Olney Lace Circle

  About Us  

Our Lace Circle held their inaugural meeting in February 1980 with a handful of members. It has gone from strength to strength and now has over 30 members. There are several ladies who are still members of the Circle today. 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 St Joseph's Convent.




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 in the Convent 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 November and usually have a good attendance. It may be the mince pies which are the attraction, as we use it as an excuse for a Christmas party.

  This was us in 2016