Crosspool characters: Philip James

Here’s a Q&A with Crosspool butcher Philip James from the most recent edition of the Crosspool Clarion. Don’t miss the video above of Philip getting his legs waxed for charity!

How long have you been in Crosspool?

We are in our 18th year. We opened the shop in the precinct in May 2000.

What do you like about the Crossppol area?

It feels like a village community and has a really nice little shopping centre. The people are lovely and we have some loyal customers who have been with us since we opened.

What are your top sellers at the moment?

Our top sellers at the moment are beef mince, chicken fillets and our homemade sausages.

What are your plans for the future?

We are a family-run business with several generations involved in the running of it, so eventually I would like to hand over the business to the next generation of the family. We are still keen to support local events such as the festival and summer fayre and we like to get involved in local community fundraising where we can.

What do you think people should buy local?

We think people should buy local as all our meat is sourced locally within 20 miles, for example lamb from Bakewell and pork from near Doncaster. This means we can provide locally-sourced meats which have traceability and customers know they are getting good quality products. We can also give customers advice on the best cuts and cooking of produce and we provide a free delivery service if required.

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Crosspool Big Issue North seller featured in new edition

Mohammed Iqbal, Crosspool’s vendor for The Big Issue North, is featured in the new issue of the magazine
Mohammed Iqbal, Crosspool’s vendor for The Big Issue North, is featured in the new issue of the magazine

An question-and-answer interview with Mohammed Iqbal, Crosspool’s vendor for The Big Issue North, is featured in the new issue of the magazine.

Copies are available from Mohammed who can be found smiling outside Spar most days!

Video: Nick Clegg visits Crosspool street market

Deputy PM Nick Clegg visits Crosspool street market
Deputy PM Nick Clegg at Crosspool street market today

Sheffield Hallam MP and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg was in Crosspool today with his family on a visit the Selborne Road street market.

We spent a few minutes asking him about the street market, how often he is up in his constituency and his thoughts on some possible opponents at the 2015 general election.

Overall, the street market was a big success with stalls selling food, cakes, plants, crafts, jewellery, clothes and books. There was also music and dance from local schools and groups.

Crosspool street market 2013
Crosspool street market 2013