South Yorkshire Group events

Forthcoming events July to October 2019

NOTE EARLIER START TIME - We have had to start our meetings earlier than in previous years because of a change in the rules at the Friends' Meeting House. Our indoor meetings are held at the Friends' Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW. Doors open at 6.45pm and the meeting starts at 7.15pm (unless a different time is noted below). Admission costs £4.50, including tea or coffee and biscuit, and all are welcome. Parking is available in the street in front or nearby, and there are two disabled bays immediately in front of the building. Please note you have to pay for parking until 8.30pm.

Saturday 27 July: A walk in Nottingham, led by Philip Wright. Meet at 11.00 am in front of the Council House, Old Market Square. There is a convenient train from Sheffield at 09.36 arriving in Nottingham at 10.27 (but please check for revised train timetables before the day). The morning comprises a brief walk in the city centre. We will take a lunch break (own arrangements) from 12.15 to 1.30. Meet again at the Council House for the main walk through the Duke of Newcastle's Park Estate. Philip’s mobile, in case of enquiries or need on the day, is 07702 081021.

Saturday 7 September: A guided walk led by Graham Hague. A further look at Burngreave and Pitsmoor, to complete the one we started last year. Meet at 2.30 pm at the front gates of Abbeyfield Park in Burngreave Road. The walk is largely downhill and will take in Burngreave Vestry Hall and Pye Bank School, a listed C J Innocent building now restored as part of the construction of a very large new school but perhaps overshadowed by the new buildings.

Tuesday 17 September: Down Behind the Cathedral. A guided walk, led by Valerie Bayliss, in this fascinating area, not well-known to many. Part of Sheffield’s historic core and now facing a lot of change. The Group’s contribution to Heritage Open Days 2019. Meet in front of the cathedral in Church Street for 6.30 pm start; finish approx 8.30 pm. No booking required, just turn up.

Thursday 10 October: Sheffield's Hidden Necropolis. A talk by Janet Ridler. Tucked away on a hillside just off Ecclesall Road lies a hidden Victorian city of the dead, Sheffield’s very own Highgate. Sheffield General Cemetery, a Grade II* listed heritage and conservation site, is a museum of people which tells the story of Sheffield’s past through its 87,000 residents and 10 listed monuments and structures. Discover one of England’s earliest landscaped Garden Cemeteries as we meet steel barons, radicals, soldiers, an elephant trainer and a Russian aristocrat when we travel back in time to 1836 on a very Sheffield story of life – and death – in Victorian times.

Dates for your diary: the autumn/winter programme starts with talks on 10 October and 14 November. Details in the next newsletter.