Memory Lane


at war


IGHTY years ago, Britain was again bracing itself for


This photograph shows how the Sheffield 8 area was reacting to

the threat of war in 1939, with Mrs Kirk of 33 Firbeck Road,

Woodseats, keeping lookout as her two children are busy installing

an Anderson shelter at the side of their home.

School shelters

Dear Active8,

ABBEY Lane School air raid shelters were tunnelled into the

hillside at the rear but I only remember going in them on

practice occasions.

I well remember a public shelter at the corner of Fraser Road and

Holmhirst Road. As the war ended, it became abandoned and one

of the ‘dares’ was to run all the way through the dark, empty space

from one end to another.

Being at Abbey Lane in my final year, 1946/1947, in the doubleended

classroom on the front top corridor, we enjoyed watching

the wrecking balls demolishing the two public shelters on the

squares of grass at the front.

Some time as the war ended, schoolchildren were given a Fry’s 5

Boys chocolate bar. I imagine they came from an emergency store

that had been trapped in the shelters.

I always enjoy reading Active8.

Barbara Martin

Share your memories

What are your special recollections of growing up

in the Active8 area? Why not share your memories

with other readers? Either Email mike@heron or write to: Memory Lane,

Active8, Enterprise House, 197 Chesterfield Road,

Dronfield, S18 2XE.


James Yapp turns back the pages of old

copies of Active8 to see who was making the

news in years gone by. This month’s time

travel machine takes him back to May, 2009

Boxing club’s double

IT had been a special start

to the year for Woodseats

Amateur Boxing Club after it

struck gold at the double

with two of their young

fighters winning national


Nineteen-year-old Perry

Cook landed the lightweight

gold medal at the Great Britain Universities Championships. The

other fighter, Kevin Skill (17), fought in London to win the

National Association of Clubs for Young People heavyweight title.

Delighted club coach Brendan Warburton said everyone at the

Scarsdale Road-based club was thrilled for the pair of them.

“Our club has been going for eight years and the performances

of our younger boxers gets better and better.”

After his victory, Kevin Skill set his sights on the Junior

Amateur Boxing Association title. A gold medal in this bout would

see him go onto represent England in the home internationals.

“Kevin is so close to becoming the first Woodseats boxer to gain

an England vest,” said Brendan.

Council changes

SHEFFIELD’S local communities were placed at the heart of

council plans as authorities announced the creation of seven new

community assemblies.

The aim was to build upon the success of area panels, bring

Sheffield City Council and the services it delivered closer to


Community assemblies were to be put in place to ensure that

local people were at the heart of the decision-making process so

they could directly influence how services were shaped in their

area. Sheffield had 12 area panels which had worked with local

people, voluntary and community groups for more than a decade.

The south community assembly was to incorporate the wards of

Nether Edge, Gleadless valley, Graves Park, Beauchief and

Greenhill, an area served by 12 locally-elected councillors.

New look for church

ONE of the Active8 area’s busiest

community venues received a smart new

appearance thanks to the efforts of

offenders carrying out their community


Woodseats Methodist Church at

Holmhirst Road had first benefited from

the Sheffield Community Payback Unit the

previous summer when offenders initially

arrived to tidy some areas of garden. They

then progressed to painting all the rooms,

corridors and toilet areas.

“The scheme has given us an opportunity to get work done

which we would have otherwise been unable to afford,” said a

delighted Phil Wilkinson from the church. “All we have had to pay

for has been the paint and now the church is looking smarter

than it has done for many years.”


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