Traditional skills at heritage fair

CLASSIC country crafts were on show at a heritage fair held on a north Sheffield farm.

Sunday, 16th September 2007, 12:35 pm
Updated Monday, 17th September 2007, 8:41 am

The event at Parsonage Farm in Deepcar featured a wealth of traditional skills, including wood carvers, wool spinsters, willow weavers and dry stone wallers.

Particularly popular with visitors were displays featuring working horses.

People attending had the chance to learn more about the special skills on display - and were able to try their hands at some of the crafts as well.

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The day was organised by the Steel City Project, which works to bring countryside ways into urban communities.

Spokesman Rebecca Hughes said the idea was to promote the use and enjoyment of the countryside.

“The fair also gives people an opportunity to try out various woodland skills and get to know more about our local culture and heritage,” she said. “It’s also a fantastic opportunity for people to see how our local countryside is a rich source of skills and industry as well as a valuable home for wildlife.”

Funding for the event came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and supporters includ-ing Corus and Stocksbridge and Bradfield Town Councils.