I took a display along to the event on Saturday 30th July which was thoroughly enjoyable and well attended. There was a couple of renditions of On Ilkley Moor Ba’Tat and demonstrations from the groups who use the hall including Line-dancing and Zumba. There was also chance to have a go at ‘sword dancing’ which I didn’t attempt but mostly because I was talking to a steady stream of people about local history of the area. Several more anecdotes and memories to add to the collection. Our project steering group chairman, Cllr Andy Bainbridge, helped out on the day talking to people and explaining about the project. Our display was between the 6 Jolly Miners and Heritage High Green stalls so ideally placed. The latter had a display of Yorkshire food as well as local history. It was all ably organised by Darren Ward our community health worker and decorated with Yorkshire flags the previous day,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I went along to High Green in Bloom’s Party in the Park on Saturday 5th Sept. The Heritage High Green Group had a really interesting display about local farms around the Mortomley / Greengate Lane area. I increased my knowledge some more and must make time to have a good walk round. They also kindly offered me a bit of space on their display to publicise the project. It was the first opportunity to hand out some of the new Volunteer Opportunities leaflets. I enjoyed talking to several different groups who were taking part encouraging people to consider putting together a few images / memories about their group to add into the archiving project. I’m keen to get more up to date stuff as well as the more historical so that we can make records for the future. If anyone has ideas for groups or would like to consider putting together a set for their own group / organisation, please let me know.
I also had the time to talk to the Ecclesfield Library Group which had a stall at the event. They were also going to Ecclesfield Gala the following day and agreed to take more leaflets so I am hoping that this will generate even more interest.
Heritage High Green invited me to join with them to organise an event at Kinsey Road Sheltered Scheme on Friday 8th May. Residents of this and nearby sheltered schemes plus others took part in a singsong, lots of reminiscences, flag waving! and a bit of dancing. The heritage group threw themselves into the spirit of things decorating the room, putting together a display and making the refreshments which included ‘typical’ food of the time – dripping, jam and spam sandwiches, jelly, blancmange and sponge cakes.
I found it great fun and so interesting listening to some of the stories about both the ups and downs of the wartime experiences. Some of these will feature later in other posts. I was also pleased that yet again! people are coming forward with suggestions for the archive and more events.