Terry's main message was that, like other charities, the Guild is facing many challenges to support members and branches while keeping its costs manageable, increasing membership and complying with governance regulations. There are no easy answers, and it is likely to be a continuing topic of conversation between trustees/staff and branches/members.
We thought Terry might be interested to see some of our members' work from workshops over the past 12 months:
After a lovely bring-and-share lunch, we were treated to a short talk and demonstration of lace making by member, Gaye Dopson, which was fascinating and illuminating. A mind-boggling number of hours go into making even a small piece of lace.
|Lucy's lacy reptiles - 3D shapes covered in lace and beads|
We then had a couple of hours to start our own small piece of work incorporating pieces of lace, or to continue stitching an existing project.
The sales table this time groaned with books that members wished to recycle. Quite a few bargains were snapped up, but that still left a couple of boxes full to be passed on to a charity bookshop. Nevertheless there are benefits to everyone from weeding out things we no longer need - not least freeing up our shelves for new titles .... !
On the subject of giving to charity, Gill Dakin, who was the winner of our Christmas challenge, decided to donate the £25.16 raised through the challenge to Rugby Young Carers, who wrote a very nice thank-you letter, saying that it "will bring smiles to the faces of the children by funding the next workshop planned for early 2018."
Our next talk is on Friday 2nd February:
Zara Day, "From Textile Art to Interior Design".
Zara is an artisan designer who creates luxurious embroidered fabrics for interior designers, architects and designers.