Information from NAFAS Education Committee member, Gill McGregor: Explore and make Craft projects at home
We have received this information from our Area Chairman, Audrey Balderstone, to share with clubs in the Home Counties area. I am sure many of you know Gill McGregor and she has certainly demonstrated at Clophill & District Flower Club on many occasions. However, Gill is also on the NAFAS National Education Committee and has devised this information to help with school work. We thought it would be good to share this with you all, please see what Gill has created:
Help with school work; let’s Explore and make Craft projects at home
To help entertain young children whilst schools are closed, I have devised a range of free “How to” Educational, Craft worksheets focusing on different subjects. I originally made these for our niece’s 3 children, but as more friends asked for these worksheets; we thought they should be offered to all who are looking after young children at this time. I am developing more but currently the topics are:
Let’s look at . . . . .
Ancient Egyptians Key Stage 2
The Nile Crocodile
Each worksheet has facts, templates, “How to” make instructions and examples and even some written tasks and research ideas which all or some of the worksheet can be completed by young children with adult supervision.
Please pass this information on to anyone you think may find these work sheets useful.
Go to my website to download the worksheets: www.gillmcgregor.com
To share go to my Gill McGregor or Gill McGregor College Facebook pages.
To visit my website for Free flower Arranging Videos www.gillmcgregor.com
I hope you are all finding enjoyable the emerging colours in the garden, as well as the warm weather. To all, please keep safe and well.
8th May 2020
Hello to all my friends at Clophill and District Flower Club - May Newsletter
Another month has passed and we are still in Lockdown, not able to meet and share our love and interest in flowers and flower arranging. In some ways I think we are all adjusting to this new way of life with time to do all those jobs in the house and garden, knowing that if they don’t get done today there is always tomorrow. Every day is much like the next!
I thought I would give you an update as we should be meeting on Thursday for our Open Meeting with Tony Brown. It is a great shame this has been cancelled but Joan, our Programme Secretary, has booked him to come next year. If you bought a ticket for the meeting you will get a refund when we meet again.
We have cancelled the demonstrations in June and July and, again, Joan has been able to rebook Arnaud Metairie and Rekha Naidoo for next year. I really miss our monthly meetings and had looked forward to seeing Arnaud as I had heard great reviews of him. Oh well – something to look forward to!
There is so much uncertainty for the future at our Club and we can only be guided by the Government and NAFAS. Large gatherings will be very difficult and I am aware that you will only come back when you feel comfortable and confident. There will always be a warm welcome whenever that is. The Committee will be discussing concessions for Members who have paid their subscriptions for 2020 but until we know what will happen we haven’t held a Committee Meeting – not even via Zoom!!
I would like to thank Kate, our Flower Arranger magazine Officer, who very kindly sent out all the copies of the new Summer Flower Arranger. I know people enjoyed having something lovely, interesting and hopefully inspiring to read.
I was so pleased that many of you accepted the challenge to make a green ring for hope and the NHS and there are some pictures on our website and Facebook page. Here is another challenge that has been suggested – to make a ring or arrangement for VE Day. It would brighten things up for you and your neighbours. You can incorporate anything but why not make it a bit flowery and stick to red, white and blue? We still have lots to celebrate and hopefully the weather will also lift our spirits.
I hope you are keeping well and safe. I try to phone friends and members each day and keep in touch. I think networking is important, so please think of other members of the Club and give them a ring for a chat. I will keep in touch and update you on any news or developments.
Missing our meeting and the fun, friendship and flowers that we share at the Club,
With my very best wishes
Good morning! Another sunny morning which does make our spring flowers look bright and colourful, particularly if you are lucky enough to live near a bluebell wood.
Further to the recent post from our Chairman, Carolyn, including information about an idea by a NAFAS member to make 'Circles of Hope' and some examples.
Here are some more pictures of green rings recently made by a few of our members.
This one shows how lovely a ring can be by using only foliage
. . . . . and then adding some accessories too
Do watch for our posts of updates and information until we are able to meet again at our Club meetings.
Keep safe everyone and enjoy the signs of Spring all around us.
I do hope that you are keeping safe and making the most of being at home and in your garden. Last Thursday I felt very sad that the Club was not meeting as I always look forward to meeting everyone, catching up on news and sharing the evening with friends, watching a demonstration.
We are certainly experiencing unprecedented times with enforced isolation. I am fortunate that I have the company of my husband John and we are able to share things. Each morning we discuss over a cup of tea our plans for the day. John is getting all the little DIY jobs done and I now have time to sort out my flower arranging store, enjoy my garden and of course clean and tidy the house.
This week we have been informed of an idea from NAFAS sent by Katherine Kerr, who says:
….’ I am hoping as many people as possible make or find a ring and add a green ribbon to it and put it for the duration on front doors or prominent windows. The ring symbolises unending and everlasting love, the cycle of life and hope. Green is for renewal, balance and progress’....
This is Katherine's ring
These are my rings!
You can make your own ring from twigs, willow or vines
or use an old Oasis ring and then decorate it with
anything you can find in your collections of things.
We will keep in touch with you and hope that we can ‘resume normal service’ before too long. Please keep safe and enjoy the lovely sunshine that has been forecasted.
With my very best wishes
30th March 2020
Hello, my fellow flower friends,
Well, we have survived the first week of our enforced ‘holiday’ and I wonder how you have fared?
I have to admit that it has taken me a few days to adjust from my usual routine of being extremely busy to time stretching out before me. I had a very long list of things to do, but little motivation to get them done. The good weather and the garden were, of course, lifesavers, but towards the end of last week I felt rather ‘down’ which is most unlike me.
Part of the reason was that Thursday would have been my late husband’s birthday and on Friday my brother celebrated his 70th birthday. I was not able to be with either of them. Many of you will be facing similar days and anniversaries. Many of you, like me, will be ‘Home Alone’ and it looks as though we will be so for quite a long time.
Thankfully, I seem to have returned to my usual positive and energetic self, but I wanted to share with you that all of us may have days when it all seems too much. One way of helping ourselves is to help others. This is not physically possible for most of us at the moment, but we can phone, write or text friends, relatives and family. Thankfully, our church services are being streamed, but if yours are not, there is a service every Sunday morning on BBC1. There are also many exercise classes of course, and it is a good idea to do some gentle - or not so gentle - exercise every day. Who knows, we might come out of this fitter than ever!
A local Indian Restaurant near our church in Watford is making food which is being distributed from the church and my friend and I are helping to coordinate the delivery. If you live near Stanborough and would like to receive some, please let me know. (I realise this will not apply to the majority of you.)
Those who have access to the internet will know that there are many flower related YouTube videos available. NAFAS has a number of videos on YouTube so perhaps this is your opportunity to view some which will teach you how to use a pin-holder for instance!
Now that spring is here we can look forward to watching blossom trees come into bloom, bulbs flower and shrubs begin to ‘green up’. Nature has a great way of lifting the spirits and we have lots to look forward to in the garden. At the moment The Gardening Club at Enfield is offering a delivery service for all its products. One has to be a member, but joining is easy and not expensive, so at the moment you will be able to order summer bedding for instance. (Again, I realise this will only apply to a small number of you, but there might be a similar outlet near to where you live. It might be worth exploring.)
I leave you now with words from one of my favourite Irish poets, knowing that ‘time will come good’.
With prayers that you and your families will stay safe and well.
This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.
by John O'Donohue
Demonstrator: Doug Howard