KCG Branches

The Knitting & Crochet Guild has branches throughout the UK.

Members get together locally for a range of social and informal activities as well as more formal events such as workshops and study sessions and to organise shows. Each month we list the regular branch meetings or one off events. Please check our News & Events pages for the latest information.

Setting up new branches
Where there is currently no local branch there is an opportunity for members to start one and bring together enthusiasts for knitting and crochet. The Guild will advise you how to set up a local branch and we can help contact other members who may be local. In areas where our membership is widely dispersed we are inviting members to join "virtual branches" where members can keep in contact by letter, phone, email or Skype. Please contact our Membership Secretary for more information by email

Branches of the Knitting & Crochet Guild

Bath

The Bath branch meets at the Fashion Museum, 10.00 am to midday, on the second Saturday of the month.

There is information about the group on the Fashion Museum website, and details of the event can be found on the Fashion Museum's calendar here leading up to each session. You can also email Desiree the branch co-ordinator for further information.

Bedfordshire/Hertfordshire - Leighton Buzzard

Meetings on last Saturday of each month, 2-4pm in the Spotted Sheep Craft Studio, Leighton Buzzard. There is a small charge of £2 per meeting. The branch will be hosting a stand at Fibre East again in 2017 do come along and meet us.

Regional Open Day to be held on 6th May 2017 at the Linslade Community Hall:

Guest: Emma Vining

And the date for 2018 Regional Open Day - 5th May 2018 Guest speaker Erika Knight.

Co-ordinator: Helen Nulty Tel 07971 544 924 or email

Berkshire - Reading

Meetings are held in Reading at RISC meeting rooms, 35-39 London Street, Reading, RG1 4PS. Visitors always welcome. If you don't attend regularly, check the programme for supplies. Always bring needles, hooks and yarn, which should be smooth and light coloured unless stated otherwise. Download their events programme for 2017 here

Contact : Linde Merrick, 37 Knox Green, Binfield,Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 4NZ. Tel 01344 457569 or email

Birmingham Area

The Birmingham branch meetings will be held throughout 2017 on the 3rd Saturday or 3rd Sunday of the month from 10am to 4 pm. The focus of the meetings will be to socialise with fellow crafters, as well as learning specific skills or techniques from each other and invited guests. We continue to meet in the community room of John Lewis above New Street Station. We are extremely grateful to John Lewis for allowing us the use of this room completely free of charge.

If you are interested in getting involved you can contact Janet Collins by email or by ringing 07989 445 091. You can also find their programme for 2017 here, there are a few gaps so contact Janet for latest info.

Cheshire

Meetings are held in member's houses and there is a nominal charge of £1.50 to cover refreshments. Please contact Judy for the latest information.

Contact: Judy Jones Tel 01925 740386 or email

Cornwall

Meetings are held twice each month on the 1st Wednesday (6pm to 8pm) and 3rd Saturday (2pm to 4pm) at various local venues in and around Truro, all are welcome. Contact Anna for details of the next venue by email or mobile 07974 619 612

Devon - Dawlish

Crochet group meets every Wednesday morning from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon at the Dawlish Baptist Church

Knitting group meets on Saturdays from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. at the Dawlish Baptist Church, normally the fourth Saturday in the month.

There is a charge of £2 to cover the costs of refreshments and room hire. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or buy something from the range of shops nearby. Both groups welcome visitors.

Contacts:
Mary Jefferson Tel 01822 853702 or email
Elizabeth Bamfield email
Elizabeth Earland Tel 01392 209665 (Saturday sessions)

Hampshire - Petersfield

Branch meetings are held bi-monthly at Winton House, 18 High St, Petersfield GU32 3JL from 2pm till 4pm.

Dates for 2017 - 25/03/17, 20/05/17, 22/07/17, 23/09/17 and 25/11/17

Contact: Mary Austin Tel 01730 260034

Lancashire - Preston

Our Guild branch in Preston is currently meeting at the Pins & Needles craft group held at the Harris Library in Preston on the 2nd Saturday of each month 10.30am - 12.30pm. The Library has excellent connections to bus, train and park & ride services, facilities adjacent in the Harris Museum and plenty of places to eat nearby. As numbers grow we'll seek a venue for workshops, talks etc. Do contact Caroline on 07875 084 835 or email

Leicestershire and Rutland - Melton Mowbray

1st Wednesday of every month - The Crown Inn, Burton Street from 7:30 - 9:30 pm

All other Wednesdays of the month - The Pavilion Cafe, Wilton Park 6:30 - 8:00 pm

3rd Monday of each month - Harboro Hotel, Burton Street from 10 - 12noon - cost is £1

Wide range of ages and abilities, knitting and crochet and members of the Guild and non-members at all of these meetings. There is no agenda, no theme, just bring your current project.

