As I sit and write my first Presidents report for the VGCP it’s hard to believe that Christmas is upon us and another year has nearly passed.

After 13 years, our President, Sandra Templeman and Secretary, Pat Templeman stepped down in October.  A lot of work is done behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of any organization. The VGCP is no different. Administrative tasks, organising and setting up for demonstration days, physically transporting, storing and preparing china for sale to guild members, coordinating the annual Warburton weekend away in May, the list goes on.   Thank you, Sandra and Pat, for your tireless, dedicated service to the Guild.

Welcome to our newly elected office bearers. Our recent Christmas luncheon was catered for by the committee and by all accounts it was a most enjoyable luncheon with beautiful food and lively chatter.

I came to china painting about 7 years ago and have certainly been on a steep learning curve, experimenting with the many different painting styles, subjects, techniques and products.  I’ve always looked forward to attending the monthly guild demonstration days, taught and encouraged by our very talented demonstrators and friendly guild members who have a wealth of expertise and are always very generous with their time, guidance and encouragement. These days are always abuzz with creative talent and a warm, encouraging atmosphere.

Our 2024 calendar of dates is enclosed in this edition of the magazine. Be sure to lock the dates in your diary and come along if you’re able. We’d love to see you. If you have any requests for other demonstration topics or suggestions for anything guild related, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you and yours all the very best for the festive season. May you all enjoy good health and well-being throughout the new year.

Warmest regards

Vivienne Gibbs