"I love to see the season changes in the valley"

Brought up in Sheffield from an early age, 47 year old Lucy Ashton is the owner of The Dandelion Clock florist in Fulwood, which she established in 2010 following a career change after over a decade working in sales and marketing for some of the biggest FMCG companies in the world, including Coca-Cola.

By Barbara Craythorn
Thursday, 18 July, 2019, 11:31
Lucy Ashton at her favourite spot in the Porter Valley

Lucy is now firmly back on old turf, having gone to Nether Green then King Edwards VII School, and her shop is thriving following her successful battle with breast cancer four years ago. A huge lover of the green spaces in Sheffield, Lucy is also a dancer who packs a surprising punch!

The Mayfield Valley

I am fortunate enough to live just around the corner from my shop, and I love this area of the city! I

Path Junction in the Mayfield Valley, Sheffield

was brought up around here, I remember my brother falling into Forge Dam pond as a child, playing

on the huge, steep slide in the playground and fishing for sticklebacks in Wire Mill. To be able to

watch the seasons change in the valley is wonderful: so lush and verdant as you walk up to

Ringinglow in the summer, scattered with snowdrops in winter and then bouncing with spring lambs.

La Coppola

Down the road at Nether Green is Dave’s fab Italian deli and café, with his gorgeous scooter parked

outside. It’s a tiny place but always buzzing, and I love the selection of ham and cheeses there - step

away from the little chocolate barchette! Dave makes a mean panini – just give him free rein to

create something zingy, tasty and a bit different, its always delicious.

Cabaret Boom Boom

A friend introduced me to the wonder that is Cabaret Boom Boom, a monthly variety-style show

held in Walkley. An utterly bonkers medley of the weird, the wonderful and the hilarious, Cabaret

Boom Boom presents a whole range of different acts each month: clowns, singers, drag artists,

jugglers, acrobats, comedians and if there’s a better way to run a raffle than how Cabaret Boom

Boom does, then I’d to see it!

Events in the Botanical Gardens

I’ve always loved the Botanical Gardens, and have very fond memories of the fish and the myna

birds in the glass house before it was refurbished, and I also have fond memories of wagging my A

level maths lessons there with a friend –so handy that it’s close to King Edwards VII School. It’s a

lovely place to wander and I particularly enjoy the events held there. Heartbreak Theatre

Productions are always quirky and perfect with a picnic, a couple of bottles of prosecco and an

umbrella. I love Art in the Gardens in September as it’s a great way to see lots of work by local

artists, and I’ll definitely be the Dancing Queen when Bjorn Again perform there in July – Mama Mia!

Ballet and dancing

I started going to ballet when I was about 3, and danced until I went away to university at 18 so I still

walk like a duck, have ridiculously high insteps and dodgy hips! I took it up again about 8 years ago -

the brain knows what to do, however the body is a little more reluctant some thirty years on but I

still reckon I’ve got one more performance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in me! Dance is my sport, I need

both my brain and body to be occupied and it’s lovely to be fully absorbed in the technique, the

movement, the posture, the musicality and the performance even if it is just in our class. I’ve also

learned salsa and Charleston and even organised a big dinner-dance fundraiser in aid of Macmillan.

Dancing got me back on me feet in many ways during my recovery from breast cancer.

Sheffield City Boxing Club, Sharrow

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee? Not me personally, but my partner Edwin and his kids train

there, and I worked alongside Head Coach Brendan Warbuton to win a significant Big Lottery grant

for the gym last year. It punches well above its weight with the number of amateur boxers it

produces including both men and women on the England team but still maintains a fantastic

welcoming and inclusive ethos, and is hugely supportive of the kids and young adults in the

community.

Sheffield Hospitals

We are so fortunate to have these centres of clinical excellence in our city. They saved my life.

However they are one place I really do not intend to be visiting again!