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Girlfriends’ Sarah joins Communities Live team

Sarah Taylor [photo: Jamie Veitch]

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor, star of ITV2’s Girlfriends, joined Communities Live presenter Andy Cooper today to guest present a special edition of our flagship magazine programme.

Sheffield lass Sarah was in the hit TV series last year in which three single ladies met 100 eligible bachelors, then whittled down their potential suitors to try to find Mr. Right.

Sarah and co-presenter Andy Cooper discussed fashion and dating; and Sarah gave Andy some behind-the-scenes gossip from the TV series.

Today’s Communities Live programme also featured an interview with Dave Douglas, MD of new climbing wall Awesome Walls which is opening this autumn in Sheffield.

And Grand Designs’ Naomi Cleaver was interviewed on the show, offering her tips for how to make the most of the space in our homes.

Sarah will be back to co-present Communities Live again soon.

What next?


Scribble and Zero Budget Film Festival on Communities Live

Today’s Communities Live show – broadcasting live from noon until 1pm – has a great lineup of guests.

Presenters Laurence Peacock and Andy Cooper will be joined by:

Sheffield Writer (@SheffieldWrite on twitter), AKA Chris, who runs the Scribble open mic nights, showcasing Sheffield writers, poets, and singer / songwriters; and is organising the Sheffield Short Story competition.

Martin Currie from The Zero Budget Film festival, taking place in Burngreave on 14th September, will also join us.

What next?

A trail of musical moments – throughout city shops!

More live music treats in store for Sheffield!

This Saturday, 10 August, a host of amazing home-grown talent and high-profile bands will be scattered around Sheffield’s city centre playing acoustic sets in unusual, pop-up buskers’ spots.

The free “City Centre Sessions” event starts at noon at Devonshire Street Market and takes place around a circuit of city centre shops, with bands appearing in sequence around the circuit, finishing back at Devonshire Market’s outdoor stage five hours later.

It features The Crookes, Nat Johnson, Laurel Canyons (Monkey Swallows The Universe), Stuart Faulkner (Pink Grease, The Barnacles) and the BeVox flash mob choir – with more bands coming on board too.

Venture into town and be surprised and amazed at what and who is lurking around each clothes rail and shoe rack. Stop off to browse and indulge yourself in many of the city’s best independent food makers and artisan retailers too.

City Centre Sessions is part of Sheffield’s Summer Saturday’s Programme.

Confirmed locations for City Centre Sessions this Saturday include Devonshire Markets’ outdoor stage on Devonshire Green, Orchard Square, John Lewis, Birds Yard, A New Shop and Costa.

What next?

Mind your language(s)

Emma Wass with Annika Vale (left), Katherine Smith and Cllr Mike Reynolds

Audio – GCSE languages

GCSE results in August showed the percentage of students leaving school with a decent grasp of foreign languages at a record low. The number of students taking a language at GCSE has dropped by a third since the government made it optional in 2004.

Communities Live presenter Emma Wass spoke to Cllr Mike Reynolds from Languages Sheffield, Katherine Smith from the IBC programme and Annika Vale from local translation company TransAction Translators, to discuss this issue.

The panel discussed the coalition’s proposal to reintroduce a compulsory language at GCSE, which languages children should be studying, and why it is important to have knowledge of a foreign language.

The report was aired on Communities Live.

Latest Sheffield Podcasts

SHEFFIELD: Forgemasters by Amna Kaleem

The biggest casualty of the recent budget in Sheffield has been the cancellation of the £80million loan to the city’s steel manufacturer Forgemasters. The loan was approved in March when the Labour government’s business secretary Peter Mandelson came down to the city of steel and made the announcement.

The loan was to be spent on constructing a 15,000 tonne forging press to make components for nuclear reactors. This plan would have created around400 jobs in the city. Once completed, the forging press, was expected to attract international business as the demand for heavy nuclear forgings is estimated to triple by 2020, up to 70,000 tonnes. There are currently five companies, capable of producing large nuclear components, and only one possessing a forging press as large as the one planned for Sheffield.

