Theatre performance marks Windrush Day

Daylight Come, a play recalling the experience of the 1950s generation of Caribbean migrants to Britain, was performed at the Library Theatre to mark Windrush Day. The play tells the story of those who responded to the British government call for bus drivers, nurses, labourers and professionals from the Caribbean to help rebuild post World War Two Britain. It explores the racial prejudice faced by the Windrush generation, alongside the lived experiences of love, laughter and music of the 1950’s. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh, spoke to writer and director Myrna Moore.

Pensioners protest TV licence fee charges

BBC studios across the UK, including Sheffield, have been the site of demonstrations as pensioners take action to protest against proposals to end free TV licences for the over 75s. Under proposals from the BBC only those in receipt of pension credit would remain eligible for free TV licences with others required to pay the £154.50 per year fee to watch television. Campaigners are seeking to reverse the decision announced a month ago which is set to come in to affect by 2020 and could affect around 3.7 million pensioners. Sheffield Live spoke to the secretary of Sheffield Pensioners Action Group Jaqui Milner.

Science festival plan for abandoned buildings

A grassroots science festival for Sheffield is in planning for Science Week in March 2020 with the aim to place science projects into public and abandoned buildings. Festival founder and science teacher Hassan Al Zaffar hopes the free festival will engage younger audiences from local communities and show them that science can be fun. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield students join climate demo

Hundreds of school students took part in a climate change protest today in Sheffield, one of many in cities across the UK. The school strike for climate is an international movement of school students engaged in demonstrations and strikes calling for action on global warming and climate change. Activists say strikes will continue until the government hear and address their concerns. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to organiser and youth activist Patrick Wakefield.

Social entrepreneurs celebrate sector growth

Social entrepreneurs from across the region gathered in Sheffield to share success stories and exchange ideas on future priorities for businesses and charities with social and environmental objectives. The event was organised by Social Enterprise Exchange, a project funded by the European Union which provides business advice and support including small grants. Sheffield Live! is a partner in the delivery of the project and took part in the event. Rob Speranza reports.

Sheffield Tories divided as leadership campaign closes

With support for Boris Johnson building in the Tory leadership race, Sheffield Live! spoke to Alex Tant-Brown, chairman of Sheffield Hallam Conservative Association. Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson extended his tally to 143 in the third round of voting while Rory Stewart has dropped out after receiving just 27 votes. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt secured 54 votes, Environment Secretary Michael Gove gained 51 and Home Secretary Sajid Javid came in with 38. The four remaining candidates will face further voting rounds until just two are left. Party members will then be able to vote on the final two, with the winner becoming Tory Party leader and the country’s next Prime Minister. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Communities shocked by Morsi death

Egyptians and the wider Muslim and Arab world have been shocked by the death of Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, who collapsed in court after years in solitary confinement. Alaa Abdellal, an Egyptian resident in Sheffield, spoke to Sheffield Live! of his sorrow at the death of the man who came to power in 2012 after the Arab Spring but was ousted a year later in a military coup, led by General Abdel Fath el Sisi, the current president. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Hospitals to become more dementia friendly

Sheffield Hospitals Charity has launched a fundraising campaign to help make hospitals in Sheffield more dementia friendly. The charity has set a £200,000 target to be raised in 12 months for improvements that would provide a more comfortable environment for patients especially for those suffering from dementia. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to executive director of the charity David Reynolds.