Skills and craft event to be held in Alfriston

People from the Cuckmere Valley area are invited to a local skills and craft event on March 21.

The event at the Chapel Centre and War Memorial Hall in Alfriston is open to all and admission is free.

There will be talks, stands and demos from local people passionate about traditional and modern crafts and skills, either as a way to make a living or as something to learn for fun.

Andy Bidmead, of West Sussex Flint Repairs, will be taking part. He said: “This is perfect timing for us as we’ll be able to showcase a new flint wall repair course we are planning for later in the year.”

Others who have confirmed they will be there include a local upholsterer, a woodturner, a beekeeper, a computer specialist and a forest skills expert.

The new event is being organised by Cuckmere Valley Transition, a discussion and activity group for people interested in nature, local heritage, sustainable living and building a greater sense of community within the area. Its members come from many different backgrounds and age groups. They meet regularly for events covering a variety of topics, from organic gardening, healthy eating and meditation to renewable energy and upcycling.

“At last year’s Alfriston Festival, we polled visitors about what our first major project for 2015 should be,” said CVT member Vanessa Bristow-Rose. “Our idea of setting up a skill-sharing event really caught people’s imagination - it got by far the most votes.”

CVT chair Crichton Casbon added: “Everyone who comes along can expect to have fun, be inspired and perhaps find some new things to get involved with.”