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and at Monkton Wyld Court, Near Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Apprentice assistant required
We are looking for an apprentice to help on our microdairy at Monkton Wyld Court, Dorset
from May till September 2018.

Scythe work and maintenance, hay and silage making.
Helping on scythe courses and at ther West Country Scythe Festival
Grassland management, cow care, hand-milking,
pig keeping, creamery work (cheese, yoghurt, and butter),
fencing, mole-catching etc.
Full board and lodging plus modest wages.

You will need to have basic manual tool skills, and to be fit, enthusiastic,
and able to get on with other people in a non-ideological rural community.

Apply to Simon Fairlie: chapter7@tlio.org.uk
Monkton Wyld Court, Charmouth, Bridport, DT6 6DQ

Courses at the West Country Scythe Fair


Why Struggle? Learn how to get your blades sharper and to scythe expertly at the IMPROVERS' MASTERCLASS at the West Country Scythe Fair Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June
• mowers with some experience who want to develop their skills;
• team leaders managing volunteers or staff;
• people who want to teach scythe use to others.

Over two days, you will get personal attention from three of the most experienced teachers in the UK: Christiane Laganda, scythe and yoga teacher from Austria; Phil Batten master peener and scythe competition winner from Scythe Cymru; and Steve Tomlin author of the definitive scythe manual Learn to Scythe.

The course covers: correct set up of the tool; your mowing stance and style; sharpening, peening and repairing blades; teaching and organizing volunteers and novices; optional workshops on the English scythe, grassland management, and haymaking by hand. The venue is at Thorney Lakes. Muchelney, near Langport http://www.thorneylakes.co.uk/ The cost is £140 for individuals, £165 for organizations, £90 concession for unwaged.

For more information, or to register, please contact Simon, scythes@myphone.coop; 01297 561359


At the West Country Scythe Fair on Saturday 9 June, with tutors Andi Rickard and Kevin Austin.
The course covers: setting up the tool; how to mow grass and weeds; sharpening, peening and repairing blades; optional workshops on the English scythe, grassland management, and haymaking by hand.

The venue is at Thorney Lakes. Muchelney, near Langport http://www.thorneylakes.co.uk/ The cost is £65 per person, or £110 for two , including lunch.

Please apply to Mary Ellis beginnerscythecourse@gmail.com • mobile 07884 666322


Two-day Scythe Courses in Dorset

Including a session on grassland management and haymaking

At Monkton Wyld Court, near Lyme Regis, Dorset. Next course 19th-20th May 2018

I run scythe courses at Monkton Wyld Court, on the Dorset/Devon border, four miles from Axminster, half a mile from the A35.

Residential Courses for 2018
Fri evening to Sunday :

19th-20th May

21st- 22nd July

15th - 16th July

For more information about the content of the courses, scroll down
To book please go to

On two day courses there is an option of attending on only Friday evening and Saturday if you are a beginner, and
only on Sunday if you are an improver who has already done a beginner's course. Friday evening attendance is advised but not essential.

Beginners often imagine that a two day course is a bit excessive, just to learn how to use a garden tool; and that is true if all you want to do is knock down weeds. But anyone who wants to mow grass on any scale will benefit from a two day course, and people who do the course come away saying "I don't know how you could cram all that into one day". Two days gives you enough time to practice different peening methods; I also spend a couple of hours on grass management, and demonstrate how to make and stack a hay rack, which enables you to make hay even in changeable weather.

Friday Evening:
• welcome and brief history and sociology of the scythe
• selecting the right blade and snath for the job (or making best use of what you've got):
• setting up a scythe and snath;
• health and safety

• sharpening;
• basic mowing technique;
• how to avoid damaging the blade, and how to repair chips and cracks;
• basic peening demonstration.

• early morning mowing
• managing grass with scything in mind;
• smallscale haymaking techniques
• peening practice with jig and bar peen anvil

To book or for more information ring e-mail scythes@myphone.coop or ring 01297 561359.

For information about Monkton Wyld Court http://www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk/


Other Courses

There are several other scythe teachers based all around the country. You can find out their details at http://scytheassociation.org/courses/

E-Mail List

I send out The Scythe Association's newsletter, The Windrow, which lists scything events, courses and developments in the UK. It comes out once or twice per year, and there are now about ten people throughout the country offering scythe courses. To get on the list to receive an emailed pdf of The Windrow, please e-mail scythes@myphone.coop, entitling your e-mail "Scythe Mailing List".





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