To celebrate the Queen's 70 years' reign the Executive organised a competition at the April Area Council to design a corsage. Here are the competition winners and their designs.
First prize - Joyce Hearnshaw. Her prize was collected on her behalf by Anne Ridsdale.
Second prize - Hazel Bell, Ossett
Third prize: Caroline Nash, Driffield FC
Flower Arranging Day 6 May 2022
Below are some images sent of Clubs' getting into the spirit of the 2022 Flower Arranging Day.
Placed in Pomegranate Persian Tea Room by Dorathy Hood, Great Ayton
Some of the designs created by Filey. There are many more images on Filey's own club page on this website.
Harrogate Spring Show 2022
It was lovely to be back at Harrogate (in the sun!) for the 2022 Spring Show. Congratulations to the North East Area for their exhibit which won a Gold for an interpretation of The Twenties. Designers: Lynn Barghout, Alex Gracey, Yina Slade and Vanessa Wellock.
Memories of Shibden...
Those of us getting our second dose of "Gentleman Jack" (starring Suranne Jones as the indomitable Ann Lister) may recall that in 2011 the North East Area held a very successful flower festival at Shibden Hall. Below are some of the images taken at the event of the designs. You will probably recognise the coach!
Memorial Service for HRH The Prince Philip 29 March 2022
Seven arranges from all over the UK decorated Westminster Abbey for the occasion of the Memorial Service for Prince Philip, on Tuesday 29 March 2022, in the presence of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family. No North East members were part of the design team, but North East Area member and Trustee, Peter Mathers acted as "gopher". Below are some pictures that Peter took when some of the beautiful designs were being created.
James Burneside (NIGFAS) Quire (left hand)
National President, Michael Bowyer, (Wessex and Jersey), High Altar (left hand)
David Ryland (North
West) Quire (right hand)
National Chairman Katherine Kear (Three Counties and South Wales) High Altar (right hand)
Antheia Flower Club.
Unfortunately, on 13th December 2021 Antheia FC closed. However the club did not close with a whimper but celebrated with a final workshop led by the Club’s President Lucy Richardson on Sunday the 12th December. 12 members attended the event which was mostly funded by the club (a small charge of £10 was needed to cover costs as the balance held by the club did not quite cover it). A super time was had by the attendees who created these lovely designs shown in the photographs. A glass of fizz and festive mince pies were also enjoyed!
RHS Chelsea 2021 took a different format this year and was in September. NAFAS had a presence in the Great Pavilion where eight designers, all previous Chelsea gold medal winners, were invited to create an exhibit with a common title "Nature's Sculptures". This was judged by the RHS as a single ensemble design and we won a Gold. Many congratulations from the North East Area to all who took part.
The design at Chelsea.
The Chelsea Gold Medal Award. Pictured with our Area President and NAFAS National Trustee Ann Harding are Nicky Chapman from the BBC and NAFAS Trustee Ellie Meaking (South Midlands area)
The Chelsea designers.
Back row, L-R: Margaret McSheehy (Sussex), Elaine Taylor (NIGFAS), Jane Belcher (BB&O), Steven McDonald (Sussex).
Front row L-R: Wendy Parsons (Sussex), Linda Porrett (Sussex), Ann Kennedy (Sussex and Surrey), Barbara Collier (Surrey and South Midlands)
A panoramic view of the Great Pavilion at Chelsea with the NAFAS design on the extreme right.
Chairman's Challenge 2020/2021
The National Chairman, Katherine Kear threw down the gauntlet to Areas to come up with a monthly design to be informally judged by the Board. Here are the entries submitted by the North East Area. The National Website www.nafas.org.uk/ has the full list of all the designs and the winners each month.
August's entry ("A Picnic on the Beach") was by Valerie Jessop of Northallerton Flower Club. It won first prize! See separate article on the News page.