With the help of LEADER funding for Small Scale Heritage Enhancements and John Apps at JRA Woodworking we have been able to restore the village bier which will be on display in the church very soon. The Slingsby bier is a Victorian model of high quality design, very comfortably sprung. The use of village biers declined with cremation becoming more widespread and people no longer being taken straight from their home to their funeral service and burial. There are still a number of people in the village who will remember the bier being used in the 1950s and 60s. The bier, which belongs to the Parish Council, is to be on display in the church very soon, with more information about its history.
Slingsby, Nov 2011