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Amy’s retreat charity event Battle of the Bands: Kiziah and the Kings are the ‘Kings’ of Sheffield

6 May

Battle of the Band winners: Kiziah and the Kings

Doncaster group Kiziah and the Kings came out as winners at a ‘Battle of the Bands’ charity event.

‘Battle of the Bands’ took place at Walkabout, Carver Street, off West Street, on April 4th. Three local bands were given the chance to perform and the audience chose who they wanted to win. Section 60, an indie/ alternative band, performed their 30 minute set first. Contemporary rock group Scrim were up next and had the whole room up dancing. Taking to the stage last were winners by a unanimous decision, Kiziah and the Kings, a soulful group made up of three guys and a girl. Lead singer Kiziah Watson explained what winning meant to them. “It’s a great feeling to win. But we can’t forget what we are all here for, to make money for Amy’s Retreat.”

Section 60

Scrim

Kiziah and the Kings


Battle of the Bands was created in aide of Amy’s Retreat, a Sheffield based charity set up by Joanne and Stephen Hall after their daughter, Amy, died of cancer aged five. The charity gives families with children who suffer from cancer, the chance to go away and spend time together as a family.

Guests were also asked to dress up as their favourite popstar and people turned up as artists such as Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Elvis.

Danny Child, 19, who came as one of the Village People explained why the event was important to him: “The money raised here tonight will go to a good cause; everyone gets dressed up has a laugh and raises lots of money!”

Emma Robinson, 21, who came as pops bad girl Amy Winehouse explains her choice. “I don’t really smoke and I drink moderately, so I thought I would be her so I get the chance to be a bad girl, even if it’s only for one night. Plus I get to wear a wig and have big hair!”

The best dressed, again decided by the audience, won an award and vouchers for a meal for 2 with a bottle of wine at La Tasca. The winner of the night was Paul Galloway, 25, who was dressed as Garth from Wayne’s Word. “I just came as myself basically, and won the sexiest costume!”

Guests were also automatically entered into a raffle for buying a ticket and prizes included a PizzaExpress hamper, Sheffield United tickets, Nandos vouchers and Lyceum Theatre tickets.

The event raised £400 for Amy’s Retreat, organiser Frances Child, 21, said: “The foundation is completely selfless, and deserves all the exposure it can get. I’m glad to be part of such a great cause and the night has been a success, all my hard work has been worth it.”

For more information on Amy’s Retreat and how you can help go to http://www.amysretreat.org.uk/


By Carrie-Ann Vessey


The Royal Wedding: A day of British Celebration

4 May

On April 29th 2011, whilst Prince William was marrying Catherine Middleton in one of the most anticipated weddings of the century, the rest of Britain were celebrating in their own unique ways.

Thousands decided to visit the capital, London, to get a glimpse of the bride and groom, the other 27million people in Britain watched from the comfort of their home, as the future King wed Catherine.

In Hull, although it was reported there had been no applications for street parties, people threw their own house parties and street parties in cul-de-sacs where there is no need for road closure. Retail stores also got into the spirit by decorating shop windows with Wills and Kate.

Heather Perry, 74, threw a party in east Hull, were a buffet was provided- complete with Great Britain style cups and plates- for her close friends as they watched the wedding together. “It is a great day for Britain. It’s a good chance for friends to get together have a celebration and toast to the happy couple. She really was a stunning bride.”

Heather along with friends Valerie Bell, 72 and Hazel, 66, were viewers of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981. Hazel said: “William did his mother proud today she would have been beaming with pride seeing him marry such a beautiful and elegant woman.”

Adam Watkinson, 21, also threw his own party but once the ceremony was over everyone moved outside for a pool party. “It’s just an excuse to drink really. The wedding was a bit boring to me, but it’s a great excuse to get everyone off work and together to have a good time. Although, we were hoping for better weather, after being in the pool it was freezing!”

Surrounded by bunting and Great Britain flags, Leah Fox, 21, explained why the Royal Wedding was good for Britain. “With the credit crunch and focus on politicians, it was nice to celebrate a Royal Wedding, it was a bit like a fairytale, she looked beautiful. Even people who are not interested in the wedding get the day off work and can just have fun.”

