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Letter to Branch Chairs and Members - June 2020

posted 5 Jun 2020, 04:58 by Pamela Keeling   [ updated 7 Jun 2020, 01:53 by Ann Pocklington ]

Following the resignation of Ann Pocklington as Chair of the East Midlands Region, the remaining committee members are ;

Marianne Young  (Vice -chair/Summer School organiser)

Sandy Deacon (Treasurer)

Deborah Phillpott (Kickstart)

Pam Keeling    (IT)

Together we have discussed how we can continue as a committee to best serve the interests of the members in the region in continuing to organise; Regional day, Summer School, and our Kickstart programme and regional exhibitions , and of course EMREG website.

We all agreed that despite this year's programme being severely interrupted by the appearance of Covid-19, and this may well continue into 2021, that we would continue to meet remotely and hope to carry on as soon as we are able. 

We expect to still be able to exhibit work from Literature: 'Authors and poets of the Region' in 2021, and will make decisions around Regional day and Summer School once the situation is clear.

As a committee we thank Ann for her commitment and contribution to the region over the past year and she will remain involved with the subcommittee for Regional day.

As Vice chair, Marianne will for now, take up the reins of steering the committee in the next few months - and liaise also with HQ ,as we figure what we have to do and how we formalise the committee in the absence of a formal AGM in September (as Terry had already stated we did not need to hold an AGM ).

I hope this re-assures you all that we will do our best to ensure the continuation of activities in the Region for members to enjoy, and we will keep you updated.

On behalf of the regional committee

Marianne Young


Thank you to all those people who have enquired after my health. My inbox was full this morning and I am touched by the messages, also all the kind things you've said about my efforts on behalf of the region in the last 19 months.

 My resignation is absolutely nothing to do with the virus, thank goodness, rather a change of circumstances that has made it impossible for me to represent the region n the way that it deserves.

I left the decision as to whether or not I was to continue on the region committee to the rest of the committee, and I look forward to supporting the new structure they have chosen to take the region forward.

Stay safe during these weird times, and above all, keep sewing.

Ann Pocklington

Ashbourne Branch