Olney Lace Circle

  About Us  

Our Lace Circle was formed at the end of 1979 and the handfull of founder members held their inaugural meeting in February 1980. It has gone from strength to strength and now has over 30 members. In November we enjoyed a lunch to celebrate our 40 year anniversary.


These three ladies have been members of Olney Lace Circle for 40 years, and are still making lace today.
They kindly agreed to cut the cake

Members who were able to attend the special lunch

Our meetings take a relaxed form and we sit round tables making lace and chatting, in the middle of the session we have a cup of tea so we are able to chat a bit longer!

We have met in a variety of locations including the Baptist Church, the Cowper and Newton Museum and our present meeting place is The Olney Centre




St Joseph's Convent West Street Olney


We meet each Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon in school term time. The Tuesday evening group meet from 7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m. in the Convent. This is a small group and is mainly for those who cannot manage to attend on a Wednesday afternoon although all members may attend both meetings if they wish. The group operates on a self-help basis.

  The Wednesday afternoon group is a large one and meets at The Olney Centre from 1.30 p.m. - 3.30 p.m. Diana Tyjberg teaches lace to beginners and offers help to anyone who requires it.  
  Lace making would appeal to anyone interested in crafts and between us we cover a range of different types of lace probably concentrating on Torchon, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire patterns as these are the styles of the area.  
Junior Member

We used to have a junior section but are not able to cater for children at present


We also held a Lace Day each year during September which most of our members attended and played host to other Lace Groups in the area, but unfortunately 2010 was our last one for the time being. We often arranged to have a speaker who gave a talk on a related subject and Lace Suppliers were also in attendance.

We normally hold our AGM in September and usually have a good attendance.

  This was us in 2016