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The Lace Guild CIO Annual General Meeting 2023
at Warwick Conferences
Coventry CV4 7SH

We are delighted to be holding our AGM and exciting fringe events live after several years without. WE NEED OUR MEMBERS to support the event to ensure that it remains a viable option, continuing for many years to come.

The AGM will take place on Saturday 3rd June at The Scarman Building, Warwick Conferences (part of Warwick University) from 11am. This is a lovely venue, which is easily accessed by public transport. It is three miles from Coventry City centre and there are regular buses from the centre and railway station.

Doors will open at 10am for mingling, refreshments and shopping and will close at 4pm. 

All the workshops, sessions, talks, shopping and the lacemaking area are included in the day delegate rate of £60 (£80 for non-members).

A self-service three course lunch is also included, along with unlimited tea, coffee and cake. There is ample free parking on site.

Please bring your pillows, crochet hooks, tatting shuttles and needles to join in the ‘Lace and Chat’ session in the afternoon.

BACS Payment Details:

Bank: NatWest

Account Name: The Lace Guild CIO

Account Number: 4577 1715

Sort Code: 60 20 48

Discount for Young Lacemakers

. Our future lies in our youngest lacemakers, and we’d like as many as possible to attend the event; we are pleased to be able to announce that the conference centre has generously agreed to a special rate for all under 18’s, who can now attend as full delegates for £30.00, which is a 50% discount.

Attending the AGM via Zoom

The AGM itself will be a hybrid event, so that those of you who can’t make it to Coventry will be able to join in via a Zoom link. Holding a hybrid event is an extremely costly undertaking, which we are holding as an experiment this year as we’d love to give our worldwide membership the chance to take part.


If you are a member who is unable to attend the AGM, but would like to show your support, we would be delighted to receive sponsorship from you towards the costs of the event and to make more possible. So much of what we do as an educational charity would not be possible without the generous donations we receive from our members, any gift you make small or large makes a difference.

How we may use your donation:

£30.00 would cover the delegate fee for an under 18 member to attend.

£150.00 covers the cost of the set-up of equipment to video one of our talks or drop-in events.

£600.00 pays for our Audio-visual set up for the AGM.

Talks, Trouble-Shooting Sessions and a Free Workshop

We have a varied and interesting program, which will include suppliers, talks, troubleshooting sessions and a free workshop. Further details will be available in the Spring edition of Lace, including how to book for the free workshop.

  •  LACE8 DROP-IN SESSION with Jackie Poulter.  

  • ‘TALKING ARCHIVE - BOBBIN STORIES' with Alison Hopper-Bishop.

  • FROM BONE TO BOBBIN with Eric and Jo Sutton

  • 'CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE?’  A fascinating talk by Ann Day. 


  • DEVELOPING IDEAS IN IRISH CROCHET with Andrea Gaskell. Learn traditional techniques, such as clones knots, working on a padded cord, etc.


  • TROUBLE-SHOOTING LACE PROBLEMS with Amanda Binns. Do you have trouble moving a gimp, doing a picot, making a leaf or even getting the tension right in your plaits?  

Example of Irish style crochet design by Andrea Gaskell
Example of Lace8 design by Andrea Gaskell
Example of lace with errors
Meet the Teams

TLG Assessment: chat and advice with Penny Lindsay. 

Spring & Summer School with Hazel Calcott. 


So far confirmed are Acorn Bobbins, Alison Tolson and The Skein Queen.

Check Facebook and the website for updates.

Lunch and Refreshment

The cafeteria-style lunch will have 3 main course options, plus a salad and buffet bar.

Refreshments are available all day and include tea, speciality and fruit teas, hot chocolate, coffee, biscuits, cakes, and fruit. Please note that this area is used by delegates at other events and is not an area where you can sit and make lace, but we do have a dedicated area for lacemaking available from 1pm.

For more information about the venue please click this button:
The Scarman Building: Front

The Scarman Building: Front

Lounge and outdoor eating area

Lounge and outdoor seating area

Lounge and outdoor seating area

Large meeting room


Hotel rooms are available at the following rates for those who wish to book an overnight stay on the Friday and/or Saturday. Please note that rooms and evening meals should be booked directly with Warwick Conferences and NOT with The Lace Guild. If Scarman House is fully booked, then accommodation is also available at Radcliffe House, two minutes walk away.

Single ensuite: £75 +VAT (quote code LGAGMBB1)
Twin ensuite: £90 +VAT (quote code LGAGMBB2)




For Friday/Saturday nights there will be a 3-course table d’hôtel menu available, as well as a bar food menu that will be individually priced.

The catering staff are used to dealing with a range of dietary needs. Anyone wishing to book a full delegate place with lunch who has specific dietary needs should contact me, Andrea Gaskell, by email: so that I can liaise with the catering team on your behalf.
There is also complimentary access to sports facilities, for those who book an overnight stay, including gym and pool.

General Information

“As part of the University of Warwick, our surplus is reinvested back into teaching, learning and research.
What we do ultimately helps a young Warwick student get a better education or for lives to be improved by world-leading Warwick research.”

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