Congratulations to Elaine Taylor NIGFAS
Lower Bann Floral Art Society for gaining Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show 2021
Due to the ongoing health pandemic it has been decided that the NIGFAS AGM will be held via Zoom.
Your Club Chairmen will have all the relevant information about this event by Thursday 5th August 2021.
Competition in associationwith our Zoom AGM
Please ensure all entries are with our Competition Secretary Elaine Taylor by 10th September 2021-12 midnight
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Patrick's Day Exhibits
All Foliage Design
Virtual Competition You are the Judge
Cast your vote below, after viewing all the exhibits
Select your favourite exhibit below and dont forget to press VOTE
You can vote for only ONE exhibit and you can only cast your vote ONCE
Closing Date for these exhibits is Wednesday 24/03/2021 at 12 Noon
Saint Patrick's Day exhibits
People's choice awards
The votes have been counted and checked and include our new voting system on the
New NIGFAS Website page and the votes from the Facebook page
These are the Winners
1st place Exhibit 9 Londonderry and District Floral Art Society
2nd place Exhibit 12 Newry and District Floral Art Society
3rd place exhibit 2 Armagh and District Floral Art Group
4th exhibit 10 Lower Bann Floral Art Society
1st Place Londonderry and District Floral Art Society
2nd Place Newry and District Floral Art Society
3rd Place Armagh and District Floral Art Group
4th Place Lower Bann Floral Art Society
A REMINDER TO ALL CLUBS FROM OUR CHAIR, KATHERINE KEAR ~
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.
NIGFAS Afternoon Tea
Roberta Orr Area Demonstrator
Fantastic Afternoon with the beautiful Exhibits that Roberta produced on the Afternoon Zoom
NIGFAS Afternoon Daffodil Tea by Zoom
Competition Title "Maximise The Minimum "
1st Place Diane Wynne Bangor Flower Club, 2nd PlaceSharon Campbell Lower Bann Floral Art Society,
3rd Place Janette Graham Lower Bann Floral Art Society, 4th Place Sharon Wilson Greenisland Flower Arrangement Society
Commended Suzanne Martin Holywood Floral Art Society, Commended Diane Taylor Lower Bann Floral Art Society
Very Highly Commended Edel Michael Mid - Ulster Floral Art Society, Very Highly Commended Evelyn Conn Lower Bann Floral Art Society
NIGFAS Afternoon Daffodil Tea by Zoom Competition Title "Maximise The Minium "
Open Class Winners
1st Place Liz Manning Londonderry &District Floral Art Society,
2nd Place Hilda Mc Clements Comber Flower Club
Joint 3rd Place Pat Leahey Holyeood and Inspirations Flower Clubs,
Joint 3rd Place Margaret Bamford Ballymena Floral Art Group
Commended Aine Mc Gunniess Lurgan &DistrictFlower Arrangement Society,
Commended Mary Knox Ballymena Floral Art Group,
Highly Commended Johann Henderson Holywood and Inspirations Flower Clubs,
Highly Commended Maureen Mulligan Holywood Floral Art Society
Very Highly Commended Lorraine o Brien Inspirations Contemporary Flower Group,
Very Highly Commended Anne Johnston Omagh Floral Art Society
Daffodil Tea - Virtually Of Course
By Liz Manning NIGFAS President
How things have changed, it's all so strange,
What can we do for the members of our clubs?
No face to face, no big events, club meetings on hold and flower friends missed,
Facebook info isn't quite the same.
"I know" Marretta our Chairman said,
"What about a Daffodil Tea - Virtual of course!!
We've done the zoom committee meetings, we've managed our zoom Council meetings, sure
If we get 100 members to join won't that be fun"
So plans were made, a date set, competitions decided on, demonstrator booked, invite to the NAFAS Chairman, clubs informed,
All done "Virtually of course"!
And just to add more interest, we will get our Media Officer Bernie to launch our new website.
Stress levels rose as the numbers climbed, passed 100 and counting.
More Zoom committee meetings sorted things out.
How would we get all the IT sorted?
Peter, NAFAS Director to the rescue - Weren't we glad to have him on board.
Competition entries were photographed and off to Susan our Judge they went- virtually of course.
We reorganised our demonstrators kitchen, tested sound, ran through everything one more time and prayed that we would get everyone logged on
Daffodil Tea Day arrived, now just 214 signed up to join- it was a slow start letting people in,
But once they entered "Oh boy the noise", so happy to chat to friends they hadn't seen for so long.
Our NAFAS Chairman Katherine Kerr spoke of Spring, and put us in a hopeful mood.
Afternoon tea- tables all in their glory(set the night before) and competition presentation- virtually of course.
And then "What a thrill" a stunning demonstration and great chat.
Demonstrator Roberta Orr so relaxed in her kitchen-virtually of course
Zoom chat was discovered, and info was relayed launched lovely informal atmosphere arose- questions answered, tips given all the while members enjoying their tea.
Bernie launched the website- What a triumph and relief, suitably toasted with a glass of champagne.
Please look us up we think it's great, a lot of hard work but worth it in the end.
Another poem from Katherine Kerr and somewhere along the line Peter left us his "Covid Jag" to get.
Lots of thanks to so many people and what an absolutely fabulous day we had-" VIRTUALLY OF COURSE"
The buzz, wonderful comments, we're all on a high and thankful our Chairman pushed us to try
Only one problem, time to think
Now What's next?
Photo Galleries of Our Past Events
NIGFAS Day 7th March 2020
Floral Art and Photography Winners
Floral Art Competition National Judge Rita Braithwaite
National Speaker Brenda Eyers
National Demonstrator David Thomson
NIGFAS Chairman Liz Manning
Photography Judge Brian Hennessey
NIGFAS AGM October 2019
NAFAS National Demonstrator Coral Gardiner Title " The WOW Factor "
Floral Art Competition Title Words! Words! Words!
National Judge Christine Picton
Executive Committee and Past NIGFAS Chairmen
Door Arrangement by Ann Johnston Omagh Floral Art Society
Armagh & District Floral Art Society provided Tea/ Coffee and a group of members enjoying their morning break
NIGFAS Day March 2019
Jan Law Chairman of NAFAS joined us for the Day, Christne Hughes Demonstrator,
Liz Manning NIGFAS Chairman, Sandra Carson Founder Chairman of theTeacher's Association
and Maurice Parkinson NIGFAS Patron
Door Arrangement by Edel Michael Mid - Ulster Flower Club
Ann Johnston received Best Individual Exhibit
This was the Inaugural year for the Sandra Carson JDS&E Trophy won by Alan Beatty
All Prize winners are shown in the Gallery