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Workshops currently suspended. We will update this page with new dates when we can (and look forward to seeing you then)...

sewing machine

4th April / 4th July / 3rd October

10.30am – 12noon at Southdown Methodist Church

This hands-on workshop will share how to get the most from your sewing machine, from setting it up to learning its different functions:

It will include: 

  • a check that your machine is running smoothly
  • how to set up and thread correctly
  • how to adjust the tension, spacing, speed, etc.
  • how to use different settings for different stitches and materials 

Our experienced seamstresses will help answer any specific questions and resolve issues you have with your machine. 

Please bring your own machine if you can. We may have one or two available to learn on but this workshop aims to help you get the most out of your own machine. As sewing machines vary, it is best to learn on your own. 

Please register for each workshop on Eventbrite as places are limited.

 We suggest a donation of £10


14th March / 13th June / 19th Sept / 14th July

10.30am – 12noon at Weston Hub

An introductory session on how to use a variety of small power tools and hand tools, which could include a cordless drill, sander, jig saw or hammer, screwdriver, hacksaw, etc. 

It will include:

  • learning which tool is the best one to use for the job you have
  • how to set up for different materials
  • how to use for different jobs (for example, drilling a hole to put up a shelf)
  • how to use power and hand tools safely and issues to be aware of

Experienced craft people will demonstrate and help you gain hands-on experience. A range of tools will be available but please bring your own if you would like specific advice.

This workshop is for those with limited or little knowledge and will give a basic understanding. It is not suitable for experienced people or professionals and is not a certified training.

Please register for each workshop on Eventbrite as places are limited.

 We suggest a donation of £10


18th April / 16th May / 20th June / 18th July

10.30am – 12noon at New Oriel Hall

This HOW TO workshop will provide help with checking your bicycle to maintain it, and HOW TO tackle small repairs.

It will include:

  • a check of the running of the bike
  • adjustment of brakes and gears
  • oiling and cleaning
  • small repairs, including cables and punctures

Experienced repairers will help show you how to maintain and repair your bike even if it hasn't been used for some time. They will share their knowledge about tools, adjustment and keeping bicycles in good order. Please bring your own bike and any small tools.

Please register for each workshop on Eventbrite as places are limited.

 We suggest a donation of £10