What's New
Details of our latest bobbins and other news.

11 November 2019
Reduction in stock
As we get ever closer to our retirement date, the stock of many of our beads, charms and other items reduces and in some cases will have sold out completely. Rather than have ever more and never ending 'While stocks last', 'Last few remaining' or No longer available' notices on every page and having to update the website continuously we are just putting the message here.

What will happen when and after we retire?
Any orders we receive or are postmarked on or before 5 January 2020 we will process so long as the items are still available. Orders received after that date, that is from 6 January, will be forwarded to Harlequin Lace.
Initially there will inevitably be a delay processing your order since, for accounting and legal reasons, we will have to complete a stock-take. Once this has been completed we will have to arrange with Sarah and Ben delivery of the remaining bobbins. Please bear with us and them during this transition period. Thanks.



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10 October 2019
BREAKING NEWS
On 6 January this year when we announced our decision to retire from bobbin making in 12 months time (see Important Announcement below) we thought we would finally find time to embrace eBay and gradually sell off our stock of bobbins over the ensuing months and years.

However, at this year's lace fair in Peterborough we were approached by Sarah Duffy, or Clothier as she was then, of Harlequin Lace who enquired what were we going to do with our remaining stock; were we thinking of selling off our stock of bobbins?

This set us thinking, especially as it would save us the time and trouble of selling on eBay - valuable time which we could use to do some of the things that we have planned in our retirement.

Over the years we have built up quite a stock of bobbins, therefore we agreed to prepare over the summer an inventory of our bobbin stock. This we handed over the next time we met, just after Sarah had married Ben.

We arranged for Sarah and Ben to return home via Buckingham after the lace fair in St.Ives last weekend so that they could see exactly the space our bobbins and equipment took up and to discuss matters further.

We are therefore delighted to announce that Sarah and Ben of Harlequin Lace will be taking over our stock of basic bobbins, exotic hardwood bobbins and also the templates we use to make the bobbins after we retire on 6 January 2020. This means that you will still be able to buy our popular bobbin styles after we have retired and enjoy collecting and using them in the years to come.

Obviously, we will not be around to decorate, pyrograph and spangle the bobbins as we have done in the past. However, after they have taken over, Sarah and Ben have many exciting new ideas which they are planning to introduce over time. No doubt they will announce details on their website as and when they are available.

We are sure that you will still enjoy the same quality and level of service from Sarah and Ben as you have from us in the past.

We'd like to end on a personal note. As we rapidly approach our final lace events before 'Retirement day', we are meeting many of our lacemaking customers, some of whom we have known for more years than we care to remember, for the last time and on occasion this has proved to be both touching and emotional. We will miss you. We'll also miss the other suppliers we have come to know in the lace world, and many we now regard as good friends. Despite being in competition, we are one big family. And remember we are only retiring from making bobbins, not retiring from life itself!

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On 6 January 2019 we made the following
Important Announcement

After much soul searching we have made the decision to cease bobbin production on 6 January 2020 - one year today. We thank you for your custom, and for the support and friendship of all our customers and fellow suppliers over the 47 years that Winslow Bobbins have been trading.

Why have we made this decision? What are the reasons behind our decision? Why 6 January
2020?

1. Over the years the number of lacemakers has contracted and since reaching a peak in the mid 1990’s our turnover has been following a slow downward trend.  We think it is better to retire now whilst we are still making a profit.
2. We want the time to do things, whilst we are still able - as many of you will know Ash Firth, a fellow lace supplier and good friend, decided to retire to do likewise but sadly died before he could fully enjoy his 'retirement'.
3. In a similar vein: many of you may have noticed that
at Cranmore Park this year, our very good friends who have helped us over the past 10+ years were not there.  Very sadly, just over 6 months ago, Kathryn, who is less than 10 weeks younger than Steve, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer (having never smoked or worked in a smoky environment) and the prognosis was 6 months - 3 years.  
4. The impending introduction of "Making Tax Digital" by HMRC which will require small businesses to do their tax returns in a specific way.  Whilst tax accounting was Steve's speciality, it will involve us in a lot of extra work and expense, as we would need to invest in specialist approved software and not use the program that Steve wrote himself which suits the business and its needs perfectly.
5.  Changes in customs declarations for overseas packages - these are only proposals at present, but are scheduled to be introduced in the early 2020’s.  They will involve a great deal more paperwork, and since quite a lot of our sales are overseas it will take up more time, giving us less time to make bobbins!
6. Increasing Red Tape and associated costs in a number of areas affecting us as a small business eg. introduction of GDPR and PCI DSS compliance imposed by credit/debit card providers.
7.  The Brexit debacle - so much uncertainty, but leaving the EU with or without a deal in place will have quite a big effect on the business.
8. On 6 January 2020 we will finally both be entitled to our State Pension!
9.  That’s enough for now …. but we think you get the idea.

