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Curlew Country Arts Project

Tuesday April 26th, 2016 | Stephanie

In May, the Stiperstones and Corndon area will be a waymark on a 500 mile walk being undertaken by television producer Mary Colwell-Hector to raise awareness of the plight of curlews in the UK and Ireland. The “Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme” has funded a community arts project to link in with Mary’s visit and to raise the profile of its “Ground-nesting Birds Recovery Project”.

The creative arts will be a fun way for people to get involved in raising awareness of local curlews through music, words, sculpture and photography. The project, “Curlew Country”, is being co-ordinated by wildlife photographer Ben Osborne. He will be working with sculptor Bill Sample, musician and choir-leader Mary Keith and author and poet Karen Lloyd.

On the dates of Mary’s visit to the Shropshire Hills, the 14th and 15th May, we will be organising workshops based in village halls in the Stiperstones and Corndon area. So if you fancy getting involved in some landscape-related creative activities check out our Facebook page “Curlew Country” where you’ll find up-to-date listings of events. Alternatively, phone 01743-791982 for more information.
Two Curlew-themed workshops and a talk are now in place:
Curlew Lantern Making Workshop” with sculptor Bill Sample at Snailbeach Village Hall from 1 – 4 pm on Saturday 14th May. No charge but PLACES STRICTLY LIMITED – call 07779-247071 to book. Children and adults welcome, but children must be supervised by an adult. Participants should wear old clothes. Materials provided
Acapella Singing workshop with choir-leader Mary Keith at Priest Weston Village Hall from 2 – 5 pm on Saturday 14th May. All welcome, no need to book. Free of charge. Bring cake!
There will be an ILLUSTRATED TALK on Curlews by Mary Colwell-Hector in Snailbeach Village Hall at 7.30 on the 14th May. All welcome. Free.

More details on the “CURLEW COUNTRY” Facebook page.


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