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The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This session will start with some fundamental questions about the purpose of education in the 21st century and what forms it should take. This will be followed by a group discussion to answer these and create some initial, practical steps to start the process within our communities. This is a discussion and ideas session where I hope everyone will contribute.

Bring one of the following:
A commitment to put at least one of the ideas we come up with, into practice.
A recepie of yours for any type of food that you love.
Something (any item) made by you.
Something for us all to share during the session, to help inspire us!
Thoughtful ideas and contrubutions to the discussion.

About the teacher, Mark Narayn

I am interested in education within communities. Although I have a backgrond in music, I have been teaching for 25 years, and have been looking at ways education might move forward in the 21st century.

Paper bead making

7:30a.m. to 8:30a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Learn to make beads for jewellery or decorations from recycled paper. It's fun, easy and suitable for ages 6+. Materials will be provided but if you have any old wrapping paper, sweet wrappers (Divine chocolate wrappers are very good!) or colourful magazines or brochures that you would like to use instead, please bring them along.

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
chocolate
dried fruit
dried fruit
hazelnuts, cobs, walnuts or brazil nuts
knitting wool
leaf tea
organic fruit or veg
unsalted nuts

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

I'm a teacher, writer and storyteller based in Norwich. Italian is my second language. I lived in Italy for 6 years, teaching Italian-English translation, English Language and Literature at the Orientale University of Naples. If there is enough interest in an Italian conversation club, I would like to start one.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

After the success of the first class I did on one of the trial days earlier on in the year, the second session will include a bigger variety of percussion,

Bring one of the following:
a surprise
box of mixed dried fruits from market
jar of organic yeast extract
lesson using photoshop
useful wood for a van conversion
warm winter blanket

About the teacher, Pete Warner

I'm in love Music, and I want to share this with you all! I teach Drums privately also, as well as organizing gigs through my company Stacked ! Promotions , and I play drums for Feral Mouth, as well as running the live Jungle and Hip hop group Pocket Monsterz. I also work on a nearly organic farm called Farmshare in Norwich which is Brilliant... . come and play !

Holistic Massage

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.


Working with holistic breathing techniques we will learn how to centre ourselves in order to give a good massage. I will then demonstrate a hand/wrist massage and the class will go in pairs to practice on each other. We can also go over different techniques used in Swedish Holistic Massage. I will go over why massage is so beneficial and some tips on how to give effective massages. It's easy and fun!

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Aubergine
Soap
Some loose leaf tea
Sundried tomatoes

About the teacher, Simone Davis

I have a swedish Holistic massage ITEC Diploma. I work at the Rub massage clinic 2 days a week. I believe massage is an essential part of life and helps emotionally and physically. I have taught a massage class with Trade School at Secret Garden Party summer 2013 as well as at the Breathing Dome at Burning Man festival 2011.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Imagine you had total control over the structure of mainstream education - what issues would you need to address, what would you do, what would the core conflicts be? This class will take the form of a workshop where we will all discuss a few of these issues (as much as time allows!), as well as looking at what we could each do, right now, to make a difference (however small).

Bring one of the following:
A commitment to put at least one of the ideas we come up with, into practice.
A surprise
Anything that's homemade
Biscuits (or similar) for the group
Listening ears and a desire to work together in convivial dialogue.

About the teacher, Mark Narayn

I am interested in education within communities. Although I have a backgrond in music, I have been teaching for 25 years, and have been looking at ways education might move forward in the 21st century.

Money saving Exercise

7:00a.m. to 8:00a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

I am going to devise a series of exercises to keep you warm without heating! Wear comfortable clothing.

Bring one of the following:
french
hare krishna food
planting flowers
spanish
tamil

About the teacher, Lucie Smith

I am a young entrepreneur, a traveller and currently unemployed. I enjoy socialising and sharing live with people. Love to help

Screen printing for beginners

7:00a.m. to 9:00a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This introductory 2-hour lesson will explore the more accessible technique of printing with paper stencils. Stencils will be provided, but I will also bring along cutting materials if you'd like to create your own. Take anything you create home with you!

Bring one of the following:
35mm camera film
Crotchet lessons
Organic vegetables
Piano sheet music
Vegetarian recipes

About the teacher, Chloe Eversfield

I'm a self-taught screen printing beginner and enjoy trying my hand at as many creative past-times as possible. I believe in grasping the opportunity to share what I've learnt with others around me, being inspired and learning new things from them as I go.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Well known set coreography from the south of Spain and the basics of what Flamenco is and how to dance it.

Bring one of the following:
french speaking
group meditation
herbal remedies
singing lessons
Sound system

About the teacher, Nerea Rosa Barros

I love sharing life with everyone. I am a unionist, I believe in the individual power to be the change. I am a dancer and I love acting in French. My main field of study is Conflict Resolution. I will be the president of the world!

Conversation en Français

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Vous voulez améliorer votre conversation en Français ... Venez pratiquer avec un Français ...

Bring one of the following:
brown rice
brown rice
brown rice
good grade flour [self-raising]
good grade flour [self-raising]
good grade flour [self-raising]
red lentils
red lentils
red lentils
second hand cymbal
second hand cymbal
second hand cymbal
tinned tuna in [oil]
tinned tuna in [oil]
tinned tuna in oil

About the teacher, shan

I was a French teacher for 25 years and was born in France and have lived in Norwich since 1977

Introduction to Mandolin

9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Join me for an introduction to the mandolin, its history and a brief overview of technique, repertoire and style from American bluegrass to folk, Italian and maybe even some Bach. Twenty minute individual sessions with a demonstration mandolin for you to try out, or bring your own!

Bring one of the following:
A lamp
A non-fiction book
A surprise
CD of anything!
Guitar strings

About the teacher, Nic Zuppardi

I'm a mandolin player and tenor guitarist graduated from the Folk and Traditional music degree in Newcastle, now based in Norwich. I have toured Sweden, Germany and Slovenia, and currently perform in a number of groups, alongside teaching mandolin privately.

Starting Shorthand

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

An introduction to shorthand, a quick way to write down thoughts and speech with paper and pen.

Bring one of the following:
Cakes/biscuits
Fruit
Pickles/Jam/Chutney
Tea/coffee
Vegetables

About the teacher, Samir Jeraj

Samir Jeraj is a freelance journalist and editor, working mainly on housing and social issues. He has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, the New Internationalist, the Ecologist, and OpenDemocracy.

Learn Greek! Vol. 1

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

'It's all Greek to me' will have a new meaning from now on. During the class you will learn to read and write in Greek, but also get to know a bit about Greek cuisine and culture working on various projects in and out of class!

Bring one of the following:
Knitting wool
A small sized scarf
A tote bag
An organic sweet potato
Old (clothes' or computer's) buttons
Oregano

About the teacher, Mavra Kefallinou

I am a cheerful person using alternative methods of creative teaching and thinking in class. I am currently working as a freelance language tutor and translator.

Knitting and Crochet

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

For beginners of any age, learn to cast on and knit/crochet a sampler. All materials will be supplied but please bring your own needles or crochet hooks if you want.

Bring one of the following:
Cat litter
Chicken food
Porridge oats
Tea
Vegetables

About the teacher, Gillian Stanford

I have been crafting for many years my mother taught me to knit as a child. I belong to The Craft Council through which I am insured to teach. I am also a writer and Open University student.

Six Doors: A Guided Visualisation

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

6 Doors is a guided visualisation which provides a space for reflection. I've conducted this workshop in several countries with people of all ages and from different nationalities and have always found interesting conversations and insights resulted.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Drawing paper
Nuts (any kind)
Organic fruit and/or veg
Pastel crayons

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

I'm a teacher, writer and storyteller based in Norwich. Italian is my second language. I lived in Italy for 6 years, teaching Italian-English translation, English Language and Literature at the Orientale University of Naples. If there is enough interest in an Italian conversation club, I would like to start one.

