Courses

 

A list of upcoming courses is given below.  Scroll down for further details of each course. 

Note: We often add to our courses so do revisit this page or join our Facebook group for updates.

  2020
Intermediate - Sheep Husbandry
25 January
Home Beer Brewing 8 February
Dress & Dispatch a Chicken 22 February
Home Dairy 23 February
Pest Control 8 March
Intro - Keeping Alpaca 15 March
Working with Beeswax 15 March
Hatching and Rearing Poultry 21 March
Wood Whittling 4 April
Basic Goat Husbandry April tbc
Intro to Bee Keeping 25 April
Working with Green Wood 9 May
Thinking of Running a Smallholding? 9 May
Natural Dyeing Taster Day May tbc
Fleece to Knits 6 June
Mysteries of Goat Showing 10 June
Using Garden Herbs and Plants 4 July
Intro to Wet Felting 18 July
Intro to Pig Keeping 19 July
Jam Making 5 September
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken 3 October
Rag Rug Making 10 October
Stock Fencing 17 October
Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom 24 October
Willow Christmas Decorations 14 November

Courses from January 1st 2020 are open to NSTG members only.

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A booking will be made once payment is received.

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The following is a printed version of our 2020 courses (this will be added to over the year)

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Intermediate Sheep Husbandry

This interactive and practical course will look in greater detail at the shepherd's year: the flock, pasture management, nutrition, lambing, disease and treatment, movement and products.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 25th January

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Jason Shorten

 

Preparation for Goat Kidding

The Norwich and District Goat Club and NSTG will be offering a joint course in Feb.  If you would be interested please get in touch.  The venue will be chosen depending on where the participants live. 

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Details to be confirmed - date will be in February

 

Home Beer Brewing

Basics of making homebrew and making beer from scratch.  Main aim is to go through the full mash or all grain process.  We will be mashing malted barley, sparging, boiling the wort, chilling it and putting it into a fermenter.  Also barrelling the beer using a previous brew.  Explaining the equipment used and the costs involved.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham PE32 2DG

Date 8 February

Time 10 - 4

Tutor Paul Richards

 

Dress and Dispatch a Chicken

Includes dispatching a chicken correctly and humanely, plucking a chicken, evisceration and preparation for the oven.  If possible bring your own bird.  There will be a limited number of birds (hubbards) available at a charge of around £10 each depending on weight.  If you require a bird please contact Suzanne before booking.

The course will cover a demonstration of the two handed manual neck dislocation and the broomstick method, followed by the opportunity for each course member to try this for themselves.  Once dispatched and while the bird is still warm each member will puck a cockerel under supervision, learning how to produce a tear free carcass.  Demonstration of head/leg removal and evisceration followed by each course member trying this our for themselves.  Demonstration of the removal of the breast on a small bird that would be unsuitable for roasting.

Cost  £25

Location Little Barningham

Date 22 February

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

 

Home Dairy

A basic, practical course on cheese, butter and yoghurt making.

Cost £25

Location Reymerston

Date 23 Feb

Time 11 - 2

Tutor Sarah Kirkpatrick

 

Pest Control

An introduction to managing pests in a farm environment.  The course includes both theory and practice.

Cost £25

Location Bergh Apton

Date 8 March

Time 10 - 2

Tutor Andrew Dellbridge

 

Intro to Keeping Alpaca

The morning will cover day to day care, shelter, fencing, general health care handling and training.

Cost £30

Location Horning

Date 15 March

Time 9.30 - 1

Tutor Annie Nickerson

 

Working with Beeswax

Learn how to make beeswax candles using a couple of different methods, experince the art of making beeswax polish using a tried and tested recipe and lean all about making decorative beeswax blocks.  Making a beeswax food wrap that can be washed and re-used.

Cost £25

Location Bergh Apton Village Hall

Date 15 March

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Avis Judd

 

Hatching and Rearing of Poultry

Includes eff health, incubator and broody hen, hatching process, equipment, sexing chicks and feeding.

