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Belinda King trained as a painter at St Martins School of Art in London. She is an experienced teacher and printmaker, an original member and former chairperson of Gainsborough?s House Print Workshop in Sudbury where she teaches regular printmaking classes. Her work, both paintings and prints, has been exhibited widely.  Click on her website to see more about her.

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Beth Tilston has been scything for five years and has taught everyone from smallholders to film stars.  

She is a founder member of the Scythe Association of Britain and Ireland and competes regularly at UK competitions (yes, there are scything competitions...)"

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Beverley Whelan runs a small holding on the Suffolk/Norfolk border where she has a small flock of dairy goats as well as Shetland sheep, kune kune pigs, chickens and geese.

She is passionate about all her animals and their welfare and wellbeing is of prime importance. The philosophy is to ensure the animals are happy, healthy and secure.

The goats are bred for their milk, which is used for yoghurt and cheese production.

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Goat husbandry Friday, 18 May, 2018 view
Cheese-making from goat's milk Saturday, 29 September, 2018 view
Cheese-making from goat's milk Saturday, 6 October, 2018 view

I saw my first badger on a watch in Hainault Forest, Essex, when I was 18.  I saw four cubs and three adults (unbelievably lucky) and was hooked.

I became Essex Badger Recorder for the Mammal Society between about 1970 and 1985 and published "Badgers in Essex", the first authentic survey of the distribution of setts in the county.  I have 40 years experience of looking for badger setts and signs of the animals in East Anglia and can promise you an excellent day because we are in good badger country.

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I started work for CH Lindsey in 1974, who are a family run business now in their third generation.

My role was an apprentice working alongside a fitter who had himself been on the firm for 40 years and worked on projects learning how to work with lead and old style of heating and hot water systems. I enrolled at Colchester Institute learning more about the trade using arc and gas welding. Gaining more experience I was then progressed into running projects myself as site mechanical foreman and having my own apprentices.

I have worked on a range of projects including

  • New hotels in Bolton, Reading and the refurbishment of the Caledonian in Edinburgh
  • The new Colchester United football stadium
  • New Colchester Army camp
  • Many historic houses i.e. Chatsworth, Hatfield House

In 2010 I was promoted to Contracts Supervisor, which entails running consecutive jobs, meeting clients and ensuring that the fitters on site are progressing, these projects include

  • Kensington Palace
  • Home to a top Irish band member
  • Old manor house, once belonging to Queen Victoria

 

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Braintree Bowmen have 6 fully qualified coaches, each holding a nationally recognised archery teaching qualification, have advanced DRB certification and hold Child and Vulnerable Adult certificates.  All our coaches spend a lot of time teaching archery not only at the club but in the wider community including; school visits giving talks and have-a-go sessions, working with scout/guide units, we are the resident archery coaches at the Chelmsford Sports Centre and provide tuition to a wide range of charities, Torchlight, Red Balloon, Essex Social services.  The club delivers training to over three hundred potential archers each year as well as running extensive in-club courses for adults and juniors.
 
It is likely that for this event our head coach Pam Hardy and I will attend.  Pam has just been award the Braintree Coach of the Year award for her work with children and the disadvantaged.
 
Braintree Bowmen and Junior Bowmen Archery Club is one of the largest and oldest archery clubs in Essex, founded in 1952 and with a current membership of over 130.  The membership includes two current national champions, 6 archers who feature in the Essex county team and 3 archers being trained by the national coaching team for places in the next Olympics.
 

The club has a reputation for its open friendly atmosphere welcoming all levels of archer; it is also known for its outstanding catering.

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Brin\'s work covers all aspects of natural history and wildlife and his illustrations are detailed, precise and scientifically accurate. He has degrees in biology and ecology. He works for a variety of UK and European book and magazine publishers such as BBC Wildlife magazine, HarperCollins and The National Trust. See www.brin-edwards.com for further information about his work.

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"Jack of all trades and master of none" would sum up Millie Heptinstall.

An unconventional start to her working life with her love of travelling culminated in 25 years of eking out a living by working on all types of sailing vessels around the world. Exposed to varying cultures, Millie developed a keen eye for colour and textiles. This resulted in her interest in soft furnishing and with a knack of using a needle (years of repairing torn sails), she set about making curtains for homes in her enighbourhood and beyond, on the kitchen table and latterly a garden studio.

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Started in pot washing in kitchens when I was 13, by the age of 16 was cooking 300 steaks a night in a steak house grill.
Worked in London for four years at Capitol hotel (1 star Michelin) , The Ivy and The Caprice.

Not speaking a word of French I took myself to Cote 'd azur with a one way ticket, 2 suitcases and 8 hundred quid in my back pocket. I went there as an arrogant young chef and came back a cook. Worked at hotel casino royal (4 star), then did a season at l'Ossis restaurant (2 star Michelin), both in a little village just along the coast from Cannes.

Went to work at Waterside Inn Bray (3 star Michelin). Worked all sections as chef de partie. Planned to go to Italy, took lessons for a year on my one day off, to have the chef tell me I was to go to Paris (did not argue).
Worked at a charcuterie for 1 year (terrines, pâté & hams).
Then did 18 months at Pierre Gagnaire's restaurant at hotel Balzac (3 star Michelin).
I was brought  back to England by Michel Roux to be his head chef at the White hart Nayland for 4 years.

Being a non driver & if i am honest, not really being that bothered about visiting the local towns after Paris, I stayed in the village (about 10 years).
I mean I got out about once every 3 months for the afternoon,  normally to buy my comics (keen collector), but apart from that I would go for long walks in & around the environs. As a cook I was immediately attracted to things I could cook or preserve.
Leaving behind the Michelin stars I decided to look for more natural foods that I could find & serve to my clientele.

Working along those lines I found a job at the local pub run by farmers.
Worked at the Anchor at Nayland (farm to plate).
They had practically everything from cows, pigs, sheep &goats. To a large kitchen garden ploughed by Suffolk punch horses. Adding to that my love of natures foods, we produced some out standing country pub dish's.

After six years I felt confident enough to start my own business producing terrines, pates, smoke house produce, foraged produce and country meals.
Seasonal Suffolk has been trading now for one year. We sell our produce at farmers markets, butchers, wine shops , farm shops & online.

I look forward to teaching people about the food that we all can find out there & most importantly how to cook it.

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Charlotte Blyth has been weaving willow for more than twenty years.  She makes baskets, plant supports and other sculptures for the garden using willow from the Somerset Levels.  She enjoys sharing her love of working with such an attractive, versatile and strong material.

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Willow Plant Supports Saturday, 24 February, 2018 view