Welcome back everyone, and I hope you have had a nice holiday if you have been away. I am delighted to tell you that Dr Christina Curtis has been elected as Vice Chairman of NAFAS and will take up her post in October 2017. Well done to Sonia Summerfield, Pam Brinkler and Ilona Brockbank for doing a placement at St Marks Flower Festival 8th -10th September. Your arrangement was wonderful. Members Day 6th November 2017 – If you ordered a ticket please pay Michelle £14 at the Treasurers table at club. Demonstrators Mock Test 16th November at Henfield Hall – Tickets £6 from Gaynor Circus. Autumn Countryside Show 7th – 8th October at the Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton. 10.30am – 5pm daily. You can follow the Flower Trail and view “An exhibition of Work” by members of the Sussex Area of NAFAS. The historic houses will be dressed with floral arrangements in keeping with the period. There will also be exhibits in the Marquee, and members of Warnham will be taking part. If anyone has Cardoons growing in their garden please contact me. They would be most useful in the Bake House at Walderton House, which is the 17C house Warnham has chosen. Open Meeting 21st November in Warnham Village Hall, Sue Flight, National Demonstrator and Chelsea Gold winner is demonstrating. Tickets are £11 each which includes refreshments. You can choose where you would like to sit on the plan that Michelle will have on Club night. Please encourage all your friends to come along. There will be a General Raffle, a Flower raffle, and a craft stall. Contact Michelle on 01403 732652 for tickets. Notice Board - There will be lots of information from Area on the notice board so please have a read during the refreshment break. Flower Arranger Magazine As you already know, not only is the Flower Arranger the must-have publication for every flower lover, it is also one of the main sources of income for NAFAS. We would absolutely love each and every one of you to benefit from the greatly reduced cover price of only £3.20 for each magazine. Alex Fairbrother is our friendly Flower Arranger Officer at our club and she will be taking renewals and new subscriptions during the September and October meetings, before placing our order in November. The cost is only £12.80 for the year and payment can be made in cash or by cheque made payable to Warnham Evening Flower Club. If you need more details, please speak to Alex, she will be happy to help you. Date for your Diary – Chichester Festival of Flowers 31st May – 2nd June 2018, tickets on sale from 16th October 2017, www.ticketsource.co.uk, Tel : 03336664466. I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 19th September when Alison Gilot will be demonstrating. Her title is “Roots” and the Club Competition is “Tangled”. Joyce Skeet, Chairman
The workshop “Weaving with Rings” with Louise Mosey was a fun evening in June. We learnt how to make Origami Flowers and all made a ring to take home.
The coffee morning on Saturday 24th June was a great success. Thank you to all who made cakes, crafts, donated plants or items for the raffle, Tombola or Bric-a brac stalls. We made £538.98!
Dr Christina Curtis took part at the WAFA (World Association of Floral Artists) in Bridgetown, Barbados in June. Goodness only knows how you organise ordering your flowers, transporting containers and all your bits and bobs abroad is anyone’s guess. Maybe she will enlighten us on Tuesday with a few words?
WEFC Trip to Fittleworth House Garden, Pulborough RH20 1JH
on 1st August 2017 at 19:00 hrs
Below are the details of the visit to Fittleworth House Garden.
Arrive at 18:45hrs for a one & a half hour guided tour of the Garden starting at 19:00hrs
The Garden comprises:
Three acre tranquil country garden set in grounds of Grade II listed mansion (not open)
Working walled kitchen garden with wide range of fruit & vegetables
Large glasshouse & potting shed
Mixed flower borders, rose beds, rhododendrons & lawns
Wildlife pond, wild garden & long grass areas
The cost of the trip is £5.50 payable on the night. This includes the cost of refreshments.
We are aiming to arrange car share & there are plenty of parking spaces on site
If you are interested in coming along, please let Michelle King know by Fri 7th July, indicating whether or not you would be willing to drive &, if so, how many spare seats you have available. Please also let her know if you would need a lift.
Website – The website is having a huge update and I will give you more news on Tuesday at Club.
July meeting – Claire Bryant will be demonstrating, title “Space Oddity”. The Club Competition will be “Alien Fantasy” so why not have a go??
