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. 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 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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

EVENTS COMING UP 2018/9

Please note we start our meetings at 7-15pm

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

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

4th December – Susan Horne – ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’.  Open Meeting with refreshments, tombola, raffle and card and gift stalls.  Visitors £12 and members £6.

7th December – Victorian Evening/Open House, Loddon.  We will be having a stall for the Club and one for Parkinson’s UK, so please come along and have a look.  Two members will also be decorating windowsills which this year are titled “Christmas Bells”.

2019.

18th January – Lunch at White Horse, Chedgrave.

5th February – Simon White with a slide show on ‘Beautiful Blubs’.  Competition of the same title will be held.

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

2nd April – Stephanie Laing – ‘A Wood Affair’.  A competition of the same title will be held.

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

4th June – Workshop – details later.

9th 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.

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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.