I am pleased to report that 12 members of the Branch attended the Regional Day in Blackpool on the 16th April on a pleasant sunny day with lots to see and do and lots of old friends to meet up with from across the Region. A well organised day with good food choices, wonderful displays of work and some yummy things to buy from the traders. Thanks to both Blackpool and Lytham branches – don’t forget it will be our turn next year (with Preston branch) so hope you all made notes!!
It was a great pleasure to have Pauline Hannon, one of our Branch members, with us as the newly appointed National Chairman.
This report comes from a new(ish) member of the Branch – Carol - who had not attended one before – these are a few of her thoughts.
Saturday was the first regional day I attended and it was a really good day. On arrival raffle tickets were purchased and I thought the idea of putting your tickets against the prizes you wanted to win, a really good one.
After that I had a wander around the other rooms, particularly enjoying the display of wonderful work by the host branches with some fabulous pieces to admire; there were some exceptionally small pieces of beadwork and a really good display of postcards. Being a doll maker myself it was lovely to see ‘Maurice the Elf’ and the ‘Buxom Babe’ on show.
The competitions were in a separate room and there were an impressive variety of interpretations of the theme ‘Lights Fantastic’ for the Rosebowl competition; a wide range of skills utilized in the Coats competition and a lovely selection of work from the YE.
The only problem with this was that every time I went to the room it was full of people and I didn’t think the lighting did the pieces justice.
The trade stands were in the sports hall and as with most attendees I had to indulge in some retail therapy and admire the skilled demonstrators working away with untold patience answering questions as they went.
Paddy Killer gave a quite interesting talk in the afternoon giving us a resume of her career with examples of her work over the years. She is a very talented lady and it was fascinating to see how her work had changed and developed.
In all it was a well organized friendly day that I thoroughly enjoyed, especially the displays of work from the talented guild members.