Chainsaw Competence
Jan
15
to Jan 16

Chainsaw Competence

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone who needs to use a chainsaw.

The course will cover the following:

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

If your saw is not new, please do NOT have your saw serviced prior to the course.

Please call Mark Isted on 01626 332376 to discuss protective clothing (PPE) required before booking.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

 

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Lambing for beginners
Jan
20
10:00 AM10:00

Lambing for beginners

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone with an interest in keeping sheep who will be lambing for the first time and wants to understand how to prepare & manage their sheep for & during lambing. Opportunity for plenty of questions. If all goes well we should be 2 weeks into lambing with ewes & lambs to view

The course will cover the following:

Preparing the ewe and ram for tupping:  worming, checking teeth, teats and feet, assessing breeding condition, feeding, timings, when to put in rams, expected lambing dates
Care of the in-lamb ewe:  Stress, feeding - when & how much, vaccinations, scanning
Setting up your lambing shed: Pens, disinfection & biosecurity, ease of management
Essential lambing kit:  All that you should have on hand for both routine and problem lambings; medicines, equipment
Routine lambing: Checking the sheep, from first signs of labour to delivery, in-door or out? penning, monitoring, tail docking, castration, routine before letting ewe and lamb outside
Opportunity to meet the sheep (practical session): See the lambing shed set-up, view ewes with lambs & expectant ewes, castration and tail docking & possible lambing in progress
Problem lambings: Signs to look for when all is not going well, discussion of mal-presentations, sick ewes & how to deal with them - when to call the vet. Poorly lambs and how to manage them, lamb rejection & adopting-on lambs, stomach tubing & bottle feeding
Follow-on lamb and ewe care to weaning:  Post lambing routine, when to worm, vaccinate, grazing rotation, shearing, ear tagging
Record keeping: flock book, breeding records
Summary: Last questions
Handouts include: Lambing glossary, annual shepherd’s calendar of tasks, useful contacts, useful further reading/websites; various Eblex sheep/lambing related leaflets

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Chainsaw Competence
Feb
10
to Feb 11

Chainsaw Competence

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone who needs to use a chainsaw.

The course will cover the following:

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

If your saw is not new, please do NOT have your saw serviced prior to the course.

Please call Mark Isted on 01626 332376 to discuss protective clothing (PPE) required before booking.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

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Seed Swap
Feb
11
2:00 PM14:00

Seed Swap

FREE community swap of vegetable, flower and herb seeds in Wellington, Somerset. Have a chat and get tips from other keen gardeners.
Contact Val on 01823 661235. For details visit www. http://ttw.org.uk/upcoming-events

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Coppicing and Charcoal Making Course
Feb
17
9:15 AM09:15

Coppicing and Charcoal Making Course

Coppicing and making charcoal were once used extensively all over the country to manage woodlands. These skills are now undergoing a revival as interest in sustainable woodland practices increases. Learn how to fell trees by hand, cleave wood using axes, wedges and froes, and how to make charcoal using a ring kiln. You'll also be given plenty of information on managing woodlands in general.

 

Course fees

Fees are £25.00 per day for DRST members and £35.00 for non-members.

Full course fee to be paid in advance when confirming booking on the web site.

Times

Courses run from 9.15am (for a 9.30 start) until 4.30pm.

Booking & Enquiries

For enquiries and to check availability of places fill in the form on the page for the specific course or contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317.

Clothing and footwear

Steel toe capped boots, gloves and waterproof outdoor clothing are recommended on all courses, both for safety and comfort.

Tools

See the Course Tools & Equipment page for the tools required for our courses. Bring the items you can, the remainder can probably be shared on the day. The DRST has a supply of billhooks, bowsaws and lump hammers.

Refreshments

Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch and a hot/cold drink.

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Hedge Steeping (Laying) Course
Feb
24
9:15 AM09:15

Hedge Steeping (Laying) Course

Hedge laying (steeping in Devon) is the traditional way of managing hedgerows. Using billook, axe and saw, the stems are partially severed and bent over to form a living fence. There are many different styles of hedgelaying, the Devon way is to create a low and thick hedge along the top of a large bank. This course is suitable for budding hedgers of all skill levels or none.

Course fees

Fees are £25.00 per day for DRST members and £35.00 for non-members.

Full course fee to be paid in advance when confirming booking on the web site.

Times

Courses run from 9.15am (for a 9.30 start) until 4.30pm.

Booking & Enquiries

For enquiries and to check availability of places fill in the form on the page for the specific course or contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317.

Clothing and footwear

Steel toe capped boots, gloves and waterproof outdoor clothing are recommended on all courses, both for safety and comfort.

Tools

See the Course Tools & Equipment page for the tools required for our courses. Bring the items you can, the remainder can probably be shared on the day. The DRST has a supply of billhooks, bowsaws and lump hammers.

Refreshments

Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch and a hot/cold drink.

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Chainsaw Competence
Mar
12
to Mar 13

Chainsaw Competence

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone who needs to use a chainsaw.

