Mar 25, 2017 Saturday
(Full)
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

Come and learn how to make and use each of the following three garden liquids: 1) A natural organic liquid fertiliser/plant feed. 2) A natural and pet and wildlife-safe liquid slug & snail eliminator. 3) A liquid weed killer that is free from chemicals. We’ll be dealing with each of these 3 liquids in turn; how to make, store, use and correctly apply them. Please bring with you an empty plastic bottle of up to 1 litre in size so you may take home some slug eliminator and an empty plastic pop bottle or a container up to a maximum size of 5 litres so you may take home some dilutable natural fertiliser/plant food.

Bring one of the following:
4 hour burn time tea light candles
8 hour burn time tea light candles
Dog biscuits: Bonios, Markies, or Shapes only please
Dried powdered Garlic or Ginger
Large tube of Bostik or Uhu craft glue
Packet of plain rawhide dog chews
Sealed pack of a pair of new and unused longlife “C” cell (R14) or “D” cell (R20) Batteries (not AA or AAA)

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.

Pretty Push Pins and Magnets

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

Decorating push pins and magnets for using with a pin-board or as fridge magnets. Using things like buttons and other embellishments to add to pins and magnets to use around the home. This will be very simple, and is something you can expand on at home if you wish to. I will bring buttons, pins, magnets and other little bits I can find to decorate the pins and magnets, if there is something specific you would like to use then please feel free to bring it along. If you wish to decorate pins please bring along some corrugated card to take them home safely (a piece about A4 size will be sufficient).

Bring one of the following:
A wet/dry bag
Spiral-bound notebook
Vegan cake or biscuits
Vegan chocolate
Vintage sewing thread (can be bought in charity shops)

About the teacher, Mary

I like to sew and make all sorts of pretty things. I have a room full of sewing and craft materials and am trying (but failing) to work my way through the huge stash because it's getting silly! I love animals and I've just gone vegan (hence the cakes and chocolate... yum!). I have previously taught with Trade School making fabric flowers, and am looking forward to teaching again.

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

We'll look at ways to save money around the home and in daily life. There are the obvious things such as unplugging the TV and turning the heating down, so we'll be focusing on more unusual ways to reduce costs and make the most of what you've already got.

Bring one of the following:
An unusual cheese
Art book
Beads
Book of local history
Buttons
Home made beer or wine
Home made jam
Home made soap
Poetry book
Ribbon
Unwanted fabric

About the teacher, Peter

I've lived in Norfolk most of my life and spent the last 2 years in Norwich. I pride myself on being able to make use of almost anything and reusing whatever I can. I love charity shops and skip diving.

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Play and Make Ancient Board Games

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

Find out how to play the ancient Egyptian game of Senet, the game of Ur which was first played in Iraq over 2000 years ago and Nine-Man's Morris which was first played in 7th century Europe. Then you'll be able to make the boards and pieces so that you can take them home and carry on playing them with your friends and family.

Bring one of the following:
10 points into my NORLETS account
Books/pamphlets about Norfolk
Clip/Swing-top bottles
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Homemade Cakes/Biscuits

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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Introduction to Felt-Making

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.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!
Art, textile, craft books
Buttons, beads, zips, ribbons, etc
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Interesting patterned and colourful papers
Natural soaps, handcreams, etc
Off-cuts of natural fabric - linen, cotton, silk...

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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Apr 1, 2017 Saturday

How to Make a Sideways Grow-Bag Frame

10:00a.m. to 11:30a.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

This session will cover the physical making of a frame to house a Grow-bag on its side. Grow-bags can be a wonderful resource for the smaller and larger gardener alike. They are used on patios, decks, in greenhouses and conservatories, in unused corners, and are an extremely reliable way of producing a tasty crop of tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, etc. However, when a grow-bag is used on its side in a frame the required floor area is reduced, the plant roots push deeper into the growing media and cropping increases as the nutrient content of your grow-bag is fully utilised. Sideways grow-bags are also suitable for an even wider variety of crops including those that prosper when the runners are trained up a trellis or frame such as cucumbers, courgettes and even grapevines, and they are especially useful for companion growing as part of an organic growing regime. We will measure up an existing grow-bag, mark out and cut to size the required (previously) reclaimed pallet timbers and then use them to make the frame. We will look at including options such as ground staking, additional trellis and climber frames, hinging and pinning to join the frames together to make corners and borders. This is an outdoor session and will be conducted under a gazebo/marquee if the weather is wet. You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Bring one of the following:
6 new unused tennis balls
Box of mixed fruit teas
Large bag of John Innes No 2/multi purpose compost
Packet of two new and unused long life “C” or “D” cell torch batteries; not AA or AAA batteries
Solid rubber dog ball or solid rubber dog toy
Trays of Pansies or Violas

