News around the community: Aldbourne charity concert with the Training Band : wildflower sowing on Stonebridge Meadow : the secrets of wool at Avebury
The Aldbourne Training Band, under the direction of their conductor Janet Roe, joined with the a capella group The Sarsen Songmen and The Firebird Taiko Japanese Drummers for a charity concert in the village church of St. Michael’s.
They entertained a full house with a programme ranging from Barber shop style songs, storytelling with drums and movement, to film music by John Williams and Henry Mancini.
The band also played Ivanov’s 'Procession of the Sardar' a march often heard on Classic FM. The concert closed with the combined forces of the band, Songmen and drummers in Pharrell Williams’s song 'Happy'.
Profits from the evening will go towards the village’s Recreation and Sports Centre project which aims to provide Aldbourne with much needed facilities.
November will be a busy month for the Aldbourne Band as they compete in the South West Brass Association’s contest in Torquay and host the second Brass Tactics course for young brass players - led by nationally renowned band conductor David Hayward. For more details contact Alan Watson on 01672 540580 or visit the band’s website.
No ploughing but much scattering
Action for the River Kennet have hosted a community seed scattering afternoon at Stonebridge Wild River Reserve. Regular ARK volunteers were joined by families to scatter wildflower and grass seeds in Stonebridge Meadow (jointly owned with Marlborough Town Council.)
The seeds were scattered in a section that is being managed with the long-term aim to create a wildflower meadow. The conservation scheme for this part of Stonebridge Meadow will be helped by grazing cattle.
ARK Project Officer Anna Forbes: "It was a really fun afternoon for everyone who took part, with such a good community turn out and really lovely weather, it was good to see people of all ages working together and investing in this brilliant local amenity."
"This is a long term project so there will be many more opportunities to get involved."
Avebury puts its trust in wool
Old traditions were brought back to life at Avebury National Trust when visitors were treated to a free event demonstrating how the fleece of a Shetland sheep is turned into yarn for making clothes.
The process involves taking the washed raw fleece and combing it - known as 'carding' - to align the wool fibres so it is suitable for spinning into yarn. Visitors had tried their hand at carding as well as learning how to use a spinning wheel.
And just in case visitors' skills wool was up to it, they were shown how to knit newly spun yarn into garments using the cable stitch style of knitting.
Visitors also met four tame pedigree Shetland lambs: Audrey, Beulah, Kelly and India. They spent the day looking totally relaxed, chewing the cud and enjoying all the attention.
The Wool Craft day was organised by Trish Gray of Apshill Farm, Tisbury: “The day couldn’t have gone better, the weather was fantastic and we saw a record number of people here learning about the process of turning fleece into clothing. People loved meeting our lovely Shetland sheep - one lady was delighted to have stroked a sheep for the very first time”.
For details of the next wool craft day visit this website.