Jul 22, 2017 Saturday
(Almost full)

Introduction to Felt-Making

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Learn the technique of wet felt-making using colourful and natural wool fibres. Felting is a technique that has been used by humans for practical and decorative use for thousands of years. In this session, you can learn the basic technique of how to create a piece of felted wool, which can be the basis for your own artwork in the future or simply to try out this historic craft. Bring a plastic bag or tupperware box to take away your piece of felt as it will need drying at home. We will be using soap so if you have sensitive skin please bring your own plastic gloves.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Commitment to sign up and teach at Trade School on a subject of your choice
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Interesting papers to use for craft projects
Lavender essential oil
Natural household cleaning products
Textile bits & bobs, such as ribbons, needles, buttons, embroidery threads, zips (5", 6" or 7") etc

About the teacher, Genevieve Rudd

I'm an artist, maker and facilitator living on the Norfolk coast. I make artwork using mixed-media techniques inspired by the natural world, combining textiles, photography, drawing and printmaking. Since 2010, I've been involved in running participatory arts workshop with community groups.

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Introduction to Improv Comedy

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

A gentle taster workshop looking at the basics of improv. During the session, you will learn some of the fundamentals of improv comedy. We will learn through group games and exercises. This is a great session to dip your toe into the improv waters. This course is suitable for people with no previous improv experience, or those who've not done any for a while and want to jump back in. Your coach will be Chris Read - a supportive and passionate improviser with many years experience both performing and coaching improv.

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise!
Beer
Help promoting Improv
Homemade food
Singing Tuition

About the teacher, Chris Read

I've been performing and coaching improv for 6 years. I've found it to not only be a lot of fun, but also helpful for my wellbeing and mental health.

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Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Alexander Technique is the best self-help technique you have (probably) never heard of! Its a really practical way of becoming more aware of how you move and react and how we all tend to put too much effort into everyday tasks. It has been shown to help with chronic back pain by breaking the pain-tension- more pain cycle. But it is about more than pain, posture and bad backs, its about mindful movement and responses to life.

Bring one of the following:
Bring a friend with back pain
Curiosity
Dance lesson
Introduction to something fun and unusual in Norwich
Web design/social media advice

About the teacher, Mireille Heald

I'm Mireille, and I've recently moved to Norwich. I'm a STAT registered Alexander Technique teacher, which involved 3 years full time training. I was a vet until back pain forced me to give up work. Alexander Technique was really helpful to me and having a scientific and practical way of thinking I aim to teach it in a really down to earth way. I love walking my dog (exploring my new home town), and I'm looking for places to dance salsa, or new dance styles to try! @backtoactive on facebook

Aug 19, 2017 Saturday

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

10:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

You will be introduced to the successful methods I employ to effectively, efficient and economically cold smoke foodstuffs such as Meats, Fish, cheeses, fresh and dried vegetables, and snack items such as seed mixes and nuts. You will be shown the equipment I use and some of the tips and tricks I learnt along the way. We will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking and we will prepare some foodstuffs for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers or sun dried tomatoes or 50g whole Black Pepper grinders and exchange them with me for the same but previously cold smoked (there is nothing better tasting than cold smoked freshly ground pepper on your dinner!). Please do not bring meats fish or cheeses. This class is happening outside so please dress appropriately.

Bring one of the following:
2 different boxes of single or mixed flavour fruit teas
Dog treats: Bonos, Markies or Shapes only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or allotment
Large bag of peanuts or mixed nuts: Dry roasted, ready salted, honey roast, etc.
Mixed dried fruit

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Sep 9, 2017 Saturday

Basic Chicken-Keeping

3:00p.m. to 4:30p.m.
6 Hanly Close
6 Hanly Close
Norwich NR7 9EA GB

An introduction to keeping chickens: What to feed them How to gently pick them up Housing options Parasites and how to treat them Chicken behaviours Dispelling egg myths And any general questions. Optionally hands on (this is encouraged) I'm not an expert- just a backyard chicken-keeper who has been (mostly successfully) keeping hens since 2011.

Bring one of the following:
Advice on planning permission for habitable dwelling
Advice on using social media for business
Apple cider vinegar
Ceanothus/ rose/ hydrangea cuttings
Homemade marmalade
Pallet wood or similar for wood-burner
Shredded paper (machine shred)

About the teacher, Rachael Filbey-Howe

I'm a lover of chickens and have a taste for the "good-life". I've recently started keeping bees. I am a Dru yoga teacher, personal trainer and speech and language therapist. I'm a dedicated veggie foodie, interested in health, wellbeing and glamping amongst other things.

