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Burwash Manor Apple Day 2018


  The time of the annual Burwash Manor apple day had come round again and the Estate Greenwood Workers had been asked to appear as a rural craft demos for the seventh year running. It is a fantastic event and … Continue reading

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Wimpole Estate Produce Fair


Following the last few years’ events in awful weather up near the gardens, the produce show shrank and shifted to near the stable block. The weather was glorious as predicted by the McWeatherman and so a lot of people casually … Continue reading

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Scything Festival 2018 Part3 : Sunday


The weather was again glorious and many mowers both local and from further afield had turned up to take part in the many serious and not so serious competitions of the day. The most popular was, as ever, the 5m … Continue reading

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Mowing poems


This year’s scything festival coincided and so was part fo the Wimpole Hall History Festival, which is itself linked to the Cambridge Literary Festival. As a result, Olga, Simon and some of the volunteers decided that there should be a smattering of poems that … Continue reading

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Scything festival 2018 Part 2: Saturday


Our Leader’s meteorological prediction came to pass and on Saturday was glorious Mcweather. Richard Brown, aided by the Wimpole “Tuesday night is mowing night” regulars ran a one day scythe course for 10 people. Starting with the basics of assembling … Continue reading

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Scything festival 2018: A throne fit for a (scything) king


The weekend of June 23rdand 24thwas the Wimpole Estate scything festival, this year held as part of the Wimpole History Festival. The meadows out by the folly looked fantastic, the weather was set fair and to top it all Simon … Continue reading

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The Wympole Strippers ride again!


…Apologies for the time it takes to get these on the blog – sorry (ed.). May is the optimal time of the year for obtaining elm bast. The bast is the ~1/4” layer consisting of mainly the phloem just under … Continue reading

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Making a Tudor chair : Trying something a bit different


One of our friends is an experienced Tudor living historian but due to Sciatica would find it tough to stand up for day after day. So after a brief discussion over dinner, a quick spot of research on t’interweb and … Continue reading

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Here we come a wassailing


On Saturday 14th, the Greenwood group were invited to demo some of our ’skills’ at the Trumpington Community Orchard Wassail and to join in the celebrations. Wassailing refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards usually in cider-producing regions, drinking … Continue reading

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Greenwood group on tour at the Burwash Manor Apple Day


The Burwash Apple day has become a regular autumn treat for the Estate Greenwood craft group as we have demonstrated their for the last 5 years. Burwash Manor is a group of converted farm buildings housing a selection of independent, … Continue reading

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