We meet at Helsby Community Centre, Lower Robin Hood Lane, Helsby, Cheshire, WA6 0BU. There is a car park on site but the community centre shares this with the library and health centre (please don’t park in the car park for the apartments next door)

In January, March, May, July, September and November we meet from 10.00 am to 3.30 pm on the 2nd Saturday when we usually welcome a speaker and a lace supplier.

In February, April, June, October and December we meet from 10.30 am to 3.00 pm on the 2nd Friday when we make lace, share ideas and chat There is usually no meeting in August but a trip is often arranged.

Please bring your own mug. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided by the committee. Members are asked to fill the kettle after use and put it on for the next person who won’t be far behind them! Members are responsible for their own washing up (washing up liquid and tea towels are provided).

We have an area were members can share what they have made since they last visited (we are looking forward to a very full display of work when we are able to meeting again). Ann, our Librarian, will also have the our library of books on display to tempt you, please make sure all borrowings are recorded before you borrow a book.

We always have a raffle at meetings. Our raffle queen, Muriel, will visit all tables with tickets which are 50p each. Muriel is always looking for good quality contributions to our raffles (no tat please … although tatting is ok)

Yvonne (our former Programme Secretary) had an excellent programme of speakers lined up to visit us in 2020. The good news is that they have all said they would love to come and talk to us when our programme of meeting restarts. Here’s what who Yvonne had planned to speak to us:

  • Teresa Jones – Making wearable art and the problems of working in 3D
  • Victoria Brown – Losing Lace
  • Barbara Brooks (from Mainly Lace) – her lace collection
  • Amanda Clayton – her work and project with Wirral hospitals
  • NCLG members Sara Ruks and Jo Wakem – “Take 25 – Designing and making their 25 panels for the Lace Guild Discovery Exhibition”

The suppliers Yvonne had lined up to visit or send a sale or return box in 2020 were: