Learn skills and crafts in Alfriston

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A free local skill and craft sharing event is taking place in Alfriston on Saturday (March 21).

Everyone is welcome at the new event organised by a group of local residents from Cuckmere Valley Transition.

The event will take place at the Alfriston War Memorial Hall and Old Chapel Centre from 10am to 4pm.

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

One of the first people to agree to take part was Andy Bidmead of West Sussex Flint Repairs.

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.”

A local upholsterer, a woodturner, a beekeeper, a computer specialist and a forest skills expert will also be on hand to give advice and show visitors their trade.

This new public event is being organised by Cuckmere Valley Transition, a lively discussion and activity group for people who are interested in nature, local heritage, sustainable living and building a greater sense of community within the Alfriston and Cuckmere Valley 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.

Cuckmere Valley Transition member Vanessa Bristow-Rose said, “At last year’s Alfriston Festival, we polled visitors about what our first major project for 2015 should be.”

“Our idea of setting up a skill-sharing event really caught people’s imagination - it got by far the most votes.”

Crichton Casbon, the chairperson of the Cuckmere Valley Transition, said, “There’s a rich tradition of craftsmanship in this area.

“We hope that the Skills Café will bring together a wide mix of people from our vibrant community to share knowledge and ideas.”

The event organisers hope that everyone who comes along will have fun, be inspired and perhaps find some new hobbies or interests to enjoy.