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  1. Many thanks for the welcome, Richard. At the moment I'm struggling to put the laptop down and/or navigate away from the forum as I'm finding so much of interest! I hope to be able to contribute further over the ensuing months - it's only ever time & energy (as opposed to inclination) that seems to slow me down these days - though I don't know why (perhaps its just getting older!) but I've found myself thinking of and looking back fondly upon my childhood & schooling in Shefffield increasingly often of late. Sorry I didn't 'happen across' you all sooner :)
  2. Hi Suzy, it was really interesting seeing Trapp Lane again (or the top of it at least) for the first time in about 25 years when I took a trip down memory lane & took my children to Bents Green where I had lived as a child. We lived at the end of Muskoka Avenue - just around the corner from Trapp Lane, really! It's funny how memory plays tricks on you though, as I remember Trapp Lane seeming much wider than it looked in April this year! Whitely Woods was the name I was trying to remember yesterday - and there certainly was (is) a Common Lane that formed part of the walk (isn't it great how other people's posts can prompt memories of one's own ). I, too, have fond memories of Endcliffe Park, and also Whirlowdale Park (and the walk through Lin(?) Valley, Millhouses Park, Ecclesall Woods, etc. These days living in West Cornwall it tends to be the beaches we take our springer to but what these memories do serve to remind me of is just how many interesting, open and great areas of either/both historic interest & suitable for relaxation & recreation Sheffield had & hopefully still has. Too many people tend to think of Sheffield being just an extremely large City and as having 'just' its industrial past & heritage when it had so many beautiful woods and parks within its borders too. Anyway, I'm in danger of veering significantly off topic & I could continue to reminisce for pages more I'm sure! Perhaps we should start a [number of] new thread(s)?!! Regards, Matt
  3. .....this & a similar thread has brought my own childhood memories of time spent at Forge Dam flooding back! I left Sheffield in 1979 (though I've been back a number of times since) but was born & raised in Ecclesall & have great memories of walking from Bents Green down Trapp Lane & through the woods (name escapes me)/across the fields & down to Forge Dam. This was almost a daily occurance for me & my school mates during the summer months. Remember the rowing boats & the cafe vividly - the latter used to sell excellent Ice Cream & had walls adourned with paintings by a local artist - George Cunningham - who also used to frequent the place; ironically my parents bought several of these pictures over the years and they still have pride of place on the walls of their now home in a tiny village in West Cornwall! I can remember in the mid 70s that whilst silt wasnt such an issue on the surface - it certainly was beneath it! If you were unlucky enough to capsize/fall in you could easily get stuck in it - there must still be at least 3 pairs of wellies I had to abandon there over the years still in situ (it was them or me - one or t'other had to give!). The playground was also excellent - I can remember the slide seemed MASSIVE when they installed it and built the adjacent concrete steps 'hugging' the bank! I seem to recall there was a 'witches hat' there, too, before such rides were banned! Ironically, I still ensure I get my Yorkshire/Sheffield fix every couple of years or so (to ensure my kids see and experience much of what I did as a child) - but I'd avoided Forge Dam & the woods as I'd been told the former was a shadow of its former self and the latter were now unsafe. It's been great to read these threads & see some quite recent photographs - I'll certainly add Forge Dam to the itinerary of my next visit :-)
  4. Hi, 1st post as I only 'happened' across this forum whilst, ironically, googling 'Hadfields' earlier. Mike Williams was my father - and joined Hadfields after completing his RAF national service in the early 50s - starting off as a clerk and then becoming one of the few non-degree qualified employees to be put through their new [at the time] graduate apprentice scheme - eventually becoming their Marketing Manager & travelling all over the world on the Company's behalf including to the states (when I was only 6 weeks old as my mother regularly reminded him!). He ''left'' in 1978 - shortly after the unsuccessful takeover bid for the company by Firth Brown resulted in Hadfields being bought out by Lonhro, under Tiny Rowland. Lonhro had promised no redundancies when they took over the helm - but the writing on the wall quickly became clear that this organisation with comparatively limited experience in this arena were really ultimately only interested in asset stripping & maximising the return on their original investment by steering the company toward its ultimate closure. Dad disagreed once too often with decisions being made at that time & was ultimately given the choice of leaving with his company car & on the remainder of his then current contract - or simply seeing it not being renewed the following year. Whilst all the above is relaid as I recall the way in which the information was imparted to me many moons ago - I do know Dad had many, many happy memories of the 24 years he spent working at the East Hecla works; he met & married my mum (Fay Hudson who worked in the Hadfields lab), met one of his childhood heroes Douglas Bader (of 'Reach for the Sky' fame who visited the works) & met & made many, many good friends over the years. He often used to say that it was the people who made a workplace good or bad - and that Hadfields was a great place to work in that respect. Conversely, his watching & seeing the ultimate outcome of the strikes at the end of the 70s, and my taking him back up there from his home in Cornwall many years later to see 'Meadow Hall' - were most certainly memories he would undoubtedly rather not have had. He certainly found the latter particularly traumatic - seeing a singular statue on the ground floor of the meadowhall complex as an apparent singular reminder of the sites former use most certainly did not, he felt, bare suitable memorial to all that was acheived & undertaken in the vicinity for so many years and by so many people. This said, at the time we visited I believe the local pub where he & colleagues occasionally met for lunch et al still remained standing! I still have some of the Hadfields in house magazines and also some of the engraved ashtrays, parker pens, calculators & magnifying glasses Hadfields commissioned as gifts for current & prospective customers too - and have many photographs of the site and vivid memories of visiting Dad at work myself. It would be great to hear from anyone who knew him or indeed to read of further memories of people who worked at Hadfields, too; I've certainly found it very interesting reading through all the memories recorded here