We are pleased to be able to update members on some of Bolsterstone
Community Group’s (BCG) recent activities and future events.
Village Hall: Our last newsletter in Winter was full of information about our Christmas activities. Notably, once again, the Village Hall was full on the Wreath Making Evening, with local residents and other BCG supporters. Given the equally successful BCG Christmas Fayre, which took place in November, we are grateful to the Village Hall Trust for hire of the well maintained hall, which is ideal for such events.
AGM: BCG’s Annual General Meeting, held in March, was also well attended and this year it was accompanied by an AMEY/Streets Ahead exhibition, where staff were able to inform local residents of their ongoing road and pavement improvements. The Community Police Support Officer also attended the AGM. Residents made it clear to him that they wanted greater police presence due to concerns about people speeding in cars through the village. We followed up members’ suggestions and made enquiries to Sheffield City Council Highways Department about traffic calming measures. However, our efforts did not bear fruit. A further contribution to the AGM was an update on the refurbishment of the treasured Porter’s Lodge, which we were pleased to hear will remain a community asset. Partly because the Porter’s Lodge is a listed building, progress with the work has been slow.
WW1 Project: We were also pleased to receive a short input from two local Stocksbridge High school pupils at the AGM. They and their classmates, had been involved with BCG’s project “WW1 – Ewden Valley at War”. With funding from a small Heritage Lottery Fund grant, we have made some interesting discoveries about life in the valley from 1914 to 1918 and especially relating to those named on St Mary’s war memorial. Many readers will have enjoyed BCG’s WW1 open day on 16th April, where there were local photos, displays, memorabilia and a series of fascinating talks. Topics included Stocksbridge in WW1, the work of a surgeon at that time, nurse Edith Cavell and stories about local heroes. One unusual story came to light on the open day. Someone local said they had a story “from the other side”, which we took to be the other side of the valley. Actually it was a story about his father who was born in Germany, fought in the German army and came to this country in the 1920’s. His father had been awarded the Iron Cross for saving the life of his commanding officer, who had had both legs blown off when their trench was hit by a British shell. His father carried him to safety where he received medical treatment and, miraculously survived. The medal is still in the proud possession of the valley resident. Another resident’s father who survived the war, moved to France to become a Commonwealth War Graves’ Commission gardener. We also heard of 4 Pears’ brothers, from Cote House Farm, who all served in the war and survived. We are still interested to hear about any people living in Ewden, Bolsterstone or Stockbridge during WW1. Have a look at the war memorial and let us know what you know about those named there. Work on the project continues and another event is planned for August.
Committee Links: The BCG Committee continues to meet regularly, hearing representations from the Church, the Archaeology Group, local walkers, the Village Hall Trust, Stockbridge Town Council and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir – whose recent combined concert with Worrall Male Voice Choir in Sheffield Cathedral raised the rafters to a hugely appreciative audience. Thank you to everyone who helped with the superb St Mary’s exhibition and activities to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. The Village Hall piano recitals and cream teas were the “icing on the cake” One unsolicited highlight was hearing a 4 year old look over the churchyard gate towards Heads Lane and the Trig Point, exclaim: “Wow, you can see the whole world from here”!
In Bloom: No report on village activities would be complete without reference to the planting and growing work of the “In Bloom” group. Volunteers have cleared out pots, troughs and verges, making the floral displays a source of admiration and pride. Indeed as soon as the planters sat down for a well earned rest after planting all the troughs around the Village Hall, passers by commenting on their wonderful display, took their photographs to send to relatives in Australia – naming their photograph “two village individuals”! BCG’s allotment continues to thrive due to the dedicated group of volunteers, whose endeavours never cease to impress. It’s worth a visit if you’re passing.
Christmas Fayre: This year’s BCG Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 19th November from 10am to 3pm. New and existing stall holders have been booked and local children will sing in the Church as usual. We hope that lots of people will help again this year and we’d be very grateful to receive raffle prizes and/or cakes, mince pies and buns for the refreshment and cake stall.
Thank You: We are very grateful to all those volunteers who have helped make the village look so good in time for Bolsterstone St Mary’s famous summer fayre to be held on Saturday afternoon 2nd July. We are also grateful to the Bridge Shop, whose grant helped us purchase the lovely plantsand baskets and to AMEY who have promised bulbs for the village next year. However, we cannot finish our newsletter without saying a big “Thank You” to all the local people who support BCG in so many ways and “Happy Summer”.
BCG’s Coming Events include:
• WW1 Exhibition Open Day – Saturday 6th August, 1pm to 4pm
• Christmas Fayre – Saturday 19th November, 10am to 3pm
• Wreath Making Evening – Wednesday 7th December, 7pm to 8.30pm