News and Recent Achievements

The North East Area is proud to announce a coach trip to the 2019 Diamond Show that will take place from 7 to 10 August at the Business Design Centre, Islington. Included within the price is travel (with local pick ups), three nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4 star Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel, and transfers to and from the Show. Not included is Show entrance nor tickets for the Gala Dinner. The application form can be downloaded here.

Denby Dale Flower Club celebrated its 45th anniversary last month with a Lunch at Restaurant 315 in Huddersfield. Invited guests included two Past Chairmen of the North East Area Tony Cleaver and Sue Maddocks each of which proposed a toast to the Club.

Some pictures (by Anne Lindsay) of the very enjoyable Area Luncheon at the Pavilions, Harrogate.

Are you a keen competitor, interested in becoming a Judge or indeed a Judge already? Then you’ll be interested in the 2019 North East Area Judges’ Refresher Day taking place on Saturday 19 March 2019 at Wiggington Recreational Hall at 10am (for a 10:30 start). Places are available on a first come first served basis and application forms can be downloaded here (it is also available in the Links and Downloads area of this website.)

National Flower Arranging Day 2018 (Friday 4 May) took place with flowers, arrangements and posies being left at plenty of places throughout the Area. Thanks to all who took part, here are some of the photographs that were sent in:

Steeton FC

Steeton FC

Steeton FC

Filey FC

Scarborough FC

Scarborough FC (we think it was a relief to get this one!!)

2017 Annual General Meeting at Wakefield Because of ill health the 2017 AGM took place without the outgoing Chairman Joan O’Brien. Pictured here is Ann Harding, the incoming Chairman getting her badge of office from Sue Spencer the outgoing Area President…

Janet Ratcliffe here getting her badge upon becoming First Vice Chairman…

and a look at the audience gathering in the Hall prior to the meeting.

The lovely flowers were designed by Sheila Rodgers (as was the pedestal in the entrance hall). After luncheon members and guests were entertained by “The B Team” comprising Eileen Barraclough, Judy Watker, June Borrowdale and Sue Maddocks, compèred by Tony Cleaver and assisted (if that be the word) by your Webmaster Peter Mathers presenting an entertainment called “The West End comes to Wakefield”. Here are some pictures from the event…

Festive Flower and Food Show Blackpool 2017 Congratulations to all North East Area competitors who entered the 2017 Show in Blackpool. The award winners were: Class 1 (“Inclement Weather”) Vanessa Wellock and Lucy Hutton Smith – 2nd; Carys Harrison and Elaine Bedford – Commended. Class 2 (Festive Candelabra): Margaret Titman – Commended. Class 4 (“By the Winter Fireside”): Anne Davison – 2nd. Class 6 (“Time to Party”): Charlotte George – Very Highly Commended. Class 12 (“Plantaholic”): Susan Fairhurst – 3rd. Class 15 (“Skewered”): Eileen Barraclough – 3rd.

Introducing new judges to the North East Area! Four of the six newly qualified Area Judges attended the Council Meeting on Saturday 14 October and were presented their Judges badges. The new judges are (L-R): Sheila Drybrough (Bradford), Joan McBurney (York), Joyce Hearnshaw (Huddersfield) and Dawn Meakin (Huddersfield). Not pictured are Rebecca Hough from Peterlee, Co Durham and John Hawkridge from Boroughbridge. Also pictured are (again, L-R) Sheila Rodgers (Deputy Judges Representative), Joan O’Brien (Area Chairman) and Pam Kitchen (Area Judges Representative)

We are delighted to announce that the North East Area has a new Flower Club! Based in Richmond, North Yorkshire, the Antheia Flower Club is a contemporary Club that meets at Richmond Town Hall. They are on Facebook (here is a link ) so please support them by “liking” their page, or why not go to a meeting to show support? Their name comes from Antheia, one of the Greek Graces. She is, of course, the goddess of flowers!

National AGM (London) 11 October 2017 Two North East Area members were featured at the National AGM held at the Bishopsgate Institute, London on Wednesday 11 October. Tony Cleaver (New Earswick and Viking Flower Clubs) was presented with his National Associate of Honour award by National Chairman Sheila Hadlow (the citation was read by Joan O’Brien) and your Webmaster, Peter Mathers (also New Earswick) has been elected as a member of the Board of Directors. Pictured below is Tony with retiring National Chairman Sheila Hadlow, and Tony giving his acceptance speech.

Picture © Chrissie Harten with thanks

Picture © Chrissie Harten with thanks

A well attended Education Day was held on Saturday 23 September at Wiggington Recreational Hall tutored by Joan Woodhead.

The delegates

(L-R) North East Area Education Representative Carole Jarvis and Joan Woodhead

Some of the delegates hard at work

and not forgetting the delicious lunch!

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:

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).