Outcome of the Vote By Members
2099 votes cast
Includes all votes received up to 5pm, 12th March
Votes counted and verified by Knox Cropper LLP
Thank you for taking part in such numbers. We are under no illusion that this will have been a difficult decision for many. We hope the vote is an indication of the continued support for the Embroiderers’ Guild and the associated independent stitch groups as we all navigate our way through to a sustainable future.
We will be meeting next week to consider the outcome of the vote prior to setting out a roadmap for the immediate future.
Link to the General Meeting Video
810 members notified us of their intention to join the meeting. 982 actually attended. Over 4000 people accessed this website this morning and it went off-line but only for a few minutes. Please see the live link below and its associated passcode. To view the video of the meeting click on the button below and enter the passcode when asked. If you copy and paste the passcode please make sure you only highlight the code and none of the space on either side.
CLICK HERE FOR GENERAL MEETING VIDEO
The trustees have received a number of supportive messages following the meeting. These are much appreciated.
"In a recent meeting we discovered that many of us had met or had contact with at least one Trustee in the past. We had seen how hard they work for the Guild, how they care for the future of the Guild. We feel some of the attitudes and opinions voiced by some members of the Guild are totally uncalled for, and we felt the Trustees we have met or had dealings with will look for the best for The Guild to take it forward into the changed future. We hope to be able to support you and work with the changed Guild in the coming months and years."
- Members of Airedale Branch
"I also would like to thank the trustees for all their hard work on our behalf, much of which is unseen. I know that some of the trustees have taken holiday from their paid work to attend the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate each day to stand on the Embroiderers Guild Stand to meet and answer questions from members of the public."
- Ticia L
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
"Thank you Penny for your interview with Stitchery Stories. This makes the Guilds position very clear. I hope everyone gets a chance to hear this before the meeting."
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.
Do you have a question that is not listed above?
If you have a question that has not been answered in the Q&A above you can contact Head Office and we will respond to you as soon as possible.
When we receive additional questions we will update the Q & A accordingly.
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