The March meeting was held in the Swadford Centre on Wednesday 20th March. There was not a very good attendance as several members were away on holiday. Mrs Gomersal distributed Craft Fair raffle tickets for members to sell and Mrs Matthews agreed to be in charge of the raffle table on the day. Mrs Gomersal caused a good deal of hilarity when she showed the latest edition of the magazine of the Lacemakers Circle which contained an article about the Craft Fair. Liz Fryers had written the article - which was then credited to Liz Harden-Clough, Liz\'s e-mail address!
The Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday 16th April In the Swadford Centre.
The group welcomed new member Enid Borthwick from Threshfield who joined us as a self-taught lacemaker.
The meeting opened with the Chairman's Address during which Mrs Gomersal reiterated the events of the past year.
Mrs Fall then presented the Treasurer's Report. We have quite a healthy bank balance, although there was a slight drop from the previoue year, mainly because the trip to Birmingham was subsidised. Miscellaneous sales were up this year, sue to the sale of ex-member Phyllis Thwaite's lacemaking equipment, and the sale of the Craft Fair photographs. The rent of the room has been reduced by £10 as we do not use the room during December and there was a big drop in secretarial expenses as the bulk of this was paid through the Craft Fair Account. It was recommended that annual subscriptions remain the same for the coming year, although if the rent increases we may have to review the situation.
Debbie Gomersal stepped down as Chairman and was replaced by Sheila Glew, Mrs Gomersal has been appointed official archivist and is continuing to produce albums and scrap books of the group's activities.
A motion to change the date of the AGM from March to April was approved to coincide with the end of the financial year.
Mrs Fryers has now finished the library lists and books are now available to members at a cost of £1 per book per month. Mrs Fryers also pointed out the law on Copyright. Members are allowed to photocopy 10 pages (or 1/10th of the book) for their own use.
Pillow bags and cover cloths are now available, printed with the Club logo. The Secretary agreed to send a covering letter to the printers expressing our satisfaction with their work.
It was agreed that the summer trip should take place on Wednesday 2nd July and a majority vote was taken to visit Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle.
The meeting drew to a close at 2pm and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 21st May
The May meeting was held in the Swadford Centre on Wednesday 21st May.
A decision was taken on members willing to atten the Arts and Crafts Fair at Grassington in August. Several members volunteered to demonstrate and to mount a small exhibition on Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th.
A few members have expressed an interest in joining the South Lakes Lacemakers at their Lace Day on June 21st. Transport will be arranged at the next meeting.
A letter has been received from Sarah Jones about a commemorative bobbin for the 50th Anniversary of the Coronation. Prices are £5:50 spangled and £5:00 not. Mrs Fryers is to send off an order in the near future.
The Secretary mentioned two exhibitions that members may find interesting:
The East Yorkshire Embroidery Society is holding an exhibition entitled "Threads of the Imagination" at Beverley Minster which runs from 31st May until 15th June
Sudbury Hall, a National Trust Property near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, is to stage an exhibition entitled "Treasures of Childhood". This will run from 4th June until 27th July.
The meeting drew to a close at 2:30 and the next meeting will be on Wednesday 18th June.
The June meeting was held on Wednesday 18th June in the Swadford Centre.
Details for the trip to the Bowes Museum and Barnard Castle have now been finalised with anyone wanting to go being asked to meet in the Bliss car park at 8:30am on Wednesday July 2nd.
The Annual Christmas Lace Fair will be held at the NEC Birmingham on Saturday 29th November. Please note change of venue to HALL 10. The Secretary is to contact Peter Barker of Pennine Executive with a view to hiring people carriers. If this is not feasible, prices will be obtained for mini-buses.
Phyllis Thwaite will be 91 on the 22nd July. Mrs Fryers will purchase a card, to be signed by the group, and go and visit her in the nursing home nearer the time.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 16th July.
The July meeting was held in the Swadford Centre on Wednesday 16th July.
