Alnwick Flower Club, September meeting

Chairman Val Pattinson welcomed all members and guests to the meeting of Alnwick Flower Club and gave details of a new NAFAS scheme where members can buy oasis online at a small discount.

She urged all those who had not yet signed up for the lunch at the Percy Arms at Chatton on October 21, to do so and leave a £2 deposit.

She also announced that some officers would be standing down at the next AGM as they have served for two/three years and said the club would be looking for new committee members and gave details of the voting system to appoint new officers.

Val introduced and welcomed Margaret Earl, our area demonstrator for the evening.

The theme of the demonstration was Memories and Margaret’s first arrangement was linked to the coal mines of the North East, using some parts of the material she had made for the Durham Cathedral Flower Festival last year.

Dahlias were used in very vibrant oranges and reds and some garden chrysanths.

The difficulty in buying what were once freely available (and very cheap) locally-grown flowers was commented on by some of the members, and it was lovely to see them used again.

Memories of childhood tricycles, home baking and visits to fish and chip shops were all portrayed, each innovative arrangement using a range of different colours, with lovely garden material.

Last of all came her memories of making her own clothes, which quite a few members also remember, and a lovely arrangement in varying shades of pink was produced, finished off with cymbidium orchids.

The vote of thanks was given by Kathleen Turnbull for interesting, innovative and very colourful arrangements, an evening enjoyed by all those present, especially those lucky enough to win one of the arrangements in the raffle.

Anne Codd will be the club’s demonstrator on October 7, with The Colours of Autumn. New guests are free of charge for the first meeting, so come and join us at 7pm in the Costello Centre.