Shiregreen Community Homes went for a walk down memory lane when they recently met with an 80 year old resident who has lived in the same home for eight decades.
Mr Banyard moved to Butterwaithe Road with his brother and parents in 1934 aged just eight months old. They were the fourth family to move into the new build properties on the street and the rent was seven shillings per week.
Beck Road School, which is still open and an integral part of Shiregreen’s thriving community, was Mr Banyard’s primary school where he attended until the age of 11. He then went on to study at Hatfield House Lane School, being one of the first year groups required to stay at school until the age of 15.
Mr Banyard commented: “If you passed your 11+ exam you were able to attend Firth Park School, known to us as the Red Cap School. I did not pass so attended Hatfield House Lane School.”
As with many in Shiregreen, Mr Banyard’s family had an evacuee stay with them during the war. Evacuees were brought to Beck Chapel, which is now the location of the Shiregreen Community Homes office, to be allocated a placement.
The Banyard family were allocated a 20 year old woman and her baby from London. The family stayed for around three years and Mr Banyard still keeps in touch with the baby named Mavis, who is now a grandmother.
“I remember around this time that two landmines had been dropped on Sicey Avenue. Luckily neither exploded but the bomb disposal team were called out to ensure they weren’t a risk. I remember it being an annoyance as I had to walk the long way to the shops.”
At the age of 15, Mr Banyard learnt the trade of a painter and decorator where he worked with his uncle. At the age of 18 he was called for National Service and was sent to serve in Germany where he worked in a workshop, maintaining spares for parts needed in the war.
After two years, National Service was disbanded and Mr Banyard was able to return to his same home, quickly picking back up the trade of painting and decorating once again. “One of my most memorable jobs was painting Sheffield United’s football ground.”
During 1968 Mr Banyard met and married his wife and soon after had two sons. Roy and Paul both grew up in the same house. They have now followed in their fathers and grandfathers footsteps and both serve in the army.
Mr Banyard added: “I have lived here all my life and have been lucky enough to remain in our family home. The biggest difference to Shiregreen from when I was young is that there were no cars on the road.
“I remember when rationing was introduced the number of local shops increased and also when my mum used to collect our milk with her own jug from a mobile milk truck, one of the only vehicles we were used to seeing.
“It’s great to see community spirit again, seeing neighbours hanging flags across the street for the World Cup was something I hadn’t seen since VE day. Shiregreen Community Homes have helped to support and promote this by letting people know what is happening in the area.”
Shiregreen Community Homes took over the management of the property in 2002 and Mr Banyard believes he could be the longest standing resident in Shiregreen.
Mr Banyard got in touch with the housing provider when he saw an article in their resident magazine about another long standing tenant. “It was my neighbour that encouraged me to get in touch!”
Who are Shiregreen Community Homes?
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