Chairman’s Summer Report

Well it’s another wet Sunday in England in the summer, so why don’t I send out my seasonal report? The gardens seemed to love those few beautiful days that constituted our British summer, but at least now, we don’t have to have our sprinklers going full time. The rain ,somehow, manages to miss the hanging baskets though. I have been out and about, visiting your clubs over the last few months. Solihull’s open meeting with Nigel Wyles was most enjoyable, and then I had the privilege of an evening with Carlos Fontanallis, an event organised by Centrix and FEA. After a weekend at Gardeners’ World, at NEC. It was time to concentrate on our area show. The venue was Hatton Country World, and they were delighted to see us again. The entries for the competition had trickled in slowly, but by the closing date ,everything was looking,” good to go.” The atmosphere on set up day was exciting, and by the time we left , on the Friday night, the marquee was looking stunning. All our visitors agreed, and I think that the competitors were all pleased with their results. Thank you to all concerned, it has to be a team effort. I had thought, that as we do not normally meet during the summer, it would be pleasant to have a “little get together” This metamorphosed into a lunch for 150 at Wroxall Abbey. I invited 3 of the girls who passed their tests last year, to demonstrate to us ,under the title “Take Three Girls” They were so enthusiastic about the venture, it was a pleasure to work with them. We had a shopping mall, and a talk from one of the directors ,on the history of the abbey, in the morning, followed by an excellent 2 course lunch. The demonstration was then in the afternoon. So much for my little get-together! I have received cards and e-mails, telling of how much you enjoyed the day, so thank you all for coming. I have since then visit Swinfin Hall, to help Walsall Flower Club , celebrate their Diamond Anniversary and Whittington Flower Club to celebrate their Sapphire Anniversary . Thank you to both clubs for making me so welcome. I also visited Woolscot Flower Club for their Summer sparkle, in the beautiful garden of their president, Caroline Thompson , thank you for a lovely evening. Ellie and myself have been out and about, researching venues for our next events and I think that we have found some great laces for the future. We are leaving in the morning to drive to Bristol, to encourage two of our demonstrators, who are taking their pre. National and National tests. Best of luck to both of them. Simone passed her pre. National Speakers test in June, and we will be supporting her at Ross On Wye, in September, when she takes her National test. Best Wishes for all your endeavours in the next few months, and happy flower arranging. Jan


PARTY IN THE GARDEN - SOUTH MIDLANDS AREA SHOW 2015

Results from the 2015 Area Show held at Hatton Country World

Allan Smith and Best in Show - The South Midlands Challenge Trophy and The Carolynn Thompson Trophy
Allan Smith and Best in Show - The South Midlands Challenge Trophy and The Carolynn Thompson Trophy
Flower Club of Market Harborough and Runner Up to Best in Show- The Walker Hall Challenge Trophy
Flower Club of Market Harborough and Runner Up to Best in Show- The Walker Hall Challenge Trophy

PARTY IN THE GARDEN - SOUTH MIDLANDS AREA SHOW 2015

RESULTS

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    Class 1 View From the Window - A collage

    1st Vicki Tuffin - The Maisie Pedder Trophy, 2nd Janet Jones, 3rd Margaret Escott


    Class 2 To an Urn - To incorporate garden urn/s

    1st Allan Smith and Best in Show - The South Midlands Challenge Trophy and The Carolynn Thompson Trophy, 2nd John Chennell and Best use of Garden Material - The Spokes Challenge Trophy, 3rd Jane Jones, Commended Zoe Podmore.


