Classes and activities during the Triennial in Swaledale, October 2018

Triennial starts Monday 8th, ends Thursday 11th October

Monday 8th October, afternoon into evening

The official opening event of the TIGHR Triennial in Swaledale in 2018 will be the Meet and Greet, starting at 14:00 in St Andrew’s Church, Grinton. At this informal session, you will complete the registration process and receive your welcome pack. Refreshments will be served before we all settle down to listen to a short talk about Swaledale by Helen Bainbridge of the museum in Reeth and a speech of welcome from President Heather Ritchie.
Following this, live music will play and you will be able to look around St Andrew’s, which will be filled with rugs made by British rugmakers. You will have plenty more time to get lost in the wonder of this marvellous exhibition (curated by Kathryn Guy) as it will be open from 10:00 to 16:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
As the Meet and Greet draws to a close, you will be able to collect whichever of the TIGHR 2018 Triennial ‘postcards‘ has been randomly allocated to you. The Meet and Greet will close at 18:00. You would be wise to book your evening meal in advance and, if you are not self-catering, there are plenty of places to eat in and around Reeth.


During the day, Tuesday morning to Thursday lunchtime

The emphasis of TIGHR 2018 is on taking time to catch up with old friends, taking pleasure in meeting new friends and taking time off to relax and have fun. To encourage this informal ‘hook and chat’ atmosphere, a drop-in centre, The Hub in The Buck Hotel, will be open from 9:30 to 21:30 every day (14:00 on Thursday).

Classes: kits, place allocations and booking office opening times

Each class has a separate page, linked from its title, with a brief outline of the session and a short biography of the teacher.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you want to buy a tutor’s kit, please indicate this on the booking form. Payment for kits will be taken in the class in cash, by the tutor. Please remember bring the correct money to each class you take.
Places in classes will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please nominate your first two choices of classes plus a third as a reserved choice, just in case one of your preferred classes is already full when we receive your form. We will draw up a reserve list in case students have to drop out, and any places becoming available will also be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
You can attend a third class for an extra £35, as long as a place is available. Payments for these optional third classes will not be taken at the time of booking as we will not be able to guarantee their availability until all the booking forms have been received.
BOOKING OFFICE OPENING TIMES: the email address to which completed booking forms must be sent will only be open from 00:01 on February 1st to 23:59 on April 1st 2018. Applications received before or after these times will not be accepted. Similarly, if you decide to post your application form (which we would prefer you not to do), your letter will not be opened until the email booking office window opens.

Tuesday 9th October, morning and afternoon

These four classes will run twice, from 9:30 to 12:30 and from 13:30 to 16:30
Helen Bainbridge: Fabric of the dales (a talk with a hands-on session, Swaledale Museum)
Jan Haines: A view from a dry stone wall (Hudson House community information centre)
Ann Hewitt: Hooked sheep (Nutmeg Room, a modern building)
Maureen Murano: Proddy mats plus a collection of vintage rugs (Fremington School)

Wednesday 10th October, all day

There are no formal classes on this day. Instead, your booking fee includes the cost of a coach trip to Beamish Open Air Museum: non-participants will be able to take part for a fee of £40 to include travel and admission. After leaving Reeth Green at 9:30, groups of thirty rugmakers at a time will be taken into the archives and shown the museum’s unique collection of British-made rugs which are the roots of modern rugmaking. (Please note: non-participants will not be able to visit the archive as there will not be enough time.) During the rest of the visit you will be at liberty to look at the fascinating collection of buildings which house hands-on, working examples of shops, businesses, farms, domestic settings and places to eat. Vintage vehicles are in use throughout the site, and visitors are able to get around on the free transport system.
Please note that access to and from the archive involves a flight of steps and the site covers 350 acres in total, although the majority of the points of greatest interest are within a reasonable walking distance of each other. The museum’s own Accessibility guide makes fascinating reading and will help every visitor make the most of their time at Beamish.
Alternatively, you are welcome to spend the day hooking in The Hub. The coaches will bring us back to Reeth for about 18:00 and the formal AGM will be held that evening, in The Hub.

Thursday 11th October, morning

These five classes will run from 9:30 to 12:30
Helen Bainbridge: Fabric of the dales (a talk with a hands-on session, Swaledale Museum)
Jill Denton: Brooches (Hudson House)
Ann Hewitt: Stone walls (Nutmeg)
Sue Gilmartin: Textured books covers (Fremington School)
Brigitte Kaufhold: Artful birds (The Ice Cream Parlour)

Thursday 11th October, afternoon and early evening

At 14:00 coaches will leave Reeth Green to travel to Bolton Castle for a special Gala Event. Your booking fee includes entrance to the 14th century castle and its beautiful garden as well as a buffet tea and live music. As it says on the Bolton Castle website, “please be aware that the castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is not easily accessible for those with reduced mobility as spiral stairs and uneven surfaces exist throughout the building.” And we suggest that you wrap up warm as it may be cool in the Great Hall… We regret that, due to the limited amount of room available in Bolton Castle, it is almost certain that we will not be able to take non-participants there.



The fee of £200 includes the opening Meet and Greet complete with regionally appropriate refreshments, lunch and tea/coffee workshop participants, the excursions to Beamish and Bolton Castle (including the buffet supper served in the Castle’s Great Hall), two classes and as many visits as you can fit in to the exhibition. You will be able to request a place in a third class for an additional fee of £35.


Post-Triennial events (available at extra cost)

Friday 12th October
As a bonus activity after TIGHR 2018 officially ends, Heather and Kathy Bryan (TIGHR Secretary) have organised a Mini Fibre-Fest. For more details including the cost, and to book a place, go to THIS PAGE

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October
Heather and Cilla Cameron are organising a weekend of classes. For more details including the cost, and to book a place, go to THIS PAGE