News and Recent Achievements

Lonely Bouquets 2017 STEETON FLOWER CLUB teamed up with Steeton Bobbins WI to make lonely bouquets, 29 people turned up we had lots of fun and made 29 bouquets which were left around or handed to people in Steeton and surrounding area. The flowers were kindly donated by Tesco in Skipton and the Co-op in Steeton. Thanks to all for this wonderful opportunity to get our art into the outside world!

Making Bouquets

Bouquets we Made

Finding a Bouquet

Diamond Anniversary Luncheon 2017 Members and friends got together at the beginning of April to celebrate the anniversary with a tasty lunch at the ever-reliable York Racecourse followed by a sparkling demonstration by James Burneside from Northern Ireland. Here are some pictures from the event taken by Anne Lindsay.

Diamond Dazzler Weekend Please note that because of circumstances beyond the control of the Area, this weekend away has had to be relocated to the brand new Cottingham Road campus of the University of Hull and will be a great opportunity to experience the buzz of the 2017 City of Culture – more details about that here. The bedrooms are of a higher quality than those at Scarborough and there are lifts to all floors. All the events and visiting demonstrators are exactly as advertised.

Education Day 2017 took place at Notton Village Hall, Wakefield on Saturday 4 March and the Area were delighted to secure the talents of Alison Cooper from Cheshire Area for the day. Alison was, you may remember, the winner of the 2015 Designer of the Year competition that was at Blackpool and her design there made copious use of Japenese kyogi paper. The day’s designs that Alison taught used this paper in the construction of the designs, as these pictures show.

(Other makes of glue are available!)

Refreshment time!

This was the wonderful end result of the stage after Vanessa Wellock’s demonstration at the 2016 Annual General Meeting at Wakefield

The Executive, Representatives and Deputies of the North East Area of NAFAS wishes all Members and Friends a very happy and peaceful Christmas and all the best for 2017.

The Area’s Annual General Meeting took place as usual at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield on Saturday 19 November. The only change of Executive member on this occasion was the retirement of the Projects Officer Jenny Freeman.

Pictured above is the audience just prior to the start of formal business.

…and here is Jenny Freeman giving her valedictory speech as retiring Area Projects Officer.

The North East Area held a very successful joint Demonstrators and Speakers Refresher Day at Wiggington Recreational Hall, York on Saturday 1 October. We were lucky to be able to secure the services and expertise of Michael Bowyer from Wessex and Jersey Area who is up here as the Chief Adjudicator for the Combined Speakers and Demonstrators Tests that are taking place on 3 and 4 October. Delegates were able to brush up on their demonstrating and speaking skills. Pictured are some of the attendees together with (centre) Michael Bowyer at a plant identification exercise

DRIFFIELD SHOW 2016 takes place on 20 July this year and as ever various Clubs from the east of our Area enter non-competitive exhibits to showcase their talents. We have been sent images of the six designs at this year’s Show and they have been uploaded to our Facebook page (link on the left, the blue “F”)

NORTH EAST AREA WINS GOLD AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW! Sue Spencer and Mary Adam were awarded a Gold at the Show. An image has been uploaded to our Facebook page here

As you can see from the logo added on the left hand navigation pane, we’re delighted to announce that the North East Area is now on Facebook! Please like our page and comment so we can publicise through this useful source.

The fresh, contemporary new National Website was launched on Tuesday 19 April. There’s a link to it here (as well as the green logo on the left; that acts as a link as well).

Westminster Abbey Two members of Ilkley Flower Club were honoured to be asked to help decorate Westminster Abbey for the service held in the presence of HM the Queen to commemorate Commonwealth Observance. Pictured below is the arrangement (clearly visible on the BBC broadcast) and the two proud individuals concerned: Judy Watker and Vanessa Wellock.

National Photography Competition 2016 Calling all budding photographers! The 2016 National Photography Competition is now open with a changed submissions procedure to make it easier and cheaper to enter. All entries can now be emailed; you do not need to post printed images. The winners will be shown at both the National AGM in London in October and at the “Colourburst” weekend at Leicester in November. The entry form can be downloaded here (just print off the 5th page of the download which accompanies your entry fee)

We are delighted to hear that Gillian (Gilly) Platt, a former National President, National Chairman and Area Chairman of our neighbouring North West Area has been awarded an M.B.E. in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List.