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Sep 23, 2017 Saturday

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

10:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

You will be introduced to the successful methods I employ to effectively, efficient and economically cold smoke foodstuffs such as Meats, Fish, cheeses, fresh and dried vegetables, and snack items such as seed mixes and nuts. You will be shown the equipment I use and some of the tips and tricks I learnt along the way. We will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking and we will prepare some foodstuffs for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers or sun dried tomatoes or 50g whole Black Pepper grinders and exchange them with me for the same but previously cold smoked (there is nothing better tasting than cold smoked freshly ground pepper on your dinner!). Please do not bring meats fish or cheeses. This class is happening outside so please dress appropriately.

Bring one of the following:
2 different boxes of single or mixed flavour fruit teas
Dog treats: Bonos, Markies or Shapes only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or allotment
Large bag of peanuts or mixed nuts: Dry roasted, ready salted, honey roast, etc.
Mixed dried fruit

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Basic Knot Tying

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

This is a basic knot tying course for individuals who struggle tying and using basic knots in strings, cords twines and ropes. You will be taught five basic knots and 1 basic whipping (rope end finish) when and how to use them. When learnt these 5 knots and 1 whipping will hold you in good stead around the house, garden and even some craft work. There will be a practice rope available for each attendee to use during this course, so please do not bring one of your own.

Bring one of the following:
1 packet 8 hour burn tea lights
12” Wooden Embroidery Rings
2 X 6” Wooden Embroidery Rings
3 X 40mm Beechwood balls (without holes)
500g-1000g Fresh Ginger Root
A3 Artist’s Pad
Packet Large Muslin Cloth Squares
Reels of Black Waxed Cotton

About the teacher, Gareth Lewis

54 year old teenager at heart; who's ego writes cheques his body is now becoming reluctant to cash. After a career in agricultural engineering I currently have my own small business called Cargo Cycles. I am also aiming to live as self-sufficient a lifestyle as possible.

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Sep 30, 2017 Saturday

Beginner's Rag Rugging

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Rag rugging was a popular way of using up worn-out clothes and pieces of cloth during the 19th century. There was a bit of a revival during the Second World War and is getting popular again. During this class you'll find out about the styles and techniques of simple rag rugging. By the end of the class, you'll have a tiny rag rug to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
00 PIzza/Pasta Flour (can be bought from the Deli opposite St. Andrews Hall)
Empty jam jars with lids
Fairtrade Tea or Coffee
Folk/Classical CDs
Mixed Nuts
Produce from your Garden/Allotment
Vegetarian/Vegan Cookbook

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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Oct 21, 2017 Saturday

Adventures in Cribbage

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Come and learn to play what is perhaps the finest two player card game in the world (4 player game also covered). This is the game that coined the phrases "level pegging", "streets ahead", "left in the lurch" and "one for his nob"! Cribbage, or "Crib", is around 400 years old and can trace part its roots to our fine city as the grandfather of the supposed inventor of the game was Mayor here in the 1500s. Indeed, Suckling House (which now houses Cinema City) was inhabited by, and named after, Sir John Suckling's grandfather. This session should appeal more to those who enjoy games in general and card games specifically. Maths skills help, but as long as you can add up to 31 you'll be fine :) Come and learn a skill for life, in an hour!

Bring one of the following:
A Backgammon Set
A Board Game
A Cribbage Board
A USB stick full of reggae/dub/funk
Interesting Playing Cards

About the teacher, Siv Sears

I'm a teacher who recently returned to the UK after many years abroad. I have a passion for cribbage and received a gold medal in the cribbage pairs event at the 2016 Mind Sports Olympiad in London. I've taught many people to play, including most recently a cohort of 11 and 12 year-olds at the school I currently work at.

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Nov 25, 2017 Saturday

The Fine Art of Napkin Folding

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Have you ever turned up at a meal to find some beautifully-folded napkins on the table in the shape of a boat, a bishop's mitre or a rose? If you have then keep up with your friends by coming along to this class and learn some great napkin folds. If you haven't then be the envy of your friends by being the first to display your new-found napkin folding skills...and just in time for Christmas.

Bring one of the following:
10 points into my NORLETS account
Christmas wrapping paper
Folk or Classical CDs
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Jumper for medium-sized male (second-hand fine)
Mixed nuts

About the teacher, Colin Hynson

After several years working with the Norfolk Museums Service I'm now a freelance educational writer and consultant. I like learning and teaching unusual (but practical) things.

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