The first Pocklington Canal Events Programme is out now – with events ranging from wildflower walks to archaeological digs, willow weaving to fishing taster days.
On starting this job, I inherited a detailed ‘Visitor Activity Plan’ which is the blueprint for the volunteering, events and activities that will complement the dredging and restoration work which makes up this Heritage Lottery Fund project. This plan was the result of the ‘Development’ phase of this Heritage Lottery Funded project, basically an exploratory precursor to the ‘Delivery’ phase which we are now in.
My job involves bringing the text in this Visitor Activity Plan to life – which encompasses a range of areas from recruiting education volunteers to organising a social history research project, booking local naturalists in to deliver guided events and starting to plan the 2018 bi-centenary celebrations!
Having spent five months getting into the role and setting up the first series of events, I’m quite pleased to have the first Pocklington Events Guide ready. Getting to this stage has certainly been interesting for me – I’ve learnt a little bit more about archaeology, history, willow weaving and birch restoration in the process.
So what’s coming up? As you might imagine from their name, the Heritage Lottery Fund is keen to help people learn a little bit more about heritage – which comes in many forms.
The Pocklington Canal has attracted naturalists for many years, so we’ll have a range of natural heritage workshops, from the very small (the microscopic aquatic wildlife living in the canal) to the larger charismatic species such as barn owls that live along the canal.
On the historical heritage side, we’ll have an archaeological programme which will involve a geophysics workshop and an archaeological dig. We’ll be providing lime mortar training to the volunteer working party who will help with Church Bridge.
Traditional heritage skills such as willow weaving and fishing will also be covered, with a community sculpture that everyone is invited to be part of taking place in August.
Lizzie Dealey, Project Officer
Pocklington Canal – a gem in the landscape has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, we will be restoring Church Bridge and Swing Bridge No 7, restoring the special wildlife habitats along the canal and running a series of exciting community events and activities to showcase the rich heritage of this idyllic rural East Yorkshire canal.See more blogs from this author