Welcome to the Dry Stone Walling Association Derbyshire Branch


Welcome to the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Derbyshire’s website, which we hope you will find both informative and helpful.

The 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.

The main aims of the Association are to promote a greater understanding and knowledge about the traditional craft of dry stone walling and to encourage the repair and maintenance of dry stone walls throughout the country.

The DSWA Derbyshire organises a wide range of activities throughout the year, including training courses, practice days and demonstrations at local shows and events.

The Derbyshire Branch Officers:

OfficerNameContact
ChairCarl Hardman07768 978846
Vice ChairTrevor Wragg07702 925309
SecretaryJon Earnshaw07879 673450
TreasurerAlan Malia07974 508223

Chatsworth Country Fair 2023. Thanks to our wonderful teams for attending our various shows throughout the year. All members are very welcome, and encouraged to take part in our activities and shows. Thanks for your support and dedication. Carl Hardman, Chair DDSWA.

Watch our team video here

Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners – 2024

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.

Gift Vouchers Available

Click here for details of dry stone walling courses for beginners and vouchers

Practice Weekends for Members – 2024

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.

Click here for details of practice weekends for members

Shows – 2024

Our members regularly demonstrate the craft of walling at country shows throughout the region.

Click here for details of dry stone walling demonstrations

Monthly meetings

We hold meetings on the fourth Wednesday of the month from February to November, by Zoom or face to face, and all members are very welcome. Our face to face meetings are held at The Devonshire Arms, Market Place, Hartington, SK17 0AL

The next monthly meeting will be on:

Wednesday 24th July 2024 at 7pm via Zoom.

What can we help you with?

Derbyshire DSWA supports Mind, the mental health charity. Mind can support you if you are experiencing mental health problems, offer sources of support, and choices about treatment.

For further information visit https://www.mind.org.uk

Our mission is to promote a greater understanding and knowledge about the traditional craft of dry stone walling and to encourage the repair and maintenance of dry stone walls throughout the country.

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