South Midlands Area News -
National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies
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
Gold for the South Midlands Area at the Harrogate Spring Garden Show
From Jan Oldfield - South Midlands Area Chairman
The South Midlands Area was invited to exhibit at Harrogate Spring garden Show, with the title "Talking to Zeus"
I invited Elaine Hall and Annette Thomas from Dorridge Flower Club to take part, and they readily agreed.
After months of planning, and many "mock-ups", I was invited to view their exhibit, and asked if I would go along to help, as they thought that 10ft. X10ft. would need more than 2 people.
On Tuesday morning, we all met at Annette’s house, and along with 2 husbands, loaded up 4 cars, for the trip up North. It rained and blew all the way up the M1, but we eventually got to Harrogate, unloaded, and set the scene for Wednesday.
Another cool and windy day found us back at The Yorkshire Showground. As helper, I de-thorned roses and raked gravel, whilst Elaine and Annette got on with the serious business of flower arranging.
By the time we left at 8pm. we were exhausted, but delighted with what had been achieved.
We were awake early, again, the following morning, speeding back to the show ground for the results.
Elaine and Annette stole back into the exhibitors’ car park, whilst I went and sedately parked along with 100s of visitors.
The phone call came "We got Gold!!"
There were lots of shouts and screams and hugs; months of hard work and dedication had paid off - A wonderful achievement girls.
April 11th 2014 Members' Day at Ardencote Manor Hotel
On Friday 11th April, the sun was shining as over 130 members of the South Midlands Area of NAFAS met at Ardencote Manor Hotel for our member’s day.
As friends arrived for coffee and shopping, the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation for the treats ahead.
The conservatory looked beautiful and was enhanced by the flowers on the tables, which had been arranged for us by Suzie Hicks and Jayne Jones, from Knowle Flower Club.To start off the entertainment, we had a talk by our own, newly qualified speaker, Simone Squire, titled ‘It’s not just a slab of Chocolate’.
Simone took us on a journey through her childhood in Belgium, starting with her teen years, focusing on the 2 B’s, beer and boys, and ending with the present day and her love of flowers.
We then took a break in proceedings, in order for the hotel to prepare for our lunch. Many people took the opportunity to enjoy a glass of wine in the garden, followed by a delicious lunch. Another short break for coffee, and then we were ready for Laura Leong’s afternoon demonstration.
Laura is a florist, who won florist of the year at Chelsea last year, so the afternoon was a joy.
We closed the event with thanks from our president Jean Myatt for the days’ entertainment.