The Covid-19 pandemic has brought many changes for the Company. We have changed our Ordinances to allow Court meetings to be held virtually (via Zoom, or similar) but it was not possible to hold our usual Installation Court in April. As a consequence the Court has agreed that Ian Grundy will serve a further year as Master until April 2021. Although Ian is remaining in office as Master, Julian Ellis has now been installed virtually as Upper Warden for the current year, with Elizabeth Fox as Under Warden. Subject to formal confirmation by the Court nearer to the time, Julian will be installed as Master in April 2021 with last year’s Upper Warden, Tony Jarvis taking over as Master in April 2022 and this year’s Under Warden, Elizabeth Fox following him as Master from April 2023.
The Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants send their best wishes to all members of the Company, hoping that you stay safe and well during these unprecedented times.
KNIT FOR THE COMMUNITY
Starting during the lockdown we have been encouraging all our members, especially seasoned knitters, to support an initiative to knit woollen squares, which can then be put together to make blankets for charities. Past Master Liz Green was recently interviewed about the campaign on the BBC East Midlands Today programme and her interview can be seen here.
Liz has also drawn up this flyer:
Please take a look and get in touch with her if you are interested in taking part. Please also pass this on to any family, friends and neighbours who you think might be ‘willing to knit'.
If any further encouragement is needed, below is a blanket of squares knitted by Liveryman Beth Parry and made up into a blanket by Past Master Sheila Turner.
We have now had over 300 offers of help and so far 37 blankets have either been made, or are in progress. Our knitting volunteers include members or friends of 28 Livery companies, readers of Let’s Knit magazine, Knitting magazine, and of the Leicester Mercury, viewers of East Midlands Today, volunteers for Loving Hands charity and the League of Remembrance charity, and visitors to the Company's Facebook page. You can see a selection of the completed blankets on our Facebook page - and lest you claim to have forgotten how to knit, Sheila Turner has also posted an instructional video!
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