Do Re Mi Singing School

1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Learn to sing in glorious 4-part harmony - no experience needed, just a willingness to learn! We will take a brief look at the Tonic Sol-fa system devised by Sarah Glover of Norwich, relating it to the Aikin 7-shape note system (used in the USA) which we will spend more time on. Sounds complicated, but is simple - and fun! Music sung will mostly be folk hymns from William Walker's Christian Harmony, but will include local tunes (including the hymn that appears on Sarah Glover's memorial plaque in the church). Sarah Glover's father was Rector of St Laurence's Church which will make this singing class even more fascinating.

Bring one of the following:
Flapjacks
Fruit
Kitchen whisk
Local honey
Packet of pencils
Throat sweets

About the teacher, Fynn Titford-Mock

A singer and cellist with an interest in neglected local musical history. I co-run the Norwich Sacred Harp singing group, and I'm a graduate of the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

I'll introduce some fun ways to quickly improve your drawing, and some key concepts to help understand what it is we are doing when we're drawing and why realising a drawing is not the same as the thing we are drawing can really free us up.

Bring one of the following:
a book or magazine about art / psychology/ neuroscience
A folk or jazz cd
a pair of gloves
a piece of jewellery
a wooly hat
an old or new copy of resurgence magazine
art materials for future classes( eg 1 set of paints , or pastels or whatever)
colourful socks (size 9 +)
contribute an interesting object to draw for future classes
help renovating an old bike (equivalent amount of time)

About the teacher, Jack Godfre

I'm an artist. I draw a lot and teach contemporary and traditional drawing techniques. I keep a sketchbook religiously, usually having several on the go at once. I was always told off for daydreaming at school. Now it's part of my job description!

Play and Make Medieval Board Games

10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Have a chance to learn about (and play) some medieval board games such as Nine-Man's Morris and Fox and Geese. Then make your own board and counters for one of the games to take away with you.

Bring one of the following:
Anything to do with Thomas the Tank Engine or Sesame Street
Bamboo canes for gardens
Clothes for a 10 year old boy
Coat Hangers (Wooden or Plastic)
Folk or Classical CD
Fruit
Your favourite 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.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Don't spend the Easter holidays fretting at your teenager's lack of revision! This class will offer plenty of practical revision techniques which will get them on track and motivate them to maximise their potential in the summer exams.

Bring one of the following:
Books on caring for a newborn
Cupcakes
Easter eggs
Hair and beauty products/treatments
Items for a newborn baby girl
Window cleaning services
Yankee candles

About the teacher, Lisa Andrews

I have been a secondary school teacher in Norwich since 2007 specialising in Religious Studies, PSHE and Citizenship, and studied for a degree in Philosophy at Cardiff University. I love European city breaks, mojitos with lots of lime and dancing the night away....although these have had to be put on hold for a while as I'm very soon to be a first-time Mum!

Make a Matchbox Pinhole Camera

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Pinhole cameras are great fun to use and simple to make. In this class you will learn how to make a simple camera using only a matchbox, drinks can, electrical tape and a roll of 35mm film! I will provide instruction and most of the materials but please bring a roll of 35mm film which can be bought at most chemists or photographic shops. Please choose colour film, or colour process black and white - the roll will say C-41 on the side - this way you can take it away to be developed and printed after the class.

Bring one of the following:
35mm film
An inkpen
Local honey
Organic bread flour - any variety
Somewhere to practise piano

About the teacher, Elspeth Hart

I am a graduate of fine art specializing in printmaking and analogue photography. I have made a variety of different pinhole cameras over the past few years and they are so easy to make and the results so rewarding that I would like to share this technique.

Learn Greek! Vol. 1

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

'It's all Greek to me' will have a new meaning from now on. During the class you will learn to read and write in Greek, but also get to know a bit about Greek cuisine and culture working on various projects in and out of class!

Bring one of the following:
A vase (for flowers)
Knitting wool
Laurel leaves
Local honey
Vegetables/ Fruit

About the teacher, Mavra Kefallinou

I am a cheerful person using alternative methods of creative teaching and thinking in class. I am currently working as a freelance language tutor and translator.

Drums and Percussion

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Getting people involved with different elements of percussion, very basis music reading and finally the use of several different percussion parts that link in together so we can start together with our own parts to play! A great exercise is listening, playing, and the internal time clock.... come and find out more in the workshop!

Bring one of the following:
2 loafs or locally baked bread
A storyteller's tale
A voucher for something fun to do within 10 miles of Norwich
A woodwork lesson
Some plant pots and healthy soil.

About the teacher, Pete Warner

I'm in love Music, and I want to share this with you all! I teach Drums privately also, as well as organizing gigs through my company Stacked ! Promotions , and I play drums for Feral Mouth, as well as running the live Jungle and Hip hop group Pocket Monsterz. I also work on a nearly organic farm called Farmshare in Norwich which is Brilliant... . come and play !

Knitting and Crochet

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

For beginners of any age, learn to cast on and knit/crochet a sampler. All materials will be supplied but please bring your own needles or crochet hooks if you want.

Bring one of the following:
Cat litter
Chicken food
Porridge Oats
Tea
Vegetables

About the teacher, Gillian Stanford

I have been crafting for many years my mother taught me to knit as a child. I belong to The Craft Council through which I am insured to teach. I am also a writer and Open University student.

Introduction to Indian Cooking

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

An introductory lesson in Indian cooking, focusing on identifying and using different spices and ingredients. Students will be given a traditional (easy) recipe to try at home along with a chance to taste a pre-made version of the same in class!

Bring one of the following:
A demijohn
A hardy indoor plant
A set of oil pastels (even slightly used is fine)
An old wingback armchair (can pick this up after the class)
Anything handmade
Carpentry/ Woodworking lesson (similar duration)
Childrens outdoor playhouse
Organic/ homegrown produce

About the teacher, Esther Lall Durowoju

I was born in India and learned to cook from my mother and grandmother. I cook healthy, flavoursome and traditional Indian food. I am an architect by profession, and love all things creative. I am looking to expand my horizons by learning new skills. I am always happy to barter for knowledge!

Starting Shorthand

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

An introduction to shorthand, a quick way to write down thoughts and speech with paper and pen.

Bring one of the following:
Cake/biscuits
Chutney/pickles/jam/marmalade
Plants/seeds
Tea/coffee
Vegetables/fruit

About the teacher, Samir Jeraj

Samir Jeraj is a freelance journalist and editor, working mainly on housing and social issues. He has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman, the New Internationalist, the Ecologist, and OpenDemocracy.

Wooden Pallet Reclamation

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
A Reusable Painting Stencil
Black Elder Saplings
Freshly-Picked Elderflowers
Ginger Plant
Technical drawing advice and assistance

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.

Percussion Workshop!

7:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Learning skills in various percussion instruments, some parts to play with these skills, then hearing how they interact with each other as we do by playing the whole peice together!

Bring one of the following:
A nice meal!
A Surprise
Coffee and Chocolate
Freshly Baked Bread
Lifts to Devon sometimes

About the teacher, Pete Warner

I'm in love Music, and I want to share this with you all! I teach Drums privately also, as well as organizing gigs through my company Stacked ! Promotions , and I play drums for Feral Mouth, as well as running the live Jungle and Hip hop group Pocket Monsterz. I also work on a nearly organic farm called Farmshare in Norwich which is Brilliant... . come and play !

Make a Herbal Tincture

8:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Get confident in making your own herbal remedies. Basically putting herbs in a jar with a preservative (alcohol normally). A playshop cause it's not work. Fun, a feast for the senses and you get to take some away with you. I will bring the plants and enough alcohol for a demo, please bring the barter bits to ensure enough for everyone.

Bring one of the following:
Alcohol (as medicinal preservative) above 25%. Brandy, gin, vodka etc. That half bottle at back of cupboard?
Clean jars with lids and labels taken off (approx honey jar size)
Flowers to remind me of a lovely day - not bought ones though
People to adopt a herb - see weblink - choose 1 plant to learn more about
Someone to take photos of the playshop

About the teacher, Dano Wheals

herbalist, gardener, maker of things and found myself not wanting to throw away old material so starting making bunting. I am helping to organise the co-op picnic weekend and thought this would be a fun workshop.

