NAFAS News

Upcoming Events for

NAFAS Chairman Katherine Kerr and

President of NAFAS Michael Bowyer in 2022

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Winner of the National Chairman's Challenge September title " Back to School "

Winner of The August Chairman's Challenge Title "A Picnic on The Beach "

Winner of the July Chairman Challenge Title "Happy Holidays"

Winner of The June National Chairman's Challenge Title "Wedding Times"

Blenheim Palace

Floral Art Competition

25 - 26 - 27 June 2021

These are the results for

The NAFAS National Virtual Spring Show

The Video for all the Winners , Highly Commended and Commended can be viewed on our Video Page along with all the other Videos recorded during the Spring Show



NAFAS April Virtual Spring Show

The Spring ……The Happy Time of Singing Birds is Come

The April Virtual Show is nearly upon us.  Included hereunder is a breakdown of dates and times for viewing everything.  Look out for a taster on YouTube from March 28th to whet the appetite! 

On YouTube:

1st video (Demonstrator: Angela Turner – Where Flowers Bloom, So Does Hope) uploaded on Monday 5th April

2nd (Speaker: Susan Shaw – You Are Never Too Old!) uploaded on Wednesday 7th April

3rd (Education: Susie Barwick – How to Make a Wall Hanging Design) uploaded on Friday 9th April

4th (Demonstrator: Nick Grounds – Renewal, Rebirth, Recycle) uploaded on Monday 12th April

5th (Speaker: Rita Braithwaite – Drawn to Nature) uploaded on Wednesday 14th April

6th (Education: Jane Rickard – How to Make a Washi Paper Ring) uploaded on Friday 16th April

7th (Demonstrator: David Ryland – Awakening) uploaded on Monday 19th April

8th (Speaker: Simone Squire – Pass Me That Bulb) uploaded on Wednesday 21st April

9th (Education: Sharon Dower – Ideas Using Copper Wire Mesh) uploaded on Friday 23rd April

Competition – “Springtime”

Video of winning competition images uploaded on Monday 26th April.  All other competition entries will be viewable on Facebook from the same date










NAFAS Membership

The Association was formed over 60 years ago and has a membership of approx 46,000. The structure of the membership was formed through members belonging to one of our existing Clubs within the 21 geographical areas of NAFAS.

To find out more from your area please visit our website

https://www.nafas.org.uk/nafas-areas/



National Flower Arranging Day
Will be going ahead this year on May 7 th - with changes necessary to fit in with current policies nationwide.
Please encourage all members you come in contact with to join in.

We are using our homes to firstly mark the day but maybe more importantly

to give a little cheer and sign of hope, maybe remembering the saying:

“If you hold a flower close to your heart you will see only beauty and hope”.

The task is to put a ‘something floral’ on a front door, front gate, front fence..... you will get the picture.

Use wherever there is in your home that can be seen from the road and path.
We cannot have people picking up posies left in public places so this is our best option.
You can make of it what you choose, a single bloom and bow, posy on a gate,

baskets on a gate post, swag on a fence or a wicker ring on the front door.

The latter proved so popular when we did our Rings of Hope last summer for the NHS.

Some clubs told their local newspapers so the same could be done this time.
Have fun creating and please share your creations with us!




Downloadable Booklets

We are delighted to be able to offer you a small selection of FREE downloadable booklets, which we hope you enjoy. Our grateful thanks go to all those involved in the creation and design of these booklets.

📷 Click the link to get your copies https://www.nafas.org.uk/about-us/free-downloads/



NAFAS Books

Time sees great change everywhere, ideas, opinions, technology, and economics all leave a mark. NAFAS has changed over its 60 plus years and will continue to in order to become relevant and attract more members.

Time, however, does not change the basis of the Elements and Principles we use in flower arranging as Pam Bluer, past Chairman of the National Education Committee mentions in the first edition of this book, that knowledge is essential.

We are delighted to be republishing this popular book, in which the understanding and meaning of contemporary floral design is relevant to the here and now.

