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    France IGKT Knotting Weekend @ Forum des Marais
    Mar 30 @ 10:00 – Mar 31 @ 17:00

    IGKT France Knotting Weekend

    IGKT France Knotting Weekend

    IGKT France Knotting Weekend

    The French branch of the the International Guild of Knot Tyers will be hosting a Knotting Weekend. This will take place on 30th and 31st of March 2019 in the “Forum des Marais” in Rochefort – Charente maritime.

    The “Forum des Marais” is located on the first basin of the Rochefort marina close to the Corderie royale

    I always recommend that you try to get to one of these knotting events, as you will be able to see some remarkable knot work. Not only that, you will also be able to touch some of the work, which I consider to be very important. This way you will learn just how much tension has gone into making a decorative knot.

    Knot Tyers Annual General Meeting Dorset @ Nothe Fort Weymouth
    May 9 – May 12 all-day

    Marite Weymouth

    Marite Weymouth

    IGKT AGM 2019 Programme

    The IGKT Dorset Branch would like to invite you to the 2019 AGM – ‘Jurassic 19’

    Held in Weymouth, Dorset UK, 9-12th May 2019

    The venue will be the Nothe Fort, a defensive structure built in the 19th century to protect the strategic port of Weymouth. The fort is located on a hill at the entrance to Weymouth harbour & contains many displays of coastal defence, massive gun emplacements & weaponry together with stunning views of the coast. The fort is constructed on 3 levels with full stairs & lift access & is designed to entertain all age groups.

    Weymouth is a Georgian town in the centre of the Jurassic Coast region of Dorset & East Devon, famous for fossils & dinosaur remains.

    Provisional Programme:

    (Note that an information section will be open shortly on the IGKT website & will be updated with full details in the period up to the event.)

    Thursday 9th May:

    Excursion available to Brownsea Island ( Island in Poole Harbour) Stunning views, peacocks, red squirrels, activity centre, ‘Mecca of Scouting’ – site of Baden Powell experimental camp 1907 & shop-mini museum, cafe-restaurant (Operated by National Trust/Scout-Guiding).  Buggy tours for less-able visitors. Trip includes the ferry Poole – Brownsea & a return ferry cruise around Poole Harbour (largest world natural harbour after Sydney)

    Cost will be:

    Train to/from Weymouth-Poole £14 (if required)                       Brownsea ferry £11                                                                                     National Trust landing fee £7(if not a member)

    Other potential sites to explore – Abbotsbury Swannery & Tropical Gardens, Swanage Railway & Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacey House & Park (National Trust), Kimmeridge Bay & Eckes Museum (fantastic new museum of fossil artifacts), RSPB Arne & many Weymouth local activities – See link to Tourist info:

    Contact Peter Goldstone for more info on attractions & related advance bookings & discounts

    Friday 10th May:

    Registration kiosk all day. Talk(s) & demo sessions at the Ship Inn, Custom House Quay, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8BE

    Possible talks    ‘Bushcraft’                                                                                                             Roped Access to Non-Scaffolded Structures

    Set up displays in Nothe Fort through day

    Light refreshments available in the Nothe café all day

    Saturday 11th May:

    10:30–17:30  Assembly & displays together with public open day in the Nothe Fort

    16:00 Raffle

    Light Refreshments in the Nothe café through the day

    18:30 for 19:00 start – Evening IGKT dinner & musical entertainment by the ‘Skint Imperials’ in the Ship Inn

    Sunday 12th May:

    10:30 Morning  AGM

    C 13:00 Lunchtime & closure of event

    We hope to include the regular noon gun firing event from the emplacements

    Accomodation – As a premier British holiday resort, Weymouth can provide accommodation to suit all needs.


    The Nothe Fort is located at the end of Barrack Road, Weymouth Dorset DT4 8UF.  Car parking is immediately adjacent to the site (All day charge £6) There is plenty of additional parking in adjacent Weymouth centre (10min walk) if the local parking is full. Evening parking in Weymouth is free.

    Weymouth rail station – main line from London Waterloo (c2hrs) is  about a 20mins walk from the fort

    Regional airports are Southampton, Exeter, Bristol & Bournemouth all linked to Weymouth by rail

    Whittling with Swanmore Guides @ Paterson Centre
    Jul 1 @ 18:30 – 20:30

    Allan then described what was planned for the guide events. In the case of the whittling
    this is to give assistance with a new badge in whittling. For the lashing event it is to give
    guidance on making lashings and constructing the various camp gadgets. They would
    also like instruction on making bracelets.