For Danielle Pashley, 21, the Wedding gave her extra reason to celebrate, “It’s my birthday on the 30th so it gives me an opportunity to have a pre-celebration. We’ve toasted to the Royals now I can drink into my birthday!”

Whilst her friends were watching the wedding, Natalie Blain, 20, had to work. “I was not impressed I missed it. But I did manage to sneak off to the staff room to catch a glimpse of what she was wearing. Her dress was amazing and she looked like a future Queen. Everyone looked so glamorous, although Prince Harry’s hair looked a bit windswept!”

Whilst the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were celebrating becoming man and wife, Jayne Fox, 44, used the day to celebrate her recent engagement. “We got engaged on Christmas Day, but have never really celebrated it, so we just thought, what better day. Were celebrating a wedding so thought we might as well celebrate our engagement.”

The wedding may have come under criticism due to its extravagance- it reportedly cost £70million- when everyone is dealing with the recession, however, it gave the people the chance to come together to celebrate and feel proud to be British.


By Carrie-Ann Vessey

Tweet of The Week

3 May

Now we know we are a little behind with our Tweet of the Week but here at Country People Fashion we’ve been busy stuffing our faces with chocolate and celebrating the Royal Wedding. So we thought it was only right to choose our favourite tweet regarding the wedding. With so many great tweets the dicision was hard, but the winning tweet went to Piers Morgan for his simple discription of the wedding.

“Two kisses and an Aston Martin speed-by – classy work, William”

Country People Fashion Podcast: The Royal Wedding What we Think of the Dress, the Rings and the Hats

3 May

Congratulations Prince William and Catherine

1 May

Prince William wed Kate Middleton in one of the most anticipated weddings of the year.

Wearing an elegant wedding dress designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Catherine Middleton married the Prince at Westminster Abbey on 29th April.

The Prince, wearing the uniform of an Irish Guards Officer, was accompied by his best man, brother Harry as he wed Kate.

After the ceremony, which ran smoothly, the couple sealed their marriage with not one but two kisses on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

Surrounded by immediate family and the bridal party, the couple- now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge- smiled and waved for the crowd before heading inside to begin the private celebrations.

By Carrie-Ann Vessey

Leader of Sheffield City Council tells Castle Market store holders to: “downsize or go.”

29 Mar

In an interview today the leader of Sheffield City Council, Paul Scriven, was calm and well practised in answering questions about his support for the government and Nick Clegg’s vision for this country. But, when questioned about the locally controversial Castle Market his composure faltered and his answers had an undertone of irritation.

Essentially he held his morals in the right place and emphasised the council’s focus on saving social care services. He said: “Stall holders at Castle Market have been subsidised by the tax payer since 1993” and made it clear that they were not top priority in this city.

He saw it as unfair that they are expecting special treatment when shop owners from elsewhere in Sheffield may also be struggling and services such as Sure Start were at risk of being cut. He asked if he should put money into business or social care.

Mr Scriven claimed his powers are limited, “I can’t change the habits of shoppers and we’ve already invested huge amounts of money to get people into the city centre. Castle Market has been in a difficult position for years and we have helped promote it.”

The issue has come about prior to the new £18million market being built in The Moor where current stalls are expected to relocate in 2013. Since 2008 Castle Market stall holders have had a 40% discount on their rent which is going to be taken away and many are concerned they will not be in business to see the new development.

The council hopes the new market will bring in a more diverse range of customers but essentially Mr Scriven swept the subject aside and said: “They’re either going to have to downsize or go.”

 

By Sarah Walters

Tweet of the Week

28 Mar

Since politics have taken over CountryPeopleFashion of late, it is only right that our tweet of the week is influenced by that, Labour leader Ed Miliband has had alot of interesting tweets of late but our favourite is….

“It’s not the Chancellor who is rescuing the country. It is the country that needs rescuing from the Chancellor. #Budget”

Sheffield City Council Leader Paul Scriven claims the Budget will not affect the people of Sheffield

23 Mar

Sheffield City Council Leader Paul Scriven reassures the people of Sheffield that they will not be affected by the cuts after Labour leader Ed Miliband accused Chancellor George Osbourne of conning voters with small giveaways that are dwarfed by tax rises.

