Welbourn Horkey

Welbourn Horkey a great success

25th October 2016

A traditional harvest inspired event took place in the village of Welbourn this weekend, bringing together residents and visitors to celebrate the village’s rich agricultural history.

Over 300 people attended The Welbourn Horkey which was organised by the NK Arts Partnership as part of the Heritage Lottery supported, Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail Project.

The Horkey (a traditional name dating from the 16th Century applied to end of harvest celebrations) told the story of ‘seed to loaf’, with displays of historical agricultural tools, working vintage threshing, baling and milling machinery as well as artisan bread-making. Also on display were a number of artworks inspired by the village’s history and customs, created by artists Lyndall Phelps and Miranda Sharpe, and historian Dave Reeves, as well as work  from local residents and pupils from Welbourn Church of England Primary School, and Sir William Robertson Academy.

Local residents took part in a bake off competition for the Horkey, making apple pies, bread and harvest cakes, and children bought along harvest themed artworks to be judged. Baker Nathan Eaves, from artisan bakery Shrub & Grub in Thorpe Latimer, was on hand to demonstrate traditional bread-baking methods as well as judge the bake off competition.

Lucy Lumb of artsNK who helped organise the event commented:

We are delighted with the success of the Horkey event. It has been wonderful working alongside artists Lyndall Phelps and Miranda Sharpe, as well as historian Dave Reeves, helping the residents of Welbourn to delve deeper into the farming heritage, local traditions and customs of their village.

We hope residents and visitors enjoyed the event, and learnt a little more about their local heritage at the same time.”

She added

We are now working with residents in North Hykeham to explore the history of the town, and have some exciting things planned for the North Hykeham Christmas Fair taking place in December.”

The Horkey was part of a Ridges & Furrows Arts & Heritage Trail project. Initiated by The NK Arts Partnership and supported by Heritage Lottery funding, Ridges & Furrows aims to explore and unearth the history and heritage of villages & towns in North Kesteven, and will ultimately result in a new arts & heritage trail linking the Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham, with the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford.

To see photos from the event visit the Ridges & Furrows Facebook page.


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