Story by Amy Palmer | Photos by Tim Neal and Emilie Taylor
The weekend of 8th-10th September marked many celebrations of heritage in Burngreave.
St Cuthbert’s church in Fir Vale opened its doors to visitors to admire the stained glass windows and beautifulwoodcarvings. Mick Nott led a Friday Night Ride of bicycles from the Sheffield Tap up into the area for a ridehe describes as ‘Pulchritudinous Pitsmoor’ and on the Saturday Mick led a heritage walk around the area, centringon Abbeyfield Park House where there was a buzz of activity.
Tim Neal showed visitors around on guided tours of the grand old building, showing how he envisages the house would have looked when it was a residence. He also pointed out the remaining original features, which include a decorative ceiling in what is currently the Burngreave Messenger office. Out in the sunshine Heather Dewick had her collection of vintage tea towels on display.
A new and tasty venture called Pitsmoor People’s Kitchen held their first pop up café, which was serving goats cheese and spinach pies, tabbouleh and other tempting treats. Emilie Taylor from Pitsmoor People’s Kitchen told the Messenger that they hope to have monthly pop up cafes until Christmas and have a long-term plan to transform the old stable block of Abbeyfield Park House into a kitchen and café to provide training and employment. Meanwhile they hope to make a mobile bread oven so people from all of the area’s communities can share their version of thiswidespread staple food.
A cookery demonstration of pakora making provided a learning experience and yet more food! Emilie and the team are passionate about the variety of cookery knowledge and dishes in the area and described Burngreave as “the pantry of Sheffield”.
One lunching resident told us “it beats spending my money at Tesco” and Reverend Huw Thomas was encouraged tosee the park being put to such good use, saying, “the more that can go on in the park the better”.
Down the hill at Burngreave Cemetery the Friends of Burngreave Cemetery Chapel held an exhibition remembering and commemorating soldiers from World War One’, which was complemented by a guided cemetery walk.
For those of you who didn’t catch heritage weekend but are keen on history and heritage, Christ Church Pitsmoor will be hosting a “Celebrate Pitsmoor” event on Saturday 30th September from 2-4pm at Christ Church Pitsmoor (the big old church on Nottingham Street/Pitsmoor Road).
Everyone is welcome to go along, share memories, photos, eat cake and reminisce. If you’d like more information call Huw on 0780 646 2469.