Weaving and milling, painting and pottery at summer classes in Askrigg

Moira Metcalfe at her studio in Appersett

By Betsy Everett

There are still places available on artist Moira Metcalfe’s watercolour classes for beginners and improvers which start again next Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27, in Askrigg.

The sessions which Moira ran in the spring term as part of the Learning Curve project at the Wensleydale sport and leisure centre proved among the most popular in the series.

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Said Jan Hale, administrator at the centre: “People seem to like Moira’s relaxed but professional approach. The classes are suitable for everyone, whether absolute beginners or more experienced painters, and the feedback we’ve had from those who’ve attended her classes has been amazing.” 

Watercolour by Moira Metcalfe

The full summer programme for the Learning Curve project in Askrigg covers everything from circle dancing, to sheepdog training with international trialist Richard Fawcett.

Next workshop of the term is photographer Guy Carpenter’s Water and Reflections on Saturday, May 20, starting at Stalling Busk schoolroom at 10am, visiting the ruined chapel on the banks of Semerwater and nearby waterfalls. The cost of the four-hour class will be £25 and participants should bring a packed lunch.

Suzanne Wright of Worton will run pottery classes on May 22, June 5 and June 19, from 1.30-4.30pm. The cost is £15 for each session which includes all materials and firing.

Social media for business is the subject of Samantha’s Jennings’ class on Saturday, June 10, from 10-11.30am, for £10, and Heather Clarke will teach card-loom weaving on Wednesday, June 14, from 10am-4pm. The cost for this is £25 including materials.

There will be a wildflower walk with plant ecologist Deborah Millward on Tuesday, June 20, from 2-5pm, cost £10, and on Saturday, July 1, a talk and guided tour of three private mills in Askrigg and Bainbridge led by historian Dr Christine Hallas. High Mill and Low Mill in Bainbridge and West Mill in Askrigg are not normally open to the public so this is a rare chance to visit. Dr Hallas will examine the history of the three mills before the visits, and tea and coffee will be served on arrival at 10am at the leisure centre in Askrigg, the base for all classes except photography. A light lunch will also be provided and the cost for the day, which will end around 4pm, will be £30.

Richard Fawcett’s Training a Sheepdog is on Thursday, July 6, from 10-11.30am, cost £6, and circle dancing with Paula Hague is from 2-3.30pm on July 10, 17, and 24. Cost is £5 per session. Enquiries on all courses to Jan Hale on 01969 650060.