Join the probe into Walkley’s past

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VOLUNTEERS are being sought to help uncover the history of a suburb of Sheffield.

Walkley Community Centre has been awarded a £59,900 Heritage Lottery grant to fund the Sheffield: Walkley Ways, Walkley Wars project, celebrating three key periods of the area’s past.

Volunteers and residents will discover what Walkley was like in 1908 when the Walkley Reform Club was built on Fir Street, mark the centenary of World War One, which takes place in 2014, by researching the lives and occupations of club members who fought in the war, and bring 10 stained-glass memorial windows back to their former glory.

The project also aims to look back on Walkley in the ’60s and ’70s by collecting old photographs and memories.

Fiona Spiers, Yorkshire’s head of Lottery Heritage, said: “This project will enable people of all ages to capture, celebrate and commemorate the achievements and sacrifices residents of Walkley have made.”

A launch event takes place at Walkley Community Centre, Fir Street, on Friday, November 30, from 7.30pm.

To get involved email bill@inheritage.co.uk or call 0114 234 5411.