East Suffolk Group

Chairman - Pat Stammers

Email: pat.stammers@live.co.uk


Clubs in the East Suffolk Group.         For information email Group Chairman
(12 clubs)

 Aldeburgh & District; Colneis; Deben: East Suffolk Juniors; Framlingham; Hadleigh & District; Holbrook & District; Ipswich; Orwell; Stowmarket &      District; Wickham Market; Woodbridge;
EMAIL: lindi@carrington.eclipse.co.uk
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Group Meeting Dates

Venue: Wickham Market Village Hall, Wickham Market, IP13 0HE

Refreshments available from 9.30 am for 10.00 am start.

East Suffolk Group Christmas Workshop

Despite the fact that it was still 3 days until Halloween, and everywhere awash with pumpkins, East Suffolk Group held their Christmas workshop on the 28th October, following their Annual General Meeting at Wickham Market. The workshop was led by Barbara Collins who demonstrated a flowing horizonal design using white roses and carnations, with a selection of garden foliage and manipulated aspidistra leaves. The end results were amazing – traditional rich Christmas reds, cool frosted arrangements, warm yellows & gold, off- beat pinks & blues - but all echoed the silhouette Barbara had shown us.  We worked hard, but had plenty of opportunities for conservation too, and went away satisfied with our achievements. Just a shame they won’t last until Christmas.

There will be another workshop on 30th March 2020, following the Group Meeting; tutor to be announced later.    

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East Suffolk’s Got Talent!

It’s been an amazing summer of competition successes for the East Suffolk Group with 4 Firsts gained at the Blue Sapphire Area Show, 13 Firsts at the Suffolk Show in May and countless 2nd’s & 3rds at both shows.  Many of these winners are well known names, so it is exciting to watch the progress of the “rising stars” of the Group.  First mention must go to Juniors Scarlett & Beatrice King (1st& 2ndrespectively in Class 13, Suffolk Show) followed by Harry & Rose Harman (1st& 2ndin Class 12) Linda Harman was awarded runner up to Best in Show, but she may have to look to her laurels in future with such talented grandchildren.

This year’s novice class “Happy Birthday” at the Suffolk Show was won by Linda Young from Holbrook & District with her stunning exhibit of roses & fizz arranged in a gift box.  2nd in this class was Stella Thornley (Programme Secretary at Ipswich Flower Club) with her delightful floral birthday cake. Stella was also placed 2ndin the floral topiary class “Wedding Welcome” where she was competing against many very experienced arrangers. 

It’s only a few years since Sheila Cooper (Chairman Holbrook) won the novice class; this year she gained a 2nd for her entry “My Special Place”, with Jo Crapnell (also Holbrook) claiming a 4th in that class.   Sheila’s “Swinging Sixties” arrangement, succinctly capturing the decade, earned her another 2nd, whilst her petite “Life Begins” was awarded a 3rd. At the Blue Sapphire Show, Sheila’s petite “Little Gems” won a 1st, whilst Stella & Jo took 2nd& 3rdrespectively for their arrangements in the novice class “Anniversary Celebrations”. But the icing on the cake for East Suffolk was Holbrook & District  gaining a 1st in the club class “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with an evocative arrangement full of exquisite detail – the talents of  Linda Harman & Sheila Cooper proved to a be a winning combination.  

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East Suffolk Group “Cascade Workshop”

East Suffolk Group are planning to run a series of workshops to help members develop their flower arranging skills and encourage friendship & cooperation between the clubs in the group. They are timed to follow on from the Group meetings, in the hope that this will encourage more ordinary club members to attend the meetings. The first of these, held early in July at Wickham Market Village Hall, was a “cascade” workshop tutored by Anne Bell. As Anne effortlessly demonstrated this style of arrangement, we all quickly realised that a good selection of well - chosen plant material is essential - and our buckets were full of all the wrong things! But Anne patiently (and with great creativity) showed us how to make the most of what we had brought with us. And by the end of the workshop we all had a much better idea of what we would use next time. The end results were amazing and all so individual. Anne gave an excellent critique in which she asked each of us to identify positive & negative aspects of our work. We had a wonderful day, caught up with old friends and made lots of new ones.    

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The East Suffolk Group continues to support the local hospices – St Elizabeth’s Hospice & The East Anglian Children’s Hospice – by providing fresh flowers every week, which are arranged by volunteers representing the flower clubs in the group.  The arrangements usually consist of a small pedestal in the reception area of St Elizabeth’s, a coffee table arrangement in the day centre and a small table arrangement for the reception area at EACH.  It is a very positive experience doing these arrangements as they are so much appreciated by staff and visitors, who always stop to chat and compliment you on your work. It is also a good way of promoting the benefits of flower arranging to the wider community. Alongside the clubs on the rota, there are also individual members who volunteer – often for significant weeks to remember loved ones. So, if you haven’t already done so, do add your name to your club’s hospice rota list.  Or if you would like to volunteer as an individual, contact the rota co-ordinator Delcie Corbett (gil.corbett@btinternet.com) for more information.

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