artist Lyndall Phelps with pupils from Welbourn primary school

Welbourn set to celebrate its agricultural heritage as part of Ridges & Furrows project

6th October 2016

Horkey Event – Sat 22 October, 12 Midday – 4pm

Pub quiz – local history, Thu 20 October, 7pm

A traditional harvest inspired event, or ‘Horkey’ will take place in the Lincolnshire village of Welbourn this month, as part of the NK Arts Partnership’s Arts & Heritage project Ridges & Furrows.

The Welbourn horkey – a traditional name applied to end of harvest celebrations dating from the 16th Century – will tell the story of ‘seed to loaf’, exploring wheat production, and milling as well traditional bread making methods. The event, which takes place on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd October, at Welbourn Village Hall and St Chad’s Church,will share work produced by local school children and local residents as well as new art installations produced by artists Lyndall Phelps, and Miranda Sharpe inspired by their time in the village.  Visitors to the event can also see a display of historical agricultural tools and vintage threshing, bailing and milling machinery outside the Village Hall, whilst inside traditional methods for bread baking will be demonstrated and local residents will take part in their own ‘bake off’ style competition. Welbourn Forge will be open on the day with demonstrations of traditional iron-working.

Ahead of the event, local people are invited to test their knowledge of local history at a special Pub Quiz taking place at Welbourn pub The Joiner’s Arms, on Thursday 20th October. No special knowledge or team is required – just turn up and take part!

Artist Lyndall Phelps, commented on her time in the village:

‘A passion for unearthing the past has always been integral to my work and I very much enjoy sharing my findings with all manner of people.

 ‘It has been wonderful seeing Ridges & Furrows evolve into an exciting and innovating celebration of Welbourn’s farming heritage that all residents can engage with and be proud of.’

Ridges & Furrows workshops and events are also taking part in North Hykeham in December 2016 and the village of Waddington in spring 2017.

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. Keep up to date with the project on the Ridges & Furrows Facebook page.



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