Preserving the past. Providing for the future.

Today the Guild is a modern, volunteer-led organisation dedicated to community services. As well as continuing to develop and run almshouses for the benefit of our residents, we preserve and maintain a historical guildhall and continue the Drapers’ traditions. We encourage textile design and education with an annual textile design competition for both adults and students.

About The Drapers

There are approximately 75 members or Freemen, of whom about 50 are actively engaged in volunteering for the company. Freemen are invited to join on the basis of their willingness and ability to volunteer. Most are local and come from all walks of life…

Drapers Almshouses

Almshouses are safe, comfortable and affordable homes for people in their later years. There are 51 Almshouses spread over 4 sites in Shrewsbury, Drapers Place, Fairford Place, St Giles and Holy Cross, and another site in Newport.

Drapers Textile Competition

An annual textile competition is held to encourage education of the craft in schools and for adults. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive latest news…

Drapers Hall

The guildhall, built in 1585; a typical Shrewsbury half-timbered building, is run as a restaurant and boutique hotel. Visit RHUBARB at Drapers Hall

Drapers Textile Competition

The Shrewsbury Drapers Company has held a Textile Design Competition for over 25 years.

Over the years our Textile Design Competition has gained national recognition through our contacts and links with other Guilds throughout the country. We are particularly grateful to our sponsors the London Drapers, The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and Tweedmill Textiles for their very generous support for our competition.

The competition is for a piece of Textile work which preferably will include some wool, although not essential. It can include other materials, decorative needlework, collage etc. The use of wool will be
recognised in the judging process.

 
 
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The Drapers attended a Royal Garden Party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in recognition of the QAVS (Queens Award for Voluntary Service) award being presented to the Shrewsbury Drapers Company by the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Anna Turner JP, in 2021.

The Shrewsbury Drapers' News

LATEST FEATURED NEWS

March 21st was a big night in the Shrewsbury Drapers Company's Calendar as it was their Charter Night. This means that the current Master is replaced with whoever has been the Senior Warden for the past year, the Junior Warden becomes the Senior Warden, and a new Junior Warden is appointed. The immediate Past Master is Gaynor Bowen, the new Master is Trevor Hunt, the Senior Warden is now Nancy Sykes Waller and Mandy Thorn is the new Junior Warden.

Charter Night 2024

March 21st was a big night in the Shrewsbury Drapers Company’s Calendar as it was their Charter Night. This means that the current Master is

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Gazebo Opening

On the 27th June the Shrewsbury Drapers and residents of the Drapers Almshouses enjoyed some extremely delicious cakes and scones (purchased from the Refresh cafe

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QAVS at Royal Garden Party

Recently the Master, Brian Newman and the Clerk of Shrewsbury Drapers Company, Jan Boyd attended a Royal Garden Party at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh in recognition

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