John Waller – 01892 740303
The Underwoodsman will be demonstrating his considerable basket making skills. You can also purchase some items of his work.
Sussex Beekeeping Association – Hastings & Rother
Harold Cloutt: 01424 838302
An observation hive, complete with Queen bee and workers will be the main focus on this stand with a team of experts on hand to answer questions from the crowd. A full array of honey products will be available and reference booklets for sale.
Andy and Mikey Orchard – 01825 872277
The brothers will be showcasing their ancient craft in the smithy area adjacent to the Green Gate in Halley Road. Traditional and contemporary crafted items will be demonstrated by these very skilled craftsmen.
Fly Dressing & Fishing
The Fly Dressers Build – Sussex Branch
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). Come and see how they are made.
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.
Yana Wolanski 01689 869323 Yana will be exhibiting her very detailed pencil portraits of animals and people.
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.
Susan Ramsay-Smith of Experience Sussex – 01435 810390
Susan will be demonstrating the craft of pottery making on a potters wheel – absolutely fascinating to watch.
Laura Rudd of Miss Peaches Design. 07525 096047
The craft of sign making using a very hot tool burning into wood.
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.
Sheep Dog & Duck Display
Chris Jupp from Appledore
Two exciting new displays in the Country Ways ring. Must see on Show day.
Ian Adams: 01435 813040
Ian will be demonstrating his sign writing skills in the Country Ways marquee. He uses 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: 07729 625128
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
Steve brings his group of magnificent birds of prey with a collection of owls, hawks and falcons. The birds will be appearing once again to pose for photographs. There will be a flying display with Steve putting his raptors through their paces in the Country Ways ring. The pastime of ancient kings and the oldest sport in the world – come and see it for yourself – truly spectacular.
Ian Saunders from Norfolk. 01953 498736
Tables carved from roots, not just tables, but pieces of sculpture.
Terrier Racing – Sussex Young Farmers Club
Sponsored by Houndsell Kennells
This display creates a noisy and popular attraction, it is fun and involves anyone with any breed of dog turning up and entering. The terriers love it too. Not only do they have a good chase, but if they are very lucky they can have a darned good scrap with one of the other terriers at the slightest provocation! Come and enter your dog for some fun – two sessions – 10.30 and 14.15.
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.
Thomas Smith’s Trug Shop
Robin and Peter Tuppen
Founded in April 1983. Suppliers of trugs throughout the country including to Peter Seabrook and the Royal Estate at Windsor Castle. The Trugs are almost completely handmade. Demonstrations of trug making can be seen throughout the day.
John Waller 01892 740303Hurdlemaker, creates living willow structures, woven fencing, basketry and rustic garden furniture – come and see and hear more about his traditional craftsmanship. He runs Green Wood workshops and teaches at colleges and schools. He will be demonstrating pole lathe turning.
United Retriever Club (Southern Area)
Sponsored by Houndsell Kennells
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
Paul Jones An amazing and extensive variety of walking sticks on display and is extremely knowledgeable. Come and investigate the different varieties and talk to Paul about their differing uses.
Doug Andrews: 01435 830776
A demonstration in the art of the wheelwright; surrounded by various a collection 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. Liz will be demonstrating her very impressive wood carving skills. If you have an idea then please talk to Liz and she will help try and create a very special and unique item for you.
Working Horse Display
Tony Parks of Ninfield & 1066 Working Cobs
The 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.