Centre’s open day event set in stone

VISITORS can find out more about the role of stone in the Isle of Purbeck during a special event on November 19.
Between 10am and 4pm, an open day will run at the Burngate Stone Centre, near Langton Matravers, pictured right.
Burngate was set up as a not-for-profit charitable educational trust that supports the sharing of skills and the advancement of knowledge and culture associated with Purbeck Stone, which is at the heart of the landscape, economy and history of the Isle of Purbeck.
The centre aims to ensure the community, students, professionals and visitors to Purbeck are offered opportunities to get a better understanding of the stone and the landscape around them through hands-on courses, events, and other related educational activities.
“We specialise in teaching stone working skills including relief carving, letter cutting and stone masonry to everyone from complete beginner and families through to those with years of experience,” said a spokesperson.
“We’re also keen to do more to champion, support and communicate Purbeck’s contemporary stone industry and heritage craft skills in the years ahead.
“Why not come along, have a look around and join us for a cuppa to find out more about Burngate?”
Meanwhile, the centre is looking for more volunteers to help run the venue on a day-to-day basis, supporting the courses as well as maintaining the site and grounds.
“If you have spare time, we would love to hear from you,” the spokesperson added.
“We are at an exciting stage of development and would love to hear from anyone with business skills and time to help us develop, including but not limited to; PR, Funding Applications, Social Media, Finance, Business Planning etc.
“We have ambitious plans for Burngate but we do need some help.
“We are looking for Volunteers and Trustees to help us to realise our plans. It’s a great way to get involved with the local community, meet new people, learn new skills and be in a creative space with people who are passionate about the area and Purbeck stone.”
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