In the meantime we will continue as usual, attending lace events and producing our usual bobbins to commemorate significant anniversaries and other events. Although, since we will not be replenishing our stock of beads, charms and timbers, some items may become unavailable during the year.

There are a few things we won't miss like the early 4am starts and unloading/loading in the rain but many more things that we will miss, particularly our customers, event organisers and fellow traders many of whom have become good friends over the many years. Thank you all and we hope we will see you at a lace event somewhere in the country during our final year.

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September 2019
Having introduced our Christmas 2019 bobbin last month we have now added the companion New Year 2020 bobbin. See what it looks like on the usual Current Commemoratives page.


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August 2019
A little later in the year than usual we have finally come up with the design for this year's, and our final, Christmas bobbin and just added it to our Current Commemoratives page.


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July 2019
To celebrate England's first World Cup win in the ICC Cricket World Cup we just had to do a bobbin, especially after the exciting final against New Zealand.
See what we came up with on our
Current Commemoratives page.

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March 2019
It has been a busy month which has seen the addition of three new bobbins to our Current Commemoratives page. The first commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the second recognises the Centenary of the formal end of World War One by the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and finally a bobbin to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first Moon Landing.


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February 2019
Sadly on 4 February our dear friend Kathryn, who was mentioned in our Important Announcement above, died. This has only served to strengthen our decision to retire. We will miss her greatly.
This month we have added our 2019 Mothering Sunday and Easter bobbins to the
Current Commemoratives page. Whilst you are there you can see the commemorative bobbin we have done for the 50th Anniversary of Concorde's first British flight.

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6 January 2019

We would like to wish all our customers and visitors to our site a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

For us, 2019 starts with an
Important Announcement
After much soul searching we have made the decision to cease bobbin production on 6 January 2020 - one year today. We thank you for your custom, and for the support and friendship of all our customers and fellow suppliers over the 47 years that Winslow Bobbins have been trading.

Why have we made this decision? What are the reasons behind our decision? Why 6 January
2020?

(Since we would like all new visitors who visit this page to read the Important Announcement we have moved the complete announcement and the answers to these questions to the top of this What's New page.)

In the meantime we will continue as usual, attending lace events and producing our usual bobbins to commemorate significant anniversaries and other events. Although, since we will not be replenishing our stock of beads, charms and timbers, some items may become unavailable during the year.

There are a few things we won't miss like the early 4am starts and unloading/loading in the rain but many more things that we will miss, particularly our customers, event organisers and fellow traders many of whom have become good friends over the many years. Thank you all and we hope we will see you at a lace event somewhere in the country during our final year.


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November 2018
On the 14th November Prince Charles reached the grand old age of 70. To commemorate the event we have made a bobbin and full details can be found on our Current Commemoratives page.

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September 2018 (2)
We have introduced our New Year 2019 bobbin which complements this year's Christmas bobbin - details can be found on the Current Commemoratives page.

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September 2018
The start of a new business year for us and the time when we add six more sayings to our 'Wise Owl' collection and introduce this year's Christmas design. Click on the link to see the new sayings and go to our Current Commemoratives page for details of the 2018 Christmas bobbin. On the same page you will find the commemorative bobbins we added over the summer:
• The Centenary of the Great War Armistice
• The latest in our literary anniversary bobbins, Emily Bront
ë's 200th Anniversary and
• Geraint Thomas becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France.

Also over the summer we have added a page outlining our
Privacy Policy and what we do with your details following the introduction of the new GDPR rules on 25 May 2018, clicking the link will take you to the relevant page.

