Sussex Beekeeping Association – Hastings and Rother Division.
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
John Waller 01892 740303
The Underwoodsman, will be demonstrating his considerable basket making skills. You can also purchase some items of his work
Andy and Mikey Orchard - 01825 872277
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 two very skilled craftsmen.
Chain Saw Carver
Les Langley 07885 2236234
Les Langley 07885 2236234 – Bespoke carvings from wood. Demonstrations throughout the day – fascinating to watch Les showing off his skills
The Fly Dressers Guild – 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.
Leather Work and Saddlery
Nicola Watson – 07971 48423
Experienced leather worker and saddlery using traditional tools and craftsmanship
Susan Ramsay – Smith, Experience Sussex – 01435 810390
Demonstrating the craft of pottery making on a potters wheel – absolutely fascinating to watch
Laura Rudd -07525 096047
The craft of sign making using a very hot tool burning into wood.
Rush, Cane & Cord Chair Seating
David Fowler – 01825 722253
Examples of cane/rush and corded chairs on the stand and David will also be demonstrating chair caning.
Sheep Dog & Duck Display
Chris Jupp from Appledore
These two new exciting displays in the Country Ways ring.
Ian Adams – 01435 813040
Demonstration of sign writing skills in the Country Ways marquee using traditional techniques to produce any style of sign
Spinning and rug making using natural wools and dyes and a display of finished goods.
Iobel Brunsdon – 01323 842161
Design and fabrication of bespoke stained glass and leaded lights – both traditional and contemporary.
Wendy Hazleden – 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.
Sky Birds of Pray
Paul Green 0754 4696199
Magnificent birds of prey with a collection of owls, hawks and falcons. Opportunity to take photos of the birds. There will be a flying display in the Country Ways ring when the raptors will show off their moves. The oldest sport in the world and the pastime of kings – come and see them perform – truly spectacular to watch. www.skybirdsofprey.co.uk. Sponsored by Hicks of Heathfield.
Organised by Sussex Young Farmers Club
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 – 10.30am and 2.15pm.
G A MacDonald Master Thatcher Ltd – 01903 783858 www.macdonaldthatching.com
A Master Thatcher for over 30 years demonstrating this ancient craft using water reed, combed wheat reed and sedge.
Ian Saunders - 01953 498736
Tables carved from roots of trees not just tables but pieces of sculpture
Thomas Smiths Trug Shop
The Tuppen brothers
Commenced business 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 hand made. Demonstrations of trug making can be seen throughout the day.
John Waller - 01892 740303
Hurdlemaker, creates living willow structures, woven fencing, basketry and rustic garden furniture – come and see John at work using his traditional skills and hear more about his craftsmanship. He runs Green Wood workshops and teaches at colleges and schools throughout the in the county. He will also be demonstrating pole lathe turning this year
United Retriever Club (Southern Group)
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.
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 Paul about their differing uses
A demonstration in the art of the wheelwright will take place throughout the day on this stand. Surrounded by 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
Clockit – 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 try to help 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