So another year has passed and another AGM is upon us. As I write this I cast my mind back to the first meeting the committee ever held…. In the coffee shop at the Sarit centre when we discussed whether a guild could or would work. It could it did and continues to grow. And I am amazed when I stop and think how much the guild has done in the past twelve months.
In October we once again held a joint exhibition with the quilt guild at the Sarit centre. I must thank all the Ladies who worked so hard on this whilst I was away in UK. I have heard nothing but praise for the exhibits we had on display.
We have continued to hold monthly meetings at which we teach new subjects. This year we have covered stitching with raffia, Pulled thread work, Brazilian embroidery, embellished crazy quilting, rustic appliqué, free style embroidery Portuguese white work and laid work. My thanks go to those who have been assisting and teaching these subjects.
We have also altered the layout of the meeting hall which I hope members are finding more friendly and conducive to stitching. Talking of members we had over 70 paid up members up to March this year.. I do hope you will renew your membership if you haven’t already. Remember as a member you get discounts off the kits, first chance to sign up for the master classes and you receive the monthly newsletters.
As we go into the next year we are hoping to hold some more masterclasses. Discussions are under way with Mary Hickmott. We hope to be able to hold some “home grown” classes as well. We have been asked if we would do a children’s master class too. – maybe during the long holidays?… This would depend on the level of interest we get.
Talking of the next year we have some lovely subjects planned for the coming months and I am looking forward to seeing these ideas come to fruition. The meetings and all the work that goes into their running is a joint effort from all the committee and those who whilst not being on the committee are always ready with offers of help. Without these ladies the guild would not continue. I won’t mention any names but will say a huge thank you to each and every one of you.
Lastly my thanks go to you, the members. If you didn’t come to the meetings showing your support and interest the guild would not exist. I hope you all enjoy the forthcoming year and continue to learn, grow your projects and make new friends.