Monthly Archives: November 2015

Yuletide & Christmas Traditions

This event is taking place at Newton Hall, Chapeltown on Wednesday 2nd December 2015 between 2pm – 8pm. It is free to drop in. There will be a programme of activities through the afternoon and evening. An outline of these is set out below, times will be added later when confirmed.

Share your memories of past Christmases and Winters

Bring along a photograph, postcard, picture, recipe, old decoration, memory for the Archiving Project Yuletide memory wall. Contribute to the timeline – a 100yrs of Xmas:  Who has the oldest tree ornament ; nativity set ….. What was your first toy? Favourite book? Film, TV show, song, carols. Scan and upload your photo. to the digital archive and website

WW1 Traditional Christmas

Find out what Christmas was like 100yrs ago during WW1 with Jenny Bland (the History Van) – listen to a short talk about Christmas traditions and have an opportunity to make a decoration to take away. From 2pm to 4.30pm

Traditional Carols & Music

Listen and join in with local songs and carols led by John & Vic. Bowden. through the afternoon.

The Natural History of Christmas & how Victorians re- invented Christmas

Hear about how the Victorians invented Christmas traditions with an illustrated talk by Ian Rotherham. at 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Window shopping

Look at the displays of past shops & shopping – what can you remember?

Test your knowledge

Take part in our Christmas quiz.


Refreshments available – teas and coffee; sausage rolls, mince pies, almond slices, fruit cake, jam tarts …. from 2.30 to 6pm.

Coffee Morning – 27th November

The Parish Council are holding a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Palliative Care Unit at the Northern General Hospital. The event is at the Parish Council Offices and Community Room between 10am and 1pm. I am working with Heritage High Green to put together displays on shops & shopping as well as progress on the archiving project. The displays will be set out in the Council’s meeting room with refreshments and fundraising stalls in the Community Room. It  will be an opportunity to see the new project website and find out more about the archiving project.

Please come along and join us for a coffee and a chat and help us raise funds for a worthy cause.

28th October – connections at Ecclesfield library

The third afternoon session at the library took place on Wednesday 28th October. The theme was exploring connections between families but we soon began taking the subject wider across all the different parts of Ecclesfield village. Jim Percival showed us a painting of a ‘Lovers’ Bridge at Ecclesfield. There were few other identifying features and so there was quite a bit of discussion of where it may be and a few suggestions were put forward. A few days after the meeting Mr & Mrs Cooper emailed to say they had identified the bridge from an old photograph. It was along Hartley Brook.

Our next session is on 25th November from 3pm to about 4.30pm. I’ve asked people to bring along a photograph they definitely know and can talk about as well as a couple of ‘mystery’ ones that they would like help in identifying either the location or the people in the photo.  All are welcome to the meetings, if you are interested just come along.

High Green Miners’ Welfare Group meeting in October

On 19th October I was invited to go along to the older persons’ group at the Miners’ Welfare Hall in High Green. I went along with Judith, one of the project volunteers, to talk about the archiving project and how the members of the group could become involved. We had a very pleasant afternoon swapping stories not just about old High Green but about other parts of the parish such as Warren as well as further afield e.g.Walkley. I’ve been invited back again in November to carry on with some of the stories and to see if people are willing to take part in passing on reminiscences.