Past Events

Past Events

  • Colour Confidence in Interiors
    April 2022

    This interactive workshop will start with a discussion of the importance of colour in our homes, touching on the subject of colour psychology and how it affects our everyday lives.

    Moving on to all participants working up a mood board to fulfil either a fictional brief or to help you with designing a room in your own home, as you prefer!

    The morning will end with a brief discussion of how to solve a particular interior design problem that you may have. You are welcome to submit a photograph of a room in advance.

    This course accommodates 6 people.

    Find out more about Charlotte Reynolds and the other workshop leaders.

  • Smartphone Photography
    March 2022

    In this workshop you will discover how to take fabulous photos with your smartphone.

    We all walk round with a camera in our pocket these days and imagery is everywhere, so join us to discover how to stand out from the crowd and get the best from your phone.

    The workshop will include taking photos, how to enhance them, lighting and composition as well as external apps and discussion about what you do with your photos afterwards.

    This workshop would be perfect for business owners and those bloggers who use Instagram and Pinterest etc to promote their business as well as the casual photographer.

    Jenny Kaye is a professional photographer and will share her hints and tips for creating stunning imagery.

    This course accommodates 10 people.

    Find out more about Jenny Kaye and the other workshop leaders.

  • Vegetable Gardening
    September 2020

    Vegetable Gardening with Julia Parker will cover all aspects of what to plant now for both a late autumn harvest and planning ahead for Spring and Summer next year.

    Including herbs, vegetables and flowers, Julia will give advice and demonstrations of what and how to plant and where.

    Having worked with Alitex Greenhouses giving online tutorials throughout lockdown, running her own vegetable garden design business and having co-authored a gardening & cookery book for children, Julia is confident, enthusiastic and wonderfully encouraging to the novice and green fingered gardener alike.

    So, if you, like us were tempted by tomato growing, basil breeding or potato picking during our long summer at home, come and learn the top tips and insider guide as to how to make your plot (even more) productive!

    This workshop will take place outside, under cover, safely and socially distanced. There will be access to toilets, hand sanitiser and masks will be available, if required.

    Includes homemade refreshments and goody bag.

    This course accommodates 8 people.

    Find out more about Julia Parker and the other workshop leaders.

  • Dinner Party Dazzler
    June 2020

    Join Caroline from Coco & Roses for a few hours of exploring & tasting fresh, seasonal, exciting and simple recipes for summer entertaining.

    Caroline will share ideas and recipes for canapes, starters, sharing platters and puddings. Following the demo, you will enjoy a 2 course lunch with Caroline, tasting all the dishes and sharing ideas and tips.

    Full recipe notes are included as well as welcome coffee & homemade cake and a goody bag.

    This course accommodates 8 people.

    Find out more about Caroline Wrench and the other workshop leaders.

  • Smartphone Photography
    February 2020

    In this workshop you will discover how to take fabulous photos with your smartphone.

    We all walk round with a camera in our pocket these days and imagery is everywhere, so join us to discover how to stand out from the crowd and get the best from your phone.

    The workshop will include taking photos, how to enhance them, lighting and composition as well as external apps and discussion about what you do with your photos afterwards.

    This workshop would be perfect for business owners and those bloggers who use Instagram and Pinterest etc to promote their business as well as the casual photographer.

    Jenny Kaye is a professional photographer and will share her hints and tips for creating stunning imagery.

    This course accommodates 8 people.

    Find out more about Jenny Kaye and the other workshop leaders.

  • Learn to make a Hand Tied Bouquet
    March 2019

    Have you ever wondered how to create a gorgeous arrangement from the everyday supermarket flowers that you pick up with your bread and milk? Or perhaps you have an abundance of lovingly home grown flowers picked from your garden, but are at a loss as to how best to display them?

    Gill Booker is an award winning, City and Guilds trained florist who will demonstrate how you can transform the cellophane wrapped bunch of nondescript flowers that are your weekly supermarket purchase into a truly stunning hand tied arrangement, ready to be displayed in your own vase.

    Spend the morning with Gill as she demonstrates two different approaches to hand tied arrangements. All flowers and foliage will be provided along with coffee and homemade cake on arrival and a goody bag to take home along with your two finished bouquets.

    This would make the perfect Mothers Day present, book your Mum onto the course or come along together to make her the best personalised bouquet as her gift for Mothering Sunday.