A large contingent of members travelled to Wakefield in November to attend the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Area Association:

The meeting saw the retirement of the Area President Tony Cleaver and the Area Chairman Sue Spencer – Sue now moves on to be Area President

Installed as new Area Chairman was Joan O’Brien

and moving up from Second to First Vice Chairman was Ann Harding

The new Second Vice Chairman of the Area is Janet Radcliffe of Halifax Flower Club

Also receiving presentations at the AGM were the following: Barbara Pinnock who becomes the new Trading Officer

Elaine Bedford, the retiring Photography Officer (the incoming Photography Officer, Rita Braithwaite, was unable to be at the meeting)

June Borrowdale, the retiring Judges’ Representative

Pam Kitchen, the new Judges’ Representative

Sheila Rodgers, the Deputy Judges’ Representative

and Julie Rowson, the ‘Flower Arranger’ representative presented Castleford Flower Club with the Award (and a cheque for £25) for the highest percentage increase in sales

Finally in the afternoon, members were entertained by Elaine Bedford and Carys Harrison with a sparkling Christmas themed demonstration

BLACKPOOL FESTIVE FLOWER AND FOOD SHOW A message from the Area Chairman Sue Spencer: “Congratulations to all who took part in the Festival Of Flowers and Food. Thank you to all who entered the competitions I am sure you all enjoyed the experience. Congratulations also to all our 8 prize winners: Sally Brass, Nicola Murray, Eileen Barraclough, Elaine Bedford, Anne Davison, Caroline Nash, Charlotte George, and Margaret Titman. The North East Area was represented in so many ways over the weekend with Design Theatre Demonstrations by Catherine Gledhill and Janet Hayton, the Learning Zone by June Borrowdale, Carole Jarvis and Jan Faulkner; the Talks Theartre by Janet Hayton; Designer Of The Year by Eileen Barraclough; WAFA elimination by Pat Hutchinson and the Napkin Ring for the Dinner Table by Gill Earnshaw and all our many many members who took the trip to a very windy Blackpool and had a wonderful time. Photographs will be posted here as soon as possible.”

The first of the publicly advertised Area Workshops took place at Skipton on Sunday 8 November and here are some pictures taken at the event, which was expertly tutored by Susan Fairhurst. There were 10 people attending, including a husband and wife team from the Leeds area, a mother and daughter (accompanied by Granny who is a member of Beverley Flower Club) a lady from Gisburn who heard about the workshops at the Harrogate Autumn Show and 5 ladies who were flower club members. Embsay with Eastby Flower Club served refreshments with delicious homemade biscuits and Judy Watker, chairman of Ilkley Flower Club represented her club and was a great help. The day was a great success and everyone was very complimentary.

North Craven Flower Club celebrated their 40th (Ruby) anniversary with a dinner at the Falcon Hotel, Settle. The National President, the Area President and the Area Chairman were guests.

Our picture shows the Club’s President and Chairman with Janet Hayton, the National President.

Members’ Day 2015 After an entertaining talk in the morning by Maria Glot and a delicious lunch members settled down to enjoy a wonderful demonstration by Angela Turner from Wessex and Jersey area.

Angela Turner

Thanks also goes to Daphne Dawson and Alex Bryant, both of New Earswick Flower Club who made the welcome design:

Scarborough Spree 2015 Friendship through Flowers? Fun through Flowers, more like! Here is a selection of random images taken at the Scarborough Spree – a wonderful weekend was held by all!

A selection of the members attending Scarborough

Fun at Saturday night’s dinner

The Executive Committee

One of Coral Gardiner’s designs

The (in)famous Decorated Sunglasses Competition

The Area President chatting to Barbara Pinnock

The three finalists!

