|Asset mapping in Champney's West|
It’s been a whirlwind two days of work here in Champney’sWest. Dale and I headed out Thursday
morning for a weekend of oral history interviews, asset mapping, and an oral
history workshop. On Thursday evening
there was a public asset mapping workshop held in Champney’s West to see what
heritage means to the people of the community.
There were three tables of locals with a moderator taking notes on the
community’s cultural organization, creative cultural industries, spaces and
facilities, festivals and events, cultural heritage sites, natural heritage and
intangible cultural heritage.
|Ready to map the living treasures of the community|
|Discussing the community's cultural assets|
|Checking out the map of Champney West's living treasures|
After the community brainstormed the important cultural assets of the community
the residents received a recipe card and were asked to think of a living
treasure in the community. Living
treasure just means someone in the community who is knowledgeable about a
particular topic or skill and why they are important. The residents then mapped these local
treasures on a map of Champney’s West.
After the map was completed everyone enjoyed a little lunch and cup of
tea before heading home for the evening.
Friday morning and afternoon Dale and I interviewed two older residents of the community
brothers Ben and Roy Hiscock. Both
brothers were great storytellers and told stories about growing up in the
community, local shipwrecks, memories from the Second World War, and jokes from
local characters. Be on the lookout for
clips of these two interviews!
|Checking out Elliston, the root cellar capital of the world!|
|Don Johnson and I outside one of Ellison's many root cellars|
Between the interviews with Ben and Roy we also headed out to Elliston to talk
with Don Johnson from Tourism Elliston
to do a short interview on root cellars
in the root cellar capital of the world.
Don showed us a couple of cellars and explained their importance to the
community in the past and to the present community. He explained their upcoming festivals and
took us out to see the puffin site and the new sealers memorial.
|The Sealers Memorial in Elliston|
|Puffin site in Elliston|
After a lovely supper at the Bonavista Social Club we were back in Champney’s
West for the first coffee house of the season.
It was a great evening with live music, jokes, stories and another small
lunch. After lunch we were in for a
special treat as local characters Martha and Bertha put on a skit. They discussed the “h’asset mapping” and the ‘eritage
of the community. They even mentioned
the out of town folklorist who wrote a book on mummering. This is when it got interesting as Bertha bet
Martha he couldn't even mummer. Let’s
just say a nice bit of dress up and dancing ensued! Check out the pictures below!
|Martha, Dale Jarvis and Bertha|
|Plankin er down!|
Thanks to Champney’s West for a great two days!
Today we've got a couple more interviews and an oral history workshop in
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