Dry Stone Walling Association - Derbyshire Branch
A Message from our Chairman:
A huge thanks to all of our members and their families who took part in this year's demonstration at Chatsworth Country Fair. The wall we built has received a lot of very positive publicity, and the Duke of Devonshire when interviewed on TV was highly complimentary. Thanks also to the public for their support and enthusiasm. The signed T shirt raffle winner was M. White of Chesterfield.
Carl Hardman, Chairman DDSWA
The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain is a charitable organisation formed over 40 years ago to promote the craft of dry stone walling. The Derbyshire branch was established in 1982 and seeks to ensure that the best craftsmanship of the past is both preserved, and has a thriving future, by improving knowledge and understanding of this important part of Derbyshire's heritage. The Derbyshire branch also includes members in the neighbouring counties of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.
Dry Stone Walling Courses for Beginners - 2015 dates now available
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.
Meetings of the Derbyshire branch of the DSWA are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at The Boat Inn, Scarthin, Cromford, DE4 3QF, 01629 258083. All DSWA members are welcome to attend. The next meeting is on Wednesday 28th of January 2015 at 7.30pm - Christmas meal, advance booking required.