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Welcome to November’s
T only seems like yesterday since we were enjoying our
summer holidays but now most of us are all already making
preparations for Christmas.
However, helping us cling to memories of those days spent in the
sunshine, this month we have visited two restaurants which offer
fabulous food to remind diners of days spent in warmer climes.
Read about our experiences at Gleadless Townend’s Elif 2 on page
32 and Zizzona, the new Woodseats pizza venue, in our food and
drink section on pages 32-35.
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Elsewhere in this month’s busy magazine, we meet some of the
women who are behind successful local businesses, talk to a
woman who has just published her grandfather’s remarkable life
story and put local comic and radio presenter Rob Rouse on the
spot in a Q&A feature as he prepares to host the annual Sheffield
charity comedy night, Giggle Aid.
In addition, if you turn to page 20 you can try to win yourself a
pair of tickets to see 1980s chart star Kim Wilde performing in the
Peak District. Enjoy this month’s Active8.
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OWEDGES’ very first Fun Palace proved a huge success
with local people of all ages involved in new and exciting
The Fun Palace weekend is all about raising awareness of the arts
in local communities and can be as small as a few people getting
together to do some crafts or singing, or it can be a large
This year, Pam Daniel and Joy Arnott, from the Terminus
Initiative, decided to create one on a health theme, including
science, arts and crafts, and music.
Joy said: “We are no strangers to running community events: we
run a ‘Spring Forward’ and ‘Winter Blues’ event each year. The Fun
Palace was slightly different in that we wanted people from the
community to come along and run activities. We had a very
generous grant of £750 from the local councillors to help towards
the cost of the event.”
Activities included the project’s art group having a colouring table
and display, a card-making demonstration, a science activity
involving the five senses, hand massage, and a family
demonstrating science experiments. There was also belly dancing,
reading, an ‘air piano’ and a community urban artwork.
Joy added: “The day was a roaring success, with over 150 people
attending, and 25 volunteers
helping to run the event.
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Ted charts history of
famous local railway
HE local Hope Valley Railway Line is one of the most scenic routes in the country
and was also one of the country’s most challenging sections of track to build.
Now the story of this line has been researched and recorded by Greenhill’s Ted Hancock who
has published the first part of his three-volume work.
‘The Hope Valley Line, Dore To Chinley, Vol 1, has 304 pages and 376 illustrations. It is the
first book which covers the Hope Valley line exclusively and includes a large amount of
original research which has not been seen before.
He told us: “I have been researching it for over ten years and believe it will become the
definitive work on the subject.”
Ted’s publication is different from most railway books in that it is designed to please the
railway enthusiast but also those interested in the impact of the railway on the local
communities. It also has biographical information on the main personalities involved.
It covers the canals and railways never built; how the railway reached Dore & Totley and
Chinley stations; the troublesome Totley Tunnel; the period from the opening in 1894 to the
end of the LMS in 1947; passenger, freight and excursion traffic from the working timetables
and motive power.
Volume Two, which is planned for release next summer, will cover the tunnels, stations and
bridges and branches for the Derwent, Howden and Ladybower reservoir constructions and
the new Earle’s Cement branch.
Volume Three will feature the British Railways period from 1948 to privatisation in 1993,
including the Beeching Report and the miracle of the line’s survival at the expense of all its
rivals, the end of the steam era, the demise of staffed stations and closure of the goods yards.
Volume 1 is priced at £30 and can be ordered via Greenhill Library or directly from Ted (free
post and packing) at email@example.com
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HEN Steve and Joy Barnett moved from Dronfield to live in
Todwick to be closer to their family, they were thrilled with their
detached home, but required a new, larger kitchen.
The existing kitchen layout included a corridor and an adjoining toilet room, so
there was plenty of space available. Indeed, with professional planning it would
also be possible to incorporate a ground floor shower room into the new look.
Approaching Sheffield Kitchen Interiors at Meadowhead, the couple were
delighted with ideas put forward and were also encouraged when the family-run
company said they could complete a high-spec job within an agreed budget.
The company removed a wall which had formed the
corridor, dismantled the downstairs toilet, filled a serving
hatch and removed a doorway. They took out all the old
kitchen fittings with care as they were still in excellent
condition and the couple had a buyer for them.
Said Steve: “We had read about the company in Dronfield
Eye and also had someone recommend them to us. We were
impressed with the quality of their computer-designed plans.”
Sheffield Kitchen Interiors managed the whole transformation, arranging for a builder, plasterer, electrician and plumber to arrive
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consisting of a built-in double oven, gas on glass hob, integrated dishwasher and built-in extractor.
Said Steve: “The ergonomics work so well and everything is to hand. The corner units have Le Mans pull out shelves so we don’t
have to bend down and crawl into the corner of the cupboards to find things.”.
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able to select their own style of fixtures and fittings.
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REENHILL-based Sheffield Photographic Society is holding its 15th Annual
Perspectives Exhibition this month.
The city centre exhibition, the first of the society’s season, will be opened by
Sheffield’s Lord Mayor, Coun Tony Downing.
It is an opportunity for members to show a panel of their own selection of prints,
covering a wide range of contemporary photographic styles, including landscapes,
portraits, wildlife, urban, macro and creative images, in both colour and black and
Each member’s panel will include a short narrative about themselves, and their
images. Also included in the exhibition will be a panel of historic images of Sheffield.
Club meetings are held on Tuesdays from September to May at St Peter’s Church
The exhibition takes place at the Winter Gardens, Sheffield, from noon on Monday,
18th November, to 2pm on Sunday, 1st December. Opening times are 8am to 8pm,
Monday to Saturday, and 8am to 6pm, Sundays. Entry is free.
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Neighbourhood Policing response and introduce you to one
of my colleagues.
As you may know, a large part of our work is engagement with
different communities and this includes our young people.
In general, it is the PCSOs who have responsibility with engaging
with pupils up to the age of secondary school. This can cover a wide
range of subjects such as road safety or even just taking part in
reading lessons so that trust and recognition of officers is built up
with the children.
In particular, Pc Mark Toyne has responsibility for engaging with
our secondary schools and I have asked him to give some
information about the type of work that he is involved in.
I, I’m Pc Mark Toyne. I'm a
Hpolice officer with 16 years
service, the last two of which I have
been employed in the role of a CYTO -
Community Youth Team Officer.
My role involves working closely with
secondary schools in the Sheffield South
West area. I currently work with
Meadowhead, High Storrs, Silverdale,
Mercia, Newfield and King Ecgbert’s
schools. I have an excellent working
relationship with each of them.
I deal with any criminal incidents that
take place within school. These can
range from thefts to students being in
possession of knives or bladed articles
CYTO Mark Toyne
within school and everything in between.
I also assist schools in delivering key safety messages such as the
upcoming 'Dark Nights' period, which focusses on the dangers
surrounding Bonfire Night.
This year I will be presenting assemblies in schools in partnership
with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. The aim of the
message is simple: to keep children safe and out of trouble.
I have had several different jobs within the police, but the role of
CYTO is certainly the busiest that I ever undertaken. I work on my
own so there is nobody to share the workload, however I enjoy the
challenge that it brings and I've found the role to be the most
rewarding that I’ve ever had.
If you ask police officers why they joined the job, the majority will
say "to make a difference". I was no different.
I genuinely feel that by working within schools with young people
that I can make a difference to the lives of some of our young people
by trying to guide them down the right path.
I thoroughly enjoy the role and hope to be doing it for many years
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The widow of a joiner who died from asbestos-related
cancer tells Active8’s Deborah Wain about the
tragedy and the on-going dangers of the deadly dust
HEN Lyn Wood met her husband of 44 years, Paul, they
were both working on the Isle of Man.
Lyn had a job as a hotel barmaid while joiner Paul worked on a
construction project. One of his jobs was working with liquid
asbestos. It was sprayed, set and drilled. Paul was left to sweep up
the dust created and handed a pint of milk to wash down what was
Working with asbestos was something Paul did throughout the
1960s, 70s, and 80s, without any protection, and, explained Lyn, he
had no idea of its dangers.
Paul retired from joinery, aged 65, and he and Lyn went on to make
the most of their time; spending a happy few years together, touring
Europe in their motorhome.
Looking back, Lyn had noticed that Paul had begun to get
breathless and tired walking the couple’s dog, Woody, in the area
around their final home together in Harthill. However, it wasn’t until
Lyn: ‘Joiners were one of the professions high on the list of being affected’
Paul was recovering from knee replacement surgery, in 2015, that he
developed a pain in his side and was eventually diagnosed with
mesothelioma affecting the lining of his lungs.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos dust. There is no
cure and prognosis is brutally short.
