Tracey Ramsay from Parbold Branch arranged with Rochdale to do an exchange visit, with Rochdale ladies visiting us in February 2019. I opted to go with her with double intent, to help by talking about Parbold members Exhibition ‘Fragments of the Past’ which was held a few years ago, and also to visit the branch in my role as NWR Chair.

We were made very welcome, and the meeting had a great turnout- I did a little talk on my role as Regional Chair, and then we continued with our prepared talk.

We took over twenty pieces of work which were displayed on three tables. We then gave a brief summary of the members inspiration and techniques used on each piece. We also took a selection of antique tools and materials which had been included in our exhibition.

The Rochdale ladies & gentleman, were able to look more closely at the pieces of work, which included traditional work and more contemporary pieces.

We then sat down to eat as the members had laid out a sumptuous spread of sandwiches and home made cakes- loads of tea and lively conversation.

The Rochdale Members had a wonderful display of their work from previous workshops, and displayed bunting all around the walls.

A brilliant do, and one I hope to repeat at other branches- High tea not a neccessity though, but very welcome!!!

Here are some photos from the Day-

Lovely spread