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Many of our members enjoy attending the lace days of other groups in the area. Our last Lace Day was in 2010 and unfortunately this was our last one for the forseeable future, so a big thank you to all our loyal friends who supported us in the past.

 
     
 

.We have arranged a day for Lace and Crafts on Saturday 16th September 2017 in Lavendon Village Hall from 10am till 4pm. Tickets will be £3.50 and tea and coffee will be availble all day.

The above event will be a ticket only events,. To apply, please send a SAE to:-

Anne Major
Treasurer, Olney Lace Circle
7 Wareing Lane,
Denton, Northants NN7 1DS



 
 

Liz at Three counties Radio


Photograph by Nick Coffer BBC Three Counties Radio

Star of Stage and Screen... And Three Counties Radio!

Elizabeth Knight, our resident ' front man' and official promoter of all things lace was invited last month to visit Three Counties Radio in Luton where she was interviewed live on air about the craft of lacemaking. Liz took along a lace pillow, as she was to teach the presenter how to make lace. Liz had about a ten minute slot and appeared to be a 'natural' on live radio. She spoke very confidently about the history of lace and did a brilliant job in promoting our Lace Circle. Beverly, our newest member was so inspired by Liz's interview that she immediately got in touch with our group. The Presenter was then shown the basic stitches and proceeded to have a go. You could hear the bobbins being handled rather enthusiastically and Liz had to scold him for messing the bobbins up!
Elizabeth also made a TV appearance last month when the Antiques Road Trip visited Olney. Liz was in The Cowper and Newton Museum and welcomed one of the presenters and told him a little about Cowper's house.

 
     
  Recently, members demonstrated lacemaking at the Waterside Festival in Great Linford and Nicola, who is also a weaver took along her loom.  
  Waterside Festival Weaving  
  Past Activities  
 

At the beginning of February 2005, two of our members went to a school in Wellingborough armed with four practice pillows so that a class of 10 yr olds could see how lace is made. They were studying the Tudors in history and had been discussing the use of lace in those times. The children were interested and attentive and all managed to have a turn. A week later we received letters thanking us, written by the children.

 
 
Middle school childern making lace
Middle school children making lace
 
 
Olney Middle School children making lace
 
     
  More recently some of our members attended our local school where the pupils were studying local history. As Lace Making was a big part of town life in the 1800's it was considered an important subject. The children all learnt the basic stitch and were able to practice on the pilows we took with us.  
 
In summer 2005 some of our members made lace at the Cowper and Newton Museum Olney on 1st and 3rd Sunday afternoons during June, July and August
 
 

Niki and Iris
Niki and Iris working in the sunshine

 
     
 

Olney has links with Newton in Sierra Leone, named after John Newton, a local clergyman who wrote the hymn 'Amazing Grace' .
In March 2007 our group took part in a skills day, held in The Olney Centre. in support of the
Olney - Newton project which raises money for needs in the African town .

 
 
Olney Newton2
Olney Newton3
 
     
 
In August 2007 the Lace Circle took part in a week of demonstrations in a courtyard off the Olney market place which attracted much attention from passers by. Unfortunately the British weather was a challenge on some of the days!!
 
 
Lace making 1
Lace making 2
 
 
Lace making 3
 
     
 
In 2008 The Living Archive presented the 'OurPlace:MK' exhibition, celebrating the Pioneers and Heroes who have played a part in the development of the Milton Keynes area.The exhibition took place in Middleton Hall, Central Milton Keynes.
 
 
Nochola demonstrating
Nichola demonstrating in Milton Keynes

 
 

Olney Lace Circle demonstrated lacemaking as part of the display put on by The Cowper and Newton Museum. This display featured Harry Armstrong – a lace dealer who formed the Cottage Workers’ Agency in 1906.
He tried hard to help the lacemakers of the town earn more money by encouraging the gentry to buy their lace.

 
 
LacemakingMK1
Lace demo MK2
 
 

Some of the other Heroes and Pioneers of this area included Alan Turing, a code breaker at Bletchley Park, who managed to break the German Enigma codes and probably shortened the war by 2 years.
Also featured was Lord ‘Jack’ Campbell who secured the existence of the Open University and was also the first Chairman of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation; and Jim Marshall  who was a pioneer of guitar amplification and based in Bletchley.

 
 
Country fair
Country fair
 
  Above, a member is seen teaching young children at the Young Farmer's Country Fair. Below is the Lavenden Model Railway open day which some of us attended.  
 
Model railway open day
 
     
 
We take the occasional trip out. We have visited Luton Museum to see the special collection of lace and Cecil Higgins Museum Bedford, which houses the Thomas Lester Collection.
We have visited Aylesbury museum and apart from the interesting exhibits, enjoyed our lunch in the lovely garden on a beautiful hot sunny day.
 
 

Luton Visit
A group of us outside Luton Museum


 
 
Our group visit to Coton Manor Gardens, in Nothamptonshire, was interesting and beautiful. Some people bought plants and almost everyone had lunch in the busy restaurant!
 
 

Coton Manor

Coton Manor 2
 
  Shuttleworth

 

shuttleworth2

 
 

Here are a couple of photos taken when we had a Lace Circle outing to the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth.  It was a lovely day with perfect weather.

 
 

Our next Lace and Crafts Dayt will be 16th September 2017
Tickets . If you would like to come and make lace with us send a SAE to:
Anne Major
Treasurer, Olney Lace Circle
7 Wareing Lane,
Denton, Northants NN7 1DS


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