Lyn and Paul had no idea that Paul’s work was linked to his illness
until they were contacted by the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team
(DAST) through the Northern General Hospital, where Paul was a
Lyn said: “Joiners were one of the professions high on the list of
being affected. Paul was completely shocked to discover this – it
changed him overnight.”
Sadly Paul, who had two children and three grandchildren with Lyn,
Lyn with Paul
before his illness
passed away in Rotherham Hospice that October, aged 69, only two
months after diagnosis.
Paul and Lyn had been planning to move to a bungalow in Unstone
before his death. Lyn decided to go ahead with the move and now
feels at home there.
DAST subsequently helped Lyn successfully claim Government
compensation for Paul’s death.
She said: “It has allowed me not to have to worry financially but it
doesn’t make up for not having Paul here with us.”
Lyn described Paul, who hailed from Newcastle and had a passion
for motorbikes, as a “popular guy” with a great sense of humour.
Asbestos - widely used for its durability, fire-proofing and
cost - was finally banned in 1999, but since then 40,000 men
and women have died of mesothelioma in the UK alone. The country
has the highest incidence of asbestos-related deaths in the world.
Chesterfield-based DAST and Sheffield and Rotherham Asbestos
Support Group (SARAG) help over 500
victims of asbestos-related diseases
every year, assisting with benefits, and
Joanne Gordon, from DAST, said: “The
groups witness every day the
devastating impact on families of a
disease that should not be happening.
The effects of exposure to the deadly
dust – asbestos, has been known for
over a century, yet was not banned until
“From the 1900s until the ban in 1999,
6.1 million tonnes of asbestos had been
imported into the UK, leaving a deadly
legacy for working people.
“Many people believe that, because
asbestos was banned, it is no longer a
danger. However, much of the six million
tonnes of asbestos used in the country
remains in place.
“Research undertaken by the Asbestos
in Schools (AiS) Group, in 2015,
established that 85 per cent of schools
contained asbestos. Asbestos also
remains in public buildings, social
housing and our homes.”
Lyn is keen to support DAST’s
efforts to raise awareness of the
number of deaths due to asbestos-related cancer and the danger it
“Asbestos is still being harvested in South Africa and used in the
US. Unfortunately, while ever there is money to be made, human life
is nothing in comparison to profits,” she said.
Paul’s name was among those of victims projected on to
Chesterfield’s Crooked Spire Church at a celebration of life event
earlier this year.
DAST and SARAG were due to come together for a conference in
Sheffield to celebrate 20 years since the ban. Lyn was one of the
volunteers running the event.
For more information, contact DAST on 01246 380415 or
MILLHOUSES resident Lorraine Shiels-Wright has been
undertaking a number of home improvement projects at
her period semi.
High on the list was a replacement bathroom and
adjoining toilet upstairs as the previous fixtures and
fittings had served the property well, but were looking
tired after about 40 years.
Lorraine is a keen supporter of local businesses,
engaging their services for all of the work at her home.
She found her way to the premises of family-run A61
Bathrooms on Chesterfield Road, at Woodseats, via a
friend’s suggestion and is very happy with the way Craig
and his team went on to handle her project.
Lorraine had a clear idea of what she wanted – first and
foremost, a white scheme, with large tiles the full length
of the walls.
She explained: “I didn’t feel some of the colours that
are currently popular, such as beige or grey, would be
the best use of the space here as both the bathroom and
toilet are quite small.
“I wanted something very minimalist that would be easy
to keep clean.”
Lorraine decided to go for an L-shaped shower bath -
again an excellent space-saver - incorporating a Mira
electric shower with a white, sparkle-specked aquaboard
adding a further modern flourish.
Lorraine had one or two specific ideas of her own that
the A61 experts turned into a reality, including mirrored
doors on the airing cupboard, with added interior
shelving for towels.
She said: “I really like this idea as it has effectively
given me a mirrored wall which makes the room seem
A61 also created a smooth, new ceiling, installed
marble-effect flooring and put in a new lighting system,
including recessed lights in the bathroom.
The spaces were stripped right back to ensure the work
was done neatly from scratch, but even then, the project
was completed within a week.
“It was good,” said Lorraine.
She added: “I always use local businesses as you tend
to pay less than with big companies and, if you need to
speak to someone, you get the person you need rather
than an agent or someone in London. You’re also
supporting the local economy.”
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Here at Active8 we are relaunching our column
written by local teenagers. Pupils from
Meadowhead Secondary School will be sharing their
stories, experiences and views in the months ahead
I, I’m Isaac Waldron, a Y11 student at Meadowhead School.
I enjoy playing the piano and watching sport in my free time,
and my favourite subjects at school are English and French. I am
very lucky to have been given the opportunity to become one of the
new young columnists for Active8, and I am really looking forward
to writing varied and interesting articles in future.
I hope that you all enjoy what I (and all the other columnists)
have to say in the magazine over the coming months!
HERE has been one big issue dominating the news over the
T last few months – an issue that has divided generations,
and given us the overall feeling that our politicians are
incompetent. No, I’m not talking about Brexit (let’s face it,
everyone else is), but climate change.
There are a lot of contrasting opinions and controversial views
about this, but there is one undeniable fact – global warming is
affecting the Earth, and plastic pollution has reached a record high.
Many young people have taken initiative; they believe that we are
witnessing our planet being destroyed, and they have taken action.
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg (a controversial figure herself)
has set up a ‘Global Climate Strike’ – millions of people across the
world are taking time off from school and work nearly every Friday in
order to protest about climate change. News footage has been
captured of protests in major cities attended by thousands of people,
including in Sheffield.
Thunberg herself travelled to
make a speech at the United
Nations in New York by boat, to
reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The language she used in the
speech was very powerful and
emotive; she has received criticism
from many for criticising politicians,
when she accused them of “stealing
my dreams and my childhood with
your empty words.”
In fact, she is just telling the truth.
Our environment is really getting
worse and worse. A scientific study
by the Global Panel on Climate
Change says that to keep the
average worldwide temperature
rise under 1.5deg C over the coming
50 years, we have to cut our carbon
dioxide emissions by 50% in the
In my opinion, the problem is that it is very hard to live a modern
life while reducing your carbon footprint. It is near impossible to stop
using cars, washing machines or single use plastic immediately.
What we can do, however, is make gradual changes.
Campaigner for the ‘Weekday Vegetarian’ movement, Graham Hill,
makes the point that if we all reduced the amount of meat we ate by
50%, it would be equivalent to half of us going vegetarian. Sounds
like a pretty big change, right? But in fact, it’s fairly simple.
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Gi Gi Cakes will also be here showcasing
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My concern over
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Louise Haigh, MP for
says many troubled
young people aren’t
getting the support
HIS month I visited Becton School at Beighton, which
provides education for young people with serious or
complex mental health problems.
Early intervention and specialist support are so important in
helping young people with mental health needs but there is,
frankly, a criminal shortage of provision throughout the country.
Young people from as far away as Cornwall are sent to
Becton because it is the nearest place with specialist support
available. But, of course, removing young people from their
friends, and support networks, and moving them to an unfamiliar
city halfway across the country is not conducive to their
The students I met were incredible advocates but furious at how
their generation is being treated by the current government.
The staff at Becton are clearly dedicated and doing wonderful
work but they also told me that underfunding of mental health
services means that many young people aren’t getting the support
A lack of funding and provision is also a problem for mainstream
schools that cater to children with special educational needs
I also visited staff at Stradbroke Primary School this month, who
confirmed that the education system simply does not have enough
specialist places available for young people with complex needs.
As a result, an increasing number of children with SEN have
partial timetables or are being home-educated.
I’m also deeply concerned by the alarmingly high rate of
exclusions within some of our schools. The wanton use of
exclusions disproportionally affects children with SEN and, in
some cases, seems to be a deliberate attempt by schools to rid
themselves of children who need specialist support.
In 2017/18, children with SEN accounted for 44.9% of permanent
exclusions and 43.4% of temporary exclusions.
By failing to support our young people we are storing up
problems for the future. There is no greater sign of Government
failure on this issue than the fact that 40% of the children in youth
custody have SEN.
