Photographs of exhibits and arrangements

Harrogate Autumn Show 2019

Best in Show for the 2019 Autumn Show was Carys Harrison for her interpretation in the class “Off the Wall”

a First for John Hawkridge in the class “Over the Rainbow”

also a First, a Colour Award and a Rose Society award for Joan Davy (Ripon & Yorkshire Flower Clubs) in the class “Get Ahead with a Hat”

the Club Class:


(both) Acomb



Some pictures of the arrangements submitted by North East Area designers to the 2019 Diamond Show at the Business Design Centre, Islington:

Elaine Bedford: “Romancing the Stone” FIRST PRIZE

a detail of Elaine’s amazing work

Ilkley Flower Club “With Beaded Bubbles Winking at the Brim”: Very Highly Commended

Eileen Barraclough: “Dichotomy” Very Highly Commended

Susan Fairhurst: “Shaped by Nature” – Commended

Carys Harrison: “European Master”

3 May this year was National Flower Arranging Day. Here are some images sent of bouquets left by Clubs in the area: the first two from East Keswick (thanks to Janita for the images):

and these from Haxby and Wiggington (and thanks to Joan for these images)…

these bouquets were from Huddersfield FC ready for the off!! (pic from Joyce)

The 2018 Annual General Meeting at Wakefield ended with a lovely demonstration by Lynne Sharpe from North Midlands Area. Thanks to Lynne for allowing us to post a couple of superb images from her finished designs.

Ossett Flower Club recently organised a Flower Festival at St Thomas’ Church, Batley (their first!) and thanks to their enthusiasm and commitment as well as our club members (for whom for some this also was their first time) it was a great success.

High Altar

Harvest Time

The Choir Stalls

Thanks to all who participated in the Autumn Show at Harrogate. The Club displays were themed around “Classic Crafts” and were by the following Clubs:

Embsay with Eastby (Blacksmithing; Vivienne Burfitt, Sandra Harder, Christine Tetlow, Jill Osborne)

Wensleydale (Weaving; Joan Ford, Mandy Banks, Anne Pratt, Charlotte Roberts and Kathy Iveson)

Knaresborough (Woodworking; Joan Lock, Avril Macdonald, Lesley Dalton, Dorothy Gerrard)

East Keswick (Brewing; Janita Dedicoat, Pat Dickinson, Sue Davis and Gill Young).

The North East Area have a presence at the prestigious Southport Flower Show taking place this week and this fab exhibit was designed by Sue Maddocks and Sue Hirst from Halifax FC. It was (of course) entitled “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” – and it earned a Gold!

WAFA Competition 2018 The Masquerade weekend at Leicester was also the venue for the 2018 WAFA Competition where the winner is invited to design the Honorary Exhibit on behalf of NAFAS at Jaipur 2020. The winner was Linda Porrett (Sussex) and the reserve was Gill McGregor (London and Overseas). The North East Area’s competitor was Lyn Barghout. Here are some pictures of her design and a general shot of some more of the competitors:

The Area was represented at the Great Yorkshire Show 2018 with workshops and a superb design by Sheila Drybrough and Norma Dobney entitled “Tour de Yorkshire”. Here are some pictures taken by our Area Chairman of the exhibit, which won a Gold!

The Area Exhibits for the Spring 2018 Harrogate Flower Show concerned styles of architecture and design. Four Areas exhibited and here are their superb designs:

SAFAS (Scotland) : Arts and Crafts

Northumberland and Durham : Classical

North East : Art Nouveau

Mercia and North Wales : Modernism

North Ferriby Flower Club were proud to host the florist Florian Seyd (now resident in Amsterdam) for a demonstration and workshop in November to help celebrate Hull as 2017 City of Culture. A couple of pictures from the Demonstration:

and one of the workshop, with a very proud looking participant!

Sue Spencer and Mary Adam designed this representation of the Great Yorkshire Countryside and won a Gold for their efforts at the Great Yorkshire Show!

Embsay with Eastby Flower Club were honoured to design and construct this exhibit to commemorate the 40th (Ruby, of course!) anniversary of the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show.

The designers (L-R) Sandra Harder, Vivienne Burfitt, Christine Tetlow and Jill Osborne

Halifax Flower Club Flower Festival at Halifax Minster Below are some images (© Gordon Ratcliffe) taken at the superb Flower Festival organised by the Club to commemorate (amongst other things) the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo


“Those Left at Home”

“The War Horse”

Janet Ratcliffe, the Halifax Flower Club chairman flanked by Dr Ingrid Roscoe, the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and Rev Canon Hilary Barber from Halifax Minster

Harrogate Autumn Show 2015 Congratulations to John Hawkeridge from Ripon Flower Club who won Best in Show at Harrogate this autumn with his design entered into the contemporary “Synchronised” class.

also Joan McBurney from Haxby & Wiggington Flower Club won Best use of Colour in her first prize winning exhibit in the “Any Old Iron” class