Focusing - An Introduction

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

'Focusing can be used in any kind of therapeutic situation, including peer-to-peer sessions. It involves holding a kind of open, non-judging attention to an internal knowing which is directly experienced but is not yet in words. Focusing can, among other things, be used to become clear on what one feels or wants, to obtain new insights about one's situation, and to stimulate change or healing of the situation. Focusing is set apart from other methods of inner awareness by three qualities: something called the "felt sense", a quality of engaged accepting attention, and a researched-based technique that facilitates change.' Wikipedia It is very hard to explain what it is but very easy to do and much easier to feel the benefits if you practice it. I will explain the technique and then demonstrate it with my Focusing partner. Then you will have the chance to practice it yourselves, among yourselves or with us. I want to introduce people to it because I have found it enormously helpful personally and professionally and I think others would benefit from it too. I would also like to find people to Focus with and this might be a good way. We want to set up a 'Changes' group in Norwich, a regular session where we can gather and practice Focusing to our mutual benefit together.

Bring one of the following:
An evening of group philosophical discussion
Bike tools- pair of pointy nose pliers
Norwich blend tea from Wilkinson's in Lobster Lane
Pair size 10 trainers (if anyone has spare)
Plants- flowering for pot or veg for allotment

About the teacher, Jonathan Hill

I am a committed environmentalist; that is my focus which informs everything I else I do. I am about treading lightly on the Earth, preserving its beauties for future generations and aiming to live well, sharing with others who want to do the same, that which I have found useful. Focusing is in this category. It forms part of my long term interest in Well Being and mental health. My professional area of expertise is Energy Efficient Refurbishment of Buildings. I completed a Masters in Architecture: Advanced Energy and Environment Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales through UEL. I also have a Certificate in Ecology and Conservation from Birkbeck and did the Masters course in Conservation at UCL. I am a keen cyclist and Cycling activist. My degree thesis was on ‘Why don’t the British cycle like the Dutch.’ It may seem tangential, but transport is a large contributor to carbon emissions of any settlement and can be increased or diminished through design. My first degree was in French and German. I am still fluent in both languages and pretty good at Spanish. I lived in Paris for a year as part of my degree and for 6 months in Spain working for an environmental charity in Sevilla as a Leonardo scholar. I am interested in the Permaculture approach to life as well as the garden. I share an allotment on Bluebell South and am a peripheral member of the Grow Our Own group there. I’m not a natural gardener but I love the principles and the idea of it. I play guitar and sing; I play tennis and am a keen photographer. It’s the one visual art I’m good any good at.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Making a slot together Pyramid garden planter from (reclaimed pallet) timber. Marking out. Using the tools, cutting out and cleaning the slots. Dry assembly. Discussing preserving the timber, and then what to plant in it. All materials supplied

Bring one of the following:
1 kg bags wild bird seed
500 to 600g dried meal worms
Home baked sausage rolls to share
Small bag of markies dog training treats
Small bags of "Shapes" dog biscuits

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.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Faces are a fascinating yet difficult subject. This fun workshop will focus less on getting an accurate likeness and more on exploring the possibilities of expressive drawing. Suitable for beginners. Taught by local portrait artist Jack Godfrey

Bring one of the following:
Chutney or jam
Drawing materials or paper
Incense sticks
Old machinery or bike parts( for drawing so doesn't matter if broken)
Organic produce

About the teacher, Jack Godfre

I'm an artist. I draw a lot and teach contemporary and traditional drawing techniques. I keep a sketchbook religiously, usually having several on the go at once. I was always told off for daydreaming at school. Now it's part of my job description!

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Secret Garden is a creative life-changing personal development technique which uses visualisation, meditation and art to become more in tune with the self. It has been described as Jungian, Shamanic, Spiritual as well as other things, but it is whatever the participant needs it to be and is a tool which can be used for life. But Secret Garden is not what you think it will be! You won't be taken on a meandering journey smelling the roses (unless you want to!). Instead I can only show you 5 things during the meditation, everything else is found by you individually or as a group.

Bring one of the following:
30 Minute Rundown Plug Timer
Art Materials or Large Blank Canvas
Fruit and Vegetables
Help to Refelt a Shed
Vegetables Plants

About the teacher, Tricia Frances

I teach art and textiles in school. I also display my art and teach personal development and meditation.



The first session introduced some key concepts such as line tone and negative spaces, and we explored some fun ways to get started with drawing portraits. In this session we'll apply what we've learnt in a tonal drawing using an eraser to work backwards from dark to light.

Bring one of the following:
A donation to upkeep of St Laurences
Beads and buttons
Bright scraps of fabric
Dark chocolate
Wire

About the teacher, Jack Godfre

I'm an artist. I draw a lot and teach contemporary and traditional drawing techniques. I keep a sketchbook religiously, usually having several on the go at once. I was always told off for daydreaming at school. Now it's part of my job description!

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A brief introduction into housing and workers co-ops.

Bring one of the following:
A mhos in Norwich!
A new co-op set up!
A surprise
To meet people interested in co-ops
Vegan cake

About the teacher, Catalyst Collective

Catalyst Collective are part of Radical Routes, a network of radical co-operatives in the UK. Catalyst have been helping new co-ops set up, and providing financial services for co-ops, for over 15 years

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

I have cut up and sewn all my old clothes and a tent. I now have to attach them to some string but I wanted to write a poem on them and some of your inspiring words too. So I need people to write on each piece of bunting. What will you learn? To make more triangles with sewing machines. To pin the triangles to the string/ band and sew them on. Will inspire you to reuse material creatively, a taster for the sewing machine and a co-operative chance to create.

Bring one of the following:
A hug
Any fabric pens
Any material for extra bunting triangles (old t shirts)
Bag of ground coffee
Loan of pinking shears for the workshop

About the teacher, Dano Wheals

herbalist, gardener, maker of things and found myself not wanting to throw away old material so starting making bunting. I am helping to organise the co-op picnic weekend and thought this would be a fun workshop.

Yoga & Relaxation

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A nice introductory Yoga class to incorporate all areas of the body and mind, with mindfulness and relaxation elements throughout. Suitable for all ages/experience levels and can be adapted to suit individual needs/requirements. Time to chill out! Students need to bring either along a yoga mat or a camping roll mat.

Bring one of the following:
Any interesting new skill/experience!
French/spanish tuition
Old healthy eating cookbooks
Old inspirational books
Vegetables

About the teacher, Julia Ebbens

I am a fully qualified yoga teacher, currently studying nutritional therapy and volunteering, enjoy community concepts such as trade school, and this will be my second class after thoroughly enjoying the last one!

Grapes Hill Community Garden
12 Valentine Street
Norwich GB

The culinary use and nutritional benefits of eating edible flowers are seeing mounting widespread acceptance; as is the excitement in foraging wild foods. In this class we will look at (and sample, if you wish) some of the seasonal flavoursome edible delights that are commonly found in our own gardens and hedgerows, aka Free Food!

Bring one of the following:
A pair of secateurs
A potted vegetable/flowering/fruit plant/bush
A surprise!
Any size watering can
Organic produce
Vegetable/flower seeds (heirloom/heritage only please)

About the teacher, Eco

An amateur horticulturist with a passion for vegetables, self-reliance, and supermarket-dodging, Eco has written articles, blogs and books on a variety of topics, including Self-Sufficiency; Pesticide & GMO-free: Sowing, Growing, Cooking and Preserving your own Food; Wild Food and Edible Flowers; Seed-Saving; Recycling & Reuse; and Free Energy. Eco is also a campaigner, social enterprise mentor, and founder of Wombling and Diggin' For Victory.

Easy Indian Cooking

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This class will give beginners a basic understanding of Indian food and flavours and those who have attended previous classes/ have previous experience, will learn a few new recipes and cooking techniques with the help of a live cooking demo. I will also be able to help you resolve problems you may have faced while cooking Indian food. At the end of the lesson we get to eat what we have cooked!

