Welcome to Clophill & District Flower Club
Welcome to Clophill & District Flower Club. We are affiliated to NAFAS – The National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies – and we are keen to promote creativity with flowers. We are a group of mainly amateur flower arrangers who meet on the first Thursday of the month (except August) in Clophill Village Hall. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm start and visitors are very welcome at any of the meetings. Our demonstrator will create approximately 6 arrangements whilst giving an informative and/or humorous talk. Raffle tickets are available as well as a sales table of basic floristry sundry items. So if you have a love of flowers or a keen interest in flower gardening and want to be inspired by a professional arranger, just come along or get in touch with us via the contact page for more details.
Why not become a member? At the AGM in January, it was agreed that the Annual subscription will now be £35, due at our February meeting, and will allow you to come to most of the events in our diary for no additional payment - even the refreshments are included! It’s excellent value and an entertaining night out – just come along or get in touch with us via the contact form if you’d like more information. Visitors fees are £5 per month, except when it is an Open Meeting in May and December when different charges are made. Subscriptions and Visitors fees are reviewed at the AGM in January each year.
Clophill & District Flower Club was formed in 1976 by a group of ladies who wanted to share their love of flowers and we celebrated our Ruby anniversary in 2016 along with our past Chairmen. Members of our flower club come from the various villages within our part of Bedfordshire and currently we have a membership of 86 with ages ranging from early-thirties well into retirement age!
Each year a short list of local charities are nominated by the committee and Members are asked to vote for their choice at the February meeting. At our monthly meetings we have a table of pre-loved items for sale donated by members and each year we are able to donate in the region of £500-£1000 to our chosen Charity. In 2017 we fundraised towards the replacement of the car fleet at Bedford Hospital which takes patients to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for radiotherapy treatment and were able to donate £1,000 to that charity.
At our February meeting the members voted overwhelmingly in favour of The Bowel Cancer Research Unit at Bedford Hospital to be our 2018 charity. This was announced on 5th April as we had to cancel the March meeting due to snow. It is a popular choice being almost exactly a year since one of our members, Sue Bryce, died from this disease and her family are very happy we have made this choice. There will be a collection box on the charity stall for those who wish to donate but not necessarily buy from the stall and we hope we can make a significant donation to this local charity in Sue's name.
The shortlist for the 2019 Charity will be voted on by the members at the February meeting and will be posted here once the local charity has been decided.
NAFAS website: www.nafas.org.uk
and our Area website: www.flowershomecounties.co.uk