Hillfields celebrations under way next month
CELEBRATIONS to mark the 100th birthday of Hillfields will get off to a flying start next month.
Members of the community will be invited to a 'Sharing Memories' event at Hillfields Library where they can find out more about the Homes For Heroes 100 project and how they can get involved.
The project, backed by Heritage Lottery funding and run by Local Learning, will celebrate 100 years since the first council housing was built in the area.
Visitors to the library will be encouraged to talk about the past and share memorabilia of growing up in Hillfields over a cup of tea and slice of cake.
An exhibition created by pupils from Minerva Primary School will be on show and people can take part in a guided walking tour of 1920s Hillfields to meet some of the original tenants.
People can also try their hand at monoprinting with project artist Carmen Garaghon as well as have a go at designing their own council house.
Sharing Memories takes place on Saturday April 6 from 11am-5pm. It is a free drop-in event so there's no need to book, but for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharing Memories is the first in a series of events planned for Hillfields to mark the 100th anniversary of the first council tenants moving into Beechen Drive.
The name Homes For Heroes comes from a speech delivered by Prime Minister Lloyd George regarding British troops returning from the Great War. He called for a “country fit for heroes to live in”.
The start of the first major era of council house building followed thanks to the 1919 Housing and Town Planning Act, known as The Addison Act after the then Minister of Health and Housing, Christopher Addison.
To find out more visit www.locallearning.org.uk/hillfields-homes-for-heroes/