The Bournemouth Branch of The Embroiderers' Guild

                 General Information for our branch

Established in 1906, the Society of Certificated Embroideresses, was founded with the object of keeping a high standard of work and design.

The name was changed in the 1920s, to the Embroiderer's Guild and still is the UK's leading crafts association.

The first branch was established in 1931, to carry out the work of the Guild, by organising events and members in their area.

This Guild's branch, in Bournemouth, was first held by Mrs V Clinch in 1963, for 21 ladies. The group has met in various locations over the years and is now settled at Parley Memorial Hall.

Our Branch offers a friendly meeting place for like minded people and a comprehensive programme of workshops and lectures. Membership continues at a good level and we are a well known flourishing group.

Further information about The Embroiderer's Guild, it's Regions and Branches, may be found on the Guild's web site @

Please arrive by 9.30:- For a prompt start at 10am;

this will allow time to set up the room, prepare your own materials and have an initial coffee.


Mobile Phones-Please ensure your mobile 'phones are either switched off or on silent mode, during all meetings.

Teas and Coffees-Two members volunteer their time, to make teas and coffees, at each meeting (before start of meeting and lunch time). This is on a roater basis and all supplies are provided, arranged by Beryl Eady

Cake Rota-A volunteer is required each month, to make/bring a cake, to be sold with the teas and coffees.

Requirments List-These are available at the previous month's meeting and found on the front page  this web site -"Program of events" page.

Tutor's Lunch-Two members volunteer their time to provide each month's Tutor with a light lunch (eg- sandwich, fruit, yoghurt) and are reimburst £3.00 to cover the cost. Crockery and tablecloth are available in the cupboard.

Saturday Workshop-These are restricted to 15 members. The list for workshops is released 2 meetings before they take place.

Branch Competitions-Two annual competitions take place each year and are open to all members. The Betty Oddy award and the Lorna Parkin Cup are presented at the AGM.

Sales Table-There is usually a Sales Table each month. Members may bring items for sale, 10% of the money being for the Guild, or items may be donated with the money going towards Guild funds. All items must be priced and if not sold taken home by the owner.

Display Table- Every month you are asked to bring in any of your completed work from that meeting's workshop. June Buxton is kindly organising this for us all.

         Resources (Cupboard Contents)

Cupboard contents are available to all members. Please contact a committee member for all equipment, book and magazine requests or loans. ALL deposits are returnable.

Rental period 1 month.

                                                                                    Rental                      Deposit                          Needles


  • 1 x Sewing Machine                    £2.50                         £20.00                      £0.50 each

  • 1 x  Embellisher                           £2.50                         £20.00                      £2.00 each

  • 4 x Soldering Iron and stand      £1.00                            £5.00

  • 2 x  Heat Guns                            £1.00                           £5.00

  • 1 x Cordwinder                           £2.00                          £10.00   

  • 6 x Masks (for purchase)           £6.00 each   

Health and Safety

  • All members must sign in, as soon as they arrive and sign out if they leave the meeting early.

  • The First Aid Kit is located in the Kitchen.

  • Fire Procedure - If the alarm sounds, please exit the building by the fire escapes and assemble in the Left Hand corner of the car park. Please do NOT go home until told to do so by a member of the committee or the Fire Brigade.

  • Please ensure that all spillages are mopped up,

  • Electrical equipment - All equipment should be switched off when not in use (i.e- do not leave the iron on for the next person to use).

  • Always use an ironing pad when using the iron. Do not iron directly on a bare surface, such as a table top.

  • Extension leads must always be taped down, to avoid trip hazards. Never plug an extension lead into another extension lead. When the group members are using electrical equipment tables should be arranged around the electrical socket, so that trailing wires are not a trip hazard.
  • Always use a stand when using a soldering iron. Never leave a hot iron plate down on a surface.

  • Be aware that the end of a heat tool becomes red hot after approximately 30 seconds of use.

  • Always work in a well ventilated area, when working with fumes.


 Embroiderers’ Guild: Safeguarding Adults Policy 2017

The Embroiderers’ Guild (The Guild) is committed to ensuring that it provides a safe and welcoming environment for all members and visitors, and recognises the need to safeguard both children and adults at risk, and to ensure their well-being in all their interactions with the Guild.

Policy Statements:

* The Guild will raise awareness of Adult vulnerabilities throughout its organisation, promoting positive actions and signposting members to relevant groups and information.

* The Guild will not tolerate behaviours and actions that cause harm and will respond to concerns within (and about) branches or regions.

* The Guild will undertake to provide guidance to members who may have concerns outside the Guild, assisting them to find local resources and support.

We believe that:

* We all have a responsibility to help prevent abuse (physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, financial, and/or discriminatory abuse and neglect of adults at risk). Safeguarding is a whole Guild activity and not just the responsibility of designated officers or staff.

* Discrimination, harassment and bullying are unacceptable. Members who present these behaviours should be challenged and, if necessary, barred from attending activities. Officers who abuse their position in any way may be required to step down and should not take up any future officer role.

* Domestic abuse in all its forms is unacceptable. Should we discover any member is subject to such abuse we should seek to support them in seeking appropriate help and consider what practical help might be appropriate in relation to any volunteer duties they may be undertaking in their branch, region or, nationally, for Guild (HO).

We (The Guild) are committed to:

* The establishment of a safe environment for meetings and other events.

* Raising awareness among members to create an informed vigilance about the dangers of abuse.

* Following the relevant legislation, in line with statutory, local, and specialist guidelines, in relation to safeguarding adults at risk.

* Ensuring that we keep up to date with national and local developments relating to safeguarding, reviewing this policy when needed.

* Taking all reasonable steps to ensure that as an organisation, everyone works within the agreed procedures of our safeguarding policies.

* Supporting Branch and Regional Committees in any action they may need to take in order to protect adults at risk.

Responding to concerns and issues:

Any concern covered by this policy must be registered with the Guild CEO cc. Chair of the Board of Trustees at the outset and, unless there is a compelling urgency, before action is taken.

Where an allegation suggests that a criminal offence may have been committed or there is the prospect of a civil redress being sought, the local Guild representative (member/officer) dealing with the issue should seek immediate advice from the CEO cc. Chair of the Board of Trustees prior to the police or a solicitor being contacted.

If there is an immediate threat of harm, the Police should be contacted without delay and the Guild (CEO) also be informed without delay.

See Guild HQ website for full review and information.