Ride for Nicaragua 2017!

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!

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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.

SES Bike Ride 10 mile Ride Guide 2017

SES Bike Ride 20 mile Ride Guide 2017

SES Bike Ride 50 mile Ride Guide 2017

 

Join the next Sheffield to Estelí Delegation in 2018

It’s time for us to start thinking about our next visit to Estelí and we would like to hear from people who would be interested in joining us.  In 2018 we will be organising a delegation of people from our wonderful city of Sheffield to visit our colleagues and friends in Estelí and share some life changing experiences whilst learning more about each others’ culture, communities and history.  People who took part in the 2014 delegation reflected that it was an eye-opening and incredibly positive experience.  They had the opportunity to spend time with families and professionals from a completely different culture to their own, but with whom they found they also had a lot in common!

The itinerary of the 2018 delegation will be shaped by the participants and our partners in Estelí, but will involve chances to meet people working in fields of interest to you, experiences of life in the town as well as in the rural communities in nearby nature reserves and a chance to learn more about the history of our twin town with local guides.  As well as taking part in project visits, experience sharing and group activities there will be opportunities to explore more widely within Nicaragua and enjoy some free time to pursue your own interests.

To register your interest in the 2018 Sheffield to Estelí Delegation get in touch through our Contact Page.

 

Estelí Weeks 2017

Come and join us for  a night of great music and dance at  our fundraising Ceilidh  on Sunday  March 5th  with the Well Dressed Band at the Broomhall Centre .

We will also be welcoming the Nicaraguan Ambassador for a street naming event in the heart of Sheffield at a public event.

More events to be confirmed.  If you would like to get involved get in touch via the contact page.

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The Elder Twins Project

Project Update!

We were delighted to work with Iniciativa Colibrí in Estelí and Handsworth Grange Community Sports College in Sheffield to produce the final publication.  The Mayor of Sheffield received all of the Sheffield authors and subjects of the book at an evening reception in the Town Hall and presented them with their own copies.  Meanwhile, a parallel event was held in Estelí and community members were invited to hear the stories being read and meet the people featured.

You can now download your own copy of Tales of Two Cities- Cuentos de Dos Pueblos here. If you would like to receive a hard copy get in touch with us and we will see what we can do!

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Earlier this year we were successful in securing a small funding grant from the Sheffield Town Trust. This, added to a grant awarded us last year by the Evan Cornish Foundation has meant that we are finally able to put The Elder Twins Project into action. This project is all about connecting people with the twinning who may not have access to communicating with people in our twin town in other ways, such as travelling, emailing or attending public events. It is also about valuing the immense wealth of experience possessed by the elder residents of both of our cities.

So, in order to discover these memories and tell the stories of some of the more isolated members of our communities we are matching a small team of young investigators to a group of elderly residents of a care home in Sheffield for them to take part in a set of storytelling and collecting sessions together. At the same time as we carry out this investigation in Sheffield, a group of colleagues in Estelí will be doing the same thing. When we have collected these, what we expect to be incredible, stories they will be redacted with the help of volunteers and exchanged between the cities. Then they will be translated and taken back to the care homes and residences to be told to the elderly participants by the young investigative team. In this way we will enable a bridge, a personal connection to be made between Jose in Estelí and Joe in Sheffield, between Mary in Sheffield and Maria in Estelí.

The final collected stories will be published in a small, bilingual book for participants to keep and to add to the oral history resources of both cities as a celebration of more than 30 years of a very special twinning. The final planning is underway to initiate the project in June. If you are interested in getting involved please get in touch with us through our Contact Us page.

Esteli tree planting

Tree Planting to Commemorate 30 years of Twinning

In February the Sheffield Estelí Society was proud to welcome the Nicaraguan Ambassador to the UK, Guisell Morales-Echaverry, to Sheffield to take part in a tree planting commemorating 30 years of our twinning relationship with Estelí. Together with the Lord Mayor Councillor Peter Rippon they both helped to shovel earth over the roots of a beautiful Liquidambar tree on the slopes of South Street Park, overlooking the city, just above the train station where hundreds of travellers arrive in Sheffield every day. Guisell said “Friendship among countries and people doesn’t have to stop because there is a sea between the two countries and between people. Friendship and solidarity can flourish whenever there is humanity involved on both sides of the sea.”

Tim Shortland, the Community Forestry Manager at Sheffield City Council was instrumental in enabling this tree planting to take place, supporting us to identify a site, source a tree and dig the hole, together with students from Sheffield College Horticulture Department. He said “As the tree develops it will characterise Sheffield’s living and growing relationship with Estelí. The tree we will be planting is a Liquidambar, also known as a ‘Sweet Gum’ tree. It has corky bark, maple shaped leaves and amazing autumn colour.”

In spite of the high winds we had a bright, sunny morning and the tree was bedded in to some positive words from the Lord Mayor “I mean, you look at what’s happening in different parts of the world and in Europe today. It’s important that we forge links with other countries and have twinnings and friendship”. After a reading of a poem called ‘Verde’ (‘Green’) by the Estelian poet Zikín to close the event the tree planters moved away and left our new tree to send its roots down into the soil and settle into its new home in peace.