Welcome to the Chichester Branch of the Embroiderers Guild – helpful information for members
To assist identification The Committee members wear a red committee badge.
|Committee||Other key people who support the smooth running of the group|
|Chairman||Kay Ashby||Sales Table||Jane Aldridge|
|Secretary||Angela Easton||Equipment loan||Denise Watson|
|Membership secretary||Tessa Most||Workshop bookings||Barbara Shepherd|
|Treasurer||Suzanne Madden||Organises outings||Amelia Walters|
|Young Embroiderers Refreshment coordinator||Rona Doyle
|Projected information loop||Jackie Watson|
|Chris Grant||Pastoral matters||Dena Kitchener|
|Raffle organiser||Jan Galloway||Website||Denise Watson|
Coming to meetings
- In order for us get to know each other, please wear a name badge -a hand stitched one, an Embroiderer’s Guild one or even a sticky label from the welcome desk.
- Always sign in at the welcome desk, both for Fire Regulations and our records.
- Meetings are held on the second Monday of the month. There is an informal stitching time from 11.00, sometimes led by a member however you are always welcome to bring your own work. At 2.00 there are brief notices followed by a speaker. The August and December meetings follow a slightly different pattern. Full details will be found in the monthly newsletter.
- Tea/coffee and biscuits are served on arrival in the morning, at lunchtime and at the end of the meeting.
- At the end of the meeting, your assistance with putting away the furniture and clearing the hall would be greatly appreciated.
- Alongside the main meetings there are a series of workshops. Full details can be found on your programme, on the website and newsletter. Please have a chat with Barbara Shepherd at the booking desk in the Green Room, who will be happy to give information about the workshops. Workshops need to be booked and paid for (£25) by cheque at least one month in advance.
- Visitors are always are welcome at meetings, they need to register and pay £5 at the welcome desk. They may attend up to three meetings after that they will need to join the Guild.
- Branch outings are occasionally organised, full details will be found in the newsletter and announced at meetings.
These are paid annually and are due in September/October of each year. Currently this is £55 made up of £35 which goes to the HQ of the Embroiderers Guild and £20 which is retained by this branch and contributes to the cost of speakers, hall rent and the general running of our branch. Payment is by BACS or cheque only please.
Exhibitions and Competitions
An exhibition is held every two years; exhibits from members with all levels of experience and ability are welcome. Currently these are held in the Oxmarket Chichester, the next is being held in September 2018.
Each year a competition is held in memory of our late Honorary Presidents. The winning entry goes forward to the Regional competition held at the Regional Day. Details can be found in ‘SEE the News’ and on the Regional website (details below).
Getting value from your membership
On production of a current membership card and before starting the transaction, members of the Chichester branch of the Embroiderers Guild can get a10% discount from the following Chichester retailers; C and H Fabrics, The Eternal Maker, Clothkits and a 5% discount on bespoke frames from Bondaframe.
Members are entitled to a reduced rate subscription for Stitch magazine published by the Embroiderers Guild through the Branch, see Chris Grant.
Equipment hire – The following equipment is available from the branch for hire:
Smocking Machine – £5 per month plus 50p per needle broken/mislaid: Embellisher – £5 per month plus £1.50 per needle broken/mislaid: Soldering Iron – £1 per month: DVD: In Stitches (Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn) – £2 per month: DVD: In Motion (Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn) – £2 per month.
These should be booked in advance, picked up at the monthly meeting and returned at the next meeting. Please see Denise Watson at a meeting or contact her by email (ask at front desk)
Finding out what is going on – a Newsletter is sent out each month by e-mail. (Arrangements can be made for those who are not on line.)
You are reading this on the Branch website: http:/chichesterembroiderersguild.wordpress.com
In the Green Room there is a notice board and information folders.
The main Embroiderers’ Guild HQ website, http://www.embroiderersguild.com has a members section, your number is on your membership card and ask at the front desk for the branch password. SEE the News, the Regional newsletter is available on the branch website and on the notice board.
Chichester is part of the South East Region, regional days are hosted by local branches and there is an annual Summer School. Regional website: http://www.southeastembroiderers.com
The sales table is non profit making. It stocks a variety of threads and materials and also sells donated books and materials. You can buy small quantities of materials to experiment with. They will sell books, materials and equipment for you with 10% of proceeds going to the sales table funds.
