Tuesday, 7 January 2014

About Dayschools

While many of our members are familiar with dayschools, and what they involve, we have both new and potential members who may be interested to learn about this aspect of the Branch, so this post aims to give you an introduction to dayschools.

A number of times a year we run a day school on a Saturday at the Meeting House. This is a tutor led workshop with the aim of introducing members to a new technique or a “to do” project based on a theme. Generally they run from 10am until 4pm, although if those attending can be there slightly earlier to help set-up the room that means we can make a prompt start at 10am. Also if those attending can help put the room back to how we found it that is appreciated as we have to put away tables and chairs to leave the room clear for the next group who may use it.

Dayschool places are available to members of other branches, and non-Guild members, however places are offered to members first. If you are not a member of the branch but are interested in attending, please get in touch, and we will see if there is space on a dayschool.

For 2014 we are holding the workshop fee to £25 per person. Payment is by cheque or electronic transfer to the branch’s account. Since day schools have a limited number of places we ask those who sign up to pay in full unless they can find another member to take their place. Refunds for non-attendance are not given except in exceptional circumstances. Refunds will be given if the workshop is cancelled by the branch.

The day school fee includes tea and coffee, however lunch is not provided. You can bring your own packed lunch, or there is a local Spar shop and fish and chip shop near the Meeting House. Additionally, there is a kitchen at the Meeting House with some facilities including a microwave.

At most branch meetings the day school secretary will be available with sign-up sheets for the next day schools in the programme. You can pay her, preferably with a cheque, not cash, for whichever schools you are interested in. A deposit can be paid at one meeting and the balance either at a following meeting before the day school, or at the day school itself.

If you need to get in touch with someone about a dayschool in advance of the date, please email birminghamembroiderersguild@gmail.com, emails to this email address are typically checked frequently and can be forwarded on to the relevant person. If you find on the day that you are unable to attend, please endeavour to call a member of the committee, so that people at the session are not waiting for you to arrive. Telephone numbers are in your welcome pack.

Each day school has a requirements list available from the day school secretary, and published on the blog under the 'Requirements List' tag, from the list o the right hand side of the blog pages. Some tutors will bring packs of key materials available for a small extra fee payable to the tutor.

Additionally, each year we try to arrange smaller member led workshops on a wide range of topics. Previous sessions have included beading, goldwork, weaving and felting. If you feel that you would be able to lead a members workshop, please speak to a member of the committee.

We hope that this information is useful to you, if you have any further questions, please speak to a member of the committee.

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