Bring one of the following:
A set of oil pastels
An A3 size hard back sketch pad
Any toy for a little boy (age 3)
Anything homemade
Organic fruit /veg
Set of hair rollers

About the teacher, Esther Lall Durowoju

I was born in India and learned to cook from my mother and grandmother. I cook healthy, flavoursome and traditional Indian food. I am an architect by profession, and love all things creative. I am looking to expand my horizons by learning new skills. I am always happy to barter for knowledge!

Play and Make Medieval Board Games

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This is your opportunity to discover (and play) two medieval board games that have disappeared from popular memory: Nine-Man's Morris and Fox and Geese. There's also the chance to make either (or both) board games to play with your friends and family and help keep these lovely games alive.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of general purpose compost
Clothes for 11/12 year old boy (check charity shops)
Empty jam jars (with lids)
Paints suitable for ceramics
Small plant pots - suitable for seeds/seedlings
Tent pegs
Yeast - dried or fresh
Your favourite recipe - vegan or vegetarian

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.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A beginners class to learn how to make percussive sounds in a rhythmic manner with only our voices. We'll look at: how to warm up, the different percussive vocal sounds to use, how to make a rhythmic beat and ways to play with our voices. Any ability level can take part - no skills necessary - if you can talk you'll be able to do it.

Bring one of the following:
A decent salt and pepper grinder with metal grinders
A double duvet
A full body mirror
A house lamp
A melodica
A single duvet
Plain white plates, bowls, or mugs
Some nice house plants
Someone to remove the waste from our garden

About the teacher, bebox

Hi there, I'm Be. My stage name is bebox. I am a beatboxer, loop station artist and singer. I've been beatboxing and looping beats for 4 years and singing since I was a child. I enjoy having fun and using my voice expressively. I hope to inspire and encourage others to build their self esteem by playing with their voices.

Get Writing

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A fun session of creative writing exercises to get the creative juices flowing. Bring a pen and paper and a willingness to have fun and share your work.

Bring one of the following:
Cake (homemade)
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Organic produce (not meat or fish)
Poetry books
Smoked garlic
Some new bamboo socks (women's size 7)

About the teacher, Julia Webb

I believe that everyone has a writer inside them and that creative writing should be fun. I have a degree in Creative Writing form Norwich University of the arts and an MA (creative writing/poetry) from UEA. I have taught for various organisations including 4women, Writers Centre Norwich, Homegroup and Leeway. I currently run a writing workshop at the Greenhouse and teach introduction to poetry at Wensum Lodge.

Grow Our Own Salad

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

To discuss and learn how to get a steady supply of salads by growing our own throughout the year (including the winter months). All materials such as pots, compost and seeds will be supplied but please bring your own pair of gardening gloves if you have them.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
General help in our community garden
Leftover seeds - vegetables and flowers
Printing paper
Unwanted, old, gardening tools in good condition

About the teacher, Mahesh Pant

I set up the Grow Our Own (GO2) community gardening scheme in Bluebell South allotments 10 years ago. I'm now the Programme Manager of GO2 Bluebell and and our new community garden - Marlpit Community Garden. For more information, please visit our website.

Learn to Knit

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Learn how to make a scarf, cast on, knit, maybe purl too, and cast off. So simple, anyone can do it. Bring :- Knitting needles size 8mm (but any size will do if you can't find a pair) 1 or 2 100g balls of wool (your preferred colour) The more like Dr Who's scarf you want, the more wool will be needed obviously. The wool can be chunky or double knit (DK) it depends on how thick you want your scarf.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Anything rainbow coloured
Bunch of flowers
Chocolates
Vegtable plants

About the teacher, Kessa

I was first taught to knit by my mother when I was young. Have sold many knitted accessories and made many jumpers of my own designs over the years.

Yoga & Relaxation

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A balanced class to include physical postures, breath work and relaxation. Suitable for all levels of ability, just come along and relax. You will need to bring a yoga mat (a camping mat will do just as well!)

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise
Fruit
Inspirational reads/ films
Old Healthy eating cookbooks
Vegetables

About the teacher, Julia Ebbens

I am a fully qualified yoga teacher, currently studying nutritional therapy and volunteering, enjoy community concepts such as trade school, and this will be my second class after thoroughly enjoying the last one!

The Book Hive
53 London Street
Norwich GB

A two hour introduction into the basic skills of storytelling. The session includes work on developing voice, movement and gesture as well as thinking about how to both adapt and learn stories to tell.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Ball point pens
Birdfood
Biscuits (Home made are good!)
Old wood for kindling
Plants for the garden

About the teacher, David Tonge

I am a professional storyteller who specialises in historical costumed telling and I work at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fairs and schools all over the UK.

The Fine Art of Napkin Folding

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
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.

Bring one of the following:
Clothes for an 11 year old boy (charity shop stuff okay)
Empty jam jars with lids
Folk or Classical CDs
Homemade biscuits or cakes
Kilner jars or bottles
Loose tea
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.

Making Your First Sourdough Bread

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This class is aimed at newcomers to sourdough bread making. It will give simple step-by-step instructions on developing and caring for a sourdough starter. Students will learn to bake a delicious basic loaf and be given ideas for enhancing that loaf by changing the flour mix and adding additional ingredients. I will have samples available to try.

Bring one of the following:
Bread proving baskets
Cookbook
Large bread mixing bowl (non-metallic)
Organic bread flour
Surprise me

About the teacher, Mark Bond-Webster

I'm a keen amateur and completely self-taught baker with a 30 year love affair with baking bread.

Norfolk Ski Club
Whitlingham Lane
Norwich GB

Come along and enjoy making your own eco fire-lighter, your own tin can cooker with Danny, Carol and Julie and enjoy some cooked food with lots of tea! You will need to dress warmly as we will be outside for a couple of hours. Come prepared for rain and wet grass. Bring your own bacon and sausages and we'll supply the bread, mushrooms and beans, tea and lots of good December cheer! Bring any candle ends you have lying around too which are good for melting. We'll be holding this in a private garden in Trowse but will meet you on the road outside the Ski Resort at 11am.

Bring one of the following:
Books suitable for a 12 year old
Candles, any size or colour
Doggy poo bags
Dried complete food for a Labrador or medium cat
Homemade Biscuits

About the teacher, Danny O'Hara

I am no expert, just someone that enjoys being outside and who has a long history of lighting fires for the Woodcraft folk and other organisations. I have Forest School Level One training and basic fire lighting training. I have a small independent theatre company and work as a freelancer as a support worker, using the creative arts and outside learning in therapeutic sessions with people out of work to gain confidence to try and overcome their problems. I have held two workshops for TSN and look forward to another hour in the great outside :)

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Original and fun design for all abilities using recycled plastic milk bottles to make unique Xmas tree decorations. All materials supplied: this is an achievable task within one hour, resulting in a very attractive, fun decoration. (Do bring along your own plastic milk bottles - any size - if you can, make sure they are washed out well, and have the lid too.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Big cushion
Good Christmas Pudding
Granddad shirt for tall man, slim fit
Home made sloe gin
Norwich blend tea from Wilkinsons
Pedicure or Manicure - or both!
Pointy nosed pliers
Real wool cardigan size 14 or more
Slow cooker

About the teacher, Jessica Perry

Jessica Perry uses paper, clay, textiles, buttons and a whole range of recycled materials to produce intricate and colourful paintings, assemblages, necklaces and sculptures. A freelance artist for over 25 years, she combines commissions, exhibitions and art projects in schools, including family learning workshops. As well as restoring and repainting Norfolk Village signs, she has commissions for public art, murals, pub signs and other public spaces.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Find out how to play some of the now-forgotten parlour games that were popular for Christmas get-togethers over one hundred years ago. It's time to rediscover these traditional family games and introduce some more fun into your Christmas celebrations.

Bring one of the following:
Assorted nuts
Ceramic garden pots
Christmas decorations
Christmas wrapping paper
Fruit
Handmade Paper
Holly
Loaf tin for baking

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.

