The Guild Joure

The Guild Joure is a unique club people, because in Fryslân there are only two of those clubs. The members of a guild were originally retired craftsmen who wanted to pass on their craft to others. This was important because otherwise certain crafts would become extinct. Painter, carpenter, woodworker, electrician, gardener and other craftsmen gave instruction in their field. In addition, there were lessons in language, writing letters, English, etc. Interest in this form of education waned, also because other institutions offered courses.

What remained for the Guild were the cultural 'cauldrons'. About 12 guild masters are working on it. Groups can request a stroll for € 3.50 p.p. (VVV de Friese Meren - Gaasterland tel. 0513-416030) and make a stroll through the Midstraat and surroundings with a guild master in Joure. The history of the Vlecke will be discussed.

The Gilde Joure consists of volunteers who have love for the history of their own place and would like to share it with others. If you would like to know more about Gilde Joure, please contact the secretary Klaas Jelsma (tel. 0513-414963).