Mr Scriven’s comments came after Mr Miliband likened Mr Osborne to Derek Trotter, the cockney wheeler dealer in the BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses during today’s budget. He said: “The Chancellor has cut fuel duty by 1p, but he’s whacked up VAT on fuel by 3p. Families won’t be fooled’ its Del Boy economics.”

In the budget Mr Osborne cancelled next month’s 4p rise in fuel duty and a further 1p will be cut from pump prices at 6pm- all paid for by a £2bn tax on oil companies. He also froze alcohol duties and air duties- but increased tobacco tax by 2%.

Mr Osborne told MPs: “Last year’s emergency Budget was about rescuing the nation’s finances, and paying for the mistakes of the past.

“Today’s Budget is about reforming the nation’s economy, so that we have enduring growth and jobs in the future.

“And it’s about doing what we can to help families with the cost of living and the high oil price.”

To help families with the high costs of living, council tax is to be frozen or reduced this year in every English council and a 10% discount on inheritance tax is to be given for people leaving 10% of their estate to charity. With Mr Osborne stating: “Do the right thing for charity and the Government will do the right thing for you.”

Sheffield City Councillor Leader Paul Scriven claims the spending cuts will not cause a problem for the people of Sheffield: “One thing I have been clear about is that we wouldn’t be having mass closures. There have been no closures of public buildings such as libraries, leisure centres or public toilets.”

Despite Mr Scriven’s reassurance that Sheffield will not be affected by the cuts, not everyone is convinced.

Student Nurse Rachael Davy, 21, said: “It’s ok saying public buildings are being kept open, but the fact of the matter is there are less jobs and unemployment is high. That is what they should be working on.”

There also seems to be a worry about the future of students in the city, student Alex Unwin, 22, said: “Sheffield brings in thousands of students every year, they want to graduate and get a good job, as the government has cut so many jobs it is less likely they will find jobs adding to the unemployment rate.”

Rise in petrol prices is also a big concern, food innovations assistant Rachel Rasouli, 20, said: “They’re trying to sugar coat it, but petrol prices are rising, the cost of living is going up and it doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.”

Justice Minister, Kenneth Clarke, also didn’t seem convinced by the Chancellors ‘budget for growth’ as he appeared to doze off during his speech, prompting a dig by Mr Miliband: “Indeed the Justice Secretary fell asleep during the Chancellor’s speech, his growth strategy was so compelling.”

By Carrie-Ann Vessey

Burberry Designer To Recieve An Award At Sheffield Hallam

17 Mar

Chief creative officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey, will receive an honorary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of his services to the fashion industry and his charitable work in the UK.

On 18th March a special ceremony will be held to award Bailey with the honorary doctorate. Fashion students and lectures at Hallam will have the chance to watch the ceremony. This is set to be his third doctorate, having already received two from the University of Westminster and the University of Huddersfield.

Yorkshire born Bailey is responsible for the design of all Burberry collections and products, as well as advertising, corporate art direction, architectural design, multi-media content and overall brand image.

In 2008 he set up The Burberry Foundation with Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, which helps young people achieve their goals and potential through the power of their creativity.

He says: “I am looking forward to spending time at Sheffield Hallam University and to meeting their final year fashion students. I am extremely honoured to be recognised by the University in this way, and I am particularly passionate about supporting the next generation of British design talent.”

Professor Philip Jones, vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said: “Christopher is an internationally successful figure in the industry, with a passion for sharing his talent by educating others. We are proud to welcome him to Sheffield Hallam.”

 

By Carrie-Ann Vessey

Pictures from Google

Tweet of The Week

15 Mar

This weeks tweet of the week comes from Lily Allen who’s new Channel Four TV Show From Riches to Rags follows the pop star as she and sister Sarah attempt to launch their own fashion show.

“Have just googled myself, am depressed. going home and switching off broadband.”

You can catch Lily Allen: From Riches to Rags every Tuesday at 10pm on 4.

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