There will be a list of Area Events with dates on the Notice Board for you to read at the July meeting.
I look forward to seeing you all there.
Joyce Skeet, Chairman.
June 2017 Workshop “Weaving with Rings” with Louise Mosey for our June 20th meeting. Please bring the exact money if possible to pay Louise for the items you have ordered. Coffee morning on Saturday 24th June 10am – 12 noon at Warnham Village Hall. Anyone willing to help on the day please speak to me at the June workshop. Bric a Brac or other donations can be given to a committee member on club night. Please come along and bring your friends. WEFC Trip to Fittleworth House Garden, Pulborough RH20 1JH on 1st August 2017 at 19:00 hrs Below are the details of a proposed trip to Fittleworth House Garden. Arrive at 18:45hrs for a one & a half hour guided tour of the Garden starting at 19:00hrs The Garden comprises: Three acre tranquil country garden set in grounds of Grade II listed mansion (not open) Working walled kitchen garden with wide range of fruit & vegetables Large glasshouse & potting shed Mixed flower borders, rose beds, rhododendrons & lawns Wildlife pond, wild garden & long grass areas The cost of the trip is £5.50 payable on the night. This includes the cost of refreshments. We are aiming to arrange car share & there are plenty of parking spaces on site If you are interested in coming along, please let Michelle King know by Fri 7th July, indicating whether or not you would be willing to drive &, if so, how many spare seats you have available. Please also let her know if you would need a lift. ‘Floramania’ at Hall Place, Bexley, Kent DA5 1PQ on Friday 14 July 2017 Pick-up will be at 09:00hrs from Horsham Park’n’Ride off the Hop Oast Roundabout on the A24 We expect to arrive at Hall Place at approx. 10:30hrs Departure time from Hall Place will be at 16:00hrs Depending on traffic, we expect to arrive back at the Horsham Park’n’Ride at approx. 17:30 - 18:00hrs The money you have paid (£30.50*) covers the cost of entry plus transport to & from the venue. Specifically, included in the price of the ticket is access to the following: Flower Arranging Competitions; Floral Trail around the gardens; mini demonstrations on modern floral techniques, styles & tips; the Butterfly Garden Also at the venue, but for which you will have to pay extra: Bird Of Prey Sanctuary; House & Historical Exhibition; There is a Riverside Café on site serving hot & cold drinks, light lunches, snacks, cakes, etc There is also a Pub next to the venue serving a range of hot & cold meals Sussex Kidney Trust is celebrating their Golden Anniversary, on Saturday 5th August at 2pm in Henfield Hall. “Strictly Suspect with Fi Steps and Flowers”. Tickets £8 and £10 from Daphne Griffin. There will be a list of Area Events with dates on the Notice Board for you to read at the June meeting. I look forward to seeing you there. Joyce Skeet, Chairman.
We had a lovely demonstration by Gill Sadler in April with her title “Sussex Life” and we certainly got around the county with her music. Veronica Pooley won the “Judges Choice” Cup with her “Beachy Head” exhibit. Well done Veronica! In May we have Hazel McGregor coming and her title is “By Appointment to....” The competition is “Afternoon Tea”, so why not have a go? The meeting starts at 7.30pm and all the arrangements that Hazel does will be raffled at the end of the evening. Workshop titled “Weaving on Rings” on June 20th Lots of members put their hands up to take part in this workshop with Louise Mosey. There will be a leaflet of what’s needed for those taking part, and Louise plans to have the hoops available at 50p each at the meeting. She also plans to send a board around for those who may want to buy some items. Sounds like an exciting and creative evening! For those of you not taking part in the workshop, we would appreciate your advice and help while we work and you are enjoying the refreshments! Coffee Morning Sat 24th June in Warnham Village Hall from 10am - 12 Noon. If you have any Bric a Brac or Books or would like to donate any nice items for the Tombola, please bring to the May or June meetings or speak to Pamela Franczak or myself, as we can arrange to collect. If you have any crochet cotton that needs a home, please bring to the meeting as I am busy crocheting coasters and dishcloths for the craft