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



Garden Visit : June 2017

Rather than going for miles for the Club’s annual garden visit, for 2017 it was decided that the Club would come to the home of members Peter and Tony in Earswick and enjoy a visit around the garden accompanied by strawberries and Cava. The weather was rather disappointing (it was wet earlier in the day) but for the time the members were present the rain held off. We were honoured by the presence of the Area Chairman Joan O’Brien.


The calm before the storm!!


Tony Cleaver (left) describing the short history of the garden over the past two years.


Looking round the garden


DSC_7763Back in the house…just prior to cracking open the Cava!

DSC_7766Eyes down for a plant quiz…half the members in one room…


and half in the other!

Competition May 2017

Following on from the blue theme of our 45th anniversary celebrations, our second competition of the 2016/2017 year was on the title “Sapphire Delights”. Pictured are some of the keen competitors. Additionally we were delighted to have helped in a small way some of the intrepid band of trainee judges by giving them experience of a “real” competition. In the background of one of the pictures are Janet Pepper (trainee), Nicola Davies-Murray (trainee), Pam Kitchen (Judge and trainer) and Joan McBurney (trainee). Also pictured is winner of the Best in Show Daphne Dawson being presented with her cup by Pam Kitchen.




Competition November 2016

Members tetsted their skills in a Christmas-inspired competition. Here are the entries and results:

First prize, Beginners (“A Christmas Cracker”) – Doreen Parkinson


First Prize, Intermediates (“A Hippy Christmas”) – Peter Mathers


Second Prize, Intermediates (“A Hippy Christmas”) – Lorraine Walker




First Prize, Advanced (“A Downton Christmas”) – Angela Clithero


Second Prize, Advanced (“A Downton Christmas”) – Alex Bryant


Third Prize, Advanced (“A Downton Christmas”) – Tony Cleaver


Highly Commended, Advanced (“A Downton Christmas”) – Daphne Dawson