Hello everyone, I hope you all had a lovely festive period and are looking forward to warmer times. Talking of which – there is a mini workshop day in Milton on the theme of Waiting for Spring. We had such a lovely time at the Christmas party in Ely we thought we would do something similar again. (By the way – is anyone missing a pizza cutter? Let me know!) I am six months into my role and trying to plan events into the future. Some dates are yet to be confirmed, but you can see on the Dairy page what is coming up including a workshop with Angela Daymond. You’ll understand, however, that to keep the Region going with a dynamic programme of speakers, teachers, exhibitions etc, we rely on our members to help out. Your Committee is small and several members are coming to the end of their term. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider coming on board in one of the various roles highlighted in this issue. I’m only too happy to meet for a chat with anyone who is interested in finding out more. The Makit LQ&N Fair at Peterborough this year is on Sunday 30 May 2018 only and not as previously advertised. Region 9 is asked to display twenty members’ quilts. Please don’t feel your work is not good enough – just choose the piece you would call Your Favourite (no bigger than single bed size, unfortunately) and send a photo to me, please, with your details, by 15 March. We hope for a range of styles from many members – YQs included. (If there are too many entries for the available space there’ll need to be some selection, of course.) 2019 is the 40th Anniversary of The Quilters’ Guild so the plans with Makit Fairs is to hold a Regional Competition next year (look out for more details in May). There will be storage related PRIZES with a value of up to £250 ! That’s all for now – take care and hope to see you at our events.