The 4th Lace Guild
Spring School 2020

Monday 16 – Friday 20 March 2020
The Crewe Arms Hotel, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6DN.

Ann Allison – Wire Lace
Mavis Thompson – Torchon Lace
Jan Gardiner – Lace: As You Like It

After Spring School this year, and the very high standard set by the Crewe Arms Hotel, we have decided to revive the previous precedent set by Summer School being held at Ford Castle every year and use the same venue again. As new venues always require negotiation for them to understand our unusual needs and to fine tune the details, it is frustrating to have to start this anew each time which is why we made this decision.


The Crewe Arms is the oldest railway hotel in the world. I must admit some of us were a little anxious beforehand that with it being so very close to the platforms and tracks, we would be disturbed by the noise of the trains but in reality it was found that it made a soothing background noise and didn’t disturb our sleep at all. On the other hand, a good number of the students from all over the country travelled by train as the station is literally just across the road. For those who came by car, there is unloading close to the door and a large car park.


The hotel staff were helpful and efficient, and nothing was too much trouble for them. The meals were served speedily, and any special needs were fully discussed in advance and provided for. I’m looking forward to next year’s course already.