Come and make either a vessel for decorative use, or a planter for your garden. Choose either free standing or hanging style, which can be planted up for the summer. £65 includes lunch, snacks and materials. 10am – 4pmm Saturday 24th March. £65 including lunch and materials. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS. Contact Christine Waygood on 01594 516902 or 07947123665, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.christinewaygood.com.
You will be shown how to design your own pattern or picture, to use as it is, or to make into either a cushion, book cover,scarf, or other item. On the March course we will explore ideas for nuno felts, made by working onto silk fabric. £65 includes lunch and snacks . Saturday workshops 10am – 4pm 13th Janudary, 10th Febrary, 10th March, 14th April and 19th May. The Studio, Kent Cottage, New Road, Blakeney Hill, Blakeney, GL15 4BS. Contact Christine Waygood on 01594 516902 or 07947123665, email email@example.com, website www.christinewaygood.com.
Happy Spring, Foresters! And isn’t it a beauty? The air is warm and the skies have been perfectly blue. Birdsong fills our ears and the sent of pear blossoms is in the air. And everywhere I look… DANDELIONS! The Dandelion by Vachel Lindsay O dandelion, rich and haughty, King of village flowers! Each day is coronation time, You have no humble hours. I like to see you bring a troop To beat the blue-grass spears, To scorn the lawn-mower that would be Like fate’s triumphant shears, Your yellow heads are cut away, It seems your reign is o’er. By noon you raise a sea of stars More golden that before. As organic gardeners, dandelions are a welcomed companion plant in our garden. The long and strong taproot brings up much needed nutrients to the topsoil when mulched. The bright yellow blossom welcomes hungry insects. And our pet rabbit is satiated with bitter green abundance. Dandelion, Taraxacum, is also one of my very favorite plants to cook with. And as it turns out, many of my friends love it too. While researching recipes for this article, I learned that last Mother’s Day my mate’s little daughter mixed the petals into pancake …
As well as the many classes you can join at any time, like those with FitSteps, WhiteLotus and Severn Sun, Yoga and Tai Chi, or Dance Classes – Artentinian Tango or Line Dancing, we’ve also got lots of music happening on a regular basis such as Lydbrook Band & Training Bands, Singing with Kirsty Abraham and lots going on at SoundSpace, we have some courses and workshops set specifically for March: 5th – Shamanic Sunday with Mandy Pullen 7th – Forest of Dean Health Forum in Cinderford 7th – Beginners Silver Workshop with Karin Whittaker 8th & 9th: New Flower Arranging classes with Alwyn Page, focusing on Spring seasonal arrangements. 13th: Poets in Progress group organised by Vicky Hampton, free to any budding poets 14th: Diploma in Reflexology with II Intuitive in Lydney Borderland Outdoor are offering Outdoor First Aid on 18-19 March, An Introduction to Navigation on 21-22 March and First Aid at Work on 30th March. 26th: Sue Chuddley’s Monthly Yoga Sutra Study & Chanting Session 29th; Cyber Security with Dean Entrepreneurs and last, but certainly not least on 31st March, Flowers for Your Home with Humble by Nature. They’re all on our website, just search under March, …
Ow bist forest friends, and thank you to the Forest Bee for inviting me to write this monthly submission about foraging in the Forest of Dean. Each month I will feature a few of the wild ingredients available in our woods, with recipes and preserving tips you may try for yourself. I would not call myself a foraging expert but rather an enthusiast and a cook. I was born five thousand miles west of here and have spent most of my life living in cities. Six years ago I didn’t know my damson from my ramson. The first time I saw a spindle berry they sure looked delicious, but I had much to learn. My dear husband is a proper forester with ancestral connections to the Forest of Dean that go back many generations. When we relocated from California the flora and fauna became my first attachment to this new place. Our children propelled us along as way, their curiosity always one step ahead. And there is a new member of the family now, born within the Hundred’s of St. Briavels like his dad. It is his birthright to eat and play in these woods too. With time to spare, identification …
Agriculture is changing. A new brand of modern agriculture using Agroecology as it’s guiding principle is gaining traction. Regenerative Agriculture led by Jairo Restrepo, will give you the practical tools needed to analyse soils and create fertile systems using home made biofertilisers and minimal-cost pest and disease control methods. 6 day resitential starting 9.00am starting Thursday 28th June, £600 (early bird £500) Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. Contact Jairo Restrepo or Angie Horsley on 01594 860244, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.ragmans.co.uk
We are now very lucky to have a team of 17 distributors helping us get the latest Forest Bee out to you quickly. If you couldn’t find a copy, let us know whereabouts you are and if there are any suitable outlets in your area that we haven’t supplied. Just email us on email@example.com. Thank you, and a huge thanks goes out to all our helpers.
