Christmas Workshop - Festive Dishes and Your Christmas Wreath
Dec
6
9:15 AM09:15

Christmas Workshop - Festive Dishes and Your Christmas Wreath

We are delighted that Emma and Vicki of Keppelworth Cooks and Sarah Styles have agreed to come back to Shalbourne this year to run another Christmas Workshop.

Keppelworth Cooks will demonstrate some festive dishes including a couple of canapés, a couple of mains and a pud. All quick and easy.

And Sarah Styles will guide you through creating your own stunning wreath.

All wrapped up in one lovely morning.

Coffee and biscuits, mulled wine and mince pies will all be on the go.

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Yoga & Wellbeing Workshop
May
11
9:30 AM09:30

Yoga & Wellbeing Workshop

Amber's last Yoga & Wellbeing Workshop with The Shalbourne Collection was very popular so we are delighted that Amber is coming back to the beautiful Westcourt Barn in Shalbourne, near Marlborough.

Here are the details:

9.30 to 11am - Vibrant Health & Renewed Energy

The first half of the morning will bring clarity to the many diet fads currently cluttering the wellness world and look at ways to get good fats and antioxidants everyday for vibrant health from top to toe. Amber will be sharing: 

  • Delicious Summer salad recipes with yummy dressings
  • Tips to successfully cut back refined sugar, restore energy & aid natural weight loss
  • Sharing the foods and supplements that leave skin glowing!

As always she will answer any burning wellness questions you might have.

11am - Break for Plenish Juices and healthy snacks

11.30am to 1pm - Yoga & Meditation

In the second half of our morning you will learn:

  • Breathing for renewed energy
  • Yoga postures to increase flexibility and vitality
  • Mindful meditation 

All of Amber's recipes will accommodate those who are gluten, diary and refined sugar free as well as adaptations for those with allergies and digestive conditions.

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Inspirational Spring Cooking
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Inspirational Spring Cooking

Oh, to be in an English kitchen once spring is here!

Cook and food writer Belinda Harley returns to the Shalbourne Collection after her popular cookery class last year, with an inspirational new Spring Cooking workshop.  This will be a course packed with fresh new ideas, demonstrating simple techniques to help you tackle dishes – even“cheffy” ones! - without stress in your own kitchen at home. 

What’s in season? Purple sprouting broccoli, salsify, wild nettles and weeds; exquisite early rhubarb; langoustine and lobster, plaice, samphire, spinach, Jersey Royal new potatoes, sorrel, crab, pigeon, sea trout with asparagus, blood oranges, fresh crab, sorrel and the sweetest new season’s lamb… 

Recipes will range from the simple and the sublime to the wicked - the ultimate rhubarb crumble;  a rhubarb and white chocolate delice from Buckingham Palace and Belinda’s own rhubarb and ginger vodka, with a guide to making your own fruit liqueurs with the harvest throughout the year. There’s a carpaccio of tuna, orange, capers, black olives and dill; and linguini of fresh crab with chilli and orange zest. Some of our best Spring ingredients are unjustly neglected: re-discover breast of pigeon, with a new and exciting Spring Salad; whole sea trout and samphire with an easy lemon hollandaise; plaice – exquisite and delicate. Spring pies, made cheaply from the weeds which plague gardeners – ground elder, dandelion and nettles – are a delicious revelation; we shall cover exquisite fresh basil ice-cream; frozen yogurt perfumed with fresh rosemary; a cold potato salad of Jersey Royals, tossed in Greek yogurt with mint and chives; spring soups, green risottos and much more….

There will also be a guide to cooking with pulses, from chickpeas to melting butter beans, which should become great family favourites – and we shall be making real dim sum!

This class will cover both dishes for entertaining and wonderful homely recipes. We shall taste as we go, throughout the morning – and lunch on finished Spring dishes and drinks.

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Choral Workshops
Apr
19
7:30 PM19:30

Choral Workshops

Rehearsals: Wednesday 19th and 26th April, 3rd and 10th May @ 7.30 pm

The series of "Choral Workshops" lead by Carolyn Bartholomew.

Back by popular demand!

After the hugely enjoyable success of the last three years, come and join in the preparation of a variety of pieces over four consecutive weeks to culminate in a concert in St Michaels and All Angels in Shalbourne at 4 pm on Sunday 14th May.

Carolyn (who was a Scholar at the Royal College of Music) has 30 years of teaching experience and has a particular passion for the choral repertoire.  Carolyn will coach us as a choir and prepare us for an informal concert for family and friends.

The concert programme will be augmented with guest soloists.

No singing experience of ability to read music necessary.  Just enthusiasm and a willingness to participate.

It's not a problem if you can't make all 4 workshops or even the Concert.  You can come to individual workshops if that works better for you.  Although there is a slight discount for coming to all 4!

