There are so many lovely green spaces in the city

Amy Stone has lived in Sheffield for 14 years after moving here to study English literature at the University of Sheffield, where she now works.She lives in Heeley with her husband, Oliver, and her boys Joe and Dylan.

Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 10:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 22nd January 2020, 3:07 pm
Amy Stone. Picture: Chris Etchells

Last year her debut novel, The Raven Wheel, was published by The Book Guild. If you buy a copy from Porter Book Shop, £2 goes to the shop and £7 goes to Sheffield Futures, a charity on Division Street supporting young people.

Dog-walking gems

We used to live right opposite Ruskin Park where our cat Mewsli would follow us when we took our rescue dog Poppy for a walk. The cat would climb trees and explore the undergrowth while we threw a ball for the dog, then she’d meet us on our way back. Poppy won third place in a dog fancy-dress competition there on a sweltering hot day and I gave her an ice lolly to go with her medal. When we lived on that side of the city, Rivelin Valley was also a favourite. Poppy would invariably find the swampiest bog to dive in and enjoy refusing to dip in the lovely clear river water to clean off. Now we have the woods just off Cat Lane, part of Sheffield Round Walk, where Poppy enjoys rolling in fox poo as often as she can. There are so many lovely green spaces in the city and we’re discovering them all over again in a different light now we have kids.

Heeley City Farm

Neighbourhood Voices

I’ve been looking for a choir singing indie, pop and alternative music for a long time and heard about Neighbourhood Voices through Tramlines last year. They’ve done gigs all over the city, including a special show recently supporting Self Esteem at Abbeydale Picture House. I’ve been on their waiting list since then so was really chuffed when they welcomed me to the group this month. I’m so excited to be involved and

hope I can reach their standard, they sound absolutely awesome!

Sheffield’s NHS

I feel like I have used a disproportionate amount of local NHS resources in the last few years, having had two babies, ocular migraine, troublesome wisdom teeth and various mental health problems. People are referred to our specialist centres from all over the country for cancer,

gastroenterology and neurological treatment so we’re really lucky to have those centres where we live. I’m lucky not to have needed treatment from those centres but the teams at Jessops and St George’s are my heroes!

Heeley City Farm

On days when I’m off with the kids, this place is an absolute godsend. I practically live there and I’m not alone in that - so many parents of young kids in the area would be lost without it! The cafe, the playground and all

the animals are well known to so many of us but the charity does so much in the community too - alternative provision education, dementia groups, learning disability placements, community heritage work and lots more.

Queens/Chesterfield Road and Abbeydale Road

There are so many hidden gems between these two and they’re only a few minutes’ walk from each other. Rattle & Roll Play Cafe is a great place to take your pre-schoolers - they do good coffee, and their staff have the patience of saints. Hagglers Corner does a mean rarebit and the courtyard has the feel of one of Budapest’s ruin bars. The food at Tramshed Kitchen is a must if you like Asian street food and whatever the house white wine is at the bar next door (as you may be able to tell, I’m not a connoisseur) is beautiful. I could possibly enter into the

category of connoisseur for cocktails, though, and Picture House Social does some belters. The Broadfield has a great beer garden for making your way through their cocktail menu on a sunny afternoon. There are too many places to name between these two roads, so I’d highly

recommend having a wander to sample the delights for yourself!