October 2020

Welcome to the October newsletter

The covid-19 restrictions mean that we are all finding new ways to do the things we are so used to doing, and your branch committee is no exception!

On your new website, there is a members only section where we aim to provide engaging content, interesting speakers and links to a Facebook group where, as a branch, we can share our work, ideas and interesting links outside our community. This group is only open to existing members of our branch.

To start us off, we have our member Robina Orchard’s marvellous chasubles available to view. November and December talks by Anne Jackson and Alice Kettle will be available to access in real-time between 2:00 & 3:00 p.m. on meeting days by clicking on link accessible in members’ section or by email.  Links to lecturers’ own websites are listed in the branch programme here

We are trying to provide a limited programme for members in the form of some Rule-of-Six classes for Creative Textiles and a November Workshop by Alison Hume.  These are by way of being trials and ask you to bear with us whilst we organise these events.  We have our own rules and also abide by the Kennet Valley Hall website’s Covid guidelines, while also taking note of Guild advice and, of course, observing Government rules.  All these trial meetings are full at present, but we will advise of any further workshops, when available.

Please note that Branch fees have been waived until March 2021, but that Guild subscription is a condition of continued membership of our Branch. If you have not yet renewed your subscription, we hope you will do so in the near future.

We are also trialling Branch Zoom meetings with the first available on Wednesday October 7th at 2:00 p.m.  Details will be sent to current members and for a limited period to last year’s members too.   Using Zoom is reasonably straightforward but please bear with us as we try to become more proficient at managing meetings with lots of members!  Other branches are managing the process so we can too! You need to have downloaded the Zoom App in advance. 

We’ll keep you all updated with further opportunities to share online.  There are many great possibilities at TextileArtist.org for example, and on the Guild website, and via our blog and Facebook page, also accessible through our website.  It’s hard getting used to all this technology, but when it works it’s marvellous! 

All best wishes


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