12 September 2015

A Lovely Meeting

We had such a lovely meeting last Monday - I never thought I would say that about an AGM, but this one was our first meeting in our new venue and with our new extra hours.  The hall is so warm and welcoming and the whole atmosphere was great - definitely a positive move for us.

We had arranged a Jacob's Join lunch
before the meeting and I think everyone went a bit
mad - we had so much food and all of it delicious. Next time we will have to rein ourselves in!

Our new hours gave us plenty of time to relax and chat before the main meeting and everyone had a lot to catch up on after the summer break, plus get in a bit of retail therapy from our Sales Table.

The AGM itself went well.  Our Chairman was standing down after her three years and so we now have a new Chairman.  Our Treasurer has agreed to stand for a further term - thank goodness - as she claims she has now got the hang of it and it is a doddle!  We are really grateful to her, but hope there will be a bit more volunteering in the future.  We also have three new committee members, so we are looking forward to a busy time ahead.

Nan and Sue, our outgoing and incoming Chairs
After the main meeting Kathryn gave us a short talk on the Blackpool Treasure Trove Project which she is involved with.  She had an intriguing selection of artifacts with her that are part of a light-hearted exhibition to raise awareness of the proposed Blackpool Museum which, as well as depicting Blackpool's history, will be the first museum in the country devoted to "show biz".  Many memories of the Blackpool in the past were stirred among the members.

Kathryn with some of  the strange and wonderful pieces used in their publicity, all relating to Blackpool tower and depicting the part it plays in Blackpool life.  There is a tower too, but it wouldn't fit into Kathryn's little car!  The bunting was made by members of Blackpool Branch of the Guild; A Postcard from Blackpool. 
All in all a great start to our new Guild Year.  Next month we will be making Yorkshire Buttons and later in the month Sue is doing a Saturday workshop on Stumpwork Faces, which should be great fun.   J