Full Guild Membership is open to anyone who lives in Essex and who hand makes their craft. It is not available to those who live abroad, those who hold a craft franchise, or who import or sell craft goods made by others.
The Guild Directory lists those crafts in which our current members are engaged. However, this list is not exhaustive and we are always pleased to consider applications for other crafts, provided that they demonstrate a high level of skill and expertise. Please note that we do not accept applications for health and beauty or aromatherapy products, nor for any foods except Sugarcraft. Please speak to the Membership Secretary to clarify any concerns you may have. Contact details are shown on the Contact Us link.
If you are interested in joining the Guild please register by downloading, printing and completing this short Membership Application Form. Please complete the form and send to the address shown. Completing this form will ensure you are included in the list to receive application details, sent in February.
PLEASE NOTE that registration forms should reach the Membership Secretary by 14th February. Please be assured that the information you provide will not be used for any other purpose than to send you a full application form, and will not be passed to third parties.
Only ONE craft may be applied for each year, at a cost of £10.00 per application. Currently the first year’s membership fee is £45.00. Please do not send any money with your registration. Amounts due should be sent with your completed application form.
The Guild’s Selection Evening takes place each April, and is arranged to coincide with the start of the Guild’s financial year. Successful applicants are then included straight away in the next edition of the Guild Directory, instead of waiting till the following year. The selection results are posted to you after the event.
If your application has been successful your username and password will be emailed to you upon your acceptance. Click Information for New Members to find out more.
Guild Friends are individuals who are interested in craft and who wish to support the Guild and its members. Guild Friends receive invitations to Guild social events and are offered free admission to the main Guild Show each year, as well as being kept up-to-date with what is happening by way of newsletters from time to time. To apply please download, print and complete this Guild Friends Application Form and return with a cheque for the annual fee of £10.00.
Associate Membership is offered to craft groups in Essex whose aims are similar to those of the Guild. Associate Members receive invitations to Guild Social events and are offered a display area at the Guild's main show each year. Their details are also displayed on the Guild website to encourage new members and a reciprocal link with their own website. To apply please download, print and complete this Associate Member Application Form and return it with a cheque for the annual fee of £35.00 together with a copy of your group's Constitution.