December newsletter

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Welcome to our

December Newsletter

In this busy month we hope you can find a minute to read our newsletter! Please take a look at the fantastic range of classes we have on offer in 2020. Also, we have a short review of the year and a look at Christmas past in 'From The Archive'.
Merry Christmas from the Trustees and all of us at the Educational Trust. 
Thank you all for your support in 2019.
From watercolour painting to a dawn chorus walk, there is something to interest most people. Why not treat a friend or loved one to a place on a class as a thoughtful and unusual gift? Gift vouchers are available.

Courses and workshops for 2020:

Orchard Wassailing Saturday 18th Sat Jan 18th 7.30-9pm £15
Join us for the ancient tradition of Wassailing this winter, which aims to ward off evil spirits and bless the trees in the hope of a good harvest later in the year. Dress up warm for a night of folklore stories, songs and mulled cider.

Fresh Pasta Making - Sunday 19th Jan 10am-1pm £35
Come and learn how to make delicious fresh pasta in a variety of forms and a couple of sauces to serve with it.

Rag Rug Making - Sunday 26th Jan 10am-1pm £30
Learn the forgotten art of making a rag rug. Re-purpose old clothes and scraps of fabric into something useful.

The Art of Filled Pasta – Sunday 2nd Feb 1-6pm £60
An intermediate course covering how to make fresh filled pasta shapes and create a variety of delicious fillings. 

Talk Tuesday 4th Feb           7.30-8.30pm (Doors 7pm)   £7.50  
Martin Bloxsom on ‘Lutterworth and its railways’.

Indian Block Printing - Thursday 20th Feb 6.30-8.30pm £25
Experiment with Indian Block Printing and learn a new skill that you can apply to clothing, home decor and so much more! 

Irresistible Risotto! - Sunday 23rd Feb                  10am-1pm £35
Sam Rouse of The Cork & Fork Supper Club guides you through making two versions of perfect risotto.

Introduction To Watercolour - Saturday 14th March 2-5pm £35
Have you always wanted to paint with watercolours?  This workshop will show you how to start, including laying a flat wash, a graduated wash, how to work with negative space and how to merge and layer your paints. Lots of demonstrations and practice time. Images provided for you to work from.

Authentic Indian Home Cookery – Sunday 22nd March 10am-4pm £60
This class is for you if you love Indian food and want to know how to create delicious authentic meals at home from scratch. Bhanu will explain the use of different spices before demonstrating how to make a vegetarian dish, a lamb curry (using organic Cotesbach-reared lamb from Jason's Organic Butchers), a rice dish, chapatis and a chutney. Then it is your turn!

Easter Basket Weaving – Saturday 28th March 10am – 4pm £50
Using traditional basket making techniques to create a frame basket. Ideal for holding Easter Eggs!  A variety of natural materials will be available to create colour and texture.

Wild Food Foraging  - Sunday 19th April, Sunday 26th April & Sunday 3rd May 10am-1pm £30   
Our foraging expert John Noble guides you around hedgerows and meadows in search of nature’s free food.  

Dawn Chorus Walk  - Saturday 2nd  May 5.30-8.30am  £20
Get up bright and early to join ornithology expert Gavin Bennett who will teach you to identify different bird song in this annual ritual of nature. Includes coffee and a breakfast butty!

Garden Obelisks, Sculpture and Plant-climbers. Saturday 2nd May 10am-4pm £50
Learn how to use traditional weaving techniques to make garden obelisks, sculpture or plant-climbers using a variety of natural materials.

Spoon Carving Workshop – Saturday 20th June 10am-5pm £60
This course offers an introduction to woodcarving. You will be guided step by step through the entire process of crafting your own beautiful eating spoon. It is a traditional skill that you can continue to use throughout your life as a creative and therapeutic art form.

Home Cooking EssentialsSunday 21st June 10am-1pm £35
Learn a few essentials that form the basis of so many meals and dishes. This class will give you the confidence to cook simple sauces and meals from scratch which can then form the basis of more complicated dishes. Save money and eat healthily – ideal for students!
Visit our website for class booking links
Did you miss our November Talk Tuesday, 'Green Wash and Green Wisdom'?
Pat Thomas delivered a truly thought-provoking talk on the subject of ‘Sustainability’ to a packed Schoolhouse on bonfire night, igniting our 'RECONNECT 2020' theme and building on the core vision of the CET. 

The fundamental values of society were questioned: local vs global, accumulation vs adaptation, and exploration of critical areas including food, energy, land and fashion. A lively discussion brought out people's shared concern and understanding, largely echoing Pat's viewpoint that the ideas of 'having it all' and 'sustainable living' are inherently incompatible.  Read more, and find a link to Pat's website here. 
 

From the Archive:

Good, old-fashioned fun-and-games

Running out of ideas for stocking-fillers? An early Edwardian solution to the problem is offered here by Herbert Wiles of Manchester, who opened a toy shop in Pall Mall in 1896. This catalogue is from our archive collection, and offers a snapshot of a bygone era.  Read more by visiting our website.
End of Year Note from our Heritage Manager Sophy Newton:
Looking back over the year, what a tremendously full one it’s been of strengthening ties with the local community, building relationships and forming local partnerships, each in its own way a bridge to engaging with the rich and diverse heritage at our fingertips, with the Archive as reference, supporting all our activities. 
Read the whole article here .
Get a copy of Kiki Cotesbach cat book here.
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