Chance to book spots on free course to learn about crafts

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Places are still avail­able on a free train­ing course to learn about cen­turies old craft work­ing skills, as part of a ma­jor her­itage con­ser­va­tion pro­ject.

The restora­tion of Ful­well wind­mill is now ap­proach­ing its fi­nal phase, with tra­di­tional crafts­men and mill­wrights pre­par­ing for the new cap, fan­tail and sails to be in­stalled later this year.

To help demon­strate and share their tra­di­tional skills, spe­cial­ist mill­wrights Owlsworth IJP are hold­ing two prac­ti­cal train­ing ses­sions at the mill on Thursday, Oc­to­ber 19.

Places are still avail­able on each of the free, two hour ses­sions (10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm) as part of the His­toric Eng­land and Sun­der­land City Coun­cil funded pro­ject to re­pair and re­store the wind­mill.

Sun­der­land City Coun­cil port­fo­lio holder for pub­lic health, well­ness and cul­ture, Coun John Kelly said: “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to see tra­di­tional mill­wrights at work, and learn some of their skills passed through the gen­er­a­tions. The crafts­men from Owlsworth IJP will pro­vide these in­for­ma­tive ses­sions in the car park at Ful­well Mill, where the con­struc­tion of the new cap and fan­tail is be­ing com­pleted ready to be lifted into place on to the mill tower as part of its restora­tion.

“The mill­wrights will ex­plain and demon­strate the tra­di­tional con­struc­tion and re­pair meth­ods be­ing used in the re­pair and restora­tion of the mill cap and its work­ing parts.”

The ses­sions are free, but book­ing is es­sen­tial as there are only 10 spa­ces avail­able for each ses­sion. To book a place, send an email to mark.taylor@ sun­der­land.gov.uk or call 0191 561 1515.

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