TRAINING COURSES

SCHEDULE OF TRAINING COURSES FOR BEGINNERS – 2018

Lancashire Branch
Dry Stone Walling Association

We have been running courses for over 20 years and provide courses for local authorities.The demand for places on our courses is always more than we can accommodate and we apologise if we couldn’t fit you in this time.

We are proud of our courses, we want trainees to enjoy them and we think they are good value for money offering as they do:-

  • Instruction by qualified and experienced DSWA instructors who are first aid trained – you will be in good hands with people who know exactly what they are doing.
  • Lots of help from experienced branch members
  • Lovely sites to work at that have been prepared especially for trainees
  • Insurance with NFU Mutual
  • Provision of gloves and all tools and equipment
  • A simple clean toilet on site
  • Relevant written material to take away and read at leisure
  • Course content which has been carefully thought out
  • A friendly, relaxed working atmosphere with time to discuss issues and have a joke
  • A tangible result in the shape of a real wall which will stand for many years to come
  • Progression with the Lancashire Branch DSWA if you wish to do more

17th & 18th March 2018 FULLY BOOKED 

Due to severe weather conditions the course has been cancelled and rescheduled to a date in April that is convenient for course participants.

This is the first time that we have ever cancelled a course. Potential access problems in snow along Larkhill Road, difficult conditions underfoot and extremely low temperatures at the training site meant we would not be able to guarantee the safety of trainees; as this is always our prime concern we had no choice but to cancel.

Of course we apologise for any inconvenience, ask for your understanding and hope that you can attend in more benign conditions.

Larkhill Road
Dobcross
Saddleworth
OL3 5BF

28th & 29th March 2018  Training Course for Help for Heroes NOT OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC rescheduled for later in the year

Larkhill Road

Dobcross,

Saddleworth

OL3 5BF

14th & 15th April 2018

Larkhill Road

Dobcross

Saddleworth

OL3 5BF

21st & 22nd April 2018  FULLY BOOKED

Larkhill Road
Dobcross
Saddleworth
OL3 5BF

28th & 29th July 2018 FULLY BOOKED

Larkhill Road

Dobcross

Saddleworth

OL3 5BF

18th &19th August 2018 FULLY BOOKED

For Tameside MBC

Gorse Hall

Stalybridge

20th & 21st October 2018

Larkhill Road

Dobcross

Saddleworth

OL3 5BF

27th & 28th October 2018

Specific course for members of Whitworth Drama Group in the grounds of their theatre in Facit, Whitworth,

 

Lovely weather for the course in August – Chris Bolshaw , the instructor, explaining the programme for the two days.

Excellent group of trainees who built 20m of new wall – the ranger was, quite rightly, very pleased with their efforts.

August 2017 – Another excellent group of trainees – our first course in 20 years where the ladies have outnumbered the fellers! Everybody did a great job and the farmer was thrilled with the 17m  wall they built.

TWO-DAY COURSE CONTENT

All of our courses are suitable for both beginners and improvers and are run by qualified DSWA instructors who are also professional wallers and certified First Aiders. We have no age barriers but you do need to be able bodied. Our training sites are rural and very pleasant to work at and It is our intention that the two days you spend with us are both enjoyable and instructive. Please look at the Gallery page for pictures taken on training courses over the last two years to get some idea of what is involved.

Each course is run over two days:-

DAY 1   9:00 a.m. – 4.30 p.m

DAY 2   9:00 a.m. until we finish

The course will cover:-

  • Health and safety
  • Use of tools
  • Preparing the site
  • Taking down and laying out a dry stone wall
  • Setting frames and lines appropriate to wall size
  • Laying foundations
  • Building the lower wall (first lift)
  • Correct use of packing or hearting
  • Placement of through stones
  • Building of upper wall (second lift)
  • Placement of top stones – cover bands or toppers

Our courses are very practical and over the two days you will take down and rebuild a section of damaged dry stone wall. The new wall that you will build will be a working wall and it will serve a real purpose. It will stand for many years after you leave the site – We guarantee them for 200 years!

You can work at your own pace and there is plenty of opportunity for discussion. As well as the instructor you will work alongside experienced wallers from the DSWA Lancashire Branch who are there to give you any assistance you require.

Places on courses are limited to a maximum of 12 participants to ensures that you get plenty of individual attention.

Gloves, protective glasses and all of the tools that you will need are provided.

A simple, clean toilet is provided at the site.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

YOU MUST WEAR STOUT BOOTS, ideally with steel toe caps, if you have a pair. We take our duty of care to you very seriously indeed and we will not let you commence the course if we think your footwear puts you at risk.

You should bring FULL WATERPROOFS (jacket and overtrousers) and a hat if it is likely to be cold or wet and remember to bring sun-screen and a sun-hat for courses run during the summer.

You will also need to bring your own drinks and a packed lunch.

PROGRESSION

Of course, many people who attend our courses want to continue to improve their walling skills. The best way to do this is to join the Dry Stone Walling Association (currently £35 per year) – you will then be eligible to attend any of our monthly walling practice sessions free of charge.  As a DSWA member you will also be eligible to attend practice meetings organised by other branches throughout the country although some do make a charge.

FINALLY

We may add courses to the programme and/or change venues:
please check our web site at www.lancashirebranchdswa.org.uk
– this site also gives information on all our events open to branch members.

We have only ever cancelled a course once but the branch reserves the right to do so should we consider the course non-viable for whatever reason (eg. severe weather warnings, foot and mouth outbreaks etc.) – wherever possible at least one week’s notice will be given and participants will be offered a place on an alternative course or given a full refund.

For further information and to check availability, contact Paul  Clayton(Secretary) on 07733 103 500 (evenings or weekends only) or e-mail lancashire.dswa@btinternet.com

COST

£75.00 per person for 2 days, to be paid in full before the course by cheque or cash on the day.

GIFT VOUCHERS

It is possible to purchase vouchers which can be given as presents. These vouchers can be presented against the cost of  any of our courses.

Value of vouchers £ 25, £50 & £75, with the remainder to be paid on the day, for the full cost of the course.

Please contact our secretary Paul Clayton for details.