Over 1200 children have visited Santa’s Post Office, a pop-up store on Chapel Walk, which offers the opportunity to write a letter to Santa. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Diane Jarvis, manager of Sheffield BID.
Stall holders at Sheffield Moor Market were in festive mood at the weekend as they put on fancy dress costumes to raise money for Mission Christmas the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK. In 2015 the appeal generated upwards of £13 million pounds in gifts and donations which were distributed to more than 300,000 disadvantaged children across the UK. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Carol Day, an event to celebrate local Sheffield carols was held in the Winter Gardens on Saturday to mark the countdown to Christmas. The event organised by local folk collective, Soundpost, included local groups performing their favourite carols and encouraged to join the singing and celebration. Sheffield Live! reporter Shamaan Freeman-Powell spoke to local singer, Gina Walter, about the history of Sheffield carols and caroling.
A full size nativity is on display in Owlerton, to show the community the true meaning of Christmas. The display, outside St John’s Church on Penistone Road changes each week to highlight different parts of the story.
Thousands of gifts have been donated by people in South Yorkshire for Samaritan’s Operation Christmas Child. The charity tries to make sure many children living in poverty around the world get a present at Christmas. The public have dropped shoe boxes full of presents off at a number of locations, and now they are being sorted and packed. We sent our reporter, Kathryn Smiles, along to an industrial unit in Handsworth to find out more.
This week at Meadowhall the top 12 toys for Christmas 2015 were revealed, with Star Wars, Thunderbirds and Frozen all making the list.The Toy Retailers Association said 2015 would be what they call a “vintage year” for toys as it released its annual ‘Dream Toys’ list of what it predicts the top-sellers to be. Star Wars products related to the new film The Force Awakens, which opens next month, take the top three spots. Sheffield Live spoke to Steven Town from the association about how they decide the list…
Santas were running around the heart of the City to raise money for the British Heart Foundation. The idea of the fun run is to catch the Christmas pudding, who is given a slight head start, and raise funds for the Foundation.
Sheffield transformed itself in to a winter wonderland with Reindeer, Snowmen and Santas taking over the City Centre before the big Christmas light switch on.
Today’s episode of our Business Live discussion programme covered the challenges of running seasonal businesses and the Sheffield Business Awards – as well as references to Sheffield’s high street parking schemes and the launch of the new Moor Market (you can listen to an interview with traders and shoppers here).
Presenter Jamie Veitch was joined live in the studio by Neil Grant, the managing director of Ferndale Garden Centre at Coal Aston; Tom Lindop, an account manager at the Sheffield Chamber; and Janet Skirrow, chief executive of local social enterprise Zest.
Neil talked about how Ferndale has successfully adapted to the changing needs of its customers; the trials and tribulations of running a seasonal – and family-owned – business; generating footfall; and even guerilla gardening, and how growing vegetables is accessible to all.
Tom gave us the lowdown on all of the benefits to businesses of entering and being recognised by being shortlisted in the Sheffield Business Awards – winners will be announced this Thursday evening.
And Janet, of local social enterprise and development trust Zest (which has been shortlisted in the Community Investment category of the Awards) talkaked about how being shortlisted has already proved really beneficial to Zest, a 15-year-old Sheffield business and development trust which has successfully moved from grant dependency to earning and generating income and winning contracts to deliver its health and wellbeing services.
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