A STAFFORDSHIRE village is to celebrate its hall’s heritage with a festival.
The rural village of Ingestre, just outside of Stafford, is to celebrate 400 years of Ingestre Hall which was built in 1613 by Walter Chetwynd.
The festival, on August 31, is to be held in the grounds of the hall between 1pm and 5pm and will include an historic parade as well as lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Those taking part include Stafford Archers, Ingestre Bell ringers, candle making by Roy and Margaret Figgis, glass artist Bob Thacker, willow weaving by Richard Thomason and Nigel Hill, bookbinding by Brian Bates, blacksmith Jez Bates, wood sculptor Edward Pooley, stone mason David Walker, spinner Christine Ashton, and Punch and Judy entertainer Derek L. Peasley.
Spokesperson for the festival, Gill Broadbent, said: “Ingestre Festival Association was set up and held its first Festival to celebrate Ingestre in 2008.
“This year, the Festival will celebrate Ingestre Hall's 400 year old heritage. It was built in 1613 by Walter Chetwynd and we want to share and enjoy its long history, crafts and skills with the wider community. We will focus on actively engaging people in learning more about arts and crafts and their heritage in an enjoyable way.
“We also have the Opera Dido and Aneas by Purcell for three nights on August 28, 29 and 30th and then in the evening on Saturday, August 31, we have the a jazz night with Chris Gumbley and friends at Ingestre Church.” Entrance to the festival is £5 for adults and accompanied children under 16 are free.
The cost includes a free cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit and other refreshments will also be available, as well as free parking.
Ingestre is a small rural community with 160 residents and first appeared in the Domesday Book in 1086.
It was home to the Earls of Shrewsbury and has a rich heritage dating back to the Bronze Age.
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