The Guild of Straw Craftsmen - Events, Exhibitions and Courses in 2010

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.

Item 1 Events run by Guild Members
Item 2 Chat and Plait
Item 3 The Guild at Events and Fairs
Item 3a Exhibitions
Item 4 Beginners and Intermediate Courses
Item 5 General Courses
Item 6 Courses for all levels
Item 7 City and Guilds Courses


Events run by Guild Members in 2010.

13th June 2010 - 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 the year 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 the theme will be 'Nursery Rhymes'.

The speaker will be Mr Robert Manton, who will be giving us a talk about Rural and Woodland Crafts.

Read about the Corn Dolly poem by Minnie Lambeth.

For further details contact:


Anne Renfrew,
New House Farm,
Knightcote,
Southam
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire CV47 2EQ

or email

some of the work shown at the Minnie Lambeth Gathering

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Chat and Plait


Date Event Details
Third Tuesday of
the month

7.30pm to 9.30pm

Straw craft for everyone
Workshop with
Amanda Davies.
The Fleece Inn
Bretforton,
Evesham,
Worcestershire WR11 7JE

Please email for further details.

A small charge is made for any materials used,

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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.

Where to see the Guild at Events and Fairs in 2010.

Members of the Guild will be at various craft fairs and other events across the country. We hope to see you at the events listed below.

Date Location Member
9th to 11th
April
Sandringham Craft Show.
Sandringham,
Norfolk.
Carol Attewell
1st to 3rd May Burghley Craft Show.
Burghley House
Stamford,
Lincolnshire. PE9 3YG
Carol Attewell
22nd / 23rd May Althrope Estate Country Show.
Northamptonshire.
Carol Attewell
29th to 31st May Bedfordshire Craft Show.
Woburn Abbey.
Bedfordshire. MK17 9QN
Carol Attewell
31st May Bampton Morris Festival.
Bampton,
Oxfordshire.

In the village hall from 9.00am to 4.00pm

Florence Cross
12th / 13th June Cambridge Town and Country Show.
Cambridge.
Carol Attewell
19th June Sezincote House.
Longbrough,
Gloucestershire.GL56 9AW

Details of Sezincote House can be found on their web page.

Florence Cross
3rd and 4th July Cotswold Country Show.
Cirencester Park,
Gloucestershire.
Carol Attewell
17th and 18th July Folk Art at Compton Verney.
Compton Verney,
Warwickshire. CV35 9HZ

Details of Compton Verney can be found on their web page.

Florence Cross
21st July Driffield Agriculture Show.
Driffield,
Yorkshire.
Carol Attewell
28th July Sandringham Flower Show.
Sandringham,
Norfolk. PE35 6EN
Carol Attewell
31st July to 1st August
11.00am-4.00pm
Town and Country Day Weekend.
Bishop Burton College,
York Road
Bishop Burton
Beverley HU17 8QG

Display, demonstration and chance to have try.

Details of Bishop Burton College can be found on their web page.

Jill Pearson
13th to 15th August Sandringham Craft Show.
Sandringham,
Norfolk. PE35 6EN
Carol Attewell
20th to 22nd August Rutland Bird Fair.
Rutland Water,
Oakham
Leicestershire
Carol Attewell
20th to 22nd August The West of England Steam Engine Society 55th Annual Rally
Stithians Showground,
Truro,
Cornwall

Details of The West of England Steam Engine Society Rally can be found on their web page.

Christina Best
and
Gillian Nott
11th and 12th
September
The Essex Country Show.
Billericay,
Essex.
Carol Attewell
19th September Demonstration at the Chiltern Open Air Museum
Newland Park
Gorelands Lane
Chalfont St. Giles HP84AB

Details of all events at the Chiltern Open Air Museum can be found on their web page.

Anne Renfrew,
Florence Cross,
Heather Beeson.
3rd October
10.30am - 3.00pm
Northern Shire Plough Match,
North Cave,
Brough
East Riding of Yorkshire

Demonstration weather permitting

Jill Pearson
4th - 7th
November

9.30-17.30
(Sunday 17.00)

Crafts for Christmas
at The NEC Birmingham

Click for travel details to the NEC and details of Crafts for Christmas

The stand at the 2009 exhibition

Several Guild members will be around over the 4 days.

