Our membership and support continue to grow steadily. National membership has almost doubled in the past year – the trend locally is similar. Recent opinion polls show increased support for the Greens.
So we’re getting excited about our prospects here in future council and parliamentary elections, both in 2015 and subsequently. Wouldn’t it be great to increase our number of councillors from the current 4 to 10 or even more? And imagine having a Green MP here!
Come to our social event in Walkley Sunday 9 November
Walkley Community Centre, 7A Fir St, Sheffield, S6 3TG from 4pm to 5.15pm. With hot and cold drinks, cake and biscuits. All members and supporters are very welcome – it’s a good opportunity for new members and supporters to meet other people. Jillian Creasy and Peter Garbutt will say a few words about their general election campaigns in Central and Hallam; and Sue Morton will say a bit about Walkley activity. The 95 bus route stops close to the venue at the bottom of Fir Street and the 52 bus stops near the top end. If you let us know in advance that you’re coming, that helps us plan for numbers. Please e-mail Sue Morton via firstname.lastname@example.org or ring her on 0114 2346827.
Help us frame our May 2015 election messages Saturday 8 November
Would you like to help in agreeing messages and priorities which will feed into our election manifesto and campaign.
Time: From 1.00pm to 6.00pm
Venue: Nether Edge bowling club, 8 Nether Edge Rd, S7 1RU
Light refreshments: At various times during the afternoon
Followed by: optional fund-raising curry at 6pm and our poetry, music & laughter fund-raising evening at 7.30pm
We’ll be working in sub-groups to focus on 6 campaign themes.
- Economy, including sustainable growth, austerity, supporting local businesses;
- Public services, including NHS, education, council services, opposition to privatisation;
- Housing & energy, including energy security, making new & existing housing affordable;
- Transport & air quality, including railways, HS2, public ownership, air quality, cycling;
- Foreign policy & constitution, including Europe, immigration, war, devolution;
- Environment & planning, including climate change, biodiversity (eg trees), land use planning.
Central constituency Action Days: Healthy for you and good for us
Newspaper delivery – Would you like to help deliver our first constituency newspaper? Meet us at 11am, to do some deliveries up to 1pm. Then, if you want to, come to a local pub or café afterwards.
Saturday 22 November Manor Castle (Day contact Graham Wroe 07752 473190) – Meet at Rhubarb Shed Café, Manor Lane from 10.30 (Making ordinary café food extraordinary with a delicious blend of urban deli and traditional farmhouse food!). Drink afterwards at Manor Castle pub and/or explore the site with spectacular views.
Possible bus routes
- 56 Get off by Premier Stores, Southend Rd Wybourn and walk up Southend Rd. Turn left on Manor Lane walk past the Castle and take the path to the left by the artist studios.
- 10 Get off on Manor Lane.
- 120, 44, 42, 30 Get off on City Rd by St Aiden’s Church (this is before the Cemetery). Walk up Manor Lane past the Castle and take the path to the left by the artist studios.
(If weather is bad, we’ll head for Hyde Park flats where we can deliver inside!)
Saturday 29 November Walkley (Day Contact Eamonn Ward 0750 3883740) – Meet outside Zest, 54-56 Upperthorpe Rd, S6 3EB between 10.45 and 11am or in café area inside if damp. Zest is 3 minutes walk from the Infirmary Rd tram stop. Followed by Bernard and Anne’s delicious soup and scones at 1pm. See Zest’s website for more information.
Saturday 6 December Manor Castle (Day contact Graham Wroe 07752 473190) – Meet at 38 Glencoe Rd, S2 2SR between 10.30 and 11am. Just off the bottom end of City Rd and 3 minutes walk from the steps up from Sheffield rail station by the tram stop.
Saturday 13 December Details in next newsletter
Please bring a medium-sized backpack or shoulder bag to carry newspapers.
If you can offer help delivering newspapers in Central, Broomhill, Nether Edge, Manor Castle or Walkley wards, please contact Eamonn Ward. Doing a regular round close to or within easy reach of where you live, really helps us by freeing up time for councillors and activists.
Canvassing (ie door-knocking), second Sunday of the month – Taking to people on the doorstep year round is the backbone of the work that has got our councillors elected since 2004. You’ll be paired up with an experienced canvasser until you feel confident. We go to a café or pub afterwards. The next mass canvass is in Central ward on Sunday 9 November. Meet outside Amigos café, 224-230 London Rd, S2 4LW (near the junction with Sharrow Lane), at 2pm. Please text Rob Murphy on 07580 498392 so he knows you’re coming.
Meeting in Rotherham Thursday 20 November
The response to the e-mail to set a meeting date was very positive. We have booked the upstairs room at The Bridge Inn, 1 Greasbrough Rd, Rotherham, S60 1RB on Thursday November 20th from 7.30 to 9pm. David Burley from Frack Free South Yorkshire will have a short slot in the meeting – another good reason to come! Thanks to Ann for these directions : “The Bridge Inn is about 2 minutes walk from the Interchange. Just cross over the bridge in the direction of the train station and the Inn is directly on your right. There is no car park, but going towards the town centre, if you turn left in front of the Bridge Inn, then there is a car park just beyond the Trades Club. It is pay and display but may not be at that time of night. Alternatively, there is the multistorey straight ahead.”
Jon Ashe (Chair), Eamonn Ward (Election Agent) and Aodan Marken (Chair, Young Greens) will be at the meeting which is open to members and supporters but is not a public meeting. We know how desperate Rotherham people are for political change in the town. So we hope lots of people attend this meeting. If you are unable to attend but want to be involved, please e-mail Eamonn Ward who can also be contacted on the 20th via 0750 3883740.