Stewarding at Festival of Quilts

A steward in action!

Are you interested in volunteering to Steward for the 2022 Festival of Quilts at the NEC, Birmingham? The show runs from Thursday 18th August through Sunday 21st August 2022, a little later than usual due to the Commonwealth Games being held in Birmingham this year.

Stewards are needed to ensure the quilts on display remain in pristine condition, and occasionally assist with any queries visitors may have.

With the official ‘Festival of Quilts Steward’ sash, a pair of white gloves, a copy of the Show Guide and the Competition Catalogue, our Stewards are equipped to help with most minor queries. Stewards are the only people allowed to touch the quilts during the show (for minor adjustments or to display the reverse of a quilt for visitors). Friendly conversation with visitors is encouraged, and our Stewards often meet some of the competition quilt-makers and get to hear their stories first-hand!

Stewards who complete two x 2-hour sessions on any day(s) are entitled to:

Free entry

Early entry (before the show opens - just come straight in)

Use of the Steward Room for safe storage of your shopping and other effects

Our own kitchen, with free hot/cold refreshments

'Executive' WC

A free copy of the Show Guide and Competition Catalogue which are yours to keep.

If you feel you would only like to do one x 2-hour session, you will get the same benefits EXCEPT free entry - you will need to buy your ticket to get in to the show

For more information about Stewarding, please read:

An introduction to Stewarding

To apply, please complete and return the Stewarding Form as soon as possible

Application form (pdf - to print, then scan & email, or send in the post) 

Application form (doc - fill in on your computer & email)  

Please post or email the form to the Steward Organiser, Gavin Ketchen, who is organising the rota.  All the details are on the form.

For any further information you can contact Gavin directly on or by phone (mobile only) 07484 880 857.

For more information about why you should volunteer to be a steward see A Steward's Tale  and read Hannah's Blog, from her first experience of Stewarding in 2019: 'Volunteering at Festival of Quilts'

and her follow up Blog: 'Festival of Quilts 2021'

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