Beech and hornbeam topiary amongst wild flower border - Fountain Terrace Haddon Hall. Commissioned by Lord Edward Manners designed by Arne Maynard. June 2011. Photo: William Collinson.

Restoring the floral beauty at Haddon Hall

The Hall and gardens are now open and the borders are really beginning to fill out. Lush green growth belies the promise of a new season. We’ve been stocking up our team, as well as our borders, with the introduction of Joe, who we are delighted to welcome as a new gardener. He comes from both a horticultural and wildlife background, which will add a new dimension to our team.
Writing  down your feelings and emotions is good for you

Writing can improve your physical and mental health

You have probably heard of the health benefits of undertaking activities like yoga, meditation or psychotherapy. But these activities do not help everyone. We all have different needs, preferences and interests. I would like to talk about a method you might be acquainted with – writing.
President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins with Chrissy Meleady and Patrick Meleady in The President's Official Residence - ras an Uachtarin

There is more to unite us than divide us and we must build on it

Whilst over in Dublin in the last few days, my brother and I were flying the flag for Sheffield and catching up with the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and his charming wife Sabina. It was evident there are many similarities between the values and principles that underpin Ireland and Sheffield
Volunteer Anne Jones at the Sheffield Children's Hospital. Picture Scott Merrylees

City’s trees and hills create wonderful views

 Anne Jones has lived in Broomhill since 1985 when she moved to Sheffield from the south-east. Until her retirement in 2016, she worked at Sheffield Girls’ where she was Head of the Infant and Junior School for 14 years. In retirement, Anne is learning Spanish, practices yoga, enjoys travelling and is a volunteer with The Children’s Hospital Charity.  She is currently training for their trek up Kilimanjaro this September. ‘This will be a real personal challenge which will take me well out of my comfort zone on many levels,’ she said. Anne is married with two grown up children.   
My Favourite Things Feature.....Pictured is Sally Jones at the Treehouse Board Game Cafe,Boston Street,Sheffield.......Pic Steve Ellis

Favourite Things: Revealing the very best of gaming across city

Sally Jones is an entrepreneur with a passion for engaging with other creatives and supporting independent businesses. She came to Sheffield to study at university over a decade ago and fell in love with the city. She loves the warm community feeling, the beautiful vistas in the Peak District and the thriving cultural scene. “Sheffield has everything anyone could possibly want!” she exclaims. 
Lindsay Lonchar at Froggatt Edge

Community rather than a big city feel to Sheffield

Lindsay Lonchar,  50, has been married to George for 32 years, and is mum to two teenage boys and two miniature schnauzers who rule the house. She grew up in west London but has lived in Sheffield for almost 13 years - first in Crosspool and then Wadsley Park Village.
Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Technological advances will make gender pay divide even wider

Whilst at the currency exchange counter at the airport a few months ago, rather than buying currency, I took out the pre-paid Travelex card, following a great sales pitch from the person that was serving me. On leaving, the customer service assistant thanked me pleasantly, smiled and excitedly told me that now that I had the card, I wouldn’t have to see them again, but I don’t think she realised the implications of her words.
Junior Rangers, and moorland access campaigners at Burbage

The battle against climate change is a new challenge 

"Mad Meg was a witch who lived on Kinder Scout many years ago, by the rocks they still call Mad Woman Stones,” said Terry Howard gesturing to the distant horizon while slipping a hank of sheep's wool out of his pocket.  “And it’s said that on dark nights Mad Meg still flies high over the moors".  
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