New Phone Number During Lockdown
To enable the office staff to work from home as much as possible, we are providing a temporary mobile phone number:
This will be answered Wednesday - Friday 10am - 3pm.
UPDATE FRIDAY 28th AUGUST: Please accept our sincere apologies if you have been waiting for membership packs; responses to orders or general queries. Staff absences due to sickness and holidays and some working from home due to COVID 19, mean that we have been unable to deal with queries as soon as we would like. Unfortunately, due to continued staffing problems and other work pressures, we will have a backlog of orders for at least the next week, and may not be able to deal with telephone queries, so please let us know via the website or FB or PM me (Andrea) if you need an urgent response. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to get back on track.Please bear with us as we try to catch up! We appreciate your patience.
Lace Guild Lockdown Exhibition
We have all had more time to stay at home and make lace this year. We thought it would be nice to share this in an online exhibition “Lace Guild Lockdown”. This could simply be a project you have finished or a new design, perhaps relating to the virus (those images are quite lacy), spending more time at home, or maybe nature returning as streets are quiet. Check our Facebook and website for further details and we look forward to seeing what you come up with. We plan to hold a physical exhibition of Lockdown Lace sometime next year and we hope we will be able to borrow some of our favourite pieces. In the meantime stay safe, make lace! The link to the new group is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/888608224958952/
Staffing and COVID-19
Please note that for the foreseeable future, due to the social distancing measures we have put into place for the staff, there will be fewer staff available each day. could we therefore ask for your patience and request that those members who need to contact the office do so by email if possible, rather than by telephone.
Cancellation of AGM and Fringe
Due to the current pandemic we have unfortunately had to cancel the Lace Guild AGM and Fringe. We have consulted the Charity Commission about the cancellation of our AGM and they recognise the need to be flexible in the current situation. We will consider the options for holding an AGM later in the year.
Those who have booked for the Fringe Workshops or Banquet will receive a full refund of any money paid, however please be aware that due to current Government restrictions this may take longer than usual, so please be patient. If you have booked accommodation at the Holiday Inn Peterborough West you should contact them directly to cancel without penalty.
Closure of Museum and Office
In line with recent UK Government advice, the Lace Guild will temporarily close to visitors from Wednesday 17 March until further notice. At this time our priority has to be the health of our visitors, volunteers and staff, but we will continue to review this situation and provide further updates via our website and social media.
See Stop Press below for other cancellations as they are advised to us.
Above: Images from the 2019 Triennial Exhibition, 'Discovery' (more images in the gallery)
The three images below have been selected from the 2016 Triennial Exhibition, 'Lets Celebrate'
For our two quarterly magazines, 'Lace' and 'Early Days In Lacemaking'. Articles about visits to Museums and Lace Days, your own experiences, etc, are very welcome.
Do you have a niche lace interest? Tell us about it!
Designed a pattern and would like to share it?
Send anything you think would be of interest to our two editors at ('Lace') and ('Early Days In Lacemaking').
Patterns and articles wanted!
New Lace Guild books coming soon!
Could you volunteer to test some of the patterns sent in to us for our new books? If you think you could, please contact us at the Hollies (or via the website) and we will be (gratefully) in touch with you.
Not just bobbin lace patterns! We also need volunteers to test other kinds of lace, crochet, knitting and tatting patterns.
The following events have been cancelled:
Newbury Bobtails' Lace Day 3 October 2020
Cambridgeshire: Burwell Lace Day 17 October 2020
Bristol: Bristol Lace Group Lace Day 7 November 2020
Fenland Lace Makers Lace Day - 13 March 2021
It is with great regret that Fenland Lace Makers announce the cancellation of the 2021 Lace Day.
We are unable to confidently ensure a Covid-19 secure environment for our visitors and therefore have made the decision to cancel.
We will be in touch with traders who have booked tables.
Would any lacemakers who purchased tickets for 2021 at the lace day this year please contact us by email at xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx giving us their contact details so that we can refund their payment.