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
Intro to Bee Keeping (running twice due to demand)
8 & 9 August
Natural Dyeing Taster Day Cancelled
Mysteries of Goat Showing Cancelled
Beginners Sheep Husbandry (new date)
6 September
Using Herbs Medicinally (new date)
12 September
Intro to Pig Keeping Postponed
Jam Making Postponed
Thinking of Running a Smallholding? (running twice)
5 & 12 September
Fleece to Knits 3 October
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken 3 October
Rag Rug Making Cancelled
Stock Fencing 17 October
Weaving with a Rigid Heddle Loom Cancelled
Willow Christmas Decorations Cancelled
Nuno Felting Cancelled
Intro to Wet Felting 20 February 2021
Working with Green Wood 8 May 2021
Intro to Pig Keeping (details TBA) 17 July 2021
Making Willow Christmas Decorations (details TBA) 20 November 2021

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

You may want to check availability of places by emailing Suzanne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

 

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 8 & 9 August

Time 10.30 - 2.30

Tutor Peter Sutherland

 

Beginners Sheep Husbandry

A practical course covering handling and routines

Cost £25

Location Forncett St Peter

Date 6th September

Time 10 - 3

Tutor Jason Shorten

 

Working with Green Wood (New Date)

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 8 May 2021

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 5 & 12 September

Time 10 - 3

Tutors Steve and Suzanne Whitby

 

Using Herbs Medicinally

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

Cost £20

Location Carleton Rode

Date 3 October

Time 10 - 2

Tutor Paula Stone

 

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

 

Intro to Wet Felting (New Date)

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

 

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

 

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