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  1. It is indeed fantastic.


    Regarding the private land... such land can cost a lot to maintain. Plus I understand they've had problems with vandalism and attempted thefts, etc.


    Watch the video and see how Andrew the artist comes across... he is exactly like he comes across on the camera, and is totally genuine. Its for others to make up their mind after watching (and preferably after visiting/meeting the guys there) as to how elitist or not they are.


    The woodland is open to the public for regular open days, with lots of activities laid on too; I've been when there has been blacksmiths crafting and doing demonstrations, when there's been Iron Man/superhero statues brought in and placed around, at Halloween they have pumpkin carving and let kids place their efforts in the woodland, etc. They do treasure hunts for kids. I believe Joe Scarborough is due to do art/talks on an upcoming open day (I imagine that will be delayed due to the current situation!).


    And of course, the War Memorial/Flood Tribute are accessible from the road and open to the public all the time too.


    Anyway, I highly recommend the place on an open day - it very quickly became one of my very favourite places in the city when I discovered it. :) 


  2. 1 hour ago, Reesh2052 said:

    Excellent journey...might do that tour!

    Highly recommended... except for that initial 'stooping' bit. 😂

    7 minutes ago, jon&emma said:

    Obviously it’s only accessible on a dryish day 😜

    Indeed. And remember, just because it seems OK here now it only takes a bit of rain upstream for it to start filling up quickly (you don't want to get stuck down there!). 


    If you go, make sure you go with the Sheaf & Porter Rivers Trust tours as and when they get them up and running again - they are really experienced and great guides (plus it helps support the Trust's aims).

  3. On 10/07/2019 at 17:24, Andy C said:

    All the information on tram services and alternative buses provided is at http://www.supertram.com


    Here is the current schedule of works in terms of travelling:

    area 2 works (between Shalesmoor and Hillsborough, no trams beyond Shalesmoor ) until 18th July

    Tramlines festival (no rail replacement works taking place, some changes to evening service to cater for festival) 19th to 21st July

    area 3 works (Shalesmoor area, trams terminating at Cathedral) 22nd to 26th July

     area 4 works (Hillsborough area, trams terminating at Hillsborough) 27th July to 9th August and also 17/18 August

    area 5 works (University area, trams terminating at Cathedral) 24th to 30th August

    Normal service resumes Saturday 31st August.


    There are also some contingency dates - 10th to 16th August and 19th to 23rd August - that have no works currently planned so a normal tram service is likely to operate on those days.


    For information on Stannington buses (First bus 81/82 and TM Travel bus 61/62) visit https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/.


    For Sheffield Station to Stannington your easiest journey is probably to catch a tram to Castle Square and join your bus at Angel Street.


    A tram conductor told us the other day that there had been 'some delays' and works now aren't likely to end until mid-late September. Not sure how true it is (they blamed the 'rainy weather'?!).

  4. I'd say it is a really mixed crowd across the area! There's something for everyone. The traditionalists will go in the likes of Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern and 'trendy' people edge towards Church and Cutlery Works, etc.


    Of course there'll be some mixture of people - especially those on a crawl around the area and especially at weekends. Peddler weekend in particular brings a lively crowd down. I think Gardeners has been affected a little by Cutlery Works as people drift between the two and they have a different kind of clientele generally, but the extra custom can only be a good thing, can it not?

  5. 2 hours ago, bluecanary said:

    Great video! Found out about lots of places I hadn't heard of  -will definitely have to give Pina a try!


    In terms of  what else to include: obviously not in the bar and food category, but in terms of physical pursuits, buth the Foundry Climbing Centre and The House Skate park (which featured in the background at the end of the video) are definitely worthy of a mention!





    Thank you!


    Shhhh... Don't tell the other venues, but Piña is my favourite bar around Kelham currently. You HAVE to try the Tacos... incredible.


    The suggestion is great too, thanks. Those places (and more) were going to feature in this video, but it was just getting too long so had to be cut and focussed mainly on food and drink. I'm looking at putting together a video of 'different' things to do in Sheffield soon and they certainly fit in to that theme though... there's also Battleaxe (axe throwing!) off Rutland Road that I want to give a try for it too.


