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Martha Jasko-Lawrence, Curator of Archaeology at Museums Sheffield, brought some fascinating examples of mediaeval Brackenfield Pottery to show the group meeting at the recent Heritage Cafe. These were all finds from the kilns which were excavated in 1972 after local farmer, Mr Prue, found some pottery sherds in his fields. The collection has moved round several museums over the past forty years and is now stored in the archives in Sheffield, so it was good to give some pieces an airing. One member of the group took part in the dig and was delighted to see the finds again after forty six years. Thanks to Stuart Band for additional photographs. "Lovely opportunity to meet local people and find out about local history" "Very interesting and friendly, pity it's only once a month"
Christmas Welcome Ring Workshop: Thursday 13th December 2018 from 7pm to 9pm at Brackenfield Church Hall Make your own traditional door welcome ring. £25 including all materials and refreshments. To book contact Gilly on 07926 189366 This is a repeat of last year's event which was enjoyed by all: "It was good fun; a really enjoyable social event and my Christmas ring was much admired!"
Brackenfield Heritage Cafe was treated to an absorbing and entertaining hour with Master Farrier Doug Bradbury (MBE) who held the floor with far ranging tales of his work from shoeing Derbyshire pit ponies to remedial work with race horses in Turkey. Doug and his wife, Joan, brought many intriguing examples of shoes and equipment from ancient to modern, including shoes for cows ("cow slips") and an enormous file for rasping horses' teeth. Doug has trained many apprentices and gained freedom of the City of London on becoming a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, one of the perks being permission to drive sheep over London Bridge! Full of energy, humour and passion for his work, Doug is truly inspiring. He and Joan welcome visitors at their museum on Thanet Street in Clay Cross. The next meeting is on Tuesday 11 December. Martha Lawrence, Curator of Archaeology at Sheffield Museum, will be coming along with some of the mediaeval Brackenfield pottery found in kiln sites at Woolley during an archaelogical dig in 1972. All welcome.
Local History Cafe The Brackenfield LHC got off to a really good start with fifteen people attending the first session on Tuesday 9th October. Katherine Brown and Chrissie Van Mierlo from Crafting Relationships introduced the project. Christine gave an overview of some of Brackenfield's history, arising from work being done for the Neighbourhood Plan. Photos prompted stimulating discussion about life before the reservoir, the Ashover Light Railway, Amber Valley Camp School and the Green before it was levelled and when water had to be fetched from the spring near Trinity Chapel. There was plenty of chat over drinks and cake and ideas for future sessions were discussed. The next dates are Tuesday 6th November, Tuesday 11th December at Tuesday 8th January. If you missed the first session but would like to come along please contact Mike on 01773 521557 or 07940 510531.
We have received some lovely messages following the very successful Italian Night: Thanks for a super night..we really enjoyed ourselves. The food and wine was lovely and so much choice!! Everyone was so hospitable... Thank you so much for all of your efforts last night. We had a lovely time. Hopefully another evening will be organised for 2019 🙂
Local History Cafe: Tuesday 9 October at 10:30 to 12:30 at Brackenfield Church Hall. Heritage and well being get together for the over 50s. Tea, coffee, cake, a warm atmosphere and sharing some local colour. £3 per session including refreshments. Contact Mike to book on 01773 521557 or 07940 510531 or email firstname.lastname@example.org For more info see: http://www.localhistorycafe.tumblr.com/