The Country Ways area of the Show showcases heritage crafts by local craftsmen displaying centuries old skills associated with the countryside. Demonstrations of these traditional crafts and practices take place alongside raptor displays, working horses, blacksmiths, working steam and terrier racing.
Description of Craft
Sussex Beekeeping Association – Hastings and Rother Division.
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
The Underwoodsman, will be demonstrating his considerable basket making skills. You can also purchase some items of his work
Andy and Mikey Orchard
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 – Bespoke carvings from wood. Demonstrations throughout the day – fascinating to watch Les showing off his skills
Hazel Wood Flowers
Ken Dower 01708 857581
Hand carving of coppiced hazel wood to make wooden flowers
Phil Hart 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.
Susan Ramsay – Smith, Experience Sussex
Demonstrating the craft of pottery making on a potters wheel – absolutely fascinating to watch
Rush, Cane & Cord Chair Seating
Examples of cane/rush and corded chairs on the stand and David will also be demonstrating chair caning.
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.
Design and fabrication of bespoke stained glass and leaded lights – both traditional and contemporary.
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
Owing to the local outbreak of Avian 'flu there will be no raptors to display at the Heathfield Show this year.
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.
Thomas Smiths Trug Shop
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.
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.