The Area President and the Area Chairman

The Area President with Elaine Bedford announcing the results of the Photography Competition

Great Yorkshire Show 2015 We must have made a good impression last year as for the 2015 Show we were asked back again! Here is an image of the design that was created as a centrepiece. The exhibit, which gained a Silver Gilt Award, was designed by Vanessa Wellock and created by Vanessa Wellock, Sandra Harder and Julie Goldthorpe

Additionally some Workshops were held to which we are delighted to report were ALL completely subscribed. Here are some intrepid members of the public trying their hand at a spot of flower arranging, ably assisted by:

Sheila Rogers

Ann Harding

and Ann Simpson

RHS Chelsea 2015 Many congratulations to Sue Maddocks and Eileen Barraclough who both entered in the First Session of the Floral Arrangement competition at Chelsea this year. Sue was awarded a Silver Gilt medal and Eileen a Silver.

WAFA Elimination Competition (at Harrogate) Many congratulations to Pat Hutchinson from Ripon Flower Club who won the North East Area heat of the WAFA Elimination Competition. She will go on to represent the Area at the UK Finals.

Congratulations also to Eileen Barraclough (Bradford) who won the North East area heat of the Festive Flower and Food Show at Area Council on Saturday 16 May. Eileen will go on to represent the Area at Blackpool in November.

Speakers’ Test 9 May 2015 Many congratulations to the candidates who took their Area Speakers Test at Shipton by Beningbrough on Saturday 9 May. They ALL passed. The four are: Pam Alexander of Northumberland and Durham area, Pat Hutchinson of Ripon Flower Club, Peter Mathers of New Earswick Flower Club and Jenny Stacey of The Yorkshire Flower Club. If any Programme Secrataries wish to book any of these Speakers for a Flower Club please contact the Area Secretary initially for contact details.

Lonely Bouquet 2015 There was plenty happening on Friday 1 May the combined National Flower Arranging Day / Lonely Bouquet day. Bradford Flower Club placed this lovely arrangement


Hope it got a good home! Thanks to Sandra Woodhouse for sending the pictures. Haxby and Wiggington Flower Club made bouquets and left them in various places around the villages. They received some lovely feedback, including this intriguing note: ‘Just to let you know that Sybil found one of your bouquets in Sutton-on-Forest. We’ve put it in her bedroom and she loves smelling the flowers and nibbling on the green bits. Many thanks for a lovely idea!’ To explain, meet Sybil:

Capelle Flower Club, not the largest Club in our area with 26 members made 76 bouquets around the Sheffield area. Here’s some of the bouquets:

Thanks also to Steeton Flower Club pictured here:

who made their bouquets at the Club meeting the night before. One was left here

on the wall by Sutton-in-Craven Church which was quickly claimed by this lucky lady

Thanks very much to Pat Daley for sending these pictures. Any other stories or pictures please let the Webmaster know and they will be featured here.

NAFAS DESIGNER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION (Finals to be held at the Festive Flower and Food Show in Blackpool) Please note that the Elimination Competition for the Designer of the Year will be held on Saturday 16 May at the Folk Hall, New Earswick. The application form is now available for download from this site (on the Links and Downloads page).

SCARBOROUGH SPREE 2015 We are delighted to announce that bookings for the Scarborough Spree, to be held again at the Scarborough campus of the University of Hull on Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August 2015 are now open. Applications for both the event itself and two Workshops can be found in the Links and Downloads page of this website.

NAFAS EMERALD ANNIVERSARY WEEKEND CHORLEY NOVEMBER 2014 A large contingent of North East members braved the rain to travel to Chorley for the first of the Emerald Anniversary weekends. Pictured are some of our members at the Gala Dinner on the Saturday night:

We were honoured that North East Area’s Muriel Spencer-Willcock was asked to give the Toast to NAFAS at the Gala Dinner. Here she is accompanied by Mr Tony Cleaver, this evening’s Toastmaster

Apologies about the poor image qualities of these pictures as they were taken in very low light

AREA DEMONSTRATORS TEST 25 OCTOBER 2014 Many congratulations to the eight candidates who took their Area Demonstrators Test at Stockton on the Forest recently. They ALL passed.

NATIONAL A.G.M. Wednesday 8 October 2014 The North East Area were out in force at the Bishopsgate Institute in London proud to show their support at the installation of Janet Hayton as National President. Twenty two members of Acomb Flower Guild braved the journey to London to be Janet’s “guard of honour”; here they all are with the freshly minted National President:

Members of the Area Executive Sue Spencer, Joan O’Brien, Ann Harding, Sue Guilliatt and Jenny Freeman were responsible for the beautiful flowers that graced the entrance to the Hall and on the podium:

(Images courtesy of Peter Mathers and Chrissie Harten.)