We hope you will enjoy being a member of Chichester Embroiderers’ Guild and look forward to your involvement by:
- Joining in morning sessions
- Taking part in competitions, exhibitions and workshops
- Volunteering to help with tasks e.g. helping with refreshments, helping with the raffle, helping clear furniture at the end of the session etc
- Join the committee.
Obituaries : Lest we forget
Muriel Morsley 1927 – 2013
Muriel Morsley was a member of the Embroiderers Guild for many years and is fondly remembered. The following is an extract from an article written for Contact magazine:
Born in Maidstone, a Maid of Kent, she attended Maidstone College of Art and Craft where her creativity was developed.
Married to Bob in 1950, they moved with their family of three children to Stockport in 1966, where she joined the Stockport Branch of the Guild and, with her family growing up, her love of embroidery really gained momentum. On their move to Sussex, Muriel joined the Portsmouth Branch and became a founder member of the Chichester Branch. She served on the committee for many years becoming Chairman and later our Honorary President.
Muriel obtained many City and Guilds certificates along the way including, twice in embroidery – enjoying the second time with the availability of her beloved chiffons and beads which were unavailable after the war, patchwork and quilting, dressmaking and pattern cutting, design and also textile decoration including an adult education teaching certificate. She was also an excellent knitter, never without either fabric or wool in her hands.
Her love of her garden was a great source of inspiration. She exhibited at the Royal Academy – her sketchbooks were beautiful – and she also worked at Warehams on ecclesiastical pieces, including a stole for Geoffrey Fischer, the then Archbishop of Canterbury.
Muriel was an active, loyal member of the Guild, a very modest, generous and talented lady who will be greatly missed.
Marjorie Norrell (10th July 1924 – 17th October 2016) was the second honorary President of the Branch. She was one of the founder members and continued as a staunch supporter of the Chichester Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. Here is the tribute to her, which was read at her funeral in October 2016.
“Marjorie was one of the founder members of the Chichester branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. She was introduced to it by Mrs Bonsey who was looking for involvement from members of local WI branches. It was she who started the tradition of the Summer Parties, which Marjorie continued.
After her long and loyal membership, it was my honour and pleasure to invite Marjorie to be our president. Her response was “Why are you asking me, I haven’t done anything?”
Maybe we could just spend a moment and look back at what “I haven’t done anything” meant.
She organised making a set of kneelers for this Church, she felt it needed colour and set about getting the whole village involved either sewing the kneelers or helping to fund the materials so now these kneelers are made by…. or in memory of…. so many people in the village.
She told me that when the branch first formed, they couldn’t afford speakers so they learnt from one another. Nevertheless she helped fundraise by organising a sales table.
“I’ve learnt such a lot”, she told me “…. and I have taken from that and gone my own way”. And what she did can be seen in the exquisite examples of her work, all finely executed and beautifully presented.
She loved making lace and some of the more traditional techniques of needlework but was always keen to learn and experiment.
Miniature embroidery for her dolls house was a special love. She was also eager to take part in the group projects, for example the Four Seasons embroideries which can be seen hanging in St Richard’s Hospital
This lovely work is very different from some of her early experiences of needlework when during the war she worked in the New Forest making leather seat cushions for bombers using huge industrial sewing machines!
These were things that Marjorie told me, but what other people told me was about her enthusiasm, how willing she was to share and help others with their needlework, how welcoming and helpful she was to new members, all the sort of things that are so important in a core member of any organisation.
Just as learning from others was important for her, so was passing on her knowledge, whether that was kneelers for the church, helping and advising through the Guild or teaching lace making to the girls and boys at the local school.
Then there were the summer parties when Marjorie would invite us to spend time in her garden which she loved so much, to sew or sketch and then join in a shared lunch, so we could appreciate colour, inspiration, companionship – so much of what the Guild is about.
Health problems kept her away from recent meetings but she was able to join us for the party in August when the branch celebrated its 30th birthday.
A lovely occasion, leaving all of us who were there with very very happy memories.”