Contact: Rebecca Price Tel 07870 596565 or email

Lincoln - The branch meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at The Hub, 1 East Street, Nettleham, Lincoln, LN2 2SL from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

Contact: Julie Hulme Tel 07826 843987 or email

London - Central

Half day workshops to learn and share skills are arranged on Saturday afternoons at least four times a year. We typically meet at Grosvenor Chapel, 24 South Audley Street, London W1K 2PA from 1pm - 4 pm. Please come to the side entrance which is the Blue door at the back of the South Side of the Chapel. The South Side of the chapel is a dead end street with one side the Chapel (with parking bays), the other is a large building which houses the shop Thomas Goode.

Tea and coffee is provided. Typically the cost for the session is £10, non-members are very welcome and their cost is £15. However there are occasions when we need a larger premises and we will meet at our alternative venue, kindly provided to the Guild by the AAT at their London offices close by Barbican tube station - 4th Floor, 140 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HY.

Future meeting dates :

29th April 2017 - A knitting history workshop looking at teaching knitting to the poor as a means of providing employment led by Lesley O'Connell Edwards at our Grosvenor Chapel venue.

17th June 2017 - Knitted gloves with the Guild's own Textile Curator Angharad Thomas at our AAT venue near Barbican tube.

Contact: Tricia Basham Tel 07905 796 563 or email

London - South East

Our newest branch had it's inagural meeting on 1st April 2017 at the "Bug Hut" Bromley Baptist Church which is att the junction of Tweedy Road, Park Rd and Widmore Rd. Follow the path along the left hand side of the building to the end, turn right and you will find the ‘Bug Hut’ a little way along on the right. There is a small charge to cover room hire and refreshments. Next meeting 10th June 1pm till 4pm.

Contact: Gill Gardiner Tel 07729 733 618 or email

London - South West

We are meeting in the Community Room of John Lewis in Kingston. The room is located on the first floor adjacent to the haberdashery and ladies fashions lifts. We gather outside the double doors just before the meeting is due to start to enter as a group as a member of staff needs to swipe us in,

Dates booked for 2017 are as follows

30/04/2017 2pm till 4pm,

25/05/2017 7pm till 9pm, 24/06/2017 11am till 1pm (alternative venue TBA)

30/07/2017 2pm till 4pm, 31/08/2017 7pm till 9pm, 30/09/2017 11am till 1pm

29/10/2017 2pm till 4pm, 30/11/2017 7pm till 9pm,

Contact: Tricia Basham 07905 796 563 or email

East London Crochet Group - Ilford

The East London Crochet Group first went public in September 2000, although it existed around the kitchen table for a long time before that, exploring Double Filet crochet with a number of colleagues and friends, so it has always been a specialist crochet group, existing alongside the London Group which we also supported. Our membership is correspondingly scattered, coming from as far as Warwickshire and even Fort William but with a strong local core.

Workshops are designed to provide projects for all levels of competence, from an ability to work trebles and chains upwards.

We meet 4 times a year at St. Mary's in Ilford and for a Residential Workshop at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre.

ELCG's theme for 2017 is Africa Explored, and you can download our events programme for 2017 here

Cost of each day workshop (10am till 4pm) at St Mary's in Ilford is £15 which includes, tea, coffee, biscuits etc, please bring your own packed lunch.

Please contact Barbara Mann for further details, Tel: 020 8599 3130 or email

Manchester

'Crochet, Chat, Coffee, Cake … with extra Knit and Natter' is a crochet and knitting group in central Manchester and is hosted on the social networking website, www.meetup.com.

The group was founded in February 2015 and has grown from strength to strength and has just registered as a fully fledged Guild branch. Unlike the majority of knit and natter groups that meet during the day, we meet on the 2nd Saturday morning and the last Thursday evening every month, so it's perfect if you work 9 to 5.

The aim of the group is to get together with like-minded people to crochet and knit, have a chat with new friends, learn new stitches and share our love of all things woolly.

Absolute beginners are always welcome and there is always someone who can teach you the basics.

There is a one-off £2 fee to join the group which is used to cover the six-monthly Meetup hosting fee. More details about registration and attending our events can be found on our Meetup page

Norfolk

North Norfolk ('North Norfolk Knitters')
Meet at Corpusty & Saxthorpe Village hall, Heydon Road, Corpusty, Norfolk, 2nd Tuesday of month, 10.00 - 12.00 £2 per session. Tea and biscuits provided. Non-members welcome. Any level of expertise. Knitting and crochet. Materials and teaching/help provided. Plenty of parking space. Not easy via public transport

Download their meeting dates here. Please contact Rita Taylor for more details Tel: 01263 587507 or email.

Norfolk Group - Norwich

The Norfolk Group regularly has members joining us from all over the county as well as from Suffolk. We meet on the last Friday of most months from 1.45 onwards at Evelyn Suffield House, 45 All Saints Green, Norwich, just up the road from John Lewis’, and round the corner from the bus station. We always have a Show and Tell of members work and exchange information and help on projects in hand in a friendly atmosphere. Do come and join us.