  6. 32 minutes ago, Padders said:

    Very interesting DeeJay.  must be about 30yrs since I last visited.. Can not believe the transformation.

    will certainly be visiting again in the very near future.

    You'll be amazed at the difference. Very gentrified and lots of development. Certainly one of the best areas of the city to head to for food and drink - particularly great in the summer sunshine.

    Peddler Night Market is a destination event too, so if you can make it on a Peddler weekend (first Friday/Saturday of each month) the place really comes alive (get down early - it gets busy!).

  7. 8 minutes ago, mickf said:

    Good work. Hope you got a few freebies out of it.

    No freebies!  😯

    I did consider maybe looking for some sponsorship from some of the venues or something for it (it cost me quite a it of time and money to make!) but didn't go for it because I want the series to be as impartial as possible.


    That said, I'm working on a fuller series of these videos (with better quality production) right now so if any local businesses would like to sponsor them we could discuss how we could make it work with that proviso of retaining editorial independence (we could work out some spots or something).


    Also - if anyone has any ideas of things to feature in the videos let me know. There's no limit to what topics or things can be featured; whether it be historical stuff, events, people and places, etc, etc. I obviously have a few ideas I'm working on, but the more ideas the better! 

  8. 2 hours ago, jemson said:

    Lovely piece of work that imho. Well done!

    Thank you!


    I'm currently working on more to complete. whole series of these videos, so keep an eye out (subscribe!) on my YouTube channel. There's also a short guide I did to the Sheffield Food Festival and a few other shorter pieces on there currently.

    43 minutes ago, Fudbeer said:

    Wow brilliant thanks.


    Did not realise how much the area has developed always thought of it as mainly very small pubs like the Fat cat which are not really my cup of tea.

    Thank you.


    The area really has developed loads - it is amazing considering it was a pretty run-down rough place to go just a couple of decades ago. And there really is something for everyone. There's loads we missed off and even in the ~8 weeks since we made the video I know of 6 more great venues that have opened up around there.

  9. So, it seems Tramlines are looking to move away from the city centre to Hillsborough Park next year as part of a bigger ticketed/gated event.


    More here: http://sheff.info/tramlines2018


    The move to Ponderosa was controversial enough but seemed to justify itself somewhat by attracting larger bands - this is essentially moving another three miles out of the city centre and away from the fringe.


    Oh, and there’s been rumours that they are trying to attract Arctic Monkeys to headline at the new venue for the tenth year of the festival, but I’d take that with a pinch of salt for now.

  10. We are aware of a number of questions from members and the wider fanbase and understand there may be some anxiety regarding the current situation and processes. In this regard we attempt to answer as many questions put to us in the last few days as possible in a Q&A format.


    As with similar situations at all businesses and organisations, we may not be able to go into as much detail as some would like due to legal or regulatory issues, but the following should hopefully provide some insight into what is happening with the offer and how things should move forward, whilst dispelling some myths and incorrect rumours and accusations:



    (All information published and correct as at 06/07/2008):




    Q) What's happening?


    A) Wednesdayite, the Sheffield Wednesday Supporters' Society, have received an offer for our 10.07% shareholding in Sheffield Wednesday PLC. Wednesdayite are the largest independent Sheffield Wednesday supporters organisation and the second-largest current shareholder in Sheffield Wednesday PLC. As this situation may develop quickly, please keep checking our website for relevant updates: http://www.wednesdayite.com.




    Q) So, what happens now?


    A) As a democratic members' organisation, the decision whether to sell or not will ultimately rest with the members of the society. Subject to the formality of professional and independent legal advisors being satisfied the offer is a verified offer under UK laws and regulations, we will ballot our members to make the decision of whether the sale should go ahead.




    Q) That's a big decision, how will members decide?


    A) Included with ballot papers will be as much information provided by the bidder as possible in order to assist the member in forming their decision - this is usual practice for any such vote in any company or organisation. The final decision ultimately rests with individual Wednesdayite members based on what they think is the right thing to do.




