As part of a major project to restore parts of Ryde Cemetery, free masonry training sessions are being offered to Islanders.
Two workshops will be held on three separate days in July at the cemetery on West Street in Ryde.
The first, ‘An Introduction to Monumental Masonry’ will be held on 24 and 30 July. The second, ‘Traditional Masonry and Craft Skills’, will take place on 23 and 31 July. All workshops take place between 0930 – 1630.
The free events are being delivered by Wight Stonemasonry and are aimed at providing an introduction to working with natural stone within a conservation environment.
The workshops form part of the Ryde Cemetery Restoration Project which is a major scheme to regenerate parts of the cemetery. This includes repairing and refurbishing buildings, perimeter fencing and existing walls.
The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Isle of Wight Council and local conservation groups.
Places on the workshops are limited and they are expected to fill up fast. Anyone wishing to apply for a place should request a booking form from Janis Mundell who can be called on (01983) 885172 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org