The Friends Of Northampton Castle have launched a petition – “Create a public park celebrating the history of Northampton!”. We’d encourage you to support this.
Pass The Porter Theatre have sadly had to postpone ‘Laid Siege’, the siege of Sheffield Castle show, due to ill health.. We will let the Friends know new dates for performance as soon as possible.
An interesting article in the Star…
Sadly our Treasurer Glynis Jones has asked to step down from her role as Treasurer after 5 years, although she will remain on the Committee. Thanks to Glynis for her fantastic support over the years. So we are looking for a new Treasurer! The role is to manage the Friends’ funds, producing the annual accounts and reporting into the Charity Commission. If you are interested please get in touch directly with our Chair. It’s a great way to become involved with the project and not too onerous on your time.
You may find this interesting, note that it’s 45 minutes long
On Wednesday 15th May 2019 the showroom workstation will be hosting an event to launch Sheaf & Porter Rivers Trust, whose vision is to help Sheffield rediscover and regenerate its own urban rivers. The event includes a screening of documentary Lost Rivers, accompanied by a talk from Simon Ogden, Chair of the Sheffield Waterways Strategy Group. The film examines hidden waterways and underground rivers in cities around the world and introduces us to the people dedicated to exploring and restoring them.
You can find more information here.
The launch event is priced at the regular film ticket price. Advance booking is strongly recommended for those interested.
The Sheaf & Porter Rivers Trust will also be available on the night to talk about the trust and their upcoming work. Their wider aims are:
- Restoring Sheffield’s wildlife habitats
- Creating a City image for Sheffield
- Celebrating Sheffield’s heritage
- River stewardship
- Continuous public access
- Adapting to climate change
Our AGM last night was well attended and thankfully, the “admin” part was kept really short. This gave us lots of time to enjoy a fascinating presentation by Professor John Moreland and to have a creative discussion about how the Castle site could be developed. Thanks to the Royal Victoria Hotel for use of their excellent facilities.
Here’s a wonderful document for you to enjoy, our very own Professor John Moreland and Martin Gorman present the results of archaeological excavations and research at the remains of Sheffield castle in South Yorkshire, an important site in the study of Scottish history due to its status as a long term prison of Mary Queen of Scots
Our thanks to History Scotland for permission to share this.
The 6th Annual General Meeting of FoSC will be held at 1830 hrs on Tuesday 23rd April at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield, S4 7YE
We invite you and your guests to our 6th Annual General Meeting and we are hoping for a really good turnout. We will be holding a short ideas workshop to gather ideas for the future possible uses of the castle site – this is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to give us your thoughts and ideas, as we start to build a vision for the site. Please do come and contribute. There will also be a short presentation on the history of the site including the results of the 2018 excavations.
The AGM is also an opportunity to renew your Annual Membership if still outstanding, so if you are attending please visit the membership table where we can check your current status. Renewals were due in January.
We will present the Reports of the Officers and vote for Committee Members. All Committee Members stand down annually but are eligible for re-election. All Members of FoSC are also eligible to stand for committee. If you wish to stand for election, please send in your nomination by 15th April to the Acting Secretary (Anna Badcock) with a short statement (100 words or less) outlining why you are standing and what you can bring to the committee. Only fully paid-up Members may vote at the meeting.
The current Committee Members are: Martin Gorman (Chair); Holly Smith (Secretary); Glynis Jones (Treasurer); John Baker (Membership Secretary); Ron Clayton; Nick Robinson; John Moreland; Clive Waddington; Anna Badcock (Acting Secretary); Hermann Beck; David Clarke; Leigh Bramall.
We look forward to seeing you on 23rd April.
Tea & coffee available before the meeting starts
1. Open Meeting and Welcome
2. Attendees and Apologies for Absence
3. Minutes of last AGM & Matters Arising
4. Officers’ Reports and any questions from the floor
5. Election of Committee
6. Any Other Business
7. ‘A history of the castle in 15 minutes!’ Professor John Moreland, University of Sheffield
8. Ideas Workshop – an opportunity to contribute YOUR ideas for the future of the site
9. Close of Meeting by 2100 hrs latest
The bar will also be open before/after the meeting. There will be free parking at the hotel for this evening.
The excavations have now been filled in, but late last year an intrepid group of enthusiasts braved a downpour for a guided tour.