Trustee Penny Hill - Stitchery Stories with Susan Weeks
Susan Weeks chats with Penny Hill around the issues facing the Embroiderers Guild and the General Meeting to be held on 4th March 2021.
Susan and Penny discuss:
- The role of the trustees
- The origins and history of the guild
- The crisis resulting from falling membership and closing branches
- The drastic proposals to save the Guild & the collection
- What will happen to the Branches going forward
- Looking forward
Notice of General Meeting
VIEW FULL NOTICE OF GENERAL MEETING 2021
The link for the General Meeting will be published here at 9am on 4th March 2021
Please Note: At the time of posting this information over 600 members have advised us of their intention to attend the General Meeting. As would be the case if this number of people (and probably many more) were to meet in a hall or conference room we would need to make sure that the business of the meeting can be conducted effectively and, when invited, participants can ask questions or make statements. The same applies to an on-line meeting.
With this in mind the General Meeting will, in effect, be a real-time webinar. There will be opportunities to ask questions and/or make statements. These will either be addressed as time allows or made available (with answers) in the 24 hours following the meeting. The meeting will be recorded and also be made available on-line.
Full explanation of the purpose of the General Meeting, The Trustees Proposals and voting information can be found by clicking the button below.
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Q & A
Banking and Finance
Yes. Ultimately, the trustees may be Guild member volunteers but, as trustees, they are accountable for taking the action necessary in the best interests of the charity.
The trustees want to present the situation to members, hear their views on their proposals and, hopefully, gain their support for what is a very difficult situation with no attractive solutions.
If the trustees feel that there is insufficient support they will have to consider that calling in a liquidator as the only other course of action.
Management of the Guild
Quite simply, across all sources of income, HO has experienced either significant or total losses of income in the last 5 years. It has responded with making c.£100,000 in savings to date and will be reducing its costs by a further £150,000 in the next 12 months. An addition, HO has had to invest in the future of the Guild. It also has to pay further costs which did not exist a few years ago (such as software licencing costs).
COVID 19 accelerated these declining factors. Over 1500 members did not renew their subscriptions in recent months. This is unprecedented in the history of the Guild and no one saw the pandemic coming.
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When we receive additional questions we will update the Q & A accordingly.
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