Courses

Please note - due to ongoing national and local efforts to contain the coronavirus, the NSTG committee is regularly reviewing the course schedule and courses will only be run if they can comply with the current government guidelines.  

We will continue to review the situation and any relevant updates will be posted on our website and Facebook group.  Any course fees paid by members will be held as credit for the rescheduled course, if you would prefer a refund please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The NSTG Committee

 


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.

If a course is Full please do contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to go on the reserve list!  Contact Suzanne to check availability before booking.

  2020
Fleece to Knits 3 & 31 October
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken Cancelled
Mole Trapping FULL
10 October
Stock Fencing 17 October
Health & Safety on the Farm
Postponed
Renewal Fruit Tree Pruning
28 November
  2021
Intro to Wet Felting 20 February
Getting the Most from the Veg Plot 27 February
Basic Goat Husbandry & Showing 24 March
Intro to Alpaca Husbandry - date change
17 April
Intro to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom - date change
27 Feb
Natural Dyeing Taster Day 25 April
Working with Green Wood 8 May
Rearing Poultry for the Table 15 May
Using Herbs for Health and Wellbeing 12 June
Intro to Pig Keeping
17 July
Making Preserves 19 September
Despatch and Prepare a Chicken for the Table 2 October
Intro to Nuno Felting 13 November
Making Willow Christmas Decorations
20 November

Courses are open to NSTG members only.

A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

For any enquiries about a course please email Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

To book on a course

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To book:

A booking will be made once payment is received.

If the course is full you can be put on a reserve list or a list of those interested in any repeat course.  

A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

For any enquiries about a course please email Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fleece to Knits

Covering the selection of fleece and all aspects of preparation for use in crafts such as felting, quilting and gardening.  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 3 October

Time 10 - 3.30

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 (plus cost of a chicken if required, £1.50 per lb)

Location Little Barningham

Date Cancelled

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Mole Trapping

Cost £5

Location Forncett St Mary

Date 10 October

Time TBA

Tutor Shaun Simmons

 

 

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

 

Health & Safety on the Farm

This workshop is designed with smallholders in mind covering the legal aspects, machinery and equipment safety, storage of chemicals and pesticides and your duty of care to others.  It is about taking practical measures to manage safety to prevent accidents, minimise losses including controlling costs.

Cost £25

Location Swaffham

Date Postponed - contact Suzanne

Time 10- 1

Tutor Lisa Starling

 

Renewal Fruit Tree Pruning

A practical workshop in restoring and maintaining mature apple and pear trees also covering white and black currants, gooseberries and raspberries

Cost £25

Location Gressenhall

Date 28 November

Time TBC

Tutor Bob Lever

 

 

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 20 February 2021

Time 11 - 2

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Getting the most out of the veg plot

Cost £25

Location Eves Hill Veg Cooperative - Reepham

Date 27 February 2021

Time 9.30 - 2

 

Basic Goat Husbandry and Goat Showing

Cost £25

Location Topcroft

Date 24 March 2021

Time 11 - 3

 

Intro to Alpaca Husbandry

Cost £30

Location Horning

Date 17 April 2021

Time 9.30 - 1

Tutor Annie Nickerson

 

Intro to Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Cost TBC

Location Horning

Date 27 February 2021

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Annie Nickerson

 

Natural Dyeing Taster Day

Cost TBC

Location Walpole Highway

Date 25 April 2021

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Nina Hedderick

 

 

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 (plus materials)

Location Ringland Hills

Date 8 May 2021

Time 10.30 - 3

 

Tutor Tom Fox

 

Rearing Poultry for the Table

Cost  £20

Location Little Barningham

Date 15 May 2021

Time 10.30 - 1.30

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Using Herbs For Health and Wellbeing

Find out more about herbs and make up your own herbal remedies from Paula's smallholding.  This includes a practical session making potions.

Cost TBC

Location Carleton Rode

Date 12 June 2021

Time 10 - 2

Tutor Paula Stone

 

Intro to Pig Keeping

Cost £25

Location Walpole Highway

Date 17 July 2021

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Marilyn Keymer

 

Making Preserves

Cost £25

Location Little Dunham

Date 19 September 2021

Time 10 - 3

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 TBC (plus cost of a chicken if required, £1.50 per lb)

Location Little Barningham

Date 2 October 2021

Time TBC

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Intro to Nuno Felting

Cost £25

Location Bergh Apton

Date 13 November 2021

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Isabel Auker

 

Making Willow Christmas Decorations

Cost £30

Location TBC

Date 20 November 2021

Time 10 - 1

Tutor Karen Lawrence