Handmade Paper Garlands

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Paper garlands made to decorate your pressies with, hang on the tree or simply to beautify your home! Please bring any paper and card you'd like to use, double sided tape and threads/cottons or string. I will be bringing some bits and bobs which you are more than welcome to use.

Bring one of the following:
Anything Princess stylee for a 6 year old!
Cheeses
Lego
Vintage fabrics
Wooden frames and boxes - all sizes
Wooden furniture that I can paint re: stool, chair

About the teacher, Vanessa Norris

Hi, I'm a designer and artist having recently graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a MA in Textile Design. Previously I lived and worked in London as a freelance textile print designer. Looking forward to meeting you and sharing some skills, all the very best, Vanessa

Making Music with a Nintendo DS

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A beginners workshop on music-making using a Nintendo. I will be offering a hands-on approach where participants can experiment with a range of different sounds using the device.

Bring one of the following:
A book on philosophy
A suprise
Bring along food for a shared lunch

About the teacher, David Cronin

I am a musician in Norwich who uses handheld devices to compose electronica.

How To Wire a Plug

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Most people don't know how to do simple electrical tasks, such as wiring a plug. With this lesson not only will I show you how, I will show you how to make an extension lead and cover any little electrical queries you may have. From safe isolation to a few do's and dont's. Some basic tools will be supplied for use, but if you have a screwdriver and pair of pliers or cutters feel free to bring them along. All materials will be supplied depending on the amount of participants.

Bring one of the following:
Anything Marvel or Star Wars
Homemade Wares (cakes, jams....)
Something Funny
Something Unusual
Unusual Plants and Seeds

About the teacher, Owen Bishop

I'm a local electrician with over 20 years experience, involved with the trade since before I left school.

Fabric Flowers

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Come along and learn how to hand sew your choice of fabric flower. I'll provide everything you need but if you've got a fabric you particularly love, and would like to try it out then feel free to bring it along.

Bring one of the following:
A Chick-flick DVD
A surprise
Sewing scissors for the class
Unwanted sewing supplies/fabric
Vegetarian food for the class

About the teacher, Mary Myerson

I like to sew and make all sorts of 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 and I'm looking forward to teaching again.

Middle Eastern Women and the Media

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

The class will look at a variety of examples from the media to encourage a discussion about women, the Middle East and creativity. It will cover topics like women filmmakers from the Middle East and representation of Muslim women in the media.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise!
Any stationery item
Ideas
Organic produce
Pencils

About the teacher, Eylem Atakav

I am Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia where I teach classes on Middle Eastern Media; Women, Islam and Media; and Women and Film. I have published books on women and Turkish cinema; and articles on women and Middle Eastern media.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Nag, sex symbol, sister, victim, beloved, mother in law from hell, ugly duckling..... A fun physical exploration of female roles in TV and film. A gender focus workshop not exclusive to women. A Forum Theatre workshop with a gender bias! Come along and enjoy Forum Theatre exercises and games with a gender bias in linked to the UN's International Women's Day. No acting skills needed, instead think of this as a lively debate on your feet with movement..... Intrigued? Then come along.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured card that can be used in a printer
Fountain Pen
Material dye red/orange or purple
Pens - any colour but for writing, I simply don't have enough
Printing paper
The promise to share my website and leaflets three different places

About the teacher, Danny O'Hara

I am no expert, just someone that enjoys being outside and who has a long history of lighting fires for the Woodcraft folk and other organisations. I have Forest School Level One training and basic fire lighting training. I have a small independent theatre company and work as a freelancer as a support worker, using the creative arts and outside learning in therapeutic sessions with people out of work to gain confidence to try and overcome their problems. I have held two workshops for TSN and look forward to another hour in the great outside :)

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A creative writing class with a gender focus, linked to the March celebration of International Women's Day. What makes a female character strong or weak? Has this changed over time? We will look at a range of women in fiction, discuss the attributes that make up ‘strength’ and investigate whether any are specific to women, or whether the characteristics of strength are universal. Finally, we will be writing stories based around our own strong women characters. NB: In spite of the gender focus, this is not a women-only class! Many strong women characters have been created by male authors and vice-versa! Anyone who would like to spend an hour talking, reading and writing is welcome!

Bring one of the following:
A colourful blanket or throw
An hour of help in my (tiny) garden
An offer to tune my piano
Fruit or herbal tea
Nice coffee (instant or cafetiere)
Old Photographs
Old Postcards

About the teacher, Lesley Hunt

I teach English and history at a local school. I love meeting new people and sharing stories/histories.

Growing Vegetables from Seed

11:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.
Bluebell South Allotments
Off The Avenues
Norwich GB

Come along for hints, tips and practical advice on how to grow your own vegetables from seed. Whether you have your own allotment or a just a few containers on your balcony this is a great chance to learn how to successfully propagate vegetable seeds.

Bring one of the following:
Gardening tools - hand tools
Good quality vegetable, flower, herb seeds
Large tools
Printing paper
Volunteering to help our growers

About the teacher, Mahesh Pant

I set up the Grow Our Own (GO2) community gardening scheme in Bluebell South allotments 10 years ago. I'm now the Programme Manager of GO2 Bluebell and and our new community garden - Marlpit Community Garden. For more information, please visit our website.

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

Every story begins with a good idea. This class is all about how to build a story from an original idea and create convincing, three dimensional characters. We'll do a bit of role-play, lots of talking and potentially quite a lot of writing! By the end of the session, hopefully you'll be raring to go with your own stories. Bring a notebook and a selection of pens!

Bring one of the following:
Dog treats
Interesting or unusual notebooks (for writing)
Interesting or unusual tea
Notelets set (for writing letters)
Old photographs
Warm, colourful blankets

About the teacher, Lesley Hunt

I teach English and history at a local school. I love meeting new people and sharing stories/histories.

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

To help beginners to the computer learn about word processing and spreadsheets to create documents, save and create files, use spell check etc., learn how to create spreadsheets and how to create a formula etc.

Bring one of the following:
Help to put pictures on the wall
Help in the garden
Organic produce
Surprise
To learn Ballroom Dancing

About the teacher, Susan Smith

I am a partly retired Business Administrator. I presently assess students who are doing an NVQ as part of their apprenticeship in Business Administration. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, cooking, dancing, walking and depending time with my family.

Yoga to Destress

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A balanced class of stretches, breathing and relaxation, aimed at all abilities. Enjoy some time out and learn some techniques to practice at home, to improve both physical and mental wellbeing! P.S. Please bring a mat of some description!

Bring one of the following:
Interesting tea bags
Good books/films
Healthy food
Home made things
Vegetables

About the teacher, Julia Ebbens

I am a fully qualified yoga teacher, currently studying nutritional therapy and volunteering, enjoy community concepts such as trade school, and this will be my second class after thoroughly enjoying the last one!

Play and Make Ancient Board Games

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
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 Pachisi, first mentioned in 7th century India. 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:
Clear Multi-Purpose Sealer
Clothes for an 11-12 year old boy (charity shop stuff okay)
Folk/Classical CDs
Herb or Vegetable Seeds
Homemade Cakes/Biscuits
Tea or Coffee

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.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A taster class to introduce a little Italian conversation and make good Italian coffee. No background in Italian or language-learning is needed.

Bring one of the following:
A surprise
Loose leaf tea - English breakfast, Yorkshire tea, something of that sort
Old beads or jewellery bits
Organic fruit
Sketch paper

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

I'm a teacher, writer and storyteller based in Norwich. Italian is my second language. I lived in Italy for 6 years, teaching Italian-English translation, English Language and Literature at the Orientale University of Naples. If there is enough interest in an Italian conversation club, I would like to start one.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

A workshop in how to use descriptive language and imagery to bring settings in your stories to life. We’ll be doing some walking about as well as writing, so wear comfortable shoes and bring a coat, as well as the usual notebook and pen!

