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Older People Share Craft Skills At One Day Festival In Cardiff

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GrandFest Cymru, a one day festival celebrating the heritage skills of talented older people and proudly presented by charity, Royal Voluntary Service, will be taking place in Wales for the first time this Sunday.


On Sunday 9th July, the one day, intergenerational festival will be held at St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff. Throughout the day a series of free Masterclasses in traditional skills such as quilting, rag rugging, embroidery, bread making and international dance will be led by our GrandMakers, all of whom are over 70 and who live in or very near Wales.

The unique mini festival aims to inspire younger generations to discover and learn new skills as well as promote the benefits of active ageing.

There will also be a performance in Welsh and English by Cowbridge Male Voice Choir.

GrandFest has traditionally only been held in London’s famous Spitalfields area, but Royal Voluntary Service has added this Cardiff date to ensure people from all over the country get to enjoy what has fast become a popular fun family day out..  A video of the London event which took place on 18 June can be found here.

The event is being supported by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder as part of their 40th anniversary year.

Available for interview/photo/filming

  • Our GrandMakers to discuss their passion for their skill and how long they have been doing it, why they believe hobbies are an important part of staying active in older age and more on what they will be covering in their masterclasses
  • David McCullough, chief executive, Royal Voluntary Service to talk about why the charity organises GrandFest, why it is important to cherish and keep passing on the skills of older generations and why staying active in older age is so vital
  • GrandFest Masterclass attendees to talk about what they got from the experience, why they came and what they have learnt
  • Roy Noble will be present at the event from 12.30 and will be attending the quilting masterclass at 1.20
  • Lucy and Rhodri Owen (and their son Gabriel) will be attending  to pick up some new skills from 10.00 and will be having a private bread making Masterclass


10.10 – 10.30 – Lucy and Rhodri Owen and their son Gabriel have a private bread making Masterclasss with Clive in the GrandFest marquee

11.00am – GrandFest opens

11.10am and 1.20 pm – Bread making with Clive

11.10am – Spinning with Kathleen

12.15pm – Rag Rugging with Robi

12.15pm – Wood sculpting with David

1.20pm – Quilting with Dian

2.15pm – Performance by Cowbridge Male Choir introduced by Roy Noble

3.00pm – Embroidery with John

3.00pm – West Felting with Lizzie

3.00pm – Dancing with Carol

To attend or arrange an interview ahead of or at the event please contact:

Victoria Dickson/Mel Garfield

Royal Voluntary Service press office

Telephone: 07714 898636/07834 653353


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