Foraging is a bit like surfing! Ok, so I am not having to bunk off work at a moments notice. Then drive 4 hours to the coast, mid week to catch some awesome Atlantic swell!! But, I can walk for miles in the woods and fields trying to find a certain ingredient without luck. Or wait for weeks for a good period of rain to bring up the mushrooms… Foraging, like surfing can take a whole load of commitment and waiting. Some things however are much less trouble to get your hands on. The mighty Chestnut is one such prize and as the October winds start to blow through, they will be dropping from the trees in their millions. Originating in Greece and brought to our shores by the Romans, this tasty treat is identifiable by its green hedgehog jacket with many more spikes than the inedible Horse Chestnut (conker). Unlike most nuts, chestnuts are high in carbohydrate rather than protein but contain no gluten making their flour a great option for a gluten free diet. Finding these beauties is not hard. Find a Sweet Chestnut tree, battle with squirrels, pick up nuts, take home. Easy! At home things need a …
This course covers massage strokes, gentle movements, songs, suitable oils and how to alter the routines as your child develops. Held over 4 x 1hr sessions, with each session building on the previous to cover all areas of the body. 12.45 – 1.45pm, 4 weeks starting 10th January, £40. Balanced Beauty & Fitness, 25 Newerne Street, Lydney, GL15 5RA. Contact Kate Kerslake on 01452 762 029, email email@example.com, website www.littleonesbabymassage.co.uk.
Applying meditation and mindfulness techniques we will re-place ourselves in nature. This is an experiential workshop where we will slow down and experience the natural world guided through a story of practical exercises. Saturday 14th October, 9.30am – 4.00pm, £65. Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Steve England on TheArtofSustainability@hotmail.com, Facebook The Art of Sustainability.
This is a one day course, which consists of a brief introduction into the history of cider making, then it’s time to get hands on and out into our beautiful organic orchards to pick and press the apples, ready to turn them into delicious cider. 9am-4.30pm, Friday 6th October, £80. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Caroline Angie Horsley on 01594 860244, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.ragmans.co.uk
Fun and engaging drama sessions for children of all ages and abilities, between 5 – 12 years. The Youth Theatre meet weekly during term time in Lydbrook. Each session builds skills and confidence in a fun and safe environment, leading to local performances and sharings. Facilitators are DBS checked + fully insured. £4 per session, 10 week blocks. Between 4pm – 6pm (max 1.5 hours), ongoing from September. Lydbrook Memorial Hall, Central Lydbrook. Contact Rachel Adams on 07877581740 email email@example.com, website wyldwoodarts.co.uk
Way2go Adventrues offer a range of fun outdoor activities including Canoeing, Kayaking, gorge walking, Stand up Paddleboard, SUPYOGA and teambuilding. From half to full days, and canoe & campouts for 2 days or more. Multi activity days. Let us tailor a package to suit your requirements. Acticities start from £25 per person. Contact Di Worral to discuss your needs on 01594 800908 or 07794 189841, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.way2goadventures.co.uk
This is a peer led support group for people who suffer/ awaiting diagnosis with fibromyalgia or chronic pain. The group runs on the last Wednesday of the month. 11am-1pm, free and ongoing from Wednesday 27th September. Salvation Army, 43 North Road, Broadwell, Coleford, GL16 7BX. Contact Emma Cornish on 07432 069617, email email@example.com
The School of Medieval European Fencing offers classes in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) and specialises in late medieval German longsword. We also practise sword and buckler, dagger, staff weapons and many other disciplines from the medieval period. Adult classes take place at Broadwell Memorial Hall every Sunday evening between 7pm and 9pm. Junior classes are available. Contact Chris by phone or text: 07802476604, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. First two lessons are free.
PIPs are free, friendly peer-learning poetry groups for poets of all abilities. Develop your poetry writing and get fair, realistic feedback on your work, plus free tutorials, discussions, handouts and writing prompts in facilitated meetings. PIPs also helps you get your work heard through collaboration with festivals and community events. FREE, 7pm to 9pm every 2nd Monday of the month, ongoing, meetings in members’ houses. Contact Vicky Hampton on 01594 542974 or email email@example.com.