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Exhibitions.

Date Exhibition Details
3rd April
until
30th June

open daily, except Friday
2:00pm to 5:00pm

and

23rd - 25th July

Exhibition: "Cornish Folklore"

Port Eliot Gatehouse,St Germans, Cornwall

The Museum of British Folklore has a small exhibition containing a very good number of photos from Doc Rowe’s extensive archives on the Padstow Obby Oss, a reproduction small scale Oss ‘ead, and a very good photo/info montage of very early black and white photos from Joan Hart's collection. The exhibition also has in it some Cornish corn dollies made especially for the event by Gillian Nott.

The BBC website has more information about the exhibition.

Visit the Museum of British Folklore for further details of this travelling exhibition.

Simon Costin, Director of the Museum of British Folklore

Courses run by the Guild and Guild members in 2010.

Beginners and Intermediate Courses
Date Location Tutor
March 20th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee
Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire.

Click for a map of how to get to Duns Tew.

£15.00 for Non-members £7.00 for Members.

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Florence Cross,
Dorothy Seedhouse
May
21st - 23rd
The Endsleigh Centre
481 Beverley Road,
Hull HU6 7LJ

A weekend of straw work. Details from

Click for a map of how to get to The Endsleigh Centre.

Tutor details will be added soon
July 3rd Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire.

Details as March 20th course

Tutors from the team of:
Peter Shelley,
Florence Cross,
Dorothy Seedhouse
Antony Gay
October 9th Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire.

This workshop will include Christmas Stars and Angels as well as other projects.

Details as March 20th course

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

a picture of work in progress

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General Courses
Date Location Title Tutor
July 25th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee
Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire

Marquetry Landscape

Ruth will lead us through a straw marquetry landscape.

£20.00 for Non-members £14.00 for Members.

Ruth Wylie
21st - 23rd
August
10.00am – 4pm
Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire

Plait with Doris Johnson

Doris will inspire young and old, beginner and expert. This is an event not to be missed as she is from Kansas in the U.S.A. and is not able to visit us as much as we would like.

The cost will be £20 per day, £25 per day for non members

Doris Johnson
September 18th
10:00am - 4:00pm
Arrive at 9.30am for coffee
Duns Tew Village Hall, Oxfordshire

Swiss Straw Work

If you have never tried Swiss Straw Work before come and learn about it from an expert.

£20.00 for Non-members £14.00 for Members.

Peter Shelley
Details
For details of the Duns Tew events, please ring the Oxfordshire Representative of The Guild of Straw Craftsmen telephone 01869 347165.

plaiting a seven straw plait with other plaits

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All Levels
Date Location Details
27th
March
PENDRELL HALL,
Codsall Wood,
Staffordshire WV8 1QP
Tel. 01902 434112
Fax. 01902 434113

or visit their website:
http://www.pendrell-hall.org.uk/
e-mail: pendrell.college@staffordshire.gov.uk

"Fun with Straw Applique"
with Peter Shelley

Come and try your hand at straw marquetry. All you need is a good pair of scissors. Materials will be supplied for a small charge, to cover costs.

9th - 11th
July
PENDRELL HALL,
Codsall Wood,
Staffordshire WV8 1QP
Tel. 01902 434112
Fax. 01902 434113

or visit their website:
http://www.pendrell-hall.org.uk/
e-mail: pendrell.college@staffordshire.gov.uk

"Flowers in Straw"
with Peter Shelley

Come and try your hand at making straw flowers. All you need is a good pair of scissors. Materials will be supplied for a small charge, to cover costs.

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City and Guilds Courses

Contact the school for details.

Title Location Details Tutor
City & Guilds Level 2
Certificate in Design and Craft
Westhope College
Craven Arms,
Shropshire SY7 9JL
Tel. 01584 861293
or visit their website: http://www.westhope.org.uk
Please contact the college for advice on dates of courses. The Straw Work course can also be taken as a correspondence course. Anne Dyer

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