The Area Historian is Tony Cleaver.
2022 - date: Sheila Drybrough, Huddersfield
2019 - 2022: Janet Ratcliffe, Halifax
2017 - 2019: Ann Harding, Steeton
2015 - 2017: Joan O'Brien, Pennine Borders
2013 - 2015: Sue Spencer, Capelle
2011 - 2013: Sheila Rodgers, Pennine Borders
2009 - 2011: Sue Maddocks, Halifax
2007 - 2009: Louise Nettleton, Headingley
2005 - 2007: Tony Cleaver, New Earswick
2003 - 2005: Margaret Peet, Halifax
2001 - 2003: Norma Dobney
1999 - 2001: Rosalind Walker (Driffield)
1997 - 1999: Pat Martin, Teesside
1995 - 1997: Eugenie Wiener, The Yorkshire
1993 - 1995: Janet Hayton, Acomb
1991 - 1993: Mary Patterson
1989 - 1991: Shirley Clegg, The Yorkshire
1987 - 1989: Muriel Spencer-Willcock
1985 - 1987: Joyce Barlow, Guisborough
1983 - 1985: Margaret Porter
1981 - 1983: Jo Thirlwall
1979 - 1981: Geraldine Hazell
1977 - 1979: Beryl Gray, Teesside
1975 - 1977: Dorothy Gray
1973 - 1975: Alice Bray
1971 - 1973: Elena Raistrick
1969 - 1971: Jo Bragg-Smith, Doncaster
1967 - 1969: Jennie Philipson
1965 - 1967: Jennie Philipson
1963 - 1965: Peggy Greenough, Bradford
1962 - 1963: Margaret Herdson
1961 - 1962: George Smith
1957 - 1963: Margaret Herdson (Founder Chairman)
History of the North East Area
In June 1957 a meeting was convened by The Yorkshire Flower Decoration Club at the Royal Station Hotel in York to discuss the formation of a North Eastern Area Association of Flower Clubs in order to gain recognition from The Royal Horticultural Society and to have a link with other like minded Associations throughout the United Kingdom. The Floral Arrangement Association of North East England (FAANEE) was born and covered a huge area – the counties of Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland – the land between the Trent and the Tweed.
In 1958 the Area was represented in the decorative tent at the Chelsea Flower Show when mixed spring flowers were used. Eight members worked with the flowers and HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, when visiting the tent, congratulated the Area Chairman and said how pleased she was to see the North represented! With the formation of NAFAS in 1959 Mrs Margaret Herdson, founder Area Chairman, served on the caretaker committee.
The Area was active in bringing prominent flower arranging experts to the North. In 1957 Jocelyn Steward of the East of England headed north, in 1958 Area Competitions were held in Harrogate and Julia Clements was one of the judges, the following year a similar event was held with Constance Spry, Stella Coe and Violet Stephenson joining Julia Clements as judges.
In 1965 the clubs in Northumberland and Durham formed their own group within the North East Area and two years later went to form their own Area.
From the Archives : 50 Years Ago (1973)
The Area staged its third Show and Competitions in the Sun Pavilion in Harrogate's Valley Gardens. Notable Firsts were gained by Teesside FC in the class Floral Dance and York FC in Conversation Piece. Best in Show was son by Derek Bridges. East Riding FC staged an exhibit "Swimming" at Southport Flower Show.
From the Archives : 25 Years Ago (1998)
Members Pat Daley and Ann Harding travelled all the way to Malvern Show and represented the Area with their exhibit "Spectrum". There was an Area Demonstrators' Test in New Earswick and amongst the successful candidates was Sue Maddocks. Also (this time at Harrogate) there was an Area Speakers' Test; this time amongst those passing were Sheila Gordon and your very own Area Historian!
From the Archives : 10 Years Ago (2013)
A very successful National Show was held this year at Bournemouth. Only 10 entrants came from the North East Area but of those, 7 won prizes including that designed by Carys Harrison and Margaret Titman in the class Fête Champêtre. This design was subsequently featured in an article in The Flower Arranger.
A Gold Award was won by Sally Brass and Kathleen Dodds at Southport by their contemporary exhibit Pride of Britain which involved wiring 200 test tubes!
Jenny Freeman and Annette Ackroyd travelled to Westminster Abbey to create a design commemorating the life of Florence Nightingale.