy (Green)

Tel: 0114 274 7752

Email: The regular monthly Green councillor surgeries are at Highfield Library, London Rd, 10.30 – 11.30am, third Saturday Cllr Mohammad Maroof (Labour)

Once again, thank you for your support.

The new building under construction in December 2011

Tel: 07790 017 298

All too often these projects flounder but we believe that the college is something we can all be proud of and represents real solidarity with the people of Azad Kashmir. Kashmir Earthquake Relief Fund (Sheffield) tel. 0114 250 8064

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April - May 2012

Artist of the month: Trevor Tomlin

By Steve Fryer

“Getting everybody making stuff” Trevor is very interested in political activism – “the kind of positive, grass roots activism that celebrates diversity and encourages a fairer, more sustainable world for everyone” – and he’s been involved for a long time now in initiatives inspired by feminism, gay rights, pacifism, anti-racism, disability awareness, and anti-poverty campaigns.

“I’ve been adopted by Sharrow.” Trevor told me as we chatted over coffee in the Harland Cafe on John Street. It was only a day or two after the Sharrow Lantern Carnival which Trevor had helped to organize – he ran lanternmaking workshops at a number of different venues in the area – something he’s done for several years now. He’s also been heavily involved in the running of the Sharrow Festival in recent years – this year he’s responsible for organizing the community stage at Silver Gelatin Portraits the festival.

He explained that his interest in political activism has made his art less individualistic and more collaborative with other people, more community focused. To him the three most important aspects of his art are:- that it has a message; that it looks good; and that it brings people together. He hopes that his work with community groups will benefit those communities and help to develop them.

Trevor doesn’t live in Sharrow but he’s been drawn to the area because, in his words “it’s a hotbed of artistic creativity - one of the main concentrations in Sheffield.” He initially worked in nursing & social work before joining the NHS Management Training Scheme and taking a job as a senior manager. He eventually realised that this didn’t suit him and moved to Sheffield in 2004 to try and make a living as an artist. He is a very versatile artist although his main focus is on photography. “I Digital manipulation of several photos of Ecclesall Woods bought my first serious camera (a 35mm film SLR) in 1984 and taught myself how to use it, making my first prints in the darkroom when I was a student at Lancaster University” he said. Much later, after moving to Sheffield, he did a short photography refresher course at Site Gallery and then went on to study art at Sheffield College from 2005-8. However, it’s hard to make money from photography so he has ventured into other fields such as ceramics, illustration, teaching, and producing campaign materials - combining his youth & community work, political activism and art making with varying Event photo - Lantern workshop degrees of success.

Feather print

“These days, I work as a freelance artist full-time” he says “and, starting over the next few months, he’s planning to run a series of art workshops for adults in a number of different locations including Sharrow, the city centre, and Burngreave. The activities will include photography, print making (eg lino cuts), making sculpture from recycled materials, and also natural materials art – probably at Ecclesall. Trevor’s work has been exhibited many times, including last year at the Sharrow Festival, with an exhibition called “Mayday” planned soon at the Black Rose Centre in Burngreave.

“I recently worked as an education / youth work assistant at Sheffield Wildlife Trust where I got to do a lot of muddy, wet artwork outside with kids in parks and school grounds” – including mud painting in Rivelin Valley where they found 4 different colours of mud to use in the river. “I also got heavily into making sculptures from found objects and junk, and at various times I’ve worked for arts in health organisations like the CD4 Project & Zest Arts In Health, as well as a few art organisations like Access Space and Creative Action Network / Art In The Park.“

“All my art is about communication” he says. The photos I take communicate something about me, and are a comment on who I am. “The aim of my group-work is to get everyone involved – to help people with their confidence and techniques – these are often the only barriers to people’s creativity. Two thirds of the time I’m a facilitator” he says, rather than an artist in the conventional sense. Although he still finds opportunities to be creative when preparing for his workshops.

He is also available to photograph weddings, portraits, and to record peoples’ events. For further information about Trevor, including prices etc., visit www.trevortomlincommunityart.

Event Photo - Des at the Sharrow Festival 2011

Sharrow Today | April 2012  
Sharrow Today | April 2012