An enjoyable day was spent by several members on a visit to Barnard Castle and the Bowes Museum on Wednesday 2nd July. We were pleased to find an extensive display of lace of different types, along with an exhibition of wedding gowns. Mrs Gomersal took many photographs for the archives and there was much debate as to the types of lace used. On the return journey, the group called at the Wensleydale Creamery at Hawes for tea and took the opportunity to stock up on cheeses.
A rota has been arranged for the Grassington Arts and Crafts Fair. Many thanks to those members who volunteered their services. If any want to call in for a couple of hours, or to give lunchtime and teatime cover, they will be most welcome.
There being no further business the meeting closed at 1:50pm. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 20th August,
The August meeting was held in the Swadford Centre on Wednesday 20th August.
The Chairman thanked everyone who had helped at the Craft Fair in Grassington. Things were reported to have ben quite quiet on the Monday, but picked up considerably on the Tuesday. As usual, much interest was shown in the practice pillow, where members of the public were invited to "have a go".
Numbers are to be confirmed at the September meeting for the trip to the Christmas Lace Fair at the NEC Birmingham on 20th November. The cost will be £30 per head for the transport with tickets costing an additional £5:50. Transport will leave Skipton at 8:30am and arrival time back in Skipton will be Approximately 8pm. A deposit of £10 per head will be required at the October meeting.
Skipton Library Circle have asked us to give a talk and demonstration. They meet on alternate Tuesdays at 2pm and a fee of £20 would be paid. It was agreed to ask Mrs Gomersal and Mrs Goode whether they would be willing to undertake this.
David Alcock, the instigator of the Skipton Website, is to visit us in September with a view to posting an article (with photographs) on the Chronicles part of the site. Members were asked to bring completed items in order to mount a display.
Christmas lunch will be held on Wednesday 10th December, probably at Kilnsey Park. This has yet to be confirmed as we have not been able to obtain menus and prices as yet.
The meeting was informed of the death of former members Marian Jones from Clitheroe. Mrs Fryers has sent a card of condolence to the family on behalf of the group.
The Nottingham Lace Museum has been closed and the contents put into storage. The Lace Guild has announced that a petition is to be sent to Nottinghamshire County Council in protest at this. It was agreed that we would send for a form and add our names to this petition.
The Secretary pointed out some forthcoming events which may be of interest to members: There is an exhibition of tetiles entitled "Nature's Design" which runs at Gawthorpe Hall from July until the end of October. Pudsey Lace Day will be held in the Civic Hall, Pudsey on 11th October. Harrogate Lace Day is to be held on 27th March 2004 and the Lace Guild AGM will be in April 2004 at Scarborough. (There is a chance that we may be asked to exhibit again - be warned!)
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 2pm. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 17th September.
The September meeting was held in the Swadford Centre on Wednesday 17th September.
David Alcock visited us to take photographs and speak to members about work in progress. He was impressed by a small display and also took away a printed sheet, prepared by Mrs Fryers, on the History of Lacemaking in general and of the inception of the Craven Guild of Lacemakers. This will be put onto the Skipton website under Cragface Chronicles - Lace, and will hopefully generate a bit of interest in our hobby.
The Coronation commemorative bobbins have finally arrived and were duly distribute to members. Consisting of lightwood and bone they have a sparkling crown and the date. There is also a crown incorporated into the spangle.
Kathleen Greenwood from Ingleton, whose name appeared as a lace teacher working in Skipton in the Lace Guild's list of teachers has asked to accompany us to Birmingham. Places are now filled.
Debbie has got copies of the disc and letter headings for the new stationery. It was agreed to change the logo to incorporate the new waterfall and she is to experiment with ideas on the computer.
A suggestion had been forwarded as to the feasibility of obtaining a set of slide from the Lace Guild Exhibition "Dreaming Dreams" to be shown at the November meeting. It was decided to put this back until early next year.
Thanks were expressed to Liz Fryers for a further donation to go to club funds. At the beginning of the year, Liz offered to donate any money she received from talks and demonstrations.
There being no further business, the meeting closed at 1:50pm. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th October when Mrs Fryers will give a talk on "The History of the Christening".