In August The Friends of the Blackden Trust (FTBT) are celebrating ten years of supporting us here at Blackden. During those years the Friends have extended their group to include members far and wide, raising money to help the Trust preserve the past and inspire the future. If you are interested in finding out more about the Friends, please contact Joyce Evers. Secretary FTBT at email@example.com
*During August, we have two public tours to be held on the 8th and 18th of the month.
Blackden July 2018
June was a busy month at the Blackden Trust. We ran five public tours and a Stars and Stones day which combines a morning visit to Blackden followed by lunch and an afternoon at Jodrell Bank. The next Stars and Stones day is on the 22nd August. Booking details for this popular event can be found at www.jodrellbank.net
At the Trust, we are delighted to welcome two new volunteers to our friendly team. One visitor came on a general tour and one on a Stars and Stones day. Both were captivated by what they discovered at Blackden and wish to contribute their own individual knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to the Trust by giving some of their time to helping us. For further information on volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out about these and other events, please go to our website www.theblackdentrust.org.uk Bookings can be made on line. For all enquiries, including our workshops for schools, please email email@example.com or telephone 01477 571445
On July 5th, the nation will celebrate 70 years of the NHS. At Blackden, we are joining in this celebration by holding a unique event entitled ‘A Taste of our Own Medicine.’ In The Old Medicine House, we shall have the Johnson Family archive on display and hear the stories of the family’s medicine manufacture within the house on its original site, and how the arrival of the NHS changed everything. Visitors can wander the herb gardens and hear how the herbs were used in medicine.
For the fourth year running, Well Green Primary School Year 3 children recently attended our ‘Prehistory at Blackden’ workshop. The workshop provides the children with a day of rich experiences. As they approach the site on foot, they theoretically walk back through time, from present day to arriving in the garden in the Mesolithic period of 10,000 years ago. It is known, through gathered evidence, that people during this period occupied the land where The Blackden Trust now sits. During the day, the children learn about the three stages of prehistory. They see and handle some of the archaeological objects found on the site and have hands on experience of some prehistoric activities such as grinding grain and moulding clay pots. This workshop supports the National Curriculum for Year 3 and from next year, will be available to all Primary Schools.
During May, we ran three tours, including Stars and Stones, linked with Jodrell Bank. One visitor has since booked her parents on to a future tour in June, having greatly enjoyed her own experience of her morning spent at Blackden.
To find out more about this and other events see below or go to our website www.theblackdentrust.org.uk. Bookings can be made on line. For all enquiries, including our workshops for schools, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01477 571445.
|2.00- 4.00 pm
||Conducted Tour of The Old Medicine House and Garden
|Fee £10.00 Early Bird and Group discounts available
||10.00- 3.30 pm
|By Seven Firs and Goldenstone – A Walk Between Worlds
|Walk the location of the Legend of Alderley guided by Archaeologist Dr Tim Campbell-Green and Alan Garner’s daughter Katharine Darby. After lunch enjoy a tour of the Old Medicine House.
||Fee £30.00 to include lunch.
Advance booking essential
A new event by The Blackden Trust entitled ‘By Seven Firs and Goldenstone – A Walk Between Worlds.’ is to be launched in September 2018.
Goldenstone sits at the end of the track that leads from the Alderley Edge car park to Stormy Point. It is a large lump of conglomerate stone that marks the boundary between Nether Alderley and Over Alderley. It has been shaped by humans and was placed deliberately there, possibly in prehistory. It is a greyish colour, rather than golden, and its name is probably derived from ‘Gylden’, meaning ‘tax’ or ‘tribute’, i.e. the ‘tribute stone’, that is, a place that such transactions happened. Its significance in the Alderley Edge legend is that it is one of the places that the Wizard leads the farmer to on their journey to the Iron Gates. Alan Garner uses it as a location in both the Weirdstone of Brisingamen and the Moon of Gomrath.
Tim Campbell-Green + Katherine Darby
Local author Alan Garner’s daughter Katharine Darby and archaeologist Dr. Tim Campbell-Green took a walk over Alderley Edge to discuss their initial ideas. Alan and Griselda Garner provided background information in guidance for content of the event. Find out more about this and all their events: http://www.theblackdentrust.org.uk
If you are interested in joining their happy team of volunteers, please email email@example.com
The Blackden Trust March 2018
Every year the Friends of The Blackden Trust launch their season of events by hosting a public lecture that relates to the work of the Trust – a fund-raising event to help The Blackden Trust continue its conservation work on the site. (All donations are always much appreciated by the Trust.)
The Blackden Trust‘s report, March 2018:
On March 10th at Terra Nova school, Henry Owen-John, Head of International Advice at Historic England and a Trustee of the Blackden Trust, gave a talk entitled Britain’s World Heritage – What’s it all about?
Henry spoke about the origins of UNESCO and how the World Heritage Convention came into being and its ongoing development. The talk was illustrated with examples from a diverse range of World Heritage Sites in the UK and beyond. Henry also spoke of the nomination to add the Jodrell Bank Observatory to the World Heritage list. The talk was fascinating and was enjoyed by all who attended.
Planning began for a new event entitled ‘By Seven Firs and Goldenstone – A Walk Between Worlds.’ to be launched in September 2018.
Tim Campbell-Green + Katherine Darby at Alderley Edge
Alan Garner’s daughter Katharine Darby, in collaboration with archaeologist Dr. Tim Campbell-Green, took a walk over Alderley Edge to discuss their initial ideas. Alan and Griselda Garner provided background information in guidance for content of the event. To find out more about this and all our events, please go to our website http://www.theblackdentrust.org.uk
Also, during March, our preparations for the new season began. A group of our volunteers worked to erect the tent in the garden for use in many of our forthcoming activities.
Our volunteers help us in a range of activities and can choose those they enjoy and feel most comfortable doing. Everyone has something to offer. If you are interested in joining our happy team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blackden Trust March 2018
The Friends of The Blackden Trust present:
“Britain’s World Heritage: What’s it all about?”
A nomination to add the Jodrell Bank Observatory to the World Heritage List has just been submitted. But what does World Heritage Site status actually mean and do local people who live in and around World Heritage Sites feel a real part of these highly valued places?
Henry Owen-John, the Head of International Advice at Historic England and a trustee of The Blackden Trust, will explain the origins of UNESCO, how the World Heritage Convention came into being, what World Heritage Site status involves and explore the extent to which local communities engage with it. The talk will be illustrated with examples from a diverse range of spectacular World Heritage Sites in the UK and beyond
There are 31 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the UK and its overseas territories, ranging from the remote Henderson Island in the Pacific to Stonehenge and Avebury and some of the great engines of the industrial revolution such as Ironbridge and Saltaire.
Saturday 10th March 2018 at 3pm: Tickets £11
Terra Nova School, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire CW4 8BT.
Bookings can be made through Brian Rich at email@example.com or telephone 01538 384713
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