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One Week Courses - students and partners will be invited to get together at Gleanings on the Sunday afternoon, before the course starts, from 5pm onwards. A buffet and refreshments will be provided at 6pm and this will give students and tutors the chance to get to know each other in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. On Monday morning everyone will meet at Gleanings from 9.30am with the course starting at 10am.  Each day will start at 10am and finish at 4.30pm approximately, with breaks for lunch and refreshments. Exact timings can be arranged between the students and the tutor during the week - remember, this is a holiday course! 

To help you enjoy your stay we provide home-cooked lunches, a sample of which you will find >>here<<

We thought it would be a great idea if everyone had an afternoon off to discover the beauty and history of Shropshire and the Welsh border country. This would normally be a Wednesday but can be re-arranged during the week. There are so many places to visit in this glorious part of the country - for those that like history there are castles at Ludlow, Shrewsbury and Welshpool (Powys Castle - with glorious gardens) as well as small castles in Clun and Montgomery. Ironbridge Gorge, with the wonderful, historic bridge, also has many museums, including Blist Hill, the Victorian Living Museum - all this beside the beautiful Severn River. Then, of course you have the small market town of Bishop’s Castle (7 miles) with it’s own micro breweries at The Six Bells and Three Tuns, or perhaps you would prefer to visit Shrewsbury or Ludlow for shopping or sightseeing. The list is endless. We have included many links to places of interest on the ‘Area' page.

Walk over Stiperstones
John Kirkpatrick course
Session with George
at Six Bells
Session in Gleanings Charcoal Drawings from Jenny Jones Weekend

During the week we can arrange a meal at a local hostelry and perhaps a visit to a traditional pub for a session, although this may appeal more to the music students. For the Art and Craft students we can arrange a visit to a local artist’s studio or, perhaps, a gallery. For those interested we can have a group walk or tour with a stop for refreshments!

On the Friday evening there will be a gathering in Gleanings and it would be lovely if everyone could bring along food and drink to share. A barrel of local beer can also be available if requested. Music students will be welcome to take part in a session with other local musicians and music enthusiasts, whilst the Art and Craft students will have an opportunity to exhibit their work to invited locals.

Where possible we will arrange a concert by the tutor in the local Village Hall at Hope. This would probably on the Saturday evening after the course and hope that many of you may wish to stay on for this. If this is not possible we may arrange an ‘At Home’ in Gleanings during the week.

Weekend and One-Day Courses - Everyone to meet at Gleanings on the Saturday morning at 9.30am for a cuppa and chat. The course will start at 10am then run through the day until around 4.30pm with a break for lunch.

Long Weekend Workshops - Arrival: 2.30pm for 3pm start on first day of course (usually Friday)

Out of Course time - Gleanings will be available to students during evenings in order to socialise or to put in that extra bit of time on the coursework. Although our lunches are pretty substantial some may wish to pop along to a local pub for a snack (nearest 1 mile away) - we can give you directions or even accompany you!

DAILY TIMETABLE - approximate times 

9.30am                        Gather at Gleanings
10am                           Course begins
11.15-11.30am              Refreshment Break
11.30am-1pm                Course
1pm-2pm                      Lunch Break
2pm-3.15pm                  Course
3.15pm-3.30pm              Refreshment Break
3.30pm-4.30pm              Course

Sunday - 5.00pm - Get together and small buffet
Daily - as above . . with half day finishing after lunch.

2013 COURSES / GIGS AT A GLANCE (see the achive for past dates)

Bookings for 2013 (*denotes concert - ** denotes session) download the 2013 brochure

Sat. 11th May

Beginners Willow Basket Making with John Hart

Sun. 12th May

Spinning with a Spindle with Hazel Brend

Sat. 18th-Sun. 19th May

Old Time Banjo & Song with Sara Grey

Sat. 18th May

'Meet the Artist' with Sara Grey. 8pm

Sat. 25th May

Jazz and Improvised Piano with James Taylor

Sun. 2nd June

Springworks Artists concert. 2pm

Sat. 8th June

Willow Basket Making for Complete Beginners with John Hart

Mon. 10th-Fri. 14th June

Botanical Art with Sue Linton

Sat. 22nd-Sun. 23rd June

Beginners Watercolour with Paul Priestley

Sat. 29th-Sun. 30th June

Wildscape Photography Weekend with Jason Smalley

Sat. 6th-Sun. 7th July

Enamelling with Jill Leventon

Sat. 13th-Sun. 14th July

Find Your Folk Voice with Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

Sat. 13th July

'Meet the Artist' with Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham

Fri. 30th Aug-Sun. 1st Sept

British Button Box with John Kirkpatrick

Sat. 31st August

'Meet the Artist' with John Kirkpatrick. 8pm

Sat. 21st September

'Meet the Artist' with Cathal McConnell. 8pm


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Sat. 18th – Sun. 19th May 2013  (10am-4.30pm)
Old Time Banjo and Song with SARA GREY

