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John MacManaway has been practising complementary medicine for over twenty years and specialises in back related problems in both people and animals.  He has pioneered the Westbank Technique of equine osteopathy.  In addition to his work at the Westbank Natural Health Centre, John travels extensively, consulting and teaching.

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Jon Dyvig was brought up at the pottery nearby in Leavenheath owned by his mother Jill.  The pottery was the centre of the house so Jon spent his early years surrounded by clay.  He has since made all kinds of clay ovens.

He now runs a popular and successful wholefood store in Manningtree on the River Stour, which sells organically grown produce.

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Clay ovens - how to build one Saturday, 28 April, 2018 view

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Julie abbey has been needle felting for several years, beginning with simple projects and evolving into life size models of dogs. Crafting is an important part of her life and she knits anything, as long it is complicated, crochets, sews, writes, makes jewellery and paints. All this is addition to her work as a midwife, hypnobirthing teacher and fitness instructor.

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Taxidermy - a mouse in a day Saturday, 27 October, 2018 view

I was originally taught to crochet by my grandmother, 46 years ago.  She learnt from her mother.  I have continuously made garments in this time.  One of my latest projects was a dress for myself to wear at my son’s wedding using a 4 ply cotton.  It was the source of many positive comments.

I make it a priority to ensure that everyone in my courses is given help to master their new craft in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Jude is a qualified medical herbalist (BSc Hons Herbal Medicine) with many years of clinical and practical experience.  Her professional training in plant medicine is comprehensive:  from botany to pharmacology, research methods to material medica.  Clinic practice requires up to date knowledge of allopathic and botanical medicines, drug-plant interactions and diagnostic techniques.  As holistic and community herbalists, their approach encompasses the wider green world.  This means that they work with plant medicine in all its guises, incorporating the best of modern training with diverse methods of accessing plant knowledge.

 

Jude has a certificate in permaculture design and training in biodynamic gardening.  She brings her in-depth Shamanic knowledge and experience to the plant teaching in a grounded and practical way.

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Jude Greenan and Vanessa Neville are both qualified medical herbalists (BSc Hons Herbal Medicine) with many years of clinical and practical experience.  Their professional training in plant medicine is comprehensive:  from botany to pharmacology; research methods to materia medica.  Clinical practice requires up to date knowledge of allopathic and botanical medicines, drug-plant interactions, and diagnostic techniques.

More importantly, however, as holistic and community herbalists, their approach encompasses the wider green world:  their approach is about harmonising the relationship between human nature and Green Nature.  This means that they work with plant "medicine" in all its guises, incorporating the best of modern training with divers methods of accessing plant knowledge.

Vanessa Neville has a firm grounding in propagation and growing of medicinal herbs.  She is a professional arometherapist and is secretary of the post graduate training board of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists.  This body was founded in 1864 and actively promotes and art and the science of herbal medicine.  Its member are required to carry out Continuing Professional Development, and commit to a career-long learning programme organised by their Post Graduate Training Board.  All members are governed by a strict code of ethics and practice.

Jude Greenan has a certificate in permaculture design and training in biodrynamic gardening.  She bring her in-depth Shamanic knowledge and experience to the plant teachings in a grounded and practical way.

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Natural Skin Care: gorgeous and good for you Tuesday, 25 December, 2018 view

Biography  Judith Richardson-Dawes

A Chance to Work With Gold!

For the last twelve years Judith Richardson-Dawes has worked for The National Trust teaching the rare skill of medieval gold illumination at Castle Drogo.

Judith, who has also been highly acclaimed by both Woman's Hour and Radio Times for her illumination work,  has had a piece of her fine artwork displayed in The Tate Modern in The Garden Pavilion.

Born in the old St. Leonard's Hospital, Sudbury, in 1956, Judith grew up in nearby Hadleigh, in an old rambling Tudor house on The Green. She showed an early aptitude for fine art, frequently visiting the sites of Constable's masterpieces in Dedham Vale and making sketches from some of the original paintings in Gainsborough's House.