    Class 3 Hat’s On - A hat. Craft class. Natural plant material to predominate

    1st Ann Jones - The Jill Porter Trophy, 2nd Lyn Pirrie, 3rd Janet Cooper, Very Highly Commended Kathleen Woodward, Highly Commended Lola Phillips, Commended Sylvie Hadley


    Class 4 Shaped to Perfection - Small exhibit. A Topiary Tree

    1st Hyrol Hemlock - The Barbara Neville Trophy, 2nd Janet Cooper, 3rd Kathleen Woodward


    Class 5 Secret Garden - Open to Clubs affiliated to NAFAS

    1st Flower Club of Market Harborough and Runner Up to Best in Show- The Walker Hall Challenge Trophy and The Barbara Taylor Challenge Trophy, 2nd Solihull Flower Club, 3rd Knowle Flower Club, Highly Commended Centrix and Best use of Colour - The Colour Trophy<


    Class 6 Rural Pursuits. Novice Class

    1st Elaine Stoner - The Flower Arranger’ Award, 2nd Kate Robins, 3rd Elizabeth Hiorns


    Class 7 Hatton Locks. To incorporate driftwood

    1st Lee Berrill - The Mary Newnes Trophy, 2nd Ann Horsley, 3rd Suzy Hicks, Highly Commended Shirley Henderson


    Class 8 Going Green. An exhibit to include contemporary technique/s

    1st Lee Berrill - The Dora Mack Trophy, 2nd Janet Cooper and Most Innovative Arrangement in Show, 3rd Sharon Badger, Very Highly Commended Julia Mitchell


    Class 9 Days of Wine and Roses

    1st Janet Cooper - The Iris Bulliman Trophy, 2nd Sylvie Hadley, 3rd Margaret Smith, Very Highly Commended Ellie Meaking, Highly Commended Jean Carter, Commended Minh Lane


    Class 10 Summer Sunset

    1st Margaret Barnsdall - The Genrys Farley Trophy, 2nd Rosie Tree, 3rd Pat Broughton, Highly Commended Rita Cole, Commended Vicki Tuffin


    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show

    Simone Squire and Jayne Edmonds did the NAFAS exhibit at RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show in Westminster on behalf of South Midlands Area. They gained a Silver Gilt Medal missing Gold by one point!

    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show.
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show.
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show.
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show.
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show
    RHS Spring Plant and Potato Show.

    NATIONAL SHOW - BLACKPOOL 2015

    PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO LACK OF SUPPORT THE AREA TRIP TO BLACKPOOL FOR THE NATIONAL SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

    Anyone wishing to attend please make your own arrangements.


    POT POURRI - SPRING 2015

    The Spring edition of this very popular South Midlands Area magazine is now on sale.

    It contains lots of pages of news and colour photographs of what is happening in our area of NAFAS. To order copies please email the editor - Carol Farmer @ potpourri2@hotmail.co.uk

    Cost £1.00 per copy + postage

    POT POURRI - AUTUMN 2014
    POT POURRI - AUTUMN 2015

    BUGBROOKE & DISTRICT FLOWER SOCIETY WIN GOLD MEDAL AT MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL

    Bugbrooke & District Flower Society, representing the South Midlands Area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arrangement Society), won a gold medal in the Floral Art Section at the Royal Horticultural Society's Malvern Spring Festival.

    The title of the class was 'Centenary' and the Society's design consisted of the numerals 100 depicting the theme of The Great War.

    The Judge described the display as 'An exciting and dramatic exhibit with strong impact'.

    The Society Members involved in the display were Maria Owen, Janet Cooper, Simone Squire and Julia Moore (L to R in photo).

    The display measured 3.6m x 1.5m and took 11 hours to complete plus a further 5 days prior to the Festival to design and construct the 2m high numerals.

    The Chairman of the Society, Simone Squire, was delighted with the Gold Medal.

    It is the first time the Society has entered a competition as large as this and to win a Gold Medal is wonderful in this the Society's 40th Anniversary Year.

    The display is now being transferred to Gloucester Cathedral for their World War ! Commemorative Services to be held on 2nd/3rd Augus

    BUGBROOKE & DISTRICT FLOWER SOCIETY WIN GOLD MEDAL AT MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL
    BUGBROOKE & DISTRICT FLOWER SOCIETY WIN GOLD MEDAL AT MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL
    BUGBROOKE & DISTRICT FLOWER SOCIETY WIN GOLD MEDAL AT MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL
    BUGBROOKE & DISTRICT FLOWER SOCIETY WIN GOLD MEDAL AT MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL