We’ve already mentioned that Glenda Calvert has been working with some local children to produce a children’s walk leaflet about local cowhouses. They have walked the route with her, taken photos, written about what they’ve seen, done colourful illustrations and taken part in craft workshops.
As part of the process we asked them to tell us what they thought about the experience. Here are some of their answers:
“Apart from tired legs, it was pretty nice to see the views (as I don’t get out much!)” Wilf aged 10
“It was great! I drawed a waterfall, a bridge…my favourites” Aneira aged 6
“We were talking about cow’usses. I actually learned a lot about the cow’usses’ history. I hadn’t really learned much about the history of Swaledale before. I love history so it was good.” Joe aged 10
“It was good because I was with my friends and we were pushing each other in the grass. We learned about the barns – I call them cow’usses. There was one called ‘Burnt Down’. That’s cos it burned down a long time ago. I drew a lot of flowers and two barns, one big, one small. I saw them on the walk. I did some sticking. I made a cow’us.” Hazel aged 6
We can’t wait to see the leaflet. It’s one in a series of popular children’s walk leaflets produced by Glenda and will be available from the Keld Resource Centre and local accommodation providers.
The winter honesty box tea facilities have opened again in Keld Public Hall. We popped in earlier in the week for a welcome cuppa and were delighted to see one of the project posters in the window for all to see.
Matt Langstaff and his joiner Chris Norcliffe made short work of installing the new project panels and audio player. We found a socket wasn’t working so we have to go back and install an extension cable but everything is all set up and working otherwise and we are really pleased with how the new panels blend in with the original displays. The first panel sits alongside the centre’s original panels in the lobby.
There are three more panels in the main byre area of the centre. The first one tells the story of how the cowhouses were once used, with memories of tying cows and the daily round in the winter of milking, watering and foddering them.
The next panel describes the long history of the cowhouses, starting with the first Viking settlers who gave names to all the parts of the cowhouse.
We then came to the audio panel which allows visitors to listen to stories from five of our project participants alongside some information about the conservation work we have been doing in the area on several cowhouses.
We were impressed by the quality of the audio playback through the headphones.
Finally, we added extra labels to the village map, highlighting the cowhouses that feature on it.
A final tidy up and we left, well pleased with the results.