Profiles of Judges, Speakers, Demonstrators and Teachers
This page is aimed mainly at Club officers and Programme Secretaries as an extention to the Area Directory. Where there is no contact details shown for an individual, please refer to the Area Secretary or the Directory.
NORTH EAST AREA DEMONSTRATORS
Demonstration Titles: The Bird from Paradise, Red Hot Chilli X’mas, Love is in the Air, A Touch of Eurasian, Others on request. Elizabeth Bishop (ANCF) is a Freelance Florist and qualified NAFAS Area Demonstrator who lives in Sheffield. She is a member of Baslow Flower Circle, North Midlands Area group Future Concepts and New Dimensions Contemporary Flower Club in the North East Area. Liz is of Malaysian heritage and her vibrant personality reflects in her love of animals and flowers. She has a passion for tropical flowers and exotic plant foliage which can be seen in most of her demonstrations.
I am an Area Demonstrator based in the South of the Area and a member of Dinnington Floral Art Society and Future Concepts Contemporary Design Group (North Midlands Area). I am prepared to travel any distance and take bookings at short notice. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity which demonstrating gives me to meet new people and catch up with old friends when I visit their clubs and in 2014 I demonstrated for the first time on the Costa Blanca. I try to create a new demonstration each year and design bespoke demonstrations for special occasions. My current titles are:
The Spirit of Sherwood
Buds, Blooms and Twigs
Magic and Sparkle (Christmas)
Glenda Bream has had a long career in retail floristry and is now a freelance floral designer specialising in flowers for weddings and functions. Glenda qualified as a NAFAS North Midlands Area Demonstrator in 2012. She is based in Sheffield and is a member of Sheffield Floral Club and Dronfield Floral Art Club. Glenda’s passion for both traditional and contemporary floral design and her extensive knowledge of plant material all add to her skills as a demonstrator. Glenda loves gardening and garden design and grows much of the foliage used in her demonstrations. Her titles include “Inspired by Constance” and “From Small Beginnings”.
Julie is from Scarborough and is prepared to travel throughout the Area. She has a new Demonstration for 2015 entitled ‘Colliding Colours’ and other titles available include Seaside Seasonals and Indigo and Oranges (textiles and textures). Julie has been demonstrating since 2005 as an Area Demonstrator and likes to use lots of colours and types of flower in her dems.
Kathleen is an Area Demonstrator and lives in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear. She is a member of North East, North West and Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS, who passed her demonstrators test in 2010. She is prepared to travel any distance and take short notice bookings. She frequently does Scottish tours and looks forward to doing a Christmas demonstration and workshop in Spain in December 2015. She enjoys both traditional and contemporary floral designs which are incorporated into her demonstrations. She’s also a member of 3 contemporary clubs – New Dimensions, Cutting Edge and Club Pheonix and also a qualified teacher and a member of Northumberland and Durham Education Association.
My titles include: Having fun with flowers, Inspirational moments, Around the world, Let’s celebrate and A China experience.
Catherine is a professional florist and has been associated with flowers all her life. She owned and ran The Greenhouse in Huddersfield for many years. She demonstrates nationwide and has been involved in many Area and National events. Her designs are for the present time. Her passion for her plant material and her enthusiastic approach to demonstrating is something she shares with her audience. She is currently the Demonstrators Representative for the North East Area .
Janine has always had a passion for nature and flower arranging since childhood in the 1970s. She has been in the industry for all of her working life, over 30 years, from student to property and shop owner. After demonstrating and running workshops alongside flower clubs, she decided (with a gentle nudge) to train to become a qualified NAFAS demonstrator in 2014. She has lived her life in and around the beautiful hills and moors of West Yorkshire, while spending a year or so in Holland and the Caribbean. These things combined with a super garden, provide the inspiration where she gleans her ideas. While demonstrating she also entertains her classes & audiences with her talent for accents and dialects, its surprising how many different ways you can say the word “Daffodil”.
Susan is a member of both the North East and Northumberland and Durham Areas of NAFAS. She passed her test as an Area Demonstrator in 2002. She is happy to travel and is always interested to visit different Clubs and meet up with their members. Susan loves exploring new ideas and is a member of Cutting Edge, a Contemporary Club in Northumberland and Durham. A list of her demonstration titles are available on request, and special Demonstrations can be requested for Christmas and other occasions. Susan is currently the Deputy Area Demonstrators’ Representative.
