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Upcoming events -

Members, local subscribers and non-members are all very welcome at our events.  For talks a charge is made, payable by all.  This includes tea or coffee and biscuit.  For other events such as walks and visits there is normally no charge except for entry fees, donations etc as one would expect.

Please note:  Meetings normally take place at the Friends’ Meeting House, St James Street (near the Cathedral), normally starting at 7.30pm.  Doors open 7pm.  There are two disabled parking spaces in front of the building.  Other parking in the street opposite the building or in streets nearby. 

For more details of any event please contact the activities organisers, Judy and Graham Hague - see contacts page for details.

Thursday 20 April: AGM (start time 7.15pm), to be followed by a talk on Mrs Gaskell, famous Victorian novelist, by Shirley Foster, President of the Gaskell Society, former Reader in the English Department at Sheffield University, and of course one of our members. We are planning to follow up the talk with a visit to Mrs Gaskell’s house in Manchester early in the summer programme.  Please note the earlier than usual start time for this meeting, to allow us to close the meeting at the usual time.  See 25th June for a follow-up visit. 

Wednesday 10th May: a guided walk “Sheffield’s Victorian City Centre” - to look at what’s still there - quite a lot as it happens!  Meet in front of the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, at 6.30pm.  The walk will end at about 8.30pm.  For more details call 0114 230 7693.

Wednesday 17 May
:  a guided walk round Attercliffe, to look at how this Victorian industrial suburb of houses and factories has decayed over 3 decades, and how it is beng reinvented.  Meet at te Attercliffe tram stop at 6.30pm.  The walk ends at about 8.30pm.  For more details ring 0114 268 6729.

Wednesday 24th May:  a guided walk “Castlegate and the Riverside - Sheffield’s old town”. A walk round this rather negelected area of Sheffield that may soon be on the up, and is the oldest part of the city.  We start with Castlegate, where it all began and cross the river to look at the Wicker, finishing at Wicker Arches.  Meet at the top of Castle Street by the junction with Angel Street (outside the old Co-op) at 6.30pm.  More details from 0114 230 7693.

Saturday 25th June - A day outing to Manchester and Elizabeth Gaskell House.  We will leave Sheffield at about 9.30am by coach (shared with members of the Upper Chapel) for a morning visit to the Gaskell’s house at Plymouth Grove, (which is independently run by the Gaskell Society, who have restored this suburban villa of c.1860 with considerable skill, giving an impressive glimpse into Victorian middle-class life.  There follows a free afternoon with an opportunity to visit the nearby Whitworth Art Gallery and the Platt Hall Museum of Costume.  There is a cafe at the Gaskell house.  The cost will be about £23 per person including entrance to the Gaskell’s house.  Booking is essential, please call 0114 2686729 or email 

Wednesday 5th July: A guided walk to look at Broomhill, from the Hallamshire Hospital up to Crookes. This area contains the Victorian homes of numerous Sheffield worthies, industrialists and others, and we will look at what has been lost as well as what remains.  Note - this is not a repeat of last year’s Broomhall walk.  Meet outside the Francis Newton pub in Clarkehouse Road at 6.30pm.  Ends 8.30pm approx.

Advanced notice - note your diaries, more details in the next newsletter:
Saturday 2 Sept - a day out to Huddersfield, probably travelling by the 10.36 train from Sheffield.
Thursday 19 October:  the first indoor event of the autumn season - a talk on the remarkable Gatty family of Ecclesfield by Mel and Joan Jones.  7 for 7.30 at the Friends’ Meeting House, St James Street.
Thursday 23 November:  Kathy Clark of Historic England on Bandstands.  This is the talk we had to postpone in February because of storm Doris!






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