Course information

Course content.
The course lasts from Monday lunchtime until Friday lunchtime. (Except specialist Course).
It is suitable for every level of knowledge as teaching takes place on a individual basis, so it doesn't matter if it's the first clock you have picked up, or whether you have been working on clocks for twenty years.

The week starts at midday on Monday, with most people arriving between 12 and 1.30 which gives time to unload your clocks and tools and find a bench before the official 2pm start. The workshop is open from 12 but I will be setting up the workshop and may not be able to help you straight away. We officially start at 2pm.
We normally start the week by spending an hour or so walking around together having a look at everyones' clocks and deciding the best approach to the weeks' work. The rest of the week is yours to spend working at your own pace on your own clock. I spend the week doing my rounds, circulating, answering questions and demonstrating the professional approach to clock repair. When I come upon a job or demonstration that I think will benefit everyone I call it to the attention of the whole group. If you are experienced at repairs or have seen the demo before, you can carry on with your own work.

The course hours are as follows:-

Monday 12.00--6.45pm

Tuesday 9am--6.45pm

Wednesday 9am--6.45pm

Thursday 9am--6.45pm

Friday 9am--1pm. At 1pm we will need to stop and have a cup of tea before packing up.

These hours are when I am there to help you and the workshop is open. They are not strict hours that must be adhered to. Many people go early or start later. It's up to you!

I only take nine students in each class, with many people returning year after year.
The course attracts a wide range of people from different backgrounds and of different ages, from 20 up to 90. We have dentists, builders, accountants, engineers, in fact all walks of life.
I also have quite a few regular female students, who often put us men to shame with better patience!

The courses are held at a privately owned stately home, in a fantastic location, four miles south west of Pulborough in West Sussex.

Half the students travel in daily, with the other half staying as residents at the local pub/hotel.
Tea and coffee are provided all week in the workshop, with chocolate biscuits on a good day!
Lunch is provided from Tuesday to Thursday inclusive and is cooked and served by my wife, Jean and also Joanna Mersey.
Generally it is a home-made soup, a salad or ploughmans.
Evening meals are left to your own arrangements and are not included.

To sum it up, this is a very relaxed, friendly week where we make new friends, meet up with old friends, eat well and learn about clocks at the same time.