Other Activities

Many other activities are taking place

Other Activities

Don’t Fret guitar Group
Don’t Fret Guitar Group - Garden 2

‘Don’t Fret’ play a variety of genres from 60’s through folk and country to R&R.  We all play guitar and sing with beatbox for basic rhythms. The band is composed of retired folks trying to grow old as disgracefully as we can.  We don’t charge but accept donations to our selected charity Midland Air ambulance sounds good to us! The band will be playing in Garden 2 from 2.30 on Sunday.

Wine Tasting - Garden 3

Majestic Wine (Lichfield) will be organising a Wine Tasting on Saturday 17th June only.
For a donation of £2.00, a selection of wines will be available to taste.
All proceeds of the tasting will be donated to the charities.

Stephney Hornblow, Beading
Stephney Hornblow – Beading - Garden 4

Stephney’s group, Zebra Beaders, will be beading and displaying some of their beadwork in the garden. The Zebra Beaders are a a group of beading enthusiasts who will be delighted to show you some of their skilful work. They have been meeting in the village once a month for many years and this is their fifth time at the Garden Festival. They also exhibited very successfully at the St Mary’s Heritage Centre in Lichfield.

Vintage Austin Healey Restoration - Garden 9

Examine an elderly car in the early stages of restoration.

Diabetes UK - Garden 10

Helen and Chris are making delicious homemade teas all afternoon and if you book ahead you can have lunch.  See Gardens pages.

Paul Bellamy - Wood Turning
Paul Bellamy - Wood Turning - Garden 6

Paul is a member of the Mid-Staffordshire Wood Turning Association, & will be wood turning hollow ware from a range of different woods. He also makes wooden hedgehogs for the younger visitors & their teddies. He will display some of his work & will be happy to discuss any aspect of his craft.


Arts, Crafts and Music in and around St James' Parish Church

In Church

The Chapel of Peace

A display about some of the Barton men who died during 1917 can be found in the Chapel of Peace. By the end of 1916, 10 men from this village had died.  In 1917, 13 men from the village were added to the number and the grandson of the village doctor who had emigrated to Canada was also dead.  By the end of 1918, there were 32 names on the memorial and another four men died after the war.  Take time to find out a little more about these Barton men, some of whose families still live in the area, if not in the village.

Kara Strachan
Kara Strachan

Kara’s distinctive style and subject are inspired from her many years of floristry and a great appreciation of historical gardens and architecture. At her happiest wandering through woodlands with canvas and acrylic paint, capturing in her paintings the seasonal atmosphere that nature creates.  Kara exhibits her original work extensively around the country enjoying exhibitions in historical houses. Kara welcomes visitors to her studio ‘The Art Loft’ at Curborough. When not working in The Art Loft, Kara works as a commercial anamorphic artist designing and painting giant pieces of 3D floor art for clients such as car manufacturers and air shows.

Barton under Needwood Quilt Makers
Barton under Needwood Quilt Makers

Come and see a lovely array of quilts and quilted objects.
A large and diverse group of quilters, meet up and experiment with different stitch techniques, they enjoy handling and sharing beautiful textiles or simply sitting and sewing together. They are always eager to learn.  This is their third Garden Festival Weekend quilt show. They have old quilts from our collections but many new ones to show. Please join us - you might even find yourself inspired to quilt!  Quilt contact: Sue Palmer 07814500127

John Taylor High School Y11

A display of GCSE examination work by pupils in the Art and Design & Technology departments showing the talent and dedicated hard work required to achieve good results. Examine the way the pupils explore different themes, genres and artists to inform their own carefully researched and meticulously executed work in their amazing notebooks.

Tracey Hayward

Etchings and Mezzotunt engraving.
Tracey will be demonstrating Mezzotint engraving using a Rocker.  The technique of Mezzotint Engraving was brought to England by Prince Rupert in late 17th century. It can take many hours/days of repetitive rocking to just create the ground and so there are few artists in the world who employ this method of creating prints. She will also be exhibiting her etchings done on Chopin Score paper.  These prints have a contemporary Japonesque style of simplicity and quiet detailing. 

Jill Rogers - Watercolours

Jill is a keen gardener and delights in the variety and colours of plants. Most of her paintings feature flowers but occasionally she tries her hand at landscapes and printing.

Angel Trail
Angel Trail!

For children with sharp eye, pick up an Angel Trail sheet and search for the angels hidden all around. Check the answer sheet when you’ve finished, there might even be a reward!


Programme of Music in Church

Saturday 17th June & Sunday 18th June
Choir, Organ, Piano and Northumbrian Pipes

Saturday June 17th Time Description
  1.30 - 2.00 Bell ringing demonstration 
  2.00 - 3.00 Derek Pullen - Organ  
  3.00 - 4.00 Jeremy Dutton - Organ
  4.00 - 4.30 Bell ringing demonstration
  5.00 - 5.30 Hilary Franks - Piano
Sunday June 18th Time Description
  1.00 - 1.30 Don’t Fret – Guitar Group  
  1.30 - 2.00 Bell ringing demonstration
  2.00 - 4.00 Peter Livesey - Organ and his Barber Shop Group
  4.00 - 4.30 Bell ringing demonstration
  4.30 - 5.00 Kathy Palmer – Northumbrian Pipes
St James Bells
St James’ Bells

Using CCTV, the movement of the 8 great bells can be seen on the screen in the west window as the ringers pull on the ropes. Ringers will explain how the bells are rung and demonstrate a variety of bell ringing skills. If you are interested they will even allow you to have a go under careful supervision.  Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June - Bell demonstrations at 1.30pm and 4.00pm. Come and try it for yourself!


