Saturday 17th April was a bright and sunny morning. Eight members of Bolton Branch made their way to the Manchester Conference Centre anticipating a wonderful day. The venue was excellent, within a reasonable walking distance from public transport. Morning coffee and afternoon tea were included in our tickets and the hot lunch was delicious. The morning began with the usual formalities but then Anthea Godfrey had come up from Hampton Court and gave a very comprehensive account of the present situation I am sure that the problems of the past are now buried and feel that we have a much stronger foundation to plan for our future.We were then treated to two speakers. In the morning a “local” , Hilary Hollingworth described her love of darning. Many of her pieces were quite tiny but exquisite in their execution. After lunch, Alysn Midgelow Marsden explained her thought processes when planning her work. Looking at her many incredible completed pieces, I could appreciate this pre planning. I must take this on board!!! Our day was relaxing and as always it was lovely to meet up with so many embroidery friends.As usual we all spent more than anticipated at the stalls but our day was “made” by Barbara Ryall who won the second prize for her piece based on Florence.
Barbaras piece in top right corner
We are now looking forward to our next Regional Day on April 16th 2011 at KEQMS, Lytham St Annes. The Rose Bowl competition is Lights Fantastic.