North East Area Chairmen (Complete)
2019 - date: 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
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)
The Area Historian is Tony Cleaver.
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 (1971)
One thousand members from the Area witnessed George Smith demonstrate at Central Hall, University of York, and the Yorkshire Flower Club decorated Rudding Park.
From the Archives : 25 Years Ago (1996)
Members of the North East Area planned and staged the National Show at Nottingham "Visions of Paradise". Shirley Clegg was the Show Chairman. Valuable publicity for the event was gained at the NEC in Birmingham when the Area staged an exhibit which won the Gardeners World Live Award of Excellence, a Waterford crystal vase. The design team was led by Janet Hayton.
From the Archives : 10 Years Ago (2011)
The Area held a spectacular Flower Festival at the now world famous Shibden Hall, home of Anne Lister with many photographs of designs featuring in The Flower Arranger magazine. At the 100th Harrogate Spring Flower Show Eileen Barraclough won best in Show.