Ancient artefacts abound in The West Country, particularly in Somerset and Wiltshire. These sites provide a fascinating picture of our ancestors’ lives, spiritual beliefs, and capabilities. This journey into our past will be an inspiring and memorable experience..
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Course Dates 2017 – 2018
These courses take place at Stoke Lodge
Fridays 1pm to 3pm Gordon Strong
- 10 sessions from 12 January £122 / £74 HSLB
New course dates will be available in our next Course Guide 2018 -19 from Summer 2018
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