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Stannington Story Festival 2021

At about ten minutes past two on Saturday 18th September, Stannington Story Festival began in the Rose Garden at Stannington Park.

It presented stories of Stonehenge told by Phil Warhurst, David Hague, Penny Wragg, Ken Hutton and Bob Mynors in the first part, and stories about Storrs Henge told by Carmel Page in the second.

In the third and final part, audience members joined in and, using a huge pile of cardboard boxes collected in the preceding weeks, built Stannhenge - a far from accurate replica of the famous monument.

And everyone involved had great fun.

The event ended at about five o'clock and Stannhenge was demolished.

Then, by about a quarter to six, thanks to the energy and the diligence of the clean-up team, there was no evidence that anything had happened that day in the Rose Garden.

Later though, the moon that rose over Stannington had a beautiful and warm orange glow, as if to show its appreciation for what had happened during the day.

Stannington Story Festival is an annual event that marks the anniversary of volunteers assuming management responsibility for Stannington Library in 2014. It has happened every year since, except in 2020.

Stannington Story Festival was on Saturday 18th September 2021 in Stannington Park

STAND was formed in 2013 after Sheffield City Council announced its decision to close sixteen libraries (including Stannington) unless volunteers took them on. STAND was registered as a charity in 2014 and is funded by grants, donations and fund-raising activities. The library is run by a team of dedicated volunteers.