North West Calligraphy

North West Calligraphers’ Association is a group of people who enjoy the art and practice of calligraphy (‘fine handwriting’). Now in our 32nd year there could not be a better time to join the Association. Anyone who has an interest in calligraphy is most welcome – beginner or experienced – as one of the strengths of the Association is its’ inclusiveness and the warmth of its’ welcome to new members. Someone will always lend you a piece of equipment or give you advice - if asked!



First workshop at The Lyceum, Port Sunlight

The May workshop was the first to be held at The Lyceum, Port Sunlight village and it was a great success. The Port Sunlight staff responsible for letting the venue had been very helpful in the run-up to the move. Tutor, Jilly Hazeldine, and the members at the workshop appreciated the spacious airy room, with oodles of natural light. The ‘Ladies’ (can’t speak for the ‘Gents’!) is also very smart and in good working order. The hall was also warm on a rather cold May day.
But we mustn’t forget the May workshop on the capitals of the St John’s Bible.
Read more about the bible at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Lyceum Building
Bridge Street
Port Sunlight
CH62 4UJ

The route from the Bebington venue has been timed at about a 3-minute drive away at the most. You can park in the immediate vicinity on the road (no charge!).
As you drive down Bolton Road (see map on contact page) Bridge Street is first turning on the right. The Lyceum is on the left, just past the bowling green. The Lyceum entrance is on Bridge Street, on the corner of Bath Street and Bridge Street. Turn left and park by that bowling green or drive past the Lyceum and park around the bend. Alternatively the car park at the church hall is available for use near the Lyceum.

Many thanks to Sue for all her hard work organising this.

The Lyceum main hall
The Lyceum main hall

Absolute Beginers

Exciting news! We’ve had plenty of enquiries from people keen to learn calligraphy, or at least to have a taste of what’s involved.
The Beginners’ class starts in the The Lyceum on Saturday July 12th (10 am – 12.30 pm). Places are filling fast but there is still some room so do get in touch if you’re interested. Who knows? You could soon be doing your own wedding calligraphy! more

Wirral Festival of Firsts

Calling all NWCA members (not just those who attend workshops) – we have the opportunity to display our work in the Festival of Firsts, taking place on the Wirral during the Open Golf. Our show venue will be Hoylake Library
Jan Bowen is coordinating this – her contact details are in the April copy of the NWCA newsletter

Work will need to be mounted and have the details of the calligrapher on the reverse. I hope that we will be able to leave a contact phone number as no work can be sold from the library but people may like to get in touch with the individual calligrapher.
Please let Jan know if you can contribute anything. It seems a really good showcase for our work. Preferably items are to be handed in well in advance of the event, at a workshop possibly.

Peter Thornton workshop

NWCA is delighted to be able to offer NWCA MEMBERS ONLY a full day workshop with Peter Thornton. Peter is very well-known to NWCA, but he now lives in the States so he has not taken a workshop for us for some years.

our title

Our main heading, above, was created by Barbara Alldred, that is to say it is real calligraphy, not a computer generated font. Of course it doesn't reproduce as well on screen as in real life. Barbara, who is working through her CLAS Diploma, says this about the piece:

“I imagined a compact design that was easy to read yet had some interest and contrast. I eventually decided on freely written manipulated Italic using a Brause 3mm nib (Brause nibs are particularly good for manipulated work). To complement this I wrote Italic Capitals separated by thin red lines – all written with the same nib. The paper was Gerstaecker No 2 Drawing Paper which has some tooth and all the lettering was written with Winsor and Newton Indigo gouache.”