Bring one of the following:
Colourful ceramic plantpots
Dog treats
Interesting or unusual notebooks (for writing)
Interesting or unusual tea
Old Photographs
Old Postcards
Warm, colourful blankets

About the teacher, Lesley Hunt

I teach English and history at a local school. I love meeting new people and sharing stories/histories.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Exercises of imagination, language and skill designed for beginner writers, writers who want to refresh themselves, and for those making further steps in writing. This is suitable for writers of either poetry and prose.

Bring one of the following:
A cloth bag
A singing lesson. I'm an alto
A surprise!
Help producing a flyer in pdf
Homemade marmalade or jam
Organic produce
Viable roots of artichoke to plant out.
Wooden clothes hangers - especially the kind that pinch together

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

Making Your First Sourdough Bread

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This class is aimed at newcomers to sourdough bread making. It will give simple step-by-step instructions on developing and caring for a sourdough starter. Students will learn to bake a delicious basic loaf and be given ideas for enhancing that loaf by changing the flour mix and adding additional ingredients. I will have samples available to try.

Bring one of the following:
A cookbook
Bread proving baskets
Large bread mixing bowl (non-metallic)
Organic bread flour - any variety
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Mark Bond-Webster

I'm a keen amateur and completely self-taught baker with a 30 year love affair with baking bread.

A Philosophical Enquiry

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered anything like “does god exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of seeking truth through rational and logical argument. It can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will choose a topic that is of philosophical interest and then we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A photo that is inspired by your experience of the dialogue
Constructive criticism
Feedback on the experience
Nothing that is big and bulky and has to be carried
Testimonials

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.

Drama Workshop

3:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
INTO @ UEA
Norwich Research Park
Norfolk GB

Come along for some drama games and stage exercises to have some fun, meet some others and just enjoy playing and laughing. You do not need to be an actor, this is about having fun together. It is a safe and non-judgemental space where you will loosen up physically, vocally and hopefully enjoy yourself.

Bring one of the following:
Card/printing paper
Fruit
Help to share my leaflets physically and online
Pens/all colours
Vegetables

About the teacher, Danny O'Hara

Hi I run a not-for-profit theatre company and direct children and adults in Wymondham and Norwich. I love that theatre, drama and games can make us laugh and move us outside of our everyday busy lives, even for just an hour. That can be a lovely thing in this world of adulthood where being is very difficult. I am an experienced director in theatre and theatre of the oppressed techniques. I hope you come along and have some collective fun.

Creative Writing Two: Short Forms

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Writing exercises focussing on short stories, short memoirs and short poems. This is suitable for beginning writers and practicing writers who want to refresh themselves or experiment with a different form.

Bring one of the following:
A cloth bag
A singing lesson. I'm an alto
A surprise!
Help producing a flyer in pdf
Homemade marmalade or jam
Organic produce
Viable roots of artichoke to plant out
Wooden clothes hangers - especially the kind that pinch together

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

Sourdough Variations

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Sourdough bread is wonderfully suited to accepting additions to the basic bread dough - olives, sundried tomato, cheese, nuts, and seeds to name just a few. This class will assume some familiarity with baking sourdough bread. It will build on this knowledge to suggest ways in which you can enhance a basic loaf to make it a wonderful complement to meals or turn it practically into a meal all by itself. I will offer some practical demonstrations, recipe ideas and samples to taste on the day.

Bring one of the following:
A bag of interesting flour
A cookbook
A favourite family recipe (the older the better!)
Interesting ingredients to bake into a bread
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Mark Bond-Webster

I'm a keen amateur and completely self-taught baker with a 30 year love affair with baking bread.

Introduction to Rag Rugging

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
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:
Books on vegetable growing/allotments
Clothes for a 13 year old boy (charity shop stuff okay)
Folk/Classical CDs
Home-made biscuits or cakes
Interesting/Unusual tea or coffee
Seeds for growing vegetables (2016 is the year I finally go off-grid)
Your favourite 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.

Fabric Flowers

12:30p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Come along and learn how to hand sew your own fabric flower that you can take home with you. Bring along a piece of your favourite fabric (cotton fabric will work great). A fat quarter (about £2-3 in most sewing shops) should be more than enough. You can also bring along a piece of coordinating ribbon too (up to 1inch/2.5cm wide and about 20 inches/50cm long). I'll bring everything else you'll need. If you've got a pair of sewing or nice sharp scissors, please bring them along so that we have enough to share.

Bring one of the following:
A clean, old fleece blanket
A surprise (vegetarian)
Chocolate (vegetarian)
Fabric
Potted herb

About the teacher, Mary Myerson

I like to sew and make all sorts of 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 and I'm looking forward to teaching again.

Creative Writing Three: Digging In

2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

Writing exercises focussing on memory, observation or imagination to make your writing stronger. This is suitable for beginning writers and practicing writers who want to refresh themselves or return to writing after a break.

Bring one of the following:
A cloth bag
A singing lesson. I'm an alto
A surprise!
Help producing a flyer in pdf
Homemade marmalade or jam
Organic produce
Viable roots of artichoke to plant out
Wooden clothes hangers - especially the kind that pinch together

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

The focus will be mainly on the Bard of Avon's sonnets, and will explore in-depth one of these lesser-known masterly creations. In particular, looking at the linkage between structure and content; the imagery and intensity; the romantic mystery etc. - that he managed to convey, all contained in very formalised 14 line poems. His poetic visions continue to edify and inspire many others in the 400 years since his death on 23rd April. There should be time for discussion of Shakespeare's love of nature, history, and the relevance of his egocentric Englishness to his own world, and to ours.

Bring one of the following:
Help with planning a group visit to Stratford in July for the opening of the Shakespeare's New Place
A surprise
Computer skills enhancement, in shifting to a Mac and other Apple products
Help with publicising a course to aid development of 'emotional intelligence'
Organic produce

About the teacher, Jack Sklar

A retired but not retiring enthusiast. I am NOT an academic Shakespeare scholar. Nonetheless, I'm fascinated by the controversies over his identity, ( how did a provincial grammar school attendee accomplish the story-telling artistry etc to become our greatest author?). As a sometime amateur actor, I find it intriguing to look at the ways that different directors re-imagine his plays, and how some of them have been transformed into musicals like West Side Story; Journey to a Forbidden Planet; Kiss Me, Kate - to name but three.

How to Make Chicken Biryani

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

An informative class on the techniques of making a good biryani, with information about the various spices used, and a taster at the end of the class. A written recipe will be given.

Bring one of the following:
A scarf
A surprise
A wooden item
Interesting coffee
Pot plant

About the teacher, Susan Sacranie

I lived in an Indian community in Malawi, C Africa, for 37 years, and in that time cooked Indian style food on a daily basis. I know many of the secrets to Indian cooking, I love to cook, and of course, I enjoy eating.

The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
Norwich GB

I'll teach you how to use Emotional Freedom Techniques, an tool for empowerment that can help you resolve emotional, physical and mental problems simply, quickly and effectively. There will be practice as a group and in pairs, and you'll come away enriched.

Bring one of the following:
A beautiful fossil (from the crystal shop under the Guildhall?)
A little spring sauce whisk (from Thornes?)
A Long Tall Sally voucher
A ready paleo meal
A surprise!
Acrylic paints in jewel colours
Help with relining my pond later in the year
Paintbrushes for acrylic paints

About the teacher, Sally Sutton

I have advanced training in EFT and love how effective it is for everything from irritation at a noisy neighbour to deep trauma suffered as a child. I work partly as a tapping practitioner and partly as a proofreader and editor in my peaceful cabin in my garden.

Play and Make Ancient Board Games

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
The Common Room at St Laurence's Church
St Benedict's Street
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
Cake tins
Folk or Classical CDs
Novelty/unusual cookie cutters
Wooden coat hangers

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.

Bee Keeping Experience Session

11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

Have you considered keeping bees? Or are just curious as to what goes on inside a Beehive? Join me as I open up and inspect one of my 3 back garden "National" Beehives and see what is entailed, what is required and what has to be done on a routine weekly basis. You will not be asked to do anything, just observe. I have 3 hives and will allow only person at a time to accompany me as I inspect each of the hives in turn, so the places available are strictly limited to 3 only, and this is also subject to there being good prevailing weather conditions: I will not open a hive if it is raining, too cold or too windy. Close fitting long sleeved clothing and sensible footwear will be required, Beekeepers veil and gauntlet type gloves will be available to borrow for the duration. Please do not apply if you have a medical condition, if you are of a nervous disposition or are afraid of insects, as when a hive is opened there will be a lot of bees flying about. You must be able to remain calm, and to do as you are told when you are told if you do not wish to be stung.

