Monday, 4 July 2011

Our Regional Day

The doors opened at 9.30, ( and we were ready just!) our visitors had a cup of coffee and biscuits to start the day.

 Nickie (Chelmsford Chair) kicked off proceedings with her  welcome speech.(rather her than me!)
Gill Riordan (Regional Chair) and Nickie gave out Long Membership badges next.

Denis Nothduft of the Fashion and Textile museum gave the morning lecture on Zandra Rhodes.  Some wonderful photos accompanied his talk.  I hadn't been aware of this museum until I got in touch with Denis to invite him, and now it is on my list of places to visit.

Pauline Hannon,(Chair) gave us a talk on  the Embroiderers' Guilds plans for the future.

Then lunch, some people ate outside as the weather was so good.  Others enjoyed the food provided by the  Writtle College retaurant.

There was plenty of time to view the exhibitions.  Our Branch has members that belong to various textile groups and each group exhibited 3 pieces.

No Regional Day is complete without Retail therapy!!!!

There was also four demonstrators to watch and talk to.
The competition was 'Paradise Gardens' and we had lots of entries, both from adults and Y.E.  Pauline Hannon, Gill Riordan and Lesley Morgan were the judges.
2pm saw the start of the afternoon lecture, sponsored by Madeira, given by Lesley Morgan.

After her lecture, it was presentation of prizes to the competition winners and raffle.  It was then over the the Writz for a cup of tea and a slice or two of home made cake.