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Choral Workshop
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Choral Workshop

Due to the popularity of our Choral Workshops we have add another couple of evenings into the calender!  The first workshop will be on Wednesday 2nd November and then second on Wednesday 9th November.  Come to one or the other if other commitments prevail or come to both.  Further Workshops will be held in February/March and April/May with a view to holding a Concert again in the middle of May.

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Choral Workshop
Nov
2
7:30 PM19:30

Choral Workshop

Due to the popularity of our Choral Workshops we have add another couple of evenings into the calender!  The first workshop will be on Wednesday 2nd November and then second on Wednesday 9th November.  Come to one or the other if other commitments prevail or come to both.  Further Workshops will be held in February/March and April/May with a view to holding a Concert again in the middle of May.

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A Workshop for Parents
Apr
28
9:30 AM09:30

A Workshop for Parents

Strategies to help YOU help your children make confident decisions about their education and careers.

Are your children having to make education or employment choices and would like your help?  Do you feel qualified to do this?

Wherever your children are on the path through school or higher education to the world of work, equip yourself to be better able to help them explore their options.

We are delighted that Tinker Tailor - experts in helping young people connect with their true talents and explore their career opportunities - have agreed to come to Shalbourne to run a workshop for parents.   It is not a parenting class!  It will be an opportunity to arm yourself with information and techniques to improve your children's self-awareness, self-confidence and self-sufficiency.  You will leave with some tips and tools designed to help you guide your children through process of making confident and informed decisions about their future. 

The workshop will include a series of exercises and provide information relating to:

  • A' level choices - What am I good at?  What do I love?  What do I think I might want to do in the future?
  • Work experience? What are the alternatives?
  • University?  What are the alternatives?
  • Gap year or no gap year?
  • What's more important academic success or soft skills and life experience?
  • What are employers and university admissions tutors really looking for?
  • Job applications, CVs, personal statements and preparing for an ever-changing job market.

The workshop will be delivered by Tinker Tailor - coaches experienced at engaging young people between the ages of 16-25 years and with links to the world of work and current knowledge of what employers are looking for are.

There will be plenty of group discussion and the opportunity to discuss individual issues with Tinker Tailor at the end of the morning.

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Sing Away the Winter Blues!
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

Sing Away the Winter Blues!

Rehearsals: Thursday 25th February, 3rd and 10th March @ 7.30 pm

Everyone has so enjoyed the previous Choral Workshops, we thought we wouldn't wait until May to run them again!  We thought it would be fun, this time, to simply do some Singing for Fun and include a bit of "tuition" (for those who would like it) - the basics of reading music etc.  And what better time of year to do this than February/March when we are all so bored of the long winter evenings.

Come and get carried away with some songs from the musicals!  Including songs from Les Miserables, Lion King, My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Joseph.

We will also be Singing in the Spring at the end of April/May and holding the Concert in the church which is becoming a welcome annual fixture.

Come to one or other - or both!  Discount will apply if you sign up for both.

£45 each or £60 to come to both

No singing experience of ability to read music necessary.  Just enthusiasm and a willingness to participate.

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Social Media for Small Business
Nov
19
9:30 AM09:30

Social Media for Small Business

Social Media for Small Business with Janis Curry

How to attract, engage and retain customers using social media

Social media networks like Facebook and Twitter aren't just for sharing pictures of cats in teacups and cute photos of our kids. They are a way to spark a real conversation with potential customers, to build trust, to demonstrate your expertise or knowledge, to add a bit of personality to your growing brand, and to answer their questions quickly. When you get it right, your ideal customers will happily choose you over a competitor, and they're more likely to come back time and time again.

Over the course of the day, we will look at how to deeply understand your customers, how to plan your social media content for maximum impact, how to use influencers and ambassadors to spread your message further, how to run a live chat or competition to drum up interest and grow your audience, how to target particular messages to specific places, ages groups or interests, and how to let the world know about your amazing products or services without bombarding them. 

Most of the course will focus on things you can do for free - in other words, effective marketing strategies that just need commitment from you in terms of time. Depending on the group's interests, we can also spend a little bit of time looking at what you can do with a small marketing budget, such as target ads and boosted posts.

Come prepared with a laptop or iPad and a notepad, some ideas about what your main goals are for 2015 and 2016, and 3 brands, magazines or businesses whose social media content you genuinely enjoy.

About Janis Curry

Janis is a cheery, versatile digital expert with more than a decade of experience in senior roles. Her track record includes successful social media campaigns, digital content strategy and creative technology for leading global brands like Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Tui Travel and Medtronic. She currently heads up the digital and social strategy for MotoGP and is on the advisory board of the Centre for Advanced Knowledge Engineering. 

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Teaching Teenagers to Cook!
Oct
29
10:00 AM10:00

Teaching Teenagers to Cook!

