The next two weekends see some notable events in Hayfield, nigh-on guaranteed to attract the interest of Sustainable Hayfield's supporters.
First, on Sunday, October 7th, the DCC Countryside Service is hosting its annual Hayfield Woodland Festival around the Ranger Station at the end of the Sett Valley Trail from 10-4.00p.m. This offers a good opportunity to find out about woodland crafts, such as pole lathe turning, hedgelaying and bushcraft skills, though watching exhibitors at work and, maybe, trying your own hand at some. There's tasty, campfire-cooked food too, and children's activities. A poster for the event is attached.
Second, Sustainable Hayfield hosts its own Apple Day the following weekend, Saturday October 13th, indoors and out at the primary school, from 1-4.30p.m. We hope you already have this is in your diary. Some posters have already gone up around the village to remind you, and more will do so soon. The event has broadened its appeal in recent years and this year is no exception. We have a veritable A-Z of attractions on offer, as the attached poster confirms. Of particular note this year are:
- a series of brief, 15 minute, talks we've arranged throughout the afternoon on a range of subjects of wide appeal and relevance, including 10 steps to self sufficiency, 10 things would-be beekeepers should know, 10 amazing things to know about apples, 10 ways to recycle 'unrecycleable' plastic wrappers, the importance of bumblebees and how we can help them and, fresh from the highly successful talk given at the Cricket Club last month, a summary version of 10 reasons to buy an electric car;
- a great Creative Kids' Show, featuring classes in lego, art, junk modelling, fruit and veg modelling, and word art, suitable for children of all ages to enter, organised by the school's PTA;
- a poultry show and some live turkeys, reared locally, and displays of 'green living';
- more focus on outdoor activities, with 'art in the woods' and campfire cooking, bird feeder making and the like, 'hunt the leprechauns' in the school grounds, and a special orienteering course for both children and adults to try around the school grounds, alongside a rich array of indoors stalls, and;
- the presence of the 'Bogtastic' mobile display unit, 8 metres long, commemorating the mysterious and compelling world of blanket bog, such as is being restored on the fells around Hayfield, where drinking water is cleaned, water is stored to reduce flooding, carbon builds up to tackle climate change and bizarre plants and unique animals live.
There's a lot more we could - and no doubt will - highlight, but the attached poster, and a picture of the Bogtastic display unit, will help whet your appetite, we hope. We look forward to seeing you there!
Thanks for your continuing support.