After leaving Sudbury Upper School in 1974, Judith trained at Exeter University, Studying Combined Honours in English and Fine Arts. She then went on to take a course in craft print-making, traditional book binding and publishing.

In 2014 she was commissioned by The Causley Trust to design a commemorative piece  celebrating the renovation of Charles Causley's house, Cypress Well, in Launceston. Judith's design listed some of the illustrious donors to the project, including HRH Prince Charles, comedienne Dawn French, novelist  Rose Tremain and cartoonist Quentin Blake, as well as The Arts Council of Great Britain to name but a few.

Judith said," It was a real privilege to create a tribute piece to so talented a poet, who deserves far wider recognition. The three central strands of the piece exude a powerful sense of growth, with spring hawthorn and twisting strands of dog rose, complimenting the  poet's creativity and originality. The exuberant medieval border reinforces the point that Causley drew deeply on the English written tradition reaching back to the Childe Ballads. It was a great delight to place miniature versions of Causley's published books within the border, surrounded by swirling acanthus leaves and all on a backdrop of shimmering gold."

In 2015 Judith was commissioned and The Exeter Historic Buildings Trust, supported by Heritage Lottery, to create a piece depicting how the ancient St. Nicholas Priory in Exeter would have looked in its heyday. Based around the concept of the Choir, the Cloister, the Refectory, the Chapter House and the Almonry, Judith created five unique medieval border panels and illuminated letters to compliment the historical reconstruction drawings of artist Richard Parker. " This was a wonderful commission," said Judith," since I was able to create a history of illumination styles through time, beginning with the early 12th century Romanesque style and travelling forward in time to the High Gothic style in 1450, finishing with the exuberant  work of the late medieval period. It was intensely satisfying to be illuminating pieces for St. Nicholas Priory, where gold illumination almost certainly took place nine centuries ago."

However, it was when Judith's rare, specialist talents were recognized by The National Trust, that her workshops really blossomed. In 2005, Judith set up 'Medieval Manuscript Workshops,' and approached The Trust offering a sequence of workshops in the rarely taught skill of gold illumination. She has researched and designed the concepts for workshops and taught for The National Trust ever since. 

She now has a following in the West country and workshops fill almost as they are advertised! We are indeed very lucky that due to Judith still having family in East Anglia, she is able to come and teach a workshop here at Assington Mill.  Long may it continue!

 

Judith Richardson-Dawes

12.07.2017

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JULES PRETTY obe, frsb, frsa

Jules Pretty is Professor of Environment & Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Essex.  His sole-authored books include The East Country (2017), The Edge of Extinction (2014), This Luminous Coast (2011, 2014), The Earth Only Endures (2007), Agri-Culture (2002) and Regenerating Agriculture (1995).

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, former Deputy-Chair of the government’s Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment, and has served on advisory committees for BBSRC and the Royal Society. He was presenter of the 1999 BBC Radio 4 series Ploughing Eden, a contributor and writer for the 2001 BBC TV Correspondent programme The Magic Bean, and a panellist in 2007 for Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. He received a 1997 award from the Indian Ecological Society, was appointed A D White Professor-at-Large by Cornell University from 2001, and is Chief & Founding Editor of the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability.

He received an OBE in 2006 for services to sustainable agriculture, an honorary degree from Ohio State University in 2009, and the British Science Association Presidential Medal (Agriculture and Food) in 2015. This Luminous Coast was winner of New Angle Prize for Literature in 2013.

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Julie is a graduate scientist and a qualified adult teacher and trainer. She is an enthusiastic amateur sky-watcher and has been observing stars and planets since the age of 14.

Julie is very keen to share her hobby with others who are interested but feel that a professional astronomy course is not for them. If you have ever stopped to look up at the sky on a dark night and thought 'I wonder what that is?', this course could be for you!


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