At the latest AGM, which took place in May 2016, the Trustees Committee changed to;
Chairman: MRS GILLIE JACKSON
MRS JANE FITZGERALD
MRS MAJELLA FORSTER
MRS TERESA MYERS
MRS JANE THAM
MRS SHARON STEWART
MRS SUSAN WALLACE
We have an Executive Committee, which meets at least three times a year and consists of a minimum of seven Presidents including the Ex-Officio members:
Chairman: MRS MAJELLA FORSTER
Vice-Chairman: MRS LINDA THOMPSON
Hon. Treasurer: MRS SHARON STEWART
President of the Royal Group: MRS VICTORIA SPENDLOVE
Secretary: MRS HEATHER MEARS
MRS DIANA DIX
MRS JULIA KNIGHT
MRS MARY GUPPY
MRS VICTORIA SPENDLOVE
Other Presidents are elected by the Committee as ordinary members. Ordinary members retire by rotation after serving for three years and are not eligible for re-election, unless appointed as Officers, for a further three years.
St James’s Palace
The only expenses during the year, apart from incidental running costs, are the hire of the rooms for the three days of our annual Packing Week and the hire of a room for our AGM, to which all Presidents and Vice Presidents are invited. Expenses are supported by an annual subscription from each President paid by Standing Order, under Gift Aid if applicable, to the Hon. Treasurer.
The following is a brief description of how different groups help.
The Royal Group
The Royal Group was formed in 2002 after the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother and Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. It is currently run by Mrs Victoria Spendlove and is supported by the many friends and associates who contributed to both the individual Royal Groups before they were amalgamated.
The Scottish Group
Mrs Clare Russell started the Scottish Group of Queen Mary’s Clothing Guild in 1986. The Group grew from 20 knitters in the first year to over 700. In 2007 Mrs. Russell sadly decided to stand down as President of her group, during these ten years over 100,000 garments had been distributed to a variety of Scottish Charities.
In 2009 when a legacy from one of Mrs Russell’s knitters was left to The Guild it was decided that income from this wonderful gift would be used to specifically buy garments for Scottish Charities nominated by the Scottish Presidents, currently there are 5 Presidents operating in Scotland.
The Schools Group
Schools have been involved with the Guild for many years. They used to be run from within Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Group. When the Royal Group was formed in 2002, Mrs Rachel Parry took over responsibility for the newly-formed Schools Group.
Each year some of the schools bring pupils to St. James’s Palace to help during Packing Week before all the garments are distributed to our client charities. Schools contribute in a variety of ways, some by fundraising and in others the students collect or make garments for us. We provide a Schools Pack (see How to Help) which includes useful information if your school is interested in joining our Charity. Mrs. Parry is also happy to visit any school to talk about the Guild. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Guild Prayer