Bobbin about for the RNLI

Winslow Bobbins made an outstanding contribution to our RNLI fundraising with their beautiful commemorative lacemaker’s bobbin. We salute them!

A winning team


A winning team!

We couldn’t let our reviews of our Silver Jubilee year go by without a special mention to, husband and wife team, Heather and Steve Smith who run the company. Their gorgeous lacemaker’s bobbin was sold on their website and at craft fairs around the country to help us raise money for the RNLIthroughout 2011.

Familiar face

You may recognise Steve from previous posts on here when we supported him in his 2010 London Marathon run in aid of Diabetes UK. Steve more than returned the favour by fundraising tirelessly and producing more handmade bobbins as demand continued.

Steve told us

We sold a grand total of 324 in the end. Additional funds were made up from the sale of the ‘lifebelt’ pins and other donations from our customers. The lacemakers have been really responsive and appreciative to the work the RNLI does (even those slap bang in the middle of the country and miles away from the sea!).

A helping hand


Fellow lacemaker, Mary Smith, fills the boat!

As if this wasn’t enough, their friend and fellow lacemaker, Mary Smith hosted a sea and cakes party and raised a fabulous £172 to add to the cause. So extra thanks to Mary too! All in all Winslow Bobbins raised a grand total of £763.75, which is a huge chunk towards our total. We cannot thank them enough!

Here’s to another 40 or more!

We wish everyone at Winslow Bobbins continued success. In this age of imports it really is heart-warming to see a homegrown business surviving and thriving and keeping this ancient craft alive.

The company is currently celebrating its Ruby anniversary – that’s 40 years of bobbin making! Congratulations Winslow Bobbins!


Bobbins at the lacemaker’s fair

Our fundraising page is still open for a little while longer if you would like to donate.

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