University of Sheffield Engineering Alumni Day 2012

I’ve just spent a very enjoyable Saturday afternoon at the University of Sheffield Engineering Alumni day. Having graduated here in 1978 it was a great opportunity for me to catch up with what was happening at the University, including some ambitious plans to turn the old Jessops Hospital site into an ultra modern teaching facility for engineering students of the future. We had the opportunity to view the model of the proposed building at Firth Court. Ann and I were both born at Jessops – as were both of our daughters – so it was a bit of an odd feeling to think of our birthplace disappearing.

We also had a sneak preview of the Formula Student entry which will be heading for Silverstone next weekend. Here’s wishing the team the best of luck.

It was nice to have it confirmed by Professor Iain Todd that many of the students who study at Sheffield decide to settle in the area after graduation. After all, us locals already know that this is a Brilliant Yorkshire Location but having our brightest young people working here will be a great boost for the local economy for many years to come.

It was good for me to meet other graduates of the Faculty of Engineering which is now ranked among the top in the country. Some of these I’ve known professionally for many years but others I met only for the first time today. I’ll certainly be taking away some of the comments made for my work with the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Many thanks to Ruth Stanley and Amy Jones from Alumni Relations for organising the day and to the other staff members who gave their time this afternoon to make us welcome. I’ll look forward to the next one.

Fantastic Events at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena

Fabulous artists appearing at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena in the coming months include,  JLS, Olly Murs, Noel Gallagher, Westlife, Dancing on Ice, Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, Michael McIntyre, John Bishop and Mrs Brown Rides Again!! Our bed and breakfast is approximately 20 minutes away from the Arena and would make an ideal place to stay.

Ray Gelato at BIN@Sheffield2011

I was at University of Sheffield last night for the BIN@Sheffield2011 conference dinner. A brilliant evening at Firth Hall with some old friends and colleagues from Digital South Yorkshire and the IET. Excellent local food with some fabulous music provided by Ray Gelato. If you get chance to see Ray and his band perform then make certain to take along the dancing shoes!

Congratulations to Mark Sanderson and colleagues for the organisation.


Football Fans! Selco Yorkshire Masters Football at the Motorpoint Arena

The Yorkshire Masters Football is on Sunday 26th June. The greatest legends of Yorkshire football including stars from our very own Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United go head to head to try and win the most coveted prize in indoor football.

Teams taking part are: Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield Utd, Barnsley, Huddersfield, Leeds, Doncaster.

Come and support the local lads and support your local businesses.

Duran Duran in Sheffield June 4th

Duran Duran play live at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield on Saturday 4th June. This is the band’s first UK area tour in 7 years and is a show not to be missed.

Throapham House B&B is less than 13 miles away, just 20 minutes by car. We are ideally situated to accommodate you after your fantastic night with Duran Duran and look forward to hearing all about the concert.

Peter Kay, A-HA, Meat Loaf at Sheffield Arena

Peter Kay, A-HA, Meat Loaf, Frankie Boyle, Simply Red, JLS, Peter Andre are just a few of the fabulous acts to appear at the Sheffield Motorpoint Arena this year and the Strictly Come Dancing and X-Factor tours early next year. Make sure you book your accommodation as soon as possible. If you are looking for 5 star accommodation near the Sheffield Arena, then look no further than Tbroapham House, just off junction 31 of the M1 and close to the A57 and A1. A stay at our luxury 5 star bed and breakfast will make your night out more memorable. Ann and Robert look forward to welcoming you.

Sheffield Lyceum and Crucible – An Enemy of the People, Fiddler on the Roof ….

Woman in Black, Spike Milligan’s Adolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall, Sisters, Northern Ballet Theatre performing Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Rocky Horror Show, the English Touring Opera present Don Pasquale/The Marriage of Figaro/A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rocky Horror Show and Calendar Girls are some of the highlights of what is appearing during March and April at the Sheffield Lyceum and recently refurbished Crucible theatres.
Also appearing in April for one night prior to the World Snooker Championships are Snooker legends – Jimmy White, Alex Higgins, John Parrott and Cliff Thorburn.
Throapham House is a luxury 5 star gold award b&b near Sheffield Lyceum and the Crucible theatres where you will be assured of a comfortable and memorable stay.

Rother Valley Triathlon Festival near Sheffield and Rotherham 12 and13 June 2010

Athletes from around the country are expected to attend the festival and in particular to enter the Sprint race which has been selected as a qualifying event for both the 2010 World and 2011 European Sprint Triathlon Championships.  The event will attract people from all round the country as well as the local community and with many activities taking place in the park throughout the festival this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a sporting weekend away. For accommodation near Rother Valley Country Park look no further than Throapham House where you will receive a warm welcome from Ann and Robert. We are situated just 5 miles (10 minutes drive) from the park and close to junction 31 of the M1.

Peter Kay, Leona Lewis, JLS, Rihanna, Michael Buble, Westlife, Lady Gaga, Dancing on Ice Tour, X Factor 2010 Tour and Strictly Come Dancing

These are just some of the fantastic events appearing at the Sheffield Arena in 2010.

If you are attending any one of these events, why not extend your stay and enjoy some of the many places to visit nearby such as York, Chatsworth House, Clumber Park to name a few or perhaps shopping at Meadowhall in Sheffield?

Throapham House is close to junction 31 of the M1 and is approximately 13 miles – 20 minutes by car from the Sheffield Arena. We are situated on the South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire border making us an ideal location from which to base your visit.

So if you are looking for accommodation near the Sheffield Arena Ann and Robert will make your stay special at Throapham House.

Sheffield hosts the BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Sunday 13 December sees the BBC Sports Personality of the year presented live from the Sheffield Arena. Tickets go on sale at 9am Tuesday 20th October and are expected to sell out quickly.

Why not enhance your experience of this award with a stay at Throapham House. We are situated close to junction 31 of the M1 and are approximately 13 miles – 20 minutes by car from the Sheffield Arena making us an ideal location from which to base your visit.