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25 years of South Cheshire Embroiderers Guild



  The formation of the South Cheshire Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild was first proposed in 1989 when a small group of friends were discussing the lack of an easily accessible branch in the area. An inaugural meeting was held at the beginning of 1990 and the Branch was officially formed at the first official meeting in March 1990 with 58 founder members and by the time of the first Annual Meeting in September 1990

there were 75 members. Membership increased steadily over the years with 90 members by 1995 and 110 by 2005.

  The branch was started by Jackie Woolsey, Ann Pearce and Maggie Phillips. Jackie Woolsey has now moved from the area but still continues to be President and tries to attend some meetings each year. Ann Pearce and Maggie Phillips are Vice-presidents and both continue to take an active part in the running of the Branch. The positions of officers  (Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) have been filled by many different members over the years. (See list of Officers from 1990 to 2014)

  The South Cheshire Branch meet in the small South Cheshire village of Audlem. The branch was originally part of the Central West Region but in 2001 was transferred to the North West Region. In 2013 members voted to join the West Midland Region and this moved was approved by Headquarters with the South Cheshire branch being subsequently welcomed into the West Midland Region.

  One of the highlights of the time spent in the Central West Region was when the South Cheshire Branch hosted the Regional Day in 1995. Every member was involved in some way with this prestigious event but the success of the day was well worth all the planning and effort involved.

  The branch has staged a number of Exhibitions all proving to be very successful -

   1995 at the Mill Shop at Audlem – the venue is situated by the canal so this attracted many visitors from the boats. At this Exhibition the Regional Selectors chose several exhibits to go forward to the Regional Exhibition in Birmingham and the branch were delighted to be so well represented at this prestigious event.

   1998 at the Museum in Nantwich, another prime location in the centre of the historic market town and attracting a number of foreign visitors.

   2000 Millennium Exhibition in the Parish Church at Audlem

   2003 a small Exhibition in Nantwich Parish Church – part of a larger Art and craft Exhibition involving other local arts and crafts groups.

  2005 at the Methodist Church Hall, Audlem

  2008 Eighteenth Anniversary Exhibition  “Celebrate Eighteen” to celebrate eighteen years, held at the Methodist church Hall in Audlem

2011 Exhibition to celebrate the 21st Anniversary, held in the Public Hall,  Audlem.

  In 2006 members took part in a North West Region event where each group of branches was allocated a different local National Trust property for an Exhibition.  The South Cheshire members spent a day at Little Moreton  Hall (a day when the Hall was closed to the public) where members could wander around the Hall and grounds and sketch and take photographs in order to then design and produce a piece of work based on the property. The work was then part of an Exhibition  held at Little Moreton Hall along with work from other branches in the southern area of the North West Region, all inspired by the Hall.

The South Cheshire Branch was originally twinned with the Sand Dollar Chapter  (Florida) of the American Embroiderers Guild. Cards and letters were exchanged and also monthly copies of the Sand Dollar Newsletter. In 1995 a Sand Dollar member visited South Cheshire and members spent an enjoyable day with her exchanging stitching news and views. Sadly the contact faded away as some of their members moved from the Sand Dollar branch and there was no one to write to England. They sent  an actual sand dollar to the South Cheshire Branch and this was later incorporated into a piece of embroidery which was presented to the President Jackie Woolsey when she moved away from the South Cheshire area. In 1999 the President and one of the members visited the Sand Dollar Chapter when they were in America.

  AS well as monthly meetings, workshops , fund raising events and some excursions,

the South Cheshire Branch has also been involved with several large projects -

 During 1997/8 a large hanging was made for St Luke's Hospice with members working individually on different sections and then it was all assembled together and presented to the Hospice where  it was unveiled by the Bishop of Shrewsbury.

