Event Update 2021

This post will be updated as new events are announced, so come back and check occasionally!

EG General Meeting

Thursday 4th March

see temporary website for full details

and watch hertstitch for news of developments

 

Branch Events in March

Monday 1st /15th 7:30 – 8:30 and Wednesday 10th/24th at 3:30 – 4:30 :    Needles and Natter with Sheila Philpot. TBC

A regular Zoom get together for a bit of stitching company with other members. Bring a glass or cup and whatever you are working on. Contact Sheila or hertsbranch@outlook.com to confirm dates and for details. Members only.

Friday 5th 7:20 for 7:30 start  – Guest Speaker: Dr Susan Kay-Williams, The Royal School of Needlework, “Treasures from The R.S.N.” 

  • This will be a paid event – please read the download for full information
  • EG members: £5  – members of other branches will need to provide their membership number when paying
  • Non-members: £7 
  • Deadline for requests to join: evening of Wednesday 3rd March 

Saturday 6th – Workshop: “Summer Meadow” With Sian Fenwick

Following Sian’s “ Stitchetty Snippets” class which was so popular in September, this is a decoupage  and stitch class, suitable for all levels.  This event is initially offered to branch members only.

  • A Zoom event
  • 10.30am – 4.30pm with an hour lunch break at 12:30 – The day will be broken up with video sessions & comfort breaks.
  • The kit (includes comprehensive instructions, everything needed for the class & postage) costs £10
  • The class will cost a further £10 for the day. Please read the download for full information

INFORMATION FOR PAYMENTS:

Coming Soon

Friday 16th April at 7.30pm – Talk by Harriet Riddell  “Embroidery on a Bicycle”April 

 

Other Events

RSN talks continue with a new programme for spring

Tuesday 9th March (evening) : Claire Edwards: Defiant Embroidery. Windsor and Madenhead EG

Saturday 13th March at 2.30pm  Amarjeet Nandhra “Finding My Visual Language”. Enfield EG

Saturday 20th March at 2.30 p.m. a ZOOM talk by Zara Day
“It’s Never Too Late to Be Who You Might Have Been”. Aylesbury Vale EG

Contact details for other branches are available in What’s on at Other Branches 

 

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Reach for the sun!

Lockdown has made me explore new avenues and sources and one that has proved very diverse and fascinating is Imperial College lates. From Mars landing to molecules, the variety of subjects varies from “well over my head” to “I didn’t know that!”

One forthcoming workshop on Weds 17 March at 1900, is right up our street. “Create your own Sun prints and solar collages and join a discussion into how art can help us visualise what we cannot see.”

A free workshop, inspired by the artistic, scientific and everyday inspirations behind, shows us how to make our own Sun art. “At the same time we will hear the story of these mysterious, ancient giant balls of hot gas, up to 1000 times the size of our Sun that created everything our world is made of today. As you colour, cut and stick, the speakers will explain how radio astronomy is revealing their story from the impacts they had on future generations of stars, including our own Sun.”

For the creative workshop you will need:

  • A4 paper
  • Sugar paper (optional)
  • Some old magazines
  • Scissors
  • Pritt stick or glue

Register at Sun prints and solar collages make-along | Events | Imperial College London

You register for the full programme but only join in those sessions you want.

Marion

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Hand embroidery rules!

Did anyone catch the item on Phulkari, India’s intricate flower embroidery, on the BBC news site this morning? The short video in the attached link shows how’s its done. Fabulous!

Phulkari is an intricate handmade Indian embroidery. It’s practised mostly in the northern Indian state of Punjab. It features colourful intricately woven flower patterns. But its existence has been under threat from modern embroideries that are made on machines. But a group of women are trying to return the Phulkari to its glory days. They have been successful in not only making the younger generation understand the importance of the craft but they have also also been able to run a financially viable business.

Phulkari: The women saving India’s intricate flower embroidery – BBC News

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Stop Press

The General Meeting Video is now available on the EG website

I am happy to collect and collate a summary of responses for posting here – no names would be mentioned. Use Contact Us and put General Meeting in as the subject 

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Action Group update – 03.03.21

Sorry this is rather late – received from the Action Group:

Legal advice

Hello Everyone,

Today I was able to speak to a barrister regarding the proposal by Embroiderers’ Guild HO. Below is a summary of the information I found out. I am unable to take anything further due to family commitments, but if anyone else wants to try please feel free.