Bring one of the following:
A succulent in a pot
A drawing/sketch pad
A small bag of plain dog treats; please, not coloured ones.
An Othello game with all the counters
Home made sausage rolls

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.

Making Your First Sourdough Bread

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

This class is aimed at newcomers to sourdough bread making. It will give simple step-by-step instructions on developing and caring for a sourdough starter. Students will learn to bake a delicious basic loaf and be given ideas for enhancing that loaf by changing the flour mix and adding additional ingredients. I will have samples available to try.

Bring one of the following:
Bread proving baskets
Cookbooks
Large non-metallic bread mixing bowl
Organic bread flour - any variety
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Mark Bond-Webster

I'm a keen amateur and completely self-taught baker with a 30 year love affair with baking bread.

Simple Clothes Repairs

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

Learn to mend your own clothes and keep them going for much longer. Bring something that needs a simple repair, and discover how to tackle it yourself - we will look at repairing and reinforcing hems and seams, fixing buttons and other fastenings and patching and darning various tears and holes by hand. Basic equipment will be available, but bring your own if you have it; scraps for patches, needles, threads, mending wool etc.

Bring one of the following:
Firewood (not painted scrap or MDF)
Food plants/seedlings
Help with heavy digging in the garden, byo tools
Nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc for baking - pref. organic.
Peat free compost - bought or homemade

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

Utopia! A Philosophical Enquiry

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

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered “does god exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. It can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will take the topic of "utopia", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Nothing that is large or heavy
Your feedback
Your participation
Your thoughts

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.

Bee Keeping Experience Session

11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

Have you considered keeping bees? Or are just curious as to what goes on inside a Beehive? Join me as I open up and inspect one of my 3 back garden "National" Beehives and see what is entailed, what is required and what has to be done on a routine weekly basis. You will not be asked to do anything, just observe. I have 3 hives and will allow only person at a time to accompany me as I inspect each of the hives in turn, so the places available are strictly limited to 3 only, and this is also subject to there being good prevailing weather conditions: I will not open a hive if it is raining, too cold or too windy. Close fitting long sleeved clothing and sensible footwear will be required, Beekeepers veil and gauntlet type gloves will be available to borrow for the duration. Please do not apply if you have a medical condition, if you are of a nervous disposition or are afraid of insects, as when a hive is opened there will be a lot of bees flying about. You must be able to remain calm, and to do as you are told when you are told if you do not wish to be stung.

Bring one of the following:
A succulent in a pot
A drawing/sketch pad
A small bag of plain dog treats; please, not coloured ones.
An Othello game with all the counters
Home made sausage rolls

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.

Bee Keeping Experience Session

11:00a.m. to 1:30p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

Have you considered keeping bees? Or are just curious as to what goes on inside a Beehive? Join me as I open up and inspect one of my 3 back garden "National" Beehives and see what is entailed, what is required and what has to be done on a routine weekly basis. You will not be asked to do anything, just observe. I have 3 hives and will allow only person at a time to accompany me as I inspect each of the hives in turn, so the places available are strictly limited to 3 only, and this is also subject to there being good prevailing weather conditions: I will not open a hive if it is raining, too cold or too windy. Close fitting long sleeved clothing and sensible footwear will be required, Beekeepers veil and gauntlet type gloves will be available to borrow for the duration. Please do not apply if you have a medical condition, if you are of a nervous disposition or are afraid of insects, as when a hive is opened there will be a lot of bees flying about. You must be able to remain calm, and to do as you are told when you are told if you do not wish to be stung.

Bring one of the following:
Buckets of Freshly-picked Elderflower Heads
Charcoal Drawing Sticks
Fresh Ginger Root
Secret handed down family recipe
Tomato//Sweet Pepper/chilli/courgette plants.to grow on

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.

Improv Comedy Taster Workshop

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

Introduction to improv comedy. We'll be creating characters and scenes in group exercises and "Whose line is it anyway?" style games. Improv is a great way to be creative, meet new people and have some fun.

Bring one of the following:
A Surprise
Beer
Chocolate
Help to promote my improv workshops and shows
Singing Tuition

About the teacher, Chris Read

I've been performing and coaching improv for the last 5 years. I've found it to have a massively positive impact on my life. I'm an experienced and supportive coach and am passionate about improv.

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 into my NORLETS account
Fairtrade Tea or Coffee
Folk/Classical CDs
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Interesting/Unusual Cookie Cutters
Old Postcards

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.

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

Learn how to create miniature japanese sumi-e style paintings using watercolours and ink. Materials provided but bring your own watercolours, ink pens and paintbrushes if you have them. Advice given on where to obtain inexpensive materials for future use.

Bring one of the following:
Art materials
Fresh organic vegetables and fruit
Garden plants
Help with gardening
Help with odd jobs

About the teacher, Tricia Frances

I am a mixed media artist and textile designer and teach art at high school. I lead various art and textile workshops including those for Trade School. I usually have further workshops on offer or some additional materials for sale if students want to continue after the workshop.

Bead Earring and Necklace Making

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

Discover the techniques you need to create your own piece of jewellery using beads and steel wire. You'll have the chance to design and make your own earrings or necklace using a selection of glass, wood, plastic and mother of pearl beads.

Bring one of the following:
A local cheese
Assorted fabric
Craft/poetry/art books
Cushion covers
Ribbon
Terracotta plant pots

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.

Simple Clothing Alterations

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

This class will cover some of the simplest alterations you might want to make to clothes to make them fit to use and not waste. We will look at taking things in & up, and letting them down & out. Bring along a problem garment and we will think about how to make it work for you or when to decide it's probably best passed on to someone else!

Bring one of the following:
Compost (home made or peat free) ideally dropped off NR3
Garden plants/seeds (especially food)
Garden/DIY help
Organic household products - cleaning/toiletries etc
Surprise me!

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 25th running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

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.

Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable 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.

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 9th October (after 3.00pm) running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

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.

Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Bag of plain Rawhide chewsticks.
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Secret family recipe
Staghorn Sumac Tree sapling or viable 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.

Freedom: A Philosophical Enquiry

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. Roughly speaking, it can be distinguished from science, which works with empirical evidence, and religion, which relies on mystical revelation. We will take the topic of "freedom", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Elderflower cordial
Nothing that is large and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and attention

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure. To collect your cold smoked items from me, I will be in the Playhouse Bar & Garden all afternoon on Sunday 23rd October (after 3.00pm) running Norwich AlleyCat.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit... surprise me!
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

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.

Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Bag of plain Rawhide chewsticks
Box of mixed fruit teas
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Secret family recipe

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.

Introduction to Cold Smoking Food

12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m.
29 Pilling Park Road
29 Pilling Park Road
Norwich NR1 4PA GB

An Introduction to cold smoking food in the back garden. You will be introduced to the successful methods that I employee to effectively, efficiently and economically cold smoke foods such as Meats, Fish, Cheeses, Fresh & Dried vegetables, and snack foods such as mixed seeds and nuts. You will be shown the equipment that I use, and some of the tips and tricks I have learnt along the way, we will discuss the merits and flavours of different woods used in cold smoking, and we will prepare some food items for cold smoking. If you like you may bring some dried sweet peppers, mixed seeds and nuts, dried tomatoes to be smoked (available from the Herbs & Spices stall on the market) Please do not bring any meat, fish or cheese. Your cold smoked items can then be collected from me on following day for you to enjoy at your leisure.

Bring one of the following:
Apple, Beech, Hawthorn or Oak log about 6" X 24"
Dog biscuits; Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Mixed Dried Fruit
Small box of single or mixed flavour fruit teas

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.

