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Hand & Machine Embroidery Workshop

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 14:00

‘Hand & Machine Embroidery’ May 17th

Saturday 17th May 2014 @ Riversmeet Resource Centre, 2-4pm 

Join us, bring along a little frame and ‘stitch a picture’ or create a beautiful cushion – we have some great ideas! 

Ring Maggi to chat about as session or book.

Tel: 01900 825407 

Or email: maggi@toneredgar.com

Varnycrooks Orchard Blossom Day

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 11:00

Varnycrooks Orchard Blossom Day

Saturday the 17th of May between 11am and 3pm

Join us for our Orchard Blossom Day this May where we will be busy doing a morning of gardening (mulching, weeding, and stone fruit pruning) and then enjoying a well-earned picnic in the afternoon

As usual, tea and coffee will be available, but please bring some food to share

The damsons, plums and early pears have put on a particularly fine display this year, so hopefully the apples will be doing the same in a couple of weeks time :)

We have recently paid for the orchard to join the newly formed Community Supported Agriculture Network. This is a self-funding body, which is aiming to continue the work of The Soil Association in promoting and assisting CSA projects around the country. Any donations towards this would be very welcome!

  • Please come in some suitable weatherproof clothing, and most importantly, a pair of waterproof boots
  • Friends and family are very welcome, but children under 16 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult
  • Parking space is limited so car sharing is encouraged
  • Please try to share transport where possible
  • Donations towards our social event fund for materials and refreshments welcome

Evening Sewing Bee

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 19:00

Buzzing atmosphere for like-minded friends 

On following Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks;

7.00 – 9.00pm @ Rivermeet Community Resource

13th, 20th + 27th MAY, 10th + 24th JUNE

Come along for a chat and a creative ‘make-do and mend’. Repair and /or customise your wardrobe. How to make a garment, follow a pattern, machine-stitch, hand-stitch your clothes. Bring your own project along and book ahead for 5 sessions £25.00 per person. We have fabric/threads!!!

Call Maggi to chat about a session on 01900 825407

Or email maggi@toneredgar.com

Lampshade Making Workshop

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 19:00

Lampshade Making Workshop

29th  April 7-9pm 

Held at; Riversmeet Community Resource, 4 Market Street, Cockermouth.

Easy-to-use kits and tutor support provided in this workshop. We will be making a professional quality lampshade (from a covering of your choice) for a 30 x 30cm drum lampshade for lamp or pendant.
 Perfect for co-ordinating your lighting with your interior. RRP for shades this size is £50!

Or choose from 50 fabric pieces in a range of materials. Bring your friends and make a night of it :)

  • No experience necessary
  • £10 per person
  • Small charge for material
  • Please book as places are limited

For information & bookings contact: Viv Wilkinson, tel 01900 829490 or email reuse@riversmeet.org 

This project has been organized  by Riversmeet Community Co-operative, who are supporting the community explore new approaches to using materials that may otherwise be thrown away.

Also if you are intersted in this project but can't make the date, please let us know as we have plenty more planned!

Lampshade Making Workshop

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 19:00

Create a professional-quality lampshade for less with our easy-to-use kits and tutor support provided in this workshop. It's perfect for coordinating your lighting with your home interior, whilst adding something with your own unique style to your decor.

The lampshade will be made from a covering of your choice for a 30 x 30 cm drum lampshade - for a lamp or pendant. 
Or alternatively, choose from 50 fabric pieces in a range of materials. RRP for a shade this size in shops such as Cath Kidson is £50! 

Bring along your friends and make an evening of it :)

Beginners and expert crafters welcome as no experience necessary for this workshop  

Date: 29th April 2014, 7-9pm

Price: £10 per person + a small charge for material

Please book as places are limited, please contact: Viv Wilkinson on 01900 829490 or email reuse@riversmeet.org 


Making Mexican Huarache Sandals

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 13:00

Join Andy at our Mexican Huarache Sandal Making Workshop!

They're ideal for walking, running, beachwear, lounging about.....

Also learn how to make conventional socks into Japanese split toe Tabi socks that can be worn with the sandals - it’s the sock and sandals look that works! 

Just bring along a couple of pairs of old socks as all other materials are provided.

Time and date: 1-3pm on March 29th 2014

To book/ get more info please ring Andy on 07943 813864

Apple Tree Grafting Workshop

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 13:30

Make your own apple trees for £2.50 each!

Grafting is a cheap and easy way of creating your own apple trees and furthermore you can choose from a wide range of varieties suitable for Cumbria.

The workshop will involve;

  • a discussion of the purpose of grafting scion wood onto rootstocks
  • a demonstration of the techniques involved
  • guidance and instruction for all participants when grafting their own apple trees

Time and date

Saturday 15th March 2014, 1.30-4.30pm

Held at

Riversmeet Resource Centre, 4 Market Place, Cockermouth

Entrance fee



£2.50 each

Booking required. Please email info@ncorchards.co.uk or telephone Mark Evens on 01900 828189

Hand & Machine Sewing Workshop

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00

All welcome, no experience necessary!

Bring fabric you love, project ideas or try ours.

Advice on; 

  • Tools and materials
  • Customisation techniques
  • Help with ideas and making
  • Access to equipment

Price; £5 per person

Held at Riversmeet Community Cooperative, on two upcoming dates; 8th March 2014, 10-12noon, and 26th April 2014, 2-4pm.

To find out more and book a place contact Viv Wilkinson -

Varnycrooks Orchard Planting Day

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 13:00

You are cordially invited to the 4th planting day at Varnycrooks Orchard!

There are a small number of trees to be planted this year and we welcome anyone interested to lend a hand!

The main objective of the day will be to apply a mulch of old hay to each tree - this will provide both weed suppression and nutrients over the course of the growing season.

Please bring with you;

  • gardening gloves (or any kind of gloves) if you have them
  • some food to share if you wish (tea and soup will be available for all on the day) 
  • suitable weatherproof clothing
  • a pair of waterproof boots or wellies
  • a responsible adult if you are under the age of 16

Parking space is limited so we encourage you to car-share if you can. Donations towards our social event fund for materials and refreshments welcome :-)

When does the digging start?

We get cracking at 1pm!

Where is Varnycrooks?

The orchard is at Threapland - please get in touch with us on our Facebook page for directions or to organise a carshare. 

Home Energy Saving Day

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:00

Find some simple practical advice to help you save money and energy

Find out how to;

  • Read and understand your energy bill (bring one along with you) with Allerdale Council
  • Swap energy suppliers to get the best deal with Allerdale Council
  • Draft proof your home with “chimney sheep” and excluders with CAFs and Sally
  • Install low-energy lighting with Limelighting of Cockermouth
  • Install solar panels with Sundog of Penrith

Pop along anytime between 10am and 4pm Saturday 22nd February 2014 at the Riversmeet Resource Centre.