Note: Saturday 1st October
The first Saturday is always extremely busy. It’s great to catch up with everyone after the long summer, and as individuals, we will do our best to look out for new people, and give them the welcome you’d expect to receive.
Having said that, we are a large Guild and if you are new that may seem daunting. However, you’re probably not the only new person, so it’s not the place or the time to be shy. Be brave, go up and talk to people. Tell them who you are, where you’re from and why you’re there.
In particular our first day will be an exceptionally busy day and it really won’t be possible for a committee member to take you under their wing, but please know that you are welcome and that we do look forward to getting to know you.
Access our programme to see what’s on.
We usually meet on the first Saturday of the month in the Parochial Hall of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra. Click here for more information on the Folk Museum. There are days when the hall has been booked by the Museum for other events, so obviously we will need to use an alternative venue. Any change of venue will be posted on our website and you’ll be alerted on Facebook, with details on how to get to the new venue. If in any doubt, please contact us at email@example.com
We meet relatively early in the morning, (someone is there from 10:00), therefore we can use the carpark close to the hall.
You do not pay to enter the museum.
Pull up at the Folk Museum Kiosk, just before the barriers, tell them that you are going to the Patchwork Guild, and you will be let through. They are happy to give you directions, if you need them. Otherwise continue to the car park at the museum itself.
Our meetings begin with tea or coffee. It can be a bit intimidating to be faced with many new faces, so upon entry to the hall, ask to be introduced to the membership secretary, with whom you will sign in and pay a small visitor’s fee. They will try to introduce you to some people.
If you like, email us prior to your visit to ensure that we be on the look out for you. If you have transport problems, let us know, we might be able to arrange for someone to collect you. Information on how to get to the museum is available here.
Our members come from many parts of Northern Ireland, though the majority are from the Greater Belfast area. .
The meeting starts properly at 11.00 am, presented by the NIPG Chairperson. Often there are some announcements. Usually we have a speaker, using slides to illustrate her subject together with a selection of work. Occasionally if the speaker has travelled by car the presentation may be a display of actual work.
Most months speakers take workshops on Sundays, but sometimes there is a half day workshop after the talk. If you have checked the programme and there is a workshop you would like to attend, please contact us via email. Workshops are available in the first instance to NIPG members, but sometimes spaces become available.
We have had speakers and teachers from USA, Germany, Holland, England and Ireland.
email for further information.