March 2018 : A workshop using Midelino with Helen Hare

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.

Plants and Flowers : a practical evening combining growing plants and cut flowers, February 2018

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.

Plants and flowers, February 2018
Plants and flowers, February 2018


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.

Barbara's birthday, Febrary 2018
Barbara’s birthday, Febrary 2018
Barbara, February 2018
Barbara, February 2018

We also presented our £350 cheque for last year’s charity to Alzheimers’ UK during the evening.


13th November – Christmas workshop ‘In the Round’ tutored by Jenny Abbott and Barb Nancollas


We all love a Christmas workshop: getting into the swing of the festive season with a lovely decoration for our homes, be it a wreath for the door or a placement for the hall or dining table. Jenny and Barb had provided lots of lovely examples, to provide inspiration, as well as foliage etc.

Well done to all who took part – as usual the results were beautiful and very varied. And a big thankyou to Jenny and Barb, who had put a huge amount of time and effort into all the preparation, and gave helpful tips to us all on the night.

An imposed workshop and exhibit : September 2017

Imposed competition, 2017

Imposed competition, 2017
Imposed competition, 2017

This workshop was a huge success. Everyone taking part and everyone watching thoroughly enjoyed themselves. For most, it was a first, never having attempted an imposed before. And didn’t they do well! The arrangements were wonderful, and very varied, considering that everyone had almost the same flowers/foliage. The ‘Best in show’ went to a new member, Marina Thorne, so huge congratulations to her, and to the members’ choice winner, Jan Swift. We are so grateful to Pat Williams and Barbara Mallard, who arranged the whole thing, and put in a huge amount of work to make it such a resounding success.

We were also collecting for our nominated charity this year, which is the Alzheimer’s Society, which we chose having lost a very long-standing and popular member, Barbara Prior, to this scourge earlier in the year.  Many thanks to all our stallholders, who, with the raffle and donations raised a magnificent total of £235 on the night.

Imposed competition, 2017
Imposed competition, 2017


Aspects of Summer – A demonstration with Avril Hill, June 2017

As ever, Avril kept us all entertained, and treated us to a feast of beautiful flowers and arrangements. She said she was apprehensive at Rainham, as we must all have heard her stories before, but she need not have worried!

She had a new assistant, in the form of her sister, Isabel, down from Scotland. A pity that Isabel is now retired as a demonstrator, as I feel that they had the makings of a great double act!

‘Holey Roses’ – a floral celebration at Rochester Cathedral May 27th-June 4th 2017

Jenny Abbott and Barb Nancollas took part in the above, illustrating the Lambeth Charter of 1197 with flowers.

It was a beautiful exhibit, using chiefly garden and wild foliage, flowers and herbs, arranged around a ‘monk’ fashioned from fabric. Credit must go to Barb’s husband, Mike, as well as to the two arrangers, as he was a great help – making ‘ancient seals’ from beeswax!

It was hard work, but the exhibit was much admired, and a credit to Jenny and Barb, and Rainham Club.