We were delighted to finally be able to hand over the specially purchased video kiosk to Andrew Green at the Muker Literary Institute yesterday. Our Every Barn Tells a Story videos are now ready to share – we just need to convert them into a suitable format for the player.
The Institute is already proudly displaying the framed poster and barn photos. They all complement the wonderful display of old photos of Muker currently on show.
The two ghost cows and their calves have spent the winter in Keld and our Bainbridge office. One calf is being kept by the community but the time has come to find the others a final home. Grassington Festival have asked if they can have them so we went to collect them yesterday in a horsebox belonging to a member of staff. It was quite an adventure!
We hope they enjoy their new home in a laithe (not cowhouse!) in Grassington
We’re pleased to say that our online education pack is almost ready to launch. We’ve proofed all the worksheets and they are full of fun facts and things to do on the cowhouse theme.
We’ll publish them as downloadable PDFs shortly. Watch this space!
The Every Barn Tells a Story project is now drawing to a close with just a few more things like the school work pack and our videos to be finished off.
We’re always delighted to see how people are using the resources we’ve already produced of course, and loved these photos of our cowhouse posters and framed photos now on display at Usha Gap campsite recently sent to us by the campsite owner.
Our ranger Michael Briggs has just sent these rather fab photos of the Banty Barn panel we’ve installed on the Buttertubs Road – it’s the first item from the project that many visitors will come across when the arrive in upper Swaledale so we hope people find it informative and that it inspires them to find out more about the project.
Way back when the project outputs got underway at the beginning of 2017 we produced a postcard for visitors telling them all about what the local cowhouses were for. This was as a result of talking to local tourism businesses who told us that their visitors were always asking what the little buildings in the fields were for. We distributed copies of the card at the start of the holiday season to visitor businesses and asked them for feedback.
Based on that feedback, almost the last thing we have produced for the end of the project has been a new postcard which businesses will be able to use throughout next year. It’s smaller and has better labelling of all the parts of the cowhouse and there is more room on the back for people to write messages. We hope everyone likes them.
If you’d like to own a free set of our six Every Barn… trail booklets, then pop into reception at our offices in either Grassington (Colvend BD23 5LB) or Bainbridge (Yoredale DL8 3EL) and pick one up while stocks last.
Ghost cows ‘Frith’ and ‘Skeugh’ and their calves have now been moved to their new homes for the winter so that farmer John Rukin can get the use of his cowhouse back. ‘Frith’ is staying in Keld with the local community. Apparently she enjoyed watching over an evening of dominoes in Keld Public Hall last week! One of the calves has taken up residence in the byre inside the Keld Resource Centre and is saying hello to visitors.
And finally, ghost cow ‘Skeugh’ has been carried over the Buttertubs Pass into Wensleydale and now has pride of place in the foyer of the National Park Authority’s Yoredale office in Bainbridge. We’ve just been sent this photo of her watching the comings and goings.
We’ve managed to lay our hands on a recording of the Cousins choir singing Geoff Garrett’s wonderful song composed for Ghost Cow Night ‘The Song of the Swaledale Cow’us’.
The choir sang it again to the audience in Keld Public Hall hence all the (well-deserved) applause.