This year’s Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild AGM took place at the Lansdowne Club on Wednesday 11th May. It was very well attended by Presidents and their Vice Presidents from all over the country, with Mrs Lois Sampson and Mrs Lynn Benge travelling from Scotland. This was the first time Mrs Benge of Inverness-shire had attended the AGM.
Mrs Gillie Jackson, Chairman of the Trustees, together with Mrs Majella Forster, Chairman of the Executive Committee both gave reports on the Guild’s activities over the last 12 months. Reports followed from Mrs Sharon Stewart, Honorary Treasurer, Mrs Daphne Clarke, President of the Royal Group, and Mrs Rachel Parry, Co-Ordinator Schools and DofE Scheme. Here is the full Annual Report
Mr Julian Avery, President of the St Michael’s Hospice in Lewes gave a most interesting talk on the work of the hospice and how its rebuilding after a serious fire last summer.
The Lansdowne Club, a familiar site for QMCG AGM’s, was again very hospitable and Presidents enjoyed catching up over tea and cakes before departing at 4.15pm.
Mrs Etta Brown, of Tain, Ross-shire, was awarded a British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours for her work with Queen Mother’s Clothing Guild. Etta joined QMCG in 1990 and has knitted countless items for the supported charities.
Last year her group provided 750 items that were distributed to groups of Women’s Aid in Aberdeen, Allness, Dingwall, Glasgow, Stornaway and Wick as well as to Cardinal Winning in Glasgow.
QMCG thanks Etta for her enthusiasm and energy.
This article is from the Ross-shire Journal
If you would like to become a President or join a QMCG Group please contact the Secretary.
QMCG is very happy to announce that four new Groups have been founded, in Leicester by Audrey Stevenson, in Swanage by Catherine Wilcox, in Ripon by Karen Gill and in Durham by Vera McEwan. The Chairman and Executive Committee wish them every success.
For more information on these groups, how to support them and how to set up a new group please contact the Secretary.
A documentary first screened in 2012 was repeated on Saturday February 6th at 7.25pm. This showed the work of QMCG, Queen Mary was heavily involved with the Guild for much of her life. To watch the program on BBC iPlayer please use the link below:
King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy
If you would like to get in touch with QMCG having watched the documentary please get in touch by email using email@example.com.
Two and a half days of hard work for the volunteers of QMCG and Veteran’s Aid, together with volunteers from the Royal Household led to approximately 18,000 items being distributed to 38 charities on Wednesday 16th September.
This year all the charities collected their items promptly with QMCG even receiving thank you letters from St Mary’s Convent & Nursing Home, Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Marie Curie Hospice (Hampstead) by Thursday.
The Police Team in conjunction with the Pass Office at St James’s Palace helped everything run smoothly. This was the first year that the Event’s Team at Buckingham Palace have worked with QMCG and their assistance and professionalism was exemplary.
Thank you to all involved over the past months for your efforts.