    Q) What information will be provided to members along with the ballot form?


    A) Wednesdayite have put a number of questions to the bidder to give them an idea of the kind of information members may wish to know before making their decision. It is important to stress that the questions put forward are not mandatory or pre-conditions, but merely a logical assessment of what factors might influence members in the vote. The bidder may provide as much, or as little, information as they see necessary. However, we have consistently suggested that our members are more likely to react positively if as much information as possible can be made available to them at the outset.




    Q) I'm a member, how will my vote be counted?


    A) All votes are allocated on a '1 member = 1 vote' basis. Therefore, you will receive 1 vote.




    Q) Will I be able to vote electronically online? / I am a member who lives abroad, can I still vote?



    A) Facilities will be provided for members to vote securely online for those members whom we hold a valid email address. This will also allow overseas members to have their vote.




    Q) I'm a junior member, will I be able to vote?


    A) Unfortunately, Junior Members are unable to vote. Only full adult members at the time the offer was made are included in the voting process.




    Q) I'm not a member, but if I join now can I have my say?


    A) Only full adult members at the time the offer was received will be eligible to vote in any ballot relating to this offer. However, although you would not be able to participate in this ballot, new members are encouraged to join and receive the benefits of being part of Sheffield Wednesday's largest independent supporters organisation. Non-members can join online at Wednesdayite.com.




    Q) What will happen to the proceeds of any sale? Will the Wednesdayite directors or members be lining their pockets?


    A) It is written into our constitution that any and all proceeds of the sale of our shareholding (after necessary taxes) be used for the benefit of the club and it's community. Absolutely none of the proceeds of the sale of our shareholding would go to any Wednesdayite directors, who work hard in their own time and voluntarily, or directly to the members. No decision has been made as to what the funds would be used for, however our existing schemes (such as Primary Schools Coaching and Smile Tickets) could benefit along with other ideas such as new (or the maintenance of) facilities in the ground, essential equipment for the Sheffield Wednesday academy and other such projects. It is envisaged our members will be encouraged to be involved in providing ideas and suggestions and then further involved in the decision making process beyond that where possible.




    Q) I'm a member, but I'm not sure you have my current address details to send me the ballot forms! What do I do?


    A) We can only send the ballot forms to the email addresses/postal addresses on file so we suggest you update your details as soon as possible to ensure you get your forms. The quickest and easiest way of doing this is to email us with your Full Name, Membership Number, Previous and New Address details, Telephone Number and Email Address to: enquiries@wednesdayite.com




    Q) Who are Wednesdayite and what gives them the right to carry out this big decision on behalf of the fans?


    A) Wednesdayite is the trading style of Sheffield Wednesday Supporters ’ Society Limited, a democratic organisation set up under the umbrella of the 'Supporters Direct' government-led initiative (more on Supporters Direct here: http://www.supporters-direct.org). Whilst we aim to consider the viewpoints of the wider fanbase as a whole, we can only ever be representative of our members views and wishes. As fans ourselves, we share the anxieties of the whole fanbase, but encourage supporters of all viewpoints and backgrounds to join and have their say in a democratic fashion. More on Wednesdayite and our aims and objectives are available at Wednesdayite.com.




    Q) Just who are the members who will be making this decision?


    A) Wednesdayite are a democratic organisation with over 1,100 members. The only pre-requisite of joining Wednesdayite has always been that you have to be a supporter of Sheffield Wednesday; fans of all viewpoints and circumstances are actively encouraged to join. Members of the society come from all backgrounds and ages. Included amongst the members are regular supporters, overseas fans, individual shareholders, SWFC foundation members, season ticket holders, and even a Lord! More information on our membership demographic is available in our 'Who Are Ya?!' section on Wednesdayite.com.




    Q) Are you just a bunch of trouble-causers?