I will continue to speak up for parents, teachers, and young
people who are being badly let down. But to bring about real
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Active8’s Mike Firth puts Kim Wilde on
the spot with this month’s questions
Win tickets to
ERE’S an opportunity for you and a friend to kick off
Christmas on the Wilde side by going underground with
one of the 1980s’ most successful recording artists.
We have a pair of tickets to give away for December’s Peak
District concert featuring Kim Wilde.
She is to perform an exclusive evening of her many hits,
together with a sprinkling of Christmas songs on stage at The
Devil’s Arse venue, Peak Cavern, Castleton.
Kim was born in London to legendary 1950s British rock ’n’ roll
singer Marty Wilde and his wife Joyce – a member of the singing
group, The Vernons Girls.
Kim’s first single release, ‘Kids In America’ in 1981, was a
worldwide hit, paving the way for a recording career which has so
far yielded 12 studio albums and in excess of 30 singles, bringing
success in every major record market and sales of 10 million and
20 million respectively.
Other hits have included ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’, ‘Chequered
Love’, ‘Water On Glass’, ‘View From A Bridge’, ‘Cambodia’, ‘You
Came’ and ‘Four Letter Word’ amongst others. She also recorded
evergreen festive hit ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree’ with
comedian Mel Smith in 1987 in aid of Comic Relief.
The Castleton show is planned for Friday, December 20th, and
advance tickets, priced £28.50, are available from the Box Office
on 0844 249 1000.
To stand a chance of being the winner of our contest, simply
study our question and email your answer, together with full
contact information, to arrive no later than Friday, November 22nd.
The sender of the first correct entry drawn at random
after this closing date will receive a pair of tickets for the
Question: Who did Kim Wilde record ‘Rockin’
Around The Christmas Tree’ with in 1987?
With dad Marty being a rock ‘n’ roll legend, was
it always assumed you would be a singer?
I loved music intensely as a small child, and as I grew older I
somehow knew that music would be my destiny.
When you released ‘Kids in America’, could you imagine
you would still be singing it almost 40 years later?
Kids is a very special song, I know this every time we play it live as
the audience erupts ecstatically. Its longevity doesn’t surprise me.
Why have you left it so long before
releasing a live album?
I feel I have only come into my own as a performer in the last 15
years or so, and with the success of ‘Here Come The Aliens’ I was
inspired to bridge the past with the present, and showcase my
Which was the largest crowd you performed for?
Probably on the Michael Jackson ‘Bad’ Tour in 1988, when over
125,000 people came to Aintree. Also ‘Donauinselfest’ in Vienna
where well over two million visitors attend a three-day music
festival. Hundreds of thousands attended the year we played with
Billy Idol in 2010.
When did your interest in gardening begin?
Certainly as a child; I believe all children are instinctively
connected to nature.
My interest in gardening peaked when we had our children and I
wanted to make them a garden. Little did I know a few years
studying in horticultural college in Enfield would find me receiving
a gold medal at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2005!
Which was best, having a chart-topping record or
winning a Gold Award at Chelsea Flower Show?
They are both amazing; can’t compere. A bit like having children!
What careers are your children interested in pursuing?
They are natural musicians, songwriters and singers but have
other interests outside of music… we shall see!
What’s it like to hear ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas
Tree’ played so much every December? What do
you remember of recording it with Mel Smith?
Released in 1987, this song was in aid of Comic Relief. Mel had the
energy of ten 20-year-olds, and was as sweet as can be. Making
the video was huge fun; I always smile when I hear it as I sashay
down the aisles in the supermarkets at Christmas!
Have you ever sung in a cave before?
How do you think it will be?
No, I have never sung in a cave but can’t wait! The acoustics and
atmosphere must be quite wonderful. Should I bring my big winter
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Harry Basset, is once
again straining at the
leash to update you
on what’s been
happening in his world
Y owners reckon I have wonderful hearing - for certain
things, at least!
Mention the words “bath”, “clippers” or “fetch” and I won’t stir.
However, I do get very excited when I hear “lead”, “out”, “park”
I can hear any movement of the tin-opener or the fridge door and
can also detect people approaching the house when they are many
yards away from the front door.
Noises I’m not too fussy about are the bangs of fireworks,
particularly when I might be in the house on my own.
With November 5th just around the corner, I asked Inga
MacKellar, a behaviourist with Petplan, whether noise phobias are
common in dogs and what owners can do to help.
Bonfire night used to mean just one evening of flashes and
bangs, but it can now stretch to several weeks. This is what Inga
What is a noise phobia?
There is a big difference between being startled by a noise and
momentarily becoming fearful and an actual noise phobia. A
phobia is an overreaction to something that another animal might
be startled by but quickly recovers from.
A dog with a noise phobia will start to pick up associated signals,
such as rain indicating thunder or even a change in barometric
pressure and become fearful long before they hear the sound
they are frightened of.
People don’t realise how debilitating a noise phobia can be for a
dog and how much it can affect their everyday life.
What causes a noise phobia in dogs?
This is a problem that can stem from early life. With puppies, the
importance of socialisation is well understood, but another
important process is habituation. This is where a puppy gets used
to the things in its environment, including everyday sounds.
If not exposed to these early on, it’s far more likely that they
will grow up to be fearful of them. A puppy reared in a fairly
noisy, bustling home, will be less likely to develop a noise
A dog with a noise phobia can become very distressed and may
salivate, pant, start pacing, scrabble at their owner, tremble or try
to hide when exposed to loud noises.
Pets can become fearful of any sound that it forms a negative
association with. Common ones are fireworks, of course, but also
loud bangs, thunder and cars backfiring.
What can be done?
Make your dog a den. If you have a cupboard under the stairs, this
is normally the ideal spot for a dog to feel safe. It’s away from
windows and is dark and quiet.
If you don’t have somewhere like this, find the quietest area in
your house and use an open dog crate draped in blankets to muffle
the sound and create a dark hideaway.
For dogs with a mild case of noise sensitivity, feeding them a
meal high in carbohydrates, such as pasta, actually changes the
brain chemistry and may help them relax.
If the problem persists, consult your vet.
Stay safe this November 5th. See you again next month!
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LOCAL people have a chance to find out more about Painted Fabrics -
the company that rehabilitated disabled World War I servicemen
through hand-painting textiles.
The Painted Fabrics Project, which is exploring the story through
arts, is hosting a display, craft sale and coffee morning at St Paul’s
Church, in Norton Lees, on Saturday, 2nd November, from 10am to
AN evening of entertainment will be held at a local church to raise
funds for people in Nepal.
Dronfield’s Maggie Cotton - formerly Maggie Nunn - and Keith Brook
have helped to raise many thousands of pounds for a long-term
project supporting residents in a poor village on the edge of the
The project has involved building the Peace Garden School and
helping orphans and people from a leprosy colony. It involves pupils
and staff from Birkdale School, and retired teacher Keith was
awarded an MBE for his work. Maggie, meanwhile, has had a
classroom named after her at the school.
There will be another trip to Nepal next Easter involving up to 60
visitors. It will be Maggie’s sixth and final visit.
On Friday, 8th November, at 7.30pm, at St Andrew’s Church, Pentland
Road, Maggie and Keith will host ‘The Final Soiree for Nepal’.
Maggie said: “The evening will be a truly enjoyable occasion with
much local talent and a guest appearance from a member of the
leprosy colony in Nepal itself.
“We are hoping to have a live stream from the leprosy colony where
a there is a very talented member of the community called Bikash
Pariyar, the son of two leprosy-affected people. Bikash will sing and
play his guitar for those who attend.”
The programme also features ‘Dinner for One’, a play performed by
John Pashley and Ginny Priestly, Glynn Madden on the keyboard, Ian
Price, singer, songwriter and guitarist, singer Esther Morrell, and Ben
Lunn on the piano.
Tickets, priced £10 including wine, soft drinks and nibbles, are
available from Keith on 07817 656126 or Maggie on 07885 346454.
TOTLEY Open Gardens Society are to host a vintage/antique fair on
Saturday, 9th November, at St John’s Church Hall, Abbeydale Road
Doors will be open between 10am and 4pm and refreshments will
be served. All proceeds to TOGS.
NORTON Community Choir with Norton Cantoris is to stage A
Concert of Remembrance on Saturday, November 9th, at 7.30pm, at
St James’ Church, Norton.
Refreshments will be served after the concert. Tickets are adults
£6, children £3; pay on the door.
