Loddon Flower Club

About the Club

Loddon Flower Club affiliated to NAFASThis popular club, which is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies, was started in 1958 and has attracted members from Loddon and the surrounding area ever since.  We are in the East of England Area. Next year we celebrate our Diamond Anniversary of 60 years.

Meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month, 7pm for 7.30pm in the Hobart High School in Loddon, when members come to watch a high standard demonstration of flower arranging.

Occasionally there is an informal workshop, with the opportunity to try out a particular technique; sometimes an outing to a special venue or event; or a social occasion, often in a local garden.

Novices and more experienced members are shown mechanics and ideas for arranging flowers for home, church and special occasions, and learn techniques for interpretive work.

Some members take part in competitions and many enjoy helping with flower festivals in churches and elsewhere.  Loddon Flower Club arrange the  Rememberance flower displays in Norwich Cathedral every year.

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 - by Tricia Loades

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 – by Tricia Loades

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 - by Joyce Lavender

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 – by Joyce Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral - by Alex Pinder

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 – by Alex Pinder

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral - by Penny Mills

Poppies in Norwich Cathedral 2016 – by Penny Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On more than one occasion the club has represented the East of England Area Association of NAFAS at the RHS Flower Show at Chelsea, winning the Grenfell Medal there in 1989.

Whether you are a beginner or expert, want to participate or just relax and watch someone arranging beautiful flowers, come and join us.

Competitions are held throughout the year for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Classes.  The L E Brewer Esq Trophy (1966) is for the Novice Class, the Elsie Basey-Fisher Plate (1990) is for the Intermediate Class and the Mrs S Morse Cup (1960) is for the Advanced Class.

This year the trophy for the Intermediate Class was not awarded.  Any member is welcome to enter in any of these classes.  So please do come along and have a try.  The trophy for the Novice Class was won by Janet Morgan and the Advanced Class was won by Tricia Loades.

We also award another trophy to a member (not from the Committee) who has helped the club in the past year called the Baker Trophy (donated by Anne Baker). 

Janet receiving her trophy from our President Diane Blyth

Janet receiving her trophy from our President Diane Blyth

Tricia receiving her trophy from Diane

Tricia receiving her trophy from Diane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAFAS held a photographic competition last year with the theme of “Colourburst”.  Tricia Loades entered a photo into Class 2 for Colours in Close-up and came third.  Tricia received a certificate and a cheque for £10.  Below is the third prize winning entry.  Take a look at the NAFAS website for all the prize winning entries and details of this years competition.

In the pink

In the pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is always something to learn, and possibly a lovely arrangement to take home.  Why not come as a visitor and try us out! Our meetings are usually 7pm for 7-30pm. Although our AGM in October will start at 7pm – see below.

Annual subscription: £28-00.  Members over 80 years of age: £15-00.  Visitor: £6-00.

Newsletters will be given out at meetings, from time to time, letting you know what is coming up at any future meetings.

Last year we raised a total of £635-00 from a coffee morning as well as other events for the East Anglian Children’s Hospices.  Our charity for the 2017 will be the East Anglian Air Ambulance.  The total raised at the moment is £645-00.

EVENTS COMING UP 2017

10th October – Annual General Meeting in the Class room of the Future at Hobart High School. We will be voting in the Committee for the year, presenting the trophies to this years winners and nibbles will be available. Rosemary Barry will be talking on Aspidistras which is the subject of her Speakers test. Please note that this meeting will start at 7pm.

7th November – Ladies from Bungay Flower Club are giving us a demonstration entitled “Where’s that going to go?” Subscriptions for the new year are due at this meeting.

November – Workshop – date and venue to be confirmed. A list of requirements will also be known at the November meeting.

5th December – Lee Berrill will be coming along with his demonstration entitled “Deck the Halls”. This will be an open meeting and doors open at 6-45pm for 7-30pm and the admission charge is Visitors £12 and Members £6. This includes wine/soft drink with sweet and savoury finger food, there will be a tombola, raffle, locally made gifts and cards plus flower accessories and second hand books for sale.

8th December – Victorian Evening, Loddon Church. We should be having our usual stall.

Sales table and books for sale, plus raffle at each meeting.

Enquiries:  Alex Pinder – Secretary on 01508 493869 or Margaret Turner – Chairman on 01508-520135.

Please scroll down for photos from our outings and meetings.

At our meeting on 3rd October Susan Horne came along with her interpretation of “Finding Inspiration”. And Susan did indeed tell us how she found inspiration in her containers she used.

Susan Horne – “Finding Inspiration”.

On 5 September Terrie Potter came along to with her demonstration entitled “Floral Pastiche”. Terrie also kindly judged our competition for the evening entitled “Junk and Disorderly”. See photos below. Also at this meeting the results of our competition to guess the names of the flowers was announced. There were four winners with 49/50. The winner, pulled out of the hat, was Tricia Loades who won £10, so well done Tricia and thank you to all those who entered.

