Help keep traditional skills alive in East Northamptonshire

Published Monday, 02 November 2015

A fund to re-introduce historic skills back to East Northamptonshire is up for grabs and you can help make it happen.

East Northamptonshire Council and Stanwick Lakes jointly applied to the Nat West Skills & Opportunities Fund to run training courses for those Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs). If successful, the skills barn at Stanwick Lakes will hold courses in time-honoured trades such as shoe making, basket weaving and blacksmithing. The second round for bidding is now open and the public are urged to vote for this project to receive funding.

“We would love to be able to build on our work with disadvantaged youngsters, as we know how it can increase their confidence and employability,” said Alyson Allfree, Director of Rockingham Forest Trust, the charity which runs Stanwick Lakes.’

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, explains how the public can help make this project a reality:

“Many years ago, every town and village along the Nene Valley had a blacksmith and a shoe maker and this is a chance to re-introduce and breathe new life into these much admired skills. We’ve got through the initial bidding stage but now we need the public vote to make it happen for our young people.”

To vote for the Rockingham Forest Trust project, go to the Skills and Opportunities Fund website and select ‘Vote for your project’ from the menu choices on the left. Voting closes Friday, 6 November 2015.