Courses and Workshops

Saturday 1 April

Happy Village free motion quilting with Anne Jones. Please bring your own sewing machine. Limited places available so book early. 10am – 4pm in The Studio at The Royal Manor Workshops, St George’s Centre, Reforne, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2AN. Cost is £10 for members and £12.50 for non members. To book a place, please ring Jenny Greenwood on 01305 821791.

Mindfulness drop-in class at Axminster Health and Wellbeing Centre 7.30pm – 9pm. Experienced meditators and beginners all welcome. No charge, donations appreciated. No need to book. Contact Kath Woods, accredited mindfulness teacher, 01404 831605 or just turn up.

 

Sunday 2 April

Easter Baking Course to include Hot Cross Buns, Croissants, Brioche Buns, Sweet or Savoury Couron and Focaccia. 9.45am – 3pm, Frogmary Green Farm, South Petherton 01460 249758 www.frogmarygreenfarm.co.uk.

 

Monday 3 April

Clay A friendly and informal untutored sculpture group that meets weekly at IAC. All abilities welcome.

Mondays 9.30am – 3.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Thursday 6 April

Outdoor Yoga Knoll Garden, Wimborne. Six week course, individual sessions available, 9am – 10am. Enjoy an hour of energizing yoga in the tranquility of the garden before it opens to the public, then stay to enjoy the garden and visiting wildlife. First of a 6-week course. £48 per 6-week course. Book online or call 01202 873931.

Social Media led by Dorset Community Action. This two hour ‘Bite Size’ course is aimed at voluntary, community and charity groups and will give an overview of social media, why it’s increasingly important and how to use it to support an organisation. Looking at facebook and twitter and giving examples from the voluntary, community, and charity sector of how to get the best out of these tools. The course will be followed up with more practical sessions at a later date. Bring a laptop (fully charged if possible) and charger for use during the course. The course is designed for new and existing groups who want to get a basic understanding on using social media. 9.45am registration for 10am – 12noon finish. Cerne Abbas Village Hall, Cerne Abbas, Near Dorchester, DT2 7GY. Cost: £30pp for voluntary and community groups, £40 pp for statutory groups. Refreshments (Tea/Coffee and biscuits) provided. Call 01305 250921 for further details.

Introduction to Silver Clay Art workshops at Artwave West £80. Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset, DT6 6DY 01297 489746 www.artwavewest.com.

 

Saturday 8 April

Spring Herb Day Nr Bridport, Dorset. A one-day workshop learning about the medicinal benefits of the plants that grow wild amongst our hedgerows, gardens and green areas. £45 inc. lunch, refreshments and handouts. For more information or to book a place. hedgerowdee@hotmail.com, 07876711407,  www.hedgerowherbs.co.uk.

Willow Wigwam Plant Support Workshop Learn how to make a simple, durable willow wigwam for your garden. Chiselborough Village Hall, Somerset. 10am – 12noon, £15. For more info or to book please contact Sophia on 07904454227 or sophias_reality@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Sat 8 – Mon 10 April

Making a Successful Market Garden 9.30am – 4.30pm at Trill Farm. This 3 day course focuses on how to run a successful market garden business, covering 3 very different organic vegetable production systems from 3 experienced vegetable growers; Ashley Wheeler runs Trill Farm Garden and is a founding member of Landworkers’ Alliance, Charles Dowding runs an intensive no dig garden in Somerset, and Hugh Chapman runs Longmeadow Organic Vegetables and a successful organic smallholding in the Cerne valley. Suitable for people who are looking into starting up a small scale market gardening business, as well as those who have already started. Option for 1, 2 or 3 days and accommodation at Monkton Wyld Court. Book tickets at www.landbase.org.uk call 01297 560342 or email contact@landbase.org.uk.

 

Monday 10 April

Clay A friendly and informal untutored sculpture group that meets weekly at IAC. All abilities welcome.

