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Diary dates for 2017

November 8, 2016

Member’s Meetings 2017

7.30pm till 9.30pm Members Meeting @ Buchan Country Park, Horsham Road, Crawley, West Sussex. RH11 9HQ

2017 dates: 16th Feb – 20th April – 13th July (AGM)- 16th November

There will be an invited speaker to each member’s meeting other than the July AGM.

Many thanks to all for attending a busy AGM where a way forward for the group was discussed and new committee members elected. The rain even held off for the barbeque. Thanks to all involved in the preparations.

At the next meeting on the 16th November our speaker is Nick Owen. Nick is an ecologist and SSCG member, who many of you will know in his winter mode when he carries out coppicing and woodland management activities. During the summer his ecology work takes him underwater carrying out marine surveys. Come and hear about Nick’s experience and the similarities and differences of work above and below the water line.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Shows 2017

The shows for 2017 are listed below.


Those with an * indicate that expenses may be claimed for group members attending.

There are two shows new to SSCG -Blindley Heath and Edenbridge. These are both run by the same organiser who has stated a stronger emphasis on rural crafts than previous years.

Contacts are: Steve Wright (07801 386264); Mark Allery (; Alan and Jo Waters (07887 868583 or

Committee Meetings 2017

The committee meets quarterly to discuss issues for the group. The meetings are friendly and not overly formal. Members are welcome as guests if they wish to explore how they can contribute and develop within the group. Please email if you wish to attend.

7.30pm till 10.00pm @ The Shy Horse, 423, Leatherhead Road, Chessington,

Surrey, KT9 2NQ

2017 dates: 19th Jan – 23rd March – 15th June – 26th October


Diary 2016 – Dates so far….

January 6, 2016

Committe Meetings

7.30pm till 10.00pm @ The Shy Horse, 423, Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 2NQ

21st Jan – 24th March – 16th June – 27th October

Members Meetings

7.30pm till 9.30pm Members Meeting @ Buchan Country Park, Horsham Road, Crawley, W.Sussex. RH11 9HQ

18th Feb – 14th April – 14th July – 17th November

To be confirmed


Hands On Day 2015

June 22, 2015



Calling all Woody-folk!

You are cordially invited to the 9th Annual Coppice Group Hands on Day which will be held on Saturday, 4th July, 2015 at the Fernhurst Furnace.

This year there will be a slightly more competitive tone with activities which may include anything from stake tying to chainsaw-boot whanging to deerskittles to a catapult range.

The good food, good company, banter and barter come as standard.

For those of you who have not visited before, the clue is in the name; it is an opportunity to get some hands on time and try out a wide variety of different activities, check out the link below for a flavour of the event.

Please note that you don’t need to be a member of the SSCG to share an activity or technique; we are extremely happy to have craftsmen from other areas sharing their skill, just let me know who and what!

The one change for this year is that visitors must do something, anything, at least one thing to get their ‘free lunch’!

The event is open to any and all, with camping available from Friday evening through to Sunday, all we ask for in advance is an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

For a map, please follow the link below:


So, spread the word and R.S.V.P. to John Sinclair at

More detail linked here…… original invitation document and a schematic map download …..

Invitation (docx)

Map (jpg)


Come on al’ Ye Woody Folk

June 17, 2014

Invitation for Hands On Day 2014

_DSC0523_1You are cordially invited to the 9th Annual Coppice Group Hands on Day which will be held on Saturday, 5th July, 2014 at the Fernhurst Furnace.   This year there will be much more to do and see with good food, good company, plenty of banter and barter and near-constant networking as standard. For those of you who have not visited before, the clue is in the name; it is an opportunity to get some hands-on time and try out a wide variety of different activities, check out the Hands On Day pages for a flavour of the event. MORE>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Diary 2014

February 19, 2014

Coppice Week and Charfest 2013

July 18, 2013

Details of courses attach for you interest…. BOOK NOW… Contact Dave Rosney listed at bottom for the Coppice Week


 CharFest is kicking off Coppice Week. If you wish to book a place on either the Earth Burn with Mark Cox & Peter Jameson or the Ring Kiln Burn with Alex Arther then please contact Alan& Jo Waters directly to book a place:

CharFest Earth Burn & Ring Kiln Burn, 10th & 11th August.
Alan & Jo Waters : 07887868583
Westdean Woods, West Dean, Chichester, o/s map 197 grid ref 859/158

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Hands On Day 2013…. Striking veiws of a good Life

July 18, 2013

HOD Auction 2013Furnhurst did it’s best job as ever and delivered Sun , Trees and Sky, worthy of a relaxed and informative fun day for all>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MORE