 During 2007/8 members made a Branch Hanging to have on display at meetings, exhibitions and other events. The Hanging is made up of  18 x  6 inch squares worked by individual members in a wide variety of techniques. The theme was “On Your Doorstep” , some members chose to interpret this as the village where they lived, others as something around the home and there were also several shoes. The squares were put together to form a very pleasing result of which everyone is extremely  proud.

Members have also been involved with a project to make children's quilts for Bulgaria and to make quilts for the Linus Project for Babies with lung conditions.

  A number of residential weekends have been held over the years – in 1997 and 1998 members went to the Snowdonia National Park Centre at Plas-tan-y-Bwlch.

  In 2000 a non-residential weekend, for the benefit of members who had commitments which did not permit them being away overnight , was held at Reaseheath College to celebrate the New Millennium

In 2008 members went to Alston Hall in Lancashire  and  since then a weekend at this venue  has  become a regular event held approximately every 2 years and has become very popular. A range of different type of embroidery have been studied and it is a chance for members to concentrate entirely on their stitching as well as enjoying the wonderful food and attractive grounds to the Hall.

 In 2006 a popular fund raising event was the Butterfly Tea at Brookfield Golf Club.

 Christmas lunches have been arranged each Christmas since 1990. At first these were in the Scout and Guide Hall with the committee doing all the catering, but as membership grew outside caterers were brought in, however  this still involved a lot of work for everyone so it was decided to go to Brookfield Golf Club to make it easier for everyone. The Christmas Lunch at the Golf Club has now become a regular event with a surprise speaker and an excellent festive meal.

  In 2011 a Young Embroiders' Group was proposed  and the first meeting was held in February  2012 at the Village Hall at Haslington with one of the South Cheshire members as leader. The Group  FACT Fabric Art Creative Textiles, has  now moved to regular meetings at the Nantwich Museum and is attracting an increasing number of children and  with help from a number of Branch members. FACT is open to children between the ages of 7 and 17

 Since the formation of the Branch in 1990 it was obvious that the membership was very talented and there has never been a shortage of people to give short talks or demonstrations at 'Show and Tell' and 'have a Go ' days.

 Sadly a number of members have died since the  the Branch was established in 1990. Others have moved from the area or become too ill or infirm to attend, but membership has continued to be high and new members continue to join.

  2015 will be the Silver Jubilee of the Branch when a number of exciting events and activities are planned.

  This History was originally written by Ruth Colley in 2005 and revised and updated by her in 2014.

25 Years of Stitch Exhibition 2015

Travelling Books (2) 
January -July 2014

Books exchanged
Example of work in a travelling book

Example of work in a different book

North West Regional Day

Becky Evans was the lucky winner of one of the raffle prizes on offer at our recent North West Regional Day.
All the guilds attending had been asked to make a bag of a particular hue and include contents of the same colour.
Becky was lucky enough to win the yellow bag and there is a photo of it below.

Becky's Prize!

21st Anniversary Exhibition

At our meeting on 20th October 2011, the names of the winners of our "Best Exhibit in Show" were announced.
Daphne Ashby won the first prize of a Meal for Two at Nunsmere Hall Hotel for her "Seascape" embroidery. Daphne was unable to attend the meeting, so Carrie Evans will be delivering her prize personally.

Jan Aldersay being presented with her prize by Carrie Evans our  Co-Chairman

The top two voting results had been very close and it was felt that we should award a second prize to Jan Aldersay for her "Embroidered Jacket".
Our Guild sends warmest congratulations to both winners.

Retiring Committee Members

At our A.G.M on September 15th 2011, we said a sad farewell to three invaluable members of our committee - Marjorie Derybshire, Brenda Floyd and Jan Aldersay.

We are looking forward to seeing many more embroidery projects from them now that they have more time!

Our President Jackie Woolsey presents a 
"Thank You" bouquet of flowers to our retiring secretary Marjorie Derbyshire.

Brenda Floyd receives her bouquet of flowers. Brenda has been our Treasurer for the past 11 years!