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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29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

This session will cover the physical making of a frame to house a Grow-bag on its side. Grow-bags can be a wonderful resource for the smaller and larger gardener alike. They are used on patios, decks, in greenhouses and conservatories, in unused corners, and are an extremely reliable way of producing a tasty crop of tomatoes, sweet peppers, chillies, etc. However, when a grow-bag is used on its side in a frame the required floor area is reduced, the plant roots push deeper into the growing media and cropping increases as the nutrient content of your grow-bag is fully utilised. Sideways grow-bags are also suitable for an even wider variety of crops including those that prosper when the runners are trained up a trellis or frame such as cucumbers, courgettes and even grapevines, and they are especially useful for companion growing as part of an organic growing regime. We will measure up an existing grow-bag, mark out and cut to size the required (previously) reclaimed pallet timbers and then use them to make the frame. We will look at including options such as ground staking, additional trellis and climber frames, hinging and pinning to join the frames together to make corners and borders. This is an outdoor session and will be conducted under a gazebo/marquee if the weather is wet. You will need to wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

Bring one of the following:
6 new unused tennis balls
Box of mixed fruit teas
Large bag of John Innes No 2/multi purpose compost
Packet of two new and unused long life “C” or “D” cell torch batteries; not AA or AAA batteries
Solid rubber dog ball or solid rubber dog toy
Trays of Pansies or Violas

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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Apr 8, 2017 Saturday
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

During this session you will learn how to make a slot-together plywood picnic table which flat packs for winter storage. We will be utilising only one sheet of plywood and will be working to a set of woodworkingplans that were originally designed for the Scouts over 50 years ago. However, that doesn’tmean this design is not stylish today. When made these tables are robust, will seat 4 adults comfortably with a table top large enough to accommodate even a big party, picnic or BBQ spread. Just a single adult can assemble one of these tables and have it ready for use in about 90 seconds without the need for tools. Disassembly and strapping together for storage will take only 2-3 minutes so the table can be stored indoors, or the shed/garage/conservatory and allow it to be ready for immediate use; even as an additional party table during the festive season. We will begin with learning how to read woodworking plans, moving on to the marking out, selecting the correct hand & power tools, cutting out and cleaning up, fitting together and basic sanding before preparation for finishing. This will be a 4 hour long outdoor session, so you will need to be dressed in appropriate clothing and wearing suitable strong footwear. Be prepared to fully participate, although I will take over so you may watch me doing the more arduous parts, and those sections where individuals may not be confident using the tools. You will receive a set of plans to take home with you.

Bring one of the following:
Potted trailing Lobelia
2 grow bags
Hand painted medium or large clay flower pot
Packet of Calendula seeds
Tray of African Marigolds
Tray of viable Geranium cuttings

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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Apr 15, 2017 Saturday

Beginners Guide to Chicken-Keeping

2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
6 Hanley Close
Hanley Close
Norwich NR7 (EA GB

Learn the basics of chicken-keeping: - how to pick them up safely and securely - what to feed them - housing options - basic husbandry techniques - why they make such great pets!

Bring one of the following:
10 norLETs credits to my account
Bee-friendly plants/ seedings (especially herbs)
Decaffeinated tea (preferably from an independent shop around the Lanes)
Help with shortening curtains/ making tie backs
Untreated wood (preferably pallet wood) for woodburner

About the teacher, Rachael Filbey-Howe

I'm a yoga teacher, personal trainer and speech therapist. I'm interested in vegetarian food, travelling and chickens! I'm back in Norwich after 12 years having lived in Japan, Edinburgh and the Peak District.

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Apr 29, 2017 Saturday

Introduction to Rag Rugging

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.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:
10 points on my norLETS account
Empty jam jars (with lids)
Folk/Classical CDs
Herbs growing in pots
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Kilner jar or bottle
Muslin squares
Your favourite vegetarian/vegan recipe

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

Learn about house-swapping holidays- the free, alternative way to travel with unique, home-from-home accommodation. The class will share my experiences with you, introduce you to my preferred house-swapping website and guide you on writing a profile, house-guide and the practicalities of the swap.

Bring one of the following:
Bee-friendly plants/ seedlings (especially herbs)
Coloured tissue paper sheets
Egg boxes
Lavender oil
Untreated wood for woodburner (especially pallets)

About the teacher, Rachael Filbey-Howe

I'm a yoga teacher, personal trainer and speech therapist. I'm interested in vegetarian food, travelling and chickens! I'm back in Norwich after 12 years having lived in Japan, Edinburgh and the Peak District.

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