20 December 2023
To all my friends at Clophill & District Flower Club - December 2023 Newsletter
I hope you are organised for Christmas – or like me you are getting there. I have finished my decorating and wrapping but still need to ice and decorate the cake. I am looking forward to spending time with all my family over Christmas in Stamford and Staffordshire. My five grandchildren are all in their 20’s now and all doing well in their careers, so it will be lovely to hear all their news.
Our Christmas demonstration by Robin White was excellent and I think everyone enjoyed the evening. It was a busy evening for the Committee but great to have such a large audience.
Next year we have a full programme booked with lots of different demonstrators.
1 Feb Shirley Henderson – “In the frame”
7 Mar 7 Linda Seabrook – “The Welsh Highwayman"
4 Apr Louisa Rigden – “Regal Flowers”
2 May Lee Berrill – “Remember When” (Open)
6 Jun Joanna Davis – “Blooms and Tunes”
4 Jul Stephanie Laing – “Colour and Me”
(we do not have a meeting in August)
5 Sep Wendy Goodliff – “A Stitch in Time”
3 Oct Practical Night
7 Nov Barbara Collins – “Floral Moments”
5 Dec Katherine Kear – “The 12 Days” (National)
We begin the year with our AGM on 4 January when we will reflect on the past year and discuss any changes we want for 2024. I am really pleased to say the three members have expressed an interest in joining the Committee to replace three who are retiring. This helps to share the load of responsibilities. We always welcome new members to the Committee and also willing volunteers. If you have a nomination for our Club charity for next year please let me know. We usually like to support a local one or one that has an association with a Club member. Thank you all for your support during 2023.
Membership subscriptions will be due at the beginning of the New Year. They will remain at £45 – giving excellent value for 9 demonstrations and a practical workshop evening in October. In 2023 Clophill & District Flower Club had the largest membership in the whole of Home Counties Area of NAFAS and our members come from a wide area – from St Neots, to Leighton Buzzard, to Luton and Bedford. At the Area AGM we were awarded The Flower Arranger Award for having the most subscriptions to the NAFAS magazine. We received a Silver Salver and a cheque for £25 and I thank Kate for being our Club FA Officer.
Wishing you a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and a healthy, flowery New Year.
I look forward to seeing you again soon.
With my best wishes,
Chairman of Clophill and District Flower Club