Area Newsletter 2018

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Great Baddow Flower Club. (COLCHESTER GROUP)

Great Baddow Flower Club had the honour of providing the entertainment for the Great Baddow Parish Council Community Celebration held in the Parish Hall on Saturday 14 April 2018. The history of Great Baddow Flower Club and what happens at club nights was explained and then Club President Terri Potter (an East of England Area Demonstrator) and floristry tutor and Club member Jane gave an outstanding demonstration of how to create designs with a bunch of supermarket flowers. 

Terri explained that as a flower arranger she loves to create and experiment with flowers for the home, shows and competitions. Jane explained that as a florist she arranges flowers as a business, focussed more on weddings, funerals, gifts and events. They answered questions from the audience about how to condition flowers, how to revive drooping roses and how to take care of the flowers to make them last. 

Raffle tickets were distributed amongst the guests and some were fortunate enough to take home one of the beautiful arrangements.

Congratulations to Great Baddow on this successful community event.


Gt Baddow Flower Club


On Tuesday 10 April 2018 Great Baddow Flower Club held another inspirational workshop led by Jane our floristry tutor member. Jane demonstrated how to create a parallel or continental design. She explained the importance of creating strong vertical and horizontal placements, layering materials and the need to add the same material elsewhere in the design to create repetition. Participants provided and shared their floral material to create their own designs. Jane gave support and guidance where needed and gave positive feedback about each design. Thank you Jane for another great workshop.

Our next workshop will be in July and entitled 'Let's Celebrate with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party!' Priority for our workshops is always given to our members.

Another good reason to join Great Baddow Flower Club!

Stunning pedestals Arranged at Westminster Abbey on Monday 9th April 2018 by Christine Picton and Mary Daykin. Well done ladies your arrangements will not only enhance the beautiful Abbey but bring great joy to the thousands of visitors.

At the Spring Area Council (21st March 2018) we saw Linda Knights stand down as our Area Treasurer. Linda has done a fantastic job over the past three and a half years and will be very much missed at our Executive and Council meetings.


Area President Lionel Clark presented Linda with three roses for her garden appropriately called “Thank You”.

At the same meeting, incoming Acting Area Treasurer  Valerie Phillips was presented  with her Area Speaker Certificate. Well done Valerie. 

Linda Knights,  Lionel Clark,  Valerie Phillips


21ST MARCH 2018

 Valerie Phillips,  Area President Lionel Clark


Waving goodbye to the snow and cold weather, Bradwell Flower Club held their March meeting on Monday 5th March with the Juniors (The Buds) meeting earlier in the evening. The Buds were busy making Mother’s Day designs using recycled jam jars.  The membership has grown to 18 children and membership is expected to rise further which is exciting news.


The Bradwell Flower Club had their “home team” demonstrating last night but included guest appearances by two of the youngsters, much to the delight of the audience. 


Last month the Area Secretary had received a request for details of membership of the Bradwell Flower Club via our website, and this resulted in the lady being invited by the Club as their guest.  We were delighted to receive an email from her telling her how much she enjoyed her first visit; that she was joining and planned to bring her granddaughter to join the Buds in the future.


So, another successful evening for both adults and youngsters with many more to come!  We are delighted to include pictures of the Buds designs and know their mothers will be thrilled to receive them on Mother’s Day.


If you would like your child to join the Bradwell Buds contact  for further details.



The wait is almost over.  Her Majesty will take centre stage in The Forum, Norwich from Monday 12th March 2018 and she is anxiously awaiting your arrival.  This will be the main exhibit for “Makers Month” and definitely worth a visit.  You can even have the opportunity to take a selfie with Her Majesty!


Many of our members, but particularly talented retired National Demonstrator, Speaker and Judge, Lois Gill have been involved in this wonderful project.  In fact,  Lois is the Artistic Director and would be delighted to visit NAFAS Clubs to talk about the knitting projects that have taken our Area by storm over the past few years with the “Blossom & Yarn” festivals held in six parish churches in the Wayland benefice of Norfolk raising thousands of pounds.  You can contact Lois for further details via the contact option on this website.


Just look at this glimpse of Her Majesty in all of her regal splendour!  England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all represented on the Queen’s Coronation gown but in June 1953 she has also got the commonwealth in her hands.  Resplendent in her coronation attire don’t miss this opportunity to view this stunning work of art.


