Residents come together to continue corn dolly craft

Ailsa Dungait, Linda Bright and Helen Moran with some of the corn dollies going on show at Hebron. Ref: JCMH corn 5

Ailsa Dungait, Linda Bright and Helen Moran with some of the corn dollies going on show at Hebron. Ref: JCMH corn 5

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VILLAGERS will be turning back the clock this weekend as they celebrate a big anniversary.

To mark 170 years of harvest festivals in church, Hebron will be showcasing its huge collection of corn dollies.

More than 100 of these straw works and similar items will be on display in St Cuthbert’s Church as part of its harvest event on Saturday and Sunday.

They have been made by a group of residents, who have learned the traditional rural craft from Helen Moran.

She has been making corn dollies for 40 years and her work has been featured in national displays and on The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Mrs Moran said: “I’ve never lost my excitement for corn dollies in all that time and I really look forward to harvest each year. Even though I’ve made hundreds, there are still some designs that I need to try.

“The group can’t wait to display their work and there will also be some beautiful flower arrangements in the church.

“We’ve got singing hinnies, a fabulous raffle, a children’s competition, harvest loaves and spruce (mix of lemon and ginger) cordial too, so hopefully there will be a big turnout on both days.”

The event will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and from noon to 4pm on Sunday.