Grand old lady Lily back at square

Lily Frisby
Lily Frisby

THE tradition of carol singing in one of the quaintest spots in Sheffield city centre will continue this year – with a special guest.

Joining members of the legal community and Sheffield Cathedral Choir on the cobbles of Paradise Square on Friday, December 23 will be 102-year-old Lily Frisby, who used to live in one of the Georgian buildings.

She was born at number 29 and lived there with her parents and three siblings until the mattress factory at 31, where her father worked, needed more space and expanded into 29. So the family moved to number 27!

Lily has very fond memories of the square and was a regular at the Radio Sheffield carol concerts that used to be held on Sunday evenings.

Now she will be the guest of solicitors Graysons WE at this year’s concert, which starts at noon.

It will be raising money for one of Lily’s favourite charities, the Special Care Baby Unit at the Jessop Wing. Everybody welcome. Contact Ann Holloway on 272 9184 or email at

Farm shop local call

FARMER’S wife Angela Battye has celebrity chefs such as Jamie Oliver and Heston Blementhal in her sights for persuading people to get their Christmas dinners from the big supermarkets when they can shop local.

This year she and her husband Jim are celebrating their 25th year at Firs Farm, Ringinglow, selling geese and turkeys, although Jim’s family have been doing it for 80 years in total.

They have 250 barn-reared turkeys (selling for £3.10 a pound) and 160 free range geese (£4.25), the same as last year “because there’s a recession on.”

“Ours are local, despatched on the farm 10 days before Christmas and hung. They don’t go anywhere near a freezer,” says Angela, taking orders at a rain-soaked Nether Edge Farmers’ Market.

Catch her at the Sharrowvale Road market on Sunday.

Jingle bike bells

LOOK out for cyclists decked in festive lights tomorrow night.

It’s the latest Friday Night Ride by staff at the Workstation Creative Business Centre in Paternoster Row in Sheffield city centre.

Waved off by Workstation tenants at their Christmas party, about 60 cyclists will take a route around Meersbrook, Greenhill, Bradway, Abbeydale and Dore with the aim of riding along streets that really go to town on their Christmas decorations.

Last month’s ride was the Tour des Frites, a visit to the best local chip shops, and previous themes have included a rock and pop tour of the city, Steel and Mills, and Ghouls, Ghosts and Spirits.

On Saturday, from 11am to 4pm, Showroom Workstation will join the Cultural Industries Quarter’s first Frost Fair, which brings together Site Gallery, Showroom Workstation, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam Student Union, Access Space and Yorkshire Arts Space.

Brown Street and Paternoster Row will be a hive of activity, offering an alternative to the high street. There will be an artists’ market, musicians, children’s craft activities and the cinema will show old Christmas films.