This podcast takes a look at how the city responded to the decision, featuring interviews with the city’s Labour MPs, Leader of the City Council, Lib Dem Councillor Paul Scriven, Doug Patterson, Unite’s regional representatives and locals who signed the petition asking the government to rethink its decision.

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SHEFFIELD: City Of Culture by Amna Kaleem

‘City of Culture 2013’ aims to build on the success of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture 2008, which had significant social and economic benefits for the area. The winning city will be one that is able to deliver a substantial programme of cultural activity which leads to a demonstrable step-change in their area, and a lasting legacy. The four finalist cities are: Sheffield, Birmingham, Derry/Londonderry and Norwich.

The Sheffield bid aims to position a whole generation of young people in the driving seat for culture. The programme will uncover, nurture, inspire and showcase the talent and energy of Sheffield’s young people as the city’s emerging cultural asset. The city will become the stage for their cultural programme in which many elements are produced by and with young people and will connect with the wider generations of Sheffield.

We wish to engage everyone in the city in creating, making and performing cultural activities in 2013. Our people won’t just watch culture, they will create it themselves and produce an original, authentic, interactive and international programme.

This podcasts talks to Council Cllr Paul Scriven on the city’s bid to become UK’s first City of Culture and first aired on Sheffield Live! 93.2FM on June 16, 2010.

[audio:http://web.sheffieldlive.org/podcast/get.php?web=j5577.mp3|titles=Sheffield: City of Culture|artists= Communities Live!]


SHEFFIELD: City Of Sanctuary by Amna Kaleem

City of Sanctuary is a movement to build a culture of hospitality for refugees and asylum-seekers. In 2007, with the support of the City Council, Sheffield became the UK’s first ‘City of Sanctuary’ for asylum-seekers and refugees—a city that takes pride in the welcome it offers to people in need of safety.More than 100 local organisations including schools, community projects, student groups, and most of Sheffield’s main faith communities have now joined the movement.

This podcast (Broadcast on June 16, 2010) is a report on Sheffield’s status as the City of Sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees. The podcast features interviews with Sarah Elridge, development officer for Sheffield City of Sanctuary; Lib Dem Cllr Shaffaq Mohammad; Rodrigo Edema from Uganda, Tendero from Zimbabwe and Jinan from Lebanon, who all have successfully progressed from asylum seekers to refugee status.

[audio:http://web.sheffieldlive.org/podcast/get.php?web=j5578.mp3|titles=Sheffield: City of Sanctuary|artists= Communities Live!]

Regeneration in Burngreave: A Special Radio Series

Conceived in 1998 by the Labour government, New Deal for Communities (NDC) was a scheme aiming to bring about community-led regeneration in the most deprived neighbourhoods of the UK. The Burngreave neighbourhood in Sheffield was identified as one of those areas and has been awarded £52 million, to be spent over a ten year period from 2001 to 2011. Burngreave NDC received extensive coverage in the local press when it announced that its coffers were close to running dry two years earlier than planned. A very controversial subject, the funding crisis overshadowed the work that had (or hadn’t) been done so far.

This seven part series, produced from May to September 2009 by *Eirini Apostolidou, aims to portray the change in Burngreave from the 90s onwards, and to trace the effect of NDC on the local community. As well as streaming the show from this page, you can also download the entire series using this zip file link.

Special thanks for their participation in the programme to:

Fran Belbane (management committee of Burngreave Messenger), Drew Dallen (local artist & social worker), councillor Jackie Drayton, Steve Gayle (BCAF), Rashida Hassanali (project Advancing Together), councillor Ibrar Hussain, Dr. Nelson Kaggwa (chair of BCAF), Ronnie Lewin (chair of BNDfC Partnership Board), Bronwyn McCarthy (project Advocacy Now), Gareth Roberts (organising committee of Abbeyfield Park Festival), councillor Colin Ross, Chris Sissons (member of BNDfC Partnership Board),  Diana Totle (project Sage Greenfingers), John Vincent (member of BNDfC Partnership Board).