Contact: Rosemary Brown on 01485 518277 or email

Northumberland - Berwick

Contact: Terri Bearhope Tel 01289 303212 or email

Nottinghamshire

The branch meets every Wednesday and Saturday 12.30pm to 2.30pm and also Monday evenings 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Crafts United, 62 Station Road, Sandiacre, Nottingham, NG10 5AP.

Sonia can be contacted on 07958 878 131 or by email the group is called "Friends EWE-nited"

Oxford

The Oxford branch meet at St Giles' Meeting Room, 10 Woodstock Road Oxford OX2 6HT. St Giles’ church is at the north of Oxford city centre, where St Giles’ splits into the Woodstock and Banbury Roads. It's a 20 min walk from the station but there are buses and also en route from Redbridge & Peartree Park and Rides, about 6 min walk from the Ashmolean Museum. Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month and run from 2.30pm until 4.15pm.

Refreshments not available until there are sufficient numbers to move the meetings into the church hall. There are take away facilities opposite.Contribution to venue hire £2 per meeting. Contact Jane Barton for further details.

Subjects for 2017 include

January: Where do you keep your stash? February: 10 Stitch Blanket March: Overlay Crochet

April: Entrelac May: TBC (Regional day - Leighton Buzzard?) June: Creative Knitting with Karen

July: Literary Knits August: Old Shale / Feather and Fan – Controversial stitches

September: Gems from the Guild Collection October: Back to the Broomstick November: Christmas decorations

Jane is also orgainising a trip to Glasgow at the end of August with a visit to New Lanark Mill if there is sufficient interest, you can see more details here.

Suffolk - Woodbridge

Suffolk branch held it's first meeting on Tuesday 31st January 2017 at The Knitter's Attic, Peartree Cottage, Pump Corner, Bredfield, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 6AH. from 7pm onwards and Sharon plans to host the meetings every fortnight. If you are interested do contact Sharon by email

Surrey - Aldershot

Meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month (except December) at Victoria Hall, Ash Hill Road, Ash, Near Aldershot, GU12 5DA, 10.30am to 3pm. Charge £2 (also covers rent), tea/coffee provided, bring own lunch. We are a friendly group, current members ages 30 - 90 all abilities. Visitors welcome. Bring needles/yarn and current project. Tuition available with occasional group workshops.

Contact: Janine Rees Tel 01252 852038

Sussex - East

There is interest in re-starting this branch and potential locations and meeting times are being discussed. If you would like more details please do get in touch.

Contact: Lorna Hamilton-Brown Tel 07932 602979 or email

Sussex - West - Littlehampton

Meetings weekly 2-4 pm on Saturday afternoons at Parkside Church Hall and Southfields Jubilee Centre. Everyone welcome! Refreshments served. Cost £1.50 per meeting.

Contact: Julia Blanchett Tel 01903 717648 or email

Swindon.

We meet in the café at Three Trees Farm Shop, Chiseldon, SN4 0HT on the first and third Tuesday mornings of the month, between 9.30 and 11.30. Please come along and bring your knitting or crochet. If you would like to join us, please email Anthea Winterburn in the first instance. We look forward to seeing you.

Tyne & Wear - Sunderland

We meet in the Textile Gallery of Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens on the second Wednesday of every month except August, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m Visitors always welcome and help and guidance gladly given.

Contact: Joyce Wynne, 01915657215 or email

Yorkshire - South - Sheffield Area

We meet on the first Saturday of each month in the Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB between 2pm and 4pm and is £2.00 per session for visitors and if people would like to become members then it is and annual subscription of £16 paid in advance at the beginning of the year.

Download our events programme here, contact Lydia Lowman: Mobile 07981 124337 or email

Yorkshire - West

Huddersfield, meetings 7.30pm-9.30pm on the third Thursday of every month at Blue Rooms, 9 Byram Arcade, Huddersfield, HD1 1ND. Meetings are free to guild members, £3 to non-members, and are usually either a workshop, trunk-show, talk, or show & tell. We are a friendly and enthusiastic group, and always offer a warm welcome to new members.

Contact: Marie Wright by email

Leeds; meetings at Headingley St Columba's United Reformed Church, Headingley Lane, Leeds LS6 2DH, 7.30pm-9.30pm, £3 per session including light refreshments, on 2nd Friday of the month. Bring along your current project, or something you're having problems with, or something you've finished and want to show everyone. New members are always welcome: we're not experts, just enthusiasts!

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Contact: Lesley Fidler Tel 0113 203 7563 or 07710 582659

Spain

Knit and Knatter group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm at Santorini's (Greek) Restaurant, on the paseo maritimo at Torreblanca. Malika makes us most welcome. Should you need any further information

Contact: Angela by email

Virtual Branches

Scotland
Elspeth May is connecting members in Scotland to share ideas and inspiration contact her by email

Wiltshire, Dorset & Somerset

Anthea Winterburn is connecting members in these areas, do contact her for more information by email