Wednesday, December 9, 2015

The Christmas Social

Twice a year we hold a social evening instead of inviting a guest speaker. They are always fun evenings that involve a lot of chatter, a lot of laughter and a lot of tasty treats.

As usual, we held a competition; members were asked to make and bring a "Winter Postcard". The competition is judged by members leaving a coin beside their favourite entry; the one with the most coins wins. And the winner was …

All of the entries were lovely (I did not get names for the entries so please comment if you know who did which post card so I can give them credit).

We also held a light hearted competition on the evening. Each table was given a cone to decorate as a Christmas tree. It is interesting to see how differently each tree was. Our Chair ladies selected this tree as their winner.

After the raffle, all that remained was to wish each other a Merry Christmas and to look forward to meeting again in the New Year.

Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

6 November 2015 — 24 December 2015

Venue: Blackwell Hall, Weston Library


Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a major new artwork by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. Fabricated by many hands, it replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the document's 799th anniversary.

Pope Innocent III stitched by Anthea Godfrey

The 13-metre long embroidery is on display in Blackwell Hall in the Weston Library. It was carefully hand-stitched by more than 200 people ranging from MPs and judges to activists and prisoners, and including musician Jarvis Cocker and privacy activist Edward Snowden.

The display is accompanied by a short documentary film produced by the British Library.