Bradford on Avon Flower Club Newsletter August 2015
As members of the Flower Club already know our programme secretary Lucy Ellis passed her National Demonstrator’s test taken at the end of July in Thornbury. This involved a lot of hard work on her part. Well Done Lucy- we are all proud of you!
Here are 2 of the designs that she did for her test.
After the success of the cream tea in June the club will be donating £200 to Jilly’s choice of charity- the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.
The club was asked if we could provide an informal flower demonstration to the residents of Firlawn Nursing Home in Holt. Cynthia Booth and Merle Edwards did this on 31st July and also made some small table arrangements to present to the residents.
Thursday 6th August Garden Outing to the Yeo Valley Organic Garden
We are meeting at 2pm at the Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Holt Farm, Bath Road, Blagdon, Bristol BS40 7SQ. Entrance is £5.
On their web site is says the following:-
"Don’t use satellite navigation- you won’t find us. Instead click on our link to Google Maps on our Contacts and Enquiries page. Please note we are not at Yeo Valley HQ- we are by Lag and Holt Farm off the A368 between Blagdon and Ubley”
Their web site is note there is no practice class in August
Thursday 3rd September Demonstration by David Martin “Visions of Cornwall” 7.30pm at Holt Village Hall.
David Martin passed his National Demonstrator’s test at the same time as Lucy so this meeting has the bonus of having a National demonstrator visiting us!
Those of us who have seen David demonstrate before know we are in for a treat.
Here is one of the designs David did for his test.
To encourage people who have never been to a demonstration before- entrance to visitors will be free.
As usual afterwards there will be tea/coffee and home made cakes.
There will be a sales table selling items for flower arranging eg Oasis, wires, ribbon etc. If you have any spare plants or have made lots of chutneys/jams please bring them along to sell on the sales table and help raise funds for the club.
“Magna Flora” Salisbury Cathedral Tuesday 15th September to Sunday 20th of September.
This flower festival is part of a wider programme to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta.
The cathedral will be full of flowers including a design by members of our club. Maureen Faraway, Jan Jones, Cynthia Booth and Liz Harris were given the following phrase from the Magna Carta to interpret:-
“We will appoint as justices, constables and sherrifs, or other officials, only men that know the Law of the Realm and are minded to keep it well”
So make sure to look out for their design if you are going.
Tickets are £11 and can be purchased on line or telephone 01722 555120
Practice class Wednesday 23rd September 7.30pm URC Hall in Holt.
Please note this date has changed from the last Wednesday of the month to the previous week.
This will be a layered design using fruit and berries. Rosemary will bring along an example of what she would like you to have a go making to the 3rd September meeting. As always beginners are very welcome and will receive all the help they need. If you are interested please phone Rosemary on 01225 858751.
Open Christmas Demonstration Wednesday 4th November 7.30pm at St Laurence School, Bradford on Avon.
Please note that this is not the third Thursday of the month as Lee could not make Thursday 5th November which would have been our normal meeting date.
The demonstrator is Lee Berill with “Winter Wonderland” Tickets are £12- members £10 which includes a glass of wine and refreshments. There will be a raffle to give you a chance to win one of the demonstrator’s wonderful designs also an extensive sales table.
For tickets and more information please contact 01225 863640.
Christmas Workshop in Masonic Hall in Bradford on Avon Saturday 5th
Following the success of this workshop last year we are repeating it but with the choice of making a fresh Christmas Wreath or a table arrangement.
The price of the session is £25 and includes everything you need to make either a Christmas wreath or a Christmas table arrangement- tuition by Margaret Murray and Lucy Ellis plus tea/coffee and home made cakes. We do need to know when you book which you would like to make.
Margaret and Lucy are there to help so even if you have never tried anything like this before they will be there to assist you so why not come along and have a go.
Holy Trinity Christmas Tree Festival 8th to 13th of December
This ever popular event will be taking place once again this year and the Flower Club will be decorating a tree there. If you have never been the whole church is filled with trees decorated by all sorts of local organisations, businesses etc and looks quite magical as dusk approaches and the lights on the trees start to glow.
Doctor’s Surgery Flowers.
I was sent these photos by the Doctor’s surgery. They are putting photos of the arrangements the committee members are placing in the surgery on the News section of their website- and also putting a link to our latest newsletter.
Jonathan Moseley at Country Baskets 14th October
Jenny Payne of North Wilts Flower Club is again organising an evening event at Country Baskets in Nova Way, Avonmouth Bristol. BS11 9DJ. For the last few years it has been to raise money for the Chelsea entry this year. She is now organising it to raise money for Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK.
Doors open at 5pm with a demonstration by Jonathan Moseley- International Demonstrator and Florist from 6.30-7.30. The doors open at 5 to give you a chance to look around the huge wholesaler and purchase all you need. Have a look on line to see what a huge range of things they stock. are £5 in advance from Jenny 01666 577455 or
Museli cake Recipe
Quite a few people asked for this recipe at the last meeting so here it is!
175g self raising flour
190g demerara sugar
3 eggs- beaten
Place the museli in a small bowl and pour over the milk. Mix well and leave to stand for 30 mins.
Grease and line an 18cm- 7 inch diameter round cake tin.
Mix together the flour and 175g of the sugar. Rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
Add the eggs and museli and beat well.
Spoon into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Sprinkle over the remaining sugar and bake in the oven at 180 degrees C for 1 and a quarter hours until well risen.
Turn out and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Advance notice of a couple of events the committee are planning for next year.
August Outing. After much discussion we decided to organize a trip to Kew Gardens on Saturday 6th August 2016. Here are a couple of photos to whet your appetite! Cath is already booking the coach so put the date in your diaries!
Workshop with Jonathan Moseley.
To try something different we have managed to book Jonathan Moseley to run a workshop on Tuesday 13th October 2016. It will be a full day with Jonathan demonstrating 2 designs (still to be decided) and he then circulates helping everyone. All those coming will be asked to bring a plate of food for a sharing lunch. This will be suitable for beginners as well as more experienced people as a lot of help will be available. Much more information on this later.
Finally a note about membership of the club. We welcome visitors to our meetings and the cost is £5 per meeting. After 3 visits we ask that you should join the club. The annual cost is £40 which is good value for the amount of things organised- also the amount you have paid as a visitor is then taken off the membership.
(on behalf of the committee)