Following last years successful weekend workshop for Old Time Banjo Sara has been requested to take this a stage further to include song . . .
“During the weekend we will be working on coordinating songs and banjo accompaniment. It will be important for those participating to have some knowledge of banjo playing.
No tab will be used and I will bring along some words to songs that we will work on during the 2 days.”

Cost of weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments during the day. >>Booking Form<<

Sara will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Saturday evening, 18th May, 8pm. Tickets £6 or £4 to course participants - available on 01743 891412 or email: for more details

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Sat. 25th May 2013 (10am – 4.30pm)
Jazz and Improvised Piano with James Taylor

This workshop provides a new approach, enabling any pianist possessing basic technical skills to improvise and is also suitable for anyone who teaches jazz. It’s all about finding chords and modes rather than the more conventional theory based method.

About James:
James Taylor has been Head of Jazz Piano at Shrewsbury School for over a decade, teaching many students at many different levels. A number of these students have become professional musicians and all of the students can now sit down and improvise at the piano.

Cost of Day: £60, includes light lunch and refreshments. Please bring your own keyboard. >>Booking Form<<

Sat. 13th – Sun. 14th July (10am-4.30pm)
Finding Your Folk Voice . . .
'Harmony Singing for the Driven but Slightly Petrified!'

Keith & Sylvia have a long history (both separately and together) of
teaching singing styles, techniques and harmony singing to all sizes of
ensembles from solo/duet through trios/quartets to full blown choirs and
chorales. Specializing in traditional material, mainly, they like to
concentrate on natural delivery rather than 'arty' or perhaps over
formalized approaches - if you like.

Whilst there will be structure to the weekend, their workshops tend to be
more organic than formally dictatorial. They will work hard to help everyone
discover their natural individual vocal power and timbre and will encourage
singing in the vernacular (the same as speech) as opposed to BBC English or
the strangely popular mid-Atlantic dialects as it were. Although once
everyone is singing together  - there may be compromises made for the sake
of uniformity and tidiness. But whatever happens, they will always retain a
flexibility to suit the common direction of the attending throng. One thing
we can guarantee you is lots of singing, a fun time and.... metaphorically
speaking....a bag of tools to go home with!

Cost of Weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments – Please book by 15th June >>Booking Form<<

Keith and Sylvia will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Sat. evening at 8pm. Tickets: £7 - Course participants: £5  - available on 01743 891412 or email: for more details

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Fri. 30th August – Sun. 1st September 2013

Gather Friday afternoon 2.30pm for 3pm start – depart Sunday 4.30pm.

This weekend is incredibly instrument specific! John will be looking at what you can get out of the Three Row British Chromatic Button Accordion that he's been playing now for fifty years. There are three melodeon (push-pull) rows in B, C, and C#, and normal Stradella accordion basses that are the same push or pull. These sessions will not be relevant for players of the Irish style two-row boxes, tuned a semitone apart, nor for the usual G/D melodeon, nor for the totally unrelated Continental Chromatic Button Accordion.
This is the same kind of beast that Jimmy Shand used to play, and took round the world in his heyday with his Scottish Country Dance Band. John's approach is a bit different, and is based very much on traditional English music and style. As well as covering the expected fields of Morris Tunes, Country Dance Tunes, and Folk Songs, John will also be looking at the complexities of playing in all the keys available on this gloriously compact instrument, and exploring swathes of repertoire that may not be immediately associated with the poor old push-pull squeeze-box! Whether you've been playing five minutes or fifty years, this is a great opportunity to come and learn from one of England's most dedicated and respected folk musicians.

