PENNINE BORDERS FLOWER CLUB
CRYSTAL ANNIVERSARY -
This year, we are celebrating 15 years as a flower club. We still meet at Meltham Parish Hall, near Holmfirth, on the second Wednesday of the month and we are affiliated to the North East Area of NAFAS.
Looking back, the time has flown, but we have many happy memories. Trips to National shows, large Horticultural shows, Gardens, Flower festivals have been so enjoyable, as have the coffee mornings, dinners and open garden parties which we held over the years. We have exhibited large scale designs twice at the Harrogate Horticultural Show and regularly exhibited a large display at the Penistone show. We have designed and created church flower festivals and members have contributed their skill to many church flower groups, often raising a wonderful amount for charity.
We’ve watched amazing talented demonstrators and been entertained by a many speakers and local crafts teachers.
Members come and go for various reasons, but we still have a loyal core of regular members coming to our demonstrations and workshops, making lasting friendships. We look forward to the future with optimism and hope to continue with fun, friends and flowers.
Written by one of our founder member Sheila Rodgers
Putting down the roots
The Pennine Borders Flower Club was launched in November 2006 with a demonstration by television presenter and florist Carl Wilde. A long standing flower club in Meltham had unfortunately closed several years previously and it was decided to hold the new club on the same evening and in the same venue at Meltham Parish Hall, in order to attract members from the surrounding villages. Sheila Rodgers consulted with Joan O’Brien, Gwynneth Taylor, Maureen Pearson and two previous Chairmen of the old club, Dorothy Firth and Joan Garlick in order to found the new club The concept was to bring together both new and experienced flower arrangers to share their love of flowers and to learn from one another. NAFAS demonstrators, Teachers and Speakers would be invited to share their skills and ideas to stimulate the members. In the first year we quickly recruited 65 members and the membership has continued at this level ever since. Once we were established financially, we were affiliated to the North East Area of NAFAS and some of our members attend Area events as well as Council meetings. We enjoy bi-monthly workshops alternating with demonstrations and, whenever possible, we offer trips to Area or National events. Coffee mornings and charitable events help us to raise money for the club and good causes, and we have been involved in several flower festivals, so we hope that we contribute very much to the local community and the North East Area.
MEMBERSHIP FEES 2022/23
Membership fees are now payable for this current year of £38
We look forward to seeing you again soon to celebrate
fiftheen years of Flowers, Friends and Fun!!.
For and on behalf of PENNINE BORDERS FLOWER CLUB