Flowers for Pleasure
The Severn Vale Flower Club is a friendly and informal group of people who get together at least once a month to learn more about floral art and flower arranging. In February 2007 we celebrated our 50th anniversary. We were delighted to have had Michael Boyer an International Demonstrator demonstrate for us, Michael appeared not long ago on BBC Television, in a program entitled "The Great British Village".
We are affiliated to the National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies (NAFAS) and are part of the Three Counties and South Wales Area of NAFAS.
Our meetings are held once a month usually during the afternoon of the third Wednesday in the Armstrong Complex, Thornbury. The focus of these meetings is a flower arranging demonstration, usually by a NAFAS demonstrator, or an interesting talk. This is followed by a raffle of the beautiful floral designs made by the demonstrator and tea and biscuits.
In addition to our meetings we host social events that our members look forward to and enjoy. These include an optional lunch before some of the demonstrations, coffee mornings, a strawberry tea and outings.
We also raise a significant amount of money for charity. This money is raised from sales at our meetings and from our Christmas coffee morning. Bristol Oncology was our chosen charity for 2008/9 and a total of £l,400 was raised. Our chosen charity for 2009/10 has been The Meningitis Research Foundation.
The Club runs practice classes with a different theme each month. Members bring flowers and foliage and make their own arrangements with practical help and advice. Members then have the opportunity to put their learning into practice by entering the flower arranging competition at our monthly meetings. The winners each month receive a small prize. At the end of the year, the overall winner of the Novice class receives the Figurine and the winner of the Advanced class receives the Cup.
We have a Sales Table at our meetings. Members and visitors can buy accessories for flower arranging such as floral foam and other items at very reasonable prices.
In addition to attending our Club events members also have the opportunity to participate in local area and national events, Area Flower Festivals and the National Show. This year the National Show was held in Coventry. Members often have the opportunity to visit such events as part of a trip organised either by us or one of our local sister clubs.
For more details on obtaining tickets for any of our events, or becoming a member, the contact numbers to call are 01454 885213 or 01454 619070. If you would like more information on our Practice classes, the number to ring is 01454 412087.
We like to think we are a very friendly bunch of people who make newcomers welcome. If you are new to Thornbury this is a good way of making new friends. You do not have to be a flower arranger to come and join us.