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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 1:15 pm    Post subject: 2011 Scythe Events Reply with quote

For all mowers and potential mowers !
Here is a list of some of the 2011 scythe courses and events in the UK.

The Eastern Counties Scything Competition
The Fourth Eastern Counties
Scything Competition will be
held on 26 June at Wimpole Estate
Events include: demonstrations
of scything, hay making and
other rural skills, blacksmithing,
pole lathes, cleaving wattle & gate
hurdle making, heavy horse hay
making demonstrations, heavy
horses mowing, spoon making
competition home made cider
competition, team mowing and
scythe v strimmer Hay stack race
Peening competition Smallholder
stalls and rural crafts Local beer
festival Competition for sprint
mowing starts at 3pm Competition
for marathon mowing timed at any
time over weekend
Those interested in the
competition please email me with
their details before the 20 June so I
know the approximate number of
Contact: Simon Damant

West Country Scythe Fair
The Seventh West Country Scythe
Festival and Green Fair will be held at
the same site as normal, Thorney Lakes
near Muchelney, Langport, on Sunday
12 June 2011.
Scythe and hay making events
include the mowing championship, team
mowing, scythe versus strimmer, peening,
haymaking skills etc. Plus a wide array
of stalls, a craft area, a music stage,
speakers, theatre, a kids area, etc etc.
On the Saturday 11 June before
there will be a beginner’s scythe course,
and there will also be a course teaching
people how to teach mowing on the
Thursday and Friday 9-10

Courses at the West
Country Scythe Fair

Learn how to mow on Saturday and
enter the competition on Sunday! There
will be a course for both beginners and
improvers on Saturday 11 June the day
before the West Country Scythe Fair,
led by Christiane Lechner from Austria,
with help from Simon Fairlie, Phil Batten
— with workshops in the afternoon
on peening, grassland management,
pepairing blades etc. It will be held
at Thorney Lakes, Mucheleney, near
Langport (www.thorneylakes.co.uk)
Camping available or B and B nearby.
Contact Simon at
chapter7@tlio.org.uk 01297 561359

Cumbria Scythe Festival,
Langdale Valley, Cumbria
Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th July 2011
Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Langdale LA22 9JB
Sat. 23rd (10am – 4pm) Beginner workshops (Austrian lightweight scythe) Paul Kingsnorth
Sun. 24th (2pm – 4.00pm) English traditional scythe demonstration Jim Capstick
“ “ Hayrope making, rural crafts, and childrens art workshops
Admission free on Sunday:
Please reserve places for the Saturday scythe workshops in advance
For more information contact the Littoral Arts Trust T. 01706 827961 e. littoral@btopenworld.com
Click on the image below for further details (quite a big .pdf file) :

Click to download file

Liverpool Urban Scything festival, July
date to be confirmed.

COURSES (as well as at the West Country Scythe Fest)
Simon Fairlie gives courses at
Monkton Wyld near Axminster.
One day courses on 7 May and 21
May. Two day courses, including hay
making and grassland management:
8-10 July and 9-11 September.
Simon also takes on people for
“mini-apprenticeships” see page 2
For more information see: www.thescytheshop.
co.uk/courses.html chapter7@ tlio.org.uk

DevonAlastair Inglis has the following
Beginner’s Courses (date to be confirmed).
•Exeter Community Agriculture
site, Shillingford Gt. George: Scything
Refresher and Workday - Late April,
•Wayfield Nurseries, East Prawle,
S. Hams
• West Town Farm, Nr Exeter:
Scything Refresher & Peening - May, .
Scything Course - June, Date
Underwood Discovery Centre, Beeson,
May, Shillingford Organics (Open
Evening), July,
For details and further information contact
Alastair on 07796-805453, or email al.inglis@

Ray Lister has been giving courses
in Nottinghamshire for the last 5 years
Phone number: 01777 248610

Simon Damant has a beginners
course at the Eastern Counties Scythe
Festival on 25 June.

Phil Batten and Michelle Laine hold
courses and workshops in Carmarthenshire.
Their programme is as follows:
Sharpening and Peening Workshop:
Saturday 9th July
Beginners Scythe Courses: Saturday
28th May, Saturday 25th June, and
Saturday 13th August
Two Day Scythe Course, for the
more experienced scyther or adventurous
beginner: 16th/17th July
Bespoke Courses can be run for
groups, on request, on any aspect of scything
and hand hay making.
Contact Philip or Michelle at scythecymru@
yahoo.co.uk or 07813 464990. Dyfed Permaculture
Farm Trust, Penboyr, Drefach Felindre, SA44 5HG.

Deano Martin gives scythe courses
on his 4 acre smallholding, which has
been managed with a scythe and sheep
for the last four years.
athttps://grinningreaper.wordpress.com/ Or ring
01507 588543.
Introduction to Scything, Saturday
23rd of July 10am-1pm, Little Dewchurch
Church, Herefordshire. Free to
participants. More workshops will be
happening this summer.
Andrea at Caring for God’s Acre 01568 611154,
info@cfga.fsnet.co.uk, www.caringforgodsacre.

Steve Tomlin and Paul Kingsnorth
provide tuition in Cumbria.
Learn to Mow with Paul Kingsnorth:
8 May, 5 June, 24 July
Learn to Mow with Steve Tomlin:
29 May, 30 July
Improve your Peening with Steve
Tomlin: 30 Sept
There is also the possibility of
a snath-making course in the autumn
this year, please contact Steve to express
your interest.
See https://scytherspace.wordpress.com/#

There will be a two day course
for beginners with Simon Fairlie at
Brighton Permaculture Group’s place
at Stanmer on 30 /31 July 2011.
See https://www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk

Acton Scott Historic Farm, Salop:
Scything Course and Peening, 9,10
July, with Alastair Inglis.
01694 781307

West Sussex
Simon Fairlie is giving a beginner’s
course at the Weald and Downland
Museum, on May 13.
www.wealddown.co.uk 01243 811931

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And by Gil Hardstone at DS Skillshares, if folk are interested
PM Gil (me) if you would like to participate in a scything / peening workshop at the DS skillshare(s) - the southern one, or a Yorkshire meet.

Also possibility of summer scythe courses up here in the South of Scotland.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 11 8:19 am    Post subject: Course in Scotland Reply with quote

Hello, if you ever run a course in Scotland can you please advise me, I am needing help on peeing, new to the Scythe game...


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 11 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Course in Scotland Reply with quote

Suzanne-79 wrote:
I am needing help on peeing

Sounds like an infection (welcome to the forum)

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 11 1:47 pm    Post subject: Re: Course in Scotland Reply with quote

Suzanne-79 wrote:
Hello, if you ever run a course in Scotland can you please advise me, I am needing help on peening, new to the Scythe game...

Whereabouts are you in Scotland ? Have you got a scythe of your own ? I will be doing some tutoring sometime this summer (when the scythe kits local people have ordered arrive), if that helps.

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