Further to my last post, I'll be available during the day for free bench inspections on instruments. Does your guitar not play as well as you think it should? Is the action too high? Strings buzzing? Or have some other annoying issue? Feel free to bring your instrument along and drop into the Fret & Nut workshop and see me for a free bench inspection and assessment of it’s condition, and what work might be necessary, or recommended , to get your instrument playing as well as it can again, without obligation.
Having spent the best part of August decorating, moving equipment and benches, and organising where things go... the new workshop will be up and running from Monday 2nd September. In addition to this, on Saturday 21st September, Flax Drayton Farm workshops have an open day. Please do come along and enjoy the various activities, listen to some live music, and have a look at what the creative businesses here are up to...more details below ... Fret & Nut and Steve's Amps are the third workshop on the left.
Flaxdrayton Workshops Open Day ( Press Release)
This September come join the extraordinary arts and social enterprise hub at Flaxdrayton Farm in our Workshops Open Day.
** Free entry! **
Flaxdrayton Workshops are opening their doors to the public on Saturday 21st September from 11am to 4pm. Visitors can explore the fascinating history of this Victorian farmyard, along with an exclusive peek into the 18 thriving businesses and workshops nestled in the beautiful Somerset countryside; each working to make their corner of the world a better and more interesting place to be.
This historic Victorian farmyard has been in the Blake family since it was built in 1858. Francis and his wife Jane, the current generation, took on the farm in the mid 70’s, first farming organically, then, following a substantial fire in 1993, gradually converting the buildings with great care into its current vibrant community of 18 small businesses (there’s just two units currently empty and available to let).
Come to the Open Day and you can:
Taste and buy wonderful fresh produce from local food producers, including:
Cider and apple juice
Bread and bakery products
Fruit and vegetables, eggs and preserves
Sports nutrition, healthy snacks
Purchase restored antiques and memorabilia and other up-cycled collectibles
See wood carving, upholstery and furniture restoration in action
Sign up for discounted sessions – photography and Body SMART fitness
Tour the metal gaming miniatures workshop and follow a game in action
Play with Imagine Learn & Create’s “Club Tropicale” – crazy golf, photo booth, fortune telling, coconut shy, splat the (tropical) rat
Enjoy live music from John Adamson, Plum Jam and Toadflax in the farmyard and try out the outdoor dance floor
Refresh yourself at our “pop up” café, selling tea/coffee, pasties, cakes, mocktails
Find out about the history of what was a model Victorian farm 160 years ago, and its story since.
All profits are going to The Refugee Council, Somerset Wildlife Trust and Prostate Cancer UK.
Flaxdrayton Farm is just ½ mile from the A303 between South Petherton and Norton-sub-Hamdon.
For more information, please visit www.flaxdrayton.co.uk, ring 01460 241062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our tenants (clockwise around the farmyard)-
Angel Eyes Sarah Wallace New-born, maternity and family photography
Veelyn Ltd Lynda Styles Antiques, collectables, craft Items, memorabilia & up-cycling
Fret and Nut Andy Hann Guitar set up and repairs
Steve’s Amps Steve Rowse Valve amplifier repairs
Julia Thompson Ethical jeweller and silversmith
Take Art Ralph Lister Arts charity for Somerset communities
Arttus Ken Peterkin Period interiors and furniture, restoration conservation and consultancy
iOme Fitness Charlie Fardon Fitness studio, yoga/pilates
Bower Bakery Peter Hill Artisan baker
Blackdown Greenroofs Ian Banks Green roof supply and installation and all related roofing/podium needs
Navtor UK Ltd Richard Northover E-navigation solutions, products and services
John Adamson Wood carving
Marc Wood Fine joinery and furniture bespoke Joinery
JJ’s Nuts Andy and Debbie Cox Nuts, nibbles, herbs and spices
Imagine Learn and Create Jess Hyslop Art and craft tutoring for those and create with learning disabilities
SHQ Miniatures Heroics & ROS Pete Edwards Ian Armstrong Metal gaming miniatures
Hackney Studio Wendy Heath Painted furniture and upcycling, pedicure and reflexology
Upholstery Studio Linda Whatley Upholstery, furniture repairs, dress making
All contact details can be found at www.flaxdrayton.co.uk.
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