Maggie Parker of Burwash Demonstration of basket weaving skills – fascinating to watch her work.
Harold Cloutt: 01424 838302
An observation hive, complete with Queen bee and workers. A team of experts on hand to answer questions. Honey products and books will be available for sale.
Dave Skinner AWCB, Blackboys
Blacksmiths will be showcasing their ancient craft in the smithy area. Traditional and contemporary crafted items will be shown together with a demonstration of their skills.
Mike Gordon 01323 485927
The ancient art of pole lathe turning will be demonstrated. Mike will be at hand to answer questions about woodland crafts.
Fly Dressing & Fishing
Seeking to maintain and promote the art of tying artificial flies usually from feathers and fur, these artificial insects can be anything from a 3mm long midge to a 20mm long crane fly (daddy-long-legs).
Heavy Horse Display – Working Horse Trust
Sham Farm, Eridge Green – 01892 750105
The Trust’s objectives are to promote working heavy horses and demonstrate the role they have to play in our modern rural economy and countryside management. Come along and see their display in the Country Ways ring.
Chris Burchell-Collins of SEHLS
This ancient and highly skilled art of hedge laying will be demonstrated by Chris and he will be very pleased to answer any questions you may have.
The beautiful art of lace making has enjoyed something of a revival over the past few years and an increasing number of people are finding it to be an absorbing hobby. Jennifer will be displaying her hobby here today.
Leatherwork & Saddlery
Nicola Weston of St Leonards on Sea: 07971 48423
Experienced leather worker and saddlery using traditional tools and craftsmanship.
Plumpton Forestry Display
Paul Collins and students from Plumpton Agricultural College will have a working area in Country Ways. They will be demonstrating the use of heavy machinery for forestry work.
Rush, Cane And Cord Chair Seating
David Fowler: 01825 722253
Demonstrating chair caning, David also has examples of restored cane, rush and cord seated chairs and stools on the stand.
Saddlery – Farthing Saddlery
Jackie Winchester: 01435 830440
Jackie will demonstrate all the basic skills and techniques involved in Saddlery, including bridlework, harness and basic saddle making, and will also have a display of a speciality – side saddles.
Ian Adams: 01435 813040
A demonstration of writing skills using traditional techniques to produce any style of sign.
Spinning – Heffle Spinners
Spinning and rug making using natural wools and dyes and a display of finished goods.
Labyrinth, Isobel Brunsdon: 01323 842161
Design and fabrication of bespoke stained glass and leaded lights – both traditional and contemporary.
Wendy Hazelden: 01825 750369
Working with a range of materials such as sandstone, slate, marble and granite, Wendy will be demonstrating her stonemasonry skills throughout the day in the Country Ways marquee.
Sussex Falconry of Mayfield
Steve Charlton: 07899 022117
Sponsored by David Unsworth White & Hicks of Heathfield
A display of flying and static magnificent birds of prey with a collection of owls, hawks and falcons. Have your photo taken with these amazing creatures.
Terrier Racing – Sussex Young Farmers Club
Sponsored by Houndsell Kennells
A noisy and popular attraction. Any dog may take part, enter on the day for a darned good scrap with one of the other terriers at the slightest provocation!
G A MacDonald Master Thatcher Ltd (01903) 783858 www.macdonaldthatching.com
Sponsored by N R Coppard Groundworks Ltd
A Master Thatcher for over 30 years demonstrating this ancient craft using water reed, combed wheat reed and sedge.
Trug Men of Herstmonceux
Robin and Peter Tuppen
Founded in April 1983. Trugs are hand made and demonstrations of trug making can be seen throughout the day.
United Retriever Club (Southern Area)
Mrs P. Elliott
The Club will be demonstrating the skills of their Retrievers in the Country Ways ring. Come along and see these highly trained gun dogs in action.
Vintage Tractors & Working Steam
Sponsored by AGMAC
Tractors will be on display along with Steam engines with a working threshing machine. Come and see them parade in the Country Ways arena culminating with a parade in the Main arena.
Walking Stick Display
An amazing and extensive variety of walking sticks on display and is extremely knowledgeable. Come and investigate the different varieties and talk to Geoff about their differing uses.
Doug Andrews: 01435 830776
The art of the wheelwright; examples of wheels in various stages of completion, come and see how an iron strap is put around a wooden wheel to hold everything in position.
Wood Carving And Design
Design2Creation, Liz Revell: 01323 870685
Unique hand crafted and bespoke wooden pieces for the home and garden and demonstration of wood carving skills.