This year’s visitors to the South Suffolk Show (on Sunday 10th May) will have the incredible opportunity to win a traditional, hand built outhouse, constructed by local building firm Emmerson Critchley Ltd, which specialises in traditional techniques for modern and period properties including Listed buildings. On the Show day, the firm will also be demonstrating traditional construction techniques with leading experts in the field.
The charming outhouse, which has been especially crafted for the show and is 2.4×1.2m (4x8ft), showcases all the very best in local, traditional building techniques and materials. It is made of green oak, timber framed and of mortise and tennon construction. It also has a delightful mullion window, wattle and daub infill and is finished with a traditional peg tile roof. The outhouse is currently under construction and nearing completion but the final lime render will be done live at the Show on the day. The lime is kindly being supplied by the locally based Anglia Lime Company.
As well as hosting the competition and giving visitors the chance to view the exceptional prize, the Emmerson Critchley Ltd team will also be on-site at the South Suffolk Show (stand number A2, near the main ring) to provide working demonstrations of traditional building techniques in action and to answer questions that people might have about their own properties.
Joining the Emmerson Critchley team on the stand at the South Suffolk Show will be local pargeting expert and plaster conservator, Anna Kettle, as well as Paula Sunshine – an authority on daub and author of ‘Wattle and Daub’, as well as alumni of The Prince’s Foundation and recipient of the prestigious Hancocks Medal (presented by HRH The Prince of Wales) for her work with lime. (Both Anna and Paula are based near Bury.)
Emmerson Critchley says: “My whole team are thoroughly looking forward to taking part in the South Suffolk Show and we are proud to be able to offer this outhouse as a prize – we hope it will become a much loved asset in which ever garden it ends up! We’re also keen to showcase local traditional building skills, which are such an important part of our local heritage.”
To enter the prize draw to win the outhouse, or to find out more, please visit the Emmerson Critchely stand (number A2) at the South Suffolk Show. The winner will be announced on the day before the close of the Show and also notified directly. The prize includes free delivery of the outhouse within a 10-mile radius of the South Suffolk showground (in Ampton) and to an instantly accessible site so the outhouse can set down directly from the trailer (a more complicated delivery or one beyond this distance may be chargeable).