Visit our website for more information https://www.nafas.org.uk



A REMINDER TO ALL CLUBS FROM OUR CHAIR, KATHERINE KEAR
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National CHAIRMAN’S CHALLENGE.
Given we are going to be less active for longer than we had hoped I am setting my CC as a simple way of giving clubs a chance to work on a simple project. Each month will have a title and areas are invited to ask each club to produce something to illustrate that title, it does not have to be an arrangement, it can be a collection of items as an assemblage, a collection of plants, containers etc., clubs are only limited by their imaginations.
The area collects all the photographs of the entries, one from each club that wants to take part, the area then emails the image they think best to me and then the board will award points.
There will be a small prize for the area with the most points at the end of the year.

Obviously whilst lockdown lasts clubs will have to appoint one member to produce the entry.
I am not setting areas against each other, just trying to keep creative juices going and ensure

the whole association remains active and interactive, only support this as an area if you choose.
Entries to Chairman by the last day of the competition month.

A selection of images will be put on our website, face book, etc.

The sending of the image presumes you give permission for it to be used wherever NAFAS chooses.
December - A Festive gift.
January - Burns night.
February - Valentine time.
March - A spring bonnet.
April - no competition as we have our virtual show.
May - May Day celebrations.
June - Wedding time.
July - Happy holidays.
August - A Picnic on the beach.
September - Back to school.
October - Here comes autumn.
November - Remember, remember the 5th of November.
Look out for the regular Looking Forward News sheets.
Best wishes Katherine Kear.

Chairman's Challenge Gallery of Results Results

Congratulations to Vicki Tuffen, South Midlands area, winner of our Januarys Chairman Challenge entrants - 'Burns Night'.

Standards were, again, incredibly high!

Congratulations to Glinnis Beard Devon and Cornwall, winner of February Chairman's Challengeentrants -

Valentine's Time



NAFAS National Springtime Show

We are all looking forward to April when ‘SPRINGTIME’ - our first Virtual National Show takes place.
There will be demonstrations, talks and ‘how to’ sessions all viewable on our various media platforms

throughout the month.
We have had a record number of entries to the competition and are eagerly waiting to see them all.
More information to follow nearer the time.


The National Demonstrators Committee remain optimistic and hopeful that we will be able to hold the National Tests in 2021 and if needs demand, we may have to provisionally adjust the current guidelines.  There are 12 enthusiastic and very capable candidates who hopefully will enhance the National Demonstrators List in the future

The Tests are on Wednesday April 21st and Thursday April 22nd 2021, 10.00am to 4.30pm at Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich CW9 5QJ.

Tickets £12 per person per day are available from Vanessa Keys at Headquarters, [email protected].  Cheques are payable to NAFAS – please include a SAE. Card payment can be made by calling Headquarters on 020 7247 5567. Digital tickets will be issued.

EVENT DETAILS

Where

Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich CW9 5WJ

When

Start: Wednesday 21st April 2021End: Thursday 22nd April 2021


NAFAS NEWS

The Spring Edition of NAFAS News contains:

* A letter from the National Chairman, Katherine Kear

* A feature on a special service at Westminster Abbey

* World news from Ireland and Kenya

* Latest Club news

* Anniversary Celebrations

* National Photography Competition winners 2020

* Reports from our Demonstrators, Education, Judges, Speakers and Photography Committees

* A letter to our Young Members

To download your copy please visit our website 📷 https://www.nafas.org.uk


The Chelsea Flower Show

will now take place in the autumn this year, Covid allowing

But we only have to wait until May for their Virtual Show!

For the first time in the 108-year history of the Show, we are postponing #RHSChelsea 2021

to take place in the autumn instead of spring,

due to the worldwide pandemic. The Show will now run between 21-26 September.




The Flower Arranger

The Flower Arranger is the UK’s leading floral art magazine. It is packed with inspirational designs,

essential tips and techniques from top floral artists, trends, seasonal ideas and step-by-step projects.

📷 It is published quarterly and available to everyone in leading newsagents, via your local flower club or by subscribing.

For more information click the link 📷

📷 https://www.nafas.org.uk/the-flower-arranger-magazine/