What's New - 2012 Archive
Old news from 2012.
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December 2012
If you have one of our 2011/12 brochures, we are pleased to say that despite increases in our costs we are making no changes to our prices. We have therefore extended the validity date on our order form to the end of April 2013. The Brochure and Order Form, which can be downloaded from this website, have been amended to reflect this.

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October 2012
For legal reasons we have been unable to commemorate the Olympic and Paralympic Games or the wonderful achievements of our athletes (see explanation below).
But, thanks to the performances of our sports stars we have been able to produce bobbins to commemorate their other successes - Bradley Wiggins' historic achievement in becoming the first ever British winner of the Tour de France, Andy Murray winning his first Grand Slam title, the first British man to win a Grand Slam since 1936 and the European Ryder Cup team's remarkable comeback to retain the trophy. Full details of these and our full range of commemoratives can be found on our Current Commemoratives page.

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September 2012
In May 2012 we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the making of Winslow Bobbins' first bobbin. There have been many changes in the intervening years but as we start another business year, thanks to our wonderful lace making customers in the UK and throughout the world, we are still going strong.

New Additions
As usual at this time of year there are a few additions to our line-up of bobbins.
For further information and pictures click on the appropriate links.

Firstly, we have introduced a new Christmas Charm set, a silver coloured tree and a new Special Spangled Bobbin range, Pavé set Rhinestones. These interesting Shamballa style Pavé Rhinestone head beads are covered with tiny rhinestones set closely together to give the appearance of a surface paved with stones.

For those of you who collect our 'Wise Owl' sayings, there are six new sayings added to the list which brings the total up to 156.

Current Commemoratives
Over the past few months we have had a few Christmas 2012 bobbins at the lace events we have attended. They have now been added to our Current Commemoratives range along with the New Year 2013 bobbin.

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Why are we not producing Olympic commemorative bobbins?
Unfortunately bureaucracy prevents us from producing any Olympic or Paralympic commemoratives.
We have long been aware of the Olympic Symbol etc. (Protection) Act 1995, but we are now also restricted by the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006.

The following extract is taken from the London 2012 site:
"All the official names, phrases, trade marks, logos and designs related to the 2012 Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Movements are protected by law in a variety of ways."
These include:- The Olympic and Paralympic symbols, the London 2012 Emblem, Mascots, the words 'London 2012' and the words 'Olympic', 'Olympiad', 'Olympian'….

Permission to use any of these names, phrases, trade marks, logos and designs is granted principally to official sponsors and licensees.
Certainly we could not afford to become an official sponsor or licensee, and if we went ahead and advertised and sold commemorative bobbins, both LOCOG and the IOC have much larger bank accounts than we do, if it came to a legal battle!

We are as sorry as many of you about this, but we cannot afford to take the risk of litigation.

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