    12th Cathedral Guides Summer Camp @ Foxlease Guide Camp
    Jul 25 @ 10:00 – 17:00

    Lizard Bullseye

    Allan then described what was planned for the guide events. In the case of the whittling
    this is to give assistance with a new badge in whittling. For the lashing event it is to give
    guidance on making lashings and constructing the various camp gadgets. They would
    also like instruction on making bracelets.


    12th Cathedral Guides Summer Camp. Instruction on lashings to make
    camp gadgets and paracord bracelets.
    (Foxlease Guide Camp, Clay Hill, Lyndhurst. SO43 7DE)
    Time 1000, all day. Lunch provided but can also bring your own. Provide
    own chair and mug.

    Fareham Model Engineers Weekend @ Fareham Model Engineers Weekend.
    Jul 27 @ 10:00 – Jul 28 @ 17:00

    Why not come along and view not only the displays by Fareham Model Engineers, but also knot work by IGKT Solent Branch.

    For further information:

    IGKT Solent Branch BBQ @ IGKT Solent
    Aug 13 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    IGKT Solent BBQThis is an annual event, that takes place on a normal meeting evening. A good way to get together, learn some more knotting and eat some good BBQ food!

    IGKT Solent Branch Meeting @ Fareham Sailing & Motorboat Club
    Oct 8 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    The International Guild of Knot Tyers SOLENT BRANCH meeting Tuesday 8 October 2019.


    The FAREHAM SAILING & MOTOR BOAT CLUB, the club is located on the lower quay at Fareham. To get there by road from J11 M27 take the Fareham centre exit continue on to the next roundabout (market round about) – take the first exit onto the Gosport road (you will see the water on your left) at the next roundabout take the first exit keep to the left until you reach the Castle in the Air pub – turn right at the pub continue on past the car park on your left (you can use the this car park to park your car) to the Sailing Club which is the second building on your left.

    Time 1900 for a 1930 start.

    PART I.


    KNOT OF THE DAY – The Submarine Cable Splice (Peter W). Note:this is probably not in any book but you are welcome to try and find it! 

    Branch Admin.

    Comments by the chairman

    Future Events.

    Raffle  and Refreshments

    Don’t forget to bring a mug and a raffle prize if you can.

    PART II.

    TOPIC OF THE DAY    –     Branch AGM

    Secretary’s Report

    Treasurer’s Report

    Election of Officers (Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Deputy Webmaster.)

    Any Other Business.

    Sailmaker's Whipping

    Sailmaker’s Whipping

    Knotting Workshop – AFRAYEDKNOT – #WorldKnotTyingDay @ Knotting Workshop - AFRAYEDKNOT
    Dec 18 2019 – Jan 17 2020 all-day

    World Knot Tying Day Workshop #WorldKnotTyingDay

    I am holding 2 half day workshops in Kirkwall, Orkney, anybody interested should contact me asap as there are limited spaces available.



    World Knot Tying Day @ World Knot Tying Day
    Dec 18 all-day

    World Knot Tying Day

    Use the Hash Tag: #WorldKnotTyingDay

    Clifford Ashley, who wrote the Ashley Book of Knots was born on 18 December 1881. So the IGKT members thought that it would be a good idea to make the 18 December World Knot Tying Day.

    Keeping the Art Knot Tying Alive

    The whole purpose to keep knot tying activities in the public eye. This year we aim to keep things simple, but we welcome ideas that may need longer planning for future years to celebrate World Knot Tying Day.

    Knot Tying Event

    This year, please tie your favourite knot and also learn a new knot. Maybe also teach someone how to tie a knot? Even teaching someone to tie their shoe laces fits the criteria perfectly.

    When you have tied your knot, please post it on your favourite social media site and Hash Tag it:



    Half Hitching a Bottle


    IGKT Meeting in Italy @ Port Museum of Tricase
    Mar 19 @ 15:14 – Mar 22 @ 16:14

    I understand that this is the first International Guild of Knot Tyers meeting in Italy! So if you are in the area, why not come along and learn a skill, or even better demonstrate your knotting skills.

    The event will be held at: Tricase, Porto Di Tricase, Puglia, Italy.

    IGKT Italy Meeting

    If you are not sure where this is in Italy:

    IGKT Italy

    International Guild of Knot Tyers Weekend France Meeting @ Fécamp
    Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

    IGKT France

    Knot Tying Meeting in France 2020

    March 28 and 29, 2020, are the dates chosen for
    The International days of the noueurs France
    Which will take place in the former fishing museum of fécamp (76400-Normandy). Place where, in 2003, the French Branch of the IGKT was created.

    More information to follow.