Greenhill Village History Society

About the society

Greenhill Village History Society was formed in December 2015, as a result of the interest in the DVD ‘Growing up in Greenhill’ – a record of village life as it was in the mid 20th Century.

Our aim is to meet together informally, to work together to research, share, collate and catalogue information relating not only to the village of Greenhill itself, but also the wider area which has now become known as ‘Greenhill’. We aim to build up a resource for the community.

Come along, get involved and meet new friends with like interests. Membership is £10.00 p.a. and £2.00 per meeting. The first ‘taster’ session is free of charge. Regular meetings of the Society are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month – 2.00 pm @ Greenhill Community Library. These are currently on hold due to lockdown restrictions. An agenda is set for the year at our AGM which is held in December. We also hold ‘Open Meetings’ during the year. These meetings are usually held in the evening and are open to non-members. Speakers have included Peter Haddock (Greenhill Hall & farm,), John Mitchell (of Mitchell’s Wine) Caroline Dewar (the History of Graves Park) and Dan Thaw (The Oakes). In addition, presentations by the society, which derive from members’ research.

RAF Norton at Lightwood and its importance during WW2 is the subject of our next presentation
People standing outside a building
2018 – as part of the national ‘Heritage Open Day’ initiative, we organised a heritage walk around the old village. Our visitors appreciated the stops at sites of notable interest, where a more detailed history was given by Society members and ‘Friends of the Society’.

We also have made links with other local organisations – Norton History Society, Friends of Graves Park, The Oakes, St Peters and Greenhill Methodist Church and are hoping to strengthen and extend these links.

During the Pandemic

Society members have kept in touch and used the time to update our Archive collection which is now becoming an impressive resource for the local community. Additionally, a new presentation about the Barrage Balloon site at Lightwood and its importance during WW2 has been prepared. Hopefully, restrictions will be lifted before too long and once again we will be able to welcome an audience into the Library to view this presentation.
In May 2021, the Society met informally – off site, socially distanced and observing COVID guidelines. This was to enable us to meet face to face to discuss new plans and arrangements to enable the group to move forward.

Future arrangements

The Society has agreed to work in partnership with Norton History Group. This will strengthen both groups and enable them to support each other for the mutual good of each other.

We will continue with the plan which was already started to improve the facilities and amenities in the old village

  • Did you realise there is only one litter bin?
  • The volume and speed of through-traffic needs addressing as the 20 mph speed limit is not fit for purpose.

In all, eighteen improvements had been identified. Subsequently, on June 8th Society members and resident representatives took a walk around the village. We were joined by representatives from the Council and plans were made as to how these problems could be addressed.

For further details, or if you are interested in joining Greenhill Village History Society, please contact:

Lesley Fox (Chair) Tel: 0114 2377928 / email:

The Grade 2 Listed village pump is only held together by rust and badly needs restoration.

Save our Pump

For the past few years, Greenhill Village History Society and village residents have been working together with our local Councillors on addressing safety issues for pedestrians and improving the amenities in the Greenhill Conservation Area.

Phase 1 – a Ward Pot Grant has been applied for (and recently awarded). Some of the proposals are already beginning to appear. Obviously, some suggestions will take longer to process as these involve negotiations with the City Council.

The main concern is the state of the village pump – which at the moment is only held together by the rust and needs restoring for the benefit of future generations to enjoy. However, the pump is Grade 2 Listed, which means it has to be restored sympathetically by specialists. These have been sourced and part of the grant is to fund this. However, a number of people have said they would like to contribute towards the restoration for various reasons.

Therefore, during September, collecting boxes will be placed in local businesses and Greenhill Community Library for donations. Ideally, we would like to raise another £1.000 to enhance the area around the pump. Other fund raising events will also be taking place – these will be advertised around the area in due course. Please give generously to preserve our heritage.

Evening Quiz

On Friday 24th September, local resident Pete Chatterton has organised a ‘Light-hearted Quiz’. It will take place at Sheffield Transport Ground starting at 7.00pm.

Admission is £2.00 – pay on the door. A raffle will take place during the evening in support of the ‘Save our Pump’ fundraiser.