Sheep tales and spinning yarns for spring

Rev Dave Herbert, a member of the Sheep Tales Steering Group and Faye Patterson with Keith, a Boarder Leister lamb at Rock Midstead Farm
Rev Dave Herbert, a member of the Sheep Tales Steering Group and Faye Patterson with Keith, a Boarder Leister lamb at Rock Midstead Farm

Sheep and their shepherds are integral to our region, shaping our environment, our economy and our history.

Equally sheep were part of everyday rural life in the Middle East and central to many biblical stories. As we approach Easter, the North Northumberland Mission Partnership of the United Reformed Churchs in Northumberland, is launching a celebration of this heritage entitled: “Sheep Tales - Shaping the Land and Life of Northumberland.”

The first activity will be a series of Feltmaking Workshops taking place from 1pm – 4pm, on Monday, April 18, at the Ferguson Hall in Belford; Wednesday, April 20, at Chatton Village Hall; Wednesday, June 1, at the Glendale Hall in Wooler; and Thursday, June 2, in Crookham Church Hall.

Under the guidance of local teacher Anna Turnbull, children and their parents will learn the traditional art of making felt using our local wool.

At the end of the session they will have learnt how to design and make their own unique picture, bag, jewellery or hair ornaments. Children will have the opportunity of handling fleeces to experience their different textures.

The workshops are part of a larger on-going programme involving farmers, shepherds, naturalists, artists, community leaders, churches, teachers and planners.

They will be sharing their knowledge with the local community about the natural history and significance of sheep in our region focusing on heritage, environmental and animal welfare issues.

The feltmaking workshops are open to all and children are welcome, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost is £2 per feltmaking participant.

For further information please contact Jane Armstrong Email jane.armstrong5@btinternet.com or tel. 07976900668.