To Three Counties Show, And Beyond
The last few weeks have been very much action packed as volunteers start to sign up the hulking engine of information builds up steam and pulls out of the station, like a benevolent GCHQ. And the cruel irony of this is that no one has had the time to spare to get on here and tell anyone about it so far.
Last month we were busy manning our stall at the Three Counties Show. Not only did we have a great time, some lovely weather and fantastic views of the precambrian Malvern Hills, we also avoided having our marquee blown clean over a lorry and mangled in a field – something our neighbours were not so lucky with.
Despite the kilometers of bunting Kate feverishly trailed round our tent, the star of the show was a build-a-wall activity for kids with real stone, water-soluble mortar and trowels the size of your thumb. Many a harried schoolteacher shed a silent tear of joy as their fifty-strong gang of Dennis the Menaces instantaneously switched to playing mute Bob the Builder. Never say we don’t spread joy here at the Earth Heritage Trust.
The other star who needs to be mentioned was Mark Hamblin, our resident stone mason for the weekend. Without any obvious effort, over the three days he breezed through carving a beautiful red sandstone gargoyle all the while providing visitors to the tent with the spectacle of a block of rock slowly transforming itself into a dragon, chip by chip.
More recently, as the weather has improved, Elliot has been seen progressively less and less outdoors, only emerging occasionally from behind a towering stack of computing manuals to mutter something unintelligible about data import. Yes, work has begun on a working database in which to house, for the time being, the information starting to come in from our intrepid volunteers. Like all things, it’s satisfying when it goes right but there have been more than a few occasions that have been more like the artists impression below.
Looking further ahead, Beth is hard at work planning the training courses for the autumn, meeting and signing up volunteers and getting people out and about looking at buildings and archives in the gloriously unusual English sunshine. So if you want to get involved, please do get in contact and if you’ve already taken the plunge then watch this space over the next month for details of the exciting courses we’ll be offering our volunteers.