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.

Sheep Shearing - South 12 May
Wood Whittling 18 May
Beginners Tractor Course 1 June
Alpaca Husbandry 6 June
Herbalist Course 15 June
Hatching and Rearing of Chickens and Turkeys 29 June
Willow Basket Making  6 July
Pig Husbandry 20 July
Intro to Wet Felting 4 August
Dispatch and Dress a Chicken 12 October
Stock Fencing 19 October

Courses are open to NSTG members* and most are open to non-members for an increased fee.

To book on a course

You may want to check availability of places by emailing Sarah at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01362 850122. 

To book:

  • Download the Course Application form here and send to the address on the form with a cheque or pay via online banking (information on the form)
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    if you are a member or not, the course(s) that you want to book, the number of places, the names of those wishing to attend the course(s), the total fees payable and how you are paying, the email address(es) to contact and a mobile telephone number.
    We will confirm that places are available and inform you how to pay by bank transfer or cheque

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.  

 

* It may be worth joining us if you are not a member.  A household membership is just £12.  To join go to the Join Us page.

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The following is a printed version of our 2019 courses and events

 

The following is a printed version of our 2019 courses (this will be added to over the year)

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Sheep Shearing - South (Diss IP22)

Click fly strike prevention available on the day.  Circular route so no need to reverse trailers.

Shearer Jason Shorten, discuss cost with Jason on the day

From 10 am call Jan to book a slot 01379 688340

 

Beginners Tractor Course

Do I need a tractor? What can you use them for? New, used, modern, vintage, compact, full size, 2WD, 4WD, implements, three point linkage, PTO, hydraulics, fuel, maintenance etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Little Dunham

Date 1 June

Time 10 - 4

Tutor Paul Richards

 

Alpaca Husbandry

Day to day care, shelter, fencing, health, handling and training, all questions answered

Cost £30 non members £50

Location Burnt Fen, Horning

Date 6 June

Time 9.30 - 1.30

Tutor Annie Nickerson https://burntfen.co.uk/

 

Herbalist Course

Identify plants and herbs and their uses in Paqula Garden, then a practical session in the afternoon

Cost £20 non members £40

Location Carleton Rode

Date 15 June

Time 10 - 2

Tutor Paula Stone

 

Hatching and Rearing of Chickens and Turkeys

Egg production, broody hens, incubators, humidity and temperature, candling, diet, health care, housing etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Little Barningham

Date 29 June

Time 10 - 1

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Willow Basket Making

Use willow to create a frame basket

Cost £50, non-members £70

Location tba, possibly Shelfanger

Date 6th July

Time 10 - 4

Tutor Karen Lawrence karenlawrencebasketry.com

 

Pig Husbandry

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

Cost £30, non members £50

Location Walpole Highway

Date 20th July

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Marilyn Keymer  tentreesfarm.co.uk/ten-trees-berkshire-pigs

 

Introduction to Wet Felting


Use Marino coloured wool tops and Ryeland fleece with silk stands to make either a cushion cover, small bag, place setting etc.

Cost £25 non members £45

Location Near Diss IP22 2AW

Date 4 August

TIme 1 - 4pm

Tutor Jan Scott

 

Dispatch and Dress a Chicken

Prepare a chicken for the table.  Bring a sharp familiar kitchen knife.  Speak to Sally about bringing your own bird.

Cost £30 non members £50

Location Little Barningham

Date 12 October

Time 10.30 - 3

Tutor Sally Feistner

 

Stock Fencing

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

Cost £20 non members £40

Location Bergh Apton

Date 19 October

Time 10:30 - 3pm

Tutors Ben Holloway and Steve Whitby