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  1. Hi, there is or was a session in Sheffield somewhere. I’ll try and dig up some info. If you do put a band or a jam together any time give me a shout on here, I play double bass and love a bit of ‘grass
  2. Try http://bfituk.co.uk. Lots of trainers there with PT qualifications and Dan Hudson, assuming he’s still there, is a great Muay Thai teacher. Otherwise most Muay Thai/K1/MMA gyms offer 121 training but it’s not typically all round personal training I don’t think, and rarely accompanied by qualifications outside of fight experience etc.
  3. There are quite a few businesses that seem to be doing ok. Poor old Walkley - upgrade from just having a big Netto and a greasy spoon and everyone cries gentrification (and did someone really say yuppies? I can’t say as I’ve met too many round that way...), slow down the rate of change and everyone says it’s dying a death. Walkley has some nice restaurants and a few decent places to drink, not to mention an amazing library run by people who pour their hearts into trying to build and support the community, and Abbeydale Road is miles away, so whether it looks like Wall Street or Skid Row, I choose Walkley every time.
  4. There's gigs everywhere, city centre and outskirts. This is an incredible city to ply your trade as a band. If you're specifically thinking of Green Room/Hop end of town, The Washington and The Dev Cat are both doing stuff.
  5. I can't see why people get hung up on what shops are in town vs at Meadowhall or whatever. It's got the basics, it's good a good range of pubs and bars, it has good events (I enjoyed the food festival the other week, ran the half marathon from the centre, etc), the Tramlines fringe stuff and the fact any time of year you can go and see at least one band of pretty much any genre any day of the week for nothing or not much, you can park all over the place for not that much (try that in Leeds)...and it's a generally friendly place (football nights and West Street after 9 notwithstanding) whether you're out on the tiles or out with the kids, I never feel threatened in Sheffield. I served 10 years time living in Nottingham city centre and believe me, great shops do not make for a pleasant and welcoming city centre. Im a bit surprised more people haven't just dismissed the OP based on calling Sheffielders a bunch of pie and peas racists frankly. As far as I can see this city has a lot of pride in its diversity, and builds it's personality on a blend of traditional values and diverse influences. And yes that diversity spans political left and right as much as it spans different races and cultures, Im not pretending Sheffield is free from any of the political tensions that seem to be pervading the U.K. and beyond just now, but I do think Sheffielders typically find a way of handling them better than most, making for a truly "friendlier up north" place to be.
  6. If you have no joy on here, tap up the Bare Fist Boxing Association up in Bolton on their Facebook maybe.
  7. Hi, I've seen a couple of really old posts about Silat in Sheffield but does anyone teach it nowadays? Same question re: Kali? Hope so but suspect not!!
  8. I second Apollo Taxis. Always used to use them as S1 Taxis before they merged. I play in bands and often need a black cab at a specific time, they never let me down. Drivers always seem particularly sound as well.
  9. Hi, appreciate this is a much-posted subject but most posts I've seen are from 2013 at the latest, so after any more recent views. We're shifting from Walkley shortly and have seen some nice houses in Ecclesfield and Chapeltown. We're moving to accommodate a growing family, so we need to be somewhere with decent schools and that's ideally a friendly place to grow up. From some of what I've read on here and elsewhere these places could be good, others almost suggest if I move there I should make sure to bring a gun and a stab vest. I imagine the truth is somewhere in between! So, any thoughts and experiences welcome!
  10. Best selling local author Gavin Extence will be at Walkley Library on 10th August at 7:30 pm to launch his new book "The Empathy Problem". Entry to this event is by ticket only. For tickets or more information please contact library@walkleylibrary.org.uk, 01142312947 or call in at the library.
  11. There's a decent-sized scene in Sheff for that kinda thing so I'd suggest getting down those gigs (used to be at the Broomhall Centre) and finding people there. And if you're going to do one, make it like the good 80s stuff and not this silly chest-beating in tracksuits nonsense people like today
  12. Hi, I want to get back into martial arts following a lengthy break but due to work and family commitments, the only time I could train is between 3 and 5pm. Thus far I've been able to do some boxing training but I really miss the broader training of other martial arts. Appreciating most teachers also have jobs and so I'm likely to have no joy, I thought it was worth asking since if there's one thing Sheffield doesn't lack, it's martial arts schools!
  13. Join us at Walkley Library for a fully illustrated one hour talk by Jude Warrander about her experiences working as a volunteer teacher in a remote rural area of Nepal. Entry is free but a donation is suggested, to be split between the library and the Nepal schools trust
  14. It's historical fiction and history day at Walkley library this Saturday (30/04). There will be a history-themed book sale in the morning, with books at very low prices to raise funds for the library service. This will be followed by a book signing by Kate Mitchell - author of The House Fell On Her Head (a historical fiction novel set in Walkley!) - from 12-1pm Finally there will be an historical fiction writing workshop 1:30-3 led by Kate Mitchell from 1:30-3. It's only £5 to participate, please contact the library to reserve a place. Hope to see you there!
  15. Hi, please feel free to remove or edit this if it's not appropriate but I thought it may be of interest to the group members. Walkley Library are hosting a creative writing workshop "Writing Historical Fiction", led by Kate Mitchell (author of The House Fell on Her Head, a locally-set novel based in WW2). If you'd like to book a place on the workshop, please email library@walkleylibrary.org.uk, phone 0114 2312947 or just ask in the library. There is a cost of £5 to join the workshop. On the same day there will be a fund-raising book sale in the library and Kate Mitchell will be signing copies of her book from 12-1. Thanks very much, hope it's of interest to some of you!
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