THE Hallamshire Military Concert Band will perform a Christmas
Band Concert at St Peter’s Church, Greenhill, on Saturday, November
The concert, at 4pm, includes seasonal music from film along with
traditional and modern numbers.
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ST Paul's Church and Centre, at Norton Lees, will host its popular
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including cakes, books, crafts, and preserves, along with
refreshments and a tombola and raffle. There will also be a visit from
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When it comes to your gift-buying and
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HRISTMAS is coming... and it’s coming to Chesterfield in
style this year, with a plethora of independent retailers,
restaurants, bars, cafes and events to get you and all your
family in the festive mood.
Festive events in the town centre kick off on Saturday, 16th
November, with the start of the much-loved Christmas Tree
Festival at the famous Crooked Spire church.
Last year, there were more than 100 Christmas trees, decorated
by local community groups, charities and retailers, on display in all
their festive glory.
This year there will be even more stunning Christmas trees on
display for the two-week festival which ends on Sunday, 1st
December. Admission is free but donations to the church are
always gratefully accepted.
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas in Chesterfield, however,
without the annual lights switch-on.
On Sunday, 17th November, presenters from Peak FM will be
joined by the stars of this year’s pantomime at the Pomegranate
Theatre, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, as well as the Mayor and
Mayoress of Chesterfield, plus Santa and Peter Rabbit, to do the
grand lights switch-on at 4.45pm.
This year promises to be bigger and better than ever, with
entertainment starting at 12 noon in the Market Place which will be
full of stalls, games and rides.
And when Santa completes the Christmas lights switch-on, he’ll
be taking up residence in his grotto in Chesterfield Market Hall until
Santa will also be enjoying trips on the John Varley boat on
Chesterfield Canal. And you can enjoy a trip with him on Santa
Special cruises, running every Saturday and Sunday from 23rd
November to 22nd December, and on Monday 23rd December from
Make the most of your visit to Santa’s grotto to check out
Chesterfield’s shops, stores and market stalls. With new stores
opening regularly, Chesterfield is guaranteed to have a perfect
Christmas gift for all your friends and family including the foodies!
Whatever your taste, Chesterfield has something to suit you. Save
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UTUMN is traditionally a great time to visit the theatre and The
Pomegranate in Chesterfield has a number of exciting
productions in store.
One of these is N.J. Crisp’s classic thriller ‘Dangerous Obsession’
- direct from the Nottingham Theatre Royal Classic Thriller season.
On a sunny afternoon, Sally Driscoll waters the plants in the
conservatory of her luxurious home. It's a peaceful scene until
John Barrett unexpectedly appears - and he’s not selling double
glazing. What did happen in Torquay? Will Sally and husband Mark
ever feel safe in their own home again?
Dangerously obsessed, Barrett strips away the conflicting secrets
of the Driscoll’s apparently perfect lives until nothing is left in this
compulsive psycho-thriller by a master of the genre.
Norman James Crisp, known as a writer only by his initials and
surname, N. J. Crisp, was a prolific British television writer,
dramatist and novelist. In the 60s, after writing some single
dramas, he moved to writing for serials and turned out scripts for
many BBC series including ‘Compact’, ‘R3’, ‘Dixon of Dock Green’,
‘Dr Finlay's Casebook’, ‘Colditz’ and ‘Secret Army’.
Crisp's 1987 psychological thriller ‘Dangerous Obsession’ was
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Dutton and Sherilyn Fenn.
Dangerous Obsession takes to The Pomegranate stage from
A slice of drama
N ‘Toast’, food writer and journalist Nigel Slater’s memoirs
are brought vividly to life, bringing food into the theatre.
What’s Toast about?
Nigel explained: “Toast is the story of a little boy who feels
abandoned because his mother dies when he’s very young and his
father falls in love with another woman.
“The boy’s life suddenly changes with the arrival of a woman
who’s completely different from his mother.
“It’s about learning to make your own way and gaining the
strength to do something surprising at that young age, make big
decisions about your life.”
So why did Nigel write his memoirs?
“I wasn’t the driving force. I was asked to write an article about
the food of my childhood. When I started writing, I realised that
everything I was tasting brought back a lot of memories.
“Every food item was associated very clearly with a particular
part of my life or vignette from my childhood.
“When playwright Henry Filloux-Bennett asked about adapting it
for the theatre, I said ‘No.’ I just didn’t see how it would work on
stage. But when he sent part of the script, I was completely blown
away. I could feel the emotions; I could almost reach out and
touch the people. I thought: ‘This is going to work, let’s have a go’.
“There’s magic to the show when food appears. My stepmother
will open a cupboard and there will be a wonderful cake or some
pastries waiting. It’s like little doors keep opening and food keeps
appearing. The food is almost a cast member in its own right!”
Nigel advised it might be worth taking along a Kleenex or two as
well, because there have been quite a few tears.
You can enjoy a slice of ‘Toast’ at The Pomegranate from 25th-
Rob’s Red Cross comedy date
December sees the arrival of Giggle Aid in Sheffield and local comedy
fans have a great night to look forward to this time around. Top of the bill
is ‘Upstart Crow’ actor and BBC Radio Sheffield presenter Rob Rouse
Who was your favourite comedian when you were young?
Vic and Bob. I was really into Blackadder, Harry Enfield, The Fast Show, Fry and Laurie, Big Train
etc, but I had a Vic and Bob T-shirt.
When did you first realise you could make people laugh?
I think it was a gradual dawning realisation that finding stuff funny and making jokes was easier
than getting upset about things. So yeah, it was probably to stop me getting bullied! That was the
question you were asking, wasn’t it?
Where was your first proper gig and how nervous were you?
Fox and Duck pub, Broomhill, Sheffield. Violently sick beforehand.
What was your first big break and how did it come about?
I entered ‘So You Think You’re Funny’ at the Edinburgh Festival and through what must have been
some sort of administrative error, I won it.
What’s the largest audience you have performed for?
I did a support slot for Trevor Noah last year at the O2 and it was 16,500. It was ridiculously fun,
but I was nearly violently sick again.
What has been your favourite acting role and why?
Bottom in ‘Upstart Crow’. Harry Enfield and Ben Elton and Blackadder are big reasons why I became
a professional fool, so to work with them week in, week out, was a real treat.
Could you ever see yourself as a ‘straight’ actor?
I would prefer to be considered a ‘non-binary’ actor. Thank you.
What has been the highlight of your BBC Radio Sheffield show so far?
I flew a helicopter!
Have you ever needed the help of the Red Cross yourself?
Thankfully not, which makes me realise how lucky I am and how hard a time other people are
having who need them and what a vital work they do.
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as a deep sea diver has been told in a newlypublished
book. Deborah Wain reports
AR hero Frederick Calton sat with grand-daughter
Catherine Dutton, who lives in Beauchief, for many hours,
recounting his adventures before his death in 2006. Some of it
was written by Fred, some recorded by Catherine and some
captured on tape.
Now Catherine has finally brought all of the detail together for her
book ‘The Limey Diver’.
Fred was born in 1917 and lived with his family on Tillotson Road,
Heeley. He was ill as a child but went to on to Anns Road School and
grew up to be a fine young man, gaining a love for water. He learned
how to 'fancy' dive and play water polo and, with friends, performed
a diving exhibition for the opening of Millhouses’ open-air baths in the
At 18, Fred joined the Navy as a Stoker and undertook a number of
roles up to and during the Second World War.
Around 1942, while at Alexandria, Fred was promoted to Stoker
Petty Officer and applied to do a course on explosives for salvage
Later, he was assigned to the Eastern Salvage party and his first
diving job was to survey the damage to HMS Queen Elizabeth and
HMS Value - battleships which had been sunk after being attacked at
Alexandria harbour by two Italian divers.
At Tripoli, Fred was engaged to help to clear the harbour mouth as
the enemy had sunk four ships. His team worked night and day, and,
after nine days, two blocked ships were cleared away and General
Montgomery was able to transport supplies in.
Fred's American diving counterparts nicknamed him 'The Limey
Diver'. The Americans had much superior equipment than the British,
yet on a number of occasions Fred dived in conditions where visibility
was very poor when the Americans had refused.
“Fred found the Americans to be very nice lads. They gave him
tinned food he had never heard of before including tomato juice,
Catherine dives into publishing
with grandfather Fred’s story
Fred preparing for a dive
in his HMS
pineapple juice and
meat,” said Catherine.