In the Churchyard

Face Painting
Face Painting

Lydia Browne creates faces that are fun!  Enjoy having your face painted as a butterfly or a fabulous fairy or maybe you'd like a bright orange roaring tiger?  Do you prefer a dainty little flower on the cheek or a scary spider?  There are so many colourful designs to choose from ... each will bring even more fun to your day as you walk around the beautiful Gardens Festival.

The Mug Tug

Design and decorate a T-shirt for your Teddy at the Mug Tug Stall.
See the winners of the Design a Teddy T-shirt Competition.
Make your own teddy and his T-shirt if you forget yours.

Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes
Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes

Volunteers will be displaying their huge bikes which are used for the emergency transportation of blood products between hospitals in Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. 


In the Vicarage Garden

Barton Fiddle Folk
Fiddle Folk

Enjoy a cup of tea and a delicious homemade cake in the garden.  Come in to rest your legs in a tranquil setting.

Barton Fiddle Folk - will be performing in the Vicarage Garden from 2.00-4.00pm. The group was established in 1996 for local musicians of all ages to play traditional fiddle music mainly from the British Isles and America. They have played in a variety of venues and situations in and around Staffordshire for fun and enjoyment.  They sometimes invite their audience to participate by playing percussion instruments or dancing informally. Although the group comprises mainly fiddles, it can also include guitar, double bass, accordion or keyboard.


Arts&Crafts@Barton – St James’ Church Hall, St James’ Road - 11am to 5pm

Local artisans will be displaying and selling their wares in gazebos at St James’ Church Hall between 11 am and 5pm.  Inside the Hall there will be demonstrations, mini workshops and an exhibition of crafts including cross stitch, teddy bear making and restoration, die-cutting using the Sizzix machine, cane and rush chair seat making and leather working.

Haifflinch Designs
Haifflinch Designs

Hazel Parker has been Barton's Teddy Bear lady for more than 12 years now, designing and handmaking beautiful top quality mohair teddies and their friends.  For the past 18 months she has also been specialising in Leather homewares and accessories.
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Holly Rose Pens

Beautifully hand turned pens, key fobs and razors made using a variety of different media – acrylic, corian and wood.  Also seam ripper gift sets made in collaboration with Kitty’s Craft Loft.
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Jacqueline's Sweet Treats
Jacqueline's Sweet Treats

Based in the beautiful village of Rosliston, South Derbyshire making handmade chocolates, truffles, marshmallows and honeycomb.  All products are made using local honey from beekeepers in Walton on Trent.
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Kitty's Craft Loft

A cornucopia of handcrafted items from a magical imagination.  Dream catchers, wreaths, pocket pouches, hair accessories, circle skirts and craft supplies.  A few surprises too!
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Ladybird Crafts
LadyBird Crafts

A variety of handmade items specialising in amazing Sock Monkeys but also makes unique brooches, 3D pictures and greetings cards.
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Sewing Crafts

Diane Hodgkiss designs and hand makes vintage style 1950's Rockabilly Headscarves, purses, make-up bags and tote bags.
email: wooddiane1@gmail.com

Stitch Galore
Stitch Galore

Tracey Startin creates textile gifts and art using applique, freehand machine embroidery and hand embroidery, working from her home in Burton on Trent, Staffordshire.  Everything is handmade making each piece unique and special.

Stringbean Vintage

Textile art pictures, nostalgic vintage-style pictures sewn on to vintage blanket, which are then printed into greetings cards and framed pictures.

The Wool Shed

Inspired by nature Claire Broadway uses natural fibres and a variety of felting techniques.  The Wool Shed produces unusual and quirky felt pieces including native creatures, birds and imaginary woodland folk.
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Jane Wood designs and creates stunning leather bags, accessories and cushions using top quality upcycled leather in her home studio beside the canal at Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire.
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Weazlewood Studios
Weazlewood Studios

This extremely talented sculptor from Tamworth, Staffordshire, creates his own moulds from which he makes unique pieces to treasure and display in your home and garden.

These include:  wall plaques, faerie doors and garden/home ornaments.
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Centenary Textiles
Centenary Textiles - A Curtain of Poppies 2018

Wonderwool Wales are bringing together textile makers to recreate the united determination of the WW1 volunteers. The aim of the Centenary Textiles project is to produce a Community Textile Installation at Wonderwool Wales 2018 to mark the end of WW1. The 'Curtain of Poppies' will include 887,858 textile poppies, to commemorate each person from the UK who died serving their country.  There will be an exhibition and demonstrations on making poppies for this project.

Volunteers are invited to use patterns provided at the Church Hall to make one or more textile poppies to feature in the Curtain of Poppies in 2018.

924 poppies have been made so far.


Duck Races at the Holland Sports Club

The Scouts at the Village Pond

Barton Scouts will be holding their famous Duck Races in the Brook at the entrance to Holland Sports Club. Choose your favourite racing duck and the racing will start at 2pm and on the hour until 5pm. It is hilarious fun for all the family.

There will be refreshments available, Hot Dogs, Beef Burgers, Tea, Coffee, Cakes and Soft Drinks. So come down, watch the fun & have a 'Burger' whilst cheering on your duck!