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Short craft courses at Assington Mill have now been running for over 4 years. We offer around 45 different subjects, including those that are not often covered elsewhere, such as straw-bale building, book conservation, furniture conservation, dowsing, and coracle making. We also aim to choose topics like the badger day, and food for free, that make use of the beautiful and unspoilt location.


The former watermill is at the centre of a small organic farm of 70 acres, and managed as a private nature reserve. Anne Holden, who runs the courses, says, We have now welcomed over 1500 students, including people from Mexico, Greenland, USA, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Italy and Eire, and we enjoy meeting so many interesting people.

The workshop for the courses used to be a WWII prefabricated hut, but was replaced in 2004 by a spacious and elegant building made out of straw bales and rendered with clay, both off the farm. It was built by about 20 people on a course that lasted seven days, under the supervision of Barbara Jones of Amazon Nails. Barbara advised the owner of the straw-bale house on TVs Grand Designs. It has a pantiled roof, large double doors at each end, windows along the length of one wall, a toilet/wet-room and a small tea point. Assington Brook runs along one side and the doors on the south elevation overlook the meadows which lead to Spouses Grove nature reserve.

Lunch is homemade and included in the course fees, together with homemade biscuits and cakes, and the food is sourced locally from Assington Farm Shop and rarely from supermarkets.

For further information contact Anne Holden (01787) 229955, Mob 07770 550570, email info@assingtonmill.co.uk or visit website www.assingtonmill.com