The course will cover the following:

CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2 AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE AND OPERATIONS - OCCASIONAL USER (NPTC, C&G 0029-04)
A 2 day course for the amateur chainsaw operator. The course covers Chainsaw Maintenance, crosscutting and Operations (tree felling up to 150mm) for occasional users. NPTC assessment included, successful candidates will receive an NPTC certificate.

This course is for occasional users. There is a professional course, NPTC, C&G 0020-03. If you require this you need to book directly with Mark Isted.

If your saw is not new, please do NOT have your saw serviced prior to the course.

Please call Mark Isted on 01626 332376 to discuss protective clothing (PPE) required before booking.

Venue: Ogwell, near Newton Abbot TQ12 6AH
Cost: £235 (£255 for Non-members) price includes NPTC certification
Tutor: Mark Isted
What you need to bring: Full protective clothing: chainsaw protective boots, helmet, gloves, trousers. Chainsaw and toolkit. Also bring packed lunch and flask.

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Lambing for beginners
Mar
25
10:00 AM10:00

Lambing for beginners

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone with an interest in keeping sheep who will be lambing for the first time and wants to understand how to prepare & manage their sheep for & during lambing. Opportunity for plenty of questions. If all goes well we should be 2 weeks into lambing with ewes & lambs to view

The course will cover the following:

Preparing the ewe and ram for tupping:  worming, checking teeth, teats and feet, assessing breeding condition, feeding, timings, when to put in rams, expected lambing dates
Care of the in-lamb ewe:  Stress, feeding - when & how much, vaccinations, scanning
Setting up your lambing shed: Pens, disinfection & biosecurity, ease of management
Essential lambing kit:  All that you should have on hand for both routine and problem lambings; medicines, equipment
Routine lambing: Checking the sheep, from first signs of labour to delivery, in-door or out? penning, monitoring, tail docking, castration, routine before letting ewe and lamb outside
Opportunity to meet the sheep (practical session): See the lambing shed set-up, view ewes with lambs & expectant ewes, castration and tail docking & possible lambing in progress
Problem lambings: Signs to look for when all is not going well, discussion of mal-presentations, sick ewes & how to deal with them - when to call the vet. Poorly lambs and how to manage them, lamb rejection & adopting-on lambs, stomach tubing & bottle feeding
Follow-on lamb and ewe care to weaning:  Post lambing routine, when to worm, vaccinate, grazing rotation, shearing, ear tagging
Record keeping: flock book, breeding records
Summary: Last questions
Handouts include: Lambing glossary, annual shepherd’s calendar of tasks, useful contacts, useful further reading/websites; various Eblex sheep/lambing related leaflets

Venue: Northlew
Cost: £60 (£80 for Non-members)
Tutor: Gillian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & practical handling
Course materials: Summary handouts to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notebook

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Wattle Hurdles Course
Mar
31
9:15 AM09:15

Wattle Hurdles Course

Wattle hurdles are woven fence panels made of riven hazel. They were traditionally used for folding sheep but have become very popular in gardens. Apart from the weaving itself, the main skills are in the splitting of the hazel using the tip of a billhook, as well as the twisting of the rods around the end uprights. There is more involved in making good hurdles than you might think but with a little patience an determination you'll soon pick it up. Participants draw lots at the end of the day to see who get

Course fees

Fees are £25.00 per day for DRST members and £35.00 for non-members.

Full course fee to be paid in advance when confirming booking on the web site.

Times

Courses run from 9.15am (for a 9.30 start) until 4.30pm.

Booking & Enquiries

For enquiries and to check availability of places fill in the form on the page for the specific course or contact Jeremy Weiss on 07962 432317.

Clothing and footwear

Steel toe capped boots, gloves and waterproof outdoor clothing are recommended on all courses, both for safety and comfort.

Tools

See the Course Tools & Equipment page for the tools required for our courses. Bring the items you can, the remainder can probably be shared on the day. The DRST has a supply of billhooks, bowsaws and lump hammers.

Refreshments

Lunch is not included. Please bring a packed lunch and a hot/cold drink.

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Lambing for beginners
Jan
14
10:00 AM10:00

Lambing for beginners

Who is this course designed for?

Anyone with an interest in keeping sheep who will be lambing for the first time and wants to understand how to prepare & manage their sheep for & during lambing. Opportunity for plenty of questions. If all goes well we should be 2 weeks into lambing with ewes & lambs to view

The course will cover the following:

Preparing the ewe and ram for tupping:  worming, checking teeth, teats and feet, assessing breeding condition, feeding, timings, when to put in rams, expected lambing dates
Care of the in-lamb ewe:  Stress, feeding - when & how much, vaccinations, scanning
Setting up your lambing shed: Pens, disinfection & biosecurity, ease of management
Essential lambing kit:  All that you should have on hand for both routine and problem lambings; medicines, equipment
Routine lambing: Checking the sheep, from first signs of labour to delivery, in-door or out? penning, monitoring, tail docking, castration, routine before letting ewe and lamb outside
Opportunity to meet the sheep (practical session): See the lambing shed set-up, view ewes with lambs & expectant ewes, castration and tail docking & possible lambing in progress
Problem lambings: Signs to look for when all is not going well, discussion of mal-presentations, sick ewes & how to deal with them - when to call the vet. Poorly lambs and how to manage them, lamb rejection & adopting-on lambs, stomach tubing & bottle feeding
Follow-on lamb and ewe care to weaning:  Post lambing routine, when to worm, vaccinate, grazing rotation, shearing, ear tagging
Record keeping: flock book, breeding records
Summary: Last questions
Handouts include: Lambing glossary, annual shepherd’s calendar of tasks, useful contacts, useful further reading/websites; various Eblex sheep/lambing related leaflets

