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.
We all had some fun incorporating Midelino cane into our designs: Helen had provided three lovely examples, which some lucky raffle winners took home later. There were lots of Spring flowers being used – lovely tulips in particular, providing vibrant colours.
Thank you to Helen for providing an original and enjoyable evening.
As usual the variety of finished work was amazing – our talented members created lovely pots in vibrant colours, and our thanks to Pat Williams who kindly commented briefly on all the designs, and to our other committee members who helped members with suggestions if required as work progressed.
We celebrated the big birthday of a founder member of our club, Barbara Mallard, who is still our President, and one of our most active members. Barbara was presented with a lovely bouquet, with our love and very best wishes. We hope Barbara knows how grateful we are for her huge contribution to Rainham Club over all those years.
We also presented our £350 cheque for last year’s charity to Alzheimers’ UK during the evening.