Information for Members

Here’s some information about our Guild.  Please ask us if you can’t find the answer to your questions below.

The Guild is run by a Committee elected from the membership, which meets at least 3 times a year.  We hold our AGM in December.

The hall opens at 10.00am. Our meetings run between 10.30am-4.00pm.

Afternoon talks generally start at 2.00pm unless otherwise stated.

Lunch is when you are hungry – but bear in mind that we have announcements or a business meeting around 1.15pm, or as advised.

Our programme and the exact running order can vary slightly from month to month.  Please check the website or your programme card for details.  We send out an email with exact details, usually a week before the Guild Day.

What happens on a Saturday morning?

  • Members bring their spinning wheels, looms and knitting needles and enjoy a good catch-up. There is space for anyone to bring something they’ve been working on and ask for advice.
  • The Library is open and you can borrow or return books.
  • You can organise equipment loan.
  • Members who’ve been to workshops may bring in samples to show.
  • Sometimes there are organised activities which you may wish to take part in.
  • You can usually find stash for sale.

What are all the bits of paper on the tables by the door?

The Treasurer’s table

  • An attendance register – please sign in on arrival (needed to check names in a fire drill and for our records)
  • for subscription
  • Sign-up sheets for workshops
  • Membership lists, please take one
  • The 50p tea money pot

The Notice board Table

We try to limit the amount of emails we send out so please take a look at what’s on the table.   You’ll find information about:

  • Events and workshop information (local and national)
  • Up-to-date information about guild or National Association business
  • A second board for general use to advertise items of interest or for sale

Where can I get a cup of tea/coffee?       

Help yourself to tea and coffee from the kitchen any time during the day.  Drinks and biscuits are served from the hatch after the talk has finished in the afternoon. 

There is a 50p contribution each month – please leave money in the dish on the Treasurer’s table when you arrive.

Are there any customs I should know about?

  • Out of courtesy we have agreed that we won’t eat, spin or knit during business meetings, talks or show and tell (and similar) events.
  • We share the role of tea making by volunteering for the rota.
  • We provide a simple lunch for visiting speakers and partners. We ask for volunteers to help with this, and also to give a vote of thanks at the end of a talk.

How do I use the library?

The Library is open during the morning and closes after lunch.

Our Librarian or one of the team will explain the borrowing system to you.

You can take out as many books as you like for two months.  The library has around 300 books stored in a cupboard in the storeroom at the rear of the hall.  Feel free to browse.

How do I borrow equipment?

Check the list to see what we have for loan and then check with the Equipment Co-ordinator to for availability.  A deposit is required.

Is there any equipment I can use?

  • On Saturday mornings, there is an equipment box available which contains like screwdrivers, and a niddy noddy for spinners.
  • We have a number of large items, including wheels and looms. Check the website for details.
  • We also have a Reference Library of specialist books and leaflets too delicate or precious to be kept in the Hall. A list of these is kept in the equipment box and any member may request and item to be brought to a Guild meeting.

How do I know what the Committee has decided?

  • You can attend Committee meetings as an observer.
  • You are asked to arrive punctually and are reminded not to contribute.
  • The main decisions are shared verbally at the following Business Meeting.
  • The committee minutes are sent to all members via email and posted on the noticeboard.

How can I catch up if I miss a meeting?

The minutes of the Business meetings and announcements are emailed out to members, and are placed on the notice board.  Information is circulated in our monthly newsletter Guild Gossip the week before the meeting.  We also send out related mail such as the Association Newsletter, information about the national exhibition etc. along with other important items as they arise. 

If you don’t use email please tell us so we can find you a ‘buddy’.

What is the Guild Challenge?

Every the Chair challenges the members – everyone is invited to participate.  The only rule is that whatever you produce must consist primarily of at least one of our core skills or weaving, spinning or dyeing.

Currently the challenge is presented in June at a members’ show and tell event.

Do you exhibit?

Yes – we currently join the Silverdale and Arnside Art and Craft Trail which takes place in the last weekend in June (same as Woolfest).  We are also regulars at Kendal Wool Gathering in October.  Sometimes we demonstrate at the Westmoreland County Show.

We also submit our work to the National Association’s exhibition which runs every 2 years.