Easter Extravaganza - Saturday 20th April
We will have the traditional Easter Egg Hunt - where you will have to find out how many chickens, sheep & rabbits have come to visit us & a colouring competition of two of the rabbit family. You can choose which you want to colour in, and then you can either just take it home or you can enter it into the Colouring Competition for 50p & the best picture will win a prize.
All our traders will be open and so there is plenty to look at.
And now to the twist - we have a 'visitor' from the 1880's! Writing on his Facebook page he says -
'Live in the courtyard there will be story telling and a display of 1800’s clothing, cavalry sword, pith helmets, pistols, leather cross belt and more!
Also... try your hand at pistol duelling, with my custom duelling pistols (nerf guns)
Get your finest clothing on and make your way to the old Bolsover Yard.
Story sessions 11am and 1pm
So - this is something not to be missed - stories and a display from Thomas Glossop 1800’s adventurer
Yarn Shop Day - Saturday 27th April ......
Launched in 2014 by Let’s Knit magazine, along with its sister title LGC Knitting & Crochet, Yarn Shop Day is the biggest retailer event in the knitting and crochet industry. Its aim is to help bricks-and-mortar stores by encouraging yarn lovers all over the UK and the Republic of Ireland to visit their local store and discover the great things it can offer, while at the same time enjoying a day of treats, fun and meeting like-minded crafters!
And as we know The Fabric Den has just started to sell a small selection of yarns, and plans to expand the range as the months go on.
Sarah from The Fabric Den will be hosting an event on the day - encouraging all you knitters & crocheters to come along and meet.
In her Workshops at The Fabric Den Programme which we published in last weeks blog she writes -
Come & bring your latest project to sit & work on in a friendly environment. Tea/Coffee available
13.00 – 15.00 - £6
And supporting Sarah will be Claire Nettleship of Claire Nettleship Hand Dyed Yarns - who has just featured in the May edition of Knitting magazine & a return visit to Old Bolsover Yard from Handmade by Helen who was with us at last years Christmas Festival & Lantern Parade, with her range of crocheted goodies,
So whether you are a knitter, a crocheter or neither, pop in to the Yard and support Yarn Shop Day & more importantly The Fabric Den.
Makers Market - Saturday 4th May - May Day weekend
Hosted by Sarah from The Fabric Den & Damion from Ethos Upcycling - they are inviting local makers to take a space in the Yard, to display, demonstrate, and sell their wares.
All goods must be handmade, not bought in for resale, and if you want to know more then message Ethos Upcycling on their Facebook page -https://www.facebook.com/ethosupcycling/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here comes the 'Wobbly Bodger' ......
The 'Wobbly Bodger' better known as Gary Joynt is part of a small family run business located in the heart of Sherwood Forest.
And what better way to tell you all about them than through The Wobbly Bodger himself -
We are passionate about keeping alive some of the traditional heritage crafts from around the world. As the world became mechanised, production increased and heritage crafts declined in popularity giving way to modern, faster manufacturing methods.
Our intention is to keep alive some of the traditional and not so traditional heritage crafts under threat in our fast and busy world. All our products are handmade from seasoned and green wood and each item is unique and individual.
So what I hear you asking is a bodger? Back to Gary -
In a tradition going back centuries, bodgers were originally itinerant wood-turners who worked in forest and woodlands. They cut timber and turned it into chair legs, on a very simple lathe that used the natural spring of a bent sapling to turn it. Their equipment was easy to set up and move around as they travelled from place to place.
Today the word ‘bodger’ is used more generally for craftspeople who work green wood outdoors, using traditional country methods.
Now, with a build up like that, can you really afford no to come along & see what it is all about, and you never know, you might be able to 'have a bodge' yourself!
And now the rest of this weeks news ......
Heritage Lottery Fund bid .....
Well this time we haven't even got off the starting blocks! Within days of resubmitting we had word back from HLF that said -
Having reviewed this enquiry, your previous application and enquiry, I don’t want to waste your time by suggesting you make an application for this project.
And that we might like to consider making an application for -
"A small community archaeology project and interpretation of finds"
Now, lets get this right - our first bid was unsuccessful, but it was described as 'a good bid' and we were advised to make some changes (which we did) and resubmit (which we did) in line with their suggested changes and now it is not good enough at all!
We are getting mixed messages here! But undaunted, we are now going to resubmit our bid again under the new criteria, which is for less money.
Watch this space & lets see what they come back with this time.
All very disappointing, but as I say 'undaunted'.
For the second year running Gail has been nominated for an Award, and last year she actually won an Award!
So, we are all hoping for another success this year, but whatever the outcome, well done Gail for getting a nomination.
We have got the Champagne on ice, for when the results are announced.