Project Events for 2019 - calendar to be published soon


Ecclesfield Civil Parish Archiving Project Events 2016

27th January, 24th February, 23rd March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, 27th July, 31st August & 28th September (all are Wednesday afternoons): Reminiscence sessions from 3pm to 5pm at Ecclesfield Community Library

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. In July we will be putting on an exhibition and open event in support of the library.

Saturday 30th April, ‘90 Years Young’ in High Green

This is taking place in the Methodist Church schoolroom just off Wortley Road from 10.30am to 3.30pm. The chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr Mrs Sheila Constance will open the event. It 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. It 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 the new website.

Thursday 2nd June, The Archiving Project – an illustrated talk

7.30pm at the Grenoside Reading Room. Christine, the project co-ordinator, will give a talk about the Ecclesfield Parish Council’s Archiving Project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will be illustrated with some of the material that has been donated for the digital archive and will accompany an exhibition about the project which will be at the Grenoside Reading Room through June.

Saturday 9th July: The Festival of Britain Summer Celebration Walk

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. As part of the Archiving Project, we have been collecting material to create a display and will be holding an event at the Grenoside Reading Room to celebrate the 65th anniversary.

The walk will start from Grenoside Reading Room at 1.30pm and we will walk to the Birley Stone and the viewing point and back to the Reading Room or refreshments. All welcome. We will be taking photos at the viewing point and along the way.

Late July: Exhibition at Ecclesfield Library

There will be an exhibition, organised by the Archiving Project, 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.

Saturday 30th July: White Rose 'Yorkshire' Day at the Miners Welfare Hall, High Green

The project will be joining with other community groups on the day. I will have a display related to mining and the Thorncliffe archive material at the event where I hope we will be able to solve a few mystery locations/ industrial processes and put names to people. 

Saturday 24th September, Project Celebration Event, Chapeltown venue tbc

A date for the diary. This will be a celebration of the achievements of the Archiving Project and the work of the volunteers who have contributed. It will be a chance to look at material from the displays and exhibitions as well as much more.


Ecclesfield Civil Parish Archiving Project Events 2015


Wednesday 2nd December:

Yuletide and Christmas Traditions at Newton Hall, Chapeltown from 2pm to 8pm. Free to attend. 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. 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 (2.15 to 4.30pm). Traditional Carols & Music: Listen and join in with local songs and carols led by John & Vic. Bowden. The Natural History of Christmas & how Victorians re- invented Christmas: Hear about how the Victorians invented our modern Christmas traditions with an illustrated talk by Ian Rotherham at 6.30pm. Displays, Christmas Quiz and refreshments - afternoon tea 2.30 to 6pm. 

Friday 27th November:

Parish Council 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 and we are putting together displays on shops & shopping as well as progress on the archiving project. These 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. Please come along and join us for a coffee and a chat and help us raise funds for a worthy cause.

Wednesday 25th November:

Down Memory Lane - Where are we? at Ecclesfield Library, High Street, Ecclesfield from 3 to 4.30pm. We are holding another informal session where we are asking people to bring along a photograph or two which they want help with to identify the place or people shown. A chance to share anecdotes, stories, maps and photos. Please bring along examples to share. Free, no need to book and refreshments available.

Wednesday 28th October:

Down Memory Lane - Connections at Ecclesfield Library, High Street Ecclesfield from 3 to 5pm. After the success of the previous events we are holding another informal session with a chance to share anecdotes, stories, maps and photos. Please bring along examples to share. Free, no need to book and refreshments available.

Wednesday 30th September:

A Walk Down Memory Lane at Ecclesfield Library, High Street Ecclesfield from 2 to 4pm. After the success of the first event we are holding another informal session with a chance to chat about the 'old area' and share anecdotes, stories, maps and photos. Please bring along examples to share. Free,  no need to book and refreshments available.

Wednesday 23rd September:

Ecclesfield Past & Present Archiving Project, an illustrated talk at Ecclesfield Library 7.15 to 8.30pm. Come along and find out more about the project and the historical material that is being collected as part of the archiving project. Free, no need to book

Wednesday 19th August:

'A Walk Down Memory Lane' at Ecclesfield Library from 2pm to 4pm. An informal session with anecdotes, stories, maps and photos of the local area. Free to drop in and bring along a memory or two to share.

Tuesday 21st July:

Reminiscences Afternoon at Newgate Close Sheltered Scheme, High Green.

Saturday 18th July:

Oral History Training at Grenoside Reading Rooms. This is a 1-day workshop from 10am to 4.30pm for volunteers who would like to be involved in oral history interviewing as part of the archiving project. The workshop is free with lunch included. Places are limited to 12 so pre-booking is essential.

Thursday 2nd July:

Tea Time Reminiscences at Chapeltown Library 2pm - 4pm. Join us for a chat about how looking after house and family have changed in the last 60 years. Tea and cake provided. Please book your place - phone 2845095 or email

Thursday 25th June:

'Meet the Project' and find out more about how to get involved. 10am to 2pm at the Ecclesfield Parish Council Offices. This will be an informal drop-in session (although we'd like to know if you are coming so we can do the refreshments) with local history material on display, a preview of the new website and the opportunities available to get more involved. - phone 2845095 or email

Thursday 21st May:

Exploring Local History - talk at Chapeltown Library 2pm - please book your place - phone 2845095 or email

Saturday 25th April:

Project Launch & Exhibition