Heritage project leaders get to grips with Salterforth

Pupils at Salterforth Primary School take part in an archery session as part of the

Pupils at Salterforth Primary School take part in an archery session as part of the "Getting Grips with Salterforth" phase of the village's heritage project. (S)

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Children fronting Salterforth’s £43,000 heritage project enjoyed an exciting week of activities as they tackled the latest action-packed phase entitled “Getting to grips with Salterforth”.

On the Monday, Salterforth-based cartographer George Crawford-Smith visited the village school to demonstrate how a map of Salterforth would be created using professional computer software and talked about the geographical changes in the area over time.

The following day, children explored Salterforth cemetery, toured the historic Anchor Inn pub and visited the Inghamite Chapel as well as browsing a census with Margaret Brown from the Earby and District History Society and studying with local war enthusiast Andy Fitton.

Ceramic artist Vivien Booth popped in on the Wednesday with visually impaired people from Galloway’s society for the Blind who will be assisting with the project’s ceramic map and plaques and historian Mike Clarke took them all on a tour of the village to learn about the fabric of Salterforth’s buildings.

On the Thursday, pupils were joined by villagers on Cross Butts in Salterforth to try their hand at archery courtesy of Simonstone company Outdoor Elements as some believe the land was used for the sport as far back as medieval times.

Children finished the week on Friday learning about what life is like as a visually impaired person.

Salterforth Primary School teacher Rachael Livesey, who is leading the project, said: “The children enjoyed meeting the visually impaired people and it was great to see their mature and responsible attitudes as they helped on the guided tour.

“This tactile guide was very useful to the visually impaired who could touch the stone and get a real ‘feel’ for the village and its history.

“The week was a great success and the school children and staff are extremely excited about creating the map and historic walk around the village.”

The process of story and photograph gathering is still taking place and anybody who wishes to get involved can call the school on 812223 or join the Salterforth Heritage group on Facebook.

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