Dales pub where they still race ferrets – with bonus video – yorkshire post

Throughout his early careers as a farm manager then chartered surveyor, David’s love of restoration started to manifest itself, first with vintage cars and engines, then with shepherds’ huts and classic sailing boats. Football teams in florida The accidental purchase of a set of Victorian Punch and Judy puppet heads led to him creating his own traditional show booth, self-training to become a bona-fide “Punch and Judy professor”. Garden inspiration ideas “If you run a Punch and Judy show you are a professor of Punch and Judy! I don’t do it as much now, but it still comes out in the pub beer garden in the summer,” he says.

In a twist of fate shortly after selling their share of a start-up Dales-based craft brewery, David and his family discovered that their local pub, the Craven Arms, was on the market.

“One day in 2005 my daughter came in and said: ‘Dad, Dad, the Craven Arms is for sale – why don’t you buy it?’ She meant it as a joke, of course, but it sowed a seed, and within months we’d bought it. Fencing equipment names It had unfortunately had the full treatment though, with everything ripped out including all the internal walls and fireplaces, along with its character and soul.

Very quickly David and his family realised that they needed more space, which presented him with a unique opportunity to build something he’d become fascinated with during in his days visiting the buildings of the Dales as a chartered surveyor – a cruck barn.

“I suggested the idea of a cruck barn to my son Robert who at the time worked in buildings conservation, and he absolutely grasped it. Pinch hitter 2 hacked In fact, he did most of the building work himself, in particular the roof structure and thatching, and made an absolutely brilliant job of it,” says David.

The Craven cruck barn was the first one to be built in Wharfedale using traditional materials and methods since the time of Henry VIII. Lattice energy table Robert even used horses to pull the huge oak timbers into position. Landscaping ideas for front of house Meticulous research meant that the finished barn – an undertaking which took two years to build headed up by Robert and a coterie of local trades people and volunteers – is a faithful replica of the barns that were commonplace across the Dales 500 years ago.

With the barn finally open for business in 2007, David was able to start conjuring up entertainment ideas befitting the traditional yet innovative environment he and his family had created.

“One morning a member of staff went out to feed the hens and came rushing back in saying ‘an otter’s eaten all the hens!’ So we went up and there was this ferret on its back resting its huge stomach. Fences download free It had actually killed three hens. Landscape architecture jobs You could tell he was a well-kept ferret so we let it be known round about that we’d got one, but no one came forward, and so we kept him.”

The ferret racing competition has been running in the Craven cruck barn for five years and is an incredible success, attracting up to 80 ferrets and owners, plus well over a hundred spectators, whilst again raising funds for the Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue. Little league baseball world series With enthusiasts far outstripping the available standing room, David and his team had to once again put their creativity to the test, to ensure that ferrets and onlookers could enjoy their own side of the event without getting in each other’s way. Pinch hitter 4 The result was the installation of the world’s first and only overhead ferret racecourse two years ago.

“The event was getting so popular that people were struggling to see the ferrets. How to play softball So now with the overhead course four ferrets can race along an identical route consisting of four and half inch drain pipes which have identical wire sections within them, so everyone can stand underneath and watch their progress,” says David.

“Three years ago he came third, two years ago he came second, and last year he won,” adds David, laughing. Cobblestone inn “People started to say it’s a fix as he can practise on the course, which is in fact the last thing we would want him to do. Garden of eden lyrics If we kept feeding him into the pipe he’d know there wasn’t a rabbit down there. Ncaa basketball championship highlights The key to a great race is that the ferrets need to be fresh down the pipe – there’s no advantage with ferrets practising on the course, otherwise they’ll know there’s nothing in it…”