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.

Regional Open Day to be held on 5th May 2018 at the Linslade Community Hall:

Guest: 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 the 2018 programme 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 2017/18 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.

Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes

Even Robots Need Blankets - A new "Learn to Crochet" branch for the Guild meet at Medbourne Pavilion, Pascal Drive, Medbourne, MK5 6LS. Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays from 7.15pm till 9pm including school holidays.

Contact: Gillian Jeffery through the website or by email

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.

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 - Fleet

"Fleet Crafters" meets on the second Sunday of each month from 2pm upstairs at The Old Emporium, 271 Fleet Road, Fleet, Hampshire GU51 3QW. Contact Tanis on 07437 174653 or email

Hampshire - Isle of Wight

Members on the IOW will be meeting monthly at various venues.

Contact - Christine Robbins by email for more details

Hampshire - Petersfield

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

Contact: Mary Austin Tel 01730 260034

Kent - Deal Yarn Club

A free to attend meeting every Friday at Deal Library from 9:30am till 11:30am.

Then from 18th January 2018 2 sessions at The Astor Theatre 1:30pm till 3:30pm and also 7:00pm till 9:00pm there will be a charge of £4.50 per session at the Astor with a loyalty scheme available.

Contact: Sara Williams by email

Kent - Folkstone

Granny Drops A Clanger : meet every Wednesday from 6-9pm at the Clearing Café, The QuarterHouse in Tontine Street, Folkstone, Kent. Group Leader Deborah, contact her by email or telephone 07921 180 081 also Facebook @tattybunting and on Instagram @grannydropsaclanger

Lancashire - Preston

Meetings are held on 3rd Saturday of each month from 2pm till 4pm at Ham & Jam Coffee Shop, 50 Lancaster Road, Preston. Regular meetings are free of charge but buying something delicious to support our venue is encouraged. Easy access, close to the bus station.

Do contact Caroline by 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 Nettleham Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Nettleham, LN2 2PL. from 7.30pm till 9.30pm.

Contact: Julie Hulme Tel 07826 843987 or email

London - Central

Our branch meets at least four times a year on the fourth floor at 140 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4HY which is fully accessible to wheelchair users and is opposite Barbican tube station. All our meetings are on Saturday afternoons between 1pm and 4pm. The cost for the meetings varies from £3 to £15 depending on the workshop/meeting and the price includes tea, coffee, hot chocolate and biscuits.

We run a variety of workshops and talks as well as more informal social gatherings to exchange ideas, inspire and problem solve. We also have people on hand to teach you how to knit or crochet if you'd like to learn.

Everyone is welcome - knitters, crocheters, non-members, absolute beginners to experts and mostly those of us in between. All you need is a passion for yarn..

Contact: Susannah Matthews Tel 07977 208 121 or email for the latest programme of meetings or check the Guild's event calendar.

London - South East

Bromley branch meet at Patisserie Valerie on the ground floor of the Glades Shopping Centre in Bromley. on the first Saturday of each month from 1pm till 4pm.

Contact: Gill Gardiner Tel 07729 733 618 or email

London - South West

We generally meet in the Community Room of John Lewis in Kingston. We gather outside the lifts on the first floor adjacent to the haberdashery and ladies fashions lifts. Then travel up to the 3rd floor together so that a member of staff can swipe us into the Community Room.

Our alternative venue is Caffé Jax, 52 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames, just up the road from the Tumbling Telephone Boxes You can download the remaining dates for 2018 here.

Contact: Mary Gordon (020) 8337 6312 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 the inspiration for 2018 comes from places on the original route of the Orient Express, 7th April Paris - Strasbourg, 2nd June Munich - Vienna, 13th October Budapest - Bucharest, 1st December Istanbul. The Residential Workshop at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre 28th to 31st August 2018 also follows the theme with "Murder on the Orient Express".

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.

The Double Filet website also has more information.

Please contact Nic Walker for further details, Tel: 07734 581 345 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

Merseyside

New branch in the North West will hold it's meetings at Vees Place (PLC Activities Club) 80 Kemble Street, Prescot, L34 5SF.

Contact: Marianne Penny Email

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

Oxford

Starting 4th February 2018 meetings will be held on the first Saturday of each month and run from 11am until 3.00pm at Oxford Central Library.

Contact Jane Barton for further details.

North Somerset - Shipham

Our branch meetings are held at The Campus, Locking Castle, Weston-s-Mare BS24 7LA, next meeting Saturday 14th April 2018 when we'll be looking at knitted and crocheted shawls. and there will be some free patterns for you to take away. £4 for Guild members £5 for visitors.

Contact: Lisa Layton by email and keep up to date by joining our Facebook group

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. There is a waiting list so please contact Janine....

Contact: Janine Rees Tel 01252 852038 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

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 £3.00 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.

Contact Lydia Lowman: Mobile 07981 124337 or email

Yorkshire - West

Huddersfield, meetings 7.30pm-9.30pm on the third Thursday of every month at the Town Hall, Huddersfield. 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 - Headingley, meetings at 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: Liesel Annible by email or phone 07765 232 564

Leeds - Central, meetings will be held on the last Saturday of each month from 10am till 1pm in the Community Hub, John Lewis, Victoria Gate, Leeds. The Community Hub is located adjacent to the haberdashery department and the "Place to Eat". Although the Community Hub is available free to the Guild, a small of £3 will be made to cover supplies and build up a reserve so that we can pay for guest speakers and workshop leaders in the coming months.

Contact: Tricia Basham by email

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. For 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