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Dry Stone Walling Courses - a huge success

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Alston Townscape Heritage Scheme are delighted that their Beginners Dry Stone Walling courses have been a great success. The courses were offered as part of their heritage skills training programme, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Eleven participants completed the courses, which were delivered by local Master Craftsman, Laurie Lambeth of Lambeth Stonework, qualified instructor with the Dry Stone Walling Association.

Most of the participants had little or no experience of dry stone walling, but wanted to be able to understand the basics in order to maintain their own walls. The courses covered the fundamentals of walling – using the correct tools and materials, setting out, choosing stones, construction principles and aesthetic considerations.

The courses were held at Haggs Bank Bunkhouse, where Laurie had set up a working area in sheltered woodland. The weather was variable, sunshine and showers, one participant commenting that the weather made the experience more real! Everyone participated in the 'from start to finish' construction of two 5 metre stretches of wall, working together to achieve very impressive results.

All the feedback was extremely positive, " an excellent course", "very knowledgeable tutor", "thoroughly enjoyed the two days", "well delivered", "well run", "great course, would recommend", "fantastic tuition", "really enjoyed the course, felt quite proud of the result".

Alston Townscape Heritage Scheme would like to thank Laurie for delivering an excellent course and Danny Taylor of Haggs Bank Bunkhouse for hosting the event.

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It's been a busy month as we prepare for our Alston Shops Past exhibition, with the help of Alastair Robertson and Peter Wilkinson, and also finalise the details of some training courses for later this year. We are holding two FREE Dry Stone Walling for Beginners courses, which are being taught by the very talented, award winning local craftsman, Laurie Lambeth.

In November we will be providing a Conservation Masonry Contractors Level 3 course. This will be a 5 day course from the Scottish Lime Centre Trust, who delivered the very successful C1 course last year. This course will be held here in Alston and we already have 9 contractors who are very keen to achieve this valuable qualification.

Mad Hatters is almost complete! We are delighted to see the new shopfront, steps and railings which have really made a difference to the bottom of Front Street. The last bit of work is the fitting of a new traditional awning, which is due to be installed next week.

Louise and Matt of the Cane Workshop held a lovely opening event at the end of May. The whole building looks really great and the shop is full of gorgeous hand made things and local crafts.

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