Ossett Flower Club are the latest club in the Area (the 22nd) to dip their toes into the online world by starting their own Website; theirs is by means of a Facebook page which you will find here. Please visit the page and leave some encouraging comments!


Pictures of the “hands-on” workshops at the Show on Wednesday 9 July facilitated by Sue Maddocks

The demonstrator on Thursday was Sandra Harder

Sandra Harder with her finished design – and the two milk churns!!

Details of part of the North East Area stand, designed by Sue Maddocks and Eileen Barraclough

FLORESCENCE North Midlands Area Show at Hardwick Hall. Our thanks go to June Borrowdale and Janet Firth from Dinnington Flower Club for staging the beautiful North East Area Exhibit. Congratulations to Susan Fairhurst who gained two 1st Prizes and RUNNER UP TO BEST IN SHOW, and Eileen Barraclough who gained a second and a commended.

Many congratulations to all the North East members who competed at WAFA Dublin. The following prizes were won: Pam Kitchen was awarded a Second in Class 25 Weaving Dreams, Eileen Barraclough also won a Second in Class 1 On the World’s Edge, Elaine Bedford got a Commended in Class 25 Weaving Dreams as did Sheila Rodgers in Class 10 Winter Solstice. Photographs of all the designs by North East Area members have now been uploaded to the ‘Photo Gallery’ page of this website.

Lonely Bouquet and National Flower Arranging Day

North East Area members enthusiastically took up the challenge to commemorate National Flower Arranging Day that took place last week. Here’s Kate Riley and Susan Brookes of Doncaster Flower Club with their design which was placed in the foyer of the Cast Theatre:

Spen Valley Flower Club are celebrating ‘Le Grand Départ’ with this wonderful bike (in the correct colours, of course). Allez Spen!

In addition hundreds of Lonely Bouquets were left in public places with place cards advertising our organisation. Please have a look at the Facebook page where there are dozens of lovely comments that have been posted by the very appreciative finders of the flowers, together with some pictures. There’s a link to the page here Please note you don’t need to be signed up to Facebook to view the page, but you do need to sign in to post a comment.

National Photography Competition 2014

You may download a copy of the Entry Form for the National Photography Competition on the ‘Links’ page of this site. Competition entries will be on display at the 2014 National AGM in London on 8 October. The closing date is 1 September.

AREA A.G.M. WAKEFIELD 16 November 2013

A full house at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School saw some changes to the Executive Committee of the North East Area. Sue Spencer took over as Chairman replacing Sheila Rogers, Joan O’Brien moves up from Second Vice Chairman to Vice Chairman, and Ann Harding was elected as Second Vice Chairman. We also saw the retirement of the Treasurer Muriel Spencer-Willcock; our new Treasurer is Sue Guilliatt of North Ferriby Flower Club. In the afternoon members and guests were entertained by a Demonstration by Audrey Foster and Susan Hall; here are some pictures kindly taken by Jenny Freeman of their colourful designs.


A small but enthusiastic contingent of North East members attended the 2013 National NAFAS Annual General Meeting, held this year at Peterborough. Three presentations were made to North East members: Janet Hayton was officially installed as National President-Elect, Mo Duffill (Beverley FC), the Chairman of the Flower Arranger Editorial Board was presented with the Special Associate of Honour award, and Tony Cleaver (New Earswick and Viking Flower Clubs) received a presentation on his Retirement as a Director of the Board of Trustees of the NAFAS Charity.

Mo Duffill

Tony Cleaver


A few of the pictures taken by Kate Riley of the fun time that was had by everybody at the Scarborough Spree weekend in August 2013:

The Executive Committee Welcome to Scarborough

The members at Scarborough, waiting for a demonstration

An arrangement by Beryl Cotton

Another arrangement by Beryl Cotton

An arrangement by Lee Berrill ‘The Tornado’

Another arrangement by Lee Berrill ‘The Yellow Brick Road’

From Rachel Poole’s Willow workshop

The winner of the decorated sunvisor: Jean Pearce (Ossett Flower Club)

Many congratulations to Judy Watker of Ilkley Flower Club who has passed her Area Demonstrators’ Test (held in the North West area). Contact details for Judy will be published at the next Area List amendment.

