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Friday 14th December 2018 at 6.30pm at Brackenfield Church Hall

Christmas Tree Switch On Ceremony -  Guest appearance by Santa on his Sleigh!

Bring a weatherproof decoration to hang on the Tree, Refreshments from 6.30pm: Mulled wine and a mince pie (£2.00), Prosecco and a mince pie (£3.50), Mince pie (50p), Children's squash free

Lights Switch On at 6.45pm followed by Carol Singing + Christmas Raffle 50p or £2.00 a strip

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.

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