Sept 2014 Newsletter

Welcome back to our new session, which starts our 40th anniversary year. To commemorate this auspicious time, the committee have been wracking their brains to mark the occasion, and to ensure that the club continues for another 40 years.

We are planning a flower festival to be staged in St. Giles church, a late Spring trip to visit some local gardens, a coffee morning, and a guest demonstrator for the anniversary lunch, but our greatest challenge is to increase the membership, so bring along a friend.

During the summer break, club activities continued with a wonderful lunch and demonstration at which our very talented member Hilda Anderson broke all records by doing 10 designs in one hour, each an inspiration, pictures of the afternoon can be found here.

In July, Hilda and Gill Garrow represented the club in Glasgow, where they staged the design for the cathedral, which was created by club members.

On the 24th, a coach trip went to Glasgow to see the cathedral. It was a beautiful day, a comfortable journey, and the displays were out of this world, to see such an enormous, lovely old building filled with flowers was breathtaking.

I have received two letters from SAFAS: one from the cathedral staff thanking everyone, and one from the SAFAS chairman thanking us for our support in making the event an outstanding success.

To help us to get to know each other better, and create a friendly relaxed atmosphere, we are providing refreshments on arrival as well as at the end of the evening.

Please remember to bring any plants for the sales table.

Dates for the diary

  • Lossiemouth Flower Show: September 20th @Lossie High School
  • Practice class: Tuesday 28th October in our own hall with Sandra Halkett
  • November fund raising night: Thursday 20th November in the community centre due to town hall repairs.
  • Coffee Morning: April 2015
  • National Flower Arranging Day: May 3rd 2015
  • Garden Visit: May 2015
  • 40th Anniversary lunch: 23rd June 2015
  • Flower Festival: St. Giles Church 25th -27th June 2015


Glasgow Flower Festival

The bus trip to Glasgow was a tremendous success, the journey was a pleasure, we did not notice the distance, and the cathedral was magnificent.

As you entered the building you were overwhelmed by the volume of flowers, the pillars on either side had raised pedestals in graduating colours the length of the nave. Between each pillar were designs depicting famous Scots and industries, side chapels and the lower chapels were over flowing with innovative designs on the theme of Scottish history. The standard of work was amazing and the ideas and interpretation outstanding, the weather, flowers and friendship made it truly a day to remember.




Some of the other arrangements in the cathedral were:





Spring Newsletter 2014

Welcome back to our Spring session, which starts with a demonstration from one of our own members Muriel Gerrard. The committee and members have not been idle over the winter months. we have used the time to plan and make a start on the club design for the Glasgow Cathedral Flower Festival. As you know our title is Cashmere so we started our planning with a tour of Johnston’s mill where we were given every assistance as well as some samples to get us started. We hope to keep you up to date with the progress as the design takes shape. We decided on a craft based design incorporating flowers, as it was felt this would be easier to transport, with most of the work being done in advance and setting up would be accomplished without the anxiety of damage to flowers and foliage. We are proposing to run a bus trip to Glasgow on Thursday 24th July so everyone will be able to see the whole festival, not just our own exhibit.

The committee has also been active in planning the coffee morning for 15th March, which will help to fund the Glasgow project. There will be a cake and candy stall as well as a lucky dip, a raffle, a recycled flower accessories table and a ‘everyone’s a winner stall’ but best of all, lovely coffee and home bakes, so please support us and bring along all your friends.

Another venture, which has come to fruition over the break is we now have our own web site. I can hear those who are technologically challenged inwardly groaning thinking what use is that to me? The site will have archive photos, a copy of the syllabus, this news letter, and hopefully pictures and a write up of each months meeting, as well as pictures of other events which we organize. You do not need a computer or abilities to access this, the library have computers for general us and the staff are extremely helpful, so we hope everyone will find it useful at some point.

Dates to Remember

May meeting is 6th which is the first Tuesday of the month.

Club Lunch Tuesday 24th June.

Bus trip July 24th.

An Appeal

The committee is working with very reduced numbers, please come forward and help even if you can just manage 1 year you would be most welcome.