Monthly Archives: February 2016

’90 Years Young’ in High Green

On Saturday 30th April, we will be looking back at the last 90 years in High Green at an event taking place in the Wesleyan Church schoolroom just off Wortley Road. This will look at the changes which have taken place in the village and the domestic, working and social lives of its inhabitants. The event marks the Queen’s 90th birthday with a timeline of events and will feature displays and a ‘fashion through the ages’ show by Heritage High Green. Jenny Bland will be bringing her History Van and transporting us back to the 1920s when Princess Elizabeth was born. There will be much more from the Archiving Project and I’ll post up more details as we go along. If other have any material they think will be of interest and would like to contribute please contact Christine at the Parish Council Offices.

Toposcope at top of Jawbone Hill

1951-2016: The Festival of Britain 65 years on

In 1951, the summer long Festival of Britain celebrating the start of a new modern era had an impact on the local Ecclesfield Parish area as well as being a focal point for the whole of the UK. Planning started in 1949 with local councils and communities being given the opportunity to organise their own celebrations and festivals over the summer of 1951. We’ve already discovered some material in the Parish archive relating to the local festival(s) which took place across the Parish and in the role that local companies such as Newton Chambers played in the construction of the site.

As part of the Archiving Project, I’d like to collect more material to create a display and hold an event to celebrate the 65th anniversary. This is likely to take place in late June or early July and may include a walk to the Birley Stone and the Toposcope which was placed there in 1951.

If you took part in the original festival locally or went on a trip to London to visit the Festival and have any photos or other material, I’d be interested to hear from you. please email

Project Group Visits

During the next few months I am organising a short series of visits to local archives and groups. The first of these is on Thursday 25th February to Stocksbridge Local History Group’s and their archive – contact Christine via email for more details.

Other visits are being arranged to the libraries at Kelham Island Museum, the National Coal Mining Museum and Eden Camp. More details of these will appear shortly.

An Introduction to Oral History

Saturday 27th February:

Oral History Training: a 1-day workshop from 10am to 4.30pm for volunteers who would like to be involved in talking to and recording people’s memories. This is being organised as part of the archiving project and is free with lunch included. No prior knowledge is needed, just an interest in people and local history. Places are limited to 12 so pre-booking is essential. Venue to be confirmed. For more details or to book your place, please contact Christine via email or through the Parish Council office.


Down Memory Lane – history sessions at Ecclesfield Community Library

We are organising a series of monthly sessions at the Library on wednesday afternoons from 3pm to approx. 4.30pm. These are to gather more information for the project and to put together a new display about the local history of the area. All are welcome to join. Please contact Christine at the Parish Council Offices for more details.

Dates as follows:

24th February

23rd March

28th April

25th May

More to follow ….