Part 1: Burngreave in the 90s and the Arrival of New Deal for Communities Part 1

Part 2: Projects Funded by New Deal for Communities Part 2

Part 3: The Riddle of the Finances Part 3

Part 4: Community Coherence Put to the Test Part 4

Part 5: The Relationship Between Burngreave Community Action Forum and New Deal for Communities Part 5

Part 6: BNDfC’s Performance Rated Part 6

Part 7: From Conception to Implementation: General Reflections on New Deal for Communities Part 7


*Eirini Apostolidou graduated from Panteion University in Athens, Greece, with a B.A. in Political Science & History in 2005. After graduating she worked at newspapers as a journalist and sub-editor. Since November 2008 she volunteers for SheffieldLive! 93.2FM as both a producer and a presenter.

Jeff Halper and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

On the fourth of September Jeff Halper visited Sheffield to participate at a public meeting organized by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign. Jeff is the director of the Israeli Committee against House Demolition (ICAHD). In his speech he gave an account of the territorial expansion of the Israeli control and the tools used for this purpose: the construction of new settlements and the demolition of Palestinian homes. He explained that this is no side aspect of the conflict, but a central one, namely the one which most than anything undermines the viability of a future Palestinian state. Jeff also introduced the audience to ICAHD’s work. Musheir El Farra, chair of the Sheffield PSC, opened the meeting.

The team from Communities Live (broadcast every weekday from 12 till 1pm) was at the meeting, and presented the highlights a few days later:


The Lord Mayor Visits Sheffield Live!

Recently, we were very pleased to welcome Sheffield’s new mayor; Cllr Graham Oxley into Sheffield Live! for an interview with Irini Apostolidou from Communities Live!, our daily news programme about Sheffield.

During their discussions, Irini asked Mr Oxley about his involvement in politics, the Lord Mayor’s responsibilities, the city of Sheffield and the council’s overall performance.

The interview was first broadcast on the 9th June, in the Tuesday edition of ‘Communities Live!’ at 12pm and repeated the same day at 5pm.


Communities Live! in the Winter Gardens

Sheffield Live! gets in amongst the public this week in a special outside broadcast from the Winter Garden.

The station’s flagship programme, ‘Communities Live!’ will hit the airwaves every weekday between 12 and 1pm from an open-air studio in the Winter Garden, to support Sheffield Live’s Spring Fundraising appeal.

This is a fantastic opportunity to see Sheffield’s newest radio station in action, as volunteers from the local community put their radio training into practice, in full view of the public. It is also an opportunity to find out more about Sheffield Live! and how you can get involved.

Look out for interviews with local councilors, movers and shakers from Sheffield’s community and voluntary sector, snooker celebrities and performances from local musicians.

Monday’s programme featured Sangita Basudev – Chief Executive of Sheffield Live! 93.2FM, Lee Adams – Deputy Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, Cllr Sylvia Dunkley – Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Streetscene and Sheffield’s premier Latin American band, ‘Son Para Todos’

Tuesday’s programme will feature Cllr Bob McCann – Cabinet Member for housing and sustainable, safer communities, Colin Humphries – World Snooker Referee, a performance from local band ‘Pink Sharabang’, Kate Hewitt – Head of Programming at The Harley Hotel and Dan Clayton, front man of up and coming band ‘The Yell’

Coming up in the rest of the week are Cllr Shaffaq Mohammed – Cabinet Member for Climate Change and Local Environment, Noel Sharkey – Professor of Robotics at the University of Sheffield and presenter of Sheffield Live’s ‘Sound of Science’ and Cllr Sylvia Anginotti – Cabinet Member for Employment and Enterprise.

If you miss any of the shows live, then you can always listen back to them in our Podcast Section

Monday: Live in the Winter Gardens

Sylvia Dunkley Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure
Latin American band, ‘Son Para Todos’
Lee Adams, Deputy, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council
The Communities Live! team with Sangita Basudev


Tuesday: Live in the Winter Gardens

Bob McCann, cabinet member for housing and sustainable
Live music by ‘Pink Sharabang’ in the ‘Winter Gardens’
Colin Humphries, snooker referee at the ‘World Championships’