Our wall hanging in Marlborough Doctors’ Surgery



In 1994 the Embroiderers Guild was planning for an exhibition of their work to take place in March 1997.   It was suggested that members of the Guild should combine to produce a piece of embroidery for the exhibition and so a small committee (Carol Jones, Elizabeth Seymour and Judith Winterbottom) was set up to produce a design.  They decided that the piece would be semi-circular and depict various features of Marlborough, including the River Kennet which would form the lower part of the hanging.   Working from photographs, drawings or cuttings, small sections of the design were given to members of the Guild to work in whatever technique they preferred.   Some embroidered buildings and some took on smaller pieces depicting flowers, birds, etc.

By January 1997 the river section had been completed and work began to assemble the rest during the next few months, ready for the exhibition opening on March 12th in Devizes.   The stitching carried on until the very last day and was finally completed with the Marlborough coat-of arms, embroidered by our Chairman, Mary Greening, ready to be hung as the centrepiece of the exhibition.  

When the exhibition was over there was much discussion as to what was to do with it. It was hoped that it could be hung in the Town Hall but the Town Council were not interested.   The next idea was to offer to Marlborough Surgery, who happily accepted it to hang in the waiting room and it was officially handed over in May that year.  

It remained in the surgery, where it was much admired, but by 2014, 17 years later, it was looking rather tired and bedraggled, and Audrey Peck suggested that it was time for some renovation, so with the Surgery’s agreement this was undertaken by a small group of embroiderers.   Audrey Peck, Rosemary Hawes, Ann Johnson and Margaret White met regularly and occasionally Margaret Gow and Deena Beverley and gradually the renovation took place.   Some new features were added to it, including a number of small figures worked by other members, and a new lining sewn.   Refurbishment was completed by November and rehung in the surgery’s waiting room where it can be enjoyed by a new generation of Marlborough patients.

Report by Rosemary Hawes and Margaret Gow

Brunel Broderers – Susi Bancroft – February 2015


Our speaker this month was Susi Bancroft from Brunel Broderers.  Susi brought along  Liz Hewitt,  Kay Swancutt and new to the group, Julie Heaton.  She started her talk by explaining Brunel Broderers were celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.  In 1990 at the end of a City & Guilds course nine students decided to get together to organise exhibitions and raise the profile of textile work.  The group meet once a month and is limited to around 12 members who are drawn from the South West including Bath, Cirencester and Stroud with the aim of creating a diverse range of work and giving each other constructive criticism. 

Susi talked us through a presentation of each member’s work and displayed various examples for members to examine and enjoy. 
The names of Brunel Broderers are:

Susi Bancroft    Corinne Renow-Clarke    Lizzie Weir

Liz Hewitt    Louise Watson    Kay Swancutt

Carolyn Sibbald    Linda Babb    Liz Harding

Carla Mines     Alison Harper    Julie Heaton

Susi has kindly created a link from their blog to our website and here is their address:  https://brunelbroderers.blogspot.co.uk/

The next meeting of the Guild will be held at the Kennet Valley Hall, Lockeridge on Monday 2 March when the speaker will be Linda Monk and her talk will be entitled “Creating Surfaces”.  The doors will open at 13.30 and the meeting will start at 14.00.  All are welcome and if you require further details please contact 01249 750865 or visit our website: https://www.marlboroughembroiderers.org

Report by Ros