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. Last year we celebrated 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.

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 2018 the trophy for the Intermediate Class was won by Janet Morgan and the Advanced Class was won by Tricia Loades.  The Novice class was not awarded this year.  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 Anne Baker.

Janet Morgan receiving the Elsie Basey Fisher shield from Chairman Diane Blyth

Tricia Loades receiving the Mrs S Morse trophy for the Advanced Class from Diane











Chairman Margaret Turner (right) presenting Anne Baker 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 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 2017 we raised a total of £645-00 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Our 2018/2019 charity is Parkinson’s UK and at the Victorian Evening at Loddon Church in December 2017 and 2018 , the Coffee Morning on 2nd June 2018, a donation from the Club of £100 plus £500 from our Flower Festival in September 2018 and other fundraising we have so far raised a total of £1266-75.  We were also able to donate £500 to the Church in Loddon from the proceeds of our Flower Festival.


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

2nd April – Alan Smith – title to be advised.  A competition will be held entitled “A Wood Affair”.  Our advertised demonstrator is now no longer able to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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

4th June – Workshop – details later.

2nd July – Sandra Price – ‘Let’s Celebrate’.  A competition of the same title will be held.

6th August – Annual General Meeting – 7pm at Chedgrave Church Hall.

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 Margaret Turner – Chairman on 01508-520135 or email margaret.turner3@mypostoffice.com.

Please scroll down for photos from our outings and meetings.

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.












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












For our 2nd October meeting Kathleen Doggett demonstrated “Seasonal Splendours”.  A competition was held with the same title and was kindly judged by Kathleen.  Photos are below:-











Penny Mills – Novice Class – 8/10

Vickie Cunnane – Novice Class – 6 1/2 out of 10







Trisha Godfrey – Intermediate class – 7/10

Tricia Loades – Advanced class – 8/10








We held a Flower Festival from 21st to 23rd September to celebrate our 60th Anniversary.  The title was “The 1950’s” with a lot of titles from 1958.  We raised the magnificent sum of £1500.  £500 each will be given to The Church in Loddon and Parkinson’s.  A quiz was held over the weekend and the winner was Sandra Bell of Thurlton who won £10, so well done to Sandra.  Some photos are below:-

Tricia Loades’ 1958 Morris Minor Convertible

American Express – 1958 by Tricia Loades












60th Anniversary arrangement by Peter Watson

60th Anniversary by Penny Mills












Blue Peter – 1958 by Margaret Turner, Janet Timmins and Pat Pyke hid Clue 2 of Radio Norfolk’s Treasure Quest.

Lego – 1958 by Sylvia Purling and Jean Edwards.










Cliff Richard – 1958 start of his singing career by Anne Baker

Bunty Comic – 1958 by Sheila Cooper – Bungay Flower Club











1958 World Cup won by Brazil against Sweden by Betty Rivett

Prince Charles becomes Prince of Wales 1958 by Lynton Johnson











Reebok – 1958 by Tricia Loades

Madonna – 1958 by Isabelle Fiddy and Maggie Scales










Paddington Bear – 1958 by Diane Luckett and Carol McCleod

Michael Jackson – 1958 by Jacquie Aldous












Mellissa Sheldrake came along on 4th September with her demonstration entitled “Flights of Fancy”.  Mellissa had us guessing what mode of flight she was depicting in flowers, ably assisted by her husband who had made a lot of Mellissa’s props.

Mellissa with her husband and her angel arrangement.












On 24th July we had a garden visit to Brick Kiln Farm at Shotesham, where we had some good weather.  The garden looked lovely despite the hot weather of the summer as the garden has a bore hole and stream running through it.  Members enjoyed a piece of home made cake and tea or coffee to round off the evening.  Photos are from the evening below.















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

Trisha 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.









Trisha 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