Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presents award to Adult Learning tutor

  |  Published: Jul 25th 2016
Janet Edmonds, The Princess Royal and the Master of the Broderers, Commander Peter Mosse, are pictured at the Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 8th June.
Janet Edmonds, The Princess Royal and the Master of the Broderers, Commander Peter Mosse, are pictured at the Awards ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 8th June. Photo courtesy of Phil Gammon.

Adult Learning tutor Janet Edmonds has been presented with a prestigious award at Buckingham Palace by The Princess Royal.

Janet, 71, from Chesham, who is a tutor with Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, was recognised for her City & Guilds teaching of the practical skills of embroidery techniques and design.

She explained: “Each year a number of City of London Livery companies award prizes to people who they feel have excelled in particular fields. In my case, the prize was awarded for the City & Guilds teaching that I have done for level 3 stitched textiles, Embroidery.

 “My prize was presented to me at Buckingham Palace by HRH The Princess Royal and a representative of the Worshipful Company of Broderers, an organisation formed to promote the art of embroidery, after a reception at the Institute of Directors.

 “I was really honoured and delighted by the award and the fact it was presented to me by Royalty. I received a cheque which I will use to buy something special to mark the achievement.”

She added: “I have inspired many people to take up stitching. I have shown them that they can achieve and that they are creative by boosting their confidence and having a go even if they thought they couldn't do it. I have encouraged them to believe in themselves and that it is a skill worth having. Some have gone on to teach too or to take higher-level courses.”

She added she was indebted to her students for the glowing testimonials given to her and for the Adult Learning staff who nominated her.

Janet, who has been teaching embroidery and embroidery design for over 25 years, was also this year awarded a City & Guilds Medal for Excellence for Teaching Stitched Textiles, and was also recognised for a further award recently by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning at its Festival of Learning ceremony.

Cllr Zahir Mohammed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Buckinghamshire County Council, said:  “Janet thoroughly deserved this award for her years of dedication to teaching embroidery, and I am delighted she had the chance to meet Royalty. She is living proof of the fact that Adult Learning in Buckinghamshire provides quality, expert tuition to its students.”

For more information on courses run by Buckinghamshire Adult Learning, visit www.adultlearningbcc.ac.uk or phone 01296 382403

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