Jonathan works as a freelance floral designer, based in Derbyshire. The world of flowers is a passion for him and he employs his love of nature and his garden as a focus for many of his designs. He has been a National Demonstrator for NAFAS since 1999. His humorous and friendly approach make him one of the UK’s most popular demonstrators, guaranteed to thrill audiences with his amazing displays delivered with speed efficiency and entertainment. Jonathan is the Floral Expert on BBC2’s The Big Allotment Challenge and designs the annual Florabundance festival at the world renowned Chatsworth House where he also hosts demonstrations and workshops. For further information visit Jonathan’s website which can be found here. Follow him on Twitter @jpmoseley and on Facebook jonathan.moseley2
Rachel is a member of both the North East and North Midlands Areas of NAFAS, is a qualified Area Demonstrators and a professional qualified (B.Ed Hons) lecturer/teacher. Her passion is willow and she teaches workshops all around the country for a variety of organisations incorporating willow with both traditional and contemporary styles of floral design. She works for/with some of the countries most respected floral design teachers/demonstrators and teaches for England’s leading willow growers. Her work is predominantly large scale and inspired by organic natural forms. She specialises in tailored workshops for individual clubs which are fun, stimulating and which inspire creativity in those she works with. Her demonstrations again show her ‘obsession’ with willow, and are themed to suit seasonal variations-where possible she uses traditional English flowers and foliage locally sourced. Her work has been published in The Flower Arranger and other books/magazines. Rachel’s website and contact details can be found here.
Judy qualified as an Area Demonstrator in September 2014, since when she has visited Flower Clubs throughout the North of England, from the Isle of Man to Scarborough! She lives in Bramhope, north-west Leeds and, to indulge her passion for flowers, is happy to travel anywhere! In addition to demonstrating, Judy currently teaches evening classes in Flower Arranging/Floral Art at The Grammar School at Leeds, having been successful in passing the NAFAS Teacher Training Course in November 2012. She is very keen to keep up to date with trends, techniques and styles and takes every possible opportunity to attend workshops, demonstrations and courses. When not “flowering” Judy enjoys spending time in her garden and with her Labradors, Oscar and Barney and, not least of all, going on holiday with her husband, Chris, who is also her “technical assistant! Judy can be contacted on 0113-261 2379 or 07538 132053 or via her Facebook page here
Vanessa is from Ilkley and is usually able to demonstrate at short notice and is prepared to travel any distance, but is unable to take bookings during school holidays. Her website and contact details can be found here.
NORTH EAST AREA JUDGES
I am an Area Judge based in the South of the Area and currently serving as Area Judges’ Representative. I am happy to take bookings at short notice and prepared to travel any distance. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for competitive work by tutoring workshops for flower clubs on topics such as “What the judge looks for.” I believe it is vital to keep up to date with continuing professional development and have attended refresher days in 2012 and 2014.
North East Area of NAFAS – Area Judge – qualified January 2010. Attended Refresher Days : 2012 and 2014 Based north of Leeds – prepared to travel anywhere within the NE Area
I have been a NAFAS Area Judge since 1997. I was the Judges Representative for 4 years. I have been a member of the National Show Committee for 4 years as Staging officer. I enjoy competing and encouraging other arrangers to compete. I really enjoy judging at club practice nights, as it is an opportunity to explain the reasoning behind the decisions and encourage members to take part. At Shows I try if possible to meet the competitors.
NORTH EAST AREA SPEAKERS
MARGUERITA (RITA) BRAITHWAITE
Now retired after more than forty years working on a North Yorkshire shooting estate Rita has been a member of Richmond (North Yorkshire) Flower Club for many years. She is happy to travel anywhere and is always pleased to negotiate on travel and fees. Her talks can be both with and without the inclusion of flowers and PowerPoint presentation.
For a number of years Pat has been presenting talks to Clubs and Societies using an antique slide projector. Now, thanks to Tony Cleaver’s patient instruction, she has progressed to PowerPoint presentations and in 2015 passed the Area Speakers’ Test. Pat would be delighted to give her talks to Flower Clubs in the Area and currently has the following illustrated presentations available, with others in the pipeline!
