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Alston Moor Partnership’s Townscape Heritage Scheme, supported, thanks to National Lottery players by the Heritage Lottery Fund through a grant of £1.3 million, is pleased to congratulate 11 local contractors who have gained a Level 3 SQA National Unit in Conservation Masonry Skills.

The five day intensive course was delivered here in Alston by The Scottish Lime Centre Trust. This accredited training will benefit both the contractors and the wider community as they have gained a valuable nationally recognised qualification showing that they have the knowledge and skills to carry out complex repairs and conservation work, using lime mortars in accordance with current accepted conservation practice and guidelines.

The training covered a wide range of topics including:
• Understanding lime technology
• Design of mortars for conservation work
• Preparation of mortars
• Lime pointing
• Surface repairs to stone
• Creating a repair strategy
• Harling and renders
• Lime washing
• Stone indenting
• Pinning
• Matching lime mortars to original appearances
• Repointing traditional masonry structures including ashlar, rubble and historic brickwork
• Hot gauged lime mortars

The course was a mixture of both practical exercises and written tests and we are very proud that all the candidates passed a very challenging course.

Congratulations to: Ryan Wilkin, Liam Rymer, Jamie Dickinson, Richard Bell, Laurie Lambeth, Andrew Bell, Richard Hymers, Justin Seviour, John Macmillan, Daniel Lee and Andrew Lee.
Andrew Bell said the course had been “very comprehensive, bringing many issues into focus”.
Richard Hymers said that “it was an excellent course and would assist him to approach different types of conservation work”.

Adrian Rush (Director of AMP & Chair of the Townscape Heritage Scheme) said “Alston Moor Partnership is delighted to be able to use some of our Heritage Lottery grant to fund the running of this course locally on Alston Moor. One of the aims of our Scheme is to leave a legacy beyond the project closing date and enabling local contractors to acquire new skills and qualifications is a great way to do this".

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.

Alston Moor Partnership's Property restoration

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Mad Hatters Hardware

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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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