Sheffield tenants’ association celebrates 50th birthday by bringing past of area to life

A Sheffield tenants’ and residents’ association had celebrated its 50th birthday by looking back at the area’s fascinating history.

By Dan Hayes
Friday, 24 May, 2019, 13:12

The Greenhill and Bradway TARA marked its half century on Saturday with a community day attended by more than 500 people held at its tenants’ hall on Gresley Road..

The day was the culmination of a £15,000 project to record the history of the TARA, paid for with money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB).

Greenhill and Bradway TARA 50th Birthday celebrations.Pictured are LtoR Bev Booth,Trish Hunter,Barbara Hill…..Pic Steve Ellis

The project hopes to document the history of the area and its people, preserving the memories of current Greenhill and Bradway residents for future generations.

Stephen Rich, secretary of Greenhill and Bradway TARA, said as well as being an important heritage project, the day was ‘really good fun’ as well.

He said: “It was a great community event and a great community day. The sun shone and it was just a lovely day which everyone enjoyed.”

Dignitaries who attended on the day included Sheffield’s ‘man with the pram’ John Burkhill, South Yorkshire voice actor and singer Ray Hearne and a representative from the office of Sheffield Heeley MP Louise Haigh.

Greenhill and Bradway TARA 50th Birthday celebrations.Pictured are residents celebrating…..Pic Steve Ellis

Stephen said older people enjoyed the ‘fitting’ presence of a 1960s ‘Alexander’ bus while a number of American police cars entertained the kids, and there was also a raffle and a ‘nice big buffet’.

The heritage project has been managed by Rebecca Hearne from the University of Sheffield and Sally Rodgers from project partners Heeley City Farm.

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Since the TARA was awarded the money, they have been collecting oral testimony, photographs and works of art from residents, with even more memories coming from interviews conducted at Saturday’s event as well.

“We were going to try to do the history project ourselves but we wanted to get it done properly,” said Stephen.

Greenhill and Bradway TARA 50th Birthday celebrations.Pictured is Joan Smith who has lived on Greenhill for 36 years with Rebecca Hearne,Project Officer for ‘A better life in Lowedges’…..Pic Steve Ellis

“We wanted to get it down in writing and all typed up with photographs so it can go into the archives.

“Hopefully people will look at it in 200 years time and be able to find out what we were like in 2019.”

The project will get a second exhibition in December where they hope to have even more memories and photos on show.

For more information or to get involved contact Stephen Rich on 0114 2374492 or email historyoflowedges@gmail.com.

Greenhill and Bradway TARA 50th Birthday celebrations.Pictured is Lenya Mills with her son 1 year old Freddie. …..Pic Steve Ellis
Greenhill and Bradway TARA 50th Birthday celebrations.Pictured is Freddie(1) and Aleah(6) Mills. …..Pic Steve Ellis