Newsletter – November 2017

Welcome to:

New members Justin Benson, Liz Dean, Maggie Jennings and John Yates, Richard Jones, and Hanna Woodall and welcome back to returning members Sue Spencer, Kim Jackson and Martin Page

Thanks to:

Shelley Choat and Kate Snape for tonight’s refreshments and for all of you who help setting up and clearing up the Hall.

Whilst we don’t need any volunteers for December, please see Sheila Ellison if you are able to help in 2018 – we will need plenty of help in September!!

Don’t Forget:

This evening the speaker is Tamsin Westhorpe on “Stockton Bury in winter”

Seed Orders:

Don’t forget, if you want to take advantage of the discounts being offered to the Club by Marshalls and T&M, then the orders must be placed through Monica.  It is not too late to place your order as catalogues and order forms are still available tonight.

If you are not sure what is being offered or how to fill in the forms then talk to Monica before or after the meeting.

If you have already placed an order, please collect these at the AGM and remember, payment is due to Monica so if you are not attending please make arrangement for your order to be collected and to pay her!

August Show 2018 – Floral Art Classes:

Your Show committee is busy finalising the changes to the Classes for all Sections of the Show but have decided on the floral art classes for next year’s show and our judge (Sarah Woods) thinks they are exciting with great opportunity for creativity!

As our gardens are being plunged into winter gloom and cold, our thoughts should be turning to seeds and plants for next year.  Perhaps buying what you need in the way of garden flowers for the Floral Art Classes in our Annual Show in August.

Floral Art is a Section where we would really love to see more entries.  It isn’t just pure flower arranging, it’s also a chance to let your artistic side run riot and your imagination blossom.  Before you start an arrangement pay particular attention to any details and advice in the Show Schedule, then consider shape, colour and composition.  For the miniature make sure you have a ruler handy to measure width and height, as the Floral Art Stewards will definitely do this on the day.  (This size rule only applies to the Miniature – Class 75)

Section F – Floral Art

75        Storm in a Teacup Miniature arrangement no more than 6” width and 8” height.  (Can include the saucer which on average is 6”)

76        Bold as Brass         Bold bright colours in a brass container

77        Green Medley          Foliage arrangement but can include green flowers as well.(NOT dyed flowers)

78        Standing Tall           Think tall in this composition – either flowers, container or both

79        Tools of the Trade  GARDEN FLOWERS – Accessories allowed

Material may be bought in from external sources in every class EXCEPT Class 79.  Accessories allowed only in Class 79.  You may attach a written description of your entry to help the judge interpret your arrangement.

So, come on members.  Practice over the winter and let’s have a really good display of Floral Art next August.  Your Show Committee have already been hard at work and are relying on your support – ALL of you.

AGM 19th December – Your Club needs you!!

There are vacancies to help run YOUR club, whether it is on the Committee or helping out in other aspects of running the Club.  We are very pleased that we have already had a nomination for Vice-Chair, but we would still welcome nominations for other roles. Nomination forms are available from Monica, and should be sent to her by the 5thDecember or handed in this evening.   We meet over tea and biscuits usually on a Monday afternoon, once a month, generally the week preceding the club meetings.

Volunteers are always needed – refreshments, setting up the hall, etc.  Rotas will be being circulates this month and at the AGM.

The Minutes of last year’s AGM are on the notice board this month and on the website

For new members and those with short memories, our procedure is thus:  the AGM. is held promptly at 7.30 pm, but normally lasts only about half an hour. The remainder of the evening is our Christmas get-together, one of socialising and enjoying a lovely meal to celebrate the season! It is a shared supper – we all bring food to share, something savoury and something sweet, plus whatever you would like to drink.  Bring your own crockery, cutlery and glasses and remember to put your names on any plates, etc being put on the centre table.  The Club supplies bread, butter and cheese and there are supplies available if you wish to make yourself a tea or coffee BUT don’t forget to wash up after yourself!

And, following the success last year: –

Win yourself a bottle of Wine in our Christmas Table Decoration Competition!

In order to bring an extra bit of Christmas fun to our AGM and Club Supper Evening we will again be having a little competition for the best Christmas table centre piece.

This doesn’t have to be ‘home-grown’ although it could be using cuttings from your winter garden. It could be foraged from the local countryside or made from any materials crafted or decorated with candles or any other Christmas theme.

So, get your creative heads on, get out the glitter or ribbons perhaps, and put together any size, shape or form of table decoration to be judged by all members on the night”