Scarborough Flower Club are now on the Web! Click here to find their new Website.

We are delighted to announce that the North East Area’s Special Associate of Honour, National Demonstrator, Area Judge and Area Speaker Janet Hayton has been elected as National President-Elect of NAFAS. Her term will begin in October 2014 and will be for two years.

Janet Hayton

News arising from the 27 July Area Council held at the Folk Hall, New Earswick:

Further to the visit of international floral designer Carles Fontanillas to New Dimensions in July mention was made of a Spanish downloadable floral magazine ‘Arte Floral Actual’ that complements The Flower Arranger. The website for this magazine can be found here. The website is in Spanish but if you find the Union Jack in the collection of national flags to the left of the main page (in the box headed ‘Elige tu Idioma’) a version in English will appear. To subscribe you need to scroll to the bottom of the page; the electronic version of the magazine is €30 for six issues (one year). A paper version is available for €80 including postage.

The WAFA Ireland website is up and running with lists of the demonstrators and speakers. It can be found here; a link to the agency that sells tickets appears at the top of each page.

Bournemouth Show 2013

The National Speaker at Bournemouth who entertained us on the Friday morning was the North East’s own Ann Drake. Here she is after her talk which was entitled ‘The Tradescants: Footsteps of Discovery’

A view of the Class at Bournemouth that the North East Area sponsored

Images from ALL the entrants from the North East Area are now available on the ‘Photo Gallery’ page of this website. Congratulations to the prizewinners from the North East Area who graced the National Show in Bournemouth with their designs. The winners were:

Class 2 ‘Not Only but Also’: Sally Brass (Commended)

Class 3 ‘Fête Champêtre’: Carys Harrison and Margaret Titman (Commended)

Class 13 ‘Sweetly in her Green Dell the Flower of Beauty Slumbers’ Kathleen Dodds (First)

Class 20 [Juniors 8 – 12 years] ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’: Charlotte George, Ossett FC (Third)

Class 21 [Juniors] ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’: Amelia Parker, Ossett FC (Second); Amy George, Ossett FC (Third)

Class 24 ‘Pivotal’ Eileen Barraclough, Bradford FC (Commended)

Photography Class 2 ‘Rugged Splendour’ Jane Burns (VHC & HC)

Photography Class 4 ‘Split Vision’ Jane Burns (HC)

Ilkley Flower Club are now the 17th club in the Area who are the proud owners of a Club website. Have a look around and see what they’re getting up to! Please don’t forget to let your Webmaster know if your club has a website and it’s not listed here.


The North East Area are one of four NAFAS Areas exhibiting at the Harrogate Show in a class entitled “British Islands”. The full list of exhibitors, and their awards, are:

- North East Area: “Arran” (Bronze)

- Northumberland and Durham: “Lindisfarne” (Bronze)

- Berks, Bucks & Oxon: “Isles of Scilly” (Gold)

- Mercia & North Wales “Isle of Man” (Silver)

Photographs of the North East Area design have been uploaded to the “Photographs” page of this site. VERY MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Acomb Flower Guild who won the Best Club Class, and to Susan Fairhurst for Best Use of Colour.


Please refer to the “People in the North East Area” page of this website for the new addresses.

Club Officers met at Strensall Village Hall on Saturday 9 March 2013 for an extremely useful workshop. Items discussed included a short history of NAFAS and the wider benefits of belonging to the national Association, the range of ways in which Clubs can use the Internet for giving members a stronger sense of belonging and to attract new ones, and members exchanged ideas as to best practices involving Treasurers, Chairmen, Secretarys and Programme Secretarys.

As promised here is a list of useful links that Clubs can use to develop websites:

Streamline (there are many, many other webhosting companies)

Members at Strensall

The sales table

More photos can be found on the Photo Gallery page by following the link on the left of this page.

To see more pictures of arrangents, designs and events in the North East Area you can visit our album on Flikr click here to view