SAFAS   Scottish Association of Flower Arrangement Societies  
Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club

SAFAS Club Information

Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club

Meeting day: Wednesday at 7.30pm

Venue: The Tolbooth

Address: High Street,
Forres,
IV36 1NX


Subscription: £35 per year Number of meetings per year : 8

Chairman: Mrs Jean Holder Treasurer: Mrs Karine Carson


The club founded in 1959 was formed to promote ‘Friendship through Flowers’ the aim may still be the same but  with an association with the Scottish and National Associations of Floral Art Societies we have developed into the era of technology. Access to new way to communicate, along with access to a greater variety of plant materials from around the world and the continuing opportunity to experience the talents of demonstrators from all over the country who visit our club to entertain and inspire our members.

We recently moved our venue to The Old Court Room of The Tolbooth, High Street, Forres. This interesting historical building has proved to be most popular.

The club meets eight times a year usually 2nd Wednesday of a month. We look forward to enrol new members and welcome visitors. You do not need to be able to arrange flowers just have an interest. Enjoy a relaxing evening watch a professional demonstrator construct exhibits to depict a named theme. The arrangements are raffled so there is the opportunity to win one and enjoy it in your own home.  Refreshments are served after the demonstration and we have some fine home baking.

 Those who wish to be more actively involved may join in with some of our own very talented members. Over the years groups and individuals have decorated a variety of public and private venues for a wide variety of occasions (Flower & Garden festivals, Weddings, Competitions and more) in and out- with the area.  Practice classes can be organised also excursions to various events and interaction with other clubs.

Contact Club if you require more information, or just turn up.

PROGRAMME

The new session for 2016/2017 begins with opening meeting on 14 September, when the club will welcome members and hope to enrol some new members. The syllabus for the year is as follows:

Meetings are held at 7.30pm in The Old Court Room, Tolbooth, High Street, Forres, IV36 1NX

2016

Wednesday 14 September

 Demonstration by Christine McKenna from Dundee

Subject Title: “The World is Your Oyster”

Wednesday 12 October

Demonstration by Kathleen Gibson from Blaydon on Tyne.

Subject Title: “Around the World”

Wednesday 9 November

Demonstration by Derek Morgan from Morecambe, Lancs.

 Subject Title: Woodland Walks”

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Wednesday 14 December

Christmas Dinner

“Party Time”

To be held at The Club House Hotel, Nairn

 

2017

Wednesday 8 March

Members Evening

“Workshop & Competition” details to be announced.

Wednesday 12 April

Demonstration by John Dalton from Cumbria 

Subject Title:  “Spring is in the Air”

Wednesday 10 May

Demonstration by Jean McClure from Cleveland

Subject Title: “Fascinating Flowers”

Wednesday 7 June – AGM

Demonstration by John McDonald from Auchterarder

Subject Title: “Celebration”

 

Also Fundraising events to support the club and local charities:

Saturday 5 November 10am to 4pm and Sunday 6th November 2016 2 to 4pm.: 

Autumn Flower Festival: “November Magic”

The Tolbooth Forres.

 

Saturday 25 March 2017. 10am to 12. noon 

Coffee Morning.

The Town Hall, Forres

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June is the month our cub holds its AGM when we review the events of the year and seek a committee to administer the running of the club.  Like all clubs we have a very small core committee. It continues to be difficult to replace team members when they stand down, as most members have served many terms in the past.

Our club was well entertained by some excellent and experienced demonstrators recently. John Dalton from Cumbria in April.  Humorous stories of his experiences of the life of a floral designer were flamboyantly illustrated with a wonderful selection of flowers and plant material. John has travelled all over UK demonstrating and entering competitions with great success; most recently at the Chelsea flower show this year.

 In May Jean McClure, by contrast provided a delightful and immaculately presented demonstration of more compact designs set in some interesting containers, with a good selection of colourful flowers.

John McDonald’s demonstration this month (June) was a spectacular end to the session.  A unique variety of containers supported the designs with a vibrant selection of flowers. It was most interesting to hear about his work as part of the team of florists that are responsible for the displays made for the Gleneagles resort.

