May Meeting 2019:
A warm welcome was extended to our demonstrator, Angie Hyde, Sussex Area NAFAS Chairman.
Angie produced some wonderful arrangements on the them ‘Out of My Shed’ and what a very
enjoyable and fun evening it was with lots of laughter and flowers.
Photos displayed are with her permission.
The competition table ‘Boot Fair Bonanza’ produced the following results:
Novice – 1 st Martina Asmaar. Advanced 1 st – Chris Wright, 2 nd Ann Jarvis and 3 rd June Savory.
April 2019 – Demonstration by Lynn Carter:
The Club welcomed Lynn Carter as our demonstrator for the evening. Lynn comes from Hastings and has her own Florist Shop. Lynn created a selection of arrangements using a variety of unusual bases, such as a milk churn, a miniature piano and an upside down vase, for her demonstration entitled @Inside Out and Upside Down’ Lynn provided a running commentary from tales as a florist and owning her own shop. Lynn Carter kindly allowed us to show pictures of her arrangements in this news letter, which we are most grateful for. Thank you Lynn.
This months competition ‘Outside The Box’ brought in fewer results than usual, but still of a high standard. Novice – 1st Delwyn Myers, Advanced – 1st Ann Jarvis & 2nd June Savory.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 1st May and our demonstrator will be Angie Hyde. Visitors are always welcome.
March Workshop 2019:
20 members enjoyed the first workshop of the year, each doing two arrangements from articles in The Flower Arranger Magazine. The evening was enjoyed by all who attended, our thanks go to Val and Sue for organising the evening.
Our next workshop will be in July.
March Meeting: Wednesday 6th March 2019:
Chairman Margaret Moores welcomed a packed hall to the first meeting of the year. She announced
we will be taking part in the East Preston Festival Week this year with an Exhibition entitled
‘Flowers for a Lifetime’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June.
Margaret then welcomed Gill Homer whose demonstration ‘Curious Containers’ gave us a variety of
arrangements using flowers such as pink Miss Piggy roses, Orange ‘Captain Odeon cala lilies, tiny
white delicate Alliums, tulips, genista and Iris. Plus, red and green foliage, Pussy Willow and
Magnolia branches. Gill also kept everyone entertained with her chatting and reciting anecdotes
from her flower arranging escapades.
The monthly competition ‘Victoriana’ (a petite) was well supported with some delightful exhibits.
Novice 1st Martina Asmar, 2nd Delwyn Myers, 3rd Janet Sutton. Advanced 1st June Savory, 2nd Tricia
Bridgman, 3 rd Chris Wright
Next meeting is 3 rd April. Our demonstrator is Lynne Carter with ‘Inside Out and Upside Down’ and
the competition is ‘Outside the Box’.
Visitors are always very welcome.
AGM Friday 6th February 2019:
At our AGM Chairman Margaret Moores welcomed everyone back after the Christmas and New Year break. She reported on the past year’s activities, which included workshops, coach trips to Pashley Manor and Wisley, participating in the Chichester Cathedral Flower Festival, East Preston Festival market day, Sussex Area Razzle Dazzle show and our annual lunch at the Vardar.
June Dwelly stepped down from the committee, although she will still be greeting everyone when they come in, she was presented with a bouquet of flowers and her 25 years badge. Vicky Tuck was proposed and nominated to join the committee, the rest of the committee agreed to continue, and all were elected en-bloc.
Delwyn Myers, Ann Jarvis and Christine Wright were all awarded prizes for gaining enough points in the monthly competitions.
After the business side of the meeting members enjoyed a glass of wine plus cheese and biscuits organised by the committee. They then participated in a quiz which was organised by Barbara Garnell. The meeting concluded with a free raffle for the table flowers.
Our next meeting is on March 6th when the demonstrator will be Gillian Homer with ‘Curious Containers’ and the competition title ‘Victoriana’ A Petite max 25cm in all directions.
December 2018 Meeting:
The Christmas themed extravaganza for the December club night got off to a glowing start with a glass of mulled wine on arrival. And what a fabulous night it was, with our talented Committee providing the entertainment by demonstrating Christmas songs through flowers. They began by spelling out Christmas in large individually decorated letters as the ‘Christmas Alphabet’ song was played, encouraging the audience to sing along.
As they performed Christmas songs were played, working in pairs and wearing festive hats, they showed off their flower arranging skills and presented six amazingly diverse displays. They chatted to the audience and also outlined what their individual roles on the Committee entailed, from event organising, booking demonstrators, to attending Area meetings, giving an insight into just how much work goes into the running of the club.
The superb arrangements of wonderful fresh flowers were interspersed with baubles, glitter and sparkling fairy lights symbolising ‘Angels’, ‘Drummer Boy’, ‘White Christmas’, ‘Blue Christmas’, ‘Little Donkey’ with ‘Winter Wonderland’ providing a fairy tale finale. At the end of the evening the stage was a fantastic display of colour.
With tea, coffee and warm mince pies served at half time and the amazing arrangements raffled off at the close of the meeting, an outstanding evening was enjoyed by all.
Competition results ‘Winter’s Tale’: Novice – 1st Elaine Soo, Tied 2nd Iris Tipper and Ann Saunders, Tied 3rd Martina Asmar and Delwyn Myers, Advanced – 1st Ann Jarvis, 2nd Chris Wright, Tied 3rd Janet Samwell and June Savory.