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 May 1958 and has attracted members from Loddon and the surrounding area ever since.  We are in the East of England Area of NAFAS and last year we celebrated our Diamond Anniversary of 60 years.

Meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-45pm for 7pm in St John’s Lecture Hall, George Lane, 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.

Penny Mills with her arrangement in Norwich Cathedral

Tricia Loades with her arrangement in Norwich Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Pinder with her arrangement in Norwich Cathedral

Janet Morgan with her arrangement in Norwich Catherdral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

In 2019 the trophy for the Novice Class was won by Penny Mills, the Intermediate Class was won by Tricia Godfrey and the Advanced Class was won by Tricia Loades.  Any member is welcome to enter in any of these classes.  So please do come along and have a try. Details of 2019/2020 competitions are under the events listed below.

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).  The recipient of the Bakers Cup this year is Mary-Jane Hancy.

Diane Blyth presenting Penny Mills with the Novice Shield.

Diane presenting Tricia Godfrey with the Intermediate Plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane presenting Tricia Loades with the Advanced Trophy

Diane presenting Mary-Jane Hancy with the Baker Cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 6-45pm for 7pm.

Annual subscription: £30-00.  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.

In 2017 we raised a total of £645-00 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Our 2018/2019 charity is Parkinson’s UK and we have fundraised with coffee mornings, stalls, raffles and from our 60th Anniversary Flower Festival last September.  At our July meeting we were able to present a cheque to Sue Fishpool from Parkinson’s UK for £1500.  We were also able to donate £500 to The Church in Loddon, so our members can be very proud of their fundraising.

The amount we raised for Parkinson’s UK

Chairman Margaret Turner presenting Sue Fishpool with a cheque for £1500.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS COMING UP 2019

Please note we start our meetings at 7pm.

5th November – Lorraine Scott – It’s All About the Sparkle.

25th November (Saturday) – Workshop.  To be held at St John’s Lecture Hall, George Lane, Loddon from 10am to 4pm.  £10 which includes lunch.  A list of items available will be at the November meeting.

3rd December – David Wright – Christmas Dreams.  This is an open meeting with wine and nibbles and stalls.  This meeting will be held at Hobart High School, Kitten’s Lane, Loddon.  Visitors £12, members £6.  Raffle and pick a present.

2020

17th January – Lunch at White Horse, Chedgrave, 12pm for 12-30pm.  Menu is available at November meeting.

4th February – Christine Hewson – Food for Thought.

3rd March – Helen Bird – As the Days Lengthen.  A competition  for members will be held with the same title.

7th April – Terri Potter – Attic Attack.

5th May – Stephanie Laing – A Wood Affair.  A competition for members will be held with the title of “Attic Attack”.

2nd June – Chairman’s Evening.  More details later.

7th July – Barbara Collins – Summer Gardens.  A competition for members will be held with the same title.

4th August – Annual General Meeting to be held at Chedgrave Church Rooms.

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

Enquiries:  Alex Pinder – Secretary on 01508 493869 or email nnark@aol.com.

Please scroll down for photos from our outings and meetings.

Over the weekend of 25th to 27th May Langley Church held a Flower Festival where many of our members took part in arranging flowers to compliment the colours of the shields around the ceiling of the church.  Photos are below.

By Tricia Loades

By Penny Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Margaret Turner

By Diane Blyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Joyce Lavender

By Penny Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Maggie Scales

By Anne Baker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 7th May Wendy Goodliff came along to demonstrate arranging flowers with the title of “It’s all a game”.  See photo below.

Wendy Goodliff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend of 4th, 5th and 6th May, St Margaret and St Remigius Church in Seething hosted a flower festival entitled “Inventions, Inventors and Discoveries”.  A number of our members took part and you can see their arrangements in the photos below.

Railways by Annie Rainbow

Clocks by Joyce Lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morris Minors by Tricia Loades

Elastic bands by Gillian Balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Bulbs by Diane Kittle

Pedestal by Diane Kittle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Herbs by Grace Cook

Wire netting by Gillian Balls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For our April 2nd meeting our scheduled flower arranger Stephanie Laing was not able to attend.  So Alan Smith stepped in and saved the day with his title of “Pot Luck” – thanks Alan.  Alan also kindly judged our competition entitled “A Wood Affair” for us and you can see the results below.

Alan Smith with his title of “Pot Luck”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penny Mills
Novice Class
10 out of 10

Janet Morgan
Intermediate class
9 out 0f 10

Tricia Loades
Advanced Class
9 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society Spring Show was held on 31st March at East Tuddenham and Tricia Loades took part in the flower arranging competition.  Tricia entered the class entitled “Tulipmania” and came third.  So well done to Tricia. Below is a photo of her entry.

Tricia Loades’ entry in the “Tulipmania” class that came third.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bernard Collingworth came along to our March meeting with his demonstration entitled “Village Life”.  Bernard drew on his early life in Alderford, Norfolk through to the present day for his flower arrangements.  See photo of Bernard below.

Bernard Collingworth with one of his arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our February meeting we invited Simon White from Peter Beales Roses to give us a slideshow on “Beautiful Bulbs”.  Simon kindly judged our competition of the same title.  Photos below.

Penny Mills – Novice class – 7 out of 10

Tricia Godfrey – Intermediate – 7 out of 10

Tricia Loades – Advanced – 8 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

In December we were invited to decorate a windowsill for Open House at Holy Trinity Church, Loddon with the theme of “Bells”.  Janet Morgan and Tricia Godfrey decorated a windowsill each and photos are below:-

Windowsill by Janet Morgan

Windowsill by Tricia Godfrey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We held an Open Meeting on December 4th when we invited Susan Horne to come along to interpret her title of “Merry Christmas Everyone”.  We also presented a cheque to the Church in Loddon for £500; a donation from our Flower Festival in September.  It was presented to Nina Owen by our Vice-Chairman Tricia Godfrey.  See photos below:-

Susan Horne with one of her Christmas arrangements.

Tricia Godfrey (left) presenting Nina Owen with a cheque for £500 for Loddon Church.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our November workshop our member Chatto Arthur kindly showed members how to make Christmas arrangements with candles.  Here are some photos from the day.

Chatto showing us how it is to be done.

The finished large candle arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members hard at work on their arrangements

The finished articles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 6th November our demonstrator for the evening was Jo Poulter with her title “Picture This”.  See photo of Jo with one of her arrangements below:-

Jo Poulter with her last arrangement of the evening at our November 2018 meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On November 5th we were invited to return the favour to Bungay Flower Club with our members giving a demonstration to theirs.  Diane Blyth and Anne Baker volunteered to do this and the title of their demonstration was “Remember, Remember”  Between them they arranged five lots of flower displays and a number of members from our Club went along to support them.  We must say that they were just as good as some of the demonstrators that come to our meetings.  Below are some photos from the evening.

Diane Blyth with her arrangements at Bungay

Diane with Anne Baker with Anne’s Firework arrangement