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(Updated 20/02/20)

Eastern Region New Year Lunch - 19 January 2020

    montage of photos of Eastern Region Lunch 2020

The East Region met on Sunday 19th January for their New Lunch at the Golden Fleece at Braughing where we yet again enjoyed an excellent lunch and cheerful service. This time we had a small private room which allowed our conversation to flow freely with everyone able to see and hear each other. Apart from catching up with more personal news, topics ranged from updating of  news about the restoration of the pattern books, the website, and the trials and tribulations of three members who are writing and publishing their own books. How impressive is that !!

Southern Region - 'At Home' - 18 December 2019

Photo montage of Andrew and Gina's At Home 18-12-19

A pre-Xmas at home with Gina & Andrew is always a treat - they are lovely hosts and always cheery! We gathered for pre-lunch cups of tea and had a good natter about a host of things, not just Shelley; it’s amazing how so much happens between meetings. Gina and Andrew provided a wonderful lunch (supporting role played by Kay’s trifle !) and the “hot” chilli went down a storm. An annual event has become the “bring a Wileman/Foley/Shelley piece with a small gift inside” which is then swapped by tombola. Chocolates always feature but this year’s wining novelty item was the Donald Trump inspired “in peach mints”. We all gathered for a group photo by the Xmas Tree and had a nosey around some of Gina and Andrews collection of tea-for-two’s and other Deco pieces. Nice to see attendance from outside of the Region - I’d recommend visiting other region’s at homes for both socialising and seeing some wonderful collections. Weather in evening was truly awful and drive home was more of a swim. Lovely day out and already looking forward to the next at home event.
Bruce Till

North East Region - Christmas Lunch - 12 December 2019

Photo montage of NE Xmas Lunch 2019

A small but select group of members of North East Region returned to the Bridge Hotel & Spa, Wetherby for our 2019 Christmas Lunch. Once again we had a private room with our own excellent waitress service, Christmas tree decorations and log fire. Being the day of the General election there was much to talk about but it wsn't long before conversation turned to more important matters i.e. Shelley. As previously, everyone had bought their own Shelley or Wileman cup for coffee and, in addition, there was a good variety of items on the display table, some of which are illustrated in the montage above. Our Area is now widespread and we hope to hold a similar lunch in the North West earlier next year for our friends on the other side of the Pennines.

Southern Region - 'At Home' - 14 September 2019

Bruce and Zoe at home photo montage

On a beautiful Saturday in September the Southern region held an at home in Reigate hosted by Bruce and Zoe Till. We welcomed two new members John and Trevor, to their first at home meeting together with twenty seasoned members (some from the Eastern region and even one from the North!). After a splendid relaxing lunch and general chit chat, not all about Shelley or Brexit , we retired to the Garden alongside a show and tell, and I am sure some illegal trading! Thank you to all who attended to make it such an enjoyable afternoon The Southern Region are hoping to have a Pre-Christmas gathering in late December – details to follow when confirmed.

Eastern Region - 'Beside the Sea' - 29/30 June 2019

Frinton Weekend beside the sea

Linda and John hosted an amazing weekend in Frinton-on-Sea, which began on Saturday eveninig with dinner at a local bistro.All then adjourned to their home for champagne and coffee in the garden, on one of the hottest days of the year. On Sunday everyone headed for the beach hut armed with chairs, picnic, newspapaers and sun cream. Some swam in the sea which was fantastic on such a beautiful day. After lunch the buckets and spades appeared for the infamous Shelley sandcastle event. All the competitors were awarded 'highly commended' for their skill in execution although some required a little more lateral thinking to identify their Shelley connection! However we did attract some attention from some curious passers by and their dogs. Four o'clock and it was time to return to Linda and John's for tea and cake, followed later by supper. There were plenty of 'ooh's and ah's' as we enjoyed our hosts amazing collection.

Southern Region - 'At Home' - 15 June 2019

Gerry Pearce's 'At Home@ 15/June 2019

We haven't seen much of Summer this year but the weather was mostly fine on 15 June for a gathering at the home of chairman Gerry Pearce. Sixteen guests attended to view Gerry's collection of Intarsio, Faience, Lustreware, Breweriana and Miniatures and to enjoy the splendid buffet prepared by he and Sheila. On show were recent purchases - an Intarsio lidded bowl, an Urbato flask and Paddy Owens brought along two factory sample pieces - all quite rare. Judging by the smiles on faces a great day was enjoyed by all.

Visit to the Pattern Books and Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Reserve Collection - 27 April 2019

Photo montage of pattern book visit April 2019

Members who attended the Shelley Group Annual Weekend this year were once again offered the opportunity of visiting the Pattern Books held at Stoke on Trent City Archive. All the pattern books were on display including the three books which have received conservation work in the first stage of the Pattern Book Conservation Project - see Community Projects page.

Photo montage of Reserve Collection However a special treat was in store as the Group had arranged a private viewing of the Reserve Collection of Ceramics at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery next door. The Reserve Collection consists of items currently not on display but held for future exhibition and this area of the museum is not normally open to for public viewing. A rare opportunity of seeing perhaps the greatest collection of 'Staffordshire Pottery' in the UK. The image on the far right shows pieces from the collection of Jill Burridge donated to the museum by the Group.

