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About the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers

Welcome to the Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers website!


In 1977 our founder members Jan and John Shailes got together with friends at their home to enjoy spinning and to pass on their skills. As the numbers grew, the group decided to join the Berkshire Guild in 1979, which was based in Sonning Common. Subsequently, the Newbury based Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers was formed and has been meeting for over 40 years. 


We have a Facebook page and are affiliated to the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. 


Our members have a huge range of skills; we are always learning new crafts and improving our weaving, spinning and dyeing skills. We share ideas, knowledge and enjoyment of a huge variety of textile crafts. 


The Guild demonstrates and exhibits at local events and shows such as the Young Farmers, Lambourn and the West Berkshire Museum and Whitchurch Silk Mill. We have been involved in historical events like the 200th anniversary of the Newbury Coat. 


The Guild meets on the first Saturday of every month in Greenham, Newbury, between 10:30 - 4pm.


Our day starts with a coffee or tea and a chat. Members bring along their current projects and can take part in mini workshops. Our talented and expert members are very willing to help and support beginners.


We bring a packed lunch and in the afternoon we enjoy a talk or demonstration by an invited speaker. Subjects range from hand dyeing, embroidery, split ply braiding, weaving, spinning silk and many more. 


If you have an interest in weaving, spinning or dyeing we'd love to meet you. We are a very friendly and welcoming group of people and can make arrangements to accommodate everyone, whatever your needs.


We offer 2 free meetings to see if you like us. If you would like to join the Guild, all membership enquiries should be addressed to 

I very much look forward to meeting you.


Pat Christmas - KVG Chairman


Kennet Valley Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Diversity Policy

No member, prospective member or visitor will receive less favourable treatment on the ground of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability and far as it is with the control of the Guild be disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which are not covered by legislation or existing codes of practice.

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