Oh dear where has the year gone?  Looking out of the window there is frost on the

roofs and sparkling on the evergreens – it is almost Christmas again.


Looking back over a very busy year I wonder how we fitted everything in.


Starting in March we had the Area Round for the Designer of the Year competition to be held at the Diamond show in London. Moira Neville won this and went forward to stage the Exhibit on behalf of the Area.


Spring Area Day came next with Speaker Sue Shaw and Demonstrator Lucy Ellis.  This day was well supported and enjoyed by all.


Then came The Harrogate Spring Show with Brenda Eyers, Linda Knights and Anne Bell staging the Area Exhibit.  This depicted a Paris Street scene and took Silver.


In July the ‘Blue Sapphire’ Show took place for the Area’s 65th Anniversary.  A superb display of Floral Art.


August had us at the National ‘Diamond Anniversary’ Show in London.  The Islington Business Centre was filled with Floral Splendour and tempting trading stalls.  


The Bressingham Garden Show was held in September, organised by the Media team.


President’s Day took place in October with Sheila Parker and Coral Gardiner.  This was the day we said our farewell to Lionel, our President.  It was a fitting send off for him and the day was sold out.


Last but not least came the Area AGM.   Certificates were presented to the New Teachers who had completed the Teacher Training Course under the tutelage of Anne Bridge, with Linda Knights as administrator.   50 Year Certificates were presented to 42 members who had completed their 50 years membership of NAFAS.  Congratulations to all of them.  

Jean Crane then took Office as our New President.


Not forgetting throughout the year, the workshops that have been provided by JDS&E to the Clubs in the Area.  These are part of a 3 year initiative that is proving to be very successful.  Many thanks are owed to all the tutors who have given their time freely to run the workshops.

Next Year 2020 JDS&E Education.nafaseast will commence the new AREA CERTIFICATED COURSE OF COMPLETE FLOWER ARRANGING. This is already proving to be popular and we are aiming to expand it in the future.

Exciting times ahead.


It just remains for me to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.




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