Washingborough Arts and Heritage Trail - Promoting Washinborough's growing art & cultural identity
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About Washingborough Trail

Who are we?

We are a group of villagers that first met up in 2000 when our Parish Council advertised for volunteers to work on a Millennium Mosaic for the Community Centre, designed by Alan Potter. We were all new to the craft and it was quite a challenge, but we all enjoyed the challenge and went on to form a regular group and take on more pieces.

After completing our second Mosaic for the Precinct shopping centre, we visited an artsNK Arts Fair, and were so inspired by the other community groups, we spoke to artsNK (North Kesteven District Council’s arts team) about what we might do next.

Our unique story has been our inspiration.

3000 years ago Washingborough was an important craft centre. The finds made by The Time Team Archaeologists (Life on the Edge, Channel 4) demonstrated that the materials being used came from as far away as Cornwall and Europe. With the tidal water coming up as far as Washingborough it was evident we were living near a thriving Bronze Age craft centre.

So we decided to celebrate the site of what must be one of the oldest craft centres in the country with a piece by our craft group, linked to others around the village.

Completing the task

With the support of artsNK we applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant and with the assistance of new members that joined the group, we started to learn new craft skills including clay modelling, designing our own mosaics, moulding, casting and wood carving.

We are a democratic group all bringing different skills together to work as a team. The experience has been quite challenging and we have developed new skills and have learnt a lot along the way, with the added bonus of producing art work that we believe will enhance our village for many years to come.

Margaret Carter

Ann Willoughby