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!
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)
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.
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.
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)
Judy Watker made a very welcome return visit to New Earswick in July 2017 with her well received demonstration “Inspiration or Imagination”. Pictured are some of the designs and the raffle draw.
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
Back in the house…just prior to cracking open the Cava!
Eyes down for a plant quiz…half the members in one room…
and half in the other!