Roadshows, mail-outs and many more site visits
Its been a busy month with the Building Stones team. With – as the post title suggests – a heady mix of public events, letter writing and reconnaissance of the two counties’ innumerable lovely towns and villages.
Beth has been presiding over a Herculean effort to make contact with the 500-or-so of you who asked to be informed of the project and it was with a fevered brow and a wild, far-off look in her eyes that last week she sealed and posted the last envelope. If you asked to be kept informed you should be hearing from us very soon. Needless to say, if for some reason you don’t hear from us please do let us know so we can sort any issues out and keep you involved.
All three of us have been out and about at shows and open days this month with the (just-about) portable funhouse of pop-up information that is the EHT roadshow stall with help from some of our lovely volunteers. Perhaps unsurprisingly the activities we have been offering have leant toward Building Stones with a selection of the fascinating rocks that have been used for building – among them; fossiliferous Aymestry Limestone, Cotswold Stone, coal-bearing sandstone and red Triassic desert sandstones – as well as a popular children’s quiz. What’s been really lovely to see is just how interested people have found these specimens and the positive reaction we’ve had to the project in general, from almost everyone we’ve spoken to.
Elliot and Beth have meanwhile been continuing their efforts to admire every stone-built cottage, bridge and barn between the Cotwolds and Black Mountains. Visiting the Golden Valley back in April was a particular highlight, with snow still on the ground, miles of single-track lanes and a forgotten castle seemingly at every turn. More recently there have been visits to Pershore, the villages of Bredon Hill and Croome Court which has a lovely range of stones used around the estate including Holocene tufa with fossilised reeds and moss. A brilliant trip down the Severn Valley Railway to see the quarries and buildings associated with this famous remnant of the industrial revolution capped the month off in fine form despite a rather rainy day.
The coming months are shaping up to be even more busy and exciting with the Three Counties Show looming and Geofest 2013 kicking off on May 31st. And with interest in volunteering and the project flooding in, like the Wye into a Hereford carpark, we should soon be cracking on with the main thrust of the project, discovering lost quarries and stories along the way.