ALL aboard! The guys from Frome Men’s shed made an appearance at the Cheese Show earlier this month – showcasing their handmade, oar powered floatation device – the almighty coracle. It was made for a race which took place in July – after the Welsh Men’s Sheds Association threw down the gauntlet late last year.
BBC Countryfile Live 2017 wrap up
13 September 2017
The Society, along with our friends from the Teifi Coracle Netsmen Association and The Ironbridge Coracle Trust had a fantastic time at BBC Countryfile Live in August. The weather didn't start too promising - the show was halted for an hour whilst a thunderstorm passed on the Saturday. But the sun soon broke through and we had lots of interest from members of the public. This year we added a children's pond on the shore, so our younger guests could have a go in a coracle. We had over 850 visitors try their hand at coracling - more than double last year's number! One quartet of visitors were particularly special and welcomed, as Countryfile's very own Tom Heap brought his family along to learn about the coracle and coracle fishing, and to have a go out on the water.
The Teifi Coracle Netsmen Association performed a number of netting demonstrations on the water, made possible thanks to a special licence granted by the Environment Agency. They also demonstrated how to make a traditional Teifi coracle and paddle, which drew plenty of interest from the show's visitors. The traditional craft was sold by auction on Sunday afternoon, with the proceeds being donated to The Ironbridge Coracle Trust.
Many thanks go to the organisers of BBC Countryfile Live and our friends at LNC Activities and Training, who led the organisational, logistical support and hospitality for The Waterside. We are hoping to be invited back in 2018 - we will of course let you know when details emerge!
Photos and videos - including live broadcasts of the netting demonstrations - from the weekend can be viewed below and on our Facebook page