New blood to bolster WoolOn event’s profile

New faces on the organising committee may breathe new life into the beleaguered WoolOn creative fashion event.

Mary Hinsen was elected as chairwoman when the group’s annual meeting took place last week.

She replaces Victoria Ravenscroft.

Others elected were Jamie Richards, as designer liaison, and Cromwell College pupil Greer Ferguson.

Last year, the event came under scrutiny when the decision was made to move it from Alexandra to Cromwell.

In 2020 the committee confirmed a date and the venue as Highlands before making the decision in April to move it online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Ms Hinsen, who at the time was deputy chairwoman, said the committee was conscious of the impact Covid-19 was having on events, but wanted to keep WoolOn in people’s minds.

She said the original format was back on the agenda this year.

Last week’s AGM was "very positive" and featured good discussion and unanimous agreement on the way forward, she said.

The committee was now looking for people to fill a variety of roles. The committee is seeking a secretary and a financial liaison person as well as more committee members.


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