ITC regulated Level 3 three day first aid at work course. Meets all HSE, risk assessment and insurers requirements. Course includes training in use of AED and catastrophic blood loss. Day one emergency first aid, day two injury, day three illness and environmental concerns. Call for full details or check website. 9.00am -4.45pm daily, 3 days starting 11th September, £200 (discounts apply). Dean Heritage Centre, Camp Mill, Soudley. Contact Mark Harris on 07824 449011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website email@example.com
Emergency First Aid at Work. Regulated course, no due diligence required. Covers life saving first aid in workplace context, vital signs, managing incidents, treating collapse, managing illness, seizures, CPR with AED, choking, blood loss and shock. Includes catastrophic bleed for forestry EFAW plus F. 9.00am – 5.00pm, 21st July or 18th August, £75. Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, St Whites Road, Cinderford. Contact Mark Harris on 07824 449011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.alderholly.co.uk
Teaching and Assessing First Aid Qualifications is awarded by ITC First and is the start point for anyone who wishes to teach and assess first aid. Pre entry requirements are a letter of application and a CV. You will also need to hold or be prepared to undertake a first aid at work qualification. £575 9.00am-5.30pm daily, 17th to 21st July. Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, St Whites Road, Cinderford. Contact Mark Harris on 07824 449011, email email@example.com, website www.alderholly.co.uk
Come and enjoy a day and see how these two separate activities were once one. How can astrology possibly work? We will explore the different types of astrology and look at the concepts of archetypes as well as the latest in ideas of consciousness and how light photons fill the human body and can influence our behaviours. 9.30am-5.00pm, Saturday 20th May and Sat 27th May, £55 (discounts apply). Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford. Contact Mark Harris, Course Tutor, on 07824 449011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.greenbeech.org.uk
ITC awarded 2 day 16 plus hours regulated outdoor first aid. No due diligence required. Meets and exceeds all UK Outdoor NGB requirements. also suitable for outdoor workers, Duke of Edinburgh Award, school expeditions and forestry plus f. Now includes training and assessment in AED use and information on management of catastrophic bleed. 9am-6.15pm, £130 (discounts apply), 10th & 11th June, 5th & 6th August. Dean Heritage Centre, Soundley and Gloucester Cave Rescue Centre, Cinderford. Contact Mark Harris, Course Tutor, on 07824 449011, email email@example.com, website www.alderholly.co.uk
Dog First Aid – why? Because you cannot call 999 for your dog. Knowing what to do been a problem starting and getting to the vet could save a life just as we might with a person. Certificated by Awarding Organisation ITC First, this half or one day course gives immediate temporary care for your dog while contacting or getting to your vet. Full day (9.15am-4.45pm): Sunday 1st October, Saturday 18th November, Sunday 2nd December. £60. Apex Outdoors, Coleford. Evening (6.15-9.15pm) Emergency Part 1, Wednesday 8th November, £35, The Main Place, Coleford Part 2 Wednesday 15th Novemeber 35 or £60 for both. The Main Place Coleford. Contact Mark Harris on 07824 4499011, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.alderholly.co.uk
Over the course of the day you will be collecting native microbes to make cheap but effective natural fertilisers and tonics for the plant and soil. The day will be practically orientated although there will be a chance to discuss and learn some principles, objectives and strategies of Regenerative Agriculture. 9am-4.30pm, Friday 10th November, £75. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Caroline Angie Horsley on 01594 860244, email email@example.com, website www.ragmans.co.uk
One on one sessions for children and adults. Specialist sensory Yoga techniques for coping with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, dyslexia, dispraxia, ADHD and other related conditions. £35- £45 depending on location. Weekdays mornings. Based in Whitchurch, Ross on Wye but will travel. Contact Veronika on 01600 890966 or 07799 532826, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.herefordshireyoga.com
We have our general meeting every third Thursday of the month, from 1.40 pm at Lydney Town Hall. We offer lots of activities and groups to anyone over the age of 50, all free apart from an annual membership fee of £15.00 per year. There are craft groups, painting groups, trips, singing, luncheon clubs, skittles, book group, cribbage, 3 walking groups, nat and knitters, arts, sports and more. Why not come along and join our friendly lively groups? For details and contacts go to u3asites.org.uk/forest-of-dean/home
Singing for Breathing is for people diagnosed with COPD and other lung conditions. It’s a fun way to help your breathing & confidence. All levels of ability welcome. No previous experience of singing is required. You don’t even have to think that you can sing! £3 or what you can afford. Free for some conditions. 2-3 pm, Thursdays, + cuppa and chat time, starting from 14th September for a minimum of 12 weeks. Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, Lydney, GL15 5AT. Contact Kirsty Abraham on 08906 789683, email email@example.com, website www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/singing-for-lung-health/join-a-group
Join Farmer Tim and learn a variety of essential fencing techniques. Sunday 10th September, £105. Courses book up quickly to book your place now. Humble by Nature, Upper Meend Farm, Penallt, Nr Monmouth, NP25 4RP. For more details or to book your place, telephone 01600 714595, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.humblebynature.com
We provide positive, proactive, interactive learning environments. These are offered either through bespoke 1-1 settings, or within small groups. More details available on request. The venues will vary according to the tuition being offered and the needs of the individual/s. Contact Shona Marshall on 07765 111405, email email@example.com, website www.grow-sm.co.uk
Our practical Outdoor First Aid course is suitable for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. Learn and practice the skills to treat and manage a casualty in remote settings where help will be delayed. Mixture of theory and hands on scenarios will leave you confident to deal with emergencies in the outdoors. 9am-6pm over 2 consecutive days starting 13th May or 30th May, £125. Viney Hill Adventure Centre, Near Lydney, GL15 4NA. Contact Martin Sweeney on 01600 712703 or 07580 135869, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.borderlandsoutdoor.com
The Forum aims to raise awareness of Health and Social Care matters within the Forest of Dean in order to influence and effect positive change. We invite the general public to meet various speakers from Health, Social Care and Councils so that we are informed of changes that affect us. Free. 7.00-9.00pm, 1st Tuesday of every month. West Dean Centre, Bream, GL15 6JW. Contact Linda Vaughan on 01594 564230 or 07789621238, email email@example.com, website www.forestofdeanhealthforum.org.uk