Fred went on to
attend a diving school
to learn how to
Later, Fred joined
‘Eskimo’. Orders were
to escort an aircraft
carrier with two other
destroyers and sail
for Ceylon. Their
duties would be to
cross the Bay of
Bengal and help the
Army bombarding the
Japanese from the
Following the war,
Fred married Glenis and the couple went on to have two sons. Fred
worked as a mechanic examiner going to factories all over the
In 1977, Fred had new hip joints fitted, learning his time as a deep
sea diver had left him with Caisson’s disease in his joints.
Fred retired aged 65, in 1982. He later had a heart attack which left
him with angina and he then learned he had cancer, going on to have
Catherine said: “During my college years, after hearing for many
years all his mesmerizing stories, my grandad and I would start
sitting together and it was the start of putting pen to paper and
capturing all his memories.
“Hours upon hours would be spent together listening and writing
down his life story. Fred would often write down his memories as
they would come to him when I wasn't there and also, when he
couldn't write any more, he would dictate them for me onto a tape
“I would then sit with him and go through them again and write
them down, creating chapters that would build a linear account of his
life. I’m so happy and proud that we completed his life story before
his death in 2006 and I know that he was too.
“I am very excited and happy to say that the completed
autobiography has been made into a book and published by Steel City
Press in Sheffield. It has been a long road, and not from a writing
background I have struggled at times to know where to approach
and what next steps to take to get it to this final stage.
“However, everything has now worked out for the better and I
couldn't be happier with the outcome and it being published by a
Sheffield company to boot.
“My grandad was a wonderful, happy man and loved telling his
stories to us for many years before we decided to get them down on
paper. He saw some horrors in his life, but it never took the joy and
twinkle out of his eyes.”
Catherine’s book, priced £6.99, is available from steelcitypress.co.
uk/product/the-limey-diver/ and also from Amazon and Waterstone’s.
A copy has also been donated to Greenhill Library.
You can read much more of Fred’s story in Issue 35 of nostalgia
publication My Kind of Town, on sale in late November.
Food & Drink
Turkey this Christmas?
It’s one of the busiest restaurants in the area.
Active8’s Mike Firth visits Elif 2 to see why
EMORIES of your 2019 summer holiday may well be
fading as quickly as your tan, but there is a way to treat
yourself to a reminder of those glorious days in the sun.
Although Gleadless Townend does not boast a golden beach and the
temperature there can be distinctly chilly at this time of year, it does
offer an authentic flavour of one of our favourite holiday destinations
Elif 2 is a restaurant which has been delighting diners since it first
opened its doors a little over a year ago. It offers a genuine warm
welcome to diners - couples, families and party groups - and the food
and drink here is of a quality which sees many folk return again and
It’s just about to get even better too, with restaurant manager
Furkan (“everyone calls me Robbie”) introducing additional treats on
a new-look menu. Previously employed at the restaurant’s sister
venue at Wickersley, he used to run a beach-side cocktail bar in
Marmaris for six years.
I’ve called in here twice in recent weeks, both times rather early on
midweek evenings, and on both occasions I have been surprised at
how busy this venue is. Sheffielders know when they are on to a good
thing and this restaurant is clearly doing something to keep food fans
delighted. They are so happy, in fact, that many folk return on a
One chap spotted me taking notes about the place and insisted that
if I was planning to write about Elif 2, it should be a most positive
review as he rated the quality of food served here so highly. After
tucking into the highly-recommended mixed grill dish - Karisik Izgara
- I have to agree. Completely filling my large platter, the three
different kebabs were topped off with a tender lamb chop. Truly
delicious and particularly filling.
Joining me at Elif 2 was Active8 colleague Emily. Being a non-meat
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There were salads
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that you can
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Authentic Efes Turkish beer is on offer, plus other ales, ciders,
wines and spirits but we put Furkan’s cocktail-making experience to
the test and sampled a spectacular Espresso Martini. Delicious!
Elif 2 is open every night of the week and plans to remain open for
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to a meal at Woodseats’ newest restaurant and take-away
Chef Carlo at work
HERE in the world have you been served the finest pizzas?
That was the evening’s big question at Zizzona, the new restaurant and
takeaway at Woodseats.
With just four tables, it’s common for diners here to share in each other’s
conversations... and most of them revolve around food. So, ruling out Italy, the
vote went to Nice in France. Well famous for its pizzas, apparently.
“But,” confirmed one young woman, “The pizzas cooked here are just as good.”
Then it emerged that a food fan seated just behind us was on a one-man mission
to eat his way through the entire Zizzona pizza menu. Thankfully not in one sitting,
but on a series of visits.
Our waitress Marie
Many folk have become regular diners here and, in addition, take-aways are delivered
throughout S8 and as far away as Dronfield and Coal Aston.
So what makes the Zizzona pizzas so popular? Well, it’s impossible to miss the
restaurant’s spectacular, domed, wood-fired oven, imported from Italy.
Pizza chef Carlo is from Puglia, one of the sunniest spots in Italy. Tending to this
impressive oven, he has now found himself the warmest spot in Woodseats.
However, Carlo was quick to point out that having a traditional oven is only a part of the
success story; first rate ingredients are also essential.
Zizzona’s pizzas feature a hand-stretched speciality dough which is left to mature for 72
hours to ensure the best flavour and also to aid digestion. It is created using Italian flour.
Also imported are the San Marzano tomatoes which feature in the pizza sauces, plus Fior
di Latte mozzarella cheese which is renowned for its smooth, yet tangy, flavour.
Daughter Olivia and I were paying our first visit to Zizzona, on Chesterfield Road, and
were impressed with the warm welcome we received from our waitress, Marie. The menu
features around 20 tempting pizzas and if you can’t find exactly what you
require, there is also an offer to add more ingredients or even create your
own dream pizza.
All pizzas can also be created with a gluten-free base or vegan cheese.
Olivia was thrilled with her Calzone Pollo, a large pizza parcel stuffed
with marinated chicken, plus tomato sauce, mozzarella, chestnut
mushrooms, courgettes, roasted peppers, red onion, garlic oil and
accompanied with a bolognese sauce.
I had asked Carlo to prepare me the restaurant’s most popular pizza,
called a Zizzona of course, and as you can see above, the 12in creation
was overflowing with Italian fennel sausage, ham, pancetta, red onion
and that delicious mozzarella. Truly delicious.
There was an enquiry from Marie about whether we wanted desserts,
but we were both replete and simply had no room to sample the
traditional Italian temptations.
In addition to restaurant meals, take-aways and deliveries, Zizzona can
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• Zizzona, 740 Chesterfield Road, Woodseats, S8 0SE. Open every day,
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Alan’s book recalls
Journalist Alan Hurndall was a young reporter
working for ‘The Star’ in Sheffield in 1977.
Wednesday, January 12th, was a normal day with
stories about pit closures, steel redundancies,
court cases – and a grim warning that a blizzard
was speeding in on the city. He recalls that
suddenly, all hell broke loose in the newsroom
ORD came in that a dangerous prisoner on his way to court
in Chesterfield had attacked two warders with a knife,
dumped them and the driver in a layby, and hijacked the vehicle.
It had been found crashed on an icy track high up on Eastmoor,
near Chatsworth. The fugitive, dressed only in a thin suit, had made
off in a blizzard across the snowy moors.
I was one of the team that rushed the story together to make the
paper’s Late Night Final edition that night. Living in Dronfield, my
wife remembers me phoning to warn her to lock the doors.
What nobody could possibly have imagined was that this would be
the prelude to perhaps the most horrific crime in the 150-year
history of Derbyshire Police
The convict, William
Thomas Hughes, shivering,
and on the brink of collapse,
invaded Pottery Cottage on
Baslow Road, and over the
course of the next three
days killed four members of
It ended in a dramatic
late-night shoot-out after a
high-speed police chase
across the Peaks. It was
the first time Derbyshire
Police had used firearms
It reads more like the plot
of a crime novel. But it was
real. And it happened on our
My career took me into TV
production, writing and book
editing. Publishers were
crying out for stories to feed
the public appetite for true
crime. So I decided to
the facts of that dreadful
Alan at the time the story
broke, pictured with wife
Not just the lifestory of
Billy Hughes, and how
society spawned such a
Allison, also a journalist
psychopath, but a forensic account of every hour inside that cottage
and its tragic aftermath.
It is a dark chronicle of psychological warfare; missed chances to
escape; how Hughes kept them hanging on hope that he would soon
be leaving them in peace.
