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After school, David did a catering course at South Bank College, which included bakery and general work, culminating in a City & Guilds qualification.  He then trained in a Jewish bakery and then worked for Sainsburys as a senior bakery manager for 23 years.  After that he went back into catering and worked at Stansted Airport in a big Italian coffee shop, followed by a period managing the catering at Towerlands Equestrian Centre near Braintree until it closed.

Recently he has had a change of career and is now the Estates Manager at Tabor Academy in Braintree.

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Dek was born into a small crofting community on the Island of Isla, in the Western Isles of Scotland.  The family moved to the mainland where Dek worked in farming until joining the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at the age of 18, to see the world beyond village life.  Then he was with the Royal Engineers, specialising in explosives, demolition and safety, and served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq, always maintaining his passion for rural life, and especially fishing. 

Prior to leaving the army he re-qualified as a plumber but, settling in Suffolk, he took over running a small herd of five sheep, which has now grown to 140, and there are plans for more expansion in the near future when he takes over a small derelict farm of about 200 acres.

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Diana has always lived in Suffolk and has taught art and various crafts since 1980, when she started running courses for the Cottage Crafts Group at the Quay Theatre in Sudbury.
From 1986 to 2003, she ran classes at Ferriers Barn in Bures encompassing many different crafts including silk scarf painting, collages, art, silk screen printing and stencilling.
She is presently running an art class at Long Melford Old School, which has been ongoing for the last 19 years.
As a member of the Suffolk Art Society for about 25 years, she has exhibited work at Gainsborough House, Long Melford Church Summer Exhibition, Bury St Edmunds Cloisters Gallery and various other galleries.  She has also organised several exhibitions with other artists and craftsmen as well as individually.

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David  Andrews spent 17 years running archaeological projects in England and Italy, and worked for Essex County Council as an archaeologist and historic buildings adviser for 25 years. 

He has published numerous archaeological reports and studies of buildings, including the introductory section on timber-framing for the new Essex Pevsner.

 

 

 

 

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Dr Sara Robb grew up in Iowa and began her education at Iowa State University.  Continuing her education, Sara studied at the Philadelphia college of Pharmacy and Science before moving to Hershey Medical School for her PhD.  Following her time in Hershey, Sara moved to the United Kingdom to continue her research.

In 2003 Sara left academic research and founded her company Bath Potions, which specialises in honey soaps and beeswax creams.  Recipes are available in her two books: " Dr Sara's Honey Potions" and "Beauty and the Bees", both from Northern Bee Books.

Sara lives in North London with her family and runs workshops at the British Beekeepers Association Spring Convention and The National Honey Show each year.

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I first learnt about dyeing when I was at Kentwell Hall as a tudor re-enactor. It piqued my curiosity and I decided to have a go at home. Through various trials and errors at the kitchen cooker I began to build up an eclectic knowledge of native dye plants.

Training in countryside management enabled me to identify more of the plants listed in various dye books and to learn where is best to seek them out!

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Gary had a traditional apprenticeship in upholstery and runs his own business, which has been established for twenty years. He specialises in traditional upholstery and has been involved in some major restoration projects including the House of Commons and some of the royal palaces.

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Geoff Crockford started work as a human physiologist with a Medical Research Council unit based at the Dept of Human Anatomy, Oxford.  He then moved to the Dept of Occupational Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to run an MSc course in occupational hygiene.  Later he became head of the department\'s industrial service unit, and then the department.  He learnt to dowse on a British Soci of Dowsers course in 1995, and discovered that there appeared to be no adequate theory as to the physical basis of dowsing or the sensory system involved.  As a result he decided to see what was going on.  Observations and experiments soon led to the development of the Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Theory of Biolocation upon which his dowsing work is now based.  Geoff\'s dowsing activities include water divining, archaeology (pre Roman), plant, tree and human auras, and dowsing services to industry. 

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Dowser Geoff Crockford scientific background includes working as a  human physiologist with a
Medical Research Council unit based at the Dept of Human Anatomy, Oxford and running an MSc course in occupational hygiene in the Dept of Occupational Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also became head of the department's industrial service unit, and then the department.

He learnt to dowse on a British Society of Dowsers course in 1995 as part of his scientific research into possible harmful effects of VDU displays

While learning to dowse he found there was no adequate theory as to explain the physical basis of dowsing. His experimental and research background soon led to the development of the Diamagnetic and Paramagnetic Theory of Biolocation upon which his 20 years dowsing work has been based.  He is co-author of two dowsing books The Secret of the Stones and The Phoenix Point based on research and discoveries over this period

Dowser Nigel Hughes is a London University science graduate.

Following completion of postgraduate studies he worked in a number of scientific posts before embarking on a career in civil aviation as aircrew. He flew as a jet captain for KLM as well as
being a commercial flying instructor and flight examiner accumulating over 10,000 flying hours. After completing his flying career, he worked in ICT, Business Training and Education.

Shortly after learning to dowse he met Geoffrey Crockford and teamed up with him in his dowsing research. He is co author of The Secret of the Stones and The Phoenix Point

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Glyn Jones first became interested in framing when he took part in a demonstration of picture framing in New Zealand in 2006 and decided that it would be a worthwhile skill to learn. As an avid photographer Glyn knew he could frame his own pictures at a fraction of the cost of professional framing shops and maintain full control over every aspect of the framing process.

Whilst learning framing Glyn started with the basic 'hobby' picture framing tools. Over the years he has upgraded the tools and now has a collection worthy of any professional.

On this introductory course, Glyn will show the techniques he has learnt and cover every aspect of framing your photograph. Materials are included in the course so be sure that you bring a 6" by 8" photo with you as you will leave the course with your photograph framed.

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