Congratulations to Breckland Flower and Garden Club members who have spent the past year fundraising by putting pennies in jars, raffles, flowers festivals and much more.  This enabled them to present at their AGM on Thursday 8th March a cheque for £1,000+ to help the volunteer bike riders who transport vital bloods, baby milk, medical notes, etc.  Keith Grisedale of Norfolk Blood Bikes who received the cheque gave a very informative talk and film show on their work.



We held our club night last night, which was almost to the day 45 years ago that the club started.  So we had a few photos and a cake for all the members.  


We will be holding our official gala evening for our 45th Anniversary in October, when invitations will be going out to clubs and dignitaries invited to attend.

Photo of our Chairman, Margaret Turner, presenting a cheque for £645 to Jackie Greenfield from East Anglian Air Ambulance at our November 2017 meeting.  This money was raised from a coffee morning, various stalls and quiz entries, raffles and events during 2017 by our members.  


Herts & Essex Boundary Flower Club members were able to experience what is it like to exhibit  at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at their AGM meeting.Following the usual business Beverly Moore gave a visual presentation of the design that she & Leoni Braz had  produced for the  class "Cutting Edge" in 2017


The presentation showed all aspects of their exhibit, from the initial concept based on the Pantone Colour of the Year in 2017 'Greenery' to that moment they heard they had received a silver medal.


Insulation board for mechanics, Finland moss passed through a blender,  just two of the processes used to complete the design.

A fascinating insight into just what goes into exhibiting which we hope will encourage more of our members to take up competitive challenges in the future.



As you know I’m not an official speaker just have a passion for flower arranging & competing. The presentation also shows costs involved, points criteria for judging as well as process from concept to medal award.

If you think any clubs would be interested I’m happy to visit and share the experience.

Thank you Beverly, it looks a very informative talk. Any interested clubs, and you don't know how to contact Beverly, we will put you in touch.


Congratulations to Peterborough Flower Club Members on raising a magnificent  £500 for the Peterborough & Stamford Sands Charity.  


Dorothy Clare presented the cheque at their AGM on Thursday 1st February as she completed her term as  Chairman.


Bedford's Flower Festival at Candlemas (2-4 February) in St Paul's church, opened to a crowd of delighted visitors as Lord Lieutenant, Helen Nellis highlighted how these beautiful arrangements bring light into an often dull February. Candlemas celebrates the hope of spring and light after the darkness of winter (1).  The Dean of St Albans Abbey, the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, blessed the Festival. Also in attendance at the opening ceremony were the MP for Bedford & Kempston, Mohammad Yasin and the High Sheriff for Bedfordshire, Vinod Tailor. Guests included representatives of all the flower arrangements. 

Many themes under the overall title have been chosen for the 60 lovely and imaginative arrangements in this spectacular setting, from Windows for Candlemas, The Light of the world, Bringing hope to rebuild lives, Tranquillity and Simplicity to Floreat Bedfordia (May Bedford Flourish).

The flower arrangers come from groups and individuals across the county; flower guilds from numerous places of worship from St Albans Abbey and Bedford's town and county churches to Peterborough Cathedral; representatives of various womens' and community groups, schools and floral businesses.

NAFAS members took part. If you have photo's of  your arrangements please send us copy and details.


Two beautiful pedestals:

Left hand by Adele Kent & Tina Carr.

On the right the pedestal is arranged by Joanne Randall.

We had the most wonderful day, such a privilege , but quite overwhelming (probably the first time I have ever felt sick when doing flowers) 

The High Altar was just magnificent and so many visitors watching. So pleased to have been asked.

Adele Kent



I attended the NAC meeting in London in early January 2018 with my 20 fellow Area Chairman and we were all delighted to hear National Chairman say that any member who wished to visit headquarters and be shown around would be most welcome. They would appreciate a telephone call or email in advance so that someone is on hand to meet and greet and give you the guided tour. 


The Library is being re-positioned to the front of the building and is also available for all members. There is a huge and varied collection of books and data which could be immensely interesting to anyone doing research for a qualification or maybe a speaker planning a new talk. There will be comfortable seating and good light from a large window looking out onto Devonshire Square. The lovely listed building is a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street station - there is a small flight of steps to the entrance and unfortunately more steps inside to gain access to the upper floors but it is worth making a visit if you can.


