February 2020 – An arrangement without floral foam

We all had fun doing this arrangement, and as usual our members were innovative and creative. The members’ choice winner was Jackie, with a colourful and seasonal creation.

Some of the lovely designs
A representative from Headway Medway, our charity for this year, with our chairman, Trish, vice-chairman Verity, member Jan and our newly installed president, Liz
Our artists at work…

August 2019 – our indoor garden party

Our party was a great success – lovely food, wonderful table decorations, a superb raffle. Also entertainment in the form of an ‘imposed’ competition between two of our talented arrangers, Alison and Elaine. They did a superb job; not easy in front of the whole club to improvise like that!

Congratulations to all the members who brought an arrangement in a cup and saucer. They were all delightful, and the members’ choice 20 pences added up to £24 for our charity. Angela’s beautiful arrangement was the members’ winner.

Landscapes: a practical evening, June 2019

Landscapes June 2019 1
Landscapes June 2019 1

What an evening! The rain was coming down in stair-rods, and we honestly thought that only the committee would turn up! We underestimated our members, and kudos to those who came.

The evening was a great success (if on a smaller scale than usual). Our thanks to Pat for doing an example of a landscape, and giving some pointers, and to Barbara and Verity who commented on the arrangements at the end of the evening.

The finished work was of a high standard, and, as usual very varied. As expected, much of the flowers and foliage were from the garden and hedgerow, and I think we all gained some tips on wild foliage. Well done everyone, and let’s hope the weather is better in July!

Landscapes June2019 2
Landscapes June2019 2

Landscapes June 2019 3
Landscapes June 2019 3

Area Show May 2019

Many congratulations to all our members who entered the show. You all did some wonderful work, and we had many prizes.

Alison Lowther received a first prize in the class, ‘Pearl Divers’ and was also highly commended for her ‘Suffused with Diamonds’. Our secretary, Marina Thorne, was awarded the NOVICE Award for the show, and had prizes in two classes including a second prize for her ‘Fragments of beauty’.

Janet Grainer had four awards, one in each class she entered, including a third with her miniature ‘Birth Stones’.  Carole Springett and Verity Prior also won awards in the pedestal class, ‘It’s a kind of magic’.

Well done everyone, you have made the club proud.

The Pearl Divers
The Pearl Divers

Suffused with diamonds
Suffused with diamonds

May, 2019 ‘The link is green’ – demonstration by Robin White

Thanks once again to the inimitable Robin, for giving us a wonderful evening, full of fun, and beautiful flowers.

We all love having Robin come to demonstrate, as we are sure to laugh out loud, as well as to admire his exquisite arrangements. 

Robin never seems to take himself too seriously, but he truly is one of the best demonstrators we have had the pleasure of welcoming to Rainham.

Please come back soon!

April 2019 – Easter Bonnets

The most unusual meeting we have ever had, I think! The floor of the hall was being re-surfaced, and we were in the actual church, with our Easter creations below the Communion rail! It was probably fortunate that we were decorating bonnets, rather than the usual placement work, but all went well.

There was, as usual, some lovely work. We had bonnets large, and bonnets small – bonnets tasteful and artistic, and bonnets fun and wacky! The competition was won by Jackie, a very worthy winner, with a fabulous hat covered in chicks, eggs and every Easter motif! Congratulations!