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"Reaching Out"

The Guilds of Region C, would like to warmly welcome you to the 12th biennial Conference which will be held at Chancellors Hotel, Manchester from 25th - 27th April, 2014.

The AGM will take place on Saturday 26 April, from 11 am - 4 pm.

Reserved exclusively for Guild members during the duration of the Conference, Chancellors Hotel is a Grade II listed mansion located in Fallowfield, Manchester, and is surrounded by five acres of beautiful, well-maintained gardens, providing a relaxed, scenic and picturesque setting. A 3 star rated hotel, Chancellors offers spacious and comfortable accommodation, including ensuite bedrooms complete with flat screen television,free high speed broadband, hair dryer, telephone, and complimentary tea and coffee. Situated a mile to the south of Manchester City Centre, it enjoys excellent transport links to all key Manchester shops, attractions, amenities and places of interest. It has free onsite parking and is also convenient for both Manchester Piccadilly Train Station and several major bus routes, in and out of the city.

The theme for this years Conference - Reaching Out, has been inspired by Manchester’s close association with textiles. From the very beginning, it "reached out", and continues to reach out across the world, to embrace the new technologies of the day and drew workers from their homes to work in the wide array of purpose built mills surrounding the city. In turn, it built not only a world class airport but an inland port and waterway, to reach out to the four corners of the globe, for both skills and resources to service its growing textile industry. Forever seeking new markets for its finished goods, Manchester is continuing To reach out across the world, with high level talks currently underway between Government and the manufacturing sector, to revive its textile industry to compete on both quality and price, with overseas manufacturers.

Nestling as it is, in the heart of Britain, Manchester lies within easy access of North Wales, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Yorkshire, and Derbyshire - the home of Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mill - the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. Excellent road and rail links allow visitors to the Conference, the opportunity to reach out and explore the North West and its surrounding regions.

Through a programme of inspirational speakers, the 2014 Conference aims to ‘reach out’ to all Guild attendees and encourage them further their own horizons, be it developing new skills or expanding awareness of our crafts. Further details with application forms will soon be available on the Association’s website and these will be forwarded in due course to all Guild secretaries.

The Speakers

The Conference will open on Friday evening with a warm welcome being extended by the Association to the new president, Dr Jenny Balfour - Paul, who will deliver the opening lecture. Dr Balfour-Paul has for two decades worked extensively in the field of indigo dying and is an Honorary Research Fellow at Exeter University.

The second of our guest speakers, Emma Sheldon will give the first lecture on Saturday morning, prior to the AGM. Emma is a research based textile designer who is this year's winner of both the NEWH (Network of Executive Women in Hospitality) Award and The Textile Society Postgraduate Bursary Award. Having worked closely with Audi on a number of exhibitions, she has a highly analytical approach to fabric choice.

Sunday will open with Mr Paul Crookes, founder and owner of the Halifax Spinning Company. Paul is a passionate exponent of British wool and has tailored his business to meet the needs of individual, small scale operators rather than that of large commercial companies.

Following refreshments, the fourth of our chosen speakers Jan Garside, will deliver the closing lecture. Jan is a renowned weaver and selected member of Design Nation and the Design Factory. Jan likes the idea of making something original, starting with just one thread and watching it grow into the visual expression of an idea. Often incorporating vintage yarns into her pieces, she gives them a contemporary twist by combining them with modern synthetic yarns.

Travel directions to Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre

Please see here for directions by car.

If you are travelling by public transport please see here.

A map may be found here.

Booking details

Booking details and forms will be available soon.


In order that the booking arrangements might be as flexible as possible several packages have been put together. The individual components may be seen as following:

Friday Saturday Sunday
F1: Refreshments
F2: Evening meal
F3: Lecture
F4: Accommodation
  (with Saturday breakfast)
Sa 1: Lecture
Sa2: Coffee/tea
Sa3: AGM
Sa4: Lunch

Sa5: Tea/coffee
Sa6: Conference dinner
   with Entertainment
Sa7: Accommodation
   (with Sunday breakfast)

Su1: Lecture
Su2: Coffee/tea
Su3: Lecture
Su4: Lunch


The following packages are offered:

Residential weekend Package 1
    (everything including the AGM)
F1-F4, Sa1-Sa7, Su1-Su4 £227
Residential weekend Package 2
   (for those not attending the AGM)
F1-F4, Sa1, Sa2, Sa6-Sa7, Su1-4 £217
Non-residential weekend Package 3
   (including AGM and Conference Dinner)
F2, F3, Sa1-Sa6, Su1-Su4 £115
Package 4
   (non-residential, no AGM)
F2, F3, Sa1, Sa2, Sa6, Su1-Su4 £107
Package 5 Saturday – AGM only
   (Final date for booking this is the 31st March 2014)
Package 6
(non-residential, all lectures+refreshments, no meals)
F3,Sa1,Sa2, Su1-Su3£47

Prices quoted are discounted rates for Guild members only. Rates for non-Guild applicants will be slightly higher and these will be available on request.
As places are limited, early booking is strongly recommended.

Bookings will be confirmed on receipt of £50 deposit, payable by 17th January 2014.
Final balances will be required to be paid in full by 31st March 2014.


The booking form is available here as a download in Adobe Acrobat Reader format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from www.adobe.com.

If you have any difficulties with downloading the form please email the Webmaster.

Form 1 on the booking form must be completed and returned along with your deposit by 17 January 2014.
Form 2 on the booking form should be returned with the balance of payment before 31 March 2014.
All correspondence regarding bookings and receipt of payment will be made by email wherever possible.
In the event that no email address is available two A5 SAEs should be sent with your application to Jane White, 31 Whitemore Road, Middlewich, Cheshire, CW10 0DY.


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For any queries about the Conference please email the Convenor.



Please note that to print the details from this website the following documents should be downloaded and printed.
Please also note that the closing dates are not on these documants.
Conference information
Directions to Chancellors by Bus, Train and Plane
Directions to Chancellors by car
Conference booking details
Booking form

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