Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Environment group celebrates 40th birthday with a gala party

Sheffield Friends of the Earth Press Release

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Environment group celebrates 40th birthday with a gala party

Sheffield Friends of the Earth will celebrate 40 years of environmental campaigning by hosting a gala party at the Showroom on Thursday 16 October from 7.30pm until 11pm.

Jude Warrender, founder of the group in 1974, will start the evening by talking about the group’s work during the 1970s and 1980s.  Shaun Rumbelow, a member since 1992, will continue the 40 year review from the 1990s to the present day. Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director, Andy Atkins, will finish the presentation by looking at what the future has in store for both people and planet.

Jude Warrender said “It’s amazing that 40 years on, the group I set up is still actively campaigning to protect the environment in Sheffield and around the world. We have helped to transform recycling into a mainstream activity and we’ve managed to persuade people not to buy goods made from endangered wildlife.”

Shaun Rumbelow continued, “I was in a pram when Jude set up the group in the 70s so I’m looking forward to finding out about the group’s early history. We hope ex-members and the general public will be able to make it to the event as it will be a fascinating journey looking back at many of our successes from helping to clean up Sheffield’s rivers and improving our air quality to introducing new laws to reduce our impact on climate change.”

The party will continue with a buffet and live music from a local folk band and “What 4” a cappella quartet. The Showroom bar will be open for drinks.

Tickets (price includes buffet) cost £10 and must be bought in advance by 10th October. Full details are available on our website www.sheffieldfoe.co.uk


Notes to editor

1. Sheffield Friends of the Earth was formed in February 1974 by Jude Warrender.

2. More information about our 40 years of campaigning can be found in the Star’s Retro feature. http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/nostalgia/retro-a-friend-in-need-to-city-for-40-years-1-6433723

3. Background information for Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth’s Executive Director.  http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/press_releases/friends_of_the_earth_appoi_18032008

4. More details about the event can be found on our website www.sheffieldfoe.co.uk or http://sheffieldfoenewsletter.blogspot.co.uk/p/40th-birthday-party.html

5. Pictures of our group’s activities from the past 40 years are available on request.


Sheffield Telegraph - Thursday 18 September 2014

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