Favourite Things: ‘Why I’ve fallen in love with the S8 community’

StJohn Wright, of Wosskow Brown.
StJohn Wright, of Wosskow Brown.

Leicester-born StJohn Wright is more than happy with life in his adopted city of Sheffield. He is one of the city’s few notary public professionals – a qualified lawyer whose main duties include the authentication and certification of signatures and authority relating to documents for use abroad. StJohn Wright also leads the commercial property department at Wosskow Brown Solicitors and manages residential property out of the firm’s Woodseats office.

Before that he worked at a solicitors’ practice in Barnsley for 15 years.

Sheffield Bach Choir

Sheffield Bach Choir

When he’s not working you’ll regularly find him singing tenor with the Sheffield Bach Choir. He is also Property Secretary for Carterknowle Methodist Church and a Trustee of the 46th Scouts (St. Paul’s – Norton Lees). St John Wright is married to Helena and they have two kids. They live in the Norton Lees area of the city.

Woodseats

The S8 area of Sheffield is somewhere that I’ve fallen in love with over the years. My office is based in the very heart of Woodseats on Chesterfield Road and we live just a mile away. I’d suggest it’s an area with its own community charm, character and popular annual festival. There’s a vibrant shopping area and a host of restaurants and bars. A particular favourite of mine is Molly Limpets Theatrical Emporium. There are few better fancy dress shops anywhere!

Graves Park

We’re very lucky to have this enormous and historic green space on our doorstep. We regularly walk the winding path that connects Woodseats right into the heart of the park. We’re also regulars at the park’s great café and Rare Breeds Centre. Their big events are also worthy of note – things like the Highland Fling that bring thousands of people into the park, many for the first time.

Dore Moor Inn

You can’t beat the old fashioned charm of this popular eatery and pub. It’s a place that really appeals to me. It feels as though you’re eating in somone’s parlour and really ticks all the boxes.

Park Hill

Working in commercial and residential property has left me equipped with an almost sixth sense when it has come to the changing urban landscape – I’m always on the look out for opportunities and developments. There has been nothing more fascinating than the changing fortunes of Park Hill and the surrounding area in recent years. The ‘streets in the sky’ opened with great fanfare way in 1961. By the 1980s the sprawling area had fallen out of favour and the flats were falling into disrepute. Many despaired when Park Hill was given Grate II listed status but their regeneration is well and truly gathering steam now. I’ve been particularly impressed by the transformation of the landscaped area behind the train station that leads in their direction.

Carterknowle Methodist Church

This is a truly warm and welcoming church with great history and character. There are so many great aspects to it. These include its great community, the café, toddler group, youth club and more. I also have the honour of being the church’s property secretary which is both interesting and challenging.

Sheffield Bach Choir

One of my main passions outside of work is singing with Sheffield Bach Choir. Originally formed in 1950, it is one of the longest established choirs in the city. The main aim of its foundation was to revive public interest in the music of Bach. Each year we perform at least one major Bach choral work, along with Handel’s Messiah in December and, in addition, each season sees a minimum of three further concerts of diverse classical repertoire.

Our concerts are normally held in Sheffield Cathedral or at St Mark’s in Broomhill. Our regular practises take place in the Central Baptist Church.

Dark Peak

Though we’re blessed with the proximity of Graves Park, I’ll be first to admit you can’t beat a regular trip to nearby Derbyshire.

I’m a big fan of the Dark Peak area. I really don’t think you can beat a walk over the desolate and exposed tracts of moorland that intertwine with the undulating high gritstone plateau covered by cottongrass bog and heather moorland.

It really is simply stunning.