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

Audiologist Peter Byrom, pictured by the Sheffield Amphitheatre. Picture: NSTE Byrom MC 1

Favourite Things: Every summer we have a barbecue in the gennel

Peter Byrom recently launched his own private practice, Peter Byrom Audiology from Sheffield’s private hospitals, Thornbury and Claremont. Peter spent over 20 years in NHS audiology and until last year, was the clinical lead for an adult audiology department at a South Yorkshire NHS Trust hospital. A hearing aid wearer who experiences tinnitus, this former joiner studied at Barnsley and Wakefield colleges while working at Sheffield Children’s then Hallamshire Hospital where he qualified as an audiology technician. Peter undertook an MSc at the University of Leeds to find out if the sounds tinnitus patients have to live with can be drowned out by simply using a hearing aid. Peter lives in Walkley, is married to Ellen, who teaches Spanish at Sheffield Hallam University and they have three children: Dan at university, Jim, 16, and Martha, 12.

Sharon Lockwood Howells Partner for Favourite Things in Couch on Ecclesall Road Sheffield

Favourite Things: ‘Antiques quarter has transformed city road’

A Southerner lost in Sheffield?’ someone jokingly asked when Sharon Lockwood first moved to Sheffield 10 years ago. 
‘It definitely feels like home’ says Sharon, ‘but I did find it amusing at the time.’ 
Sharon Lockwood is a Solicitor and Partner at Howells Solicitors. 
Specialising in family law, in particular the financial side of separation and divorce, Sharon is based in the firm’s Rotherham office and also has clients in the Sheffield area who come to her through recommendation. Sharon lives in Millhouses with her husband and their little boy. 
She has recently become an ambassador for the children’s charity Bluebell Wood.

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