Event Report: Country arts and crafts on a wave of popularity
The current popularity for hand-made arts and crafts, and the benefits of shopping local, both combined to make for a fascinating and popular event at the weekend. The first one of its kind to be held at Wyken Hall in Stanton, the event attracted over six hundred visitors, who enjoyed craft demonstrations given by truly local crafters, including amongst others, rake making, lino printing, a potters wheel, wood sculpting and turning.
Around twenty crafts-people were present in the attractive Elizabethan garden setting, accompanied by several local plant nurseries selling a wide range of herbs, cottage garden perennials and ornamental trees. Visitors enjoyed a performance of traditional folk songs in the afternoon, performed by children from Beyton Middle School. Wyken Hall is home to one of the longest running weekly farmers markets in the county, and the success of this new event means it is now set to be an annual fixture.
The event was organised by the local ‘Stanton Woodland and Wildlife Action Group’ who will be putting the proceeds towards the upkeep and improvement of the fledgling woodland which is developing at the edge of the village. Typical of many Suffolk villages, Stanton is surrounded by vast arable farming, and the local woods are a haven for woodland species. Started in association with Suffolk conservation charity the Greenlight Trust, the three-acre beauty spot has recently been visited by three barn owls. The group are indebted to Sir Kenneth and Lady Carlisle for the generous hosting of the event.
Photographs by Dominic Grixti