Mondays 9.30am – 3.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Figure Drawing This is a non-tutored drawing session from the clothed model. Two models will be provided each session for one hour each. Please bring your own paper and drawing materials. Book with Andrew Sutton 07814 641609 or andrewjsutton@hotmail.com. Mondays 6.30pm – 8.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Thursday 13 April

Easter Willow Display 10am – 12noon. Make a colourful Easter twig display with your own hand made felt decorations, £25 at studio. Contact Lucy on 0777 1588999 or info@boarsbarrow.com. www.boarsbarrow.com. Boarsbarrow Design Workshops, Boarsbarrow Studio, The Barn House, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA. 01308 485035/456958.

 

Saturday 15 April

Willow Wigwam Plant Support Workshop Learn how to make a simple, durable willow wigwam for your garden. Ham Hill Country Park HQ, Somerset, TA14 6RW. 10am – 12noon, £15. For more info or to book please contact Sophia on 07904454227 or sophias_reality@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Tuesday 18 April

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF (Health and Local Food for Families) 11am – 12.30pm. Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. At the United Reformed Church, Chard Road, Axminster.  No need to book, just turn up, it’s free. Call Hannah on 01297 631782 for more information or email hannah@halff.org.uk.

Workshops in Creative Process and Self Expression stage 1 begins today in Bridport – Chapel in the Garden. 10 Tuesdays 9.30am – 12.30pm – excluding half term holiday.  ‘Serious play’ with art materials combined with group discussions, enquiry and reflective practice. Max 10 participants. Successful course at London’s Central St. Martins’ College for 20+ years.  Suitable for artists & designers through to beginners. Are you looking to change direction, feeling creatively stuck? Perhaps you need something different from art classes, or you are beginning to explore your creativity or you are simply curious and enquiring. Contact Mary Caddick (MA DipAT) asap to discuss the course & to book a place 07557 275275 m.caddick@gmx.net.

 

Wednesday 19 April

Learn to Cook Healthily with HALFF (Health and Local Food for Families) 11am – 1pm. A free hands-on course of six sessions, including help with meal planning, understanding food labelling, cooking hints and tips to help make your life easier as a carer.  You’ll even receive a free meal to take home.  At the Masonic Hall, South Street, Axminster.  To book a place, or for more information, call Ros on 01297 631782 or email admin@halff.org.uk

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Thursday 20 April

Knit, Stitch & Crochet Too From casting on to the finished garment. Come and share your ideas and be inspired  – whatever your level of skill from beginner to master knitter. 2.15pm – 4.15pm. £4 per session (includes refreshments). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Thurs 20 April – 25 May

Exotic Animals in Pastel Pencils Discover the versatile medium of pastel pencils, using a different exotic animal each week as your subject matter. Tutor Linda Hampson. Suitable for beginners and improvers.

Thursdays 10am-1pm. £60 for 6 weeks. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 21 April

Felt Making Discover the wonderfully tactile and rewarding art of felting by making felt scarves, bags, slippers – or whatever takes your fancy. Beginners to advanced welcome. 10am – 3pm. £23 per monthly session (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Sunday 23 April

Open Day at Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club 10am – 4pm. A chance to find out – or remind yourself – what it feels like to hit a golf ball. Free introductory or refresher lessons for all the family, a putting competition, a chance to walk or play a few holes, or even try a bunker shot. Come along any time to find out about our membership and coaching options, including our after-school junior lessons, after complimentary rounds for bona fide golfers looking to change clubs. Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Burton Road, DT6 4PS, 01308 421095. www.bridportgolfclub.co.uk.

 

 

Monday 24 April

Clay A friendly and informal untutored sculpture group that meets weekly at IAC. All abilities welcome.

Mondays 9.30am – 3.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Lipreading and Managing Hearing Loss Try a free session at Honiton Methodist Church 10am – 12noon. Find out how lipreading can help you to hear more and pick up some tips to help you cope with your hearing loss. Small, friendly group. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. Contact Ruth for further details ruth@bizleyart.com 01297 442239 or just come along on the day.

