Competition : February 2018

February saw the club get into competition mood with the unusual title (for all classes) “My Favourite Nursery Rhyme” ably judged by Janet Hayton. Here are the prizewinners:

Beginners : First Prize – Barbara Hudson “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”

Beginners : Second Prize – Doreen Parkinson “Mary Mary Quite Contrary”

Intermediates : First Prize – Astrid Henckel “Hey Diddle Diddle”

Intermediates : Second Prize – Peter Mathers “Oranges and Lemons”

Intermediates : Third Prize – Alison Jackson “Baa Baa Black Sheep”

Intermediates : Very Highly Commended – Judith Yorke

Advanced : First Prize and Best in Show – Alex Bryant “Incey Wincey Spider”

Advanced : Second Prize – Tony Cleaver “Jack be nimble”

Advanced : Third Prize – Daphne Dawson “Hickory Dickory Dock”

Alex receiving her trophy from judge Janet Hayton

Members viewing the competition

Janet also spent time giving individual feedback to the Club members.


January Social

January saw us gather for our annual social with a repeat visit to 31 Castlegate. Good food, good company, quizzes by Daphne and Peter and another one of Daphne’s infamous “last person standing” raffles!

Apologies about the low light levels.

A big congratulations to the two lovely staff at 31 Castlegate who looked after us so well (and also won one of the flower designs as a quiz prize!)

Workshop : December 2017

Our final meeting of 2017 was an “in-house” workshop led by our own Ann Simpson entitled “A Design for your Christmas Table”. This comprised two cardboard cake stands linked by plastic orchid tubes, with the space between the two discs and the top a good space for Christmas decorations.


Astrid and Alison


Irene and Sue


Christine and Barbara


Alex and Daphne




A close-up of Astrid’s design with peach roses and a dog!




Christmas Demonstration : November 2017

We were delighted to welcome back Elaine Bedford to be our 2017 Christmas demonstrator. Interestingly, because of a problem with the heating at the Church Hall where we normally meet, the Church authorities very kindly allowed us to use the Church itself (where it was warm!) which worked very well. We are grateful to Elaine for her humour, expertise and generosity in constructing brilliant designs that were given away in their entirety to the raffle prize winners.


Elaine Bedford with (hidden behind the hippeastrum) Val Davies during the Vote of Thanks







Elaine (trying to hide behind one of her designs)

Workshop : October 2017

The October meeting featured an extremely interesting workshop with Lucy Hutton-Smith (now Lucy Richardson) with her theme “Upcycle for Autumn” using stripped-down picture frames, decorated with moss, as wonderfully adaptable “containers” for flower designs.

Pictured below are some of our members working on their frames.

It was heartening to see that EVERY attendee at the meeting “had a go” at the design, and we were very grateful to Lucy for her great ideas.


Annual General Meeting : September 2017

The AGM took place in September. No club officers changed, that comes next September.

Following the AGM we had a fascinating talk by our own Sue Cawood on one of the great loves of her life: brooches. She must have brought hundreds with her on display, and her talk included stories behind some of these jewelled works of art.

Sapphire Anniversary Afternoon Tea

Members and guests gathered together on the afternoon of Tuesday 22 August for the second celebration of the Club’s 45th anniversary. This took the form of an afternoon tea at Gray’s Court in York which started and finished by a presentation of hatwear by Get Ahead Hats. We were blessed by sunny weather so some members took tea in the lovely Gray’s Court garden.


The welcome arrangement by Daphne Dawson


One of the four table arrangements, done by Alex Bryant, Judith Yorke and Angela Clithero


The Gray’s Court garden


Floral decoration above the fireplace (Alex Bryant)


Table 1


Table 2


Table 3


Table 4