Thanks to the generosity of Martin and the Tuffnell team, this year’s AGM will take place at Flame Off.

If you are attending Flame Off, please make an effort to attend the AGM, or if you’re local and not attending Flame Off, please still attend the AGM.
We anticipate the AGM to take approximately 1 hour of your time, we need your input if we are to act in the interests of majority vote.

The AGM will take place at 5.30 pm on Saturday 16th April at Flame Off – Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Location – upstairs in the demo room.

Any items you would like added onto the agenda, please email
Agenda to follow.

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Unique studio opportunity

colin_746_346If you happen to live near Stourbridge and are looking to start a new studio we’ve received some information about a new studio development there which may be of interest to our members:

Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge – new units for craft-related businesses

Thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund and Black

Country Local Enterprise Partnership, Ruskin Mill Land Trust (RMLT) has recently completed seven new work units on its Glasshouse site in Stourbridge (the former Webb Corbett/Royal Doulton glassworks).

The units, located in the new reception building and the former Acid House, range in size from 15 to 68 square metres and are available on attractive terms.

RMLT is looking for businesses that will complement the historic nature of the site and the existing commercial activity in the Ruskin Glass Centre ( to continue to develop this vibrant community and to provide valuable work experience for Glasshouse College students.

Further information is available from:

Colin George 07813 234669

Sharon Harris 01384 399448

or by visiting:

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GBUK Journal Issue 8 entries

Publication date: Flame Off 2016
Entries to: by midnight on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

The GBUK Journal is a great opportunity to showcase your work in a high quality publication. Best of all it is free to submit an entry and all members who are paid up as of 30 September 2015 will receive a free copy.

If you would like to have your work included in the next GBUK Journal, then please read this carefully. We would like you to send one image only to, but as before, all other required information will need to be submitted using the online submission form below.

If you do not fill in the online form, your entry will not appear in the journal. If you cannot fill in the form, email

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Members, Sell Your Beads on the GBUK Table at Flame off

Members have the opportunity to sell their beads on the GBUK table at Flame Off.

We will have limited amount of space available on the stand for this. They will be taken on a first come, first served basis but anyone volunteering can have their own space (free of charge) to sell beads for the duration of their time on the stand. We will charge £2.50 per ‘slot’, a slot being a square compartment measuring 3 inches square and 1¼ deep. Members may ‘buy’ up to three of these for the duration of the two days. If you would like to take advantage of this, please bring your beads on the day.

This a great way to test your toes in the arena of selling your beads for those of you who have never tried before or those that do sell and would like to have some for sale at Flame Off without the expense of a stand.

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Meet GBUK’s New Committee

Thank you to everyone who submitted a vote. The results are as follows:

Colette Ladley (65%)
Karin Webb (35%)
Colette is duly elected.

The remainder were uncontested and are as follows:Secretary: Debbie Dew
Treasurer: Heather Kelly
Membership secretary: Russell Dew
Journal editor: Scarlet Leonard
Events co-ordinator: Scarlet Leonard
Webmaster: Ursula Mann

We’d like to thank the out-going membership secretary, Karin, for stepping into the role and for all her hard work.

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Committee elections

We are asking for nominations for the committee.

The current committee are happy to continue working on your behalf, but they’d like a shuffle around of roles as most have been doing their current roles for several years now, plus we have one or two vacancies.

Please send any nominations (and you can nominate yourself) for committee positions to; the closing date for nominations is 31st March 2015.

Before you nominate somebody else, please confirm with them that they’re willing to undertake the commitments necessary

Voting will be from 1st to 3rd April

Committee posts:
Membership secretary
Events coordinator
Journal editor

You need to be a member to nominate and be nominated.

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