Venue: Northlew
Cost: £60 (£80 for Non-members)
Tutor: Gillian Dixon
Course type: Classroom & practical handling
Course materials: Summary handouts to take away
Provided: Teas, coffees, soft drinks, biscuits
What you need to bring: Packed lunch, clean outdoor clothes & wellies, notebook

To book your place on a course please email or phone to check availability. training@devonsmallholders.co.uk 07595 296 613

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Christmas Concert
Dec
21
to Dec 22

Christmas Concert

The Taunton Concert Band will perform a set of our favourite Christmas music with their symphonic wind band in the Bampfylde Hall.  Feel festive as you enjoy a mix of traditional carols as well as modern seasonal tunes.

Adults: £12; Children: £6

Mince pies and mulled wine (not included in ticket price) will be served from 6.30pm.

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Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’
Dec
18
3:00 PM15:00

Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’

Enjoy a story of bravery and friendship brought to life in Folksy’s uniquely engaging style. Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s a great Christmas treat for all the family. A little girl named Gerda crosses forests, mountains and hills to reach the Snow Kingdom and rescue her friend Kai from The Snow Queen.

Adults: £13.50;
Children: £8
Concessions: £10
Family: £38 (2 adults and 2 children)

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Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’
Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

Folksy Theatre presents ‘The Snow Queen’

Enjoy a story of bravery and friendship brought to life in Folksy’s uniquely engaging style. Filled with live music and puppetry, it’s a great Christmas treat for all the family.  A little girl named Gerda crosses forests, mountains and hills to reach the Snow Kingdom and rescue her friend Kai from The Snow Queen.

Adults: £13.50
Children: £8
Concessions: £10
Family: £38 (2 adults and 2 children)

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Father Christmas
Dec
9
to Dec 24

Father Christmas

Meet Father Christmas in his secret folly….

Father Christmas is taking time out of his busy Christmas schedule to take up residence at Hestercombe.father-christmas-in-front-of-the-fire

Book now to enjoy a magical experience where every child can speak to the man in red himself and receive their own special toy.

When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly Hestercombe elves, then you’ll wander through the wintertime gardens to meet Father Christmas.

In his little house, the log fire will be roaring, lights will be twinkling on the Christmas tree and sacks of presents will be waiting.

A visit to Father Christmas is extra special in the dark as you can wander along the illuminated pathway to his garden hideout.

A traditional Christmas day out…

Meeting Father Christmas is just one part of an exciting festive day out at Hestercombe.

Make a day of it and enjoy our other Christmas events: glide around on our skate rink, follow our Get Ready Reindeers Trail, take part in wreath making workshops and enjoy a Christmas concert in the Bampfylde Hall.

Dates and times…

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December, from 10am

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December, from 10am

Friday 22nd December, from 3pm

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th December, from 10am

Prices…

 £9 per child (includes all-day admission to Hestercombe).

Father Christmas can see a maximum of three children in each slot– please book one session for up to three children. If there are more than three children in your group, give us a call on 01823 413923 or email annacrew@hestercombe.com and we’ll book a double slot for you.

Children must be accompanied by an adult – half price garden admission applies for each accompanying adult (Hestercombe members go in free).

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Festive Skating
Dec
2
to Jan 7

Festive Skating

Get your skates on…

Come and have a go on the undercover skate rink at Hestercombe this Christmas (it’s artificial so you won’t get too chilly!).

Housed in a magical winter marquee, you can skate whatever the weather and enjoy some festive refreshments rink side too.

Skating at Hestercombe is popular, so booking a time slot is a good idea as spaces fill up quickly on busy days.

See below for details of opening times and prices.

Make a day of it…

Festive skating is just one part of a day out at Hestercombe this winter.  Why not make a day of it and enjoy our other Christmas events – come and meet Father Christmas in his secret garden grotto, follow our Get Ready Reindeers Trail, take part in wreath making workshops and enjoy a Christmas concert in the Bampfylde Hall.  When you book skating, you are eligible for half price admission to Hestercombe.

Dates and times…

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December, 10am – 5pmskates-web

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December, 10am – 7pm

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th December, 10am – 7pm

Friday 22nd December, 2pm – 6pm

Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th December, 10am – 7pm.

Tuesday 26th December – Sunday 7th January, 10am – 5pm.

The skate rink is closed on Christmas Day.

Private hire of the skating rink is available outside of the times listed above.

Prices…

Adults – £7.50

Children – £5.50

(Price includes one hour’s skating and skate hire)

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