Since October 2019, this group of novel model makers aged 55+ years have been meeting weekly at Upper Teesdale Agricultural Services (UTASS) in Middleton-in-Teesdale to learn the skill of miniature drystone model making.
Under the encouraging guidance of retired farmer Trevor Dixon, they have patiently constructed miniature walls, barns, bridges and shepherds, all inspired by the landscape of Teesdale.
The exhibits are the result of hours of work. Some pieces are finished, others still in progress, but the intention was not to produce accomplished artworks, rather to provide the participants with a worthwhile experience. In addition to learning a new craft, the session were devised to create an opportunity to socialise and share past experiences.
The emphasis was on people having an enjoyable afternoon in the company of like-minded people. No previous modelling experience was required, just enthusiasm. What has been created is therefore even more impressive.
This project was made possible through an Enriching Later Life grant from the County Durham Community Foundation and al the participants would like to express their sincere thanks to the Foundation for what has turned out to be a hugely enjoyable and inspirational experience.
You can see the models and photographs of the participants in the gallery, kindly taken by volunteer Peter Redgraves. The photo above shows Chris Johnson and Karen Etchells, participants in the Creative Age Exhibition.