Teaching Teenagers to Cook with Antonia McAlpine

Leiths trained, Antonia McAlpine, who runs her own catering business Hippo Food Design will inspire your teenagers to want to produce more than a boiled egg and will instill them with some of her contagious passion for cooking and good food.  Antonia has previously run courses for teenagers and alongside the basics will encourage your teenager to become a confident and creative cook.  Imagine the joy of your teenager cooking for you or, at the very least, knowing that they are feeding themselves well when they first leave home.  And they may even enjoy it!  We can assure you that they will enjoy this day.  Aimed at 15 - 17 year olds.

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Painting in Watercolour - Light and Shadows
Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

Painting in Watercolour - Light and Shadows

Painting in Watercolour - Light and Shadows - with Frankie Cummins

Inspirational painting tuition.

We are delighted to be able to welcome back local artist Frankie Cummins to The Shalbourne Collection.  Frankie will teach you (by example rather than simply by instruction) to paint in watercolour and you will take home 2 paintings at the end of the day.

All materials will be provided.

For beginner and improvers.

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An Introduction to Bridge
Jul
2
9:00 AM09:00

An Introduction to Bridge

"An Introduction to Bridge" with Nick Irens

The aim of this day is to teach you the mechanics and format of the game including scoring, so that you will afterwards be able to play and enjoy a basic game outside the classroom. You may already have some knowledge of cards, including the concept of trick taking and of a trump suit, but this is not essential.

The morning will focus on the theory of the game.  After lunch, you will play in 4's with Nick's help and guidance.

Nick Irens rather stumbled into bridge when he retired eight years ago. He attended lessons at Andrew Robson’s Bridge Club in South West London, where he soon fell in love with the game. He is now a keen tournament player and has recently been selected to represent England in the Seniors Home Internationals in May this year.

Bridge is he says, simply the best card game the wit of man has devised and, quoting Somerset Maughan, he believes ‘you can play bridge as long as you can sit up at the table and tell one card from another. In fact, when all else fails, bridge remains’.

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The Next Step on your Writing Journey
Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

The Next Step on your Writing Journey

"The Next Step on your Writing Journey" - with Philippa Pride

By popular demand!  A day specifically for those who have attended a previous Creative Writing day or days with Philippa Pride.

This will be a refresher day specifically tailored to YOUR individual needs.  Philippa will get your individual agendas in advance and tailor make a day which will include plenty of specific editorial feedback (perhaps including you reading each others material and providing feedback) in an informal and “safe” environment.

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Raw Food Workshop
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Raw Food Workshop

"Raw Food Workshop" with Jay Halford

We are hearing a lot these days about the benefits of "raw food".  Jay Halford, who trained as a chef at the age of 16 and who has worked in many well known Michelin star hotels and restaurants, will show you how wonderfully appetising raw food can look and taste.  He will prepare a range of enticingly delicious and highly nutritious foods, whilst giving you and insight into the raw food lifestyle and how to set some healthy intentions.  He will also explain the benefits of choosing a more plant based diet and talk you through some of his favourite ingredients to use in raw food - great alternatives, which are unprocessed and mostly gluten and dairy free.

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Introduction to Photography
Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Photography

"Introduction to Photography" with Richard Greenly

For users of 35 mm digital or film SLR cameras which have MANUAL as well as AUTO modes and catering for keen amateurs and those who always seem to be holding the camera at that vital moment!  If this is you - Richard promises to improve you photography by 200% in one day!

During the day, Richard will concentrate on making sure you understand and know how to use the camera you own and can, therefore, use it effectively.  By the end of the day you will know what all the buttons, dials and switches do.  You will also understand light metering, depth of field, focus, apertures and shutter speeds.

We will not be taking many photos or talking too much about composition - we need to know our cameras better first!  However, by the end of the day you will have greatly increased the amount of enjoyment you get from your camera as you will have control of it.

The day will be quite informal and will include a slide show, practical demonstrations and a full set of comprehensive notes.  Richard promise not to baffle you - there will be no technical mumbo jumbo - just common sense.

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Home Grown Success - Create your Kitchen Garden
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Home Grown Success - Create your Kitchen Garden

'Home-Grown Success' with Polly Wood

Come along and learn all the tricks and tips you need to have a SUCCESSFUL veg patch, allotment or even just a few productive pots at home.  With almost 15 years experience working in some of the finest private gardens in the area, Polly has a wealth of knowledge to be tapped.  She will share the lessons she has learned over the years, and how to choose highly productive, long-season crops that will make a bounty rather than a burden of your garden.

Covering the elements that are KEY to success; from soil conditioning through to harvesting techniques and all in between, we hope you leave full of inspiration and ready to try your hand at 'growing your own' in 2015!

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