I don’t usually blog about the AGM. For obvious reasons it is not our favourite meeting of the year! But this year we had Jim Buttress as our after business speaker, and what a treat this turned out to be.
Jim spoke for an hour on his career in horticulture, but it seemed like 10 minutes; we were all thoroughly entertained, and are grateful to him for turning out on a January evening to visit us.
The Swinging Sixties! It’s probably true to say that most of us in the club remember those days, but I hope our younger members also enjoyed the evening. We had traditional buffet food, with delicious puddings, and excellent entertainment by Bruce Winters (who had a hit in the sixties!). Many thanks to all our committee members who worked hard preparing the food, and to our two ‘Barbaras’ who spent many hours preparing the lovely table decorations, and to Alison for providing a wonderful raffle.
The work was outstanding on this evening – the colours were beautiful, and as usual the interpretations were incredibly varied. We really are lucky to have so many talented arrangers in our club.
We were also collecting for our charity, ‘One Family’ on the evening, and many thanks to the committee and members who put much work into arranging and manning the tombola and bring and buy stalls. Our thanks also to Kaye, who brought along some lovely jams and chutneys for sale.
What a lovely evening! As usual Avril did us proud – wonderful flowers and arrangements, and at the end the stage looked stunning.
It is difficult to believe that this is the last time that Avril will demonstrate for us. As she reminded us, she actually retired from demonstrating at the end of last year, but agreed to do this last demo for us as it is our Diamond Anniversary year. Over the years we have enjoyed many fantastic and amusing demonstrations by Avril, and we would like to extend our very grateful and affectionate thanks for them all.
However, she continues to teach, so we are hopeful that we may be able to persuade her to lead a workshop in the future, and of course, we hope to see her occasionally at club.
Inspired by Diane Norman’s fascinating demonstration in July, we tried our hand at Ikebana. And it was great fun! The results were splendid and colourful, and whilst they may not have been immediately recognised by a Japanese master, we felt they were very successful!
We all enjoyed a lovely evening on the 11th June, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the founding of Rainham Flower Club. We were delighted to be joined by several special guests, including past chairmen of the club, and also by the President and Chairman of the Kent Area of NAFAS.
The hall looked wonderful, decorated with orchids on each table, and we had a very tasty meal. We then enjoyed listening to local singer Peter Kneebone, who had stepped in at very short notice, for which we are very grateful. His music was so good, that a few of us could not resist a little dancing…
Unfortunately, our current chairman was ill, and unable to be present, which was hard, considering all the work which she had put into making the evening a success! Many thanks to all the committee and members who worked hard to make the evening so memorable.
Well done to all the Rainham members who exhibited at the show over the weekend of May 26th-28th. Whether you won awards or not, you all made us proud with your inspiring work.
The exhibits were wonderful, and a special mention for Jacqui Harman, who received the show’s Novice Award, having come second in the novice class, and having won 1st prize in the open class ‘Frozen’. Huge congratulations, Jacqui – a novice no longer!
Other award winners in each class were:
‘Footlights’ – 2nd for Verity Prior
‘The Tempest’ – Highly Commended for Verity
‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Novice) in addition to Jacqui’s 2nd prize, Lex Sergent was awarded Very Highly Commended, Elaine Smith a Highly Commended, and Jackie Browning a Commended.
‘Canterbury Tales’ – 3rd for Janet Grainger
‘My Fair Lady’ – another Highly Commended for Verity
‘Blithe Spirit’ – another 3rd for Janet Grainger, and another Very Highly Commended for Lex Sergent
One of Rainham Club’s talented members, Alison Lowther, has placed this lovely arrangement in Wigmore Library, Rainham, in celebration of the above day on 3rd May. Our grateful thanks to Alison for doing it on behalf of us all.
Graham did not have the best of journeys getting to us, but gave us a lovely demonstration, with beautiful flowers and foliage. He kept us all amused with his self-deprecating humour, but he is obviously a very talented man, and inspired our members with his crafted leaves and flowers, and, of course, pots and containers. There were demands for a workshop with Graham to learn some of his skills, so it is fair to say that we were all impressed!
Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable evening, Graham, and we hope the homeward journey was better.