Autohaus Dolby

0114 2446589

We've been working with Matt Dolby from Autohaus Dolby for a fair few issues now and we thought it high time we expressed not only our gratitude for his support of this fine publication, but also gave one of the increasingly few independent mechanics in Sheffield – a Volkswagen specialist, no less – a shout out.

Matt started the business in 2005, quitting his job and putting all of his savings into the endeavour. He tells us that "customer service and customer satisfaction" have been his priorities throughout. When asked about hispersonal projects, Matt talks proudly of their current efforts to restore a 1965 Beetle, and also mentions his interest in electric cars and the E-Golf that the company uses every day. We asked Matt about the current biggest challenge to the business and he said it was getting the best quality parts for the customer. What better answer could you hope for?

Located on the Century Street Industrial Estate near Meadowhall, Autohaus Dolby offer a comprehensive service covering all your air-cooled or water-cooled Volkswagen needs. They have invested in the specialist tools and computer equipment needed to give your vehicle the care it needs, offer free-of-charge Volkswagen courtesy cars and carry out servicing, timing belts, brake replacement, clutches, MOTs and all other mechanical work. Get in touch.

Dun Works


You're going to hear a lot more about the rejuvenation of Kelham Island in the coming months and years. Despite being a destination for drinkers of refined palette for decades, the area seems to be undergoing another transformation at the moment, with new ventures springing up all over.

But what use is this if most people in the city can't afford to live there? Located at the heart of the district, Dun Works is a project which is looking to change that. In their own words: "We want to make sure that the people who made Kelham great in the first place can still afford to live here."

When it opens in early 2018, Dun Works will offer 225 studio, one-bed and two-bed apartments available to rent for a range of incomes, from £470 per month. There are also four commercial units available.

Dun Works is a profit-making venture which is part of South Yorkshire Housing Association, so any profit raised, including by Crucible Sales and Lettings, who are managing the apartments, goes back into SYHA's vital work supporting people without a home of their own.

All apartments include built-in kitchens, appliances and superfast broadband. There are also bike stores and limited parking available on site. Public transport links are fantastic, with Shalesmoor tram stop a minute's walk away.

The showflat is available to view in January. To register your interest, email dunworks@cruciblesalesandlettings.co.uk or visit the Dun Works website.

Treehouse Board Game Cafe

41 Boston St, S2 4QF

Nestled just off London Road, The Treehouse Board Game Cafe is a new gem in Sheffield’s cafe culture crown. It’s opening was much-anticipated by die-hard board game lovers and the board game curious alike, and judging by the swell of five-star reviews on their Facebook page it has not only lived up to, but has surpassed all expectations. With a library that holds more than 300 games, from old favourites to new releases, there’s something to please every group size and experience level.

The space itself is dotted with custom-made gaming tables crafted by Kelham Island’s Chop Shop and adorned with colourful artwork by Florence Blanchard. Friendly staff are on-hand to help you find the right game for you and they also have a taster menu for those who need a little help getting started.

Talking of menus, The Treehouse boasts a full menu of light bites and bigger eats, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, coffee from local roaster Frazer’s, tea from Birdhouse Tea Company, and an ever-changing selection of craft beers on draught.

You can book a table online or over the phone. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming events and if you fancy a Christmas do with a difference, they’ll be releasing their festive menu soon. Happy gaming.

Wordlife 11th Birthday

Saturday 18 November, DINA

November marks the 11th birthday of our literature project, Wordlife. Originally run as an open mic night hosted at the University of Sheffield, Wordlife formally joined Opus, the parent company of Now Then magazine, in 2009 after years of collaborating/collective drinking.

We've been lucky enough to host hundreds of poets on our stages over the years, including Kate Tempest, Lemn Sissay, Hollie McNish and Buddy Wakefield. Chances are if you're interested in literature and creative writing in Sheffield and a regular reader of these pages, you will already be aware of Wordlife. We've been editing the creative writing section of Now Then since the second issue. 

It's our birthday this month, so on 18 November we are having a party at DINA and you are all invited. Unfortunately, unlike birthday parties you've attended in the past you will have to pay a small cover price to get in, but this will be more than made up for by the array of talent you will see perform on stage.

Flip to the Wordlife section for a more accurate rundown of the line-up and what you can expect on the evening. Poetry and spoken word are enjoying a huge resurgence at the moment. Come and find out what all the fuss is about.