Cost £25

Location Little Barningham

Date 21 March

Time 10 - 1

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Wood Whittling

An exciting day of wood turning and wood carving.  Lots of projects to choose from such as bowls, spoons, mushrooms and key rings.  All materials provided.

Cost £30

Location Hindolveston

Date 4 April

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Joshua Hubbard

 

Basic Goat Husbandry

Practical demonstration of how to care for goats.  More details to follow.

8 April

 

Intro to Bee Keeping

We will discuss the basics of beekeeping, covering the bee, and it's life cycle, different types of hive, benefits to smallholders of keeping bees, costs of setting up and what you may need in terms of equipment, buying bees and the pitfalls etc.

Cost £25

Location Framlingham Earl

Date 25 April

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Peter Sutherland

 

Working with Green Wood

This will be set in a woodland glade and use traditional tools.  Enjoy a day learning skills using green wood while making a stool.

Cost £25

Location Ringland Hills

Date 2 May

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Tom Fox

 

Thinking of Running a Smallholding

What to consider when planning a smallholding, land, animals, costs etc.

Cost £20

Location Bergh Apton

Date 9 May

Time 10 - 3

Tutors Steve and Suzanne Whitby

 

Natural Dyeing Taster Day

An opportunity to explore the possibilities provided by our hedgerows and gardens.  Prepare natural dye baths and dye wool samples.  There will be an opportunity to try indigo dyeing.

Cost £30 +£12 for materials

Location tbc

Date 31 May

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Nina Hedderick

 

Fleece to Knits

Covering the selection of fleece and all aspects of preparation for use in crafts such as felting, quilting and gradening.  Hands on sessions cover carding, spinning and each stage of making wool yarn for use in knitting and weaving.  We will also discuss what crafters look for when buying fleece based products.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 6 June

Time 10 - 3.30

Tutor Tracy Richards

 

The Mysteries of Goat Showing

This will be hosed by the Norwich and District Goat Club, more details to follow.

Date 10 June

 

Using Herbs and Plants from the Garden

Identify plants and herbs and their uses in Paula's garden followed by a practical session.

Cost £20

Location Carleton Rode

Date 4 July

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Paula Stone

 

Intro to Wet Felting

Using Ryeland fleece and Merino wool tops learn the basic techniques of wet felting.  Get creative making a table mat, cushion cover or coasters

Cost £25

Location Near Diss

Date 18 July

Time 11 - 2

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Intro to Pig Keeping

Right animal, feeding, housing, breeding, daily care, showing, slaughter etc.

Cost £25

Location Walpole Highway

Date 19 July

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Marilyn Keymer

 

Jam Making

Jam and preserve making, the process, recipes, kit etc.  Hands on making jam to a set recipe and then using your own ingredients.

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 5 September

Time 10 - 3ish (or it has reached setting!)

Tutor Tracy Richards

 

Dispatch and Dress a Chicken

Includes dispatching a chicken correctly and humanely, plucking a chicken, evisceration and preparation for the oven

Cost £25

Location Little Barningham

Date 3 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Rag Rug Making

Have the opportunity to try three different methods of creating a rug from rage.  With an introduction to using a peg loom.  Hessian and some tools will be available to buy if needed.

Cost £25

Location Near Diss

Date 10 October

Time 100 - 3

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Stock Fencing

Introduction to fencing for livestock, no previous experience necessary.  Design and build for livestock including gates, electric fencing etc.  All equipment provided but please bring gloves.

Cost £25

Location Bergh Apton

Date 17 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Steve Whitby

 

Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom

Exploring different techniques and textures using a rigid heddle loom working with yarns, art yarns and fleeces.

Cost £30

Location Horning

Date 24 October

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Annie Nickerson

 

Willow Christmas Decorations

Learn how to weave a willow Christmas tree, star and reindeer using simple weaving techniques.  There will be time to decorate your work with embellishments and ribbons.  All materials supplied.

Cost £30

Location Shelfanger Village Hall

Date 14 November

Time 10 - 1 Note: change to time

Tutor Karen Lawrence

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