Wickham Market Flower Club – Open meeting April 26th

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Wickham Market Flower Club – Open meeting April 26th

Post by des fisher » Mon May 07, 2018 12:32 pm

The Committee, having started at 4.30pm in the village hall setting up, were more than happy to join members’ visitors and guests in sitting down at 7.30pm for the start of our Open Meeting. Club members from Colneis, Framlingham, Deben and Woodbridge our own club and our many visitors had been greeted at the door by an amazing foyer arrangement done by Jenny Payne and Jan Richardson. The food tables had also been decorated by them both. You should be very proud of yourselves ladies. They both looked stunning.

June our Chairman had a few notices. There are still some spaces left on our June Coach Trip to Ely Cathedral Flower Exhibition. Please contact her on 01394 384803 to book or for more details. Data protection forms are still needed to be completed by some people. She wished anyone entering the Suffolk Show this year good luck. Welcomed our First Aider for the evening followed by emergency exit details. June then introduced our demonstrator for the meeting “Gill McGregor” whose topic was entitled “Flare with Flowers and Foliage.”

Gills first arrangement contained a Heron sculpture in beautiful blacks and greys and the foliage was Yew and some dead Fatsia leaves to complement the colours. Lotus heads, cream Carnations and Four Season roses like small saucers along with some Lonicera Bark and Bear Grass soon completed the stylish arrangement whilst Gill told us a bit about her introduction to flower arranging. Whilst a child she often entered into local village shows and soon realised flower arranging was what she wanted to do. Several college courses and teacher training courses later she now has many exciting capabilities up her sleeve. She has been a member of NAFAS for 48 years so is more than comfortable standing and talking to people about her various passions. There were no uncomfortable silences, members watched entranced as they listened and watched Gill continue to create a further six beautiful designs. Table arrangements, Urns and many stunning flowers were used. Kentia Palm, Monsterra leaves, Gerberas, Choisya, Aspidistra leaves, Singapore Orchids, Vanda Orchids, Avalanche Roses, Gladioli and some amazing Anthurium the likes of which I had never seen before all were placed in arrangements to make them vibrant and certainly full of flare.

Our President Elsie gave the vote of thanks. We had seen some truly wonderful arrangements created before our eyes. The talent and skill shown by Gill, with thanks also to her helpful husband “Mr McGregor “was what made Flower Club Open Meetings so amazing. Everyone agreed that Gill had given us a super evening’s entertainment.

We then enjoyed some equally amazing cakes and punch and made our purchases from the heaving Plant and Sales tables before the raffle. Several lucky members won an arrangement for their home. Getting it there may well have caused a few problems. Never come to our meetings on a bicycle.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 28th June – David Wright – Famous Ladies which is followed on 26th July by Barbara Collins – Summer Gardens. For any further details please do contact June Allum on 01394 384803. You will be sure of a friendly welcome and your first visit is FREE. Bring a friend.

Mandy Pryke

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