I am excited to announce that the work at Llanthony Secunda Priory is progressing well and we are on schedule to have next years stonemason's festival on the August Bank Holiday over all 3 days. The auction will take place on the Monday afternoon. This will coincide with the grand re-launch of the site and we hope to bring you a very exciting event. If you would like to get involved as a stonemason, stall holder or volunteer please get in touch.
Hi there, sorry I haven't updated for a while, thank you for expressing an interest in the next stonemason's festival. As some of you may be aware The Llanthony Secunda Priory where I hold my event and who receives the profit from the final auction was awarded a 3million lottery grant to carry out work at the site. I will be having a meeting with their project manager to discuss plans for the 2018 festival. With this in mind it may not be during the May Bank holiday as in previous years due to the work schedule but possibly on the August bank holiday weekend. Once I have visited the site I will update you with all the latest news, photos of the projects they are carrying out and obviously the plans for my next festival. Thanks for reading.
Hi all as you are probably aware I not only organise the Gloucester Stonemasons Festival but run my own business Cat's Eye Carving as well. With this in mind I will be organising the next festival in Gloucester in 2018. Please get in touch if you would like to be involved in any way as a participant, a volunteer a sponsor or even a stall holder.. I hope to have more stands as well as food and drink available. The Priory have just been awarded a sizable heritage lottery grant as well so they should have some of their plans underway by then. I look forward to seeing or hearing from you. Thanks, Carrie Horwood.
Everyone was busy working hard to complete their carvings in time for the auction. Here are some photos of Sunday morning.
Amazing first day, everyone has worked so hard and here are a few photos,
The nearest postcode for the site is GL2 5JH, this actually takes you to the industrial site opposite. GL2 5JQ will take you to the pay and display car park at Gloucestershire College. If you follow the directions for Gloucester Quays it will bring you to the right side of Gloucester for the festival and there is plenty of parking at various car parks around Gloucester. The Llanthony Secunda Priory is situated about 5 minutes walk from the docks where The Tall Ships festival is taking place and it is right next to the blue and grey building of Gloucestershire college, there is the Red Sula Light ship moored up on the canal next to the sight which is visible from the docks and St Anne's bridge. Please be aware that if you look at Google maps the roads are not up to date. I am pleased to say that all the roads and bridges are now built and the area is not a building site!
The Gloucester Stone carving Festival takes place on the 23rd and 24th May at The Llanthony Secunda Priory,a 12th century Augustinian Priory. My event is open to the public between 10am and 6pm and is free to enter. It is located on the canal in Gloucester sandwiched between Gloucester College and The High Orchard pub opposite bikini bathrooms. If you're driving along Llanthony road on the way to Hempsted or the rubbish tip you will drive past it unless you are on the lookout! Set back off the road behind green railings there is a green area peppered with what once would have been magnificent medieval structures, you can walk through here to get to the canal tow path or indeed the bright red Sula Light ship moored up on the water. You can see this interesting range of buildings if you look back toward the docks from St Ann's Bridge as you cross over going past Sainsbury's toward to Peel centre. I set up the festival to enlighten people to this magical craft, bringing together stonemasons and carvers with the aim of raising money! This year I have 20+ stonemasons from around the country with varying levels of expertise, they are given a block of stone generously donated by Veizeys Quarry in Tetbury and less than 20hrs to carve an animal themed sculpture. I provide them with a marquee and scaffolding benches, keep them fed and watered throughout the weekend and they carve in such a way that enables them to finish in time for the auction, which takes place at 3pm on Sunday 24th May. I have carved a beautiful elephant which is the raffle prize and the draw will take place after the auction, tickets are just £2 each. As well as the stonemasons there are pop-up shops and activities, including The Llanthony Priory Trust, The Gloucester Geology trust, The Newport Ship Trust, Have a go at Stonecarving, Cotswold Archaeology, Gloucester City Council and 6 pop-up shops! Please scroll down to see points of interest about varying details of the festival, there are many photos and post from the 2013 festival if you would like to see what type of carvings you may see at this years event.
Well I am pleased to announce that Charles Ferris of The Newport Medieval Ship is returning this year. In his medieval outfit he'll walk you through the history of this beautiful ship, for a small fee you can strike your very own coin or just peruse and maybe buy one of his curios. All the money he makes goes to The Newport Ship. Visit www.newportship.org for more information or on twitter @NewportShip We have The Gloucester Geology Trust back as well, for a small fee you can dig for a fossil, identify, ask questions about local geology and find out how you can help keep this worthwhile and fascinating organisation going. Visit www.glosgeotrust.org.uk for all the information I am hoping to attract some more pop up shops but the first ones to book their place are; The magnificent leatherwork of Kim & Clive Barrett of The Green Man and The Gatekeeper, visit www.greenmangatekeeper.com to see their work or visit them in their workshop/shop at Taurus Crafts in Lydney. Find them on twitter @GreenManLydney Nanny Violets Jam from the beautiful Forest of Dean Visit for some info on this interesting blog www.beingtillysmummy.co.uk/2015/02/nanny-violets-jams-not-just-sweet-jams.html You can find them on twitter @NannyVioletsJam I will bring you more information soon!!