Community Heritage

I work with local communities to help them express themselves through interpretation, education and publications.

Friends of Sheaf Valley Park

The Friends of Sheaf Valley Park work to protect and enjoy the green spaces of the Sheaf Valley, including South Street Park, the Amphitheatre behind the station, Cholera Memorial Park (shown above) and Sky Edge, in Sheffield. We organise Sheaf Valley Festival every September, showcasing young local talent in the Amphitheatre, and where I run a local history stall. Please get in touch with me if you have memories of the Park area, would like to get involved or sponsor any of our activities, or have any ideas that can contribute to the success of the Friends.

Sheaf Valley Festival

Sheaf Valley Festival

William Ronksley Trust

I am a Trustee of the William Ronksley Trust, established to preserve the chapel and ministry in Whiteley Lane, Sheffield. In 1724 non-conformist Wm Ronksley left £400 in his will to build ‘a large and spacious chapel’ for the use of ‘Dis­senters from the Church of England’. The chapel now known as Fulwood Old Chapel, opened for worship in 1728. Externally its appearance has hardly changed at all; featuring attractive stone mullioned diamond-paned windows, two-feet thick walls and heavy slate roof. The chapel is still in use as a Unitarian meeting place , and by many other community groups.

Fulwood Old Chapel

Fulwood Old Chapel

Regather Co-operative

Regather Co-operative Limited works towards developing alternatives to traditional forms of employment, self-employment and volunteering in order to meet the day to day needs of the local community. We manage projects across a range of themes: events, food, enterprise, education, heritage and low carbon. I am the heritage convenor for several small scale aspects of the co-op including the heritage craft area of the Folk Forest festival held each year in July. I am also contact for Sharrow’s very own Heritage Lottery Fund bid – Past Masters – which is working to create a series of community heritage trails and history workshops in the Little Sheffield area of London Road. 

Regather Works Entrance Sign

Regather Works entrance sign

HeritageWorks

For several years I was involved in Heritage Works an Ancoats based buildings preservation trust with Manchester as my second home. One job I was particularly proud of was the research and editing of All Work and No Play – an online interactive scrapbook – containing oral histories and photographs sourced from former residents and workers of Ancoats. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

All Work and No Play

pages from All Work and No Play

If you’re interested in seeing what I can do for you in terms of community heritage please get in touch.