Family Matters: New arrivals and ancient skills are sure to thrill crowd

Twins born to pygmy goat Summer this week at Heeley City Farm
Twins born to pygmy goat Summer this week at Heeley City Farm
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Heeley City Farm in Sheffield is celebrating some new arrivals and some ancient skills this weekend.

Summer the pygmy goat has just given birth to her latest set of twins, the third set of goat twins born in the farm over the past week, that are sure to attract plenty of oohs and aahs from family visitors. Other cute new arrivals over the past few weeks include black piglets, bagot goat kids and soay lambs.

There is a craft session on in the Energy Centre from 11am to 3pm on Saturday.

The Hallamshire and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers are holding an event demonstrating their skills to the public at the farm on Sunday and Monday (May 5 and 6) at an event called From Ewe to You, running from 10 am to 4 pm.

Their task is to take a fleece from the sheep, to spin yarn from that fleece and then to knit the yarn into a completed throw.

Guild members with carding, spinning, and knitting skills will all be contributing to the finished article. This unique throw will eventually be the prize in a Heeley City Farm raffle and tickets are available during the event.

“I’m really looking forward to this one,” said Sarah Hardy, the farm’s events officer. “Knitting is one of my hobbies and I want to see how the yarn is produced and have a go on one of the spinning wheels myself if possible.

It’s lovely of the Guild to offer to put this on for us and I hope people will come and see all the exhibits and traditional crafts on and buy a raffle ticket to help us fundraise.”

There will be the opportunity for the public to see the Guild members at work, to find out more about their activities and to watch the project grow from start to finish.

The Hallamshire and District Guild was established in 1951 and currently has over 60 members from Derbyshire and South and West Yorkshire. The guild meets each month and has an extensive programme of lectures and events taking place. Visitors are very welcome, as are new members. To find out more about the Guild and the programme for 2013, visit