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July 2018
Following the Christening of Prince Louis on 9th July we have added a new bobbin to our Current Commemoratives page to commemorate the event. The motif matches those we produced for the Christenings of Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

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May 2018
The name of the new Prince was announced too late for us to have bobbins ready for the Lace Society Rally, but we have been busy since and they are now available. It is a busy time for the Royal Family too as they celebrate the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle later this month. We have already designed the bobbin, but after the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla was postponed at the last minute following the death of the Pope in 2005, we will wait before finally adding the date. However, you can see both bobbins on our Current Commemoratives page now.

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April 2018
We are introducing a bobbin to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Dambuster Raid to complement the RAF Formation Centenary bobbin currently on offer. Find them both on the Current Commemoratives page.

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March 2018
Eureka! After many weeks of emails between us and the software developers we have finally solved the problem of the missing logo.

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February 2018
Lesson learned - don't do a major change to the website just before going on holiday! Everything appears to be running smoothly, although we still have not solved the missing site logo.

We have just added two more Centenary bobbins to the
Current Commemoratives page - one to commemorate the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act which, for the first time gave some women the right to vote and another for the formation the the Royal Air Force.

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17 January 2018 *** IMPORTANT ***
We expected there may have been a few problems when we uploaded the new website, but we didn't think they would be as disastrous as they turned out. When the new website was published on Sunday (14th), the code used was too advanced for the outdated legacy webserver we have been using for nearly 20 years. The website did not load properly and we were left with a very basic Home page.
It was therefore necessary for us to change webhosts which we have done. The new website should work on all current popular web browsers.
There are still one or two problems of which we are aware (the most noticeable of which is the missing logo on each page header, but this is not essential to the working of the site).

If you have our website bookmarked, please check that it has the correct URL
www.winslowbobbins.com and NOT www.auax56.dsl.pipex.com.
Also if you have our email as auax56@dsl.pipex.com you should change it to
info@winslowbobbins.com .

When the change of webhost was made we were required to switch our DNS nameservers. We have been advised that when this change was being made (between 4.30pm on Tuesday 16th and 11.15am on Wednesday 17th January - UK time) it is more than likely that any emails sent during this time will have been lost.


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14 January 2018
We've been busy little bees over the Christmas and New Year period and have at long last completed the update to our Website. It is rare that such major revisions go without a hitch, but if everything goes to plan we hope that when the new code is uploaded everything will work as it is supposed to. If there are any serious glitches we will revert to the old site if we can. We have tested the site using the most popular web browsers but should you experience any problems, come across any glaring errors or find missing links please let us know.

January 2018
As part of the update we have added this year's Mothering Sunday and Easter bobbins to the Current Commemoratives page.

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3 December 2017
On 27 November HRH Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle announced their engagement. As it was less than a week before the Christmas Lace Fair at Cranmore Park we were very busy preparing for the event. Still, we managed to produce some commemorative bobbins to take to the Fair but we didn't have any time to update the website - until now. Details, as usual, are on the Current Commemoratives page.

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20 November 2017
Congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth and HRH Prince Philip who today celebrate their Platinum (70th) Wedding Anniversary. To commemorate this wonderful achievement we have produced a bobbin. For those of you who choose spangled bobbins we have a special spangle with platinum coloured Swarovski crystal pearl beads. Find out more on the Current Commemoratives page.

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November 2017
Just realised that we didn't add our New Year 2018 bobbin to our list of Current Commemoratives last month. This has now been rectified.

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October 2017
Our new eight bobbin set, 'Diets of the Week' is a parody on the 'Days of the Week' rhyme. It should have been added last month but time got the better of us. Still, better late than never. You can see full details on the Painted Sets page.

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September 2017
We had hoped to have rolled out our new website this month at the start of our new business year, but it is taking more time than we anticipated.

Since September 2010 we have kept the prices of our bobbins the same, absorbing all the increases in our costs. However we have now come to the point where we can no longer do this as our current prices are unsustainable.  Consequently, it is with regret that, for the first time in seven years, you will see an increase our prices.

It is at this time of the year we add six new 'Wise Owl' sayings and the link will take you to the relevant page to view the new additions.
Our
Current Commemoratives page has details of the recently introduced Battle of Passchendaele Centenary bobbin along with our Christmas 2017 bobbin.


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For older 'What's New' pages go to our Archive page.


We have tried to check all the changes on the website resulting from these new additions but no doubt some mistakes may have slipped through the net. If you come across any mistakes or experience any problems, errors or failed links please let us know so that we may try and rectify them.