Favourite Things: Discovering a network of amazing city musicians

Michelle Shires enjoyed a prolific and varied medical career before setting up as a private hypnotherapist in more recent times.  Few practioners offer the skillset and experience she brings to the table. The former psychiatrist started her medical career in 1982 as a registered nurse and midwife before studying medicine at Sheffield University. She did general practice before specialising in psychiatry and also became an addiction specialist.
Oz Billings at the Green Bean Cafe.

Favourite Things: “Theatre Deli is one of the city’s best kept secrets”

A man that changed the face of policing in Sheffield now has the same sense of ambition for the housing market at the east side of the city. Oz Billings enjoyed an illustrious law enforcement career that started way back in 1984 when he joined the local force at Hammerton Road as a constable. He served in a number of uniformed and non-uniformed roles and took part in major operations to reduce violent crime and clampdown on illegal drug activity. He was promoted to sergeant in 1992.
Bark stripping  Phil Green

Wildlife: Who are nature’s bark strippers?

Observations of nature in a particular area are always informative. Phil Green of Dronfield is a regular reader of my column in the Sheffield Telegraph. He also maintains ‘a few acres of land’ in the Beauchief Hall Conservation Area and came up with an interesting observation and a question.

Mark Wheeler.

Favourite Things: ‘Don’t underestimate our influence globally’

Mark Wheeler has worked at the cutting edge of technology and internet service provision for the last 20 years. Having been part of the senior management teams at Sheffield-based ISPs Plusnet, Peerex, Ask4, and Metrona, he couldn’t resist the challenge of using TV whitespace to deliver affordable, reliable connections to some of the most remote environments, and Whitespace Technology Ltd. was formed in 2016.Mark grew up in Crookes and Walkey, attended Westways Juniors and King Edward VII schools and also swam for Sheffield Boys and competed regionally at athletics.An acclaimed musician from an early age, Mark was Foxes music UK’s young organist of the year 1984 -third place, and went on to be a professional recording artist with major record labels.

Lauren Hird at Just Falafs.

Favourite Things: ‘More like Jurassic Park than a part of Sheffield’

Few people have been more instrumental to the rise and rise of popular vegan catering in the region than Lauren Hird. She is one third of the trio behind Make No Bones – a café that, until a few weeks ago, resided on Chesterfield Road in Meersbrook. This month – alongside life/business partner Dave Shaw and business partner Adam Clark – she unveiled a rather more jaw-dropping version. Make No Bones now operate one of the biggest vegan eateries in the region out of the new ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ venue in the Kelham Island area. Their innovative catering caught the attention of venue owner, Bring Me The Horizon frontman and renowned vegan Oli Sykes who asked them to handle the food. Make No Bones - which was actually borne out of a one-off night at The Riverside way back in 2013 - built up a loyal following in its former Meersbrook home. Lauren Hird said: “It was a real honour to be asked to part of the new venue. The last five years have been quite a journey for us and it shows just how big the vegan lifestyle is becoming in the area.” ‘Church – Temple of Fun’ is situated in the iconic Rutland Works (now known as Osborn Works) on Rutland Road - one of the few listed buildings in the Kelham Island area of Sheffield. Lauren Hird lives with partner Dave Shaw and their three rescue dogs in the Meersbrook area of Sheffield. The full Make No Bones menu can be viewed here: https://templeof.fun/pages/eat

Load more