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"We speak up for the babies – they have no voice" says anti-abortion group outside Sheffield hospital

An anti-abortion group holding a 40-day ‘vigil’ outside of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield claim they are there to raise awareness, rather than judge women. 40 Days For Life is an international Christian organisation that claims it is ‘helping to end the injustice of abortion’. Rachel Wood, who organises the Sheffield vigils, said the group has been in the area for three years and aims to pray outside the hospital from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, which is when abortions are perf

New exhibition explores race and the environment

Art enthusiasts attend the launch of 'Skylarking' at Soft Ground in Sheffield. Source: Tabitha Wilson An art exhibition that explores the relationship between landscapes, music and belonging held a launch event at Soft Ground on the Moor last Wednesday. Skylarking is part of The Mouth, a collaboration with arts charity Arts Catalyst and Sheffield Museums. Sheffield-based creative Ashley Holmes presented the exhibition as a constellation of structures that encourage contemplation, rest and list

'We won’t go away' says anti-abortion group holding 40-day vigil outside hospital

An anti-abortion group holding a 40-day ‘vigil’ outside of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield claim they are there to raise awareness, rather than judge women. 40 Days For Life is an international Christian organisation that claims it is ‘helping to end the injustice of abortion’. Its first campaign took place in 2007, and has reached over 1000 cities in 63 countries. Rachel Wood, who organises the Sheffield vigils, told Sheffield Wire that the group has been in the area for three yea

Single Review: 'J Christ' by Lil Nas X

American rapper and social media star Lil Nas X has released his latest single, ‘J Christ’. But has the controversial artist gone too far this time? The track is irresistible, with a catchy hook and a chorus oozing charisma. A strong beat, accompanied by thought-provoking lyricism, gives this sexy, dramatic number all the ingredients needed for a viral chart-topper. Lyrics such as “Is he up to somethin’ only I know?” seem directed at a higher power, with the star questioning his next move. Th

Exhibitions to check out this spring

Exhibitions to check out this spring With spring just around the corner, here are some of Sheffield’s upcoming exhibitions that you won’t want to miss. ‘False Note’ is a solo exhibition by Freya Dooley held at Site Gallery, comprising a suite of interconnected works which explore themes of replacement, communication and connection. Dooley’s multi-disciplinary practice encompasses sound, moving-image, writing and performance. Her work is inspired by literary, musical and cinematic references,

Young curators present BFI Young Programmers Festival at Showroom Cinema

The BFI Young Programmers Festival, curated by a group of young people aged 16-19, runs from February 13th to February 18th at the Showroom. The festival is five nights of independent programming, with various themes, designed by the programmers. It ends with a month-long training course from Showroom Cinema and the BFI, giving young people an insight into film programming. 30 people from across the UK learn about film marketing, programming, distribution and audience development with profess

5 events not to miss during Sheffield’s Lunar Chinese New Year celebration

5 events not to miss during Sheffield’s Lunar Chinese New Year celebration Sheffield’s largest Lunar New Year celebration yet will take place from February 9th – February 13th. Beginning in 2004, the festivities showcase the cultural richness of Sheffield, whilst supporting the important work of The Children’s Hospital Charity. The five-day festival will feature an array of events, with something for everyone – here are five you shouldn’t miss. Over the weekend, the Peace Gardens in the centr

Megan Wyn - 'Are You Bored Yet?' / New Single

Teenage singer-songwriter Megan Wyn’s latest track ‘Are You Bored Yet?’, dropping on the 2nd of February, is perhaps her best work to date. The singer, originally from Anglesey in North Wales and now living in Manchester, began performing at gigs and festivals at the age of 16. Her latest release, ‘Are You Bored Yet?’, features a sustained, cheerful guitar melody throughout, intertwined with the songwriter’s powerful, assured vocals. Reminiscent of a young Stevie Nicks, Wyn’s lyrics are relata

Street food markets to put in your calendar

Street food markets to put in your calendar Shake off those January blues with a visit to one of Sheffield’s street food markets – with a range of vendors and flavours to suit all tastes, here are some of the events coming up you should put in your calendar. Perhaps one of the most well-known markets in Sheffield, Peddler will next take place on the 2nd and 3rd of February. Over the past 9 years, Peddler has expanded and now hosts events not only in Sheffield, but in Chesterfield, Wakefield, a

Jools Holland announces Sheffield tour date

Jools Holland and his acclaimed Rhythm & Blues Orchestra have announced the run of dates for their 2024 Autumn/Winter tour, including a performance at Sheffield City Hall on the 23rd of November. Starting in Southend on October 31st, Jools and his band will be playing 30 shows across the country. The show will feature special guests Marc Almond and Toby Lee. Almond, from the critically acclaimed duo Soft Cell, has sold over 30 million records worldwide, from ‘Say Hello, Wave Goodbye’, to his m

Taylor Swift: Time magazine's Person of the Year

's nomination as Time magazine's Person of the Year has been the crowning achievement of a stellar 2023. The title, which has been given out every year by the magazine since 1927, was regularly bestowed upon heads of state, US presidents, and military leaders. This isn’t the first time Swift has appeared on the cover of the Person of the Year issue; she was featured as one of the Silence Breakers who exposed sexual misconduct in 2017 after she countersued Denver radio DJ David Mueller for a sy

Steelers defenceman out of action after injury

Sheffield Steelers defenceman Sam Jones has been placed on the Injury Reserve list after sustaining a lower body injury. The player, who joined the club ahead of the Elite Series in 2020-2021, was injured in last Sunday’s 4-0 road win against Elite League champions Belfast Giants. Jones has played 126 games for the Steelers and become a regular in the GB men’s national senior side. Short term injury cover is expected to be brought in, but fans have questioned the feasibility of this. One X u

Doncaster burglar jailed after stealing spree

A thief who caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage after a reckless stealing spree in Doncaster has been jailed for 12 months. John Stoakes stole two laptops worth £900 in total and a £100 mobile phone after breaking into a business centre in Hyde Park overnight on the 13th of November. The 36-year-old, of no fixed abode, broke several doors, costing £700 each to repair, and was identified after a spot of blood found at the scene was matched to his DNA. On the 1st of December, Stoakes shat

14-year-old boy among three charged for theft of £17,000 worth of goods at Meadowhall

The theft of over £17,000 worth of goods from the Apple store at Meadowhall on Monday has led to the arrest of three people including a 14-year-old boy. Police were called to the store at 5pm on the 4th of December after it was reported that a group of six offenders entered the store and stole 19 iPhones. Working alongside Apple staff, police tracked two of the stolen phones to near Sheffield train station. British Transport Police officers assisted and three people were arrested at McDonalds

Rotherham identified as an area of "particular consideration" for child exploitation

The town has been highlighted as needing attention in a new report released today by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). The report details the extent of the failings by public services, with the scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse in the town attracting a “great deal” of public attention. A 2014 independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC) found that at least 1

Man arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail

A 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder this week has now been released on bail, pending further inquiries. The man was arrested on the 4th of December after a 41-year-old man was found deceased at 2:38 pm on Leighton Road. His family has been notified. A post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death was conducted on the 5 December 2023 but has proved inconclusive. Police have said that investigations are still underway to determine the circumstances surrounding the man’s
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