I applied to Derbyshire Police for access to their records and
despite being criticised for their bungling search operation, they were
A senior officer knocked on my door in Lea Road, Dronfield, carrying
a box. He emptied the
contents onto my
kitchen table and
basically asked, “what
do you want?”
The remains of a
bullet rolled onto the
“What’s that?” I
“That’s what they
took out of Billy Hughes’
brain,” he replied.
For a writer, that box was a treasure trove - confidential reports,
witness statements, official documents, including a 26-page
statement from the woman at the centre of the story, Gill Moran,
who lost her parents, Arthur and Amy Minton, her husband
Richard and daughter Sarah,
I trawled through newspaper
cuttings, Home Office reports,
medical records, and conducted
my own interviews, including
the killer’s family over in
After the tragedy, Mrs Moran
remarried and later went to live
in France to be near her sister. I
spent days traipsing through
Peak villages trying to find
someone who might still be in
touch with her.
Eventually I found a couple
who were friends and they
Alan: ‘It reads more like
the plot of a crime novel.
But it was real. And it
happened on our doorstep’
kindly agreed to forward a
letter from me requesting an
Several weeks later, I received
a polite email from her niece
declining my request. So I
put the book on hold, worried what any exposure might have on a
now frail old lady.
The chapters sat on my computer for years. Then, earlier this year,
more than 40 years on, I heard that she has lifted her objection to
the story being told.
I now feel free to publish.
Pottery Cottage is part of our
local history, and
amid many false rumours
about the crime, my book
finally sets the record
• ‘Pottery Cottage’, by Alan
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IT’S fair to say that Woodseats resident Lisa
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The shower leaked, the toilet didn’t flush and the room
was so draughty that even running a warm bath had no real
After taking over ownership of the property following a
change in circumstances, Lisa felt it was time for a new
bathroom but she wanted to make sure she made the right
choice in engaging a local business for the job. That
company was specialist Shephard Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
Lisa said: “I wanted to use a local business that came
recommended which was the case but, as a business owner
myself, I contacted a number of companies so that I wasn’t
only getting one quote.
“Chris’s quote was head and shoulders above everyone
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and easy to get along with. Trust is important to me too as
the company will be in your own private space.
“Chris also sent me lots of photos of other work the
business had done and I liked the quality of the
workmanship and finish.”
As it was, the photographs also served to inspire Lisa and
help her to make choices about the project. She had some
idea of what she wanted beyond a luxury space – namely a
design befitting the Victorian home with a contemporary
Lisa said: “As project manager, Chris helped with advice
and signposted me to good places to go to get quality
In terms of the lay-out of the bathroom, there has been a
reconfiguration of fittings to make the most of the available
space, including a showpiece P-shaped bath and shower.
And the tiling really makes a statement. On the walls,
white horizontal tiles sit alongside slate-coloured vertical
tiles with the grained finish creating a striking contrast.
The floor tiles provide a nod to the past in a bold, random
pattern that accentuates the gentle curve of the bath.
Other highlights include a gleaming towel rail and a
washbasin with drawers underneath, along with a wall-mounted
The work was carried out by “brilliant” fitter Craig, who was, added
Lisa, “friendly and professional, keeping me informed at every stage
of the project”.
As the scheme progressed and the old bathroom was stripped out,
hidden problems emerged, including damage to the exterior wall and
woodworm affecting the flooring but all of this was swiftly and
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Living life in the fast lane!
Our student columnist, Ellie Colton, has discovered that time
really does travel more quickly with every year that passes!
OES turning 21 at the end of this year mean I’m an adult now?
It seems like since I turned 18, the years have just flown by, as if I’ve sat on the
‘speed-up’ button by accident and I’m not sure how I feel about it!
Have you ever experienced this? If you have, you aren’t going mad, it’s a real thing! If you
don’t believe me, give the internet two minutes of your time. Studies and psychologists have
tried to prove that the older you get, the quicker time passes!
I’m not trying to illustrate this in a morbid way, but more to showcase my own and many
others’ instances of feeling like you wish everything would slow down!
The reality is, the older you get, the more responsibility, freedom and independence you
get thrown your way and that, most likely, will make you feel like everything is going a little
I’m writing this because, as 2019 almost draws to a close, and I sit back and thing “what
have I achieved this year?” I can’t quite believe how fast it has gone!
Being in the third and final year of my degree, and not far off seven months of needing to
find a “proper job” in the “real world”, I’ve started to think about how I could manage my
The reality is turning 21 this December doesn’t mean I need to get married, have kids and
move into a three-bedroom house in London, however it has made me revaluate what it
means to be an adult!
I’m happy in my job with BBC Radio Sheffield, and where I want to be this time next year.
If you’re reading this and you’re a student, or 21 and in a job, I think my advice would be
(and this is my future self talking) enjoy being young, but don’t be afraid to plan ahead and
speculate what you want to do with your life!
Some youngsters are so worried about planning for the future that they do just let time
speed up around them and next time they check in with themselves they might have wished
Ellie Colton: ‘Enjoy being
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to plan ahead’
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STEP FAMILIES: THE NEED FOR TAILOR-MADE WILLS
Sarah and George came to see me last month to make new
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Making a Will for a “new” family with children from various
relationships is more complex than for the traditional family
situation. In the latter case there may be a few discussions
about who to appoint as executors and who should be the
children’s guardians. However, most people are happy to
leave everything to their wife or husband and then to their
children if both die.
Stepfamilies are more difficult to advise; there may be only a
limited amount of money to split between a number of
children. If George leaves everything to Sarah then any
dependent children from his first marriage could make a
claim against his estate. How successful they are depends
upon a number of factors – such as how much was in his
estate; and the relative means and needs of the various
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NSAFE exercising can lead to excruciating injuries and may
even require surgery, but now fitness fans have been
offered advice on how to avoid the most common exercise
Experts at online healthy food retailer musclefood.com have
compiled a guide on six of the most common exercise injuries and
how to avoid them:
Ankle sprain: This can be incredibly painful, but it is avoidable if the
exercise is done correctly. Sprains happen when the ligaments within
the ankle stretch too much, this usually happens when you roll your
foot, and most commonly whilst running and jumping. In order to
avoid spraining your ankle, it’s important to work on balance. Whilst
exercising, always be sure of your surroundings to ensure you do not
roll your ankle on uneven ground.
Groin pull: This can come as a result of tensing the muscle too
suddenly. This puts the area under a lot of stress and can over-stretch
or even tear the groin muscle. It most commonly happens when
changing direction whilst running. The best way to avoid straining
your groin is by stretching before exercising
Shin splints: This the cause of stresses on the shinbone and the
muscles that connect to it. In order to minimise the risk of shin
splints, it is important to wear comfortable and perfectly-fitting shoes.
If increasing your exercise-load it is vital to build up the intensity of
your workout gradually.
Tennis elbow: Despite its name, only 5% of people diagnosed get it
from playing tennis. It is a repetitive strain injury caused when the
tendons in the forearm that connect to the elbow are stretched. One
method to avoid tennis elbow is holding your arm out straight and
squeezing a tennis ball for two to three minutes on each arm every
ACL tear: Arguably the most serious of injuries on our list, an ACL
tear can sometimes spell the end of an athlete’s career. The anterior
cruciate ligament is a band of tissue that connects the thigh bone to
the shin bone and if torn, may require reconstructive surgery. The
damage can be caused when overextending the lower leg or falling
awkwardly. In order to avoid tearing your ACL, it is important to
stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee joint. One
method of doing this is walking lunges.
Strained shoulder: Shoulder strains are common in exercise such as
lifting weights, swimming and racquet sports where there is overarm
movement. The shoulder tendons can stretch and tear through
repetitive stress on the tendons or through sudden movements. To
avoid straining your shoulder, stretches to warm up the joint are key.
In terms of lifting weights, it is vital that a good posture is maintained
by keeping your back straight and taking a break every so often to
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VERY time I pick up my phone, it seems something needs
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niggle, but I know is necessary.
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will remains current is the only way to guarantee your estate will be
managed properly when you’re gone.
We recommend reviewing your will every five years, or sooner if a
momentous event happens – births, marriages and deaths being the
main ones. Only by ensuring your will reflects changes to your
circumstances and those of your beneficiaries or executors, can you
make sure your hard-earned assets pass to the right people when the
Here are some of the most common reasons for updating your will:
• If you marry or enter a civil partnership after your most recent will
was drawn up, it will be automatically revoked, unless you included a
clause referencing subsequent marriage.