Figure Drawing This is a non-tutored drawing session from the clothed model. Two models will be provided each session for one hour each. Please bring your own paper and drawing materials. Book with Andrew Sutton 07814 641609 or andrewjsutton@hotmail.com. Mondays 6.30pm – 8.30pm. £7 per weekly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Art and Design History Course: ‘High Renaissance, Mannerism and The Baroque’ (painting, sculpture, architecture and the decorative arts), led by Pam Simpson MA, lecturer at University of the Arts in London and Bath Spa. Starts Monday 24th April for six weeks. Starts at 2pm, finishes at 3.30pm. Course fee £60, to be paid at the first session. ‘The White Room’, which is at the rear of The Chapel in the Garden, The Unitarian Chapel, East Street, Bridport. Please email or telephone Pam to reserve a place,   chris.pamsimpson@btinternet.com or telephone her on 01300 321715.

 

Tuesday 25 April

Cooking for One Demo with HALFF 11am – 1pm (Health and Local Food for Families) Free healthy cooking demonstrations giving hints and ideas for cooking for one and covering nutritional advice for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and modified diets (eg puree/fork mashable). At the United Reformed Church, Cross Street, Seaton EX12 2LH. No need to book, just turn up, it’s free. Call Laura on 01297 631782 for more information or email laura@halff.org.uk.

 

Wednesday 26 April

Adventures in Crochet – Bunting Explore the exciting craft of crochet, learn basic stitches, traditional designs and complete short projects. With tutor Lynne Raddall. For more details contact Lynne: lynneyraddall@yahoo.co.uk. 10am – 1pm. £22 per session (excluding materials). Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

The Living Tree cancer self-help group. Creative writing and book making workshop with Kim & David from Squirrel Press at Watercleaves. To book please ring Jo on 01308 427851. www.thelivingtree.org.uk.

 

Thursday 27 April – 8 June

Oil Painting Discover the rich medium of oil painting with tutor Belinda Ireland. Beginners welcome as well as those wanting to expand existing skills. Learn the basic elements of painting, colour mixing, composition and values. Thursdays 1.30pm – 4.30pm. £60 for six weeks. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Friday 28 April

Sketchbook bookbinding workshop at  Leafwork , Whitchurch Canonicorum 10.30am – 4pm. Sew and bind this A4 sketchbook in a day. It’s  robust enough to take out and about, attractive enough to give as a gift and easy to make again at home. Opens completely flat.  £45, materials included.  To book or for more details please contact nesta@leafwork.co.uk or phone 01297 489976. Beginners welcome.

Rag Rugs Come and make beautiful rag rugs from recycled materials. Be warned – it’s addictive! 11am-1pm. £10 per monthly session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

Art Group An informal untutored group for artists in all media, from oils to acrylics. All abilities welcome. Bring your own materials. Thursdays 2pm – 4pm. £7 per session. Ilminster Arts Centre, The Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster. TA19 0AN. 01460 54973. www.themeetinghouse.org.uk.

 

Saturday 29 April

Planning and Planting a Fruit Orchard The course is led by fruit tree specialist Tom Nancarrow from Pip & Stone Fruit Tree Services and Adam’s Apples. For those looking to plant a small family orchard or maybe a community orchard in the local town? Also possibly for those with greater ambitions of starting a new juice and cider enterprise? This one-day course  puts participants on the right path to planting an orchard of healthy and productive fruit trees suitable for their location and needs. Predominantly classroom-based learning with slides and discussion, with some practical sessions for tree planting and formative pruning. £80 for the day including lunch. LandBase, Monkton Wyld Court, nr. Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6DQ, 01297 560342, courses@landbase.org.uk.

Drawing natural, found objects from the Dorset Landscape Art workshop at Artwave West – £60. Artwave West, Morcombelake, Dorset, DT6 6DY 01297 489746 www.artwavewest.com.

Willow crafts: the cheese tray, stick platter and simple round basket, Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands 10am – 4pm. Make a choice at time of booking. Make a basket in a day, includes all materials and expert tuition. Must be 16+ with good strong hands. Booking required, £40 per person, Reed Base, Seaton Wetlands, Colyford Road, EX12 2SP wildeastdevon.co.uk, 01395 517557, countryside@eastdevon.gov.uk.