Today, 26th March 2016, marks the 4th anniversary of the passing of Dr David Rickards, our first chairman who worked tirelessly over many years to save a dilapidated and underused Grade II listed building from the hands of developers and deliver it back to the community of Grenoside.
It took nearly five years to secure funding for the restoration from The Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources, but in the meantime, David spent many hours dismantling internal structures, clearing the overgrown garden and planning a wealth of activities and uses for the Reading Room, many of which, such as the Monday Café, are now being enjoyed by visitors.
Alan Hooper, Gail Cooke and David Rickards outside the Reading Room before restoration. Photograph courtesy of Mosaic Magazine.
Funding for the restoration was finally agreed early in 2012, but sadly, David did not live to see the building work start. Since then, the remaining trustees have worked together to realise David’s vision of a Heritage community space for the use and enjoyment of all. However, without his boundless energy and dedication, we would not be in the position that we are today. David would have been delighted with the Reading Room today and has left a fine legacy for the village of Grenoside.
Ecclesfield Civil Parish Archiving Project have asked us to include information about their forthcoming events. (Read here: Ecclesfield Civil Parish Archiving Project Feb 16 )
Rachel Stevenson of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust has sent the following message. Many of these events will centre on Grenoside and Greno Woods:
Happy New 2016 to you all! This is just an email to let you know what we have planned for the woods over the coming year.
We will be running Wild Play and Wild Side events for children to get out into the woods on Thursdays in the school holidays. These be booked on to through our website on this address http://www.wildsheffield.com/whats-on. The first session will be running for 8 -13 yrs old only (due to cold weather!) in the Feb half term holiday.
In April we will be running a bird spotting and ID day taking in a walk around the woods and maybe over to the Heath for a picnic lunch.
In June we will be running a Wild Flower Meadow walk at Carr House Meadows, our beautiful nature reserve at Wharncliffe Side - well worth a visit!
In the Autumn we will run a fungi / signs of autumn event at Greno.
We will also be running our Volunteer Work Days on the forth Friday of every month. Turn up and stay for the day with us doing habitat management work, or just do an hour to get some exercise! Bring dinner and a drink if you are staying all day.
So hope to see you through the year! I will send out details of the individual events closer to the time and put up posters on site.
GRENOSIDE ART GROUP
Grenoside Reading Room meeting dates for 2016
All 7pm to 9pm. New members welcome:
January 6th and 20th
February 3rd and 17th
March 2nd, 16th and 30th
April 13th and 27th
May 11th and 25th
June 8th and 22nd
July 6th and 20th
August 3rd, 17th and 31st
September 14th and 28th
October 12th and 26th
November 9th and 23rd
Annual exhibition 15th and 16th October 2016
The Reading Room Annual General Meeting was held at the Reading Room on Thursday 12th November 2015 at 7.00pm.
The Report and Accounts for the year ended 3rd April 2015, as approved by the trustees at this meeting,can be seen here:
Reading Room report and accounts 12th nov 2015
Following the success of the talk on Thursday 10th September, we have received the following letter of thanks. (The £200 donation came from the collection on the night of the talk and a donation from the Reading Room):