    A) On the contrary, every member and director of Wednesdayite are supporters of the football club. In the past we have possibly been unfairly represented by certain individuals and sections of the media, however we simply want one thing - the same as every other Sheffield Wednesday supporter - and that is that we want to see the best for the club. We are eager to see an end to the politics surrounding the club and the divisions in the fanbase and do a lot of work - voluntarily in our own time - within the community, such as our Primary Schools Coaching Scheme (which provides free football coaching to schools in the area) and our Smile Tickets scheme (which provides matchday tickets for disadvantaged people who would not normally be able to attend matches at Hillsborough). We try to be as open and honest as possible and encourage all supporters to join and actively get involved in such schemes for the benefit of the club and it's community. As a democratic organisation, if you believe Wednesdayite are not acting in your best interests as a fan, you are invited to join and air your views.




    Q) Are you going to mess this up? / What makes you qualified to handle such a huge transaction?


    A) As a group of Sheffield Wednesday fans ourselves, Wednesdayite have no inclination to hold up, or mess up, any meaningful solution to drive the club forward and have said for some time now that our shareholding is not a stumbling block to any inward investment – indeed the recent interested parties have indicated to us that Wednesdayite and our shareholding are not any issue to them or their plans. Whilst we have a democratically elected board with lots of business experience (including a former Merchant Banker with responsibility for sports finance, a Chartered Accountant and a former schoolteacher), we are also acting responsibly and diligently in appointing professional representatives to assist with the whole process, including the necessary legal and regulatory aspects of such a transaction.




    Q) How long will it take? / Can this process be made quicker in any way? / Will we be told how the vote is going during the process?


    A) Rules state that any ballot must last for 14 days after ballot papers are sent out, to enable all members to have their chance to vote. As this is in the rules there is no way to speed up this process and no indication of how the ballot is going will be available for the duration of the voting to prevent any influence on members still to cast their vote. Of course, we can only begin the ballot process once lawyers have finalised the details of the bid.




    Q) So, what's the delay - why not ballot already?


    A) It's a matter of our lawyers liaising with the bidders lawyers just to finalise legal detail relating to the offer. There is a lot of UK legislation and regulatory rules that both parties need to follow and both parties are working through this as speedily as possible. As fans of Sheffield Wednesday ourselves, there is no desire on Wednesdayite's part to delay any part of these formalities and we are as keen to proceed to ballot as anyone.




    Q) Why not carry out a ballot in the meantime then?


    A) Carrying out a ballot is both time and finance consuming, and some parts of the legal detail being finalised may play some part in the information provided to members with the ballot. Of course, we want to carry out things as speedily as possible and have no desire for any delays, however we also have legal obligations to fulfil before going to a ballot, as well as the obligation for members to have as much information as possible to make an informed decision. Our legal advice so far has indicated we should not hold a ballot until such formalities are completed.




    Q) Isn ’t it written into Wednesdayite’s rules that you cannot sell the shares? Why hasn’t this rule been changed already?


    A) It is indeed written into the society rules that we should not sell our shareholding. This was originally included in the rules so that any Wednesdayite Board would in effect have to refer to members any decision to sell the shares - as opposed to say 10 Wednesdayite Directors doing this without reference and to all intents and purposes avoiding democratic principles. However, for some time we have recognised that if our shares form part of a meaningful solution to drive the club forward then we should allow our members to change this rule. This means that a ballot would be required to change the society rules – this voting process would run directly alongside any ballot on the sale of the shares to an offeror. During recent discussions with interested parties we have twice offered over the past few months to carry out voting on this particular rule change and on both occasions have been informed it has not been necessary until an offer was forthcoming.




    Q) In the ballot, how many votes are needed to change the rules and accept the sale?


    A) The two votes would run alongside each other (for a period of 14 days after ballot papers are sent out), but will have slight differences. Rules changes in the main objects of the society require for 75% of voters to agree to the rule change, whilst the decision to sell to a specific buyer under an offer made by them would require a simple majority to agree to the sale.




    Q) Why not just give the shares away?


