OUR FOUNDER MEMBER
BRYAN HOUGH -The first President (deceased 30th September 2017) There wasn’t much about walling that Bryan didn’t know and he was respected nationally and locally for his expertise. For several years he was the national president, senior instructor and examiner. He taught many of us all we know!…..and then a bit more.
THE PRESIDENT – CARL WATSON – DSWA QUALIFIED EXAMINER and INSTRUCTOR
LANTRA/DSWA CERTIFIED MASTER CRAFTSMAN Carl was taught by Bryan at Burnedge Bent Farm 30 years ago – no finer training.
THE CHAIRMAN – CHRIS BOLSHAW- DSWA QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR LANTRA/DSWA CERTIFIED ADVANCED CRAFTSMAN……also taught by Bryan at Burnedge Bent Farm.
THE SECRETARY – PAUL CLAYTON – LANTRA/DSWA QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR – TRUSTEE OF THE DSWA
THE TREASURER – GILL BOLSHAW
OUR BRANCH MASCOT – LILY No qualifications but really cute
QUALITY CONTROL – Lily checking toppers…
HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT Katy and Zak – in charge of counselling and stress management…..still waiting for their first job but always available for strokes and pats.
Tracy – getting feedback from Lily
TRAINING COURSES 2018
THE TWO COURSES AT LARKHILL IN APRIL BUILT 34 METRES OF NEW WALL!
14TH &15TH APRIL
This course was arranged to accommodate those who were cancelled by bad weather in March. The 8 that could make it were a joy and produced 14 metres of excellent wall.
Getting the old wall down and out of the way…
ground prepared and stepped to take the new wall
Nigel and Josh making a good job with rough stone
Always time for a laugh…
A week later this splendid group of trainees built 20 metres of sound, stock-proof wall to replace the ruined wall that greeted them on Saturday morning.
Wall built – great teamwork. Really well done everybody!! I can’t remember a course where nearly everyone was there 1 hour early on the second day.
TRAINING COURSES 2017
LARKHILL, DOBCROSS OCTOBER 2017
With storm Brian about to arrive we wasted no time in getting the foundations in.
A superb group of 14 trainees managed to build 20m of sound wall in less than perfect conditions …….AND NOT A WORD OF COMPLAINT FROM ANYONE. Well done everybody!!!
THE MORNING AFTER!
LARKHILL, DOBCROSS AUGUST 2017
Lovely day for the course in August – Chris, the instructor, outlines the plan for the two day course.
Jacqui chose some powerful foundation stones
Akida managed to keep his foundations level
All Hail the Lancaster which came to have a look at us three times over the weekend
Chris came all the way from Vancouver…and enjoyed every minute.
Zoe and her dad get the top courses secure ready for the toppers
Final touches for Clare and Howard
Everyone was meticulous with their toppers
Happy wallers in front of their newly built wall
GORSE HALL MAY 2017
Another fine section of wall was built by an excellent group of trainees.
The Tameside team found us some excellent foundation stones
With the sun on our backs beneath the blossom there was a happy buzz.
Quite rightly everyone was well pleased with the results of their two days’ effort.
PRACTICE MEET AT BURNEDGE BENT :-
Bryan drops by to keep an eye on us
Raf realises that he has built his car keys into the wall.
PRACTICE MEETS 2018
March at Larkhill – warm with lapwings and the odd skylark, is this Spring.
Last week this site was covered in snow and inaccessible.
Spring at last?
…it’s not all graft.
PRACTICE MEETS 2017
First meet of 2017 at Larkhill Road, Dobcross
Lousy day but everyone wanted to be there
spot the umbrella
the big curve
February/March 2017 – new wall commenced at Ridge Farm
Bitterly cold day in Saddleworth – Gill keeping warm.
Spring at last – Line of the new wall
….early stages with Ben’s bee bole
August – The new wall starts to take shape.
With Herbert to keep us company we got on well.
Job Finished – November 2017
……… sometimes we do no walling at all and go for a stroll
2012 A Pile of stone – Carl and Adam getting things sorted out – the wall is in there somewhere!
2012 A wall – MAGIC!
2013 Another pile of stone – Chris and Adam embarking on the art of the possible.
2013 Adam ‘running hot’.
all hands on deck
2013 curve is taking shape
2013 Home straight – running out of stone
2013 visitors to help even
PINNACLE AWARD 2015 – ‘THE HIVE’
Our professional member Adam Clarke and Lydia Noble were given the award for their sensational piece of work which they also designed – many congratulations to both.
…….to whet the appetite………
Hermit Cells on Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry, Southern Ireland
…….if you have the time and a lot of round stones
Adam with Tess and his niche – clever!
River boulders and slate used to maximum effect in Great Langdale
Eden Valley Sandstone
Scottish Highlands – Granite Dyke
Bee Boles in Skiddaw Slate
River Cobbles and Slate
Adam, our walling ambassador, with our patron and future king
Galarus Oratory – Dingle Peninsula S W Ireland -How did they do that!