A huge increase in rent prompted the next move to Redwood Lodge in School Lane. This Durham County Guide HQ remained the home of the Guild until it was needed for daily use by a Play Group.
At that time the Guild moved to St. Oswalds Institute, which is connected with St.Oswalds Church across the road, and currently we use both of these venues.(details above and on Diary page.)
A Group becomes a Guild
Before long the growing group joined the National Association of Guilds of WS&D and became known as Durham Guild of Spinners, Weavers & Dyers, giving first place to spinning, unlike the National Association. A further step was a successful application for charity status. Arts Council grants for workshops meant that such textile luminaries as Marianne Straub, Hilary Chetwynd, Mabel Ross, Rodrick Owen, Penny Porter and Michael Crompton all featured as tutors in the early years. The tradition of seeking always the best continues to the present day, borne out by our current Diary page.