See current government guidelines:

My commitment to running excellent courses remains the same as it ever was.
Following government advice and that of independent scientific advisors, all areas used by students have been risk assessed ensuring that courses can take place in a controlled and responsible way.
I have put in place a number of measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable workshop experience for everyone.


NB – Proof of your immunisation (or a negative test result from within 2 days of the course start date) must be emailed to me before attending.

Bookings – what happens if the government change their rulings on in-person teaching after you have booked a workshop?

  • If the rate of infection increases and indoor classes are no longer permissible, You can transfer to a later workshop – or get a full refund.

Social distancing – what measures are in place?

  • I am happy to welcome 3 students from the same bubble.
    While transmission rates continue to be of concern there will be a will be the maximum of 2 students from different bubbles in my home-studio.

Enhanced cleaning – what measures are in place?

  • My studio, kitchen, washroom and the utility area is given a deep clean prior to every workshop, and at the start/end of each day.

Hygiene – what measures are in place?

  • All students must sanitise their hands when they arrive, and regularly during the workshop. Additional hand sanitiser is provided with each tool-kit, and cleaning products are positioned in all areas accessible to students.
    Disinfectant sprays are on hand in the washroom and students are asked to spritz handles and taps after use.

Arrival – what to do when you arrive?

  • Please enter my house via the garden. Go to the end of the house (past the kitchen and workshop) and enter via the black door by the pond beyond the privet hedge. You will find hand sanitizer and signing-in forms.
  • To support NHS Test and TraceI have QR codes for the NHS COVID-19 app on display – please ensure you scan the QR code when you arrive.
    Please provide a telephone number to enable easier contact should a confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) be identified. This will be a temporary record,

Workshop space & equipment – what will have changed?

  • To aid ventilation in my workshop, windows and doors will need to remain open. You may wish to wear additional layers to compensate for this
  • I provide each student with safety masks, surgical gloves, hand sanitiser in addition to individual toolkits. A sterilising spritzer and wipes are on hand for shared tools.
  • Social distancing / angled positioning should be maintained at all times. I ask for your cooperation in making sure that PPE is worn during all contact times, and that your tools and all shared equipment is wiped down after use.

Face coverings – do you need to wear one?

  • In accordance with the latest government guidelines, face coverings must be worn indoors and where social distancing cannot easily be maintained, except where exemptions apply. Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings for health, age or disability reasons – if this is the case, please let me know when making your booking as additional steps might need to be taken to ensure the safety of other people attending.

Lunches and Snacks – will these still be provided?

  • My usual serve-yourself tapas-style lunches are no longer possible. Instead our local café provides individually packed take-aways (students are asked to chose from a range of excellent pizzas, baked potatoes and sandwiches prior to the workshop).
  • Tea, coffee and plenty of other snacks remain on offer throughout the day, served to you using disposable plates and cutlery, or in individual packages.
    – It would be great if you could bring your own water bottle to cut down on disposable cups during the workshop.

Feeling unwell – what should you do?

You must not come on the course, or must cease to attend, if:

  • you have one or more Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms; a new and continuous cough or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  • a member of your household (including someone in your support bubble or childcare bubble if you have one) has Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
  • you are required to isolate having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area.
  • you have had a positive test.
  • you start to experience symptoms.
  • if you don’t have any symptoms but have had a positive test (whether this was a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test).

Anyone told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace or by their public health protection team, has a legal obligation to self-isolate.

  • Please read my Terms & Conditions regarding my policy on cancellations and refunds;

If you become unwell after attending my Stone Carving Workshop –
let me know immediately via email – (NB include ‘COVID-19 ABSENCE’ in the email subject field). Alternatively, call me on 01904 426982