This was their golden Jubilee event and they had invited past Gala Queens to attend. I joined with the Grenoside & District Local History Group to bring a display about the project. The group had put a display together about the gala queens and some of the previous queens had also brought some of their own photos. We were in the room where they held their tea party and it was good to see so many of the previous queens and their families looking at the displays. I was fortunate to be introduced to the first Gala Queen, Barbara Foster from 1956 who told me that she was presented with a necklace as Gala Queen. She still had the necklace and presentation box with her name on it. The photograph below shows Barbara in front of the display with her neighbour Helen Jackson.
I joined with Heritage High Green with a small display about the project and some of the historical information we have been collecting through the project. Despite a damp start it was an enjoyable day. Our Parish Chairman, Cllr. Kath Granger opened the event and came to talk to us at the display. I showed her some of the images from the Thorncliffe collection which we are archiving and she recognised her grandfather, Mr Garrett, in one of the photos. This was good as we had not previously got a name for the photo. We were also joined by city councillor, Cllr. Andy Bainbridge, who is also the archiving project steering group chairman.
I am running a group at Ecclesfield Community Library with ‘Reminiscence sessions’ from 3pm to 5pm on 29th June, 27th July, 31st August & 28th September (all are Wednesday afternoons)
These are informal sessions where we meet to talk about ‘old times’ around Ecclesfield with some people bringing along a selection of photos to start us off. All are welcome, just come along.
The next session at the end of June will be looking at the churches and chapels in the area; their sunday schools, whit walks and other events.
Later in July we will be putting on an exhibition and open event in support of the library looking at the history of the library and the local area in support of Ecclesfield Community Library. It will be open to the public during Library opening hours. The exhibition is being developed at the monthly local history reminiscence sessions which take place in the Library. For more details please contact Christine via the parish council offices.
On Saturday 9th July we will be holding a guided walk starting and finishing at the Grenoside Reading Room to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain celebrations. The Grenoside community organised a large number of events between May and November 1951 as part of the national festival; a display of some of these will be at the Reading Room for people to see.
Wortley RDC commemorated the festival by installing a viewing point at the top of Jawbone Hill next to the Birley Stone. On 9th July, setting off at 1.30pm, we will be walking to the viewing point taking photos when we get there and along the way. We are aiming to re-create the 1951 event when the vieiwing point was unveiled with a group photo. at the same spot. We’ll then walk back to the Reading Room for refreshments and a chance to see the displays.
The afternoon will finish about 4.30pm. All are welcome to join the walk or see us at the Reading Room around 3.30pm on our return.
The ’90 Years Young’ event on 30th April was a great success thanks to the sterling efforts of the members of Heritage High Green with their displays, parade of fashion through the ages and organising refreshments. We were also treated to two fascinating talks by Jenny Bland about life in the 1920s when Princess Elizabeth was born and a display about mining and the anniversary of the Oaks mining disaster.
The day was opened by the 2015/16 Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Sheila Constance who welcomed everyone to the event. She later told me how much she had enjoyed it especially the parade and the number of people who had made favourable comments about the day.
The Laburnum Tree of Memory picture and roll call of members of the chapel in 1947 was on display and we had a visit from the man who did the lettering for the roll call. I would like to put a copy of the picture into the archive as it will be of interest to many local people.
You will be able to see more about the event and some of the displays at this Saturday’s ‘Party in the Park’ in Mortomley Park, High Green (11am to 3pm). I’ll be there with information about the Archiving Project and some of the historical information we’ve been collecting.