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Farm

On the farm we care for our heard of Red Poll cattle, we also look after Alpacas and our laying Hens. Besides all the animal care duties we tend and maintain the estate.

What you will learn

  • Hands on animal care
  • Growing field crops such as carrots, potatoes and fodder beet.
  • Training on ride on lawn mower as well as other equipment.
  • Working within a team to achieve tasks and learning to support each other
  • Caring for the environment in which we live and work in.
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Garden

From the garden we aim to provide the community with a wide range of fruit and vegetables, excess provides produce to local shops, restaurants and our vegetable box scheme.

What you will learn

  • Sowing seeds
  • Weeding
  • Seed saving
  • Herb processing
  • Making compost heaps
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Woodwork

The woodworking workshop sessions provide basic woodworking skills, enabling you to create a variety of products, from bird feeders and bat boxes to garden planters and split log Christmas trees. 

What you will learn

  • Basic woodworking skills – Sawing, sanding, drilling, hammering, painting
  • Chiselling out logs to make bird feeders
  • Simple construction of bird boxes, seed boxes and other items
  • Finishing products to a high standard for sale
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Willow work

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Art and craft

In the art workshop we provide a range of handmade cards, prints, and candles to sell on behalf of the community. We encourage people to explore their creativity through their own personal interests, and to think creatively with recycled media.

What you will learn

  • Painting and drawing techniques
  • Basic printmaking techniques
  • Learning to prepare for exhibitions
  • 3D modelling and sculpture
  • Group community projecs
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Weaving

In the weaving workshop we give opportunity for individuals to work with their own loom, taking them through the weaving process from warping, dressing, cutting and finishing to end with their own finished piece. Our products range from oven gloves to wall hangings.

What you will learn

  • Spinning
  • Using table to foot loom
  • The use of colour
  • Weaving
  • Finishing process
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Textiles

Textile sessions at Thornage enable you to experiment with a variety of skills in order to create items for both personal achievement and for sale.

What you will learn

  • Basic hand stitching  for sewing practices – running stitch, back stitch, cross stitch
  • Knitting and crochet
  • Tapestry work
  • Creating multi-media pictures of collage and stitching
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Bakery

In the bakery you will learn to make bread from start to finish and a number of other items including rolls, scones and gluten free bread, which we make for the community as well as for sale to the general public at our events.

What you will learn

  • Weighing out ingredients
  • Mixing and kneading dough
  • Rolling into shapes for rolls
  • Cutting scones
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Cooking

This workshop provides meals for the community and we get to use the ingredients from the farm and garden.

What you will learn

  • Health and hygiene in the kitchen
  • Vegetable and meat preparation
  • Basic cooking processes
  • Discuss nutrition and diet
  • Cook simple dishes

Music

In the music workshop, we will be looking to practice singing and playing instruments, as well as practicing rhythm exercises and basic music theory.

What you will learn

  • Learning to listen, respect others and work together as a team
  • Choosing and learning an instrument
  • Singing and playing a mix of traditional and contemporary songs
  • Striving to record a track as a group/performing in the future
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Drama

Sometimes we do extra workshops like drama if we are rehearsing a play for a special event.  Last year we did a play with Aylsham High School which we performed at our Garden Fete and we often do plays for Family Days.

In this workshop you can

  • Have a part in a play
  • Help with scenery
  • Help back stage
  • Help with music