Having looked at the Articles of Association and the Branch Constitution I was told it was not absolutely certain HO had the authority to freeze branch bank accounts.

Under the terms of the Branch Constitution 2b6 the Committee is responsible for debts and liabilities of the branch. This should go hand in hand with the Committee being responsible for its assets. Otherwise it might be considered an unfair contract.

Until a branch is dissolved pursuant to 7c of the Branch Constitution the branch should be considered autonomous. The case for this is strengthened by the branches having separate subs and a different year end to the National Guild.

However, this is a grey area. The normal way to challenge this would be an injunction – which is costly.

If the branches are dissolved tomorrow then HO would be able to access the bank accounts.

Things that could be challenged tomorrow
Members do not have enough information to make an informed decision  (no recent accounts) as to what is in the best interests of the charity so an adjournment could be requested. All members of a charity may be considered to have fiduciary duties. Given the gravity of the resolution this would be reasonable.

A quorum of five Trustees is needed for the Resolution. Has Neil Hitchins been formally made a Trustee? Anthea Godfrey has been a Trustee for just over 8 eight years. The Articles of Association state a Trustee must resign after 8 years. Mentioning this out would probably not affect her position tomorrow, but if it were pointed out to Trustees they would then be bound to act on the information for the future.

Charity Commission
They are not interested in internal wrangling but the three things that do concern them are risk to charity funds, safe guarding and any damage to the reputation of a charity. It would be worth writing to them.

Legal advice

Hello Everyone,

Today I was able to speak to a barrister regarding the proposal by Embroiderers’ Guild HO. Below is a summary of the information I found out. I am unable to take anything further due to family commitments, but if anyone else wants to try please feel free.

Having looked at the Articles of Association and the Branch Constitution I was told it was not absolutely certain HO had the authority to freeze branch bank accounts.

Under the terms of the Branch Constitution 2b6 the Committee is responsible for debts and liabilities of the branch. This should go hand in hand with the Committee being responsible for its assets. Otherwise it might be considered an unfair contract.

Until a branch is dissolved pursuant to 7c of the Branch Constitution the branch should be considered autonomous. The case for this is strengthened by the branches having separate subs and a different year end to the National Guild.

However, this is a grey area. The normal way to challenge this would be an injunction – which is costly.

If the branches are dissolved tomorrow then HO would be able to access the bank accounts.

Things that could be challenged tomorrow
Members do not have enough information to make an informed decision  (no recent accounts) as to what is in the best interests of the charity so an adjournment could be requested. All members of a charity may be considered to have fiduciary duties. Given the gravity of the resolution this would be reasonable.

A quorum of five Trustees is needed for the Resolution. Has Neil Hitchins been formally made a Trustee? Anthea Godfrey has been a Trustee for just over 8 eight years. The Articles of Association state a Trustee must resign after 8 years. Mentioning this out would probably not affect her position tomorrow, but if it were pointed out to Trustees they would then be bound to act on the information for the future.

Charity Commission
They are not interested in internal wrangling but the three things that do concern them are risk to charity funds, safe guarding and any damage to the reputation of a charity. It would be worth writing to them.

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IKAT

On 11th March there is a free webinar about the heritage of Indonesian Ikat NTT artisans. The aim is about giving the artisans the opportunity of learning how to translate their valuable heritage into different creative designs and telling stories about their Ikat. The artisans will bring an item that represents their heritage and this will then be analyzed in order to get inspiration for a textile design during the workshop. At the same time, we too can learn more about design and adaptation.

Further information about the workshop is available at: CCD-NL Announces: “Shaping your heritage: constructing your design practice” workshop with local Indonesian artisans and Dutch designers | EuropaWire.eu

Book via “Shaping your heritage – constructing your design practice” workshop Tickets, Thu 11 Mar 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite

I’d not heard of this group and so was delighted to find a video explaining who they are and what they do – (500) Our work with NTT, Indonesian Ikat – YouTube

Marion

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