Yes – The Forest Bee reaches places other brochures can’t go: Schools: Dean Academy, Dene Magna, Lakers and John Kyrle in Ross, plus a few junior schools around the Forest. Doctors’ Surgeries and NHS health professionals eg nurses gave them out when doing flu jabs this winter Village Agents who support the over 50’s across the Forest, sponsored by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council. Organic Veg Boxes (Forest Food Hub, Field Fayre)Leisure Centres and Gyms Forest Voluntary Action Forum (FVAF) at Belle Vue Centre, Cinderford Care agencies (by request) Great Oaks Hospice (by request) Village & Community Halls via our network of tutors Plus, of course, all the usual: Libraries, Cycle Centres, Forest of Dean, Ross & Monmouth Tourist Information Offices, Forest of Dean District Council offices, Midcounties Co-ops, village shops (and yes, they are welcome in ALL of them, including those very pushed for space), cafes, pubs, Taurus Crafts, Harts Barn Craft Centre, Vantage Point, several chip shops (particularly popular with the Littledean one, so thanks to our distributor there who is constantly topping them up). We also have a popular Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Our volunteers are getting out and about distributing the lastes edition of The Forest Bee – if you can help as well, we’d be very glad to hear from you. Cinderford, Ross, Lydney could do with a boost please?
Book four Taster Lessons at half price to see if it’s for you! I have been teaching all my life and keep my ideas up to date. Forget the grind of unimaginative music lessons; every lesson is a challenge and a pleasure. Join the musical world and enrich your life. £25 per 45-60 minutes, lessons to suit you. Beginners welcome as well as the more advanced. Marsh Way, Sling, Coleford, GL16 8JN. Contact Dorothy Wilson on 01594 810820 or 07886 491801, email firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook page Dorothy Wilson Piano, website DEWPiano.co.uk.
This is a pilgrimage in association with the Gatekeeper Trust’s Wheel of Life Project. The Forest falls within the Pisces segment of the British zodiac and we will walk a route to honour the land. Scheduled for the Pisces New Moon on Saturday 17th March. £10 voluntary contribution. Start point to be confirmed. Contact Mandy Pullen on 01594 541850 or 07805 800313, email email@example.com, website www.mandypullen.co.uk
In these changing challenging times, many people feel drawn to work for our planet and community. During this five-day workshop, we will learn how to transmute negative beliefs and attitudes through the practice of transfiguration. Now is the time for us to heal, to integrate at our most compassionate. Runs from 19th – 23rd July 2018 from 10am – 5 pm. Cost -£395 (£200 if returning). Contact Maxine Smillie on 01873 858391, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.shamaniclife.co.uk.
Free taster sessions in Chen Style tai chi followed by beginners classes every Wednesday from 6 -7pm at English Bicknor. The syllabus includes loosening and foundation exercises, tai chi form and chi gong (energy work). The class and instructor are affiliated to The Bristol School of Tai Chi. English Bicknor Village Hall, Ross Road, English Bicknor, GL16 7PD. Contact Mark on 01594 544060 or 07791738668, email email@example.com, website www.bristoltaichi.com/deantaichi.htm
Anyone aged 11-16 (beginner or experienced musicians) can enjoy making music at The Music Works’ Afterschool Club and Studio Sessions at SoundSpace Studios, Cinderford. Try out instruments, play in a band, use music technology. 11-18 year olds can also book sessions for very low prices. £2 per person per hour, Mondays 3-4.30pm (club), 3-6pm (studio session), ongoing. Causeway Road, Cinderford, GL14 2AF. Contact Mark Bick on 01594 836418, email MBick@themusicworks.org.uk, website www.themusicworks.org.uk.
SoundSpace offers four practice rooms and a recording studio for hire for bands, singers, solo artists of any age, at highly competitive prices. The studio is situated on The Forest High School site in Causeway Road, Cinderford, and is run by the charity The Music Works. Over 18s: £8-10, under 18s: £2-£7. Various dates available. Causeway Road, Cinderford, GL14 2AF. Contact Mark Bick on 01594 825124, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.themusicworks.org.uk
If you want to learn/make music or develop your skills using music technology, The Music Works’ Audio-Base Saturday sessions at SoundSpace Studios, Cinderford, could be for you. Create, record and jam with others and learn music technology helped by session leaders who are musicians and industry professionals. 11am-1pm, every Saturday during term time, ongoing. £3,£5 or £6. SoundSpace Studios, Causeway Road, Cinderford, GL14 2AF. Contact Anita Holford or Beth Blowers, email email@example.com, or visit our website, www.themusicworks.org.uk
This course is suitable for those students who have studied Italian for two or three years. As well as developing your oral skills, you will gain a deeper insight into the language and grammar. 10-11.30am, 9 weeks starting Tuesday 16th January, £60. St Briavels Pavilion, Coleford Road, St Briavels. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
This course is suitable for those students who have covered the Beginner’s course or for those who have a basic knowledge of the language. 10am – 12 noon, 9 weeks starting Wednesday 17th January, £60. The George Café, Station Rd, Newnham, GL14 1BS. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
This course is suitable for beginners. Enjoy learning using a variety of activites in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Covers useful topics for a holiday in Italy such as ordering food and drinks. 11.45am-1.15pm, 9 weeks starting Wednesday 17th January. £60. The George Café, Station Rd, Newnham, GL14 1BS. Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
Deadline for our Spring 2017 edition is 30th November, so get your listings and advertisements in now, before you forget and miss out on the best value publicity there is in the Dean. Look forward to hearing from you.
