Hello again my wonderful friends and colleagues. This latest update is a very emotional for me, as founder of the Women’s Banner Group I have tried to bring women from all backgrounds, experiences, ages and passions together. The response from each and every one of you has been overwhelming, we have got big very quickly!
Over the past couple of weeks, I have been speaking with many of you and really taking stock of what it is we are doing. The impact we are having is bigger than I could have ever imagined and that is in no small part because of you!
The community patchwork banner has inspired so many of you and really galvanised the respect and camaraderie women have when coming together.
I feel it is hugely important to give this banner and your input the recognition it deserves.
It is for this reason, and after numerous sleepless nights and discussions with the Banner Makers and our wonderful Mary Turner that we have taken the decision to delay the procession of the silk baner until next year so that this year can be a celebration about the hard work each and every one have you have put in.
The Durham Miners Association are so supportive and excited about this particular banner that they have organised for it to be blessed at the Cathedral on the day of the Big Meeting and the Cathedral would like to display it for the week following.
Your hard work and passion is truly being celebrated, and rightly so!
The Banner Makers are still committed to producing our historic silk banner so we won’t be losing that! In fact because of the sheer numbers of women who have become interested and the continuing stream of “inspirational women” emails I am getting, we have decided to hold a workshop where all of you can come and tell us how you would like our group to be represented in history.
It is so important for as many of you as possible to attend our up and coming sessions to really make the impact we want to on Gala day.
With 2018 being the year of 100 years since the vote and international year of the woman, we really want to recognise and celebrate our history. Because of this we would like to march in the gala as a procession just like the suffragists and suffragettes did by using Standards, individual banners carried by women, as a show of force. We are offering you the opportunity to come along and make your very own!!
We would look to include this in the sashes session, henceforth to be known as the Sashes and Standards session on the 23rd June, each women can use one of a choice of templates that Emma Shankland from the Durham Banner Makers will put together, to paint their own and also will be able to add words that mean something to them.. It will look so impressive marching with so many of these.
I would love you all to be even more actively involved in all the exciting things we have planned. We have a number of “appearances” coming up and are looking for anyone willing to staff a stall with us.
Most importantly for the following:
REDHILLS REVOLUTION: A Celebration Of Women, Wednesday 11th July:
Here we take over Redhills for an entire day. We need people to staff a stand, to speak to people about us and to help with the smooth running of the event. This is going to be the official public unveiling in Durham for our community banner and we have some absolutely incredible entertainment booked for the day. Help is highly welcomed.
Old King Cole Festival in Beamish, Sat 3oth June/ Sun 1st July:
We have a stall for the weekend of the 30th June/1st July and we are also taking part in their march. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our heritage and also to tell people about us.
Please get in touch if you are willing to come along and help out.
I will be sending some dates out very soon and please do get along to as many as you can, we are so keen for this to be as far reaching as possible!!
Respect and love to you all