AGM 23rd October 2021

West Country Embroiderers Annual General Meeting

to be held at the Ariel Centre, Totnes at 11.30 am on Saturday 23 October 2021

(Doors will open at 10.00am for refreshments and traders)


  1. Welcome from the Chairman
  2. Welcome and Address from the President
  3. Apologies for absence
  4. Minutes of the last AGM held on 19 October 2019 (The minutes are available from the Secretary (email or your County Co-ordinator)
  5. Matters arising from the Minutes
  6. Chairman’s Report
  7. Treasurer’s Report (Documents to be forwarded)
  8. Membership
  9. Financial position
  10. Approval of the Accounts for 2019/20 (included in Newsletter No 92 Autumn 2020)
  11. Approval of the Accounts for 2020/21 (Attached)
  12. Revised Constitution (Document attached and also available at wce-draft-constitution-for-agm-2021.pdf (
  13. Election of Officers and members of the Executive Committee
  14. Any duly proposed and seconded resolutions submitted to the Secretary for consideration at the AGM by 9 October 2021
  15. Newsletter/Website/Social Media/Programme
  16. Any Other Business


The AGM will be followed by a talk from the WCE President, Jan Tillett, about her work


12.45 pm Approx  Break for Lunch


2.00 pm The Mary Barling Lecture


Gary Mills:  “What a Year!”


Cheryl Penna, Secretary                                                                                1 September 2021



Gary Mills BA Hons Design Fashion, PGCE

Gary says that he was born sewing, he just cannot remember not doing textiles, from the moment he could hold a pair of scissors he was cutting into scraps of cloth to make something. His passion and experience grew with him, exploring all things textiles.  His career has taken him on a fantastic journey from an early start as a freelance fashion designer, then to an extensive time spent in the world of academia becoming head of fashion, textiles, and surface design for the University Centre Somerset.  Gary now continues that journey breaking out into the public domain with his infectious enthusiasm delivering online teaching, which is fun and achievable, also private creative retreats and workshops across the UK and beyond. Currently a featured tutor for West Country Embroiders and the Creative Textiles tutor for the online sewing channel Crafty Monkies.

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