Dry Stone Walling Association - Derbyshire Branch
A huge thanks to all those members, partners, families & friends who attended the Chatsworth Country Fair, making it a fantastic weekend. The commitment, hard work and enthusiasm of so many is truly outstanding and a credit to the Derbyshire branch. Everyone (too numerous to mention!) played a crucial role in supporting the event; setting up and organising equipment, hard work and attention to detail during the build, chatting to the public, and not forgetting the excellent back of house team keeping us fed and watered. Team work, camaraderie and a fun relaxed atmosphere was at the heart of the event throughout.
Looking forward to our 50th year in 2018!
Carl Hardman, Chair DSWA Derbyshire Branch
The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) is a charitable organisation that was founded in 1968. The Derbyshire branch was established in 1982 and includes members in the neighbouring counties of Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire. Our purpose is to advance education in the craft and heritage of dry stone walling for the public benefit.
Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners
We run a comprehensive training programme of dry stone walling courses for members of the public with little or no experience to 'have a go' at dry stone walling. Weekend courses run every month from March to November.
Practice Weekends for Members
For our members, we organise practice weekends to improve skill levels through evaluation by a qualified instructor. Different sites are used to gain experience on the different stone types native to Derbyshire.
Our members regularly demonstrate the craft of walling at country shows throughout the region.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 29th November (AGM) 2017 at 7.30pm - all DSWA members are welcome to attend. It will be held at the Devonshire Arms, Market Place, Hartington, SK17 0AL. There will be no meeting in December. The venue for meetings in 2018 will be notified here towards the end of the year.