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    IGKT Dorset Branch Meeting @ Royal Dorset Yacht Club with IGKT
    Jan 13 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    The next meeting will be held at The Royal Dorset watch Club, Weymouth

     on WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13th AT 1900 FOR A 19:30 START.

    Food and drinks will be available to purchase from Clint, the facilities Catering Manager.

    The Minutes of the last meeting is attached as a PDF file which I believe you can all read, and is copied below.

    International Guild of Knot Tyers – Dorset Branch

    Minutes of 3rd meeting held on 9th December 2015.

    The meeting was held in the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.


    Apologies were received from:- Matt Chivers, Martin Davies, Allen Dicker, Nicky/Harry Maynard, Barbara Stanley, Met Wallace, Stewart White.

    We reviewed the minutes of the 11/11/15 2nd meeting on the TS Pelican.

    Matters arising were:-

    Subs, Organising Committee & Guild Membership

    Subsequent discussion was as follows:-

    Subs – 50p per meeting as previously agreed. One fee would be paid for couples with no charge for school/college members.

    Public Liability Insurance – Covered by RDYC when on their premises. Need to pursue requirements when at outside events.

    CRBs (Criminal Records Branch) & present equivalents – useful to know if any attendees are holders & whether ‘transferable’.

    Suggestions for future meetings & training – Bell Ropes (esp the ending feature), ‘Simple’ Decorative Knots, Long Turk’s Heads, Tool Handle Covering Knots, General awareness & ability to tie ‘Simple’ knots

    Sticky Name Labels would continue for identifying attendees.

    We still need to identify disposal of accumulated funds should the branch cease activity.

    (Ed Note: deposit with Head Office Treasurer?)

    Please inform Mike or myself if any of you have recently sent off application forms for membership in order to keep our records up to date.

    General Activity:-

    Peter showed examples of the ‘Surrey Six’ & related knots & distributed instruction sheets. A discussion again followed on bowlines, methods of tying & variants.

    We finished with a fun quiz on Christmas songs & carols (didn’t sing them, thankfully!)

    Future Meetings:-

    As previously mentioned, Members are requested to further learn the Surrey Six & the contents of the ‘Knots & Splices’ booklet. We will continue to practice these and also develop methods to produce ‘simple’ Turk’s Heads.

    We also mentioned a “Dorset 12”; 6 more knots to add on to the Surrey 6 (if we wish to include those).

    Our format agenda for future meetings will be:

    Apologies for absence Discussion on previous meeting minutes Matters Arising Planned Activity, Talk etc There will be a refreshment break approx. halfway through the meeting

    Meetings will start at 19:30 on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (arrive from c19:00), finishing by 21:00

    A Reminder – OUR NEXT MEETING IS WED JAN 13th AT 1900 FOR A 19:30 START

    Programme activity ‘TOUCHY-FEELY’, some challenges on knot recognition & tying knots in unusual conditions!

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    IGKT Dorset Branch Meeting @ Ship Inn
    Nov 14 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    International Guild of Knot Tyers – Dorset Branch

    The Dorset branch of the IGKT meet at the Ship Inn, Weymouth Harbour.

    Arrival will as usual be from 19:00 for a 19:30 start at the Ship Inn, Weymouth Harbour. We usually have a drink in the bar & move to the upstairs room about 19:30
    Mike will be continuing on the ‘magic & mystery’ of Matthew Walker knots & we will continue to review the rigging display on the pub knot board.
    Sailor's Whisk

    Sailor’s Whisk

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    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:


    For a chance to win a Mikko Snellman Tool:

    World Knot Tying Day

    “WORLD KNOT TYING DAY” – Giveaway
    To celebrate the first ever World Knot Tying Day on 18.December, Clifford Ashleys birthday, this brass, copper and Lignum Vitae pricker can be yours.
    The rules are simple: Learn a new knot, either yourself, or even better, teach a knot to someone else. Take photo of the accomplishment and post it before 18.Dec. After posting, make a comment to this post (in Mikko’s Group) with first available number, starting from 1 and you are in. On 18.Dec. the winner will be chosen randomly between entries. If you learn a knot to someone else, you can make an entry for that person also.
    Let´s brake a record with entries!
    Feel free to share.

    Join Mikko’s Facebook Group Here

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    IGKT Dorset Branch Meeting @ Ship Inn Weymouth
    Jan 16 @ 19:00 – 22:00

    More information will appear here shortly……


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    IGKT Solent Branch Meeting @ Fareham Sailing & Motorboat Club
    Feb 12 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    No information as yet, so please do come back again shortly…..

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    Sailmaker’s Whipping

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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.

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    IGKT Solent Branch Meeting @ Fareham Sailing & Motorboat Club
    Apr 9 @ 19:00 – 21:00

    The International Guild of Knot Tyers SOLENT BRANCH meeting Tuesday 9 April 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 Stevedore’s Knot. (Eddie)

    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.

    The current treasurer (Terry Meaden) wishes to stand down this year and will not stand for re-election It would be good if we had a volunteer to take on the role so if you think you would like to take this on please contact Ken or myself. The branch finances are not complicated and the role is not time consuming so please don’t feel intimidated by the idea.

    Rope ‘Sale’ for Charity

    As discussed at the last meeting I have been over to the IoW and collected a large quantity of cord from John Steggles and made an appropriate donation to The Totland Alzheimer’s Cafe. Having kept a few reels for myself the remainder will be in the back of my car and you are free to select what you would like and make what you consider an appropriate donation. There will be no set rate or price. The idea is that if more comes in than I have already donated the difference will be passed on to the Totland cafe. There are about 6 books/pamphlets, assorted buckles plus 30 reels(100m, many complete) of paracord in assorted colours and sizes, 14 reels of 3 core 5mm nylon and 5 reels of assorted line.

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    Sailmaker’s Whipping

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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:

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    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!

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