Favourite Things: Lessons in city life

Teacher Fiona Walton at one of her favourite places in Sheffield, the square in front of Sheffield railway station. ''30 May 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk
Teacher Fiona Walton at one of her favourite places in Sheffield, the square in front of Sheffield railway station. ''30 May 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble'www.pauldaviddrabble.co.uk

Fiona Walton is a teacher with more than 30 years experience. Since September 2011 she has combined teaching with working for the charity Christians and Sheffield Schools. Among her loves in life are walking long distance trails with her eldest son, watching her middle son run for South Yorkshire, eating cakes with her daughter and relaxing with her chocolate Labrador Ziggy curled up next to her.


I love the arty feel of Sharrow Vale and its individual, independent shops. I can often be found browsing for lovely clothes in The Stock Exchange, buying a children’s book in Rhyme & Reason (some books for adults too), having a cupcake in Fancie or a tasty meal at The Pasta Bar. And I must give the very helpful Gelder’s Garage, where I take my trusty Volvo, a mention.


I love that Sheffield has so many trees! An estimated 2.5 million, giving Sheffield the highest ratio (4:1) of trees to people of any city in Europe. The blossom filled pavements in Spring, the dappled shadow in Summer, the amazing colour of Autumn and the snow sprinkled trees of Winter –all beautiful.


I love the lines of poetry on various Sheffield buildings. My favourite lines can be found on the side of the flats on Rockingham Street: ‘Wanderers and workers, sinners and saints. From here they all look human. We that are set in stone know their greatness. We mere words recognise their possibilities. We can see that they are all romantics, freedom fighters and intellectuals. These streets are full of heroes.’

I find these words quite inspirational – we can all be heroes walking the streets of our city.


I have developed a day for schools on Sheffield hero James Montgomery. He has a hall and a road named after him, plus a stained glass window inside and a statue outside Sheffield Cathedral. Probably best known for writing the Christmas carol, ‘Angels from the Realms of Glory’, he did an amazing amount for our city.


Tucked away in Broomhill are the ladies of True Colours who explain what colours and styles suit you best. One of them, Jane Fardon, has developed her own range of makeup. My favourite are two lipsticks – ‘bronze’ and ‘warm spice’. At Studio One, in the same building, you can have your hair styled by the very talented Lisa Chapman. I love the head massage you get when having your hair rinsed.

Forge Bakehouse

Forge Bakehouse sells a fantastic range of delicious bread, which you can see being made. It is on Abbeydale Road, close to my office.

C&C Photography/John Anderson Photography

My whole family, including my brother’s dog (this involved a pack of biscuits), had a great photographic session at C&C. Even the teenage boys found it fun and we didn’t have to give them biscuits! The photos were creative and caught who we are. I recently had a really enjoyable photo session with John Anderson – great to get some shots of myself.

Fusion Café

I liked Fusion Café - its food and its atmosphere - the moment I walked in, so much so I immediately booked my 50th there. All my guests loved it and I think they enjoyed my speech comparing myself to the M1 - it was also 50 that year! I was shocked at how much heat 50 candles gave off.

Sheffield Station

The waterfalls at Sheffield Station are stunning and a great welcome or send off when departing on, or arriving back from, an adventure.