Terrie Potter “Floral Pastiche”

“Floral Pastiche” – Terrie Potter

Trish Godfrey’s entry scored 10/10

Janet Morgan’s entry scored 10/10

Tricia Loades’ entry scored 10/10

At the end of July Carleton St Peter Church held a flower festival entitled “Pride of Norfolk”. Tricia Loades from our Club made an arrangement to depict the Norfolk Broads. See below:-

Norfolk Broads by Tricia Loades

Also in July Bungay Flower Club held a flower festival to celebrate their 35th Anniversary (Coral). A few of our members arranged flowers with the theme of “Books”. Below are some photos of our members arrangements.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By Tricia Loades and Peter Watson

The Wizard of Oz by Betty Rivett

Journey Beneath the Sea by Diane Blyth and Mary-Jane Hancy

Through the Looking Glass by Ann Aldous

Festival of Flower Fairies by Mary-Jane Hancy

At our July open meeting we were thoroughly entertained by Auctioneer, Nick Grounds. He had us laughing throughout the evening. His demonstration was entitled “Junk and Disorderly” which included arrangements in a toilet and chimney pot! Below are some photos from the evening.

A very unusual container!

Chimney and toilet.

The finished arrangements

Nick Grounds

1st July saw us hold our Coffee morning at the home of our Chairman Margaret Turner. The weather was brilliant as we had our stalls with chairs and tables outside. The exact total will be known shortly, but we had a good day. Some photos are below.

On 25th June we had an outing to Dale Farm, Dereham. The weather was dull, but luckily the rain held off. We had a tour of the garden by the owners followed by tea and home made cake and a chance to buy some of their lovely plants. Below are some photos from the afternoon.

The view as you enter the garden

The pond in the middle of the garden

Some of the lovely colours at Dale Farm

Some of our members enjoying the tea and cake

At our 6th June meeting our demonstrator was Julie Woods with her interpretation of “Catwalk Calling”.  Julie also judged the competition entitled “Norfolk Land and Sea”.  There are some photos below of the evening.

Julie with her Laura Ashley themed flower arrangement.

Ladies admiring the completed designs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Land and Sea – Tricia Loades – 9/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Club had a charity stall at the Loddon Antiques Fair held at the Jubilee Hall on 7th May.  We raised a further £60-50 towards the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Chairman Margaret with our charity stall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We held a workshop for our May meeting with our own member, Peter Watson, teaching us how to make a hand-tied arrangement.  Below are some photos from the evening.

Peter Watson

Everyone hard at work

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the members with their finished articles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our April meeting Helen Cranmer came along to demonstrate “Norfolk, Land and Sea”.  Below are some photos from the evening.

Helen with her crescent arrangement

Helen’s foliage arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our New Year lunch in January we had a good turn out and an excellent meal.  The winner of the Norfolk Villages competition was also announced.  Tricia Loades won with 24 out of 24 and received a £10 prize.  So well done to Tricia.

On 7th March we had David Wright come along to demonstrate “Its an Education”.  David also judged the competition for members of the same name.

David Wright with his interpretation of “War Horse”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vickie Cunnane entering the Novice class with a score of 8/10

Rosemary Barry entering the Advanced Class with a score of 10/10

Tricia Loades entry in the Advanced class with a score of 10/10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Open Meeting on 6th December 2016 was very well attended and members watched a demonstration by Dulcie Lofting as well as enjoying Christmas refreshments and a tombola.

Dulcie Lofting with her Forest arrangement

Dulcie Lofting with her Forest arrangement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme for the windowsills in Loddon Church for the Christmas displays was “Let there be light”.  Janet Morgan and Tricia Godfrey made the arrangements for two windowsills.  See below:-

Arrangement by Janet Morgan

Arrangement by Janet Morgan

Arrangement by Tricia Godfrey

Arrangement by Tricia Godfrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 26th November we held a workshop at Loddon Junior School.  Here we were shown how to make a Christmas cracker, a rope swag and bottle arrangement.  Below are some photos from the day and the products of our efforts.

The Bottle arrangements as demonstrated by Peter Watson

The Bottle arrangements as demonstrated by Peter Watson

The finished swag arrangements as demonstrated by Sharon Sutton

The finished swag arrangements as demonstrated by Sharon Sutton

Christmas crackers with flowers - demonstrated by Diane Blyth

Christmas crackers with flowers – demonstrated by Diane Blyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies hard at work arranging

Ladies and gentleman hard at work arranging

Waiting for our next instructions

Waiting for our next instructions

Ladies and gentleman with their finished products

Everyone with their finished products

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the November 1st meeting Anne Colby came along to demonstrate her interpretation of “All the Good Things”.  A cheque was also presented to Emma Taylor from East Anglian Children’s Hospice’s by our Chairman Margaret.  Margaret also presented Emma with a lion cuddly toy for the children that she had made herself.  Below are some photos from the evening.

Anne with her arrangement for the noughties

Anne with her arrangement for the noughties

Margaret presenting the cheque to Emma

Margaret presenting the cheque to Emma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret and Emma with the cuddly lion

Margaret and Emma with the cuddly lion