Green light for Sheffield memories project

Flashback to blocks of flats on Claywood Drive, Norfolk Park, Sheffield.
Flashback to blocks of flats on Claywood Drive, Norfolk Park, Sheffield.
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Sheffield Manor Parish has been awarded £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop its local history project - Manor Memories.

The funding will help explore the history of the Manor and Norfolk Park, by recording and archiving the oral testimonies of people living in the area.

Local residents of all ages are being encouraged to come forward and share their memories.

“We’re so pleased to have been awarded this grant and we can’t wait to start the project,” said Reverend Julie Upton, team rector of the Sheffield Manor Parish.

“We’re excited to be creating a legacy of memories that will be valuable to future generations.”

“We’re looking for residents - past or present - who have memories to share or stories to tell. It doesn’t matter if you go to church or not - this is a community project.”

‘Manor Memories’ is inspired by BBC Two’s All Our Stories programme, which was launched last year to get people involved in their local heritage.

The popular series, presented by historian Michael Wood, inspired communities around the country to start asking questions about their history.

Sheffield Manor Parish is one of the first groups to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant.

Labour Coun Pat Midgley of the Manor Castle Ward said she hoped the project would highlight the positive things about life on the Manor.

“So many good things happen here that, unfortunately, don’t hit the headlines. This project will inspire local people to discover a pride in their surroundings and develop a sense of community and ownership as they explore their heritage,” she said.

The parish wants to use the funding to produce a DVD and a book of stories.

Anyone wishing to get involved can attend a launch event at St Aidan’s Church on Manor Lane on January 14 at 3pm.