Course Dates

Walling Courses 2021

We have recently discussed the possibility of running the training programme scheduled for this year and have concluded that under the current regulations we have no option but to cancel the first two courses. 

What we hope for at the moment is that the regulations will have relaxed later this year and this along with the vaccination programme will allow for larger groups to gather outside relatively free of the current restrictions. Therefore we propose to double courses at Nailsea in July and on the Mendips in September. We are transferring everyone booked onto the Nailsea course In March onto the Nailsea course in July and the Mendips course in April onto the Mendips course in September. If you are unable to make the alternative dates or you wish to attend an alternative course please let me know as soon as possible.

Our basic dry stone walling courses are suitable for both beginners and improvers and are run by qualified DSWA instructors who are also professional wallers. The courses will introduce you to the fundamental structure of a dry stone wall and how to construct the wall by applying this new found knowledge. Over the two days of the course you will take down and rebuild a section of dry-stone wall under the supervision of an instructor. The course is a hands-on experience and will involve a lot of physical activity. You can work at your own pace and there is plenty of
opportunity for discussion and demonstration of the techniques involved in building the wall.
Places on courses are usually limited to 12 participants per instructor and this ensures that you get some individual attention when necessary. Please note that if there are insufficient numbers on the course, there has to be a minimum of six per course, then the course will not go ahead and other arrangements will be made as necessary.
Each basic course is run over two days from 9:00am – 4:00pm and costs £90 per person. 

The course will cover:
 Health and safety
 Use of tools
 Preparing the site
 Laying foundations
 Building the walls

If you would like to book a place on a basic course please check availability for your preferred course dates before making a payment. Availability will be regularly updated on the website, however for a more up to date check on course availability please make contact via e-mail at swedswacourses@gmail.com or via mobile 07736 419685.
Payment
Download the SWEDSWA basic course application from here:

Confirmation of a place on your chosen basic dry stone walling course can only be upon payment in full of the current course fee of £90 per person. The payment method and bank details are on the booking form.

Basic dry Stone Walling Course dates for SWEDSWA 2021 are as follows:

1.  27th/28th March        Nailsea  Near Bristol       ** Cancelled due to COVID19 Regulations **

2.  24th/25 th  April      Mendip Hills nr Priddy      ** Cancelled due to COVID19 Regulations ** 

3.  22nd/23 rd  May        Ham Hill near Yeovil        ** completed **

4.  12 th /13 th   June     Marshfield nr Bath            ** completed **

5.  10 th /11 th    July       Nailsea near Bristol          **  completed ** 

6.  4 th /5 th  Sept            Mendip Hills near Priddy        ** 1 space available ** 

7. 11 th /12 th Sept         Marshfield nr Bath              ** Course full **

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 regulations, when booking a place on a training course, candidates must provide an emergency contact name and number. Participant contact details will be kept for 21 days to meet NHS test and trace requirements. If a course student shows symptoms of Covid-19 during the day, they must be sent home immediately. All areas frequented by them should be cordoned off and equipment used by them cleaned and disinfected. Anyone they have come into contact with should be informed and advised to self-isolate in accordance with government guidelines.
All COVID-19 regulations will be vigorously applied and further detailed instructions will be posted to all students closer to the time of the course.
If you wish to further your walling skills after attending the beginner’s course, we recommend becoming an open member of the DSWA at
www.dswa.org.uk/membership for an annual fee of £38. Once an Open member of the DSWA you may attend all subsequent course dates and members practice days within our region to join current members to practices and improve your skills.

If you then want to pursue the official LANTRA Craftsmen’s qualifications or need any further information regarding LANTRA qualifications and bursary schemes please go to https://www.dswa.org.uk/certification/.
Taking exams is not compulsory, many of our members just come along for the practice and to improve their walling skills.

Gift certificates 

Gift certificates are available to those who wish to give their partners/spouses/friends the perfect outdoor experience.
The gift certificate is valid for three years, during which you may choose from any of the available basic courses listed within SWEDSWA.
Contact swedswacourses@gmail.com to check on availability, pay the standard basic course fee of £90 in full and you will get a certificate to present to your loved one to surprise them on whatever occasion it may be! 
Once all the contact details are received along with payment in full, the gift certificate will be sent to you in an e-mail attachment to print at your leisure.