Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Scilly Isles, Somerset and Wiltshire Branch
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    Chair - Maureen Pearce
    Council Rep - James Webb
    Immediate Past Chairman - Ian Lund
    Secretary - Kate Baxter-Hunter
    Treasurer - Alyson Cooper
    Bulletin Editor - Malcolm James
    Membership Secretary - Liz Smith-Gibbons
    Private Practice - Malcolm James*
    English Heritage - Caroline Power
    Policy/Consultations - Colin Ellis*
    Events/Training - Vacant

    County Reps

    Cornwall + Scilly Isles - Alyson Cooper
    Devon inc Plymouth & Torbay - Maureen Pearce
    Dorset - James Webb
    Somerset - Greg Venn
    Wiltshire inc Swindon - Helen Garside
    ‘Cuba’ inc Bristol & Bath - Vacant
    Gloucestershire + S Glos. - Vacant

    Please note that posts with * have yet to be confirmed.

    Occasional series of talks and presentations
    21st October 12.45pm to 4.45pm

    Montacute House, Montacute, Somerset

    The cost to IHBC members will be £10. Places are limited so please book early. Please email IHBCSW Events [] to arrange a place.

    Branch Seminar
    Energy Conservation, The Green Deal and ECO

    18 July 2014 after our AGM, The Church of St Stephen, Exeter

    Presentation material (large files, please be patient)

    Mike Wye training day
    June 13th 2014

    Venue: Buckland Filleigh Sawmills
    Buckland Filleigh
    Devon EX21 5RN

    Location directions are on the web site -

    9.15 - Course assembles for refreshments and introductions

    9.30 Traditional lime materials –
    - lime putty and Natural Hydraulic Limes - strengths and specifications
    - choice of sands for bedding, pointing, rendering and plastering
    - role of pozzolans
    - types of hair
    There would follow a series of practical sessions where the principles and problem solving are discussed whilst working on actual demonstration walls.

    10.00 Building and repair on stone, mortar choice, techniques , protection

    11.00 Pointing stonework and brickwork - preparation of joints, tools and mortars, pointing techniques, protection

    11.45 Kreidezeit mineral water repellant for stone or brick

    12.00 Repairing cob structures, mass cob vs cob blocks, selecting sub-soils, use of straw, techniques, protection

    12.30 Buffet Lunch at the Devils Stone Inn, Shebbear

    1.30 External rendering with lime mortars including ecoCORK, choice of materials, tools and techniques, protection

    2.30 Internal plastering with lime plasters, choice of materials, riven vs sawn lath, tools and techniques,

    3.30 Limewashing and silicate paint - materials, preparation, techniques, protection

    4pm Practical Day finishes.