You’ll enjoy this fascinating article by Ashley Tuck!
We received a lovely email from Cathryn Weaver from the Baker County Kids’ Book Club, Oregon USA. Her email said………
I wanted to send you a positive email about the Friends of Sheffield Castle’s webpage. I volunteer with a children’s reading group at my library and we’re currently reading a book called Castle Diary out loud together. The kids have gotten so interested in the castles, so we have been referencing your page when we need to look up some interesting facts. I wanted to say thanks for sharing from all of us!
One of the girls in the group, Ana, also found a great page about castles
Can you include this on your page? She said it was one we hadn’t found off your page so she wanted to let you know it existed. I agreed to share it with you since I figured others visiting your page would find it useful too.
Thanks for getting in touch Cathryn and well done to Ana for finding the new page on castles!!
25th August, 1642, the Royal Standard was erected at Nottingham. One of the first acts of open hostility in the neighbourhood of Sheffield was an attack upon the house of Sir Edward Rodes, a zealous Parliamentarian, at Great Houghton. This was made by Captain Grey, a Northumberland gentleman, at the head of 300 dragoons. Instantly the whole of the western part of the wapentake was in arms.
Rotherham Moor was the place of rendezvous. “Though to this worthy knight,” say the Diurnals in an article from York dated September 19, 1642, “it is a sad accident, yet it has put courage into our West Riding, for on a sudden 1,500 men were in arms to take these cavaliers on their march; but they got notice of it, and escaped by night to Mansfield in Nottinghamshire. Lord Fairfax, Sir John Savile of Lupset, and Sir William Lister of Thornton-in-Cravenare so moved at this, that it will prove advantageous to that country; for they will have 5,000 men armed in a few days, and have sent to Sir John Hotham for 1,000 foot, one troop of horse, 12 barrels of powder, one ton of match and other necessaries; bein resolved to have satisfaction out of the malignants of the county, or die for it. The suffering these Northumberland rogues to pass through the county hath taught us wit, and it is resolved no more shall come this way”
An entertaining musical interpretation of the Siege of Sheffield Castle. Told as cook Liz and under-steward Thomas try valiantly to hold the Castle walls!
Sunday August 18th at 2pm in Old Queens Head pub.
Pay-What-You-Feel. Proceeds to Friends of Sheffield Castle
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