Well done all who managed to get to the Annual General Meeting on Friday evening. The weather and driving conditions were against so many of us with all sorts of difficulties on the roads.
Precis of the AGM:
Treasurer spoke to her report announcing that Internet enabled banking has been set up and tested. The branch can only claim Gift Aid on branch subs. She encourages members to renew National membership centrally and branch membership with us. Branch membership will run from 1st September each year with the option of joining in March (1st) for 50% for new members joining us. All branch members are asked to ensure that they maintain National membership
Membership secretary reported significant difficulties with the new system set up by HQ.
Committee members and Branch Officers. Denise Sullivan has succeeded Eileen Walters as branch secretary. Other posts remain unchanged.
Bursary Winners. Congratulations to Lesley Woods and Letty Murton. They will receive £100 each.
We were delighted to welcome Dr Tim Pestell to the meeting. His talk on the Castle Museum Project and the Norwich Tapestry was very interesting indeed and inspired lots of questions, comments and discussions with him afterwards. He urged us to have visit the Keep whilst renovations are ongoing as it is very interesting. We can look forwards to December 2021, the 900th anniversary of Henry I’s Christmas visit to Norwich when renovations will be complete and exhibitions in partnership with the British Museum will be opened.
Branch Membership: Many of you will recall that HQ sent round an email with an invitation to renew National membership electronically. Your committee has decided that from henceforth we shall encourage you to do this and pay branch membership to us. Branch membership will run from 1st September each year. The option of joining in March (1st) for 50% will be open for new members joining us.
All branch members need evidence of current National membership.
Luggage Labels: The MLB challenge for 2019. You may submit as many as you like but the flat dimensions (length and width) must fall within the luggage label (a little edge beading is OK), otherwise there are no rules. Please bring to the Christmas meeting for judging.
Your committee aims to have a display of the labels at “Makers Festival 2020”.
Makers Festival 2020 in the Forum (8 – 23 February)
We are calling for your work to display in the Forum. I’d love to see some pieces from our workshops if possible.
- 2 dimensional hanging pieces only please.
- Pictures therefore must have 2 eyes screwed into the back as high on the frame as possible with wire or string for hanging.
- Committee members will collect your pictures at our January meeting and return them at the March meeting. Please arrange for them to be delivered or collected if you are unable to attend either meeting.
- We shall set up on Friday 7th Feb and take down on completion of the event.
- You are welcome to bring your items to the Forum on 7th and collect when we dismantle.
- I shall need details of your pieces to enable guild insurance. If you plan to submit pieces please e-mail me and I will send you a list of the details required.
We are also calling for volunteers to man our stand and perhaps demonstrate stitching and ask the public to stitch luggage labels too which can be added to the display, and also for volunteers to run or help run workshops for the public. Details will follow once finalised with the organisers.
Eastern Region Regional Day click here for POSTER_Regional Day 2020
Saturday 4th July in Colchester.
Lectures by Karen Nicol and Jessica Grady. Trade area. If a member would like to organise a coach to convey people to the meeting they are very welcome to, your committee thought transport by car share was more appropriate. Nearer the time I shall ask members to indicate if they’d like a ticket (£13 for members, £20 otherwise). The organisers have asked that tickets are issued through the branches.
Members Competition – “The World is your Oyster”. click here for Competition for Regional Day 2020
Refreshment and Setup rota – keep on signing up please. We have listened to the suggestion that refreshment should be offered on arrival rather than at the end of the meeting when we are rushing to chat to the speaker or see the display, put things out or away etc.. We shall start this in January.
2019/20 Programme Cards – Are available at the sign in desk. click here for Programme Card
URC Matters – New vacuum cleaner – if you need to see user instructions that are pinned on the wall above the cleaner. Please pay particular notice on how to change from carpet to hard floor.
Portable Appliance Testing – A reminder that certification is a requirement of the URC. Mara’s husband has contacted Poringland and District Men’s Shed and has received the following reply:
Thanks for contacting the PDMS website. Our resident PAT tester Peter Webb would be delighted to help the Embroiders Guild members. Whilst we are happy they communicate the “service” on their blog could we ask that it’s restricted to Guild members – we are not wishing to become a PAT resting service for the whole of Norwich!
Our suggested donation is £2.50 per item.
Peter Webb (no relation) is not there every day so members must telephone first to make an appointment. Contact details and how to find the shed are on PDMS web site click here
Talks & Workshops:
December: Saturday 21st 2pm – Christmas Social.
Mince pies and Stollen
Mini workshop with Heather Hasthorpe – make a Jolly Santa – an introduction to a quilting technique.
You will need to bring with you: sewing kit, small sharp scissors, red and white thread, sharp pencil and a small ruler.
Judging of MLB award by last year’s winner Mara and one of our newer members Judy Riddington.
January: Friday 17th
Talk: 7.30pm. – “Chinese Textile Collection” – Judith Symonds
January: Saturday 18th
Workshop: 10.00 – 16.00. Alex Waylett – “Laminated Stitch”. The bookings are coming in quickly, Alex is a very popular tutor. I have now opened this up outside the branch via our Facebook page and to local branches. So if you want a place contact Mara asap..
“A Quilter’s Journey” exhibition of patchwork and quilting by Linda Mercer –
Sat 23 Nov 2019 – Foxearth Hall Barn, CO10 7JH.
2020 Summer School: 4 – 6th September
Ruth Holmes has taken on the organisation of the last regional summer school. click here for Summer School details She has organised 3 fantastic tutors, I hope many will choose to attend.