Windsor & Maidenhead Branch of the Embroiderers' Guild was formed 35 years ago this year and several of the founder members are still regular attendees at our meetings and workshops which is an indication of the on-going interest and enthusiasm we engender.
Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn, current Joint Presidents of the Embroiderers' Guild, were among the early members and remain as our President and Vice-President. Many of their former students and those of their successors at Windsor School of Stitched Textiles are among our members.
IN 1978 a group of embroidery enthusiasts who had studied under Jan Beaney, either at the East Berks College in Windsor or at the Teachers' Centre in Maidenhead, decided to open a local branch of the Embroiderers' Guild for like-minded people in the Windsor and Maidenhead area. The branch took off, not in small part due to the support of Chris Redknapp, the Teachers' Centre leader. We soon had a large number of members, so many that the Guild felt we were too large! Some years later the Wokingham and District Branch was formed and those of our members who came from that area formed the basis of that Branch. Several of their members also belong to Windsor & Maidenhead. Since then our membership has been at a more mangeable level but we are always eager to welcome new members.
In 1982, to celebrate the four hundreth anniversary of the granting of the Charter to Maidenhead, Jan & Jean designed a beautiful triptych, pictured above, depicting the Thames at Maidenhead Bridge which was was executed as a group projec by the membersof the branch.
Currently we have over 50 members, most of whom attend our monthly meetings on a regular basis. We have two or three Saturday Schools each year. These are held at Hurley Village Hall and are usually well attended. When not fully subscribed, visitors may be invited.
Annual Members' Exhibition now on.
Tuesday 14 November
Unfortunately Angie Hughes is not able to speak in May or tutor the Day School. We are currently looking for a replacement. The evening meeting will now be on Tuesday, May 9.
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