Wooden Pallet Reclaimation

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

How to identify the various wooden pallets currently in circulation. How to effectively, efficiently and safely dismantle the wooden pallet. How to optimise the reclaimed timber for projects, including marking out tips, etc.

Bring one of the following:
Bag of Peanuts for my back garden bird feeders
Bag of plain Rawhide chewsticks
Dog biscuits: Shapes or Markies only please
Freshly picked vegetables from your garden or plot
Jar of homemade jam, marmalade or preserve
Large square muslin cloth
Rolls of wrapping paper
Secret family recipe
Winter warm hats, scarves and gloves for men or women

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.

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

A basic introduction to tools, materials and techniques for making your own bead necklace and earrings. We'll have a choice of wood, glass, plastic and ceramic beads.

Bring one of the following:
Art and/or poetry books
Flowers
Hand tools
Home made soap, candles, beer or wine
Honey

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.

Introduction to Felt-Making

1:00p.m. to 2:00p.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:
Cotton or linen fabric (any size, including remnants) preferably in white, cream or natural colour
Craft/textile books
Deep box picture frames
Embroidery hoops (any size)
Houseplant cutting
Organic herbal teas
Organic squash or cordial
Organic wholewheat pasta
Pure lavender essential oil
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.

Spanish Conversation

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

A chance to practice or learn some Spanish. Not too intense but I hope interesting. I have lived and worked in Spain over the last 25 years so happy to share my knowledge with you.

Bring one of the following:
A plant or cutting
A surprise
Biscuits for the class
Eager to become involved
Help in the garden

About the teacher, Heather Hand

I have lived and worked in Spain for more than 25 years. I love the country and its people

The Psychology of Memory. Part I

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

An interactive talk about why we remember some things and not others. Light hearted quizzes to show how memory works. I've called it part I as there is so much to cover and could easily do another.

Bring one of the following:
A cheesy joke
Honey
Some art that you've made
Something I can plant in my garden
To take a photo of you talking about something special

About the teacher, Stuart Hellingsworth

I graduated in psychology last year after six years of study with the Open University. I want to both share what I've learnt and not forget it.

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

Homemade Christmas cards are always nicer than bought ones. Come along and find out the basics of designing, cutting and printing your own lino-cut cards. All equipment supplied by me except for the lino itself. If you come to this class please bring along a piece of lino about 6" x 4". Jarrolds Stationers sell something called Soft Cut Lino in the size above which I recommend you buy and bring along.

Bring one of the following:
Elderflower Fizz
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Mint plant in a pot
Shaped Cookie Cutters
Vegetable seeds for planting on my allotment

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.

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:
Blank note- or sketch-book
Craft or textile books
Herbal teas (not green tea)
Homegrown veg
Interesting fabrics - florals, plaid, etc
Lavender oil
Natural handcreams

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.

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

This is not a lecture. It is a dialogue in which anyone who wishes can participate. It is about talking and it is about listening. But most importantly of all it is about thinking, considering and reconsidering not only about the thoughts and arguments of others but those of our own. No previous knowledge of philosophy is required. But what is philosophy? Philosophy is about learning how to think clearly and systematically about certain kinds of questions. Have you have ever wondered “does God exist?”, “I am the same person I was 10 years ago”, “why does anything exist?”, “is it right to eat meat?”, “is this real or am I dreaming?” or even “can inequality be justified?” then you have already been doing philosophy. Philosophy is not just a body of knowledge but an activity. It is the process of improving our knowledge through rational and logical argument. The kinds of problems that are of interest to philosophers include those of metaphysics (questions to do with what there is), ethics (questions to do with right, wrong and value) and epistemology (questions to do with knowledge and what we can know about what there is). We will take the topic of "personal identity", we will apply our brains to it and see what comes out. My goal as facilitator is not to express or promote my own views but to lay the thread that will help us navigate through the maze of our discussion.

Bring one of the following:
A boring postcard
Interesting newspaper cuttings
Nothing that is big and heavy
Some homemade jam
Your thoughts and feedback on the session

About the teacher, Darren Poynton

I am a philosophy MA student currently based in Norwich, UK and work with a charity called The Philosophy Foundation, running philosophy workshops in schools and in the community. I am also a member of Society for Advancing Philosophical Enquiry and Reflection in Education, SAPERE.

The Art of Storytelling

1:30p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Everyone has a story to tell, whether an anecdote, a personal reminiscence, a sales pitch, a joke, or a story to the children. But what is involved in storytelling and how could we tell better? An introduction to the storyteller's art, with professional storyteller, writer and teacher Sarah Walker (SarahSpinsStories).

Bring one of the following:
A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Coloured pencils or felt pens
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

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:
Biscuit/gingerbread mould
Fairtrade Tea or Coffee
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Large muslin cloth
Packets of vegetable seeds
Shaped Cookie Cutters
Wooden coat hangers

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.

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:
Fairtrade tea or coffee
Folk/Classical CDs
Inform five Norwich friends about Trade School
Large muslin cloth
Wooden coat hangers

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.

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!
Craft or textile books
Fabrics, buttons, beads, textile trim, zips (preferably between 5" and 7"), etc
Houseplant cutting
Lavender oil
Natural cosmetics, handcreams, soaps...

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.

Creative Writing Workshop

1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

Exercises to get you writing and thinking, opportunities to share your work with others, whether you write memoir, fact, fiction, scripts or poetry.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured pencils, felt pens or sharpies
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Organic fruit
Robust A5-size notebooks or sketch books
Washable cloth bags

About the teacher, Sarah Walker

Sarah Walker is a professional writer and storyteller. Her short book "Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories" is published by OUP and her poetry has appeared in various collections. She runs Norfolk's storytelling gathering Tales From the Undercroft, is working on a novel set in Norwich during the English Civil Wars and is planning a regular meeting for writers in North Norwich.

Simple Clothes Repair

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

Learn to mend your own clothes and keep them going for much longer. Bring something that needs a simple repair, and discover how to tackle it yourself - we will look at repairing and reinforcing hems and seams, fixing buttons and other fastenings and patching and darning various tears and holes by hand. Basic equipment will be available, but bring your own if you have it; scraps for patches, needles, threads, mending wool etc.

Bring one of the following:
Fairtrade chocolate/sweet treats
Fairtrade ground coffee
Food plants/seeds/seedlings
Natural fiber yard - leftovers, charity shop etc
Nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc for baking - pref. organic.

About the teacher, Sophie Cabot

I'm an archaeologist and teacher of adults, and I'm also interested in green issues and handmade, homemade, traditional and thrifty skills. I knit, sew, cook, try to grow things, and generally like to have a go at the way things were done on the past, and I hate to see usable things go to waste.

Crochet for Beginners

3:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library
Norwich GB

A crochet course for beginners. You'll learn simple stitches and how you can use them for a simple project as making a doily or a scarf.

Bring one of the following:
Coloured pencils
Dark chocolate 70%
Loose breakfast tea leaves
Nice book
Sketch books

About the teacher, Rosaria Campilongo

I am Rosaria, I am from Italy. I have been living in Norwich for almost 2 years. I work as a biologist and in my spare time I love painting, drawing, being creative and riding my bike.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

How to Make a Sideways Grow-Bag Frame

10:30a.m. to 12:00p.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

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.

Crochet for Beginners

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

Would you like to start creating your own scarf/bag/doily? This is the class for you! I will teach you the easier crochet stitches and I will show you how simple it can be to make a range of different creations. Looking forward to see you!

Bring one of the following:
Dark chocolate (70% cocoa)
Nice book
Organic fruits
Skeatchbook
Tea leaves

About the teacher, Rosaria Campilongo

I am Rosaria, I am from Italy. I have been living in Norwich for almost 2 years. I work as a biologist and in my spare time I love painting, drawing, being creative and riding my bike.

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:
Empty jam jars (with lids)
Folk/Classical CDs
Herbs growing in pots
Homemade Biscuits or Cakes
Kilner jar or bottle
Muslin squares
Small plastic plant pots (suitable for seedlings)
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.

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.