 

Now the question of the moment is “How do we change and project our image to attract new and younger people?” There appears to be a huge interest in gardens and increased numbers visit garden centres, sales of flowers have greatly increased.  Media cover of the likes of the Chelsea Flower Show and garden programs seem well attended. However, people are not joining clubs that specialise in the appreciation of floral craft and design……. What can we do???

March Meeting 2017 - Buttonhole Workshop

Moray &Nairn Floral Art Club members spent a most enjoyable evening workshop at their March meeting. A charming young guest speaker demonstrated the traditional ways of wiring flowers and foliage required to make into corsages and lapel- buttonholes.  There was a lovely selection of floral blooms, leaves and appropriate wires, tapes and ribbon available for each member to assemble lapel buttonholes for themselves, which was carried out with great enthusiasm and concentration. It was great fun and everyone was delighted with their efforts they took home.

The club membership consists of a wide variety of experience so it was especially encouraging that so many members expressed the pleasure the meeting provided; for some it was a refresher of old skills and others the opportunity to learn to do something new.

Following the success of the evening, we will certainly have to repeat the format of a workshop.

Photos;

 


Demonstrator Shows How


Table of busy ladies


A happy member

 
Finished results

 

Flower Festival – A Seasonal Selection.

On 12th and 13th November Moray and Nairn Floral Art Club presented a flower festival in the Tolbooth in Forres. The theme was a seasonal selection of ‘What’s on” in the Forres area. The exhibits interpreted just some of the many, varied activities. We who live in Moray know that it is a wonderful place to live with towns and villages that offer good community spirit surrounded by picturesque countryside. There is always such a lot ‘going on’, something for all ages and interests. Community, Social, Leisure, health and wellbeing groups as well as the many charity organisations. Most of these organisations rely on support of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers. 

November is the month of Remembrance; the rich glow of autumn colours begins to fall.These thoughts in mind inspired the floral art exhibition of traditional and modern styles using garden plant material and flowers in autumn colours. Several of the club’s talented designers produced varied and imaginative exhibits with the following titles: -

Remembrance

tribute to fallen heroes

Forres in Bloom

(multiple award winners),

The Angel Award for Volunteers

 (won by the Forres Heritage Trust for their renovation of the Tolbooth and Nelson Tower)

Photography-Memories saved

(always an interesting display of old photographs in the refreshment room)

Woodland Walks

(community woodland trusts, ramblers groups)

M&NFAC - Friendship Through Flowers

 (the moto of the national floral art societies)

Music- Flower of Scotland;

Toast of Moray

(Forres the jewel in the crown)

Forres Academy

(Youth is our future)

Colours of Cluny

(in evergreen foliage with a background of seasonal floral colour):

Arts and Crafts


and
A Bushel of Grain

(Moray is the granary of Moray).

In the tea room Autumn Glows, with a Warm Welcome, of posies and baskets. Our members provided a delicious selection of homemade cakes and biscuits. There was a well subscribed raffle with a variety of prizes that enhanced the fundraising event to support the floral art club and the Forres Heritage Trust.

 The club is grateful to all who supported the event. There was very positive feedback from the numerous visitors.

 

Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club October 2016 Meeting.

This month our club members were treated to a most entertaining demonstration by Kathleen Gibson an area demonstrator from Tyne and Wear.  Her title of Around the World certainly provided a journey of descriptive exhibits that began with a visit to the Artic to the undersea barrier reefs, volcanic eruptions, the desert regions and finally the tropics. A wonderful variety of plant material and flowers the designs delighted all in attendance and especially those lucky people who won the arrangements in the raffle. We will certainly look forward to a return visit from Kathleen in the foreseeable future.


Photos; Artic to Tropics.

Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club Meeting May 2016.

The May demonstration was provided by Amanda Coghill a young florist from Caithness. She is a keen active competitor at many flower shows and is entering an exhibit at Chelsea later this month. Amanda is a regular participator in workshops where arrangers explore and develop trends in design and so was able to incorporate ideas and pass on some hints during her demonstration.  Each design was in contemporary style with blocking, weaving and linear form, however the containers were both modern and traditional – pottery vase, a bowl, a small stone pedestal, along with posy pads covered in manipulated leaves and covered in twigs. 