• Most people appoint their spouse as main beneficiary and
executor/trustee. If you divorce or annul a civil partnership, your expartner
will be prevented from administering or benefiting from your
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• Your children may have become adults since your will was made.
They will no longer require guardians and could be suitable
• If you or anyone mentioned in your will changes their name, it is
important to let your solicitor know. Likewise, if an executor or
beneficiary dies or becomes unable to act, your will needs amending.
• If you have bequeathed a specific property, which you subsequently
sell or give away, you should remove it from your will.
• The laws relating to inheritance tax change regularly and it is
important you continue to achieve your tax objectives and maximise
exemptions and reliefs.
A will is one of the most significant legal documents you will ever
sign. For continued peace of mind, be sure to review yours regularly.
To find out more about making or updating a will, call into
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Women in Business
Women in business
Active8 profiles some of the many successful
local businesses with women at the helm
HILE the gap between the numbers of female
and male entrepreneurs is narrowing, women are
still much less likely than men to create their own
In fact, a recent review by the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Women and Enterprise found that if women were
starting businesses and scaling up at the same rate as
men, the boost to the UK economy would be worth £250
billion over the next ten years.
Barriers faced by women have been said to include fear of
failure, bias against women and a lack of networks and
However, women bring a different approach to enterprise
than their male counterparts, and are often at the forefront
of innovation or creating new strategies.
The Active8 area has a host of small and medium-sized
businesses led by local women. Here we showcase some
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NNE Sheehan heads up AS Music School, which is an S8 institution
as well as attracting students from further afield.
The business began from Anne’s dining room in Woodseats just over 30
years ago. Having been a classroom music teacher for eight years, she made
the decision to run her “own show” in the belief she could give people the
music education they really wanted.
For some years, AS Music School was a one-woman enterprise, then
steadily grew and now has premises on Cobnar Road, just a few hundred
metres from where it was founded.
The school provides a variety of one-to-one and group instrumental and
vocals lessons for all levels and ages from aged five to adult. Staff teach
piano, all styles of guitar and vocals, ukulele, drums, and violin on a one-toone
basis, with expert tuition from an enthusiastic team of tutors.
The school also runs band classes and has an on-going programme of
weekend and day courses.
Anne said: “We are currently a team of 15 staff and between us have many
areas of musical expertise to share with our students.
“I don’t feel that being a woman has particularly helped or hindered me from
running a successful business although I guess it could well be a different
story in other areas of business.
“I very much appreciate that we are a team. I think one of the most
important qualities for any and all people working in small businesses is
creativity, which is a central theme to our music tuition too, along with
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organisational skills, importance of routine, confidence building and
many other qualities.
“I feel the relevance of skills learned in studying music to living in
the wider world of study and work is a key benefit for all of us and an
ongoing learning opportunity not to be missed. And just like playing
music, being in business can be an exciting experience and great fun
ELEN Bell is proprietor of Razzamataz Theatre Schools
HSheffield, a business which provides high quality, exciting,
performing arts training for ages two to 18, covering both
musical theatre and commercial styles of performance.
The aim is to develop a child's confidence, help them make new
friends and, most importantly, have fun with a fully qualified and
Said Helen: “We provide multiple performance opportunities
throughout the year ranging from the Christmas light switch-ons and
Sheffield City Hall to the West End and Disneyland!
“We have a focus on fun but can also provide a platform for
students who wish to pursue a professional career in the industry.
“I launched the school in September 2012 after teaching singing for
other Razzamataz franchises for four years. I am so passionate
about what our school offers and the impact this has on our students.
We see them grow in confidence before our eyes.
“Our franchisee network has been awarded Most Outstanding
School four years in a row and I believe this has been down to our
individual approach to our students. With our small class sizes we
tailor the sessions to every child in the group and I also believe we
offer some of the best opportunities available to our students.
“We also have workshops with top industry professionals; in
Sheffield these have included both Ashley Banjo and Kerry Ellis.”
Added Helen: “The Performing Arts industry is very female-led, but
I think launching a business at the age of 23 and as a female, I was
faced with challenges and often had to push through perceptions.
Often people thought I was perhaps the assistant and not the
“But now, as a mum to my two-year-old boy, I have a new approach
to business. I have to be far more efficient and prioritise accordingly
to allow me to spend two days a week as a mum and try to switch off
from the business. This is easier said than done but I am getting
ADEEN Al-Shaibi’s business on Abbeydale Road is called
NPuck ‘A’ Food
The objective is to give her customers quality food that makes them
She explained: “Our dishes are a fusion of flavours that are inspired
by Middle Eastern tastes and English traditional dishes.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking food for my family and friends and
have spent many years perfecting my dishes. Then, about a year ago,
I started experimenting and innovating breakfast recipes with a
twist. For me personally, breakfast is the best meal of the day and I
wanted everyone else to enjoy it just as much as I do.
“I sold 18 breakfast wraps the first time I decided to offer them at
a local call centre and from there I knew that I had found something
that I wanted to pursue.
“Our dishes are unique as they have the extra flavour which makes
them pukka. Pukka means ‘authentic’ and ‘proper’.
“We only use quality products to ensure that our customers are
receiving the best experience. I also believe that we are the only cafe
that combines Yemeni and English flavours together - you get to have
a Full Puck ’A’ Up English Breakfast accompanied with a Yemeni
The smart restaurant, which also has a large outside seating area, is
open every day of the week.
Nadeen has been thrilled with how well Puck ’A’ Food has done in a
few months since opening and is excited to expand her business in
She explained: “As a single mom working seven days a week, it has
been intense but none the less worth it as I can provide a stable
future for my daughter.
“I want to be a role model for her and other women, especially
those from ethnic minority backgrounds. It’s important to break
down the barriers that young moms and single women have always
had, to follow your passion and your dreams, no matter what anyone
says to you or how hard it may be.”
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The C- Word
For made-to-measure window products,
the rush has already kicked in.
“We are into single figures for the number of weeks left prior to Christmas,“
says Maxine Hayter of Bespoke Blinds & Poles. “The one piece of advice I can
offer now is don’t wait.
“At this time of year, there comes a point when we can no longer guarantee
pre-Christmas installation. The last few years, that has been in November, so
there’s not long left.”
Continues Maxine: “Christmas is traditionally seen as a time to revamp or
renew a home, plus people also want a degree of flexibility with their privacy.
There are so many options that allow you to control how little or much you
see through your windows, especially as people are out longer, or away for
Christmas. They offer peace of mind as well as decoration.”
Shutters are a firm favourite with many customers, ideal for all windows,
including bays. White is the most popular shade, but pale grey is a close
The Faux Wood Shutter range by Luxaflex is a UK product, with a 10-year
guarantee, and can measured and supplied in time - at the moment!
There are many blind options available - venetian, vertical, roller blinds -
which also offer flexible privacy control; and the variety of textures and
designs available mean you can bring your personality into your room.
Replacing that old plastic rail or extendable pole (especially in a bay
window) with a stylish and decorative pole, or a well bent rail will make all the
difference to how smoothly your curtains draw; and our range of curtains are
currently available with a free upgrade to premium lining*, to ensure a
For anyone planning around a budget, Maxine and the team encourage
them to pop along or call up with rough window measurements.
Adds Maxine: “Bringing in measurements allows you to get a comparison
between different products, so you can consider all your options whilst trying
out the products in the showroom.”
** Until Saturday 21.12.19, enjoy free upgrade to premium lining on all
Bill Beaumont curtains and roman blinds.
6 Hutcliffe Wood Road Beauchief Sheffield S8 0EX
Tel 0114 2363100
The showroom is open Tuesday- Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
ESPOKE Blinds and Poles opened their Sheffield showroom at
Beauchief in September, 2007, and has been trading
continuously since then.
The company is run by Maxine and Neil Hayter who, between
them, have built up over 30 years experience in the window
With their product knowledge, and years of helping people find
inspiration, the friendly but professional business has expanded
and grown into one of the best-respected window product
companies in the county.
As well as the more traditional styles of blinds and poles,
Bespoke Blinds and Poles offer solutions for motorisation, shaped
windows, bay windows, roof spaces and more.
Whether you want total light block, privacy control or insulation,
Bespoke Blinds and Poles have an answer. All products are
supplied to meet child safety regulations, giving you complete
peace of mind.
Explained Maxine: “We were approached by a major supplier to
consider opening a retail space and offering their products. Neil
was already working with them in an installation capacity, and
they knew my background in retail, including a long stint within
“I was in a job where I travelled extensively, and was beginning
to feel a little jaded, so we put a plan together, found our
showroom on Hutcliffe Wood Road, and haven't looked back.”
Setting their business apart from the competition, Maxine says
they suit products to their customers’ needs.
She explained: “We offer solutions that aren't a ‘one size fits all’.
People often call into the showroom looking for one thing, and
leave with another once we've discussed why they want
“We are in constant conversation with our suppliers over
innovation, and that will continue. We are looking closely at solar
gain and solutions to this issue; and as SmartHome solutions
progress, we will continue to build on our knowledge in this
“Unlike some industries, retail has never really had the glass
ceiling issues for women, although the technical aspects of
window shading were once perceived as a ‘man's world’. Not any
“If you know your subject and treat everyone with respect and
honesty, you can achieve anything you like - whether you're female
CCORDING to the FSB, in 2015 women-owned
businesses contributed more than £105 billion to
the UK economy.
Female-owned companies employed more than 2.9
million people, which is 23.85% of all staff employed
within the private sector.
As these statistics were only recorded in 2012 then
again in 2015, and show growth in that period, we can
only hope that the current figures in 2019 will continue
Self-employment and those starting their own
business are increasing year-on-year due to everimproving
mobile technology, the need for more
flexible working, as well as the desire to achieve the
perfect work/life balance, and yet it is still only 20% of
women who are taking the leap of faith and starting
their own business. The FSB is the leading business
organisation for small businesses and the selfemployed,
and has recently carried out a survey
amongst women asking what the biggest challenges
they face are for starting their own business.
The results include: A lack of female role models to
follow, a lack of support for women in business, and in
particular working mothers, plus a struggle to get the
finance that they require.
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Women in business
WNER of Bradway Pet Shop, Rachael James, launched her
business in January 2003 after working for the previous
owners for eight years.
She remembered: “I started with an empty shop and had to get a
new carpet, shelves, a sign and - most importantly - some stock.
“With help and support from my husband, Andy, and my parents, I
decided to give it a go. Signing a three-year contract was scary but
little did I know I would still be here nearly 17 years later.
“My shop has changed a lot over the years as I have learned more
about pet nutrition and as new, exciting products come onto the
market. I’m now known for stocking natural pet foods and treats and
good quality products.
“One area where I differ from pet supermarkets is that I offer a
harness, coat and head-collar fitting service to make sure the
customer gets the best possible fit for their dog. On Saturdays, I can
have two or more dogs waiting patiently for a harness fitting.
“I’m happy to accommodate nervous dogs and have often remained
after hours to ensure a harness fitting is as stress-free as possible
for both dog and owner.
“I also specialise in sighthounds. Owning Fergal the Lurcher for the
past six years has taught me much about the sighthound and their
Rachael’s business has gone from strength to strength in recent
years through her hard work and determination and the way she
cares about her customers and their pets.
She says it has not been easy competing against large shops, the
internet and her own health issues (Rachael has M.E.). Although she
recently made the decision to close on Mondays, her customers have
been fully supportive and understanding.
She added: “I’m proud to be a woman in business. In fact, the
majority of shops in Bradway are run by successful women.”
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ANET Eyre is club secretary Woodseats Workingmen's Club,
a venue which has been operating for 92 years as a social
centre for the community.
As a licenced premises, the club serves drinks at competitive
prices, provides live weekly entertainment, hosts special events and
charity nights, supports several local sports teams - football, darts,
snooker, indoor games and fishing.
The cub, on The Dale, has a function room which is available for
private hire and stages events for children such as Hallowe’en
disco and pantomime. The club has Sky and BT Sport and, of
Said Janet: “We are a very family friendly club. For many years,
workingmen's clubs were very much a man's domain. Women
were allowed special membership and I remember that my
card listed rules such as ‘lady members may be served at the
bar only on occasions determined by the Management
“Then, c2000, Woodseats WMC allowed ladies full membership
and things began to change.
“I became the club's first female secretary in 2002, basically
because no-one else wanted the job. It was a case of learning as I
went along which took a good number of years. Acceptance took a
while for some members.
“It was hard work. I was a librarian until I retired in 2014 so I
was doing two jobs as well as running my home. Luckily, women
are good at multi tasking!
“Back then my job was to make sure that decisions made by the
management committee were carried out. Now, with fewer people
wanting to join the committee, I pretty much run the club singlehanded.
“I need to know employment and licensing law, health and safety,
fire regulations and club law. I sort wages, pensions, contracts,
accounts, purchasing and keep control of the finances - everything
“I have to say that without the help of several female members
who have rallied round to ensure that the public side of things run
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smoothly. my job would be impossible. Some men help too, of
“It's difficult to change people's perception of workingmen's clubs
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struggling. The competition on Woodseats is fierce, so working to
raise the profile of the club is vital.
“As well as all our usual activities, we have a great programme of
monthly tribute acts arranged for 2020 and a number of other
projects such as open mic nights under discussion.
“We aim to reach our centenary!”
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9 Beautiful Homes & Offices 9
Professional cleaning & ironing
for only £11.25 per hour
(minimum of 2 hours per week).
We know how hard it can be to find
a dependable and honest cleaner,
which is where we can help.
All of our cleaners are specially selected
and insured, and you will receive the
same cleaner each week.
SafeNet Alarms Ltd
Family Business - 20 years of Experience
Professional Joiner & Carpenter
8 Charles Ashmore Road
Sheffield S8 8GJ
Tel: 0114 274 9671
Mobile: 07946 752393
DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL
Call BEN on:
0114 438 0136
All electrical work undertaken
meeting BS 7671 (17th Edition)
Inspection & testing
All work guaranteed
Small jobs welcomed
FREE QUOTES NO OBLIGATION
NIGEL’S HEDGE & CONIFER SERVICES
• HEDGES TRIMMED
• CONIFERS TRIMMED
• CONIFERS TOPPED • WEEDING
• SUPPLY & FIT FENCING
• REGULAR GRASS & GARDEN
• OVER 7 YEARS EXPERIENCE -
• NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL
I highly recommend - very reasonable and very obliging!
John & Di Whitehead, Dronfield Woodhouse
Call Nigel or Gav on 07718 983155 for your free quote
No job too small - 30 years experience
Tel: 0114 235 6002
Mob: 07853 350085
7 DALEVIEW ROAD, BEAUCHIEF
By Martin Lee
ALL ASPECTS OF INTERIOR & EXTERIOR JOINERY
Door Hanging, Spindle Staircases,
Kitchens, Worktop Replacement,
Flat Pack Assembly, Pipe Boxings,
Loft Ladders Supplied & Fitted,
Laminate Flooring, UPVC Soffits & Fascias
No job too small - Free quotes & advice
5 Periwood Avenue, Millhouses S8
Tel: 0114 274 5428
Mob: 0785 431 4320
N E Double Glazing Repairs
UPVC SPECIALIST FOR OVER 30 YEARS
Repairs on windows,
doors and conservatories
Misted units, handles
and locks replaced
Anti snap door cylinders
supplied and fitted
Free quotes. No job too small
Tel: 0114 2391879 07786575685
FULL SERVICE (WHEN BOOKED WITH MOT)
i.e. FULL SERVICE & MOT £60+PARTS+VAT
WAGGON & HORSES GARAGE
MEADOWHEAD (next to Morrisons)
S8 7UG - Tel 0114 274 0074
PAINTER & DECORATOR
CITY & GUILDS QUALIFIED
35 YEARS EXPERIENCE
INTERIOR & EXTERIOR DECORATING
FRIENDLY PERSONAL SERVICE
HELPFUL PRACTICAL ADVICE
HIGH STANDARDS OF WORKMANSHIP
FREE NO OBLIGATION
Andy Lee Computer
All Repairs and set up
Virus removal, Slow PC, Start-up errors, Lost data,
Internet, Email, Home networks, New
PC set up, Advice and tuition etc...
Friendly & reliable service
Home visits, 20+ years IT experience
0114 230 7200 07906 525471
From a garden tap to a full
kitchen or bathroom fitting
M - 07899 793657
T - 0114 2360117
No call out fee
No job too small
0114 266 6626
0114 242 4260
SALES / LETTINGS / MANAGEMENT / HUNTERS.COM
0114 258 0111
* If you are under contract with another agent, you may still be liable to also pay their fee. This offer is subject to
availability. Hunters reserve the right to withdraw it at any time. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.