Eastern Region - 'New Year Lunch' 26 January 2019
Collage of photos for Eastern Region New Year Lunch 2019
The Eastern Region New Year lunch was held at the 'Golden Fleece', Braughing for the third time. As usual the food and service were excellent. Conversation flowed freely thanks to the clever arrangement of the tables and provided an opportunity to discuss the Group including how to increase membership and how to facilitate more people attending regional events. Another very successful gathering.

South Region - 'At Home' 15 December 2018
South Region at home with Andrew and Gina Bird
On Saturday 15 December several members of South Region met together at the home of Andrew and Gina Bird for pre Christmas drinks and to discuss and show Shelley wares. As a Christmas idea members were asked to bring along a piece of Shelley containing a small gift which ranged from chocolate to Brussels sprouts - (Oh no they didn't - Oh yes they did!)

North East Region - Christmas Lunch - 7 December 2018

North East Region Christmas Lunch 2018

13 members (including 2 ex-members) of North East Region convened at the Bridge Hotel & Spa, Wetherby for our 2018 Annual Christmas Lunch. This was a new venue for the group and all seemed pleased with new arrangements and menu. A private room was laid on and this offered fine views together with our own Christmas tree and log fire. All very festive. As usual the company was excellent with plenty of talk about favourite recent Shelley purchases. Everyone had bought their own Shelley or Wileman cup for coffee though strangely these were put aside in favour of regular white hotel-ware. Hmm!

North East Region - Informal Lunch - 31 May 2018

North East Region - informal lunch 31 May 2018

Newly appointed North East Regional Representative, Olwen Dudgeon, organised an informal lunch at the Wheatley Arms, Ben Rhydding - on the edge of Ilkley Moor (of Baht 'At fame) for members of the Shelley Group. Eight past and present members attended on what was one of the many sunny days we have had in the region recently.

Visit to Stoke on Trent City Archives (Shelley Pattern Books) 29 April 2018

Collage of photos taken during visit to Pattern Books April 2018
Once again the Stoke on Trent City Archives, which house the collection of the Shelley Pattern Books, was opened for a private visit by members who attended the Shelley Group Annual Weekend and AGM. Some 15 members poured excitedly over these priceless designs which until last year largely remained hidden from public view. Comments such as 'Wow, I have never seen that pattern before' and ' I never realised how detailed the drawings were - how did they draw those patterns to wrap around intricate shapes and without computers? - were voiced by many.
The books are amazing and if you haven't seen them before, they are well worth a visit. Check out our page on Pattern  Books which provides a link to the Archives website where you can check opening times and other useful information to plan your visit

Southern Region New Year Lunch

Southern region New Year lunch 2018

Our annual New Years Lunch was held again at the Surrey Downs Golf Club.  This has become a favourite venue for both pleasant surroundings and generous amounts of tasty food - the carvery was excellent as I’m sure all will confirm. In total there were 24 attending.  It was nice to be joined by a number of members from other regions - we welcome you with open arms! By popular request people brought a small Shelley item to discuss at the table (I’m sure there may have been a few side deals taking place). We were all tremendously pleased to welcome Doug Burridge and family.  With the recent loss of Jill we hope we as a group can offer some support; Doug’s sisters and brother in law had travelled from Scotland / Derby. We look forward to future events in the coming year. The AGM is coming soon and hopefully a number of 'get togethers' in the South.

Eastern Region - New Year lunch

Eastern Region Christmas Lunch January 2018

A roaring log fire welcomed us into the bar of the Golden Fleece on a miserable January Saturday. Before we sat down to lunch we raised our glasses in memory of our honorary president, Ray Reynolds, who will be so sadly missed by us all. Paddy had brought along small pieces to focus our conversation on matters Shelley . I was particularly taken with a tiny posy bowl. It had been made by Royal Doulton at the time of the first Shelley exhibition which was organised to promote the publication of `Shelley Potteries `by Watkins, Harvey and Senft in 1980. There is always something new to learn! The purpose of the brainstorming session will be revealed to those attending the Annual Weekend at the end of April.    

North East Region - 'At Home'

North East Reginal Meeting - The Foleys at home

Where better to feast your eyes on wonderful Wileman Intarsio than at the Foleys? Fourteen members gathered at Les and Enid's home, sadly without Les as he was hospitalised after a recent fall. Enid was determined that the show must go on despite Les's absence and what a show it was. Aided by family members a splendid spread had been prepared topped again by one of Enid's famous cakes. The big question - 'What attracted people more - the china or the cakes?' Those who attended certainly know! We wish Les a speedy recovery and hope he will return home soon.

Perfect Day - Southern Region 'At Home'

Southern Regional Meeting 2017

What could be better than an antique fair and a regional "At Home" on the same day ? Sheila kindly hosted an 'At Home' in her new home, which coincided with the Woking Art Deco fair. So after a quick spin round the fair (and a couple of small purchases) I headed over to Sheila's. There was a great turnout and we were happy to welcome a new member (and family). A sumptuous spread was provided and heartily tucked into. There was a theme of lady's names and Elaine acted as the compaire - she gave us a marvellous display of knowledge and innocence. Sheila had a piece with name Olive - a recent purchase (day before) at a local auction for next to nothing. Eve, Daisy, and Queen Anne also featured. A big thanks to Sheila and we all wish her well in her new home.

PLEASE NOTE: Details of the Annual Weekend and AGM are now on a separate page.