Today was our AGM and my last one as chair. Everyone welcomed Angela as our new Chair with Val as secretary and I am sure all the members will give them both as much support as they have given me. I have enjoyed my 5 years in the 'hot seat' but am ready for a rest now.
We welcomed 4 new members this week, although I think we shall have at least one old member not renewing this year so our numbers won't increase much. It is always good to have new members with new ideas and lots of new stitching to look at.
The Rose Bowl was judged by Eileen Gibson, who was a member of the Branch when it first started and who is now returning to us. There were nine entries, all beautifully done and the one chosen was by Laureen Hancock who embroidered the number 25 in numerous stitches and very fine thread. She now has the pleasure of looking after the crystal rose bowl for the next year.
As we were celebrating our 25th anniversary, we had a buffet lunch supplied by the members and it was delicious. Although there looked to be a lot of it, we certainly made good inroads into it.
In the afternoon, Janet Coe gave us a talk about the Branch and it's beginnings. She brought a lot of smiles to the faces of long standing members and a lot of 'Oh, I remember that' comments.
Moira had made a lovely cake with 25 on the top and we cut it after the talk and had a piece each with our tea. Unfortunately, I was too late to take a photograph of it, it had gone by the time I got my camera out.
These two photographs show all the nine entries in our competition. The subject was 'silver' and the piece had to be 6"x 4" in size.
This is the winner. Unfortunately the photograph does not do it justice, it is difficult to see all the many stitches.