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 2019 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 of 2017 and details of the 2018 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 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, the raffle at the New Year lunch making £36, the Coffee Morning on 2nd June making £236-00 and a donation from the Club of £100 we have so far raised a total of £492-00.


Please note we start our meetings at 7-15pm.

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 with lots of subjects from 1958.  There are over 37 arrangements with tea, coffee and cake served.  A raffle is being held with a competition and plant and book stall and a stall for Parkinson’s UK.  Programmes are £1 and proceeds from the Festival will be donated to Parkinson’s UK and Loddon Church.  Please do give us a look and see what can be done with flowers.

2nd October – Kathleen Doggett – ‘Seasonal Splendour’.

6th November – Jo Poulter – ‘Picture This’.




1st December (Saturday) – Workshop – details in September.

4th December – Susan Horne – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.  Open Meeting with refreshments.


January – Lunch at White Horse, Chedgrave – date to be advised.

5th February – Simon White with a slide show on ‘Beautiful Blubs’.

5th March – Bernard Collingworth – ‘Village Life’.

2nd April – Stephanie Laing – ‘A Wood Affair’.

7th May – Wendy Goodliff – ‘It’s All a Game’.

4th June – Workshop – details later.

9th July – Sandra Price – ‘Let’s Celebrate’.

August – Annual General Meeting – date and venue to be advised.

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.

Our Open Meeting was held on 10th July when we invited Gill McGregor to demonstrate ‘Flowers with Flair’.  Gill knew it was our Diamond Anniversary so some of her arrangements reflected this.  Gill also judged a competition of the same title.

Gill McGregor with her 60th anniversary arrangements












Janet Morgan – 9 out of 10

Tricia Godfrey – 9 out of 10

Tricia Loades – 9 out of 10







To celebrate our 60th anniversary this year our Chairman Margaret kindly organised a coach to the Chatsworth Flower Show on 7th and 8th June.  We spent the 7th in Stamford and the 8th at Chatsworth.  We had mixed weather – with some rain, but we all had a good trip and day at the show.  Thanks go to Margaret for organising the outing.

Chatsworth House with cosmos









Jonathan Moseley’s orchid display

James Alexander-Sinclair’s Bowler Hat garden











Our workshop was held on 5th June with our demonstrator Club member Anne Baker.  Anne showed members how to make a contemporary arrangement using trailing ivy and flowers.

Anne Baker showing us how it is done.









President Diane having a go

The finished articles











2nd June we held our Coffee Morning at our Chairman Margaret Turner’s home.  Unfortunately that day it decided to pour down with rain for the first hour, but in the second more people turned out and we raised £236-00 for Parkinson’s UK.








At our 1st May meeting Wendy Munnion came along to demonstrate her take on ‘Cause for Celebration’.  We celebrated our Diamond Anniversary this year and we also had cake and bubbly to mark the occasion.  The cake was cut by one of our founder members Eileen Leathers and was kindly made for us by Anne Baker.  At this meeting we held a competition entitled “Diamond Celebration”.  The competition was kindly judged by Wendy.  Photos were sent in to the Beccles and Bungay Journal.  See photos from the evening below.

Loddon Flower Club Committee with cake.

Eileen Leathers – Founder member cutting the cake.








Wendy Munnion with her Golden Wedding arrangement

Raising a glass.









Tricia Godfrey – 9 out of 10.

Janet Morgan – 8 out of 10.

Tricia Loades – 9 out of 10.







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