Favourite Things: Collective spirit makes city a place for women

Charlotte Hendy, at the Well Church, which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield.
Charlotte Hendy, at the Well Church, which is one of her favourite places in Sheffield.

Charlotte Hendy, aged 25, is passionate about developing women’s leadership skills and encouraging them to live life to the full. Originally from Plymouth, Devon, Charlotte studied Theology at Oxford University before making Sheffield her home in 2014. Charlotte runs an initiative called The Esther Collective, which is rooted in the Christian faith and helps participants explore issues like their future, confidence levels, and leadership skills. Employed by Girls’ Brigade Ministries, Charlotte was a member at her local group of the charity between the ages of five and 18. The Esther Collective is running in Sheffield from this month. The scheme, which aims to encourage 18-to-30s women to develop their leadership skills, will be taking place at Handsworth Methodist Church over a series of Saturdays until July 2017. Visit www.theesthercollective.org for more information.

Gleadless Townend Tram Stop

Sheffield Millennium Gallery

Sheffield Millennium Gallery

A slightly unusual choice, perhaps, but it was from here that I took my first tram ride when I moved to Sheffield just over two years ago. I remember alighting with the excitement of a child, figuring out what this train-on-a-road thing was all about. Now I can’t imagine how a city can exist without trams.

Ecclesall Road

I love so many things about Ecclesall Road – from the many great places to eat with friends, to the wonderful charity shops which are like a treasure chest of unexpected goodies. But the thing I love most about Ecclesall Road is my church – The Well – in the old Horizon Methodist building. Since it began in 2015 it’s been my second family – lively and quirky, but full of love.

Cineworld

It’s no secret to my friends that I am a film-aholic. I have an Unlimited card which does what it says on the tin – you can see as many films as you want each month. During the first year, I saw over 100 movies.

The Cabin

Opening just last year, The Cabin is a Canadian-style waffle house just off The Moor. It has a great atmosphere, the food is exquisite and the attention to detail is second-to-none (even the toilet roll holder is a Canadian moose).

It’s important to support local businesses run by local people – and when that means eating a delicious waffle with maple syrup, I’m happy to oblige.

The Peaks

The Peak District is like the city’s beautiful back garden. The Girls’ Brigade office, where I am based, is situated in Cliff College, Calver. Going for a walk around there helps me clear my head, and gives me space to think and prepare for the sessions that I often deliver for young women as part of my work.

Millennium Gallery & Café

The café is perfect for people-watching. With its large glass front, it’s a great place to pause and enjoy a hot drink as you look out at the busyness of everyday life. I also love the gallery space upstairs. Last year I attended a brilliant event there for International Women’s Day which included live music, talks and activities. I love opportunities to join with other women who are involved in all sorts of spheres.

Lyceum

The theatre holds a strong place in my memory – when I was a child my Mum would take my brother and I to the pantomime in Plymouth every year; when I was at school my English teacher broadened our horizons with Shakespeare and Don Juan; and as a teenager I would often go with my Nan to see a musical. Not long after moving to Sheffield I found out about the Sheffield Theatre’s ‘Live for Five’ scheme - £5 theatre tickets for 16-26 year olds. From big energetic musicals to small political dramas, I’ve taken the chance to see things I wouldn’t normally try, as well as to treat myself to a bit of escapism in the beautiful and intricately decorated Lyceum.

Reclaimed Warehouses

Sheffield’s many warehouses are a reminder of the city’s industrial history. For Valentine’s Day this year, some friends and I went to a pop-up cinema inside 92 Burton Road – a reclaimed warehouse in Kelham Island. We drank hot chocolate and watched a romantic movie in a beautiful setting. I came prepared wearing four layers, carrying a hot water bottle and bringing several more layers as back-up. As my friends often like to remind me – as a Southerner living in Sheffield, I am ‘so nesh’!