What’s been happening ‘3’… the final chapter

AUGUST – Willow Storytelling tree, Roman Military Spectacular (just look at those Gladiators) the Eisteddfod and the Vale Show

Nearly up to date – August was quite a busy month as well with The Eisteddfod and the Vale Show. We had a rather fetching teepee at the Eisteddfod and spent a very relaxing week on the Maes Gwyrdd. Les Llewelyn, our famous Cyntell maker demonstrated for two days making a beautiful white cyntell.

What better than willow swords and shields for a Roman Military Spectacular at the Amphitheatre in Caerleon. The event lasted for two days and we were treated with fantastic Roman Soldier battles and sparring Gladiators.

Another lovely project was a sculpture of a Storytelling Tree in Dare Valley Country Park. Spread over three days the workshop was for local children who either worked on the tree or made leaves which we attached at the end.

Finally the Vale Show which is an agricultural show held in Fonmon Castle in Barry, another event we’ve attended for quite a few year’s running. Always a very busy day which this year was made joyful by the return of someone very special… 🙂



Welsh Basketmaker’s South Wales Group Update

The next few weeks are very busy and Mel and I are on holiday for a week from Friday so we need to get a bit organised this week – can’t believe it is nearly June!

Wool and Willow Festival


As everyone knows this starts on Friday this week . Mel has got 2 items so far to take with her for our group display, it is looking a little bare! We would love it if you would consider lending us just one of your favourite things you have made – basket or any other item for display at the festival. Some beautiful work has been produced by our group (and I am simply thinking of everyone’s first baskets at this point) and we would like to show it off! Let me know if you can provide something and we can arrange to pick it up before Friday morning when we leave to set up. The item will be on display for a month and we will pick it back up and return it to you then.

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is to be held on Monday June 6th at Colwinston Village hall and we will be making conical plant supports. We need a week to prepare the willow for this so we need to know if you are attending by Thursday this week at the latest. Everyone very welcome.

Flatholm Trip

The long day for Flatholm Island falls this year on a weekend when both Mel and I are tied up (Mel is in London and I am working with Les on the Cyntell course). Everyone had such a fantastic time on this trip last year that I wondered if you would still like to go as a group anyway. The cost for the trip would be £34 per person which includes food. The date would be Saturday 17th September – maximum 15 places on Lewis Alexander Depart 0845 Return 2045. It is easy to arrange a trip but we would need a volunteer to liaise with Natalie regarding booking this trip, let me know if you are interested.

Basketmakers Association Summer Meeting

We are also planning a trip to this event in Cheltenham on 18th June.
If you would like to come on the trip, please email me or Deb at deborah.hill@wales.gov.uk by Thursday this week as well so that we can see if we need to hire a minibus or just car share during the day. It should be a lovely day out and gives us an opportunity to meet other basket makers from all around the country.

Lots to respond to here so I look forward to hearing from you!