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. The information listed below is now available on our new interactive map just click in the top right hand corner to enlarge the map and you'll find instructions on how to use the map down the left hand side.

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 at St Georges Court, George Street, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 3JX. There is a small charge of £2 per meeting.

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 2019 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 2019 on the 3rd Saturday 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.

Upcoming Dates :-

21st September - Lace Crochet with Sally

19th October - Illusion Knitting with Tricia

16th November - Slip Stitch with Linda

Suggested donations to the Guild of £3 for each session are welcomed to help support our work in the area.

If you are interested in getting involved you can contact Helen Winnicott 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

Cambridgeshire

A branch will be starting up at Guild member Irena's new venture Sew Knit Craft at 58 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LN.

Contact: Irena by phone on 01223 350 691 or email

Cheshire

Meetings are held 10am to 4pm on the 2nd Sunday of the Month at Dunham Hill and Hapsford Village Hall, 7 Hob Lane, Dunham on the Hill, Frodsham WA6 OLW (a short drive from the M56). There is a charge of £4 for each meeting. People are welcome to come for all or part of the meeting. (No meetings in December and January.) Please contact Judy for the latest information.

Contact: Judy Jones Tel 01925 740386 or email

Cornwall

Truro - 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 Knitting Club

Established over 40 years ago and now a fully-fledged Guild branch, meetings are held generally the 1st Tuesday of the month (but moves to 2nd or 5th Tuesday to fit around school closures) at Court Moor School, Spring Woods, Fleet, GU52 7RY from 8pm till 10pm. Hand and machine knitting, and crochet, cost £3 per meeting or £15 per year (for 10 meetings)

Contact Sally for any further details by phone on 07961 038910 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

Hampshire - Portsmouth - Drayton Machine Knitting Club

Meetings 2nd Monday of each month at St Andrews Church Hall, Havant Road, Farlington, Portsmouth, PO6 1AA from 1.30pm till 4.30pm there is a small charge of £3 per annum plus £2 per meeting to cover expenses. In addition two full "Knitting Days" are scheduled at the same venue on 21st September 2019 and 30th November 2019 from 9am till 5pm.

Contact Christine by email or via their Website

Kent - Folkestone

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

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 roughly every other month on the 3rd Saturday of the month 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

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 Hub at John Lewis in Kingston. The Hub is located on the 3rd floor (Children's Dept) beside the Nursery Advice area and Parents Room.

Our alternative venue is Caffé Jax, 52 Old London Road, Kingston upon Thames, just up the road from the Tumbling Telephone Boxes.

Download dates for 2019 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 2019 comes from the elements, Earth, Water, Air & Fire. Our annual Residential Workshop at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre in August each year continues the chosen theme.

Cost of each day workshop (10am till 4pm) at St Mary's in Ilford is £15 for Guild members, £18 for non-members, which includes, tea, coffee, biscuits etc, please bring your own packed lunch. Dates for the rest of 2019, 5th October and 7th December.

The Double Filet website also has more information.

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

Manchester

Yarn Addicts of Manchester, is a crochet and knitting group in central Manchester and is hosted on the social networking website, www.meetup.com.

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

Middlesex - Hounslow

Middlesex Machine Knitters meet 2nd Wednesday of each month 1.30pm till 3.30pm at Hounslow Community Centre, 9 Montague Road, Hounslow, TW3 1JY. £2.50 per meeting plus £20 subscription each half year. Contact Elaine by 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 1.30 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

Northamptonshire - Crick

Meetings are held on one or two Mondays each month between 7.30pm and 9.30pm in the Chapel Room , Crick United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Crick, NN6 7TW. Knitters & crocheters welcome.

Contact Pat for details by email or phone 01788 822 091.

Northamptonshire - Long Buckby Machine Knitters

Meetings 2nd Monday of each month at Long Buckby Community Centre, 41 Station Road, Long Buckby, NN6 7QB from 2pm till 4pm. The meeting room is on the 1st floor but there is a lift and is wheelchair accessible, The club has machines so no need to bring your own. Sessions £2.50 for club members which includes tea and coffee.

Contact Pat by email or phone 01788 822 091.

Nottinghamshire – Arnold, Notts

Mapperley Knit and Natter Club, meetings are held on the 1st Monday of the month (except for Bank holidays when the meeting generally moves to the 2nd Monday of the month but do check) between 6.45pm and 9.00pm in the Killisick Community Centre, Killisick Road, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 8DB. There is a club knitting machine for demonstrations and folk bring hand knitting, crochet or making up to do as well as a show and tell session. Cost £3 per meeting or an annual subscription which runs from April each year.

Contact Ann for details by phone 01159 279 365 or Alison by email

Oxford

Meetings are 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.

Staffordshire - Lichfield Machine Knitting Club

Meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month except August at Martin Heath Hall, Christchurch Lane, Lichfield, Staffs, WS13 8AY from 1.30pm till 3.30pm. Members £2, visitors £3 an additional cost per session is payable if hosting a speaker.

Contact Lidia by email or phone 01827 63992 you can find more information on their website

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: Cecilia Robinson, 0191 528 9154 or email

Warwickshire - Shipston on Stour - The club meets twice weekly

Monday 1900-2100 at Low Furlong, Darlingscote Road, Shipston on Stour, Warks CV36 4DR (retirement home)

Friday 1400-1700 at Rainbow Fields, The Driftway, Shipston on Stour, Warks CV36 4BU (sheltered living)

We make a £2 charge to cover the hire of the room and the cost of refreshments.

We have a Facebook Group (Shipston Knitting and Crochet Group)

Contact: Julie Pardoe mobile 07956 180 989 or email the club

Wiltshire - Westbury Woollies - Heywood

Meet 2nd Tuesday of each month 10am till 12.30pm at Heywood Village Hall, Heywood, Westbury, BA13 4LR. Cost £2 for talks, workshops, demonstrations, free parking.

Contact Patricia by phone 01747 833672

Worcestershire - Timberdine Machine Knitting Club - Welland

Meet 2nd Monday of each month 1.30pm till 4.30pm at Veeda Glenta, Blackmore Park Road, Welland, Worcs, WR13 6NN. Cost £3 per meeting which includes refreshments plus £5 subscription for 12 months.

Contact Suzette by email or phone 01905 774579

York - Ewenique Machine Knitting Club - New Earswick

Meet 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 1.30pm till 4pm at The Folk Hall, New Earswick, York, YO32 4AQ

Contact Diana Beadle email or phone 01757 291 837

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 - Central, meetings in the Community Hub at John Lewis, Victoria Gate, Leeds, LS2 7AR from 10am for a prompt start at 10.30am though till 1pm. The Community Hub is located adjacent to the haberdashery department and "The Place to Eat" on the 4th Floor. With the some of the latest knitting and crochet magazines to browse, we catch up the latest news, share our current projects and then settle in for a workshop session. Dates for 2019/2020 30th November 2019, 25th January 2020, 28th March 2020, 30th May 2020, 25th July 2020, 19th September 2020 and 28th November 2020.

Contact Tricia by email or phone 07905 796 563

Wakefield, meetings first Tuesday of each month 7 - 9 pm at yarn shop Wool n Stuff, 46 Upper Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1TQ.

Contact: Vicki Cole by phone on 01924 565 740 or 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

Leicestershire and Rutland - Melton Mowbray

Rebecca Price is connecting members in the area, phone 07870 596 565 or email

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