Its more than our headquarters - it's our building and its very beautiful and the staff and officers are warm and welcoming. So if you are due to visit London in 2018 why not make time to visit Osborne House? Just make sure to let them know you are coming.


Brenda Eyers

Area Chairman – East of England Area of NAFAS


International Designer Astrid van den Berg from The Netherlands

Demonstration 22.11.17

Astrid visited us all the way from Holland. The stage was beautifully decorated and lights twinkled from various designs. Here are a few of the lovely designs that were demonstrated.

Please double click on the image for a better view.

Blackpool National Festive Flower & Food Show 2017

East of England Entrants Results

Photos by Beverly Moore

Check here for results of the competitions

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Check here for the Junior Results

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Designer of the Year Competition 2017 - East of England Area Representative - Linda Knights. 
I was delighted to win the Elimination Competition to be the representative for East of England DOY. This was at the Festive Flower and Food Show in Blackpool. November is not the best month to be in Blackpool but the weather was kind.
The day before I travelled was interesting - the courtyard was strewn with boxes, bags and other miscellaneous items that I thought were essential. My car is quite small so every space had to be used. After several attempts and paring down of the "essential" items, the car was loaded. My husband had phoned the hire-a-van company as he was convinced that everything wouldn't go in. He underestimated us arrangers.
Six o'clock start the next day, with my sister for company (she is not a flower arranger and had no idea what to expect) and we were away. 
Arriving lunchtime, we had time to have lunch, unpack and refresh in the hotel before heading to the Winter Gardens to unload and put all components in position for our early morning start the next day.
After the briefing we were able to start. 20 Areas of NAFAS had sent competitors. The public were lining up to see what we were doing, they stand and watch and ask many questions. As they crowd around your working table it is best not to suffer from claustrophobia. The 5 hours soon passed and almost all competitors said that they needed a bit more time to tweak their designs. A quick clear up and down to the basement where we were given tea/ coffee and cakes. Not one slice but several slices. I was not surprised to find that I weighed 4 pounds more when I got home. The camaraderie amongst the competitors was wonderful. We then had  a few hours wait to hear who was through to the next round. I was surprised and elated to find that I was amongst the 10 chosen for the semi-final.
At the next morning's briefing we were given a box of mixed items in the most amazing, clashing colours. We were required to make a wearable headgear for a pantomime character. I was out of my comfort zone, a moment of panic and then I sat and scribbled ideas. This was the one time that i would have liked to have had a quiet moment, but no - the public were there and just as intrigued with the collection as i was. Then the flowers started to arrive. My goodness, what was I going to do. Sometimes it is good to be pushed outside of your comfort zone. What I finished up with was a wearable hat. I was happy with it and thought that it was colourful enough for pantomime, unfortunately the judges didn't think that it was whacky or zany enough. Perhaps a couple of twirls of wire with flowers or feathers on the end would have made the difference. Who knows?
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and thank the East of England for allowing me to be their representative.


Barbara Collins was voted in as 2nd Vice Chairman, seen here with Vice Chairman Lesley Fairman who presented Barbara with her Badge of Office.

At the 2017 AGM Jan was voted in as NAFAS National Chairman
Congratulations from the 
East of England Area of NAFAS


14th October 2017

Demonstrator Annette Urquhart 

assists with the Raffle draw.

Shown on the left with Vice-Chairman Lesley Farman and President Lionel Clark.


DEMONSTRATOR Annette Urquhart "On my Mary Poppin's Bag"

SPEAKER Susan Horne - "A Bird's Eye View"


Westminster Abbey 29th September 2017
The East of England Area was once again privileged to be asked by Jane Rowton Lee, NAFAS Westminster Abbey coordinator  to send three of their our best designers to stage three pedestals for two services.  First St Michael and All Angels Service which was on Friday 29th September and also for the Judges Service on Monday 2nd October.  Our team members were Helen Bird, Anne Bell and Zana Jones and we are pleased to feature photographs taken by Anne Bell.


15TH JULY 2017


A wonderful day was had at Mildenhall.

David Ryland was our National demonstrator who kept us all amused with his stories and we were fascinated with his foliage which he had cut from his own garden. The designs were all very different and much enjoyed by all.

Our Speaker for the morning kept us engrossed with a talk, and slides, about The Tower of London through the centuries.



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