Wartime at Cregneash

– Posted on Monday 12th August 2013

Experience the harsh realities and the more morale boosting activities of the rural community in World War II. Wartime comes to Cregneash on Saturday 17th and 18th August as part of the Island at War weekend on the Steam Railway.

In Cregneash village meet the Women’s Land Army, watch them at work and have a go at milking a ‘model’ cow, used by Land Girls in training. See Dig for Victory in action, and discover why people on the Home Front were encouraged to transform their private gardens into mini-allotments and pick up some tips to grow your own vegetables. And watch life on the Isle of Man during wartime come to life with mini promenade performances by the History in Action Players.

Escape the misery and austerity of the war and join a wartime tea dance lesson in Church Farm Barn from 2pm to 4pm, or just enjoy the atmosphere with some tea and cake from the wartime canteen. On Sunday The Victory Roll hairdressers brings their pop up 1940s styling salon to the village.

In partnership with St. Peter’s Church you can hear stories about life on the Island during the War and share your own wartime memories. Why not bring along your working crafts, join our craft circle and have a go at rug making? Any rugs and blankets made over the weekend will be donated to charity. Reverend Joe Heaton will be hosting a special WWII themed service on Sunday afternoon at 3.15pm in St. Peter’s Church.

For visitors will a particular interest, join the guided walk around the remains of the WWII radar station on Meayll Hill, at 10am or 12pm, tickets £4. Or continuing the theme of make–do and mend sign up to our Sewing Workshop, at 11am or 1pm, tickets £10 and includes tea and cake. Book in advance at Cregneash, the Manx Museum or call (01624) 834993.

Helen Ashcroft, Cregneash Site Manager said;

Visitors can expect to see firsthand the lifestyle changes that occurred in rural communities with the onset of war. Working together, maintaining a healthy diet and making best use of every resource was high on the agenda.

Our event hopes to recapture that overwhelming sense of community and solidarity which shone through even the darkest of days. We will do this by reciting the local history of war with our guided tours and storytelling, sharing the skills and crafts which emerged so that nothing was wasted and by reminding ourselves that ‘it don’t mean a thing if it aint got that swing’ with a fun filled afternoon tea dance and lessons in the barn.”

Events begin from 10am at Cregneash. Why not begin your journey at Port Erin Station where you can hop on the free vintage bus to Cregneash. The service departs on the hour from 11am from Port Erin Station, via Port St. Mary Station, Scoill Phurt le Moirrey and Cregneash. The last service will return from Cregneash at 4.30pm. Visitors can also enjoy activities taking place on the Steam Railway and in and around Port Erin station.

Admission to the events at Cregneash is the standard entry fee. Season passes, Friends members and ACE cards receive free entry with a valid card or pass. The ACE card is kindly supported by Lloyds TSB.

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