At Cousland Smiddy we've decided to follow the Wartime Spirit ........... WWII Open Day is still on tomorrow with all events planned to take place at the smiddy. If the weather is really too bad we'll have the teas, lunches and plant sales in the hall rather a than tent in the paddock. It will all be signposted. Hall is 5 minute walk from the smiddy through the village. A genuine WWII venue, used for fundraising concerts for the troops and dances with the Land Army girls.
We've all been very busy getting the smiddy & cottage 'In the Mood' for our WWII themed Open day on Saturday. From 10am - 4pm we will have themed displays & activities for all the family, a guest Blacksmith will be at the forge, teas, soup & home baking, Digging for Victory in the plots and a bit of 40's dance music. Plant sale .
Marking 80 years since the start of World War II in 1939, the smiddy & Heritage Hub open for a full day of activities. Guest Blacksmith Raymond Douglas will be at the Forge. We look at what wartime life would have been like in Cousland through exhibits, children's activities and Dig for Victory campaigns. Refreshments - strictly NO rationing here! - soup & home baking will be available throughout the day and garden plants will be for sale.
Open 10.00am - 4pm
Despite requests from parents - we confirm that NO children will actually be evacuated.............
Today we welcomed a group from Dirleton & Gullane History Society for the first open day of 2019.
After coffee at the Hall , the group toured the village and were treated to a demonstration
of blacksmithing techniques in the forge, by Pete Hill from Ratho Byres Forge
who kindly volunteered to support the Trust.
The visitors then saw round the new exhibitions created to mark the beginning of WWII
and the impact on life in Cousland.
Special whole day Open Days are planned for Saturdays 8th June and 14th September with blacksmithing demonstrations and themed activities.
Saturday 8th June will also host the traditional Smiddy Plant Sale - at the smiddy this time.
Further open days can be found at:
You are welcome to join villagers and their families for our annual
Community Christmas Carols around the forge at
on Sunday 23rd December
from 6pm to 7pm.
It's always invigorating, the singing is enthusiastic, and the company is friendly.
A warming mug of home-made soup and a glass of ‘festive refreshments’ make it extra special.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Wrap up warm. Donations accepted.
Cousland Smiddy, 31 Hadfast Road, Cousland, EH22 2NZ
Introductory course to be held at Cousland Smiddy beginning 3rd October
We had a lovely day welcoming visitors to Doors Open on Saturday. Please take time to fill in the online survey and let them know about your experiences.
Midlothian Doors Open Day at Cousland SmiddyCousland Smiddy and Heritage Hub
Rural Life in the Past
To celebrate 100 years of 'The Rural' in the village, there will be a Cousland SWRI Centenary Exhibition in the cottage.
Lots of 'retro' activities to try including Carpet Beating, Butter Churning, Granny's Wash Day, Horse Shoe Quoits and more!
Demonstration of Blacksmithing happening throughout the day in the forge.
Soup, tea, coffee and cakes will be available in the marquee and local produce from the organic plots.
Something for everyone, so do drop in for a visit!
Saturday 8 September 2018 - 1000 until 1600 hrs
Hooray - the red telephone box is now ours for posterity.
Cousland Local History Project shelled out the £1 to claim it on behalf of the village,
so it will continue to be in it's historic position.
A popular idea for use is as an information point for visitors, walkers, cyclists where they could find walking maps, local historical information, event info. and also a book borrow.
Defibrillator was an idea, there are plans to possibly locate one elsewhere in the village.
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