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Who we are and what we do

The Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers was formed in 1977 when Jan and John Shailes got together with some friends in their sitting room to spin. As time went on, more people came along, and the group decided to join Berkshire Guild. In 1979, the growing band, struggling to get to Sonning for Guild meetings, took the plunge and formed their own Guild in Newbury, which has been in existence continuously since then. Our members cover an enormous range of textile skills including weaving, spinning and dyeing, with experience ranging from beginners to experts. 

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Next Meeting


SATURDAY 4th May 2024
St.Mary's Church Hall, Greenham

Our afternoon speaker will be Katie Allen, shepherd and maker of Loopy Ewes.

Find out more about Katie, her flock, her ethos and her online shop here:


The meeting starts at 10am and if you're coming to see us for the first time, it's at St Mary's Church Hall, Greenham, Newbury RG19 8RZ.



The March 2024 Shuttle is ready and waiting for your perusal.

If you would like a printed version the Shuttle, please click the button below and print directly from the file or ask a friend or family member to help you.


If you're interested in joining the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers you can come along to two meetings FOC
before we ask you to sign up. We offer single and family member
ships with concessions for senior citizens.

All membership enquiries should be addressed to


Visit Whitchurch Silk Mill, Shop and Café.
The Mill (Tue-Sun & Bank Holidays) 10:30am - 5pm
Riverside Café (Tue-Sun)10:30am - 4:30pm

Find out more about the mill on their web site


From Fleece to Pleats

Paul Henry, Kilt Maker extraordinaire entertained us with tales of tartan through history and in his workshop where he makes bespoke hand made kilts for clients across the globe.


Sue Hiley Harris

Weaver, Spinner and Sculptor Sue Hiley-Harris, shared her creative journey from art school in Australia to contemporary working weaver and sculptor, based in the Brecon Beacons.


Silk Spinning Workshop

Sue Hiley-Harris recently hosted a silk spinning workshop in Newbury. Sue's silk spinning expertise enthralled the group and everyone enjoyed learning new techniques to experiment with at home.


Silk Dyeing

A Guild course on dyeing silk saw lots of techniques in action.

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Straw Plaiting 

Samples shown at a talk on Straw Plaiting

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