Learn an age-old country craft at heritage event

Willow-weaving
Willow-weaving

A opportunity to learn traditional crafts which have been practised for hundreds of years takes place in Sleaford this October.

As part of a project to encourage people in the area to embrace their local heritage, Cogglesford Watermill and Navigation House are to co-host a country crafts event.

The day will allow visitors to try their hand at willow weaving with local crafter Alison Walling – or have a go at making your own corn dolly with Angela Riley of Ceres Crafts. There will also be woodworking demonstrations by award-winning craftsman Alan Eley from Hill Holt Wood. Alan will be on hand to offer tips and advice for budding woodworkers or for the more advanced.

The millers will be busy putting the mill in to action for their regular milling day.

Visitors can see the water wheel rumble into action as the huge cogs interlink and use the power of the wheel to turn the millstones, producing stoneground flour from organic wheat.

The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century and has been preserved by North Kesteven District Council, giving a real insight into milling in days gone by.

A spokesman for NKDC said: “While you’re there you can learn about the history of the mill and its millers, try your hand at grinding grain and explore the mill. You can also meet Sonya Hundal from Greenfield Bakers who will be at the mill with different types of bread to try as well as offering tips and advice on how to make your own at home.”

Alison will be at Navigation House demonstrating willow weaving skills and helping visitors make their own willow work. They can also try canal art, reflecting Navigation House’s importance in Sleaford’s navigation heritage.

For details visit www.heartoflincs.com or call NKDC on 01529 308102.