About Us





    Each year, in conjunction with the AGM and Christmas party, the Guild holds a competition. The competition is open to all members and is divided into the craft categories we promote: spinning, weaving and dyeing.

    There is an annual theme, usually announced early in the year (after the first committee meeting) giving members plenty of time to plan and prepare their entries.

    The following criteria were devised many years ago but may be useful for your preparation and helpful when you place your secret ballot in the vote for the winner of each category.

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    Guild Meetings

    The North Cheshire Guild’s programme for each year is prepared well in advance with as many speakers as funds will allow on a wide variety of topics. We try to ensure that topics will appeal to all members. In addition, we have a workshop at least once a year this may be the day after a Guild meeting and is related to the subject spoken about the day before. Members sign up for workshops and those attending meet the cost involved. Non members or members of other guilds may be invited if there is space as a full class keeps individual costs down. An outing is sometimes arranged once a year to a place of textile interest.

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    History of the Guild

    The North Cheshire Guild of Spinners, weavers & Dyers, was formed on November 10, 1984 when nineteen people met at Risley Nature Reserve. Up to that point, several people been meeting on an informal basis to spin and chat and share a common interest in continuing the ancient crafts and improving their own expertise, but by the following November, when the first AGM was held, they had formed into a properly structured society with a register, minutes and an annual AGM. The first Officers of the Guild were Norma Lancaster, President, Lesley Jones, Chairman and Marie Howarth, Secretary.

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    Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

    The Guild is a registered charity and is run by officers and committee elected by members at the Annual General Meeting which takes place in November. The committee consists of a chairman and vice chairman, secretary, treasurer, programme secretary plus additional members. We also have a non-elected President who keeps a benevolent eye on things. The committee meets during most meetings to maintain the efficient running of the Guild and welcomes approaches prior to committee meetings with any queries or problems members may have.

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