The 84th Five Parishes Show is set for Sunday 7th August from 11am to 5pm. Taking place at the Fingringhoe Ranges (CO5 7LX), as usual, admission charges are:
The Show now has it’s own website where you can get full details, but, as a teaser:
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Abberton Rural Training – The Rural Skills Centre for Essex has just launched new Short Courses! Ranging from one day to a few weeks, there are lots of options to choose from. For more information, or to book, contact us on 01206 738609 or through our website at: www.abbertonruraltraining.org or by email to: [email protected].
We look forward to seeing you! Take a look and just some of the courses on offer:
19th March (1 day course) – Make a natural bee skep
Use willow and cob to make your own strong and natural bee skep. Learn what to do next and how to start making honey.
26th March or 23rd April (1 day course) – Basic Plastering
Introduction to basic plastering techniques, tools used, background surface situation and preparation prior to plastering, along with care and maintenance of tools. Mixes of various plasters and finishes will also be covered.
16th April (1 day course) – Felt applique
Learn the art of applique using felted wool to make a small reverse applique sachet! Learning traditional needlework. All materials provided.
23rd April (1 day course) – Make a natural trellis
Use local native wood to make a robust and attractive plant support/trellis. Learn how to choose and shave your wood, then use green joins to combine it
18th June (1 day course) – Make a traditional gate
Using native wood such as chestnut, ash, and oak to make a garden gate. Learn to choose, shave and prepare the wood, using green woodworking skills.
17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) – Introduction to Basic Carpentry
This 6 week course will cover use and proper care of tools, introduction to basic joints, fixings and finishes. Uses of different timbers (hard, soft and man-made). Design and construct your own small project.
16th April – 14th May (4 weeks, no class on 07/05) and 11th June – 9th July (4 weeks, no class on 16/07) – Spinning
Learn to spin in 4 weeks – learn about the quality of fleeces and carding. Learn how to wash, card and spin natural wools. Each person works on their Individual spinning wheel, giving plenty of hands on practice.
17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) – Creative Textile Techniques
Learning basic sewing skills on the sewing machine and more advanced techniques, such as machine embroidery and quilting, to create contemporary textile designs.
17th April – 22nd May (6 weeks) and 5th June – 10th July (6 weeks) – Fruit & Veg for Beginners
An introduction for new allotment holders and home growers, covering what you need and how to do it. Focusing on setting up systems within your allotment or garden, seasonal planning, management and composting.
23rd April – 21st May (5 week course) – Interior Design Accessories
Using colour, historical design and textures this course is about how to adapt and redesign small interior accessories. Collage and moodboards creates a design sketchbook without the need for drawing skills.
Abberton Rural Training, a new project offering a programme of short and part time courses starting this Autumn. There are still places available! Based at Layer Water Treatment Works and around the Abberton Reservoir it is a beautiful place to study. Autumn courses include: