The Programme

FRIDAY  arrive anytime after midday and settle in (lunch not provided - but beverages and snacks will be available to help yourself to all the weekend)

Workshops start at 2pm - select which one at booking.

Hearty Home Made Supper at Sheldon - substantial soups, homemade breads and local cheese.  Pudding (with clotted cream)

Get to know each other, show and tell.  Get out the spinning wheels, the knitting etc.




Following a continental style breakfast of toast/croissant/cereal/fruit, we pile on the Coach at 0830hrs which will take us to David and Charles the publishers' discount Hobby Warehouse where we can rummage for book bargains for about half an hour.  After which will we will set off for Coldharbour Mill,  a 200 year old spinning mill set in the tranquil village of Uffculme. Built by Thomas Fox to spin woollen and later worsted yarns in 1799, Coldharbour Mill is a rare example of surviving Georgian architecture, industry and enterprise. Since reopening as a museum in 1982 the mill has continued to produce high quality worsted knitting yarn on its period machinery. We will take an exciting factory tour (backstage, where normal punters aren't allowed!) and marvel at the carding machines, spinning frames and power looms, the enterprise and ingenuity of Thomas Fox and how Quaker attitudes influenced the treatment and welfare of mill employees. 
We'll be able to see the mill’s impressive array of power sources including a recently restored 1821 High Breast Shot water wheel, the largest in the South West, and a rare 1910 Pollit & Wigzell 300hp steam engine and Galloway Boiler.  (well - any engineers amongst you might be impressed!)
We will have lunch (included) in the licensed café and have time to look around the mill shop that sells many unique products manufactured exclusively by the mill from John Arbon textiles.  Hopefully John Arbon (who now runs the mill and the shop with his partner, Juliet) will have found some fleece and coned wool bargains to purchase.

After lunch, we are back on the coach to take us to Westcott Farm, where Lesley and Roger Prior farm the only flock of Bowmont Sheep to be found in England, as well as cashmere goats.  Following tea on the farm, we'll head back to Sheldon to relax and socialise some more.   (This latter part may have to be changed as Lesley's farm is up a mile-long country lane with no room for the coach to turn at the end :-(  Will keep you informed)

Later this evening, we'll share cars to take us to Doddiscombsleigh and the sixteenth century NOBODY INN where we'll have a two course meal (alcohol not included).  The Nobody Inn is one of the country's leading inns - renowned for its imaginative wine and whisky list, comprehensive selection of local cheeses and creative cooking based on fresh local produce.  Low ceilings, blackened beams, inglenook fireplace, antique furniture and timeless atmosphere retain The Nobody's unspoilt old world charm.  The name, if you were wondering, has something to do with an unfortunate incident concerning a deceased landlord.


SUNDAY: A day to unwind and relax: knit, crochet, spin, socialise, explore 12 acres of Sheldon grounds and/or visit the beautiful little chapel on site.  Sunday lunch together before everyone mucks in to clear up the place.  Say our goodbyes...
Until next year?

We reserve the right to amend the programme should circumstances warrant...