2021-22

At the Installation Court meeting on 23 April 2021 (held virtually by Zoom) Julian Ellis was formally installed as Master for the 2021-22 year, with Elizabeth Fox as Upper Warden and Matthew Ellis as Under Warden. Formal installation was preceded two days earlier by a socially-distanced ‘installation ceremony’ conducted in the garden of the Framework Knitters Museum at Ruddington when robes and badges of office were exchanged and conferred. Tony Jarvis (Upper Warden 2019-20) continues as Master-in-Waiting and, subject to formal installation, will be installed as Master in April 2022 in succession to Julian and, subject to formal confirmation by the Court nearer to the time, this year’s Upper Warden, Elizabeth Fox will follow him as Master from April 2023. The Company is hugely grateful to Ian Grundy for remaining in office as Master for an additional year (2020-21) during lockdown.

The new Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants send their best wishes to all members of the Company, hoping that you stay safe and well and looking forward to seeing you all again “in the flesh” before too long.

KNIT FOR THE COMMUNITY

The Framework Knitters “Knit for Community” initiative began in April 2020 as a result of Covid-19 and the first lockdown. Thanks to members or friends of 37 Livery companies, as well as local publicity through local radio, TV (East Midlands Live news report October 2020, East Midlands Today news report November 2020, BBC Look North, and BBC1 via the Lord Mayor’s Show), magazines and papers, over 640 individuals have so far volunteered to help us and over 47,000 squares have been donated. The project has helped both those in need and those knitting, and our volunteers include someone who is registered blind, as well as some suffering from illnesses which require them to keep their hands moving. We are very grateful to employees from Leicester Royal Infirmary, members of Rotary and Inner Wheel, knitting groups and members of the League of Remembrance – being 100% volunteer led we could not have had such a successful result without so much support. It has also provided a positive focus during isolation, and we hope to continue this for the first half of 2022 at least.

More information can be found on our Facebook page follow me on facebook - including an instructional knitting video by Past Master Sheila Turner - and in the poster below.

Huge thanks to all our volunteers – this is only possible due to you - please keep knitting!

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WHO ARE THE FRAMEWORK KNITTERS?

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters traces its origins to 1589 when William Lee of Calverton in Nottinghamshire invented a method of knitting mechanically.

AN INTERESTING HISTORY

WHY SHOULD I BECOME A MEMBER?

Membership is open to anyone over the age of twenty-one who will respect the Company's heritage, take pride in its activities, and strive to maintain its standards.

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

OUR CHARITY WORK AND STUDENT BURSARIES

The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters has helped students of design, management, marketing, science and technology relevant to the knitting/knitwear industries with bursaries for many years.

GETTING INVOLVED