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29th & 30th June 2024 The Heritage, Bishton (opp Bishton Hall), Wolseley Bridge, Staffordshire ST17 0XL Sat 10-5pm Sun 10-4.30pm

A celebration of all things woolly, just 25 mins from J13 of the M6 or a stone's throw from the A51

  • Exhibitors >>> Face to face encounters of the best kind from all over the UK
  • Workshops >>> Well I never knew that! Tap in to our teachers
  • The Knitted Tearoom >>> Fundraising par excellence, teas, coffees & cakes. Mmmm!
  • Reduce, ReUse >>> & Recycle! Liberty for the planet - settle up with your stash & pass it on
  • Camping >>> Where you can lay your hat & head for the weekend
  • I've Got Rhythm >>> Music from Naomi Mellis, Katie Brigham & Madison Eve. Stop right there. You'll want to.
  • Street Food >>> Oodles of noodles & smiles of spices, the healthiest & tastiest

NEWS

Fleece Sale 1 Jacobs

Spinners use it, weavers love it, felters can't do without it. Wool@J13 understands the importance of fleece for a whole variety of crafters and understands the visual appeal of the Jacob sheep in particular with its piebald coat, and its easy management appeal to small flock owners. So when the phone rang last week with an enquiry as to whether we might be interested in taking some Jacob's fleece for sale at the show, we sat up. The call came from Richard and Rachel Oakley, the owners of a flock of 20 (retired) Jacob sheep and one Herdwick. Distraught at having had to burn their fleeces in the past because they could find no outlet for them, they are welcoming the opportunity offered to see their fleeces being used in a productive way. Funds raised from the sale of the fleeces will go to Cheadle & District Animal Welfare Society. Read on for more of Richard & Rachel's story in their own words, how their flock grew from four foundation ewes and a bit of history on our four legged friends. And you can discover their names. AND find out how Rachel has been inventive in using fleece in other ways.

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Let Us Entertain You

Where would the world of Wool@J13 be on the weekend of 29th & 30th June without a little bit of something musical to make our visitors feel good ? Let us entertain you with sets from four different ladies and gents who are out to hold your attention with their voices, guitars and a little bit of magic from the Shows We Used To Know. We are exceedingly happy to welcome our song & theatre birds from Staffordshire Manchester and London. Who are they? Read on...

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Right on your doorstep, Staffordshire. You are invited!

Swinging into action with publicity for the show. Local and regional press. Staffordshire is sandwiched between Birmingham to the South and the Peak District to the North and its history is largely agricultural, remaining so to this day with many farming communities and villages as part of that heritage. So it seems like the most sensible thing to do is to get out to all of those communities and make connections with all wool lovers everywhere.

We'll be doing a separate article on Bishton Ponies (bottom right in the featured pic), the Community Interest Company which the show will be supporting this year and which lends a hand and a hoof to excluded and cared for children and teens in the area. For now, as we're talking about connections, there exists no better than between a horse and a human and Bishton's stable of 28 legs do their job magnificently. You'll see them in action at the show.

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