Preston Lacemakers are a friendly group of people who meet to share their enthusiasm and enjoyment in the art and craft of lace, in all its variations. Our group includes young and old and beginners to experienced. Throughout the year we have talks about and workshops in both lace and other craft techniques. We also promote lace through exhibitions and giving demonstrations.
For more information, click on 'What you need to know...' below or contact Christine Keber on telephone 01772 339913 or by email:

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Next Meeting: Saturday 4 September 2021 in person at New Longton Village Hall

Hope everyone is looking forward to meeting up in person again and at our new venue:

New Longton Village Hall

Boundary Close
New Longton

Please note the new start time of 12 noon

The venue advises that there will be hand sanitiser by the entrance and also in our meeting room on the table near the fire exit. 

There'll be a signing in sheet, so you may wish to bring your own pen if you don't want to use the communal one. 

Given the ongoing pandemic and the fact that there's likely to be a lot going on because we've not had a physical meeting for 18 months, there won't be a sales table or a raffle at this first meeting.

The kitchen will be available for use and tea/coffee/milk/biscuits will be provided as usual. We suggest you bring your own mug. 

For the comfort and safety of everyone, we recommend wearing a facemask (if you can) when moving around the hall/building and maintaining social distancing where possible.  For anyone who's slightly nervous about coming, the hall is plenty large enough to allow everyone enough space.

There'll be disinfectant spray and cloths available and we'd be grateful if you would wipe your table and seat down before putting them away. 

It would be helpful if you would inform the secretary if you'll be joining us on 4th September so we have an idea of numbers expected.  She can be contacted on 

Please inform any former members or any potential new members who may wish to visit us and to see the Village Hall. 

The committee is really looking forward to welcoming as many as possible on the 4th September and having a long awaited catch up in person.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Change of Venue and Times of Meetings from 4 September 2021

As the Covid regulations require more space between people at meetings, the committee has successfully searched for a new venue.  It is hoped that we shall be able to meet together once again from Saturday, 4 September 2021 at New Longton Village Hall, Boundary Close, Off Chapel Lane, New Longton, Preston PR4 4BD.  There is a class in the hall in the morning, so meetings will now be held from 12 noon until 4pm.  You might also have seen the following message that Andrea, our Chairman, has posted in FaceBook:

Hi Everyone,

Katharine, my hubby Dave and I managed to relocate our library and supplies to our new venue this morning (Saturday 8th May). We have been made to feel so welcome by the Chairman (Bernard), at New Longton Village Hall and we are really excited to begin this new chapter for our meetings from Saturday 4th September. The meetings will be held from 12pm to 4pm and visitors will be most welcome. There will be further information during the summer re Covid-19 and what we will need to take into consideration going forward.

Here is a link to the village hall website, where you will find details of where to find us. There also some photographs.

If you have any questions please contact me.


Whilst it was great to see and speak to people using Zoom since lockdown, there is nothing like meeting up in person.  It will be lovely to see everyone again.

Tuesday, 3 November 2020

Update from the Chairman and next Zoom meeting 7 November 2020 at 13:00

On Sunday, 1 November, the secretary sent an email to members giving details of our next Zoom meeting at 1.00 pm on Saturday 7 November and including an update from the Chairman.  If any member has not received the email, please check your spam folder in the first instance and then contact the Chairman or Secretary.  The Chairman's update is given below, after the removal of some personal information.  Unfortunately the picture of Dorothy did not transfer, but members will see it in their emails.

Hello everyone.

I do hope that you are all keeping safe and well.

Who would have thought that we would still be in lockdown after all these months! Sadly, it doesn’t look promising for Christmas or the New Year. I am wondering what plans everyone has for Christmas?

We usually celebrate Christmas Day with either our son or daughter for lunch, then the other one for tea. Later, my husband’s family (around 30 of us) all crowd into his mum’s for games and pressies.

I have managed to make some lace over recent weeks… mostly finishing things bought at shows that I never got round to. Here is Dorothy … a design by Sue Clothier of Harlequin Lace. I am going to hang her on the Christmas tree.

It was lovely to see some of you at our last Zoom meeting and a few ideas were mooted to try and encourage more of you to join in. The pity is that the meetings are only 40 minutes long on the free version and the time passes so quickly. I was asked to consider finding a speaker for one of the meetings, but this would only be possible with a longer meeting.

With this in mind, I am proposing that we purchase a licence for a year to use Zoom for longer meetings. This would enable us to have more items of interest and give others more of an opportunity to chat. The cost is around £90, but would be good value for money if more of you were to join us, especially as we do not know how long this situation will carry on. It would be lovely to organize a speaker; show and tell and even a quiz!

If we purchase a licence, I would propose to do one or more training sessions for anyone who doesn’t feel confident enough to use Zoom. I could do these on a one to one basis or a small group. If you are interested, please contact me through the email or telephone details below and I will make arrangements.

Stay safe and well everyone and Happy Lacemaking.

Andrea Gaskell


On behalf of PLM Committee.


Monday, 17 August 2020

Zoom meetings

If you are a member and would like to participate in the Zoom meetings but have not had the relevant information, please contact a member of the committee.  The planned Zoom meetings take place on the same day that we would have held our normal meetings - the first Saturday of the month. 

No meetings until February 2021

The committee has sent an email to all members, together with a letter from the Chairman, informing members that the committee has made the difficult decision to cancel all meetings until February 2021.  The committee are also asking for suggestions about venues that will accommodate the group, assuming that we need to maintain social distancing.  If not a different venue, perhaps members could suggest a different way of using our current venue.  If you have any ideas or suggestions, please contact a committee member.

Monday, 27 April 2020

May, June and July meetings and A P-lace together

The committee has emailed all members regarding the planned meetings for June and July and about a Facebook group: A P-lace together.  As you are aware, the May meeting has already been cancelled.  The committee has decided to cancel the June and July meetings.  

The relevant excerpts of the email are shown below:

"I hope you are all staying safe and managing to make some lace.

Your committee has discussed the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, and has determined that the best policy will be to cancel the June and July meetings. Even if the lock-down rules ease off, it is unlikely that it will cover large gatherings for a while yet.

I know that not everyone is a member of Facebook and even those that are, may not be aware that The Kantcentrum has published some patterns in a new group (A P-Lace Together). To date, there are 6 patterns and I have attached a zip file with working diagrams and prickings. If you would like them in any other format, or would like images of completed samples please let Andrea know. You do not have to be a member of the FB group.

The group information states:

A P-Lace Together (A place together)
In these difficult and lonely times it is great to have a hobby.
Our lace teachers design a strip every week, especially for 'APT'.
The intention of this group is to work on this together and share your results.
As soon as it is allowed back, we want to bring all these sides together at an exhibition in the Kantcentrum Brugge.
Edges can therefore still be sent to "Kantcentrum, Balstraat 16, 8000 Brugge"
Please always label the edge with name and address and email if you want your edge back. We can also send you an email inform about the exhibition.
If you want the edge back, add a cover (SAE) with your name and address on it.

Best Wishes & Happy Lacemaking"

Friday, 10 April 2020

Message from our Committee Easter 2020

Dear friends,

We hope that you are all well and that you and your families are staying safe. It is unlikely that we will meet again until at least July or August, but in the meantime, we wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Easter weekend. 

It will be lovely to see everyone when this is all over and share what we have all been up to. 

Best Wishes from 

Preston Lacemakers Committee