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. This year we celebrate our Diamond Anniversary of 60 years.

Meetings usually take place on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-45pm for 7.15pm 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.

Tricia Loades with her poppy arrangement – 2017

Joyce Lavender with her poppy pedestal – 2017








Janet Morgan and Trisha Godfrey with their screen arrangement

Alex Pinder with her screen arrangement – 2017











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 2017 the trophy for the Novice Class was won by Trisha Godfrey. The trophy for the Intermediate Class was won by Janet Morgan 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 2018 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 Vickie Cunnane.

Trisha Godfrey receiving the Novice Trophy from our President Diane Blyth

Janet Morgan receiving the Intermediate Trophy from Diane

Tricia Loades receiving the Advanced Trophy from Diane

Vickie Cunnane receiving the Bakers Cup from President Diane Blyth.












NAFAS held a photographic competition in 2016 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 the 2017 competition which was titled “Inclement Weather”.

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 6-45pm for 7-15pm.

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.

In 2016 we raised a total of £635-00 from a coffee morning as well as other events for the East Anglian Children’s Hospices.  In 2017 we raised a total of £645-00 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Our 2018 charity is Parkinson’s UK and at the Victorian Evening at Loddon Church in December 2017 we raised £120. With the raffle at the New Year lunch making £36 we have so far raised a total of £156.


Please note that from February we will be starting our meetings at 7-15pm.

1st May – Wendy Munnion – “Cause for Celebration”. A competition entitled “Diamond Celebrations” will be held. At this meeting we will be having a celebratory cake and bubbly, and will start at 7pm.

2nd June – Coffee Morning at Chairman Margaret’s house at 7 Hardley Road, Chedgrave next door to Chet Stores from 10am to 12 noon. There will be a raffle, plant and bric a brac stalls.

5th June – Workshop with Anne Baker. Details to be known later.

7th June – We are going to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show by coach.

10th July (second Tuesday) – Open meeting with Gill McGregor – “Flowers with Flair”. A competition of the same title will be held. There will be sweet and savoury finger food with wine, presse and juice plus a tombola.

24th July – Garden visit to Brick Kiln House, Shotesham. More details later.

7th August – Annual General Meeting. To be held at Chedgrave Church Hall at 7pm.

21st to 23rd September – We are holding a Flower Festival to celebrate 60 years of Loddon Flower Club which will be held in Holy Trinity Church, Loddon. The theme is the 1950’s and if you would like to do an arrangement please contact Tricia on 01508-520273. More details later.

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

Enquiries:  Alex Pinder – Secretary on 01508 493869 or email nnark@aol.com or Margaret Turner – Chairman on 01508-520135 or email margaret.turner3@mypostoffice.com.

Please scroll down for photos from our outings and meetings.

Jacquie Aldous gave a demonstration on 3rd April with her title “That’s Entertainment – Act 3”. Jacquie is very entertaining and has strong connections with the local area, going to school at Hobart High. Below are some photos from the evening.

Dancing On Ice

Jacquie with her Strictly Come Dancing and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert arrangements.

On 25th March the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society held their Spring Show at Easton and Otley College. There is a competition for various classes of flower arranging and this year Tricia Loades took part and entered into the class entitled “Springwatch”. Tricia won this class and also the Best Exhibit in the Flower Arrangement Classes and she received the Mrs Jocelyn Steward Challenge Cup. So well done to Tricia.

Tricia Loades with the Jocelyn Steward Challenge Cup

“Springwatch” by Tricia Loades

At our meeting in March we had Christine Hewson come along to demonstrate her interpretation of Wicker World. We also had a competition of the same title and this was kindly judged by Christine.

Christine Hewson with two of her Wicker World arrangements

Janet Morgan with her entry into the Intermediate Class with 9 out of 10

Tricia Loades’ entry in the Advanced Class with 10 out of 10

We ran a competition at the end of 2017 which was guessing questions on Christmas. The winner with 30 out of 30 was Sue Sursham, so well done to Sue and she received £10.

The theme for Loddon Church in December was “All the colours of Christmas”. Trisha Godfrey and Janet Morgan decorated a windowsill each and can be seen below.

Windowsill by Trisha Godfrey

Windowsill by Janet Morgan

Our Open Meeting was held on 5th December and our demonstrator was Lee Berrill with the title “Deck the Halls”. We had a very well attended meeting with stalls, refreshments, raffle and tombola. See photos below.

Getting a closer look at “Deck the Halls” arrangements by Lee Berrill.

Lee Berrill with one of his beautiful arrangements.

7th November we welcomed Mu from Bungay Flower Club with her demonstration entitled “Where’s that going to go?” Our Chairman Margaret Turner presented a cheque to Jackie Greenfield from East Anglian Air Ambulance, our charity for 2017, for £645-00. This was raised over the year from a coffee morning, raffles, quizzes and a garden party by our members. Below are some photos from the evening.

Jackie Greenfield receiving a cheque from Chairman Margaret Turner for £645-00.

Mu with her arrangement.

After the business side of our Annual General Meeting on 10th October was sorted out, Rosemary Barry gave us a talk on Aspidistras. This is the subject of Rosemary’s Speakers Test and we wish her well with speaking at NAFAS. Below is a photo of Rosemary with her Aspidistra.

Rosemary Barry with her Aspidistra.

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 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.

Trish Godfrey’s entry scored 10/10

Janet Morgan’s entry scored 9/10

Tricia Loades’ entry scored 10/10

“Floral Pastiche” – Terrie Potter

Terrie Potter with one of her “Floral Pastiche” arrangements

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