The Guild of Straw Craftsmen - Events, Exhibitions and Courses in 2018

A dove in marquetry

"Dove"
Worked by John Brooks
from a design by Peter Shelley.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information in this page is correct, the Guild of Straw Craftsmen cannot be held responsible for any errors that occur.
We will try to make sure that we attend the event or fair but unforeseen circumstances may force us to cancel an appearance at short notice.

Events, Exhibitions and Courses

This page contains information about where you can see the Guild in action and learn about straw crafts. Our courses are suitable for both beginners and the more advanced straw worker. Some of the students who came to the beginners’ course just to “have a go” have now become regulars of the advanced courses.

Events run by Guild Members Events run by Guild Members
Beginners and Intermediate Courses Beginners and Intermediate Courses

Events run by Guild Members.

Sunday, 10th June 2018 - The Minnie Lambeth Gathering
The Minnie Lambeth Gathering is named in memory of a Cambridgeshire lady who became interested in com dollies in 1938 when she found a twist of straw, a 'Countryman's favour', lying on the roadside. Possibly it had been lost the day before from the buttonhole of someone's Sunday jacket. She took it home for the local museum. Her interest in straw developed further over the years as she researched and wrote books. In the mid 60's she invited people to her home to share their work so that they could learn from each other and improve the quality of plaiting.

The Gathering, traditionally held in June, has had few organisers in its time. In 2000 Anne Renfrew took on the challenge and the Gathering moved to Knightcote in Warwickshire. It is held in the magnificent Monks Barn.

For those with an interest in straw work, this is a day not to be missed.
This year's speaker will be
Anne Dyer

Anne's talk is called " 101 Things to do with a dead straw". This will no doubt be an interesting talk.

Plaiting and Chatting in the afternoon.

This year the competition theme will be 'Travel'.

Read about the Corn Dolly poem by Minnie Lambeth.

For further details email .

some of the work shown at the Minnie Lambeth Gathering

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wind chimes made from seven straw plaits

These wind chimes were made by one of our junior members at one of the Duns Tew workshops.

Courses run by the Guild and Guild members.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Howden Weekend scheduled for April has had to be cancelled.
We hope that the weekend will take place next year(2019).
Beginners and Intermediate Courses

Date Details Tutor
Saturday,
7th April '18
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

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£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
21st July '18
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

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£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse
Saturday,
6th October '18
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
6th April '19
Unconfirmed
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
6th July '19
Unconfirmed
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay
Saturday,
5th October '19
Unconfirmed
9:30 for 10:00
King’s Sutton Millennium Memorial Hall
Astrop Road
King’s Sutton
Oxfordshire OX17 3PG

Click for a map of how to get to Kings Sutton.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Dorothy Seedhouse,
Antony Gay

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Details
We are hoping to hold workhops for all ablilities at a new location in Kings Sutton (Oxfordshire).

For details of the Kings Sutton Workshops, please email .

a picture of work in progress