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15th September musical evening by Coull Quartet for children’s cancer charity: CLIC Sargent

The internationally renowned Coull Quartet are to perform on Tuesday 15th September, 2015 in support of the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent at the second in a series of annual charity musical evenings organised by the Worsted Weavers Guild. The first Worsted Weavers’ charity musical evening was held in May 2014 in Ashow.

Packington Hall:  © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Packington Hall: © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

The musical performance on 15th September 2015 will take place by generous permission of the Earl of Aylesford in the Pompeiian Hall at the Packington Estate in Warwickshire (around 20 minutes drive north of Kenilworth).

Register interest in attending the concert.

The performance will be followed by a reception with wine, soft drinks and canapés.

Map of Packington Hall


6.30 pm Packington Hall – arrival

7 pm Coull Quartet – performance in the Pompeiian Hall

8 pm   Reception

9 pm Close

Founded in 1974, and Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Warwick since 1977, the Coull cqIMG_9779Quartet has performed and broadcast extensively throughout the UK, the USA and Western Europe, and has also toured China, India, the Far East, South America and Australia. The Coull Quartet – Roger Coull violin, Philip Gallaway violin, Jonathan Barritt viola, Nicholas Roberts cello – has appeared at most of the major music societies and festivals in the UK, and gives an annual series of recitals at Warwick Arts Centre, where it is actively involved in the University’s flourishing musical life.

The event is being organised jointly by the City of Coventry Worsted Weavers guild and CLIC Sargent Logo UK P CMYK HIthe national children’s cancer charity  CLIC Sargent – the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. CLIC Sargent provides clinical, practical, financial and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. CLIC Sargent aims to help the whole family deal with the impact of cancer and its treatment.

The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers in Coventry, from circa 1448.

The Coventry Woolstead Weavers account book

Some interpretive notes by Joanna Innes, Somerville College, Oxford  (June 2009, links checked June 2013)


As the opening pages of the book explain, the City of Coventry claimed power under its charter to set up what they call companies or fellowships, what we standardly call ‘guilds’. There had been one for silkweavers and worsted weavers, but in 1703 they decided (it’s said) that the mix was having the effect of allowing unskilled people to practice one or another form of weaving as they pleased, which was debasing the quality and reputation of the local product – a very standard concern for the period, and one of the characteristic objects of early industrial regulation. So they decided to split the two companies, to ensure that practitioners are appropriately trained. (London barbers and surgeons split in the mid-eighteenth century for an analogous reason.) The account book gives the company’s accounts year by year (some years are missing), from 1704 through its early years as a trade society, through its transmogrification into a probably partly political dining club, and then into a purely social club; the book was completed in 1983 … more

See more by Joanna Innes on the Coventry Worsted Weavers Account Book


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The history of merchant guilds in Coventry goes back at least to 1267. The original roles of the guilds included providing training for their professions and ensuring the quality of what was produced.

The National Archives record a Company of Worsted Weavers, Coventry, from circa 1448; and a Company and Fellowship of Worsted Weavers and Silk Weavers, City of Coventry, from 1628.

In 1703 the worsted weavers of Coventry, whose trade had then lately improved, were separated from the silk weavers to form their own company as a member of the guilds of the city.

In modern times the Worsted Weavers and other guilds of the city continue in a charitable role.

The Worsted Weavers guild plans a charitable musical evening in the Spring of 2014, in support of children with cancer.

For further information, including on ways to support the evening, email the organisers.