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
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.
BRACKENFIELD VILLAGE ASSOCIATION HERITAGE CAFE
Community and history for the over 50s........
All meetings at Brackenfield Church Hall from 10:30 to 12:30 £3.00 admission (includes tea/coffee and cake) - If this will be your first visit, please contact Mike on 01773 521557 or 07940 510531
Tuesday 6th November: Doug Bradbury (MBE): Life and Times of a Farrier
Based in Clay Cross and curator of his own museum, Doug received his MBE in recognition of his work as a senior examiner and trainer of apprentices and has many tales to tell of his life working with horses (including pit ponies).
Tuesday 11th December: Martha Lawrence: Brackenfield Pottery Martha is Curator of Archaeology at Sheffield Museum. She will be bringing some of the finds from the 1972 excavation of pottery kilns at Woolley.
Tuesday 8th January: Richard Booth: Ashover Light Railway. Richard is Chairman of the Ashover Light Railway Society and he will be giving a presentation about the history of the railway.
Local History Cafe - Update
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.
Table Top Sale - a sucessful afternoon
There was quite a social buzz in the Church Hall on Saturday 6th October, where ten "table toppers" filled the space with all kinds of goods and customers dropped in to catch a bargain, a hot drink and delicious homemade cake.