Dry Stone Walling - News
Penistone Show - September 2017
For this year's Penistone Show, we were given a new location near the entrance.
The weather for this year's Show was not ideal, but braving showers, our members carried on, and successfully rebuilt a substantial stretch of wall.
The number of visitors was down a little on previous years, but not substantially, and we had a good number of enquiries about who we are and what we do.
Training Courses - Summer 2017
Training courses have been held on the weekends of 24/25 June, 12/13 August and 23/24 September 2017.
On the June course, a small group, including one student on a visit from Canada, worked hard to build a good length of wall to a high standard. The weather was good overall, and a pleasant weekend was had.
The August course was well-attended. Our trainee wallers learned quickly, and built a long stretch of wall, on a warm, dry weekend with a pleasant breeze.
The September course similarly went well, and everyone had an enjoyable weekend.
Frickley Park - Summer 2017
This Summer, we built two more jumps for the showjumping course at Frickley Park.
The jumps have been put to good use in this year's events. We hope to be back at Frickley next year to do more work.
Gearstones Project - May 2017
During May 2017 branch members went to the walling event at Gearstones Lodge in North Yorkshire.
Some 33 metres of wall were completed over three days in excellent but windy weather. A large number of volunteers attended, and very much enjoyed the experience.
South Yorkshire Branch Round-Up - 01.03.17 by Ian Neville
Branch activity has naturally been curtailed over the winter period, but we have had two new members and one re-joiner recently bringing branch membership back to around the forty mark. Surprisingly over a quarter of branch members are now instructors. The 2016 AGM was combined with the November meeting for the first time so no meeting was scheduled during the run up to Christmas. Branch finances, committee and core membership remained stable throughout last year.
Looking ahead to 2017 South Yorkshire plans to hold six weekend basic training courses starting in April running through to October. A certification day is planned for September at Hoylandswaine. Events already in the diary include collaboration with West Yorkshire branch at Gearstones near Ribblehead in May and at Emley Show in August. We hope to return to the four day Cawthorne Yorkshire Food Festival in late August and attend Penistone Show in September – both good opportunities for publicity and demonstration builds. Agreement has been reached to build one or two large dry stone ‘chair’ jumps at Frickley Park before their first three-day event at end of July.