Normally this month we would be preparing for our AGM but with still uncertain times with regard to Covid restrictions we will hold our AGM as a virtual zoom meeting.

February 2020 was the last time we were able to meet but during all those weeks of lockdown our members were busy doing what they enjoy – Arranging Flowers.

Here are just a few memories from March – December.

Members decorated their doors with Rings of Hope in support of NHS & Key workers.

Our member June Rowland submitted a photograph to the National Portrait Gallery of herself with the Ring of Hope she created as part of the “Hold Still 2020” Campaign which was supported by The Duchess of Cambridge. June’s photograph was unfortunately not selected to be included in the 100 images but she did receive a lovely reply from the Gallery together with a Thank you from HM The Queen.

We enjoyed several afternoon teas socially distanced in member’s gardens.

Members took part in several virtual competitions and gained several awards.

Weekly quizzes and puzzles were given to members, mostly flower or garden related but interspersed with lots of other topics.

Members were able to view Nafas Demonstrations via Zoom or Youtube – we so miss our monthly meetings when we watch these talented designers arrange flowers in such a beautiful way. We are just thankful that technology is able to bring our love of flower arranging to a wider audience.

Projects were set for members to create designs at home.

‘IN ISOLATION’   an arrangement using just one flower/one leaf.

‘CREATE A DESIGN USING ITEMS YOU WOULD RECYCLE’ members came up with creative ideas using cardboard packaging, tin cans, bubble wrap, light fittings, shoes, coffee jars to name a few.

‘RULE OF 6’  create a design using just 6 pieces of plant material.

‘LEAF MANIPULATION’ create interesting designs using garden foliage.

Halloween designs proved a popular project and of course Christmas is always a lovely time to have flowers around the home.

In December members left flowers in and around the town to bring a little cheer to a stranger.

So whilst it may have been a “different” year we have managed to stay in touch with all of our members.

We hope it is not too long before our meetings can resume in the meantime you can find us on Facebook or check out our website Http://