Supportive plant material included garden pruning’s and exotic foliage. A variety of delicate and bold flowers included an unusual variegated pink & lemon chrysanthemum called ‘charlotte’ and some large headed roses a dark mauve rose called ‘blueberry’ and a cream and coral rose called ‘pebble’ where of particular note.

Amanda’s friendly individual style and enthusiasm for her occupation provided our members with an interesting, enjoyable evening.

Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club - April 2016 Demonstration

 The April meeting welcomed a return visit from Gill Garrow to provide a demonstration entitled “Seasonal Delights”. It truly was a delight with a variety of designs, colours and quality plant material. The demonstration began with thoughts of the outdoors, a picnic basket with a  drape bursting with an array of pinks and creams, followed by a tapestry cushion of cerise flowers and dark foliage, then came a design set in two grey slate coloured pots a large headed rose named ‘ice cream’ was also most noteworthy .  The pale apricot lisianthus was a new shade to most of us set of with a bright orange rose called ‘voodoo’. The final arrangement of yellows with spikes of pussy willow really confirmed that Spring is here.  The evening closed with refreshments including excellent home baking provide by some of our members.

MARCH MEETING - Moray & Nairn Floral Art Club

On the first meeting for 2016 we were treated to a power point presentation by Ann Allan a member of Aberdeen County Floral group and Northern Lights. The subject “Going for Gold” charted her time as a member of the SAFAS team who exhibited at the Chelsea Flower show in 2013. It was a fascinating journey of research, planning and preparation for the exhibit that took over a year to assemble here in Scotland before being transported down to the Chelsea show. Their subject “Far Below the Sea Blooms” was inspired by the colours, textures and biodiversity of the coral reefs that play an important part in the eco balance of the seas of the earth.

The team of eight highly talented arrangers, led by Valerie Davidson who designed the exhibit, was drawn from floral art clubs across Scotland and were supported by a variety of organisations, as well as families and friends. An academic from Aberdeen University provided advice on the structure and species to be found on a reef, which enabled the arrangers to match up appropriate flowers and plant material found on land. Specialist nurseries supplied an amazing variety of the required high quality plant material. A construction company provided premises to work in and tradesmen to build the staging required for the display.  The team of arrangers also collected quantities of driftwood and produced organically dyed coloured fibres for the exhibit.   Months of hard work practicing and organising the display resulted in an authentic depiction of a scene of the incredible colours and textures to be found on the sea floor.

It was a truly stunning exhibit and the reward was a Gold medal award.  It was greatly admired and drew a lot of interest from general public and celebrity visitors to the show.  The BBC Gardeners World team even produced a short feature about this SAFS exhibit; it is rare that floral art society contributions are ever mentioned in coverage of the Chelsea show.

For our club on this evening it was a most interesting and entertaining presentation. We also enjoyed some great home bakes with our coffee and lovely fresh flowers as raffle prizes.


EVENTS 

 

Flower Festival in Tolbooth, Forres --- August 2013

The exhibits displayed were dedicated to Community spirit of the people, facilities and activities to be found in Forres.

The event involved most of our members contributing to over twenty-five displays and providing refreshments for the many visitors. The club was delighted to be able to highlight the restoration of the Tolbooth, being carried out by the Forres Heritage Trust who manage the building.


Legal Bench


Grant Park


Pipe Band


Nelson Tower


Burgess


Military connections –RAF & Army


Floral blooms.

 

SAFAS Festival in Glasgow Cathedral   “Roots, Shoots & Fruits”  July 2014

This event was a show case for the talents of many Floral Art clubs from all over Scotland.


Moray and Nairn club’s exhibit depicted –‘the early times’ -inspired by Neolithic Standing stones and ring sculptures’. It was a challenging subject constructed by a team of club members using a selection of dried and preserved plant materials.

Christmas is Coming – 6&7 December 2014 held in Tolbooth, Forres


Exhibits of a variety of Christmas arrangements


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