Monday, 11 October 2010

Welwick Heritage Weekend

Found my camera just in time to take on an outing with my friend Lyn to Welwick heritage weekend at Moat farm, however it had a low battery so failed to capture the flavour of the event ! This old barrow was pushed around for the visitors to donate to Dove House (a cancer charity and hospice) the Church and the village hall. The weekend event is centred around an agricultural auction and a Steam Rally, add to that a car boot, produce stalls with jams, chutneys and cakes, sizzling hot bacon sarnies, vintage cars, motorbikes and commercial vehicles, there was something for everyone. The steam rally had full sized farm vehicles and fairground organs playing, with the pipes, bells and drums steam activated along with the nostalgic coal fired smell wafting everywhere. Steam driven farm engines that made the farmers tasks easier in years gone by were being demonstrated. Model working engines in all sizes showing off the skills of the owners/makers were everywhere, some being attended to by young people which was heartening to see that the old skills were being passed on.
These were interesting to see again as I come from Kingston upon Hull. These would have been pushed around the streets of Hull by the army of street cleaners. One has cast iron wheels and the other has cycle type wheels . Next to them is a SMABO stop me and buy one Walls icecream  trike. These used to be  cycled around the streets packed with ice to keep the tub of ice cream cool.  So nostalgic for me.
There were stands with old farming implements, sisal sacks printed with name and produce of old firms, including Silcocks where my father used to work many years ago.  Silcocks made feed for farm animals.

 Vintage cars.

Old Dot (a familiar figure at these local events) was there with her stand which is set out to educate the children about where our daily bread comes from. They see what cereal grains look like as they are grown, she lets them grind the ear of wheat to flour etc. She talks in the old dialect of South Holderness and is always a delight to listen to. She wears a battered old felt hat with a feather stuck in the side and her trousers are tied up with string just below the knee. Sometimes she smokes a pipe. quite a character.  She is to be seen at a lot of the village shows

The medieval Church of St Mary was lovely, light and airy. The bright sun that shone through the windows high up in the walls caused problems trying to get photos. The church was laid out for harvest festival.  There is a  Gun Power Plot connection. Lyn may have more to say about the day out on her blog http:// liniecat

Inside the church there were lace makers showing off their skills. The light was too bright to photograph the lovely old christening gowns. This piece of lace is very old and is unlikely ever to be finished but will be displayed at events like this one.

this was being worked on by one of the ladies

This is Doris who is holding up a 1ply shawl she had knitted. It had over 900 stitches on the outside edge  and ended in the middle with 8 stitches.see how fine it is draped over her hand.  She was just one of the talented ladies showing their work. There were painters and a display of old postcards of the area and a display by the local history group. The woodworker was busy behind a see through screen. He had platters and vessels of all sizes, puzzle balls and one twelfth sized goblets, just wonderful and we were invited to TOUCH !
will have to leave the photos like this ! Don't seem to be able to put them in a line! and I can't get rid of this blank space either. In edit it will reduce but on publish its back ! I keep  accusing the computer of haveing a mind of its own !

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