Lots of Christmas craft courses coming up if you happen to be at a bit of a loss for a present: 18th/19th November – Needle Felt Christmas Decorations 26th November – Make Willow Christmas Decorations 27th November – Make a Mosaic Christmas Tray 28th November or 1st December: Make a Christmas Door Wreath 1st December – Create a Foraged Christmas Wreath and lots more – just search ‘Christmas’ to find the one that is for you. Other workshops this month include Watercolour Painting on 28th and on 19th you can have another go at Experimental Felt Making. So, lots of winter fun to be had.
Deadline is 30th November – get your listings and adverts in now for our Spring 2017 edition.
We do hope that you have all found your Autumn 2016 brochures – so much going on here in the Forest. Do let us know if you can’t find a copy in your area. ArtSpace are doing Trapeze sessions, we have Yoga for Autism with Veronika Pena, Active Citizens Social Leadership training for free at the wonderful Asha Centre, and lots lots more. We do hope you enjoy our lates edition (click on the brochure picture at the bottom left of the website, if you’ve not managed to pick one up as yet).
February 11th 10am – 4pm £45 inc light lunch. Contact Sue to book. Millers Farm, Brains Green, Blakeney, GL15 4AP. Contact Sue Chudley on 01594 510655, email firstname.lastname@example.org, website www.millersfarm.co.uk/yogaspace
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 email@example.com, website www.herefordshireyoga.com
An exercise class with rebound boots – up to 80% reduced impact on joints, improves posture, high level of fat burning. Suitable for kids and adults. Core workout £5 per session. Various venues and times across the Forest. Please see our Facebook page ‘White Lotus Jump’ or contact Michelle Gardiner on 01594 860872 or 07790025743, email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website, www.whitelotus.co.uk
All welcome, suitable for beginners and returners. Come and share some yoga. Yoga helps with all aspects of our busy lives, keeping us healthy in body and mind. Stretching, relaxing, reflecting. Bring a mat, a blanket and wear warm loose clothes. British Wheel of Yoga tutor. 5.30 – 6.50pm 10 weeks starting Wednesday 24th January. £5 drop in rate or £40 for whole course paid in advance. Lydbrook Memorial Hal,l Central Lydbrook, GL17 9PP. Contact Jane Rothery on 01594 544149 or 07903099779, or email email@example.com
The U3A is an excellent way of making new friends and gaining new skills and interests for the over 50s. Meetings with Speakers are on 3rd Thursday of the month at Lydney Town Hall at 1.45 pm. Lots of lively activity groups for members – Kurling, Ukelele, Art & Craft, French, Poetry, Knitting, Painting, Walking, Card games, Petanque, Lunch Club, Cycling, Book Club, Skittles, Heritage Detectives, Tea room appreciation, and more… What’s not to like? Join us on the 3rd Thursday or visit u3asites.org.uk/forest-of-dean/home or ring us on 01594 832599.
Suitable for intermediate to advanced, enjoy a concentrated day of painting and drawing. Bring your own materials and lunch. Drinks are available. 10am – 2pm, Tuesday 13th February, £25.00. Assembly Rooms, East Street, St Briavels, GL15 6TG Contact Wyedean on 01291 625340 (leave a message and they’ll get back to you) or download the brochure and enrolment form from www.wyedean.gloucs.sch.uk (go to ‘Community’, ‘Adult Learning’ ‘Courses available’). You can post your enrolment form (+SaE if you wish for a receipt) during the holidays, or enrol at the school at the start of term.
Meets on Tuesday evenings at Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook. Newcomers welcome, no need to be an ‘expert’, as meditation instructions and guidance will be given as requred. Occasional day and weekend retreats too. 7.20pm for 7.30pm start, Tuesdays, ongoing from 9th January. Ragmans Lane Farm, Lower Lydbrook, GL17 9PA. P lease contact Jane on 01594 861404, email firstname.lastname@example.org.