We are aware of recent events in Nicaragua and in particular receive information from our twin town in Estelí. We deplore the shocking events and the use of violence, which have seen protesting students shot dead in the streets of Estelí and other cities. They were protesting peacefully about the proposed introduction to cuts in social security for older people and the disabled, many of whom fought for the revolution and the Sandinista movement in the 1980s. Some say that Nicaragua is moving away from democracy, disregarding the wishes of many people and censoring the media. The Nicaraguans who have made contact with the people of Sheffield have asked first and foremost that their voices be heard, and that their struggle for democracy be recognised. We welcome the retracting of the social security reforms and the introduction of a national dialogue. We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protestors and ask that the mediators, as has been promised , are allowed to do their work peacefully and with cooperation from the government .
A great crowd of people gathered in Sheffield on 23rd March 2018 to mark over thirty years of friendship between Sheffield and the Nicaraguan town of Estelí. The focus of the celebration was the naming of Estelí Parade, a new cycle route and riverside path in the middle of Sheffield.
The mayors of both cities, Francisco Valenzuela and Anne Murphy, attended the event together with Guisell Morales and Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy. Francisco Valenzuela paid tribute to the love, solidarity and friendship of the people of Sheffield that has been expressed through the twinning since the 1980s. He went on to highlight the importance of Estelí Parade as a point of reference symbolising friendship and his comments were echoed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and many other participants in the event.
We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this event, the culmination of many years of campaigning and organising, to recognise our historic twinning on the streets of our city. Sheffield Live covered the event too and you can watch an interview with Mayor Valenzuela and Ricardo Carioni, deputy ambassador of Nicaragua to the UK, here.
If you have been thinking about joining the Sheffield to Esteli delegation in November 2018, don’t miss the Information Meeting on Tuesday 17th April, where you can find out more and talk to some of the people who went on the last trip in 2014.
The meeting will be held at 7pm-9pm at The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn St, Sheffield S10 1NW
All are welcome to come along and find out more.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to apply to join the delegation, please download the application form, fill it in and send back to us on email by 31st May 2018.
Count down to the Sheffield-Estelí Bike Ride on Sunday May 21st
We are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming you on this year’s ride. The forecast is looking good and the Peaks are looking splendid!
Sheffield has been twinned with Estelí, in Nicaragua, for 30 years and we support a number of youth projects in Estelí through our bike ride.
This year, as in 2016, there will be 3 different rides:
50 miles for those that want a challenging ride through Ringinglow, Hathersage, Bretton, Tideswell, Peak Forest, Mam Tor, Edale, Hope, Yorkshire Bridge, Stanage and Burbage, avoiding main roads where possible. The Edale lunch stop and marshalling point will enjoy its second year at Ruskin Villa, a mile outside the village on the right, as you’ll see in your ride guide. Set off between 8am and 9am.
20 miles for those who want an easier but still hilly bike ride through Burbage, Hathersage, and back under Stanage. Set off between 8am and 9am
10 miles for people who don’t cycle as regularly and children. It is a leisurely, safe ride and goes through Endcliffe Park & Porter Brook to the Alpaca Farm in Ringinglow, and back through Forge Dam. Set off between 9am and 10am
Prices are: individuals £20, concessions and students £7, children £5, children with sponsorship form £3
Sponsorship: We don’t ask for sponsorship but donations over and above the registration fee are welcome. However, we feel that children may be more involved if they collect sponsorship .
Please note: Registration is once again at the Hallamshire Squash and Tennis Club at 716 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8TA, just before the Rustlings Road entrance to Ecclesall Park. We are most grateful to them for hosting us.
Register and pay on the day. More info through British Cycling here.
Download your Ride Guide in advance to get familiar with your route before the day.
In May 2016 we were approached by Sarah Grearson, a student at Sheffield University languages department to see if we would like to collaborate with her on her Masters dissertation in translation. Sarah’s proposal was to write a blog focused on two projects we currently support, whose co-ordinators have also visited Sheffield. She interviewed both about their experiences as community activists in Estelí via Skype and wrote a blog about their lives to share with people in both cities in Spanish and in English. We were really pleased with her work, to read it for yourself follow this link: