A new citywide body is needed to champion Sheffield's history, it is argued – and supporters will be pressing the case when an annual festival returns. Heritage Open Days are back on Thursday, taking place over two long weekends this month rather than one for the first time, offering more than 100 free events from tours of notable buildings and talks that illuminate the lives of great Sheffield figures to unusual activities with an inventive take on the city’s past.And this year organisers will be joining calls to launch an organisation – similar to the local Culture Consortium made up of arts chiefs – that could steer the way Sheffield’s heritage is managed, promoted and funded.“We need to have a consensus,” says Louise Watt who, along with Liz Godfrey, co-ordinates the open days for the Sheffield Civic Trust.“There are people all over putting their heart and soul into … [Read more...] about Sheffield Heritage Open Days 2018: Call for new history consortium as festival returns
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A Southport mum with an eye for fashion is celebrating a career change by opening a new shop in Birkdale. Alex Hutton opened the doors on Tuesday of Alexandra Wilde , which is based at 2 Crown Buildings, on Liverpool Road, opposite the Crown pub and near to Farnborough Road Junior School. The 35-year-old hopes the new outlet will be a great help to all those looking for something glam and affordable without going through the lottery of buying clothes online. Alex said: “The shops sells women’s clothing and accessories, fashionable items but affordable at the same time and hopefully there is something for everyone. “I’ve found for a while that I had to shop online or go further afield if I wanted a new outfit or a top for a night out etc. “I like to try things on though and see what they’re like in real life rather than buy online and have to send things back. “I’ve always loved clothes and all things fashion so after a bit of a … [Read more...] about Mum sparks career change by opening new women’s clothes shop
For our latest Telegraph Voices feature we ask residents 'what do you love most about living and working in Sheffield?' Becky Stevenson, business improvement consultant "Having lived in Sheffield all my life I’m proud of our vity and glad that I get to I call it home. I’ve witnessed the changes first hand as resident, an employee and now a business owner."Sheffield has incredible support for new businesses with initiatives such as The Google Garage, Business Sheffield, Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, and much more. There is also fantastic community spirit among business owners. People genuinely help others, they offer free support, knowledge and information. We want people to succeed and thrive."This also become apparent when I was part of a group who came together to set up Sheffield Sands - Sands is a charity who support people through baby death. This was completely voluntary, we had all experienced this first hand and we wanted to ensure that others in Sheffield got … [Read more...] about Telegraph Voices: What do you love about living and working in Sheffield?
Coventry Rugby Club is in discussions with property developers and Coventry City Council to push forward with ambitious plans to redevelop Butts Park Arena. CoventryLive revealed in May that the newly-promoted club was seeking to transform its home to incorporate new stands to push capacity up to 12,000, along with bars and a hotel. With the club now a full-time operation and playing in the second tier of English rugby, Coventry chairman Jon Sharp is aiming to push it into a progressive financial position to match its on-field achievements. "I can visualise that in a few years' time, we will have a mixed development site there that will incorporate some housing, some entertainment other than sport, excellent indoor sporting facilities and obviously we would like an artificial pitch so we can use it all year round, cafés and bars," said Mr Sharp. Massive potential "When you think about the young millennials, the people who are going to live in one and two-bedroom apartments, having … [Read more...] about Club’s plan to build bars, cafes and homes for ‘millennials’
The family of murder victim Julie Hogg spoke of their horror after learning her killer could be moved to an open prison. A letter from the National Probation Service has revealed that reports are currently being put together to establish if Billy Dunlop is suitable to leave closed prison conditions. It states the convicted killer is eligible for release in 2021 and is now due the “pre-tariff review” by the Parole Board. This review would decide if Dunlop is safe to be transferred to an open prison for the remainder of his sentence. Prisoners in open conditions are given more freedom and trust than in closed prisons and can apply for temporary visits into the community. Julie’s son Kevin Hogg and her mum Ann Ming said the latest bombshell has turned their world upside down. Julie was murdered by Dunlop in 1989 but he was not convicted of the offence until 2006. He was sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum tariff of 17 years. That sentence came after a relentless … [Read more...] about Family’s horror over news killer could be moved to open prison