Our last meeting on 4th July before the summer break brought a welcome return to Clophill of Joyce Furssedonn with her demonstration “ My Colouring Book”. Joyce, accompanied by her husband and willing ‘gopher’ Micky, hails from Knebworth and is a very popular demonstrator. She concentrated her designs around all the colours found in a pencil box and complimented all the quality flowers she used with a great variety of foliage from her own garden. We were so glad we had booked her this year as she told us during the evening that she will not be continuing to do demonstrations after December. A great loss to all the clubs in the Home Counties Area and beyond.
What we like about Joyce is that her designs are manageable to imitate, even for less experienced flower arrangers, and you don’t need a removal lorry to get them home if you win one in the raffle!
One of her designs followed the current lead of NAFAS to help the environment by arranging without using floral foam. Using a cube shaped slatted wooden box (made by Micky) and lined with Perspex to make it watertight, she placed chicken wire in the top and arranged her flowers in it to great effect. In this instance the whole design went into the raffle. All Joyce’s designs were worth winning and we will be sorry not to see her gracing the stage of the Village Hall in the future.
The club does not have a meeting during August but many members are going on a trip during the month to Islington for the NAFAS Diamond Anniversary “Floral Art & Design Show”, which promises to be spectacular.
We will be back at the Village Hall on 5th September when Sarah Hulatt is coming with her demonstration entitled “Fabulous Fusion”. Doors open 6.45 pm for a prompt start at 7.30pm. It is £5.00 for visitors which includes tea/coffee/biscuits half-way through the evening. Do come and join us and you will enjoy a lovely relaxing evening!