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September 2011

Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter in which we hope to keep you up to date with the activities, events and happenings within the Fenwick Weavers. As we are sure you will have seen that some activities are visible around the village but others are less so. For example the website, of which more later. This issue sets out just some of the activities and as we progress others will be introduced and explained.

The 250th Anniversary Celebration

The big event of the year took place on the 14th March 2011 when the Fenwick Weavers hosted a commemorative assembly at Fenwick Church and a lunch at the Fenwick Hotel to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Fenwick Weavers charter in 1761. Scottish political leaders were joined by dignitaries from local government, communities both local and worldwide , members of Fenwick Weavers and children from local schools making a gathering of 250 persons. A new charter was signed by all present and this will be placed, along with a copy of the original charter in the Dick Institute. A video of the event is available on DVD from our office address for £5 (inc. UK postage).

Did you know

That woven Linen textiles appear to be some of the oldest in the world: their history goes back many thousands of years. Fragments of straw, seeds, fibres and yarns including various types of fabrics which date back to about 8000 B.C have been found in Swiss lake dwellings. Dyed flax fibres found in a pre-historic cave in Georgia suggest that the use of woven linen fabrics from wild flax may date back even earlier to 36,000 years. B.P (Before Present) The Egyptians even used linen as currency!

Weavers Parliament Wall

The wall of Hallhouse Care Home facing Waterslap was the site of what has become known as ‘The Parliament Wall’. A water pump was situated here and the weavers could gather to discuss all matter of things. This was an ideal place to meet as gatherings of more than a handful of people were banned under legislation. The wall has been refurbished and a replica water pump will be installed soon as will a plaque giving the story of the weavers at this spot. Excess vegetation will be removed and the area tidied up. The wall will provide a focus for visitors.

Heritage Trail

A leaflet which highlights major features and personalities of the village and its history including Weavers and notables has been produced. The trail includes Fenwick Church, Covenanter memorials and Weavers cottages. In due course plaques will be fitted to known Weavers cottages for visitor interest.

Board of Directors

At the AGM held in Fulton Hall on 25th June 2011 five new directors were elected to the board. The board now has a total of nine directors and holds meetings at monthly intervals. All directors work as volunteers and give their time freely to the company. At the first meeting of the new board John Smith was made Deacon and John McFadzean was elected chairman effectively recognising their founding of the reconstituted Fenwick Weavers Society.

Office Accommodation

Very soon Fenwick Weavers will have office space within the East Ayrshire North Communities Federation Ltd office at 15 Wellington Street, Kilmarnock from where we can centralise our activities such as board meetings, records etc.

Future Projects

Several projects are currently in the pipeline and details of these will appear in future newsletters.

Contact

To contact the Fenwick Weavers Co-operative Ltd please either write to :-

Fenwick Weavers Co-operative Ltd
15 Wellington Street
Kilmarnock
KA3 1DW

Telephone:- 01563 572712

Or email us via the contact page on the website.

We hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter which we hope to bring to you on a regular basis. If there is something you would like us to include in future editions then let us know.

Well, better get weaving………………………!