Welcome to Burnham Area Evening Flower Club. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8th May at 7.30pm. The venue will be Our Lady and The English Martyrs Church and our Demonstrator for the evening will be Sheila Hadlow from Par, Cornwall with her demonstration entitled My journey with NAFAS. Sheila Hadlow has recentley retired as National Chairman for NAFAS.There will also be refreshments and a plant stall selling lots of great value plants.
The club also runs classes and workshops for beginners and more advanced members throughout the year. Social events are organised as well, and we raise money for charity.
At our October meeting a national demonstrator, Lucy Ellis, created some lovely designs under the title ‘Fusion’. In this design Lucy ‘fused’ traditional and contemporary styles.
It is usual at our meetings for our demonstrator to arrange 5 or 6 designs, and you can sit back and relax with free tea or coffee. If you buy some raffle tickets you could be taking home some of the flowers arranged by our demonstrator.
In September, Linda Garrett, one of our Area Demonstrators created a collection of designs under the title ‘WYSIWYG’. Here she is at work.
We also raise money for local charities. In 2017 we collected £450 for S.U.R.E., providing additional equipment for patients of The Beacon Centre at Musgrove Hospital Taunton. The charity’s Representative was presented with a cheque at our AGM on 15th January 2018.
For 2018 we will be raising money for The League of Friends at Burnham Hospital.
New members and visitors are always welcome to the club, and every summer we have a special ‘Friends and Family’ evening, which this year will be on July 10th. But you don’t have to wait until then, you can come along to any meeting during the year as a visitor for just £6.50 which includes refreshments. Our 2017 annual Club and Competition Night was in June. Go to our Facebook page and see what you think of our efforts! This year competitions will be on 12th June.
Members are often involved in local Church Flower Festivals and other Community events. On May Day 2017 members helped local children decorate the pergola in Marine Cove Gardens.
Members also helped at the Burnham EAT event on 27th May by providing stewards for the Bake -Off event, and we helped decorate Our Lady and The English Martyrs Church on 16th and 17th June at the Festival of Flowers and Quilts to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the building.
We also arranged flowers for St Andrews Church celebratory concert on 2 September.
The club is affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS), which has charitable status. NAFAS is divided into Areas and we belong to the South West Area, which has around 2,000 members. The South West Area organises education days on various aspects of flower arranging, and our members can go along and participate in these events.
Belonging to NAFAS is an enjoyable experience and will open up a whole new world for you, so why not come along to our club as a guest and find out more? We would be very pleased to see you! Visit our What’s On page to find out what’s happening in the coming months, and you can also see what we’re doing through our Facebook pages.