‘Opening Your Garden for Charity’ – a brief overview of The National Gardens Scheme and its purpose, illustrated with images of NGS gardens in Yorkshire, including her own garden at Yorke House in Nidderdale.
‘The Flower Arranger’s Garden’ – a review of the many wonderful plants to grow in your garden to provide materials for flower arranging throughout the year.
‘In Search of the World’s Largest Flower’ – a presentation illustrated with superb images of Pat’s adventurous explorations in the rainforests of Borneo searching for tropical flora and fauna.
Peter qualified as an Area Speaker in May 2015 and his titles include ‘Municipal Marvels’, an illustrated talk of the history and development of the public park. Peter is based in York.
Jenny passed her area speaker test in May 2015 with a PowerPoint presentation. She lives in Huby near Harrogate and has been public speaking since 1969. She joined the Yorkshire Flower Club when it moved to meet in her village hall and enjoys the demonstrations. Her first slide show ‘A Sniff of Snuff’ started with a pillowcase – as her entire collection of snuff boxes had to fit into one each time she moved home. Another talk is Noël Nostalgia, about traditions that the Victorians invented including the tree, the yule log, greenery as decorations in the house, crackers and Christmas cards. She looks forward to meeting new people and travelling to different areas with her talks.
NORTH EAST AREA TEACHERS
June is a Cert.Ed. teacher on the NAFAS National List and currently serves as a member of the National Education Committee. She is based in the South of the Area and enjoys travelling any distance to tutor workshops and day schools for flower clubs. She has several topics for workshops, but prefers to create a bespoke session for individual clubs. June taught floral art up to Diploma level and floristry in colleges of further education for many years and now concentrates on teaching recreational classes as an independent tutor. She is a member of the North Midlands Area Teachers’ Association, ensuring that the latest trends and techniques are up to date.
CAROLE JARVIS Cert Ed
Carole has been teaching flower arranging for the past 20 years, at both Huddersfield College and Dewsbury College. She started teaching non-vocational courses, then was asked to teach City and Guilds level 1 and 2, which she was very happy to do. When NAFAS introduced their Diploma course, she approached Dewsbury and asked if they were interested in running the course, to which they agreed. She also taught the Contemporary Floral Design (City and Guilds) course at Dewsbury. Carole now teaches in her home the NAFAS Diploma Course level 1,2 and 3.
On the North East Area List of Teachers. Available to travel within the NE Area for evening or day workshops. Based just north of Leeds. Subjects: Contemporary Designs
Rachel is a member of both the North East and North Midlands Areas of NAFAS, is a qualified Area Demonstrators and a professional qualified (B.Ed Hons) lecturer/teacher. Her passion is willow and she teaches workshops all around the country for a variety of organisations incorporating willow with both traditional and contemporary styles of floral design. She works for/with some of the countries most respected floral design teachers/demonstrators and teaches for England’s leading willow growers. Her work is predominantly large scale and inspired by organic natural forms. She specialises in tailored workshops for individual clubs which are fun, stimulating and which inspire creativity in those she works with. Her demonstrations again show her ‘obsession’ with willow, and are themed to suit seasonal variations-where possible she uses traditional English flowers and foliage locally sourced. Her work has been published in The Flower Arranger and other books/magazines.Rachel’s website and contact details can be found here.
Judy is a member of the North East Education Group and currently teaches evening classes in Flower Arranging/Floral Art at The Grammar School at Leeds, having been successful in passing the NAFAS Teacher Training Course in November 2012. She is very keen to keep up to date with trends, techniques and styles and take every possible opportunity to attend workshops, demonstrations and courses. In addition, she qualified as an Area Demonstrator in September 2014, since when she has visited Flower Clubs throughout the North of England, from the Isle of Man to Scarborough! Flowers are her absolute passion! She is a member and committee member of both Ilkley and New Dimensions Flower Clubs in the North East Area and a member of Pendle in the North West Area. She lives in Bramhope, north-west Leeds and, to indulge her passion for flowers, is happy to travel anywhere! When she’s not “flowering” Judy enjoys spending time in her garden and with her young Labradors, Oscar and Barney – and, not least of all, going on holiday with her husband, Chris, who is also Judy’s “technical assistant! Judy can be contacted on 0113-261 2379 or 07538 132053 or via her Facebook page here