If you have a love of flowers, like growing them or arranging them, then Leek Floral Art Society could be a good club to join and enhance your abilities. As well as having a monthly meeting with different demonstrators, hands-on workshops and talks, members also have the opportunity to attend a practise class prior to the meeting, led by Lorraine Simcox. This class is free to members and covers all the different aspects of floral art.
If you have a love of flowers, like growing them or arranging them, then Leek Floral Art Society could be a good club to join and enhance your abilities.
As well as having a monthly meeting with different demonstrators, hands-on workshops and talks, members also have the opportunity to attend a practise class prior to the meeting, led by Lorraine Simcox. This class is free to members and covers all the different aspects of floral art.
This year the club is celebrating their Diamond Anniversary and to mark the occasion they are planning a trip to Wollerton Old Hall Garden at Market Drayton – designed by Lesley and John Jenkins.
It has been developed into an important modern garden with echoes of ‘Arts & Crafts’ and covers four acres, consisting of a series of linked garden ‘rooms’ featuring perennials, oak, beech and yew topiary and a wide range of plants. A two-course lunch is included for this trip – all for £22.50.
Places are being opened up to the public so if anyone would like to go get in touch with Suzanne Sheldon on the number shown below.
The Leek Floral Art Society also takes part in Leek Arts Festival with a demonstration at Trinity Church in Derby Street, Leek. This year’s demonstration is on Thursday, May 12 when Janet James, a national demonstrator from Solihull, will be entertaining an audience with ‘I Did It My Way’. Visitors are welcome – admission is £10.
Suzanne Sheldon, current chairperson of the society, said: “We really would like to welcome more members and visitors to our friendly group – we are like an extended family.
“Junior members are also very welcome and the practise class is brilliant if you wish to learn about the principles of design and techniques and help improve your floral art skills.
“We have hands-on workshops where you can create your own design to take home.”
Together with ‘partner in crime’ Carol Alcock, who is Treasurer at the club, Suzanne also runs Rudyard Flower Club – a friendly hands-on workshop held on the first Tuesday of each month at Rudyard Methodist Church.
They will next meet on Tuesday, May 3 at 7.30pm and the theme is ‘Over the Rainbow’, the title of the beginners class from the ‘Flower Design’ schedule at Leek & District Show which the pair also organise.
Suzanne said: “There are so many other things that you can get involved with when you are a member of Leek Floral Art – county shows, RHS shows, flower festivals, Christmas Tree festivals, coffee mornings, outings, community events and events organised by Cheshire Area – the list goes on.
“Nowadays we are all conscious of doing our little bit to help the environment and with this in mind a hands-on workshop is being organised on Saturday, May 21 at Rudyard Methodist Church.
“Led by Mark Entwistle from Sandbach we will be creating two designs without using floral foam which, is the way forward for NAFAS competitions.
“Mark is renowned worldwide for his fantastic talent in floral art and we always have a fantastic time. If you would like to join us, please contact me for full details.”
The Leek Floral Art Society is a member of the Cheshire area of NAFAS (National Association of Flower Arranging Societies).
If any ladies, gentleman or juniors are interested in finding out more about Leek Floral Art then contact Suzanne Sheldon by calling 07518 074185 or by emailing email@example.com.
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