Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Out and about,Merseyside

Last Saturday I fulfilled my first engagement as Chair. Merseyside invited me to their Christmas party. I was not sure what to expect but was amazed when I walked into the room.

011I was transposed back a few centuries……medieval maybe? What a stunning room, which Merseyside had filled with stalls and competition entries. One of the first members to greet me was Rubina who had her stall there, supporting the orphanage.015To confuse me more, there were women wandering around in beautiful costumes, that I found out were advertising A Winters Tale in Southport. The costumes are being  made and some of the Guild had been involved in the embellishment. 150 costumes are needed so any member nearby who would like to get involved, contact

Merseyside use this occasion to promote their Branch, advertise what is happening, a fund raiser and to celebrate with friends. They do similar in the summer.

010We were encouraged to make a decoration for the Christmas Tree 020and mine still needs some glitter.


I was tempted by the bag stall, all made by members and being sold at £3.00 each, a bargain!!!017

I bought raffle tickets and won a book. There were presentations for the YE and member competitions and of course the food was delicious. I was delighted to be invited,and to attend.The members were welcoming and friendly. I do hope their coffers were filled and members were recruited.Merry Christmas Merseyside.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bolton Xmas party

You wait for a party and two come along….well Padiham on Monday and Bolton on Tuesday, yes our Xmas party. I was a bit worried cos I didnt see food but then realised that there was a lovely spread in the adjoining room. No quiz for us, Clare had made a forest of trees and wanted to share this skill with us.011012Our competition was a wearable brooch. perhaps less entries than in the past but lots of votes. DSCF5287The winner was Barbara.DSCF5288

Well done!!!  A reminder about our Jacobs Feast in Jan at 11.00 and a chance to sign up for your food gift. I will then include the Nov Bulletin .

News and Competitions

The Rose Bowl competition titles are “Something Old, Something New” for 2015 and “Under the Sea”, for 2016.

The members’ challenge for 2015 is “All that Glistens”.

The Christmas competition is – a Christmas Brooch.

Congratulations to Ann Heather on winning the most voted for piece of work in our recent exhibition at Bolton Art Gallery.

Also congratulations to Val Coleshaw on beginning her tenure as the Northwest Regional Chair.

Exhibitions and Events

  • Last chance to see Grayson Perry from 23 Aug – 7 Dec at Temple Newsom House, Leeds.
  • Platform Gallery, Clitheroe ; “Treat and be Treated”, a variety of crafts peoples work until January 10th.
  • Paper Christmas Trees and Baubles Book Art workshop – 29th November at The United Reformed Church Hall, Croston Rd, Garstang, PR3 1FL. 10am - 4pm.

Contact :

· Little Contemporary Northern Craft Fair - Altrincham Grammar School For Boys, Hale. WA142RS. Sunday December 7th.10am- 5pm.

Advance Notice

· Next year’s NW Regional Day will be held by Chelford and North Cheshire EG. Details of speakers on the notice board. Tickets going on sale in January.

· February Play Day’s activity will be printing and stamping.


· Harrogate Show – OUR TRIP is this Saturday. The coach will be leaving the Resource Centre at 8.30 and be returning at 4.30pm.

· Next meeting – December 2nd. Please bring basic sewing kit for the Christmas activity.

· There is a new book in the library, “ Get Stuffed”, by Maggie Smith

If you have any items for the Sales Table please see Jenny Whittle. Jenny also needs clear envelopes (like the ones cards come packed in) if you have any please keep them and pass them on.

Raffle prizes are always welcome. Please see Barbara Ryall if you have anything.

If there are any library books you think would be suitable for us, please tell Sheelagh Madden. (An ISBN would be helpful)

Also if you hear of any interesting exhibitions or events that you think may be of interest, please let Brenda Brown know and details can go on the newsletter:

Don’t forget our blog address for Bolton EG is .

Also just a reminder that the Guild web address is

The Northwest blog address is http:/


Padiham Xmas party

On Monday I travelled over to Padiham. It was the usual busy meeting. I had rushed there from my Aqua class so the small of Xmas food was very tempting, BUT we had two puzzles to complete first!!! Needless to say, I did not do very well although Nan and I shared a packet of Rolo for our score of 15 out of 20.Our competition,Winter Wonderland was well supported and the winning piece was my favourite.002006007Im delighted to see that Padiham continues to flourish , due to the hard work of all the committee and the support of members , especially with the raffle and sales table. Happy Christmas to you all.