    A) The shares have a significant value and in that respect Wednesdayite have a legal fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of our members. To give away the shares would be against that fiduciary duty and may not be viewed legally as in the best interests of the society or indeed the club itself. Remember, all proceeds of the sale of our shareholding must go back into the club and it's community, so the proceeds of the sale will, in effect, be used to benefit Sheffield Wednesday, rather than go towards an individual or company's wealth.




    Q) Are you insisting on any pre-conditions as part of the sale?


    A) Wednesdayite have not issued any pre-conditions to the bidder other than that we have consistently advised that the sale of our shareholding must form part of a meaningful solution to drive the football club we support forward.




    Q) What do you mean when you say meaningful solution?


    A) There is little point us selling our shares to anyone who just wants our shares alone and who wants to sit there with just 10%. In our view merely shuffling the deckchairs will achieve nothing and we cannot see how it alone will result in any of the desired progress by our members and also the fanbase as a whole. So the sale of our shares must go hand in hand with a change in effective control of the club so that we have a fresh investor/s bringing a fresh board and fresh plans to take the club forward with the requisite financial resource to be able to achieve it. Our only aim is to ensure that if our shares have to go, then they go as part of a real and wider solution for the club with the real possibility of a more successful SWFC in the years ahead.




    Q) How will I find out any progress from here?


    A) There is only so much we can say at the moment due to legal and regulatory issues, however - as and when we can - we will keep members and the fanbase as a whole updated through our website at http://www.wednesdayite.com.

  11. Been in twice in the last week two very different experiences.


    First time, just popped in on my way past to take advantage of the 'Beer and a Burger' offer. Got a table, went to the bar, ordered got my beer and went back to the table and food arrived relatively quickly and quite nice (as nice as can be expected in there) - Took a while to get served at the bar, but wasn't too bad. I thought it was a nice experience, so went back on Thursday armed with family and friends to treat.


    I arrived fairly early afternoon with one of my family (the rest were coming for tea), so again decided to take advantage of the 'Beer and a Burger' as I hadn't eaten that day. Went to the bar and it took an AGE to get served - there were five-or-six barstaff, each with their own 'sections' of bar, but the service was extremely random - I got frustrated when I'd been stood there 15 minutes and someone walks up and gets served in two..


    Ordered food, took drinks went and sat. Finished pint, got another one (10 minute wait at bar and they had run out of the lager I wanted). Finished that one, got another one (another 10 minute wait)...... Realised that my 'Beer and a Burger' had turned into '3 pints and still no burger an hour later', so I went and spoke to one of the guys walking the floor in there. He said he'd see where it had got to. He came back literally seconds later with a plate. I said "I hope that hasn't been sat for the last hour", he said "No, of course not" and went.. The food was warm, but it had obviously just been reheated in the microwave - the burger bun was rock hard (to the point I put my finger through it), the chips were dry and horrible and even the lettuce on the burger was limp and warm (the hottest part of the dish!).


    I sent it back and complained to the manager who gave me a refund and arranged for a fresh burger to come. It came cold, but I couldn't be bothered to complain again at this point. The guy who originally brought out my burger came back and apologised and said "well, it had been sat there a while!" Despite me asking him this very question when he brought it.


    When it came to us all eating in the evening, the advertised Curry Night - which was on a leaflet on every table - was cancelled. No warning, no attempt to bring back in all the leaflets (and thus everyone who went to the bar to order was very annoyed). Despite this, and a 20 minute wait at the bar which was now down to just two barstaff at it's busiest period, I ordered 'surf and turf' (Steak and Scampi) and the others ordered their food. Two of the dishes came out wrong and, lo and behold, my steak was freezing cold when I got it. Everything else was fine (scampi was nice) except my steak, I stopped eating it - so I asked one of the waitresses to take it away when she brought out one of the replacement dishes for the ones they got wrong. She then blamed me and said "Well, it's been out here a while", to which I replied "That's because I have been waiting for you to come back to take it away, I haven't touched it since I first tried the - cold - steak". I got a replacement (along with a tut as she took it away!).


    So, that's my two very differing experiences of this new pub. One OK, one a disaster.

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