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Local Society: East Grinstead

Category Arts and Crafts

'Founded in 1955 with the aim of helping bring together the community of craft Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. Rather than set up another organisation for individual craft people we chose the path of becoming an Association of Guilds - an umbrella body to which regional or local Guilds are affiliated. The aim is to support those regional Guilds by operating at a larger scale with National Conferences, National Exhibitions, Competitions, publications and recognised qualifications certifying individuals' high level of achievement and competence in their chosen craft. We now have over 100 member Guilds representing over 5000 crafts-people.'

Category East Grinstead

Member of the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Grouping

'Regular meetings are held at four locations around Surrey, which are free for members to attend, where you can meet like-minded people and hear talks on a variety of related topics. Talks vary from family history to social and local history.'

Category Arts and Crafts

'Founded in 1979 by a group of quilting enthusiasts and has grown from a founding membership of 300 to over 6,500 individual members today ... Each of our regions provide a programme of talks and events and every year at least two or three regions organise exhibitions and retreats. The five special interest groups cater for special interests with challenges, meetings, retreats and summer schools.'

'The Sussex Beekeepers’ Association caters for those who live in Brighton, East Grinstead and East Sussex who keep bees or who would like to start beekeeping. There are five local Divisions each of which have their own website ... The Divisions have meetings which help train people in beekeeping ... In spring and summer the meetings tend to be at apiaries, which gives members a chance to handle bees and beehives ... Beekeeping is essentially a practical craft so it is easier to learn by doing it.  You need the company of experienced friends, and the Divisions provide this.  You never stop learning about beekeeping.'

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