A Year in the Fells: Tatham Fells – An Upland Parish

yearinthefellsThis collection of photographs by Edward and Sara Mason was originally put together as an audio-visual slide presentation in 1983 and shown locally. Twenty years later it seemed appropriate for it to be recorded on a more permanent basis and the result was a video, now followed by a DVD version.

As with the farming year, the thread that links sequences together is the passage of the seasons. Lambing, gathering the fell, clipping, haytime and the autumn sales are all included and interwoven with other annual local events; Lowgill Sports, the Ploughman’s Lunch, Bentham Show, Harvest Festival, Guy Fawkes night and the Nativity Play.

Also covered are other notable occasions from that time; the farm sale at Ivah, when the Carr family emigrated to Canada, the building of the new wall enclosing the enlarged churchyard, and the demolition of the old Church room in Wray to make way for a new vicarage.

In between the above episodes are sequences of everyday life in Tatham Fells and Lowgill and, inevitably, many shots of the unrivalled landscape which, apart from a few buildings, thankfully has changed very little since the photographs were taken.

Running time: 70 minutes

Copies can be obtained from Edward Mason on 015242 61382, price £10

All proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Tatham Fells