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 in 2018 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 in 2018

Tricia Loades with her arrangement in Norwich Cathedral in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Pinder with her arrangement in Norwich Cathedral in 2018

Janet Morgan with her arrangement in Norwich Catherdral in 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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 at the 2019 AGM.

Diane presenting Tricia Godfrey with the Intermediate Plate at the 2019 AGM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diane presenting Tricia Loades with the Advanced Trophy at the 2019 AGM

Diane presenting Mary-Jane Hancy with the Baker Cup at the 2019 AGM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 was Parkinson’s UK and we have fundraised with coffee mornings, stalls, raffles and from our 60th Anniversary Flower Festival in September 2018.  At our July 2019 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 in 2018/19.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EVENTS COMING UP IN 2020

Keep looking here to see when our meetings will start again or check with Tricia Godfrey.  Keep well and look after yourselves and see you when this is all over.  If possible take time to make up a flower arrangement to keep in practice.

We will update you when we will be able to meet up again as soon as we know.

For more photos of our past meetings and flower festivals, take a look at our website at www.loddonflowerlcub.co.uk.

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 or Tricia Godfrey – Chairman on 01508-480522 or tricia646@aol.com.

Please scroll down for photos from our outings and meetings.

It seems that our 3rd March 2020 meeting would be the last we had for the rest of the year.  Helen Bird came along to demonstrate flower arranging with the title “As the Days Lengthen”.  We held a competition for members and Helen kindly judged this for us.  See the photos below.

Helen Bird – “As the Days Lengthen”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novice Class – Jean Madgett – 9 out of 10

Intermediate Class – Penny Mills – 8 1/2 out of 10

Advanced Class – Tricia Loades – 9 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our 4th February 2020 meeting we invited Christine Hewson along with the title of her demonstration “Food for Thought”.  See photo below.

Christine Hewson – “Food for thought”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the Holy Trinity Church in Loddon there is an Open House organised early in December as part of the Victorian Evening.  This year we decorated two windowsills for our Club with the help of a non-member.  See photos below.

Windowsill by Janet Morgan December 2019

Windowsill by Lynn Doyle – December 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Christmas Open meeting was held on 3rd December 2019 when David Wright demonstrated “Christmas Dreams”.  We had stalls, pick-a-present and a competition to win a hamper.  Photos from the evening are below.

David Wright – Christmas Dreams – December 2019

Penny Mills’ Christmas arrangement at our December Open meeting 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23rd November 2019 was our Christmas workshop.  There were three arrangements to chose from to make up or you could do them all.  Our members had a great time making a Topiary Christmas Tree, a Candle and Cone arrangement or Christmas ornaments.  We had a lovely soup lunch kindly provided by Janet Morgan and Tricia Godfrey with cakes brought by members.  Photos are below of the day.

Christmas workshop November 2019

The finished results at the Christmas workshop 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It’s all about the Sparkle” was the title of Lorrainne Scott’s demonstration on 5th November 2019.  A photo of Lorrainne is below.

Lorrainne Scott – “It’s all about the Sparkle”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our scheduled demonstrator didn’t turn up for our 1st October 2019 meeting, so luckily we were holding a competition that evening and the members who took part were asked to put their arrangements on the stage and tell members about them.  The title of the competition was “My life in Flowers”.  The entrants spoke about what their arrangement represented to them.  To raise money for The Big C members were asked to vote for their favourite and place a donation by that arrangement.  The winner was Penny Mills who had depicted her life in South Africa.  Anne Baker kindly judged the competitions and the results are below.

Intermediate Class – Janet Morgan – 7 out of 10

Intermediate Class – Penny Mills – 9 out of 10

Advanced Class – Tricia Loades – 8 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Linda Kingcott was the demonstrator for our meeting held on 3rd September 2019 with the title of “The Green Man and Friends”.  See photo below.

Linda Kingcott with the title of “The Green Man and Friends”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At our Annual General Meeting on 6th August 2019 held at Chedgrave Church Rooms, we presented trophies for our competition winners (see above).  Our Chairman Margaret  Turner was retiring and she was presented with a bowl of flowers as a present for all her hard work over the last seven years.  We welcomed Tricia Godfrey as our new Chairman and she was presented with the Chairman’s badge – see below.

Our President Diane Blyth presenting retiring Chairman Margaret Turner with a bowl of flowers

President Diane presenting our new Chairman Tricia Godfrey with the Chairman’s badge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend of Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019 our friends at Bungay Flower Club held a Flower Festival entitled “Numbers” at St Michael’s Church in Bungay.  They invited some of our members to participate and the photos are below.

No:10 – 14th Wedding Anniversary – Ivory by Tricia Loades

No:17 – Route 66 by Mary-Jane Hancy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No:19 – The Four Seasons by Diane Blyth

No: 19 – The Four Seasons by Diane Blyth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No:25 – 33 and a 1/3 by Jane DuBrow and Ann Bond

No: 34 – Sailing the Seven Seas by Janet Morgan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 2nd July 2019 we welcomed Sandra Price to our meeting with her title of “Let’s Celebrate”.  We also held a competition with the same title and Sandra kindly judged it for us.  Please see photos below.

Sandra Price with one of her arrangements for “Let’s Celebrate”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Novice Class – Penny Mills – 7 out of 10

Intermediate Class – Janet Morgan – 8 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

Intermediate Class – Tricia Godfrey – 9 out of 10

Advanced Class – Tricia Loades – 8 out of 10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a busy month in June as we held our Coffee Morning on 15th June at the home of our then Chairman, Margaret Turner.  There were lots of people attending and enjoying cake kindly made by our members.  Thanks go to Margaret for allowing us to hold our Coffee Morning at her home.  Photos below.

Coffee Morning in June 2019

Coffee Morning June 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our annual garden visit was to Fuller’s Mill, a Perennial Garden, at West Stow in Suffolk on 11th June 2019.  Although we picked a rainy day, we all enjoyed looking around Bury St Edmund’s in the morning and the gardens at Fuller’s Mill in the afternoon.  We finished off the day with buying plants and enjoying a welcome cup of tea and slice of cake.  Photos below.

Outing to Fullers Mill in June 2019

Fullers Mill, a Perennial Garden in West Stow, Suffolk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 4th June 2019 we held a workshop where members were able to take part in arranging a Contemporary Ring.  Many members took part in this workshop and were all pleased with their finished arrangements.  Photos below.

Members taking part in our workshop in June 2019

Members with their finished arrangements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the weekend of 25th to 27th May 2019 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 2019 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 2019, 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 2019 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