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

EILEEN BARRACLOUGH


LIZ BISHOP
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.


JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is an Area Demonstrator from Carlton-in-Lindrick and is a member of Future Concepts (North Midlands) and Dinnington Floral Society (North East). She is prepared to travel any distance, even in 2014 travelling to demonstrate for the first time on the Costa Blanca and she will also take bookings at short notice. June thoroughly enjoys the opportunity, which demonstrating offers, to make new acquaintances and catch up with old friends when she visits their clubs. Each year she tries to create a new demonstration, most recently a demonstration especially designed for clubs who have a limited budget, but she is also happy to design bespoke and large scale demonstrations for special occasions. June’s demonstrations display her passion for garden plant material and colour. June is currently First Vice-Chairman of the North Midlands Area and is also an Area Judge and National Teacher.
Titles include:
Bloomin’ on a Budget
Artistic Impressions
The Spirit of Sherwood
Seasonal Serendipity
Hold the Front Page!
Magic and Sparkle (Christmas)


GLENDA BREAM
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 COOK
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.


JAN FAULKNER
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KATHLEEN GIBSON
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 GLEDHILL
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 .


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JANINE GRAY
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 HALL
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.


SUSAN MADDOCKS


JONATHAN MOSELEY 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 POOLE
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.


SUE SPENCER


JUDY WATKER
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 WELLOCK
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

EILEEN BARRACLOUGH


JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is an Area Judge from Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop. June is happy to take bookings at short notice and is prepared to travel any distance. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for competitive work and also tutors a popular workshop for flower clubs entitled “What the Judge Looks For”. June firmly believes it is vital for judges to keep up to date with new trends and ensures she regularly attends Refresher Days for Judges. June served as Area Judges’ Representative for the North East Area for three years and is currently First Vice-Chairman of the North Midlands Area. She is also an Area Demonstrator and National Teacher.


JOHN HAWKRIDGE
Congratulation cards are still falling through the letter box. after John has just been successful in passing his Area Judge’s finals in September 2017. (Thanks to everyone for the amazing 18 month journey!) Following a life in graphic design and printing, John changed course and opened “Leaves and Linens” in Ilkley, an iconic flower, interiors and gardenalia emporium. After being the first male in the UK to pass the City and Guilds Contemporary Floral Design course with the wonderful Craig Bullock and Carol Firmstone back in 2004, flowers have been his passion, gaining Best in Show at Harrogate and enjoying many other exhibits in both traditional and contemporary work, whilst at the same time, building up his floral design business with a prestigious marquee company, travelling the country to achieve “high end” weddings, parties and corporate events. John and his partner, Barry, have now been opening their well-loved garden at Cobble Cottager at Whixley, near Knaresborough, for 26 years in aid of the National Gardens Scheme. Able to travel any distance for any show or Flower Club, John is now ready for his new challenge as an Area judge. Contact him on 01423 331419 or email him on: john_barry44@outlook.com Look forward to hearing from you soon!


JOYCE HEARNSHAW
Joyce qualified as an Area Judge in September 2017. Her interest in flowers began when she was made flower monitor at junior school at the age of ten. She is an active member of Huddersfield Flower club’s committee, having held the role of show secretary for a number of years, and she is currently vice chairman. Joyce is a great believer in gaining and sharing knowledge with others and she actively encourages and motivates members to experience the fun and rewards of competitive work. She is happy to give advice on all aspects of staging a show. Joyce can be contacted on 07952 315228 or email joyce.hearnshaw@virginmedia.com


PAM KITCHEN
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


JOAN McBURNEY
Joan qualified as an Area Judge in September 2017 and attended the refresher day on 28 October 2017.
She lives North East of York and bookings within a 50-mile radius of Malton are welcomed. She is happy to take bookings at short notice but is not available during the Great Yorkshire Show week. She loves to compete at the Harrogate Flower Shows and at local agricultural shows and is keen to encourage others to enter these shows. As a competitor, Joan appreciates the amount of effort that goes into creating a show exhibit. Club practice competitions give an excellent opportunity for members to gain confidence and `practice’ with informal feedback and help from the judge before tackling an open show. Joan is happy to give advice on exhibiting, show planning and schedule writing, and can be contacted at: joan.mcburney@btinternet.com


DAWN MEAKIN
Dawn has been judging local flower shows since 2011, where she acquired an incredible thirst for the knowledge and has recently qualified as a NAFAS North East Area Judge in September 2017. Dawn attends judge’s refresher and training days wherever possible the last was 2016, where her knowledge is kept up to date with all the latest information. Dawn has had a few roles within her flower club, Pennine Borders of Webmaster, Chairman and is currently President, where she gets to share her passion and knowledge with everyone. Teaching the NAFAS diplomas has also encouraged Dawn to encourage her students, as part of the course, to enter competitive shows with pleasing outcomes. Writing schedules, and setting imposed/semi-imposed classes within her classes give room for thoughts and inspiration for competitive work. Dawn is willing to travel and is also available at short notice. Email: dawnsfloralheart@btinternet.com


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JAN TRAVIS
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

PAT HUTCHINSON
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 MATHERS
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, and “In (and Around) Dublin’s Fair City”, an illustrated talk of a series of garden visits undertaken with a trip to the 2014 Dublin WAFA celebrations. Peter is based in York.



NORTH EAST AREA TEACHERS

JUNE BORROWDALE
June Borrowdale is a Cert. Ed. Teacher on the NAFAS National List. She has recently completed a term of four years as a member of the National Education Committee, three years of which were spent as Editor of Insight, the NAFAS Educational Journal, with three issues being published each year. June taught floral art up to Diploma level and also floristry at North Nottinghamshire College and Doncaster College for many years until leaving to become an independent tutor, demonstrator and judge. June is from Carlton-in-Lindrick near Worksop and enjoys travelling any distance to tutor workshops and day schools for flower clubs. She offers several topics for workshops, but prefers to create bespoke sessions for individual clubs. She is a firm believer in “fun with flowers” and her workshops are informative but relaxed and encouraging. June is a member of the North Midlands Teachers’ Association and is currently First Vice-Chairman of the North Midlands Area.


JAN FAULKNER
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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.


PAM KITCHEN
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


DAWN MEAKIN
Dawn Meakin graduated from Huddersfield University with a Certificate in Education in 2012, and also in the same year became an NAFAS Area Teacher and Independent Floral Art Tutor. This enabes her to teach the NAFAS Diplomas levels 1, 2, & 3 from a purpose built studio from home, floristry certificated courses at Wakefield College and flower arranging for leisure at the local church hall. She also enjoys travelling to flower clubs to deliver workshops in a very informative but friendly and encouraging way, many titles are available and to suit all levels. Attendance at Certificated Teachers Refresher Days (2015) and area education days are very important to her, to keep up to date with all the latest trends and techniques. Dawn is willing to travel and is available at short notice. Email: dawnsfloralheart@btinternet.com


RACHEL POOLE
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 WATKER
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