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Hi <<First Name>>,

Welcome to the Sherford December Newsletter! 2015 has certainly been a monumental year for Sherford, with the construction of the new community now well underway.

You may also have noticed that there are now new additions to the Sherford website, providing you with more information on what you can expect in the new community. From sustainable living, leisure facilities, business opportunities, to the design of the high quality homes - the new additions to the website give a glimpse as to what life will be like in the innovative new town. 

If you haven’t had a chance to view the new information, visit www.sherford.org
SHERFORD SKILLS TRAINING SCHEME

This month, we launched the Sherford Skills Training Scheme, demonstrating our commitment to improving manual skills, boosting the local construction industry and helping young people into employment.

In partnership with City College Plymouth, the £250,000 scheme aims to provide local people with a significant role in creating the region’s largest community. The scheme will provide practical experience and qualifications in various areas of construction, including groundworks, roofing, carpentry, plastering, plumbing and bricklaying.

By engaging with local schools, young people, apprentices and the unemployed, we hope to provide the necessary skills and expertise to help people develop professionally, whilst supporting the region’s economic growth and employment landscape. 
ARCHAEOLOGY OPEN DAY PROVES A BIG HIT WITH LOCAL PUBLIC 
 
Last month, we invited the public to discover more about the rich history of Sherford, by attending our first Archaeology Open Day. 

More than 850 people attended the event, getting up close to some of the fascinating artefacts unearthed on site, including Iron Age roundhouses, pottery and bone. Some items potentially dating as far back as 700 BC – AD43.

Plymouth Museum were in attendance, as well as Devon County Council Archaeologist, Stephen Reed, providing expert insight on how communities have been living and working at Sherford for thousands of years. We would like to thank all those who attended.
Q&A WITH LEAD ARCHAEOLOGIST ANDY MAYES
 
To find out more about the discoveries made at Sherford, we spoke to Andy Mayes, who gave us an insight on the fascinating artefacts already discovered. 

     Q: Why is the Sherford area of particular interest to archaeologists?
"There have been few opportunities to investigate the Sherford area in the past, however previous studies suggested a pattern of farming settlements from the Bronze Age (2200 to 750BC) to the Roman period (AD43 to 409). The Sherford development provided archaeologists with the opportunity to uncover a wealth of analysis from pottery, bones and other ancient artefacts."  
 
     Q: What are among some of the most notable discoveries uncovered so far?
"Notable discoveries include the roundhouses, which demonstrate that a community had lived on the site in the Iron Age (500BC), and significant artefacts such as a Roman plate and coins. In addition, a rare example of a decorated bone weaving comb was discovered which, despite most of the teeth missing, is very well preserved."                                 

     Q: Who would have likely lived in the roundhouses unearthed on site? 
"The round houses were lived in by farmers and their extended families. The farms would be built in areas with a good source of water, or fertile ground of good pasture for the animals. They grew corn and kept cows, pigs, horses, goats and sheep."
SHERFORD IN THE PRESS
 
29.09.2015 - The Herald: Ancient settlement discovered on the edge of Plymouth: read it here

30.09.2015 - Daily Express: Ancient Iron Age town unearthed in one of the largest British archaeological discoveries: read it here

07.12.2015 - The Western Morning News: Sherford building consortium launches skills training scheme: read it here
SEASON’S GREETINGS!
 
It has been a fantastic year for Sherford. Work is now well underway, laying the foundations for what is to become one of the region’s most picturesque and thriving communities. 

The support from the public, as well as the response from the local surrounding communities, has been overwhelming, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you.

Season’s Greetings from all of us at the Sherford Consortium, and have a Happy New Year. Stay tuned for our next update to find out more about what’s coming up in 2016!
 

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