Our New Meeting Place

We have found a new meeting place!

We will be meeting in the downstairs meeting room of the First Free Methodist Community Church at 320 – 8th Street in New Westminster. Further details are on our “About Us” page, here.

As we are the Vancouver Lace Club, we would have preferred to have stayed in Vancouver, but this new location ticks almost all our boxes! No stairs, plenty of room, parking close by, natural light, storage facilities – even the ability to make tea if we like! Do drop in to see us! Our next meeting will be on March 22nd. That “meeting” is actually our moving day, so we will meet at the Hastings Community Centre to pack up and then bring our packed boxes over to the new location. Our first full meeting in the new location will be April 26th. I hope to see you there!


We’re Moving!

The Vancouver Lace Club is moving!

We have been involved with the Hastings Community Centre since the Club first outgrew the Carlile’s living room in the 1960s, but now the administration of the community centre has changed, and what they have offered us (greater cost, poorer location, fewer advantages) is not what we require. Accordingly, we have decided to set sail into the wider world and find somewhere else to meet.

We do have a few possibilities, but none of them is perfect. So, we’re putting out the word to you, as someone who is interested in our Club, to see whether you have something to offer. What we want is:

– Meeting space for 10-12 people, with table and chairs, for 3 hours (preferably 10 am to 1 pm) once a month – preferably a guaranteed spot on the 4th Thursday of every month except December, July, and August.

– Space to be accessible for walkers, wheelchairs, cane users and heavy limpers, with washrooms on the same level

– Parking nearby

– Good light (windows preferred, but bright overhead lights are also good)

– It would be really nice if we could make tea.

– Ideally, the rental cost to be $60 or less

– and we’d love to store our little lockable rolling library cart on site

Do you know of a space that fulfils most of these requirements? If so, please do let us know; our final meeting at the Hastings Community Centre (aka “Packing Day”) will be March 22nd. We will be considering different possibilities over the Spring months, and hope to be back in permanent quarters in September. We will keep you informed with our regular messages, as to where out meetings are being held.

Thank you for your help! Happy lacemaking!

Meeting This Thursday

Just a quick note to say that our last official Lace Club meeting of the 2016-2017 year will take place this Thursday, June 22, at our regular location.

Continuing the tradition of the past few years, we will have a few outdoor meetings during the hot summer months. I can see everybody rolling their eyes – so far the weather hasn’t been warm, let alone hot, but they say it’s coming any day now. Honestly!

We will tell you of these outdoor meetings well ahead of time, with reminders closer to the day. Please do come to these meetings if you can – the more the merrier, and we hold them where we are sheltered from the sun (or rain, as the case may be).

April Meeting Changed

We had a great meeting yesterday, working on the Getaway – not a lot of lace made, but a lot of work done, and plans made.

Put a note on your calendar – we have changed the date of the April meeting – it is now on Thursday, April 20th. Same time, same location, just a week earlier, to accommodate our efforts to make the Getaway (April 24-26) a success.  As usual, before the meeting we will send a reminder to our email list.

Summer in the Rose Garden

Our informal summer meetings are starting up again! They take place the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the gazebo in the Rose Garden in Queens Park, New Westminster, B.C. (map). If we get there and discover that the Rose Garden is unavailable, we move the meeting over to the picnic tables (see the map for Picnic Shelter #1 and Picnic Shelter #2).

Our first Rose Garden meeting for 2016 will be on July 14th, at 10:30 a.m. We hope to see you there!

April News and Meeting

First, a reminder that our next club meeting is next Thursday, April 28th, in the small boardroom at the Hastings Community Centre, 3096 East Hastings Street (across from the PNE), in Vancouver. We have some interesting news to tell, and we do hope you’ll be able to make the meeting.

Earlier this month six club members journeyed up to Courtenay for the Spring Lace Getaway. Kudos to the Denman and District Lace Group for hosting this Getaway, and for all of their hard work. On the second day we had a very interesting workshop on Tesselace (algorithmically designed lace tessellations), and the third and final day was enlivened by our traditional lunch. We hope the Spring Lace Getaway will become an annual event.