Price for long weekend: £140, includes Friday night buffet, home-cooked lunches & refreshments. >>Booking Form<<

John will be performing a House Concert in Gleanings on Sat. evening at 8pm. Tickets: £7 course participants £5 - available on 01743 891412 or email: for more details
More info:
John K guesting at The Amberley Folk Club

Arts & Crafts

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Sun. 12th May 2013 (10am-4.30pm)
Spinning on a Spindle – “A Spinning Taster Day” with HAZEL BREND

I work as a professional hand weaver but started spinning over 20 years ago. Learning to spin on a spindle is a great way to try spinning without buying a wheel. You can take a spindle and a bit of fleece anywhere - just pop it into your pocket and you can spin wherever you go.
Cost of Day: £25, includes fibre and spindle to take home. Please bring a sharing lunch – Please book by 20th April
>>Booking Form<<

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Sat. 8 th June 2013 (10am - 4.30pm approx)
Willow Basket Making for Complete Beginners

Due to demand this very popular workshop is returning for the second time in 2013 . . “I’ve been making baskets and growing willow here at Gleanings for the last 5 years and have enjoyed the whole process. It’s the sort of skill you can get lost in. During the day I will teach you to make a small basket that you will be proud of, describing the pitfalls and how to overcome them, instruct on the amount of soaking required, and teach borders and the different weaves that I use. Also, we will look at the hedgerow plants you can use and take a trip to my willow beds.
This course will give you a chance to dip your toe in the water and be ready to create baskets of your own design.

Cost of Day: £35 which includes all materials, refreshments and snacks. Please bring a packed lunch
>>Booking Form<<

FULLY BOOKED - Please call to be added to list for future dates

Mon. 10th – Fri. 14th June 2013
‘Paint What You Grow’ with SUE LINTON B Ed. SBA

Sue is a successful botanical artist and teacher. She is returning to Gleanings for the fourth successive year, this time to concentrate on the flowers, fruit and vegetables you may grow in your garden (or even buy at the greengrocer’s).
Botanical Illustration has a long history, and in recent years has been enjoying a revival. Many people are visiting exhibitions devoted exclusively to botanical art and there are now several inspirational books on the subject.
This course will include pencil and ink techniques as well as watercolour which Sue will demonstrate throughout. Whatever your current level, you will be encouraged to develop your own style to create accurate and beautiful drawings and paintings of your chosen subjects.
Cost of 5-Day Course: £250, Includes Welcome Tea on Sunday afternoon, plus home-cooked lunches and refreshments during the course. Please book by 17th May

>>Booking Form<<

About Sue:
Sue is a successful watercolour painter and experienced teacher. She has run workshops and courses in drawing, watercolour and pen and wash here in South Shropshire and in Devon, where she now lives.
“From an early age I looked forward to a career in art. However, my ability in drawing combined with a love of maps led initially to the Ordnance Survey where I trained and worked as a cartographer. After having children I did a degree in education and taught for several years in Cheshire and Shropshire, before deciding to devote all my time to painting and teaching art to adults.
My other passion is gardening, and so I now concentrate more and more on drawing and painting flowers and other plant life. A few years ago I gained a distinction in the Diploma Course of the Society of Botanical Artists and soon after was elected to full membership of the Society. Since then I have exhibited regularly in the SBA Annual Exhibition in London. I am also an active member of The South West Society of Botanical Artists and with them have successfully exhibited throughout the south west. My work will also be included in a group exhibition of botanical art at one of the R H S shows in 2013.”


Sat. 22nd – Sun. 23rd June
Beginners Watercolour with PAUL PRIESTLEY  

The course introduces watercolour painting and covers a number of basic techniques and skills related to landscape painting.
On the first day there will be lots of demonstrations and opportunities to practice during the morning and in the afternoon students will complete a small painting under the direction of Paul.
Using the wonderful views at Gleanings on the second day students will work on their own paintings under the direction of Paul who will help and advice.
Cost of weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments during the day. ­Please book by 8th June.
>>Booking Form<<

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Sat. 29th – Sun. 30th June 2013
Wildscape Photography Workshop with JASON SMALLEY

Join Jason Smalley, professional photographer for a weekend of landscape and nature photography. We'll be working with the Stiperstones and the surrounding area to create landscape images that truly capture the story of the place. Would you like to become more familiar with your camera and to know how to convey the very best of your subject? The weekend workshop includes classroom sessions, location shoots and plenty of time exploring how to optimise and perfect images using Photoshop and Lightroom. Places are very limited, early booking is advised.
Cost of Weekend: £120 includes home-cooked lunches, plus snacks and refreshments
>>Booking Form<<

About Jason:
Jason works as a professional countryside photographer based on the edge of the West Pennine Moors in Lancashire, Northern England.
His work takes him throughout the British Isles to shoot a diverse range of subjects loosely held together by the theme ‘Countryside’.
Commissioned work, stock images and video as well as complete text and photo packages are the mainstay of his work, supported by bespoke workshops and the occasional appearance for Nature or Photography groups.

For more than twenty years he has worked with a wide range of clients including numerous national magazine and book publishers.
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  We've archived previous courses >>HERE<<
Tel: 01743 891412