    This course accommodates 8 people.

    Find out more about Gill Booker and the other workshop leaders.

  • Instagram for Business
    November 2018

    Kat Shayler from SharpFox Social, is running an Instagram for Business Workshop. The course will include:

    • How To Create A Standout Instagram Account (Including Creating a Stellar Biography)
    • What and When To Post
    • How To Find Your Potential Customers On Instagram and How To Talk To Them
    • How and When To Post To Maximise Engagement
    • Instagram Stories – Practical Session
    • Question and Answer Session

    Also, please have an Instagram account installed on your mobile and bring it with you!

    This course accommodates 20 people.

    Find out more about Kat Shayler and the other workshop leaders.

  • Interior Design Basics
    March 2018

    Whether the place where you live is a mansion or a studio flat it is your ‘castle’, your anchor and your life under one roof. But does it currently feel like a place of welcome and comfort or more a functional collection of furniture?!

    This short course, run by Charlotte Reynolds, aims to give a fun and informal introduction to Interior Decoration. Learn the principles of making the most of the space you have.

    • Planning a room – purpose & practicalities
    • Inspirational effects of colour and light
    • The decorative scheme, style and mood
    • Accessorizing
    • Colour psychology
    • There will be a practical workshop putting together a sample/colour board for a fictional client.

      Bring a photograph (if you would like!) of a room or area of your house that you feel doesn’t ‘work’, for discussion during the morning.

      Refreshments, goody bags and all materials will be provided.

      This course accommodates 5 people.

      Find out more about Charlotte Reynolds and the other workshop leaders.

  • Fab Foods for Women 40+
    October 2017

    What you eat can have a profound effect on your health as you grow older. This workshop, hosted by Nutritional Therapist Sue Vaughan, will look at how making the right food choices can help to increase your energy, reduce mood swings, get rid of cravings, improve your memory, reduce anxiety, and even help you to lose weight without dieting.

    You will discover which foods can balance your hormones naturally as you get older, to help with PMS, peri-menopause, menopause and other female health issues, helping you to achieve optimum health at every stage of your life.

    With practical tips, recipes and recommendations for what to add to your weekly shopping list, find out how nutrition can help slow down the ageing process and give you natural health and beauty from the inside out!

    This course accommodates 10 people.

  • How to Take a Better Photograph
    September 2017

    Do you love photography but find that you don’t always get the results you were hoping for? Perhaps you have a new camera but never manage to take it off Auto setting? If that sounds familiar then this course could be for you!

    Taught by professional photographer Jenny Kaye, you will discover how to get the most from your camera and achieve great results. Learning about light, camera controls and composition will provide you with the tools to take great eye catching photos, whether your preference is family, landscape, product or other photography.

    This workshop will be a mixture of theory and practical and you will need to bring either a Digital SLR or Bridge camera. (If you do not have a camera but are thinking of buying one we may be able to lend you one)

    This course accommodates 10 people.

    £58 per person

  • Floral Workshop
    May 2017

    Floral Workshop on Tuesday 9th May and will be run by Gill Booker a Constance Spry trained florist and City and Guild’s Gold Medal of Excellence Winner, who has taught at Missenden Abbey and runs her own Bespoke Floristry business.

    The course will start at 10am and run until 1pm. Starting with coffee and cake, you will make a table centre piece which you can take home at the end of the morning. All participants will also receive a goody bag and there will be a chance to browse the Studio Shop at the end of the morning.

    All materials, containers, flowers and greenery will be included in the price along with refreshments throughout the morning. Booking and payment, by bank transfer, must be made ahead of the date.

    The studio is based in the heart of the Chilterns, with fabulous views across the Pednor Valley. It is a light and airy venue with easy step free access and plenty of parking.

    This course accommodates 10 people.

  • Lampshade Making
    May 2017

    Lampshade Making with Katrina de Toney of Lampshade Parade on Thursday 25th May. During this 3-½ hour course you will learn how to make your very own 30cm drum lampshade to take home with you. All the tips and skills that you acquire on the day will enable you to confidently recreate the steps at home to make more lampshades as and when you wish.

    Katrina will provide all tools, equipment and materials required to make your drum lampshade.

    The course is suitable for complete beginners as all steps will be carefully explained and demonstrated, along with all the short cuts, finer techniques and advice that will take your lampshade from amateur to professional!

    This course accommodates 10 people.

    £58 per person.

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