Cheshire Smallholders Association


The training courses are a mainstay of association activity and cover a range of subjects. Reaseheath college also run several courses of interest to smallholders, so do have a look at their website for more details.

We are now organising and sourcing course for other activities related to smallholdings so do please let us know what courses you want.

Course dates are arranged when sufficient interest is expressed in individual training courses. Please review the current course listing or contact the committee to book a place or for get further information by email.

To help with the organisation of the course we welcome any volunteers who can help with the ringing round organising of each course, if you are attending a course please consider giving a little time to help organise it; if it falls to the same few people each time it can limit the number of courses we can organise.

We are all volunteers and  have limited time and the committee members have probably attended all the courses at least once.

Chainsaw Use - This course last ran in June 2013.  If you are interested in registering for the next course please contact our us here.   The course aims to give the students the basic practical skills to use a chainsaw safely.

Vets and Medicine - This course also took place in summer 2013 and will be run again subject to demand. We will aim to meet again with the vets from Rose Cottage Veterinary Practice. Click here if you are interested.

Pig Butchery - We are currently (November 2018) planning another pig butchery course for January 2019 and we are collecting names.  Please please
contact us if you are interested.

Lamb Butchery - The last one was an introductory lamb butchery course in February 2018, more will be organised as demand requires. Please click here if you are interested.

Spinning - Dianne is giving one and two day courses on spinning wool using her own Jacob's fleece.  Contact Dianne Hall on 01829 760348 for more information. (Editor - Dianne, congratulations on your spinning award)

Beekeeping - Due to the small number of people that could attend the last course we offered, we now tend to refer enquiries to the local beekeeping associations. There is an active local association - please see British Beekeepers for details.

Reaseheath - Reaseheath run a variety of courses of interest to smallholders see Reaseheath for details.

Dry Stone Walling - See The Dry Stone Walling Association of GB for details of their courses. The Cheshire contact is secretary Mrs. Delia Davies, 0161 338 3537, after 6pm.

Smallholders and Animal Health and Welfare - Defra prepared this report with input from the Cheshire Smallholders Association in 2016.

Open Defra report here

The Shepherds Diary - Sue and Mike Shimwell have prepared the diary with support from Tony Moore and other members of the CSA. It is designed to act as an aid when planning your sheep activities for the year and is not a substitute for proper training. Please feel free to use it for non commercial use with all the usual caveats about not following it blindly. If you want to use it commercially or have other queries you will need to email enquiries.

Open Shepherds' Diary here