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Newsletter … this edition …..

  • Journal
  • Monthly Compeition
  • Annual Competition
  • Flame





Have you sent in your entires for the journal yet?

2021 Journal

It’s time to submit your photographs for the 2021 Journal, which will be issue 13. 

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 1st January each year will receive a free copy.

We would like you to send up to 3 images to, but as before, all other required information will need to be submitted using the online submission form below.

Publication date: TBC

Submission Form:GBUK Journal Issue 13 Submission Form

Photos to:
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

Further details can be found on the website here


Monthly Competition

March Category – Murrini

How are your entires for March’s competition coming along? 

Don’t forget to email them to

Annual Competition
Have you started working on your entries for the annual competition?

The subject this year is “High in the Sky”


There are five categories and you can enter as many as you like. 

  • Beginner – any type of entry.
  • Bead set – a set of, non-sculptural beads, made on a mandrel.
  • Focal bead – a single, non-sculptural bead, made on a mandrel.
  • Sculptural bead – a single, or series of, sculptural bead/s made on a mandrel.
  • Other – anything not listed above, includes off mandrel, diorama’s, fused, stained glass and cold worked pieces.
  • Jewellery – this category is open to members and non-members of GBUK. The entry should be in the form of a finished piece of jewellery, and can include mixed media e.g. seed beads, wire, formed/forged metal etc., but must include a focal or set of handmade, artisan glass beads.


Finally for the moment, we just wanted to let you know that we have for the moment put a hold on the quarterly Flame Colette has been finding it more and more difficult to find content for it, or to get people to send in information for it.  We will review again later in the year, in the meantime if you have any ideas of what you would like to see, please do let us know.

Hope you are all staying safe.

GBUK Committee





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Dear Members,

It is with regret and sadness that we write this post.
The underwriters for GBUK Insurance have decided because of the upheaval and consequent changes in the insurance industry that they can no longer supply group Insurance. This is the type of insurance we have for GBUK members.
Our agents obtained an extension until 31st January 2021 while they searched for suitable insurance to accommodate us and came to us only this week with a  proposal. However, this was not group insurance so came at a much higher cost per individual which GBUK would not find viable to subsidise.  We have been told by the agent that when things settle group insurance may again become available. However this will not be for several months.
The Committee have therefore decided that the insurance will cease on 31st January. 
Joy has already emailed those that had a policy with us, so if you have and have not received the mail, please do let her know.
Thank you all for your support of GBUK.

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Monthly Competition

Hello Everyone! We had a committee meeting recently and it was agreed it would be fun to have a monthly glass competition for members only, themed around different lampwork techniques.

We hope that everyone, whatever your level or skill will enter. It is always lovely to see your work.

There is a £20 Voucher to spend at Tuffnell Glass for the winner of each months category. To make it easier for you to plan there is a chart below. This outlines the themes for each month. You have until the 21st of each month to enter via email.

We will pop all the entries into a photo album and we can all vote for our favourite each month.


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The annual election is taking place between 08.00 3rd May 2019 to 22.00 on 6th May 2019. 

 If anybody wishes to nominate someone or be nominated then please complete the google form in the link below, you would like to nominate someone, or you can nominate yourself for a committee position.  The closing date for nominations is 22.00 on the 28th April 2019 (You need to be a member to nominate and be nominated.)

Click Here to Nominate

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

The committee posts are

  • Chairman
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Events Coordinator
  • Membership Secretary
  • Webmaster
  • Journal Editor
  • Social Media

The committee meets once a month on a Tuesday evening at 8pm, via skype.

Committee Election

Here is a little more information about what the committee posts entail.


The “Chairman” shall oversee all the meetings and activities and shall make sure that at all times the organisation is abiding by the rules and regulations set forth by this constitution, provides direction to the committee, chairs meetings and the AGM and prepares reports for members. Produces the quarterly e-magazine Flame.


The “Secretary” shall be responsible for documenting all the paperwork of the organisation and will distribute the minutes from all meetings, deals with all official communication and between members. In the absence of the Chairman the Secretary will fulfil the tasks of the Chairman.


The “Treasurer” shall maintain a correct balance of the funds of the organisation, shall keep a record of all accounting of the organisation and shall regularly (at least quarterly) make available a written breakdown of the income and expenditure of the organisation; be responsible for obtaining an independent audit of the finances on an annual basis and notifying the results of the audit to the Committee, including signed copies of the audit statement.

Membership secretary

Deals with new and renewals of membership and GBUKinsurance.

Events coordinator

Organises events, books venues; provides a list of upcoming events for Flame.


Responsible for maintaining the website and complying with reasonable requests by the committee in a reasonable timescale.

Social Media

Responsible for maintaining a social media presence and complying with reasonable requests by the committee in a reasonable timescale.

Journal Editor

Oversees the preparation and production of the journal


Please note, this is a members only event – anyone wishing to take part who is not a member can contact for details of how to join or look on the website

The AGM will take place at 5pm on Friday 1st June in the demonstration room, upstairs, at Uttoxeter Racecourse after close of business on the first day of Flame Off. It’s held then to ensure as many of you can attend as possible. We’d love to see lots of you there – this is your chance to put forward ideas, help determine policy and tell us the direction you’d like the organisation to go in and meet fellow members.


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