Tag Archives: Ron Clayton

View from Ron – Ticket to Ride

On the 267 to Storrs. Archersgate at Loxley. Of course its a reflection on our local boy turned good. Robin Hood. I look around for Russell Crowe look-alikes.

There’s a meeting at Penistone Town Hall on the 29th of his month regarding the RH project but I can’t make it because I’m previously engaged on pushing the remains of Sheffield Castle at a Friends of Manor Lodge AGM. Oh Sheffield, come on – use some imagination! Then up past Stoneface and his wood at Storrs – there’s someone who has used some creativity and I wonder if he has faced the usual negativity when we push for something out of the ordinary? I’m putting him in touch with Manor Lodge – perhaps he can get a commission for something. The lad’s got talent. Continue reading


The View from Ron Clayton – Dial House

It’s a sight that saddens any long-term resident of S6; The sad state of Dial House of course.

Now I am not going to reminisce about its great days as a social club and fulcrum of the community and culture of NW Sheffield, because the great days of the WMC in most of Sheffield have long gone. Perhaps some of us in S6 clung on to those fond memories for too long. What concerns me is how we appear to have forgotten Dial House as a rare surviving piece of old Wadsley, a late Georgian building quarried from local stone and a piece of public art in its own right, with its sundial complete with philosophical and reflective inscription. Continue reading

View from Ron Clayton – Who supports Rangers?

Praise or Grumble for the Rangers of NW Sheffield?

I have been passing over some of my old photographs to Sheffield Archives recently and some of them depict the Wadsley Common that I loved with a passion [and may do again] in what was the nineteen eighties. It is incredible how much of the Common is now unrecognisable due to the spread of birch trees.

The Rangers of Sheffield City Council are carrying out a sensitive management scheme to get the Common [sorry, “Commons”, as they now are] back into ‘balance’. I cannot be more eloquent than that, but what they are doing is right and proper and they are supported by a wonderful bunch of locals. These are the Wadsley and Loxley Commoners, who may sound like a cricket team but they take a great pride in the area and are worth supporting. Continue reading

View from Ron Clayton – Bogged down at Hillsborough Corner?

Yes its true. That bizarre looking khazi on Holme Lane has been taken out of commission.

This Atlantic Wall pill box structure has finally opened its door for the last time and awaits removal. Not fit for purpose it was originally going to be situated outside the even more short-lived housing offices on Bradfield Road before locals campaigned for it to be erected elsewhere.

I’ve used it a few times and on one occasion found myself open to public viewing, bit like Chatsworth, especially if you were on the top deck of the Stannington Bus. Continue reading

Pub review – University Arms

Those of you who have watered at some of North West Sheffield’s better watering holes will be familiar with the affable Mike Pidgeon, current mine host/manager at the popular Thornbridge Pub – ‘The University Arms’, Brook Hill.

Mike has worked behind the bar of the ‘New Barrack Tavern’ and ‘Hillsborough Hotel’ and is a true professional, football lover and darn good host. The ‘Arms’ used to be the University Staff Club but before then was the Vicarage to St Pauls Church, Shalesmoor [now demolished] and behind it stands the former vicarage to St Georges Church [still with us as lodgings and lecture theatres].

In between the laurel and evergreen girt shrubbery and trees of a gem of a beer garden. Bearing in mind its adjacent to the University Tram Stop and Nevada Pale Ale [nectar] is coming on the pumps… its well worth a visit.

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The View from Ron Clayton – Walls to Wednesday

Spring is of course when we flock back into our local parks and feel refreshed by the sight of new life and beginnings. I mused on this recently while mooching round Hillsborough’s hidden gem – its Walled Garden.

Oh how pleasant to see the welcome new developments in Hillsborough Park: lighting that encourages folk into the park and makes them feel more secure; the splendid new facilities at the arena and bowling green; and some really imaginative park sculpture that adults and kids can both relish to help ease their minds away from another disappointing season for Sheffield Wednesday. [I’m a lapsed Wednesdayite these day, turning down free tickets as, let’s face it, they don’t come and see me when I’m bad].

Even the Library probably had the lowest amount of money spent on any Library in Sheffield over the years perhaps – it has a new roof on it and new life in it since Labour moved out and Connexions moved in.

No, what makes my brow furrow is the crumbling old coach-house where they used to announce closing time – until the bell got nicked. It’s a listed building and the responsibility of Sheffield City Council: So what’s the reason for the seeming inertia over doing something with it? Why does no one use the Walled Garden for theatre in Summer like we used to? There seems little community involvement these days and lets face it if it wasn’t for the community the Walled Garden would be a car park. Continue reading

Shop local gift ideas for under £10, £25 and £50

To shop local is to invest in the wellbeing of a community. But in these days of supermarket chains and national franchises, it can be rather difficult to know what’s available …

So here are three gift ideas, involving businesses, services, products and people based within the boundaries of the North West Sheffield area.

Under £10
Two interesting and informative books for less than £10 combined!?! Sheffield S6 historian and author Ron Clayton writes in an accessible style and has worked solo and collaboratively on several publishing projects. Ron is also acclaimed for his guided walks. Although Ron’s work is available in outlets across Sheffield, you can buy direct from his publisher here.

Under £25
Ok, cheating slightly as this particular hat (see illustration) costs £25 bang on the nail. Imogen is a local milliner producing bespoke and designer hats across a wide price range. But she’s always got bargain items tailored to suit most pockets. No one would guess from the professional quality of Imogen’s work that she is comparatively new to the millinery business. Check out her Facebook page here.

Under £50
£38 buys an eight-week block of swimming lessons at Upperthorpe Healthy Living Centre (discounted to £29.60 with a Slice Card) to keep your “significant other” in tip-top health!