stalls! We have had a request for cotton aprons so if there is anyone willing to design and make some, or anything else, please do! Thanks to all those who have pledged to supply various cakes etc for the Coffee morning, I will send the board around again at the May meeting in case you missed it. National Flower Arrangers Day 5th May Pamela Franczak and Alexandra Fairbrother put arrangements in the Village halls of Warnham and Capel. They also put flyers to promote the club. Well done ladies. Dates for your Diary -Floramania, Can all those who are going on this outing please pay Michelle King the remaining £20.50 at the May meeting please. -Members Day 5th June - Lunch in a box, £16 and collect your ticket from Michelle King. -East Preston Floral Club Art & Flower Exhibition Sat 3rd June & Sun 4th June 10am – 5pm and Mon 5th June 10am – 4pm. Admission 50p. -Wisborough Green Horticultural Society are holding Horticultural & Craft Shows on Sun 18th June at 2pm and Mon 28th Aug at 2pm. See Joyce for schedules. -Sussex Kidney Trust is celebrating its Golden Anniversary on Sat 5th August at 2pm with “Fi Steps with Flowers” in The Henfield Hall. Tickets £8 and raised seating £10. - Sussex Area of NAFAS Inter – Club Competition at Clair Hall on Mon 14th August. Closing date is 14th June. See me for schedule if you would like to enter. - Weald & Downland Museum Singleton 7th and 8th Oct. Autumn Countryside Show I have been sent a list of Area Events with dates, so I have printed the list off and they will be available to read on the notice board at the meeting in May. Joyce Skeet, Chairman
Happy Easter to you all. The next meeting is Tuesday 18th April when Gill Sadler will be demonstrating. Her title is “Sussex Life”. The club competition is “A Sussex Place” – to be named. I attended an Area Chairman’s Coffee morning on 4th April with Pamela Franczak and we had a good time networking with other clubs. A monthly newsletter was one of the ideas that came forward so I am giving it a try! The Lonely Bouquet (5th May) was discussed. Most clubs did not like this as it had connections of someone having died. Suggest we do an arrangement in the foyer of the Village Hall and leave information about the club, time and date of next meeting. Any non member coming to a following meeting with a leaflet would come in free of charge. Members Area Tickets for “Lunch in a Box” on 5th June. Please pay Michelle King £16 at the April meeting if you have put your name on the list. There are a few tickets left so contact Michelle if you want to go. We can arrange lifts if needed so please speak to me at the meeting. WEFC Coffee Morning at Warnham Village hall on 24th June. Everyone plus all your friends are welcome. We plan to have cake, plant and craft stalls plus a raffle. A pledge board for cakes / biscuits etc will be sent round at the meeting so any help would be gratefully appreciated. The committee can arrange to collect cakes on Friday 23rd or they can be dropped off at my house. Outing to Floramania is confirmed for Friday 14th July. Deposits of £10 are now due at the April meeting. There are a few seats left on the coach so please see Michelle King. More details nearer the time. Dates for you Diary - Rustington Society of Floral Art, “A Celebration of Spring” 29th April 10am – 3pm. St Peter & St Paul Parish Hall. Entry free. - East Preston Floral Club Art & Flower Exhibition Sat 3rd June & Sun 4th June 10am – 5pm and Mon 5th June 10am – 4pm. Admission 50p. - Wisborough Green Horticultural Society are holding Horticultural & Craft Shows on Sun 18th June at 2pm and Mon 28th Aug at 2pm. See Joyce for schedules. - Felpham Flower Club. Diamond celebration “A Floral Odyssey” National demonstrator Emily Broomhead. Sat 13th May at 2pm. Tickets £10 - Sussex Kidney Trust is celebrating its Golden Anniversary on Sat 5th August at 2pm with “Fi Steps with Flowers” in The Henfield Hall. Tickets £8 and raised seating £10. - Sussex Area of NAFAS Inter – Club Competition at Clair Hall on Mon 14th August. Closing date is 14th June. See me for schedule if you would like to enter. - Weald & Downland Museum Singleton 7th and 8th Oct. Autumn Countryside Show, Sussex Flower Clubs will be asked to take on a house to decorate it according to the period of the building. More information when I get it from Area. Joyce Skeet Chairman